St. Paul's Episcopal Church



301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-2668
Email: office@stpauls-fc.org - Website: www.stpauls-fc.org
Come With Me

Have you ever wanted to attend an event but didn’t want to go alone? It happens to me, too. I know there are a lot of people at St Paul’s who are actively following Jesus. If there is an event you are interested in and need someone to go with, let me know. On the other hand, if you are going to an event, invite someone to go with you. The Social Justice group is a clearing house for events and actions going on in and around Fort Collins. If you would like to know more about these events please send me your email and I’ll put you on my Social Justice list. Also, if you know of an event please let me know so it can be put in the weekly Epistle.

To volunteer for programs helping homeless or near homeless individuals, go here.

Finally, a very important action you can do is to vote this November. Make sure you are registered by going to the Colorado Secretary of State site . Don’t take it for granted that your registration is active, check it. You only need your birth date. I even make sure my kids are registered. – Joan Stephenson
Adult Ed and Potlucks

A quick reminder that Adult Ed will be held the first and third Sundays of the month after the 9:00 am service in the Sunroom. Our monthly potlucks will be on the fourth Sundays.
 
Next Sunday (September 16), Adult Ed will feature a video by Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign. I hope you will join us.
 
On Sunday, October 7, Erika Nossokoff, from Habitat for Humanity will give us a presentation during Adult Ed. Because of St. Paul's joint involvement with Trinity Lutheran in this unique Christian organization, this presentation promises to be of particular interest to us.
New Habitat for Humanities Opportunities

Next Build Date September 29 and Additional Build Dates through12/8/18 New Sign-up Procedure

Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat's mission is to build safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with hard-working families in need. The safety and solidity of a home can be the hope that transforms the life of a family. The next Build Date is September 29, and there are additional Build Dates through 12/8/18.

Work with your hands, learn new skills, rub elbows with faithful Fort Collins folk from many faith traditions – all in God's service.  No experience is needed, all tools are provided, and a delicious free lunch is catered onsite. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Fort Collins, please read more here . For a listing of our additional, future Build Dates, for the recently revised sign-up procedure, and to learn more about our St Paul's participation, please read more here.
Addie Kano Memorial Service

Saturday, September 8, 10:30 am at St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Reception will follow. Contact Mary Jean Currier for more information.
Sunday Early Morning Eucharists

A reminder that all 8:00 am Sunday services will be led by St. Paul’s. We will offer Rite I the first Sunday of the month.

PLEASE NOTE: We need additional acolytes, lectors, chalice bearers and altar guild people. All are wonderful ministries and do not demand special skills beyond a heart willing to serve God.
Acolytes: Becky Sheller (307-416-2966)
Lectors and chalice bearers: Laurie Gudim (970-556-3111)
Altar guild: Tim Johnson (970-567-7560) or Rev. Lyn (970-467-7750)
End of Life Care

St. Paul’s member Elaine Hild recently returned from a period of study at Notre Dame University in Indiana, where she continued her work as a musicologist, specializing in Medieval chants for the sick and dying. Here is a lovely video describing the remarkable work that Elaine is doing: HERE
Send Us Their Pictures!

Our September 30 joint worship celebration will include a blessing of the animals. Since we all have cherished companions of many species, we will do this blessing remotely, by posting a photo of your animal on the screen in the Trinity sanctuary with their name and your name. Please send photos to the Trinity office and please do include your name and the name of the pet in your email.

"Duncan", a friend of Laurie Gudim
Eucharist Visitors

Serving as a Eucharistic Visitor is one of St. Paul’s most amazing and spiritual ministries. EVs make it possible for home or facility-bound parishioners to participate in the Eucharist that the congregation has shared on a Sunday morning. We are looking for additional people. Rev. Lyn can provide the short in-person training course at St. Paul’s. Candidates also take 2 online Safeguarding God’s People modules. Please let Charlotte Leighton , EV coordinator, know if you are interested.
Special Rector's Discretionary Fund

Thank you for your generosity! There is still time to contribute. If you choose to do so, please make out your checks to “Special Rector’s Discretionary Fund.” Monies collected will be directed solely to the Good Samaritan fund and EfM.
Children and Youth Education Reminder

  • Beginning of Sunday School - September 16th - 9:00 a.m. until we join the service.
  • Youth Group will start October 3rd at St. Paul's - 6:00 - 7:30 pm - join us for pizza and games All kids entering 6th grade and above are welcome!
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jacki Petrino
FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS

Tomorrow, September 7, 1:00-3:00 pm

Call Jo Baietti,910-599-0080, for more information
Stories of Spiritual Journey: Practices in the American Indian Experience
Thursday, September 13 - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
at First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover Street, Fort Collins

Suggested donation is $10, students always free.
Bishop Search

Walkabout meetings will be your chance to personally meet the bishop search candidates, ask questions, and see them in action. The Walkabout will start Sunday, October 7, and will conclude at the end of the day on Friday, October 12. Nearby: Sunday, October 7, 2-6 pm, St. John's Cathedral, Denver; Monday, October 8, 5-8 pm, All Saints', Loveland. For additional opportunities further away, go here

Please continue to keep the nominees for the new Bishop of Colorado in your prayers. They are: The Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas; The Rev. Canon Michael Pipkin; and The Rev. Canon Ruth Woodliff-Stanley.

The election will take place during an abbreviated Diocesan Convention at St. John's Cathedral on Saturday, October 27.
Colorado Haiti Project

So far, St. Paul's in Fort Collins has raised about $2,500 towards St. Paul's School in Petit Trou, Haitii. Thank you for your extrarordinary generosity. If you would still like to make a contribution, a scholarship for a student is $300, and the school is badly in need of repairs as well. For more information, talk to Lawrence Baietti .

And don't forget the fundraiser on Sunday, September 9, 4:30-8:00 pm, at Lone Hawk Farm - 10790 N. 49 th  Street, Longmont, CO. Haitian cuisine, and the beautiful scenery of Lone Hawk Farm. For more information, see HERE .
Trinity Book Group

Trinity Book Group will meet this coming Monday, September 10, at
9:30 am in the Fireside Room. The book for discussion will be The Sunflower by Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal, a thought-provoking study of forgiveness, justice, compassion, and human responsibility. We invite members of Mary of Magdela and St. Paul's to join us. Questions? Call Nadine Hunt at 970-825-3730. 
Please Help Address Homelessness
Join the Murphy Center in proclaiming December 8 as Homelessness Awareness Day in Fort Collins. Multiple activities will take place throughout the day, including the annual Mission to Hope Walk (Morning) and the Murphy Center Community Dinner (Evening). Last year, our collaborative helped more than 100 people along their path to escape homelessness as they prepared for, located and secured affordable housing.

Please consider 1) purchasing tickets to the Walk or Dinner, 2) sponsoring a guest of the Murphy Center to attend the Walk or Dinner, 3) buying a table at the Community Dinner, 4) creating a walking team for the Mission to Hope Walk, or 5) donating to support the event. More information and all these ticketing options are available HERE.
Vicki Kemph Newsletter

Check out Vicki's latest artwork in two venues coming soon -- the Studio Tour and "Driven to Abstraction." For more information, go here.
"Astonishing Miracles"

" We can miss the most astonishing miracles simply because we don't know how to think about them. "

Laurie Gudim at Speaking to the Soul . See full reflection HERE .