Mission Statement for St. Joseph … We are a multi-generational Christian community growing in spiritual life together through liturgical worship, learning, and caring for all God's people. We invite and welcome all to this Holy place.
There is NO FRWTR (Friday Night with the Rector) in May. The next evening event for our children ages 3 years thru Middle School with Be VBS (Vacation Bible School) June 25, 26, 27, 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm right here at St. Joe's. Kids fro the Green Mtn Presbyterian and Green Mtn Untited methodist will be joining us. The theme is Harry Potter!!
A step in getting ready for summer services is to clean and restain the arbor work of the columbarium. Please lend a hand as you can on this project. The work is scheduled for the week of April 22-26. Indicate your willingness and availability to help out with this project on the sign -up sheet posted on the bulletin board.
FYI - Our Habitat build date is June 15th. Save the date.
LADIES, do you need a night off? Of course you do. Spend the evening of May 11th at the 11th Annual Girl’s Night Out at the Arvada United Methodist Church. Relax and have fun with dinner and a movie, Mama Mia. FREE CHILDCARE. The money raised will support our work with Habitat for Humanity. Sign-up on the bulletin board. (I will collect ticket price separately.) Peter von Hemert
Wednesday series on The Bible by Animate at noon with Eucharist
In May - Death & Dying… what you need to know about end of life events
Friday Night with the Rector (FNWTR)
Begins at 5:30 with dinner and conclude at 8:00 pm
All Kids are welcome.
Jesus said….. Feed my sheep, not “count them” Thus reads a needlepoint in my office. But there are a number folks among us… and to be quite honest… I was fascinated when I discovered these numbers.
2018 was another very good year….
We had 8 Friday Nights with the Rector as well as a family outing to Pirates Cove fostering the next generation and their families. We served and average of 10-12 children each night with 5 volunteers.
We continued working with other Green Mountain Churches and participated in 7 interdenominational events and introduced international travel opportunities.
The Wednesday Noon Group has read 6 Books and spent 104 or more hours discussing them.
We have offered 3 different Sunday experiences for Adult Faith Formation, one of which was a lengthy Confirmation program. In addition there were 2 Wednesday offerings for Lent and 6 workshops.
6 Office volunteers donated 468 plus hours in the office.
We had 3 baptisms, 4 confirmations/receptions/reaffirmations and one memorial service.
We held a Potato Bar and Silent Auction which netted over $1500 to fund our outreach work and over $750 for Faith Formation. This involved over 40 hours volunteer time not including time spent by those donating items for the silent auction.
In 2018, Family Promises of Greater Denver prevented 59 families from becoming homeless and helped 22 families transition back to stable housing. We managed 4 scheduled dinners at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church for the program. The dinner serves 2 to 4 families (plus host church and our volunteers) and involves 2-4 parish volunteers to prepare and serve the dinner (about 48 hours volunteer time over the year). Also, Tom Frick drives the van (at least 72 hours per year?) which transports the families from/to the church (other churches as well?) to the Family Promises day center.
Brown Bag Lunch made 1,000 lunch bags in 2018. That means 2,000 sandwiches, plus 1,000 pieces of fruit, and more than 2,000 mostly homemade cookies and pieces of candy. This involved at least 120 volunteer hours not including baking time.
Habitat Build - 8 parish volunteers spent a full day on a build site putting up siding, painting, and cleaning up the build site etc. Peter von Hemert meets once a month with the West Metro Habitat Interfaith Coalition (WMHIC) steering committee and helped unload pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch. And 22 parishioners attended a WMHIC fundraiser performance of Educating Rita at the Arvada Arts Center.
Ministry at St. Clare’s – From 100-150 homeless or working poor are served dinner and offered clothing donations once a week by this ministry. We provide 7 volunteers once a month (so about 250 volunteer hours for the year). On Christmas Day evening we had 9 volunteers!
In addition, Mother Michele fed 600 folks, cooking on the 5th Tuesday.
And we donated over $250.00 to help fund food supplies.
Action Center - We made at least 4 trips to the Action center this year delivering donations including food, school supplies, household goods and clothes.
Hospitality – We hosted 6 No Agenda Meals this year with average attendance of 35-50 people. We also had two potlucks - one for the Annual Meeting and one on Palm Sunday.
Our parishioners also support individual parishioners’ charitable activities, in particular:
- We purchased many boxes of Girl Scout cookies and designated them for military delivery and the Action Center.
We donated gifts to a Rotary chapter to fill 8 large Christmas stockings for the Family Tree women’s shelter.
Folks volunteered hours and the Friday breakfast at Christ Body Ministries; volunteered at the Denver Zoo, helping vets with animal care, local neighborhood boards and associations, various musical groups, Action Center and a host of others.