Annual Meeting - January 27 - One Service at 9am followed by a Pot Luck (your favorite recipe) and the Meeting
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.
If you would like to serve on Sundays is ministry - Lay Eucharist Minister, Reader, Greeter/Usher please contact the office. We are beginning to create new Worship schedule.
Sundays in January with Dr. Peter Miscall 9:15 in the Parish Hall
Earlier this year I and two others, George Aichele and Richard Walsh, published an article, “Heirs Apparent.” It is a comparison of David in the books of Samuel and Kings with Michael Corleone of the film “The Godfather.” In the class I will explain who we are and how we came to work together, and why we ever thought to compare two characters who would seem to have nothing in common. The course will begin with the David story in 1 Samuel 13-19 and then compare and contrast it with the presentation of Michael in The Godfather. We will also discuss how such a comparison can affect our understanding of the biblical narrative and what insight in can offer into a film on American mobsters. It is recommended that you watch The Godfather before the class begins on Jan 6. The article will be available to those interested but you don’t need to read it. I will present what it says, hopefully in much less academic style.
The Wednesday Noon Group continues “Traveling Mercies” by Anne Lamott on December 5th. The group beings at noon and concludes somewhere around 2pm with a Eucharist. All are welcome. We meet in the LOVE room off of Cron Hall.
New Sign Up Sheets for 2019 posted in the Parish Hall
Hospitality (Coffee Hour on Sundays) St. Clare’s Ministry on the 4th Tuesday of the Month Altar Flowers
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.