Worshipping Christ and shining His light to CU, Boulder, and the world since 1948.
This Annual Report is a change of pace from what we are used to. I hope you enjoy looking through it, and that you, with me, give thanks to God for the worship we share and the many many gifts and offerings that we are bringing to the world, together.
Sometimes on some Sundays (I probably won't tell you which ones), it seems that we are so broken. The roof has been leaking, there are times when my preaching is off, or when the pews are hardly crowded, and even on those Sundays, I see and hear stories shared and relationships being built among you. This is the gift of worshipping God in the person and life of Jesus, and nothing else: that God provides, when we just present what we can, leaking and broken as it is. Other Sundays are glorious, beautiful, and I can feel the Holy Spirit more closely and clearly.
When we were gathering ideas for the best ways to show the things of God happening through St. Aidan's, it was a gift to see the good things that can happen in one year, and to see them altogether. Day to day, it is easy to forget that we are a part, from the gifts that each of us brings, of something much bigger than ourselves.
Mostly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for your presence, for your sharing, for your leading and guiding, for your song and your prayers, and for your faith in God and for practicing that faith in the church.
Hebrews 12:1 says "...since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us."
The Rev. Mary Kate Rejouis
"Thank you for being that cloud of witnesses, not only for me, as your Rector, but for the light that St. Aidan's is in our community and world. Surrounded by grace, we are."
I officially began my ministry as a “Priest Associate” on March 1. Per my letter of agreement, I help M. Mary Kate Rejouis by assisting and occasionally presiding at Sunday and Holy Day Eucharists, preaching on occasion, assisting with liturgy planning, helping with other sacramental rites, and being on-call as needed. These responsibilities I share with M. Kay Cook, St. Aidan’s other Associate Priest. In addition, I assist M. Mary Kate with pastoral care contacts to parishioners in their homes or when they are in a hospital, rehab facility, or care center. In 2018, I made approximately 45 of these visits and phone calls.
A second focus of my ministry is to oversee the Eucharistic Visitor (EV) ministry. In the fall of 2018, we set a goal to bring Communion to our homebound members on the first Sunday of every month, knowing that scheduling flexibility would be needed on occasion. Six parishioners were served in this way over the course of 2018.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve St. Aidan’s church family in these and other ways.
--Fr. Steve Wengrovius
In the past year, I was happy and grateful to share the priest associate ministry with Fr. Steve Wengrovius. My work at St. Aidan's, in addition to Sunday services and occasional preaching, includes overseeing our lay healing prayer ministry, offered on Sundays during communion. I also offer a Public Service of Healing once a month (the second Wednesday of each month), seasonal quiet days at The Little Church in the Pines, and other spiritual disciplines such as contemplative prayer and labyrinth walks.
I'm always happy organizing and directing St. Aidan's community outreach programs: our annual Mardi Gras fete and dramatic productions based on biblical and spiritual themes.
--M. Kay K. Cook
Income and Expense 2018 and 2019
Income v. Expense 2018 and 2019
$1,296 per day
How much does it take to do what we do?*
And that's just money! *based on 2019 budgeted expenses
Not included: countless volunteer gifts and hours and the church at work in the world!
83 of 100+ households...
...have made a pledge or estimate of giving for our 2019 budget. Could we get to 100% of households?
Assets and Liabilities 12/31/2018
Given to 10 student Veterans at CU Boulder
The Generosity Committee chose these recipients of $2,000 each, as a tithe of the Bequest from Charlotte Irey Short, plus the income from the Yearns Fund.
A local Sudanese family with a disabled infant;
Bridge House Ready to Work Program
Colorado Haiti Project
South American Missionary Society for the work of missionary Cathy Donohoe
Rector's Discretionary Account
1079 lbs. of food collected for Sister Carmen Center
1apartment furnished for Christmas Generosity, now housing a single mother with infant twins
24 people, including 4 children, regularly serve dinner 1 night a month at Path to Home/Bridge House
Generosity--sharing God's abundance
Sources of Funds
For Clergy Discretionary Accounts--the generous gifts of parishioners and friends.
For Veterans Scholarships and other Vestry-directed giving--reloadable grocery cards, and some donations designated specifically for Veterans' support.
These People Serve the Diocese in these ways:
Jane Daniels and M. Mary Kate Rejouis are on the Board of Examining Chaplains
Jennie Garcia is the Secretary of the Colorado Vergers Guild
Nancy Hunter was a Judge on the Election Committee for the Election of a Bishop.
M. Kay Cook is the Chaplain to Retired Clergy in the Front Range Region
Neil Borman and Amy Paine served on the Board of St. Benedict's Ministry for Health and Healing
10%of our income from pledges (regular giving) and the offering plate is given to the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado to support the work of the Bishop's Office, in 2018 it was
Generosity--supporting the church
In 2018 we finished a 3-year, $25,000 pledge to the Diocesan Camp near Woodland Park, with our last installment of $5000
In 2-1/2 weeks this summer we raised
for new Choir Robes.
We also supported the Front Range Region of the Diocese and St. Benedict's Ministry for Health and Healing EACH with
Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts
The Book of Common Prayer 259
Everyone shares in, and benefits from generosity.
The Vestry discerns and decides what to do with bequests given to the church.
First, the Vestry tithed, or gave 10% away outside of our church, as our faithful practice of abundance and generosity and sharing. The Generosity Committee was formed in 2018 to decide where to give these funds (see Generosity--sharing God's abundance)
Generosity--one person's bequest
In 2017, St. Aidan's received a bequest from the estate of Charlotte York Irey Short that totalled
Charlotte York Irey Short was one of the first women faculty at CU, and founded the Dance Department out of the Physical Education Department
Charlotte died in 2016. She wrote her will with this bequest intention at least 20 years before she died.
The rest was used for:
renovating the bathrooms during the summer. Thanks be to God. They needed it.
updating the furnace and adding air conditioning at the Rectory (where M. Mary Kate and her family live). Thanks be to God. It's been hot in the summers!
remains to be used at the discretion of the Vestry
What will you leave behind?
Will you dedicate something to the glory of God and this church?
we gave away $11,700
The Next Generations....looking forward
goal: to help people in a different part of the world
through bake and craft sales
total raised for the Heifer Project!!!
For example: The Kids Club set a goal to raise $ and serve others
MISSION: Guide children to discover and know God, to worship and pray to God, and to share God’s love in their world.
developed by Christie Bloom,
Sunday School Lead Teacher
Guide children to discover and know God by
Stories Wondering Exploration
Worship and pray to God through
Chapel time Singing worship songs Praying for self and others
Share God’s love through
Service Daily living Being thankful
New in 2018!
Kids Club for 9-12 year olds
Nursery Chapel for our youngest
Re-developed curriculum for Sunday School (ages 5-8) including Chapel, Godly Play, The Jesus Storybook Bible and amazing teachers to guide and share
...then each kid also contributed $7 of their own $ so we'd have $900!
When you are generous in supporting the church, you are making the future happen.
chapters studied by the Wednesday 10am Bible Study
New in-home Bible Studies started
Books read through at Wednesday 7am Holy Eucharist and Toast Group
bagels consumed by the above, and 78 pieces of actual toast
Joel, Genesis, Ezekiel
Healing Prayers offered during Sunday 10am service
number of notes sung by the St. Aidan's Choir for Choir Anthems
Spiritual Growth and Discipleship
people in discernment for Holy Orders
gallons of soup consumed during Lent
I once was lost, but now I'm found/was blind, but now I see.
--Amazing Grace, The Hymnal 671
Number of communions shared
Home and hospital communion visits
Ashes imposed on Ash Wednesday
Christmas Eve and Day Attendance
Easter Eve and Day Attendance
Cups of coffee served, more or less.
Facebook followers for Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church
Average open rate for weekly e-bulletin.
Grant from the Lilly Foundation for the Rector's Sabbatical
Average Sunday Attendance
Lay-led Evensong on Sunday nights
Evening Prayer on January 1, first service of the year
Evensong on Sunday, December 30, last service of the year
Average congregation on Wednesday mornings at 7am
Candles ordered by the indefatigable Altar Guild
Betty Jane Matson
Christy Sweet Baggett
Alberta Lou Barnett
Lillian Drummonds Smith
Cleveland Mather McCarty
Shirley Ruth Morck
Shirley Mae Scarlett
Irene Drigan Seely
Rudolph John Joenk, Jr.
John Drummond Campbell
Tobias Cornelius Campbell
Virginia Wheeler Patterson
May they rest in peace
and rise in glory, through the mercies of God.
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Vergers coordinate volunteers and clergy on Sundays and for special services. Trained Vergers have done at least
hours of coursework and take tests and are recognized as Fellows in the National Vergers Guild. In 2018 St. Aidan's added
new Vergers under the guidance of Head Verger Jennie Garcia, who also helped coordinate the National Vergers Guild Annual Conference in Denver. Together, our Vergers support
people who serve as Clergy, Acolytes, Readers, and Eucharistic Ministers
All of them together (almost) make the world go round!
Facts that didn't fit anywhere else
months to revise the Endowments Committee Charter, finished on Dec. 19
Free scoops of ice cream shared for Welcome CU on August 30
Endowments managed by same committee: Founders Fund, Patterson Fund for Campus Ministry, and the Yearns Bequest for the poor in Boulder County
Who are those people wearing black robes?
Hours per month serving on the Vestry requires
Liters of wine used for church communions (19.5)
Quiet Days led by M. Kay Cook
People needed to serve
on the Vestry
Clouds of incense used by St. Jude's Guild for Young Adults in the offering of Sunday Evensong and other Occasional Services
People who came to celebrate July 4 with Holy Eucharist at the Little Church in the Pines
Serving on Campus
16nightsx 20 students =320 meals
2018 Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in January
2018 Interfaith Vigil following the Tree of Life Synagogue Murders in October
Received $1000 grant from the City of Boulder for January 2019 Dr. MLK Commemoration.
# of campus organizations St. Aidan's has partnered with in events on campus and in the community, including:
BREAD+BELONGING + TUESDAY NIGHT 6PM
CU STUDENT DINNER + CONVERSATION
households and parish groups
We were founded for the CU campus, still serving the campus.......
% of available parking spaces sold during Fall and Spring Semesters
Christos Lectures on campus, the other given by Dr. Tiffany Beechy, Professor of English
# of former Presiding Bishops brought in to lecture on campus in January on "Truthfulness and Vocation" for a total of
(The (formerly) Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori)
6 Student Preachers Preached in 8 different Lutheran and Episcopal Congregations
Almost last, not least.....
Buildings and Grounds
more than we know, thanks to Facilities Staff Lou Patterson and all the mopping angels, but at least
BUCKETS OF WATER MOPPED FROM THE PARISH HALL FLOOR after HAIL DAMAGE and before REPAIRS COULD BE MADE
acts of vandalism reported to police
flower bulbs planted in Chapel Garden
inches of snow required before the lot is plowed
light bulbs changed in 2018
46,000 steps taken in solemn procession by ministers and people of the church
painted the chapel interior
painted the west side of the building
bathrooms renovated and upgraded (at last!)
new light fixtures in the chapel
Tree Committee established by Vestry
Big Things that Got Done
Ash Trees Removed
New Projects on the list kept by Junior Warden Cameron Trussell, and counting.........
For the Church universal, of which these visible buildings are the symbol,
We thank you, Lord.
The Book of Common Prayer 578
and about 1000
other things got done day in and day out, mostly by volunteers
So we can serve the Community
years of meeting together
pages read in last 5 years
members, each week
For example: The Wednesday 10am Book Group
Recitals for the
Piano Keys Tuned
Hours of Violin Lessons
Hours of Rehearsal
in the Chapel
A Community Place
27 one-time events
from 22 different community groups
and about 20 hours of church and community group meetings per week
each and every year
The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young Psalm 84:2
and 1 fabulous Dr. Sara Parkinson to coordinate them all!
We give thanks for the new households that joined us at St. Aidan's in 2018 including:
What people think when they hear that we have Wardens, when it really means the chief lay persons in church leadership.
Thank you to these people finishing service on the Vestry:
And thank you for the faithful, kind, and good leadership of our wardens:
Gene Shaw, Senior Warden
Cameron Trussell, Junior Warden
What people imagine clergy do
When in fact this Annual Report took about 53 hours of the Rector's time since investing in this cool new software a few weeks ago.
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