Worshipping Christ and shining his light to CU, Boulder, and the world since 1948.
St. Aidan's Annual Report
This is our annual report, in which we try to quantify a lot of things, and also realize that it's almost impossible to put a number on the simple act of gathering together, week after week, to pray, worship, and share the #wayoflove with others.
The year 2019 saw me taking my first ever sabbatical. It was a tremendous gift. I was able to travel with the kids, learn about woodworking and take trumpet lessons, and you planted some trees for our long term presence here. Thank you.
We had another year of unexpected abundance, and we also had a year of losing some long-term parishioners. We are financially stable. We reach out on campus in many ways, and also the community. We care about those in need among us and near us and it shows. Let's keep striving together for the reign of God.
---M. Mary Kate Rejouis
A Word from The Rector and Our Clergy
Fr. Steve Wengrovius is our Priest Associate and supports us in the areas of Pastoral Care, Preaching, and coordinating Eucharistic Visitors.
Deacon Joe Mazza joined us on November 1, and is charged with leading parishioners to explore #GO in the #wayoflove, serving God by serving others.
M. Kay Cook retired in September after 10 years as our Priest Associate. She continues to be a part of St. Aidan's and is leading another pilgrimage to Iona and Lindisfarne in 2020
*finishing in February 2020
And thank you for the faithful, kind, and good leadership of our wardens:
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St. Aidan's Staff
Dr. Sara Parkinson
Shining the light to CU
TUESDAY NIGHT 6PM
We were founded for the CU campus, still serving the campus.......
Our Staff Partners with Lutheran Campus Ministry for Bread+Belonging.
In 2019 this stuff happened....
January 2019 Remembrance of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, with 10 partner organizations on campus and organized the first MLK Day of Service with CU, and several students made it a day "on" instead of a day "off" working with Habitat for Humanity at their Palo Parkway Build.
9 students walked the Camino de Santiago in May, with Pastor Zach and Megan.
B+B had its largest beer-tasting/fundraising event ever and St. Aidan's WON for the most people attending
B+B graduated 10 students in May, and 2 in December
$3000 given in Veterans Scholarship to CU Student Veterans in November from St. Aidan's
B+B White Elephant Party tradition: we have a long history of strange gifts being brought to the gift exchange (Signed self-portraits, small explosives, and a lock of human hair). Students came through again this year including a homemade Christmas ornament with a picture of Pastor Zach, received by one "lucky" person.
Regular B+B Tuesdays included a Banjo Billy Bus Tour, homemade ramen, Bible Study, talking about theology, finance, and vocation, and making musical instruments.
Pastor Zach Parris and Megan Sawyer
St. Aidan's people cook or provide half of the meals for B+B on Tuesdays, for example, here are people from St. Jude's Guild making dinner. Several Lutheran congregations provide the rest of the meals.
Shining the light beyond CU to Boulder
We are a place for Boulder.....
22 different one-time events
from about 18 different groups in the Boulder Community (from AA to the UN-A (United Nations Association)
with about 18 hours each week that our building is used regularly by others, both community groups and groups related to CU
each and every year
My house will be a house of prayer for all people. Matthew 21:13
....and we are serving Boulder
monthly meals served at Bridge House and Path to Home, about 85 hours of volunteer time
gifts for graduates of Ready to Work
3 boxes of toiletries donated to St. Benedict Ministry for Health and Healing
12 big boxes of linens, kitchen supplies, and cleaning supplies donated to Bridge House
$410 raised for Hope House during Advent and Christmas
979 lbs of food donated to Sister Carmen Center
socks and warm clothing donated to Path to Home
Recitals for the CU College of Music
Rehearsals for those recitals
Hours of music lessons (including 13 trumpet lessons for the Rector)
With these community partners just for music: Boulder Bach Festival, Boulder Suzuki Strings, Boulder Philharmonic, CU College of Music, CU Buffoons, Private Studio Music Teachers, Iavalas Quartet
Making Music in the Community....
In 2019 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Muriel Sibell Wolle Gallery at St. Aidan's, with a retrospective exhibit of 12 artists (plus Muriel Sibell Wolle) and a joyful reception on All Saints Sunday, November 3. In the past decade, we've hosted more than 60 exhibits and numerous artists.
….is shining the light of the Gospel.
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 2019 it was
Shining the light to the world
We also supported the Front Range Region of the Diocese with
and St. Benedict's Ministry for Health and Healing with the income from the Yearns Fund 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
Our prayer chain prays without ceasing for concerns near and far.
The Tree Committee planned and planted a bunch of trees as part of M. Mary Kate's Sabbatical. Trees are good for the whole world. You raised, for this work
continued improvement and re-envisioning the Columbarium, at the heart of the building
how to increase the accessibility and welcome of our building
ongoing stewardship of creation and creation care
revisiting solar energy
electric charging stations in the parking lot?
changing part of the parking lot to hourly parking with AirGarage
The Church Building.........
Buildings and Grounds things in 2019....
In 2020 we are wondering about....
found and fixed a leak in the gravel parking lot (3' deep).
ongoing negotiation with insurance about repairing the roof leak from 2018 and finishing the clean up in the parish hall
installed irrigation on Lindisfarne Green for the first time
parked cars daily, for football, and for special events, a lot of them
began to focus on the Columbarium, the heart of our building, for renewal and repair
many usual things: fixed a broken door closer, tested pressure valves, changed light bulbs, fire inspection, moved stuff around, moved it back
….we maintain the building in order to house the household of faith