A wise elder on the Vestry regularly reminds us that when the whole idea of leaving Elizabeth Street came up, we, the people of St. Paul’s, through many conversations, came to one very clear consensus: we want to stay together as a group. And, throughout this past year of dialogue, discovery, and at times dissension, we have remained together as a group. I am extremely proud to be a part of a church that works together as a group, trusting, respecting, valuing and honoring one another.
As many of your know, both John (our Junior Warden) and I were out of town when the time for “closing” the sale of Elizabeth finally arrived — but you, the ‘group’ called St. Paul’s, carried on with the work God had set before us. We both were able to leave and fulfill long-standing obligations, knowing that St. Paul’s and its business affairs would fare well in spite of our absence. Our sincere thanks to all of you for supporting and helping one another to do the work God had sent us to do.
And now we move forward, building on the conversations, meetings and study done by so many over the past year. We move forward in the full knowledge that God always has been and always will be with us on this journey. We move forward to find our Place where we can plant this very special group called St. Paul’s Church; we move forward to find our Priest who will serve and lead us in this new Place; and as we move forward, we continue to more clearly articulate our Purpose, which is God’s mission for us.
Where will we be celebrating All Saints Day in 2017? More conversations to follow.
This Sunday - Honoring the Artists in Our Midst
Three artists, representing different art forms, will be featured after each service on Sunday, July 9. They are:
- Victoria Kempf, whose art will be on display and available for sale (a percentage will go to St. Paul’s)
- Laurie Gudim, who will do a book-signing of her recently published book, “Loving the Six-Toed Jesus.”
- Yash Seyedbagheri, in his final year as a Creative Writing Master’s student at CSU, has had a number of his short stories published. He will read one of his stories to us.
- Information about the magazine, Ruminate will also be available. The Editor-In-Chief of this publication is parishioner, Brianna Van Dyke.
More on Victoria Kempf, Abstract Artist
I have been an Episcopal priest, workshop and retreat leader, writer. I was the Interim Rector of St. Paul’s from 2002 – 2004 where I thrived on the written word, and had a public persona.Retired from parish ministry, I now find myself intrigued by color and shape and ways of expression without words. Thanks to a group offered many years ago by Laurie Gudim, I began a journey toward an artisticexpression of my deeper self despite a lack of formal art training.
The dance of color, texture, shape and pattern fascinates me. As an intuitive abstract artist, I respond to that dance, and the direction to which the work itself calls me. Mostly self-taught, I am more energized by the creative process itself than by consistency, resulting in art that is ever-changing and inspiration that comes in the moment. I often find it unsatisfying to do the same thing twice, as I am constantly being pulled into the next experience. I am messy and easily distracted by new ideas but love the challenge and love the paint!I hope you enjoy my work.
Update on Funding for Colorado Haiti Project
Social Justice: Immigrant Labor and Agriculture in Northeastern Colorado
Sponsored by Fuerza Latin
When: July 17, 2017, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Where: Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St., Fort Collins
Panelists: Jon Slutsky and George Wallace
Immigrant farmworkers play an essential role on farms, dairies and ranches in Northeastern Colorado. Some livestock producers, horticultural farms, and dairies depend almost exclusively on immigrant labor.
Join us for a panel discussion as members from the agricultural community speak about the critical need for farmworkers, and how a shortage of labor adversely impacts our entire community. Panel members will describe the skills needed for farm work, which has become increasingly demanding and complex. They will explain the “guest worker” program and the ways in which it is broken. And they will present the facts and address the myths surrounding immigrant labor.