A New Path
The fifth Rector of St. Paul’s, The Rev. Bonnie Sarah Spencer, retired in November 2015 after 6 years’ service to the parish.
On January 3, 2016 St. Paul's was blessed with the arrival of an Interim Rector, The Rev. Lyn Burns. Rev. Lyn guided and assisted us in the development of our “new story”, to find our new pathway to “being church” in the 21st century.
In the spring of 2016, after much discernment and discussion, St. Paul’s decided to sell our current property and find a new location.
On October 26, St. Paul's moved to Trinity Lutheran Church at 301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins. We are all deeply grateful to Trinity for their hospitality and generosity and are thrilled to be sharing such a beautiful space with our brothers and sisters in Christ from both Trinity Lutheran and the Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Community, which has also relocated to Trinity.
As of the end of 2018, we have moved forward into a new season of discernment as our interim rector ended her time with us. We are awaiting candidates to interview for the position of Priest in Charge as we pray about and study the question of where we are called to plant our church. Will we remain at Trinity (that congregation being willing to partner with us) or will we choose another option?
You may think that the significant upheaval in the life of St. Paul's would cause a detrimental level of anxiety, and it is true that our membership has shrunk over the past few years. However, we are thriving — bonding in deeper ways as we meet the needs of our community and the world beyond our doors. After all, understanding what God wants often requires a period of breaking down old constructs and expectations so that the breath of the Spirit can enter in. Just think of Moses and the Hebrew people in the wilderness.
We are healthier than ever in our commitment to God’s dream and to one another. We are all deeply aware of God's presence with us through a "grace-filled" process, and will continue to prayerfully discern our long-term future. In the meanwhile, we will live out the mission of St. Paul's: Guided by Christ, we welcome, nurture and serve.