Cross of Glory has many outreach opportunities for you to participate in with us. Our goal is to support initiatives that are meaningful to our community and congregation.


Danny and Vada Danforth, Wanda Maxwell and Michael Schettler became “official” members of Cross of Glory on September 9. Linda Burk, Colette Kerlin and Jan Reich visited with these individuals. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your conversations with us.

Linda’s visit with Danny and Vada Danforth
Danny is a Colorado native, and Vada has lived in Colorado since infancy. They have two sons. Their oldest son lives in Amarillo, Texas and is a conductor for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway. Their youngest son is an accountant at The Monroe Group in Denver. He has two children, a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter who will turn 3 on October 31 st (but “thinks she’s 30)!” Danny and Vada are currently enjoying retired life. Danny worked for Gates Rubber for 26 years and First Data Corporation for 18 years. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Vada was a customer service representative and office worker at Western Union for 40 years and later worked for Kohls for 4 ½ years. At the conclusion of her work life in 2011, Vada underwent double knee replacement surgery (both knees
on the same day!).

Danny and Vada are lifelong Christians and lifelong Lutherans. As children, both of their families attended the American Lutheran Memorial Church in Denver where Vada and Danny were joined in marriage. In 1987, after losing Vada’s father to cancer, the family switched their church membership to Atonement Lutheran Church where they formed a strong bond with Pastor Mike. Both of their sons were married at Atonement. Now, Danny and Vada have followed Vada’s sisters, Charlene Brauckmuller, Dee Mayer and Shelly Blakely to Cross of Glory. They like the small church feel of COG and are already comfortable with us. While Vada enjoys quilting, sewing and various crafts, she plans to use her other skills to help with office work at Cross of Glory.

Colette’s visit with Wanda Maxwell
When I met Wanda years ago at Prince of Peace’s Forty Niners, I didn’t know she loves to sing and has training in theater and voice. She grew up in Texas and went to school in Lubbock for business training. Then she moved to California where she went to school in Pasadena for voice and theater training. She moved to Denver in 1953 where she met her husband on a blind date. They had two children, a son who lives in Sedalia and a daughter who lives in Pennsylvania. After she and her husband divorced, she worked for Frontier Airlines. She also performed in small theaters during this time. During Frontier’s financial struggles, she was unemployed. While seeking employment, and during her interview, the person who was interviewing her said, “I see you have done threater. How about doing some commercials?” She was in ten different commercials at that time. Each of her children have two daughters, leaving her with four granddaughters. After she left Prince of Peace, she sold her house and moved to an apartment in University Hills. She attended a small Bible church near her apartment until she came to Cross of Glory. What a blessing for us that she decided, after a few weeks, to join us.

Jan’s visit with Michael Schettler    
Welcome to new member Michael Schettler! He has been worshipping with us since 2016.  Michael transfers to us from Peace of Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora where he was a member for 28 years. Michael’s family includes daughter Grayce, a senior at Lutheran High School. She plans on attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix next year. Michael’s son, Ryan, recently relocated back home to Colorado for a new job. His daughter, Kyle, lives in Dallas, and has a new baby boy, born last January.  Michael’s job is a caterer and he works odd hours. Please meet up with him to welcome him to our church!


There are no RTD events scheduled in October. We have initial event reservations for November and December listed below. If tickets are needed, they may be purchased online.

NOVEMBER 17 (SATURDAY) A CHRISTMAS STORY. This musical will be presented at the Boulder Dinner Theatre. It is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that the most perfect gift ends up under his tree on Christmas. A Christmas Story captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike! The ticket cost, including lunch and show, is $39. The reservation deadline is October 28. Please note the round trip bus fare is $4.50.

DECEMBER 17 (MONDAY) HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR. Join us for this yearly Senior-Ride tradition, the RTD Holiday Light Tour, where we will take a tour (via bus) of some of Denver's most popular holiday light attractions including places like the State Capitol, Denver Zoo and other Denver landmarks. The tour is free. The bus fare is $2.60 and can be given to the driver on Monday, December 17. The reservation deadline is November 26.

WAITING LIST: DECEMBER 6 (THURSDAY) A WHITE CHRISTMAS. Start the holiday season at the Buell Theater with a timeless tale of joy and good will, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, and top it off with glorious dancing. Cost is $27.50. Watch your bulletins and newsletters for information IF we become approved.


Children’s Sermons and Sunday School are off to a great start for the fall of 2018.  I am so thrilled at the great children sermons and the enthusiasm of the volunteers for Sunday School teachers. I also am very pleased at the Adult Sunday School participation. I hear awesome talk constantly about how inspiring and uplifting these classes are.  AND don’t forget about Tuesday Education Classes. The 10:00 AM class is on “Ephesians” and the 6:00 PM class is on “Discipleship.”

Since I started being a part of the AD-Hoc Committee, I have a baseball phrase, namely “IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME,” that I have been saying to myself. It has helped me sustain HOPE for growing with young families and kids.  I am so appreciative of everyone’s ideas and willingness to help BUILD!!  I don’t know how everything will come about the rest of this season, but I firmly believe that God is in Control.

A Quick Thank You to the following people for volunteering to be a part of our kids’ ministry…
Pastor Mike,  Jim Mueller,  Julie Prange,  Pam Lugo,  Kelli Lee, Steve Wilson, Leigh Ann Christy, and Carin Davis. Thanks also to all of you for supporting us with Prayer!! LET’S BE LIKE THE LITTLE CHILDREN AND SIT ON JESUS’ LAP!!

Sincerely, Lynn Reid for Bonnie Frank


Fall is my favorite season of the year!  I love breathing in the crisp, cool air and feeling the warm sun on my back. I am blown away at the beauty of a hillside of golden aspen trees. I delight in seeing fresh snow on the far-off mountain peaks. I marvel at the magnificence of elk herds gathered in mountain meadows. Everywhere I look, I see God’s handiwork. Let us take time to enjoy the beauty around us, and let’s be sure to thank God for this amazing world He has created.                                          

Julie Prange


Metro Caring is one of the largest hunger-relief programs in Denver. It serves up to 500 people every day.  Thank you for always bringing donations for this very worthwhile group. Please place your donations in the boxes in the narthex marked “Metro Caring.”  Thank you for caring and sharing.

Kelli Lee, Outreach Council Chairperson


Children’s Advisory Network has been a Colorado non-profit since 1995 and is focused on providing high-quality speech and language services that meet your children’s needs to excel in life. They provide year-round private in-home or in-school therapy screenings to catch any vision, hearing or speech concerns that a child may have. They also provide hypnotherapy  and a summer Pony Camp. All services are provided with a qualified speech and language therapist with a flexible schedule. C.A.N. therapists have several years of experience. They love watching children grow and have been working with Children’s Advisory Network for several years. 

BOO AT THE BARN: Children’s Advisory Network and Friends of Horses are hosting Boo at the Barn on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 6351 SOUTH PEORIA ST., CENTENNIAL, CO 80111.


Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:11-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

Julie Prange and I recently attended a seminar conducted by the Rocky Mountain Synod, entitled “Money & Church:  For the Life of the World.” Above is one of the Scripture passages highlighted by Bishop Jim Gonia. It resonated with me! I feel it encompasses so much of what we, as a congregation, experience month by month as we persevere to grow our membership and expand our touch, the touch of the Love of Jesus Christ. We can do all things through Him who strengthens us. If we keep our sights on the Kingdom of God, have faith in what we do, we will prevail. We must not forget this! 

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12 ESV)

Soon I will be sharing with you the 2019-2020 Time and Talent sheets and 2019 Financial Commitment cards along with information on our upcoming Stewardship event at Cross of Glory during the month of November. I thank you all in advance for your conscientious approach to the paperwork, as it truly helps us build the necessary foundation to do the work we need to do to give ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

Yours truly, Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairman

COMMUNITY SHRED: Saturday, September 22nd, 10am – 1pm

Do you have old bank statements, credit card offers, cancelled checks, old medical records, pay check stubs; anything with your personal information that you would like to have destroyed? 

A Shred-it truck will be at Cross of Glory to provide onsite document destruction  (rain or shine). Each person is welcome to bring unlimited copy boxes or large trash bags full of confidential material. Customers are invited to watch while drivers administer the shredding. Trash, pop cans and/or newspapers are not accepted.

A suggested donation of $5.00/box is being requested. If you would like to donate more, that would be appreciated.

This is a great time to visit with your friends and neighbors – no doubt they have information they would like to have destroyed!

(Volunteers will be needed to assist with unloading boxes, as well as breaking down the cardboard boxes.)  Visit with Olive Keefer!


CHEERLEADING SONG ONE: “When the SAINTS Go Marching In”…(Vs. 1, 2 and 3)
HUDDLE UP  (Pastor Mike shares announcements)
TIM TEBOW “A Football Life” CLIP

(C) Lord, I know that I have dropped the ball any number of times. I have been a free agent more than I have allowed you to be my coach. I have stolen the spotlight from my teammates. I am not worthy to be on your team. Please take me off your sidelines and put me into your game. Amen!

(Pastor Mike says): God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit is not only the God of the SAINTS.  Consider the birds of the air: The FALCONS; The CARDINALS; The RAVENS; The EAGLES; The SEAHAWKS. God loves them all and cares for them. Though we be RAIDERS, God promises to be our SAFETY. Your sins are forgiven.  I am not LION.

DELAY OF GAME (Silence for meditation and prayer)

C:  Most of us will never be Super Bowl material, our Father.
P:  Our names may never be on a marquee or in the newspapers.
C:  Yet, we are thankful that you have a place for each of us on your team, the Church.
P:  Thank you, Lord that we don’t have to be MVPS to be on your roster.
C:  With your Holy Spirit within us and guiding us, we, who are ordinary people, can do extraordinary things to your honor and glory.
P:  Thank you, Lord, for calling each one of us,
C:  To be on your team.  In Jesus’ name,  Amen.

THE PLAYBOOK (Verses from the Bible)                              

I Corinthians 9:24-27: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that lasts forever.  Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly. I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Hebrews 12:1-2: “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin which so easily entangles us.  And let us run with perseverance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.  For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, despising its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

TIM TEBOW “The John 3:16”  STORY
ROOKIES CHALK TALK (Our Cross of Glory Children’s Sermon)
CHEERLEADING SONG TWO: “CHIEF of Sinners Though I Be” (Vs. 1, 2 and 4)….ELW 609 
DRAFT TIME: (The Reception of Cross of Glory New Members)
T.D.  (Truth-Defined, “The Apostles’ Creed”)
THE COIN TOSS (The Offering)
SUPER BOWL (MVP Nick Foles Speaks of Football AND Faith) CLIP
READING THE DEFENSE (Dave Jones’ Outdoor Library Dedicated)
HEADSET TO THE BOOTH ABOVE (The “Celebrate” Insert prayers)
CHEERLEADING SONG THREE: “On EAGLE’S Wings” (Vs. 1, 2, 3, 4)……. ELW 787
PLAYER EJECTION (The Blessing and Dismissal)


Thank you to everyone who attended our recent cottage meetings.  The honest feedback and candid comments are truly appreciated.  The Church Council has received a summary from those meetings and is currently assessing how we can incorporate the offered ideas and suggestions into our future programs and worship services.  Know that your voice is very important at Cross of Glory and your input is welcome at any time.  Please feel free to talk to Pastor Mike, me or any of your Church Council members if you have a suggestion, comment or concern.

I am a person who likes to make the most out of each and every day.  I try not to miss a special opportunity or new experience as I seek to live my life to the fullest.  That holds true for my faith journey as well.  I have a question for you:  How are you doing with your faith life?  I know mine needs work!

We have wonderful resources at Cross of Glory and I encourage you to take advantage of them.  Pastor Mike conducts some incredible educational classes.  Please consider coming early on Sunday mornings for the 9 a.m. adult class.  Tuesday classes will resume on September 4, and you won’t regret attending either the morning or evening class.  We have Fall fellowship events as well – an outdoor movie on September 7 and a Spaghetti Dinner and White Elephant Bingo Night on October 6.  We all can evangelize by inviting someone to our “Invite-a-Friend” worship service on September 30.  There will be a Shredding Event on September 22 and your help would be appreciated.  You may want to serve the Lord at a Habitat for Humanity home-build this Fall.  Please consider how you can be an active participant in Cross of Glory’s classes and activities.  Let’s give our faith a workout and see what happens.  God just might surprise you in His amazing way! Julie Prange


Cross of Glory has several ways we can participate in ministry. One of these is through the purchase of grocery gift cards. Cross of Glory receives a percentage of cards sold. These cards can be used for groceries, pharmacy items and gas. The money made from the sale of the cards is spent on expenses that normally are not covered in our budget.

We have  King Soopers AND Safeway/Albertsons reloadable gift cards. You can purchase the initial Safeway/Albertsons card for $5 and the King Soopers card for $25. Contact Colette Kerlin. Go to the respective customer service desks or cash registers to add more money to your card. You may use cash, debit or a credit card.  If you reload at the cash registers, please  make  sure it is done prior to your order being rung up.

We encourage you to purchased these cards.  It makes shopping easy for you – and it supports Cross of Glory.


Pastor Mike will be leading new Tuesday Education Classes at Cross of Glory. All are invited! Pass the word! Part of our Cross of Glory Mission Statement includes being “Rooted in the Scriptures.”

So many of our Epistle lessons during the summer have been from the New Testament book of Ephesians. Starting Tuesday, September 4th, Pastor Mike will be leading a 10:00 AM Class on Ephesians. The class will help Christians tune into the world of Spiritual Joy by being more akin to the Holy Spirit while wearing the whole armor of God.

And in the evening, beginning Tuesday, September 4, Pastor Mike will be teaching a 6:00 PM class called “Discipleship.” The class will help students learn about people who have witnessed to Christ as faithful disciples, study Biblical concepts related to discipleship and discuss how they might live as disciples.

Plan on being with us!


Cross of Glory is a prayer partner to New Beginnings Worshipping Community, the prison congregation inside Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.  Their annual Chow Hall Gala will be held Friday, October 19, beginning at 5:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village.  The evening includes food, wine, beer and a silent auction of items handmade by the women at DWCF.  Come for an enjoyable evening and learn more about this vital prison ministry.  Tickets are $50 and can be ordered at the New Beginnings website ( or by calling 970-812-3099.


Holy Hammers, our Habitat for Humanity coalition, will be providing hosts at the 2018 Denver Designer Showhouse this September.  The home is situated in the Washington Park area. The home, as featured in the Denver Life magazine, will be open to the public September 8-23.  Volunteer hosts are needed for three-hour shifts during that period of time.  If you have an interest in helping, please contact Julie Prange (303-695-9464) for more specifics.  Also, the Holy Hammers coalition will begin construction of a new Sheridan Square home for our partner family this fall.  We anticipate having one or two volunteer build-dates during the construction of the home. More information will be available this Fall.


Metro Caring provides nutritious food to hungry families and individuals while promoting health and self-sufficiency.  It is the largest hunger-relief organization in Denver directly serving families and individuals since 1974.

Each month Cross of Glory requests a specific food item from our church family to be given to Metro Caring.  For September, we are asking everyone to share unsweetened applesauce.  Your donations can be left in the narthex in the marked boxes.  Thank you for sharing your donations to help bless others in our community. Kelli Lee, Outreach Chairperson


The Helping Hands program was established in 2011 in response to needs right here in our own congregation and community by providing financial or non-financial assistance to numerous recipients in a variety of ways.  Some of the non-financial assistance can be providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, running errands for someone or helping members with light housecleaning.

Please support Helping Hands with a designated gift or let Pastor Mike know if you are able to offer your time or personal services to help others.  If you or someone you know has need of the Helping Hands program, confidential requests can be made to Pastor Mike either personally or via request cards in the narthex.


A friend recently sent me the following via email: Live simply. Love generously. Speak Kindly. Leave the rest to God. The Women’s Faith Club, which meets on the last Saturday of every month at 10 am at Cross of Glory, is reviewing a great book called “God is in the Small Stuff and it All Matters”, by Bruce and Stan. It is such a great sharing of ideas, perceptions, and faith. I started attending last autumn. I was so blessed to be able to spend some time with Maysel Christy and to get to know her. Every time I attend the Faith Club, I think of her, and the wisdom and honesty she shared with us. I was truly blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with her. And, I thank God for the Women’s Faith Club that created that opportunity for me. Please think about joining us on Saturday, August 25! I encourage anyone who hasn’t checked this group out yet to do so! And leave the rest to God. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Thank you, Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

Congregational Meeting

A special Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 16, immediately following the worship service.  The sole purpose of the meeting will be to review and adopt the proposed Constitution; which conforms to a Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as adopted by the Churchwide Assembly in 2016.  The Church Council is recommending approval of the proposed Constitution.  Copies of the document will be distributed by ushers after worship services in August.  Questions may be directed to Julie Prange (303-695-9464).