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.


METRO CARING’S FEBRUARY FOOD ITEM OF THE MONTH: CANNED SOUP, ESPECIALLY LOW-SODIUM

Metro Caring is the largest food pantry in Denver. In fiscal year 2018, Metro Caring provided food to nearly 23,000 individuals at least once during the year, with some individuals coming back multiple times for assistance. The average amount of food received by each household per visit was 83 pounds, estimated to be a week’s worth of groceries. In addition to food, Metro Caring takes a holistic approach to fighting hunger by providing other assistance as well. They provide cooking and nutrition classes, utility and tax assistance, and employment-readiness training.

Since February is Super Bowl month, it’s quite appropriate that we should focus on soup donations for the food bank. Please place your donations in the specially marked boxes in the narthex. Thank you for sharing with those less fortunate.

FEBRUARY OUTREACH FOCUS
CROSS OF GLORY’S HELPING HANDS PROGRAM

Since 2011, we have developed a warm, caring ministry to help people right in our own community.  The needs are real and the help is a true blessing.  There are no administrative costs associated with Helping Hands, so every dollar you designate to the Helping Hands Program goes directly to those who need assistance.  The needs have been varied, from the purchase of baby diapers, school supplies, groceries or RTD bus passes to offsetting medical expenses, utility bills or car repairs.  We know the circumstances are real and your support is greatly appreciated.

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.  Also, if you or someone you know needs assistance from our Helping Hands program, confidential requests can be made to Pastor Mike either personally or via request cards in the narthex.  Thank you to all who have supported Helping Hands in the past.

STEWARDSHIP

THE MAN IN BLACK

“The Man in Black,” the moniker of legendary country singer Johnny Cash, was an imposing figure on stage; one that commanded admiration and respect from fans and peers alike. His deep gritty voice sang of a life marked by sorrow, moral tribulation, and redemption. Cash’s music bridged the musical genres of rock, gospel, and country music, and established him not only as an icon of American culture, but as a musical superstar leaving an incomparable legacy on the musical landscape.

Yet behind the stage lights and the acclaim, there was a broken man whose life was marked both by great faith and humbling addiction, by extreme highs and the depths of despair. His well-documented struggles with drug abuse, alcoholism, and dysfunctional relationships struck a resonant chord with those who had faced similar hardships. His son, John Carter, said: “I believe the thing about Dad that people find so easy to relate to is that he was willing to expose his most cumbersome burdens, his most consuming darknesses. He wasn’t afraid to go through the fire and say: ‘I fell down. I’ve made mistakes. I’m weak. I hurt.’ But in doing so, he gained some sort of defining strength. Every moment of darkness enabled him to better see the light.”

In October of 1967, Cash was at what he considered the darkest point in his life. His personal and professional lives had spun out of control, and he had become isolated from everyone around him. He had built his life on the fleeting nature of fame and fortune. Feeling like he could no longer go on, he decided to end his life. “I never wanted to see another dawn,” Cash recounted later, “I had wasted my life. I had drifted so far away from God and every stabilizing force in my life that I felt there was no hope for me.”

Driving his Jeep to Nickajack Cave, a remote subterranean cave near the Tennessee River, he entered the mouth of cave, hoping to descend deep enough within the labyrinth of passageways, to never be found alive. After hours of crawling inside the tunnels, he lay down in the consuming blackness to die. “The absolute lack of light was appropriate, for at that moment I was as far from God as I had ever been,” Cash remembered. Yet as he lay in that dark abyss, he began to focus on God and suddenly he felt overcome by a sensation of complete peace. With a renewed sense of hope, he began to slowly inch his way along the cave floor blindly crawling towards what he hoped was the outside. A slight breeze led him to a stream of light, which eventually led him to the outside world.

After emerging from the cave, Cash earnestly committed himself to God and promised to “do whatever it took to get off drugs.” He kept that promise, and in time recovered both his strength and sanity. “I rebuilt my connection to God,” he said. From that time forward, Cash knew both personal and professional success, but more importantly there had been a real and profound spiritual awakening from his cave experience. God had divinely intervened in his life. For Cash, the ascendance from the underground cave represented a spiritual rebirth and a self-revelation that resulted in a renewed connection with God. He had entered Nickajack Cave with the oppressive blackness of sin consuming him and had emerged a redeemed man of God. He summed it up this way in his autobiography, Cash: The Autobiography, “The greatest joy of my life was that I no longer felt separated from Him. Now He is my Counselor, my Rock of Ages to stand upon.”

Yours truly, Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairman

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

The year is already going fast….I am amazed at for such a small church we have a lot of educational programs…Perhaps you might be able to attend one!

  • Every Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, join us for Adult Sunday School
  • Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM, a Bible Study is held (Tuesday PM studies on hold for now)
  • Every Sunday morning during Sermon time, Children’s Sunday School is observed.
  • Last Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM, our Women’s Faith Club members meet.       
  • Cross of Glory Book Club meets once a month on Tuesday evenings.
  • Quarterly programs are planned.

Please contact me for more information. I am also looking for anyone that would want to help me come up with Educational Ideas….I think several brains are better than mine!  I would LOVE to Hear From YOU!!!!!

Lynn Reid – 303-358-0396

NEW TUESDAY EDUCATION CLASS

The early Church was predictable in a number of different respects.  Against the backdrop of persecution, nonetheless it flourished in large part due to its resolve to learn more about Jesus and  faith by studying the Scriptures.  At Cross of Glory we too are resolved to learn more about God, faith and Christianity in perusing and discussing God’s precious Word. The Early Church came together in worship to sing hymns, pray and celebrate communion.  We, as the Church of 2019, the church on the corner of Oneida and Evans, come together to do the same and to learn more about the Bible.

The Bible informs us that we are to care for one another.  Join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM for a new class on Christian Care-Giving.  Pastor Mike will lead the class.  He will help those attending see the many Scripture passages that inform our reaching out to others with giving, loving hearts.  There are many shut-in members of Cross of Glory.  Always with us in spirit on Sunday mornings, they are not able physically to be with us in worship on Sundays.  Hopefully, the new Tuesday class will better equip us to support our shut-in members, our hospitalized ones, our lonely or significantly challenged ones as we take our Christian Care-Giving…on the road.

The 10:00AM class starts Tuesday, February 12 at Cross of Glory and will run until Tuesday, March 19.  Join us!  Be willing to help those that especially need our added help. The class will inform us to do so. Be part. Pass the word! Make a difference!

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST COG MEMBER: 
Caroline Wheeler 

On Sunday, January 6, Cross of Glory welcomed two young ladies, Trish Bojarzin and Caroline Wheeler, as “official” Cross of Glory members. Marcia Hallenbeck visited with Caroline and wrote the following introduction article. Trish’s introduction piece will be in the next newsletter.

Caroline Wheeler was born in Vanerborg, Sweden close to the west coast of Sweden. She grew up in the small town of Ulricehamm, Sweden. She went to the University in Gothenburg and Uppsala. She worked as a dietician at University Hospital in Linkoping. Her family, in Sweden, includes her parents, Auntie and Uncle, her brother, his girlfriend, a niece and nephew. She still has many close friends in Sweden.

Caroline met her husband Rob in Albuquerque, New Mexico while she was on vacation in the United States. They were married in Sweden in October 2015. Caroline and Rob decided to live in the United States mainly because it was easier for her to move here than it would be for him to move to Sweden and learn a new language.

Caroline and Rob have two Chihuahuas. In their spare time they enjoy traveling, working out and watching movies. Caroline enjoys puzzling, photography, hiking, being outdoors and, as we all know, she loves to sing.  She sings in a Swedish choir in Denver through Swedish Women Educational Association. She works in Denver as a personal trainer.

While looking for a Lutheran church close to home, Caroline came to Cross of Glory.  She liked it right away, which has been lucky for all of us! Welcome, Caroline!

Next month, we will look forward to becoming acquainted with Trish Bojarzin!

THE 2019 CROSS OF GLORY COUNCIL CHAIRPERSONS

Olive Keefer, President
John Test, Vice President
Vada Danforth, Treasurer
Lynn Reid, Education
Carin Davis, Fellowship
Steve Reid, Property
Julie Prange, Outreach
Pam Lugo, Secretary
Pat Lemster, Music and Worship
Helen Devantery, Stewardship

METRO CARING FOR JANUARY

Thank you for all supporting this very worthwhile organization. There are so many people in our community that struggle with hunger everyday. Metro Caring helps families break this cycle. Our January focus will be Cereal. Please place your food donations in the boxes marked “Metro Caring” located in the narthex.

Kelli Dankenbring, Outreach Chairperson

OUR OUTREACH FOR JANUARY IS PARKINSON ASSOCIATION OF THE ROCKIES

The Parkinson Association of the Rockies is committed to enhancing lives and connecting communities as it supports, strengthens and empowers the Parkinson’s Community in Colorado. They do this through innovating, educating, promoting research, creating awareness, serving as an advocate and providing support services for the Parkinson’s community.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Being president of our congregation this past year has been a humbling experience for me, and I have learned a lot from you.  I have seen many who gladly serve the Lord in his or her unique way.  I can testify that the members and friends of Cross of Glory readily proclaim their faith in this world.  You exude God’s love in all that you do, both for our church family and for others.

I Corinthians 12:27 reads, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”  Each and every one of us is an important member of the body of Christ.  We individually serve the Lord with the gifts and talents He has given to us.  No one is greater than another; all are necessary as we work together for the greater good of praising, loving, worshiping and serving God.  Let us continue our faith journey, individually and collectively, knowing God is before us, behind us and beside us.  We know what a difference God makes in our lives.  Let’s be bold in 2019 – sharing the good news of God’s love with others.  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!

With heartfelt gratitude, I thank you for the honor I have had to serve as your president.
Julie Prange

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

At both our Thanksgiving Eve service and worship service the following Sunday morning, Pastor Mike asked people to tell others what they were thankful for. Many said “family” or “family and friends” to me as we milled around the sanctuary, greeting one another.

We are now in the beautiful season of Advent, preparing for Christ’s birth. While many of us will be with loved ones for the Christmas holiday, others will be more isolated for a variety of reasons. Let us remember that we are always connected as members of Christ’s family.  While we may not do some of the traditional activities such as exchanging Christmas gifts or sharing a holiday meal together, we definitely are family. We care about one another, and we know that God cares about us too. My hope for each of us in God’s family this holiday season is that we feel a strong connection to that babe in the manger. May you experience true peace, love and joy that comes from knowing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 
Julie Prange

STEWARDSHIP

Hello everyone and greetings from sunny Arizona! I think of you all so often and know the time will go quickly before Jim and I are back in the neighborhood again!

We had a super gathering in early November for our annual Stewardship event, a delicious luncheon (Thank you, God, for those delicious Costco chicken pot pies), and a most inspirational message by Pastor Barb Lemke! Gratitude for all of God’s blessings is truly where it all begins. Recognizing His divine gifts, not taking anything for granted and giving back in any way we possibly can is truly what it’s all about. Sometimes we have to ‘dive deep.’ It’s just that simple. Gratitude, Grace, Giving. The three G’s. And not always in that particular order.

Thank you to all who were so helpful in putting on our event! Steve Reid on audio/visual/music; Lynn Reid, Julie Prange and Pastor Mike, our servers for the day; and Carin Davis and Jim Devantery, toiling away in the kitchen to make it all happen! Our special thanks to Pastor Barb for giving her time in explaining the special program, ‘Stewardship for all Seasons’, that her congregation is currently involved in to help understand the beauty of Stewardship. We have budgeted for a similar program for Cross of Glory to hopefully begin next May. We will keep everyone posted! Most of all, thank you to everyone who was able to attend. We hope you enjoyed your afternoon!

We are in need of more people who would be willing to take the reins of the Sunday A/V projections for 2019. If anyone is interested, please let me know. We would greatly appreciate any help one could provide! Thank you!

I will leave you with 1 Thessalonians 5:18:  “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I know I am grateful that I stepped through the doors of Cross of Glory a couple of summers ago, to learn Spanish, only to discover how important all of you have become in my life!

Here’s to a heartwarming and very special Christmas season ahead, remembering always the REASON FOR THE SEASON, and VAYA CON DIOS!

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

OUR OUTREACH FOCUS FOR DECEMBER IS OUR HELPING HANDS PROGRAM:

Helping Hands has provided thousands of dollars in assistance to those in our midst in need. Please support Helping Hands with a designated gift or let Pastor Mike know if you are able to offer your time or personal service 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.

METRO CARING MONTHLY FOOD FOCUS:

The Outreach Committee has designated HONEY for December for those less fortunate. Please place your food donations in the boxes marked “Metro Caring” in the narthex.

DECEMBER RTD EVENT

DECEMBER 17, (MONDAY) HOLIDAY LIGHT Reservations have been made for this event which will  take us on a tour (via bus) of some of  Denver’s most popular holiday light attractions. The event is free. The bus fare is 2.60. Please sign the Waiting List Sheet in the Fellowship Hall. In the event someone is unable to attend, you will be notified

OUR OUTREACH FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER IS THE TRADEGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS (TAPS).

This organization has been in existence since 1994 and offers help, hope and healing to over 50,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces. TAPS National Military Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps have been held annually since 1994. TAPS is a not-for-profit organization and is not part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.

METRO CARING MONTHLY FOOD FOCUS:

The Outreach Committee has designated WHOLE-GRAIN PASTA for November for those less fortunate. Please place your food donations in the boxes marked “Metro Caring” in the narthex.

UPCOMING RTD EVENTS

NOVEMBER 17 (SATURDAY) A CHRISTMAS STORY – 12:00 Noon. Reservations have been made and tickets purchased for this musical which will be presented at the Boulder Dinner Theatre. Mary Lemke can be reimbursed for the ticket cost of $39 which includes lunch and the show. Please note the round trip bus fare is $4.50.

DECEMBER 17 (MONDAY) HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR. We will take a tour (via bus) of some of Denver’s most popular holiday light attractions. The tour is free. The bus fare is $2.60 and can be given to the driver on Monday, December 17. 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. Cost is $27.50. Watch your bulletins and newsletters for information IF we become approved.

 

ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP EVENT: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER3RD, 12 NOON

We are blessed with many things. Thanksgiving is a time for us to express our thanks. November is also a time for our Annual Stewardship Event – a time for us to express our thanks to God for providing us with our ministry at Cross of Glory. This is done through emphasis on our Annual Stewardship Event. We have been given Time and Talent Sheets to select the many ways we feel God is calling us to be involved in His ministry at Cross of Glory. Pledge cards have been distributed for the purpose of prayerfully selecting our financial commitment to help support COG’s ministry.

Our Stewardship Event will begin with a delicious lunch. Our featured speaker will be someone we all know and love, Pastor Barb Lemke. The cost is $7.00. Please RSVP to Helen Devantery by Monday, October 29 at 303-­881-­6329, or sign the sheet in the Fellowship Hall.

If you are in need of Time and Talent Sheets and/or a Financial Pledge Card, contact Helen, Pam Lugo or Pastor Mike. The sheets and pledge cards may also be found in our pew pads at Cross of Glory. Preferably by October 28 or soon thereafter, please prayerfully consider your commitment to Cross of Glory as you fill out your Time and Talent Sheets and Financial Pledge Card. Placed in separate envelopes, the Time and Talent Sheets can be given to Helen and the Financial Pledge Cards can be given to Pam Lugo. The pledge cards will be kept confidential.

Thank you for making positive differences in the lives of others at Cross of Glory.
Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

There are many committees currently at work on annual tasks – the stewardship campaign, a review of our congregation and pastor, the development of a proposed budget for the coming year and identifying proposed church leadership for 2019. In addition, two adhoc committees are focused on special interests – the youth/family development committee and the revised constitution committee. We also have six standing committees working hard in their particular areas of responsibility – worship and
music, education, outreach and evangelism, stewardship, property and fellowship. Did I mention that often things are quietly taken care of outside of committees as well?

In this season of thanksgiving, I can’t thank everyone enough who is involved in these various endeavors. YOU ARE THE CHURCH. I am truly humbled by your dedicated service and I thank God for each and every one of you. May God bless you richly for your loving service to Him.

Julie Prange

 

NEW EDUCATION CLASSES AT CROSS OF GLORY!

In Lutheranism, we revere the Word of God as our authority for faith and life.  We distinguish between the Written Word of God (The Bible) and the Incarnate Word of God (The Word Made Flesh, Jesus Christ), but revere both.  Join us regularly at church for opportunities to grow in faith.  On Tuesdays, we have morning and evening Bible Study classes.

Beginning Tuesday, November 6 at 10:00 AM in the morning, Pastor Mike will be teaching a new course at church entitled, “The Seven Deadly Sins.”  Learn how the list developed over the centuries (and how the list changed).  We will be looking at various Biblical verses that point to cardinal sins and why they may have been singled out as seriously problematic.

And then on the evening of Tuesday, November 6 at 6:00 PM, Pastor Mike will be teaching a new study entitled, “The New Testament Canon.”  Students will learn how the 27 New Testament books were deemed worthy of Biblical inclusion while other ancient texts speaking of Jesus and Christianity were not.

Both classes will continue on Tuesdays until Christmas time.

Be with us!  Bring others!

 

WELCOME CROSS OF GLORY NEW MEMBERS:

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 worshiping 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!

RTD EVENTS:

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.

EDUCATION SUNDAY SCHOOL:

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

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:

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

OCTOBER FOOD ITEM: CANNED MEAT ITEMS

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

OCTOBER OUTREACH FOCUS: CHILDREN’S ADVISORY NETWORK

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.

STEWARDSHIP

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!

RALLY SUNDAY WORSHIP: SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

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

FUMBLING: 
(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!

SAFETY: 
(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.

NFL PLAYERS SPEAK OF THEIR FAITH
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.
PHILADELPHIA QB (And Raised Lutheran) CARSON WENTZ CLIP

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)
NFL PLAYERS “SURRENDERING” TO GOD CLIP
HEADSET TO THE BOOTH ABOVE (The “Celebrate” Insert prayers)
NFL PLAYERS “SERVE” GOD/OTHERS CLIP
CHEERLEADING SONG THREE: “On EAGLE’S Wings” (Vs. 1, 2, 3, 4)……. ELW 787
TAILGATE INVITATION
PLAYER EJECTION (The Blessing and Dismissal)

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

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

GROCERY GIFT CARDS

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.

TUESDAY EDUCATION CLASSES: 10 AM AND 6 PM

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!

CHOW HALL GALA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19. SAVE THE DATE! 

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 (www.newbeginningswc.org) or by calling 970-812-3099.

HOLY HAMMERS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP OTHERS ABOUND!  

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.

SEPTEMBER FOOD ITEM – UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE

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

SEPTEMBER OUTREACH FOCUS – HELPING HANDS MINISTRY

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.

STEWARDSHIP

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).