For the month of September, Cross of Glory will designate The Salvation Army for our benevolence. With so many disasters, natural and manmade currently occurring in the world of late, the role of the Salvation Army is so desperately needed.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

They are in 130 countries.  Salvation Army provides services from meals to disaster relief, homeless shelters to summer camps.  23 million Americans benefit each year.  If you would like more information, their website is

Metro Caring’s September Items of the Month: Pasta and Spaghetti  

BOB is hungry for Italian this month.  Please fill the Big Orange Box with pastas and spaghettis.  Please offer sauces in cans, not glass jars.  The canned sauces work so much easier for the folks at Metro Caring. They really appreciate how your kindness helps them fulfill their mission.  Thank you!


I need this verse more and more these days. I get so caught up with situations that are going on and I want the situation to be solved right now so I can have peace again. My heart knows that my true peace can only come from God, and I know if I leave my problems at His feet He will take care of them in His own way. What a comfort that knowledge is to me.

Fall is right around the corner, and we will have our Rally Sunday on September 18th. It is a time of renewal, time to come to church again, time to attend Bible Study, time to engage with your fellow members of Cross of Glory. Watch for the activities you can get involved in by reading your newsletter.

If you have any great ideas you want to share on how we can get more involved with our community, our members or how to draw more people into our wonderful church, let your council members know.

We are here to listen, and we can’t do anything without you. We want to welcome all people to our church so they can experience God’s love.

Pam Lugo   303-907-8410




The ‘dog days’ of August are upon us!  For some, summer vacation is over as children and teachers return to school. For others, the month of August is one hot day after another. 

For August, we have our own Helping Hands ministry for those among us who have special needs. This program is a great way to assist those in our Cross of Glory family. If you could provide help or you know of a member who could use a helping hand with something, whether it be financial, help around their house or a ride to the doctor, please let Pastor Mike know. 

Metro Caring’s August Item of the Month: DIAPERS & PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS

The folks at Metro Caring are noting a need for diapers (any size), and personal hygiene items this month. The good news is most municipalities have taken diapers off the sales taxable list! Personal hygiene items needed include toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, sunscreen, and Kleenex. Anything you use, the patrons at Metro Caring use too! BOB (our Big Orange Box) at the front entrance at Cross of Glory wants you to fill him up.

President’s Thoughts for August

Well, I hope you have joined us for a few get togethers so far this summer. We have had a Summer Picnic, Movie Nights, Game Nights plus Tuesday Night Bible Studies. There are still a few more opportunities to join us in August. Make sure you read this newsletter for those opportunities. We enjoy seeing you in person and we hope to see more of you in the future. Another opportunity for us to welcome people into our wonderful congregation is through… Ministry of Reconciliation.

What is reconciling in Christ?

What does the Bible say about the Ministry of Reconciliation?

Second Corinthians 5:18-19 declares, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ.”

Here is an example of what’s on a church’s website that is involved in Reconciled in Christ Ministry:

Traditional Worship, Progressive Attitude, Radical Hospitality

Believing that the Holy Scriptures and the example of our Lord Jesus Christ direct us to embrace all people, ???????? Church proclaims with joy that everyone is a beloved Child of God and is welcome to full participation in all aspects of church life. We celebrate the diversity of humankind, where people of any gender identity, sexual orientation, age, economic status, faith history, marital status, race, ethnicity, or mental/physical ability are created in the image of God and worthy of God’s love and grace. We especially reach out in love to those who have experienced pain, exclusion, or discrimination from the church or society.



Our wonderful neighbors next door, the Korean Baptist Church, matched Cross of Glory with a youth in Peru a few years ago. We sponsor Fasavi Chota, Jefferson Javier, now 15 years old. Jefferson wants to be a policeman. His prayer request is for his family to be saved and live in a better situation. 

Prior to the pandemic, a group of volunteers from the Korean Baptist Church would travel to Peru on a mission trip. Cross of Glory has kept this mission in our benevolence over the years. Please be generous with your financial help to this mission. 

Metro Caring’s July Item of the Month: CANS OF VEGETABLES

This month, we will be collecting cans of vegetables. Metro Caring doesn’t accept fresh vegetables. Please bring as many cans as you are able.  If you can give me a call, my phone number is 303-378-2178, to let me know BOB has food, I’d appreciate it. 

President’s Thoughts for July

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.  Acts 1:8

In Bible study on Tuesday nights, we have started studying the book of Acts. It is considered the beginning of the church where the apostles spread the gospel message of salvation from Jerusalem to Rome and beyond. Luke relates how unity and love prevail in the church and how God protects the missionaries from their enemies. I am hoping as we study this book each week, I will understand how the Holy Spirit is still strong in the church and in my life. After Pentecost there was joy among the followers, I would like to feel that joy and excitement here at Cross of Glory.

Pastor mentioned in his message in the June newsletter, “We need more people, more families, more kids, to sustain our church and ministry into these next decades.” We need your enthusiasm and ideas. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in prayer and you may be led to a great idea we could use to further the ministry.

Highlands Lutheran church is a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) church. It means the church welcomes people of all sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expressions as well as Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, etc. These people are experiencing exclusions even among churches who declare “All are welcome”. We say all are welcome at Cross of Glory, but could we let these group of people know they are welcome by saying so on our website with special wording and logos that let them know we are a safe church for them to come and share Christ with us?

Let us explore this together as a congregation. If you want to explore this topic, I received these links from Pam McClune: Rocky Mountain Synod site or the Reconciling in Christ site

If you have any questions or just want to talk, I would be happy to do this with you.

Pam Lugo   303-907-8410

President’s Thoughts for June

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust the Father

While I am writing this newsletter piece, I am looking out the window at sunshine and snow. It is Spring in Colorado, and it is beautiful. I chose the Proverb verse above for my newsletter piece this month as we are studying Proverbs in Bible Study on Tuesday night. I was reading my devotional on these verses and the main point is to trust in the Lord with all our heart. We must wholly rely upon God’s promises, wisdom, power, and love to help us in every circumstance. I know myself as a human being, I am imperfect, and I know I need to trust that the Lord will grant me grace and forgiveness when I reach out to Him. I will do my best to follow Proverbs 3:5-6, but I also know God loves me and  will be with me in all things.

We know God loves us and loves Cross of Glory. We shall go forward with faith and trust the Lord will guide us and everyone at Cross of Glory.                 

Pam Lugo


I am so grateful we all have different spiritual gifts.  I think that makes us so much stronger as a community.  There are some things I am good at doing, but so many others that are just a little beyond my abilities.  Knowing those bases are covered is a great relief.  Some of us are movers and shakers, some of us organizers and fund raisers, some extroverts and some introverts, some mystics, and visionaries, some who also serve when they only stand and wait.  Our diversity is our secret.  As unassuming as we may seem in a world that values power, our strength is mighty because it arises from a great many bodies; all with the same big heart.

Also, if you still want to do submit your Time and Talent sheet to share your talents, please let me know so I can get you on the list for helping out the committee of your choice.

Upcoming events are coming in the Spring with the first event, 

Community Shred a Thon
Saturday, May 14, 10:00 to 12:00 Noon.

Thank you.
Stewardship Chairperson
Shelly Blakely


This year, Cross of Glory will dedicate our Lenten Offerings to the Project Angel Heart organization. Project Angel Heart works to improve the health of people with life-threatening illnesses. Meals are prepared and delivered that are purposely tailored for thousands of Coloradans. PAH has been especially essential during the Covid pandemic.

Please be generous with your offerings during Lent. If you would like to volunteer, please check out their website:

There are a number of jobs you can do for this wonderful organization.


As we get ready for the Lenten Season, it is a good time to reflect. It’s a complicated time of the church year. How thankful we should be for what Jesus gave up for us!  His Life!  And Him knowing the time was approaching for His suffering. It was a time of great anguish for Him. And then on Easter morning, we celebrate with great joy, His resurrection.

From one extreme to another, up and down and up again. Sometimes, our own lives are like that, the ups and the downs. Cross of Glory has helped many of our members throughout the years with Helping Hands. If you or someone you know in our congregation is having a troubled time, please connect with Pastor Mike. Let him know if help is needed. Our monthly benevolence for March is there for YOU! 



Metro Caring’s March Food Item of the Month: CANNED MEATS, CHICKEN, TUNA, SPAM

During March, please bring canned meats to BOB, our Big Orange Box out front. The folks at Metro Caring are so appreciative of our donations. Thank you all!

As we are still in the winter months, I ask those of you entering the church during the week to please check BOB when you come in. If you would please bring any food items in to prevent freezing. There are boxes on the floor under the mailboxes, let’s fill them up. Give me a call to let me know we have food ready to go to Metro Caring. Thank you!

A special Thank You to all for bringing soup to church through the month of February. Pastor Mike set a hefty goal at 10,000 cans. At this writing, we’re still collecting soup, I’m not sure we’ll hit 10,000, but we have made an impact. Thank you again!  I’ll have a final count by the end of February. 


Lent is upon us! This Wednesday, March 2nd, our friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2400 South Colorado Boulevard, have invited us to attend in-person worship with them in their church building. Be looking for the link so that those of you choosing not to attend in person might be able to be part of the worship experience as well.

And then, the following five Wednesdays, we will be gathering at Cross of Glory for 7:00 PM worship.  Using Holden Evening Prayer as our format, we will be presenting character sketches of certain ones who encountered Jesus in His ministry and trek to the cross. AND, our Zoom link will be available for those choosing not to attend in person.

              Wednesday, March 9:  The Woman at the Well

              Wednesday, March 16:  Peter

              Wednesday, March 23:  Mary Magdalene

              Wednesday, March 30:  The Apostle Paul

              Wednesday, April 6:   Mary, The Mother of Jesus

We are still in need of people who will volunteer to read Scripture passages. Please be sure to visit with Mary Lemke, our Music and Worship chairperson or Pastor Mike about your willingness to help. We also are looking for those who might play an instrument or sing a solo for us during Lent.

Pastor Mike and Pastor Todd from Prince of Peace are still talking about Holy Week, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services. So much depends on the virus. As plans unfold, we will be sure to let you know. Of course, we will be Zooming services for those who choose to remain at home during Lent.

Be sure to be with us for Wednesday observances and Sunday morning worship throughout these next 40 days of Lent.

President’s Letter March 2022

2 Thessalonians 3:5

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance

I love this verse because I want the Lord to direct my heart into God’s love. This newsletter is for March, but I am writing this article in February just past Valentine’s Day which, of course, reminds us love is in the air. I was in the sanctuary this morning as I had to pick up something in the church. When I walked into the sanctuary the first thing I noticed was the banner up at the altar with the hearts and the word love on the banner.

Our Education council member Steve Wilson is always reminding us of the love Christ has for us. For me, the love of Christ leads me to Peace which I need to function each day. We can experience the Lord’s peace continually and in every way. Peace must be practical and practiced. The best way is to begin each day reading God’s Word and praying for His guidance during the day. When things build up during the day, you can think back on your morning devotion to return to that peace you started your day with, in His Word. I will end this short article with this verse from 2 Thessalonians 3:16. Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.          
Pam Lugo

Metro Caring’s December Food Items of the Month: POTLUCK FOOD ITEMS

Potluck dinners, are such fun and always great food. We Lutherans sure know how to eat well! But COVID-19 …We had to stop enjoying those great meals and happy chatter. Did we still shop for all the ingredients for those casseroles, just in case? Are there items in your cupboard that you won’t be using soon?

For December, we will be collecting all those ‘potluck’ items for BOB, our Big Orange Box. BOB has plenty of room for all those canned, packaged, bottled food items you have at home. Bring them to church for Metro Caring Food Bank. 

The folks at Metro Caring are also in need of BABY DIAPERS, any size if you find yourself in the baby aisle at the store.

A very Merry Christmas to you, dear people at Cross of Glory!
Thank you for your gifts,
Jan Reich, Outreach Chairperson


Our congregation reaches out in love to the community, the country and the world. Throughout the year, we reach out to those who have a need. Several years ago, growing out of those needs, Cross of Glory created a Helping Hands Ministry.

Ah, December! The last month of the calendar year, the first month of the church year. Especially during this month, let us start out the new year with those closest to us, our church family. Let’s “Reach Out” to our members, embracing those amongst us who have special needs. Whether it be bringing a meal, driving them to a doctor’s visit, shoveling their sidewalk, or just sitting and enjoying a cup of tea, please add our church members’ needs to your list of things to do. Also, thinking of all those extra things that need to be done – decorating, shopping, cooking and baking, Christmas cards, and so much more! Is there something, someone we forgot? How about helping others?

If you or someone you know needs Helping Hands support, please contact Pastor Mike. All requests are confidential.  Also, consider supporting the Helping Hands program with your time or service. If you can help, please let Pastor Mike know of your availability.


A circle of light surrounds all who seek the protection of the Spirit. None are turned away. None are forgotten. For the love of the Spirit is wide and generous, its reach encompasses the whole world. It can overcome any challenge, meet any need, and heal any hurt. As you make your way through this day, come what may, remember that circle of light. Feel its presence in your life and know that you are safe in the shelter of the Spirit’s care. Be at peace in your heart.  There is strength beside you that will never fail, a blessing that will abide with you forever.

Danny Danforth       



Fall is in the air, we prepare for colder weather, the aromas of delicious foods in the oven, friends and family time together, thankful for our homes, health, and loved ones. I sure wish this were true for everyone. We know it isn’t happening everywhere, for all. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we are reminded of those around us who are in need of good food, a warm bed, a job, companionship.  Denver Rescue Mission has been providing these and more to families and individuals hit with hard times. This month of thankfulness will be dedicated to assisting Denver Rescue Mission. Please consider a contribution to this very worthwhile organization assisting those in need in Denver for years.

Luke 6:20-21 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” Jan Reich, Outreach


One thing about Fall is the scheduled annual Chow Hall Fundraising Gala for the New Beginnings Women’s Prison. Pastor Terry Schjang, being so diligent, kept this event going even through a pandemic. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 8. Our October Outreach will be focused on New Beginnings.
Chow Hall Fundraising Gala
Friday, October 8, 2021
Streaming begins at 6:00 PM and ends at 7:30 PM
Join us virtually to hear our Keynote Speaker, Leslie Herod of District 8, a Testimonial from a New Beginnings’ parishioner and participate in the Paddle Raiser Live & Silent Auctions.
To purchase tickets, Go to:


Metro Caring’s November Food Items of the Month: CRANBERRIES, GREEN BEANS, GRAVY, PUMPKIN

(Canned foods to make Thanksgiving dinner complete – If you’ve ever put black olives on your fingers, you just have to give that gift to a youngster this Thanksgiving!  If you think of any other canned good, please add it to the list.) 
A huge “Thank You” to all who so generously put food items in BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory, however, BOB is presently in need of more food! And thank you to all who are taking the food to Metro Caring. October’s needed food items are boxed cereals and cooking oils.  November’s needed food items are cranberries, green beans, gravy and pumpkin. Please remember BOB when shopping!



Wow we did it…

I want to thank everyone once again for all your help, from donating items to our Yard Sale, taking the leftovers to ARC and everything in-between.  We could not have done this without you and your help for sure.   The Shred-it event was great as well. These two events raised money for our little church. The Shred-it event helped our community dispose their important papers in a safe place. Our Yard Sale helped the over-stuffed, help the under-stuffed find treasures!   So, with all that said, “Thanks to all for a job well done.” 

Now as we head into Fall and curl up for the Winter, please think of what you can do to help at Church, like praying for people and greeting new guests at our front doors. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up to help next year for the Yard Sale and Shred-it Events! 

Be watching for information about our annual November Stewardship Drive that will provide your 2022 Time and Talent Sheets and Financial Pledge Cards coming to your mailboxes.  Please return your T&T Sheet to me and your sealed Financial Pledge Card to Pam Lugo, our Financial Secretary.  It would be most helpful if those are returned no later than November 21.  Thank you for sharing your tithing, treasures and talents. 

I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful Family called Cross of Glory.

Your Stewardship Chairman, Shelly Blakely




A few words from your President Danny Danforth

 I would like to honor all of the mentors in our community, which actually means I would like to honor all of us.  We have all been blessed by mentors through our lives, women and men who have seemed to be at the right place at the right time, who showed an interest in us, who both challenged and supported our own efforts.  May the Spirit bless them, one and all.  And at the same spiritual time, each one of us has been a mentor to others, sometimes without even realizing it. We have been an example. We have said the right thing at the right moment. We have helped to show the  way  forward.  May  the  Spirit  bless  each  of  us  into becoming the best mentor we can be for the sake of the world in which we all live. TAKE CARE, BE SAFE and BE A MENTOR TO SOMEONE.

Danny Danforth 


Thank you so much for all of the prayers, cards, telephone calls, visits, and thoughts for when I had my knee surgery. It is very much appreciated and to be loved by this congregation. My knee is healing well and I’m very grateful for all of the wonderful nurses and doctors and staff and physical therapists that work with people like me to make me walk again.

Pam Lugo


Cross of Glory was privileged to be in the Cook Park neighborhood. For years, many of our neighbors have regarded Cross of Glory as their church whether they frequent our worship services, attend community-user groups housed in our church or stop by our church building for any number of ministry activities throughout the year. Cross of Glory IS their church.  On Tuesday, August 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, held at not-so-far-away from our church, Cook Park, The East Evans Business Association sponsored a “Get-to-Know Your Neighbors and Emergency Responders” community event, called National Night Out. This was the 37th year for this event that happens all across our Nation on the 1st Tuesday in August. Our church will have representatives present in a booth sharing information with our neighbors about Cross of Glory ministry and hand out water bottles.

Thank you, Nancy Barlow, Scott and Kelli Dankenbring, Helen Devantery and Julie Prange for donating your time at the booth and/or providing items to be distributed.

Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson: AUGUST EVANGELISM FOCUS

For the 4th of July, Pastor Mike included a quote from Great Britain’s former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.  When asked about the greatness of our country, he said, “Well, if you doubt it, ask yourself why so many in the world want to go there.”  

Well, let’s think about God’s greatness and why so many people in the world worship Him and want to go to church?  Our focus this month is to bring our neighbors, friends, and strangers to church with us. What do you think? Are there ideas you have to grow our wonderful church?  Please share them with me.

Metro Caring’s: August Food Item of the Month COOKING OIL AND BABY DIAPERS

Thank you to all who bring items to BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. This month, please help to fill BOB with the much-needed items of the month:  Cooking Oil and Baby Diapers. All sizes will be accepted.   Thank you for your generosity.


Our congregation reaches out in love to the community, the country, the world. Throughout the year, we reach out to those who have a need. Several years ago, growing out of those needs, Cross of Glory created a Helping Hands Ministry. During August, our Outreach will be dedicated to our church family.  

If you or someone you know needs Helping Hands support, please contact Pastor Mike.  All requests are confidential.  Also consider supporting the Helping Hands program with your time or service.  If you can help, please let Pastor Mike know of your availability.



A few words from your President Danny Danforth

There is a gentle hand that comes quietly, when all the words have been spent, and all the tears shed, and only a silence remains, the long empty hours of waiting and worrying and wondering.  That’s when you feel it.  Not think it, or imagine it, but feel it: the unseen hand that touches your shoulder.  I have experienced it more than once, betrayed by my own confidence to find just how fragile a life can be when it is lived in a real world with real pain and longing.  My strength faltered.  My energy drained.  My hope gone absent while I was not looking.  Then it touched me gently but firmly, a gesture as old as awareness, a hand resting on my shoulder, telling me that I am never alone.  Before there were words there was touch, a message of love

communicated by contact alone, an ancient healing shared without a word spoken.                                  
TAKE CARE, BE SAFE, Danny Danforth


Donations of new, unused greeting cards are always needed at New Beginnings Worshiping Congregation, the prison church located at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility.  Also, you may have extra 2022 calendars that you don’t need.  Calendars, too, are always needed at the women’s prison.  You can give your donations to Julie Prange or leave them in the “New Beginnings” box located in the fellowship room.

FROM YOUR PRESIDENT… A few words from your President Danny Danforth

Whatever comes into your life, do not be anxious.  There will be someone standing beside you.  You will not be alone or forgotten.  A great and compassionate love will hold you up, even through the longest night.  Wisdom as ancient as the stones of the earth, will whisper in your ear to help you in your choices, to comfort you in your losses, to show you the path forward.  You will not be left unknowing and uncertain but filled with a deep sense of hope.  Whatever comes into your life, whether sunlight or shadow, open your mind and heart to the living presence of love that surrounds you.  Listen to the urgings of your own common sense and the call of what you know to be sacred.  Your life will be secure, come what may, for faith will be your home and kinship your blessed band of believers.

TAKE CARE, BE SAFE. Danny Danforth

The East Evan’s Business Association’s National Night Out at Cook Park

We’ve been asked to set up a cold-water booth at this year’s annual Cook Park National Night Out event. Help is needed with set-up at 3:30 and take down at 7:30. This event was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic, and usually attracts about 500 people. This year could be equally as well-attended. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated. Please call me at 303-378-2178 if you can help on August 3rd.  Thank you in advance. 

Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson

Metro Caring’s July Food Item of the Month: COOKING OIL, CANOLA AND OLIVE

Thank you to all who bring items to BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. This month, please help to fill BOB with much-needed Cooking Oil, Canola and OliveAdditionally, a much-requested item are baby diapers, all sizes.  Thank you for your generosity.



Remember going to Arts & Crafts events in July and finding so many things for Christmas?  Christmas in July!

Last year was different to say the least. Not being in church for services, especially through the holidays, not celebrating with family or friends, and not seeing the wonderful volunteers ring the bells for the Salvation Army at stores. 

This month we will support the Salvation Army for our Outreach focus. Christmas in July. A Christian based organization since 1865, their mission statement reads:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible.  Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.  Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

They are in 130 countries.  Salvation Army provides services from meals to disaster relief, homeless shelters to summer camps.  23 million Americans benefit each year.  If you would like more information, their website is  

Metro Caring’s June Food Item of the Month

Thank you to all who bring food items to BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. Throughout the month of June, Metro Caring is accepting cans of spaghetti sauce. Please no glass jars. Packaged spaghetti noodles go nicely with the sauce too!
Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson


Our June Outreach Focus is our own Helping Hands Ministry. Jesus showed us so many examplesand ways to follow in his footsteps.  We are Rooted in the Word. If your needs are few or many, please let Pastor Mike know how our church family can help you. If your abundance is small or large, please offer up what you can. 


How great it feels (Rejoice), to be able to get outside, go for a walk and visit neighbors and friends.  Looking ahead toward a healthier world, we at Cross of Glory will have the opportunity to get out and about in our own neighborhoods. How we can be Reaching out on your block to invite folks to come to church with you and of course, within the Cook Park neighborhood as well. 

Our dear friend Nancy Barlow and I will be meeting soon to put a plan together with tools to help us grow Cross of Glory. Speaking of Helping Hands…


It seems like the last couple of weeks, there is a general sense that we are moving away from the concerns of the virus.  Half of Americans have been vaccinated and the consensus is that those vaccinated will not get Covid. Public gathering places are opening again with less stringent requirements about masks and social distancing.  Having said that, the virus is STILL problematic, even deadly, among nations and people where vaccinations have not been administered.

Since Easter, Cross of Glory has been open to worshippers.  With each passing week, we have seen more members venture into our sanctuary.  There is still a sizable number of our church friends who are choosing to stay at home on Sunday mornings, waiting for greater confirmation of the virus being a memory. Let us respect each other’s perspectives on the disease, welcoming those who return to our sanctuary with continued safeguarding AND reaching out lovingly to those in our parish who choose to be away for a time.

Would you please share with us your intent about returning to Sunday morning worship?  As summer is upon us, we certainly have the option of moving outdoors for church.  Would you come to church IF we were worshipping outdoors (as opposed to indoors)?  If several of you still choosing at this point to worship at home say, “Yes,” then, in joy, we will indeed do the added setups necessary for worship outdoors, trusting that (1) you will come and that (2) setting up (and taking down) worship items for the outdoors will be utilized. Please share your thoughts with Mary Lemke, our Music and Worship Chairperson at and/or Pastor Mike at

And as always, please let us know how you are doing.  Pastor Mike continues to be open to meeting with you (upon your invitation) in your home, at church, wherever, you are most comfortable. We have navigated this past year well, learning along the way.  As Covid comes closer to being behind us, let us continue to exercise good judgments.  NO ONE in our congregation contracted the virus…a credit to you!  We are in the home stretch!  Let us move into these next months at church with care and with anticipation of safer and sanctuary times ahead!  


One thing is clear: We have a lot of work to do!  Even now, as many of us already feel we are doing what we can, even now as many of us feel we are emerging from the grasp of the pandemic, even now as we are beginning to see the breadth and depth of the work before us.  We have a lot of work to do!  Now is not the time to rest long in the new warmth of SPRING nor forget these last months of darkness and how close a thing our passage to higher ground may be.  I believe our ancestors are encouraging us to go on: to keep doing all we can to heal the world.  Look for the passion and the possibility! And help where you can!  How you can! When you can for, we have a lot of work to do, and we need to do it together.

Danny Danforth


One thing is clear: We have a lot of work to do!  Even now, as many of us already feel we are doing what we can, even now as many of us feel we are emerging from the grasp of the pandemic, even now as we are beginning to see the breadth and depth of the work before us.  We have a lot of work to do!  Now is not the time to rest long in the new warmth of SPRING nor forget these last months of darkness and how close a thing our passage to higher ground may be.  I believe our ancestors are encouraging us to go on: to keep doing all we can to heal the world.  Look for the passion and the possibility! And help where you can!  How you can! When you can for, we have a lot of work to do, and we need to do it together.

Danny Danforth


A few words from your President Danny Danforth

I don’t know if you have a spiritual “to do” list, but since we are all works in progress, I am betting that you do, even if you have never written it down or thought of it in that way.  I believe we all have a sense of where we are engaged with the Spirit. Where things are happening in our lives, where we are growing.  We know where these places are for us because they are where the energy of curiosity and commitment are focusing us to change. This energy moves us forward intellectually.  It lays more questions before us.  It updates our “to do” list with more things to learn, more mysteries to explore, more ways to find and share happiness and peace.  Spiritual growth is not about having more to do, but about doing what comes naturally.  

Follow your heart where it is taking you and you will do more than you ever imagined possible.

Danny Danforth


For over a year now, not being physically able to be in our sanctuary, we have been worshipping from our homes with the help of ZOOM technology.  I want to thank Steve Reid for putting this together during this time of Covid.  I also want to thank Vada Danforth, working from home, for her assistance as a co-host for Pastor Mike and Steve as she assists people to join our worship services. We are on our way to a new and wonderful way to worship and keep everyone connected even from afar…

Plans are being made for when we worship at Cross of Glory either in our sanctuary or outdoors when it is warm enough.  Training is in place for individuals to help with the ZOOM broadcast.  ZOOM worship will continue regardless of how and where we worship.  We would like to thank Julie Blakely, Craig Pizinski, Don Pieratt, Angel Torres, Steve, and Trevor Wilson for their interest in learning more about the ZOOM projections/cameras now as we begin preparing for more worship opportunities at Cross of Glory.  More help will be needed and appreciated.  IF you are available, please let me, Steve Reid, or Pastor know.  

Metro Caring’s May Food Item of the Month: PEANUT BUTTER

Thank you to all who bring food items to BOB, our Big Orange Box, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. This month, Metro Caring has asked for donations of PEANUT BUTTER.  Maybe jelly will be requested next month!!!

Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson


Looking for something different for dinner tonight?  Denver Restaurant Week runs until Sunday, May 2, this year.  To make it even more fun, this year you can make a charitable contribution to Project Angel Heart while enjoying a wonderful meal. 

They are hoping to raise $100,000 during Denver Restaurant Week. Project Angel Heart has a single donor who will match all donations that are $30 or more.

This organization, Project Angel Heart, serves over 3,000 Coloradans with life-threatening illnesses. They make about 550,000 customized meals every year to give better nutrition to those suffering with diseases. The goal is for people to feel better and hopefully recover from their illness. 

More than 200 restaurants in the Denver Metro area are participating. A list from ‘A to Z’ can be found online at Dining options include outdoor, to-go and delivery. Enjoy a meal and help someone out at the same time. What could be better?       



To All Our Cross of Glory Family and Friends,

YES, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR TO REMEMBER.  I know it was hard not worshiping at the Church, but it did keep everyone safe, and we did not lose anyone to the Covid-19 virus. We also learned new computer skills that we didn’t have before. A BIG THANK YOU to the many people that taught us those new skills.

Now, that over one third of us have had our Covid-19 shots, we come closer to resuming regular activities again at Cross of Glory, including opening our building in time. We will still have Zoom for the ones who wish to stay at home to watch.

So, keep your lawn chairs in your car so on those SUNNY days, we can worship in our rose garden in our back patio.

Please take care and wear your masks.
Danny Danforth, Council President


Returning to worship in our sanctuary for Easter is being considered.  There are several things that need to be addressed before that can happen. Safety is our first priority! We must have individuals working with projections/camera in our sanctuary and someone working with our continued Zoom broadcast.  Training will be provided.  Please let me or Pastor know if you can assist.  Your help would be appreciated.


This event will be here soon.
Start saving all your none published information (NPI) documents for our Shred-it Event
Saturday, May 15, 2021 (Starting at 10:00 AM and Ending at 12:00 PM).
A truck will again be on site to dispose of all NPI information right here at Cross of Glory.
Spread the word to your family and friends to let them know the details.

Annual Yard Sale – Date TBA
It’s Spring!  Begin going through your things and set them aside for the Yard Sale.
Watch for the date to be announced!  I will let you know as soon as a date is set.
Thanks so much.
Shelly Blakely, Stewardship Chairperson


During the summer of 1990, I was traveling home to Arkansas from Wisconsin. I had my 10- year-old nephew and my two, very young daughters with me. We had to stop for the night near Rochester, MN. As we walked into the rural motel, the desk clerk was sending a teenage girl away. It appeared she had all her earthly belongings with her and no method of transportation. 

Do you have those things we have left undone, haunt you?  I continue to think of that young girl, hopefully now in her mid-40’s. What could I have done to help her then?  What can I do now?

The mission of Urban Peak in Denver is “ignite the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives.” Young people seeking shelter get basic needs met, support and guidance. Urban Peak has an Outreach Team working to meet young people living on the streets of Denver. In addition to shelter, Urban Peak has an Education Program, covering the cost of GED exams and more. It also offers Employment and Training Services. 

For April, our focus for Outreach will be to help youth in need. Please support Urban Peak. 

Metro Caring’s: April Food Items of the Month COOKING OIL, TUNA AND/OR CANNED MEATS, CHICKEN, SPAM

The wonderful folks at Metro Caring need cooking oil this month. They have asked we continue bringing canned meats – tuna, chicken, and everyone’s favorite, SPAM. Please be generous with these food items and place them in our Big Orange Box, BOB, located at the front door of Cross of Glory. 


As we look forward to a Blessed Easter and Springtime, please keep in remembrance the tragic loss of Officer Eric Talley.  Personal donations can be made to:

Boulder County Injured and Fallen Officers Fund
c/o Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Undersheriff Tom Sloan
5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301

Jan Reich, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson                    

MARCH 2021

I’m sending out a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to send in your Time and Talent Sheets and tithings. We are the best “LITTLE CHURCH WITH THE BIGGEST HEART!”    Most of the little/big ministry jobs are covered.  Just a reminder, if you see an upcoming event that you are interested in providing support, it is never too late to jump in.   Please reach out to the committee chairperson, come, and join the party. Yes!!! Party even if you do nothing but be there to show your support.  Be assured you will have a great time!   We have a Shred-it event coming up soon. Come and join everyone there. Get to know your Cross of Glory family!

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”                                            Acts 20:35


With the help of ZOOM technology, Steve Reid, Pastor Mike, YOU – AND our computers, phones or IPADs – we are proud to announce we are watching our worship services, Tuesday Night Bible Studies, Church Council Meetings and other possible meetings…at home!

Our thanks and appreciation to everyone making the effort in successfully following the instructions to connect to our ZOOM services, studies and meetings.   IF you are not participating with us yet…and are interested in doing so…here is how it works:  First of all, we need your email address!  IF we do NOT have it, please send it to Pastor Mike ( and Mary Lemke (   A day or so, prior to our worship service and our Bible study, information will be sent to you for that worship service, study or meeting. It will include a blue link beginning “https.” Simply click on the blue link and you should be connected.  If not, give us a call.  



Happy Valentine’s Day!! I have received about thirty Time and Talent sheets from you so far.  I think we can do better.  I realize there are many ministry jobs listed and it looks a little overwhelming, but even if each of us just selected one or two small jobs, before we know it, the jobs will be filled!  Please, help us to be prepared to come back to the church when we get the GREEN LIGHT.  If you need a Time and Talent and/or confidential Pledge Card for 2021, please let me know.  There is still time for you to return your sheets committing your talents to Cross of Glory’s ministry.  I cannot wait to see all of you real soon.


The SAME Café (So All May Eat) restaurant is dedicated to serving healthy food to everyone, regardless of one’s ability to pay.  SAME Café was only the second of its kind in the U. S. when it first opened its doors in 2006.  Since then, similar restaurants have been established throughout the country.  The menu is diverse and changes daily.  There are typically two types of soups. Salads and pizzas are offered in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.  All meals are prepared in-house, with most of the food coming from local sources.

The restaurant, located at 2023 East Colfax Avenue, serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  SAME Café is open to the public. There is no set price for a meal.  The SAME Café does however have a transparent budget that includes the following:  The cost of food is $1.94 per meal; the average donation per patron is $4.74 per meal while the TOTAL cost of the meal (including food, staff and rent), averages $11.80.  Patrons pay as they can.  Some patrons provide volunteer services in lieu of cash payments.

A SAME Food Truck campaign was launched in 2019 as a means of serving nutritious food to people who are not able to get to the restaurant.  The food truck program is dedicated to bringing healthy food to six Denver-area “food deserts” (places where healthy food is difficult to access due to expense and distance).  A secondary goal of the food truck program is to educate people about hunger, food and justice through presence in the community.   The SAME Café also has a “Cook to Work” program that prepares students for entry-level employment in a commercial kitchen.  The program has no time limit for completion and is provided at no charge to the student.  The SAME Café has many volunteer opportunities.  Additional information is available at

Metro Caring’sJanuary Food Items of the Month: CEREAL, GRANOLA BARS, OTHER BREAKFAST ITEMS

 Cereal, Granola Bars or Other Breakfast Items. The need for food assistance in the community remains high at this time, with many people unemployed or struggling to make financial ends meet.  While cereal, granola bars or other nutritious breakfast items are requested in January, any food donation is welcome and appreciated.  All in-kind donations are taken to Metro Caring, one of Denver’s largest hunger relief programs.  You can drop off your donations any time in “BOB”, our Big Orange Box, located near the front entrance to the church.  Thank you for your generosity!

Julie Prange, Outreach and Evangelism Chairperson


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!!!  My New Year’s resolution is – We will be back together in our Home – Cross of Glory!!! And with that being said, we really need a plan in place to make sure ministry is covered. Please fill out (and mail to Pam Lugo, our Cross of Glory Financial Secretary) your 2021 Time and Talent Sheets and your confidential Pledge Cards as we start back to being  in our building. You are the Church; We are the Church!!!   2021 will be a Great Year!


Start saving all your none published information (NPI) documents for our Shred-it Event
Saturday, May 15, 2021 (Starting at 10:00 AM and Ending at 12:00 PM).
A truck will be on-site to dispose of all that information right here at Cross of Glory.

This is a great time to spread the word to Friends and Family to start saving.

Financial help always is a responsibility as we grow our ministry.  Thank you for sending your offering tithes by mail weekly, or if you are able, for a whole month to Cross of Glory, 1991 South Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80224. Some of you have contacted your bank to make arrangements to have checks directly mailed to Cross of Glory on a regular basis through their free online programs.  You are helping our church pay its bills and get ready for our return.   Again, THANK YOU.

Shelly Blakely, Stewardship Chairperson


As we enter the Advent season, the beginning of our church calendar, we prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Son of God, baby Jesus.  What a joyous way to start our year.  Our Savior came to Earth in the flesh to save us from our sins.  Hallelujah and thanks be to the Father for this eternal gift.

The church year has begun, but the church council year is coming to an end.  This year has been a privilege for me serving as your president of the council.  Thank you for your confidence and faith in me to be your leader this year.  And many thanks to the hard-working council members and for their assistance that made my job a pleasure.  And, of course, thanks to Pastor Mike who has been my counsel over the years and especially the past year.  I will miss being a part of the council but will still be here at Cross of Glory and ready to help where I can.