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.


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.

AUGUST FOOD ITEM – ROLLED OATS

Metro Caring is a welcoming, dignified, health-focused organization, accessible to everyone in the Denver metro area.  Inside their facility, their staff and volunteers provide a respectful and equitable experience to anyone who walks through their doors. 

Thank you for supporting this very worthwhile organization.  Your donations of our August emphasis rolled oats can be left in the narthex in the marked boxes. Kelli Lee, Outreach Chairperson            

AUGUST OUTREACH FOCUS – ASSISTANCE LEAGUE DENVER

Assistance League Denver (ALD) has been serving the greater Denver community for 59 years.  Last year, their members devoted over 32,000 hours and spent $408,000 helping children and adults in need.  

They are our new neighbors, recently relocating to 6265 East Evans Avenue.  They have meeting rooms, office, event center, HELP and their Thrift Shop there.  The Thrift Shop is staffed and managed completely by volunteers, Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
• Operation School Bell • Arts for Kids • Scholarship opportunities • Caps for Kids • ALDO Bears • Assault Survivor Kits • Serve Our Seniors • HELP (Hospital Equipment Lending Program)

For more information, you can access their website at www.assistanceleague.org/denver

They are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to serve children and adults through its nine innovative philanthropic programs including:

Vacation Bible School – August 3 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: All children, 12 years and under are invited to be at Cross of Glory on Friday, August 3, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM for a full day of Bible School. We will focus on Noah and his ministry highlights! You will recall, Noah “invited” many of God’s creations to be with him. Everyone is encouraged to “invite” children (grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors) of family and friends to learn and experience some of what Noah’s adventures could have been! Tell them to be sure to bring their swimming suit and a towel!  THEY WILL NEED THEM as they learn about God’s presence, plans and promises! In-between stories and songs and soakings, we will have a light lunch around noon. Helpers (teenagers included) are wanted and needed to volunteer to spend time to make a big difference in the lives of some precious kids!  Visit with Lynn Reid at (303) 358-0396!

Putt Putt Golf Tournament – August 25 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm

We have several people who are good golfers – or “wanna be” good golfers! No doubt, everyone has been spending cooler evenings practicing his or her golf swings in anticipation of this traditional Putt Putt Tournament.

The same “rules” apply this year – concentrate on good sportsmanship (no whiners) and bring your readiness to have fun and the ability to laugh at yourself. No pressure intended, however, awards will be presented at Cross of Glory on Sunday, August 26, during worship.

There are many unique things about this tournament. The entry fee is inexpensive ($7.00 per person), golf balls and putters are available at the golf course, and kids and their friends ($5 for kids 12 years and younger) are encouraged to play with you. Sign the sheet in the Fellowship Hall and meet at Kennedy Golf Course located near Hampden and Dartmouth at 6:30 PM. You are guaranteed to be a “winner!” 

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).

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

We recently had three people join the Cross of Glory family – Scott Dankenbring, Jackie Phillips and Michael Schettler. I am excited about the prospect of getting to know them better in the days to come. Their joining our congregation caused me to reflect on my own church membership. I joined Cross of Glory in 1988 when I was a single working mother with two young boys to raise.  My sons and I didn’t know then that we would become part of a loving church family who would continually support us in many ways over the decades.

I have learned a lot about what church membership is all about – at least membership Cross-of-Glory style.  There is always the pastor, providing hope and encouragement with weekly sermons and quick personal check-ins. There have been Sunday school teachers and leaders, helping us grow in our faith with the study of God’s holy word. There were those who provided a listening ear and wise counsel when it was needed. I have developed deep and meaningful friendships with many dear people. There are the prayer partners, Church Council leaders, worship assistants and those who do things behind the scenes that only God sees and knows. My faith has grown stronger and deeper over the years, and I am grateful that God led my sons and me to Cross of Glory.

I sincerely hope and pray that Scott, Jackie and Michael will find their membership at Cross of Glory to be as rich and meaningful to them as it has been to me. I thank God for them. I also thank God for each and every one of you, the faithful at Cross of Glory. You are all very special, not only to God but to me. 

Julie Prange

COTTAGE MEETINGS AT CROSS OF GLORY

Dear Members in Christ,
I wanted to give you a heads up on an event coming up at the end of July.  We are hoping for 100% participation. As you know, we are an aging congregation without younger families to carry on Cross of Glory. Because of that, I would like to invite all of you to attend “Cottage Meetings.”

I hear you asking, “What are Cottage Meetings?”  They are a time of fellowship that helps us get to know each other and also each other’s needs, especially what you need from Cross of Glory.

Your Ad-Hoc committee wants to know how you feel about Cross of Glory. Do you even want children participation? Well, of course you do, BUT are you willing to roll up your sleeves and participate in the work that will be needed to find them?  If you are happy being an elderly congregation, then that is where we will put our energy and resources, BUT if you are not, then let’s move forward and find those families.

In about 1-2 weeks you will be receiving an invitation from your host to attend one of these cottage meetings. Of course, there will be food!!! Please make attending a priority.

With Christ’s Love, Lynn Reid

STEWARDSHIP

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 ESV

A HUGE thank you to all who were able to volunteer for our Annual Cross of Glory/Cook Park Summer Yard Sale, to everyone who pulled your items together for all the great donations, and to those who came and visited and shopped with us – THANK YOU! Pastor Mike, Angel Torres, Julie Prange, Jamie Winter, Steve and Lynn Reid, Jean and Al Binks, Linda Burk, Bonnie Frank, Kelli Lee and our newest member, Scott Dankenbring, Nancy Barlow and KC Keefer, and my husband, Jim – thank you so much for your time on Saturday to make it all happen. We know some of you would have loved to have joined us if you were able, know please that you were there with us in spirit! I can’t wait until next summer when we get to do this all again….all for the Glory of God!

I recently watched a video of a Chick-fil-A employee chasing after a car with the driver’s meal in hand because the driver accidentally left it behind. The employee was a huffin’ and a puffin’. After he delivered the meal to the driver, he turned right back around and walked a straight path right back to the restaurant, seemingly never missing a beat. The news story about the video continued with “The actions of the employee reflected Chick-fil-A’s stated corporate purpose: ‘To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.’”

Coincidentally, while working at the Yard Sale, I watched KC Keefer (our volunteer grill master) chase down one of our Yard Sale customers who didn’t receive HIS hot dog! Seriously!

It’s in the little things, which become the big things…

Happy Summer everyone and God Bless our growing Cross of Glory Lutheran Church!
Helen Devantery
Stewardship Chairperson

Our Outreach Focus for July is HABITAT FOR HUMANITY/HOLY HAMMERS:

Habitat for Humanity builds and sells homes to hard working people in need of decent and affordable housing. Holy Hammers, formed in 1996, built their first home in that same year in Thornton. They have many homes in partnership with hard-working families and HFHMD. There are many ways to help: Donate money, volunteer with building a home, also helping in the Habitat outlet stores.

Metro Care Ring Monthly Food Focus:

The Outreach Committee has designated SHELF-STABLE MILK/MILK SUBSTITUTES for July for those less fortunate. Please place your food donations in the boxes marked “Metro CareRing” in the narthex.

Summer Fellowship

Cross of Glory, summer is here! In order to celebrate summer, we have a great line up for you. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Friday Night Movies:
June 1 – Ice Cream Social Theme
July 6 – Hot Dog/Hamburger Theme
Aug. 3 – Backpacks For Schools Theme
Sept. 7 – Octoberfest with Root Beer Theme

Neighborhood Yard Sale: June 23: 
Congregational Picnic: July 15
Rockies Baseball Faith Day: July 29

Watch for more information. Keep an eye on your bulletins. We would love to have all of you join us. Invite your family and friends!!

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life!

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.  Helen Keller

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.  David Viscott

Nothing happens..but first a dream.  Carl Sandburg

The best sermons are lived, not preached. Cowboy Wisdom

It’s choice – not chance, that determines your destiny.  Jean Nidetch

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

It is one of the most beautiful compensation in life…that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enjoy the little things for one day. You may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault

The heart that gives, gathers.  Marianne Moore

Change your thoughts and change the world.  Norman Vincent Peale

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.  Norman Vincent Peale

Courage does not always roar, sometimes it’s a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying…”I will try again tomorrow.”  Mary Anne Radmacher.

Burn brightly without burning out. Richard Biggs

Are you ready for Summer? We are!

Can you believe summer is here?  In order to celebrate summer, we have a great line up for you. We hope that you will be able to join us!

Family Movie Nights
June 1 – Ice Cream Social theme
July 6 – Hot Dog/Hamburger theme
Aug. 3 – Backpack For Schools theme
Sept. 7 – October Fest with Root Beer theme

Neighborhood Yard Sale–  June 23

Congregational Picnic– July 15

Game Nights– TBD

Rockies Baseball Faith Day– July 29

Watch for more information. Keep an eye on your bulletins. We would love to have all of you join us. Invite your family and friends!!

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

We are always looking for additional choir members. Perhaps there have been some in the congregation who have remarked that YOU have a beautiful singing voice or… that you need some practice! Take them seriously! Join other singers for a 15-minute choir practice after Sunday worship by the organ/piano. We all will be blessed in your doing so!

Habla Espanol?  Si o No? 

Well, regardless of your answer, there is hope for you learning even MORE Spanish!  “Beginning Spanish” classes will once again be starting up soon. Talk with Pastor Mike (su maestro) for details or call the church office at (303) 756-0735 to share your interest and contact information.

Need a listening ear? 

Life challenges are better met when we have someone to lend an ear.  Pastor Mike Lemke has a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  Members, of course, receive Christian counseling from him for free.  Friends of our church wanting Christian counseling could use his services by making donations to Cross of Glory.  They are invited to call him at the church office number, (303) 756-0735, for an appointment.

Volunteers needed – Garden Ministry

Do you have a green thumb? Maybe you just like playing in the dirt!  With spring flowers blooming, we need volunteers to oversee the care of our little garden just to the north of our sanctuary big windows. Leave a note in the offering plate about your willingness to help.  Thanks!

Addiction Groups

Cross of Glory is pleased to host weekly a number of support groups for those struggling with alcohol, drug and/or gambling compulsions.  Please see the bulletin board in the hallway for the times of the various meetings.

Grocery Gift Cards

Sometime grocery shopping can be a challenge.  Ultimately, the question becomes, “How do I pay for the groceries I have selected?  Do I write a check, use cash, credit card, and/or a debit card?  The solution is simple – use a reloadable King Soopers and/or Safeway/Albertson grocery gift card you have obtained from Cross of Glory!  The initial King Soopers grocery cards can be obtained for $25 and the Safeway/Albertson cards for $5.  Contact Colette Kerlin for more information.   When you need to add more money to the cards, go to the respective King Soopers or Safeway/Albertson customer service desks or cash registers.  You may use cash, debit or a credit card.  If you reload at the cash register, please do so before your order is rung up.  The cards can be used for prescriptions and gasoline as well.  Cross of Glory gets a percentage from the grocery cards obtained from them. You benefit – and so does Cross of Glory!  It’s great stewardship.  Thank you.  April Food Item: Nuts and/or seeds.

Hunger Relief Program

Metro CareRing operates one of the largest hunger relief programs in Denver.  It distributes food and personal care items to the needy, serving up to 500 people every day.

Please share as you can to help those in need.  Please place your donations in the boxes marked “Metro CareRing”.  Thank you for caring and sharing.

Kelli Lee, Outreach Chairperson

April Outreach: Focus Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation

The Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of Colorado law enforcement officers and civilian personnel who serve in a voluntary capacity.

When a line of duty death occurs, the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation can assist, support, and provide resources for a host agency in their effort to serve the deceased officer’s family based on their needs and wishes. Their presence allows agency members to participate in honoring their colleague without the pressure of funeral planning, allowing them an appropriate time to grieve.

Planning a line of duty death funeral while handling the associated investigation and the routine of the everyday call load can overwhelm any agency. CFHF’s team of professionals integrates with agency personnel to assist with funeral planning to whatever extent the family and the agency desire.

Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation Services are provided at no cost to the agency or family.

May Newsletter Deadline

May promises to be a busy month at Cross of Glory.  Please submit your “news” to Mary Lemke at lemkemj@comcast.net or leave it in the newsletter slot in the narthex by Sunday, April 22.  People are waiting to hear how they can participate in our ministry.  Thank you!

May RTD Sponsored Events:

May 22 (Tuesday) – Cinzzetti’s lunch. The cost is $8.60 for the senior lunch, but does not include beverage, tax or 15% gratuity.  Reservation deadline is May 1.

Tuesday evening Bible Study: “How the Church Grew” will pause for summer break. Join us again in the fall.

Be with us on Tuesday nights beginning April 3 at 6:00 PM for a new class taught by Pastor Mike entitled, “How the Church Grew.” By looking at the Book of Acts, we will learn how the early church grew and wonder about implications for church growth today. Invite others!  Be part of the discussion!

The 10:00 AM Tuesday class continues with the showing and discussion of episodes of the popular television series, “This is Us.” The many different themes (parenting, sibling relationships, racial tensions, addiction, grief and loss, triumphs, defeats) depict real life.  We talk about how faith plays a part in our lives.  Join us!

Do you like to read?

We would like to start a book club at Cross of Glory. There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, April 28, at noon at Cross of Glory. Come and let’s see what we can get started. Questions, suggestions, RSPV – please contact me.

Pam Lugo, 303-907-8410, lugopspe@gmail.com

Stewardship

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

This Scripture spoke to me! There are too many things I resist doing! I find myself grumbling and wondering, “What is the point?” However, as long as I can focus on the fact that whatever I do, whatever I’m asked to do, I must do it in humble service to my Lord Jesus Christ. No matter what task, it will be sweetened when I know it’s for Him. 

So, as I think about items I will include in the upcoming summer Cook Park Yard Sale, I will bear in mind that my efforts are for my Lord Jesus Christ. It goes way beyond just cleaning out that cupboard, or digging through those boxes in our garage (which have been there since we moved to our home over ten years ago!), or actually letting go of something I thought perhaps I’d never give up, these efforts are for a much larger concern. These are the blessings I long for and am so grateful for! Will all of you join me in pursuing this dignified (yes, dignified, even in preparing for a yard sale) service for Christ?

Respectfully and humbly submitted to all my fellow Stewards at Cross of Glory,

Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

 


Metro Care Ring monthly food focus:

The Outreach Committee has designated CANNED OR DRY BEANS for January for those less fortunate. There are many individuals in need of our help. Please place your food donations in the boxes marked “Metro CareRing.”  


Grocery Cards: 

We  have  King Soopers  AND  Safeway/Albertsons reloadable gift cards.You can purchase the initial Safeway/Albertsons one for $5 and the King Soopers one 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.