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.


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

Spring Has Sprung!  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”

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

Worship and Music

Thanks to everyone, the Lenten season at Cross of Glory is always very special.  We have enjoyed worshipping together with our friends from Prince of Peace. Our Easter celebration promises to be equally special.  I hope you will be able to be with us for either the 7:30 AM Sunrise Service or the 10:00 AM Traditional worship service.   The Sullivan family will be providing special music at the 10:00 AM Worship Service.

Music is an important part of our ministry at Cross of Glory.  We are always looking for anyone who would be willing to share his or her musical talent with us.  Please visit with Olive Keefer or myself if you would be available to participate in our Worship and Music Ministry. 

How about you?  Do you enjoy singing?   Karen Matlock, our organist and choir director, would love to have you be a part of our Cross of Glory choir.  No auditions are necessary!  Short practices are held following our worship service.  Listen for the announcement when our next practice will be held – and please join us! 

Pat Lemster, Worship and Music Committee Chairperson

April RTD Sponsored Events:  Sign-up sheets are in the Fellowship Hall:

April 18 (Wednesday) – Dead Sea Scrolls. We will see the ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back 2000 years. The scrolls are presented in a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers. Event time is 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. Departure times and details will be announced prior to the day of. The ticket cost is $19.75 and includes admission to the Museum of Nature and Science. Reservation deadline is March 28.

April 26 (Thursday) – DAZZLE. Event time is 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Departure times and details will be announced prior to the day of. The cost of $25 per senior includes your choice of three entrees, soda, coffee, tea or a glass of wine, beer or well drink plus Great Live Jazz!  Tax and gratuity are included. Reservation deadline is April 5.

Outreach Focus for March 2018:

Cross of Glory’s Helping Hands Program:

Through our benevolence, each month we designate $500 to organizations helping those in need. Four times a year, realizing there are people in our congregation and community who are in need of financial and non-financial assistance, our Outreach focus has been the Helping Hands Ministry. Funds are used to help people based on their unique circumstances. Some of the non-financial assistance can be providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, running errands for someone or helping members with light housecleaning. The beauty of this program is that the funds have a full and direct impact on people’s lives. There is no middle man, no administrative fees or other costs associated with the Helping Hands program. Whatever is donated to Helping Hands goes to those needing help.

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.

Metro Care Ring March monthly food focus:

Metro CareRing 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 CareRing. For March, we are asking everyone to share canned fruit and/or veggies. 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

Stewardship

Gratitude! Our divine devotion to say thank you to God for all that we have, all that we are, and all that we will become, is the foundation of stewardship. From gratitude, generosity is fostered. And generosity can be measured in so many different ways. Sometimes, it’s that extra call to a friend to see how they are doing, perhaps it’s a volunteer mission you feel impassioned about, a calling, so to speak. Sometimes, it’s as simple as pulling together items that we no longer need so we can build our inventory for our upcoming summer garage sale (hint hint). Stewardship gives us an opportunity to perform duties and give back gratefully for a life that has been so richly blessed by our Heavenly Father.

Jesus was the ultimate Good Steward. In John 8:29, Jesus proclaims, “And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”  So, think about our need to please our Master as we think about our stewardship. Generosity leads to more generosity because that feeling of love is undeniable when we know we are living according to God’s will.

Humbly submitted to all the amazing Stewards of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church!

Thank you and God Bless you all!
Helen Devantery, Stewardship Chairperson

Outreach Focus for February 2018:

Project Angel Heart:

Founded in 1991, Project Angel Heart’s mission is to deliver nutritious meals to improve the quality of life, at no cost, to those coping with life threatening illness such as cancer, kidney/heart/lung disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. This organization is  dedicated to getting nutritious meals to people too sick to go to the grocery store, too weak to make meals for themselves or their dependents or who have to choose between purchasing medications or food. Their delivery area now includes 640 square miles in metropolitan Denver and 164 square miles in the Colorado Springs area. All meals are delivered free of charge by caring volunteers.

Metro Care Ring monthly food focus:

February 4 is the Super Bowl. This month’s donations will be SOUP. This will help stock empty shelves. Your items can be placed in the box in the narthex marked MetroCare Ring!

Outreach Focus for January 2018:

Alzheimer’s Association “MEMORIES IN THE MAKING” (in memory of Shirlee Mueller)

MIM is a creative art expression program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are often able to express thoughts and emotions and to share memories through painting with watercolors. Some benefits include: Improves self esteem; Serves as an outlet for emotions; Increases attention span and focus; Activates neurons; Reduces isolation and provides opportunity to socialize; Taps into pockets of memory that still exist; Reconnects families. The MIM art groups meet in assisted-living communities, nursing homes and adult day programs throughout the state.


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.