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.


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

 

June Outreach for Helping Hands Ministry

Since the program’s inception in 2011, Helping Hands has literally provided thousands of dollars in assistance to those in our midst who are in need. There is no middle man, no administrative fees or other cost associated with the Helping Hands program.  Whatever is donated to Helping Hands goes to those needing help. Please help 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.

June Item: The Outreach Committee has designated CANNED FRUITS AND CANNED VEGETABLES for June for those less fortunate. Please place your food donations in the boxes marked “Metro CareRing” in the narthex.

Are you ready for Summer? We are!

Can you believe summer is just around the corner?  Where did our spring go?  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!!

May and June RTD sponsored events:

The following events are scheduled in May and June.  If you would like to join us, please sign the sheets in the Fellowship Hall by the reservation deadline. If tickets are necessary, they will be purchased on the reservation deadline date. The bus information (departure and arrival at Cross of Glory) will be available a few days prior to the event. The round trip bus fare is $2.60 per person.

MAY 22 (TUESDAY) CINZZETTIS LUNCH – 1:00 PM. The cost is $8.60 for the senior lunch, but does not include beverage, tax or 15% gratuity.  Reservation deadline is May 6.

JUNE 2 (SATURDAY) FLASHBACK TO THE FIFTIES – 2:00 PM. This concert, being held at the Northglenn Recreation Center, will feature The Colorado Chord Company and several quartets singing songs from the fifties in an American Bandstand type setting!  The cost is $12. Reservation deadline is May 12.

JUNE 20 (WEDNESDAY) JERUSALEM – 12:30 – 3:30 PM.  Jerusalem undoubtedly is one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. The cost is $19.50 and includes admission to IMAX and the Museum of Nature and Science.  Reservation deadline is May 30

President’s Letter: May 2018

I’d like to share with you “The 7 Ups”, sent to me years ago by my sister. They are good reminders of how we, as Christians, can improve our attitudes and daily habits.

Wake Up! Decide to have a good day.

“This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24

Dress Up!  The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  I Samuel 16:7

Shut Up!  Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.

“He who guards his lips guards his soul.”  Proverbs 13:3

Stand Up!  …for what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.

“Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…”  Galatians 6:9-10

Look Up!  …to the Lord.

“I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13

Reach Up!  …for something higher.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Lift Up!  …your prayers.

“Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.” Philippians 4:6

I hope your day is filled with “The 7 Ups”.  Have a blessed day!

Julie Prange

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” 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.