AUGUST 2018: Pastor Mike’s Letter

Dear Cross of Glory Family and Friends,

As I think about it, it is hard for me to believe it has been 20 years! Going back to 1998, when I began my funeral ministry, I could not have envisioned that I would have done over 2000 funerals! It truly is staggering to me! And over the course of the last decades, I have had so many unusual experiences with my services.

There was the time a fist-fight broke out in the cemetery. And how about the cold December of 2006 when the funeral coach slid off a snowy highway into the ditch! And then there was the memorable African service where hired mourners rushed the casket and were kept off the coffin by men positioned in front of it! There have been occasional services where plain-clothed policemen attended the funeral because of the threat of violence. During one service, members of rival gangs attempted to place their own colors in the deceased’s casket while tensions in the congregation mounted!

I really could share a hundred stories of memorable funeral happenings… and have been blessed to be part of each one of them.

Recently, I did a graveside service at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge. When I received the phone call learning of the death, I instantly remembered the woman informing me of the passing. I will call her Elizabeth. I had met Elizabeth years ago when her son Bruce died. She impressed me immediately as a sweet woman of devout, Christian faith. Though understandably heartbroken by her loss, Jesus shined through her. She thanked me over and over again for presiding at the funeral. In unmatched graciousness, Elizabeth greeted each person in attendance as the worship service began (and concluded) with her loving eyes and gentle hugs.

In our recent phone conversation, Elizabeth told me that her sister had died and that her niece (I will call her Roberta), would be contacting me for a sit-down meeting of introduction. Roberta called the next day and we agreed upon a meeting time at Cross of Glory to discuss details.

A half hour before our church meeting, Roberta called and in a frantic voice told me that she was tied up in traffic, had a number of things she was trying to do in preparation for the service and that I should try to meet her at a place close to I-25 and Evans. I suggested that we meet at the Perkins off of Colorado Boulevard. Roberto shot back: “I SAID EVANS!”  Knowing only of the McDonald’s at that intersection, I told her that the only sizable restaurant off of Evans that I knew was the Breakfast Inn not far from church. Roberta insisted that we meet there and so we did. With Cross of Glory only 5 minutes away from the restaurant, I arrived earlier than Roberta.

I immediately recognized Roberta as she stormed through the Breakfast Inn doors. I remembered her from Bruce’s service years before. She looked imposing then.  This time, she was indeed… energized! A big woman anyway, she appeared even larger, carrying on her person… preoccupation. Self-absorbed, Roberta brushed past the receptionist barely acknowledging her. Mild-mannered aunt Elizabeth trailed timidly behind, in what appeared to be Roberta’s tornado debris.

“So you’re Pastor Mark,” she blurted out. Elizabeth quickly corrected Roberta, “That’s Pastor Mike.” After a quick, firm handshake, Roberta plopped herself down in the Breakfast Inn chair and yelled across the restaurant, “I want a glass of water!”

Normally I would meet with a funeral family for 45 minutes to an hour. I knew that this conversation would be short-lived. As the waitress came over to the table, I ordered a cup of coffee. Elizabeth did the same. Roberta ordered nothing. As the waitress came back to the table with our coffees, Roberta glared at her. In a harsh retort that those in the McDonald’s at I-25 and Evans could hear, scolded, “And where is MY coffee?” For the next half hour, Roberta demonstrated numerous instances of volcanic eruptions, her lava spewing all over the Breakfast Inn and dear Elizabeth particularly.

For the first time in over 2,000 funeral services, I thought for a moment of telling someone they would need to find another minister for their funeral. I understand that grief-stricken people are not themselves. They typically are lost in a gamut of emotions. But Roberta? This was beyond emotional grief. This was just plain ugliness. And I felt so badly for sweet Elizabeth. After a difficult conversation of half-answers to my many questions about Roberta’s mother, Roberta and Elizabeth left the restaurant.

The morning of the funeral came. When I had asked Roberta how many people she thought would be in attendance, she had looked at me with disbelieving eyes before remarking, “How should I know?” Maybe to her surprise, there were about 20 people in support at Crown Hill. Roberta was not interacting with any of her family members nor friends at the grave. She stood off to the side of the casket, dressed in black, saying everything in saying nothing. As I began the funeral with the words always used, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Roberta turned from the funeral party and walked from the grave towards her car. For the remainder of the graveside service, she stayed there. No one went to check on her.

And then sweet Elizabeth, sitting in front of the casket, dressed not in black, but in the soft blue colors that her sister adored, interrupted me in the middle of the 23rd Psalm. Elizabeth said what I think I will always remember. Looking at her family members, she exclaimed, “Roberta has not made things easy for us. There have been the many times we in turn have been terribly unkind to her. If we are to honor Jesus, and my sister, we need to take the first steps towards reconciliation and forgiveness. We need to love Roberta so that she may love the Lord and love herself.”

The world is full of people that don’t love themselves. They have heard about the love of Jesus but have not felt it for themselves. Today we have the opportunity, following Elizabeth’s encouragement, to love others so that they may love the Lord. To be sure, in a lifetime, there will be those who treat us unfairly. There will be those who chide us with harsh words or who put us down. Jesus did not charge his disciples to just love those whom it was EASY to love. Jesus charged disciples, US, to love everyone, friends and foes alike!,  1 John says, “We should love others because God has first loved us.”  We should love others. Period.

May it always be our primary hope at Cross of Glory to love God first and our neighbors as ourselves.  Let us pray for the Robertas in our world, recognizing that at times, WE have probably been not so unlike her.  Thank God for God’s patience with… US.

Thank you Cross of Glory!  Thank you… church!
God’s Peace and Love!
Pastor Mike Lemke

JULY 2018

Dear Cross of Glory Family and Friends!How many years now have we done our annual Cross of Glory yard sale?  I am not sure. I want to say that we have had a yard sale every one of the thirteen years that I have been at church. I DO know, carrying tables and chairs and boxes full of treasures to be sold onto our lawn was a lot easier thirteen years ago then it was last weekend! I guess I am feeling my age these days!  Haha! How many times have we said this will be the LAST year that we do a Cross of Glory yard sale?  And then there are the many, many pluses coming out of the yard sale weekends!

I think we had more items donated to us this year for our annual yard sale than in years past!  Thanks to all you who gave us “treasures” and…who priced them ahead of time! Haha! In addition to raising hundreds of dollars in promotion of Jesus and God’s Cross of Glory ministry, you did some serious Spring Cleaning these last months, clearing out from your closets and your drawers, even homes and garages, “I can live without” odds and ends! With space now to spare in your closets and drawers, homes and garages, you then in turn bought NEW items to replace your OLD ones!  Ah, the rationale behind such!   

Even though we often remark each year that our annual yard sale is pretty grueling, we DO see the benefits of hosting them. Helen Devantery, one of our newest members to Cross of Glory, gladly accepted the responsibility of being our fearless leader!  She did an INCREDIBLE job, even months before our sale, in preparing for last Saturday’s, June 23, “Meet and Greet” neighbors and donations! With her coordination, and publicity of our sale, and weeks of sorting, pricing and carrying donations throughout our church, onto the lawn and then off our grass, Helen was a champion! She made our annual yard sale a lot easier, and yes, even, fun!

And then there were the stories that made it all worthwhile! A man named Glenn was among our first customers. Arriving at 7:45, fifteen minutes before our sale began, he started to look at items already on our lawn. Glenn struck up a conversation with one of our members. He talked about his grandson never attending a professional baseball game and then noted our church was encouraging neighbors to join us for our July 29 Faith Day outing to Coors Field (The Rockies play the Oakland A’s at 1:10 that Sunday. Jon Gray, Ian Desmond, and Charlie Blackmon will talk about their devotion to Jesus and baseball after the ballgame. Join us! Tickets for the game and show thereafter are $20 each)! Glenn will be bringing his grandson to Faith Day with us…along with the baseball mitt Glenn bought from our yard sale! Then there was Sheila. She was waiting patiently at our checkout stand when another woman confessed that she had forgotten her purse. Sheila, with a smile, interjected, “I’ve been there before” and gladly paid for the woman’s jigsaw puzzles.  Pay it forward, right? How about the Spanish-speaking lady who was joking with her husband about needing more tables and chairs. The husband kept shaking his head, “NO!”  (Some things translate easily regardless of language barriers)! This man was NOT going to be roped into buying furniture pieces that would clutter their condo AND be too heavy to carry! The woman, however, won a victory of sorts. She got her husband to help load up the very tables and chairs SHE WANTED into another man’s vehicle! (“Yes, dear,” i.e, “Si carina!”). 

One of the joys of doing our annual yard sale is that our Cross of Glory members let their hair down in ways not typically seen on Sunday mornings! There was the banter about who would be eating FIRST K.C. Keefer’s grilled hot dogs! Nancy Barlow, former president of our Cook Park Association and K.C., not even members of our church, nonetheless, braved the heat of the day and spent their Saturday, great neighbors that they are, helping US!  Nancy and K.C. you are the best! There were the funny stories about which Danielle Steel novels were the “seediest” and that some of our members would be “in the know” about such!   And how at Cross of Glory do we attract new people to our ministry?  Just ask poor Scott Dankenbring!  Our newest member to Cross of Glory (Scott joined our church last Sunday with Jackie Phillips), Scott had set up our new grill days before our sale and carried dozens and dozens of boxes onto our lawn that yard sale morning!  How we joked that we probably would get more people to join Cross of Glory if we did not immediately put them to work! Haha! The stories were precious. Prayers were shared on our lawn as we learned of people’s joys and challenges. Members of the Cross of Glory-sponsored Gambler’s Anonymous group, meeting at the church at 10:00 AM on Saturday mornings, pitched right in, carrying chairs and heavy furniture pieces onto our lawn!  All in all, though a long day, even months in the making, our annual Yard Sale turned out to be pretty joyous. Thanks to all who made the day… once again… memorable and joyous!

Church is many things. Some speak of hymns and sermons while others, stained glass windows and steeples. At the very least, let us remember the first lesson many Lutheran Christians learn in Confirmation:  Church is YOU! YOU ARE THE CHURCH! Church is the Body of Jesus Christ: People forgiven, renewed and energized by God’s living and relentless Holy Spirit! The church is not a building made of mortar and stone.  It is the man or woman who places trust in Jesus, who attempts to love God in loving service to others.

In our recent Bible Study on the Book of Acts, we learned that the early church ALWAYS did three things when coming together for worship.  Firstly, new converts to faith prayed. Secondly, the first followers of Christ sang spiritual songs. Lastly, the church celebrated the Lord’s Supper together, believing that in the bread and in the wine (in a mystery of faith), Jesus was somehow present in loving support! Worship happens from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM on Sunday mornings at Cross of Glory to be sure, but it is NOT Church!  Church is YOU!  It is laughing while bringing Spencer the dog some water from the kitchen!  It is smiling when a neighbor wants to talk down prices on our grass!  It is YOU getting sunburned on a Saturday afternoon because you know that helping Cross of Glory will help others.  Thank you for being the church!  Thank you for being YOU!

I do not know if the early church had yard sales. I DO know that the early Christians SHARED their possessions one with another so that no one was without.  Might it be our hope in upcoming yard sales at Cross of Glory to meet our neighbors, those made in God’s image, in THEIR need and in THEIR joys!  Might we as the church, allow God to live in and through us as we carry tables and chairs onto our grass?  Better yet, let us realize the privilege and joy in carrying Christ well beyond our Cross of Glory walls, onto our grass and down the street!  God will give us the strength to do His work… and even help us with that heavy, walnut desk on the corner!

Thank you Cross of Glory! Thank you…church!
Pastor Mike Lemke

SEPTEMBER 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!” 

Want to know what has happened in the past months at Cross of Glory? Here is an archive of announcements:

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.

MAY 2018

Hello Cross of Glory Family and Friends,

Spring has sprung! My sneezing can attest to it! Now that trees are budding, my nose knows it! Haha! As new life springs around us, we continue to relish the beauty and wonder of the glorious Easter season! Jesus stepped victorious from the tomb 2000 years ago to call Mary by name and reach out lovingly to her. His triumph over sin, death and the power of the devil is our victory as well! As spring springs (haha,) we appreciate the new life in Christ that Easter resurrection brings.

Having said that, we painfully realize that death still pierces our souls. It breaks our hearts… Painfully, we experienced recently the passing into greater life of our dear sister in Christ, our amazing friend, Maysel Christy. I was so proud of the many ways that you, as her loving congregation, stepped up to meet this challenge. Husband Tom, and children Leigh Ann and Stephen thank you for your kindness and continued expressions of empathy and care.

Peculiarly last evening, I wondered about my friend Madylon Hood from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had heard from Madylon’s daughter, Susan, around Christmas that Madylon, residing in a Pittsburgh nursing home, was not faring well. I googled her name and instantly saw her obituary. Saddened, but not altogether surprised, I learned that Madylon had died a week earlier. Instantly, I thought of precious time spent in Pittsburgh while on my seminary internship.

As I arrived in Pittsburgh, now decades ago, I probably felt pretty sure of myself. I was near completion of my seminary education, and with my parents’ and family’s influence, I had virtually been raised in the church. What possibly did I have to learn yet as a self-assured 23-year-old (need I say more)? And yet, looking back on things, I had EVER SO MUCH to learn! My, how perceptions change as one gets older!  

As dear members of Ruthfred Lutheran Church and friends of interns over the years, Madylon and her husband, soft-speaking Harlan, really took me under their wings. We would go to lunch or dinner in a new Pittsburgh restaurant once a month.  And then there were the exposures to new experiences and adventures. I remember the embarrassment I felt at watching the first ballet I ever attended with them: Swan Lake. I still remember marveling at the dancers’ athleticisms!

Madylon was a great sounding board, an outlet for me to share my questions, excitements and even criticisms of unfolding ministry. Perhaps Madylon’s greatest gift was her ability to suspend interjecting her ideas quickly. Rather, she listened attentively to my feelings and ramblings, allowing me to get things off my chest, and heart, hopefully ONTO my brain where I could process ministry responsibly. Mild-mannered Harlan passed into greater life around the time Barb and I were married. Consequently, Madylon continued to live out her passions for people and Pittsburgh adventures without Harlan over the years.  Instead of slowing down, I believe she intensified her zest for life and her wanting to share so much of it with willing others.

Madylon and I stayed in touch quite frequently in the first 10 years of my pastoring in Denver. Then, as is so often the case, time slips into time, new relationships form and what was precious in the past is left to memory and storytelling on occasion. We, at Cross of Glory, are fortunate to have known (and been mentored by) so many of the saints, now in heaven, who impacted the character of our congregation.  They truly left footprints on our hearts…and as we aspire to be more like them in their devotions to Christ…we miss them terribly. As I reflect on Shirlee Mueller, Maysel Christy and Madylon Hood, sisters in the faith to me, to us, and their greater life in the kingdom of Heaven, I thank God for their rich impacts. They all shared joy in celebrating Christ in the here, now and in anticipation of greater life ahead. I, for one, hope to cherish their memories by trying to be a better person, and even more deliberate, conscientious positive difference-maker in whatever Pittsburgh or Denver, God appoints.

Thank you, communion of saints, for the difference you will always continue to make in my life. Thank you, Madylon, Shirlee and Maysel, in allowing me, to be me, as I processed ministry with you many times over the years. I know the three of you will forever cheer us on as we still run the race of faith at Cross of Glory! Forgetting what lies behind and pressing forward to the blessing of what’s ahead, know that your family members and friends, impacted by your devotions to Jesus, will take the heart the lessons you shared.

Onward Christian soldiers! Go Broncos…and…Go Steelers!

Much love!
Pastor Mike

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

May Outreach

Our Outreach focus for MAY is the Children of Jesus Ministry of the HanHee Kim World Mission Center, a ministry of our next-door-neighbor Korean Baptist Church.

The HanHee Kim World Mission Center launched the Children of Jesus Ministry in 1996 by providing education to 55 children living in Santiago, Dominican Republic. In 1997, their first feeding ministry in Costa Rica relieved the suffering of 30 hunger-stricken children. In 1998, their ministry expanded to be what it is today: It was able to launch COJ child-sponsorship programs in three cities of Peru (Lima, Arequipa, Cusco).

Children of Jesus is aimed to assist poor and needy children with education, food and basic medical care through love and prayer. Through our prayers and designated financial gift, we are proud to continue to be a part of the vision that was begun several years ago. For more information, talk to Pastor Mike or Kelli Lee.

June Item: CEREAL 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

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.