Fearless Dialogue: Conversation on Issues of Race, Diversity and Inclusion
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Fearless Dialogue: Conversation on Issues of Race, Diversity and Inclusion

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“Inspiring Mutual Affirmation of Ethnicity in
the Presbytery of Denver”

We are becoming a more and more diverse nation. By 2023, it is estimated that 50% of U.S. children will be ethnic minorities. By 2042, 50% of U.S. population will be ethnic minorities. (And this is due to birth rates, not immigration.) As this nation becomes more diverse, it is more important, now than ever, to engage in thoughtful conversation on issues concerning race and diversity. So, let’s have conversation!

“Fearless Dialogue”
Conversation on issues of race, diversity, and inclusion

Time: Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Location: North Highlands Presbyterian Church
2945 Julian St, Denver, CO 80211

*This is first of several regional events to come. The main audience for this event are members of churches in the NW part of Denver (W of I-25 and N of Hwy 6).

Bring a dish to share. We will be watching a video presentation and engage in thoughtful and provocative conversation about race and diversity.
 

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope: Real Tools for Real Ministry
Sep
24
to Sep 26

Stewardship Kaleidoscope: Real Tools for Real Ministry

General Conference Information
Plenary and Worship Leaders
Keynoter: Diana Butler Bass
Keynoter: Chick Lane
Worship Leader: Larissa Kwong Abazia

Workshops
We have a variety of workshops covering a broad spectrum of stewardship topics such as:

  • Small Congregations
  • Planned Giving/Endowments
  • Theology of Stewardship
  • Presbyteries and Stewardship
  • Stewardship in Practice
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Generosity

Schedule
The conference begins on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 2 PM.  Check-in/registration will begin at noon.  The conference concludes on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at noon.  For a more detailed schedule, please click here.

Location
The conference will be held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac in St. Louis, MO.  For more information about the hotel and how to make your reservation, please click here

Conference Registration Fee
$275 on or before August 1, 2018 and $300 after August 1, 2018.

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Sources of Strength: Evidence-Based, Upstream Prevention
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Sources of Strength: Evidence-Based, Upstream Prevention

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The Advocacy and Faith Formation Community will host Sources of Strength at Grace Presbyterian Church. A Presbytery-wide training for multiple congregations across the Presbytery.

Dan Adams, Director of Training for Sources of Strength, will lead us in two days of training on the importance of mental health and wellness promotion in communities of faith, through strength-based community storytelling and individual/community resiliency practices. Youth leaders, faith leaders, parents, youth (5-12 grades) and community members are invited to come to this training prepared to learn about and experience how you can use your voice to spread Hope, Help and Strength with youth and adults across your community.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Adult Training
Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1 - 6:30 p.m. | Teen Peer Training

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A Covenant Community of the Presbytery of Denver

Questions? Contact Stephanie Fritz at stephanie@centraldenver.com

 

 

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Leadership Retreat 2018 -
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Leadership Retreat 2018 -

OPENING DOORS . . . TRAVELING TOGETHER - IN LOVE

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WHEN November 9-10, 2018 Friday Registration begins at 4:00 pm Program wraps up at 3:00 pm Saturday

WHERE Highlands Camp & Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado

FEATURING • Rev. Jana Childers, PH.D., Dean of San Francisco Seminary, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Homiletics & Speech Communication.

REGISTER: WWW.HIGHLANDSCAMP.ORG

REGISTRATION $90—Lodging & Food $45—Day Rate (No Lodging)
Group discounts & scholarships available

TOPICS INCLUDE: Agape as Unifier Holy Spirit to go between us & bind us together Practices we do in and beyond worship to be open to people with different points of view. Plus: Worship Wiki Why we do what we do in worship & what are some different ways to do it.

BENEFITING Pastors, Musicians, Educators, Leaders of your congregation— Elders, Deacons, & Others. Especially members of your Worship Committee

 

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Advocacy for Faith Formation
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Advocacy for Faith Formation

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Who? Educators, Youth Workers, Pastors, Elders, Volunteers…anyone serving in the area of faith formation from any denomination! Please forward this to your peers/committees etc…

August Gathering

August 16th at 9am  (note earlier time) followed by optional Holy Yoga at 1030 am
Shepherd of the Hills
11500 West 20th Av. Lakewood

TOPIC: Faith Formation of the Mind, Body and Soul

For more information, contact Stephanie Fritz.

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Stated Presbytery Assembly Meeting - Elizabeth Presbyterian Church
Aug
11
8:30 AM08:30

Stated Presbytery Assembly Meeting - Elizabeth Presbyterian Church

CALL OF THE MEETING:

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The Presbytery of Denver Assembly
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Elizabeth Presbyterian Church
325 S. Banner St
Elizabeth, CO 80107


 ~ Opening the Doors – Traveling Together ~


8:30 a.m.   Registration Opens – Pre-Register, click here. Please sign-in at the registration table upon arriving.

Childcare is ONLY available upon request, if a reservation is made before August 7, 2018. Please contact Beth Carlisle at beth@denpres.org or 303.777.2454

8:30 a.m.      Light Breakfast and Fellowship
9:20 a.m.      Announcements
9:30 a.m.      Presbytery Assembly Convenes

A sack lunch will be available for purchase to eat before you go or take with you.

On-line Pre-Registration is now closed.  Please come to the meeting and check in at the church. 

SEE YOU THERE!

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Webinar: Faith over Fear - Myths and Misperceptions about Muslims
Aug
9
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: Faith over Fear - Myths and Misperceptions about Muslims

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New Webinar Series: Faith over Fear

Addressing Myths and Misperceptions about Muslims

Please join our partners, Shoulder to Shoulder, on August 9th at 1:00pm EST for a "Faith Over Fear" Webinar on Messaging: Addressing Myths and Misperceptions about Muslims in your congregations and communities. This webinar will be the first of a “Faith Over Fear” Webinar Series.

This first webinar, Messaging: Addressing Myths and Misperceptions about Muslims will be facilitated by Shoulder to Shoulder and partners, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons with ReThink Media, Aneelah Afzali with The American Muslim Empowerment Network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, Arsalan Bukhari with the Council of American Islamic Relations and Rev. Terry Kyllo from Neighbors in Faith on Thursday, August 9 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.

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2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
Aug
2
to Aug 5

2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women

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The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2–5, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary! #PWGathering #2018ChurchwideGathering

Registration is now open for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering. Whether you register by mail or on line, remember that when you register for the Gathering, you can also register for your synod meal, buy a tote bag (embellished by refugee women trained through Kentucky Refugee Ministries’ STITCH program) and buy meals for a guest.

Register by May 1 and you’ll receive a special-edition Gathering pin. And the first 800 registrants will receive a copy of Bound Together in Love: The Creation of Presbyterian Women, 1978–1988 (appropriate reading in anticipation of PW’s 30th anniversary!).

Seeking financial assistance for the Gathering?
Grant deadline extended!

A limited number of leadership development grants are available to help with Gathering costs. These reimbursable grants will cover up to $500 in Gathering registration, housing or travel expenses. The deadline for applying has been extended to May 1, 2018, but early application is encouraged. First-time Gathering attendees will receive priority consideration.
Download a grant application.

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BorderLinks Workshop
Jul
21
8:30 AM08:30

BorderLinks Workshop

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The Presbytery of Denver Immigration Task Force
invites you to an:

Experiential Exploration of the Immigration Issues

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE COME TO EVENT AND REGISTER - SEE YOU THERE!

Why Don't People just come into the country legally from Mexico? This is a day exploration that will invite a broader understanding of the complicated issues. Facilitated by BorderLinks*

WHEN: Saturday July 21 - 8:30 to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (map)
COST: $20 (includes lunch) Pay with credit card online, to right or click on button at bottom of page to pay by check.

In today's climate people are asking the following questions:

  • Why do people migrate?
  • What happens during the migrant journey?
  • How do policies impact people?
  • Why don't people just become US citizens?

*A PCUSA supported non profit- organization that has been facilitating educational immersion trips for delegations in the Arizona-Sonora region and beyond the border to Chiapas. Their mission is Through dynamic educational experiences, BorderLinks connects divided communities, raises awareness about the impact of the border and immigration policies, and inspires action for social transformation.   www.borderlinks.org

We are honored to have the expertise and facilitation skills of these experiential explorations.  This is for the entire Denver Presbytery, members of churches, clergy, elders, anyone interested in exploring these issues in a engaging environment. 

Registration online is highly encouraged as the number of facilitators that are coming is dependent on planned attendance

Scholarships are available, please contact Dee Cooper.
 

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Traveling Together in Exile - Lunchtime Reflections Part III
Jul
18
12:00 PM12:00

Traveling Together in Exile - Lunchtime Reflections Part III

Traveling Together in Exile

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There has been an undeniable sea change in attitudes toward church in America.  Worship attendance has been on the decline for over a decade.  Those who once felt confident about how to plant a new church or to grow an existing congregation, now feel at a loss of how to minister in this climate of skepticism.  The tide has turned and we find ourselves to be strangers in a strange land.  The 'promised land' ministry of American Christianity has been lost.  But a new calling, that of 'being faithful disciples in exile,' is before us.  Locating ourselves in 'exile' will allow us to see how the kingdom of God is still dynamically unfolding around us today.

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BRING: BAG LUNCH
WHEN: Wednesday, July 18th
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
WHERE: Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant St., Denver

Our third lunchtime gathering will be Wednesday, July 18th, from 12:00-1:15 pm at the Presbytery Center.  In preparation for that gathering, please read Daniel 3.

In 2018, we are incorporating more theological reflection in our presbytery assemblies.  Our presbytery worship services will explore this paradigm shift from ministry in the 'promised land' to faithful ministry in 'exile.'  We will locate ourselves alongside Daniel, who figured out how to remain faithful to the LORD while serving in the courts of Babylon.

We invite pastors and elders to join us for a lunchtime theological reflection on faithful discipleship in exile. In preparation for our March, May, and August presbytery assemblies, we will gather together for a lunchtime theological reflection in February, April and July.  Daniel's faithfulness in exile might show us how to serve God as strangers in a strange land. The worship service at the presbytery assembly following our lunchtime conversations will present the insights discerned over lunch.  

We are traveling together.  It's always safer that way.  We are traveling in unfamiliar settings. The old ways of being church are no longer accessible to us.  But the Spirit of God is ready to guide us into faithful ministry in exile. Come journey with us.

You might also consider watching a 45-minute video by Dr. Mark Labberton on finding ourselves in exile. Click here or watch below.
 

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Advocacy for Faith Formation Gathering
Jun
21
9:30 AM09:30

Advocacy for Faith Formation Gathering

Advocacy for Faith Formation Gathering

June Gathering

Who? Educators, Youth Workers, Pastors, Elders, Volunteers…anyone serving in the area of faith formation from any denomination! Please forward this to your peers/committees etc…

June 21st at 930 am
People’s Presbyterian Church  
2780 York St. Denver

TOPIC: Adult Faith Formation

For more information, contact Stephanie Fritz.

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223rd General Assembly
Jun
16
to Jun 23

223rd General Assembly

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the  Committee on Local Arrangements. 

The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries.

The 223rd General Assembly (2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri -  June 16 - 23.

In March 2018, the Presbytery Assembly approved concurrence to nine (9) overtures to the General Assembly which will meet in St. Louis, Missouri beginning June 16th and continuing through June 23, 2018.  A team of past commissioners and others reviewed overture and nine were brought before the Assembly for consideration of concurrence. 

The nine overtures include:

  1. 08-01, Directing the Board of Pensions and the Foundation to Divest from Fossil Fuel and Actively Invest in Securities that Focus on Renewable Energy;
  2. 10-11, Establishing a Grant to Develop Resources to Educate Entities Regarding Serious Mental Illness Issues;
  3. 08-02, Adding to the GA Divestment List All Companies that Meet Specific Listed Criteria;
  4. 06-07, Amending G-2.0509 and D-10-0401d When Former Ministers of the Word and Sacrament who Renounced Jurisdiction While Being Accused in a Disciplinary Case Wish to Work for the PC(USA) Again;
  5. 12-03, Creating a Task Force to Examine NCCOP’s Call to Ecumenical Solidarity for Justice for Palestinians;
  6. 06-12, Amending G-3.0201, Composition and Responsibilities of the Session;
  7. 06-15, Amending G-3.0303 to Include BOP Participation and Paid Family Leave;
  8. 06-14, Amending G-2.804, “Terms of Call”, to Include Paid Family Leave;
  9. 06-13, Instructing the Board of Pensions to Include 12-Weeks of Parental Leave as Part of the Benefits Package.

Please keep The Presbytery of Denver 223rd General Assembly Commissioners in your prayers as they travel to St. Louis to meet, deliberate, and serve, let the Holy Spirit guide them so that the whole church may be joined in love and service to Jesus Christ. - YAD Claire Wineman (05- Mid-Councils), RE Georgia Comstock(10-Mission Coordination), RE Cleve Dixon (11-Social Justice Issues), Rev. Ruth McCollum Huff (06-Church Polity and Ordered Ministry), Rev. Jason Whitehead (09-Peacemaking, Immigration and International Issues), Rev. Carol Fisher (alternate), also members of the Presbytery who will serve in other capacities, Julia Henderson, Sherry Kenney, Jean Demmler, Wanda Beauman, and Amy Mendez, and Olivia L. Hudson Smith.

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Free Document Shredding
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Free Document Shredding

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It’s time for Spring Cleaning! 

The Presbytery of Denver is offering churches an opportunity to purge unneeded documents. 

We invite churches to bring anything they want shredded to the Presbytery Center from June 4th – 7th between 9 am and 4 pm.  

Please drop off your boxes of shredding to 1710 S. Grant Street in Denver We will collect boxes in the fellowship hall.

Records Retention Schedule, click here.

No plastic, 3-ring binders or USB/jump drives.  If you have disks or CDs, please contact Olivia.

Paperclips and staples ok.  

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Service of Celebration - Presbytery Center at Grant Street
Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Service of Celebration - Presbytery Center at Grant Street

The Presbytery of Denver invites EVERYONE to:

 A Service of Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, June 3rd at 3 pm
WHERE: The Presbytery Center at 1710 S. Grant St. Denver

We will have a service of worship with, sharing in the Lord's Supper, to celebrate our past and look to our future of Denver Presbytery. This building and location has served us well; providing years of community for many and a nesting site for growing congregations while serving as the office for Presbytery staff. We anticipate the Presbytery Center moving over the summer and would like to celebrate where we have been and look toward our future with you~ traveling together.

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There will be a reception to follow with light appetizers and cake. The courtesy of a RSVP is appreciate so we can plan for this event. Thank you.

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Stated Assembly Meeting - Tuesday, May 22, 2018
May
22
3:30 PM15:30

Stated Assembly Meeting - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pre-Registration now closed.  Please come early and sign in at the registration table at St. James, see you there!

Call of the Meeting:

The Presbytery of Denver Assembly
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
St. James Presbyterian Church (map)
3601 W Belleview Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

 ~ Opening the Doors – Traveling Together ~

 3:30 p.m.       Registration Opens – Please be sure to sign in at the registration table.

Childcare is ONLY available upon request, if a reservation is made before May 18, 2018. Please contact Beth Carlisle at beth@denpres.org or 303.777.2454         

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.   Pre-Presbytery Assembly Event:

From Divestment to Investment: Transformational Investments in Palestine
Sherry Hester Kenney, Presbyterian Foundation     

5:00 p.m.      Fellowship and dinner

St. James Presbyterian Church will host and serve the meal. Tickets will be available for purchase for $8 (cash or check) at registration/check-in for the meal.

Dinner will include: cheesy potato casserole, meatballs in gourmet sauce, salad, rolls and relish plate along with lemon & chocolate Bundt cakes and a variety of cookie bars & gluten-free choices.

5:50 p.m.       Announcements

6:00 p.m.      Presbytery Assembly Convenes

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Transforming our World for Christ
May
5
8:30 AM08:30

Transforming our World for Christ

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A regional gathering to discuss 1001 New Worshiping
Communities and church renewal

Each day we pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into the harvest field (Luke 10:2). Our regional gatherings are for both lay and ordained leaders, including you! Gatherings prepare, equip and sustain you for the ministry to which God has called you. Join us as we come together to encourage and support one another.

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., Keynote presentations 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church
531 S. College Ave. Ft. Collins, CO 80524 (map)

This event is a free gift from the Presbyterian Mission Agency. However, we will be collecting a freewill offering for a local mission project.

 

Speakers
Sean Chow
Western Region Associate
1001 New Worshiping Communities
Scott Hagley
Assistant Professor of Missiology
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Ron Urzua
Living Hope Presbyterian Church
Port Hueneme, CA
Shayla Graham
Pine Ridge Ministries
Moorcroft, W

The church is continually struggling to engage the culture and community around us. In 2012, the PCUSA launched the 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative to grow the church in innovative ways. To date we have birthed over 500 NWC’s with more to come with learnings for the entire church. We are excited to bring to you Dr. Scott Hagley, Rev.
Ron Urzua, Rev. Shayla Graham, and Rev. Sean Chow together to share how these elements can be used in any church context. These elements can focus a church’s outreach efforts, renew its outreach energy, and turn their focus to those that are outside our church walls. This event is free and includes lunch.

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An Invitation to National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen
Apr
23
to Apr 26

An Invitation to National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen

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The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen invites all Clergywomen to
Triennial 2018

“Dragons, Frogs, & Other Fairy Tales of Women in Ministry”
April 23-26, 2018
Montreat Conference Center

Keynote Preacher is the Rev. Floretta Barbee-Watkins
Worship Preacher is the Rev. Dr. Tracy Keenan

Exciting workshops lead by dynamic Clergy

Scholarships are available…Childcare will be available

The invitation is also extended to Clergymen, CREs, Seminarians & Laity  

More information, click here.
Questions: JoAnne Sharp   revnapc@gmail.com

Printable flyer, click here.

 

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2018-2019 Planning Calendars: PRE-ORDER
Apr
18
to May 4

2018-2019 Planning Calendars: PRE-ORDER

ORDER FOR CALENDARS HAS BEEN PLACED. Contact Beth or order click here to order from PCUSA Store.

2018-2019 Planning Calendar Order & Pay On-line

If you want to order more than 15 calendars, please contact Beth.

The new planning calendars are available for pre-order! If we order together, we save on shipping. If you would like to order calendars for your church or group, please fill in the form below.  

PRE-ORDER & PAYMENT: Calendars are $10 each.  You have two options to pay/order:

  1. You can pre-pay, order online with credit card. Click on image to the right. OR
  2. Click black button below to pre-order and pay at pick up.   

PICK UP: Depending on availability, calendars will be available at the May Assembly meeting for pickup (St. James Presbyterian Church on May 22nd). If you are unable to attend Assembly, you will need to pick up your calendar order at the Presbytery office so we do not absorb the shipping cost.

PLEASE ORDER BY FRIDAY, MAY 4TH.

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WEBINAR: Engaging in the Holy Work of Gun Violence Prevention
Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

WEBINAR: Engaging in the Holy Work of Gun Violence Prevention

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The Presbyterian Outlook Presents:

Join us as we share information, resources and conversation with others concerned about gun violence prevention. In the wake of yet another school shooting, another headline of gun violence, another story of a life cut short by a bullet either by accident or intent, many people of faith are asking how they can participate in preventing such tragic events in the future.

A panel of thoughtful leaders who have been addressing this issue for years will share their knowledge and answer your questions.

This webinar will:

  • Provide a theological framework for understanding our culture’s relationship to guns;
  • Help participants understand current and proposed policies that relate to preventing gun violence;
  • Give tangible examples of what a congregation can do to participate in preventing gun violence; and
  • Equip participants with resources for ongoing action and education.

Special price: $9.99
Co-sponsored by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

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4Fs & aD - Faith Fellowship Food Fun and Diversity
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

4Fs & aD - Faith Fellowship Food Fun and Diversity

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Faith Fellowship Food Fun and Diversity

Been to too many monotonous church events? Let's have fun and celebrate! Come and join...

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Come and join your fellow Presbyterians, as we fellowship and celebrate our faith and diversity with food and fun. We will watch a short video, share potluck meals, engage in conversations with each other, and most importantly, have fun in each other’s company. Bring a dish to share, that expresses who you are. 

Sponsored by RED Work Group

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Location
PEOPLES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (map)
2780 YORK ST, DENVER, CO 80205

Date  
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

Time
DOORS OPENS AT 6:00 pm, Dinner and program begin at 6:30 pm.

 

 

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Board of Pension Benefits Consultation - Dues Reduction & Debt Relief Program
Apr
10
11:30 AM11:30

Board of Pension Benefits Consultation - Dues Reduction & Debt Relief Program

Board of Pensions Benefits Consultation
For Plains and Peaks and Denver Presbyteries

Tuesday, April 10th
11:30 – 1:30

Central Presbyterian Church
402 Kimbark St
Longmont, CO  80501
303-776-7072

Join Clayton Cobb, your Regional Church Consultant for this gathering for Pastors, Church Administrators and Benefits Decision Makers, Presbytery Staff, COM, CPM, and Key Leaders.

Agenda will include:

  • Review of the theological values that shape our Benefits Plan and our work
  • Preview of coming changes for 2019, including a Dues Reduction Program for churches willing to call and ordain a new seminary graduate under age 40, also a new Education Debt Relief Program for Pastors
  • Review of our current benefit offerings
  • Share feedback and questions with our Board of Pensions staff
  • Meet other benefit decision makers

Besides a better understanding of the benefits plan, all will take away suggestions and solutions for churches and employers of all sizes – small and large – to be the best employers they can be.

This event is open to all who wish to attend, please forward this notice to all who might be interested. 

To RSVP (For lunch) Contact Clayton Cobb at ccobb@pensions.org, 267-844-2411

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2018 Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women
Apr
7
9:30 AM09:30

2018 Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women

All women of the Presbytery & friends are invited to the
2018 Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women in
The Presbytery of Denver


What: Actress Marty Jewell will present “Measuring Up” during morning worship. The program, “Junia, a Female Apostle,” will feature Junia’s work with Paul. 2018 Light of Christ Awards will be awarded. The deadline is March 30. Contact Alice for an application. Return applications by mail or email to PW Vice-Moderator:
Vicki Terry 5353 Tucson St., Denver, CO 80239 or call 720-273-6870
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Where: Arvada Presbyterian Church, 5592 Independence St., Arvada, 80002
Time: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Worship, program, installation of new CT members, and lunch. Announcements at the end.
Cost: $10.00 at the door

RSVP by Wednesday, April 4 to Starr Hildebrand at (303) 420-4186

PW Denver Gatherings are open to all women in the Presbytery, regardless of
whether their church has a PW group. Come and bring a friend or neighbor!

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Pentecost Special Offering
Apr
2
to May 20

Pentecost Special Offering

THE PENTECOST OFFERING HELPS OUR YOUTH BEGIN LIFE WITH
A STRONG START—A SOLID FOUNDATION OF FAITH FORMED IN
THE FIRST THIRD OF LIFE, FROM CHILDHOOD THROUGH YOUNG
ADULTHOOD.

Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come — children, youth, and young adults.

Psalm 71 testifies that a foundation of faith established during childhood helps ensure lifelong faith and service. The patterns and lessons established during these formative years continue to bear fruit throughout a person’s life. By giving to the Pentecost Offering, your congregation participates in helping our children, youth, and young adults grow up to proclaim with the Psalmist, “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.”

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March for Our Lives - Action Alert
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

March for Our Lives - Action Alert

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Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. Sutherland Springs. And Now Parkland. Mass shootings are quickly becoming a deadly pattern in American life, a pattern which we as Presbyterians must faithfully interrupt.  In the midst of this movement moment, we also recognize that students in communities of color have been organizing to stop every day gun violence for decades but often receive little media acclaim. We offer prayers of comfort to grieving families of all of these massacres and acts of everyday violence, and accompany those prayers with a renewed commitment to action.

It is heartening to see the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School share their broad platform to insist the movement to end gun violence must center Black and Brown students. “People of color in inner-cities and everywhere have been dealing with this for a despicably long time,” said Emma González, a survivor of the Parkland shooting. These young people are inviting the Church into the movement, and we have every reason to join them.

The 219th General Assembly (2010) adopted the resolution, “Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.” That document “Encourage[s] the church at every level… to become informed and active in preventing gun violence, to provide pastoral care for victims of gun violence, and to seek a spiritual response of grief and repentance, grace and courage to resist that violence and celebrate the Lord and Giver of Life.” Learn more about Social Witness Policy and available resources through the PC(USA) here.  

Given this charge, The Office of Public Witness invites you to participate in the March For our Lives in Washington DC or in your own community.

Local March: Join Members from Wellshire & Central Presbyterian Church at March For Our Lives - Denver!
Saturday, March 24th. March starts at 2 pm. We will gather at 1pm on the Central Presbyterian Church steps at 1660 Sherman.

Parking available in the Wells Fargo Garage at 1700 Sherman. Buy a validation ticket for $3 at Central Presbyterian Church.

1) Interfaith Prayer Vigil March 23rd at 7-9pm, Washington National Cathedral RSVPs requested on Eventbrite

Facebook event here

2) March 24th Join us as we gather at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m., 1313 New York Ave NW, and then march together to the noon rally on Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information, contact Karen at kchamis@thepresbytery.org. Register at www.marchforourlives.com

There are a limited number of housing options available for people traveling to DC. Please contact Nora Leccese, nora.leccese@pcusa.orgto inquire

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Records Review Sign up
Mar
10
to Mar 16

Records Review Sign up

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Clerks of Session,

It is that time of year when we sit down to review your church records. Please remember to bring your minutes and completed checklist with you.  This is not a rolls review year. 

Sign up below for the day and time that is most convenient for you. All meetings will be at:

The Presbytery Center
1710 S. Grant St.
Denver, CO 80210

Click here for checklist.  Please be sure to bring this with you. 

Click here for Clerk of Session Manual and Records Retention Policy.

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One Great Hour of Sharing - Offering
Feb
14
to Apr 1

One Great Hour of Sharing - Offering

One Great Hour of Sharing —

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We share — with women who were once trafficked for domestic labor and now own their own cooperative business. This is church.

We share — with people through land rights training and improvements to farming methods. This is church.

We share — with those whose lives are adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events, staying for the long-term. This is church.

Webinar Announcement
The Office of Special Offerings is hosting a Webinar to discuss the 2018 One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, its themes and resources, and ways to encourage your church to participate! Wednesday, February 21 at Noon (EST) –Click here to register.

WAYS TO GIVE —

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Opening the Doors & Traveling Together Leadership Event
Feb
10
9:00 AM09:00

Opening the Doors & Traveling Together Leadership Event

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~ Traveling Together ~ 

In 2017 The Presbytery of Denver encouraged us to step out and grow in our life and faith with Opening Doors and Crossing the Threshold. In 2018 we continue moving forward to Opening Doors and Traveling Together. The Leadership Workgroup will be offering opportunities for us to explore how we can Travel Together as pastors and congregations and out into the larger community around us.

Our first exploration into Traveling Together will be February 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. We are excited to present our first Traveling Workshop.  So hop aboard the bus and travel with us and find out how some of our pastors, congregations, mission partnerships, and worship leaders are already traveling together.
Itinerary:

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  • 9:00 am    St. Paul Presbyterian ~ Board the bus
  • 9:45 am    1st Presbyterian of Littleton ~ Pastors and congregations traveling together during sabbaticals.
  • 10:45 am    1st Presbyterian of Littleton ~ Board the bus
  • 11:30 am    1st Presbyterian of Aurora ~ Lunch

Elders, Deacons, & Congregational Leaders ~ Mission Partnership & How Churches Travel Together
Pastors – Partnerships Between/Among Pastors table discussions

  • 12:30 pm    1st Presbyterian of Aurora ~ Board the bus
  • 1:00 pm    St. Paul Presbyterian ~ Worship 

There will be a $10 registration fee due at the time of the event.

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Day of Prayer for South Sudan Churches
Feb
10
12:00 AM00:00

Day of Prayer for South Sudan Churches

South Sudan churches call for February 10 day of prayer to support peace talks.

Groups hope effort will result in a permanent ceasefire and lasting peace

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by Kathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Critical peace talks began in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Feb. 6 aimed at ending the ongoing civil war in South Sudan. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) partner the Rt. Rev. Peter Gai and his ecumenical colleagues, Archbishop John Baptist Odama and Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, opened the talks with prayer. Gai is moderator of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) and chair of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC).

The talks in Addis Ababa were convened by the East African bloc IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) to push the warring sides back to the negotiating table. A ceasefire that took effect on Dec. 24 was violated within hours.

Church partners in South Sudan are asking Presbyterian brothers and sisters in the U.S. to join them in a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, Feb. 10. The South Sudan group will gather from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday at the All Saints’ Cathedral Church in Juba.

Fr. James Oyet Latansio, general secretary of SSCC, said the theme of the day of prayer is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”

Since the birth of South Sudan as a nation, over 50,000 people have been killed, more than 1.9 million people have been internally displaced and 1.8 million people have fled the country. The fighting began in December 2013 when South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, who is a Dinka, claimed a coup attempt by his former vice president, Riek Machar. Machar, a Nuer, claims Kiir is planning genocide of the Nuer. The Dinkas and the Nuers are the two largest majority populations in the country.

“We rejoiced with our Christian friends, especially our Presbyterian partners, in the creation of the new nation of South Sudan. That joy has turned to agony in the last few years, as we have watched the bloodshed, displacement and daily violence that has marked the internal struggle for power since the day of liberation. As the warring parties gather in Addis Ababa, I urge all of us in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to engage in a special season of prayer for the people of South Sudan and call upon God’s Holy Spirit to claim those whose decisions will determine whether there will be a future of peace, or more conflict and death,” said the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, PC(USA) Stated Clerk.

The peace talks are being attended by representatives of the warring factions with the goal of restoring a permanent ceasefire and the implementation of a lasting peace agreement.

“The current situation in South Sudan is tragic beyond words,” said the Rev. Debbie Braaksma, World Mission’s Africa area office coordinator. “We have five mission co-workers bravely serving in Juba alongside our partner churches working with the South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project, and in theological education and community development. Our church partners have told us that such on the ground presence means the world to them, but it is essential that this accompaniment be coupled with international advocacy and prayer for the current peace talks to be successful and the war to end.”

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POINT: Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Teaching
Jan
30
to Jan 31

POINT: Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Teaching

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POINT (Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Teaching) is held on the front end of the APCE annual event which is in Louisville this year.  POINT offers advanced training on denominational curriculum.  It is amazing to me how many people attend POINT year after year.  That speaks well of their appreciation of the training.

Each presbytery is allocated two seats at training and is encouraged to choose two representatives to send.  These could be volunteers, pastors, presbytery staff, and educators of any stripe.  The goal is for the representatives to return to the presbyteries equipped to help others make the most effective use of denominational curriculum.  POINT training is free, and we provide a meal with each training segment.  Unfortunately, we are not able to help with travel, hotel, and other costs.

The registration links for training are:
January 30 POINT A (Tuesday Morning 9-noon) OR
January 31 POINT B (Wednesday Morning 9-noon) 
and also January 31 POINT lunch for all (noon to 2:00)

This year's training will be in the Presbyterian Center in Louisville, KY. 

Questions and more information, email Malinda Spencer

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