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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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

Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Dee Cooper.

To complete transaction and pay by credit card, it is easier to do on desktop computer. Please select number of attendees, click add to cart. Complete registration form, add to card, click on orange "cart" button in upper, right hand corner and "check out".  You will receive a confirmation email when your have entered your payment.

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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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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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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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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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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 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.

Click here for printable flyer.

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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

Click here for printable flyer.

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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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Christmas Joy Offering
Dec
24
12:00 AM00:00

Christmas Joy Offering

Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our thoughts to Bethlehem and the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. The Christmas Joy Offering, one of four special offerings sponsored by the Presbyterian Church USA, has long been part of celebrating Jesus Christ, the indescribable gift. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor the gift of our Savior as well as the gifts of church leaders -- past, present, and future.
  
Although traditionally collected during the Advent Season, the Christmas Joy Offering funds important PC(USA) ministries and programs throughout the year. In particular, the Christmas Joy Offering supports the Assistance Program of the Board of Pension which provides housing and financial aid to retired church workers in critical need.  It also funds ministries supporting racially ethnic schools, colleges and leadership development. 
 
The good work that results from your contributions to the Christmas Joy Offering is compounded in generosities, with unending expansion and ceaseless increase. As such, the retired church worker aided in a time of need may turn around and makes a gift himself to help other church leaders in dire straits; or, the student at Presbyterian Pan American School who benefited from your generosity may respond by dedicating his life to serving the church. Your generosity to the Christmas Joy Offering bears witness to our faithful response to God's charge to love one another as Christ commanded.
 
In gratitude to God for the gift of Jesus, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) invites congregations to give generously to the Christmas Joy Offering and join this celebration of God's presence with us by supporting those in need of help and hope. Thank you for your support of this life-changing Offering. Please encourage your congregants to give generously. Looking for ways to celebrate the Christmas Joy Offering in your congregation, click Christmas Joy Offering for a comprehensive guide.
 
To donate to the Christmas Joy Offering, write checks payable to the Presbytery of Denver and indicate CJ999999 on the memo line.

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Minister's Advent Luncheon
Dec
6
11:30 AM11:30

Minister's Advent Luncheon

Please join us for our Annual Minister's Advent Luncheon

Join us for a special gathering as Colorado Council of Churches Executive Director Adrian Miller shares stories from his latest book The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas. These amazing cooks were celebrated culinary artists, family confidants and civil rights advocates. You’ll hear about President Washington’s free steward Samuel Fraunces and enslaved cook Hercules; how an enslaved cook named James Hemings nourished Thomas Jefferson’s love for macaroni and cheese; how a woman named Daisy Bonner got President Franklin D. Roosevelt hooked on southern food, especially pig’s feet, and how President Lyndon Johnson’s cook Zephyr Wright became an inspiration for the 1964 Civil Rights Acts. Those stories and more will be featured at our lunch. 

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Where: The Presbytery of Denver
1710 S. Grant St., Denver, CO 80210

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
gather at 11:30 am, program and meal begin at Noon

Cost: $20 per person

To pay and register and pay by credit card, select number of guest(s) from pull down menu below and add to cart.  Then find orange shopping cart in top right corner of screen. Click on shopping cart to continue to pay by credit card.

If you prefer to mail in a check, receipt of your check will be your registration.  Mail to: Denver Presbytery
1710 S. Grant St.
Denver, CO 80210

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Leadership Retreat with Rev. Ray Jones
Nov
10
to Nov 11

Leadership Retreat with Rev. Ray Jones

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Opening Doors & Crossing the Threshold

Coming In to Go Out

2017 Leadership Retreat
November 10-11, 2017
Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center

Presenter:  Ray Jones, Associate Director Evangelism, Presbyterian Mission Agency

“Many church leaders are asking the question, “How can we grow our churches?” But this is not the right question to be asking. A better question to be asking ourselves is the one that strikes at the heart of our identity; “What does it mean for us to live in the way of Jesus?” Church growth is not a bad thing, but it does not bring us to the heart of the problem we are facing, which is how we intentionally make disciples.”
“What spiritual practices/disciplines lead to the lifestyle of bearing fruit? We will examine the personal and communal practices that take us more deeply into the authentic habits that lead to sacrificial service and faith sharing.” - Ray Jones

Schedule
Friday, November 10, 2017
4:00 pm Check In at Highlands
5:00 pm Mixer
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 pm Keynote I: Coming IN: The Deep Wells of Lifelong Spiritual Formation and Small Group Discussion
8:30 pm Vespers
9:00 pm Ice Cream Social, Fun, and Games
Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Meditation – hike, labyrinth, etc.
9:20 am Keynote II: Going Out: Authentic Evangelism, Part 1
10:15 am Comfort Break & Stretch
10:30 am Small Group Discussion
11:30 am Share Questions & Insights
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Keynote III: Going Out: Authentic Evangelism, Part 2
1:45 pm Small Group Discussion
2:15 pm Worship – Communion & Commissioning
3:00 pm Head Home

Register at www.highlandscamp.org or by calling 303-747-2888.

Registration is closed.  Call Highlands for more information.

Added Bonus: Experience practical evangelism in a continuation of the retreat. Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm join Ray Jones at Wellshire Presbyerian Church for some hands-on practice of what we learned at Highlands.

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Zimbabwe Potluck - Welcome Delegates!
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Zimbabwe Potluck - Welcome Delegates!

Join us for a Zimbabwe Potluck on October 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Presbytery of Denver.  Everisto Musdeza from the Presbytery of Zimbabwe, will share how the Presbytery of Zimbabwe carries out their mission work, and Tom Sheffield will describe how the Presbytery of Denver is structured for mission. You'll have an opportunity to hear brief presentations from Denver Presbytery's Zimbabwe related task force and mission partnerships.  Doug Tilton, PC(USA) Mission Coordinator for Southern Africa, will also share the PC(USA) World Mission perspective of our mission work.
 
See the attached flier for more details.  Please RSVP below, by October 29th.

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Celebrating the Ministries of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Sheffield
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

Celebrating the Ministries of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Sheffield

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The Presbytery of Denver invites you to:

Journey with God...Together

Please join us for an evening of food, memories and celebrating with Tom & Kathy Sheffield upon his retirement as our Presbytery Pastor.

Where: Wellshire Presbyterian Church (map
2999 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
When: Friday, October 27, 2017

PARKING MAP, click here.

"Finger foods and beverages will be available from 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm in the sanctuary, come when you can! A program will being in the sanctuary at 6:45 pm and continue in the chapel at 7:30 pm.

If you would like to contribute to a gift for Tom, either financially or through words of appreciation, please send check to Denver Presbytery, mark "Tom's gift" in memo and return by October 20, 2017.

Please send words of appreciation to Beth Carlisle, Communications & Administrative Manager.

RSVP/registration is made when payment is received and you have received a confirmation.

Thank you!

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