11/7 Presbytery Pastor Message

To:      Ministers, Certified Christian Educators, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Certified Church Educators, Candidates and Inquirers

From:  Tom Sheffield

Date:   November 7, 2014

The December Service of Communion for Ministers will be held on Thursday, December 11, at Peoples Church.  If you are receiving this message, you are personally invited to attend this time of worship and sacrament and gather with other colleagues for some great food and conversation.  The service will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the church and, following the service, we will go to a near-by restaurant for lunch together.  Cost of the lunch will be between $10 and $15.   I know it will be Advent and things are getting more and more pressured in congregational ministry, but I also hope that you will allow this season to be one of forming deeper relationships and new friendships with other servants of the Church.  Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, December 9 to 303-777-2453 or judy@denpres.org

Celebrate with Our Colleagues
This month three colleagues in the Presbytery celebrate significant anniversaries of their ordinations:

Kathleen Kegel  Ordained November 1, 2009  Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of her Ordination

Mike Motsko  Ordained November 7, 1999   Celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary of his Ordination

Barbara Royle  Ordained November 20, 1994  Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of her Ordination

“I humbly pray you so to guide and govern me by your Holy Spirit, that … I may not forget you, but may remember that I am ever walking in your sight.”    From The Divine Hour, As Compiled by Phyllis Tickle

New Website Launched
Thanks to the diligent and creative work of the Communications Task Force, a new website has been launched by the Presbytery.   The Presbytery Assembly received an introduction to the website at the last meeting on October 28.  It is hoped that it will provide a resource that is easier to use and also more complete in the available resources.  Thanks to Task Force Chairperson, Julia Henderson, and task force members, Judy Franconi, Sonya Hansen, Russ Kane, Sarah Savage, Matt Syrdal and Mark Vickstrom for their outstanding contributions to our Presbytery life. Go to www.denpres.org to view the results!

Prayer Requests
Please pray for Warren Fikejs as he continues to recuperate.

Prayers are asked for Margaret Bell, wife of John Bell, as she begins surgery and treatment for breast cancer. 

As many in the Presbytery gather on Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15, at Highlands for our “sold-out” Leadership Retreat, please pray for safe travel and an enriching and empowering time with the retreat leader, Rodger Nishioka. 

Give thanks for the safe arrival back home of our Zimbabwe Presbytery delegates, Sheilah Yesaya and Alfred Keni. 

We have been asked to pray for all who are suffering with Ebola, the families who grieve and the workers who continue to minister to those who are ill.

With the coming of Veterans’ Day next week let us pray in thanksgiving for all veterans who have served and for all who continue to serve and may be also in harms’ way. 

Other Ministries and Opportunities for You 

A Celebration of Service honoring Stated Clerk Anne Bond takes place on Thursday, January 15 at Wellshire Church.  This gathering will include a time to Meet and Greet with Anne at 5:30 p.m., a program beginning at 6:30 and dessert at 7:30.  You are asked to RSVP to the Presbytery of Denver by sending a check for $20 per person. 

The Next Presbytery Assembly on January 27, 2015 will be held at Calvary Church.  It will be a full and important Assembly that will include:  the installation of our new moderator, Ruling Elder Diane Ritzdorf, and our new vice-moderator, The Rev. Mark Vickstrom; the recognition of the ministry of our current moderator, The Rev. Dr. Dee Cooper; a report from the Interim Stated Clerk Search Committee; a recognition of our relationship with The Colorado Trust; updates on Committee on Preparation for Ministry policy redevelopment; debate and voting on changes to the Book of Order; information about allocations for mission partnerships and covenant communities; the election of synod commissioners; a presentation of and vote on a new Vision Statement for the Presbytery; and recognition of the service of Stated Clerk Anne Bond.  The pre-assembly time will focus on the proposed changes to the Book of Order.  More information about the pre-assembly presentation and dialogue and other items of business will be available next month. 

Being Leaders:  Living into Your Call is a special event for teaching elders, ruling elders and deacons, sponsored by the Council’s Leadership Work Group.   It will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, on February 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The Rev. James Gale, Coordinator of Theocademy, a discipleship and leadership training series for Presbyterians, will be the leader and there will be opportunity for exploration and dialogue about the challenge, opportunity and possibilities of being a leader in our congregations. 

Swim with the Dolphins is a special trip offered by Montview Blvd. Church and to be led by Dee Cooper, August 2-8, 2015.  Full information is found on the Presbytery website (www.denpres.org) under Events.  Deadline for registering is December 31.