December 17

Rev. Dr. Tom Sheffield, Presbytery Pastor 

God of all children, all people, in all places, we are overwhelmed with news of the deaths of school children, teachers and administrators in Pakistan. Heal grieving hearts of parents, sisters, brothers, classmates, and loved ones.   And as time passes let our horror at the presence of violence and the destruction of war not pass away. Instead, let our commitment to bring your peace into our world deepen and grow stronger.  In each of our lives there are also grieving, wounded, hurting people.  Bring now and to each what is needed most. 

In our Presbytery family, we pray for Margaret Bell and David Van Deren in their recoveries.  We pray too for those unnamed and unknown, whose pain remains hidden, whose longings cannot be heard, and whose prayers are not shared.  As we all prepare for the celebration of Christ’s coming may there be a growing glimpse of goodness in us, some tentative steps toward real peace that we begin to take, and some new-found courage to live as your own children in, through and with Jesus Christ, Emmanuel.  Amen.

Remember tomorrow is the Racial Relations Dialogue, “Restoration of Hope, Peace and Justice,” sponsored by the Mosaic Diversity Work Group, at noon at the Presbytery Center.  Lunch will be provided but we ask that you RSVP, if you have not already done so, to judy@denpres.org.  The Dialogue offers to us all an opportunity to take “some tentative steps toward real peace.” 

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 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.  You can also register and pay on-line by going to the Presbytery website (www.denpres.org) and clicking on “Events.” 

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 with particular emphasis on the proposed changes to the definition of marriage.  More information about the pre-assembly presentations 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.  More detailed information will be available next week. 

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 under Events.  Deadline for registering is December 31.