Tom Sheffield, Presbytery Pastor
February 23 Is the Deadline to Register for “Being Leaders: Living into Your Call.” A special event for teaching elders, ruling elders and deacons and sponsored by the Presbytery’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 opportunities for exploration and dialogue about the challenge, opportunity and possibilities of being a leader in our congregations. You can register on-line for this event at www.highlandscamp.org. Encouraging your Sessions and Boards of Deacons to attend and announcing about this event to your congregations in services of worship would be greatly appreciated.
The Tenth Anniversary of the Rev. Amy Mendez’ Service to Denver Presbytery as our Pastor of Church Development and Multi-Racial Ministries will be celebrated in a truly spectacular meal and service, hosted by Divino Salvador at First Aurora Church on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Join with people across the Presbytery in thanking Amy for her gifts and grace and enjoy the sumptuous food of this celebration. Please RSVP to the Presbytery Center (email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-777-2453) that you will be coming no later than Monday, February 23.
“What Are Presbyterians, Anyway?” is a one-hour webinar that will “explore grace and gratitude as Presbyterian identity” and is presented by Charles Wiley, Coordinator of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Theology and Worship on March 3 at 12 noon, MST. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1390218467976801282.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope will be held March 9 to March 11 in Kansas City, MO, at the Airport Hilton. This is the Presbyterian Church’s premier event for all those who are concerned about or called to lead congregations in their stewardship. To register for this event go to www.stewardshipkaleidoscope.org.
Is New Beginnings Right for Your Congregation? If you are wondering about that question, “Come and See” what this assessment and reflection process could offer. Michael Whitman, Program Assistant in the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office for Transformation, will present critical information about New Beginnings at Wellshire Church on Wednesday, March 18 at 9:30 (coffee is available beginning at 9:00 a.m.). You will also hear how Council’s Long Term Initiatives Work Group will support the congregations and the pastors in this process. RSVP by March 16 to Chuck Sparks at email@example.com.
Our Next Presbytery Assembly on March 24 will meet at Good Shepherd Church in Northglenn. The pre-assembly event, beginning at 3:00 p.m., will welcome the Rev. Cynthia Holder Rich from the General Assembly Committee to Study The Confession of Belhar and who will present insights about the Confession. Later in the Assembly the Presbytery will be asked to vote on whether the Confession should be included in the Church’s Book of Confessions. In the 6:00 p.m. meeting in the sanctuary, we also will be installing the Rev. Cathy Ulrich as our Interim Stated Clerk and celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the service of worship; recognizing the retirements of four ministers; receiving further information about policies from the Committee on Preparation for Ministry; hearing a report from Ben Blake of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program; and receiving reports from Highlands Joint Committee, Commissioners to the Synod of the Rocky Mountains and the Partnership of Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries Committee. Dinner will be served in Shepherds Hall beginning at 5:00 p.m. Remember, too, that our May Assembly is May 26, the day after Memorial Day and will be held at the Presbytery Center.
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen will gather for its Triennium April 16-19 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center of Little Rock, Ark. The theme for the event is "God Moves - Be Still." Stephany Graham, a pastor at Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, N.Y., will be the keynote speaker and Adele Crawford, pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, Conn., will lead worship. Crawford came to the ministry after a 15-year career as a professional singer. Details about the event can be found at NAPC Triennium.
The 2015 Summer Pastors’ School, sponsored by the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, will be held June 7 – 13 at Hastings College in Hastings, NE. This outstanding event offers renowned leaders and incomparable hospitality all at minimal cost. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call, 1-888-244-6714.
The Presbytery Assembly in August (August 7-8) will begin with a “Staycation” at Highlands for everyone in the church family. Watch for upcoming details but be ready to join women, men and children for a special time that will include a program led by Tim Mooney, author of Like a Child, family activities and an evening campfire for all. Saturday, August 8, will include the stated meeting of the Presbytery as well as continued activities. Don’t miss this time together with the whole “presbytery family!”
The Untamed Mind of Christ is an experiential wilderness immersion designed to help Christian men encounter, explore and embody the four facets of our innate human wholeness, the image of God, and the Christ nature in our journey to becoming fully human. To be held August 14 – 16 at Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge in Grand Lake, its cost is $520, which includes guide fees, lodging and meals for three days and two nights. The guides are Dr. Brian Stafford and Associate Pastor at Grace Church, the Rev. Matt Syrdal. You can obtain more information by calling 303-548-0823, going to the website www.Eco-Psyche-Artistry.com or speaking with Matt Syrdal.