Concerns, Celebrations and Events

Tom Sheffield, Presbytery Pastor

Please pray for Patti Kitchen and her family at the recent death of Patti’s mother, Nancy Morrison.  A Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Mrs. Morrison was held on Saturday, January 24, at Wellshire Church. Last week the father of Walt Bedford died in Michigan.  Please pray for Walt, who is a Commission-ready CRE and who has traveled to Michigan to be with his family.  Margaret Bell continues to in her treatment for cancer.  Please remember Margaret in your prayers.  Continued prayers for the family of Irvin McArthur are invited.   On Friday, February 6, at 2:30 p.m. a Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held for Irvin at Covenant Village in Westminster.  

We celebrate ordination anniversaries in February.  For these servants of Christ and Christ’s church, we give thanks:  

Louise Westfall   Ordained on February 10, 1980    
Celebrating the Thirty-fifth Anniversary of her Ordination

Kenny Shaw    Ordained on February 14, 2010    
Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of his Ordination

Franklin Medford   Ordained on February 21, 1965   
Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination

Paul Bock    Ordained on February 21, 1955    
Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary of his Ordination

   “Go forth as God’s servant.  Remember God’s presence often and draw strength from the knowledge that the One who calls and sends also sustains.  Amen.”

From A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants


Opportunities for You and Our Churches

Be Inspired!  Inspirar!  Be Uplifted!  Motivar!  Be There!   Lo Esperamos! You will be inspired and uplifted at the first Latino Film Festival, sponsored by Denver Presbytery’s Gala Task Force.  View the startling Salt of the Earth, the only blacklisted film, and the heart-wrenching and spirit-lifting, A Class Apart.    Both put a courageous spotlight on the life of Mexican Americans in the United States.   It all takes place on Saturday, February 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Wellshire Presbyterian Church.  It is free but we ask that you RSVP and learn more about these films here.  The Gala Task Force is celebrating Latino culture, art and history throughout 2015.  Lo Esperamos!

All are invited to the Service of Commissioning for Beth Hewlett as Commissioned Ruling Elder for Bethel Church this coming Sunday, February 8, at 10:00 a.m.  

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.  You can now register on-line for this event at  

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 Hasting College in Hastings, NE.  This outstanding event offers renowned leaders and incomparable hospitality all at minimal cost.  For more information visit here or call, 1-888-244-6714.  

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 or speaking with Matt Syrdal.