Sacrament and Service

Tom Sheffield, Presbytery Pastor


Communion Service for You

It has been a demanding period of time for you.  Whether you serve in a congregation or a classroom, in chaplaincy or administration, with individuals or institutions, much has been asked of you.  Join for a few hours, therefore, to worship without leading and be renewed through simply being together with colleagues in ministry.  Our next Service of Communion for you will be on Wednesday, April 29 at Iglesia Presbiteriana de Valverde.   A “don’t miss” lunch at a nearby restaurant, selected by Jorge Barbaran, will follow the service. Please RSVP by April 28 to or call 303-777-2453.  I am hoping that I will see you at Iglesia Presbiteriana at 11:30 a.m. on April 29.  

Serving the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Many members of the Presbytery currently are serving agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in significant and diverse ways.  Remember their service.  Pray for these colleagues as they carry out their responsibilities that seek to strengthen the whole church.  In addition, if you or someone you know currently serves one of the agencies and I missed noting that fact, please be in touch with me so that I can recognize you or your colleague.     

Janet Ballantyne    2014 Reader of Cooperative Ordination Exams
Wanda Beauman    African American Member at large on Church wide Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women (Wanda also is being nominated to be Vice-Moderator for Justice and Peace of the Presbyterian Women’s Coordinating Team)
Anne Bond    Member of the Episcopal-Presbyterian Dialogue
Joelle Brummett    2014 Reader of Cooperative Ordination Exams
Ann Christensen    2014 Reader of Cooperative Ordination Exams
Jean Demmler    Member of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
Carrie Doehring    Serving as a Leader for the Board of Pensions’ CREDO Program
Julia Henderson    Member of the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission
Peter Kalan    Member of the Board of the Board of Pensions
Russ Kane    2014 Reader of Cooperative Ordination Exams
Amy Mendez    Member of Racial Ethnic Consultation of the General Assembly
Rebecca New    Member of the Board of the Presbyterian Investment/Loan Program (PILP)
Tom Sheffield    Member of the Executive Forum of the Board of Pensions
Olivia Hudson Smith    Member of the Board of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
John Sutterlin    2014 Reader of Cooperative Ordination Exams
Cathy Ulrich    Consultant to the Korean-American Churches Task Force 
Jacqueline Decker Vanderpol   Member of Advisory Forum of the Board of Pensions
Louise Westfall    Member of the Boards of the Presbyterian Foundation and the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program (PILP) 

Celebrating April Ordination Anniversaries

Two colleagues mark significant ordination anniversaries in the coming month.  We give thanks and praise to God for their service for Christ and commitment to the Church.  

J. Edgar McDonald    Ordained on April 15, 1955    Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary of his Ordination

Rod Sewell    Ordained on April 27, 1980    Celebrating the Thirty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination

In this Holy Week may you find the Holy One truly close to you.  On Maundy Thursday may you know you are never alone, but in all times and places are surrounded by a banquet hosted by Christ and a loving company of companions. On Good Friday may the cross once again reveal the real power of fear, death and evil and the ultimate triumph of Love over all. And on Easter Day may you feel, claim and live the joy of Resurrection Faith that God gives each day.   Alleluia!  Amen!


Transitional Ministry Training will be held from April 20-24 at Highlands. Both Weeks I and II are being offered by MALT again this year.  You can register by contacting the Synod of Lincoln Trails (website; phone- 800-566-5996).

The Presbytery Assembly in August (August 7-8) will begin with a “Staycation” at Highlands.  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!”  Remember, too, that the November 13-14 Leadership Retreat will be held at Highlands and will be led by Corey Schlosser-Hall.