Invitations and Opportunities

We celebrate three ordination anniversaries in May and give thanks for the continuing service and love for the church that each of these colleagues offers to us.

Bob Hampel     Ordained on May 12, 1950     Celebrating the Sixty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination

Bill Colwell      Ordained on May 14, 1950     Celebrating the Sixty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination

W. Leslie Avery     Ordained on May 25, 1960   Celebrating the Fifty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination

And the voice of God said, 
             “I am with you.  For I needed another human instrument.
                                 Out of all eternity, I chose you ….”

                                  From Prayers by Michel Quoist


 Spring and Summer Invitations and Opportunities

The Festival of Homiletics will be held in Denver, May 11 – 15.  Central Presbyterian Church is the primary venue for this national conference among four others.  This is a rare opportunity to participate in this outstanding event and still stay close to home.  You can register at  You also can volunteer to serve communion in the final worship service at Central Church by calling Louise Westfall at 303-839-5500 or emailing  

All Retired Ministers are invited to a special luncheon on Wednesday, May 20 at the Presbytery Center.  Jointly hosted by the Partnership of Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries Committee and the Committee on Ministry, retired ministers will hear about recent times of service by retired Denver ministers in Zimbabwe and also how they can be involved in the Short-term Service Program and the Mentoring Program.  To reserve for this FREE lunch, call 303-777-2453 or email

We Need to Talk … Race and Christian Faith   On Friday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Presbytery Center the Mosaic Diversity Work Group is sponsoring a dialogue on this critical concern.  The guest speaker will be the Rev. Ben Sanders III, a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church who also is in the PhD program at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology.  He has served as Academic Advisor to the National Association of Pan-African Seminarians at Iliff, and holds an M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  This also is a dialogue and all voices will be welcome to share in this very important time.  Refreshments will be served before the presentation.  Please RSVP by calling 303-777-2453 by May 15 or email

The Next Presbytery Assembly will be held at the Presbytery Center on May 26.  It will be a full day of learning opportunities, fellowship, decision-making and worship.  Beginning at 12:30 p.m., a free pizza lunch, provided by the Presbyterian Foundation, will be available.  At 1:00 p.m. the Relations and Communications Work Group will sponsor the showing of the film, Trigger: The Effects of Gun Violence, which was produced by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  Following the film Jean Demmler, a member of the work group, an elder at Capitol Heights Church and a member of the General Assembly’s Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, will lead a discussion about the film. 

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. there will be the options of attending one of two important workshops:  Living Creatively with Disabilities, led by our colleague, Kent Groff and Creating a Culture of Generosity, led by Sherry Kenney, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation and Kevin Keaton, Regional Representative of the Board of Pensions.  These workshops, sponsored by the Leadership Work Group, offer dynamic opportunities to delve deeply into two critical areas of congregational and personal life.  If you are struggling with diminishments in your life or in those you love and care for, you will want to attend the workshop with Kent.  Sherry and Kevin will give an abundance of help for churches and church leaders facing the challenge and joy of stewardship in all its aspects that leads to a positive impact on the understanding of generosity.  

WE DO NEED YOU TO RSVP FOR ANY OR ALL OF THESE EVENTS INCLUDING LUNCH TO SHERRY KENNEY BY MAY 21.   When you RSVP, we ask you to identify specifically which events you are attending and also which 3:00 p.m. workshop you are selecting to attend. You may email Sherry at or call 303-523-1936.   

At 5:00 dinner will be served by the Mountain View and Providence Churches at the Presbytery Center. The meeting of the Presbytery Assembly will begin at 6:00 p.m.      

2015 Summer Pastors’ School     The Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation invites you to this outstanding event, June 7 -13 at Hasting College in Hastings, Nebraska.  The cost is astoundingly small and the benefits are huge.  For information and registration visit here.  

“The Power of Storytelling”    You are invited by the Mission and Ministry Work Group to attend a special program  for mission leaders on Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 9 am to noon, at the Denver Presbytery Center. The next in our Nuts & Bolts series, this program will help you excite your congregation about mission. Learn tips for creating a punchy Minute for Mission that rallies the congregation, and get practical advice on your video content so you can win the Presbytery's competition. We are called to share the wonderful news of God's mission in the world. Professional storytellers will walk us through the process of powerful writing, imagery, and speaking. 

The Presbytery Assembly in August (August 7-8) will begin with a “Staycation” at Highlands. Join women, men and children for a special time that will include Friday afternoon events of canoeing, zip line, hiking and archery, an intergerational program led by Tim Mooney, author of Like a Child, and an evening campfire for all.  Saturday, August 8, will include the stated meeting of the Presbytery as well as continued activities for children and family members.  Don’t miss this time together with the whole “presbytery family!”  Register today at by July 24.