Dates and Opportunities

You are invited to attend the services of installation for the Rev. Dr. Charles Traylor as Pastor of the Church of the Hills on Saturday, January 23, at 3:00 p.m. and the Rev. Dr. Carol Fisher as Pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 31, at 3:00 p.m.  All ministers are encouraged to attend these important services of worship of the Presbytery.

Our next Presbytery Assembly will be held this coming Tuesday, January 26 at Habitat for Humanity in Denver. We will be hosted by the members of the Carpenter’s Helpers Mission Partnership. The meeting will include the installation of our new moderator, the Rev. Dr. Stan Jewell, and the vice-moderator, Ruling Elder Dr. Jean Demmler. Please note, too, that a pre-assembly event about Habitat for Humanity begins at 3:00 p.m. Reports, directions and other important information for the meeting are being emailed to commissioners and churches.

“Courage:  Acting Fearlessly in Fearful Times” is the powerful event, designed for all congregational leaders in the presbytery by the Leadership Work Group. It will be held on February 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New Hope Church in Castle Rock. The event will feature inspiring worship and an abundance of suggestions for small but significant steps to become the courageous church we are called to be. Registration (including payment for a light breakfast) through the Presbytery website now is available. As we begin a new year of service, we encourage you to invite your leaders to attend.

Stewardship Kaleidoscope, the Presbyterian Church’s premier event for stewardship education, will be held February 29- March 2 in San Antonio, TX. It offers outstanding plenary speakers and worship.  This year the worship leader will be the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Campbell, pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY and former President of McCormick Theological Seminary.  It also includes over 35 workshops covering topics such as annual stewardship, planned giving,current trends in stewardship and capital campaigns. To register and for more information visit www.stewardshipkaleidoscope.org.  

Next Two Ministers’ Communions  
On Wednesday, March 2 we will gather at the Presbytery Center for a service of communion at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Tu Minh Bui of the Vietnamese Church, Amy Mendez, Cathy Ulrich and I will serve as your hosts.  Following the service of worship, we will re-assemble at a near-by restaurant which promises to serve great Vietnamese fare! I hope you plan to be present for this time together.   

A slightly longer trip for most of us is planned for a service of communion at the Southpark Community Church in Fairplay on June 15. We will be arranging transportation so that we can carpool to Fairplay and be hosted by Southpark’s pastor, Kenny Shaw. More information will be coming about the time together, but put it on your calendar now and plan to journey together on June 15.  

Our March Presbytery Assembly will be held one week later than our usual fourth Tuesday schedule. Since the fourth Tuesday falls within Holy Week, we will convene on Tuesday, March 29 at Columbine United Church.  

Board of Pensions Seminars
“Growing into Tomorrow Today,” a retirement planning event will be held on May 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  

“Render Unto Caesar,” a seminar for church treasurers and administrators, is scheduled for May 21, 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. It is held on Saturday in order to be more available to those who work on week-days.

Both seminars will be held at Wellshire Church. Information about registration will be available in the near future.

The 2016 Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation Summer Pastors’ School will be held June 5 – 11 at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. You can register now (through April 20) and save $25 on your fee. For more information call 888-244-6714 or 402-397-5138, email susan@opsf-omaha.org, or go to the foundation’s website at www.omahapresbyterianseminaryfoundation.org.  

For Your Consideration …

     Lent begins on Wednesday, February 10. Once again, this year Presbyterians Today has produced a Lenten devotional, Be Holy, for use by individuals and congregations. A limited number will be available in the Presbytery Center. You also can order them by calling 800-524-2612 and ask for PCS 17116-15-010.

      An opportunity to be part of the next New Beginnings process will be offered beginning on Saturday, February 13.  On that date, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Church in Northglenn, Michael Whitman of the Presbyterian Church’s Office of Transformation will present “Elements of New Beginnings.” All are welcome to come and learn about this process that has affected the lives of nine of our congregations. March 12 is the official “Come and See” presentation for all who are interested in New Beginnings. The location will be announced at a later time.   The deadline for churches to “join” New Beginnings will be April 8.  We would very much like to know who would be attending on February 13. Please RSVP directly to me at tom@denpres.org.   

     The Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission (DREAM) Grant is being offered by the Presbyterian Mission Agency in order to encourage dreamers, risk-takers, pioneers and trailblazers. This grant is designed to encourage the birth of new ventures through congregations and presbyteries rather than to support the expansion of existing program within congregations. An initiative may receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000. For the purpose of this grant, new is defined as an initiative that was created no earlier than January 1, 2014. Proposals need to be received by the Office of Mission Program Grants no later than June 1. Applications are also available from this same office. Columbine United Church received a $10,000 -DREAM Grant last year for its Neighborhood Hubs project.  Your church may be able to receive one this year!  

In Peace,

Tom