One Never Knows Where and When God Will Speak

One never knows where and when God will speak.  I am enjoying reading David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers, the distinguished historian’s book on those who took flight and changed our world.  At one point, McCullough quotes a companion of the Wrights who reports that “’the good humor of Wilbur, after a spill out of the machine, or a break somewhere, or a stubborn motor, was always reassuring.”  He goes on to say that he was always impressed by the Wrights’ “’patient perseverance, their calm faith in ultimate success, their mutual consideration of each other….’”   

 As Lent approaches I am taking those words as some kind of word from God to me.  I am taking them as encouragement to keep “good humor” and not take everything or, particularly, myself with over-zealous seriousness.  I receive those words as a constant word to persevere each day with what I feel called to do and be and to know that success (whatever that may mean or be) resides not in me but in One who is shaping and coaxing life into being.  And I am led to see again that what is of ultimate importance is not my work but to be considerate of those who are closest to me.   That includes you, of course.  I hope that these days bring us all, as ministers of the Word, to feel close and considerate of each other and to find ways to encourage each other in ways that reassure one another.   I would also love to know what you are reading and hearing that are particularly touching you in this season.  Feel free to tell me and to let me pass on to others the places and people, events and words that lead you to hear God speaking.  A blessed Lent to you all.


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.”  It is an informal time when you can learn about the basics of the New Beginnings process.  All are welcome to learn about this opportunity 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.   

“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.

“Journey to the Common Good:  From a Culture of Fear to the Practice of Neighborliness” is the theme of Montview Blvd. Church’s “Weekend with Walter Brueggemann” on February 26, 27, and 28.  Dr. Brueggemann will be speaking on “A Voice from Elsewhere:  The Prophetic Tasks of Judgment and Hope” (February 26, 7:00 p.m.), “Relinquish and Receive God’s Gifts (February 27, 9:00 a.m.), followed by a conversation at 10:30 a.m.  On Sunday, February 28, he will preach at the 8:15 and 10:30 services of worship and lead the adult education forum at 9:15.  Go to www.montview.org for tickets. 

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.   Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 1.  You can call 303-777-2453 or email beth@denpres.org.  

 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.  To register go to www.pensions.org/seminars and select the blue “Register” button or call 1-800-773-7752.  The seminars are offered without cost to participants.  A daily meal fee of $15 is charged.

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 opsf@opsf-omaha.org  or visit their 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 are available now in the Presbytery Center.  You also can order them by calling 800-524-2612 and ask for PCS 17116-15-010.

       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!  

For Your Time of Prayer, please continue to remember ….

       … Pat Jordan and Pat Russell as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.

        … The people of Flint, Michigan in their struggles.

        … Bob and Carolyn Hampel as Carolyn continues in her time of rehabilitation.

        … Bruce Spear as recuperates from surgery.  

In Peace,

Tom