A Message from the Presbytery Pastor


“Roots and Wings: a Multi-cultural Celebration”

Think about this:  “Differences, not sameness, is our stronghold for innovation and sustainable growth.”  If you find those words challenging, hopeful, confusing, affirming, aggravating, impossible for your church, needed by your church, descriptive of your church, in other words, however you hear and receive them, you will want to come to this important multi-cultural event.  

To be held on Saturday, April 16th at First Aurora Church, this very special event, sponsored by the Racial Ethnic Diversity Work Group, includes multi-cultural worship, a keynote address by the Rev. Raafat Girgis, pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles and former Director of the Multicultural Ministries Office of Presbyterian Mission Agency,  and a fabulous, festive, very diverse meal … that you can help provide!  It will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m.  Please RSVP by April 13th by emailing info@denpres.org with the number of people attending.  

Untamed Mind of Christ: At Highlands Presbyterian Camp
Thursday, May 19th at 6 pm - Saturday, May 21st at 2 pm. 

A wilderness retreat for Christian women and men leading the church in an age of profound crisis and invitation. You will experience deep personal renewal, community and awakened vision for leadership through a variety of innovative nature-based practices on the land, self designed ceremony, the intimacy of small groups, and the authentic voice of your own wild soul. Cultivate inner-resources and learn practices for visionary leadership in a wide variety of vocations and ministry contexts. The cost is $299 which includes lodging and meals for two nights and two days and guide fees - space is limited! For more Information and to Register visit Highlands Camp.  

Next Ministers’ Communion … A Journey to the Mountains!

Don’t miss the next Service of Communion for ministers which will be held at South Park Community Church in Fairplay on June 15th.  We will be arranging transportation so that we can carpool to Fairplay and be hosted by South Park’s pastor, Kenny Shaw.  You can reserve now.  Also if you are interested in going the day before the event and staying in Stan and Marty Jewell’s home in Buena Vista, please contact Stan at 720-209-6700 or email him at stanjewell1@hotmail.com.  Joining us at this event will be our Zimbabwe Presbytery delegation,  Tinashe Chemvumi, Kuraone Mutimwii and Mike Chiwanda.  Kenny is also making arrangements for us to have lunch at a favorite local restaurant or, maybe, saloon.  It should be a great time together!

Board of Pensions Seminars Offered in May

“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

This outstanding event 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.  You can phone 888-244-6714 or 402-397-5138 or email opsf@opsf-omaha.org for information.  Or go to the foundation’s website at www.omahapresbyterianseminaryfoundation.org.  

The Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission (DREAM) Grant

This grant opportunity 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  Remember ….

           …. Paul Kempf and our colleague Robert Gwaltney who were married on September 3, 2015 in the Chapel at Presbyterian Center, Louisville, KY;

            ... To give thanks for the recent recognition by the Presbyterian Church (USA) of the Vietnamese Presbyterian Fellowship and the Myanmar Christian Church as New Worshiping Communities.  Pray also for their pastoral leaders, Tu Minh Bui and Andrew Thang; 

             … Our next Presbytery Assembly on Tuesday, March 29 at Columbine United Church that we might serve Christ and Christ’s people through our meeting; 

            … For each other and our world as we move through the coming Holy Week.  May all find faith strengthened, hope restored and love renewed so that we might serve and live anew in the Risen Christ!