To Journey with God...Together

In most of our congregations it is time to form budgets, interpret the ways those budgets are carrying out mission and ministry and encourage grateful giving to the church.   The same is true, of course, in the Presbytery.  To help us and also to help you interpret for your congregation the mission and ministry of the Presbytery and General Assembly, a new series of bulletin announcements is being provided to you.  In those weeks you will find brief glimpses of the way the Presbytery of Denver is reaching out to the world with congregations, in work that forms new ministries, through partnerships and with the Presbytery Mission Agency.   As we were preparing these announcements, Rachel Yates, an elder at Calvary Church, who now serves in Louisville as the Associate Director for Program for World Mission in the PMA, provided this brief and very usable description of Presbyterian Mission Agency.  As you continue to provide information to your congregation and also field questions about the Presbyterian Church (USA) and its agencies, where money is going there and why we should give, I thought Rachel’s words would be helpful.  And think, she was able to do it with only two sentences.  I think that is some kind of record.
          The Presbyterian Mission Agency brings together resources, passionate people, and nearly 180 years of experience for sustainable ministries in hunger, reconciliation, justice, evangelism, education, discipleship, and peacemaking.  With Presbyterians across the denomination and partners around the world, we accomplish together what we couldn’t do alone, as we live out our calling to do God’s mission.                   

If I can help in any other ways to interpret the mission and ministry of the Presbytery or the Presbyterian Church, do not hesitate to call on me at any time.  Blessings for this important work.  ~ Rachel Yates

Now, here are some things especially for you …

Please pray for Peggy Marshall as she begins treatment for cancer following surgery last month.  Please continue to pray for Joe Mares in his recuperation and rehabilitation.

Celebrate Ordination Anniversaries with …

Jonathan Masters Hole ~ Ordained on June 5, 1966  
Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination
Justin Spurlock ~ Ordained on June 5, 2011    
Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of his Ordination
Bruce Spear  ~ Ordained on June 9, 1991
Celebrating the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination
Dee Cooper  ~ Ordained on June 22, 1996  
Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of her Ordination
Russ Kane  ~ Ordained on August 2, 1981
Celebrating the Thirty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination
Dan Dolquist ~ Ordained on August 19, 1991  
Celebrating the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination
RJ Ross  ~ Ordained on August 25, 1971  
Celebrating the Forty-fifth Anniversary of his Ordination
Clarence Ammons ~ Ordained on September 1, 1966
Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Ordination
Spencer Lundgaard ~ Ordained on September 20, 2001
Celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary of his Ordination

For these servants we give thanks, O God, and ask blessing, strength, and love for their continued ministry for you and Christ’s Church.  Amen.

Three Gatherings for Ministers, Commissioned Ruling Elders, Certified Christian Educators, Candidates and Inquirers ….

A Gathering for Worship and Fellowship on Thursday, September 29 at 11:30 a.m. join your colleagues for a time of fellowship, worship and Sacrament at our first service of Communion in the fall season.  We will be gathering at St. Andrew Church and Carol Fisher, pastor of the church, is making arrangements at a nearby restaurant for our lunch together.  You do need to RSVP for the lunch, click here.  I hope you can join us for this time of relaxed conversation, informal worship, good food and community.  Your RSVP is asked no later than Wednesday, September 28th.  

The Grant Street Task Force which is exploring future use of the Presbytery property will hold a dialogue about its proposals following the Ministers’ Communion Luncheon on September 29 at 2:00 p.m.  Katie Robb Davis, associate pastor at Wellshire Church and a task force member, will convene and facilitate the discussion at St. Andrew Church.  Please also RSVP for this time of dialogue to and feel free to let others in your congregations know about this opportunity. 

Dee Cooper invites all ministers to join together with her for a new series of gatherings, held on the third Wednesday of each month, 12:00– 1:30 p.m.  at the Presbytery Center.  These gatherings have been extraordinary gifts from Dee and times for us all.  Please bring your lunch. The first one is  Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:00-1:30 p.m.          

Do you feel you have a little too much drama in your church? in your life? Would you like to reduce the amount of drama you experience to just what you see on television?

Join us as we explore the Drama Triangle- (the Karpman Drama Triangle- adapted by Hendricks) By exploring the hero, victim, villain roles, we can identify who I am in the conflict triangle, get ourselves out with ease.  We will also explore how we can actually be keeping it going.

Successive times and topics are:  
             October 19 – “Emotions:  Friend or Foe”
             November 16 – “Sexuality and the Pastorate”
             December 21 – “Play and Living in Essence” 

Upcoming Events for the Whole Presbytery ….

Leadership Retreat, November 11th and 12th at Highlands

It Is What You Asked For!

 We have heard you!  You tell us, “Our church needs better communication!”   But communicating begins with listening!   Listening is the communication skill we are expected to do most often, but it is taught the least. Instruction and practice, however, can improve our listening skills, even to the point of creating courageous listeners. That’s the goal of Denver Presbytery’s annual Leadership Retreat, Courageous Listening. Join Steve Yamaguchi, Fuller Seminary Dean of Students, at Highlands Camp on Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th for inspiring worship, thoughtful presentations, and applicable skills as we learn to listen to everyone in our churches. The $90 fee includes all meals from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon and overnight housing in single-gender rooms. To register, go to or call 303-747-2888.

Mental Health First Aid on November 17th at the Presbytery Center

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a groundbreaking, internationally recognized evidence-based training program committed to empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises.  MHFA encompasses a core program tailored for adults called Adult Mental Health First Aid. This is an interactive 8-hour course.
7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. SHARP-Class begins
1/2 hour for lunch, TBD
5:00 p.m. Class ends
WHERE: The Presbytery of Denver
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Click here to register.

I also invite you to check out other opportunities on our events page.