Thank you to all who came for a great first gathering of Brewatitudes, a monthly gathering to discuss theological topics in a casual atmosphere. Each month we will engage in a new topic at the intersection of theology, living, faith, and culture. Our next gathering will be July 22, from 3pm-4:30 pm at Green Mountain Beer Co., with conversation around what it means to live a “Christian” life. Food trucks will be available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must! Other upcoming conversations may be around vocation, privilege, violence and the Bible, religious vs. spiritual, and others as determined by the group. Discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Mollie, contact her with any questions.
Sunday, June 24, 10:15 am
Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions turned to the Bible to defend the current administration’s immigration policy. Mr. Sessions said, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” If any public figure is going to quote this section of Paul’s letter to the Romans, perhaps they should keep reading, at least through verse 10. What does Romans 13:1-10 say and what does it mean when people in authority quote it? What other passages in scripture are relevant when considering how we treat immigrants and asylum seekers? Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches, “Mr. Sessions, Please Keep Reading”—a sermon about the power scripture has to harm and to heal and how we can respond to a world that seems to only have bad news.
The first Brewatitudes was a great gathering full of wonderful conversation! Throughout the summer, we will continue to engage monthly in a new topic at the intersection of theology, living, faith, and culture. Save the date for July 22 and August 19 at Green Mountain Beer Co, from 3-4:30 pm. Food trucks will be available, beer is optional, openness to good conversation a must. Discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Mollie, contact her with any questions!
Sunday, June 17, 10:15 am
At first glance, the parable of the Mustard Seed is one of the shortest, simplest parables. Jesus tells the disciples that the Realm of God is like a small seed growing into a great shrub, providing a home for the birds of the air. The small is made great in God’s love, providing shade and rest for others. What are the mustard seeds in our lives? Whether the seeds that grow when we embrace our authentic self or the seed that grows when we live in community – how do we cultivate growth in ourselves and others? In light of Pride month and the pride parade, what messages of God’s transformative power still needs to be cultivated and grown? Join us in worship this Sunday, whether in the streets of the Pride parade or the pews of our sanctuary as Rev. Mollie preaches.
Ladies and Gentlemen, dust off your hats or pull out the lace gloves. Fellowship will be hosting an afternoon tea on August 10, at 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us for “Tea on the Titanic.” Our guest speaker is Penelope Carlevato, the authority on all things Titanic. She will speak about the elegant traditions and customs of afternoon tea on a world-class ocean liner. Space is limited and tickets are required this year. Tickets are $10 each and will go on sale July 1st at the Welcome Center. You won’t want to miss this!
Sunday, June 10, 10:15 am
There are many stories of people being called by God in the Bible. We think of people like Isaiah, Jonah, and Moses at the burning bush. This Sunday we hear the story of the call of Samuel. We are told that “the word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.” And yet God’s call came not to a king or prince, not to a person of means or someone with persuasive powers, but to a young boy. Why would God pick Samuel to be a messenger of hope? Surely there must have been someone better or more qualified. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on God’s knack for using the gifts that most people overlook.
The Women’s Book Group will not be meeting the third Sunday in June, as it is Father’s Day. The Group will be meeting instead on Sunday, June 24 after Church in the Conference Room. The June book is Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber. New members to the Group are welcome!
Remembering all dads! Let’s honor all dads at our all-church Father’s Day Fellowship on Sunday, June 17. Has your dad passed on? What do you remember as his favorite snack or dessert? Or is he alive and well, ready to be indulged with his favorite treat? Please add a small note with your dad’s name and a special thought or the name of his treat. They hold a special place in our hearts.
Here is the information important to remember: Wear red, bring a water bottle, wear sun gear (sunscreen, hat, cool shades), and bring snacks if you’ll need to eat before noon.
For more information about the Denver PrideFest, including event schedules and parade maps, go to: http://glbtcolorado.org/pridefest/.
Sunday, June 3, 10:15 am
Having rules and following rules is important. While they may be annoying and frustrating at times, laws are one of the ways we govern our behaviors so that we can create a safe and mutually beneficial community together. But what about laws that are unjust? What about when laws do more harm than good? Jesus was a good and faithful Jewish man who understood the importance of keeping the law. But he also knew that sometimes breaking the rules was the only way to bring God’s desired healing and justice to the world. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on the love of the law and the law of love and how following Jesus sometimes means breaking the rules so that love can rule our hearts, our homes, and our communities.