Pastors and Staff Out

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Pastor Curt is on vacation June 29-July 14.
Rev. Mollie will be pastor on call until July 8.
Rev. Mollie will be on vacation July 8-July 15.
Rev. Nancy True will be pastor on call July 8-July 14.
If you need to reach Nancy her cell is 720-394-3421.
Allison Booth, Director of Communications, will be out of town from July 11-July 17 for a funeral. She will have occasional access to email for any communications or scheduling inquiries you may have.

Virtual Service Support Team invitation; All Skills, All Abilities:

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In mid-March, due to COVID-19, we suddenly stopped worshiping in our sanctuary and started worshiping in the virtual space. The worship leadership team of Allyson, Mollie, Curt, and Alan did an amazing job of both settling into the rhythm of virtual worship while also pushing forward new ideas. And throughout all these months Rob Cass has ably managed all the tech support required for hosting/operating Zoom virtual worship. As the quality of worship deepens, so also does the number of tech support skills and tasks to be completed.
As chair of the Board of Congregational Care I’m establishing, at Rob’s request, a Tech Support Team for Sunday worship. The idea is that with a team, the work of supporting worship will be spread out amongst many hands and hearts. Some folks may have the deep tech experience Rob has and others will have discreet skills like editing, helping with video recordings, uploading prerecorded videos, or setting up slides for worship. Rob will coordinate the work of the team and he is envisioning most of the tasks to be ad hoc. No need for a regular meeting. He has already drafted an “operating manual” for the Tech Support Team.
If you have an interest in supporting virtual worship, no matter how extensive or particular your skills are, please contact me at paul.michalec@du.edu or Rob at rdcass42@gmail.com  Once we return to face to face worship in the sanctuary the Tech Support Team will continue to offer some form of virtual worship post-COVID-19 as a form of radical hospitality for anyone who can’t attend an in-person service. If you can operate a computer mouse you can be part of this team. All skills.  All abilities are welcome.

Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism Work

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We follow in the ways of Jesus of Nazareth, who was on the side of the
oppressed, marginalized, cast off and forgotten. We claim a savior who sacrificed
much in the name of justice and bringing about the Kingdom of God. Because of
this, we cannot be silent. We must say Black Lives Matter; as to stay silent is to
stay with the oppressor. We must say Black Lives Matter, because our black
siblings in Christ are having their sacred breath taken from them far too soon.
Saying Black Lives Matter does not mean any other lives are valued less, but
indeed, that Black life is sacred and of worth, protection, love, dreams, and value.
Because of the 400 + years of systemic oppression of black and brown bodies in
this country and within our churches, we must say Black Lives Matter. Saying
Black Lives Matter is not anti-anything else, but pro-black life. We cry out in grief
and lament over the loss of Elijah McClain, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and
Ahmaud Arbery, and the many, many beloved of God who were killed by
systemic racism. Let us do the hard, needed work to face racism, to work to
become anti-racist, to dismantle the systems of oppression that keep black life
from flourishing. We believe this is the to which Christ calls us.
Many have been involved in anti-racism work for a long time. Some of us
are just now beginning to understand the realities of systemic racism and the
ongoing oppression built into our society. There are many ways to do the work of
Anti-Racism, what we know and hear from Black and People of Color (POC)
leaders in the movement is to listen, learn, become more educated. So as we
take steps to be transformed and do the work of anti-racism, here are a few ways
we as a congregation are engaging in this work in Summer and Fall of 2020.
Monthly conversations through films like Just Mercy, The Cross and the Lynching
Tree, and the Netflix documentary 13th.
An Anti-Racist Book Group is also in the works. Meeting monthly, this will
be an opportunity to read Black and POC authors of anti-racism books,
memories and non-fiction, and fiction. You can come as often as you can; this is
not a club that requires monthly participation – though we hope you can
participate monthly!
We hope you will join us in this work of “becoming more human through
anti-racism work” (Paraphrase of Austin Channing Brown, Author of I’m Still
Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness).
Please reach out to the Pastors for more information or further conversation.

YAC Planning Session

July 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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We are taking our usual summer break! We will meet in July 29th at 6:30pm (zoom or, if possible, a socially distanced in person, still TBD) meeting to plan our next year of YAC. All who are entering grades 7-12 are welcome.

This Sunday in Worship

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Jeremiah 29:4-9

The exiled Israelites were tired. They were homesick for what life was like before. They refused to allow a new normal to take hold in them. Does that sound familiar? Are we not also tired, homesick for what was before, and refusing to allow a new normal to take hold in us? The Israelites had been conquered and sent into exile. It made them question everything: who they were, who God was, and how long they would have to live like this. And into their reality and ours, the prophet Jeremiah speaks a surprising word about growing where we are planted, lamenting and then moving on, and working for the well-being of all. Join us this Sunday as Pastor Curt preaches on how we can grieve what has been lost in a time of COVID and still find life abundant in the here and now.

All the tools you’ll need to join us this Sunday!

In this time when we are not able to gather together in person, we are happy to provide our Sunday Worship service to you from the comfort of your home. Below you will find everything to join us. You will need access to Adobe Acrobat to view the bulletin. You can download that for free here.

Service begins promptly at 10:15 am on Sunday, and though we can’t all be together in person, we strongly encourage singing along and participating in any way you’d like! The service is accessible through your phone as well as your personal computer just by clicking on one of the link below.

Help us see who is joining us for service! Even if you’ve been with us for years or just checking us out, please click here if you’re joining us this Sunday morning!

Bulletin and Announcements: Click here to view the Sunday bulletin and announcements*

YouTube Live Stream Service: Click here to join our 10:15 am live stream

Giving Online: We are now happy to offer the opportunity to give online with Tithe.ly! Please click HERE to learn more or text GIVE to (844) 909-1782.

To sign up for automatic withdrawal through Vanco, please fill out this form, attach a voided check, and mail it to the church at 100 Carr St. Lakewood CO, 80226. Thank you.

*Updated Bulletin will be posted the Friday before worship

Anti-Racism Book Group

July 26 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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The Mission, Outreach, and Evangelism Board is pleased to announce the launch of an Anti-Racism Book Group to help foster deeper understanding of where we are, how we got here, and how we can do better. We will be reading and discussing anti-racist biographies, fiction, and analyses, beginning with Ijeoma Oluo’s SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE. Join us via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89553869119 on Sunday, July 26, at 11:30 am for the first of our meetings. Our full book list will be posted online; we hope you’ll join us for any of the books you want to discuss. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Carletti.

 

Our full book list:

July 26: So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

August 23: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown

September 27: The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

October 25: Me and White Supremacy – Layla Saad

November 22: Things That Make White People Uncomfortable – Michael Bennett

December 27: The Yellow House – Sarah M. Broom

January 24: How to Be an Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi

February 28: Eloquent Rage – Brittney Cooper

March 28: The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead

April 25: The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America – Anders Walker

May 23: Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson

June 27: No Ashes in the Fire – Darnell Moore

This Sunday in Worship

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Acts 9:1-20

This weekend we celebrate Pride – the love of and support for the LGBTQ community. We will also hear and reflect on the story of Saul’s conversion to Paul. This is a conversion from someone who persecuted Christians, to someone who followed Christ and helped start many early churches. Christianity has long been harmful to the LGBTQ community, and while some Christians have changed from harmful and hateful understandings of the LGBTQ community, we still have so much continued learning and work to do. Join us in worship as Rev. Mollie and Pastor Curt co-preach on allyship, on continuing to learn and change, and on making mistakes while we stand with the oppressed and marginalized.

All the tools you’ll need to join us this Sunday!

In this time when we are not able to gather together in person, we are happy to provide our Sunday Worship service to you from the comfort of your home. Below you will find everything to join us. You will need access to Adobe Acrobat to view the bulletin. You can download that for free here.

Service begins promptly at 10:15 am on Sunday, and though we can’t all be together in person, we strongly encourage singing along and participating in any way you’d like! The service is accessible through your phone as well as your personal computer just by clicking on one of the link below.

Help us see who is joining us for service! Even if you’ve been with us for years or just checking us out, please click here if you’re joining us this Sunday morning!

Bulletin and Announcements: Click here to view the Sunday bulletin and announcements*

YouTube Live Stream Service: Click here to join our 10:15 am live stream

Giving Online: We are now happy to offer the opportunity to give online with Tithe.ly! Please click HERE to learn more or text GIVE to (844) 909-1782.

To sign up for automatic withdrawal through Vanco, please fill out this form, attach a voided check, and mail it to the church at 100 Carr St. Lakewood CO, 80226. Thank you.

*Updated Bulletin will be posted the Friday before worship

Assistance After the Storm

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If anyone needs assistance clearing debris or branches from last week’s storm, we have volunteers on standby to help. Please contact Rev. Curt or Rev. Mollie if you have questions.

Denver Virtual Pride parade

June 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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We’re following Jesus, walking with PRIDE! We can’t wait to see and be part of the outpouring of love and support for the LGBTQ+ community. We’re proud to be part of the first virtual Pride Parade! Our video will be part of the line-up. It will be streaming on Facebook and DenverPride.org Sunday, June 21 starting at 9:30 a.m. You can watch it and then come to online worship at 10:15!

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