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Growing in Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 9:23:54 AM by Rob Ferry in gratitude, in grateful, in thanks, in thankful

Dear SE region,
 
What one thing, that is available to each one of us and costs nothing, can open doors to more relationships, improve physical health, improve psychological health, enhance empathy and reduce aggression, help you sleep better, improve self-esteem, and increase mental strength?
 
According to recent research, BEING GRATEFUL yields all these benefits!
 
God knows that these benefits, and countless more, are available to those who live in a state of thankfulness.  That is why Scripture is filled with so many verses on gratitude.  And in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, God asks us to 'give thanks in every thing' because it 'is the will of God for you'.  I find it interesting that God's will is NOT being saved, reaching heaven, obeying all the commands, serving the poor, or loving others.  Rather, it's a life characterized by gratitude.
 
To help you grow in gratefulness this Thanksgiving season, I invite you to complete the following exercise personally and then with your family during your Thanksgiving meal.
 
May we all grow in experiencing the will of God as we grow in our gratitude!
 
In Him,
Rob 
  1. List the first 10 things that come to mind that you are thankful for in life
  2. List 9 spiritual blessings for which you are thankful
  3. Use each letter of the word GRATEFUL to list 8 things for which you are thankful in your physical family
  4. List 7 people for whom you are grateful (e.g. - teacher, mentor, coworker, friend, cousin, parent)
  5. List 6 material possessions for which you are thankful
  6. Write down 5 intangible things for which you are grateful (e.g. - sunset, playing fetch with a dog)
  7. List 4 unconventional, random things for which you are thankful (e.g. - toothpaste, scissors, sand)
  8. List three of your favorite things about living in Colorado
  9. What is your favorite thanksgiving tradition or food AND what is your favorite way to eat leftover turkey
  10. Write down your favorite scripture about thanks, gratitude, being grateful

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November Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Oct 31, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Rob Ferry in fasting, in bold

 
Dear SE region,
 
We believe God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God!  So, on the first day of each month in 2017, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
With faith that God will honor our bold prayers, please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 1st, as we lift up the following requests to God to invite his blessing and power.
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1- That hearts would be moved to give sacrificially for our annual International Day of Giving for HOPE on Sunday, November 19th, and that we would EXCEED our faith goal of every member donating as least $60!  These gifts will strengthen vital programs in over 60 countries through HOPE's global network of love and compassion. (Matthew 25:35-40) More details HERE!  

2- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would see at least ONE person baptized or restored in 2017! (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 21 people added to our family: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese, Peggy Phillips, Alejandro Ortega, Lizeth Salazar, John Kibbie, Kathleen Kibbie, Katia , David Webb, Kristin Webb.

3- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

4- That God would direct our steps and bless our search for the perfect couple to join our Youth and Family Ministry team to serve as congregational teen ministry leaders under the leadership of Sonny and Kim Rhyne, advancing and launching our teen ministry to new heights! (Esther 4:14)

5- And lets not forget those who have been devastated by RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS.  Join in heartfelt prayer that God would bring them consolation and comfort and strength and healing and courage to move forward. That we would remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly and those families forever changed by grief and loss. That God would bless the work of relief agencies and those proving emergency assistance. And that we would respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in financial aid to the best of our abilities. (Psalm 46)

Thanks in advance for joining in prayer with Dawn and I and the rest of the region this Wednesday!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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Financial Peace University at Denver Church of Christ on October 8th

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 11:08:27 AM by Anna Hunsaker in finances

Denver Church of Christ in Arvada, CO is hosting Financial Peace University on October 8th! Sign-up for the class today! CLICK HERE

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9-11 Service Event Sound the Alarm

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 11:31:16 AM by Rob Ferry in Volunteer, in service

 
=============================================================================Dear HOPE Volunteers:
 
The Denver Chapter of HOPE worldwide is partnering with the American Red Cross for our 9/11 Day of Service!   We would like every HOPE volunteer who is available to sign-up for the Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" Campaign.  This is a nation-wide campaign to install smoke alarms in homes of "high risk" neighborhoods.  The Red Cross has already identified families who would like smoke alarms installed in their homes.  This 3-year campaign has already saved 235 lives.  With help from HOPE worldwide the Red Cross hopes to install it's 1,000,000th smoke alarm this year.  Volunteering makes you part of something special!

    Date : Saturday, September 23, 2017
 
    Time : 8:30am-1:30pm

    Rally Location:  Bates-Logan Park (2938 S. Logan Street, Englewood  80113)

    Volunteer Roles:   There are 3 different ways you can volunteer.  
      You will be asked to select your  preferred role when you sign up.
 
Volunteer Safety Educator -- Educates the family on fire safety and assists with completing a disaster plan while the smoke alarms are being installed. This volunteer should be comfortable speaking with a wide variety of individuals.  Learn more  here.
 
Volunteer Smoke Alarm Installer-- Installs smoke alarms in homes during the canvassing event. This volunteer should be comfortable using a ladder and a power drill. Learn more  here.
 
Volunteer Documenter-- Records information about each home and the number of alarms installed. This person should be comfortable completing basic paperwork. Learn more  here
 
   Sign Up:  Click HERE! to volunteer for Saturday, September 23, 2017 
 
If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact us!

In Service,

Andre & Anita Pearson, Co-Directors
HOPE worldwide, Denver Chapter
310.600.9336 or aaapearson@yahoo.com (Andre)
310.897.4978 or anita.pearson@hopeww.org (Anita)
 
PS - CLICK HERE for additional information about age requirements for this volunteer opportunity and information about an optional online volunteer training.
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September Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 10:26:28 AM by Rob Ferry in solar eclipse, in totality, in cosmos, in phenomenon

 
Dear SE region,
 
We believe prayer changes things!   So, on the first day of each month this year, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
With faith that God can change anything and everything for the better,  please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration,  sometime this Labor Day weekend, September 1-4 , as we  lift up the following requests to God to invite his love and power.
 
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1- That God would do more than we could ask or imagine during the 2017 Family Conference this Weekend.  Pray for: families united in Christ, the speakers, the volunteers, safe travel for all those coming to Denver, God-centered families, the Denver Church and our sisters churches to become a multi-generational church family that is a seed-bed of faith for All Generations. (Ephesians 3:20)

2- That God would bring transformation through each of our upcoming fall events and retreats, stirring hearts, resurrecting lives, instilling hope, and bringing salvation!  In the spirit of Romans 12:2, which says, 'Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed', lets pray for transformation at the Teen Rally, the Singles Retreat, the Campus Retreat, and the SE Women's Day.

3- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would help at least one person become a disciple in 2017! (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 14 people baptized or restored: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese, Peggy Phillips)

4- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

Thanks in advance for joining in prayer with Dawn and I and the rest of the region this Weekend!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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Congregational Conference Kick-Off

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 12:47:35 PM by John Lusk in Family

You are invited to join us this Friday at 7pm as we kick off the Family Conference all together. We will be meeting at the Hyatt Regency, across from the Convention Center. Frank Kim will be speaking about "A Church for All Generations."

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Every Natural Wonder is an Opportunity to Know God

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 7:33:31 AM by Rob Ferry in solar eclipse, in totality, in cosmos, in phenomenon


  - That the moon’s size is just the right proportion to stabilize the tilt of Earth’s axis and generate tides that circulate ocean water and keep it fresh,
 
  - Or, that the same conditions that make life possible also make our planet uniquely well-suited for viewing and analyzing the rest of the universe.
 
Looking at how intricately Earth is designed, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about life here is accidental. The same way that a great piece of art gives us insight into the life, times, and feelings of the artist, every process and every detail of how our planet functions gives us insight into the One who made it.

And the Bible reminds us that’s what God wanted all along — to show us His existence, His power, His love, and His care.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).

God wants us to know who He is. This planet is remarkable in its makeup because its makeup leads us to marvel at our Creator.

What Creation Tells Us About God

If we believe God is all-powerful, then we also believe that He can create anything. God didn’t have to make us or a planet that is perfectly suited to sustain us. God can (and did) make other kinds of planets and solar systems.

But the fact that He made this planet, Earth, this way shows at least three significant insights into God’s character.

1. God cares about the details.
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds ...” (Psalm 111:2).

Rather than fill the world with only functional creatures and plants, God gives us millions of species in every size, shape, and color.

Remove one tiny plant or animal from a habitat, and it affects everything else that lives there. None of us have seen a Carolina parakeet’s vibrant yellow, orange, and green feathers, except perhaps in a history book or on its Wikipedia page. This small, attractive bird also served an important purpose. When the Carolina parakeet died out, forests changed because the parakeet wasn’t there to disperse seeds as it had in the past.

It’s possible to design things that are functional but not beautiful. But God chooses to do both because beauty draws us in. The extra time and thought that goes into making something beautiful communicates how much a designer cares about what he’s making and who he’s making it for.

2. God makes things perfectly.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

How many times have you started to make something, gotten halfway through the project, then scrapped what you had an gone back to the original design? I take comfort in knowing this has never happened to God.

More often than not, we’re the ones trying to replace or recreate systems God already perfected. For example, some cities have started investing in natural infrastructure — caring for plants, soil, and river beds as a way to control flooding and provide high-quality water rather than building dams and water treatment plants.

So much of what we know about nature's cycles — think photosynthesis, evaporation, or the changing of seasons — points back to a God who knew what we would need before we did.

God created all these systems long before we had the knowledge to understand them, and they create a perfect picture of how He works in our lives today. Even when we can’t see what’s happening, God is perfectly weaving things together for His glory and our good.

3. God is both powerful and personal.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

Staring at the sky has a way of making me feel small. But where that used to evoke listlessness or insignificance, I now experience an even deeper awe and affection for God.

The same God who made the universe is not far from any one of us, according to Acts 17:24-28. And in Isaiah 42:5-7, God, the great and powerful maker and sustainer of the universe, also promises to take hold of our hands, to keep us and make us His children. Those are not the words of a distant deity, but a loving dad.

Who is this God, who has all this power, but still cares so intimately about me?*

I hope that’s the question many of us pondered as we marveled at the eclipse because I think that’s what brings God the most joy — seeing His children awestruck at what He’s made and searching to know Him just a little more.

*If you’re not sure who God is and want to learn more about Him, we’d love to talk with you. Connect with us at http://bit.ly/2ivEO7z.  

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Announcement for Nominations for Elder Candidates

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 10:13:33 AM by DCC Elders in Elders

Paul tells Timothy as it is recorded in I Timothy 3:1 - “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task”.

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August Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 11:29:53 AM by Rob Ferry

Dear SE region,
 
On the first day of each month this year, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
So with a spirit of gratitude for all our many blessings from God, please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration,  Tuesday, August 1st, as we  lift up the following requests to God to invite his love and power.
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1- That all of our children will be drawn to God and Jesus (John 6:44) and that we would witness a great harvest of young souls following our summer camp season. (Matthew 19:14)

Since camp we have already seen Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons and Christina Heese baptized!

2- That God would guide every step of our elder nomination process, resulting in the appointment of qualified, god-honoring men, who will bring new talents and wisdom and insight that will complement and enrich our current team of elders. (Titus 1:5)

3- That God would equip all the Denver Church Elders and Evangelists and ministry staff to lead with inspired vision, deep passion, Spirit-filled wisdom, unbreakable unity, soft-hearted compassion, an unquenchable love for Jesus, and an unshakeable reliance on God.  (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

4- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would help at least one person become a disciple in 2017!  (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 13 people baptized or restored: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese

5- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

Thanks in advance for joining with Dawn and I and the rest of the region on Tuesday!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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Don't miss out...

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 11:08:29 AM by Hans Rasmussen in upcoming events

Don't you just hate it when you miss out on something cool?  I know I do!  We have some great events and opportunities this week that we don't want anyone to miss out on.  See below for details.

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