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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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Happy Mother's Day (for tired moms)!

Posted on May 11, 2017 9:14:35 AM by Rob Ferry in moms, in motherhood, in tired

Dear Tired Mom,

I think I know your secret—you probably feel guilty this time of year.

Why?

You are likely well aware—and possibly overly aware—of your mom faults, flaws, and failures. And Satan likes to make sure that you are often reminded, with accusation and condemnation, of all the ways you have fallen short. His plan is to keep you discouraged and dismayed. Since he first showed up to your mom, Eve, his plan has always been to try and get you and your sisters to try and be someone you can never be and do things you can never do, such as be always perfect, never weary, all-knowing, and everywhere present—like God.

Since you are probably worn out and just flat-out weary, you are even more susceptible to this. It’s no secret why Satan waited until Jesus was exhausted to show up with his temptation. When the kids are little, between the feedings, sickness, teething, and bodily fluids flying around like some sort of unsanitary water park—not to mention the blood-curdling, soul-rattling, sleep-ending kid nightmares—you’re lucky to get virtually any sleep and you’re sure to get weary physically. When the kids are bigger, they require so much help with homework and navigating friendships and the drama of school that you get weary emotionally. Then there’s the schedule juggling required to plan out activities, a task that usually results in adding part-time cab driver to your resume. Toss on that pile any health problems, a troubled marriage, extended family drama, and/or a job, and mom gives up hope of thriving in favor of surviving.

While the flowers, cards, and encouragement are nice for Mother’s Day, they can also have the curious reverse effect of making you feel unworthy and undeserving. The odds are you have in your mind some sort of Amazing Mom that is more of a mythical superhero than a realistic comparison to yourself. She’s usually a collection of bigger-than-life and better-than-reality snapshots. Grab a few Bible verses, starting with Proverbs 31, about the perfect wife and mom who sews her own clothes with a smile on her face while simultaneously canning and memorizing Leviticus in Hebrew; add in the one mom on earth who gets up before the sun to hit the gym every day, along with the woman who is more organized than the Holy Spirit, her friend who runs a family budget with more precision than a Fortune 500 CFO, along with the mom whose kids always look like they just stepped off the set of a catalog photo shoot, and the mom whose spotless home lacks any forensic evidence that human beings or a pet have actually ever entered it; and top it off with a few additional guilty burdens picked up from women’s magazines and women’s books in the “You Don’t Measure Up, Sister” section at your local Christian store and pretty soon even in your resurrected perfected eternal state you’ll still fall short.

I could be off base. Despite my occasional weight gain, I’ve never been pregnant. After all, I’m no mom. But I pastor a lot of moms. And I love them. I see motherhood from the outside rather than the inside. And as I listen to Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, hardworking moms, I wonder if what they don’t need for Mother’s Day is a bit of grace.

Mom, you are probably doing a much better job than you think you are, even if your kid recently went to school wearing a swimsuit and cowboy boots with gum in their hair and part of a crayon in their ear carrying a lunch consisting of exactly four puddings and two Cokes. And, the other moms probably aren’t doing the amazing job you think they are. I know them, too. Trust me, they are not faring any better, even if they fake it better. Jesus loves your kids more than you do, and he’s sent the Holy Spirit to help you to be their mom and to help them be God’s kids. Be encouraged. Satan is a liar, and being a mom is not just a hard job, it’s an impossible job. God has grace for you, you have grace for your kids, you have grace for other moms, and you need to have some for yourself.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Marriage Retreat Weather Update

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 10:22:46 PM by Rob Ferry in weather

Dear Marriage Retreat Attendees:
 
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.  Proverbs 16:9
 
There are many things we can control, but the weather is NOT one of them!
 
I wanted to write here this Friday evening and let you know that, despite the spring snow storm, the Marriage Retreat is ’still on’.  We believe around 65% of our attendees have already arrived in Vail.
 
For those of you who plan to drive here tomorrow morning, please leave PLENTY of time to arrive and exercise caution in driving.
 
We realize some people are more comfortable than others driving in wintery conditions.  Please use your own personal wisdom and discretion in deciding whether or not to make the trip to Vail; your safety is most important!  You may wish to consult www.noaa.gov for weather reports and www.cotrip.org for road conditions as the storm progresses.
 
Our program will begin as scheduled at 10 AM, but if you are driving in the morning, don’t rush to get here; take your time and just jump in when you arrive. 
 
Sleep well and stay warm and be safe,
Rob
 
PS -  Hotel room cancellation policy:  There are no refunds offered for already-booked rooms UNLESS Vail Pass is closed for 3-4 hours.  At that point, the hotel begins to work with our event to consider some type of possible refund.  
 

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