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What are you doing Christmas Eve?
Come celebrate the Savior’s birth with us!
At this time of the year, many people enjoy the comfort and familiarity of a traditional Christmas Eve service. We would love for you to join us this year at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. Our sanctuary seats 900 and is designed traditionally with a pipe organ, full choir, and stained glass windows.
We have four services to choose from.
Family Candlelight Services: Bring the whole family to our kid-friendly service at 2:00 or 4:00 pm. Your little ones will delight in the Christmas drama, the caroling, and especially the live animals.
Or, join us for a more traditional service at 6:00 or 8:00 pm, complete with caroling, a candlelighting, and an inspiring Christmas message.
We are located at 10150 E. Belleview Ave. Englewood.
Whether you attend church weekly, only on the holidays, or this is your first time ever, we welcome you to Cherry Creek Pres.
The Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir will be presenting “Winter Alleluia” Christmas Concert December 13, 14, and 15. This free event is open to the community and is family-friendly.
The dates and times of the concerts are:
For over 30 years, the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Sanctuary choir has offered a FREE Christmas Concert to the community. The 80+ voice choir and professional orchestra ushers in the Christmas season with a blend of traditional carols and new music.
No tickets are required for this event. Childcare is available by online registration. For more information, visit cherrycreekpres.org/Christmas or call 303.779.9909.
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church is a community of believers in the Denver Tech Center committed to seeking the Christ-centered life together. They are known for their annual Christmas concerts, a free community event. Learn more at www.cherrycreekpres.org/christmas
For more information contact:Samantha Hall, Communications Directorshall@cherrycreekpres.org, 303.779.9909 x5302
On November 18 at 3:30 p.m., Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman will cut the ribbon for the official opening of the new offices of Love In The Name of Christ (INC) at 5745 S. Bannock in Littleton. Love INC was recently recognized by the Littleton City Council for the help their volunteers gave people displaced by the Windermere fire last year. “Love INC has been providing support and guidance through our partner churches to individuals in the community for over 10 years,” stated Kathryn Roy, Executive Director. “We want to thank South Metro Housing Options who offered us this space when they relocated their offices. It provides us the room we need as our services expand.”
People who call the Love INC Clearinghouse are furnished information about the resources and assistance available in the area. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, diapers for new mothers, and other aid and information. During the Windermere fire emergency, Love INC arranged for Navigators – trained volunteers– to help the displaced people find their way through insurance issues, new housing issues, etc. The Navigator program proved so beneficial that it is now an ongoing service.
IMPACT, Love INC’s newest program, offers free courses that teach goal-setting, debt reduction, building healthier relationships and more. IMPACT courses encourage and equip individuals to reach their God-given potential. Recent IMPACT graduates have dramatically changed their and their families’ lives by reducing debt and improving their relationships. Volunteers from Love INC’s 36 partner churches play a key role in these programs. IMPACT courses are held Thursday evenings at a church located in Centennial and now on Wednesday evenings at a church in West Littleton. The next sessions begin in January.
The new Love INC offices are now closer to Love INC’s Renewed Treasures Resale Shop located at 6512 S. Broadway. Also, it will provide space for meetings, for training volunteers, for the Clearinghouse call center, for coaching those taking IMPACT courses plus more storage room for incentives for the IMPACT program. More information on Love INC is available at www.loveinclittleton.org.
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space in January 2018. The final result, completed in August 2019, is a welcoming, usable space that will support the work of Wellshire and the Denver community for decades to come. Join us in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Narthex and Sanctuary September 22, 2019. They are located at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
The recently-consecrated Bishop for the Episcopal Church in Colorado, the Rt. Rev. Kimberly (Kym) Lucas, recently visited Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, where she led the service and preached the sermon to a full house.
In an interview with The Villager, Lucas stated that her vision for the Episcopal Church during the coming years is “for an active, living church, making a difference in the community.”
Lucas also said that she likes to “remind people that the Episcopal Church was born out of revolution.” Lucas is the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colorado.
Lucas was rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., from January 2012 until this year. Prior to that, she was the rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, from 2005 to 2011.
She grew up in Spring Lake, North Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Wake Forest University. She earned her Master of Divinity, in the New Testament, at Union Theological Seminary in New York.
The Bishop and her husband, Mark Retherford, have four children. She succeeded the Rt. Rev. Robert O’Neill, who served the Colorado church for 15 years. The Episcopal Church in Colorado was established in 1887, and has about 30,000 members in 96 churches and missions in the state.
Lucas was ordained and consecrated as the new bishop of the Episcopal Church in Colorado on May 18 at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver.
CONTRIBUTED BY SCJS
Registration is open for the SCJS annual conference, “Place and Identity: Redefining the Crypto-Judaic Experience in the Western Hemisphere” to be held June 30—July 2 at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, 7801 East Orchard Road, in southeast Denver.
Panels will feature independent researchers, writers, historians, genealogists, authors, and descendants of Iberian Jews. This year marks the inauguration of the Stanley M. Hordes Distinguished Scholar Lecture, recipient Dr.David Gitlitz, an honor bestowed upon a scholar whose contribution to advancing the field of crypto-Judaic studies has been exemplary.
SCJS welcomes keynote speaker, former Life magazine journalist Jeff Wheelwright, who, in 2008, wrote the pivotal article for the Smithsonian Magazine, “Secret of the San Luis Valley,” followed by his book, “The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess.” His work focused on the discovery of the BRCA gene found in women in southwestern Colorado, exploring the ancestry of this secluded community.
Following a genealogy workshop on Sunday, a cocktail reception will feature the talents of Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest Musicians. The opening dinner honors special guest Jose Luis Parrado, Consul of Spain for Colorado, among others. Sunday night’s prize-winning play, “Conviction,” stars Ami Dayan, a master dramatist from Boulder in a compelling story about a Spanish priest and the questions of faith, love and persecution. Monday’s midday Martin-Sosin Address for Advancement in Crypto-Judaic Arts features a multi-artist, original presentation with composer David Wohl dedicated to the Iberian expulsion. Monday night, enjoy The Lost Tribe performing Sephardi, Mizrachi and Ladino music.
The conference concludes Tuesday afternoon. Registration includes four meals, the reception, snacks and all events. Kosher meals and day rates available. Hotel group rates extended prior to and after the conference duration. For more information and to register, go to cryptojews.com or write to scjsconference.Denver@gmail.com.
With thanks to the Sosin-Petit Foundation, the Mizel Museum, Museo de Las Americas, and Theater Or of Denver, as well as Gaon Books and Film, and Temple Aaron, Trinidad for their support.
The SCJS is a secular and academic group founded in 1991 dedicated to the research of the historical and contemporary development of crypto-Jews of Iberian origin. Anyone is invited to attend the conference, whether a member of SCJS or not.
“Crypto” or “ hidden Jews” are those who maintained a secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing to be of another faith. This term especially applies to Spanish Jews in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries who outwardly professed Catholicism in order to survive persecution during and following the Spanish Inquisition in the Old World and the new. Various narratives tell about the survival of “crypto-Jewish” practices and traditions in the greater Southwest and many families from New Mexico and Colorado are now seeking their roots in these areas. Some refer to themselves as Sephardim or Sefardita, also as Sephardic, or anusim, children of the forced ones.
This remarkable story of Jewish heritage secretly passed down through the centuries in Spanish Catholic countries is a verified part of Mexican and New Mexican ancestry. Church and military records and DNA studies suggest that one-in-four of all Spanish colonialists in New Spain were of Jewish descent. Their descendants today number in the millions; Colorado/New Mexico estimate easily boasts 500,000.
BY ROSEMARY FETTER
The ubiquitous egg has been a traditional harbinger of spring from earliest times. As far back as the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Persians, scholars believed that the world began with an enormous egg – not that far from the truth.
In medieval Europe, eggs decorated New Year trees and Maypoles. The affluent would exchange eggs covered with gilt or gold leaf, while peasants colored their eggs by boiling them with flowers, leaves or even insects. Household records of King Edward I of England (1239-1307) record a payment of eighteen pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed and colored for Easter gifts.
Some believed the yolk of an egg laid on Good Friday would turn to diamond after 100 years, although exactly how an egg could be kept intact for a century without a freezer remains uncertain. Good Friday eggs cooked on Easter Sunday were said to promote the fertility of the trees and crops and protect against sudden deaths. Two yolks in an Easter egg meant an omen of prosperity.
In the late 19th century, Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé created the world’s most valuable Easter eggs for Czar Alexander III and his son, Nicholas II, to give to their wives at Easter. Working with a team of nearly 500 designers, goldsmiths, jewelers and carvers, he created some of Europe’s greatest treasures from precious metals, enamels and jewels.
Fabergé was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the son of a Baltic German jeweler and his Danish wife. Following his father’s trade, in 1864, he embarked a Grand Tour of Europe, studying his craft in museums around the world. Twelve years later he returned to St. Petersburg, married and studied under Hiskias Pend, his father’s key artisan. In 1882, he took over the company, developing a team of artist-jewelers who created exquisite works. The first Fabergé egg, crafted for Tsar Alexander III, was a gift to his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, at Easter in 1885. Known as the Hen Egg, it is crafted from gold with an opaque white enameled “shell” that opens to reveal a matte yellow gold yolk. Inside, the gold beak contained a small ruby pendant suspended from a minute diamond replica of the Imperial Crown. That year, the Tsar gave the House of Fabergé the title; ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown.’
One of the most impressive eggs celebrated the coronation of Nicholas II in 1897. The motif for the five-inch masterpiece, inspired by the coronation robes, was stitched from gold cloth embroidered with a double-headed eagle. The egg opens to reveal a replica of the czarina’s coronation coach, modeled in enamel with gold mounts with a miniature rose diamond version of the imperial crown.
Faberge’s clientele included the hierarchy of Europe, Asia and America from 1870 until shortly after the Russian Revolution. In 1918 the Bolsheviks nationalized. The House of Fabergé and confiscated their stock. He and most of his family fled to Germany and eventually Switzerland, where he died two years later, His work remains as a glorious tribute to both his craft and the Easter celebration.
The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more commercial aspects of the holiday season, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with shopping for gifts that will show your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them.
For those who want to focus back on the spiritual side of this special time of year, the following suggestions can help in those efforts.
Share the story of Christmas
The Gospels of Mark and Luke offer differing accounts of the birth of Jesus Christ. Both indicate that Jesus was born to Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter. Mary became pregnant through immaculate conception, as she was a virgin when visited by an angel who informed her that she was to carry God’s son. At the time of Christ’s birth, all Jewish people had to be counted by Roman soldiers for tax purposes. That required people to return to their places of birth. As a result, Mary and Joseph set out on an arduous journey to Bethlehem. Upon arriving in Bethlehem, inns had no vacancies, but Mary and Joseph were given shelter in a stable where Jesus was ultimately born.
Churches traditionally hold religious services on Christmas Eve and Christmas. These services are joyful expressions of faith, music and community spirit. But Christmas mass is not the only time to head to church. During Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, Catholics prepare and repent. Advent calendars help count down the days until Christmas.
Set out a nativity scene
Make a nativity scene the primary focus of Christmas decorations and encourage children to play with the figures and act out the Christmas story.
Focus on gifts for good
Families can focus their energies on faithful endeavors and the spirit of giving that’s synonymous with the season. Do good deeds for others, embrace peace and love and share special time with others.
Spread the holiday spirit through song. Get together with a group of friends or neighbors and go door-to-door, or hold a caroling performance at a centralized location. Select religious hymns, but also include some secular favorites.
The holiday season is a great time of year to reconnect with one’s faith and spirituality.
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