According to the Chorus Impact Study (2019, Grunwald Associates LLC & Chorus America), individuals who sin...
SUBMITTED BY COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY Colorado Christian University is excited to announce the opening of...
What are you doing Christmas Eve? Come celebrate the Savior’s birth with us! At this time of the year, m...
The Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir will be presenting “Winter Alleluia” Christmas Concert De...
On November 18 at 3:30 p.m., Littleton Mayor Debbie Brinkman will cut the ribbon for the official opening of t...
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space i...
BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR STAFF WRITER The recently-consecrated Bishop for the Episcopal Church in Colorado, the Rt....
CONTRIBUTED BY SCJS Registration is open for the SCJS annual conference, “Place and Identity: Redefining the C...
BY ROSEMARY FETTER The ubiquitous egg has been a traditional harbinger of spring from earliest times. As far b...
The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more c...
According to the Chorus Impact Study (2019, Grunwald Associates LLC & Chorus America), individuals who sing in choirs (and other similar groups) experience significally results, happiness, a sense of purpose in life, and even better health! Usually when we think of choirs, we think of a declining way of life of yesteryear. However, the number of Americans joining choirs has increased over the last decade.
Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 9720 US Highway 85 N in Highlands Ranch believes that its choir is key to bringing more vibrancy to its congregation and to the community. Grace recently hired Rev. David Van Deren to serve as Grace’s Choir Director and to begin the transition from an aging choir to an intergenerational choir that will be a blend of high school students, college students, and older adults. Grace Presbyterian recently put together a unique scholarship opportunity for high school and college students. Each semester that a student participates in Grace Presbyterian’s choir allows them to be eligible for $250 in college scholarship funds. Over the course of four years of high school that adds up to $2,000 for college expenses. Grace Presbyterian is highly committed to intergenerational programs.
During Rev. Van Deren’s first few months at Grace, he has been helping the congregation become even more intentional about this intergenerational focus. Rev. Justin Spurlock, Grace’s Senior Pastor, states, “We know from all of the research that even one adult mentoring relationship beyond the household builds resiliency and confidence, and is the number one predictor of future success for adolescents. Churches are a perfect place for such mentoring relationships to be fostered and music transcends generations.”
With choir participation increasing across America and with its added emotional and social benefits, joining a choir could be an easy way to increase happiness and health. Many churches and choral groups are receiving new members in and around Denver’s south suburbs.
Grace Presbyterian is excited for its new director and new direction of creating an intergenerational choir. In addition to his Master of Divinity degree, Rev. Van Deren completed his undergrad at Colorado State in Music Performance. High School and college students do not have to be members of Grace Presbyterian Church to participate. The scholarship application can be found at www.grace
For more info please call 720-608-0373.
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Colorado Christian University is excited to announce the opening of a one-of-a-kind exhibit chronicling the life and ministry of the 20th century’s most prolific evangelist, Billy Graham. The exhibit, “To the Ends of the Earth: The Gospel Ministry of Billy Graham,” features more than one hundred personal, professional, and promotional items that help tell the story of one man’s mission to live the Great Commission and spread Christ’s gospel message of love and transformation.
“As an evangelist, Billy Graham stands in line with a long train of noted evangelists such as George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Dwight Moody who led the way in gospel proclamation in their respective generations. Throughout his life Graham gave himself to the single-minded pursuit of evangelism,” Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, CCU president, said. “As an innovator he launched bold evangelistic initiatives from helping to form Youth for Christ to breakthrough mass evangelism and Christian media. Graham’s life and ministry had an unparalleled spiritual impact on America and the world. The exhibit is sure to be an inspiration to students, pastors, and Christian leaders all over the Rocky Mountain West.”
The unique exhibit incorporates personal and professional items from Graham, his family, and associates that have never before been available to the general public. Additionally, the exhibit features several pieces that were previously on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.
“I want to express a deep thanks to the generous donor who made this exhibit possible,” said Eric Hogue, vice president of University Advancement. “It is only through collaboration with the donor, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Graham family, and CCU faculty and staff that this truly unique endeavor is available for all to experience.”
The interactive exhibit was curated by members of the University’s School of Theology in conjunction with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Clifton Fowler Library at CCU, and the University’s Communication and Creative Services department.
“The newly opened historical exhibit ‘To the Ends of the Earth: The Gospel Ministry of Billy Graham’ at Colorado Christian University is a remarkable tribute to the extraordinary worldwide impact of a simple preacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,” David Bruce, longtime executive assistant to Billy Graham, said. “Mr. Graham would no doubt be overwhelmed at this review (photos, memorabilia, artifacts, and history), yet he would remind all of us of his commitment as a young man to Jesus Christ and to a life of preaching and service.”
“To the Ends of the Earth: The Gospel Ministry of Billy Graham” coincides with CCU’s Year of Evangelism and will be open to the general public beginning January 27, 2020. Online registration is required at ccu.edu/billygraham.
“This exhibit highlights the impact that one person can have in spreading the gospel of Christ,” Dan Cohrs, executive vice president at CCU, said. “We hope this exhibit will inspire not only our students, faculty, and staff, but also our friends, family, and community members to live the Great Commission.”
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.
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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.
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