03-23-14

Flowers

The flowers on the altar this morning have been presented to the glory of God by Ron and Helen Emmerich in thanksgiving to the Lord for the blessings he has showered upon them in the 58 years of their life together as husband and wife.

Call Accepted

Mr. Philip Adickes announced last Sunday that he has accepted the Lord’s Call to serve as our new principal and upper grade teacher. Mr. Adickes has served as principal and teacher at Faith, Tacoma, Washington, since July 1998. We thank the Lord of the Church for providing the man of his choosing in the time he knew to be right. May the Lord bless Mr. Adickes and his family in this time of transition and bring them here safely in July!

Bible Study Opportunity

The Kindred Spirits Bible Study meets on Wednesday, at 10:00am, in the conference room. All are invited. The group recently began “Faith Builders,” a Bible Information Course that reviews the main teachings of Scripture. Participants should use either the west or north parking lots.

Pastor Treptow’s Travels

Pastor Treptow will be leading a pre-Call meeting at Light of the Valley, Layton, Utah, on Tuesday evening, as the congregation begins the process of Calling a new pastor. He leaves on Tuesday morning and returns, Lord willing, on Wednesday morning.

Lenten Supper Need

The sign-up sheet for Lenten suppers has a few empty lines for the coming weeks. Would you be willing and able to provide supper or a dessert? Thank you for considering serving in that way.

Women of Zion

The Women of Zion will meet for the last time this school year on Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 pm. After a devotion, the ladies will enjoy a salad supper. All women are invited and are asked to bring a salad to share. Hostesses for the evening are Jan Schulz and Pauline King. Contact Michelle Krause with any questions.

Spaghetti Dinner

The School Support Committee’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner, with silent and live auctions, is scheduled for Friday, April 11, beginning at 5:00pm. Proceeds from the dinner and the auctions will benefit the Grant-In-Aid Fund, which is used to assist those who desire a Christian education for their children but face financial challenges.

It is not too early to start thinking about donating a gift basket for the auction. If you are willing to make a basket for the auction, please contact Toni Koelpin at koelpinden@gmail.com.

Those who are interested in attending the evening’s festivities may sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board on the south side of the elevator. The cost is $30 per family ($40 for extended family) or $8 per individual.

“Rooted” Gathering

Rooted: WELS Front Range Fellowship, a 20′s and 30′s group that gets together each month, meet on Sunday, April 6, at Shepherd of the Valley in Westminster. After the 3:30pm Bible study, participants are invited to Western Bowl in Arvada at 5:30pm for two hours of free bowling. All who plan to participate are asked to RSVP to welsrooted@gmail.com so that necessary arrangements can be made.

LWMS

The Rocky Mountain Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) will host its spring rally on Saturday, April 26, at Shepherd of the Hills in Greeley. Pastor Jared Oldenburg, who is the founding pastor of Eternal Rock, a mission congregation in Castle Rock, will serve as the speaker. He will share his experiences, both here and in the state of Washington, as he speaks on the topic, “Starting a Mission Church.” Registration is from 8:15-9:00am, with the rally itself beginning at 9:00am.

Family Easter Egg Hunt

A Family Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 10:00am and ending by noon. Please invite friends and neighbors to bring their children and grandchildren (ages 3-11) to this event designed to reach out to the community with a message far more important than the Easter bunny and jelly beans.

We will need assistance on the day of the event as well as donations in preparation (e.g. hard-boiled eggs for decorating, Easter egg dye kits, plastic eggs, candy for the eggs). A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board on the south side of the elevator.

Men’s Outing

The newly-formed Men’s Group at Abiding Word has extended an invitation to members at Zion to an afternoon of billiards at the Mirage Sports Bar on Wadsworth and Coal Mine on Saturday, March 29, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The cost is $5 per person. Contact Pastor Krause by the middle of the week if you are interested.

Preparing for Next Week

Jesus, the selfless servant, calls us to a life of service. Prepare for the Fourth Sunday in Lent by reading Genesis 37:1-11 (sermon lesson); Romans 8:1-10; and St. Matthew 20:17-28.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Bill and Lynn Meyer and Jacob Mulinix (March 29) Dana and Carolyn Crossland and Caroline Cox (April 5). Please contact the office during the week in which you are assigned to clean, both to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.

03-02-14

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday we remind ourselves of the consequence of sin, as the Lord announced it to Adam and Eve: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Death inescapably follows sin. Each of us needs that reminder of our mortality, not to cast us into despair, but that we might look to Christ for the answer. In him and the forgiveness he won, we have life even as we know we will physically die. Plan to begin the forty days of Lent with your brothers and sisters in Christ in a special service on Wednesday at 7:00pm.

Call Extended

Last Sunday, the voters considered a list of possible candidates to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Wilson’s acceptance of a Call to Redeemer, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The Lord, through the voters’ assembly, extended a Call to Mr. Philip Adickes to serve as principal and sixth through eighth grade teacher in our school, to begin July 1. He has been notified of the Call; a packet of information arrived at his home on Wednesday. Mr. Adickes currently serves as principal and sixth through eighth grade teacher at Faith, Tacoma, Washington. Please remember him in your prayers in the coming weeks as he considers this opportunity to serve in another part of the Lord’s kingdom.

Women of Zion

All ladies are invited to the Women of Zion meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30pm. After a devotion and a business meeting, the women will tackle various cleaning projects and other tasks around the church. The hostesses for the evening are Michelle Krause and Anna Hering. Contact Michelle Krause with any questions.

Land Purchase Finalized

On Friday, February 21, the Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School Federation closed on the purchase of 23 acres at 104th and Landmark. (Ten of those acres will be used for the high school; eight will be held by a group of investors; and five will be purchased by Living Hope, a mission congregation currently serving Brighton.)

This spring the previously-purchased modular buildings will be moved onto the land and the necessary renovations will be made to prepare them for classroom use, with the first classes being held at the new site in January 2015.

The congregations in the Federation, in approving this purchase, committed themselves to providing additional financial support for this ministry to teens. If you would like to make a special gift, you may do so online (rmlhs.org) or by sending a check directly to RMLHS at 2300 W 90th Avenue, Denver, CO 80260.

RMLHS Gala

All are invited to Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School’s Fourth Annual Gala and Auction under the theme, “Rock this Town.” The Gala, featuring a buffet dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions, will be held on Friday, March 28, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, at Church Ranch Event Center (10200 Wadsworth Blvd, Westminster). Babysitting will be provided at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and School (88th and Field Street in Westminster).

You may sign up online at www.rmlhs.org (see the Gala section on the home page) or by returning the form at the bottom of the invitation in your church mailbox. Reservations can also be made between services on March 9 and March 16 in the fellowship hall. The meal is $30 per person. Reservations must be made by Friday, March 21.

LWMS

The Rocky Mountain Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) will be hosting its spring rally on Saturday, April 26, at Shepherd of the Hills in Greeley. Pastor Jared Oldenburg, serving Eternal Rock, a mission congregation in Castle Rock, will be the presenter. Look for additional details in the coming weeks.

Mission boxes are due by March 23. Please place them in Pauline King’s mailbox. Direct questions about the rally or mission boxes to Pauline.

Basketball Tournament

The WELS Front Range Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at St. Charles Recreation Center in Denver. The team entry fee is $90. If you are interested in playing, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board on the south side of the elevator. Direct questions to Pastor Krause.

Preparing for Next Week

Jesus, the Second Adam, came to undo the work of the first Adam. By his perfect obedience to the law in our place, Jesus gives us the righteousness we need to stand before the righteous God. Prepare for The First Sunday in Lent by reading Genesis 3:1-15 (sermon lesson); Romans 5:12-19; and St. Matthew 4:1-11.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Paul and Dani Lindholm and Bernie and Cindy Dull (March 8) and Sean and Christine Parsons and Anna Hering (March 15). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time.

02-23-14

Call Meeting

Mr. Michael Peek, Called to serve as principal and upper-grade teacher in our school, announced last Sunday that he had decided to remain in his current ministry at Redeemer, Tucson, Arizona. In order to fill the vacancy caused by Mr. Wilson’s acceptance of a Call to Redeemer, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the voters will meet today after the second service. The voters’ assembly, as the Lord’s instrument, will extend another Call. We wait patiently for the Lord to provide the man he has chosen to serve in our ministry.

Land Purchase Finalized

On Friday, February 21, the Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School Federation closed on the purchase of 23 acres at 104th and Landmark. (Ten of those acres will be used for the high school; eight will be held by a group of investors; and five will be purchased by Living Hope, a mission congregation currently serving Brighton.)

This spring the previously-purchased modular buildings will be moved onto the land and the necessary renovations will be made to prepare them for classroom use, with the first classes being held at the new site in January 2015.

The congregations in the Federation, in approving this purchase, committed themselves to providing additional financial support for this ministry to teens. If you would like to make a special gift, you may do so online (rmlhs.org) or by sending a check directly to RMLHS at 2300 W 90th Avenue, Denver, CO 80260.

RMLHS Gala

All are invited to Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School’s Fourth Annual Gala and Auction under the theme, “Rock this Town.” The Gala, featuring a buffet dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions, will be held on Friday, March 28, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, at Church Ranch Event Center (10200 Wadsworth Blvd, Westminster). Babysitting will be provided at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and School (88th and Field Street in Westminster).

Details about the event can be found on the invitation in your church mailbox. You may sign up online at rmlhs.org (see the Gala section on the home page) or by returning the form at the bottom of the invitation. Reservations can also be made between services on March 9 and March 16 in the fellowship hall. The meal is $30 per person. Reservations must be made by Friday, March 21.

Lenten Suppers

A Lenten supper, at 5:45pm, will precede each of the mid-week 7:00pm Lenten services, beginning with Ash Wednesday, on March 5. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board for those willing to prepare a supper or provide dessert. Soup is an excellent choice, but it is not the only menu option. Keep in mind that you will serve sixty to seventy people and dessert will be provided by other volunteers. Contact Anne Saggau in the office with any questions.

Bible Study Opportunity

The Kindred Spirits Bible Study meets on Wednesday, at 10:00am, in the conference room. The group just recently began “Faith Builders,” a Bible Information course that reviews the main teachings of Scripture. Immediately following the Bible study, Cindy Chumacas from Brookdale Senior Living will present information about seniors and falling hazards. After the presentation, lunch will be served. All members of the congregation are invited to attend. If you have any questions regarding the presentation, please contact Anne Saggau in the church office.

Opportunities to Serve

The Board of Property, chaired by Jim O’Keefe, has posted a list of tasks that need to be completed in the coming weeks. The list is posted on the bulletin board by the west entrance. If you have questions, please contact Jim O’Keefe.

Basketball Tournament

The WELS Front Range Basketball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at St. Charles Recreation Center in Denver. The team entry fee is $90. If you are interested in playing, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board on the south side of the elevator. Direct questions to Pastor Krause.

Preparing for Next Week

Before his suffering, Jesus gave his disciples a glimpse of his glory. He did so to help them understand what he experienced at the hands of his enemies, that they might see his willingness to die for them. Prepare for The Transfiguration of our Lord by reading Exodus 24:12, 15-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; and St. Matthew 17:1-9 (sermon lesson).

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Randy and Stacey Currier and Anthony and Alice Darden (March 1) and Paul and Dani Lindholm and Bernie and Cindy Dull (March 8). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time.

 

01-19-14

Voters’ Meeting

The annual voters’ meeting will take place next Sunday, beginning at 12:00pm. As with all voters’ meetings, there will be time set aside near the beginning of the meeting for a member open forum. If you have an item you would like to bring to the voters for discussion, please contact congregation president Matt Gawel in advance of the meeting, if possible.

Included on the agenda are annual reports from the President, Treasurer, Pastors, Principal, and board chairmen, as well as elections (an Elder, Vice-President, Chairman of the Board of Discipleship, and Council Member-at-Large). All confirmed men over 18 are encouraged to participate.

Call Accepted

Two weeks ago Mr. Wilson announced that he had decided to accept the Call extended to him to serve as principal and teacher at Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He will begin serving at Redeemer on July 1. We give thanks to the Lord for the blessings he has bestowed on our congregation through Mr. Wilson and his family and pray his continuing blessings on them as they make the transition this summer.

The Board of Education and Church Council will be recommending that the Voters extend a Call for a man to serve as principal and upper-grade teacher. At a special meeting on January 7, members of the Board of Education and the Church Council discussed gifts and abilities they believe will be particularly important for the next man Called to serve as teacher and principal to have.  A list of candidates will be presented to the voters’ assembly at next Sunday’s meeting.

Bible Study Opportunity

The Kindred Spirits Bible Study meets on Wednesday, at 10:00am, in the conference room. The focus of the study will be “Faith Builders,” a Bible Information Course that walks through the main teachings of Scripture. This is an excellent review of God’s Word; people who take the course regularly express great appreciation for it. All are invited.

If you are interested in the course, but cannot make it on a Wednesday morning once a month, please talk with one of the pastors about participating in the next group evening session.

Pastor Treptow’s Travel

Pastor Treptow will be traveling to Sheridan, Wyoming, this week to meet with the leaders of Valley Lutheran Church as they determine how to proceed in light of their pastor’s retirement later this spring. He leaves on Wednesday morning and returns by mid-day Thursday, Lord willing.

Jesus+Nothing=Everything

Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death belong at the center of the Christian life. Too often, because of the challenges we endure, the good news of Jesus gets pushed to the fringes of our lives. In his book, Jesus +Nothing=Everything, author Tullian Tchividjian unwraps the implications of Christ’s sufficiency for our daily lives. The Christian Book Club plans to begin discussion of this book in late February. New participants are always welcome.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, even if you don’t plan to participate ion the discussion, please sign up on the sheet posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex by next Sunday. An order will be placed on Tuesday. The cost of the book should be around $10. You will receive an invoice with the exact cost when the books arrive.

Altar Flowers 2014

A new flower chart has been posted on the southernmost sanctuary door. You may either purchase the flowers yourself and bring them on the appointed Sunday or you may have the flower committee make the arrangements. If you ask the flower committee to assist you, you will receive a call prior to the Sunday for which you have volunteered. Thanks to all who have provided flowers in the past and to those who will do so in 2014.

RMLHS Gala

Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School (RMLHS) is preparing for its annual Gala Dinner and Auction, set for Friday, March 28, at the Church Ranch Event Center in Westminster. All federation members are invited to attend.

The high school is asking for donated items that can be auctioned at the event. Look for a donation form listing auction item ideas and a donor registration form on the Bible rack. If you can donate an item, or if you are in a position to offer matching funds, contact Kathy Kieselhorst at kieselhorst4@yahoo.com or 303-931-3934. The deadline for donations is March 21.

Preparing for Next Week

The Lamb of God is also the Light of the World. In fulfillment of prophecy, Jesus preached to those living in the darkness of unbelief and pleaded with them to repent and believe the good news. Prepare for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany of our Lord by reading Isaiah 8:19-9:2; 1 John 2:3-11; and St. Matthew 4:12-23 (sermon lesson).

Church Cleaning List

A new cleaning list has been placed in your church mailbox. If you have a conflict on the weekend you have been scheduled, please try to switch with another family. If you are unable to arrange a switch, contact the church office as soon as possible. When those assigned to clean do not bother to show up, the responsibility ends up on the same few people to do the work, typically at the last minute. The church needs to be cleaned thoroughly each week, both as good stewardship of the blessing the Lord has given us in this facility and for the benefit of members and guests who will be in worship.

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Matt and Sadie Gawel and Sean and Sara Austin (January 25) and Jennifer Bruss and Eric and Debbie Blumer (February 1).  Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time.

12-29-13

A Word of Thanks

Thank you to all who helped beautify  the Christmas services with music. Your fellow members appreciate the time you spent preparing for the services. Special thanks to the organists, the instrumentalists, the vocalists, the Adult Choir (directed by Joey Earnhardt) and  the Handbell Choir (directed by Lanny Prahl) for their faithful efforts.

New Year’s Eve

The end of a year provides opportunity for serious reflection. It is a time to look back on the Lord’s grace in the year past, to consider the swift passage of time, and to pray for the Lord’s blessing on the days he has planned for us. Join your fellow believers in a special New Year’s Eve song service on December 31, at 7:00pm.

Women of Zion

The Women of Zion will meet for dinner and fellowship on Tuesday, January 7, at 6:30pm, at Hacienda Colorado (5056 S Wadsworth, Lakewood). All women of the congregation are invited. Please contact President Michelle Krause by Sunday, January 5, if you intend to participate, so that reservations can be made.

Christian Book Club

The Christian Book Club will conclude its discussion of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God on Friday, January 10, at 7:00pm, in the conference room. Participants should be prepared to discuss pages 119 to 251. Direct questions to Pastor Treptow.

RMLHS Land Purchase

For the last three months the Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School Site Committee has been working with the WELS Church Extension Fund (CEF) to obtain a loan to purchase property at 104th and Landmark. The plan is to divide the 23-acre site between RMLHS (ten acres), Living Hope Lutheran Church (five acres), and an investment group (eight acres). The CEF recently expressed its willingness to work with the RMLHS Federation to make this land purchase happen, provided that we can get our share of the financing together within a month. Please keep this effort in your prayers and consider offering a special gift.

Jesus+Nothing=Everything

Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death belong at the center of the Christian life. Too often, because of the challenges we endure, the good news of Jesus gets pushed to the fringes of our lives. In his book, Jesus +Nothing=Everything, author Tullian Tchividjian unwraps the implications of Christ’s sufficiency for our daily lives.

The Christian Book Club plans to begin discussion of this book in late February. New participants are always welcome. If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, even if you don’t plan to participate, please sign up on the sheet posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex. An order will be placed in the middle of January. The cost of the book should be around $10.

Altar Flowers 2014

A new flower chart has been posted on the southernmost sanctuary door. You may either purchase the flowers yourself and bring them on the appointed Sunday or you may have the flower committee make the arrangements. If you ask the flower committee to assist you, you will receive a call prior to the Sunday for which you have volunteered. Thanks to all who have provided flowers in the past and to those who will do so in 2014.

Preparing for Next Week

The Twelve Days of Christmas come to an end on the Epiphany of our Lord (January 6). Jesus, true God and true Man in one person, came to be the Savior not just of the Jews, but also the Gentiles. Prepare for the Epiphany of our Lord by reading Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-12; and St. Matthew 2:1-12 (sermon lesson).

New Church Cleaning List

A new cleaning list will be produced this week and distributed by January 5. If you have been included on the list in the past and wish not to serve in 2014, please pass along your request to Anne Saggau in the church office by Tuesday.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church next weekend: Christian and Corissa Becker and Jody and Thelma Behnke (January 4). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.

 

12-15-13

Call Received

Principal Wilson has received a Call from the Lord, through his church, to serve as principal and teacher (either grades 5 and 6 or grades 7 and 8) at Redeemer Lutheran School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. (Fond du Lac is a little more than an hour north of Milwaukee.)

He is prayerfully considering this invitation to serve in another part of the Lord’s kingdom and is weighing the needs and opportunities there with the needs and opportunities here. Please keep him in your prayers as he deliberates. He welcomes your thoughts and counsel, whether by phone, e-mail (kwilson@zion-wels.org), or in person.

A Word of Thanks

Thanks to all who assisted with Christmas decorating last Sunday. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to those who helped out with the Christmas for Kids program, whether that was in donating food, delivering invitations, or helping with the event itself.

Mid-week Advent Service

This Wednesday’s Advent service will focus on the third canticle recorded in St. Luke’s Gospel: the song of Simeon when he saw the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise in the person of Jesus. The thirty-five-minute service begins at 7:00pm, with a soup supper preceding the service at 5:45pm.

Kindred Spirits Bible Study

The calendar for December incorrectly states that the Kindred Spirits Bible Study is meeting this week. There is no class this month. The group will begin a study of the basic teachings of Scripture on Wednesday, January 22, at 10:00am, using the “Faith Builders” course offered for those who are interested in becoming members of the congregation.

Christmas Services

On Tuesday, December 24, there will be two different Christmas Eve services: one at 7:00pm and a Candlelight service of readings and hymns at 10:00pm. We celebrate the Nativity of our Lord with a 9:00am service on Christmas Day. Holy Communion will be offered on Christmas Day as we rejoice in the Lord’s willingness to take on flesh to give himself into death for sinners.

Poinsettias

The Women of Zion have purchased ten poinsettia plants to beautify the sanctuary at Christmas. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex for those interested in defraying their costs by purchasing a plant. The cost is $15. Please make checks payable to Women of Zion and place them in Jan Schulz’s church mailbox. You may pick up your plant after the Christmas Day service.

Mixes-in-a-Jar

The Women of Zion will be selling Mixes-in-a-Jar ($5) and cookbooks ($15) just in time for Christmas gift giving. The mixes (two soup mixes and two cookie mixes) come in quaintly-decorated mason jars and make excellent gifts. The jars will be available for purchase between services, in the fellowship hall, from now until Christmas. Contact Pauline King with any questions.

New Year’s Brunch

All are invited to a New Year’s Brunch between services on Sunday, December 29, beginning at 9:10am. In place of the normally-scheduled Bible study, there will be a potluck brunch. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the pillar in the northeast corner of the narthex.

Basketball Tournament

Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School is hosting its fourth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, January 4. This year, instead of signing up as a team, participants will sign up as individuals. There will be three different divisions: middle school, adult competitive, and adult recreational. Cost per participant is $5 for middle school students and $10 for the rest. Sign up on the sheet posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex.

Preparing for Next Week

The season of Advent, which primarily focuses our eyes on the Savior’s second coming, takes a turn on the final Sunday of the season as we prepare to celebrate the Savior’s birth. Prepare for the Fourth Sunday in Advent by reading Isaiah 7:1-17 (sermon lesson); Romans 1:1-7; and St. Matthew 1:18-25.

New Church Cleaning List

A new cleaning list will be produced just after the first of the year. If you have been included on the list in the past and wish not to be included in the coming year, please pass along your request to Anne Saggau in the church office.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Zach Bowen and Marty and Shelley Davis (December 21) and Vaune Shelbourn and Patty Volkel (December 28). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.

12-08-13

Welcome

This morning, in the second service, we welcome Brandon and Jeannette Blaisdell into communicant membership by transfer from Crown of Life, West St. Paul, Minnesota. May the Lord bless them through their membership and make them a blessing to many!

Mid-week Advent Service

This Wednesday’s Advent service will focus on the second canticle recorded in St. Luke’s Gospel: the song of Zechariah in response to the promise of the Savior. The thirty-five-minute service begins at 7:00pm, with a soup supper preceding the service at 5:45pm.

Pastor Treptow’s Travels

Pastor Treptow flies to Tucson, Arizona, tomorrow evening to participate in discussions between leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, from Tuesday to Thursday. Last year, the leaders discussed, in a general way, areas of agreement and disagreement, as well as areas in which one of the bodies might have a caricature of the other’s position. This year’s meeting intends to build on the previous discussion, focusing particularly on church and ministry issues. He returns, Lord willing, on Thursday evening.

On Friday evening he travels to Casper, Wyoming, for a Call meeting at Lord of Lords Lutheran Church on Saturday morning. Weather issues required a postponement of the meeting scheduled on Tuesday, December 3.

Butter Braids Pick-Up

If you ordered Butter Braids to support the Youth Group members who will be attending the WELS International Youth Rally next summer, you may pick them up on Saturday, between 11:00am and 1:00pm, or on Sunday, December 15, between services. Given the limited freezer space available downstairs, a Saturday pick-up would be greatly appreciated.

Poinsettias

The Women of Zion have purchased ten poinsettia plants to beautify the sanctuary at Christmas. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex for those interested in purchasing a plant. The cost is $15. Please make checks payable to Women of Zion and place them in the church mailbox of Jan Schulz. You may pick up your plant after the Christmas Day service.

RMLHS Christmas Concert

The Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School choirs will be presenting the cantata “Christmas Canticles,” by Benjamin Harlan, on Friday, at 7:00pm, at the high school (2300 W 90th Avenue, Federal Heights). All are invited.

New Year’s Brunch

All are invited to a New Year’s Brunch between services on Sunday, December 29, beginning at 9:10am. In place of the normally-scheduled Bible study, there will be a potluck brunch. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the pillar in the northeast corner of the narthex.

Preparing for Next Week

Jesus drives the darkness of doubts from our hearts by his saving work and his unfailing promises. Prepare for the Third Sunday in Advent by reading Job 1:6-22 (sermon lesson); James 5:7-11; and St. Matthew 11:2-11.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Ben Saggau and Kat Zarlengo (December 14) and Zach Bowen and Marty and Shelley Davis (December 21). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.

11-17-13

Bible Study Opportunity

The Kindred Spirits Bible study meets on Wednesday, at 10:00am, in the conference room. The group is studying the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed, focusing on the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts through the gospel in Word and Sacrament. All are invited.

Christian Book Club

The Christian Book Club will begin its discussion of Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God on Friday, at 7:00pm, in the conference room. Participants should be ready to discuss the introduction and pages 1-118. New participants are always welcome.

Voters’ Meeting

The voters will meet next Sunday, November 24, following the second service, beginning at noon. In addition to reports from the president, treasurer, pastors, and principal, there will be an update on the items remaining to complete the building project.

Like all voters’ meetings, there will be time at the beginning of the meeting for a member Open Forum. If you have questions or have an item that you would like to have discussed, please speak with President Matt Gawel.

Ladies’ Home Bible Study

The November calendar incorrectly lists a meeting of the Ladies’ Home Bible Study on Monday, November 25. The group will not meet in November or December. Contact Rachel Hardinger with any questions.

Butter Braids

They’re back by popular demand! The Youth Group is selling Butter Braids for the upcoming holiday season. A sign-up sheet has been posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex. You may pay for your order at the time of pick up (Sunday, December 15). Please make checks payable to Zion. Proceeds will be used to defray the costs of the youth attending the WELS 2014 International Youth Rally at the University of Tennessee.

Thanksgiving Service

On Thursday, November 28, at 9:00am, we gather to reflect on the Lord’s goodness to us, demonstrated in the many blessings he has graciously showered upon us. Join your brothers and sisters in Christ in giving thanks to the One who has so richly blessed us, spiritually and physically.

Mid-week Advent Suppers

The New Church Year begins in two weeks. Three mid-week Advent services (December 4, December 11, and December 18) are planned. Soup suppers will precede each of these services (provided that people volunteer to bring soup). A sign-up sheet has been posted on the pillar in the northeast corner of the narthex for those willing to prepare soup or dessert. Please consider serving your fellow members in this way. Contact the office for more information.

“Rooted” Gathering

Rooted, a 20’s and 30’s group from WELS Front Range congregations, has scheduled a gathering on Saturday, November 23. Activities for the day include visiting the Denver Zoo, compiling Christmas care packages, and dinner downtown. Details can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/rooted.wels).

A Home of Our Own

Rocky Mountain Lutheran High School has a signed contract on a 23-acre lot at 104th and Landmark and is praying that we will be able to finalize that purchase this month. Please keep this in your prayers and consider a gift to the high school building fund. You may donate online (www.rmlhs.org) or by sending a gift directly to the high school at 2300 W 90th Avenue, Denver, CO 80260.

Preparing for Next Week

The Church Year ends with the lasting song of triumph for Christ our King. The promise is sure: We will live with him in his kingdom, rejoicing in his goodness and resting in his eternal peace. Prepare for Christ the King Sunday by reading Genesis 49:8-12; Colossians 1:13-20 (sermon lesson); and St. Luke 23:35-43.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Shelly Schattinger and Mark and Tanya Tesch (November 23) and Dave and Denise Stiemke and Anne Saggau (November 30). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.

 

10-13-13

Christian Victory Service

As noted last week, the Lord called former member Brenda Hanson to her eternal rest on October 3. A Christian Victory Service was held this past week at one of our sister congregations: Grace, in Burke, South Dakota. A service will also be held here  on Wednesday, October 24, at 4:00pm.

Area Reformation Service

The Front Range Reformation Service is scheduled for Sunday, November 3, at 3:00pm. Pastor Phil Koelpin, who served for many years as the Chairman of the WELS Board for World Missions, will be the preacher. Please note a change in location for this year’s service. In past years, the Reformation Committee rented Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Because of renovations being done there, the Committee has rented Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 4225 W. Yale Avenue. Plan to attend this special service both for your edification and to encourage your fellow believers.

Call Received

The Lord of the Church, through the Governing Board of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, has Called Pastor Treptow to serve as a Professor at the Seminary. Additional information, in the form of a document with questions and answers about the Call, is available on the Bible rack for your perusal. You may also request an electronic version by e-mail (etreptow@zion-wels.org). He welcomes your feedback, whether in person, by phone, or e-mail.

Men’s Bowling

If you are interested in participating in a Christian men’s bowling league, either as an occasional substitute or regular participant, please sign up on the sheet posted on the pillar in the northeast corner of the narthex. The league bowls on Thursdays at 6:30pm. For more information, please contact Jim McDonald at 303-979-0332.

Parking Lot Update

Concrete work was completed on Friday, with the hope of laying asphalt this week, perhaps on Thursday. If all goes according to plan, the lot would be available for use by Friday noon. (Not  much, however, has gone according to plan on this project.)

Preparing for Next Week

The Lord gives us the privilege of prayer, to come to him with any and every concern, and to do so persistently. Prepare for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost by reading Genesis 32:22-30 (sermon lesson); 1 John 5:13-15; and St. Luke 18:1-8a.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Jim and Ginger Schlote and Pastor and Jeanne Treptow (October 19) and Bob and Reba Schaller and Ted and Jan Schulz (October 26). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.

09-22-13

Welcome

This morning we formally welcome into membership the following people who have joined the congregation in the last few months: Matthew and Rachael Armstrong, by transfer from Shepherd of the Hills, Greeley; Anna Hering, by transfer from Our Savior, Grafton, Wisconsin; Megan Rossow, by transfer from Grace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Lexie Torres, by transfer from St. Peter, Fort Collins; Michael and Rachel Traudt (children Matthew, Jacob, and Paul) by transfer from Our Savior’s, Longmont; Bethany Whaley, by transfer from Calvary, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Jeff Whaley, by adult confirmation; and Jeff and Jacklyn White (children Hannah and Avyanna) by adult confirmation.

May the Lord bless them through their membership, working through the Word preached and the Sacraments administered to strengthen them in faith and equip them for lives of service!

Area WELS Congregations and Flooding

God be praised for his goodness and grace! The Lord has spared the WELS congregations in the Front Range from damage to their worship facilities and parsonages (beyond some water in the basement). None of the members of the congregations have lost their homes. While a few have been displaced and may not be able to return to their homes any time in the near future, the Lord has worked in them a thankfulness for his grace in sparing them from something worse. The congregations in areas hit particularly hard by flooding have joined with WELS Christian Aid and Relief to provide assistance to the community, by way of financial assistance and volunteer labor.

Bible Study Opportunity

The Kindred Spirits Bible study meets this Wednesday, at 10:00am, in the conference room. The group is studying the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed, focusing on the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts through the gospel in Word and Sacrament. All are invited.

The Reason for God

The Christian Book Club will turn its attention next to a book by Timothy Keller entitled, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Intended for skeptics and Christians who love them, this book provides a defense for the Christian faith. The discussion promises to be helpful to all who want to be better prepared to answer the arguments raised against Christianity. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, please sign up on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex. The book costs $13.

Ladies’ Home Bible Study

All women of the congregation are invited to Ladies’ Home Bible Study on Monday, September 30, at 7:00pm. The ladies are continuing their study of Burden Bearing, focusing this time on Christ the Ultimate Burden-Bearer. The study will be held at the Hardinger home (718 S Swadley Street, Lakewood). Contact Rachel Hardinger at 970-640-9912 with any questions.

Help Requested

Pastors of the congregations in the Colorado Conference of the WELS Nebraska District will be meeting here for a conference on October 1 and 2. The Women of Zion have consented to prepare meals for the conference and are looking for help, both in serving the meals and in donations of food. Please check out the sign-up sheet posted on the pillar in the northwest corner of the narthex for ways to assist.

Women of Zion

The Women of Zion typically meet on the first Tuesday of each month. Because of the aforementioned pastors’ conference, there will be no meeting in October.

Additionally, the Women of Zion are looking for a volunteer to fill the vacant position of president-elect for the remainder of this year, with the plan of transitioning into the president role next year. If you have any questions, please speak with Michelle Krause.

LWMS Fall Retreat

The Rocky Mountain Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) invites all women to the Fall Rally this coming Saturday, at Our Savior’s, Longmont, with registration beginning at 8:30am and the Rally concluding by 1:30pm.  Mr. Mark Vance, who serves as Director of Operations for  WELS Christian Aid and Relief, will be the guest speaker. Direct questions to Pauline King.

Men’s Bowling

Interested in being a substitute bowler in a Christian men’s bowling league? For more information, please contact Jim McDonald at 303-979-0332.

Preparing for Next Week

So great is the Father’s concern for us and our salvation that he sends his angels to minister to us. Prepare for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels by reading Daniel 10:10-14, 12:1-3; Revelation 12:7-12 (sermon lesson); and St. Luke 10:17-20.

Church Cleaning

Thanks to those who will volunteer their time and energy in cleaning the church in the coming weeks: Paul Spitzer and Joey Nelson (September 28) and Carl Schleicher and Pastor and Michelle Krause (October 5). Please contact the office to schedule a cleaning time and to secure a key.