Regular Worship Times

Summer Sunday Worship
Begins May 28, 2017
8:00 a.m. - Outdoor Communion Service
10:00 a.m. - Indoor Communion Service

Church Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Address and Contact

Saint Peter Lutheran Church
9300 E Belleview Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

phone: 303.770.9300
fax: 303.770.9301

From I-225: Take exit 2B for Yosemite. Turn left at Yosemite, then turn left at Belleview.

From I-25: Take exit 199 for Belleview, then turn right at Belleview.

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FAQ

Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions.

General

Worship

Education

General

How do I get involved?

We encourage visitors and members to get involved in activities and ministries as they feel drawn. Take a look at the Ministries page and the Calendar to see what is happening. You can also start coming to ministry meetings.

I have more questions that aren't answered here. Who can fill me in?

Check out our contact page to get in touch. Or, if you are located in the Denver area, come to a worship service and ask questions. If one of us doesn’t know the answer, we know someone who does.

I need someone to talk to. Where can I go?

Stephen Ministries, a group of Saint Peter Lutheran Church members, is trained in being there for people in need. Whether you need help dealing with a life crisis or just need someone to talk to that you can trust, a Stephen Minister is available. Call the number below to learn more.
Stephen Ministers
303 770 9300 x303

What does Saint Peter Lutheran Church believe?

We explain our beliefs at What We Believe. If you still have questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

I haven't visited yet. Is there anything that I need to know before I visit a service?

All are welcome to Saint Peter Lutheran Church here in Greenwood Village. Come as you are and partake in all aspects of the service as you please.

What is the history of Saint Peter Lutheran Church?

Saint Peter Lutheran Church is a Greenwood Village, Colorado, congregation of the Evangelical Church in America. Their website is a great resource for learning more about the history of The Lutheran Church.

Saint Peter Lutheran Church began in 1979 when the Division for Mission in North America of the Lutheran Church in America called the Rev. Hal Elvert as mission developer for a new congregation. Pastor Elvert and his wife, Andrean, began to lay the foundation for the new faith community. A total of 10,000 homes were contacted in the development survey.

Pastor Elvert led the first worship service on November 1, 1979, at Belleview Elementary School, with 25 prospective members and visitors in attendance. The following months included both sorrows and joys. In January 1980, Pastor Elvert experienced a massive heart attack. Despite this setback, the congregation experienced the joys of many firsts: Sunday School classes, an adult choir, a women’s Bible study group, and confirmation classes were formed, and the ministry attracted new families.

Saint Peter Lutheran Church was officially organized on April 12, 1980 with the names of 105 adults and children on the charter. In April 1981 the first Congregation Council was elected, and council officers and committee chairs were selected. In June the congregation extended a call to Pastor Elvert to serve as the church’s first pastor.

In April 1981, Saint Peter Lutheran Church was invited to share facilities with Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The two congregations undertook many joint worship projects. However, as both churches expanded, Saint Peter began a search for another home. On September 5, 1982, the congregation began worshiping at Cottonwood Creek Elementary School. Meetings and activities were held in rented office space or in members’ homes.

The congregation’s first building program was initiated in the fall of 1982. Plans called for a 6,700-square-foot facility located on three acres of land at the corner of Belleview and Boston Avenues in Greenwood Village (which is near the now well-established Denver Tech Center) with a total cost of approximately $540,000.

Due to deteriorating health, Pastor Elvert resigned as pastor on May 31, 1984. He died a few months later. The congregation honored his memory by proceeding with the building plans and searching for a new pastor. On December 9, 1984, the Rev. Karen Parker was installed at Saint Peter. Her caring leadership style helped the congregation to rapidly move forward.

January 27, 1985, marked the groundbreaking for Saint Peter’s first building. Pastor Parker’s husband, Don, a structural engineer, closely monitored the construction process. The first service in the new building was on August 4, 1985, and dedication was on September 8, 1985. During the next two years, the congregation’s average worship attendance more than doubled.

In 1987, council leaders voted to give 10 percent of the total budget as benevolence to the Rocky Mountain Synod and to increase this amount by one percent each year. On November 11, 1990, the congregation retired its mortgage.

Blessed by growth and a vision for mission, the congregation proceeded with plans to expand its facilities in 1991. The expansion included a new sanctuary, narthex, and sacristy, as well as remodeling of some existing spaces. The groundbreaking was held on June 7, 1992, the first service on Christmas Eve 1992, and dedication on January 7, 1993. In 1995, congregational leaders began a “Vision 2001” process to discern a God-pleasing vision for the future.

In January 1997, Pastor Parker resigned her position in order to accompany her husband on a job transfer to California. Amidst joyful tribute and tearful farewells, Pastor Parker led her final worship services at Saint Peter on February 9, 1997.

Several pastors ably served Saint Peter during the eighteen-month pastoral call process. Pastor Jeffrey Louden served for one year, followed by Pastor Tom Guinn who had also served as interim pastor during Pastor Karen’s two sabbatical leaves. Pastor Vera Guebert-Steward also provided valuable pastoral support to the congregation while serving as Minister of Outreach for the South Metro Outreach initiative.

In September 1998 The Rev. David Risendal began his ministry as Senior Pastor of the congregation. Under Pastor Risendal’s leadership, the congregation further refined the goals established in Vision 2001 and developed a new vision statement:

We are the body of Christ:
—Inviting all people to share our faith
—Growing in faith and understanding
—Serving with Christ-like love and compassion

Growing into that vision, the council, in the spring of 2000, suspended the existing committee structure and began efforts to cultivate a permission-giving environment that empowered the congregation’s membership to express their gifts and passions.

Pastor Linda W. Henke served as Associate Pastor from November 2000 to March 2002, providing leadership for spiritual gifts discernment, evangelism, and worship. Saint Peter Lutheran Church also has been capably served by many lay professionals including music leaders Corrine Paulson, Sheree Weverstad and Renae Gudvangen; youth ministers Marcy Behrens, Paul Grainger and Audrey Bjorneby; ministry coordinators Cindy Buschagen and Gretchen Hack; and secretaries Carolyn Cobble and Kathy Mehnert.

The congregation also completed several long-term goals. An Allen electronic organ was installed in 2001, complemented by a grand piano. A new baptismal font features moving water with oak and mahogany carvings suggesting the flames of the Holy Spirit or the branches of a growing tree, and biblical texts related to the baptismal promises.

At this writing the congregation is exploring how renewed efforts in the areas of youth and family ministries, evangelism, and membership involvement –- combined with current strengths in areas like worship, education, service, and small group ministries –- can strengthen its ministries, and better enable it to be an inviting, growing, and serving people.

Worship

When are worship services at Saint Peter Lutheran Church?

We change our worship schedule seasonally.

Summer Worship
From Memorial Day to Labor Day (including both holiday weekends), Sunday worship is at 8:00 am and 10:00 am, and there is no education hour between them. Colorado weather is almost always permitting, so the 8:00 am service is usually held outside.

Winter Worship
Between Labor Day and Memorial day (not including either holiday weekend), Sunday worship is at 8:30 am and 10:45 am. There is an education hour at 9:40 that features classes for children from nursery age through high school. Adult education classes are also available during this time.

Can my child receive Holy Communion at Saint Peter?

In a word, yes.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Communion has its roots in the Last Supper of our Lord. During the final week of his life, Jesus gathered to celebrate the Passover with his closest followers. Following the meal, he broke bread and distributed wine, instructing them to, “do this in remembrance of me.” At the table that night were the one who would betray him, the one who would deny him three times, and the ten who would run and hide when he needed them most. Jesus was radically inclusive about who joined him for his Last Supper.
 
At Saint Peter, we believe that the table around which we gather is not ours: it is the Lord’s. And the invitation to join us at that table is not ours to extend: it is his. Consequently, we strive to model our invitation to Holy Communion on our Lord’s inclusivity. To receive communion at Saint Peter you do not need to be a member of this or any other Lutheran Church. You do not need to be of a minimum age. You do not need to acquiesce to our particular understanding of this meal. If you desire to meet Christ in the meal, you are more than welcome to do so with us.
 
As to children, we believe that their parents are the ones who know best when it is appropriate for them to be included (although we encourage them to do so as early as possible).  Our Pastor is happy to visit with families in their homes, as they are making this decision. He will teach the children one-on-one about the sacrament, and visit with the parents about their decision. When they are in the third grade, all children (whether they have already begun to commune or not) are invited to a “Pastor’s Communion Class.” Our expectation is that in most cases, children will be participating in the Sacrament at least by the third grade.
 
Please give the church office a call if you have any further questions.

Education

When should my child start catechism?

Saint Peter’s Catechism ministries are designed for those who are in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
 
Catechism is a three-year course of study for youth entering their teenage years, and leads to welcoming them into adult membership in our church. We use a high-energy, relational teaching style that includes large group presentations from our Pastor and small group conversations with adult guides who accompany them through their three years of Catechism. Catechism students explore the life of faith by worshipping, studying, serving in the community, and retreating at camp together. Our deepest hope for our Catechists is that these three years will draw them closer to God and deeper into the life of faith.
 
We welcome any young people grades 6-8 to participate (you don’t need to be a member at Saint Peter). If you are interested, please call the church office for additional information.