January 31, 2019, StPLC Events Update
StPLC Blood Drive This Saturday
Don’t wait! Schedule your appointment to donate blood on February 2nd between 8:00 a.m. and noon. To do so, contact Vitalant (formerly Bonfils) at 303-363-2300 or visit donors.bonfils.org and use site code E026.
Faith Forum Series: Taking The Bible Seriously
As we read the Bible, it becomes clear that there is not one right way of interpreting who God is and how God relates to the world. The Bible is a compilation of stories of generations of faithful people navigating through their experiences with the Divine in their particular time and culture. How we understand being Christian depends on how we read the Bible. The Bible is not something to be “believed” in, but to be in relationship with. These next few weeks, we will embark on a journey that explores the many aspects of the Bible as we challenge some of our comfortable understandings about the Bible. Please join us on Sunday mornings from 9:40 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the Covenant Hall.
Saint Peter Women’s Bible Study Begins February 4
Saint Peter is beginning a new Women’s Bible Study on Monday evening, February 4th and will meet every other Monday evening through March. The meeting dates are: February 4th, February 18th, March 4th and March 18th. We will meet at Saint Peter from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This will be a time to dig into scripture, pray together and create some new friendships. It will be a great opportunity to connect with other women of Saint Peter while growing deeper in your faith. If you are interested in participating, please sign up on the sheet on the door to the Narthex.
Holden Evening Prayer Around The World On Wednesday, February 6
Written in 1985-86 by Marty Haugen during a musical residency at Holden Village, Holden Evening Prayer is a simple Lutheran vespers service that follows traditional form while using contemporary and inclusive language.
Since then, the service has been adopted around the world and continues to be used weekly at Holden Village where it is lovingly known as Vespers '86. Once a year Holden invites Villagers across the globe to come together through participation in the Holden Evening Prayer. Together, we seek to support and draw strength from one another, reaffirming our values as people who have been called, equipped, and sent, and supporting each other’s work in environmental stewardship and justice for all people.
Join us Wednesday, February 6th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. here at Saint Peter as we participate in Holden Evening Prayer Around the World (HEPAW). More info on the Holden Village website.
Dress for Success Clothing Drive
You may have noticed a rack of women’s clothes hanging in the Narthex. This is the start of a churchwide clothing donation that The Church Chicks began at the Secret Prayer Sister reveal on January 26th. If you have seasonal, workplace appropriate women’s clothing that is in style, on hangers, clear of stains and tears and ready to wear, donate them to Dress for Success Denver!
The Church Chicks will deliver all items left in the Narthex after the February 9th Coffee at Panera event. We will have other opportunities throughout the Spring. Thanks to everyone who has donated to this initiative so far.
Annual Meeting Sunday, February 10
All members are requested to join us on February 10th at noon in the Worship Center for this year’s Annual Meeting. Come and see what plans have been laid out for 2019, and join with us as we celebrate what God is accomplishing among us.
Come hungry! Before the Annual Meeting, Saint Peter high school youth will serve a delicious homemade lunch in the Narthex. All it takes is your free-will offering!
Bring the kids! Youth & Family Ministry along with a few other volunteers will be doing a very special project during the Annual Meeting with the kids. This will be a fun learning experience.
The 2018 Annual Report will be available on the Member Resources page of the Saint Peter website before Sunday morning, February 3rd. A limited number of print copies will also be available in the Narthex.
New StPLC Hospitality Ministry
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Hospitality is important to not only welcome our visitors but to make strong ongoing personal connections with one another. A few church members are beginning to explore what an official Hospitality Ministry here at Saint Peter would look like. While still in development, the committee would take responsibility for things such as:
Hosting fellowship on Sunday mornings
Welcoming guests and new members
Coordinating receptions for new members, funerals and other fellowship opportunities
Baking bread for communion
Your feedback and participation is welcome. If you are interested, please contact Deb Paul.
21-Day Prayer Challenge Aftershocks
Saint Peter member Vicky Simpson wrote about her experience completing the 21-Day Prayer Challenge these last few weeks. Click here to read about her lessons learned.
2019 Joshua Station Community Meal Schedule
Saint Peter has locked in several dates to prepare and serve the Community Meal at Joshua Station in 2019. This is a fun and meaningful way to be Christ’s hands in the world while walking alongside the vulnerable in our community. If you are interested in participating, please consider getting one or more of these dates on your calendar. Reminders will be sent out closer to the actual dates but a little planning ahead may ensure you make the time to serve.
Theater & Theology Sees ‘Whistleblower’ on March 5
The next Theater & Theology performance is Whistleblower on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. For screenwriter Eli, an offer to finally create his own TV show should be the ultimate culmination of his goals, but instead shocks him into wondering why he had those dreams in the first place. Armed with a new sense of spiritual clarity, he sets out on a quest to serve up some hard truths to his coworkers, family, exes and friends. What could possibly go wrong? A lively world premiere about the lies we tell to protect ourselves and how the tiniest gestures can have deep impact on those around us.
Tickets are $35. If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet on the doors to the Narthex or contact Jeanne Maloney. Reservations are due by February 10th.
The 5 Love Languages workshop that was originally scheduled for February 22nd and 23rd will now be held later in the Spring. This will be a great opportunity to invest in your relationship with your spouse. Childcare will be available. Stay tuned for more details.