March 14, 2019, StPLC Events Update
Helen Thorpe Visits Saint Peter March 24th
Saint Peter is hosting a Community Conversation with former First Lady of Colorado and author, Helen Thorpe, on Sunday, March 24th. Ms. Thorpe’s latest book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom follows the lives of twenty-two teenagers and many of their families from around the world over the course of one school year as they land at South High School here in Denver. We will also hear from a refugee with the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau and Lutheran Family Services Refugee & Asylee program.
Following the second worship service that day, there will be a light lunch served. The presentation will begin at 1:00 p.m. We could use all the help we can get hosting the 100+ guests we anticipate. Will you please consider taking on a job? Click here to sign up.
Saint Peter has also made a special commitment to Lutheran Family Services to collect twin size bedding and money to purchase new twin size beds for the apartments of newly arriving refugee families. If you would like to donate, you are invited to bring in the bedding or provide a check anytime between now and the event. There is an area in the Narthex to drop off your bedding and you may leave your check for new beds in the offering plate or in the church office. Please be sure to write LFS Refugees in the memo line.
Please see Jeanne Maloney or Karne Beighle if you have any questions. Thanks for your consideration and please keep the families resettling in Colorado in your prayers.
Faith Forum Sundays at 9:40 a.m.
Throughout Lent, Faith Forum will focus on the book Making Sense of the Cross by David Lose. We will look at one of the most enduring puzzles for Christians about their faith: how should we regard the cross? The way we understand the cross very much shapes the way we regard God and how we construe and construct our life in the world. Come join us as we explore together what this biblical witness and a few other thoughtful theologians have said about the cross, comparing them with each other and our own experiences as Christians living in the world. Please join the conversation on Sunday mornings from 9:40 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in Covenant Hall.
Spare Change to Make Change
Nine youth and four adults from Saint Peter are headed to Anapra, Mexico, this summer through Rainbow Trail’s Bridging Borders program. The group will help to build a home for a deserving family. To make the trip possible, there are several fundraising activities planned including "Give Your Change to Make a Change". Maybe you saw the youth asking for your loose change last Sunday. Well, they will be there again this week and through June.
Look for the big jar in the Narthex after service to make your donation! Thank you so much for all of your love and support.
Lent continues with mid-week worship leading up to Easter on April 21. Click here for the full worship schedule. And don’t forget to sign up for Soup Suppers that take place before each Wednesday evening worship service. Look for the signup sheet in the Narthex.
Women’s Lenten Reflection on March 18th
All women of Saint Peter are invited to join the Women’s Bible study on Monday, March 18th for an evening of reflection and prayer. Our time will be centered around the Stations of the Cross.
Although this is a practice often associated with the Catholic tradition, it is a powerful way for all of us to contemplate and enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. It takes the reflection on the Passion of Christ out or our heads and into our hearts. It is an opportunity to experience the ultimate love of Jesus for each one of us, creating feelings of deep gratitude which leads to generosity and a desire to love as we have been loved. Ladies, you are invited to attend on Monday, March 18th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Worship Center.
Interfaith Blood Drive April 6th
Now’s a great time to donate blood for those who need it. The next Interfaith Blood Drive will be held down the road at Hope United Methodist Church (5101 S. Dayton) on Saturday, April 6th from 8:15 - 11:45 a.m.
To schedule an appointment contact Vitalant at 303-363-2300 or visit donors.bonfils.org and use site code E025.
Donors are encouraged to complete their paperwork online on the day of their donation before coming to the blood drive. Visit vitalant.org and scroll to the bottom for the health history questionnaire.
Outside Cleanup Days
Join the StPLC Property Team on Saturdays April 13th and 27th as they work to cleanup the outdoor grounds and plant flowers. The group will work from 8:00 a.m. to noon and are looking for people who can help. Bonus points if you can bring tools, especially chain saws, wheel barrels, rakes, shovels, pry bars and miscellaneous garden tools. If you plan to attend and/or provide tools (so we won’t need to rent them), please contact Dave Prichard.
Scholarship Time Again
Yes, we love to send our high school grads off to their first or second year of college with a little extra financial help…but we also want to help people of any age who are considering other kinds of educational ventures: a course to make a new job possible, retraining, a certificate program….really, pretty much anything as long as it’s accredited, formalized and addressing a career-related, real-life goal.
All applications (will be available on the website soon) and essays are due April 28th. If you are involved in the life of Saint Peter and already (or about to be) accepted into your academic program, we hope you’ll apply for this one-time $500 scholarship. Got questions? Check with Lori Williams or Ken Gerhart.
Several Saint Peter members attended "Faithful Tuesday" at the Colorado State Capitol last Tuesday. It was a great experience showing our government leaders that we are a community committed to adding a deeper, moral dimension to the public policy-making process. If you are interested in participating in a future Faithful Tuesday or have any questions, please reach out to Jeanne Maloney.