July News & Updates
Change, Save the Date Summit of Summit, Cambodia Mission Presentation, Thornton Paint-a-thon, SOP Hikers, VBS registration, Confirmation Retreat, Seniors BBQ, and much more. Our July Newsletter is filled with the life of Summit of Peace. Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and see all the events and activities where you can Grow in Faith, Share the Faith, and Live the Faith.
From Our Pastors
Rev. Ben Roberts
Change

"All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever."  (1Peter 1:24-25 ESV)

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." (James 1:17 ESV)

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
I can't remember where I read it, but consider this quote: "Change is happening so fast we can't keep up with it." I can think of many things that can apply.
  • Technological. Got a new iPhone or Galaxy? Don't get too used to it. You'll be wanting its replacement in just a few months.
  • Climate change. Ice melting. Crazy storms. Snow in Summer. Heat waves. Sometimes all in the same week.
  • Culture change. What with the global economy, immigration, terrorism, politics, etc., no wonder everyone is wondering how we are to live and work together as a society.
Change is happening and it is happening fast. Often, we can't keep up.
 
So we look to the church for stability. And what do we find? Change. Consider these changes that I have seen happen during my time at Summit of Peace:
  • Contemporary worship service.
  • One day VBS with the rest of it spread out during Summer Sunday School.
  • Cambodia Mission Trip.
  • Life Group Ministry.
  • "Grow in Faith, Share the Faith, Live the Faith".
  • Technology in the sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms.
  • Members joining, members leaving, members born, members entering eternity.
  • And more...
To Read the rest of Pastor Roberts article, click HERE
Grow in Faith, Share in Faith, Live the Faith
Save the Date: Structure Summit of Summit

Sept 30th 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


If you sit on one of our church boards, have been to a voters' meeting lately, or attended the post Best Practices presentation, then you have no doubt heard me babbling on about governance and our church.  In particular you may have heard me talking about policy governance vs. traditional governance, and how a change may be necessitated by our growth to ensure that Summit of Peace can stay responsive to both its membership and community. 
 
If that all just sounds like so much Greek to you, or if you just want to learn more, please go ahead and block off Saturday, September 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on your calendars now.  That day we will have an expert on Lutheran church governance presenting and answering your questions about the whats, whens, hows and whys of policy governance.  Whether or not to move forward with a change in governance structure will be on the agenda at the following voters' meeting, so I encourage you all to attend, ask questions and provide feedback. 
 
I know that's a large time commitment but I think it's an important topic and we're giving you lots of advance notice.  Oh, and did I mention we'll feed you?
 
in His peace,
-Dirk 
President, Summit of Peace
Cambodia Mission Trip Presentation

July 16th - 9:20 am


Come hear our Youth and Adults tell us all about their June Mission Trip and watch a presentation they put together.  We will hear about the Youth gathering from the Youth's perspective, what Cambodia life is like, and how the trip impacted their lives. You won't want to miss out on the presentation. 
FORE Cambodia 2017

It's tomorrow but you can still register!

Come join us in a fun and active way to help Our Cambodia Mission & Stronghold Cambodia. This tournament supports our mission team and all the work they do! We are looking for anyone who loves the game of golf or those who just want to have fun in the sun hitting golf balls with friends!

WHEN: Friday June 30, 2017
WHERE: Indian Peaks Golf Course, Lafayette, CO
CHECK IN: 7:00 A.M.
TEE OFF: 7:30 A.M.
COST: $125 for an Individual, Twosome, or Threesome. A discounted rate of $450 is offered for a Foursome. 
(Foursomes must register and pay by  June 16th to receive discount. After June 16th foursomes will pay full price.)
INCLUDES: Greens Fee, Cart, Range balls & Lunch

This tournament is a low-pressure scramble format tournament where there are no losers! 

Don't play golf? Join us for lunch for $25  There are so many great Silent Auction Items you won't want to miss out on!

Click  HERE to register online for the Golf Tournament! 

Checks are payable to: Summit of Peace Lutheran Church with "Fore Cambodia" in memo line!

VBS Registration: Maker Fun Factory


Registration is now open for this summer's ONE DAY VBS! Summit of Peace is excited to host the Maker's Fun Factory VBS on July 15th from 10am-3pm. Lunch will be provided. At Maker Fun Factory, kids travel through field-tested rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures. Kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God.
 
This summer's VBS is using the same program as Summer Sunday School, creating cohesive and interactive lessons all summer long!
 
To register your child, click here. Kids from 3 yo (Potty Trained) to going into sixth grade are welcome to attend! If your youth is going into seventh grade or older - they are encouraged to be a Group Leader. Register your group leader here.

You can print off a flyer for your friends, neighbors, family, or coworkers here or send them to our website at www.summitofpeace.org/events/vbs
The Intersection of Church & State: July Adult Bible Study

Beginning July 2nd in the Gathering Grounds Fellowship Hall join us for the next
Summer Blockbuster Bible study: The Intersection of Church & State.  In the U.S. the relationship between church and state is an energetic one. Voices and viewpoints line up across the spectrum. Some would argue from history there should be a "wall of separation" between the two. Others maintain co-existence is not only necessary and inevitable, but can lead to positive results. 

In real life, church and state do operate in similar spheres-both conflictingly and cooperatively. See how they interconnect in The Intersection of Church & State

While some may propose a church and state separation is feasible, breaking this long-standing liaison is not likely. Though each entity has its separate function-the state to "promote the general welfare" of its citizens, the church to deal with spiritual concerns in this world, with an eye to the next-in reality they work together.

The Intersection of Church & State examines the dynamic give-and-take relationship that has marked the crossroads of church and state in this country. Though roadblocks are frequent where the two meet, there is still tremendous potential for cooperative work to be done. Using expert commentary from academics, church and civic leaders, agency professionals and others, this program underscores the healthy collaboration between church and state in caring for the needy, settling refugees, child adoption, chaplain services and more. It will also consider how these historical church and state partnerships are jeopardized. In the end, it will suggest a far superior metaphor in describing the church-state relationship is not one using a wall or barrier but, instead, an intersection, which benefits us all. 

The Rev. Gregory P. Seltz is the Speaker of The Lutheran HourĀ® radio program. As host of The Intersection of Church & State, Seltz assists viewers in understanding the multi-layered discourse existing between church and state in the U.S. and how this relationship can be a fruitful force for good to those in need.


Happy 4th of July!

The Office will be closed Monday & Tuesday, July 3rd & 4th. We will resume normal business hours on Wednesday July 5th. Enjoy your weekend!

Thornton Paint-a-Thone

July 22, 2017 - 8 am 

The Thornton Paint-A-Thon is an event in which community members paint the
homes of low-income disabled or  elderly Thornton residents. Volunteers are essential to the event's success. By volunteering time and energy to paint the homes, volunteers make it possible to offer free painting to people who do not have the financial or physical means to do so on their own. Teams of 10  to 25 people are needed to paint each home. Help Summit form a team to  paint a home on Saturday , July 22, 2017.

Event Day
Volunteer groups are provided with lunch, as well as the paint and supplies needed to complete their project. Brothers Redevelopment staff will provide instructions to the volunteers on the day of the event about what is to be accomplished on the home . City and Brothers Redevelopment staff will frequently stop by sites and help troubleshoot any issues. After the project is complete , volunteers will clean up the site and consolidate the trash, tools, and unused supplies into one location at the front of the house so city staff can pick up these items.

Here's what last year's recipient had to say: 
Last year in July, your team participated in our Paint-a-thon event, helping Isidro Franco paint his house. I wanted to let you all know that we recently connected with Isidro Franco's daughter, Jeanette, and she informed us that her father passed away last year shortly after the paint-a-thon event.  She expressed that the event was one of the last happy memories she had with her dad because he enjoyed having the people over that were helping and he wanted to grill corn on the cob for all of them.  She wanted to thank everyone that was involved in the PAT for your hard work last year.

Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers on our team! You don't have to be an expert to make a difference in someone's life and Live the Faith. Help us serve our city by volunteering. You can sign-up underneath the bulletin boards or you can sign-up by clicking  HERE. (You must be 14 or older to volunteer...great for volunteer hours for High School Students!)

Any questions, contact Randy Rolf

Pre Confirmation & Confirmation Retreat!

August 25th - Aug 27th 

Our Second Annual ALL GRADES (5th - 8th) retreat will take place on August 25th at the YMCA of the Rockies.  This year we will be kicking off Fusion Youth and Confirmation with a fun-filled Retreat weekend at YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park on August 25th-27th! The all-inclusive cost is $80 complete with hiking, team building activities, and fun-focused learning. We appreciate your commitment to helping your youth  Grow, Share, and Live the Faith !
  • $80 per person due by August 23rd
  • Sign up your youth here online 
  • Checks made payable to Summit of Peace with Confirmation in Memo line
  • or Pay online here (Confirmation)
  • Itinerary & packing list to follow
For any questions, contact Alexi Palazzari Fusion Youth Director. 
Ladies Luncheon

As you know, the Women's Ministry collected Interest Surveys to assess what the women of Summit of Peace want to see in the updated Women's Ministry. We have collected the data and are excited to share the results with you! Please join us for a Ladies Luncheon following second service on July 9th. You can let us know you'll be there by signing up here or on the Bulletin Board.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon and sharing where our Women's Ministry is headed!

Seniors of Summit BBQ

You are invited to a Seniors of Summit (Ages 50 & up) BBQ on July 23rd at noon. This fun filled day is a great way to find new friends, socialize, and have a great meal. Main dish will be provided but please sign up to bring side dishes & desserts. 

Any questions, contact Kim Wheeler

SOP Hikers: Summer Dates!

July's Hike: Silver Dollar Lake Trail
Date:  July 8th, 2017                          
Time:  We will leave the church at 7:00 a.m.

August's Hike: Dream and Emerald Lakes, RMNP 
Date:  August 12th, 2017                          
Time:  We will leave the church at 7:00 a.m.

September's Hike: Black Powder Pass, Breckenridge
Date:  September 9th, 2017                          
Time:  Stay in Breckenridge, or leave the church at 6:30 am

October's Hike: Horseshoe Trail at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Date:  October 14th, 2017                          
Time:  We will  leave the church at 8:00 am

For more details contact Kim Wheeler
Food For Hope

Food For Hope continues to work with our community school children to provide nutritious meals during the summer when the children aren't in school. Our new summer pilot program works together with Equal Heart - a nonprofit that provides meals Mondays -Fridays to children in low income developments. Food For Hope is distributing food bags on Fridays for the children to have good weekend meals. The meals and food bags are given to children at the Renaissance Apts which is owned by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
 
The children have said how much this food means to them and their families and how it helps them get through the week.
 
Our food packing date is Monday July 10th at 5pm at Summit of Peace.  The distribution dates are on Fridays:  July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th and August 4th and 11th.  The bags will be picked up at Summit of Peace at 12:45pm and taken to the Renaissance Apts with distribution from 1:15-2:00pm. 
 
If you can volunteer to either help pack the food bags or deliver them, please go to our website:   http://foodforhope.net and sign up.  
 
We thank you for your continued prayers and support .

19th Annual SOP/Thrivent Campout

August 10th-13th, 2017
 
Arrowhead Point Campground and Cabins
33975 US Hwy 24N
Buena Vista Colorado
Reservations:  1-800-888-7320
Local  1-719-395-2323
 
The campground has been gracious enough to hold 10 lodging accommodations and a number of RV spots for a short time for individuals to make their reservations. If you plan on attending please call Arrowhead Point directly to secure your spot.  
 
Group Breakfast on Friday Morning -  Aug 11th
Group Dinner and Worship Service Saturday Night  -  Aug 12th
 
Once you have secured your accommodations, please sign up on the sign-up sheet underneath the bulletin boards so we are able to plan accordingly!

Serving the Lord in July

Thank you for using your time & talents to serve the Lord and Summit of Peace.  If you cannot help on your scheduled Sunday,  please find a replacement and let the office know before 9 am that Wednesday, so the correct name can be placed in the bulletin.

Click Here to see who is Serving the Lord in July
July Birthdays

Judy Terranova 1st
Michael Bruno 3rd 
Jim Morgan 3rd 
Ed Smith 3rd 
Steve Thomas 5th 
Carla Kelley 6th 
Carol Meaney 6th 
Shelly Soukup 6th 
Scott Brown 7th 
Laurie Mekelburg 7th
Danielle Barber 7th
Wes Marymee 8th
Sally Mauser 8th 
Marla Frawner 9th  
Betsy Gillette 11th 
Michael Prasad 11th
Brynn Balliet 12th 
Vicki Morgan 12th 
Molly Red Owl 12th 
Alan Carpenter 13th
Martie Essebaggers 13th 
Coy Niemann 13th 
Isaac Schleicher 13th 
Kathie Kasten 14th
Melissa Roberts 14th 
Rick Dunn 16th
Becky Gann 16th
Arliss Fiechtner 17th
Debbie Meyer 18th 
Breanna Beck 20th 
Jacob Ingram 20th 
Jacob Schleicher 21st 
Terry Fiechtner 22nd 
Miles Prasad 22nd 
Christopher Munson 23rd 
Myron Uecker 23rd
Roger Kelley 24th 
Richard Schmitd 26th
Jeremy Jacoby 27th 
Don Meaney 27th 
Lyle Strachan 28th 
Trudy Williamson 29th
Moe Elias 29th 
Shane Dockter 31st 
Emily Witt 31st

July Anniversaries

Lois & Ken Strange 7/1/61
Denise & Gregg Thomas 7/5/97
Melissa & Pastor Roberts 7/7/00
Rachael & Joe Chavez 7/14/15
Shirley & John Carlson 7/14/73
Brittnie & Chris Munson 7/15/95
Patty & John Foje 7/15/67
Ronda & Andrew Palazzari 7/15/94
Barb & Bruce Effland 7/18/70
Katina & Richard Ryan 7/18/03
Luisa & Kurt Essebaggers 7/28/02

Grow in Faith, Share the Faith, Live the Faith
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