May News & Updates
You will be my witness, the Bible on Trial, Fore Cambodia, Tabernacle in the Wilderness, SOP Hikers, VBS registration, Church clean up, & Church Campout, and much more. Our May 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 Pastor
Reverend Ben Roberts
You'll Be My Witness

To the Saints of SOP,
"...You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8, ESV)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As you enter and exit out the main doors of the building of Summit of Peace, you will notice something on the north wall. At the top, in blue lettering, is a sign detailing the third part of SOP's vision and, also, the third step of our discipleship process: "Live The Faith". Below it is a massive map containing three parts: Thornton, Metro Denver and Everywhere. Each of these parts have any number of yellow dots. To the side and below this map is this Bible verse: "You Will Be My Witnesses in Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8" The idea of placing this at the main entrance is for those who have come to SOP to receive God's gifts are then sent back out to bring those gifts to everyone. The parallels of the Bible verse are evident on the map: Thornton is Jerusalem, Metro Denver is Samaria, and the end of the earth is Everywhere. Each yellow dot represents a ministry or disciples from SOP that actively witness to others the love of God in Jesus Christ. This whole arrangement serves as a reminder to be a "witness" for the Lord Jesus Christ, having received His love during the ministries within the confines of the church building.
This idea of going out and witnessing is nothing new. Jesus gave this command to His original disciples before He ascended into heaven. His work of growing His church would continue through them. At Pentecost, having received the Holy Spirit, Peter and everyone else boldly "witnessed" to those gathered for the feast in Jerusalem of the power and salvation of God in Jesus Christ. The church grew. But the church did not stay in Jerusalem. During a time of persecution, many disciples scattered, including to the area of Samaria. Those who scattered witnessed to the love of God in Jesus Christ. The church grew. The apostle Paul, having become an apostle after a dramatic revelation of the risen Jesus to him on the road to Damascus, witnessed to people as far away as Rome, even possibly that time, for many, the end of the earth. And, you guessed it, the church grew. And this witnessing has continued throughout history, and continues today, including through the people of Summit of Peace, as the map demonstrates.
But what if Jesus was saying something else? What if "You Will Be My Witnesses" was not only a command...but a promise?

To Read the Rest of Pastor Roberts's Article, click HERE. 

Grow in Faith, Share in Faith, Live the Faith
The Bible on Trial: May Adult Bible Study

Beginning May 7th in the Gathering Grounds Fellowship Hall join us for a new Bible study. The Bible On Trial: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt , the case is made that the Scriptures are authentic, dependable, God-inspired and worthy-not only of our full attention but of our complete faith. In this  Men's NetWork  Bible study, attorney Craig Parton leads the viewer through relevant points that comprise this important discussion. He asks, "Is this book, the Bible, and its contents-reliable?"  

This question has been fiercely debated for centuries-and rightly so. If the Bible is not worthy of our faith, if it is riddled with errors, if it is full of inconsistent and false information, then knowing that up front is vital in forming a decision about it. If, on the other hand, the Bible stands up to critical scrutiny and academic investigation, if it shows itself to be a trustworthy record of historical events and God's dealing with man, then its all-inclusive promise to sinners of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ makes it the world's most important book.  

In four sessions,  The Bible On Trial: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt  addresses critical views of the Scripture, examines evidence from the ancient world, surveys how archaeology often corroborates the Biblical record and considers the word of those who were either Jesus' contemporaries or were closely connected to eyewitnesses who knew Jesus -and His remarkable life-well.  Click HERE for a PDF Poster of the new Bible Study.

LifeGroups are here!

A LifeGroup is a group of approximately 8-12 people, who gather together for approximately 6-12 weeks, with the goal to: 
CONNECT in Fellowship 
GROW in God's Word 
SHARE their faith in Jesus Christ 
PRAY for themselves, group participants and anyone else in need 
LIVE to be a blessing 
These LifeGroups will start the week of May 14, 2017 or thereafter. 
We encourage all to join a LifeGroup! 

Here our our Summer Life Groups!




Start Time

Target Group




Pastor Jacoby

Summit of

9:20 am
New members, anyone with questions

God Connects
Yes, in
addition to Cross Training
Bob&Myra Phillips
Phillips home
2:00 pm
MartinLutherDVD Study Series

John &
Karrie Jacoby

Jacoby home
2:00 pm

Journeying through God 's Word: Romans



Ronda Palazzari

Palazzari Home

6:30 pm

Simple Life: For busy
women who long for a way to simplify their


Pastor Roberts
Melissa Roberts

Roberts Home

6:30 pm




Moe Prasad Joanne Prasad

Prasad Home

6:45 pm


Lutheran Difference: Angels & Demons



Kim Wheeler

Wheeler home

7:00 pm

Discipleshift: Refocusing on the biblical mission of discipleship


*Please Note the Tuesday Martin Luther & Wednesday Women Simple Life are Filled
Seniors of Summit Tabernacle Experience

There is a unique opportunity to experience a life-size interactive model of the Old Testament Wilderness Tabernacle which accompanied the Israelites on their desert journey. 
Trinity Lutheran in Fort Morgan is hosting the "Tabernacle Experience" for 10 days in May. 
The Tabernacle Experience is a tangible, multi-sensory encounter that will stir your emotions and faith in the person of Jesus Christ. 
One step inside the Tabernacle Courtyard will translate you into Old Testament times. You will experience a day in the life of an Old Testament priest as you engage in the duties and rituals within the Tabernacle.

First you will be 'clothed' in the White Linen Garment of the priest. At the Altar of Burnt Offering you will lay your sacrifice on it's consuming fire. You'll approach the Laver and wash your hands in preparation for the work of The LORD.  At the Lampstand you'll light an oil lamp and participate in Communion at The Table of Bread. The smoke rising at The Altar of Incense will heighten your senses and remind you of your prayers ascending to the very throne of God. As you draw back the Curtain and enter The Most Holy Place your journey will culminate before the Ark of The Covenant and The Mercy Seat.

The narrated journey is 47 minutes long.  Please plan to wear comfortable shoes - closed shoes are recommended.

Suggested contribution - $5 per person.

Summit of Peace has reserved limited space on Friday, May 12th, at 6:30 pm.  If you are interested in joining us, please contact Kim Wheeler ASAP to be included in the reservation. Phone: 303-451-1183 (home), 303-594-3069 (cell/text) or email at: There is also a sign up at church for carpooling. 

May Church Clean Up

May 13th at 9 am

We need help cleaning up the inside of the church and some of the outside of the church including but not limited to the kitchen including cabinets & refrigerators, windows, window wells, parking lot, gutter, etc.  Please join us to help make Summit of Peace keep looking beautiful. 

Seraphim Computer Program

Seraphim Computer program is in Beta testing and won't be ready until the end of the year. Once it is available, we will offer training and you will be able to set up a username and password as well as have full access from your computer.  This will also help with the mobile app with sign-ins instead of authentication codes. Until then printed member directories are always available located on the right bottom mailboxes. Thank you for your continued patience.  
Mother's Day Flower Sale

Pre-order flowers for your mother, grandmother, sister, or any of the amazing women in your life! Fusion Youth will be accepting orders April 30th and May 7th. Flowers are $2 a stem or a bundle of 5 for $8! Pick up your flowers on May 15th!

FORE Cambodia 2017

Registration is open!!!
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


Click  HERE to register online for the Golf Tournament! Registration will also be open at Church in the Narthex this weekend so bring your checkbooks!

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

FORE Cambodia Sponsors

Please help support this cause. Proceeds benefit the Cambodia Mission.  We have the following sponsorship levels:
  • Gold Sponsor $700: Includes One Tee recognition sign, a cart sign, green fees for a 4some, and your company banner displayed at the event
  • Silver Sponsor $250: Includes tee recognition sign and a cart sign
  • Tee Sponsor $200: Includes recognition sign at tee
  • Cart Sponsor $100: Includes recognition sign on a golf cart
If you would like to Sponsor, please indicate which sponsorship level you would like to participate in by clicking  HERE & filling out our sponsorship form. 

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

We also need Silent Auction Items donated: baskets, tickets, gift cards, etc. Please contact  Brittany Andrews to donate items. 

SOP Hikers

May's Hike: Maxwell Falls Hike
Date:  May 13th, 2017                          
Time:  We will leave the church at 7:00 a.m.
We will go to Maxwell Falls, on May 13th  and leave the church at 7:00 am. Let Kim Wheeler know if you plan to join them on the hike!

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 3yo (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
Fusion Youth: Rock & Ride at Elitch Gardens

July 1st from 12 pm - 8:30 pm

Fusion Youth will be attending this year's Rock 'N Ride at Elitch Gardens on July 1st. We will meet at the church at noon to carpool down & enjoy a day at Elitches. The waterpark will be open so bring lots of sunscreen & your swimsuit if you want.  At 7 pm we will enjoy watching For King & Country, an awesome Christian Band. Tickets are only $27 if we have at least 15 people. Sign up online or on the bulletin board.

  • $27 per person due by June 10th
  • Sign up online or on bulletin board June 10th
  • Checks made payable to Summit of Peace with Fusion Youth in Memo line
  • Wear your Fusion Youth Shirts

Food For Hope

Keep This Date In Mind: May 6th, 2 - 5 pm. 

Attend a special shopping event to benefit Food For Hope on Saturday, May 6th from 2PM-5PM here at SOP.  Mother's Day and More will be a fun day to come and shop for mom, end of year teacher's gifts and to find something for yourself!  There will be many vendors with special gift ideas for everyone! There will be a bake sale also.  The $2.00 per person admission fee includes a free raffle ticket for prizes from the vendors. This event will help support Food For Hope's goal of providing nutritious  meals for needy school children.
Over 14,000 students in Adams 12 School District are dependent on schools for good healthy meals during the week. Food For Hope helps provide good meals for the weekends. Poor nutrition affects children in many ways - chronic health conditions,  behavioral problems, anxiety, poor esteem and poor school performance and overall cognitive development. We have received many thank you notes from students telling us how the food has helped their families.
Come and join us on May 6th here at SOP for a fun day!  If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please visit their website at   

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!

Consider This "Tip" To Help You Save for College
If you're trying to save for a child's college education, here are some college funding options you may not be aware of. An easy way to remember them is with the acronym "TIP."
  • Trusts: Trusts can be used for education and other purposes.
    • While contributions to a trust have no minimum or maximum amount, exceeding the annual gifting limit could reduce the donor's lifetime gift and estate tax exclusion amounts.
    • When a family creates or uses a trust for any purpose, it can affect a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid.
    • Contact an attorney to see if a trust could be right for you.
  • IRAs: While primarily used for retirement savings, traditional and Roth IRAs allow you to withdraw funds penalty-free if used for qualified education expenses.
    • Your contributions can grow tax-deferred until withdrawal. And with a traditional IRA, they may also be tax-deductible.
    • Using IRAs for college funding can affect your retirement strategy and need-based financial aid eligibility, so be sure to contact a financial representative about this option.
  • Permanent life insurance:
    • If something should happen to you, a permanent life insurance contract can help ensure that financial goals like education funding can still be met.
    • Permanent life insurance contracts may accumulate cash value that can be used during your lifetime and also provide additional flexibility for other funding avenues as well.
Make wise decisions about your money

The TIPs here may or may not apply to you, so if you want help figuring out what you should do, contact your Thrivent Financial representative, who can help you make smart college funding choices. Your representative can also team up with other financial representatives who are Certified College Planning Specialists to help you with your overall college planning challenge. Visit for more information.
To learn more about saving and paying for college, contact Jeff Schuchard, Financial Consultant, ChFC, LUTCF, RICP, at (303) 451-7297 or today.
Offered through a brokerage arrangement with Thrivent Investment Management Inc.
Funds invested in 529 college savings plans have no bank guarantee, are not FDIC-insured and
may lose value.
You are advised to consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses associated with
529 college savings plans before investing. More information on 529 college savings plans is available in
the issuer's official statement. Read the official statement carefully before investing.
You should investigate whether your state or your beneficiary's state offers a qualified tuition plan for its residents and consider what, if any, potential state income tax advantages or other benefits it offers. Please consult with a tax professional to receive tax analysis of the investments.
Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent.
Thrivent Financial and its representatives and employees cannot provide legal, accounting, or tax advice or services. Work with your Thrivent Financial representative and, as appropriate, your attorney and tax professional for additional information.

For additional important information, visit
25821A R7-16
Serving the Lord in May

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 May
May Birthdays

Rick Mueller 2nd 
Carol Roose 2nd
Kati Stoll 2nd
Ty Housholder 3rd
Jacob Romik 3rd
Susan Argo 4th
Kylie Conrad 4th
Zach Harris 4th
Chalonda Hibbard 6th
Seth Howsden 6th
Taylor Smith 7th
Mirah  Ingram 8th
Jonathan Hill 9th
Lily Sands 9th
Debra Van Sickle 9th
Kaari Weinkauf 9th
Autumn Kasten 10th
Greg Foster 12th
Brock Stadler 13th
Scott Hamilton 14th
Tom Grethel 15th
Alan Simons 15th
Ann Vaughn 18th
Theresa Cook 20th
Karla Halsey 20th 
Sheila Stadler 20th 
Wade Balliet 21st
Jarod Brigode 21st
Barb Effland 22nd
Joshua Ingram 22nd
Ross Kalsow 23rd
Richard Ryan 23rd
Tess Hogan 24th
Preston Mekelburg 24th
Kate Ziegler 25th
Ivy Gonzales 26th
Gordy Mauser 26th
Simon Thomas 26th
Danny Runkel 28th
Claudia Smith 28th
Adam Babcock 29th
Jacklyn Strachan 29th
Dave Argo 30th
Katina Ryan 30th
Diane Brigode 31st
Chad Conrad 31st

May Anniversaries

Paul Pitt & Kim Von Spreckelsen-Pitt 5/3/13
Tom & Martha Grethel 5/8/83
Stephanie & Matthew Romik 05/10/97
Sheila & Ryan Stadler 05/10/08
Holly & Mark Strachan 05/10/03
Pam & Russ Stolte 05/12/01
Judy & Ted Terranova 05/13/94
Joe & Carrie Torneo 05/13/91
Jeannine Porter 05/17/80
Alisha & Stephen Red Owl 05/19/12
Stephanie & Chris Bryslan 05/21/83
Rebecca & Shaan Blanchard 05/21/95
Sandy & Werner Horst 05/22/70
Alyssa & Zach Baker 05/25/12
Sally & Rick Avery 05/28/83
Justin & Kelli Adams 05/30/14

Grow in Faith, Share the Faith, Live the Faith
Summit of Peace Lutheran Church | 303.452.0448 |
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View on Instagram View our videos on YouTube