April 2018 - In This Issue:
Worship Services
Sunday Worship
8:00 am Traditional
10:30 am Contemporary
9:15 am Adult Education
9:30 am  Children's  Sunday School

Holy Communion
Communion is served at both services every Sunday.
Lutheran Church of the Cross
28253 Meadow Drive
Evergreen, CO 80439
PO Box 2800
Evergreen, CO 80437-2800

P - 303-674-4130
F - 303-670-7987

Church Office Hours
Tues thru Fri - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Church e-mail

Church Website
Church Staff
Pastor - Philip Reimers
Ministers - All of our People
Youth Director - Youth Council
Music Director - Patrick Stone
Choir Director - Elinore Quander
Office Manager - Stephanie Park
Council Members
Nonie Willisch - President
Mark Selman - Vice-President
Mike Lofing  - Treasurer
Sara Esau - Secretary
Open  - Business Manager
Claire O'Brien - Education
Gloria Owens - Evangelism
Open -  Activities
Eunice Bollinger-O utreach/Missions
Paul Mohrmann - Prop & Grounds
Open  - Stewardship
Vicki Thompson - Worship & Music
Open - Youth & Family




Welcome Visitors
We want to welcome last month's visitors. Thank you for worshiping with us!
 
  
 
   Sign up to sponsor flowers on the chart posted in the Fellowship Hall or talk to Stephanie in the church office.  The cost is $30 for two bouquets and you get to take them home following the last service!  Thank you for helping make the sanctuary beautiful during our Sunday services.
Saints Alive!
"We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all our saints..." Col. 1:4
 
We give thanks for all people who have helped support our life together as a community of faith!







Prayer Requests

Please remember to check the Prayer Request page on the back of the Sunday bulletin and contact the church office to update any prayer requests!








Pastor's Message
Deeper in Prayer

Prayer has always been an important part of my life. I grew up saying prayers before meals and before bed. I would pray for the people I loved in my life and for great concerns in our church, community, and world. I knew that God heard, I knew that God cared, and even knew that sometimes God answered those prayers. As I have gotten older my life of prayer has continued to grow in my understanding of prayer and in the depth of relationship I have with God through prayer.
During this Lenten season we selected "Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge" by Mark Batterson as our focus. I had researched it enough that I was excited and expectant about what it could mean for the congregation. What I didn't expect is how much it would challenge and change me. It is really easy to become comfortable in our lives. Comfortable with our family relationships, comfortable with our job, comfortable with what we do for God in the church, community, or world. But every once in a while, we get shaken from our comfort zone and challenged to what God wants to do in us and through us. It is not surprising that this shaking can often come in prayer.
I will admit that over the years of ministry I have at times become discouraged by the direction I see the world going, by natural challenges that we face in the church, and by what I perceived as lack of accomplishment. We gain members and loose members. Programs get started and then loose energy. Now upon deeper reflection I realize that there is much to rejoice over. There is growth in people's lives and ministry happening at many levels. We have many amazing believers of Jesus living lives in deep relationship to God and each other. We are involved in this church, this community, and the world in powerful ways. We should not be discouraged, I should not be discouraged.
Now that being said I think we neither should be content. One of the things that has really stirred my heart most by "Drawing the Circle" is dreaming big, and therefore praying big. I have some very specific things that I believe God has placed on my heart to begin praying for. Some are personal, some are for this church, and some are for the world. These are ideas and prayer that I don't think came from me, but from a higher wisdom and understanding that God has of what needs to happen. None has come to full fruition yet, but I have begun to see glimpses of what God is doing. It is exciting. I am getting excited about what God wants to do and this leads me to want to pray even more.
Whether or not you fully invested in the 40 Day prayer challenge I strongly encourage you to think about your life of prayer and commit to a growing life of prayer. It is the sources of hope and encouragement, the source wisdom and direction, the sources of power and accomplishment. Please join me in listening to God and praying for all the amazing things God wants to do in our lives, our church, our community, and the world. Amen!



See you in church,
 
Pastor Philip
 
                         
Mission Trip to Uganda
Pastor Philip

Have you considered if God might be calling you to a short-term mission trip?  It is an experience like no other.  It opens your eyes to the greater needs of people less fortunate that ourselves.  It opens your eyes to the contentment, joy, and hopefulness of people who have far less.  It opens your eyes to brothers and sisters who may look different and have a far different culture but who share the same love for Jesus that we have.  There are several different times we could consider going.  Thanksgiving break November 19-30, Christmas break December 26-Jan 4, or early summer June 3-14.  These dates are all a general guess but planned around school calendar so you could attend with parents if that would be of interest.  The cost would vary depending on dates selected.  A pretty good estimate of cost for each time would be; November $2500, December $2900, and June $3100.  This would include all major hard expenses; flight, ground transportation, lodging, and food.  Please let pastor know if you would be interested in this trip and which possible times would work for you.  We need to determine if we have enough interest soon so we can begin to make plans.
April Service Helpers
Suzanne Pecoraro
 

Love Offering
Each month we will highlight an outreach or special ministry. Loose cash offerings and designated offerings will be given directly to those ministry opportunities.
 
In March we collected
$
1,850 
for The Enlighten Foundation - Project Sparkle - Armenia
  
April Love Offering
Youth Scholarships are given from the LCC Helping Hands fund to help our youth attend youth activities. The purpose of this money will be to allow students to offer a "helping hand" to the church or any of its members in exchange for covering an event fee.


Men's Bible Study
Our Men's Bible Study is scheduled for the  first and  third Thursday  of the month. 

Conta ct Mike Lofing with any questions - mllofing@gmail.com

Thursday, April 5 - 6:30 am
Thursday, April 19 - 6:30 am

Please join us in the church fellowship hall.
Women's Bible Study
Join the weekly Women's Bible Study on Tuesday morning at 9:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall for a discussion and DVD from the Beth Moore study "The Quest".  All are welcome.  Contact Eunice Bollinger for more information -

Service Helpers Needed
We are always looking for helpers for Altar Guild, Sacrament Assistants, Ushers, Coffee Hour, Sunday School and Children's Church. If you'd like to share your gifts in any of these categories please speak to Suzanne Pecoraro.
Reloadable Grocery Cards
We have joined the Reward Program with King Soopers!  We now have $5 reloadable grocery gift cards here at LCC!  Just reload it and use it for all of your groceries!  5% of the sales will be donated to LCC!  Contact Stephanie in the office for more information.
Happy Birthday!
4/03      Peter Reimers
4/04      Avery Leinen
4/05      Kailyn Pashman
4/07      Kevin Nichols
4/08      Marcia Osteroos
4/09      Sondra Inman
4/10      Rose Strain
4/12      Matthew Hassell
4/17      Art Martin
4/19      Greta Downs
4/29      Daniel Hassell
4/29      Erik Porada
4/30      Kelsey Pashman

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Happy Anniversary!
4/02  Warren & Pat Roske
4/05  Roger & Kathy Hassell
4/14  Art & Marcee Martin
4/22  Brad & Rebecca Giles

 

Women's Bible Study tour of the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit
Christian Day Camp

July 30
th to August 2
nd
We are still working on the overall theme but looking to use
"The Story"  as our guide. We are in need of teachers and helpers!! Please contact Suzanne Pecoraro or Chari Pashman as soon as possible if you can help.

Safety Mission Team
Paul Mohrmann

To our Brothers and Sisters,

We, the Safety Mission Team, would like to, first, thank all who have stepped forward with time, treasure and talent to address items of security and safety facing Church of the Cross' facilities. It's a start. Presently, Council is receiving consultation pertaining to these safety items: doors, camera, locking mechanisms, etc. These items are for the benefit of LCC and Evergreen Academy's safety and security.

A few cameras have been installed in the classrooms and working through a monitor. Some door issues have been addressed, it's a start. Thanks to Roger H., Orville S. and others for their time, talents and suggestions.
Also, there is a sign-off sheet on the hallway table for those of us who are int erest in CPR and AED training. Please note on the sign-off sheet whether you are current with training or wishing to retrain. Furthermore, any First Aid training would be a helpful note. We are looking forward to acquiring an AED (automated external defibrillator) and one "go pack" to go along with trained volunteers.

Thanks to all,
Safety Mission Team, LCC
LCC Library
Linda Mohrmann

The library contains a few other media types (DVDs, audiobooks and CDs). You can find movies, music, and comedy features. The featured DVD for April is, The Case For Faith which is a film adaptation of the book by Lee Strobel. "Strobel investigates two of the most emotional objections to Christianity:  Why is Jesus the only way to God?  And how could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world? "   " The Case For Faith" is a powerful Biblical apologetic for anyone who has ever experienced doubt or uncertainty about God." This is a valuable tool to use when explaining your faith to others.

Prayer Warriors
Cheryl Touryan

Prayer is not a consumer tool but a refiners fire. God has invited us into his presence and hears our heart cry even before words are uttered. You are invited to join the 'Prayer Warriors' every Wednesday afternoon, 2:30 pm, in the 'War Room' at LCC.

Volunteers Needed to Lead Ministry Teams
for Outreach Projects
 
In our efforts to do more and be seen more in our community, we have a few  projects that we feel
would be a great way to get that started. We still  need volunteers  to lead the  LCC Basketball Tournament
If you have a heart for this or have an idea for something new, please contact Eunice Bollinger at eunice.b@comcast.net
 
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR A NIGHT OF
FUN FILLED FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
 
Tickets are on sale now for the Friday, May 4th
"Women of the Word and Wayne" show. Full of  comedy and music for us all to enjoy. See Pat  Roske, Sondra Inman or Jill Hansen for your  tickets, all are welcome.

Mission Statement:

As people of Church of the Cross, we proclaim the Love of Jesus Christ in all we do for the Glory of God.