Hello COG Family! I pray your week is going well. As the new school year begins, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with worry. In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells us not to worry and that our heavenly Father will take care of us:

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
Matthew 6:25-27

So be encouraged by what our Lord and Savior tells us! At times it is easy to say but hard to do. But remember, God has us in His hands and carries us when times are tough. Let's all try to remember that when we are feeling overwhelmed.

Please see below to keep up to date on COG activities. Reach out if you have questions or want more information.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Pastor Chris
Upcoming Events
Communion will be observed on August 18th during service.

Bless Every Home: Pastor Joel encourages you to sign-up and start praying for your immediate neighbors. This is a great tool that will provide email reminders and suggestions on how to pray over your neighbors by name.

Ladies' Fellowship: On August 17th at 5 pm in the south building, the women's ministry will host a potluck followed by packing backpacks for foster children. The backpacks are used to help the children transition into a foster home. Reach out to Kimmie Blakely for more details.

Good News Club Training: On August 24th from 8:30 am - 3 pm at Grace Baptist Church , there will be free training for the upcoming school year. You can email Kathleen Chandler or call 720.621.3602 to register.

Fit to Serve: There will be a 1.5 mile easy and family friendly hike on August 24th at Lookout Mountain . You can also enjoy the interactive exhibits at the nature center. Meetup time is 8:10 am at COG to carpool or at the nature center at 9 am. Sign up at the Get Connected table in the back of the sanctuary.

Newcomer's Social: If you have been attending COG for a while and want to learn more about the staff, your opportunity is on September 9th at 6:30 pm at Pastor Joel's house. Sign up at the Get Connected table in the back of the sanctuary.

Losing to Live and Low Impact Aerobics: These health-based ministries are starting up again in August and September. See more details and sign up at the Get Connected table in the back of the sanctuary.

More event information can be found at the Get Connected table in the back of the sanctuary and on our website .
Recurring Events
Men: Tuesday Bible Study at 6 am in Joel's office.
Friday Bible Study at 6 am at Carino Coffee .
Women: Thursday Bible Study at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm in the North Building.
Friday Bible Study at 9:30 am at Carino Coffee .
Student Ministry: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the South Building.
Olin Ministry: Saturday meal rotation. Contact Missy Noel @ 720.373.0216.
Prayer Ministry: Sundays at 8:30 am in the South Building.
COG Celebrations
Dinner Theater
On August 9th and 10th, Community of Grace hosted its annual dinner theater. The show this year was called "Musicals at the Movies" with songs and sketches from Annie, Mulan, Little Shop of Horrors, The Greatest Showman and more. The cast included 6o participants from six different churches ranging from four to 60 years old. They put on a great show for nearly 400 attendees over the two nights. Thank you, Dawn Gillen, cast, and crew for the many weeks of preparation it takes to put on an event like this.
LifeGroups at COG
We prepare for new LifeGroups to launch over the next few weeks! Starting on August 25th, each LifeGroup will have a tri-fold up in the sanctuary highlighting what their group is all about, and group members will e available before and after service to answer questions and brag on their groups a bit.

I highly encourage LifeGroup members to start inviting others to attend your groups. For those who are not in a LifeGroup, reach out to any of the groups listed below. Try out a few different ones and find the one that fits you best.

Current LifeGroups:

Joel and Catherine Bundick: Tuesdays @ 7 pm. Child care upon request. 
Email or call  720.231.1838

Steve and Cris Veteto: Tuesdays at 7 pm. Child care upon request.
Email or call 303.517.9833

Tom and Anna King: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. Child care upon request.
Email or call 303.506.5551

Rory and Tammy-Jo Tucker: Wednesdays at 6 pm. Child care upon request.
Email or call 303.807.8278

Roger and Kathleen Chandler: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. No child care.
Email or call 303.766.9.58

New LifeGroups starting soon:

Bob and Judy Cale: Starting on Aug 25th, Sundays at 8:30 am in the South Building. Child care upon request.
Email or call 303.378.1904

Chris and Mel Hart: Starting Aug 29th, Thursdays at 7 pm. Child care upon request.
Email or call 720.271.1521

William and Amy Fabrizio: Starting on Sept 8th, Sundays at 5:00 pm. Child care upon request.
Email or call 720.469.9927

Matt and Amy Comar: Starting on Sept 16th, Mondays at 6:30 pm in the South Building. Child care upon request.
Email or call 509.264.9947

John and Rebecca Tejada : Starting on Sept 27th, Fridays from 7 - 9 pm. No child care. This group is for college, career, and young professionals.
Email or call 303.885.5394
Rock the Reservoir

On August 4th, COG went to the Aurora Reservoir to enjoy a cookout and potluck. The food was great and so was the fellowship. More importantly, we baptized six people in the name of Jesus! This was a great event where we were able to go to a public location and express outwardly what Jesus has done for us inwardly.

If you missed the opportunity to be baptized at Rock the Reservoir, reach out to Pastor Chris to discuss other opportunities.

Bobby King
Trevor Lyons
Shad Parish
Mateo Tejada
Gustavo Tejada
Elana Tejada
The Staff's Choice
The staff has started reading Making Room For Life by Randy Frazee. This book helps focus on how to choose a lifestyle of conversation and community over a lifestyle of accumulation.

Pick up a copy and read along with the staff.