Good morning, COG family!

Only 10 days until Valentine's Day! (Men, that is my PSA of the month.)

Valentine's Day is all about expressing our love for someone. There are many ways for us to show someone we love them: buying flowers, giving jewelry, going on a date night, or even surprising that special someone with a new motorcycle.

But nothing we do can compare to the love that God has shown us. Here are just a few verses that emphasize God's endless love for us:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:4-5

Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:26

Do you have a favorite verse that expresses God's love to us? If so, I would love to read it. Email it to me and I will share it with the staff.

Be salt and light,

Pastor Chris
Tithes and Offerings
Thank you, COG family, for your generosity and faithfulness during these difficult times! Here are our giving numbers for the last two weeks:

Week of January 26th, 2021
Giving: $8,175.00
Weekly Budget: $10,296.31
Year to Date Giving: $44,7700.66
Year to Date Budget: $41,185.24

Week of February 4th, 2021
Giving: $7,862.14
Weekly Budget: $10,296.31
Year to Date Giving: $52,632.80
Year to Date Budget: $51,481.55

Below are the ways that you can contribute your tithes and offerings to the church.

  • Write a check to the church. You can either mail it in to the church or stop by the church and put it in the slot of our mailbox located by the doors of the North Building (4343 S. Flanders St. Centennial, CO 80015).
  • Bill Pay through your banking institution.
  • COG website - online giving.
2020 Giving Statements
Giving statements for 2020 have been printed and mailed. If you have not received your statement yet, please email Rhonda and she will look into it.

Thank you again for your faithfulness during such a challenging 2020.
Upcoming Events
Love Baskets Silent Auction
Nicaragua Mission Team
There are 10 days left in the Love basket silent auction. Many baskets are already in the back corner of the main sanctuary, just waiting for your bids! You can still bring baskets or can just donate to the mission.

Love baskets are a fun way to be part of the Nicaragua mission team. This annual fundraiser helps us minister with the gospel and with medical care to thousands of people on every trip. Each year we see God’s love move in a powerful way and hundreds who come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

“Baskets” don’t have to be baskets… you can use bowls, boxes, buckets, etc.
Just a few ideas: Luxury bath basket, tool bucket “basket”, dinner and a movie for two basket, chocolate lovers' basket, pet lovers' basket/bowl, mommy’s baby bag, music lovers' basket, gourmet gift basket, salsa lovers' basket, a camping/picnic basket, pasta lovers' basket, BBQ basket, crafts-that-you-make basket. Be creative!

The silent auction will conclude on Sunday, February 14th shortly after the end of service with all proceeds going to the Nicaragua mission trip.

If you cannot make it to COG on a Sunday, feel free to come in during the week to check out the baskets and put a bid in. If you want to financially support the mission team without buying a basket, you can write a check and put "Nicaragua Team Support" on the memo line.

If you have questions about the baskets or the mission trip to Nicaragua, email Eric Paulsen.

Thank you from the Nicaragua Mission Team
Child Evangelism Fellowship
The Good News Club is now meeting twice a month at COG and twice a month via Zoom. The 1st and 3rd Thursday will be in person from 4:30 - 6 pm at COG. The 2nd and 4th Thursday will be on Zoom from 5 - 5:30 pm. This all begins on February 4th! This group is for elementary-aged children.

Masks are required during the Good News Club get-togethers at COG. You can register online or download the registration form. If you have questions or want to be a helper/leader, you can email Kathleen Chandler or call her at 720-621-3602.
Fit2Serve and Outdoor Ministry
Fit2Serve: Weigh-in Wednesdays 
If you would like help with accountability for your weight loss goals, consider Carol Bryan your accountability partner in this endeavor. You can be anonymous if you prefer. Text Carol Bryan at 303-522-2293 for further details.

Outdoor Ministry: Whitewater Rafting 
The best deals for whitewater rafting are found in February, with groups of 10 getting even better pricing. A group from COG will be going rafting on Saturday, June 5th. This trip for both beginner and intermediate skill levels. You can email Carol Bryan or text/call her at 303-522-2293 for more information.
Israel 2021
Israel 2021! Did you hear that we are organizing a trip to Israel in June of 2021? This trip promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you want more information on pricing, dates, or any other specifics, email Pastor Chris.
Women's Bible Study
The Friday morning women's Bible study group will begin its new book study Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist on Friday, February 12th at 9:30 AM via Zoom. This will be a 7-week study. Email Judy Cale for more information.  
Women's Group Study
Join in on a 6-week study that reveals what Scripture says about forgiveness, a step by step process to free yourself from hurt, uncover emotional triggers, and more. The group will read and discuss Forgiving What you Can't Forget by Lysa Terkeurst. This group starts Thursday, February 18th, at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Email Anita if you have questions and sign up here for the class.
Men's Galatians Study
This men's Bible study will meet virtually on Friday mornings from 6-7 am starting on February 12th. We will be studying the book of Galatians using the Navigators' Life Change study guide. This is a 12-week series that will go deep into what it means to follow Christ. Contact Karl Been at 720-284-4750 for more information and to get on the list for the virtual link.
Men's Bible Study
Men, do you need a place to be encouraged and challenged? Join Pastor Joel for a time of looking into God's Word and applying it to your life. We will meet from 6:00 to 7:00 on Tuesday mornings. Email Pastor Joel if you have questions. Join via Zoom here.
Community of Grace Sunday Prayer Time
Join in for corporate prayer time every Sunday morning from 8:00 - 8:30 am via Zoom. The link and login are the same every week.
Meeting ID: 598 261 804
Passcode: 053343

If you have questions, email Kathleen Chandler.
Women's Ministry Virtual Conference
Self-care is necessary for people to thrive, especially in this time of the pandemic. Via Zoom, the speakers at the Saturday's Self-Care women's conference (Melanie Hart, Carrie Chatterton, Kim George) gave practical and applicable advice on what women can do weekly to take care of themselves. After the speakers' presentations, the 27 participants were divided into four Zoom breakout rooms where they were able to discuss the presentations and begin to formulate their self-care strategies. Follow-up emails will be sent to remind ladies to apply their self-care plans. 

A special thank-you to all three speakers, who did an amazing job, and to Joyce Baker for planning and organizing this event plus handling all the technology!  
Students of Grace
Winter Chill
"The show must go on”
In the face of our society today we have seen incredible leadership and vision from many institutions seeking new opportunities to stay relevant and effective in their fields. Youth ministry has changed tremendously over the last year and finding new ways to reach our students and their friends with the Gospel presents a unique challenge. 

To overcome the obstacle of many area camps being closed, SOGCOG (Students of Grace - Community of Grace) held a “Winter Chill” event to engage our students socially and spiritually. With solid biblical teaching provided by guest speaker Jeff Oetter and passionate worship led by guest leader Ethan Springer, our students were challenged on many levels on what it looks like to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 ESV). 35 students and 15 leaders participated in the weekend consisting of four large group teaching sessions, four small group sessions, laid back times of fellowship, an escape to a clue room, and some amazing beef brisket. 

One student commented on how great it was that the whole group could just get together and hang out without being “cliquey” which is a great assessment of our amazing youth ministry. If you would like to get connected with SOGCOG or know someone who should get connected, reach out to Pastor J. For more information on upcoming gatherings and events or visit our Parent Connect page.

For His Glory

Pastor J