Good morning, COG family, and happy new year!

We are kicking off 2021 in anticipation of what God has planned for COG this year. Over the next two Sundays, Pastor Joel will be unpacking the vision we believe God has placed before Community of Grace.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

The vision team has been meeting for eighteen months in prayer and discussion. We are very excited to share the first part of the multi-year plan that will guide COG to be a light for our community. Please make sure to join us in person or online over the next two weeks to hear what God has placed on our hearts.

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 this last week:

Week of January 5th, 2021
Giving: $8,818.14
Weekly Budget: $10,296.31
Year to Date Giving: $8,818.14
Year to Date Budget: $10,296.31

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.
Upcoming Events
Love Baskets Silent Auction
Nicaragua Mission Team
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!

Your love basket will be a part of a silent auction that will conclude on Sunday, February 14th shortly after the end of service with all proceeds going to the Nicaragua Mission Trip. 

There's no need to sign up. Just bring baskets as soon as you can! Baskets need to be on display for bidding by February 7th. Tables will be set up in the back and/or side walls.

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
Women's Ministry Virtual Conference
The Women's Ministry at COG is holding a virtual conference on January 23, 2021, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The focus of this conference is self-care with a variety of speakers and activities.

If you would like more information, email Joyce Baker. Please register by emailing Anita or going to the Community of Grace (@COG Aurora) Facebook page so you can receive the conference materials as well as the Zoom link.
Students of Grace
Winter Chill
Just because winter camps around the nation are closed doesn't mean that we can't make our own!

I am excited to have our guest speaker, Jeff Oetter, teach us from God's Word as we look at what it means to love God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jeff will bring years of youth ministry experience combined with doctoral education to the table as he challenges us to love God with our ALL.

Ethan Springer will be joining us again to lead us in powerful worship and of course there will be plenty of fun including an afternoon excursion to a local escape room!

This will be a great opportunity for our youth and their friends to hear relevant teaching from God's Word and a clear & concise Gospel message and have a lot of fun at the same time! Don't miss it!!!

Students will be joining the group for in-person activities and returning to their own homes to sleep. Our afternoon activity will take us off the church campus and responsible adult drivers will be selected to drive students to and from the event location.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

For His Glory,

Pastor J
Baptism Sunday
What is being baptized all about? Being baptized is an outward expression of an inward commitment to Jesus. If you have given your life to Jesus at some point in your life and have not been baptized since that decision, it is a great way to express your commitment to Jesus. We will be holding a baptism on Sunday, January 31 during service. If you would like to be baptized or have questions email Pastor Joel.

Pastor Joel will also be holding a baptism class via Zoom on Sunday, January 17th at 4:00 pm to answer questions about baptism. Here is the link to join.
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.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
The next Good News Club meeting will be on January 21st from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. 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.
Celebrations
Lottie Moon Missions Offering
Our Lottie Moon missions offering was a huge success due to your continued generosity. Our goal was $7,500 and your giving total is $9,135. Praise the Lord!

As we have mentioned, 100% of money donated will go directly to missionaries all over the world. Thank you for giving and helping bring the Good News of Jesus to the nations.

COG Staff
COG Community Toy Drive
What a great first community toy drive! We had a phenomenal response to the need for toys from both the COG members and the local community. With all the toys received, we opened our doors for two days to allow local families in need to be able to pick out presents for their kids.

We had a great turnout of volunteers who not only helped local families with presents but connected with them on a personal level. Toys were provided for 114 kids. We also had a prayer table set up, and we received nine prayer requests and gave out ten Bibles

Thank you, Anita Hammond and Joyce Baker for organizing the event. We are already looking forward to the toy drive for 2021.
Christmas Music Trivia
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas. Below are the matches of the staff members and their favorite Christmas songs. Check it out to see how you did.

Pastor Joel - Joy to the World
Nancy - Silent Night
Pastor Chris - Linus and Lucy
Anita - O Holy Night
Pastor David - O Holy Night
Rhonda - The Christmas Song
Pastor J - Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Ron - Little Drummer Boy
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.