Connecting our church and community to become change agents for Jesus.
Good morning, COG family!

Melanie and I recently went down to Colorado Springs to spend a few days with our son Sean. We went out to do some hiking and exploring and were overwhelmed by God's creation each and every day. Even the weeds that caused my allergies to kick up were beautiful.

I challenge you to take time this week to read Genesis chapter 1. It is 31 verses of God creating all things. Then go outside today and every day this week to look at the mountains, the flowers, the trees around you, the people, the stars, and all things. Take it all in and thank God for His creation. Everything around us is incredible and incredibly made. God is good!

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 May 23, 2021
Giving: $7,053.00
Weekly Budget: $10,296.31
Year to Date Giving: $207,334.45
Year to Date Budget: $216,222.51

Week of May 30, 2021
Giving: $12,264.14
Weekly Budget: $10,296.31
Year to Date Giving: $219,598.59
Year to Date Budget: $226,518.82

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 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.
Pray First Resources
As we continue to commit to Pray First, we want to provide resources to help us grow in our prayer walk. Tom King from the Vision Team has done a great job of gathering resources, and we will provide them on a regular basis.

These are June's resources:

Upcoming Events
Our June Boost gathering will be on June 30th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Watch for upcoming communications on what this month's meeting will be all about.

We are going to have a dessert potluck afterward! Please bring a dessert to share for fellowship time and serving utensils. COG will provide coffee, water, plates, and eating utensils.
Family Fellowship
We will hold a pre-service fellowship gathering on June 27th from 9:00 - 9:45 am in the North Building foyer. Enjoy snacks and drinks before service and an opportunity to fellowship with old friends and make some new ones.
COG Yardwork
Do you enjoy riding a lawnmower or edging the grass? Maybe trimming hedges is in your sweet spot. If so, have I got an offer for you!

Every year we have a team of people who help out with COG's landscaping needs. If you are interested in joining the team, email Pastor Chris and we will coordinate a schedule with you.
Vacation Bible School
You are Treasured!
Calling all elementary kids who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade! This year's FREE and IN PERSON VBS is June 6th - 10th, 6:00-8:30 pm!

You won't want your child to miss the games, Bible stories, science activities, crafts, and more! Also, don't miss our All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Kick-Off Event on Sunday night (June 6th) for the whole family!

CLICK HERE for more details and to sign your kids up today! Email Nancy with questions.
New Members' Class
If you have been attending COG for a while and want to learn more about what it means to be a member, your opportunity is on June 13th right after service in Pastor Joel's office. Child care will be provided if needed. Sign up at the Get Connected table in the back of the sanctuary or online.
Men's Beast Feast
Men, you are invited to a cookout at Pastor Joel's house Sunday, June 13th at 5:30 pm. Bring your own meat to grill and a side dish to share. Drinks and paper products will be provided. Sign up at the Get Connected table in the back of the sanctuary or online. Don't forget to bring your sons as well.
Rockies Faith Day
Do you enjoy baseball? How about Mercy Me? Just want to get out and hang out with your COG family? We are reserving tickets for the Colorado Rockies Faith Day on August 18th at 1:10 pm, which includes a post-game concert by Mercy Me. Tickets are $18 per person. You can sign up in the foyer or email Pastor Chris. Write a check to Community of Grace and put "Rockies Faith Day" in the memo line.

We are taking seat reservations now so we can try to keep COG seated together.
SOGCOG Updates
Tuesday Night Chill
Students are invited to COG Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm starting June 15th for a time to hang out and have some summer fun. Encourage your students to invite their friends to this evening of fun and use it as a catalyst to introducing them to Jesus.

Campfire Convos
Starting July 6th we will add a fun twist to our Tuesday Night Chill by meeting on the COG front lawn from 8-10 pm. We'll hang out around a campfire and share in some culturally relevant conversations, and of course there will be s’mores!!! Bring your own s’more stick and camp chair and don’t miss this new summertime favorite running through the month of July. WE WILL NOT MEET on July 20th because SOGCOG will be at Falls Creek……. and your student should be too!!!!!

Level Up
On August 1st, SOGCOG will welcome in our new 6th graders! Pastor J will be hosting a 6th grader breakfast before service so if you know anyone going into 6th grade, be sure to get them connected with Pastor J. High school students will stay in the main service while our middle school students come over to the South Building for a time to get to know each other a little more as we welcome in our newcomers.

If you have any questions, email Pastor J.

For His Glory
- J.
Youth Camp
It's only SOGCOG's biggest event of the year!!!

Falls Creek is one of the most amazing Christian camps in America with literally thousands of middle school and high school students gathering for five days of spiritually-impacting teaching by Shane Pruitt, powerful worship led by Cody Dunbar, and amazing times of fellowship and Bible teaching in our own cabin.

Over the course of the summer at Falls Creek, THOUSANDS of students place their faith in Jesus! This will be an unbelievable opportunity to have your student and their friends hear the Gospel! Check out this link for a little TEASER.

The cost for this life-changing week is $275 per participant BUT we have a few amazing ways that families can bring down this cost:

1. The first ten students who sign up and pay for camp AND have a non-SOGCOG student sign up and pay for camp will receive a $50 credit for their camp fees AND their friend's camp fees. (Pastor J. has the final say on whether or not the friend qualifies as a non-SOGCOG student.)

2. SOGCOG will be holding a couple of fundraising opportunities before camp that will benefit students that choose to participate in these events. Watch for fundraising details coming soon.

Is your student ready to sign up? Follow this LINK for more information about Falls Creek and the student registration form. Please turn in this form as well as payment to Pastor J. Make checks out to COG.

We are still in need of a small, enclosed trailer to borrow for the trip to Falls Creek from July 18-24. If you or someone you know might be interested in loaning a trailer for this week, please email Pastor J or call him at 303-819-9774.

For His Glory
- J.
Outdoor Ministry
Outdoor Ministry - There is still room for anyone interested in going on our beginner or intermediate whitewater rafting trips on Saturday, June 12. Please contact Carol Bryan at 303-522-2293 by May 30 for details.
Face Masks Needed
Are you tired of wearing your masks? Are you vaccinated, and ready to get back to a new normal? Don’t throw your cloth masks away!

Our international medical team will likely require people in the villages to wear masks when they visit our medical clinic, and many rural villages do not have masks. I am happy to take any unwanted cloth facemasks, gaiters, or unused surgical masks. You can drop them off in the bin in the foyer.

Thank you!

Joyce Baker
Women's Bible Study
You can still join the Friday morning women's Bible study on The Simplest Way to Change the World: Biblical Hospitality as a Way of Life by Dustin Willis and Brandon Clements. This 6-week study will delve into hospitality as a natural and effective way to build relationships for Christ. The cost for the book is $14.00 on Amazon. 

Join us Friday mornings on Zoom beginning at 9:30 AM! Contact Judy at 303-378-1904 or email Judy Cale for more information.  
Men's Friday Morning Bible Study
Beginning June 25th, we will be studying the minor prophets using the Navigators' LifeChange Bible study Minor Prophets 1.  This study highlights several of the lesser-known Old Testament books with an emphasis on applying God's Word to your daily life. This group meets at 6 am on Friday mornings via Zoom. Contact Karl Been for more information: 720.284.4750.
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.