March News & Updates
Relationships, Unfollow Sermon Series, Life Together Lent Sermon Series, SOP Hikers, Save the dates for VBS & Church Campout, and much more. Our March  Newsletter is filled with the life of Summit of Peace. Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and see all the events and activities where you can Grow in Faith, Share the Faith, and Live the Faith.
From Our Pastor
Reverend Ben Roberts

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Author, pastor and ministry leader Mike Breen of 3DM Ministries likes shapes. He likes to use the shape of a triangle to describe the 3 kinds of relationships a Christian has. It looks like this:

UP is our relationship with Jesus, IN is our relationships with one another in His church, and OUT is our relationships with those who do not have a relationship with Jesus or His church. I wanted to borrow this image because SOP has some great opportunities coming up to work on all three kinds of relationships.
UP: Unfollow? 

All too often we want people to be who we want them to be. Take Tim Tebow. Many just want him to be a sports star. Football, baseball...we just want to see Tebow excel in professional sports the way he did in college. We want touchdowns and home runs. That's what we expect of him. And then...he ruins our expectations. He kneels on the ground, bows his head and prays. He puts "John 3:16" on his eye black. He openly confesses his faith in Jesus and shows love to others who wouldn't otherwise get, like sponsoring "Night to Shine". He's not just a sports celebrity; he's a Christian. For some, this makes it hard to be a fan. He's upset the apple cart and you're thinking about deleting him from your Twitter account.

This can happen to you in your relationship with Jesus. You think you've got Him pinned down, you think you know what's He like and why you should trust and follow Him...and then he upsets the apple cart. He does stuff that doesn't seem rational. He says things that blows your mind. HE makes it hard to hear those words that come out of His mouth: "Follow Me!" Instead, you're thinking, "After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him." (John 6:66)

To Read the rest of Pastor Ben Roberts article, Click Here
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Lent Sermon Series & Devotional: Life Together

The prevailing attitude these days seems to scream: "It's all about me!": "You're whatever you make yourself to be." "You're writing your own story." "You're your own man or woman in a sea of others." "You believe whatever you want to believe." But what about the "we", the church, the body of Christ? How does all this "me" affect the "we", our relationships with one another? Our mid-week series for Lent, "Life Together", will tackle those questions. Focusing on the book of the same name by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, selected readings from 1 Peter and the Passion of our Lord, we will focus on what it means to be "we", to live in Christian community in this "me"-centered world.

We recommend you purchase "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer before March
1st to following along with this sermon series, but it isn't required. We are also offering a daily devotional you can  download here, pick up a printed copy at church on the tables underneath the bulletin boards, or find it on our mobile app under "Life Together Lent Daily Devotional."

Amazon Links:  Kindle or  Paperback Book (Don't forget to use your Amazon Smile to purchase this book!)

Summit of Peace has a few copies you can also purchase. Contact the office if you would like to purchase one of these paper back. 
March & April Sermon Series

Sticking with Jesus when HE makes following Him Hard

Gospel of John Sermon Series
March 5th - April 16th

It's as easy as a click of a button to "Unfollow" someone who challenges your view on politics, religion or even your favorite sports team.  But what do you do when it is Jesus who challenges our assumptions and opinions?  Join us as we discover the great blessings of sticking with Jesus even when he makes following him hard.

Celebrate Ken Zeitlow's Retirement

Ken has been faithfully serving Summit of Peace for more than 12 years. He has decided to retire as custodian to spend his Young At Heart years with Gayle. We greatly appreciate all the years of service and love he has committed to Summit of Peace in keeping this facility shining. Help us honor him on this Sunday, March 5 at 9:15 am.  There will be breakfast muffins & danishes as we thank him for all of his dedication. 
Contemporary Music Playlists

New to our website is our Contemporary Worship Music Playlists. With a FREEspotify account you can listed to past or present services. These playlists can be found under the "Media" tab on our website.  Click HERE to check them out! You can also follow us on Spotify at SOPLutheran. 
Contemporary Music Playlists

Cross Training & Fusion Youth are teaming up for this fun fundraiser to help A Precious Child. Start collecting your spare change or donate to donate gently used kids clothing, from infant to teen sizes, on March 5th & March 12th. There is a pack-n-play set up in the Fellowship Hall for the Clothing donations. We are looking forward to blessing the families that A Precious Child serves as well as teaching our SOP kiddos the importance of serving and how they can make a difference at an early age. We hope that your family will participate with us to bless other families in need.
VBS save the date: Maker Fun Factory

SOP is changing VBS up this year with a one fun filled day VBS on   Saturday July 15th so save the date. If you would like to volunteer contact Alexi Palazzari to help out in one of the many areas of the Maker Fun Factory or sign up HERE.

 Take a peek at this fun filled Christ Centered VBS.

SOP Hikers

This Month's Hike: Red Rocks Trail.
Date:  March 11th, 2017                          
Time:  We will leave the church at 8:00 a.m.
We will be hiking Red Rocks Trail at Settler's Park and  Mt. Sanitas trail on March 11th.  We will leave the church at 8:00 am. 
These are easy hikes and closer in - near Boulder.   With both, it will be about 4 miles, and time estimate is about 2 hours and 45 minutes to hike, about 40 minutes to get there. 
It's not quite as much of a mountain feel, but we have some awesome natural and historical finds close in, too!  This one might be better for those who have a hard time with altitude, too.
See the following link for a little more information, if you'd like:
Hope to see you there! Contact Kim Wheeler if you are planning on attending so they can expect to see you. 

19th Annual SOP/Thrivent Campout

August 10th-13th, 2017
Arrowhead Point Campground and Cabins
33975 US Hwy 24N
Buena Vista Colorado
Reservations:  1-800-888-7320
Local  1-719-395-2323
The campground has been gracious enough to hold 10 lodging accommodations and a number of RV spots for a short time for individuals to make their reservations. If you plan on attending please call Arrowhead Point directly to secure your spot.  
Group Breakfast on Friday Morning -  Aug 11th
Group Dinner and Worship Service Saturday Night  -  Aug 12th
Once you have secured your accommodations, please sign up on the sign-up sheet underneath the bulletin boards so we are able to plan accordingly!

Food For Hope

Food For Hope will be airing a podcast called ETown beginning 2/22.  This program talks about our program, mission and successes we have had. To hear the podcasts or obtain more information you can go to or to the Food For Hope website 
at   If listening on the radio, the broadcast will air on different dates and times around the country depending on when our individual affiliate stations air the show. You can go to our website to find out when and where the show   will be broadcast.  To listen online, you can do it three different ways.  They are: (1) Listen on eTown's Podcast;  (2) On eTown's Website;  or (3) sign up for the free eTown App. Food For Hope continues to pack about 420 bags every Monday evening. 

We appreciate your continued support and prayers.

Render Under Caesar
"Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But he perceived their craftiness and said to them, "Show me a denarius. Whose head and whose title does it bear?" They said, "The emperor's."  He said to them, "Then give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."-Luke 20:22-25
The tax-filing deadline is right around the corner: Do you have your denarius ready?
For many of us, tax time is not our favorite time of the year. We probably don't think too much about whether we should pay taxes, but rather whether we have filled out the correct forms, claimed the appropriate deductions and gotten everything in on time. In contrast, in biblical times, paying taxes was a topic of concern as people wondered whether paying taxes called into question their allegiance to God. There was also not much love for tax collectors, who were known to cheat the people.
It's within this environment that the Gospels tell us about an encounter Jesus had on the topic of taxes. His enemies were trying to trick him by asking a question that would make him look bad. No matter how he responded, his answer would anger one group or another. 
In the end, he confounded them by posing a question of his own: Whose likeness, or image, is on the coin? It's a great question to ask about the coin; and it's an even better question to ask ourselves. In whose likeness, or image, are we made?

In Genesis chapter 1 we read that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Whatever we do as upstanding American citizens-pay taxes, become a public servant, contribute to our communities as concerned neighbors-we do as people made in the image of God.
And so we give ourselves to the One in whose image we are made, and from that foundation we live out our lives.
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Serving the Lord in March

Thank you for using your time & talents to serve the Lord and Summit of Peace.  If you cannot help on your scheduled Sunday,  please find a replacement and let the office know before 9 am that Wednesday, so the correct name can be placed in the bulletin.

Click Here to see who is Serving the Lord in March
March Birthdays

Jennifer Larson 1st
Holly Strachan 1st
Brooke Taylor 1st
Becca Taylor 1st
Hannah Rose 2nd
Gregg Thomas 2nd
Bud Beck 3rd
Kaelyn Diep 6th
Nicole Shama 6th
Keri Housholder  8th
Korey Kasten  8th
Bryan Hill 9th
Bob Prehn 11th
AK Elias 12th
Patrick Brinegar 13th
Ken Zeitlow 13th
Jace Stadler 15th 
Michael Pursley 17th
Jean Witt 19th
Bud McIntyre 20th
Jayedin Brinegar 21st
Julie Jacoby 21st
Blake Mettenbrink 21st
Luke Bierman 22nd
Krystal Dawson 23rd 
Abbey Nicol 23rd
Austin Halsey 23rd
Ethan Gonzales 25th
Patty Foje 27th
Peter Blake 28th
Duke Diep 28th
David Munstermann  28th
Lesley Munson 29th
Tammy Gonzales 30th
Shirley Krueger 31st
Martha Lightfoot 31st

March Anniversaries

Carol & Donald Meaney 3/3/79
Misty & Jimmy Freimark 3/9/97
Ali & Steve Thomas 3/11/95
Debra & Lance Van Sickle 3/13/71
Kristi & Mike Haider 3/15/91
Leroy & Laurie Mekelburg 3/17/84
Chalonda & Jim Hibbard 3/27/82
Betty Gillette & Rod Hoffman 3/28/08
Jody & Alan Veal 3/38/87
Linda & Vince Phelps  3/30/96

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