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The Church With The Blue Door

Last summer on sabbatical, I wrote a children's book called "The Church with the Blue Door." It is my hope that our kids will be filled with awe, wonder, and a deeper understanding of Jesus' vision for His church. We have made these books available as a gift to you. Feel free to pick one up at the "connect table" if you haven't already and read it together at home, or with the children in your life. 

Throughout the book, there is a little church mouse hiding around the pages of the story. Kids can search for the little mouse as you read through the book.

Starting this Sunday, April 8th and throughout the month of April, we will have a stuffed mouse hiding around our actual church building also. Kids are invited to search for the stuffed mouse, and if they find him they can come tell either Pastor Tim or Pastor Susie and they will receive a token for a prize in the Parlor. Take your token to the parlor, and there is a vending machine of toys for you! One token per child, per Sunday please.

Thank you for your partnership in this ministry. We are so grateful for your presence & part in this special community of faith with the Blue Doors! 

With so much love and thanks for you,

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Ever feel like you're racing through life from one commitment to the next? Do you ever find yourself pushing your way through the days, muscling through the challenges, and speeding past the joyful moments?  The way we are living is not working. We are exhausted, anxious, disconnected and distant. This is not how God designed us to live. Jesus shows us how to live a soulful life of connection, beauty, intimacy and adventure.

Join us this month as we look to the life of Jesus for building an entirely new platform for our lives. 

WEEK ONE 4/8: "Soulful Living: Spiritual Practice of Intention" - Susie Grade
WEEK TWO 4/15: "Soulful Living: Spiritual Practice of Pausing" - Tim Grade
WEEK THREE 4/22: "Soulful Living: Spiritual Practice of Friendship" - Charlie Dodrill
WEEK FOUR 4/29: "Soulful Living: Spiritual Practice of Work" - Susie Grade

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Young Adults' Spring "Mini" Small Group
Young Adults are invited to join us for a short series of small group gatherings for Young Adults at Platt Park as a preview for our summer session on  Tuesday, April 24 and  Tuesday, May 22.  All gatherings will be at 7:00 pm at Platt Park Church.  Topics and experiences will be somewhat varied in order to test out what we might do for the summer!

Church-wide Camping Trip
Save the date for the Church-wide Camping Trip: August 3-5, 2018! We have group camp sites reserved for  camping in Pine, CO. More details coming soon!

Connect, Grow, and Flourish!
Looking for ways to connect in our faith community?  Want to find a place to serve in our church, in Denver, or even globally?  Stop by the 'Connection Table' in the Parlor after service and  learn more about the good things that are happening in our faith community!  Susan Stein, (pastor of community integration & soul care) would love to chat with you and share opportunities to connect, grow and flourish at Platt Park Church!  For more info, please email

Nepal Partnership
Interested in our partnership in Nepal?  Let us know! We would love to include you on our monthly ministry update email newsletter. To be added, please fill out a connection card via paper or via our app, or email us at .

Download our Church App.  
We now have a custom church app you can download to stay connected with everything here at Platt Park Church! You can access sermons, events, and give, right through our Church's app. Just go to your phone's app store, search for Platt Park Church, and download. Or click here:  Download Our App

Looking for a way to connect in our faith community?
Consider volunteering during Sunday morning services. We have needs for volunteers in the following areas: Greeter Team, Communion Servers, Hospitality Team, Media Presenters, and Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers.  Contact Susan Stein ( for more information and to get involved!

The Daily Practice: Time with God
The Daily Practice: a devotional tool from Platt Park Church for developing the habit of daily time with God.  Learning to love God takes practice. Just like exercising a muscle, our hearts are trained to love from the bottom up, through the formation of our habits and practices. Discipleship is about curating our hearts to love God and the things that God loves. Forces of our culture train us to love things other than God all the time, but spiritual practices help us to be attentive and intentional about what my heart really loves and desires. Following Jesus is more a matter of hungering and thirsting than of knowing and believing and it is our habit forming practices that form our desires over time.  May this daily practice tune your heart to sing His praise.  Click  HERE   to listen on the web, or find us wherever podcasts are available by searching for "Platt Park Church" or "Daily Practice: Time with God".

#CasseroleCare Volunteers
We're thrilled to offer #CasseroleCare to our new moms, families undergoing a severe illness, and others in need! It's a good-old fashioned meal train, where we deliver home-cooked or freshly prepared restaurant dinners. Service opportunities include meal preparation, delivery, or simply donating a gift card from your favorite fast casual restaurant! Please indicate #CasseroleCare on your comment card, or contact Marcie Everett at for additional details. 

The APPLE TREE CLOSET is open for shopping!
Beautiful, upscale women's clothing, shoes and accessories are regularly donated to us by Common Threads on South Pearl and you can purchase them for a fraction of their original price. Students and those with low income can even shop for free!  The proceeds from this ministry benefit our Benevolence/Blessing Fund. Come check it out on the lower level!  (Due to space limitations we are no longer accepting donated items from the congregation). 

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WINTER/SPRING GROUPS ARE HERE! Check out our group descriptions below!
Small groups are one important way to grow deeper in relationships with God and with one another. We learn to know Christ more and how to follow him in word and deed in the context of community. Joining a small group is such a vital and easy way to get to know others in the church, establish friendships and grow in Christ in a more relaxed setting. Sometimes participating in a group can help you determine if joining a church in Denver is for you.
Adoption Connections (For families involved with adoption)
Time & Location TBA
Leaders: Gwen & Tim Vogelzang  
Adoption Connections is a support group for families who are raising children through adoption and foster care. We meet once per month and support one another through our individual journeys. We will also host quarterly Adoption Community Meetings and offer mentors to families needing support through their journey of becoming adoptive or foster care parents. Interested families will be connected with Gwen and Tim Vogelzang for more information.
Babies and Tots (For families with infants and toddlers)
First Saturday of every month, 4pm - 6pm @ Platt Park Church (Parlor) - Childcare provided. 
Leaders: Ana & Michael Nielsen
Babies & Tots is a place for parents with young children to gather and encourage one another in this new season of life. We will keep it simple, gathering together for guided conversation, worship, and community building (and maybe some food, too!). Please join us!
Evening Edition (Women)
Leaders: Carol Schmidt & Heather Easter  
Thursday evenings, 6:30pm-8pm @ Platt Park Church (Lounge) - Childcare provided.
Make friends, have fun, and grow spiritually! This trimester we will look at what life is like as a Christ-follower. Jesus made it clear that we have an enemy and that we must be equipped to resist him. The apostle Paul said that we must not be "ignorant of Satan's schemes" and to "put o the full armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil's schemes". We will take a look at Understanding Our Weapons, The Armor of God, and Understanding Our Marching Order: A Study of the Great Commission. Join us! (Meal is provided!)  
The Front Door (For those who are new to our community)
Four Sunday Evenings in February and March (Feb. 18th, 25th, Mar. 4th, 18th), 5pm- 7pm (October 8, 15, 22, 29) @ the Grade's home 
Leaders: Tim & Susie Grade    
Are you new to Platt Park Church? Do you want to meet more people and get to know our staff? This four-week group is an opportunity for people who are newer, or not-yet connected in the faith community, to share a weekly meal and conversation about the mission and vision of our church. We will gather in co-pastors, Tim and Susie Grade's, home for a potluck style dinner, followed by casual conversation. 
Holy Yoga (All are welcome!)
Monday evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm @ Platt Park Church (Social Hall)
Leader: Kari Johnson  
Holy Yoga is the intentional practice of connecting our entire being; body, mind & spirit, with God. You will experience a Christ centered yoga practice including breath work,  meditation and physical postures. This "Slow Flow" yoga is for all experience levels, linking breath with motion. Modifications are offered if you are looking for a more gentle practice or if you are looking to up-level. Come join us for an opportunity to connect to God through His Word, worship and wellness. All levels are welcome! Please bring a mat, water bottle, and a friend! No childcare. Suggested Donation: $10 
Wednesday Night Worship (All are welcome!)
1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30 - 7:30pm @ Platt Park Church (Sanctuary) - Childcare provided.
Leader: Charlie Dodrill    
Charlie and others will lead us in an hour of worship. Come, relax, rest, sing, BE in the presence of God as 'He inhabits the praises of his people'. (Psalm 22:3)
Morning Edition (Women)
Thursday mornings, 10:00am - 11:30am @ Platt Park Church (Parlor) - Childcare provided.
Leaders: Lara Hedberg & Kelli Detzel    
Join us for connection, honest conversation and weekly prayer. Get to know other women, and be known, as we open the Scriptures together. This trimester we will discuss the book The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth.
Sunday Morning Men (Men)  
Sunday mornings, 9am @ Platt Park Church (Lounge)  
Leader: Mark Bixler  
Sunday Morning Men will be doing a unique study on Apologetics. Each week we will tackle different questions regarding the defense of Christianity; having half of the group debate from a perspective within the faith, and the other half from a perspective outside of the faith. This study will help equip us for everyday situations while strengthening our relationship with God!
Simply Jesus (All are welcome)
1st & 3rd Mondays, 6:30pm @ the Kelly's home (Holly Hills)
Leaders: Randy & Joy Weis and Bob & Debbie Kelly
We will be reading and discussing Paul's letter to the Colossians, focusing on the quote, "this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory". There will be some light homework, so we ask for a level of commitment to attendance and preparation over these six Mondays. Join us!
Connect (All are welcome)
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm @ the Stein's home (Wash Park) - Childcare provided.
Leaders: Charlie Dodrill & Susan Stein     
Deepen your relationship with God and experience new spiritual practices as we explore the spiritual wisdom of the early Christian tradition. Join us as we build community and experience new ways of encountering God this trimester!
Sunday Funday for Families (Families with school-age children)  
First Sunday of the Month, 5:00pm- 7:00pm @ the Grade's home - Childcare provided.
Leaders: Olivia Kosky & Anne Coughlin  
Sunday Funday for Families is a place where families can connect, socialize, and learn together. This winter, we will be continuing the video series, "Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child's Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days". This series is most relevant for families in the season of life of character-building and setting expectations for behavior in their kids.
Wednesday Morning Men (Men)  
Wednesdays, 7am - 8am @ the REI Starbucks (1416 Platte River Rd.)  
Leader: Tim Grade  
Join us on Wednesday mornings at 7am at the REI Starbucks for conversation and study as we look at the Old Testament book of Job. Why wait any longer to read the oldest book of the Bible...and to answer the world's oldest question?!

Young Adult Connection (Adults in their 20's and 30's)
3rd Sunday of the month, 12pm - 2pm @ Platt Park Church (Parlor)
Leader: Kari Johnson
Looking for a way to connect and create fellowship with other young adults at PPC? Join us for a monthly potluck-style brunch on the 3rd Sunday of each month. We will share a meal while catching up with old friends...and meeting new ones!

Gathering Families (Families with young children)
Monday evenings, 5:30pm @ the Kienitz-Smith's home (Wash Park) - Children welcome!
Leaders: Justin Smith & Eliza Kienitz
Gathering Families is a child-focused and child friendly group where we share a meal together and enjoy conversation around a couple of verses of Scripture each week. Our goal is to build community and leave each gathering with a Biblical application to put into practice with our kids during the week. We hope you will join us!

Good Fights, Good Sex: Preparing For Marriage
Sunday evenings in March and April, 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ Platt Park Church 
Leaders: Tim & Susie Grade
Are you seriously dating or engaged? If so, please join us in asking (and possibly answering!) questions helpful for laying a foundation for your marriage. We will meet on March 25, April 8, 15, 22, and 29. Cost is $100 per  couple.  

One Question Dinners
Always a hit, these standalone groups encourage us to enjoy a meal and get to know some of the amazing people within our faith community! Your host will offer "one question" to get the conversation started. The goal is simply to make friends and build community! Your host will provide the main course and guests are asked to bring a side or a dessert to share. Space is limited for each gathering. Please email your host directly for more details and/or to RSVP.

Hosts & Locations:
For more information or to register for a group, please visit 

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We believe giving is at the heart of the message of the Gospel. John 3:16 says, "God loved the world so much that he gave..."

We appreciate your presence and partnership in our family of faith. Thank you for your generosity. Our weekly budget is $7,000. 
February 18: $5,895
February 25: $5,774
March 4: $13,411.80
March 11: $5,470
March 25: $13,089.80

Ways to Give:
  1. Online at
  2. Text the word "platt" to 77977
  3. Download the Platt Park Church app (visit your app store and search "Platt Park Church" then download)
  4. Via an offering envelope (included in the weekly worship program)
  5. During Sunday worship gathering (via the offering boxes)
In everything we do here at Platt Park Church, our deepest hope and prayer is that people are becoming passionate, devoted followers of Christ. 

Platt Park Church

We are a simple, honest community of faith in Denver's historic Platt Park Neighborhood.