Women’s Book Club

The American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century.

Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

DISCUSSION MEETING
Friday, January 12, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church Library

 CONTACT: Christine Pearson @ 443-758-7576 or garychris1812@gmail.com

Hand of the Carpenter

Next Car Care Clinic on Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7:30am – 12:30pm ***NEW LOCATION***

Hands of The Carpenter – We are a faith-based nonprofit organization passionate about serving low-income single mothers and widows through the overlooked issue of transportation. Let us assess your car’s condition and change the oil while you enjoy some conversation and refreshments.

Please contact Crystal at crystal@ehands.org or 303-526-4488 opt.2 to volunteer, register your car, or for more information. The Hands Automotive shop is now located at 16099 S Golden Rd, Golden, CO 80401. For more info go to: http://handsofthecarpenter.org.192-96-211-80.sectorshared.net/get-involved/car-care-clinics/.

Volunteers are needed for the Car Care Clinics, which occur every other month at our repair shop. Come once a year or more to serve on one of the following teams:

–       Car Care Teams: Oil changes and vehicle inspection (all levels of experience welcome)

–       Check in Team: Obtain forms, direct women and children to hospitality areas, and direct the cars to the Car Care Teams

–       Host(ess) Team: Engage the women in friendly conversation, stock refreshments, and offer prayer support

–       Car Wash Team: Weather permitting, this optional service is offered

–       Craft Team: Guide children in creating “masterpieces” they can take home

Thrivent

Ring in the New Year with Financial Resolutions

The New Year brings the promise of new beginnings; it is a time to think about setting goals and resolving to do new things. With the New Year comes the opportunity to improve your financial well-being. Here is a checklist to help get you started with your financial resolutions:

Create a budget based on what you spent last year, taking into account the variable prices of gas, heating and food. After you have written down monthly living costs (rent, mortgage, utility, insurance, etc.) subtract the total amount you spend from your monthly net pay. The difference is what you have left for saving and for spending.

Take control of debt by paying off a credit card balance, foregoing unnecessary purchases or paying an additional amount each month to your mortgage payment. Set a goal to make this year the year you pay down as much of your consumer debt as possible, start with paying off the highest interest rate.

Increase plan contributions as much as you can; adding as little as five extra dollars per paycheck could make a huge difference in the long run.

 Review insurance coverage to be sure you are prepared for the unexpected. You should have enough life and disability insurance coverage to protect your family and your finances should anything happen to you. The National Safety Council says that one in five people will be disabled for one year or longer before reaching age 65.

Meet with a legal professional to review your will or estate strategy to ensure it reflects your current life situation. Creating a will gives you the chance to plainly communicate your wishes to your loved ones.

Without one, the state where you reside will decide how to distribute your assets to your beneficiaries. Work with an attorney or tax advisor to get started.

Perform a risk checkup to make sure your risk tolerance matches your investments. Answering the following questions may help: What is my age? How long do I have before I’ll need the money? Can I handle investment losses? What impact would a big loss have on my future plans?

Secure your financial commitment to the church and the causes you care about.

For help achieving your 2018 financial goals, contact Janet Geist, Financial Consultant, FIC, RICP, CLTC at 303-451-7297 or janet.geist@thrivent.com today or visit Thrivent.com.

Thrivent Financial and its representatives and employees cannot provide legal, accounting, or tax advice or services. Work with your Thrivent Financial representative and, as appropriate, your attorney and tax professional for additional information.

Thrivent Financial representatives are licensed insurance agents/producers of Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. They are also registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55415. For additional important information, visit Thrivent.com/disclosures.

Merry Christmas!
Jillian S. Dobbins
Insurance Office Professional
Supporting Jeff Schuchard and Janet Geist
Thrivent Financial®

11990 Grant Street Ste 560, Northglenn, CO 80233
Office: 303-451-7297 ext: 100
Email: jillian.dobbins@thrivent.com

Lutheran Family Services

1.       Each year in Colorado, thousands of kids are unable to live with their biological parents because of abuse or neglect.  We need families who can provide temporary care until children reunify with their parent as well as families willing to adopt children and teens in foster care if they can’t return to their families.  An informal Q & A session for foster care will be held on January 10 from 12:30-1:30pm and from 5:30-6:30pm at the LFS Denver Metro office (363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226). Please register with Anne at anne.hamilton@lfsrm.org or 303-217-5869. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.

2.       Did you know that 75% of Americans do not have their medical care wishes in writing? Are you one of them?  The OACS program, in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation, is offering free, individual Advance Care Planning consults to provide hands-on assistance in the creation of Advance Directives, such as Medical Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will, at no charge. Our goal is to ensure that everyone completes these important documents, and understands why they are necessary.  To set up an appointment at our Lakewood office, call 303-217-5864.

3.       The refugee program is a charity partner with the Colfax Marathon in 2018! The race will happen Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018. Interested in running or donating in support of other runners to raise awareness of refugees in our city? Join the LFS staff as we #Run4Refugees in the 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and 5 person marathon relay! For more information or to register visithttp://www.runcolfax.org/charity-partners/lutheran-family-services/ or contact Refugee Programs Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator Kate Strebe at kate.strebe@lfsrm.org or 303-225-0199.

Katie Scherr

Church Relations and Development Assistant

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

363 S. Harlan, Suite 200

Denver, CO 80226-3552

 

Direct Line: 720-541-6826

Main Office: 303-922-3433

Fax: 303-922-7335

www.lfsrm.org

Library News

Christmas is coming, and Peace Lutheran Library has a great selection of boxed Christmas cards to send to your loved ones, as well as napkins for your holiday entertaining. And don’t forget, we have Bibles and Bible covers that make wonderful gifts, plus we also have other books and a fine selection of jewelry. We can’t mention all the items we have, so stop and browse our cabinet and table displays to see what’s available to help send your reflections of Christ’s love for all mankind.

Siberian Lutheran Mission Society

Dear Friends of Siberian Lutheran Mission Society;

I have urgent news from Siberia!

Pastor Vitali Gavrilov writes from Tuim:

“…. At the night, people called me and cried that a smoke is coming from the church roof!  Thanks to our kind neighbors! …Urgently rushing to the church, we were horrified! The building inside was full of fire and smoke. The ceiling was burning in the church hall, part of the ceiling began to collapse, a big hole was in the floor from the coals. Finally, firefighters arrived and they stopped the flame. Nobody was hurt…”

The rest of the letter may be read and photos of the damage to the building can be viewed at this link on our SLMS website:  Faith & Hope Newsletter #256

Donations to the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society (SLMS) may be sent to:
Siberian Lutheran Mission Society
c/o Ascension Lutheran Church
8811 St. Joe Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Online donation information is located on our website:
https://www.siberianlutheranmissions.org/how-to-help

To assist in the cost of repairs for the Tuim church building, please send a note with your donation or a memo indicating, “Tuim fire damage repairs.”
Videos featuring various SELC congregations and graduates from the SELC seminary may be viewed on the SLMS website at this link:  Click here to view videos.
The Siberian Lutheran Mission Society wishes you a very pleasant Thanksgiving weekend and end of the Church Year!

Pax,
Dan

Rev. Daniel S. Johnson
Chairman, Siberian Lutheran Mission society (SLMS)
https://www.siberianlutheranmissions.org

Lutheran Family Services

  1. Each year in Colorado, thousands of kids are unable to live with their biological parents because of abuse or neglect.  We need families who can provide temporary care until children reunify with their parent as well as families willing to adopt children and teens in foster care if they can’t return to their families.  Informal Q & A sessions for foster carewill be held on December 13th from 12:30-1:30pm and from 5:30-6:30pm at the LFS Denver Metro office (363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226). Please register with Anne at anne.hamilton@lfsrm.org or 303-217-5869. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.
  2. Did you know that 75% of Americans do not have their medical care wishes in writing? Are you one of them?  TheOACS program, in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation, is offering free, individual Advance Care Planning consults to provide hands-on assistance in the creation of Advance Directives, such as Medical Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will, at no charge. Our goal is to ensure that everyone completes these important documents, and understands why they are necessary.  To set up an appointment at our Lakewood office, call 303-217-5864.
  3. LFS’ refugee programis hosting a shopping-style gift event in Aurora where our clients can choose from donated Angel Tree gifts for their family members!  We are in need of volunteers to help set up in the afternoon on Friday, December 15 and to staff the shopping days on Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17.  Please contact Kate Strebe at refugeevolunteer@lfsrm.org for more information.
  4. LFS’ refugee programis currently collecting gift cards to share with our newly-arrived clients.  These can be a lifesaver for a family who has started a new job and is waiting on that first paycheck!  Cards with a $25 – $75 balance are most useful, but cards of any amount are always appreciated. The most helpful stores are King Soopers, H Mart, Target, and Walgreens.

Thank you for your continued partnership!

Katie Scherr

Church Relations and Development Assistant

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

363 S. Harlan, Suite 200

Denver, CO 80226-3552

 Direct Line: 720-541-6826

Main Office: 303-922-3433

Fax: 303-922-7335

www.lfsrm.org

Lutheran Chorale

The Lutheran Chorale would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord.  We will be presenting three concerts: one on December 9, 2017 at 3 pm, and two concerts on December 10, 2017 at noon and 3 pm.

Rejoice! Our Light Has Come will be performed on Saturday, December 9 at 3 pm at The Sanctuary, Denver,  3101 W 31st Ave., Denver, CO, 80211.   This will be a free concert, with our annual Silent auction /Bake sale being held prior to the concert with doors opening at 1:30 pm.   Please join us for some very special items.     Our second Rejoice! Our Lord Has Come concert will be held on Sunday, December 10, at 3 pm at Lutheran Hospital’s Chapel of the Good Samaritan, 8300 W 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033.   This will also be a free concert, with a free will offering accepted.

Joyous Carols of the Season our third concert will be held on Sunday, December 10, at noon at Exempla Lutheran Hospital ,8300 W. 39th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO.  We will be singing in the lobby and around the hospital.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Linda Thompson: 303-666-6642, e-mail us at thelutheranchorale@comcast.net, or visit our web site at www.thelutheranchorale.org.

Lutheran HS Parker

 

“LuHi’s Music Department invites you to “Born is the King – A LuHi Christmas” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 7th, and Friday, December 8th, at Parker Bible Church (4391 Mainstreet, Parker). This free concert will feature performances from the Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Concert Band and Jubilate Choir as well as congregational hymns (including a candlelight version of “Silent Night”), scripture readings and meditations. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour!”