Hands of the Carpenter

Donate a car – Help a single mother with transportation

School is starting and Hands of The Carpenter (Hands) is hearing from single mothers who need a reliable car to transport children and get to work. Your older car could make life easier for a woman living on a tight budget. For more information and to start the donation process, go to www.ehands.org. Look for the “Donate a vehicle” button at the top of the homepage. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. Daniel.mondragon@ehands.org

Lutheran Family Services

Lutheran Family Services’ Refugee Program is cohosting a launch party for the Refugee Speaker’s Bureau and the Colorado Refugee Connect Website!  Join us on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-9pm at the Mercury Café to celebrate the launch of Colorado Refugee Connect (CRC)—a website dedicated to connecting volunteers with meaningful opportunities working with the refugee community—and the Colorado Refugee Speakers Bureau (RSB).  Following a short presentation by the CRC team, members of the RSB will take the stage to share stories about their refugee experience.  Contact Kate Strebe for more information 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


Lutheran Family Service

It’s hard to believe that the summer is already coming to a close and our schools are starting up!  Just one announcements for September:

  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 September 12 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.orgor 303-217-5869. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.

As always, please do let me know if you no longer wish to receive our monthly announcements or if there is an updated contact.  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


Lutheran Chorale

Dear Friends in Christ,

The Lutheran Chorale would like to invite to join us for our 2018-2019 Season.   We will be beginning rehearsals at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 3rd at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 N. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood.   Yes, this is Labor Day! No auditions will be held.

This season we will also be presenting Bob Chilcot’s “St. John’s Passion.”   The Chorale presented this piece in March of 2015, and was only the second time it had been performed in the United States.  This year we will be presenting “St. John’s Passion” on March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019.

The March 30 performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village and the March 31 performance will be at 3 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 N. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood.

As in the past all of our concerts will be free of charge with a Free will Donation accepted.

If you have any questions please view our website at thelutheranchorale.org or email us at thelutheranchorale@comcast.net or you can contact David Peterson at 303-386-4755

The Lutheran Chorale 2018-2019 Season

10/21/18, 3:00 pm  Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran – The Grace of Our Lord

7691 S University Blvd, Centennial, CO  80122 (Arapahoe County)

10/21/18, 7:30 pm  Holy Shepherd Lutheran – The Grace of our Lord

920 Kipling, Lakewood, CO  80215  (Jefferson County)

12/9/18  1:00 pm  Chapel of the Good Samaritan – Caroling for Our Lord

12/9/18  3:00 pm  Chapel of the Good Samaritan – The Miracle of Our Lord

8300 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO  80033 (Jefferson County)

12/9/18  7:30 pm  Ascension Lutheran – The Miracle of Our Lord

1701 West Caley Ave, Littleton, CO  80120  (Arapahoe County)

3/30/19  7:30 pm  Bethany Lutheran – The Passion of Our Lord  Chilcot’s  “St. John’s Passion”

4500 E. Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO  80113  (Arapahoe County)

3/31/19  3:00 pm  Bethlehem Lutheran  Chilcot’s “St. John’s Passion”

2100 N. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO  80214  (Jefferson County)

5/19/19  3:00 pm  St. John Lutheran – The Beauty of Our Lord

700 S. Franklin, Denver, CO   80209  (Denver City and County)

5/19/19  7:30 pm  Concordia Lutheran – The Beauty of Our Lord

13372 W. Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO  80215  (Jefferson County)

Siberian Lutheran Mission Society

Greetings dear friend of the SLMS!

“Around the world in 42 Days.” This is the title of a story suggested to me from a donor.  While relating my recent travels to this particular gentleman, he asked if I had considered writing about my experiences in Siberia. (My travels may seem interesting to some — perhaps, this man and others — and I greatly appreciate their interest in my travels — but there are many others who can tell more interesting and compelling stories of life in Siberian Russia, than this single traveler). However, this most recent journey began when I left Marshalltown, Iowa on June 28th for a 42-day trip, which included a three-week journey through Siberia.

On July 4, I met Dr. Timothy Quill and Pastor Jeremy Mills in Amsterdam — who had flown from Indiana. After a short layover, together, we flew to St. Petersburg, Russia.  Two days later, we were on a “red-eye” to Novosibirsk.

Sunday, July 8, which marked the 28th anniversary of my ordination, involved the ordination of two recent graduates from the seminary in Novosibirsk.  Dr. Quill and I participated in the ordination of these two deacons who will serve SELC congregations. (In the SELC a deacon is the first level of the priesthood or pastoral ministry.  After several years the bishop and consistory may elect to consecrate the deacon as a pastor, with all the duties and responsibilities of a parish priest.) The Novosibirsk seminary continues to produce highly qualified candidates to serve the church in Siberia and beyond.

Two days of seminars were held in Novosibirsk before departing by a car on a 7-day, 1200 mile journey on Siberian roads, to visit congregations in the cities of Yurga, Tomsk, Tuim, and Novokuznetsk. Dr. Quill lectured on: “The Lord’s Prayer in the life of the church.” Pastor Mills lectured on: “The Lord’s Supper as the church’s confession.” I lectured on “Psalm 23 as a model for pastoral care.”

Following the lectures in Novokuznetsk, we had been traveling for 2 weeks in Siberia and were in need of rest.  After the 300-mile journey back to Novosibirsk, we enjoyed a day of relaxation. Dr. Quill and I spent the day reconnecting with old friends and Pr. Mills toured the city and made new acquaintances among our Siberian hosts.  The next day Dr. Quill and Pr. Mills left Siberia to return to Indiana, with an overnight in Moscow. I traveled with Rev. Alexey Streltsov (Rector of the SELC seminary in Novosibirsk) to Ekaterinburg by airplane, for an additional week of seminars.  Pastor Sergey Glushkov joined us in Ekaterinburg, as we traveled over the Ural Mountains by car, to spend 3 days in the European Russian city of Beloretsk.

I have traveled through the Ural Mountains many times and have always been underwhelmed.  The Rockies, Alps, Appalachians, Altai Mountains (in south-central Siberia), and even Ozark Mountains (really the Ozark Plateau) have much more to impress the traveler than the Urals.  Perhaps I would find these ancient mountains much more interesting if I simply regarded them as geographic markers, separating Asia from Europe; often traveled by ancient explorers and conquering armies, throughout the centuries.

In Beloretsk, I continued my lectures on Psalm 23 and visited parishioners, before returning to Ekaterinburg by way of the 6-hour car ride across the Urals.  The same lectures were given to a very enthusiastic crowd at the congregation of St. Peter and St. Paul in Ekaterinburg, before Rector Streltsov returned to Novosibirsk and I flew on to Germany and other locations.  After 42 days of living out of a suitcase, including a trip halfway around the world and back, I have finally returned home!

I thank supporters of the SLMS who have designated their donations to be used for the purpose of theological education in Siberia.  Without such donations, it would not be possible for the SLMS to send pastors and professors to Siberia to conduct the summer seminars, provide necessary theological education and visit the SELC congregations.  Remember, 100% of your undesignated donations to the SLMS go directly to SELC congregations to support pastoral care and planting new missions.

A letter from Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin was recently received by the SLMS treasurer, Mr. Robert Kiefer. In this email, the bishop is responding to a recent dispersion of funds from SLMS donors to the SELC.  He writes:

Dear Robert,
Thank you very much! 
And greetings from Novokuznetsk.  I should visit this parish about three times per month because there is no resident priest right now. You know that pastor Pavel Zayakin is moving from Abakan to serve in Dnipro in Ukraine, according to the agreement with our sister-Church in Ukraine.  So Pastor Dmitri Dotsenko (who served in Novokuznetsk during last 10 years) now serves in Abakan, Sayanogorsk, and Taskino and once per week he also visits Tuim. And so, I (or another priest) am traveling to Novokuznetsk to serve Sunday liturgies there.  It is not far: about 300 miles. I just arrived here.  Tomorrow I will serve the liturgy, then I will speak with the parishioners, and then I will go to Prokopievsk (a town about 30 miles from here) to conduct burial service of an old Volga German lady who died two days ago. The support we obtain from you makes our travels and life possible here in Siberia.  We appreciate it very much.
In Christ,

Donations to the SLMS may be sent to:

Siberian Lutheran Mission Society
c/o Ascension Lutheran Church
8811 St. Joe Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Your prayers and financial gifts are appreciated!


Rev. Daniel S. Johnson
Chairman, Siberian Lutheran Mission Society (SLMS)

Lutheran Family Services

Yesterday, we were informed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that we would not be receiving any more reunited families for transition services at our Albuquerque office at this time. As a result, we have formally begun to demobilize this phase of our Rapid Response Family Reunification Project. Team members deployed from other Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) offices are returning, while our Albuquerque team continues working with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), the City of Albuquerque and many critical local partners on close-out procedures. The response of the community at large and partner organizations was overwhelming and conversations are already underway regarding the redistribution of excess backpacks, clothing, gift cards, toiletries, etc., to other community organizations and congregations that assist immigrants throughout the year that are released from detention.

The next phase of work on this project will involve providing follow-up services with the 57 individuals that came through our program in Albuquerque and through other transitional programs in Arizona and Texas. LFSRM and agencies like ours across the country will be providing on-going services to these families in their new communities, up to and perhaps beyond their required hearings in Immigration Court. Funding contributed to the Albuquerque Family Reunification project will continue to follow the families that passed through our doors, and to support those who may follow in New Mexico and Colorado, including families, single moms and other immigrants being released from detention without supports, whether through LFSRM or in conjunction with other local partners. LFSRM is committed to transparency and to honoring donor intent. We will continue to provide updates on the ongoing work that began this past week, but is far from finished.

Finally, our hearts continue to break for the large numbers of children that have yet to be reunited with their parents. As a leading Child Welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region for the past 70 years, we have considerable expertise in the life–long effects of trauma on children. LFSRM believes that our work simply cannot be complete until the last child is reunited with their parents and is receiving appropriate treatment and support, no matter what the final disposition of their case is. We continue to pray that this period of separating families ends as soon as possible. We ask all of you who have chosen a compassionate and generous response to the needs of these vulnerable neighbors to continue to stand with them, to witness to their humanity and dignity, and to show them welcome and hospitality.

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?” “The one who showed him mercy.”   “Go and do likewise.”

(Luke 10:36-37)