Donofrio Mission Eurasia

Dear friends in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2

If you have been financially supporting our Mission Work in Eurasia, you have likely received notice that Paula and I are no longer serving as missionaries. We are sad over this turn of events, but we know that the Lord’s will is done with or without our consent, so blessed be the name of our Lord!

I want to take a moment and personally thank you for supporting us both financially and with your prayers. Paula and I have been humbled and encouraged by hundreds of financial donors and thousands who supported us in prayer and encouragement. Whereas we are sad that our Mission work has come to an end, we rejoice in the love and graciousness that you have shown us.

Now it seems our service has taken on a different direction, but we will, by God’s grace, continue to serve the Church: I as a parish pastor and Paula as a layperson and a musician.

We don’t know where the Lord will call us to serve next, but we know that wherever it will be, He will continue to bless us with His mercies and His love.  So, we wait on our Lord for His calling to a church which we can love and serve with joy.

Words cannot express our gratitude for you and your kindness toward us.

May our Savior, Jesus Christ guide and guard your heart and mind to life everlasting.

Your Brother in Christ’s Service,

Pastor Craig Donofrio


Lutheran Family Service

1.       Older Adult & Caregiver Services offers free monthly telephone conferences to answer your questions about aging, called Ask Your Care Manager. Join us on August 9 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm MST for a discussion on Planning for Life’s “What Ifs?”: Understanding Advance Care Planning.  Advance Care Planning is a process that supports adults in understanding and sharing their personal values and preferences regarding future medical care.  In part one of the two-part series on Advance Care Planning, we will discuss the first, and most often overlooked steps, in creating an Advance Care Plan.  Registration is required:sign up at   or contact our staff at 303-217-5864 or 970-232-1180.

 2.       Every day there are children in Colorado in need of a safe environment and we need more people to commit to these children! Informational meetings for foster care in the Denver Metro area will be on August 9th from 12:30-1:30pm and from 5:30-6:30pm at the LFS office (363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226). We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Anne Hamilton at or 303-217-5869.

 3.       Join us for Lutheran Family Services’ 24th Annual Tee Off for Hope on August 17th at the Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, CO.  Please go to for more information!

Lutheran Chorale

Dear friends who enjoy praising God through music and song!  This year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation.  And, while there are of course many differences that divide us both as Synods and even sometimes within Synods – the one constant across the divide is the heritage of music that we share.   Over the years many have penned their confession in Word and Music proclaiming that we believe we are saved by the Grace of God, through Faith as taught through the Word of God.  We’d like to invite those who are interested, to join the Lutheran Chorale in a mutual celebration with this music on October 29th at 7:30 at Bethlehem Lutheran in Lakewood.  Please share this with the musicians in your congregations.  We will have ways for both instrumentalists and singers to be involved and it can be in whatever depth of participation works best for each musician.  They can join us Monday evenings to learn Bach’s Cantata 80 starting in September.  Or if they’d rather be part of the less demanding Chorales, join us for the last Monday and Saturday rehearsals.  Please contact us if you are interested and let’s welcome the 500th anniversary with a rousing concert celebrating our rich heritage.

Linda Thompson

About us:

Lutheran Family Services

Lutheran Family Services currently has an employment opportunity in the Denver area for a Database and Resource Development Manager! The Database and Resource Development Manager provides direction to the Agency regarding Donor Database Management in Raiser’s Edge and supports the department in planning, administering and reporting of Resource Development activities, Marketing and Communications and Fundraising Events.  Assumes a strategic role in cultivating donor relationships, and provides consultation to the Vice President of Development on Development related topics. Please find more information, including a full job description, on our website at

Katie Scherr

Church Relations and Development Assistant

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

363 S. Harlan, Suite 200

Denver, CO 80226-3552

 Office 303-922-3433

Fax 303-922-7335

Women’s Book Group

Women’s Book Group: Summer is finally here, and that means afternoons by the beach or pool, in a tent, on a train, or in your backyard – summer reading brings a sense of adventure and relaxation.  So grab your summer read and plan on joining us on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Church Library.  We would love to hear about your book!  For more information contact Christine Pearson at 443-758-7576 or

Summer Book Study

NEW BOOK DISCUSSION DATE for our SUMMER BOOK STUDY:  JOINING JESUS ON HIS MISSION: How to Be an Everyday Missionary will meet on SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th during the Bible Study hour in Conference Room C.
Jesus is alive and well…and He is on the loose in Your neighborhood, workplace, home, school, He is everywhere!  And, He wants You to Join Him on His Mission!  
Join us this summer for a book study, “Joining Jesus on His Mission”,  and discover simple, powerful and applicable insights to show you how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in your neighborhoods, workplaces and schools.  You may even hear yourself say, “I can do this!” as you start responding to the everyday opportunities Jesus is placing in your path.  Please note our Book Discussion dates have changed and will meet only on Sunday, August 13th where we will discuss highlights from the book.   Pick up a copy today at the Life Groups Center.  For more information contact Christine Pearson at 443-758-7576, or,  or Polly Wegner at or 303-424-4454.

Alternatives Pregnancy Center


Thank you everyone who stopped by and supported the Alternatives Pregnancy Center Celebrate Summer Coffee Hour last Sunday!  Alternatives Pregnancy Center exists to care for Denver area women and men in pregnancy related crises and offer them a meaningful alternative to abortion.  For more information visit or call 303-295-2288.  CONGRATULATIONS to Sheryl Hofmeister and Mark Dyslin for winning the drawing for the Celebrate Summer Gift Baskets!   Special Thanks to the following Business Women for donating items for our women’s basket:  Jenna Schaeffer- LipSenseValerie Pierce-Nerium InternationalMary Simmons-Misty Mountain Artisan Teas; and Jennifer Darling-Young Living Essential Oils.

Lutheran Family Services

Here are a few announcements for the coming months:

1.Older Adult & Caregiver Services offers free monthly telephone conferences called “Ask Your Care Manager” to answer your questions about aging.  Join us on July 12 from 12:00-1:00pm MST for the session titled Aging in Place: What am I forgetting?  Many older people prefer to remain in their home for as long as possible, as opposed to relocating to an assisted living or other medical facility. We will consider Aging in Place issues including community and social interaction, access to education and entertainment, the financial implications of Aging in Place, and will discuss how to prioritize the needs list you identify.  Registration is required: sign up at  or contact our OACS staff at 303-217-5864 or 970-232-1180.

Every day there are children in Colorado in need of a safe environment and we need more people to commit to these children! Informational meetings for foster care in the Denver Metro area will be on July 12th from 12:30-1:30pm and from 5:30-6:30pm at the LFS office: 363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226. We hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Anne Hamilton at or 303-217-5869.

All groups participating in the Annual Backpack Drive to benefit the youth in our foster care and refugeeprograms are asked to drop off supplies at the Central Office (363 S Harlan St. Suite 200, Denver, CO 80226) by July 24.  Please contact Katie Scherr at or 720-541-6826 for more information!

Join us for Lutheran Family Services’ 24thAnnual Tee Off for Hope on August 17th at the Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen, CO.  Please go to for more information!

The Refugee and Asylee Program in Colorado Springscontinues to need donations of dressers and household items.  For more information please contact Floyd Preston atfloyd.preston or 719-314-0223.  To schedule a weekday pick-up please call 719-227-8899.The Refugee and Asylee Program in Albuquerqueneeds donations of new pillows, antiperspirant deodorant, liquid laundry soap, and new trash cans for new refugee families.  Please contact Donations Coordinator Sandi Bertholomey at sandi.bertholomey@lfsrm.orgor 505-933-7014 for more information or to schedule delivery times or pick-ups.  Donations can also be delivered to the LFS office: 4105 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains!

Miracle Workers

Help support Miracle Workers – Habitat for Humanity this summer by volunteering your time at one of their many fund raising activities. Sand in the City, Blues & BBQ Better Housing Block Party and the 2017 Home Build needs volunteers. Please contact Jason Pierce at 303-249-2076 or, or signup directly at We hope you will consider volunteering your time and talents with Miracle Workers.