Weekly Words - 11/16/17

 

Hello Everyone! I trust your week is coming along. Know you’ve been in my thoughts and prayers. A week from today FBCD will be hosting with Calvary Baptist Church of Denver dinner for Thanksgiving.

Many, many thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far. It’s wonderful to see the overwhelming response we’ve had for this community outreach opportunity. (We can always use more pies!)

Below is a flier we’re using to advertise this event (note: we’ll have two sittings). Please help us pass the word. We anticipate many of our guests coming from the downtown area and folk who probably are not living with a roof over their heads.

We will celebrate together with a partner congregation to do together what none of us could do on our own!

I hope to see you this Sunday. Invite someone to join us for service. They’ll be glad you did!

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

 

Weekly Words - 11/10/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

This past Tuesday evening representatives of the Colorado Muslim community visited FBCD to express their support and solidarity in response to the massacre that happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX, last Sunday. Those present shared with about 25 FBCD members and friends a letter that was signed by more than a dozen different Muslim organizations. In return, on behalf of our community, I shared a letter of appreciation with our Muslim sisters and brothers.

Following this exchange of letters, we spent time as a group in conversation with each other. The Muslim community extended to FBCD a formal invitation to experience a service and meal at one of their local mosques. We will make plans for this to take place soon.

Below are the letters that we exchanged. Also, here is a link to Denver’s Fox News that reported on what took place Tuesday:

http://kdvr.com/2017/11/07/muslim-leaders-visit-baptist-church-to-offer-condolences-after-texas-shooting/

Please plan to be present for this Sunday’s 10:30 service. As always, invite someone to join you. They’ll be glad you did!

Peace,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 11/2/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends!

Don’t forget! This weekend we get an extra hour of sleep. I hope you plan to be present for service at 10:30 as it will be a special morning. We will be recognizing All Saints’ Sunday and honoring those within or related to our congregation who have died over the past two years; we will celebrate communion using some of the original 1864 communion ware; and we will be graced with special music and musicians that is sure to move our spirits.

Additionally, on Sunday morning we will continue at 9am in the Fireside Room our scripture series, “Acting Out: A Study through the Book of Acts.” Each week we read a chapter, review social-cultural notes, and then engage questions for discussion. If you haven’t checked this out yet, join us! You’ll be glad you did.

Finally, looking ahead to next week, members and friends of FBCD will receive our annual pledge request letter. This request helps our Church Council plan for the next budget year. Be looking for this and please be consider how your time, talent, and treasure can continue to support the vital ministry that happens at 1373 Grant Street.

Thank you as always for the opportunity to serve as your pastor. It is an honor to be learning from you and serving alongside of you in many ways.

Sincerely,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

All Saints Sunday Preparations

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses...

On November 5, we will celebrate All Saints' Sunday by acknowledging family members, friends, and colleagues who have died this past year. If you would like to honor a person and to have them listed in the weekly bulletin, please call or email the church office by Wednesday, November 1, with that individual’s name, birth and death dates.

I am fond of the quote, “No one is ever dead, until they’re forgotten.” On November 5, we will remember the living faith of those that have gone before us. As we look to the past and those that have preceded us in death, may we together find hope and strength for our journeys ahead.

Whether you are able to be in service or not, please plan to participate in this sacred ritual of remembrance.

Peace,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 10/12/17

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

I trust this week has been a good week for you. Following last Sunday’s service and sermon, I took intentional time to admire the stars in the night sky. In fact, I took a mini-retreat and viewed the night sky above the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. My first evening of viewing, I witnessed a shooting star as well as a couple of orbiting satellites. It was good food for my soul. I hope you’ve had a chance to view the beauty nature and God’s handiwork this week too.

Looking to this Sunday, please remember to allow for extra time to arrive at FBCD on account of the marathon taking place near the Capitol Hill district. Please don’t be discouraged by the race and different traffic patterns.

FBCD’s service will be a moving one filled with good music and an inspired sermon.

Invite someone to join you. They’ll be glad you did!

Peace,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 9/28/17

"Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

This Sunday the Mile High City will be host to yet another race...the Denver Hot Chocolate 15k & 5k.

In light of this and using the imagery from Paul’s ancient letter to the Corinthians...I want to remind our church family and friends of two things:

1. There’s a race near downtown this Sunday so please allow yourself extra time to get to FBCD for our 10:30 service.

2. As a church community and as individuals we are challenged to keep running the race of life...the race of faith that is before us. To run a race takes time, effort, and discipline. I know from my own experience of running, that such exercise requires physical and mental persistence. We must actively choose to stay in shape if our goal is to complete races.

As followers of Jesus, we must keep ourselves in shape too. Being in community with each other, taking time to study and pray, being in worship, and actively serving others are all ways to help us run the race of faith.

Will you join us this coming Sunday for either scripture study at 9am in Fellowship Hall or worship at 10:30 in the sanctuary? Beginning next week...Wednesday night Bible study will be up and running too. And as always...opportunities to serve through the Women’s Homelessness Initiative or any number of other opportunities are possible.

I hope to see you this week. Invite someone to join you. They’ll be glad you did!

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 9/22/17

Happy Autumn Everyone!

I trust this week has been good for you in different ways. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. FBCD is a good place to be and I’m encouraged by the ongoing energy and enthusiasm that is ever evolving. Sometimes, when so much negative news and reality can overtake the news headlines and social media sites, it’s hard to appreciate the good that is happening around us.

Last week I participated in a fund-raiser for a local non-profit that supports women and men who are seeking to transition from being homeless to being housed. In sharing her testimony, one of the program participants, Brenda, said, “You forget there are so many good [things] in the world when what we see seems so bad."

There is much good happening at 1373 Grant Street.

Beginning this Sunday, from 9-9:50 in Fellowship Hall, we will begin a scripture study series called, “Acting Out: A Study Through the Book of Acts.” This will be a 9-week series and is designed so that if you miss a week or two, or can only come for a few sessions, you’ll fit in just fine. Please consider joining me as we explore together how the faith we profess can be lived out through the lives of every day folk like ourselves! You’ll be glad you did.

Whether for the scripture study series or for worship, I hope to see you this Sunday!

Thank you as always for being the people you are. Together, we are doing far more than any one of us could do on our own.

With love and admiration,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 9/7/17

Special Offering Opportunity CONTINUES...

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

Thank you to everyone who donated to our “One Great Hour of Sharing” (OGHS) special offering for Hurricane Harvey relief work in Texas and Louisiana. We will continue for the next couple of Sundays to receive over-and-above offerings for these efforts.

As you may know, the southeast region of our country is anticipating Hurricane Irma to make landfall in Florida this weekend. The effects of this storm are yet to be known but we can assume much relief effort and support will be needed there too.

During our services to come, you can give (or given again) to OGHS through FBCD’s weekly offering by noting on the pew envelope and/or your check “OGHS-Hurricane Relief."

UPDATE: Former member and musician of FBCD, Scot Pankey, has been able to return to his home to collect items but his house and neighborhood have sustained major damage. Scot’s spirits are good and he’s grateful for many blessings even in the face of many challenges. Please keep him in your prayers.

Thank you in advance again for your generosity. Let us keep the tens of thousands of people and communities impacted by these storms in our prayers for the days and months to come.

Sincerely,

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Special Weekly Words - 8/31/17

SPECIAL OFFERING OPPORTUNITY 

Dear FBCD Family & Friends:

In response to Hurricane Harvey American Baptist Churches USA has offered the following press release...

American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

“American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” Spitzer says. “I ask that every church dedicate time to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.”

Donations designated to “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey” can be made through your church; by visiting www.abc-usa.org and clicking “Give Online” at the top right of the page. In the “Comments” section, type “OGHS-Hurricane Harvey.” Or, mailed to the attention of Kim Wilkins at American Baptist Home Mission Societies, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA, 19482-0851. One hundred percent of donations go to relief efforts; no dollars are retained for administrative costs. For more information, contact Wilkins at 1-800-222-3872, x2413, or kim.wilkins@abhms.org.

One Great Hour of Sharing is administered by the World Relief Committee of the Board of General Ministries of American Baptist Churches USA. The committee facilitates American Baptist emergency relief, disaster rehabilitation, refugee work and development assistance by establishing policy guidelines and overseeing distribution of the annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering received by churches.

In the coming weeks, if you’d like to give to Hurricane Harvey relief directly on Sunday mornings, please note on the pew envelope, “OGHS-Harvey” and your contribution will go directly to disaster relief efforts.

A former member and musician of FBCD, Scot Pankey, is currently watching rising water enter his home. While we are geographically far from the devastation of this storm, I suspect many of us know family and friends like Scot, who are impacted personally and substantially.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. I will be making my contribution this Sunday. Please consider joining me.

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.

Weekly Words - 8/24/17

Mark your calendars!

Mikah Meyer will visit First Baptist Church as a guest speaker and soloist on Sunday, September 17.

Most recently a professional countertenor singer for the Washington National Cathedral Choirs, Mikah is also the founder of the world's largest LGBT Christian Young Adult organization, Queer For Christ, and is currently on a world record-setting journey to all 417 U.S. national parks. The son of a pastor, he is using his parks project to advocate for increased youth involvement in the outdoors, broadened LGBT Christian visibility and acceptance, and to share America's most beautiful places with the world.

Mikah’s story has been featured by NPR, the Washington Post, and the National Park Foundation.

Learn more about Mikah at www.TBCmikah.com.

Please plan now to invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers! This will be a good day for FBCD.

First Baptist Church of Denver is a welcoming and affirming, inclusive Christian community that embraces diversity, engages personal faith, and serves with compassion.


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