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Safe

by: Gillian Ford

03/14/2019

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contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

As an ongoing Trinity staff development exercise, we have been discussing psychological safety. Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmonson coined the phrase and in her book Teaming she writes: “psychological safety makes it possible to give tough feedback and have difficult conversations without the need to tiptoe around the truth. In psychologically safe environments people believe that if they make a mistake others will not penalize or think less of them for it. They also believe that others will not resent or humiliate them when they asked for help or information. This belief comes about when people… read more

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contributor: Rev. Ken Brown

As an ongoing Trinity staff development exercise, we have been discussing psychological safety. Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmonson coined the phrase and in her book Teaming she writes: “psychological safety makes it possible to give tough feedback and have difficult conversations without the need to tiptoe around the truth. In psychologically safe environments people believe that if they make a mistake others will not penalize or think less of them for it. They also believe that others will not resent or humiliate them when they asked for help or information. This belief comes about when people both trust and respect each other and it produces a sense of confidence that the group won’t embarrass reject or punish someone for speaking up.” (Dare to Lead, Brene Brown).

I highlight the term psychological safety because we aspire to create such a space to discuss our way forward to develop a statement of inclusivity in the wake of the United Methodist Church’s Special Session of the General Conference last month. I especially want to extend an invitation to persons of the LBGTQIA+ to attend this congregation wide conversation. Why? Because I respect and acknowledge that the Conference’s immediate outcome has been harmful to LBGTQIA+ persons who are members at Trinity that I have spoken to. I am aware that, in general, Trinity has a broad capacity to be welcoming–so let’s have a conversation together.

I look forward to seeing all who can make it next Saturday, March 23 to "Finding Our Way Forward" with Rev. Jim Gulley. Together, Rev. Gulley and I will facilitate our time together as we continue to discern our next steps as a congregation. I hope you will join us. Learn more here.

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Letting Go & Making Room

by: Gillian Ford

03/07/2019

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Greetings Easter People!

Actually, I’m ahead of myself. You see, before Easter must come the Crucifixion. Before a resurrection can happen, the death must occur. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the season of preparation as we humbly approach the cross. It is a time of reflection; we must take the inner journey, which is not unlike the wilderness in which Jesus spent 40 days being tempted. In this journey we allow the light of Christ to shine on the places within that we are often too afraid to see. This is a sacred time, and… read more

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Contributor: Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris

Greetings Easter People!

Actually, I’m ahead of myself. You see, before Easter must come the Crucifixion. Before a resurrection can happen, the death must occur. This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, the season of preparation as we humbly approach the cross. It is a time of reflection; we must take the inner journey, which is not unlike the wilderness in which Jesus spent 40 days being tempted. In this journey we allow the light of Christ to shine on the places within that we are often too afraid to see. This is a sacred time, and a time I cherish. Why? Because I know that I am not alone as I take that journey, and I am not harshly judged. Christ goes with me and before me, and the love of God is unconditional. That love is healing, and understands how hard it is to be human. We can let the pieces of ourselves that no longer serve us or God die, so that new life can be breathed into us.

Lent is also a time of fasting. Fasting is not just about what we eat or drink; however, it is about clearing the clutter of those things that hold us back in our relationship with God. I invite you to reflect on the following words of Pope Francis about fasting. Is there something here that is nudging you, saying “it’s time to let go”?


This Sunday, I will be preaching and will kick off a new sermon series entitled Anxious for Nothing. As a church we will explore one of these suggestions from Pope Francis, which is to “Fast from worries and have trust in God.” Lent is an individual and communal journey. May you…and may we as a church…make room for more God.

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Sunday Flower Ministry

by: Gillian Ford

03/06/2019

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Participate in worship by providing the beautiful floral arrangements for the Sanctuary. A note of acknowledgement is placed in the bulletin each Sunday, where you may choose to give the flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one or for a special occasion. You many take the flowers with you following the 11:00am service. Sign up online with the button below or with Julie Gladney in the Church Office.

Flower Ministry Sign-Up

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Participate in worship by providing the beautiful floral arrangements for the Sanctuary. A note of acknowledgement is placed in the bulletin each Sunday, where you may choose to give the flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one or for a special occasion. You many take the flowers with you following the 11:00am service. Sign up online with the button below or with Julie Gladney in the Church Office.

Flower Ministry Sign-Up

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"Chief" Dick Johnson's Story

by: Gillian Ford

03/04/2019

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Contributors: Jim Wilkins & Rev. Miriam Slejko

“Chief” Johnson served in the United States Navy from 1952-1983 (33+ years) on 18 different ships and on five bases ashore including at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines and Japan. He served under Presidents Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. After retirement, Dick served on the Honor Guard at Fort Logan National Cemetery for 20 years here in Colorado.

The World War II Memorial dedicated in 2004 was built to honor the service and sacrifice of 16,000,000 Americans. While 1,200,000 WWII veterans are still alive today, nearly 1,400 are passing away daily.

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Contributors: Jim Wilkins & Rev. Miriam Slejko

“Chief” Johnson served in the United States Navy from 1952-1983 (33+ years) on 18 different ships and on five bases ashore including at Pearl Harbor and in the Philippines and Japan. He served under Presidents Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. After retirement, Dick served on the Honor Guard at Fort Logan National Cemetery for 20 years here in Colorado.

The World War II Memorial dedicated in 2004 was built to honor the service and sacrifice of 16,000,000 Americans. While 1,200,000 WWII veterans are still alive today, nearly 1,400 are passing away daily.

You can help celebrate “Chief” Johnson in two ways:

1. Write a letter to Dick thanking him for his service. Letters will be received at the Trinity Military Ministry Table in Fellowship Hall March 17-April 7

2. Join the Welcome Home group who will gather at Denver International Airport to meet Dick’s return flight. Sign up at the Trinity Military Ministry table.

Spouses of service members are important too and serve in their own way. Carolyn, Dick’s wife of 28 years, is also a long time member of Trinity. Dick and Carolyn met and were married at Trinity. Both Dick and Carolyn are part of Trinity’s Military ministry.


Honor Flight in Washington, D.C.

Our own Trinity member, Dick Johnson, will be honored on an Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington, D.C. on April 25-27, 2019. It is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight and Trinity’s Military Ministry.

Dick and other veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War will tour the memorials and monuments dedicated to their service located in Washington, D.C. These memorials are primarily inaccessible to most veterans due to age, health, financial status and other circumstances. For them, attending this trip will be a soaring salute. For the Military Ministry, it is a small way of showing our support for these heroes and our deep gratitude for the freedom we enjoy today.


Presentation at Trinity

On Sunday, March 17, Mary Haddon, President, Rocky Mountain Honor Flight will present the Honor Flight for Veterans program in Fellowship Hall following at 12:30pm. The congregation is invited to stay, enjoy a burrito or punch and cookies, and hear about this exciting program which Trinity’s Military Mission supports.



Trinity's Military Ministry members: (from left, seated) Barbara Koener; (standing) Carol Brown, Beverly Gerlock, Jim Wilkins, Larry Brown, Nancy McFaddin, Myrt Dorroh, Judy Woodring, Dave Gerlock, Arlen McFaddin, Bob Dorroh, Chuck Woodring.

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Lisi's Story

by: Gillian Ford

02/28/2019

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Contributor: Lisi Owens

Last time I spoke to you all I talked about what brought me to Trinity nearly a year ago - crisis and desperation. Those circumstances have dissipated. Yet I keep coming back even though there’s a voice inside me that pipes up every once in a while to say, “What are you doing? This isn’t who you are.”

Reconciling that I really like coming here every Sunday and a nagging feeling that I am not being true to myself by doing so has made me think a lot about why I keep coming back. And in thinking about why… read more

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Contributor: Lisi Owens

Last time I spoke to you all I talked about what brought me to Trinity nearly a year ago - crisis and desperation. Those circumstances have dissipated. Yet I keep coming back even though there’s a voice inside me that pipes up every once in a while to say, “What are you doing? This isn’t who you are.”

Reconciling that I really like coming here every Sunday and a nagging feeling that I am not being true to myself by doing so has made me think a lot about why I keep coming back. And in thinking about why I keep coming back, I have to think about why I didn’t come before. That makes me think about why a lot of people I know don’t come and, you know, it’s a very “if you give a mouse a cookie” situation.

I have to tell you a story, but before I tell it to you, I have to tell you that I really don’t want to tell you this story. See I’m standing up here talking to you about some of the things I think are keeping people like me away from church when I spent thirty-two years of my life feeling very resolved that I was not a person who would get anything out of going to church. So when I tell you this story, it’s going to reveal to you that I was wrong about something, and I really, really, really do not like being wrong about things. I was what we in my generation like to call a “hot mess” for my first couple years of college. About halfway through my sophomore year, I cooled off to what you might call a “warm mess,” and I made a new friend, Sierra. Then, I thought she was a nerd and now I realize she just had her act together. Nevertheless, we became good friends.

One evening, I was at dinner with Sierra and a friend of hers I did not know very well. I was sitting by myself on one side of the table and they were both sitting on the other side facing me. Sierra looked at me and said, “Oh by the way, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about Jesus. I have some books I think you should read.” I don’t remember what I said in response to that, but I can tell you what I felt in that moment and every time I’ve thought about it since was “How. Dare. You.” How dare you think I’m not smart enough to already know everything you would tell me; how dare you think that I’m not strong enough to be able to save myself; and how dare you think that I’m not independent enough be able to forge my own path. How dare you look at me with that face like I need your help.

I certainly can’t claim to be the voice of my generation, but in the immortal words of Lena Dunham, I’m a voice of my generation. And I think these three things: being smart, being strong, and being independent are defining visions people of this generation have for themselves. I also think that for reasons that have little to do with the people in this church, this is a generation that views being a Christian as being in conflict with those values. But as much as we define ourselves as smart, strong, independent, ingenious contrarians and rebellious dissenters, I think we are also a generation aching for a value system defined by who we are, not who we are not. And, just like every generation before us and every generation after us, we are made up of individuals who all view and experience the world in different ways.

I don’t want the takeaway of what I just said to be that everyone who is between the ages of 25 and 40 has the same feelings about church that I do. Instead, I want to communicate that everyone has a unique story to tell and I think it is through sharing our stories with one another we achieve the type of meaningful and lasting connection that brings people to a place of peace like the one I have found by coming to church.

So, what should you do with all this information? I’ll give you one easy starting place: this week, ask one person who you think of as different from you—at your office, during a school event, at the park—to tell you their story. And when they’re done telling their story don’t tell them they need to read a book about Jesus, or even THE book about Jesus. Just communicate to them that you are grateful that they shared with you and that you care about them. When I needed someone to listen, there have been people in this congregation who listened to me. Being a recipient of that kind of care, I can tell you that just by listening, you’ll bring a joy to that person’s day they didn’t even know they were looking for.

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A Message from Pastor Ken about #GC2019

by: Gillian Ford

02/27/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

My commute into Denver this morning was foggy and it parallels the heaviness of a cloud hovering over the United Methodist Church.

Yesterday, a majority of delegates of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference voted to accept the Traditionalist Plan of the options proposed in consideration of how to address human sexuality in the UMC. This means that going forward, there may be strict enforcement of the prohibitions against same sex marriages performed by United Methodist clergy and the ordination of those who identify as LGBTQIA+.

As your pastor, I want to be clear on this matter.… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

My commute into Denver this morning was foggy and it parallels the heaviness of a cloud hovering over the United Methodist Church.

Yesterday, a majority of delegates of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference voted to accept the Traditionalist Plan of the options proposed in consideration of how to address human sexuality in the UMC. This means that going forward, there may be strict enforcement of the prohibitions against same sex marriages performed by United Methodist clergy and the ordination of those who identify as LGBTQIA+.

As your pastor, I want to be clear on this matter. I want to be a pastor to all and embrace fully our mission to be welcoming. Yes, the Church has spoken. But within the Church, everyone has a voice and a story. To those in our community who identify as LGBTQIA+, Trinity welcomes and affirms you. I acknowledge and accept that the denomination's decision bears a unique impact on your lives. This is a painful loss for our entire community. I am committed to sit with Trinity to discover a way to deserve your openness to be in community with us.

I am hopeful that the words of John Wesley, one of Methodism’s founders, will resonate in our actions to be a church for all: “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.”

May we all be in prayer for God’s guidance and a charitable spirit among us.

God is with us.
Ken Brown


P.S. I invite you to join me and others in prayer on Thursday, February 28
from 2:00-3:00 pm in Stiles Chapel on Level 2.

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Love is a Verb

by: Gillian Ford

02/12/2019

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CONTRIBUTOR: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

We did it, Trinity! Together we collected over 1000 pairs of socks for neighbors without permanent shelter. Your response reminds me of the theme that love is action from a John Mayer song, “Love ain’t a thing. Love is a verb.” This Thursday on Valentine’s Day, women from the ministries of Trinity’s United Methodist Women will be blessed to extend God’s love as they gift our expression of love in a seemingly small thing – new socks. Diners at the hot lunch brought in by our local partner, Capitol Hill Community Services, as… read more

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CONTRIBUTOR: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

We did it, Trinity! Together we collected over 1000 pairs of socks for neighbors without permanent shelter. Your response reminds me of the theme that love is action from a John Mayer song, “Love ain’t a thing. Love is a verb.” This Thursday on Valentine’s Day, women from the ministries of Trinity’s United Methodist Women will be blessed to extend God’s love as they gift our expression of love in a seemingly small thing – new socks. Diners at the hot lunch brought in by our local partner, Capitol Hill Community Services, as well as guests at St. Francis Center, a day shelter that we partner with, will have prayers of “Help” answered.

Thank you to each of you who brought socks, an important item for neighbors whose foot health is adversely affected by a poor diet, ill-fitting shoes, and extreme weather conditions. Thank you to our United Methodist Women for leading this church-wide endeavor, providing us all the opportunity to make a difference by doing small things with great love. And thank you to each of you who volunteer with our local partners!

It is a joy to serve with you expressing our love for God and others in tangible ways on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year!

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1,000 Pairs of Socks

by: Gillian Ford

02/07/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

On Sunday, February 3, we laid down a missional gauntlet. By February 10, we want to receive 1,000 pairs of socks to deliver to our neighbors in downtown Denver.

This goal is emboldened by our Women’s Ministry who imagined our 2019 Sock Drive. The question I repeated is why specifically new, white, tube-height and adult sized socks? Here’s why:

Living without permanent shelter requires a high demand of pedestrian transitions from one facility to the next facility. The wear on ones’ feet in this situation can produce and exacerbate feet health conditions, especially if one is diabetic. A… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

On Sunday, February 3, we laid down a missional gauntlet. By February 10, we want to receive 1,000 pairs of socks to deliver to our neighbors in downtown Denver.

This goal is emboldened by our Women’s Ministry who imagined our 2019 Sock Drive. The question I repeated is why specifically new, white, tube-height and adult sized socks? Here’s why:

Living without permanent shelter requires a high demand of pedestrian transitions from one facility to the next facility. The wear on ones’ feet in this situation can produce and exacerbate feet health conditions, especially if one is diabetic. A change of socks is a practical, wellness choice. White socks make it easier to visibly note unhealthy secretions that may require medical attention. It’s pretty straightforward why white socks matter.

Trinity, we can collect 1,000 pairs of socks by this Sunday, February 10. Over 800 pairs have been collected to date. Let the church pray, “WOW!”

Thank you for bringing pairs of socks to church this week as collectively we love offering neighbors a tangible item they will value.

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The Power of Showing Up

by: Gillian Ford

01/31/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

It's been said the showing up creates an opportunity for empathy and understanding. Too often the church underestimates the power of physical presence in a room that stirs moral imagination. Please consider showing for A Way Forward or Schism, this Saturday, February 2, from 8:00am–Noon. We are encouraging you to learn more and RSVP online to help us in preparing a space for you.

That said, if you cannot commit at this time, then make a game day decision and please show up Saturday–when you can, for as long as you can. Sometimes it is… read more

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

It's been said the showing up creates an opportunity for empathy and understanding. Too often the church underestimates the power of physical presence in a room that stirs moral imagination. Please consider showing for A Way Forward or Schism, this Saturday, February 2, from 8:00am–Noon. We are encouraging you to learn more and RSVP online to help us in preparing a space for you.

That said, if you cannot commit at this time, then make a game day decision and please show up Saturday–when you can, for as long as you can. Sometimes it is improbable to calendar an event until the day of. I understand the busyness of life. Here's the info:

Join this half-day seminar to learn more about the 2019 Special General Conference. Rev. Jim Gulley, Ordained Elder, Mountain Sky Conference, will lead the sessions, teaching and facilitating discussion.

Showing up, even before words are shared at the seminar, is validation that all stories, experiences, and lives matter. See you Saturday and Sunday!

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Trinity's Little Free Library

by: Gillian Ford

01/29/2019

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Contributor: Julie Gladney, Office Administrator

Check it out! Trinity’s Little Free Library is open for business. Located on Level 2, it is a small but powerful resource available for everyone to access. Our library's theme is Spirituality & Methodism.

Utilizing Trinity's Little Free Library is easy! If you'd like a book, please take one - there is no checkout. If you have books within our theme, you may leave them for someone else to discover!

Many of the current books were donated by Dr. Mike and Sharon Dent upon his retirement. We are also… read more

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Contributor: Julie Gladney, Office Administrator

Check it out! Trinity’s Little Free Library is open for business. Located on Level 2, it is a small but powerful resource available for everyone to access. Our library's theme is Spirituality & Methodism.

Utilizing Trinity's Little Free Library is easy! If you'd like a book, please take one - there is no checkout. If you have books within our theme, you may leave them for someone else to discover!

Many of the current books were donated by Dr. Mike and Sharon Dent upon his retirement. We are also looking for any topic of children’s books to share with our youngest readers.

The library has been busy already, lending out about 30-40 books each week. Thank you to all who have donated - we have storage space if you are thinking about cleaning out your bookshelves at home!

There are lots of terrific books for you! Stop by the library next time you are in the building.

Questions? Contact: Julie Gladney

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Help, Thanks, Wow

by: Gillian Ford

01/22/2019

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

When we are stunned to the place beyond words, when an aspect of life takes us away from being able to chip away at something until it's down to a manageable size and then to file it nicely away, when all we can say in response is "Wow," that's a prayer. - Anne Lamott

Sunday, January 27, I wrap up my first message series for 2019 and its last installment is "The WOW Prayer." Take a moment to digest Lamott’s above definition from her book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

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Contributor: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

When we are stunned to the place beyond words, when an aspect of life takes us away from being able to chip away at something until it's down to a manageable size and then to file it nicely away, when all we can say in response is "Wow," that's a prayer. - Anne Lamott

Sunday, January 27, I wrap up my first message series for 2019 and its last installment is "The WOW Prayer." Take a moment to digest Lamott’s above definition from her book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.

I want you to complete a take-home exam between now and Sunday. Take note of your WOW prayers this week. You know, the observations that stop you in your tracks because God serves you a heaping of “I am God!” and you simply reply, “Wow!”

Personally, I am wowed by you – the people of a community called Trinity leaning into the future. Wow, look at God!

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A Way Forward or Schism?

by: Gillian Ford

01/17/2019

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CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

Because my first career was as a marketing director, I am fascinated by the art of attention-grabbing text. The article title above has not disappointed me. In last week's email, this topic was our most clicked link, and here’s why: you care about Trinity creating a space for different opinions to be heard and you have a fondness for knowing how stories shape us for God’s purposes. I want you to join me in a discovery session on Saturday, February 2 with presenter, Rev. Jim Gulley.

Jim is one of the most courageous world changers I… read more

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CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

Because my first career was as a marketing director, I am fascinated by the art of attention-grabbing text. The article title above has not disappointed me. In last week's email, this topic was our most clicked link, and here’s why: you care about Trinity creating a space for different opinions to be heard and you have a fondness for knowing how stories shape us for God’s purposes. I want you to join me in a discovery session on Saturday, February 2 with presenter, Rev. Jim Gulley.

Jim is one of the most courageous world changers I know. In addition to being on the mission field in Nigeria and Haiti, he brings neutral data to the table for us to more clearly understand a divisive topic in our United Methodist Church. Jim is a personal friend I have traveled with, dined with and he bore witness to my wedding as a special guest. I trust Jim with leading Trinity to become a braver space for us to grow with God in new ways. Again, save this date, Feb. 2 and learn more about who we are becoming as a Methodist Family.

Peace, Pastor Ken

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Journey with Music & Arts

by: Gillian Ford

01/14/2019

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Contributor: Judith Mitchell, director of Music & Arts Ministry

Dear Trinity Community and beyond: I am writing to invite you to participate if you feel a call to journey in the Arts as a pathway to discovering more about yourself, those around, and the One who made you.

This is the second-best time of the season to join the Chancel Choir, which meets on Wednesday Nights from 7:00-9:00pm, and which is beginning preparations to share Mozart’s Requiem on Good Friday, April 19, at 7:00pm. On Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, there will be a Chancel Choir Retreat at Trinity… read more

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Contributor: Judith Mitchell, director of Music & Arts Ministry

Dear Trinity Community and beyond: I am writing to invite you to participate if you feel a call to journey in the Arts as a pathway to discovering more about yourself, those around, and the One who made you.

This is the second-best time of the season to join the Chancel Choir, which meets on Wednesday Nights from 7:00-9:00pm, and which is beginning preparations to share Mozart’s Requiem on Good Friday, April 19, at 7:00pm. On Friday and Saturday, January 25-26, there will be a Chancel Choir Retreat at Trinity to help us prepare the Requiem (Friday night from 7:00-9:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am-3:00pm). The Chancel Choir is also preparing music for each Sunday morning’s worship.

Additional Trinity Choir and Ensemble opportunities for adults include:

Youth ensembles (6th-12th grades) include a Youth Bell Choir and periodic singing opportunities. For younger children, there are three ensembles: Genesis Ringers (3rd-5th grades), Children’s Chimes (ages 4 to 2nd grade) and Joyful Voices Jr Choir.

If interested, please contact me to become connected with Trinity's Music & Arts Ministry. We'd love to have you!

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Faith in Action

by: Gillian Ford

01/08/2019

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contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

What are you doing with the opportunities that come to you with the beginning of a fresh, sparkling new year? 2019 is like a blank canvas on which we may, in faith, live out our deepest values through commitment to that creative adventure. It’s an opening to re-engage with activities that bring our lives purpose and meaning as well as explore new involvements. A favorite quote of mine any time of the year, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt is,

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

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contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry

What are you doing with the opportunities that come to you with the beginning of a fresh, sparkling new year? 2019 is like a blank canvas on which we may, in faith, live out our deepest values through commitment to that creative adventure. It’s an opening to re-engage with activities that bring our lives purpose and meaning as well as explore new involvements. A favorite quote of mine any time of the year, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt is,

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

His words remind us that we all have gifts, talents, skill, time and financial resources that can be used, and are needed, for the flourishing of our communities.

Trinity has a long history of service caring for the needs of under-resourced neighbors including significant endeavors that provide shelter and create stable housing. That legacy continues strong moving into 2019 as demonstrated by response to the Giving Tree for Beloved Community Village last month! Gifts through Trinity are providing stable transitional housing for 8 of the 12 residents being displaced for two weeks due to the move of the Village over zoning restrictions. That’s amazing! Thank you to all who gave, and to the many who stopped after services to speak with Cole and Amanda from Beloved Community (pictured above with Deb Meyer). They were encouraged in their work by our hospitality and compassionate vision to see neighbors housed. Read more about Beloved Community Village and the efforts of area faith leaders to develop creative solutions to homelessness.

While the data can be overwhelming when we assess the large gap that exists for all to be housed across the front range, we can always do something to be part of God’s compassionate transformative presence in the neighborhoods where we worship and where we live. In addition to inviting you to watch for more serving and giving projects I hope you’ll consider joining me in an upcoming learning opportunity:

Here’s to expanding our legacy for service in and with our communities in 2019 putting our faith into action doing what we can, with what we have, where we are!

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Greater Things

by: Gillian Ford

01/03/2019

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CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

Happy New Year! As we begin this year, let me share my gratitude for you making Christmas Eve spiritually spectacular. Over 3,400 people gathered in worship with a deep sense of joy and celebration for Christ the King's birth. Not only did we lift our praises by candlelight for this in-breaking of God, we were generous beyond words. To date, we have raised $115,000 (exceeding our Christmas Offering goal of $100,000) to support our missions and ministry work. Wow! Well done and thank you for investing in one more move Christ the King is making in… read more

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CONTRIBUTOR: Ken Brown, Senior Pastor

Happy New Year! As we begin this year, let me share my gratitude for you making Christmas Eve spiritually spectacular. Over 3,400 people gathered in worship with a deep sense of joy and celebration for Christ the King's birth. Not only did we lift our praises by candlelight for this in-breaking of God, we were generous beyond words. To date, we have raised $115,000 (exceeding our Christmas Offering goal of $100,000) to support our missions and ministry work. Wow! Well done and thank you for investing in one more move Christ the King is making in the world to alleviate suffering and loneliest.

In the spirit of new beginnings for 2019, I want to invite you to think big as one blogger on resolutions suggests. Consider the larger impact you can have following Jesus to specifically accomplish your calling to serve God and others. For me, I know God wants me to embrace the enormity to serve as your pastor. This year, I aim to dig deeply into the plans God has for our shared mission together. I believe God is calling us to greater things in service to others so everyone is included in the Christ the King's movement to reclaim humanity. Read and reflect on these encouraging words by Jesus:

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!"

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!"

"Blessed is the king of Israel!"

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written. -John 12:12-14 (NIV)

Remember, to think big isn't necessarily better - it is the humble pursuit of greater things that bring us vitality and new life in this new year.

I hope to see you Sunday in worship as together, we launch into the new year.

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