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Need a date night?

Parents’ Night Out is Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., Youth Room. RSVP with your child’s name, age and known food allergies to Plans are underway for a youth mission trip this summer, and proceeds go to support that trip!

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Mike Peled

Miko Peled, The General’s Son

Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, the Journey of an Israeli in Palestine will speak at Augustana, Sunday, April 6, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall.

His book chronicles his transformation from a staunch Zionist, the son of an Israeli general and war hero, into a peace activist, working to transform the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Israelis and Palestinians will live as equal citizens. This event is part of the Friends of Sabeel-Colorado Film and Lecture Series.

For additional information, visit

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Holy CommunionFirst Communion Class

Kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades who are not yet communing are invited to be with Pastor Pederson and Pastor Caitlin for classes at Augustana, Thursdays, April 3 and 10 at 6:30 p.m. We really enjoy teaching these classes and look forward to your participation. Parents, too, are welcome to attend and participate in these classes. In fact, it’s a good idea.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m., Rooms 1–3. We’ll be making chalices in an old Augustana tradition.
  • Thursday, April 10, 6:30 p.m., Rooms 1–3. The pastors will be teaching about the origins and benefits of Communion. Dianne Nelson will also rehearse the class for their first Communion.
  • Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Worship.

First communicants and their families are welcome to commune together with the whole congregation.

We look forward to the participation of all the families of young people coming to Communion. Please give us a call (303-388-4678) if you have any questions.

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“How My Mind Has Changed”

Sundays, April 6, 13, and 27, 9:15 a.m., Anna Paulson Room

At the point of his retirement from Augustana, Pastor Pederson will lead three weeks of reflection on ways his mind has changed. Not only about how his mind may have changed about pastors and congregations, but also about parenthood, marriage, politics and the meaning of life. His hope is that sharing some of what he has learned over the years and how his views have changed might be an opportunity for participants of the class to reflect on how their minds may have changed as well.

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Easter Food BasketThings are the Same and Different for Warren Village Baskets

What is the same
Your $35 contribution will still buy an Easter Food Basket for a family living at Warren Village. Your gift to Augustana by Monday, April 7 provides a ham, canned fruits and vegetables, dinner rolls, and a fruit pie.

What is different
In the past we would raise about two-thirds of the money needed within Augustana, and Thrivent would provide $800. The change is that Thrivent has chosen to reach out to a larger number of small member-driven projects, so Thrivent is now providing $250.

The second change is that we will now have the food delivered to Warren Village, and we will assemble the food baskets there. This gives us the opportunity to be closer to the people we are serving and to tour the facility. Volunteers from Augustana will meet on Palm Sunday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Warren Village office (1300 Gilpin St.), where we will break down the bulk delivery into 106 meal baskets. Afterwards, we will get a guided tour of the facility.

Get involved!

  • Send your contribution ($35 per basket—any amount is welcome) to Augustana by Monday, April 7. Make checks payable to Augustana, footnoted “Warren Village Easter Baskets.”
  • Plan to volunteer one to two hours at 1300 Gilpin St., Sunday, April 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Thank you! If you have any questions, please call Jerry Sanders (303-363-8685).

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cans of food

PEAS for the World Lenten Food Drive

Between now and Easter, April 20, use this handy shopping list to purchase items for Metro CareRing and leave the groceries in the collection baskets in Augustana’s Narthex and Fellowship Hall. To download a list of healthy foods to donate, or to learn more about Metro CareRing, visit Thanks!

PEAS for the World Lenten Food Drive
Shopping List for Metro CareRing

  • 2 pounds of rice
  • 2 pounds of pinto beans
  • 2 cans of tuna fish in water
  • 2 boxes of mac & cheese
  • 2 cans of a hardy soup
  • 3 cans of fruit in light syrup
  • 2 cans of vegetables
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • whole wheat pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • oatmeal and cereal
  • peanut butter
  • powdered or canned milk
  • bar soap
  • sanitary napkins
  • diapers (small, medium, or large)

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Place SettingApril Senior Luncheon

Maundy Thursday worship will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 17. Following the service, Judy Nyquist and her crew will serve our monthly luncheon in Fellowship Hall. For meal planning purposes, make your reservation with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) no later than Monday, April 14. We welcome visitors, and you are encouraged to invite friends to join you for worship and a delicious lunch.

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Drawn to the WordArtist paints
The Passion of Our Lord at Augustana’s Good Friday worship

Good Friday, April 18,
noon and 7 p.m., Sanctuary

Good Friday worship on April 18 at noon and at 7 p.m. will offer a unique worship experience through “Drawn to the Word.” Paul Oman, artist and pastor, will paint larger-than-life sized murals depicting The Passion of Our Lord before your eyes. This story will unfold artistically, musically, narratively, and scripturally during worship. The paintings will then become part of Augustana’s art collection.

Paul Oman, pastor and artist, seeks to give new vision to God’s Word by using the process of painting to captivate audiences in our visually-oriented culture. To see murals and video go to:

Please join us on Good Friday as we journey together toward the cross and in the promise of salvation. Special thanks to Augustana’s Music Ministry and the Augustana Foundation for financial gifts for this worship event.

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Holy Week

Holy Week and Easter at Augustana

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, April 13

8 a.m.* Worship/Communion - Sanctuary
10:30 a.m.* Worship - Sanctuary

  • Note: 8 a.m. worship will be in Augustana’s Sanctuary, and Easter Garden gifts are due this day!

Maundy Thursday, April 17

11 a.m. Worship/Communion - Sanctuary

  • Senior Luncheon follows 11 a.m. worship. Call Augustana’s office with your reservation (303-388-4678) by Monday, April 14.

7 p.m.* Worship/Communion - Sanctuary

  • Young people in Augustana’s First Communion Class celebrate Holy Communion.

Good Friday, April 18

  • “Drawn to the Word” - Paul Oman, pastor and artist, paints the Passion of Our Lord.

Noon Worship - Sanctuary
7 p.m.* Worship - Sanctuary

Easter Sunday, April 20

8 a.m.* Worship/Communion - Sanctuary
8:30–11 a.m. Easter Breakfast - Fellowship Hall
9:30 a.m.* Worship/Communion - Sanctuary
10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt - Courtyard
11 a.m.* Worship/Communion - Sanctuary

*Childcare available in Augustana’s nursery.

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Buck-a-ChickBuck-a-Chick ($1)

ELCA World Hunger/Good Gifts invites you to buy a chick for $1! Purchasing this chick makes a world of a difference! It provides a family in need with eggs to have a protein-rich meal and to sell at the market. Little chickens can do a lot in the fight against hunger.

To give a Buck-a-Chick gift for ELCA World Hunger ($1—or any amount is welcome), make checks payable to Augustana and use the designated envelopes provided to your Sunday school student or in bulletins on Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, April 13. Thanks!

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eggEaster Breakfast

Join us in Fellowship Hall for Easter Breakfast, an Augustana tradition hosted by Augustana’s youth, Sunday, April 20, 8:30–11 a.m. For a donation, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast any time during the morning. We will serve a great spread including pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, and coffee. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678).

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Easter EggsEaster Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday, April 20, 10:30 a.m., Augustana’s courtyard. This annual event for toddlers through children in grade 4 is a wonderful opportunity for fun and pictures. Augustana’s confirmation class will fill nearly 1,000 recycled plastic eggs with scripture and toys and hide them on Augustana’s grounds between services on Easter Sunday. Children are arranged in age groups in different areas of Augustana’s property for safety.

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Easter liliesHelp grow Augustana’s Easter Garden

This Easter, honor or remember your loved ones with a gift to Augustana’s Easter Garden! Use the Easter Garden envelopes available in Augustana’s pew pockets or download a form here, make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran Church, and send your gift to Augustana’s office by Palm Sunday, April 13. The suggested contribution for each individual you wish to honor or remember is $8. Gifts for the Easter Garden will support this summer’s youth mission trip. Thank you!

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Deliver Easter lilies

It is a long standing tradition for the donated Easter lilies, which will adorn the altar for Easter worship, to be delivered to Augustana’s home-centered members. These deliveries can be made early in Easter week or on Easter day. If you would be willing to deliver two or three lilies, hopefully convenient to your own neighborhood, contact Malise de Bree ( or 303-388-4678 ext. 122).

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Castlewood Canyon Hike
Saturday, April 19, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 9 a.m.
Explore a 300-foot-deep canyon and remains of a dam that broke and flooded parts of Denver back in 1933. Hiking to the rim of this high plains canyonland provides panoramic views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak. A portion of the Black Forest ecosystem and wildlife habitat can be found on the lower portions of this hike.

Rating: Easy to moderate
Distance: 4 to 6 miles round trip
Elevation: 6,600 to 6,200 feet
Guide: Ron Johnson (303-745-4047)

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Augustana Praying Project offers three opportunities!

Prayer Hour
A Prayer Hour is an open-to-all time in Christ Chapel at Augustana. Come and pray silently with a printed Prayer Hour Guide provided for you. The Prayer Hour Guide includes the current prayer requests of the congregation. You may leave early —just come as you’re able!

  • Mondays, 10–11 a.m., E.L. Van Laningham, leader
  • Tuesdays, 7–8 a.m., Malise de Bree, leader
  • Tuesdays, 7–8 p.m. , Kris Ireland, leader

Prayer Chain
If you would like to receive and pray for ongoing and/or urgent prayer requests, please e-mail Pastor Caitlin ( Include your preferred e-mail and phone number so that you may be contacted to pray.

Prayer Team
This group will pray, track, and follow-up on prayer requests over time. The Prayer Team details are still being figured out but will likely meet monthly or so for about an hour. Please e-mail Pastor Caitlin ( if you are interested in working on the Prayer Team.

NEW! Click here to submit an online prayer request!

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911 Center Tour

Senior Ministry is planning a tour of the updated 911 Center, Wednesday, April 23, where we will learn about their training and be able to see the 911 call center with the employees handling live 911 calls. This interesting tour will take 1 to 1½ hours, an elevator is available, and there is no cost for the tour. Meet at Augustana’s south parking lot at 9:30 a.m. to car pool to the center which is located at 950 North Josephine Street near the Botanic Gardens. Our tour will start at approximately 10 a.m. After the tour we will lunch at a local restaurant. Make your reservation with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) by Monday, April 21.

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comedy tragedyTheater and Theology

Theater and Theology brings members of Rocky Mountain Synod congregations in and near Denver to productions of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. After viewing a play, we do a talk-back discussion with cast members on theological issues raised in the play. The plays and these discussions can challenge and stimulate our faith, and, therefore, the mission of the Church, in a unique way. For more information, contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836).

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m., Space Theater
Tickets: $34

A deeply moving reminder that great loss cannot exist without great love, Shadowlands is a biographical look at the late-in-life blooming relationship between C.S. Lewis and wife Joy Davidman. The lynchpin of the story is Davidman’s cancer diagnosis and how the reverberation of that moment shakes the foundation of Lewis’ strong faith.

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Shadowlands” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


Animal Crackers
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m., Stage Theater
Tickets: $34
From the zinging one-liners to its slapstick brilliance, this boisterous and raucous comedy about the theft of a valuable painting from a society dinner party is quintessential Marx Brothers mayhem. Watch Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx come to life before your eyes—right before they tear up from laughter.
Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Animal Crackers” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, April 15.

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Celtic Spirituality Presentation

Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Anna Paulson Room

For the last several months a group of us at Augustana have been studying the history, background, meaning and practice of Celtic Spiritually. One of the things we have learned is that the Celtic tradition began around the 6th century and was centered in Iona, Scotland. Our own Pastor Ron Swenson has actually been to Iona and will be sharing his pictures and experiences with us on April 24. We invite you to join us Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Anna Paulson Room to hear Ron’s presentation and to learn more about this fascinating Christian tradition. Please contact Dwight Stenseth (303-693-7890) with any questions.

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Augustana Arts

“Captured in Film”

Buntport Theatre Company and
the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra

Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the Holiday Event Center (2644 West 32nd Avenue, Denver, 80211)

“Captured in Film” may just be the best time you’ve ever spent with MSCO. We’ll present classic films from the Silent Era in an authentic yet wonderfully refurbished venue, the Holiday Event Center, built when live vaudeville and film were presented together. We are pleased to collaborate for this program with the brilliant and highly acclaimed Buntport Theatre Company and filmmakers from CU Denver! Hailed as fearless, funny and fiercely intelligent, this unique troupe of Buntporters along with our musicians and filmmakers will create a captivating and surprising concert experience. Join us at the Holiday Event Center, in northwest Denver (with easy nearby parking) for this unique collaboration concert!

Purchase tickets ($24/adult, $15/senior, $15/student, and $8/child 5–12 years) online at, by phone at 303-388-4962, or at the door the night of the event.

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9Health Fair

It’s 9Health Fair time again!

Take advantage of the great free or low-cost health services offered at Augustana’s 9Health, Monday, April 28 or Tuesday, April 29, 7 a.m.– noon.

Free screenings:

  • Lung Function/Sleep Apnea
  • Skin
  • Bone density
  • Breast exams
  • Oral health
  • Blood pressure
  • Stress management
  • Body in Balance
  • Ask a Doctor

Blood draw screenings:

  • Blood chemistries $30
  • PSA $25
  • Blood count $15
  • Vitamin D $40
  • Hemoglobin A1c $25

For more information, visit

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New Members/Newcomers Class

Our next newcomers/new members class will meet on Sunday, May 4 in the Ammerman Library, 9:15–10:15 am. This six-week class is designed to introduce the ministry and life of Augustana to newcomers in our midst. Our pastors, staff and various lay leaders discuss their roles in the life of the church. Please call Augustana’s office or Malise de Bree (303-388-4678 ext. 122 or to sign up or if you have questions. One can attend the class to gather information without then having to join, so come and check us out!

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Tootsie RollCollege care boxes for finals week

On Sunday, May 4, Parents of College Students will pack our students’ last boxes of goodies for this school year. We’ll meet in the Anna Paulson Room after 10:30 a.m. worship. If you are unable to help with assembling the boxes, please consider leaving some items either in the Anna Paulson Room or Augustana’s office. If you have questions, contact Larry or Eleanor Bonicelli ( or Bill or Ellen Mangione (

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2014 April Tower Cover

Download the April 2014 full color edition of The Tower, Augustana's monthly newsletter.

If you'd like us to e-mail you our monthly newsletter, e-mail your request to Lyn Goodrum.

Articles for the 2014 May edition of The Tower are due Thursday, April 17, 2014. E-mail articles to Lyn Goodrum. Click this link for guidelines and deadlines for The Tower newsletter.

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