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Theater 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).

The 12
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35
Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The 12” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, March 31.

Thrilling, heart-pounding music and one of the most influential stories of all time unite in The 12, for what calls “a powerful rock and roll experience that rises up from where Jesus Christ Superstar ends.” The 12 enacts the ultimate test of faith faced by the disciples in the wake of their leader’s unthinkable death with an original, authentic classic rock music score. Created by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and award-winning composer Neil Berg, The 12 is a rockin’ and profoundly honest journey of fear, doubt, and ultimately, love.

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cans of foodSupport the food drive as part of your Lenten discipline

Augustana continues its annual tradition of helping stock the shelves of Metro CareRing with a special food drive during Lent. Although Augustana’s people generously donate nonperishable food items for Metro CareRing throughout the year, special emphasis on caring for our community’s hungry is encouraged during Lent—almsgiving for the poor being one of the three classic disciplines in this season.

Drop off food in boxes in Augustana’s narthex or Fellowship Hall now through Easter Sunday, April 5.

Most-needed nonperishable food items:

  • veggies (corn, green beans, peas)
  • fruit (peaches, pears, mixed fruit)
  • peanut butter (any brand, smooth/creamy)
  • beans (black, pinto, refried)
  • canned tuna (in water)
  • entrees/soups (canned chicken, chili w/beans, vegetable soup)
  • breakfast items (whole-grain cereal, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars)

Learn more about Metro CareRing at

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Easter LiliesHelp grow Augustana’s
Easter Garden!

Honor or remember loved ones with a gift to Augustana’s Easter Garden. Use the Easter Garden envelopes available in Augustana’s pew pockets or download a donation form here, and make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran Church. The suggested contribution for each individual you wish to honor or remember is $8. Gifts must reach Augustana’s office by Palm Sunday, March 29 to be included in the Easter Garden insert. Gifts for the Easter Garden will support this summer’s youth mission trip. Thank you!

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Holy Week

Holy Week/Easter Worship


Our Holy Week and Easter schedule has changed slightly. Please note our updated schedule below.

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, March 29

  • 8 a.m. Worship/Communion - Christ Chapel
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship - Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday, April 2

  • 11 a.m. Worship/Communion - Christ Chapel
    Luncheon follows worship
  • 7 p.m. Worship/Communion - Sanctuary
    Augustana 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders
    celebrate First Communion

Good Friday, April 3

  • Noon Worship - Sanctuary
  • 7 p.m. Worship - Seven Last Words by Steven Morgan
    - Sanctuary

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord, April 5

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

Nursery care will be available.

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eggEaster Breakfast

Join us in Fellowship Hall for Easter Breakfast, an Augustana tradition hosted by Augustana’s youth, Sunday, April 5, 9–11 a.m. For a freewill offering, 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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Confirmation Class hosts Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday, April 5, 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, and it has grown to over 150 participants! 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. For safety, children are arranged in age groups in different areas of Augustana’s property.

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augustana arts


Purchase tickets for these events ($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.

Carpe Diem String Quartet
Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
Virtuosity without pomposity! The boundary-breaking Carpe Diem String Quartet has been called “Extraordinary” by the Washington Post for its innovative programming and electrifying performances which reflect a passion for gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire.

Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Masterworks
Two-Way Street, featuring The Narrators
Philip Ficsor, Violin
Friday April 24, 7:30 p.m., Augustana’s Fellowship Hall
Saturday April 25, 7:30 p.m., Denver Music Summit, McNichols Civic Center

Tickets and information at

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April Luncheon

Our April luncheon will be Maundy Thursday, April 2, in Fellowship Hall following 11 a.m. worship and will not feature a program due to worship prior to lunch. Judy Nyquist and her crew will appreciate your reservation to Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) to help plan their lunch. Visitors are welcome, so invite your friends to attend the service and enjoy a delicious luncheon afterwards.

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Documentary Bag It shown for Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, Augustana’s Green Team will show the documentary film Bag It, Sunday, April 12, 9:15 a.m. in the Anna Paulson Room for Adult Forum. In this film Jeb embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. This film evolves into an investigation of plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and bodies. This is a touching and funny film about plastics. Come and see!

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Eat at Chipotle and support AELC!

The Augustana Early Learning Center’s second annual Chipotle Night will be held Wednesday, April 8, 5–8 p.m. at the Leetsdale and Monaco location (820 S. Monaco Pkwy.). Just mention the Augustana Early Learning Center fundraiser when you order, and 50 percent of the proceeds comes back to Augustana. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise $925.75 last year for security upgrades. This year, we are raising money for scholarships in an effort to offer quality early education to families in our neighborhood who might otherwise be unable to afford it. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to ensure a brighter future for all!

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Flying J Ranch Hike
Saturday, April 18, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 9 a.m.
Enjoy an easy hike through meadows and forests of lush aspen glades, ponderosa and lodge pole pine. Located between Evergreen and Conifer, this park contains an abandoned runway that gives the park its name.
Rating: Easy
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Elevation: 8,000 to 8,200 feet
Guide: Ron Johnson (303-745-4047)

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bubble gumGoodie boxes for
finals week

On Sunday, April 19, parents of college students will pack our students’ last boxes of goodies for this school year, and we hope you can join us with some items to support our kids as they prepare for final exams. We’ll meet in Room 1 after 10:30 a.m. worship. Packing the boxes usually takes less than an hour, and the kids really look forward to receiving them. If you are unable to help with assembling the boxes, please consider leaving some items with Augustana’s office. Please mark your bags or boxes clearly to indicate they are for the college students. If you have questions, contact Joy Hawkins ([email protected] or 303-915-7645), Bill or Ellen Mangione ([email protected] or 303-394-2289), or Jan Brown ([email protected]).

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Augustana Connects
Cinematic Spiritual Journeys

You are invited to be entertained, moved, and uplifted by the creativity, resilience, and triumph of the human spirit through watching memorable movies within a small group setting. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for us to share thoughts and feelings in response to the movie. Throughout a four-week period of time, we will gather to view and discuss one film per week, complete with popcorn and beverages.

Gatherings are Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, and 30, 6:15–9:15 p.m. at the home of Jerry and Linda Sanders in the Lowry Area of Denver (95 South Tamarac Street). You can choose to attend one, two, three, or all four films. Space is limited, so please call Jerry or Linda (303-363-8685) to indicate which sessions you would like to attend. The screenings will take place in a basement media room.

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9Health Fair at Augustana
Augustana Lutheran Church will host the 9Health Fair, Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, 7 a.m.–noon, offering over 20 different screenings. For a complete list of screenings or to register online, visit

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