Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra welcomes Kantorei, Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village) and Saturday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana.
Kantorei joins MSCO once again for a peek at Eternity, through the music of American composer Morton Lauridsen. Lux Aeterna, Lauridsen says, was the single most difficult piece he ever wrote, working through the pain of losing his mother. But great beauty is always born through great struggle—something to think about when pondering Eternity.
Purchase tickets ($24/adult, $15/senior, $15/student, and $8/child 5–12 years) online at www.augustanaarts.org, by phone at 303-388-4962, or at the door the night of the event.
Tuesday Morning Lenten Class
On Tuesday mornings during Lent, Malise de Bree leads a discussion on People of Purpose: 40 Life Lessons from the New Testament by ELCA Pastor Robert Driver-Bishop. The six week class begins on Tuesday, March 11, 9:30–11 a.m. in the Anna Paulson Room. We will be discussing biblical people whom we did not discuss last year. Sign up for this small group with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678). Malise needs to know by Monday, March 3 if you want her to order the $12 book for you.
Lenten Food Drive
Lent is not just about giving things up. It’s also about adding good things to our lives or to others’ lives and being appreciative of all we have been given.
This Lent, one of the ways you can add good things to others’ lives is by participating in the PEAS for the World Lenten Food Drive for Metro CareRing. Between Ash Wednesday, March 5, and Easter, April 20, use the handy shopping list to purchase items most appreciated by Denver’s hungry families and leave the groceries in the collection baskets in Augustana’s Narthex and Fellowship Hall. Thank you!
PEAS for the World Lenten Food Drive
Congregational Learning in March
“Mindfulness – Fostering Presence in Daily Living"
Sundays, March 9 and 16, 9:15 a.m., Anna Paulson Room
Aleisha Maunu will lead a two-part class called “Mindfulness – Fostering Presence in Daily Living," Sundays, March 9 and March 16 during the education hour at Augustana. Mindfulness is an approach that has been used for centuries to cultivate awareness of the present moment. Much research has been conducted in recent decades that have indicated positive benefits of the use of mindfulness in our daily lives. This class will provide an opportunity to learn more about mindfulness practices, the research on mindfulness, and practical applications.
Aleisha is a licensed therapist in private practice, seeing individuals, families/children, and couples, and she utilizes mindfulness practices regularly in her practice and her personal life.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
A celebration of English music with a splash of French, the Chancel Choir and members of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra present music of Handel (Concerto Grosso), Gabriel Fauré (Messe Basse), John Rutter (Te Deum), and Vaughn Williams (Five Mystical Songs). This concert is sure to delight your spirit in the midst of winter. Freewill offering.
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 11:45 a.m., Anna Paulson Room
One of the greatest challenges we face in the United States today is effectively and compassionately caring for one another. Whether challenged by illness, disability, or the natural process of aging, we will all require the help and assistance of others, professional healthcare providers as well as family and friends. Those of us from the Boomer Generation and Generation X often find ourselves caught between a rock and a hard place. We are called to care for our aging parents while raising a family, working, and maintaining our own health. Jane Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA, a passionate speaker, writer and listener, will lead this lively discussion. Lunch will be served 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m.
Charge: $10 for lunch. Please sign up with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678 or email@example.com) by Sunday, March 9.
Augustana Praying Project offers three opportunities!
Much of the Prayer Hour will be silent prayer over a prayer guide that includes up-to-date prayer requests. Praying out loud, if it happens, will be optional. Each prayer hour already has a designated leader who will open the time with scripture and prayer: Mondays at 10 a.m., E.L. Van Laningham; Tuesdays at 7 a.m., Malise de Bree; and Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Kris Ireland.
Many people find it helpful to add a Christian practice during the time of Lent. Come and see how it goes before or after work on Tuesdays, or begin your week with prayer mid-morning on Mondays. Send any feedback to Pastor Caitlin (Pastor.Caitlin.Trussell@gmail.com).
Learn about “ZooBorns” at Augustana’s Senior Luncheon program, Thursday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The 40-minute program presented by the Denver Zoo follows lunch prepared by Judy Nyquist and her crew. Make your reservations by Monday, March 17 at the Welcome Desk in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings or with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678). Guests and friends are always welcome!
Waterton Canyon Hike
This canyon along the South Platte River is home to bighorn sheep, mule deer and over 40 species of birds. The famous 473-mile-long Colorado Trail begins here, just southwest of the metro Denver area.
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).
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.
Things are the Same and Different for Warren Village Baskets
What is the same
What is different
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.
Thank you! If you have any questions, please call Jerry Sanders (303-363-8685).
Help 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!
Help save lives by volunteering for the 9Health Fair. Your involvement makes 9Health Fair possible. The dates for Augustana this year are Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29. Medical and nonmedical volunteers are needed. We need people that can volunteer either one or both days, 6:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities include:
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