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2014 Annual Reports

Financial reports are due to Finance Administrator Lisa Mikolajczak ([email protected]) by Friday, January 30.

Written reports are due Sunday, February 8 to Publications Administrator Lyn Goodrum ([email protected]).
Contact Lisa and Lyn for information. Download a report form here.

Reports will be available to the congregation by Sunday, February 15.

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Community Garden

Augustana’s Community Gardeners meet Sunday, February 8, 9:15 a.m. in Room 1 to start planning this year’s garden. If you are a gardener or just love being outdoors, please come to the meeting to share your thoughts and ideas. Contact Sheryl Stenseth (303-388-4678 ext. 106 or [email protected]) if you need more information.

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colorful candy heartsValentine packages for college students

Parents of Augustana’s college students will assemble Valentine’s Day college care packages, Sunday, February 8, 11:30 a.m., Anna Paulson Room. Please join us with enough goodies for 25 kids: snacks, small study supplies, candy, Valentine goodies, microwave popcorn, etc. If you can’t join us in person, please leave your donation with Augustana’s office, marked “college care packages.” You can also send a check to Augustana to help defray shipping costs. Memo “College Care Packages.”

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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yoga matCouples Yoga for Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 13, 6–7 p.m., Augustana’s Fellowship Hall. Cost: $15 per couple. Robyn Lambert, YogaFit Teacher
Begin your Valentine’s celebration by joining us for an enjoyable, flexible, and creative class!

Breathe together, guide and support one another, increase trust and communication, work together, and especially have fun together!

Yoga means “union,” and couples yoga enhances our awareness of and sensitivity to others. Couples yoga strengthens and brings new depth to our relationships. Through our yoga practice we increase vitality, reduce stress, develop strength and endurance, and improve coordination and balance.

Each person will need to bring a yoga mat. If you like, you can also bring a yoga strap, yoga block, blanket or towel, and water bottle. Robyn will have a few yoga blocks/straps to borrow (if needed).

If interested, sign up with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678).

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Thrivent Financial Meeting, February 15

The Thrivent Financial meeting February 15 will include 1) planning for the Ash Wednesday pancake supper on February 18 and 2) deciding on disbursements for Augustana groups, programs, or property. Requests for funds should include the name of the organization, amount of money, the purpose of the grant, and a contact person with telephone number and/or email address. Send your request by February 10 to [email protected] so it can be considered at the February 15 Thrivent Financial meeting.

Thrivent Choice Dollars have been generously designated by Thrivent members to Augustana Lutheran Church. Thrivent members may contact or 1-800-THRIVENT to designate your Choice Dollars at any time, but 2014 Choice Dollars must be designated by March 31, 2015.

All Augustana members and friends are invited to the lunch, but only Thrivent members may vote for the Choice Dollars disbursements. Make reservations for the February 15 lunch ($5) with Katherine Cruson (303-696-7430) by Friday, February 13.

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Colorado Faith Advocacy Day is February 16

Save the date for Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado’s Faith Advocacy Day 2015!

This year’s theme will be “Homelessness and Justice.”

  • When: Monday, February 16, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave.
  • Why: To live out God’s calling to you as a person of faith to advocate for justice for all people.

Pre-register by sending your name, congregation/ministry, and e-mail address to Peter Severson ([email protected]).

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ash wednesdayLent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18

Augustana will offer worship with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

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February Senior (and Everyone) Luncheon

Our February luncheon will follow the 11 a.m. Ash Wednesday service on February 18. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome to stay for lunch in Fellowship Hall following worship, but we need your reservation to help Judy Nyquist plan a tasty luncheon for you. Please call Augustana’s office with your reservation (303-388-4678) by Monday, February 16. We welcome visitors, so invite a friend to join you for Ash Wednesday worship, food, and fellowship.

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pancakesPancake Supper to Benefit Metro CareRing

Come to the pancake supper Ash Wednesday, February 18, 5:30–7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, featuring hot pancakes, syrup, sizzling sausage, and orange juice, coffee or tea. Cost is $5 per adult; $3 per child; or $20 per family, payable at the door. Net proceeds will go to Metro CareRing, a Denver agency which assists needy families with food and counseling. Augustana’s group of Thrivent Financial will serve the supper, featuring renowned pancake flipper Greg Bickle! A Thrivent Action Team request will provide $250. Reservations are recommended; call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678). Questions? Call Katherine Cruson (303-696-7430).

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Snowshoeing at Brainard Lake Recreation Area
Saturday, February 21, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 8 a.m.

We will begin at the Red Rock Trailhead west of the town of Ward and head west on one of several trails. Location of this outing may change due to snow conditions.

Rating: Easy to moderate
Distance: As far as we can get in 2 hours, roundtrip
Elevation: 10,000 to 10,200 feet
Guide: Karen Kisch (720-283-9402)

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Midweek Lenten Studies

  • Tuesdays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 9:30 a.m., Anna Paulson Room
  • Thursdays, February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:30 p.m., Anna Paulson Room

Augustana will host two weekly Lenten studies led by our pastors using the text Making Sense of Scripture by Dr. David Lose. The Thursday evening gathering includes a simple meal. Dr. Lose uses a very conversational style in his writing that gets to the heart of what we as Lutheran Christians believe about the Bible.

To register, contact Julie MacDougall (303-388-4678 or [email protected]) by February 11 and pick up the book ($12) no later than Ash Wednesday.

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40 days to BETTER LIVING—
Optimal Health

by Dr. Scott Morris

During Lent, you are invited to be inspired to improve your faith, work, nutrition, movement, family and friends, emotions, and medical health and live a life filled with more joy, more love, and more connection to God. Beginning on February 22 and for the next five weeks Sheryl Stenseth, Augustana’s Faith Community Nurse, will lead a discussion on this 40-day plan, Sundays, 9:15 a.m., Corner Room. Sign up with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) by February 15 so we have enough books for everyone. Forty days and numerous ways to live a healthy life—come and join us on the journey!

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Congregational Meeting, February 22

Augustana will hold a congregational meeting, Sunday, February 22, 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall to receive year-end reports and recognize lay leaders who completed their elected terms.

Prior to the meeting, a light lunch will be served. A free will offering will be taken to offset the cost.

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Annual Women’s Retreat

Our annual women’s retreat will be held Friday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. through Saturday, February 21, 3 p.m. at the Loretto Spirituality Center, located at Wadsworth and Quincy in southwest Denver. Malise de Bree will lead us in discussing some of St. Paul’s best known passages, including 1 Corinthians 13, Philippians 4:8, 9, and Romans 8:28–39. While it is recommended that you lodge there, you can be a day attendee. The cost for the retreat, lodging, and three meals is $110. Some scholarship aid is available. Reservations are accepted at Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) until Tuesday, February 17. Hope to see you there!

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2015 February Tower Cover

Download the February 2015 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 2015 March edition of The Tower are due Thursday, February 12, 2015. E-mail articles to Lyn Goodrum. Click this link for guidelines and deadlines for The Tower newsletter.

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