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cornucopiaThanksgiving Eve Community Service

Wednesday, November 26,
7 p.m., Sanctuary

Augustana continues a long-standing tradition on the eve of Thanksgiving, giving thanks with the community, Augustana’s choirs, and instrumental groups, along with Saint Paul Lutheran Church’s community and choirs. A message will be shared by Augustana’s pastors.

This night also concludes Augustana’s Chili Challenge for Metro CareRing. Bring as many cans of chili as you’re able to add to the pile.

And bring a pie to share for the 35th Annual Pie Fest afterwards in Fellowship Hall!

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chiliChili Challenge for Metro CareRing

Augustana Lutheran Church and Augustana Early Learning Center (AELC) are teaming up for a canned Chili Challenge in the month of November. The Early Learning Center will conclude their canned chili collection on November 9. They will bring their chili to worship that morning and challenge the congregation to meet their collected amount through November 26 (Thanksgiving Eve). All chili collected will go to Metro CareRing to help them meet the immediate hunger needs of people in the Denver Metro area.

November 9–26, please bring cans of chili (meat or vegetarian) to be placed around the communion tables in both Christ Chapel and the Sanctuary. Canned chili is a high-protein meal, and one can of chili weighs about one pound. Let’s be generous, meet the challenge, and help Metro CareRing in their goal of eliminating hunger in the Denver Metro area!

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Confirmation class sponsors Angel Tree

Augustana’s 6th–8th grade confirmation class will once again be sponsoring the Angel Tree, November 24–December 7, to benefit clients of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. Students will be making angels that have a Christmas gift request attached. The angels will then be placed upon a tree so that Augustana members and friends can choose one and purchase the gift requested. Gifts must reach Augustana by Sunday, December 7. Thanks for helping to make someone’s Christmas special!

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Advent WreathCelebrate Advent Adventure November 30!

Everyone is invited to a joyful afternoon of Advent preparation and fun! Please come to Fellowship Hall on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2–5 p.m. and make ornaments for yourself and others; enjoy a piece or two of fresh, warm lefse; hear a story from Pastor Tim and Pastor Caitlin, and so much more. There will be kids of all ages, happily crafting to holiday music and munching on Frito pies and popcorn. What better way to lift your spirits to begin the Advent season and help your children learn about Advent! We look forward to seeing you there, and, please, feel free to bring a friend or two!

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Christmas Senior Luncheon

Thursday, December 4, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
On the first Thursday of December come have a festive Christmas dinner and get an early start to the Christmas spirit with Christmas music by Silver Notes (formerly Senior Elite Choir). A delicious dinner will be served by Judy Nyquist and her crew, but she does need your reservation by Monday, December 1 to plan the meal. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) with the number of people in your party. Consider treating a friend or neighbor to this fun event in the Advent season. Visitors are welcome!

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augustana arts

A Colorado Choir Christmas Concert

Kelly Parmenter, Music Director/Conductor
Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6,
7:30 p.m. at Augustana
Now in its 38th season of presenting classical choral literature, the Colorado Choir returns with selections of some of the most beautiful music of the Christmas season.

Purchase tickets ($20/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.

Colorado Women’s Chorale

Holiday Sing-Along for All Ages
Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
Jennifer Ferguson, Music Director Conductor
Get ready to sing aloud as the CWC are joined by the Mile High Youth Choir for this new family tradition of a fun sing-along through all your favorite holiday songs. Beware, Santa sightings are possible!

Special pricing: Two for $20; children under 6 are free! Purchase tickets online at www.augustanaarts.org, by phone at 303-388-4962, or at the door the night of the event.

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Good Gifts Farm AnimalsLet’s buy the farm—or two or three!

As part of our Advent journey toward the birth of the one who fed the 5,000, the Global Mission Committee is asking Augustana members to support the ELCA Good Gifts ministry. This is a ministry to help end hunger and poverty by supplying farm animals to poor families around the globe to breed for food and sale. We can, as individuals, purchase animals through the program, but as a congregation we have the power to purchase one or more farms, which include animals, farm implements, and the educational support needed to ensure success. All of this for only $715 per farm!

Our collection will begin on Sunday, November 30 and end just before Christmas on December 21. You may use pew envelopes. (Write FARM on the envelope.) You may also deposit loose change or bills or checks into one of the many locations around the church (Sanctuary entrances and Fellowship Hall). Make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran, but write FARM in the memo line. Children will also receive barn coin banks so they can participate. Let’s see how many farms we can buy to make Christmas an especially joyous event for those who will receive a fresh start in life!

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Trailblazers

Georgetown Christmas Market
Saturday, December 13, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 10 a.m.
Experience an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas celebration in historic Georgetown, Colorado. Enjoy hot roasted chestnuts and other holiday goodies, watch the Santa Lucia procession, visit the famous Hotel de Paris or one of the several museums in town, and partake in the many other holiday festivities.
Guide: Laurie Scott (303-321-4954)

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Candlelighters

If you are a returning college student, we would love for you to join Augustana’s traditional candlelight procession, singing anthems and carols with middle and high school youth at 5 p.m. worship Christmas Eve! If you are home by December 14 or 21 please rehearse with us at 1 p.m. The dress rehearsal (required of all Candlelighters) is Sunday, December 21, 1–2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. (All other ensembles will rehearse at their normal times that Sunday.) For any questions on Candlelighters or the schedule, please contact Cindy Lindeen-Martin (303-388-4678 ext. 117).

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joyAugustana Festival
Christmas Concert

“Shout for Joy!”
Sunday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.

Come revel in the season of Christmas as Augustana’s traditional Christmas concert is shared with Augustana Arts. Under the direction of Dick Larson, Augustana’s Chancel Choir, AVE, Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Augustana Ringers, guitarist Alex Komodore and organist Cindy Lindeen-Martin join together on Sunday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. to present Augustana’s Festival Christmas concert for the congregation and the community. The afternoon features J.S. Bach’s celebrated Christmas Oratorio (Part I) as the centerpiece. Other music rounding out the program includes a stunning arrangement of “Away in a Manger” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Dale Warland’s “Love Looked Down,” an exquisite handbell and string arrangement of “Lo How a Rose,” and other holiday gems. Everyone will enjoy singing familiar Christmas carols with organ and orchestra. This traditional treat is a highlight of the year.

Childcare is provided. There will be a free-will offering.

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Here We Go A-Caroling

On Thursday, December 18, families, seniors and everyone else will gather at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for a tasty soup, sandwich, and apple pie supper. About 6:15 p.m. we will head out to serenade our seniors in various retirement communities.We will finish around 8 p.m. This Augustana tradition means so very much to our home-centered seniors. Please come and spread the merriment. Supper reservations are required by noon, Wednesday, December 17. Contact Malise de Bree or Yvonne Wilken (303-388-4678) with any questions.

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Christmas Eve Broadcast on KOA

Wednesday, December 24, 10 p.m., Radio KOA 850 AM

Again this year, Augustana will air a one-hour, Christmas Eve broadcast at 10 p.m. over radio station KOA. The broadcast and production costs run around $1,500. In the past the Augustana Foundation has helped fund this outreach ministry. Recently, the congregation has reached out to support this important ministry, and now is your opportunity to continue to do so. If you’d like to contribute toward this broadcast, please make a check payable to Augustana Lutheran Church and note “KOA Christmas Broadcast.” You can make your gift in honor or memory of a loved one. Gifts received by Sunday, December 21 will be acknowledged in the Christmas bulletins. Thank you!

Download a donation form here.

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poinsettiaGifts for poinsettias and Christmas trees

This Advent and Christmas season you can help provide poinsettias and Christmas trees for Augustana’s chancel while honoring or remembering special events or loved ones. Use the form below to indicate your preferences. Any amount is welcome. Make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran Church. Gifts received by Sunday, December 21 will be acknowledged in Augustana’s Christmas bulletins.

Download a donation form here.

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Christmas Day Dinner

Augustana will again serve a festive Christmas Day ham dinner in Fellowship Hall following 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day worship. All are welcome—families with children, couples, singles, including visitors—to enjoy some good food and conversation on this day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We do need your reservation by noon on Sunday, December 21, to help us plan the meal. Call Augustana’s office with your reservation (303-388-4678).

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Christmas Worship Schedule

Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 11 p.m
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nativityCelebrate the Nativity of Our Lord at Augustana with worship Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 11 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All services will include beloved Christmas carols, candlelight, music by Augustana’s choirs, and the nativity story as told through Luke’s gospel. Worship at 3 p.m. will offer Holy Communion and include musical leadership by AVE. Augustana’s Candlighters will process and sing at 5 p.m. worship, which also includes special musical leadership by Augustana’s children’s and handbell choirs. Hear Augustana’s Christmas Eve radio broadcast on AM Radio KOA 850 beginning at 10 p.m. Holy Communion will also be offered at 11 p.m. worship with special musical leadership by Augustana’s Chancel Choir. New this year at 11 p.m.: Candles will be provided to ALL during the singing of “Silent Night”!
Augustana’s nursery will be staffed for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. worship.


Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25, 10:30 a.m
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Christmas Day worship on Thursday, December 25 continues the celebration with Holy Communion and beloved carols at 10:30 a.m. in Augustana’s Sanctuary. John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth.

Following worship, Augustana offers a festive Christmas Day dinner in Fellowship Hall. Reservations (303-388-4678) by Sunday, December 21.

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comedy tragedyTheater & 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).

Appoggiatura
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m., The Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Appoggiatura” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, January 6.

Written by three-time Pulitzer nominee James Still, Appoggiatura follows three closely related Americans, each nursing a hunger and a hard-to-heal wound, as they travel to the romantic city of Venice seeking solace. As time bends and magic beckons around the corner, this favorite of the Colorado New Play Summit weaves a quirky and lyrical narrative exploring love, loss and the human soul.

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