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Calling all
College Students to come and receive a blessing on Sunday, August 3!

We would like to bless you during 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, August 3. Whether this is your first year, your fourth, or the year you enter your PhD work, let us share this moment with you. Whether you attend college in town or far away, let us share this moment with you.

E-mail Pastor Caitlin ( to let us know you be with us that day in worship.

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Loaves and FishesMetro CareRing’s 24th annual
Loaves and Fishes Food/Fund Drive

Bring non-perishable food items to Augustana by Sunday, August 3 to help stock Metro CareRing’s shelves. Metro CareRing’s top three needed food items are:

  • Low-sugar breakfast cereal
  • Canned peaches in a light syrup
  • Low-sodium canned black or pinto beans

For additional creative ways to support the Loaves and Fishes Food/Fund Drive, visit

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kids jumpingSquiggle Time

Kids are invited to join us at 10:10 a.m. every Sunday in Fellowship Hall, near the stage, for Squiggle Time. Together we will work off some excess energy before the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Each week we will engage in an activity based upon that day’s gospel message. Can’t make it at 10:10 a.m.? No problem. Join us anytime before 10:25 a.m. when we will head upstairs for worship.

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Annual Barbecue
for Seniors

Senior Ministry invites everyone to come on Thursday, August 7 to our annual barbecue, prepared by Judy and Win Nyquist. We will gather in the Anna Paulson Room at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship and a wonderful summer meal. Spread the word and come with your friends. Please let Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) know by Monday, August 4. The cost is $8.

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picnicPicnic by the Garden

The entire Augustana family is invited to join Children’s and Family Ministry for the next evening summer picnic on Tuesday, August 5. The picnic will be held in Quist Park, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Grilled meats and bottled water will be provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share, or drop a dollar in the basket. (There will be plenty of food!) You may also want to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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Middle School Drop-In

Wednesday, August 6, 6 p.m. Youth Room. We will gather for games and snacks. Contact Yvonne Wilken (303-388-4678 ext. 107 or

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RunnerAugustana Family Fun Run for health, fun, and safety!

The first annual Augustana Family 5K Fun Run will take place Saturday, August 9, 8 a.m.–noon. Tickets are $25 per family, and can be purchased ahead of time with the submission of a pledge form available from Augustana’s office and the AELC lobby. Furthermore, we are asking each family to pledge an additional $75 from family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Currently we are about halfway towards our goal of better security for the church and school, and we are imploring each family to get involved!

Invite everyone you know to the Fun Run. We have activities for the whole family, for any age group. We’ll have a waterslide and dunk tank available to cool off in after the run, and kids of all ages will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities designed with them in mind.

If you would like to participate in any way, please contact Jennifer Hibl ( Thank you, and God bless!

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Green Mountain Hike
Saturday, August 9, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 9 a.m.
This hike just west of Boulder takes us to the summit of Green Mountain via the Green Mountain West Ridge Trail. Enjoy excellent views of the Indian Peaks to the west, and the plains and the city of Boulder to the east.
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 3 miles round trip
Elevation: 7,500 to 8,144 feet
Guide: Laurie Scott (303-321-4954)

Download a brochure

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Senior High/College Age Drop-Ins

  • Tuesday, August 12, 8–10 p.m. – Poetry Slam-Slam at Little Man Plaza (2620 16th Street, Denver, 80211). Be sure to bring cash for some ice cream!
  • Tuesday, August 26, 6 p.m., Lowry Hill Starbucks –
    A get-together to discuss what you would like to do this fall.

Contact Yvonne Wilken (303-388-4678 ext. 107 or

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Pioneers Museum Tour, Colorado Springs

On Tuesday, August 19, Senior Ministry will tour the Pioneer Museum, located in the former historical El Paso County Courthouse (built 1903). The museum portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region in various exhibits, including distinguished Civil War officer General William Palmer’s Civil War effects, the public collection of Van Briggle art pottery, the largest public collection of well-known Western and Indian portraits painted by Charles Craig, and a collection of Ute items. The entrance is free, and we will leave Augustana’s lower parking lot at 9 a.m. by church van. The tour will take approximately 1½ hours. The building has an elevator. After the tour, we will lunch at 1 p.m. at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel’s La Taverne restaurant.

Spaces are limited, so make your reservation with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) by Sunday, August 10.

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backpackBlessing of Backpacks, August 24

Bring your school bag of any kind to 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday, August 24, so that we may bless it and you as you begin your new school year!

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Bible open to psalms

Breakfast and Bible Presentations

1st and 4th Grade Bible Presentation
On Sunday, August 24 at 9 a.m., new 1st and 4th graders and their families are invited to join us for breakfast in the Anna Paulson Room. Together we will explore their new Bibles followed by the placing of scripture into their hands during 10:30 a.m. worship. Please contact Augustana’s office (303-388-4678 or by Monday, August 18 with the name and grade of your child and number of breakfast reservations.

6th Grade Bible Presentation
Bible presentation for 6th graders will be Sunday, September 14 at 10:30 a.m. worship. Recipients and their families will preview the Bibles at a breakfast hosted by Children’s and Family Ministry at 9 a.m. in the Anna Paulson Room. Augustana’s office will need your child’s name and the number of family members having breakfast by Monday, September 8.

For additional information, contact Children’s and Family Ministry, Yvonne Wilken (303-388-4678 ext. 107 or

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Bible-based Program
Financial Peace University

Health Ministry will be hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University beginning on Monday, September 8. Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week Bible-based class on money taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. The principles learned are for all ages from teenagers through retirement. Financial Peace University also includes the benefits of generosity for your family and your budget as you live God’s love.

The classes will meet for nine weeks, Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 7–8:30 p.m. , Rooms 1–3.

Cost for the materials (DVD's, workbooks and class materials) is approximately $100 per family.

For additional information, contact Sheryl Stenseth ( or Roger Johnson ( or visit the Dave Ramsey web site at

When you reserve your place with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678), you’ll be given additional registration instructions.

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Confirmation for 9th graders this fall

Confirmation, otherwise known as Affirmation of Baptism, is scheduled for Sunday, October 26 at 10:30 a.m. worship. Parents and their 9th graders will attend together the Sunday Confirmation class with Pastor Caitlin on Sunday, September 14; then 9th graders will attend the following five Sundays: September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, and 19, 9:15–10:15 a.m. The annual dinner for confirmands and their families will be Thursday, October 23. A letter with more details will be forthcoming.

I will also be scheduling individual meetings with each 9th grader. Please make sure we know that your 9th grader is planning on Confirmation. Yvonne is making lists and checking them twice, but you can help by making sure that everyone is included who should be! If you have a 9th grade confirmation student, contact Yvonne Wilken (303-388-4678 ext. 107 or

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Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp

Annual Retreat for Seniors

Join us Monday, September 22–Wednesday, September 24 at Rainbow Trail for a thought-provoking, fun time. Dr. Don Troike, a recently retired college biology professor, will help us explore how we learn about the world through both science and faith.

The preposition “versus” has two meanings. The first is “against,” such as one team versus another team in competition. The second meaning is “compared to,” such as travel by plane versus travel by train. Come learn about the similarities and differences in how science and faith teach about the world.

Please make your reservation with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678). Space is limited. The cost is $130.

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2014 August Tower Cover

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

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