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Do you have time for a new experience? Augustana Connects presents three possibilities for your enjoyment.

  • Join a book club. Julie Byther MacDougall and Linda Daniel would like to read and discuss the book The Man Without a Face. If you would too, call Julie (303-873-0449).
  • Share a travel adventure. Augustana has members who enjoy traveling all around the world. This is an opportunity to share those adventures—both the discoveries and the unanticipated challenges. Contact Augustana’s office (303-388-4678).
  • Enjoy dinner on the cheap. Six people get together to share a monthly meal for three months at a reasonable restaurant (entrees costing less than $12). No cooking, no cleaning up before or after the meal, just enjoyment of a meal and fellowship. Contact Augustana’s office (303-388-4678).

Our activities are designed to be short-term commitments (four to six weeks), centered around groups no larger than twelve people. So give it a try! The commitment is short, but the enjoyment possibilities are endless.

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Pack it out!

Donate your usable, but now unused, suitcases, duffel bags, and backpacks to Family Promise of Denver during October. Bring them to Fellowship Hall, then Sarah Circle members will donate them to homeless families in the Family Promise program.

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  • “Pirates of the Colorado”
    The Sound of the Rockies, Darin Drown, Music Director
    Saturday, October 4, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
  • Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra
    David Rutherford, Music Director and Conductor
    A Season of Masterworks
    Saturday, October 18, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
  • Eugenio Maria Fagiani, Organist
    Saturday, October 25, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana

Click here for details.

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New BeginningsNew Beginnings Fund-raiser celebrates 16 years of ministry

New Beginnings, a congregation at Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, celebrates 16 years of ministry! Please support New Beginnings Church at their Annual Celebration Fund-raiser, which includes dinner, music by Bobby Jo Valentine, and silent auction, Friday, October 10, 6 p.m. in Augustana’s Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $30 for adults; children 12 and under are free. RSVP to Kathy Melies (303-831-7023 or

Please plan to support women in prison by attending the New Beginning’s Church fundraiser here at Augustana on October 10 or by writing a check (marking it for New Beginnings Church) and putting it in the offering plate. This ELCA ministry at the Denver Women’s Correctional facility is 100 percent dependent on your generosity.

–Pastor Caitlin

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Judy Winnick as Miep GiesOctober Senior Luncheon features
portrayal of Miep Gies

Thursday, October 16, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall

Our October Senior Luncheon program features Judy Winnick presenting another unsung hero of the Holocaust—Miep Gies, a petite Catholic Dutch woman who made the choice to hide Anne Frank and her family in Amsterdam during WWII. We welcome back Judy who portrayed Irena Sandler (the Polish Catholic Social Worker who rescued 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto) at a Senior Luncheon program last year.

Invite your friends to join you for this inspiring program and to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by Judy Nyquist and her crew. Your reservation is needed by Monday, October 13, to help her plan the meal. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678).

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St. Olaf Band to perform in Denver

The St. Olaf Band, dubbed “one of America’s preeminent bands” by The New Yorker, will perform in Denver as part of its 2014 national tour. The concert will take place on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert is free for all students and $15 for adults/seniors. Purchase tickets at the Newman Center Box Office (SW corner of University and E. Iliff), Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–
4 p.m. and Saturday, noon–4 p.m. Order by calling 303-871-7720 or online at Persons needing accommodations for a disability should call the Box Office as early as possible.

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Elk Meadows Park
Saturday, October 18, 2014, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 9 a.m. Enjoy a hike in the appropriately named Elk Meadows Park located just north of Evergreen. A five-mile loop hike will take us through rolling meadows and stands of mature ponderosa pine.

Rating: Easy
Distance: 5-mile loop
Elevation: 7,600 to 8,000 feet
Guide: Ron Johnson (303-745-4047)

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Commitment Sunday

All of us are asked to prayerfully prepare for Commitment Sunday, October 19. During both worship services that morning, we will turn in our Estimate of Giving cards filled in with the amount of money each of us will set aside to give during 2015.

Between services, 9–10:30 a.m., we are all invited to eat together at a pancake breakfast cooked and served by Kari and Paul Blanchard, Augustana Youth, and the Stewardship Committee (Kevin Flesch, Kim Kouba, Nick Massie, and Dwight Stenseth). A free-will offering will be collected. One hundred percent of the free-will offering will be given to ELCA World Hunger.

May God grant us wisdom and peace over these next few weeks as we challenge ourselves to think about the connections between faith, life, and money.

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Parents pack boxes for college kids

If you have a student in college, plan to come to the Anna Paulson Room, Sunday, October 19, after 10:30 a.m. worship to assemble Halloween care boxes for Augustana’s college students. Please bring 25 items to share—Halloween candies or trinkets; food items such as granola bars or microwave popcorn; desk items such as pens, pencils or note pads—basically anything that strikes your fancy.

If you have a student who is new to college, whose address has changed, or who is no longer in college, please contact LeEtta ( by Friday, October 10. If you have questions, contact Joy Hawkins ( or 303-915-7645) or Bill or Ellen Mangione ( or 303-394-2289).

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Theater & 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).

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m., Ricketson Theatre, Tickets: $35

Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, October 21.

Absurdist master Christopher Durang blends melancholy with mayhem in what The New York Times declares a “deliriously funny” black comedy. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, this Chekhovian mash-up erupts into chaos when Vanya and Sonia receive a surprise visit from their Hollywood star sister, Masha, and her boy-toy, Spike. Residents and visitors of the normally quiet household are thrown into uproarious upheaval as they confront issues of sibling rivalry, regret, lust and love.

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Reformation Sunday, October 26

Augustana celebrates Reformation Sunday, October 26, with Holy Communion at 8 a.m. worship and Confirmation at 10:30 a.m. worship! Both 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship will be in Augustana’s Sanctuary. The festival color of the day is red.

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Grief Group offers fellowship and support

Every fall Augustana sponsors a grief group. This group will meet for six Thursday evenings, beginning on October 30 and continuing through December 11. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. we will share dinner together and discuss Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book, Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal. This class is free and available to anyone who might be interested. Reservations with Augustana’s office are required.

If you have questions, contact facilitators Sheryl Stenseth (303-388-4678 ext. 106 or or Malise de Bree (303-388-4678 ex. 122 or


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Faces of Hunger: Spirituality, Ethics, Environment and Relief

Friday, November 7, 7–8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. , The Office of the Bishop – Lutheran Center (7375 Samuel Dr., Denver, 80221)

If you have pondered ethical decisions about the food you eat, worried about the current state of agricultural production and food distribution systems and how climate change may affect food supplies, and wrestled with where and how your faith intersects these issues—this event sponsored by Rocky Mountain Synod Hunger Network is for YOU!

Seldom will you have the opportunity to hear from so many theologians of our church who have pondered these questions for years: Dr. Sam Thomas (Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University), Dr. Ryan Cumming (Director of Hunger Education for ELCA World Hunger), and Rev. Nelson Bock (Professor and Co-Director of Wartburg West).

So the planning team can be prepared, registration and pre-payment are essential. Fees are $10 for Friday evening, $15 for Saturday, or $20 for both days. Use the registration form below or register today online at by clicking on the Registration Portal for Events.

For more information, contact Jean Gall ( or 303-913-3083) or Diana Stigleman ( or 303-954-9646).

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2014 October Tower Cover

Download the October 2014 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 2014 November edition of The Tower are due Thursday, October 16, 2014. E-mail articles to Lyn Goodrum. Click this link for guidelines and deadlines for The Tower newsletter.

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