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It’s getting to be garden time!

Augustana’s Community Gardeners will meet Sunday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. in Room 1 to continue 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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Enroll for summer fun at Augustana Early Learning Center now!

Augustana Early Learning Center is now enrolling for Summer Adventures (age 3–5) and Summer Explorers (age 5–11). Join us for a summer filled with fun and adventure! The summer schedule includes field trips, water adventures, arts & crafts, children’s theater, vacation Bible school, and much more. The summer session starts June 8 and runs through August 14. Flexible scheduling is available. For additional information, pick up a brochure or call the learning center (303-388-7012).
...and fall, too!

Augustana Early Learning Center is now enrolling for fall 2015. For additional information or to schedule a tour, contact Chris Baroody (303-388-7012 or [email protected]).

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Abraham LincolnMarch Senior Luncheon:
“Lincoln’s Last Two Weeks”

Abe Lincoln is back! If you haven’t seen John Voehl portray this famous person in our history, just ask someone who has attended one of the two luncheons where he has performed. You will get a “thumbs up.” This time John will portray Lincoln’s last two weeks of his life before his assassination. Join us Thursday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for this interesting program and a delicious lunch prepared by Judy Nyquist and her crew. Your reservation to Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) is needed by Monday, March 16. Visitors are very welcome; invite your friends to join you for a tasty lunch, good conversation, and a special program.

April’s Senior Luncheon will follow 11 a.m. worship on Maundy Thursday, April 2. For luncheon reservations, call 303-388-4678.

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Cross Country Skiing at Eldora Nordic Center
Saturday, March 14, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 8 a.m.
The extensive network of trails at Eldora’s Nordic Center meander through serene forests, across expansive alpine meadows, and past dramatic mountain backdrops. Please visit for current pricing.
Rating: Easy
Elevation: 9,200 feet
Guide: Justin Bongiorno (980-333-7735)

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March book discussion

Stop by the Youth Room, Monday, March 23, 10 a.m. to discuss The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.”

The book is available at the public library, from online book sellers, and as an e-book.

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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).

The 12
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35
Registration with check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The 12” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, March 31.

Thrilling, heart-pounding music and one of the most influential stories of all time unite in The 12, for what calls “a powerful rock and roll experience that rises up from where Jesus Christ Superstar ends.” The 12 enacts the ultimate test of faith faced by the disciples in the wake of their leader’s unthinkable death with an original, authentic classic rock music score. Created by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and award-winning composer Neil Berg, The 12 is a rockin’ and profoundly honest journey of fear, doubt, and ultimately, love.

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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 hosts 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.

A few books ($12) are still available. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) to register.

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Lenten Practices for World Hunger

Lent is a season when we reflect, pray, and give. For millions, hunger is no journey but a daily struggle. The Global Mission team invites you to join in a simple giving practice which can support your awareness of hunger and enable you to walk with those in hunger through conversation, prayer, and giving.
Our Sunday school children will receive a Hunger Change Box and a bag of dimes to begin their practice. Others can pick up their Hunger Change Boxes from Augustana’s entrance tables.
We are suggesting one donation idea for each week of Lent. Return change boxes on Palm Sunday, March 29.

  • Week of February 22: How many pair of socks do you have? Many refugee children have only the clothes they are wearing. Put 10 cents in your Hunger Change Box for each pair of socks you own. 
  • Week of March 1:  Many people do not have homes or beds to sleep on. Give 10 cents for every hour you slept in a bed last night.
  • Week of March 8: Write down the things you are thankful for today. Give 10 cents for each blessing. 
  • Week of March 15: One of 9 people go hungry in the world every day and one of 5 children are hungry in Colorado. Give 10 cents for every shelf of food in your home or 10 cents for every can of food.
  • Week of March 22: WORLD WATER DAY – One of 4 people drink contaminated water which leads to diseases that have caused the deaths of 840,000 people; about half of the deaths are children under 5.  Give 10 cents for each faucet in your home or challenge your family for one day to give 10 cents every time they turn on the water. Say a prayer of thanks that you are able to share with others.
  • Sunday, March 29: Bring your Hunger Change Box to worship!

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cans of foodSupport the food drive as part of your Lenten discipline

Augustana continues its annual tradition of helping stock the shelves of Metro CareRing with a special food drive during Lent. Although Augustana’s people generously donate nonperishable food items for Metro CareRing throughout the year, special emphasis on caring for our community’s hungry is encouraged during Lent—almsgiving for the poor being one of the three classic disciplines in this season.

Drop off food in boxes in Augustana’s narthex or Fellowship Hall now through Easter Sunday, April 5.

Most-needed nonperishable food items:

  • veggies (corn, green beans, peas)
  • fruit (peaches, pears, mixed fruit)
  • peanut butter (any brand, smooth/creamy)
  • beans (black, pinto, refried)
  • canned tuna (in water)
  • entrees/soups (canned chicken, chili w/beans, vegetable soup)
  • breakfast items (whole-grain cereal, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars)

Learn more about Metro CareRing at

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Help provide Easter dinner for families at Warren Village

Augustana continues its tradition of providing Easter dinner food baskets to 106 families at Warren Village, a nonprofit that provides a safe apartment, job training, and child care for single-parent families who have been homeless or close to homeless in our community. Your $35 donation will provide a ham, canned fruits and vegetables, dinner rolls, and a fruit pie. Contributions payable to Augustana Lutheran Church and indicated for Warren Village Easter baskets must reach Augustana by Sunday, March 22. A $250 Action Team Request has been granted from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Help assemble food baskets

Food will be 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 and learn more about Warren Village. Augustana volunteers will organize the bulk delivery into 106 meal baskets, Sunday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. at the Warren Village office (1300 Gilpin St.). Meet at Augustana’s Fairfax entrance at noon if you would like to ride a church bus to Warren Village. The bus will return to Augustana at approximately 2 p.m. To help and/or to ride the bus, sign up with Augustana’s office (303-388-4678). This is a great service project for the whole family!

If you have questions, contact Jerry Sanders (303-363 8685).

Learn more about Warren Village at

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Celebrate the Ministry of Malise de Bree

You are invited to celebrate the retirement of Malise de Bree at a luncheon, Sunday, March 15, 11:30 a.m., Augustana’s
Fellowship Hall. RSVP (303-388-4678 or [email protected]) by Monday, March 9. Donations for
a congregational gift for Malise may be made payable to Augustana Lutheran Church and footnoted “Malise Gift.”

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Holy Communion

First Communion for elementary school kids

Kids in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades who are not yet communing are invited to come be with us for Lenten First Communion Classes, Wednesday, March 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. The first class on March 18 will be held at Pot Luck Pottery (2620 S. Colorado Blvd.), and the second class will be held at Augustana. We really enjoy teaching these classes and look forward to your participation. Parents, please plan to attend with your child.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m., Pot Luck Pottery. We will be decorating chalices in keeping with a long-standing Augustana tradition!
  • Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m., Rooms 1–3. The pastors will be teaching students and their parents about the origins and benefits of Communion. Dianne Nelson will be calling each of the families to answer any questions.
  • Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Worship. The class will be taking their first communion together, using the chalices they have prepared.

We look forward to the participation of all the families of young people coming to Communion. Please give us a call (303-388-4678) if you have any questions.

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Easter LiliesHelp grow Augustana’s
Easter Garden!

Honor or remember loved ones with a gift to Augustana’s Easter Garden. Use the Easter Garden envelopes available in Augustana’s pew pockets or download a donation form here, and make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran Church. The suggested contribution for each individual you wish to honor or remember is $8. Gifts must reach Augustana’s office by Palm Sunday, March 29 to be included in the Easter Garden insert. Gifts for the Easter Garden will support this summer’s youth mission trip. Thank you!

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Holy Week

Holy Week/Easter Worship

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, March 29

  • 8 a.m. Worship/Communion
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship

Maundy Thursday, April 2

  • 11 a.m. Worship/Communion
    Senior Luncheon follows worship.
  • 7 p.m. Worship/Communion
    Augustana 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders celebrate First Communion.

Good Friday, April 3

  • Noon Worship
  • 7 p.m. Worship - Seven Last Words by Steven Morgan

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord, April 5

  • 8 a.m. • 9:30 a.m. • 11 a.m. Worship/Communion
  • 8:30–11 a.m. Easter Breakfast - Fellowship Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt

All services are in the Sanctuary. Nursery care will be available.

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eggEaster Breakfast

Join us in Fellowship Hall for Easter Breakfast, an Augustana tradition hosted by Augustana’s youth, Sunday, April 5, 8:30–11 a.m. For a freewill offering, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast any time during the morning. We will serve a great spread including pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, juice, and coffee. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678).

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Confirmation Class hosts Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday, April 5, 9:30 a.m., Augustana’s courtyard. This annual event for toddlers through children in grade 4 is a wonderful opportunity for fun and pictures, and it has grown to over 150 participants! Augustana’s confirmation class will fill nearly 1,000 recycled plastic eggs with scripture and toys and hide them on Augustana’s grounds between services on Easter Sunday. For safety, children are arranged in age groups in different areas of Augustana’s property.

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augustana arts


Purchase tickets for these events ($24/adult, $15/senior, $15/student, and $8/child 5–12 years) online at, by phone at 303-388-4962, or at the door the night of the event.

Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra

David Rutherford, Music Director and Conductor
Rodney Farrar, Cello
Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
MSCO welcomes internationally renowned teacher and cellist Rodney Farrar to perform the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1. This sparkling work has delighted audiences and challenged cellists ever since it was composed in 1872. Paired with the most recognized symphony ever written, Beethoven’s masterful and driving Symphony No. 5 in c minor, along with Three English Dances by Roger Quilter, this performance touches the very heart of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.

Colorado Women’s Chorale
The Vivaldi Gloria
Friday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
This immensely popular work is recognized from its use in TV and films as well as its 20th Century revival at classical music concerts. CWC will be joined by the Douglas County Belles directed by Brady Lloyd for this masterful “mega-mini” work.

Carpe Diem String Quartet
Friday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana
Virtuosity without pomposity! The boundary-breaking Carpe Diem String Quartet has been called “Extraordinary” by the Washington Post for its innovative programming and electrifying performances which reflect a passion for gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire.

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March 2015 Tower Cover

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