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ChoirMusic Ministry opportunities in the fall

Augustana’s Music Ministry is open to all individuals who wish to share their voice or instrument in song and praise. All musical organizations at Augustana primarily focus on providing music for the congregation’s worship services. In addition, many reach out to the community in sacred concerts and provide music at other venues. If you would like more information about any ensemble, visit our Music Ministry pages or contact Minister of Music and Organist, Cindy Lindeen-Martin (303-388-4678 ext. 117 or

Online registration for Sunday School and JASS.

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ELCA World Hunger

Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger save lives.

More than 800 million people—that is 1 in 8 people in our world today—are hungry. Augustana is a congregation that cares, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get with it. ELCA World Hunger is in a unique position to reach communities in need. Your donations help the ELCA to provide health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy. It is your gifts that make it possible for the ELCA to respond by supporting sustainable solutions that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Please be part of the solution and give!

Use the designated envelopes in Augustana’s pew pockets and make checks payable to Augustana.

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comedy tragedyTheater and Theology

After viewing a play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, members of Rocky Mountain Synod congregations do a talk-back discussion with cast members on theological issues raised in the play. For more information, contact Rosalee Wanchisen (303-759-9836).

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m., Stage Theatre, Tickets: $35. Check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: The Unsinkable Molly Brown” must reach Augustana’s office by Tuesday, September 2.

Colorado’s own brash and beguiling Molly Brown shines in this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson’s 1960 musical. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), new songs from the Willson songbook and staging by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). The tempestuous can’t-live-with-him/can’t-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever.

Lord of the Flies
Sunday matinee, October 19, 1:30 p.m., Space Theatre, Tickets: $35. Check payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and footnoted “T&T Augustana: Lord of the Flies” must reach Augustana’s office by Thursday, September 25.

Stranded on a deserted island, a small group of English schoolboys become intoxicated by sudden freedom, and their games quickly descend to a savage struggle for power. This compelling glimpse into dystopia explores the darkest reaches of human nature and fragility of free will.

Appropriate for children ages 13+. Violent and disturbing content for some audiences.

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Cinematic Spiritual Journeys:
Tribute to Robin Williams

You are invited to be entertained, moved, and uplifted by the creativity, resilience, and triumph of the human spirit through watching memorable movies within a small group setting. As a tribute to the late Robin Williams, all films shown during the month of September, will feature Mr. Williams in a leading role. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for us to share thoughts and feelings in response to the movie. Throughout a four-week period of time, we will gather to view and discuss one film per week, accompanied by popcorn and beverages.

Dates: Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, and Friday, September 26
(Space is limited; please call Jerry and Linda at 303-363-8685 to indicate which sessions you would like to attend.)
Time: 6:15–9:15 p.m.
Location: Home of Jerry and Linda Sanders in the Lowry Area of Denver (95 South Tamarac Street)

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Reynolds Park
Saturday, September 6, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 9 a.m. Located five miles south of Aspen Park, historic Reynolds Park provides the day hiker an opportunity to hike to an outcropping that offers a panoramic view of the Rampart Range and Pikes Peak along the Eagle’s View Trail. Return via the Ox Draw Trail that winds through a forested ravine back.

Rating: Moderate Distance: 2 to 3 miles round trip
Elevation: 7,200 to 7,800 feet
Guide: Ron Johnson (303-745-4047)

Fall Colors Hike in Mount Evans Wilderness
Saturday, September 27, leave Augustana’s south parking lot at 9 a.m.
Tanglewood Trail follows a creek of the same name where the landscape alternates between forest and meadows. This trail has you traveling a stony old roadbed, rocky stretches, and split-log and plank bridges. A creek-side meadow, reportedly the site of an old sawmill, is the turnaround point for this hike.
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 4.4 miles round trip
Elevation: 9,250 to 10,440 feet
Guide: Karen Kisch (720-283-9402)

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Join us for "Discover Augustana!" Sunday, September 7!

Worship, nosh a donut, browse Augustana's ministry fair, register for Sunday School and choir, and enjoy a leisurely lunch with Augustana's people.

  • 8 a.m. Worship/Communion - Sanctuary
  • 9–10:30 a.m. Ministry Fair and Coffee Hour
    - Fellowship Hall
  • 9–10:30 a.m. Sunday School and JASS registration
    - Fellowship Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. Worship/Communion - Sanctuary

  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch - Fellowship Hall
  • 12:30 p.m. JASS: Parent Meeting - Anna Paulson Room
  • 12:30 p.m. Sunday School Teachers - Rooms 2–3
  • 12:30 p.m. JASS: Cherubs and Choristers
    - Rooms 14, 10

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New Beginnings ChurchWorship with New Beginnings Church

New Beginnings Church at the DWCF is a member of the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA. Rev. Terry Schjang and congregation invite us to share Bible study and worship with them on Friday evenings. Pastor Terry preached at Augustana and shared stories about women who are marginalized in society, referencing the story of Hagar from Genesis.

Come and pray, sing, share the gifts of Communion, and the love of God, Fridays, September 12 and 19. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) if you are interested in being contacted to worship with the women at DWCF. Remember the women at DWCF in your prayers. For additional information, contact Jean Gall (303-355-8470).

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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 Saturday, September 13. The picnic will be held in Quist Park, 5–7 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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Sunday School boySunday School

Sunday School will begin again Sunday, September 14, 9:15 a.m. All children ages 3 through 12th grade are invited to participate. Children who are 3 years old through 5th grade begin with an opening in Christ Chapel. Youth in 6th–8th grades meet in Rooms 2–3. All senior high students, 9th–12th grades, meet in the Youth Room.

We are excited about our new curriculum and think that both teachers and students will enjoy this refreshing and inspiring new material.

Please register all children for Sunday School at the “Discover Augustana!” Ministry Fair, September 7, or pick up a form from Augustana’s entrance tables.

Contact Yvonne Wilken ( for information.

Online registration for Sunday School and JASS.

Click here to register!

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Families Inspired Together (FIT)

Sundays, September through May, 9:15 a.m., Room 14

The Families Inspired Together (FIT) Sunday morning class is developed specifically for parents with children in Sunday School and other young families, although everyone is welcome. The goal is to provide participants with a relevant, meaningful, and interesting opportunity to further their personal relationship with God, especially within the context of life and family issues. The class uses a variety of speakers, topics, and leaders which lead to lively and insightful discussions. Join us each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. immediately following the Sunday School opening in Room 14 for coffee and discussion.

  • September 7 - Explore the ministry fair and register for Sunday School and choir at "Discover Augustana!" Sunday.
  • September 14 - Getting to know each other and sharing faith stories
  • September 21 - Join Adult Forum for a presentation by Sarah Moening, Assistant to the Bishop, Rocky Mountain Synod.
    September 28 - Children's and Family Minister Yvonne Wilken talks about Augustana's Sunday School, youth groups, and family devotions.

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place settingSeptember Senior Luncheon

Here it is almost fall and our first senior luncheon season is starting up again! On Thursday, September 18, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall, Donald Tallman will serenade us with a music medley. Donald has been part of Augustana’s Music Ministry in various ways over many years and in August took part in one of our Sunday services. We welcome visitors and encourage you to invite friends and neighbors to join you to enjoy this program and delicious lunch served by Judy Nyquist and her crew. Call Augustana’s office (303-388-4678) by Monday, September 15, to make your reservation. Judy needs the count to plan her meal.

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Prayers for Healing

Sunday, September 21, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

In his ministry, Jesus performed many different acts of healing. At his command, his disciples continued a ministry of healing which included the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. The Church continues these practices as part of its ministry in Christ. They express the Church’s earnest intercession for those in need of healing and wholeness.

Each of us knows that in our lives there are broken places that need mending, empty places that need filling, hurting places that need forgiving and healing.

A special opportunity for prayers will be added to worship, Sunday, September 21. During Communion you will be invited to come forward for the laying on of hands and prayers for spirit, soul, and body wholeness. A special prayer and instructions will be available in the bulletin that day to guide you through these moments.

Pray for this dimension of Augustana’s ministry that builds on an ancient tradition and timeless conviction that God visits us with healing love.

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Financial Peace University

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.

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Confirmation for 9th graders this fall

Confirmation is 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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Youth tell of South Dakota Trip

Our Augustana youth will share their South Dakota experiences at the Thrivent meeting Sunday, September 28, 11:30 a.m. in the Anna Paulson Room. All Augustana members and friends are welcome. The youth presenters and their chaperones are Thrivent guests; all others may reserve a place for the light lunch ($5). Reserve your place by Friday, September 26, by calling Katherine Cruson (303-696-7430).

The next Thrivent meeting will be Sunday, November 9, when we will discuss how to allocate the Thrivent Choice dollars which have been donated to Augustana. Information about requesting the Thrivent Choice dollars will be in the October Tower and Sunday bulletins.

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Global Mission hosts lunch to help fight hunger

Join our Global Mission team for lunch after 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, October 5. Our goal is to raise money for ELCA World Hunger, which funds local hunger causes like Metro CareRing as well as global ones.

  • What: Lunch for Hunger
  • When: Sunday, October 5,
    11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
  • Where: Fellowship Hall
    RSVP: By noon, Wednesday, October 1 to Augustana’s office (303-388-4678)

Proceeds from your free will offering will help support hunger issues around the world.

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God's work. Our hands.

What is “God’s work. Our hands.”?

“God’s work. Our hands.” is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)—one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. This is a new opportunity for Augustana to show and share our love, to reach out to our community, and to re-state our commitment to each other and to God’s world.

We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Whether it’s 30,000 young people doing community volunteer work at an ELCA Youth Gathering, the passionate volunteers of the ELCA homeless ministry network, or the devoted members of our congregations who fight for peace and justice in their communities every day, we are a church that boldly does God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities.

Augustana’s 2014 Event: Partner with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in the Trail Construction and Reroute project at Pence Park Trail (near Evergreen).

  • When: Saturday, October 11, 2014,
    8 a.m.–4 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.
  • How: Sign up at “Discover Augustana!” Sunday, September 7. Or, e-mail Barb Watts ( by September 16. (Please include God’s work. Our hands. in subject line.)
  • Who: All Augustana friends and family are welcome. Work site minimum age is 12.
  • Information: Stop by the “God’s work. Our
    hands.” / Global Mission table at “Discover Augustana!” Sunday, September 7.

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2014 September Tower Cover

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

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Articles for the 2014 October edition of The Tower are due Thursday, September 11, 2014. E-mail articles to Lyn Goodrum. Click this link for guidelines and deadlines for The Tower newsletter.

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