Let’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!
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).
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.
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!
Gifts 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.
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).
Christmas Worship Schedule
Celebrate 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”!
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.
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).
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.
Young Adult Trip to the Holy Land is next May
Peace Not Walls invites young adults (ages 18–30) to a pilgrimage of peace and justice to the Holy Land, May 12–25, 2015. Goals of the trip include learning about the complexity of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, faith formation via a pilgrimage of “living stones,” and empowering young adults in their capacity as change makers. Applications and trip information can be found at Facebook.com/RMSPNW2015. Contact Melanie or Natalie ([email protected]) if you have any questions.
Sunday, January 18, 5 p.m.
Jazz Night Out presents internationally renowned Dotsero in a benefit show supporting City Strings’ youth music education program. Join us for great music and fun in a night club setting. An incredible auction of fabulous opportunities awaits. Denver’s own Dotsero, led by Stephen Watts (sax) and David Watts (guitar) is one of the hottest contemporary jazz ensembles on today’s music scene. Combining jazz, pop, R&B and rock, Dotsero creates an appealing sound and style completely their own. You’re going to love Jazz Night Out! All ages. Street parking is free on Sunday.
Proceeds support City Strings, the acclaimed program bringing the blessings of quality music instruction to underserved students in low-income neighborhoods.
Ice Skating on Evergreen Lake
Enjoy a morning of ice skating on the ever-popular Evergreen Lake. If ice skating is not your thing or the lake is closed due to thin ice, take a stroll around downtown Evergreen. We will eat lunch at a restaurant in Evergreen.
Guide: Laurie Scott (303-321-4954)
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