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We are a vibrant family of faith rooted in God's Word, gathering together to worship, and equipped to share the love of Christ with the world.  We are a caring community that is passionate about serving others and growing closer to Christ. We believe Jesus Christ is our Savior, the source of our compassion and acceptance and the drive behind our desire to share God’s love.  

Welcome to our  Sunday Worship Service 

at 10:00 a.m.  May 19, 2024. 

 This service will be available for in-person or livestream worship.   

 

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Online Worship Service

A Message from Pastor Richard

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“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.  Do not lag in zeal; be ardent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; persevere in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints; pursue hospitality to strangers.”- Romans 12: 9-13

This scripture from Paul’s letter to the Romans comes from a larger section of verses with the subheading “Marks of a True Christian.” These are truly beautiful verses that I’ve heard read as the benediction in many worship services. I read this scripture not as laws to follow, but as a Christian character we should pursue. I’ve reflected this week on the last part in particular, when Paul says “pursue hospitality to strangers.”

The Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) shelter wrapped up its season this week after being open since October 1. This shelter, which is on the first floor of our church, opens it’s doors and gives hospitality to strangers in our community without a place to live. I have joined many others in volunteering for this shelter for two seasons now. I give thanks to Tim Clancy and so many staff and volunteers from EChO that have done so much to keep this shelter running all season.

When I first heard of the shelter and began volunteering, initially I saw it as a service to help “the stranger,” and it is. I have witnessed many guests receive help over these two years, ranging from a one-night stay in a warm place to several guests being placed in permanent housing. This shelter program truly changes lives in more ways than we can imagine.

But it’s also changed my life. It’s amazing what happens when I get to know someone beneath the label they have been given. For those without housing, “homeless” is how our world sees them. That’s not who they are, though. They are people who have lived life just like us; they’re people with their own journeys and their own stories. I’ve heard more stories than I can count at this point, and each story has touched me. I have connected with guests who have taught me or ministered to me without them even knowing it, too. In serving others, I have been served.

On its surface, we understand ministry as our call to serve God and neighbor. Ministry isn’t only a blessing for those to whom we minister, though. Ministry is a blessing for those of us that do ministry. Perhaps that’s why I hear Paul’s instruction above not as law we must follow, but as a comforting invitation to live as God calls us. When we live as God calls us to live and when we minister as God calls us to minister, we discover God in one another. We then realize deep down we’re not really strangers at all. We’re all connected as the children God created us to be.

May the Love of God be with you,


Pastor Richard

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We are hiring a Director of Music. With the Pastor and the Worship Committee, the Music Director will plan, organize, and carry out a program of music for Church of the Hills which will enhance and enrich the spiritual and worship life of the congregation.  The Director will be working with staff members, an accompanist, choir, bell choir and musical soloists and groups.  This is a part-time position, estimated to require approximately 10 hours per week.  This link will take you to the full job description.  If interested in applying, please send a letter of interest to Judy Jensen at jensen815@aol.com.

 

Director of Music Position 

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Love in Action

Featured Mission of the Month

 

 

RESILIENCE 1220

re·sil·ience /rəˈzilēəns/
the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

Love In Action is excited to continue our partnership with Resilience 1220,  a vital, quickly growing, local organization that empowers young people and their families in our mountain communities to build resilience, strength, and the tools to master life's challenges. What does Resilience 1220 do to make this partnership more and more important to Church of the Hills and the Love In Action outreach each year?

Resilience1220 provides free counseling services to youth ages 12-20 in the mountain communities west of Denver. Through individual counseling, support groups and community outreach, they work to raise awareness of the social, emotional, and mental-health issues young adults face, and to provide the necessary life skills to create wellness and resiliency in their lives. Counseling sessions with Resilience1220 teach stress-reduction techniques, tools to ask for and provide help, validation, a place to sort through belief systems, and a non-judgmental place (for clients) to share their feelings. Resilience1220 fosters an environment of mutual respect in which staff, clients, and volunteers can feel valued. They seek to serve all members of our community, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or identity, abilities, political affiliation, or education. They are open to all and see diversity as a source of strength.

“Love in Action” is the Church of the Hills mission team.  The primary goal of the Love in Action Team is to serve the needs of others locally, nationally and internationally. The people of Church of the Hills are blessed with unique gifts; although the size of our congregation is smaller, sharing these gifts remains a vital part of our outreach ministry.

The “Love in Action” Committee will guide us to be Christ’s faithful Witnesses. As such, we will share a deep life of service, and participate in God’s mission to care for the needs of the sick, the poor, and the lonely to establish Christ’s just, loving, and peaceable rule in the world. 

 

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