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The April 2014


A Monthly Magazine of Trinity United Methodist Church Denver, Colorado Volume 21, Issue 4

Easter Sunday - April 20, 2014 - See related article, page 4.

Invitations to New Life and TLC Dear Friends in Christ, “New Life” is the theme of this month’s Vision. It was chosen months ago by our staff before our capital campaign was presented and approved. New Life is appropriate as April is the first full month of spring. Trees are budding, grass is growing, birds are singing, and the earth is waking from its winter slumber. We will celebrate the supreme expression of new life on Easter Sunday, April 20. The remaining services of Lent and those of Holy Week prepare us for the new life that comes to us through Christ’s resurrection. Our Lord proclaims powerfully, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live.” He invites us to new life through lives of trust, obedience, service, community, and love. Our capital campaign steering team chose the theme “We’re Here for Life.” That theme echoes the mission of Jesus who proclaimed, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” The campaign focuses on life at several levels:  The lives of children, youth, adults, and guests who are welcomed, and served in the Plaza Building six to seven days a week.  The lives of our local neighbors who will be fed, educated, and enriched through the Metro CareRing Hunger Relief Center, to be built ten blocks from our church home.  The lives of global neighbors – primarily children and women –

who will be saved through the Imagine No Malaria effort. I invite you to receive new spiritual life in the month of April through Lenten study groups, Sunday services, Holy Week worship, and Easter Sunday. The music, messages, and meaning of these opportunities will enrich our souls in life-giving ways. I further invite you to prepare for the We’re Here for Life campaign beginning April 27 in these ways:  Pray for the campaign and its leaders, goals, and gatherings.  Receive, read, and reflect on the material you will receive.  Prepare to participate in the services, ministry vision events, and commitment opportunities. One of our leaders has suggested we rename the Plaza Building. He asked, “Why not call it the Trinity Life Center? For short, the TLC.” Whatever we call it, it is God’s house where God’s family offers tender loving care every day of the week. We have been entrusted with a legacy of TLC to share with those here and those who will come after us. I am grateful that we are here for life and for the vision to enhance life-giving love, mission, and ministry for those here and those to come in the generation yet unborn. Here with you for life, Pastor Mike

The Trinity Pulpit Lent and Easter Messages Senior Pastor Michael Dent concludes the Close Encounters with Christ lectionary Lenten sermon series this month. Easter services on April 20 will be at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. [See page 4 for the Holy Week/ Easter Sunday schedule.] The titles and texts this month include: April 6

#4, “A Dead Man Walks” John 11:1-45

April 13 #5, “Turmoil Takes the Town” Matthew 21:1-11 April 20 “Because He Lives” (Easter) John 14:1-7, 18-21

Features Inside this Issue … Adult Ministries ........................................ 9 Care Ministry ............................................ 7 Children’s Ministries .............................. 10 Contemplative Corner ............................ 15 Council Corner .......................................... 3 Family Ministries ...................................... 5 Holy Week/Easter Events........................ 4 Memorials & Honorariums .................... 15 Music & Arts.............................................. 8 New Members ......................................... 14 Our Church Family .................................... 7 Stephen Ministry .................................... 11 UMW News .............................................. 13 Youth Ministries ..................................... 98

We offer a welcoming and transforming experience: the love of Jesus Christ.

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Capital Campaign Begins April 27 Momentum is building as preparations are made for the launch of Trinity’s campaign to raise $2.5 million over the next three years. The effort was approved in February at a Church Conference by a margin of 95.6% of those present and voting. The steering team unanimously and enthusiastically chose We’re Here for Life as the campaign theme. The team agreed on the theme as it ...  Builds on the 2009-2012 campaign theme, We’re Here for Good.  Emphasizes the community dimension (“We”).  Declares a focal point (“Here”).  Celebrates the “Life” dimensions of the campaign:  The lives of children, youth, adults, and guests who are welcomed and served in the Plaza Building six to seven days a week.  The lives of our local neighbors who will be fed, educated, and enriched through the Metro CareRing Hunger Relief Center.  The lives of global neighbors – primarily children and women – who will be saved through the Imagine No Malaria effort.

Here is the calendar for the We’re Here for Life campaign: April

Congregational Ministry Vision Gatherings

April 27

Launch Sunday with Packet Distribution


Mailings, Meetings, Messages

May 11

Announcement of Advance Gift Commitments

May 18

Celebration Sunday/Receive Commitments

June 1

Three-Year Giving Period Begins

The Power of Prayer Is Alive & Well at Trinity One of the greatest gifts from God is PRAYER… His desire to communicate with each of us! This beautiful historic church at 1820 Broadway has been lifted to God in prayer for over 150 years, and God has blessed this church with His believers and beloved children.

disease or tragedy hits, but do we reach out for help when we make important decisions? God wants us to take everything to him in prayer. “Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6).

“Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.”— words from Jacob (Genesis 28:16). We feel that presence when we enter this building and especially entering the Sanctuary. We know God dearly loves us (Romans 5:5) because He has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with love. We readily ask God to heal us, family members and friends, when

In addition to praying for our own needs and the needs of others, God wants us to pray for our church. All of us can lift up our church in prayer! Pray for our ministers, staff, and church leaders, and pray for ways we can give back to “We’re Here For Life” with grateful hearts to glorify God. — Nancy McFaddin

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Council Corner By Lorraine Knitt Trinity Council Chairperson

Spring has sprung and new life is popping up everywhere. Bulbs are coming out and, even though there is still snow, they are defying the last holdouts of winter. When I went to my local floral market to pick up my pansies, young chicks were in abundance – a sure sign that spring is here and anything dead is about to receive new life. For Christians, we have the privilege of new life all the time. No matter the time of year, we have the gift that God gave us – Jesus Christ. As Easter approaches, it is only fitting that we sit back and acknowledge this most amazing gift. Now obviously we can acknowledge this by decorating for the season, having people over to celebrate, and going to worship. But we can also use this time to reflect on our Christian journeys and take note of where we are and where we would like to be. God gave us His only Son. What are you giving back on a day-to-day basis? What gift or gifts are you sharing with those around you? Are you being the best you can be? These are tough questions, but important ones. These are

tough questions because sometimes we don’t like the answers. We realize we are not being the best persons we can be. So what can we do to change course? We can pray about it. We can start making a plan to change it. Or we can simply ask for help. Regardless of the route that you choose, the one thing you can never do is forget how much God loves you. God’s love has changed the world, so there is no way that it cannot change us. Trinity has been preparing for months for this most precious time of year. Beyond the Lenten groups and devotional booklet, there are plans for joyous Easter celebrations. We will have two worship services, the Eggstravaganza will be for the kids, and the youth will make pancakes for all. So invite your friends and family to Trinity this season, as the celebrations will not be the same without you! May each and every one of you have a most blessed and jubilant Easter, and may we all be worthy of the amazing gift God has given us.

Couples Retreat This one-day seminar is for couples in the beginning stages of their lifetime commitment and for couples who are looking for a “tune-up” in their relationship. The purpose of this training is to explore both the joys and challenges faced by a couple during their shared life together. In this fast-paced and sometimes crazy world, we face many turns in our married or partnered life, and it can be advantageous to “slow down” and explore how to create a meaningful and lasting relationship with our best friend. Topics covered include the following: Maintaining balance: When daily stress and expectations impact all of us, how do we assure support for ourselves and our partner? Resolving conflicts: Can we establish ways to keep communication open and resolve issues without all of the drama? Identifying techniques: Ways to enhance the romance in our relationships and build support for one another. Technology: Benefits and barriers to “face to face” communication. Creating something new: Making our own meaningful family traditions and celebrations.

The seminar is designed to be non-threatening; couples participate in exercises and discussions between just the two of them and are not required to share among the group if they do not wish to do so. At the same time, participants are enabled to share and learn from one another. This seminar is not taught from a rigid faithbased perspective; the individual beliefs of the participants are respected. It is intentionally a “fun” time to explore skills that could be very helpful in keeping the romance alive. The seminar is led by Trinity members Larry and Karen Hone, who hold graduate degrees in Counseling and Social Work from Colorado universities and have conducted hundreds of hours of training in both the public and private sector. It is held in the comfort of their private home, and refreshments and lunch are provided during the breaks. The pastoral staff at Trinity endorses the Hones’ leadership. When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $125 per couple. Childcare can be arranged upon request. To Register: Contact Lee Anderson at, or 303-839-1493 x 11.

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Holy Week & Easter Events Easter Lilies Still Available Help beautify the Sanctuary for Easter by purchasing a lily in honor or in memory of a loved one. Use the order form envelopes in the pew pockets or call the church office. Cost is $10 per plant. Names will be printed in a bulletin insert on Easter Sunday. You may take your lily plant with you after the Easter service you attend. Deadline to purchase is April 13, Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday Worship — Word, Song, Silence On Thursday evening, April 17, at 7:00 p.m., we will gather in the intimate and candlelit setting of Fellowship Hall for “Word, Song and Silence.” You will have an opportunity to reflect on your Lenten journey, hear original writings, sing hymns, and enjoy the vocal music of the Thornton Women, a group of talented voices from our midst. Then you will be dismissed to any place in the church (excluding the lower level) to spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation, meditation, or prayer where the aura of Trinity can envelop you. The Chapel will be open, the Sanctuary will be open, and any place you want to sit and ponder will be available to you. There will be a Labyrinth in the Parlors with guides on hand to instruct you if you’ve never walked the Labyrinth before. Lastly, we will meet in the Sanctuary for a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, in honor of that first Holy Communion on the night in which He was betrayed. No reservations will be taken. This is open to you and your friends and is another step in your preparation for a truly glorious Easter morning. Please join us in Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. for a hour dedicated to the love of Jesus Christ. Good Friday Worship — Observing the Passion of Christ For Good Friday worship this year on April 18, Trinity will collaborate with Central Presbyterian Church for an ecumenical service in what we hope will become an annual tradition. This service will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church. The location will rotate from year to year. The service will follow Trinity’s traditional Good Friday liturgy with scripture reading, prayers, and hymns. For a more contemplative experience, arrive early to walk the Stations of the Cross, which will be set up in the Central Presbyterian Sanctuary beginning at 5:30 p.m. Trinity members will feel at home in the Central church – Trinity staff will serve in worship leadership, Trinity ushers will be assisting, Trinity’s music ministry will be partnering with Central’s music team, and Trinity’s nursery staff will be present in the Central nursery. We just need you there to make it complete! So, we hope you will join us to commemorate the passion of Christ on Good Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Pastoral Intern Dan Krause by email at or by phone/text message at 650-799-4530. Where: Central Presbyterian Church – located at 1660 Sherman Street (on the corner of 17th & Sherman, three blocks from Trinity)

When: Good Friday, April 18. Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. Worship at 7:00 p.m. Parking: Complimentary parking in the Wells Fargo parking garage at 1700 Sherman Street immediately across 17th Street from the church. Enter the garage on Sherman Street. Take a ticket when you park. You must get a parking validation ticket from an usher. When you exit, insert your entry ticket into the exit column followed by the parking validation ticket. Metered parking is also available on Sherman Street. Easter Sunday Worship Worship at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The Boulder Brass joins Trinity’s Chancel Choir to present Z. Randall Stroope’s Resurrection Day and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah). Members of the congregation are invited to join the singing. Pancake Breakfast on Easter Sunday, April 20 Come join your Trinity friends for a great Easter pancake breakfast in Trinity Café! There will be no charge for breakfast; however, donations are greatly appreciated! All funds raised will help support youth summer mission trips to South Dakota, Guatemala, and here in Denver. Thank you for your support of the youth! Our Annual Easter Eggstravaganza At 9:15 and again at 11:15 on Easter Sunday, April 20, for children ages 4 and up. Children will participate in a three-point rotation consisting of the Easter story, games, and crafts. Activities will begin as soon as the children participating in the children’s time in worship have been escorted to the Atrium. Children ages 2 and 3 are invited to room 14 for a similar experience. Nursery care will be available all morning for babies and toddlers. Wider Mission Giving Offering on Easter Sunday Through the Rocky Mountain Conference, we are called to fund a portion of the educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those beyond the walls of our church. Our gifts, provided through Wider Mission Giving, provide programs offered both locally and around the world. We will soon receive our Easter Offering envelope and letter from Dr. Dent. Stewardship of our resources is part of the cost of the journey we are taking together. Our resources are God’s gifts. We are called to be channels for giving. When you have determined the amount of your gift, use the Easter Offering envelope, mark your check “Easter Offering,” mail it to the church, or bring it Easter Sunday. Last year Trinity gave more than $200,000 through the Rocky Mountain Conference for leadership development, clergy support, and outreach to thousands of churches, nursing homes, hospitals, missionaries and missions. We supported missionaries, evangelism stimulating church growth, expanded Bible studies, assistance for high-quality college and graduate education programs, and more. Thank you for your generosity which allows Trinity to fully support the United Methodist Church here and around the world.

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Family Ministries After more than forty of us enjoyed a great Family Camp at John Wesley Ranch two weeks ago [see photos below], HOMEBUILDERS is now in full stride with the Lenten series. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. as we continue looking at the book Questions God asks Us and augmenting this study with the Trinity Lenten Devotional Book. We will also be getting back in step with our MONTHLY POTLUCKS, so we’ll get details of April’s potluck out to you in the Family Ministries/Homebuilders regular email. If you are not on the Family Ministries email list, please let Kathy Dunnewald know (, and she’ll make sure you’re included in the mailings.

Early Response Team Training – Saturday, April 26 On Saturday, April 26, Trinity will host a class on Early Response Team (ERT) training. This training is provided for volunteers interested in flood mitigation in the Estes Park valley. If you would like to participate in this cleanup effort, this training is for you! In addition to receiving instruction on making initial assessments of a damaged area, clearing debris, working in feeding stations, and putting tarps on damaged homes, the training will also cover safety, team member roles and instruction on how to be a caring presence. The class begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. ERTs are teams of individuals who are trained to respond immediately after disasters. ERTs come in after the first responders (search, rescue and recovery) complete their work, and help stabilize the area after a disaster. Typical ERT deployments are for 3-5 days. After disasters like last September’s floods, work can continue on a day-to -day basis over many months.

law enforcement agencies, UMCOR, and UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission). ERTs work closely with other volunteer organizations (VOADS—Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters), as well as government organizations to coordinate an effective response. After a disaster, the bishop or emergency response coordinator for a conference can request ERTs. ERTs are then asked to consider their availability to respond. If they are available, the ERT is put in contact with local church officials regarding housing and coordination of work assignments.

The ERT program has been developed by UMCOR and UMVIM in response to several of the larger natural disasters in recent years, starting with Hurricane Andrew, and has become an effective part of the church’s response effort to floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters. Planning is also underway to include terror response training into the program. ERTs are trained and credentialed by UMCOR (United For more information, contact Rev. Miriam Slejko at Methodist Committee on Relief). The credentials are recog- 303-839-1493 or mslejko@ Register nized by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), online at under Upcoming Events.

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10th Annual Habitat Golf Classic Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:45 a.m. Glenmoor Country Club Cherry Hills Village, CO 80013  Come and Support Habitat Interfaith Alliance (HIA) as we raise funds to build our 13th Habitat Home in the Sable Ridge neighborhood in East Denver starting July 10. We need sponsors, silent auction items, prize giveaways, golfers and volunteers to make the golf classic a success. We received a gracious $300 anonymous sponsorship last year from a Trinity family. We hope to put together a Trinity golf foursome for golfers interested in playing at a beautiful private club. A foursome is $ individual golfer entry fee is $200. Online registration and all details are available at Blacktie Colorado: You can also contact Nancy Green, Trinity member and your HIA Rep, at nskigreen@ or 303-831 -8583 with interest and questions.

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Our Church Our ChurchFamily Family We celebrate the life of Sally Crabtree, who entered eternal life on March 2, and remember in prayer her husband Ed and their family; and of Joyce Fitzpatrick, who entered eternal life on March 2. We remember in prayer Jill and Tony Rampacek and family in the death of Tony’s grandmother; and Mary Jane Hopkins in the death of her sister. Our Family Serving Overseas Please update your church family on your loved ones! Have any of those listed below returned home? How are you and your family faring? Please send any updates to Lee Anderson at the contact information listed below. We keep in our prayers these brave men and women serving overseas in the Armed Forces, and their families: Family of Trinity Members

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Maj. Bradley Matthew May, U.S. Navy, son of Tom and Carolyn May Petty Officer 2nd Class Wes Cody, U.S. Navy, son-in-law of Clark & Ann Rheem PFC Krystal Wright, U.S. Army, niece of Darlene & John Medlin Lt. Daniel Ford, U.S. Navy, son of Michael & Joanne Ford 2Lt Tristan Felchlin, grandson of Joan & Jack Leimkuhler Sgt. Preston Linger, U.S. Army, son of Kathy & Dan Linger If you would like to have a family member placed on our prayer chain and listed in the monthly Vision, or if you have any updates on these loved ones listed here, please contact Lee Anderson at 303-839-1493 x11 or

Care Ministry The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s When we, or those we love, begin to experience memory problems, we head down a frightening path into the unknown. What are realistic expectations as we journey into this new life? How do we plan for a new reality? Join us as we come together to seek information about memory loss. Bring your concerns and your questions. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will explain the differences between normal memory loss due to aging, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias. We will learn about resources in our community for those of us living with memory loss. We are not alone in this journey; we gain the strength of Christian community. — Peggy Steen As we begin a new way of life, we can take courage in God’s promise in Exodus 3:12 – “And God said, ‘I will be with you.’”

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” Wednesday, April 27 – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Heritage Room on Level 3 adjacent to Fellowship Hall R.S.V.P. to Peggy Steen at or 303-839-1493

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Music & Arts First Children’s Music Festival a Soaring Success On Saturday, March 8, Trinity was filled with the sounds of children singing, drumming, and laughing together as Trinity hosted its first Children’s Music Festival, Soaring in Song. The Joyful Voices Primary and Intermediate choirs, under the direction of Jackie Ives and Kathy Ives, were joined by the St. Elizabeth’s School Choir of Denver, also directed by Jackie Ives, for a day of musicmaking, learning, and fellowship. Throughout the day the children experienced a variety of music activities, including music games to foster getting to know one another, a drumming session developing rhythm concepts, a session exploring notation reading and composition using Boomwhackers, and work with Festival clinician Judith Mitchell, who helped the children develop their vocal techniques and polish the songs they would be singing in the culminating afternoon concert. The concert was a joyful celebration of music and singing, with the choirs performing together as one mass choir and also singing as individual choirs. The opening piece “Amani Utupe (Grant Us Peace, Give us Courage)” was a spectacular presentation with children processing bearing colorful kites, drummers ac-

Children’s Music Festival March 8, 2014

companying the singing, and singers using hand motions to express the text. The Festival Choir closed the concert with the lively theme song from the movie “Brave” titled “Touch the Sky,” waving colored ribbons overhead. A post -concert reception hosted by the Trinity Music and Arts Ministry allowed the singers and families an opportunity to celebrate the day’s experiences and achievements. Those from both Trinity and St. Elizabeth’s School were very enthusiastic about this collaborative event and look forward to sharing more experiences in the future. Music for Holy Week Trinity’s Chancel Choir and Chancel Chamber Choir are currently preparing meaningful music for our Palm Sunday and Easter worship: Palm Sunday – Sanctus by Ronald J. Williams and Hosanna in the Highest by David W. Music. The service will begin with an Introit by the Children’s Chimes. Easter – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Gilbert M. Martin and Resurrection Day by Z. Randall Stroope with the Boulder Brass. We will end the service with the traditional singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

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Youth Ministries

Stock in Youth Sunday — April 27 Here is your chance to buy stock that is guaranteed to grow! On Sunday, April 27, between 4:30-6:30 p.m., the youth will be calling to ask for your financial support and prayers. You can help make youth mission trips possible by buying “Stock-in-Youth.” This summer the senior high youth will spend a week in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, hosting Kids Club for the children and painting homes, as well as participating in a number of cultural opportunities with the community. The 11th and 12th grade youth will spend 10 days in rural Guatemala building a home, visiting the John Wesley School, helping out at the local school, and so much more. The 6th and 7th graders will spend three days in mission here in Denver serving at the Olin Hotel, Metro CareRing, Project Angel Heart, and more. The youth each pay a portion of the cost of these trips, and we need our Trinity family to help make these life-changing trips possible. Together, we believe we can make this happen! In addition to helping make the youth mission trips possible, you will be supporting our youth ministries year-round by buying stock in our youth. All “stock holders” will receive a postcard in the fall from our mission trips letting them know how their “investments” are doing. The youth will share their summer mission trip experiences in the fall on Youth Sunday. Please show your support for our youth and buy “STOCK in YOUTH” on April 27. Thank you for your support!

Youth Sunday School Senior High Youth meet in Room 1-12 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Confirmation (Middle High Sunday School) for all middle school youth and any high school youth who have not been confirmed meets in the Youth Room (Room 1-3) from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Ichthus…Youth group for grades 6-12 meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month! Middle and senior high youth meet together at Trinity from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for lunch, games, devotions, music, and awesome group-building time. This is a great time for all of the youth to get to know one another and grow together on their faith journeys. Our last Ichthus for the school year is Sunday, April 13.

Summer Calendar The youth summer calendar will soon be coming to a mailbox near you! You will want to check out all the awesome new adventures for the summer and make sure you are signed up. Imagine touring Coors Field, candy factories, experiencing the great outdoors and wild animals, swimming, creating art, and seeing your friends. Stay tuned for details. If you have any questions about Youth Ministries at Trinity, please call Cami Twilling or Emma Mueller at 303-839-1493 x32 or

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Children’s Ministries Save the date for:  Vaca on Bible School   June 23 – 27, 2014  9:30‐1 p.m. daily  For children four years old through   those presently in fi h grade 

Trinity United Methodist Church invites all children ages four years old through having completed fifth grade to gear up at Workshop of Wonders: Imagine and Build with God Vacation Bible School. Children are invited to explore and experience how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God! The fun begins Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. daily. Our adventure includes music that will wow your ears, interactive Bible stories, super science, cool crafts, learning about Habitat for Humanity, delicious snacks, great games, and lunch. You can register on Trinity’s web site (direct link is http:// Cost for the week is $40. Scholarships are always available by contacting Kathy Gibb at or 303-8391493 ext 22.

Wesleyan Breakfast Club Friday, April 4 – 9:00 a.m. Hot Cakes Restaurant, 1400 E. 18th Avenue, Denver Speakers: Trinity Members Ron Perry and his daughter Kathy Dunnewald Never Underestimate the Influence of a Grandparent... Ron Perry, grandfather of Trinity youth Lauren and Bryan Dunnewald, has been key in Bryan’s development as an organist and the pursuit of his music aspirations and technology interests, as well as in Lauren’s start on her goal of exploring the world. He will address the topic of the role of the grandparents in their grandkids’ lives, using Bryan and Lauren as examples, and specifically questions about finding the balance between being supportive of grandkids and their parents, being on the lookout for opportunities, and being helpful with legwork, all without being intrusive. Ron’s daughter Kathy Dunnewald, who is Lauren’s and Bryan’s mother, will be on hand to chime in and answer any questions from a parent’s perspective.

The 4 Rs: Reading, ’Riting, ’Rithmetic and Religion - Attend this Special Breakfast On Tuesday, April 8, Trinity will host a special breakfast discussion called “The 4 Rs: Reading, ’Riting, ’Rithmetic and Religion.” We will hear from faith leaders about how churches can further engage and support Colorado’s education system. Guest speakers include Jill Hawley, Associate Commissioner of Achievement and Strategy, Colorado Department of Education; Andy Mendelsberg, Principal, Denver East High School; and Chris Watney, President and CEO, Colorado Children’s Campaign. The cost is $150 for a table of eight or $20 per person

in advance. At the door, $25 per person. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Colorado Council of Churches and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Proceeds will benefit Voices for Justice, which is the Colorado Council of Churches’ advocacy task force. To make your reservation, calling 303-825-4910 or online at under Upcoming Events by April 4.

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New Life Breaks Through When Someone Listens— Stories from our Stephen Ministers He talked through his divorce with a guy who understood and who liked to hang out at the coffee shop, same as he did. They showed up every week, his Stephen Minister listening to his plans until he was ready to move on, really ready, to a new state, a new life.  In the middle of her cancer, she sat down at Starbucks with her Stephen Minister, making her way to this refuge Friday after Friday to be distracted from the pain, to unburden herself of the fear, to share her excitement for life, for her family, and for the kaleidoscope of plans that made every day full for as long as she could. And to tell her story of God, of her ups and downs with the Divine, and how the two of them grew close. 

 She just needed permission not to have to do it all, and all at the same time. With her Stephen Minister listening, she started on a different plan that made the most of her gifts, which were also her joys, and left the rest to someone else.  They walked together on a beautiful spring morning and realized something new. As they talked, she found triumph had been hiding in the past week after all; she had taken a new approach with her loved one, a small step that could be big, towards a better relationship with the most important person in her life. 

That’s just some of what happens within our Trinity family when we each go through our ups and downs. We each face tough stretches during our lives, and Those around her could feel the tension as the intimi- that’s where the Stephen Ministry program comes in for dation grew. Her Stephen Minister noticed and knew. our Trinity family. Stephen Ministers are trained careShe gave her a hug. One moment of relief became a givers, male and female of various ages, who simply moment of strength to face the rest of the day. listen, care, and, when needed, walk with another church family member through a rough patch. If you’re  She started her marriage and lost her job. Each week, going through one of those iffy spots right now, feel free her Stephen Minister waited for the news—her news of to reach for a hand with no shame attached. Some scarce opportunities, of an interview here and there, of other time, you’ll be the one lending a hand. To find out more about Trinity’s Stephen Ministry her late dinners with her husband – until she was ready program, either as a care-receiver or as a care-giver, to face it all on her own.  contact Linda Marshall or Lee Anderson at church He couldn’t meet in person, but he could talk on the (303-839-1493 or for Linda, or for Lee). phone. Every week they talked, he and his Stephen Minister, while he mustered up the courage to take a — Kathy Dunnewald first step out of the habits he wanted to break and to replace them with something better.

Logo of the Stephen Ministry for congregations. The whole person assists the “broken” person, the person in need.

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Guidance to New Life Through 9Health Fair Brenda always attended the 9Health Fair. She would have her blood drawn and then quickly head for the door, thankful for the inexpensive lab work. She paid no attention to the other activities in the room. As she walked to the exit in 2007, however, she noticed a sign on the wall: “Stress Screening.” That year, Brenda struggled with heavy grief and pain. Her only son had committed suicide six months earlier. As she contemplated the sign, a friendly volunteer greeted her and explained the screening process. Brenda decided to fill out the one-page questionnaire and share her story with a volunteer social worker. The social worker helped Brenda find professional resources in her community that helped her through her grief. As Brenda related her story a couple of years later, she commented, “I don’t know how I would have gotten through those dark days without the help I received from 9Health Fair.” The 35th annual 9Health Fair season will be here soon, with over 60 sites in the metropolitan area. Take advantage of this opportunity! Assume responsibility for your own health. For information about the more than 20 free and low-cost medical screenings available, call 303-698-4455 or visit

DON’T MISS THE DOWNTOWN DENVER FAIRS! Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12 Pepsi Center (Express Fair) 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 2 Trinity Church at Downtown YMCA 7:00 a.m. - Noon Sunday, May 4 Colorado Convention Center 7:00 a.m. – Noon

“Trinity Church at Downtown YMCA” It’s not too late! You can still volunteer to serve as a Medical or Non-Medical Volunteer on Friday morning, May 2, for our downtown 9Health Fair site. Please sign up on-line at or call 303-653-8824 for additional information.

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Trinity United Methodist Women Meetings Calendar Trinity UMW Leadership Team will meet Monday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. Any interested member may attend this meeting, during which most of the UMW business is done so that the UMW meetings may concentrate on program. Book Circle will meet Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at the home of Mary Frances Keller. This month’s book is The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. Miriam Circle will meet Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room. The program will be “All Creation Sings” – go beyond the exquisite beauty of God’s creations to learn some of the lessons they would teach us. We are asked to bring new or gently used children’s books for a mission project. The April unit (general) meeting of TUMW will be April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the South Parlor. The program will be “A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.” A special offering will be taken. Deborah Circle will meet after the unit meeting to conduct Circle business. Bake Sale Trinity UMW will hold its Spring Bake Sale on Sunday, April 13. Expect some Easter-themed decorated goodies, as well as the usual yummy cakes, breads, cookies, and pies. 2014 Call to Prayer and Self-Denial – Sound Foundations: Sound Missions This annual observance gives local and district units a chance to study and reflect on a particular theme each year and to designate funds for ministries related to the theme for the year. In 2014, the offering received will go toward renovating, expanding and greening the buildings that house the critical work of National Mission Institutions and historically related international institutions. These institutions, founded by United Methodist Women and their foremothers more than 100 years ago, include community centers, domestic violence and homeless shelters, children’s homes, schools, colleges, and universities. One hundred percent of the offering goes directly to mission.

Spiritual Growth Opportunities Registration forms are available at the UMW Reading Program bookcase on Sundays or at for the Rocky Mountain Conference UMW “Spiritual Life Retreat” (for all ages) and “Limitless Future” (for young women ages 12-30) at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, May 2-4, 2014. The theme is “Nurturing the Sacred Center” led by Rev. Margaret Gillikin, First UMC in Salida, Colorado, and Rev. Stephanie Price, Hope UMC, Greenwood Village, Colorado. “This spring, take time to nurture the sacred within you and the communities you are part of. Dive deep into these spiritual practices and dream together of how the wisdom of the past can lead us into the future with hope.” Early registration is $50; after April 1, $65. Cost for room and meal accommodations varies depending on the number in the room and length of stay. Some scholarships are available. Trinity Women’s Spring Retreat is April 5 at Four Mile Historic Park. Retreat leader Rev. Nan Chizmar leads a discovery of our “hidden wholeness” at the Grace Café. The cost of $40 includes lunch, snacks, beverages, and a day pass to the Four Mile Historic Park. The deadline for registration is April 1. Contact Rev. Linda Marshall at or 303-839-1493. Learn about UMC and UMW missions Response magazine, the official magazine of United Methodist Women, and New World Outlook, the mission magazine of the United Methodist Church, are an important part of the UMW Reading Program. Both are filled with stories about the missions of the UMW and the UMC. If you are interested in the history of women in mission – beg, borrow (don’t steal), or subscribe to get the March/April 2014 issue of New World Outlook and read “Women in Mission, A Protestant Tradition” by Dana Robert, pp. 6-9.

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Welcome, New Members Gordie Weightman is an investment consultant for Callan Associates. He and his wife Alexis have a seven-month-old daughter Ainslee. Gordie used to live two blocks from Trinity and began attending. He joins by Letter of Transfer.

Matt Hebert and Cait Goddard went online to learn more about Trinity after driving by. Cait is a nursing student at Regis University. Matt and Cait were baptized in Stiles Chapel and then received into membership by profession of faith.

Not Pictured - Judy Tauchen is originally from Steelville, Missouri. She visited Trinity and is interested in Sunday’s Adult Education opportunities. She already serves as a Sunday morning greeter. Judy joins by letter of transfer from St. Andrew UMC, Highlands Ranch.

Trinity Quilters We will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the church for a morning of fun and sewing! This month we will be working on a Log Cabin Quilt. This is a great quilt for beginning quilters and experienced quilters alike. We would love to have new faces join us. Our quilts are made with loving hands and will be given to our church members and families that are experiencing major concerns, whether medical or otherwise. We also provide the baptismal and confirmation squares given to babies and youth. Come join us on April 12 in Rooms 1-10 and 1-11 on Level 1.

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Contemplative Corner According to The Contemplative Life Program Lectio Divina, the monastic method of practicing Lectio Divina is the most receptive form of praying the Scriptures and was practiced in the ancient monasteries of both the East and the West. Father Bruno Barnhardt is credited with writing, “In the monastic practice of Lectio Divina, we listen to how God is drawing us closer in a particular text of Scripture.” The monastic practice to which Father Barnhardt refers is described as the following four moments:  Read softly aloud the selected passage.  Reflect in the sense of ruminating (ruminating is “sitting with the word that emerged from listening and allowing the Spirit to expand it, opening us up to a deeper meaning. Ruminating penetrates the spiritual senses.”)  Respond spontaneously in prayer.  Rest in GOD beyond thoughts and particular act.

Father Thomas Keating further explains about Lectio Divina, “The WORD of GOD is not only addressed to our ears, to our minds, and to our hearts; it is addressed above all to who we are at the deepest level.” After reading the particular Scripture, Isaiah 55:3, “Listen that you many have life” and applying it to the ancient practice of Lectio Divina that we practice in Stiles Chapel on Sunday mornings, we may be able to find a new life simply through listening and resting in GOD. — Joy Harvey Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Chapel, we practice Centering Prayer each week, as well as other prayer practices such as Lectio Divina and contemplative journaling in the group setting. We are currently watching Richard Rohr on DVD, followed by reflection time. Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Chapel, we are learning from the Rule of Benedict and practicing the ancient prayer practice of Lectio Divina. This is a time of quiet prayer for those looking for peace and contemplation. Contact Cami Twilling,, or 303-839-1493 x32.

Memorials & Honorariums March 2013 In honor of the Rich and Linda Land Family for the Second Century Foundation by Barbara E. Brayton Given in honor of the Rich and Linda Land Family for the Music and Arts Ministry by JoAnn LaGuardia Given in memory of Joyce Fitzpatrick for the Choir and Music and Arts Ministry by Don and Brenda Lewis. Given in memory of Sally Crabtree for the Were Here for Life Campaign by Jim and Scotty Wilkins.

Given in memory of Sally Crabtree for the Youth of Trinity by Alfred Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Dent, Dr. and Mrs. James Dougherty, James and Martha Groebe, Mary Ann Groswold, Richard and Dorothy Harvey, Philip and Mary Jones, Marynelle Philpott, Ann and Clark Rheem Given in memory of Sally Crabtree by Gerald F. Groswold, Sue Lubeck, Don and Brenda Lewis, Janice L. Pettigrew, Jack and Sue Pfieffer Given in memory of Vivian Vernon by Peter and Marilyn Gingras

 If you would like to make a memorial or designated gift, please contact Fred Lyons at (303) 839-1493, x30.


Trinity United Methodist Church 1820 Broadway Denver, CO 80202

Senior Pastor Dr. Michael D. Dent Minister of Discipleship Rev. Miriam Slejko Minister of Nurture Rev. Linda Marshall Director of Music and Arts Judith Mitchell Director of Adult and Family Formation Wayne Brown Care Coordinator Lee Anderson Director of Youth Ministries and Contemplative Spirituality Cami Twilling

Sunday Schedule:

Church Office Hours:

Informal Worship 8:15 a.m. (Sanctuary)

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 303/839-1493 Fax: 303/839-1901

Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. (Sanctuary) Sunday School for adults and children at 9:30 a.m.

Director of Children’s Ministries Kathy Gibb

Trinity United Methodist Church

Church Administrator Angie Cummins

1820 Broadway Denver, CO 80202 Phone: 303/839-1493 Fax: 303/839-1901 Email: Web:

Director of Communications Erin Acheson Discipleship Assistant and Front Office Administrator Jill Rampacek Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor Juli Van Hooser Finance Administrator Fred Lyons Wedding Coordinator Laini Tompkins Trinity Young Adults Jasper Peters James E. Barnes Iliff Intern Dan Krause

Financial Report March 2014 Ministry Giving

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$ 335,547

Ministry Investments $ 310,602

$ 200,000

Periodicals postage paid at Denver, Colorado

$ 400,000

Trinity United Methodist Church 1820 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202

April 2014 Vision  

A monthly magazine of Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO