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Our Confirmands on May 11, Story on page 4

The June 2014


A Monthly Magazine of Trinity United Methodist Church Denver, Colorado Volume 21, Issue 6

I Thank God Every Day I Have Trinity in My Life! Dear Trinity Family, Early last month I received a letter from a church member who shared this amazing story. “The We’re Here for Life campaign is truly an exciting and ambitious undertaking. As soon as I learned about the proposed improvements to the Plaza Building, as well as the mission initiative that would be a part of the fund raising campaign, I knew I wanted to take part in the over and above giving. I especially feel this sense of gratitude for those congregational members who came before me. They built this church and maintained it through many difficult and challenging times. We owe it to their memory and to the future generations who will worship here and daily come to Trinity for lifeenhancing help and education, to make sure our Plaza Building remains a safe, welcoming, beautiful place to visit. I appreciate the ‘How To’ guide for suggestions for over and above giving…I wasn’t sure where I was going to locate the resources to help with this campaign in a significant way, but I did trust God would guide me in the right direction. Sure enough, last month I was able to close on the sale of a significant asset. And, believe me, God must have had a hand in this transaction because it was so complicated. I sold a sailboat. The boat was located in Wisconsin, the buyer in Maine, the seller in Colorado, the bank in Maryland, and the title company in Nebraska. Only through the blessing of email

were we able to coordinate all these distant parties and make the transaction happen. And, thus, I have the cash to contribute immediately to this very worthwhile campaign. It was sad to sell my boat. I lived on her for four months… But knowing that a tithe plus from the proceeds of the sale is going to such a worthwhile cause makes me proud. I thank God every day I have Trinity in my life.” We are grateful to have Trinity in our lives. We are grateful for those who came before us and built and maintained our church home through difficult times. Now we get to do the same. Thank you for your gifts and commitments to the We’re Here for Life generosity initiative. Hundreds of families have already made commitments. On Sunday, June 1, we will announce the total of commitments to date toward our $2.5 million goal. That is the day we begin our 36 months of giving. New and additional commitments will continue to be made after June 1. We will also recognize our high school seniors and commission our 2014 summer youth missionaries at 11 a.m. It is a great day to share the joy of having Trinity in our lives! Here with you for life,

The Trinity Pulpit June 1

“Then the People Rejoiced!” I Chronicles 29:1-14 We’re Here for Life Gi s Announcement Summer Mission Trip Commissioning High School Seniors’ Recogni on

June 8

“The 3-D Body” Acts 2:1-21 Pentecost Sunday, Holy Communion

June 15 “Famous Last Words” Ma hew 28:16-20 Father’s Day, Trinity Sunday June 22 Message by Rev. Darrell Mount, Trinity Senior Pastor, 1997-2006 Barnes Scholarship Presenta on Bryan Dunnewald Concert June 29 “The Workshop of Wonders” VBS Sunday Kathy Gibb Recep on Judith Mitchell Concert

John 5:17

Features Inside this Issue … Adult Ministries ....................................... 6 Care Ministry ............................................ 8 Children’s Ministries ............................... 9 Contemplative Corner ........................... 15 Council Corner ......................................... 3 Family Ministries ..................................... 6 Military Ministry ..................................... 14 Music & Arts ........................................... 10 New Members .......................................... 7 Our Church Family ................................... 9 Trinity at Work ........................................ 12 UMW News .............................................. 13 We’re Here for Good Campaign .............. 2 Youth Ministries ................................... 4-5

Pastor Mike

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

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Kathy Gibb to Retire June 30 After 12 years of devoted service as Trinity’s Director of Children’s Ministries, Kathy Gibb is retiring at the end of June. Speaking for the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Pastor Mike Dent says, “We are most grateful for Kathy’s dedicated leadership and work with children and their families here since May 2002. She has served a deep sense of spirituality, commitment, and passion for the youngest among us.” Kathy’s work has included the annual Vacation Bible School, Family Halloween Party, weekly Sunday School classes, and the most important room in the church – the nursery. Kathy has often given the Children’s Message in worship, been a puppeteer, led Bible overnights [see photo at right from 2013], co-led family retreats, and taught a Women’s Bible Study. Dr. Dent notes, “We will miss Kathy on our staff. She is a dependable, faithful, and devoted servant with heart for children and their families.”

Trinity welcomes Laura Winberg! Laura Winberg has joined the Trinity staff as Interim Financial Administrator and will be managing the financial aspects of the church alongside Church Administrator Angie Cummins and Pastor Mike. She comes to us with a wealth of church financial experience, as she currently also works with Lakewood UMC and Wheat Ridge UMC, as well as the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Laura and her husband, who works in IT for Arvada Fire, have two children, a son Mark and daughter Megan, and a black lab named Molly.

Sand Creek Pilgrimage and Ordination Highlight RMAC The 2014 gathering of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center on June 19-22. The conference is a time to worship, learn, do business, and connect with friends and colleagues. The theme is “Healing Relationship” and will include a day-long journey to Sand Creek, the site of the massacre of many Native American men, women, and children 150 years ago. The Imagine No Malaria campaign to curtail the preventable deadly disease will be celebrated for reaching its goal of $1.2 million in the past year. Dr. Michael Dent is co-chair of the effort and Trinity is playing a major part in the “No Malaria” campaign. On Sunday morning Trinity will celebrate in the ordination of Rev. Betsy Phelan and the commissioning of Rev. Amy Durfee West. (See separate article, page 3.). Our church is represented at the conference by its ordained clergy and lay delegates Susan Long, Josh Davies, and Kevin Matter. Metro District Equalization delegates include Lee Anderson, Gary Curtis, Diana Huerta, Jasper Peters, Shaun Boyd, Pam Jones, Noreen Keleshian, and Kristi Kinnison. For more information, visit

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Council Corner By Lorraine Knitt Trinity Council Chairperson

4. Emphasize intentional outreach and relationship In order for any person or any organization to get better, building with the new residents of downtown and you need goals. Recently Trinity was asked by the Bishop what our goals were. Council members were asked to put the Millennials. together what they thought our goals should be. What was 5. Increase diverse programming and event experiences. fascinating about the process was how similar all the goals I would like to thank all Council members for their were. In under an hour we were able to articulate five thoughtful consideration in this process. Of course, now goals for our church. Please read them below. comes the hard part: making these goals come to Trinity’s Top Five Goals fruition. I have no doubt that between our talented staff and our committed lay leaders and volunteers, these goals 1. Preserve and Improve Trinity’s Identity and Physical will be accomplished. Environment – worship, buildings, technology, infrastructure, and financial stability. As summer arrives, so do family vacations, barbeques, and other fun activities that only happen this time of year. I hope that everyone has a safe and fun-filled summer. Remember that Trinity is still here for you, whether it is 3. Engage and nurture young families and young adults Vacation Bible School, special Summer Sunday School and provide leadership development for these groups. opportunities, or Sunday worship. We look forward to seeing you! 2. Put dynamic emphasis on Missions by looking for more partnerships in the community and involving more of the congregation.

Trinity Members Reach Ministry Milestones at Annual Conference On Sunday, June 22, Betsy Phelan will be ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection. Amy Durfee West will be commissioned into provisional status on her journey toward ordination as an Elder in Full Connection. Enjoy their stories below and share your support through cards of congratulation (send c/o Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway, Denver 80202). All are welcome to attend the special worship and ordination service on Sunday, June 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Hospital in Lakewood. Please know that in reaching this step, I’m deeply appreciative of God’s amazing grace, which has guided and blessed this journey, and Trinity’s wonderful nurturing, support, and encouragement, which have been an excellent foundation for it. Thank you!

Amy’s story: I can envision many possible ways to use the studying, thinking, learning, writing, speaking, teaching, and ministering that I have been doing since entering seminary in 2008, together with what I learned in my prior careers and other roles, in service to God and the church. One possibility is to work as a part-time pastor Betsy’s story: At the annual conference this June, I’ll complete a two-year provisional period for ordination as a and part-time student, teacher, community organizer, activist, advocate, and/or mentor. In the upcoming year deacon, and I’ll be ordained to serve in a setting outside the walls of the local church. This will be the culmination I expect to be appointed to graduate school at Boston of a five-year process, in which I’ve completed a Master of University School of Theology, where I plan to finish the prerequisites for researching and writing my doctoral Divinity Degree at the Iliff School of Theology and gained substantial experience as a hospital chaplain. I’m honored dissertation, as well as work as a research assistant for and grateful to be working as the flight chaplain for Flight the Anna Howard Shaw Center. for Life Colorado and a staff chaplain at St. Anthony

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Youth Ministries Congratulations to the Confirmation Class of 2014! We had a wonderful semester together as the youth explored their faith and what it means to know God deeper than just knowing about God. We had incredible discussions as the youth each shared their thoughts, questions, and reflections. We learned about the Christian Calendar, Methodism, missions, what it means to ground ourselves in God, and so much more. These amazing youth are not simply the future of the church, but fully present here and now with so much to give and much wisdom to share! CongratulaƟons to each of you! You are a Designated Righteous Person. Claire Marie Benson

Cameron James Mueller

Clara Sco Coffey

Jack Stephen Stremsterfer

Gre a Marie Hambrook

Kalysta Elise Talusan

Sarah Danielle Kinnison

John Blake Toedtli

Chloe Anna Kni

Nathaniel Maxwell Watkins

Henry Robert Mammel

John Alexander Weirich

Our 2014 Seniors and a Few of Their Favorite Things Sarah Bergman…enjoys being in choir and conducting, playing cards with her youth friends, and reading. This fall she will be attending Ohio Wesleyan University to pursue biology and secondary education.

Bryan Dunnewald...enjoys music, especially organ and piano and accompanying dance classes (on the piano); bowling; having cake, tea and/or donuts with friends; and going to other great performances (particularly by fellow students). In the fall he will be attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Pennsylvania.

Olivia Hill...enjoys working out, singing and studying fashion. This fall she will be attending Mesa State and pursuing either business and fashion or teaching.

Claire Steeno…enjoys meeting new people and being exposed to new ways of thinking, blasting music in her car with the windows down, and helping people in any way possible whether by volunteering, organizing events, or simply smiling at someone. This fall she will be attending Illinois State University to pursue a major in dance performance.

Ashlyn Herd…enjoys singing the Alto II part in choir, going to get frozen yogurt with her sister Rhianna, and watching shows on Netflix until the sun rises. This fall she will be attending San Francisco Conservatory where she will pursue a degree in voice performance. Not pictured: Rylie McMillan and Ariel White

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Summer Youth Programs Youth Sunday School All youth who have completed grades 6-12 meet in the Youth Room (1-3). Come join us for a laid-back atmosphere and great discussions on everything from Harry Potter, the Hobbit, the world’s religions, and more.

Your Tickets to Summer Fun Calendar The Youth Summer Calendar is in a mailbox near you, or you can pick one up in the Youth Room. Please check the summer flyer for all the details!

Coors Field tour & lunch at Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs…Wednesday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited; RSVP by Sunday, June 1, to guarantee a spot. $20 includes the tour and lunch.

VBS mid-week fun…Wednesday, June 25, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Swimming at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. Cool off on a hot summer afternoon with your friends. FREE!

The Denver Zoo…Tuesday, July 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come have a wild time. We will meet at the zoo. Cost is $15 per person. Bring a sack lunch or money for lunch.

Tour Hammond’s Candy Factory, Celestial Seasonings, and go for a swim…Tuesday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sample candies, sip tea and take a plunge. We will meet at and return to Trinity. FREE!

Lakeside Amusement Park…Tuesday, August 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Come ride the night away. We will meet at the main entrance of Lakeside. Cost is $15 for entrance and parking. You may want extra money for snacks and games.

Back to School Party…Sunday, August 24, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. (more details coming this summer…save the date!)

If you have questions about Youth Ministries at Trinity, please call Cami Twilling or Emma Mueller at 303-839-1493.

Where in the world are our Youth this summer? Guatemala Mission Trip - June 6-15, 2014 Twelve juniors and seniors will spend 10 days in rural Guatemala where they will build a home for a

widow and her five children. They will also visit the John Wesley School and meet the student they sponsor, as well as spend time getting to know the other student. One afternoon will be spent visiting a local pastor and his family’s weaving project after a short hike into the hills near the village he and his family call home. We will have the opportunity to spend time with the dear Maryknoll Sisters, Connie and Helen, as they share with us some of the history of the village of Lemoa where we will be staying. Time spent in Guatemala has a way of slowing one down to appreciate the beauty of not only the landscape, but the beauty of relationship. The youth will represent Trinity with open and loving arms as they give and receive in Guatemala! Middle High “Denver Dive” - July 7-9, 2014 The 6th and 7th grade youth will spend three days right here in Denver doing mission work and exploring the city through God’s eyes. The Denver Dive kicks off with the youth hosting an ice cream and games party at the Olin Hotel. After dinner they will make sandwiches to hand out at Civic Center Park with snacks and water to those who spend their days there. They will also pack beans and rice for Metro CareRing and deliver it the next day when they volunteer. The final day Denver Diving will be decorating bags for Project Angel Heart meal deliveries and serving lunch to our neighbors right here at Trinity. Senior High - South Dakota - July 13-19, 2014 Eleven senior high youth will spend a week in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. We will focus on the Native American Culture as we learn more about the complex issues the community faces. We will serve by painting houses and leading Kid’s Club, but one of the more important parts of this week will be listening. We may come away with more questions than answers and with a deeper awareness that listening is a way to serve as well. We will discover how much we have to learn when we listen to the wisdom traditions of others.

Read an amazing essay by Lauren Dunnewald at images/pdf/events/AQuest.pdf. Lauren writes of her experiences on a Trinity youth mission trip to South Side Chicago — a trip that changed her life.

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Family Ministries Please come to our regular Homebuilders class, Sunday, June 1, for our final, formal class meeting of the school year. This will be an important class because we will be discussing the summer class schedule, the leadership team and meetings, special summer events, and preparation for Trinity’s Fall Homecoming in September. WE NEED YOUR INPUT! SUMMER HOMEBUILDERS From June 8 through the end of July, Family Ministry’s Homebuilders class will be joining with the Adult Education Forum to enjoy a dynamic summer program of Sunday morning classes. Wayne Brown, Jasper Peters, and others will share teaching responsibilities.

...And don’t forget to join us at John and Karen Kinzie’s house on June 7 for a summer pool party! See your Homebuilders email messages for details. NEW! SINGLE MOMS GROUP If you are a single mom, the new Single Moms Group would love to hear from you! Family Ministry’s Homebuilders is excited to bring together single moms who simply want to enjoy one another’s company and support each other in their parenting and faith journeys. This group is still in the formation stage, so join us in this exciting “launch.” Please contact the church or email Wayne Brown at for details. — Wayne Brown

Summer Sundays for Adults June 29 “Healing Relationships: a Sacred Journey of Sunday School classes for adults will be offered Forgiveness;” Led by delegates to the Rocky Mounthroughout the summer. In addition to Care for the Caregiver (see more information on page 6) and the Pastor’s tain Annual Conference Bible Study, Adult Forums will be offered in the South July Sundays: “Open Forum” led by Parlor (Level 2) covering a wide variety of topics for adults Rev. Linda C. Marshall of all generations. The June and July schedules include: “Amazing Grace” led by Lee Anderson June 1 Wrap-up for ongoing Sunday School classes “Jasper and Dad” led by Jasper Peters “Wellness - Trying to Stay Balanced in a Wild and June 8 and 15 “In the Name of the Father: Conversations Crazy World” led by Larry Hone on Fathers, God and Living in the Light”; Led by Watch the website, weekly Vision, and summer monthly Vision for more information.

Wayne Brown and Jasper Peters

June 22 “Is It Working? A theological reflection on Obamacare” led by the Health Ministry Team

Primetimers Visit the Botanic Gardens Trinity Primetimers will visit the Denver Botanic Gardens to experience a guided tour of the Dale Chihuly exhibition on Friday, July 11, at 8:30 a.m. There is a maximum of 30 people allowed on the tour, so reserve your space early. Reservations must be made directly with the Denver Botanic Gardens through their website ( art-tours/chihuly-exhibition-tours). We will then gather at the new café for brunch following the tour. Cost is $17 (or $10 for Denver Botanic Gardens members) and includes all-day access to the grounds. Questions? Contact Kay Norman at

Making Sense of the Bible: An Evening with Adam Hamilton - St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch

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Tuesday, June 3; 7 to 9 p.m. Free Pre-Registration: Limited seating; please pre-register for priority seating Priority seating 6:20 to 6:45 p.m. Open seating (if available) 6:45 to 7 p.m.

In his new book Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites readers into a conversation about the Bible. The first half of the book offers an introduction to the Bible. When, why and how was it written, and how did its words come to be considered scripture? How did God inspire the Bible? Is it inerrant and infallible? What constitutes a high view of scripture? The second half of the book builds upon the first by offering answers to the questions people routinely ask about the Bible.

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Welcome, New Members Tracy Allen is an architect with Naos Design Group, LLC. She attended Texas A&M. She is married to Tate Allen and has two sons – Levi, age 5, and William, 7 months. She learned of Trinity from Rev. Marlin Fenn of Katy UMC in Katy, Texas. She is transferring her membership from Katy UMC.

Erin and Craig Gleaton are transferring their membership from Tarrytown UMC in Austin, Texas. Erin is a corporate attorney with Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., and Craig is an energy attorney with SM Energy. They have a baby, Charlotte, who was baptized at Trinity on May 18. They learned of Trinity from the community.

TRINITY NEW MEMBER LUNCHEON—JUNE 8 On June 8, Trinity’s Evangelism Committee will host recent new members at a New Member Luncheon following the 11 a.m. worship service. The lunch is prepared by committee members and others who enjoy cooking, baking and serving under the leadership of Myrt Dorroh, New Member Lunch Chairperson.

New Member Lunches are held several times each year. On June 8, more than 20 new members and their families and guests will enjoy a meal prepared by Myrt and her team. They will meet Trinity’s staff members, learn about Trinity’s ministries and enjoy the fellowship of the Trinity community. Twenty-seven new members have been received since January 2014.

At a recent Evangelism Committee gathering, Myrt “I invite others to take this journey with me in shared her goal for the New Member Lunch: “My goal is to welcoming new members,” declares Myrt. If you would prepare a homemade, balanced meal the new members like to join the New Member Lunch Committee and will remember as part of their joining of this wonderful, provide a homemade dish for loving family...My passion is cooking and sharing with the next New Member Lunch on others who enjoy home-cooked food.” Aug. 3, contact Myrt through the church office at 303-839-1493. Matt Myer and son Mars with wife Meg

Myrt greets new members on June 8

Ato and Vicky Hammond with daughter Alaire

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Care Ministry NEW SESSION OF “CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER” BEGINS JUNE 1 Caregivers often find they’re so busy taking care of a loved one, in addition to handling all the daily responsiTOPICS: bilities of their own life, that they don’t realize the toll it’s taking on their health and well-being. Dealing with a high level of stress is common among caregivers, and unfortunately it can cause serious physical and emotional harm if not recognized and addressed. Don’t let this happen to you – you’re not alone! If you are currently in a caregiving role or even anticipate that you will be in the near future, please consider joining this seven-week session for support, encouragement, and helpful suggestions. WHEN:

Sundays, June 1 through July 13


Trinity’s Conference Room, Level 2 (office area)


9:15 to 10:45 a.m. (between services)

FACILITATOR: Marti Robards (Trinity member and former RN with 35 years of personal care-giving experience.)

Burden or Blessing – Gaining Perspective Recognizing Signs of Stress – Ways to Alleviate Stress Developing a Care Plan – Record Keeping, Medications, Contacts Managing Guilt, Second Guessing, and Negativity Coping with Difficult or Uncooperative Behavior Maintaining a Safe Environment Preparing for the Future

REGISTRATION: Contact Lee Anderson, Care Coordinator, at or call 303-839-1493 x11 to register. All information is confidential. For specific questions, contact Marti Robards at

Men’s Health Is A Family Issue To quote Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994): “Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.” Did you know that June is National Men’s Health Awareness Month? The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage men to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. It is a fact: men live shorter lives with a lower average quality of life than women. Men are less likely to have health coverage and to take advantage of health care resources when compared to women. And sadly, more than half of all premature deaths among men are preventable. As a means for promoting healthy lifestyles, representatives of the Health Committee will be in Trinity Café on Sunday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. with information and encouragement for the men in our lives. Come learn what few simple changes might improve your health!

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Our Church Family We celebrate the birth of Alessandra Christine to Enzio and Casey Cassinis on April 22; and with Cindy Blue in the birth of her granddaughter, Emersen Lee, on April 21. We remember in prayer Larry and Carol Brown in the death of Carol’s brother, Bill and Dodi Vaughn in the death of Bill’s brother, Tommy and Bonnie Gleaton in the death of their son, Robert and Jody Phelps in the death of Robert’s father, and Ned and Jana Voth in the death of Jana’s father.

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 and Ann Rheem PFC Krystal Wright, U.S. Army, niece of Darlene and John Medlin Lt. Daniel Ford, U.S. Navy, son of Michael and Joanne Ford 2Lt. Tristan Felchlin, grandson of Joan and Jack Leimkuhler Sgt. Preston Linger, U.S. Army, son of Kathy and 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

Trinity Café - Surprises and Life Lessons! John Altland serves on the leadership team for Trinity Café. If you’ve met John, you know his gift for hospitality. When he was asked why he loves to serve, he shared this story: “My reasons for serving in our Hospitality Ministry at Trinity Café are both personal and biblical. I really enjoy meeting other people, and so serving others in Trinity Café affords me the opportunity to meet and greet people and serve them food and beverages to warm their hearts and their souls. I have led Adult Sunday School classes in Texas and Arkansas in the recent past; one of my favorite “lessons” is on hospitality from Genesis 18. My Bible footnotes say that this story under the Oaks of Mamre is an example of “ideal hospitality” in that Abraham did not realize who he was serving until AFTER he did all that he could to make his three guests feel welcome. As this scene plays out, the Three Divine Travelers share the impending birth of Isaac. Sarah laughs and she is called to task about “what’s so funny …” This story is very special to me and to our family, as my sister-in-law Sarah laughed as she bore a child much later in life, AND our newest and youngest grandson is Isaac Michael. Things change in this story for Abraham and Sarah as he is questioned by “The Lord” in Verse 13. As I see it, serving others in Trinity Café is very like this story...sometimes you experience surprises and find life lessons that can help make you mindful of

John Altland

who and why you serve. This is why I love to serve others in Trinity Café.” Under the leadership of Sammye Wheeler-Clouse, the Trinity Café Hospitality Team has been working diligently to make the café a place of welcome for all. Lots of good things happen there each Sunday morning! There are a variety of food items, beverages both hot and cold, and the opportunity to visit with friends and guests. Recently Adult Sunday School Classes and committees have been invited to sponsor one Sunday a quarter with a team from their group. More participants are welcome! If you’d like to join the Trinity Café Hospitality Team, please contact Sammy at Some life lessons and surprises are awaiting you in Trinity Café!

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Music & Arts Trinity Musicians in Recitals June holds two special recitals featuring Trinity’s own very talented musical artists. On Sunday, June 22, Bryan Dunnewald, recent graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, will perform his senior recital on the magnificent Roosevelt organ in our Sanctuary. His program will include works by Goldberg, Bach, and Vierne. On Sunday, June 29, soprano Judith Mitchell, Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, will perform a recital with a repertoire of vocal selections by various composers, such as Secchi, Schubert, Handel and Bernstein, in Trinity’s Fellowship Hall. Ms. Mitchell will be accompanied on piano by Jeanne Buss. Both recitals begin at 2 p.m., and there will be a free-will offering for Trinity’s Music and Arts Ministry, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Trinity’s We’re Here for Life generosity initiative.

See the Hummingbird? Pictures of birds, animals, and some scenic views of Cherokee Castle and Ranch are currently on display in the Artist’s Showcase on Level 2 near the church office. The pictures, taken by Lynn Willcockson, show some of the many features of this spectacular location in Douglas County just north of Sedalia. Look carefully and see if you can – SEE THE HUMMINGBIRD. We are looking for artists to share their work for future displays. If interested, please contact Kathy Ives at or 303-839-1493, ext. 17.

Trinity Early Childhood Music Trinity’s ECM summer session begins this month with “Family Music,” a 40-minute class designed for the entire family. Children of many different ages and their caregivers will explore music through singing, dancing, playing simple instruments and exploring movement. The activities are chosen to meet children’s developmental needs, to hold children’s interest in the group setting, and to bring families together. Classes take place Mondays at 6 p.m. Session 1 dates are June 2, 9, 16 and 30. Session 2 dates are August 4, 11, 18 and 25. Cost for one session is $40 or $70 for both sessions. Registration forms are available in the church office or register online ( 258-early-childhood-music-summer-session). For more information, contact Jackie Ives, Director of Trinity Early Childhood Music, at 303-254-8489 or

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Children’s Ministries Vacation Bible School

It’s Almost Here: VacaƟon Bible School June 23 – 27, 2014

Why do we keep offering Vacation Bible School year after year? Because it is the best week of the children’s ministry year. It takes about 35-40 adults and youth to make the week happen. We can hardly wait to see what the new curriculum is going to be as soon SƟll Ɵme to register as it comes out in January. Putting the week together is like at making a quilt. It takes time, a lot of effort, thought and planning from a team of Vacation Bible school enthusiasts to put the pieces in place. Working to make a “beautiful quilt” called Workshop of Wonders are Andrea Evashevski, Aubrey Monckton, Allison Watkins, and Jan Wywrot. Thank you to so many of you who are saying “yes” to being crew leaders, rotation site leaders, or assembly time leaders who will help make it “the best week ever.” But it is the kids who truly make our week “the best week ever.” So please keep sending us your children, grandchildren, neighbor kids ages four through having finished fifth grade. Good news!! You can still register on the Trinity web site until Monday evening, June 16. Cost for the week is $40. Scholarships are always available. Contact Kathy Gibb at or 303-839-1493 x22.

Summer Sunday School - 2014 Sunday school will continue to be offered for kids ages 2 through 5th grade at 9:30 and 11 a.m. 2’s and 3’s will meet in room 14 for play ‘n’ worship. Nursery will be open all summer for babies and toddlers from 8 a.m. to noon. The Summer Mission project will be collecting supplies for school kits which we will assemble in August. Please bring any of the following to the Children’s Ministry area: blunt rounded tip, non-plastic scissors; hand-held pencil sharpeners; 30-centimeter ruler; unsharpened pencils; 2-½ inch eraser; 24-count box of crayons; 14"x16" cloth bags. JUNE SCHEDULE—For children ages 4 through 5th grade 1st and 8th Parables of the mustard seed and the House built on the rock – from Holy Moly. 8th

Doer Day 4’s through 5th grade: Packing Manna bags and Bible story – “What’s manna anyway?”


Bible movie and popcorn


Games on the Green


Vacation Bible School Sunday – crafts, story, games at 9:30; VBS music shared in worship followed by activities in the Atrium at

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Trinity at Work in Denver & the World Trinity Second Century FoundaƟon Announces 2014 Grantees Trinity’s Second Century Founda on announces its grant recipients to local outreach programs in the downtown Denver area. The 2014 recipients are as follows: Capitol Hill Community Services (CHCS) ( – Funds awarded will support CHCS’s efforts to con nue providing hot meals to Denver’s poor and homeless through salaries, food, supplies, and food-related transporta on and storage expenses. Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM) ( – Funds awarded will be used to provide case management to the unemployed and underemployed through employment services.

The Gathering Place (www. – Funds awarded will be used to assist some of the most vulnerable individuals in the Denver area, including mothers going back to school to earn their GEDs, women dealing with health issues, and women newly homeless. Metro CareRing ( – Funds awarded will support efforts to alleviate hunger for low-income families and individuals through comprehensive programming in healthy-foods access, healthy living/nutri on educa on, and self-sufficiency.

Open Door Ministries ( – Funds awarded will support the S ll Waters Housing program, a two-year transiEl Centro Humanitario ( – Funds onal program designed to assist women in ge ng out of nega ve situawarded will be used to strengthen core programs that offer opportuni es a ons such as addic on, abuse, pros tu on, and emo onal instability. for marginalized and con ngent workers to address barriers and trans- Denver Inner City Parish (DICP) form their lives through direct access ( – Funds awarded will to employment, skill building, and be used to equip clients with the skills advocacy. necessary to break the cycle of poverty and support the organiza on’s general opera ons.

Project WISE ( – Funds awarded will provide opera ng support for counseling, mentoring, job coaching, and leadership development for approximately 300 women in metro Denver. St. Francis Center ( – Funds awarded will allow the St. Francis Center to provide emergency shelter for 700 individuals for six days; connect 200 homeless adults with shelter, healthcare, and treatment services; or provide three months of intensive housing case management for those with chronic mental health or addic on issues. Warren Village ( – Funds awarded will help provide safe and affordable transi onal housing to low-income, single-parent families; help adults gain life-skills to become self-sufficient; and provide quality early care and educa on to at-risk children. More information on these organizations maybe be found at

Stratton UMC Wants Your Shoes! In hopes of raising funds to pay for a new air condi oner/heater in their Fellowship Hall and to offer a compassionate “hand up” to our brothers and sisters in third world countries, StraƩon UMC in Stra on, Colorado, is collec ng gently used shoes – tennis shoes, high heels, slippers, flip-flops, work shoes, sandals, cowboy boots, work boots – all kinds – for kids, women, and men! A er being sent to a “clean-up” company for refurbishing, the shoes collected will go to such impoverished places as Hai , Honduras, and Togo (the western neighbor of Ghana) and distributed to different locals to sell on their own,

to make a living and support their families. Here’s the perfect reason to start that spring cleaning you’ve been avoiding! Please drop off any and all gently used shoes at Trinity. Put each pair of shoes in a separate plas c bag and place in the collec on boxes at each entrance to Trinity Café. Your help is desperately needed – and greatly appreciated! For ques ons or more informa on, please contact Pastor Jaime Nieves at 720-210-4583 or stra

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Trinity United Methodist Women Jan Marie Locket, Aneta McKay, and Marcia Hull were among 7,000 women from around the U.S. and the world who attended the UMW Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky, April 25-27, 2014. They will be telling of their experiences there at the September UMW meeting. Sheri Altland also attended as a representative of “Imagine No Malaria.”

Mission u Rocky Mountain Conference “Mission u” will be held July 17 (noon) through July 19 (4:30 p.m.) at First United Methodist Church, 917 10th Ave. in Greeley. The theme is Learning Together for the Transformation of the World. The studies include the following:

Trinity UMW members pictured below (l. to r.) are Lois • How Is It with Your Soul? (Spiritual Growth); Cochran, Sherri Altland, Sherri’s daughter Cassidy Smith, • The Church and People with Disabilities: Awareness, Laura Tate, and, in front, Margaret Sanders, who attended Accessibility and Advocacy (Social issue); the Rocky Mountain Conference UMW’s Spiritual Life • The Roma of Europe (Geographic). Retreat May 2-3 at the YMCA of the Rockies near Estes Park. Mission u is a cooperative school in the Rocky Mountain Conference between the United Methodist Women and the Church. It is not limited to UMW members. Anyone may attend and we hope that everyone will feel comfortable joining us to learn about a geographic area of our world or a social issue, and to participate in a spiritual growth study. All attendees take the Spiritual Growth study and choose between the other two studies.

Meetings Calendar Book Circle will meet Tuesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the home of Bonnie Bingham, 6952 W. 87th Way # 261, Arvada. This month’s book discussion will be The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. Deborah Circle will host Miriam Circle for their annual spring joint meeting and picnic social. It will be June 17 at 6 p.m. at the home of Virginia Whiteside, 1663 Steele St., in the garden area.

Registration costs $110 by June 30, or $120 after June 30. Children and youth will study disabilities. Registration is $40. Hotel cost at Country Inn and Suites is $109 if you register by June 19. More information and registration forms are available in Fellowship Hall or at One day Mission u events (one study, registration fee $50) are held around the Conference. The two in the Metro-Denver area are July 26 at Phillips UMC, 1450 Pierce St., Lakewood, and Aug. 2 at Smoky Hill UMC, 194191 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Centennial.

Trinity Quilters The main emphasis for Trinity Quilters is to provide Prayer Quilts for those who are going through life’s difficult medical and personal experiences. Those who have received our beautiful prayer quilts state that when wrapping the quilt around them, all the prayers that were given for them are felt. Anyone who can benefit from one of our prayer quilts may remain anonymous. All that is needed is to contact Rev. Linda Marshall, and she will make the appropriate arrangements. We meet at 9:00 a.m. the second Saturday of June at the church to continue work on the quilt, pictured to the right, that was started at our last meeting. Come join us for a morning of fun and fellowship!

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Trinity Recognized by Downtown Denver Partnership We are honored to announce that Trinity has been named one of the six winners of the 2014 Downtown Denver Partnership Awards recognizing our contribution to downtown Denver for the past 125 years. Several Trinity members were in attendance at the Awards Dinner on May 29 when Senior Pastor Michael Dent accepted the award on Trinity’s behalf. The Downtown Denver Annual Awards celebrates the noteworthy risk takers, place

John Philip Newell Returns to Trinity, July 9, 2014, 7 p.m. For many years now the Celtic poet, peacemaker, and scholar John Philip Newell has been writing about the sacredness of being, the of-Godness that is at the heart of our lives and all life. In this new work, which he will introduce to the Denver community on July 9, Newell asks what the world in general – and Christianity in particular – would look like if the true depths of our sacredness were to come forth in radically new ways. Drawing on modern prophets from East and West, and using the holy island of Iona as an icon of new beginnings, this book speaks directly to the heart of Christians – those within the well-defined bounds of Christian practice and those on the disenchanted edges – as well as to the faithful and seekers of other traditions. It offers the hope of a fresh stirring of the Spirit among us and the invitation to be part of laboring in a new holy birth of sacred living.

makers, and investors who have contributed to making our urban core one of the most livable places in the world. Over 800 of Denver’s business and civic leaders were in attendance as the Downtown Denver Partnership presented awards to honor those that have made a lasting and positive impact on Downtown in 2013. Watch the Trinity blog and upcoming emails for images from the event.

The Habitat Golf Classic 2014 Monday, June 2 - Glenmoor Country Club 7:45 a.m. Shotgun Start - 110 Glenmoor Drive, Englewood This is a one-day golf tournament that raises the most money toward our annual goal. Money is made through tournament sponsorships, player fees, and a silent auction. Last year, we moved the tournament to a new venue, Glenmoor Country Club. The venue is wonderful, was enjoyed by the players, and is always an excellent day out. We have had a dedicated following of companies who have been sponsoring this event, but we are always looking for more. We have playing and non-playing sponsorships ranging from $300 up to $6,000. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact the tournament director for more details. If you would just like to come out and play and support the cause, players’ fees are $200 per person, or $750 per foursome. Please contact Nancy Green, the Trinity Habitat Interfaith Alliance Coordinator at As with all events we also need volunteers on the day. If you would like to help, please contact Nancy Green.

The Rebirthing of God Book Study will be offered on Sunday mornings, July 13, 20 and 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Military Ministry Trinity’s Military Ministry Plants Garden at Fisher House Trinity’s Military Ministry will provide an outreach to The Fisher House during 2014. The Fisher House Program provides temporary accommodations to America’s military veterans and active duty service member’s families, caregivers, and loved ones during a time of need when a veteran is ill or injured. The Denver Fisher House is located near Fitzsimmons Hospital and offers 9 bedrooms which can provide sleeping arrangements for 16 persons. Trinity’s Military Ministry will provide evening meals for the 16 guests four nights during the month of June. In addition, Fred and Debra Krebs and their granddaughter Malory, members of the Military Ministry Committee, planted three raised boxes with garden vegetables in late May. [Photo at right] The gardens contain beans,

onions, carrots, cucumbers, and other familiar vegetables that will add variety and interest to the Fisher House offerings. In addition to fresh vegetables, the gardens will provide a welcome diversion for the families who come to stay at Fisher House while their loved one is hospitalized.

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Contemplative Corner Mother Cabrini Shrine, Warm Cookies, and a Special Rock St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in 1850 in Italy and was very active until her death in 1917. She crossed the ocean 24 times, established 67 schools, orphanages, hospitals and daycare centers, where over 5,000 pupils and orphans called her “Mother.” The Trinity United Methodist’s Contemplative Spirituality group met in mid-May at one of those very orphanages that has since been converted for group retreats and now designated as The Stone House. The first night, along with small group discussions, Cami Twilling, Director of Youth Ministries and Contemplative Spirituality for Trinity, led us in the contemplative prayer practices of Centering Prayer and Ignatian Contemplation, named for St. Ignatius. As always, the guidelines of Sacred Space and Holy

Listening were explained and, because there are no interruptions or judging during the discussions, it creates an atmosphere of trust among the group. The rest of the evening was spent with individuals journaling, or reading, or anything they chose to do in Sacred Silence. An additional benefit to what had been an evening of opportunities and discoveries was an abundance of warm chocolate chip cookies. Early the next morning we gathered in the Chapel to listen to the words of John Philip Newell, to hear Celtic meditative chants, and to participate in Centering Prayer. Afterwards we had breakfast in a glass-enclosed room that has a magnificent view of what it means to be in Colorado in the spring. The rest of the morning we learned about, practiced, and discussed the Litany of the Holy Spirit and an Awareness Practice, both found in Richard Rohr’s book The Naked Now. During this session we each chose a rock to be placed wherever we practice Contemplative Spirituality. This retreat accomplished what that special rock is meant to accomplish in the future: to make us mindful of God’s presence within and all around us. —Joy Harvey

Contemplative Spirituality This Summer After April’s snow showers continued into May, it’s nice to see the bright array of flowers that Belinda and Nick Schrag planted. Brave Belinda scaled the stone terraces to clip and prune the greenery there. A big thank you to Nick and Belinda for the beautiful results on our plaza!

On Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Stiles 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 learning from the teachings of Richard Rohr. Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 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. For more information, contact Cami Twilling, or 303-839-1493 x32.


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

Director of Children’s Ministries Kathy Gibb

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

Church Administrator Angie Cummins Director of Communications Erin Acheson

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

Discipleship Assistant and Front Office Administrator Jill Rampacek Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor Juli Van Hooser Interim Finance Administrator Laura Winberg Wedding Coordinator Laini Tompkins Trinity Young Adults Jasper Peters James E. Barnes Iliff Intern Dan Krause

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