Wellshire joins churches around the nation in collecting canned goods over Super Bowl Weekend again this year through the youth-driven hunger initiative Souper Bowl of Caring. Please bring canned goods to the table in the Narthex and bins in the Adult Ed Suite through Sunday, February 17.
This annual effort dovetails with Wellshire’s Youth Sunday on February 3, during worship services at 9:00 and 11:00 am. Children’s Education will be on recess, so children will remain in worship.
Evening Song is a new intergenerational worship experience at Wellshire. Come encounter God in new, different, and creative ways after gathering around the table together. Evening Song is not a replacement for Sunday mornings but an opportunity for adults and children to interact with the scripture and God together. Come young or old, male or female, confident or searching. Each month’s Evening Song will be on the 2nd Sunday with a different theme and scripture.[clear]
[highlight] Next Evening Song: Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) [/highlight]
Join us as we kick off Holy Week and experience Jesus’ humble act of service and mandate to his closest friends, the disciples—reminding us all of how to love each other. This is the last Evening Song of the school year—don’t miss out!
General Evening Song Schedule:
5:15 pm Come together as a community before 2nd Sunday Evening Song to share in a dinner meal.
Please sign up to volunteer to help provide childcare to Wellshire’s youngest between 9:45 and 11:15 am on Sunday mornings during 10:00 am summer worship. Please pick as many dates as you’d like to volunteer. Volunteers are required to be 18 years or older, please. Youth 13 yrs and older may assist by contacting the Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator.
Please join us in worship on Sunday November 15 for Generosity Sunday; Dr. Bell preaches on Philippians 4:4-14. Please note that both services will be in the Sanctuary. The annual Wellshire tradition of Generosity Sunday gives individuals in the Wellshire community the opportunity to pledge their financial commitment for the upcoming year during worship. Please prayerfully consider how you can practice the spiritual discipline of giving, which undergirds the ministries critical to Wellshire’s work as the hands and feet of Christ – we can’t do it without you![clear]
“We all devote our time, work energy, and money to that which is important to us. Increased giving each year has strengthened my faith and my bond with my church family. Financial Peace University has enlightened me to the concept of giving a tithe and offerings — not a tithe or offerings. Rev. John Bell has pointed out that generosity to our church — the Body of Christ — is having a religious as well as a spiritual experience. I feel it!” — A “Piece of the Body of Christ” at Wellshire Church
Galatians | Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm – January 5-February 16 The book of Galatians is often called “the Magna Carta of Christian liberty.” The church at Galatia was in crisis, pulled by those who claimed that Gentiles must become Jews before becoming Christians and by those outside Christianity who abused Christian freedoms. In the face of this pressure, Paul writes passionately of justification by grace alone, transforming Christianity from a small Jewish sect to a world religion. Come explore this powerful work of the apostle Paul. Pre-registration is required by email to Holly Inglis or by phone to 303-758-2233, ext. 115. Participant books are available for purchase at the reception desk for $20 each. Leaders: Rev. Dr. John H. Bell Jr, Rev. Kira Stringer, Dr. Holly Inglis, Olivia Hudson Smith
Advent at the Border Chapel Presentation | January 11 | 9:55 am Jesus was born in Nazareth under an edict to kill boy babies. Because of this, he and his family fled to Egypt. After two years as an undocumented immigrant in Egypt, he returned home to begin his earthly ministry. The story of Advent is the story of our Savior’s migration to avoid death and persecution from earthly powers that threatened the life of our Savior. Leader Olivia Hudson Smith shares her insights from a recent Immigration Solidarity trip with other Presbyterians.
The Praying in Color Weekend is a wonderful way to begin the season of Lent. As we emphasize prayer during Lent, plan to spend part of your weekend with Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color. Workshops will be offered on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22. Praying in Color is for all ages and can be done anywhere, anytime.
Here are some reasons to Pray in Color:
You want to pray but words escape you
Sitting still and staying focused in prayer are a challenge
Your body wants to be part of your prayer
You want to just hang out with God but don’t know how
Listening to God feels like an impossible task
Your mind wanders and your body complains
You want a visual, concrete way to pray
You need a newway to pray
More details to follow – mark your calendar!
Sunday morning classes starting or resuming on January 11:
MOMS: Moms Offering Moms Support | January 11-February 15 | 9:55 am MOMS is a gathering time for moms in all ages and stages of life when we read devotions from Jen Hatmaker’s book Out of the Spin Cycle – Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load. The book is available on Kindle or can be purchased from Amazon. No preparation is required, so drop in as often as you are able! Leaders: Abby Krause and Angela Duggan
The Red Letters | January 11-February 15 | 9:55 am “Red Letters” refers to the fact that in many Bibles the words of Jesus are printed in red. The message of those red-lettered verses is radical. The goal of Red Letter Christians is simple: to take Jesus seriously by endeavoring to live out His radical, counter-cultural teachings as set forth in Scripture, and especially embracing the lifestyle prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount. If you are a young adult, this is the place to connect with other 20-somethings, but ALL ADULTS ARE WELCOME! No preparation required. Leader: Laura Littman, Iliff Seminary student
Understanding the Confessions | January 11-February 15 | 9:55 am One way of “being reformed” is confessing our faith, proclaiming to the world what we believe. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has a collection of eleven creeds and confessions in our Book of Confessions. From the early church to the present day, these documents convey the richness and breadth of our tradition, form the basis of our beliefs, and give us insights about how we can live. Come explore these eleven statements of faith and a proposed new addition to our Book of Confessions, the Belhar Confession. Leader: Dora Lodwick
Wellshire in the 21st Century | January 11-February 15 | 9:55 am Building on concepts of some modern — and highly impactful — theologians we have examined in previous classes, we will explore where Wellshire fits in. We will look at what theologians are saying about the evolving role of the church and discuss what this might mean for Wellshire as we dream about church in the 21st century. We look forward to hearing your thoughts! Leaders: Mark Inglis, Holly Inglis, and Tom Bacon
‘Clif’Notes Bible Study | January 11-February 15 | 9:55 am We’ll continue to explore Luke before turning our attention to the beloved disciple, John. Leader: Clif Carey
Worship on November 2 will celebrate All Saints’ Day, focusing on the departed saints of Wellshire Presbyterian Church. We will once again read out the names of those who passed away during the previous year and light candles in their memory. This moving and memorable tradition will be accompanied by Malcolm Archer’s Requiem at 11:00 am, presented by the Wellshire Sanctuary Choir.[clear]