Calling all married, engaged, or thinking-about-marriage couples: come at 6:00 pm to the Chapel for a 15-minute presentation by one of our pastors on some facet of marriage (communication, valuing differences, managing money, developing shared dreams, intimacy). Then, go out on a date anywhere you choose to go (Starbucks, Elways, McDonalds, a walk in the park). During the date, your conversation will be focused on the presented topic of the evening. Worksheets will be provided to facilitate or guide the conversation. And the best part? Leave the children with us!
Childcare is provided; let us know your childcare need at firstname.lastname@example.org. All we ask is that you come back to the church and pick them up by 9:00 pm!
ALL MARRIED COUPLES – church members, non-church members, Christians and non-Christians, gay or straight – are welcome – and those who are engaged or thinking about getting married will benefit from this course.
Leaders: The Revs. John H. Bell, Jr.; Kira Anderson; and Katie Robb Davis
The topic for April will be “communication,” and this is to be a DOUBLE DATE! You are encouraged to invite another couple to come with you and go out to dinner together. Please gather in the Chapel for a short introduction (15 min.) to the topic of the importance of communication in relationships, a work sheet and tip sheet on the subject will be handed out, and then go out on a double date!
Jubilee Weekend 2016 means a return to our Fall programming plus special events!
Friday, September 9: A Day of Service
Jubilee Weekend at Wellshire kicks off with a Day of Service on Friday, September 9.
Lend a hand to beautify the building and serve the community — pizza party at 5:30 pm, then family-friendly work projects until 8:00 pm. The Youth Suite needs a fresh coat of paint, the grounds need sprucing up, and we’ll do some work for Metro Caring, too! Sign up via the link in the eNews or on the clipboard in the Narthex. Contact Rev. Katie Robb Davis at email@example.com with questions.
Saturday, September 10: A Day of Scenery
Jubilee Weekend continues at Wellshire with a Day of Scenery on Saturday, September 10.
This year’s Day of Scenery will take the form of a hike in beautiful Grizzly Gulch. The hike is a six mile round trip with 1000 ft. elevation gain. The hike can be shortened to 2.8 miles with an elevation gain of 430 ft by stopping in a clearing with a rail fence that is just before a stream crossing. We will eat lunch in this clearing. (Those going on the six mile hike will stop for lunch on the way back down after hiking about 4.6 miles.) The trail is not steep and the pace will be casual. For more details, click here.
Sunday, September 11: A Day of Song
Living Water Contemporary Worship at 9:00 am in the Chapel and Traditional Worship at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary both resume, as do educational options for all ages at 9:55 am.
Come learn more about a proposed capital improvement Sanctuary renovation and Narthex expansion
Monday, August 29 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Members of the One Wellshire Capital Improvement Committee will be on hand to share information and pictures and to answer questions. Everyone, including those who attended the Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 14 (which included some information on this proposal), is invited to attend this presentation to learn more. Please note that the discussion will now take place in the Sanctuary instead of the Chapel to put the architectural illustrations in context.
The greater Wellshire Microfinance Team has reached a new milestone. Since September 28, 2011, the team has grown to 58 members. Those members have made 2,036 loans for $55,725! That means 2,036 INDIVIDUALS have taken steps to improve their financial security and work toward economic independence. Thank you for your continued generosity to help in the fight against poverty. 426 of those loans were made by the Microfinance Committee, using gifts given to it by the Wellshire Church community. None of these loans are possible without you. Thank you for helping us as we try to make a difference.
The committee will meet Thursday, July 21 at noon at Wellshire to invest in new loans. If you are interested in joining the committee or have questions, please email committee chair Katy Fink-Johnson.
Donna Wickham, the director of Living Water worship’s instrumental ensemble Confluence, also directs the Vocal Jazz Messengers, a student jazz combo at DU that writes and arranges all of its own music. Two members of the combo, Brendan Schuster and Samantha Barrasso, sing in Living Water worship, and Hudson Knott regularly subs on bass. The Vocal Jazz Messengers were recently awarded the most prestigious international jazz award for student musicians, the Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance for Small Vocal Jazz Group at an Undergraduate College. Thanks to these musicians for sharing their incredible talents at Wellshire to the glory of God!
On Sunday, May 29, Wellshire’s summer worship schedule starts with its combined service at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. During the summer (May 29 – September 4), the whole of Wellshire Church worships together within one service. The service order is a standard Presbyterian form, but the worship leaders engender a more casual style of worship leadership in step with the summer months in Colorado. Childcare is available for children ages six weeks through preschool.
Worship on Sunday, May 29 at 10:00 am features the Vocal Jazz Messengers in a program of Brazilian praise and gospel jazz music.
View a sneak peek video of the Vocal Jazz Messengers on Facebook here.
John Philip Newell is a foremost scholar on Celtic spirituality and former Warden of the Iona Abbey in Scotland. Join us at Wellshire Church in Denver for a weekend of prayer, fellowship and discussion. Nurture your own personal prayer life and build relationships with fellow seekers from across the Denver area.
An Evening with John Philip Newell
Friday, May 20, 7:00-9:00 pm J. Philip Newell speaks on his book Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Perspective accompanied by a book signing and cocktail hour. This event requires an RSVP: REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL. Please join us for the John Philip Newell events listed below:
Celtic Spirituality Workshop with John Philip Newell
Saturday, May 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm Presentation and spiritual practice. Free and open to the public. Childcare is provided for this event. Please email us with your childcare needs.
John Philip Newell, visiting pastor
Sunday, May 22, 9:00 and 11:00 am Preaching in worship at Wellshire Church.
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
Dr. Bell’s remarks on the recently ratified amendment to the PCUSA constitution regarding same-sex marriage:
Dear Wellshire Church,
As I reported in worship a few weeks ago, a majority of presbyteries across the country recently ratified a proposed amendment to the PCUSA constitution redefining marriage from “a man and a woman” to simply “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” With this change, now, PCUSA pastors and churches are free to perform same-sex marriage in Colorado, because it’s also now legal in Colorado.
Sensing this change was coming, the elders that serve on your Session at Wellshire have been studying, discussing and praying about this issue for the past several months. Last week Session unanimously voted to allow and support same-sex weddings at Wellshire Presbyterian Church. I should also add that your three ordained and installed pastors strongly support this decision. The Session wants to send a clear message that Wellshire welcomes LGBT people into the full life of the church.
Recognizing that there are opposing viewpoints on this subject, Session is also actively making plans for education on this issue and discussion this fall. Specifically, we will offer a study class on Mark Achtemeier’s book The Bible’s YES to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical’s Change of Heart.
Let me briefly here repeat what I said in worship a few weeks ago:
First, Wellshire strives to be a “Big Tent” church that respects diversity and inclusiveness. We value liberals and conservatives, rich and poor, educated and simple folk, urbanites and suburbanites, black and white, Democrats and Republicans, Americans and persons of foreign descent. We believe reasonable people will disagree. If you disagree with this decision, it is my earnest desire and Session’s hope that you will remain an active member of this congregation, respecting those with whom you disagree, as others offer the same respect to you. In these polarized times, it is imperative that Christians strive for unity to preserve our witness and illustrate the love of Jesus Christ for all.
Second, some who oppose this decision contend that the denomination has chosen a position that is in direct contrast to the teaching of the Bible. The implication is that we are being unfaithful or apostate, choosing “the way of the world” over clear Biblical teaching. This, to me, is false and outrageous. As Protestants, we must hold the Bible up as our sole authority. No one is suggesting otherwise, but I, for one, do NOT believe that the Bible is clearly opposed to same sex marriage or homosexuality within a committed, loving, Christian framework. Please withhold judgment of “what the Bible says” until you have heard and prayerfully considered the many interpretations that exist within the Bible.
And, third, a very high and increasingly higher percentage of Americans under the age of 40 understand this to be a civil rights issue, which means this is almost certainly going the same way as slavery and women’s rights. As controversial as this decision may be today, it is on the right side of history, and, when those of us who are still alive look back 50 years from now, we will be proud of this bold step.
The Rev. Dr. John H. Bell, Jr., Moderator of Session
Blessings on the seven brand-new Wellshire members — the Confirmation Class of 2015 affirmed their baptismal covenants and made public professions of faith last Sunday during 11:00 am worship. Click here for selections from their faith statements.