Friday, March 23, 2012

Arias for Orphans concert to benefit children of Linjiang, China

A benefit concert for the orphaned, abandoned and desperately poor children of Linjiang, China will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock.

Emily Spear, an accomplished classical soprano with a Master of Music from New England Conservatory, with Aaron Likness accompanying on piano, will perform pieces from Bellini's La Sonnambula, Mozart's Sonata in C Major, and Bernstein's I Hate Music!, among others.

Ms. Spear has performed roles in The Medium, The Pirates of Penzance, Hansel and Gretel and many other operas. An active recitalist, she has performed numerous new music premiers including the New England premier of Steve Reich's Daniel Variations, and the world premier of selections from Mohammed Fairouz's Bonsai Journal.

Mr. Likness is an enthusiastic advocate of modern and contemporary music whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez. He has appeared in solo and ensemble performances throughout the Boston area and in live broadcasts from WGBH Boston's Fraser Studio. Likness also studied at the New England Conservatory where he won the John Cage Award for his contributions to the Boston new music scene.

All proceeds of the concert will go to Threshold Ministries which operates an orphanage known as Hope House located on the Yalu River, the border between China and North Korea. The ministry also delivers food, help and hope to desperately poor families in the region around Linjiang City, a remote and mountainous area. For more on Threshold, click here.

The concert is sponsored by Threshold and by Elizabeth Presbyterian Church. EPC is now the home church of Cindy Reynolds who founded Threshold. The church also provides office space, administrative and financial support of the ministry.

New Hope Presbyterian Church, where the concert will be held is located one mile west of I-25 (exit 184) on the corner of Meadows Parkway and Prairie Hawk Drive.

The suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person.

To see a video trailer about the concert click here.

Threshold is one of the many outreach ministries supported by EPC. For more on the church's missions click here.

Experience Holy Week

Join us during Holy Week as we seek to make the life and work of Jesus real for our lives. On Maundy Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m., come discover the humble servant spirit of Christ in the washing of feet. On Good Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m., take hold of the reality of his saving work on the cross – the taking away of our sins. And on Easter morning, be with us as we seek to live the victory and joy of the resurrection together.

These worship services are part of our ongoing work to help each other grow spiritually, day by day, on our journeys into a more intimate relationship with God. For more information on Spiritual Transformation as part of the life of EPC, click here.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Making Way for the Future

The first week of January, the house across Pine Street, no longer inhabitable, was demolished to make room for parking space – a required first step toward building a new sanctuary and community center.

The property was purchased by EPC in 2007, along with the lot just to the west of it. In the future, these properties would be needed to provide the extra parking space required by the Town of Elizabeth to accommodate a sanctuary with a larger seating capacity.

Briefly, the two-phase plan was to build a new sanctuary to the south of the current sanctuary. In the second phase the current sanctuary was to be torn down and rebuilt to be a fellowship hall, a youth center and a mission center with space for seniors to gather, as well as other groups from the community. To learn more about EPC's building plans, click here.

When building plans were delayed due to financial concerns and a change in the church's pastorship, the house was pressed into service for the church. For a while it was used as a rental property. Then it was used as free housing for a family that had lost its home due to foreclosure. After sitting vacant for a year, it was determined to be uninhabitable so, rather than leave it vacant and run down, the decision was made to scrape the property.

Because "authentic community" is such an important part EPC's reason for being, a fellowship hall such as the one planned has long been a part of the church's vision for the future. With the demolition of the old "blue house," we moved one step closer to that vision.

If you're going to ride the Elephant Rock June 3, 
ride it for the orphans!

Team Zimbabwe is firing up to ride for the orphans of Zimbabwe in the 25th annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival on June 3. The Elephant Rock takes place in Castle Rock, Colorado, and attracts about 8,000 riders each year.

It's time to start spreading the word to every cyclist you know. The more riders and sponsors we get, the better able we will be to help the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership continue feeding about 1,000 orphans every day.

All a rider has to do is visit and register to ride in the Elephant Rock. Registration and payment of entry fees can all be handled easily online.

The AIDS pandemic in Zimbabwe has left thousands of children with no parents, no means of feeding or clothing themselves or providing for their medical needs. With one of the highest HIV rates and one of the worst economies in the world, the children are left to fend for themselves, often with twelve-year-old children trying to care for their younger brothers and sisters.

Team Zimbabwe is a fundraising arm of the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership, a group of churches of the Denver Presbytery (including EPC) who have banded together to meet the desperate needs of orphans in northeastern Zimbabwe. The ZMP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as well. The ZMP operates the Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care Center and two satellite centers now providing daily meals for about 1,000 children. Clothing, school fees and medical support are also provided.

Team Zimbabwe is rolling into its third year in the Elephant Rock and is gaining momentum. As other sources of revenue dwindle with the US economy, this may be the brightest hope these kids have.

You can join Team Zimbabwe by riding and raising funds, by helping a rider raise funds, by sponsoring a rider, or by becoming an official Team Zimbabwe Sponsor. For more information on riding, fundraising and sponsoring visit

The Zimbabwe Mission Partnership is just one more way that Elizabeth Presbyterian Church is involved in Compassionate Outreach. For more on our efforts in this area, click here. EPC is one of the founding churches in the partnership and has a long a highly valued relationship with the other churches in the partnership, and with many Zimbabweans who we have met and grown to love along the way.

So, if you're going to ride the Elephant Rock, ride it for the orphans! And spread the word to cycling enthusiasts far and near. Let's make this the biggest year so far for Team Zimbabwe.