Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Community "Worship in the Park" draws 180 on hot July morning

On Sunday, July 1, EPC combined with Creekside Community, Peace in Christ Lutheran/Episcopal and the United Methodists of Elizabeth churches for a first-of-its-kind community worship service. About 180 worshippers gathered at the Rodeo Arena in Casey Jones Park as the combined worship bands filled the air with music, and the crowd joined in song and prayer. Following the service, many stayed to fellowship together and enjoy a potluck lunch in the shade. 

Authentic Community is one of the three major philosophies of Elizabeth Presbyterian Church. To learn more about our efforts to build "authentic community" within our congregation and within our surrounding community, please click here.


Preliminary results from the June 3 event in Castle Rock show that 57 people rode for Team Zimbabwe, helping to raise about $30,000 for the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership (ZMP) and its orphan care center in northeastern Zimbabwe. 

The care center has been feeding about 1,000 children, most of them orphaned by AIDS, every single day. But in recent years, funding has run low. Forming Team Zimbabwe to ride in the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which draws about 8,000 riders each year, has been a great blessing.

At the time of this report, this year's ride had raised $32,000. More money was coming in, but expenses remained to be paid. So a final report showing actual dollars that will be available to help the children will be released soon. 

The Zimbabwe Mission Partnership is a group of churches of the Denver Presbytery that has banded together to help meet the desperate needs of these orphaned children. Elizabeth Presbyterian Church is one of the founding churches of the partnership and has a long, highly valued relationship with the other churches of the partnership, and with many Zimbabweans we have met and grown to love along the way. To learn more about the partnership, and about how you can join Team Zimbabwe for next year's ride, click here.


One week prior to the Elephant Rock, another cycling event was held to raise funds for the orphans. The Black Forest Classic, sponsored by Creekside Bikes of Parker brought in $2,300, every penny of which will go to the orphan care center. For more information about Creekside Bikes and the Black Forest Classic ride, click here

The ZMP is just one of the many ways Elizabeth Presbyterian Church is involved in Compassionate Outreach. For more about our mission efforts, click here