Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Women's Bible Study Coming Up In January

Starting January 7: Join us for a new Beth Moore study on James, the brother of Jesus.

James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore provides a personal study experience five days a week plus viewer guides for the 8 video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. 

James, Jesus' own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple. Bible scholars compare James to the prophet Amos. In other ways, James more closely resembles the Book of Proverbs than any other New Testament book. Topics in this study include: joy, hardship, faith, reversal of fortunes for rich and poor, wisdom, gifts from above, single-mindedness, the dangers of the tongue, humility, and prayer. 
This seven-week bible study will start on Monday, January 7th and run the 1st and 3rd Monday's of the month through April 22 from 7pm-9pm. Location to be announced.  The cost is $25 per participant which will cover the session workbook and the DVD set. 

Please RSVP to Susan Leonard 303-646-3232 or  Payment will be due by December 9th. Make checks payable to Susan Leonard.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Story, The Whole Story, and Nothing But the Story

We're journeying through the Bible together in 31 weeks. Come join us!

“The Bible is central to our faith,” said Dr. Bruce Spear, EPC pastor, "but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 weeks, so everyone understands God’s story and how their own stories fit in.”

The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in the Elizabeth area are actually reading it?  A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles. However, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

Elizabeth Presbyterian Church is hoping to reverse this trend by taking 31 weeks to read carefully-selected sections of the Bible sequenced in chronological order. (A list of daily readings and weekly themes will help people to journey through their own Bibles.)  We want the people in our congregation, as well as anyone else able to join us for these 31 weeks, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story.

The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. Week One, Genesis 1-8, "The Creation" begins this week.

For more information on The Story at EPC, including the schedule and chart of references, and also including a helpful guide for parents who wish to go through the program with their children at home, click here.

EPC would like to invite you to experience The Story. Sunday services are at 8:30 (traditional), and 10:30 (contemporary). And Saturday evening services are at 5:30.  

Learning to read the Bible, not just for information or knowledge, but as a means of living the life with God as portrayed in the Bible, is part of what we mean by Spiritual Transformation. For more on Spiritual Transformation, click here.

For more information about The Story, visit

Danny Oertli "Dancing with Orphans" concert raises $1,100
for Zimbabwe Mission Partnership

Christian singer, songwriter, guitarist Danny Oertli put on a great show Friday, Aug. 24 at Creekside Community Church in Elizabeth. Touched by the music and the desperate need of the orphans in Zimbabwe, the crowd dug deep into their pockets and put $1,100 into the hat when it was passed.

Mixing his Christian songs with songs from other genres, along with some great humor and testimony from his own life, Oertli kept the audience in his spell for about an hour and a half.

Oertli, who has performed many times at Dare2Share, Promise Keepers, Billy Graham and other major gatherings, and has released several CDs, is also an author with a new book and a great testimony about how God helped him live through a heart-rending tragedy. Oertli lost his first wife, Cyndi, after a three-year battle with cancer, leaving him, their daughter, Gracie and adopted son, Jack, alone to face mysteries greater than he'd ever experienced.

His book as well as a very stirring song on his latest album, is titled Mommy Paints the Sky (NavPress) and is a story of hope breaking through grief, and the amazing healing power of God.

The benefit concert was organized by representatives from Elizabeth Presbyterian Church (EPC), along with Creekside and other churches in the Elizabeth area that have been networking together for about a year.

Youth and adults from several of the churches were on hand, as well as a large group from New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock. New Hope, along with EPC, is a partnering church in the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership (ZMP). 

Every penny of the proceeds will benefit the ZMP and go directly toward helping to feed and care for 1,000 orphans a day. For more on the ZMP, visit

For more on EPC's strong emphasis on compassionate outreach, bringing the love of Christ to hurting people in our community, our region and around the world, click here.

New Saturday evening option for worship to begin September 15.

This fall on Saturdays at 5:30 pm we will offer you another opportunity to gather with God's people. This service will have a 15-minute message, the Lord's Table every week and worshipful music for prayer and praise. Now you can plan your weekend so you can be in church either Saturday evening or Sunday morning.