Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Advent Season at EPC

ADVENT BEGINS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
It's time to start preparing our hearts for Christmas!

At EPC the four weeks of Advent are a very special time,
and we have many things going on to help us prepare our hearts
to celebrate the birth of our Wonderful Counselor,
Almighty God, Everlasting Father, King of Kings.

WORSHIP
A special Advent message series, "The Messiah" will be presented
Sundays Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 – at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
And Saturdays Dec. 6, 13 and 20 – at 5:30 p.m.


CANTATA
The EPC traditional choir will present "Appalachian Winter"
A Cantata for Christmas 
by Joseph M. Martin
Sunday, December 21 
at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.



CLASSES 
PatRussell will be leading a new, four-part
adult Sunday School class, studying "The Messiah"
to coordinate with the sermon series
Sundays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 9:15 
in the manse.

The existing adult Sunday School class at 10:15
will also study "The Messiah."


The youth will enjoy a special Advent Study, too...

Sundays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 at 9:15 in the manse. Tom Olmos will lead the class and talk about why we celebrate Christmas. What's a mistletoe?"
Why do we do this stuff?




And the whole thing comes to a crescendo 
on Christmas Eve,
Wednesday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. (Traditional)
and 6:00 p.m. (Contemporary).


Following Christmas, 
on Saturday December 27th, there will be 
no Saturday Evening service.
And on Sunday, December 28th,
we'll have just one worship service
at 10:00 a.m. (no potluck).










Friday, November 14, 2014

Everyone Is Invited!

Come give thanks and have some pie, as churches of the Elizabeth community gather together on Thanksgiving Eve.

The whole community is invited for a Thanksgiving Eve worship service and pie fest
beginning at 7 pm. The event will be held at Creekside Community Church,
36100 County Road 13 in Elizabeth.

The event is sponsored not only by Creekside, but also by Elizabeth Presbyterian,
Elizabeth United Methodist, and Peace in Christ Episcopal-Lutheran churches.

Bring a pie to share if you can. But if you can't, come anyway! There will be plenty for all.
Most importantly, come and join us in giving thanks to God for his bountiful blessings
 and his provision for our needs. God is good all the time.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This Summer at EPC

Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer. And that means there's a lot going on.

Already, Vacation Bible School (June 2 - 6) has come and gone, helping some 25 children get to know Jesus a little better. The children rode the EPC VBS "float" in the Elizabeth Stampede parade on the Saturday following VBS.




At the ElizaBash Street Festival following the parade, EPC volunteers greeted the crowds, handed out bottled water, prayer rocks and brochures, and generally enjoyed being a part of Elizabeth community. 


Summer also means some things WON'T be going on.

The following activities are suspended for the summer:

  • Saturday Evening Prayer and Communion Services
  • Traditional Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings
  • NEW Neighborhood Bible Studies on Wednesday mornings

Exciting things coming up.


Sunday June 29 - Combined Worship and All-Church Picnic. The 29th is a "fifth Sunday" so there will be only one worship service for everybody at 10:00 am. Right after the service comes the annual church picnic. Everybody is invited! Meat and beverages provided, bring a side dish or dessert. 

July 27 - August 2 - Navajo Mission Trip. We still have spots open for students and parents. For more info, scroll down to story below (March 14). Come join us. 

Sunday, August 24 - Faith Day at the Rockies with Jeremy Camp. 30 EPC-ers will be hanging out at Coors Field starting at 2 pm as the Rockies take on the Florida Marlins followed by a concert by Christian rocker, Jeremy Camp. 

Keep your eyes on the EPC News and Notes for fun youth events and small-group fellowship events for adults as the summer goes on.

And as always on Sundays we'll be gathering at 8:30 for traditional worship and 10:30 for contemporary worship. As the writer to the Hebrews says, "Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and nurture each other, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." See you Sunday.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Team Zimbabwe's 5th Year In E-Rock Ride for Orphans


TEAM ZIMBABWE RIDES 105 STRONG AND RAISES OVER $48,000
AT THE ELEPHANT ROCK CYCLING FESTIVAL JUNE 1.

As a staunch member of the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership, EPC worked hard to promote the partnership's most important fundraising event of the year! All proceeds from the event will benefit the Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care Center in northeastern Zimbabwe, where the organization is now feeding more than 1,000 children every day! 

The Elephant Rock event, which takes place every year in Castle Rock, Colorado, is one of the state's premier cycling events. The weather was sensational and team riders not only had a great time, they helped children who have nobody else to help them. 

As of Monday, June 2, donations from riders and supporters reached $48,000 and were still coming in. The top fundraiser once again was Rev. Les Avery, who single-handedly raise over $5,500 for the cause. Les is a retired pastor who, despite his age, rode the 62-mile course.

TEAM ZIMBABWE JERSEYS SELL OUT EARLY.

In addition to riding and fundraising, the team also had a booth at the Elephant Rock expo, where team jerseys, tee shirts and paraphernalia sold like hotcakes. Profits from sales has not yet been calculated but sales were brisk and this year's jerseys, which attracted a LOT of attention, were completely gone by 1:00 pm.


The Zimbabwe mission Partnership is just one of the ways Elizabeth Presbyterian Church engages in compassionate outreach in its community, the surrounding region and around the globe. For more on the outreach missions of EPC, click here.

If you would like more information about the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership and Team Zimbabwe, visit



Vacation Bible School Coming – Sign Up Now


There'll be treasures to find every day at SonTreasure Island VBS.

Gather the kids and their friends! It's time for this year's Vacation Bible School at Elizabeth Presbyterian Church. Bring them to SonTreasure Island VBS, where kids discover God's love. It's going on Monday through Friday, June 2 - 6, from 9:00 a.m. till 12:15. 

Kids from kindergarten through sixth grade will go coconuts over the island-themed crafts, games, snacks and take-home treasures. And the Treasure Point Bible lessons and activities will help them learn about God's love and the importance of becoming a member of God's family.

To reserve your child's place, call the church office at 303-646-4825. Or you can register at the door at 8:50 a.m. June 2nd. 

The church is located at 325 South Banner Street in Elizabeth.




Saturday, March 15, 2014

Youth Mission Trip to Navajo Nation set for July



A great service experience and adventure 
is unfolding for Elizabeth Students

In late July, the Elizabeth Presbyterian Church youth group will be heading for Cortez, Colorado, to bring the Gospel and a helping hand to the Navajo Nation. 

Among the possible hands-on service opportunities will be work projects, kids club and one-on-one reading mentoring with Navajo elementary school kids. 

In addition to service work, students will get to experience fresh homemade Navajo fry bread, see a demonstration of traditional horsehair pottery and learn about Navajo heritage. Side trips to Mesa Verde and McPhee Reservoir will provide educational, recreational and hiking opportunities, as well.

Daily group meetings for Bible study and prayer will also be held, as we grow in our faith and experience God's love for us and all people.

Contact Otto Pruitt (260-704-1005) or Pastor Bruce if you have questions.

Tubing in the Snow

THERE'S STILL ROOM ON THE BUS

Otto still has room for 40 high school and middle school students on the bus headed for the slopes after church on Sunday, April 16. Tell Otto to save you a seat.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Two Current Bible Studies


Sunday morning adult class putting on the character of Christ.

Throughout life we develop narratives in our minds about who God is and how things will be when we enter the kingdom of heaven. Many of these narratives don't stand up when compared to the true narratives – the ones Jesus provided.

In The Good and Beautiful Life, James Bryan Smith helps us examine our false notions about happiness and success, and replace them with the teachings of Jesus about life – the good and beautiful life – in the kingdom of God. It's a kingdom we can be a part of, not just sometime in the future but here and now. 

Working our way through the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus first began to teach about the kingdom of God, we are learning to deal with the attitudes and character flaws keeping us from entering the kingdom, And, in the process, we're becoming more like Christ. 

Come find out more. The class meets every Sunday morning at 10:15 in the church office. For more information, contact Phil at woodwritings@gmail.com.


The Saturday morning men's group would like
to invite you for a walk. 

If you, like Peter, want to step out in faith and experience more of the power and presence of God, come join us in our study of John Ortberg's book, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. 

In this video-guided study, we're discovering how to discern God's call, transcend fear, accept risk, manage failure and trust God. Relating the story in Matthew 14 (Peter's brief water-walking experience), Ortberg invites us to consider the incredible potential that awaits us outside our comfort zones. 

We meet for one hour every Saturday morning at 7:00 am in the church office. Bring your own coffee! Afterward, we go have breakfast together at Los Volcanes. If you'd like to join us, contact Phil at woodwritings@gmail.com.