In The News This Week

June 26th, 2020 

  • A Message About Change

  • Adjustments to Weekly Devotionals

  • Live Outdoor Services - starting July 5th

  • Updated Schedule for Communications, Devotionals and Worship

In 1963, Bob Dylan wrote, "The times, they are a-changin'." He was correct then and those words still resonate today. There's loads of societal change brewing all around the world, there's the "new normal" of COVID to contend with, and there are changes happening at CLC. Many of our messages today address change, both in our CLC community and the wider world.


Beginning the week of June 29, the schedule for weekly devotions will look slightly different: Look for a children's message each Monday morning, World Wednesday messages each Wednesday morning, a regular devotion from Peyton and the pastors on Thursdays, and eNews from Sam on Fridays. Obviously, there will continue to be worship services on Sundays, both in-person (in the parking lot beginning July 5) and digital services as we have had for the last few months. The biggest change will be one less devotion from the pastors on Tuesdays and one less children's message on Saturdays. We trust that the change in schedule will allow more people to engage with the digital offerings during the week.

Speaking of parking lot worship service on July 5, Woo Hoo! I am looking forward to meeting in person beginning that Sunday, as I'm sure others are as well. Pr. Eric's message about the protocols for those services have been clear and direct, and I'm certain we all can abide by the logistics and stipulations. One request from me, please: In the messaging from Pr. Eric, he gave people all the permission to opt out of the parking lot service, and I want us to reiterate that. As much as I'd love to see each and every face at CLC in the that parking lot, not everyone will feel comfortable or safe coming to in-person worship yet, and that's okay! We will continue to provide digital service options because the health and safety of our members come first. Try as we might, we can't be all things to all people, but we will strive to allow congregation members to fully engage in worship services at their level of comfort. 

In addition to the first live service on July 5, we WILL hold the evening Emmaus service that day, as well. Communion will be served in our own homes, just as it has been on the first Sunday of each month since Easter. The link is included in this email and will also be in next week's news.

One of the best ways to engage with all the digital offerings from CLC is by subscribing to the CLC YouTube channel. It's simple to join. Just go to, search for Christ Lutheran Church Highlands Ranch, scroll down to our new logo, and click "subscribe." The great thing is finding all the previous devotions and children's messages that have been uploaded. You may not have had the chance to watch a certain devotion on the morning that it was originally sent, but it's there on the CLC YouTube channel. 

If you are a family that has registered for VBS, don't forget to pick up your packet of materials today if you haven't done so yet. Leanne and Andrea will be at CLC with the packets today, June 26th, starting at 9:30 am. 


“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”

A.A. Milne wrote that about one of my favorite characters, and I'd like to add that my regular-sized heart holds a rather large amount of gratitude for you all, and all that you do to keep the lines of communication and connection open for the folks at CLC. Each Tuesday when I sit down to write these messages, I am thankful for this group that helps to keep me sane!


Have a great week.


-Karen Patz - Volunteer & Care Coordinator


​Beginning the week of June 28th we will have an updated communication, devotional, and worship schedule. ​

  • Sunday- In-Person Worship Service at 9 am and Recorded Worship Video (via email)

  • Monday - Family Devotional (via email)

  • Wednesday - World Wednesdays (via email)

  • Thursday - Devotional (via email)

  • Friday - Church News and Announcements (via email)

With the addition of our Outdoor Worship Service, CLC will have one devotional on Thursdays, instead of two each week, and one Family Devotional on Mondays, also instead of two each week. Worship services will still be recorded and sent out on Sundays for those that are unable to attend the Outdoor In-Person Worship Services.



Next week, we will hold our next food drive to benefit Sharing with Sheridan food pantry. Please consider donating the following: meal soups, cereal, canned corn, mac & cheese, egg cartons, and/or medium-sized boxes. The people at SWS have been so grateful for our contributions. Each week, the number of people served increases, so our offerings are most welcome. Bring items to the church on Tuesday, June 30th from 9:30-11:30 am or Wednesday, July 1st from 9 am to noon. As always, THANK YOU for your generosity! We are so blessed to be part of such a caring community.


Since outdoors seems to be the safer choice these days for getting together, Pastor Gail is inviting you for a Lawn Chair Chat in her front yard or back yard. Sign up with her, bring your own mask and drink, and spend 30-60 minutes chatting, sharing, and/or praying from a social distance!


The COVID Task Force, Council and CLC staff have been working diligently together in efforts to meet the church’s worship needs with as little risk to the congregation that we can reasonably manage. As a result of this work, Christ Lutheran Church will be celebrating its first Outdoor In-Person Worship Service on Sunday, July 5th at 9:00am – with the intent of continuing this outdoor worship experience each following Sunday. It is very important to know and take personal notice of several health-conscious points regarding these worship services:

For the Safe-Keeping and Love of Your Neighbor:

  1. This opportunity for gathering in-person, even though outdoors, is not a COVID risk-free environment. Anyone not feeling healthy, and/or vulnerable to COVID infection as outlined by the CDC, and/or not wanting to risk gathering within a crowd, should not attend.

  2. The wearing of a face mask over both the mouth and nose will be required at all times for all persons over the age of 3 years old. Please bring your own mask. Should anyone forget, we will have a limited amount of clean masks available.

  3. In addition to wearing a mask, maintaining a social distance of no less than 6 feet between family units will also need to be honored. Though we do deeply miss you, all church staff will be maintaining strict social distance around themselves and will be wearing a mask.

  4. Anyone over the age of 3 years old not willing/able to keep a face mask over both their mouth and nose, or maintain these social distancing stipulations, should not attend.

Logistics Regarding this Outdoor Worship Service:

  1. This worship service will be recorded and emailed to the congregation and posted on our Facebook page, just as we have done in previous weeks.

  2. Worship service will take place in the parking lot area adjacent to the office wing of the building. Parking will be limited to the north parking lot near St. Luke’s, along the west side of Broadway facing south, and at the farthest south entrance.

  3. Each person will need to bring their own chair to sit on.

  4. The parking lot spaces will be organized in a way to keep social distancing between family units. We will use the decline of the parking lot as a natural theater-style seating, facing downhill toward the sanctuary, for the best visibility and acoustics.

  5. The ability to see and hear may be an issue for some attendees. We will try to do the best we can in ways that we can safely manage. Please consider your hearing/seeing abilities when making your space selection among those available.

  6. There will not be a bulletin or a projection of the service. All of the scriptures, prayers and musical information will be emailed out to you prior to Sunday morning – please bring it with you.

  7. Access to the inside of the church building (including the restrooms) will be restricted to urgent needs only. A staff member will be available to help when needed.

  8. Skin protection and personal hydration are recommended. In the event of inclement weather, worship will be done via our media. We will try to communicate that decision to you with as much advanced notice as possible.

The Worship of Our Lord:

  1. We will have a shortened service to minimize exposure time (around 45 minutes).

  2. We will be celebrating Holy Communion each week. You will need to bring bread and wine/grape juice for your own family to use. Pastor Eric or Pastor Gail will preside at the altar, and congregants will commune themselves.

  3. Offering plates will not be passed. Online giving (or the church mailbox) remain available for our offerings to God.

  4. Worship leaders will explain about music and invited congregational response at each opportunity.


We are all struggling to adjust and thrive forward during this COVID pandemic. We do this in the best way possible when we do so in love and care for one another, and celebrating our shared love for God. Please contact Pastor Eric, Pastor Gail, Council or Staff if you have any questions or concerns. We all miss you and love you dearly. Thank you for your continued love, support, and prayers for Christ Lutheran Church.


-CLC Council, COVID Task Force, and  CLC Staff



The Reverend Barbara Berry-Bailey, an ELCA pastor in the Rocky Mountain Synod is quoted in this article on “How black people experience racism in Denver.” Pastor Barbara is at St. Paul Lutheran and Catholic Community of Faith in downtown Denver.  Please take the time to read these personal insights into our community.

Click Here for link to article.




​​ Knitting4Peace  is celebrating 14 years of compassionate and creative service this week! As part of the celebrations we're auctioning off 3 beautiful donated quilts. Would you or someone you know appreciate one of these quilts? (As a special gift for friends getting married, a family with a new baby?) Bids will close at 3 pm MDT this Saturday, June 27th.

​We give out handmade items such as hats, baby blankets, scarves, shawls and "Peace Pals" free of charge, to those in need, locally and around the world. Please let me know if you know of groups or individuals who'd like to receive any of our items, or who'd like to make requested items and donate them to us.​

​Don’t need a quilt, but would like to make a donation? Click here. Thanks!  Darlene Danyo


Invitation to Zoom Ministry Meetings

That might seem like a strange idea in this time of staying home, but it's never been more true. CLC has several ministries that are meeting virtually via Zoom, and you are welcome to join any of the following:

  • Book Club- meets the first Tuesday of each month. Contact Cindy Russell at for more information.

  • Celebration Choir- meets each Thursday at 7 pm. Contact Peyton at for all the information about this group.

  • Chicks with Sticks- meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 am. Darlene Danyo is your contact with the info at

  • Crossroads Band- meets on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Again, Peyton is the source of all things music-related at CLC.

  • Gospel of John Bible Study with Pr. Eric- meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. Please email Pr. Eric at, if you are interested.

  • Monday Morning Bible Study- meets on Mondays at 9 am. Using the video-driven text, "Twelve More Women of the Bible." Contact Karen Patz at to join.

  • Women of Joy Bible Study Group- meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:45 pm. Chery Koury at can answer your questions about this group.

  • Caregivers Group- meets Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Contact Pastor Gail at with questions about the group.

The doors to the sanctuary may be temporarily closed, but there are still ways to be involved at CLC. Please reach out to the people listed above or email anyone on staff to help you get connected.


Join us digitally by connecting to the live worship service via Zoom, an online digital platform for meetings. The worship service will begin at 6:30pm on Sunday, July 5th. Please have bread, wine and/or grape juice (if you ​have neither, water is acceptable) available to participate in Holy Communion with ​Christ Lutheran Church. Below is a document with answers and instructions to your in-home communion questions. Please take a moment to read it over.​

​Holy Communion in our Online Worship Services - Document - CLICK HERE!


Please only one connection per household. We are limited to 500 ​connections and want everyone to have an opportunity to participate. Information to participate is below. 


If you have questions about Zoom meetings, please email the church office at ​If you are having issues connecting the day of the worship service, please call the church at 303-550-1757. We will have people ready to take your calls ​and help get you connected.

Fellowship Following Communion


Zoom allows for other ways to connect!  Following the Emmaus Communion service, participants will be divided into small groups for a few minutes of fellowship.  Envision standing in the Narthex or sitting in the fellowship hall - visiting with friends and new folks alike. Zoom allows for this with virtual fellowship time!  


The host (Peyton or Sam) will send all of us to a small group of about 5 people. You will receive a written message stating that the host wants you to go to Breakout Room #. You click "okay" or affirmative and you will join the small group.  There will be a couple of guided questions that your small group can discuss. Then at the appointed time, all participants will be "called" back to the main meeting.


Of course, you can leave the group at any time and return to the main meeting - or leave the Zoom meeting all together. 


We hope that you enjoy this opportunity to talk with one another!

​​​​​​CLC Zoom User Guide - Click Here!​​​

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Your Giving to CLC Needs to be Sustained

For those who do not already make their gift to the Church electronically and would like to set up automatic / electronic giving, CLC's Treasurer, Jeff Bergstrom requests that you use the Vanco GivePlus App. This App can easily be downloaded from either the Apple Store (Give+) or Play Store (GivePlus). Do not use the Vanco Payment Mobile Access app. Once you’re set-up, you can use the App to make one-time gifts (perhaps in lieu of the offering plate at the weekend services) or, better yet, establish automatic / re-occurring gifts.

Once downloaded: first select Christ Lutheran Church; then set-up your log-in and account (which can be either your credit card or your bank account); then select the destination (currently your choices are General Operating or Capital Campaign); then select frequency, the amount and then select “Add.” A summary of your intended gift should then appear. Then, to actually submit your gift, select the arrow at the top and right of your screen to “Give Now.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Jeff Bergstrom at 720.271.2048 or





  • Bill Pay via your bank

  • Snail mail your check to CLC

  • Drop your giving in the church mailbox outside the church office

  • Call the church office with your credit card

  • For your convenience click here!

God's ministry at CLC still needs to be supported by your tithes and offerings. Thank everyone!



IN OUR PRAYERS:  Gary & Michelle McClurg and Family; Diane Abraham, Deanna Whitman; Rich Novotne; Darrell Woody; Ron Moses; Meghan Tesch; Novy Family; Kay Johnson (Sallie Burns' Sister-In-Law); Chad Tabor & Family (Heidi Jason's Son-In-Law & Family); ​Donna Drake (Diana Kirk's Niece); Dawn Miele (Deb Morgans' Cousin); Kerry Godwin (Pastor Gail's Brother); Hank & Michelle (Carol O'Hearn's Friends); Patrick Ebert (Deb Morgans Father)


PASSED AWAY:  ​Carol Stein (Al Kravitz's Cousin's Wife); Ada Dukes (Sam Sweitzer's Grandmother)


DEPLOYED:  Alex D'Agostino, Erik Peterson (Matt & Corey Sullivan's Brother-In-Law); Adam Koster (Chris DeBeer's Friend); Taylor Lindemann (Dale Lindemann's Son)


PRAYER REQUEST MINISTRY: As a church community, we have people ready to pray for you: pastors, staff, and the confidential prayer tree. Your prayers will be kept private, unless you tell us to share them for public prayers or those listed in the bulletin. A prayer request will remain in the eNews for two weeks unless otherwise requested; prayer requests for those deployed for military service will remain on the list until they return. A prayer request can be renewed as often as desired. **Bolded names are CLC members. Prayers can be submitted several ways: via email to or by telephone to the church office at 303-791-0803. Please include your name as the requestor, and your relationship to the person(s) the request is regarding.

Looking for a new way to reach out?! 

Need a project for your children?! 


Well there are lots of birthdays and anniversaries among our CLC family; so send a note, send a letter, send a drawing! Here are next week’s Celebrations!​

Clint Koury                  June 27

Hanna Mielke              June 27

Terry Palazzo              June 27

Corey Sullivan             June 27

Pat White                    June 27

Alex Brand                  June 28

Randall Colson            June 28

Sharyl Morris              June 28

Zach Staub                  June 28

Eric Allert                    June 29

Kathleen Boyer           June 29

Adam Dravininkas       June 29

Rachel Grosskrueger   June 29

Jay Lineberry               June 29

Cindy Vernell              June 29

Tyler Colson                June 30

Maddie Romney         June 30

Kayli Trengen              June 30

Steve Tolle                      July 1

Chad Vorthmann             July 1

Haley Fisher                    July 1

Carley Fellows                 July 2

Burke Dockter                 July 2

Cassandra Buffington     July 2

Jessica Danyo                  July 2

Rachel Peterson              July 2

Christine Flores               July 3

Natalee Moses                July 3

Aaron Eidsness               July 3

Cooper Lytle                    July 3

Meg Rand                       July 3

Michael Kenevan            July 3

Bob Baker                      July 3

Alejandro Mena Casa     July 4

Phill Peterson                  July 4

Liam Elkins                      July 5

Rich Novotne                 July 5

Kirsten Dahl                    July 5

Darlene Danyo                July 5

Ivory Cartwright              July 6

Lillian Peterson               July 6

John Best                        July 6

Jolene Rheault                July 6

Heidi Elkins                     July 6

Brooke Sullivan               July 6

Lucy Sumner                   July 6

Claire Cantrell                July 6

Rodger Ott                      July 6

Mitch Van Dewerker        July 7

Avery Dethlefs                July 7

AJ Evens                         July 7

Todd & Allyson Evans             June 26 – 21 years

Steve & Sue Justice                 June 26 – 27 years

Roslyn & Andy Paine               June 26 – 21 years

Blake & Marla Elhard              June 28 – 17 years

Jason & Nickie Holder             June 28 – 12 years

Mike & Ruth Jewell                 June 28 – 51 years

Pat & Jenny White                  June 29 – 18 years

Craig & Camilla Coronato       June 30 – 36 years

Roger & Tammy Green           July 1 - 25 years

Tom & Janet Bielefeldt           July 1 - 18 years

Peter & Lara Marxhausen       July 3 - 22 years

Richard & Darlene Dethlefs    July 5 - 51 years

Vicki & David Pierce                July 5 - 40 years

Rick & Linda Schneider           July 7 - 42 years

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Once we are back to gathering for worship and events, CLC will need more volunteers. Information about how you can help will be sent out in future communications.​ Please email Karen at if you have questions.





As we all continue to look for innovative ways to make our worship services special, Peyton would like to ask those of you that have musical talent, voice or an instrument, and would like to share those talents with worship, to connect with Peyton about sharing your gift of music. Contact Peyton directly at and let him know you are interested!



​Summer Camp is now in full swing!

It is lovely to have children back in the building.

Please give us a call at 303-471-9290 or email Deb Morgans at if you have any questions. Blessings!




The Sharing with Sheridan Food Bank is located at the Sheridan Recreation Center in Sheridan, CO. 3325 W Oxford Ave, Denver, CO 80236.

Here are a few quick facts about Sharing With Sheridan:

  • They opened 6/5/14.  Open Thursdays (registration begins at 3:00 and shopping occurs 3:30 to 7 PM)

  • Serve families who reside in the 80110 and 80236 zip codes but also welcome all families with students in the Sheridan School District regardless of where they reside

  • Families are invited to shop twice per month

  • SWS acquires most of our food through donations and local food banks including Food Bank of the Rockies and FERN

  • In 2019, they averaged 34 families per week

  • In 2019, they served over 7000 individuals at an average cost of $1.13 each. Most people leave the pantry with a large box and/or bags of food

  • A unique feature of this food bank is that people may select their food based on what their family will use

  • In 2019, their volunteers, who are from St. Philip and the community including some of our guests, logged over 3000 volunteer hours


In addition to CLC's twice-monthly food drive, there is a place for you to serve at the SWS Food Bank. With the increased need, 18-20 volunteers are needed each Thursday at the Sheridan Community Center. 


Opportunity Options:

11-1 – Help unload and stock (inside)

1:00 – Fill boxes with dry goods & move to lobby (inside)

12:30-5:30 -Package produce at the high school (shared parking lot)

2:00 – Set up tables & then help with distribution

2:45-5:45 – Distribution – Load the trunks of cars with boxes of food and other food (in parking lot)


All volunteers are to wear masks and gloves. Social distancing is practiced as much as possible. The pantry space inside is smaller. Teens 14 years and above are welcomed to help. 14-18 years need to fill out a volunteer app with parent’s signature.

To sign up, please contact Carole Kessler. Her email is Contact # is 303-238-6873. Questions?


Please visit SWS's website for more information:




​All visitations are on hold for the time being. Contact Karen Patz in the office (ext. 110 or with questions or needs.


If you have stories or information that should be included in the bulletin, weekly eNews, 

or the monthly newsletter please email 

Sam Sweitzer at


​Please send your information or stories to Sam by 3pm on Tuesdays.


Thank you! We can’t wait to hear from you.


Please, if you or someone you care about could use our help... reach out.

Or if you want to get involved in church and one of our ministries... reach out. 

If you have a question, or if there's something on your mind that you want to share... we're here... reach out!

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