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Religion

  • Interfaith service celebrates community, reconciliation

    My first and most important job in writing this essay is to invite all of my mountain neighbors to the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Conifer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. You will “dine” upon fine music, readings, prayers and hymn singing. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the Mountain Resource Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach. 

  • Spirituality Briefs

    We’d like to know about interesting events, activities or personnel changes at area churches. E-mail items of 125 words or less to news@evergreenco.com. Items will appear on a space-available basis.

    Hanukkah events

    Judaism in the Foothills is planning the following Hanukkah events at 3959 Ponderosa Lane, Evergreen:

  • Bergen Park Church breaks ground on new building

    Excavators were out Wednesday, April 2, to get the ground ready for the new $2.2 million Bergen Park Church.

    The new 11,000-square-foot structure will help the congregation grow, said Pastor Jim Demolar. It will be built on a 2.7-acre parcel at 31919 Rocky Village Drive. The new church is adjacent to the existing church, which is at 1318 County Road 65. The existing church is getting a new address, too — 31880 Rocky Village Drive.

    Bergen Park Church representatives bought the land in October 2010.

  • Local rabbi's pursuit of purpose growing older

    By Carol McKinley

    For the Courier

    Evergreen Rabbi Levi Brackman believes he can save a generation of baby boomers from feeling bored and useless during the transition to retirement. His Fountain of Youth retirement plan can be described with one word: purpose.

    “(Purpose is) what makes me get out of bed at 4:30 every morning,” says Brackman. “You’re happier and satisfied with life because you feel good about yourself.”

  • For Beth Evergreen, 40th anniversary a celebration of tradition, diversity

    Bernie Goldman walked through the doors of the Canyon Courier in 1974 to place a want ad — he was looking for members of the Jewish faith with whom to celebrate the High Holidays. And so, Congregation Beth Evergreen was born.

    “I met with him several times,” Rabbi Jamie Arnold said of Goldman, who died last October. “He was friends with the editor of the Courier, and one day was joking with him about there being 19 churches in the church directory of the paper. And he said, ‘You know what the 20th should be? A synagogue.’ ”

  • Evangelical church opens campus in Genesee

    Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette has expanded to Genesee with a West Campus facility that officially opened its doors to members and visitors Sunday.

    After an extensive search, leaders of the congregation bought the large church building that stood vacant for the past two years since Lookout Mountain Community Church moved because of shrinking membership.

  • Neighbors light into church's plan for illuminated sign

    By Carol McKinley

    For the Courier

    A standing-room-only crowd braved single-digit temperatures Tuesday night to voice opposition to a proposed 135-square-foot illuminated sign at Flatirons Community Church off Interstate 70 near Genesee.

    The sign would feature the church logo — a white image of the Boulder Flatirons surrounded by orange.

  • Biking through history

    They bicycled for five days through a desert where their ancestors trekked for 40 years to reach the Promised Land.

  • An empowering mission

    Pastor Philip Reimers from Evergreen’s Church of the Cross is going to Africa for six weeks this summer with an ambitious goal: to help engineer a sustainable future for refugees of war.

    Three or four years ago, Reimers met Denver Pastor Mwenebitu Lupande, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who fled from the country’s rampant violence to set up his own church in the U.S. His church, Come to Jesus Ministries, is for refugees of all African nations, and sermons are delivered in Swahili.

  • Journey Church charged with zoning violations

    Jefferson County is suing Journey Community Church, claiming the church has misused its land and has held events without required permits

    The county is seeking a civil penalty between $500 and $1,000. The trial date is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24.

    Rebecca Klymkowsky, assistant county attorney for Jeffco, said she couldn’t comment on the ongoing litigation, but that the lawsuit involved a zoning issue with the church’s property at 10101 Highway 73 in Conifer.

    A call to Journey Church was not returned at press time.