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  • Beth Evergreen celebrating 10 years with Rabbi Jamie

    In 2005, the members of Congregation Beth Evergreen took a leap of faith. The 30-year-old congregation had experienced growth, purchased land and built Evergreen’s first synagogue. Now it was the time for the next step: a full-time rabbi.

    After months of interviews, the board of directors hired Jamie Arnold, a young rabbi ordained in 1999 who was serving at Temple Sinai in Amherst, N.Y.

  • Bergen Park Church holds open house

    Congregation members and the community now have had a chance to see the new Bergen Park Church at 31919 Rocky Village Drive in Evergreen.

    A two-day open house on Saturday and Sunday included refreshments, crafts for the kids, chances to win entertainment tickets, and tours.

    "It's a pretty big deal for us," said Pastor Jim Demolar.

    The new 11,000-square-foot church cost almost $2.8 million to build. The congregation pledged about two-thirds of the building cost; a bank loan covered the rest.

  • Flatirons Community Church celebrating one-year anniversary at Genesee location

    As Flatirons Community Church West Campus celebrates its one-year anniversary in Genesee, leaders say up to 1,600 members attend two separate services on any given Sunday.

    That's close to 25 percent growth in the last year — attributable both to the church's "real and relevant" modern sermons, as well as to the church's rapid growth at its original location in Lafayette, said Pastor Jesse DeYoung. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.