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Religion

  • Spirituality Briefs

    We’d like to know about events, activities or personnel changes at area churches. E-mail items of 75 words or less to news@evergreenco.com. Items will appear on a space-available basis.

     

  • Church renovations lead to pew giveaway

    Apparently, traditional pews are not ideal for a forward-thinking house of worship — or at least not for Evergreen’s Ascent Church.

    About a year after the 60-year-old Baptist church underwent a name change to better reflect greater openness to any and all who pass through its doors, renovations are under way, and they include trading decades-old pews for the flexibility of chairs.

  • SPIRITUAL MATTERS: New Year renewal with ‘Health and Wellness Judaism’
  • Interfaith service ushers out Hanukkah, welcomes the new year

    To observe the culmination of Hanukkah and begin 2017, Conifer’s St. Laurence Episcopal Church and Congregation Beth Evergreen hosted an interfaith spiritual renewal celebration on Dec. 31.

    The celebration, which was at Congregation Beth Evergreen, was an opportunity to resolve, recommit and renew before the new year.

    The Rev. Nancy Malloy and Rabbi Jamie Arnold said the two congregations had been trying to coordinate a join ceremony, and said the last night of Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve “thematically fit together.”

  • Lighting of the menorah celebrates Hanukkah on Christmas morning

    The annual Hanukkah celebration at the Evergreen Lake House this year took an unusual form.

    Rather than the typical evening lighting of the menorah, Rabbi Levi Brackman of Judaism in the Foothills held a short ceremony on Christmas morning. This year, Hanukkah began Dec. 24 and will end on New Year’s Eve.

    Brackman said it was the first time he’s orchestrated a morning menorah lighting, but that it was good to mix things up a bit.

  • Risen Lord Lutheran welcomes a temporary shepherd

    Risen Lord Lutheran Church is snuggly tucked away in an office building along Conifer’s Sutton Road near Dallman Drive. The interior is humble and unassuming — basic windows, modest furniture and kitchen utilities, and blue skies and white clouds decorating some panels in the ceiling.

    Instead of a large altar, the church has a plain circular table around which worshippers gather for the sacraments.

    In its own way, this worship space feels a bit like a home away from home.

    And that’s really the point, says Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer.

  • At Beth Evergreen, Rabbi Arnold strives to offer ‘welcome, friendship’

    To get his students’ attention, Rabbi Jamie Arnold starts singing a catchy, simple song. Within a few seconds, the 20 or so classmates interrupt their conversations and join in. Then the group pauses for reflection.

    “Take a breath like it’s your first,” Arnold tells them. “Enjoy the breath like it’s your last.”

  • 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.