The guiding principle of Adult Education at CUC is to encourage each person to grow in faith and live fully the life God intended.
While our faith journey varies from one person to another, several unifying themes form the basis: (1) The Bible is the shared document of Christianity. Although different interpretations are possible, a better understanding of the Bible informs our thinking about both our own faith and the other manifestations of Christianity in our society. (2) Spiritual practices enrich our understanding of ourselves and the divine. These spiritual practices include prayer and meditation, and less well-known practices such as walking a labyrinth. (3) Living the Christian Life should be our goal. What does that mean for each person? Is Faith more than a Creed? Will they know we are Christians by our Love?
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This “bible study” class has been a tradition at CUC for over 20 years! The class meets from 9:30 – 11:30 am from September through May. Topics vary each year, based on class suggestions/interests. About half of the topics concern the Bible. At CUC we take the Bible seriously, although not always literally. We believe that God speaks through the scriptures. God transforms people when they engage the scriptures. Other topics have included racism, immigration, and books by various authors.
Financial Peace University
CUC sponsors the course Dave Ramseys’ “Financial Peace University” at least once each year. This life-changing program is empowering and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God’s plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more! It’s for EVERYONE … from the financially secure to the financially distressed. Over 1 million families have attended. There is a cost for attendance to cover the expense for materials. For more information, contact CUC at 303-798-1845 or email@example.com, or visit www.daveramsey.com. Childcare is provided, if requested.
“Be compassionate as God is compassionate”
No verse in scripture is as clear as this passage from Luke 3:36 in telling us what Jesus expects of us. Here at Columbine United Church we are responding to this invitation with a rich array of ministries that form a caring infrastructure for our congregation. The CUC Congregational Care team provides care, concern, prayer and support for families and individuals at all stages of life, with a focus on the ongoing spiritual, physical, emotional and relational needs of the congregation.
Joys & Concerns
This ministry provides the prayer Joys & Concerns in the bulletin each week. Names and addresses are provided so that the congregation can send cards or notes to individuals, if they choose. If you have a joy or concern and you want to share it with the congregation or add it to our prayer list, please e-mail the name to the attention of the Congregational Care Team, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in being involved with any of the following Congregational Care Ministries, call the church at 303-798-1845 or email email@example.com.
Funerals & Memorial Services: Hands that Serve from Hearts that Care
Just helping out a couple of hours every now and then can help grieving families more than you would initially think. Our team helps prepare the church, as may be needed, for the funeral or memorial service, then sets up the dining area with tablecloths and flowers, serves a wonderful buffet for the family and friends, and then cleans up. This relieves the family of a stressful task and is greatly appreciated.
The Health Cabinet is made up of nurses and other health care professionals, active and retired, who give blood pressure checks once a month in Biel Hall. They organize and manage the 9News Health Fair at Columbine United Church, which serves over 600 people from the church and community each year. They are always looking for more people who are interested in health issues.
We believe in the power of prayer. The Prayer Chain at CUC sends out prayer requests via email to over 50 members and friends of CUC, asking them to simply remember people in their prayers. Prayer requests come from people calling the church office, or from the Congregational Care Team who forward people’s names.
The shawls made by the hands of our Prayer Shawl team become comfort, love and hope in the hands of those who receive them. Knitters and crocheters of all abilities work wonders. They have made and delivered over 200 prayer shawls since the ministry began in 2007. This group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the church.
Agape Visitation Ministry
The Agape Team is a group of volunteers who offer friendship, a supportive shoulder, and a listening ear to others. Training sessions are held several times a year.
Women’s Care Groups
We have seven active care groups of 10-20 women each who meet monthly, at different times and places, and are friendship groups that meet socially, some with service projects, others to have lunch together … but all support each other.
Next Gen KidMin
Children, youth and families are vital parts of Columbine United Church. They help us know who we are and who God calls us to be. Guided by God’s love and grace, CUC’s Next Generation Ministry provides exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation for our children and youth. Christian education, music, worship, service, outreach, fellowship, and mission are among our offerings. Come and see the love and care, the fun and friendships, the service and connections that arise as our kids discover the love of God in their lives! Our Next Gen Kid Min program includes the following:
- The Nursery is a safe and caring place with caregivers certified in First Aid and CPR. The nursery is available from 9AM – 11AM each Sunday, and for select events during the week.
- Preschool through 5th grades meet downstairs on Sunday mornings at 10AM for Sunday School. Classes are divided into age groups, and the hour includes an engaging approach to Bible storytelling, maximizing fun through multiple learning styles and interests.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School comes around every June at CUC, and it’s a BIG deal – GIGANTIC! Our Next Generation team begins putting a ton of time, energy, and talent into VBS with planning starting in January of each year. Kids love CUC’s VBS! Volunteer opportunities abound for the congregation, and middle school and high school youth serve as group leaders, working directly with the campers. Register for VBS 2017!
Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering with KidMin. Please note that a background check is required for all of our volunteers.
Acolyte: bring the light of Jesus Christ into our worship space each Sunday morning at both Sunday morning worship services! Kids 2nd grade and older are invited to attend a training class, and can serve as acolyte for the Sundays that work with their schedule.
Special Presenter: Do you have a career or hobby that gives you unique knowledge or skills? If so, CUC’s KidMin could use your help one upcoming Sunday! KidMin uses a rotation model of various learning stations. We have lessons involving geology, carving, dance, music, games, storytelling, and so much more!
Hospitality Team: Serve at the KidMin Welcome Desk, greeting children and parents as they arrive on Sunday morning and/or help with checking kids out at the end of the KidMin hour. This is a great opportunity to interact with families and still attend most of the contemporary worship service!
Shepherd: Serve one of our age groups of children on Sunday mornings a few times per year. Assist the teacher with lesson activities, classroom management and helping kids with various learning activities. No preparation required.
Next Gen Youth
Our teenagers are a dynamic expression of CUC’s energy and progressive values. We are creating an environment where our teenagers are awakening to the presence of God withink themselves, their peers, and the world! We strive for the following to guide us in designing meaningful experiences for youth in grades 6-12:
- To awaken the youth to God’s presence
- To equip the youth to live life and make choices based on the teachings of Jesus
- To foster an environment where the youth can realize and pursue their positive qualities
- To instill a sense of service to others
- To interweave the youth into the life of the church.
Worship Participation is a great way to connect with the larger church community. We have a few rows reserved for Youth at the back of the sanctuary, on the right side. We gather there each Sunday for the 10am worship service.
Sunday Youth Groups meet throughout the year from 6-7:30 PM. High School Youth are 9th-12th grades and Middle School Youth are 6th-8th grades. We design this time to be informal and relaxed so that we can disconnect from the stress of the school week and reconnect with our faith and our friends. We play games, worship and talk about ways to live a Christian life as a teenager.
Confirmation classes are held annually for youth 8th grade and older.
Summer Mission Trips are an awesome way to serve others while growing as a disciple. Separate trips are planned for high school and middle school youth. Destinations are typically announced early in the fall. High Schoolers travel a greater distance, and middle schoolers tend to stay within Colorado, usually within a couple of hours of Denver. Trips are typically a week-long experience, and involve a commitment for group fundraising and reporting back to the congregation on Youth Sunday. Mission Trips are experiences that the youth remember for the rest of their lives!
Check out the weekly worship bulletin or CUC’s weekly Eblast for all things youth related!
Contact the church office at email@example.com if you’re interested in volunteering with our CUC Youth! Please note that a background check is required for all volunteers.
If you love junk food, Frisbee, dance parties, best friend drama, homework hives and all the rest of the joy that comes with teenagers, join in the fun as a Youth Ministry volunteer! More than just a chaperone or playground supervisor, we need adults who love to walk alongside youth every week as they sort out all the pressures inside and out and develop a meaningful faith. It’s a rewarding experience like no other!
Music is a central part of worship at CUC! At the 8AM Traditional worship service, the CUC Chancel Choir leads the congregation in hymns. The 10AM Contemporary Worship service includes the CUC Praise Band, led by CUC’s Director of Music Ministry, Mitch Samu. Our Bell Choir performs a few times throughout the year, as well.
Musical guests are featured frequently at CUC during worship and special events, adding to the variety of music you’ll hear at CUC.
Several times throughout the year, we offer special musical events. It’s a chance for people to connect to the music of CUC at a time other than Sunday worship.
Interested in sharing your musical talents with CUC? Find the group that’s right for you!
Chancel Choir: Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening, 7:30 p.m., in the Fireside Chapel, throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons. Performances are every Sunday at the 8:00 AM service. There are two contatas each year, one for Christmas and one for Easter. While this is considered to be the traditional choir of CUC, the music they perform is a good mix, all of which honors our Lord and Savior, while ministering to the Christ in you and the congregation. Music experience is not necessary.
Chancel Chimes Bell Choir: Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 6:15 – 7:30 PM in the Fireside Chapel. The Chimes play about once a month during worship. No experience is necessary.
If you’re interested in joining the Chancel or Bell Choir, contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Childcare for rehearsals may be arranged, if needed.
The Praise Band is the contemporary music group at CUC, and plays at the Contemporary Worship service each Sunday morning. The Band rehearses on Wednesday evenings. Led by Columbine’s Director of Music Ministry, Mitch Samu, it is a fun, yet musically demanding group and performs everything from new original music, to pieces from Israel Houghton, Ken Reynolds, Lakewood Church, to RENT and Bette Midler. This is an audition group, so please contact Mitch if you are interested in joining the CUC Praise Band: email@example.com.
Mission and Outreach activities are a significant part of the overall programming at CUC. We believe that faith is something you do, not just something you believe. Our Missions Committee provides a wide variety of ways for you to serve our community and our world. We collect food to feed the hungry, provide services to the homeless, and much more! Service projects are available to the congregation throughout the year. Choose a project that speaks to you and your level of commitment!
We know how valuable your time is, and for those that are limited with their availability, we initiated the “One and Done” service effort projects. One and Done projects have provided flood clean-up supplies and hygiene kits for victims of local flooding, “Feed the Need” donations of meals in the Denver metro area, blankets for the “Linus Project,” holiday cards for heroes and Thanksgiving bags for CUC families in need.
Questions about the Mission and Outreach activities for CUC, or would like to get involved with one of our mission partnerships? Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bessie’s Hope: Enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders, 60 percent of whom receive less than one personal visit each year. Bessie’s Hope brightens the lives of isolated elderly people by bringing generations together in mutually rewarding relationships. Visit http://www.bessieshope.org/ for more information.
CROP Walk for Hunger: Did you know over 1 billion people are hungry worldwide? That’s one out of every 7 people. Each day almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related diseases. In the US, 36.2 million people face food insecurity. If they all stood in line at a food pantry, the line would stretch from New York to LA and back. Every year, participants in the Foothills CROP Hunger Walk raise money through pledges to assist hungry people around the world, providing food and other essentials to those recovering from disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, as well as tools and training to communities as they seek to establish food security for themselves in places like Guatemala, Indonesia, Haiti, Cambodia, Kenya, and elsewhere.
HAAT Force: Works to provide emergency shelter in extreme weather for homeless people in the South Denver Metro area. Volunteers help interview homeless persons, provide vouchers at local motels as well as emergency snack food and supplies. In addition, they make every effort to suggest local agencies for assistance with job search, housing, and other needs. Visit http://www.haatforcesouthmetro.org/ for more information.
Family Promise: One week per quarter, through Family Promise’s network of churches, CUC partners with St. James Presbyterian Church to support the housing of homeless families. Visit http://familypromise.org/ for more information.
Habitat for Humanity (Loaves & Fishes): Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is one of the oldest affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. Staff and volunteers complete homes with the help of approved homeowners, which provide decent, affordable shelter to adults and children. Habitat for Humanity provides a “hand up,” not a “hand out.” Families put in up to 500 hours of sweat equity, and have a mortgage on their new home provided through Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver. Loaves and Fishes, a coalition of 13 churches affiliated with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, tries to sponsor the building of one house per year. CUC was one of the earliest members of this coalition.
Integrated Family Community Services: IFCS provides basic human services and enrichment programs to low-income family members, using community resources. IFCS fosters self-sufficiency and respects the dignity of each client. It serves the people of Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, and unincorporated Arapahoe County. Visit http://www.ifcs.org/ for more information.
Love INC: People in need are all around us, each with a unique set of circumstances. Love INC is here to help! Love INC extends the ministry of our church with a call center and resources to assist. Love INC of Littleton is a network of local churches working together to serve people’s needs in our community by mobilizing church volunteers for hands-on-ministry. Help in the call center, give someone a ride to a medical appointment, work in the resale shop, help Columbine develop a mentoring ministry. Use your skills and talents for the good of others. Discover many more ways to serve by calling Love INC at 303-798-0037 or view the website at www.loveinclittleton.org.
Network Coffee House: A welcoming, cozy “living room” for the broken, wounded people of Capitol Hill. The Coffee House tries to express the presence and love of Christ to the chronically mentally ill, the homeless and assorted odd folk of the neighborhood. Volunteers do this by building long-term friendships, while offering a safe place to play games, read, have some coffee or tea and visit. The coffeehouse is located at 1402 Pearl Street (three blocks east of the Capitol). For more information visit http://www.networkcoffeehouse.org.
Second Wind Fund: Teen suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Colorado, with as many as 1 in 4 teens having more than a passing thought toward suicide in any given year. Further, Colorado ranks number 6 in the nation in teen suicide. The mission of the Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver (SWFMD) is to decrease the incidence of teen suicide by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth. SWFMD provides quick, frequent, and convenient access to free counseling services with licensed therapists for uninsured and underinsured youth. SWFMD has never turned away an eligible youth at risk for suicide. You may contact SWFMD at http://www.swfmd.org or call them at 720-962-0706. For referral assistance, please call 303-988-2645.
The Action Center: Provides an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. The Action Center gives help, provides hope and builds dignity while breaking the cycle of poverty. Visit http://theactioncenterco.org/ for more information.
Nicaragua Mission Trips: Children at most of Nicaragua’s elementary schools must use crude, dilapidated latrines or go into the woods each time they need to use the bathroom. El Porvenir has budgeted funds to improve the sanitation for Nicaraguan rural schools. The project includes hygiene education, latrines, hand-washing stations and a well that is in need of rehabilitation. Children who attend schools with proper latrines and hand-washing stations are 20% to 30% less likely to miss school than those who attend schools without these facilities. They are also more likely to remain in elementary schools through the 6th grade and go on to a secondary school. Visit http://www.elporvenir.org/ for more information.
Common Hope: This nonprofit organization provides impoverished Guatemalan children, families, and communities with healthcare, education, and housing. Its goal is to empower the families to permanently lift themselves out of poverty while maintaining their dignity and independence. Through its Family Development Center in Antigua and other satellite projects in Guatemala, it works with up to 2,600 children and their families. Common Hope believes that a child’s health depends on the health of the family; when a mother attends one of their nutrition classes, her children benefit. Visit http://www.commonhope.org/ for more information.
Have you ever walked into a church not knowing anyone, and no one greets you or says Hello? We claim to be a friendly church – one that greets you warmly at the front door, hugs your kids, helps you find the Church School class, makes you feel welcome, and even serves a continental breakfast every Sunday morning! Our welcome team is roving in the lobby every Sunday morning, locating visitors and assisting in any way they can. If you can’t spot them, stop at the information booth (a.k.a. The Welcome Spot) and they will answer all of your questions.
Interested in being on the Welcome Team? Contact the church office at email@example.com.
Duties for ushers are simple: smiling, handing out announcement sheets, smiling, helping people find seats, smiling, taking the collection, and smiling. You are the welcoming face of CUC to established members and visitors as they come into service.
Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving as a CUC usher!
Communion Team: Traditional Communion is prepared for both services the first Sunday of each month. We are looking for individuals interested in learning the preparation process so that we have coverage for vacations and other important events. We are also in need of a person(s) to prepare the communion experience for the KidMin experience during the second service (the first Sunday of the month).
Breakfast Team: Each Sunday we enjoy a continental breakfast of muffins, bagels, danish, juices and coffee. It’s a wonderful time for those attending worship to visit with their CUC friends and family. Items are available for purchase for $1 each, or a punch card for eleven items may be purchased for $10. A volunteer is needed each Sunday morning between 9 and 10 AM to monitor the breakfast, the punch cards and the item sales.
Interested in helping with either of these ministries? Contact the church office at email@example.com.
CUC Council serves as the Board of Directors for the church and is comprised of the current President, the President-elect, the past President, the Clerk/Secretary, the Treasurer, and two members–at–large. Each member serves a three–year term. The current President serves as chair.
Board of Property & Finance
The Board of Property and Finance advises the Council on financial, stewardship, and property matters. Three committees report to this Board: Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee, and Property Committee. Each team has a coordinator/chair who sits on the Board along with three elected members–at–large serving three–year terms (rotating). The Treasurer serves as the Chair of the Board of Property & Finance. The Business Manager serves ex–officio to this board.
Board of Ministry & Missions
Get Involved at CUC
While we think ALL of the groups at CUC have an element of fun, some are just directly geared toward having a great time! Interested in joining one or more of these groups? Contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Clubs: The CUC daytime Book Club meets at CUC, on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm. The CUC Evening Book Club was created in for working women unable to attend the daytime group. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. They take turns meeting in members’ homes to discuss their monthly “read,” chat and enjoy each other’s company and dessert. Discussions are informal but often provocative and stimulating, depending on the book.
Lunch Bunch: We have a wonderful program for those who call themselves “in the older generation.” The group is generally for the 55 and older crowd, and meets the fourth Thursday of the month at church for a full course meal and program. Excursions to various cultural activities are planned throughout the year, as well.
Heaven’s Angels Motorcycle Club: Heaven’s Angels (HA) is CUC’s group of motorcycle enthusiasts who get together for fun, fellowship, food and, of course, motorcycle rides. The only criteria for membership or participation in HA are having a motorcycle to ride, being a member of CUC or having some affiliation with a person who is an HA member. Scheduled rides typically start in April or May, weather permitting. The first Saturday of every month during “biking season” we make a breakfast run to Kittredge. There is also one half or one full day weekend ride scheduled once a month and also one weekday evening dinner run each month. A season highlight is HA’s annual overnighter at various places such as Steamboat Springs or Mt Princeton.
Men’s Poker Group: The group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:15 in the Fireside Room. $10 per person covers the cost of pizza, soda, and poker. Beginner to pro players are all invited and the group is always ready to welcome new players.