Father Michael Richardson, Greg Bashaw, President Chad Larsen

On March 11th, the Parker Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) hosted the fourth annual Parker Interfaith Easter Night of Music.  The Night of Music is an opportunity for members of various faiths in the Parker area to come together and celebrate the Easter season through music.

This year, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church was the honored guest for the evening.  Choirs and congregants from both churches performed sacred vocal and instrumental musical numbers.  The quality of the performances was nothing short of stunning.  There was a beautiful spirit present, with some pieces bringing several members of the audience to tears.

A highlight of the evening was when (more…)


Worldwide missionaries love to share the message of Jesus Christ in Song. Pictured here are Mormon missionaries performing at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh Scotland

On February 11th from  7 pm to 8:30 pm Mormon missionaries in the Denver area will present a special musical presentation called “Why I Believe.”

The presentation will feature musical performances from sister and elder missionaries serving in the local area as well as messages which will be shared by recent converts to the Mormon church in Colorado.

The Musical Performance or “fireside” is open to everyone in the community, both members of the faith and those who are not currently of the Mormon faith.

“It promises to be an experience that will build one’s faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and only way back to the father,” says Jacob Paulsen of the Denver North Public Affairs Council. “Come worship the Redeemer through song and testimony!”

No registration or tickets are required to attend. The presentation will be held at a Mormon meetinghouse located in Denver at 2710 S Monaco Pkwy.


When was the last time you saw a pair of Mormon missionaries walking down the street, knocking at your front door, or riding bikes in your neighborhood? Most of us have come to recognize the familiar white shirts and black nametags that are customary for Mormon missionaries.

With over 50,000 missionaries actively serving around the world, you may not be aware of how they are organized or directed. Here in part of the Denver metro, some missionaries have a new boss, or “Mission President” to look to.

The world is divided into over 400 geographic areas referred to as missions. Each of those missions is led and directed by a Mission President whose responsibilities include the supervision and welfare of the missionaries laboring in that geographic mission area.

The missionaries serving in the “Denver North Mission” are now getting used to working under the direction of a new Mission President, Henry Scott Savage and his wife Cindi Savage. Called President Savage and Sister Savage respectfully by members of the church and the missionaries in the area; the Savages arrived in Denver in July 2017. Ironically both President and Sister Savage served as missionaries in Colorado many years ago.

The Savages come most recently from Orem Utah where President Savage was a managing director for FranklinCovey Co. They will leave behind their career and other personal associations and labor in Colorado for 3 years. Mission presidents worldwide spend 3 years directing the missionary work in the mission to which they are called.


In a recent article by the Parker Chronicle about the 2017 State of the Bible report, local member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), Anne Jefferies, was interviewed to discuss LDS church members’ participation in regular Bible study.

Highlighting LDS belief in the Bible, Jeffries cited LDS teenagers’ attendance at seminary and an emphasis in LDS homes on reading the scriptures daily. While general Bible readership among millennials is down in America, Jeffries mentioned that many millennial LDS members are raising their children to read the Bible daily, true to the church’s continual encouragement to do so. Referencing her own Bible study habits, Jeffries stated, “My reading daily supports me in becoming a better person in my home as well as in my community.”

For the full article: The State of the Bible in 2017 by Jessica Gibb

Anne Jefferies says reading the Bible is an important part of her family life, and something she encourages her children to do daily.


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Through the volunteer service website www.JustServe.org, and with gloves, rakes, wire cutters and boundless energy, approximately 75 volunteers made great strides in bringing Parker’s newest park to reality.   They filled the industrial size dumpster in less than an hour, then continued to work through the morning. Old fencing was removed, mountains of wood and metal were piled, cinder block buildings torn down, buildings cleared and much general clean-up accomplished.

A longtime summer resident, Mr. Ray Harvie donated the land to Douglas County Open Space. Once prepped, the county will turn the land over to the Town of Parker to become the Ray Harvie Park in his memory.  The event was co-sponsored by Douglas County Open Space and the Grandview Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  One organizer observed,

“It’s amazing what dedicated volunteers can accomplish in a just a few short hours.  Our expectations have been greatly exceeded.”

 


The Douglas County Press recently featured an article on what life is like as a Mormon in Colorado. Journalist Chris Michlewicz interviews Dale Lyman, a volunteer leader of several LDS congregations in the Parker area, and some local church members including Taylor Hunter, a recently returned missionary. Read the article here and share it with your friends :

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“That passion for testifying about their faith and service to others — whether it be through mission trips to distant places or leadership in local communities — defines the Mormon tradition of building strong family values, several church members said.

Chris Michlewicz – Douglas County Press


PARKER, Colo., – On November 7, hundreds of Parker volunteers gathered to pack meal packets for starving children around the world. The Parker United Methodist Church hosted its second annual MobilePack benefiting the Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit. Volunteers packed 132,624 meals that will feed a total of 363 children worldwide for an entire year. Each MannaPack contains six to 12 servings of rice, dried vegetables, soy protein and vitamins. Volunteers of all ages created assembly lines to pack contents into meal packs. Volunteers from several churches, schools, sororities and local businesses gathered together to help with packing efforts. FMSC disperses the meals worldwide to prevent starvation and curb malnourishment for children and families. The organization has reached more than 70 countries and relies on hundreds of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States to hand-pack the meals. See the article on the Denver Post’s HUB about the event: http://yourhub.denverpost.com/blog/2015/11/starving-children-fed-for-a-year-thanks-to-parker-community/118150/

Many volunteers found out about this service project and signed up to help through JustServe.org. The website, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, posts all kinds of volunteer projects going on in perspective communities nationwide. For more information on how to post a service project or to sign up to volunteer in your community, register at the website JustServe.org.

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For more information about this story contact:
David Smith-Public Affairs Director
smithdbs03@yahoo.com