Copy
A look at what's happening in December.
View this email in your browser
An Advent reflection:

We ask of you the most meaningful Advent season we have ever known:
Drive us to our knees;
to the Book; 
to an awareness of our sin; 
to a careful searching of our virtues; 
to a serious examination of words and terms so glibly sung and spoken. 

Measure us, O God, according to your justice, but take not your mercy from us. And grant that when Christmas morning breaks for us this year, we may have something more to show for our much running about than tired feet, wrapped presents, and regrets for cards not sent. When you said, "Seek my face," my heart said unto you, "Your face, O God, will I seek." Through Jesus Christ our Savior.  AMEN.
 
The Rev. Richard Burnett Trinity Episcopal Church Columbus, Ohio.

Have a blessed Advent and Merry Christmas!

Table of Contents

 

Hot Topics
General News
Upcoming Events
Support the CCC!


Hot Topics

Please remember the Colorado Council of Churches with your end-of-the-year giving.


All year, we have shared what the CCC’s doing through newsletters and our social media. As we have raised awareness of how the gospel dialogues with our world, you have joined us in prayer and in public witness through Faithful Tuesdays and Voices for Justice. You have shared your stories with and through us. You have helped us make homelessness a public policy priority in our communities. You have joined hands with us in our advocacy and social justice efforts. You know the important work that lies before us all. 

This Advent, as we honor the precious Gift born from above who continues to work through his Body in the world, we invite you to consider the gifts you will give. With love for God’s good earth, and God’s children of many races and backgrounds, will you give to support the mission of the Colorado Council of Churches in this critical moment?  We cannot mobilize, make visible, or celebrate the extravagant love of God in Colorado without you.

In addition to making a direct donation, you may also designate the Colorado Council of Churches as a fundraiser recipient through Facebook and Amazon Smiles (while you're shopping online during the holiday season)!

The CCC has been awarded a 2020 Census Outreach Grant!


The CCC and Together Colorado are teaming up to create a "Faith Hub" to help reach "hard to count" populations of the upcoming 2020 Census. Hard-to-count, for the purposes of this grant program, means communities and populations that have been historically under-counted by previous decennial censuses including, but not limited to, children under five years of age, racial and ethnic minorities, communities of color, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, immigrants, people who speak and understand limited amounts of English, people living in rural areas of the state, people in the state without sufficient Internet access, adults 60 years or over and people who are transient or homeless.

To help manage the Faith Hub, we will hire a statewide coordinator. Please review the job announcement here. The deadline to apply is December 16, 2019. Please share with anyone who might be interested!

We're hiring!


Voices for Justice Coordinator


The CCC seeks someone to coordinate our Voices for Justice task force (“VOJ”) in 2020. The VOJ is comprised of committed volunteers who, guided by the CCC’s public policy statements, track legislation of interest to the CCC during the legislative session of the Colorado General Assembly. Find out more about VOJ here.

We're still seeking someone to coordinate the Voices for Justice team. Please see the job announcement posted here on the CCC's blog. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until we hire someone.

CCC in the Community

  • Friday, December 13 at 10 a.m.--CURIOUS Partnership listening session at Hebrew Education Alliance.
  • Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m.--Christmas Lessons and Carols, Saint John's Cathedral, 1300 Washington Street, Denver.


General News

Ecumenical Relations


Wondering about what's happening with our covenanting denominations? Here's a roundup of most recent communications:
 
If you would like to subscribe to the monthly newsletter of the Central Rocky Mountain Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), please click here.
 

Environment


Here are the latest newsletters from Eco-Justice Ministries, our affiliated partner and "go-to" resource for the latest information on the intersection of faith and environmental issues.

Click here for the latest blog posts from Conservation Colorado, another one of our affiliated partners.


Families Free from Violence


Health Care
 

The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, a nonprofit health care advocacy organization, and mpowered, a nonprofit that offers financial coaching, debt management support and personal finance classes, are partnering to offer trainings in the Jefferson County area. We can tailor trainings to the needs of your community. Please call Cynthia Wadle, 303-839-1261 or email cwadle@cohealthinitiative.org. Available trainings include:
  • Five Foundations of Personal Finance
  • Exploring Money Beliefs
  • Budgeting: A Planning Tool
  • Dumping Debt
  • Don't Get Scammed
  • Credito (Spanish only)
  • The Credit System Explained
  • Addressing student Loans
  • Teaching Kids About Money
  • Understanding how to use health insurance
  • Understanding your insurance paperwork/bills after getting care
  • Navigating medical bills/debt
  • Knowing your rights in health care  


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM MST
First Presbyterian Church
219 East Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Cost: $65 per person. Purchase your tickets here.


Soul Shop equips congregational leaders to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation including:

  • Adults and youth who are considering suicide
  • Family members and friends who are anxious about a person who may be considering suicide
  • Persons who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • Second Day people – those who have been suicidal in the past but have found a way out of suicidal thinking

The Soul Shop experience demonstrates that with a few simple conversational tools you can save a life. You can ease the suffering of someone dealing with the hopelessness and isolation that accompanies suicidal desperation.

You may also be surprised to learn how much the Bible has to say about suicide. This Biblical foundation guides us to integrate Soul Shop into preaching, teaching, liturgy, training, and community outreach. This workshop will help you identify a wide range of next steps that you and your congregation can take to develop a culture in your faith community that recognizes and ministers to suicidal desperation, supports survivors, and is actively engaged in conversations publicly and privately that save lives! http://www.soulshopmovement.org/

Training Details:

  • Lunch: included in the cost of the training
  • Parking Details: You can park in the church parking lot at the corner of Weber Street and Bijou and walk across to enter the main doors on Weber street.
  • Venue Details: Room 418, the Cathedral room, which is on the 4 fourth floor right outside the elevator.

Contact Brittany Riffle at briffle@eflonline.org with any questions.


Support the CCC!

We are currently recruiting dedicated and talented individuals to serve on any one of the following task forces: 

  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Ecumenical Relations
  • Interfaith Relations
  • Respectful Conversations
  • Shine the Light
  • Voices for Justice

Upcoming meetings all being held at the CCC Office unless otherwise noted. Let us know if you would like to attend.


Shine the Light--Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 9:30 a.m .
Voices for Justice--On hiatus.

To find out more about our task forces, please click here.

Support the CCC!

  • As a Covenanting Denomination, Congregation or Affiliated Partner Organization
The CCC does not have a set financial requirement for those in our covenanting relationship, but we have a donation range between $100 to $1,000 a year. The CCC asks that you give a donation that you believe is appropriate for the size of your denomination, congregation or organization.
  • As an Individual
The CCC welcomes individual donations, and you may do so in one of two ways:

Send a check payable to the "Colorado Council of Churches" by U.S. mail to:
Adrian Miller
Executive Director
Colorado Council of Churches
1140 W. 5th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
 
OR
 
By making an online donation via PayPal by clicking here.
 
 
PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL WITH OTHERS!
 
CCC Facebook Page
CCC Facebook Page
CCC on Twitter
CCC on Twitter
CCC Website
CCC Website
Email
Email
YouTube
YouTube
Instagram
Instagram
Pinterest
Pinterest
Copyright © 2019 Colorado Council of Churches, All rights reserved.


unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp