Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you…
-1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)
The first Sunday in July brings a tradition here at Colona Community Church. In recent years, every first Sunday of July our little church has joined with Ridgway Community Church to have Sunday in the Park in lovely Hartwell Park just up the road in Ridgway, CO. We gather for a few hours of praise, worship, and reflection on the freedoms we have been blessed with through the sacrifice of others, plus a wonderful lunch and time of fellowship.
This year, nearly four hundred people came out on a gorgeous western Colorado day to hear the music of JustOne Ministries out of Durango, CO, and an inspirational message from Randy Gradishar, former Denver Bronco. Mr. Gradishar reminded us that we don’t want to gain the whole world at the cost of our souls (Matthew 16:26). One of my favorite moments was when he said that someone told him he should be in the Hall of Fame. His response was that he’s already in the Hebrews 11 Hall of Fame! That’s the only one I can see that would ever matter 🙂
Here are a few poor cell phone shots from my vantage point on the far side:
Should the Lord tarry, we plan to do this again on the first Sunday of next July. Hope to see you in the park! Have a blessed day 🙂
For those of you who could not be with us on this beautiful Easter morning, I thought I’d put up a few photos of our Sonrise Service. We were blessed with gorgeous weather, beautiful hymns, an inspiring message from Pastor Steve, a scrumptious pot luck breakfast, and an attendance of 22 people and 4 deer!
What a truly blessed Sonrise Service, followed by our regular church service, where Pastor Steve spoke of the Power of the Cross. If you’d like to listen to his message, check out our brand new “Listen to a Message” page!
Praying that your Resurrection Sunday was as wonderful as ours.
Easter Sunday is always a special day at Colona Community Church.
This year, we’re looking forward to another beautiful celebration of the Resurrection with two services.
We plan to have a “Sonrise” Service at 7:30 am by the cross at the home of Richard & Donna Boyle – 4432 County Rd. 22 (there is a map available at the church, and there will be signs, just in case). Following this time of worship, the Boyles will be hosting a fellowship potluck breakfast in their home. Egg casseroles will be provided, so bring your favorite Easter breakfast sides.
After we’ve filled up our hearts with worship and our bodies with good food, we’ll be having our regular Sunday service at 10:30 am at the church. Pastor Steve will take us into God’s Word and fill our spirits for the coming week.
Please join us for this blessed time of worship and fellowship.
Join us at the church on Wednesdays at 2pm for Bible Study, fellowship, and prayer time!
Our current study is following along with Dr. David Jeremiah’s Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World. This week, we’ll be discussing lesson 4: how to “Stay Challenged” and remain diligent in our walk with Christ when all around us seems crazy. The lesson is focused on 2 Peter 1:5-11 and 3:14.
Next week we will begin lesson 5: “Stay Connected.”