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If you would like to join us on Sundays at 9:30am, please contact the church with your email address. We will forward you the links for our worship service.

Phone: 970.925.1571
Email: office@aspencommunitychurch,org

Hey Folks .... Just a friendly reminder ....
The needs and ministries of Aspen Community Church continue on. Your donations make that possible. You can give thru our website or drop a check in the mail as well.

Many thanks for your continued support of Aspen Community Church.
Jerry


Jerry Herships
Pastor/Love Monger
Aspen Community Church

Aspen Community Church
200 East Bleeker St.
Aspen, CO 81611
www.aspencommunitychurch.org/donate
970-925-1571



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Have A Favorite Hymn?
Contact the church office to program your favorite hymn in a service. Hymns need to be found in the red United Methodist Hymnal or the black In Faith We Sing hymnal.

Worship
Large print hymnals are available and located by the sanctuary doors.


 

A Church for the World

The Aspen Community Church’s outreach and work in Kenya is now in its eighth year – an amazing effort in partnership with other churches and Rotary International – currently providing clean water to thousands of students and teachers at more than 40 schools. Read about Kenya PEAK.

 


 

A Church for the Community

A gathering place for musicians to rehearse and perform, groups to meet, yoga, AA and NA meetings and a place for those needing to find support. See our calendar of events.

Contact the Church and Rev. Jerry Herships at 970.925.1571

 


 

A Church Rich with History

The Aspen Community Church building was built in 1890 and has been the home of a Presbyterian congregation, then a federated congregation in the 20’s and became a Methodist congregation in the 30’s.  It has served many generations of people in Aspen.

Recognizing the outstanding acoustics of the sanctuary, John Denver and the Dickens Carolers recorded their Christmas album here. For so many Aspen families, the Community Church has been a special place to worship, celebrate and grow in faith. Read about our history.

Welcome to Aspen Community Church

A Progressive Congregation
with a commitment to community and
outreach, a love of music, learning,
and traditional worship.

Dear Aspen Community Church,

Hello! I’ve missed you!

I wanted to give you a quick update regarding coronavirus, COVID-19 and reopening.

I just got off a call with the Governor and faith leaders across the state.

Overall, Colorado is doing well, especially when compared to Texas, Arizona and Florida. As a state, we are steadily dropping.

Sadly, Pitkin County has seen a 10% rise in cases since June 1. Two local restaurants have seen cases here in Pitkin and another in Basalt. In addition, I’m sure many of you read about the employees at City Market in Basalt.

All that is to say Aspen Community Church will continue to operate from an abundance of caution. Sadly, nine out of ten deaths from COVID-19 are folks over sixty.

90%.

It is why we are moving slow.

When we do come back, know there will be masks, there will be distancing, there won’t be singing, and unfortunately, there won’t be any gathering time before or after service. These are just a few of the steps we will implement when the time comes for us to come back.

What I was really hoping for regarding this email is your response.

I will keep these email responses to my question confidential. Only my eyes will see your response to the question.

And the question is simply: If it was up to YOU, when would you like us to gather back together?

We will continue to use state and local data to make an informed decision, but I think part of that data is hearing your thoughts.

I would like you to respond with your answers to my personal email:

jerryships@gmail.com

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your responses.

Please stay healthy, try to stay positive and please wash your hands.

All good things,

Jerry

Jerry Herships
Pastor/Love Monger
Aspen Community Church
Aspen, CO

 

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 10
July 12, 2020

 

Hymn
There Is a Balm in Gilead / Tune: Balm in Gilead
Dory Light, vocal & piano Audio

Refrain
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sinsick soul.

1.Sometimes I feel discouraged,
and think my work's in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.
Refrain
2.Don't ever feel discouraged,
for Jesus in your friend,
and if you look for knowledge
he'll ne'er refuse to lend.
Refrain
3.If you can't preach like Peter,
if you can't pray like Paul,
just tell the love of Jesus,
and say he died for all.
Refrain

Scripture / James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?
Can faith save you?
If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
You believe that God is one; you do well.
Even the demons believe—and shudder.
Do you want to be shown, you senseless person, that faith apart from works is barren?
Was not our ancestor Abraham justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?
You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was brought to completion by the works.
Thus the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God.
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road?
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.


Jerry's Message

Solo

Morning Song, Joseph M. Martin
Dory Light, piano Audio

Previous Week's Prayer Concerns and Joys
*Healing for Heather.
*Prayers for all those folks that are in the process of recovering from COVID-19 and from any and all illnesses or injuries.
*Prayers as always for all our healthcare workers and those essential workers that are showing up every day to make our lives easier.
*Prayers for our leaders…may they all put aside politics in this time of crisis and lead with love.
*Prayers for everyone that has lost their job…may they find work soon.


Hymn
Christ for the World We Sing / Tune: Italian Hymn
First United Methodist, Downtown, Houston TX
Dr. Terry Morris, Dir. of Music / Jay Whatley, Organist Audio

1.Christ for the world we sing,
the world to Christ we bring, with loving zeal;
the poor, and them that mourn,
the faint and overborne,
sin-sick and sorrow-worn, whom Christ doth heal.
2.Christ for the world we sing,
the world to Christ we bring, with fervent prayer;
the wayward and the lost,
by restless passions tossed,
redeemed at countless cost, from dark despair.
3.Christ for the world we sing,
the world to Christ we bring, with one accord;
with us the work to share,
with us reproach to dare,
with us the cross to bear, for Christ our Lord.
4.Christ for the world we sing,
the world to Christ we bring, with joyful song;
the newborn souls, whose days,
reclaimed from error's ways,
inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.

Postlude
Toccata, Flor Peeters
Organ of Notre-Dame Des Neige, L'Alpe D'Huez, France
Jean-Paul Imbert, organist Audio




Aspen Community Church’s Latest Updates: Coronavirus

Dear Aspen Community Church,

I just got off a conference call with the Governor along with faith leaders from all around the state of Colorado. The purpose of this call was to gather as much information as possible about this virus and to work together to figure out next steps. 

This morning in the Aspen Times, Jill Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, asked the most vulnerable populations of our community (anyone over 60 years of age), not to attend social gatherings. 

She went on to say that the state is focused on slowing the spread through strategies like social distancing to both avoid social disruption and keep Colorado medical systems from being overwhelmed with a high number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations all at once.

It is a time for us to come together in spirit for our wider community and in so doing...NOT come together physically.

We will be gathering together again in the not too distant future but for now, as of today, we are going to suspend all activities at Aspen Community Church. 

This is a temporary situation and we will weather this storm. We will keep you all updated through future emails. 

This is for the health and well being of not just this faith community, but for the wider Aspen community as well.

The Chinese character for “crisis” means both “danger” AND “a changing point” or “a point where things happen or change”.

This will be an opportunity for Aspen Community Church to change how people view Christians and Christianity. 

This event will provide us with an excellent opportunity to be Christ in the world. This will be our time to model what it is to live like Jesus every day of the week, not just Sunday. 

I encourage you all to check on each other, call, text, FaceTime and email each other. Show compassion and concern for each other and to keep all our government officials in your prayers. Pray for those on the front lines of this fight; the first responders, the health care workers and all the researchers battling this virus.

Regarding being together in spirit, I have set up a YouTube channel. I will be broadcasting a message from that channel. I will be sending you a future email with a link. After the email is opened, you will be able to access the video at any time. I’m encouraging us to all access it together (in our homes) Sunday morning at 9:30. All that will have to happen is; you will get the email, in it will be a link, put your cursor on the link and click it. It will take you to my smiling face and a short message for the week. 

My hope is that you will send me prayer requests throughout the week to goddoesntsuck@gmail.com and, like on Sunday, I’ll read those out loud. We will then have a short moment of silence and end with the Lord’s Prayer. I then encourage you to raid your own fridge. I would also like to remind you the camera adds ten pounds. 

I’m sure this will be clunky at first. But we will get to the other side.

Prayer and compassion will be the order of the day for Aspen Community Church. I am certain there are some that are saddened by this news, maybe even angry. I share in both those emotions. I ask that you rise above those feeling, as I am trying to do, and meet this challenge head on. I ask that you be willing to engage your faith in a whole new way and on a whole new level.

I am so thankful for the people of this community and know we will get through this as we have everything else in our 130 year history. Together.

This too shall pass.

With love and all good things,
Jerry

Pastor/Chief Love Monger
Aspen Community Church
Aspen, CO 

 

Pastor Jerry Herships on the Front Page of
The Aspen Times

Link: New Aspen pastor welcomes all to his flock


Aspen Daily News – Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Aspen Times – Thursday, February 27, 2020

 

Pastor Jerry’s Sermons

If you would like a copy of Pastor Jerry’s sermon, please contact him at goddoesntsuck@gmail.com and he will be more than glad to forward you a copy.

 

News from Kenya – The New School

Greetings from Kenya, and grateful thanks to all of you and others who have helped to provide the new school!

We had the official opening of the school, and these pictures show some of the festivities including pictures with the students,  parents, workmen, and our team. My partners here wanted to honor me by naming the school after me, in spite of my protests. The name of the community is Kisima, which means fountains, an appropriate name for providing fountains of knowledge for the children of this community. There will be many more pictures to share in future, but thought you would enjoy these.

Asante Sana to everyone, from our friends in Kenya!
Debbie

 

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