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Christus Victor is going to Denver…

on a Youthworks mission trip July 5-11, 2015

This is a high school age and older trip. Youth and adults are invited to join this intergenerational service trip. This is a relatively affordable trip offered by a great organization.

We serve and join alongside other faith communities as they deal with a rapid increase in homeless families. Serve with local food shelves, nursing homes, and children’s programs. Meet local pastors with a heart for inner city kids who brings “Sidewalk Sunday School” into different neighborhoods, giving kids a safe place to learn about the love of Christ. In the evenings, worship together while taking in a beautiful mountain view, learn about poverty and homelessness through interactive activities, hear from local residents about what it looks like to live and serve in Denver, and enjoy a community cookout.

 Why should you go on this trip?

Christus Victor has an amazing heart for service. This is clear with our hands on involvement in our community. There are things that we do at CV that can help people in Denver grow in their faith in Christ. In the same way, Denver’s creative ministry sites can inspire our own engagement in our neighborhood.

 Why should you support this mission trip?

  1. Help kids grow in faith and relationships.
  2. Help growing needs and concerns in Denver.
  3. Partner with others in ministry.
  4. Help our own church grow in intergenerational relationships.

 What do you need?

Cost will be $550 total per person. $290 for the program and $260 for the charter bus and passenger vans. There will be fundraising opportunities and financial help for those who need it. Strudel sale, can deposit, and SCRIP are all being used already to help support this trip. Sign up and $200 deposit due May 1st.

 If you are interested in being involved in this mission trip please join us for an information meeting on January 18th at 12:10 in the fellowship hall.

CHILDREN & FAMILY – A Message from Pastor Steve

Alright, here it goes. I try to pull too many teeth, but I need some help with children’s ministry at Christus Victor. This is going to sound weird, but you don’t need to like or know anything about kids to do this. If you do like children, that is a bonus but not a prerequisite.

The Children and Family Committee is looking for volunteers that can join us once a month. Our committee gives structure and funding to Faith Trek, GIFT, VBS, and all things that help the kids of our church grow in faith and service. These programs directly affect the life, faith and vitality of our congregation.

There are no age or gender requirements. You do not have to have or own children to join. We are looking for a variety of viewpoints as our focus touches all members of the congregation. If you are a teen who has ideas after experiencing our program first hand, if you are a retiree who is looking for a way to serve the church, if you are a parent who wants to help sculpt their kids’ faith education, if you are interested but have a busy schedule…. we want to hear from you.

If committee work sounds boring and you do happen to like children, I would also encourage you to help out in the nursery. Kristi Manning is doing a great job, but she needs adult volunteer support.

Thanks for listening to my plea for volunteers. I love that we are a small church without a giant children’s ministry department. Because of our size we are able to do some amazing, personal, intergenerational ministry. But we also need volunteers to keep this awesome ministry going.


Christus Victor is going on a mission trip to Denver July 5-11. You must be High School age or older to join. Adults and youth will join YouthWorks in an intergenerational service, worship and community building trip. Cost will be $550. There will be fundraising opportunities and financial help for those who need it. Sign up deadline is May 1. Contact Pastor Steve if you are interested.



Greenleaf Elementary in Apple Valley is seeking mentors for their 3rd through 5th grade Homework Help program.   Volunteers are needed beginning November 10 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 – 4:45 pm.

You can volunteer on one or both days.  Mentors are paired with a student and meet at the school from November – May.  Greenleaf is a large K-5 school with a diverse population.  Homework Help aims to provide extra academic support to students in need.  The only requirement is a desire to help and encourage the youth of our community.  Training is provided.  This is a great opportunity for high school students and adults who have time in the afternoons to volunteer!  If interested please contact Kristi Roddy ( at Greenleaf  Elementary or Cindy Baubie (

Strudel is back!

CV youth will be selling strudel between services November 9th. Proceeds will go to the youth fund to help youth go to WAPO and mission trips! Tell your friends and family. We will be serving free samples and selling strudel directly out of the fridge. This is your chance to stock up on yummy strudel for Thanksgiving and support CV youth! If you would like to help or have any questions talk to Barb Damlo or Pastor Steve



Youth ministries at Christus Victor are off to a great start this fall. Our confirmation students are learning about the 10 commandments this year. It is a fitting theme as we work through the Old Testament promises in the narrative lectionary. Kent and I are meeting individually with each ninth grader as we prepare them for Confirmation Sunday on October 26th.

I love talking with youth about their faith and you as a congregation will get a glimpse of how the Holy Spirit is working their lives as they affirm their baptism.

SWAG, our Wednesday night high school youth program is also off to a great start. This year we will be talking about some awesome topics. We will be talking about: hospitality, how to pray and create our own psalms, our identity in Christ, spiritual practices and poverty. Our Sunday morning high school Connections group meets every week to study scripture and create a prayer petition for the prayers of the people. If you know any high school youth please let them know that we would love to have them involved in either group.

This congregation has raised up wonderful youth leaders. You also have great intergenerational ministries already happening. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. If you would like to be a part of our children and youth ministry in any way, let me know. Specifically at the moment we are looking for people to serve on our Children Youth and Family committee.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

9th Grade Affirmation of Baptism (aka Confirmation)

Sunday, October 26 at 11:00am.

Please join in the celebration as our 9th grade confirmands make a significant step in their faith, as they publicly affirm their Baptisms, saying “yes” to God’s Promises and relationship with them through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Please keep Karin Buffie, Alexus Belz, Kira Dobberman, Joshua Edman, Connor Glinski, Melissa Gubrud, Paulina Holmberg, Jessica Lundquist, Taylor Peterson, Kyle Porter, David Richter, and Nicholas Zarras in your prayers and take time to congratulate and encourage them in their continued journey of faith.