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Vail Interfaith Chapel Turns 50 in 2019! A Community of Faiths in a Half Century of Service Invites You to The Celebration!

Our community founders, as they constructed ski runs, roads, schools, library, medical center, and a few watering holes, felt it critical for this fledgling mountain ski resort to also feature a place of worship. Like historic alpine European ski outposts, the Chapel was sited to serve as a community center of worship, local gatherings and spiritual reflection nestled by the calming waters of Gore Creek. Quite unlike those European cathedrals and dramatic village chapels, the Vail Chapel was to include a powerful descriptor: Interfaith. Jewish and Christian, Catholic and Protestant, observant and casual, skeptic, confused, rebellious, hurting….all would be welcome in Vail’s new worship space. And so, in the late 1960’s, as the nation reeled from war, cultural tumult and various social revolutions, our chapel founders designed and constructed a simple, quiet, powerful chapel on a peaceful bend of Gore Creek. Harking back to classic Scandinavian alpine architecture, building a worship interior far larger than anyone ever thought would be needed, they proudly opened the Vail Interfaith Chapel in 1969.

The rest is a dynamic prologue to our next half-century of service to the best ski community in North America. Weddings, memorials, bar mitzvot, baptisms have marked major life transitions in our community chapel. Shabbot, Sunday worship, Catholic mass and prayer of every variety hallow this sacred space with the blessing of worshippers standing together no longer in necessity, but authentic affinity. Major religious holidays witness standing room crowds all willing to be pressed inside simply to worship in their special place for that special moment during Christmas, Rosh Hashanah or Easter. Community groupings as diverse as Alcoholics Anonymous, Women’s Bridge Club, Grief Recovery and Christian snowboard wax parties gather regularly here. The Chapel has served as the natural gathering place during times of national crisis, local challenge and international ski competitions. And besides hosting weekly worship for six congregations, perhaps the Vail Interfaith Chapel’s greatest hosting takes place in quiet moments reserved for individual reflection in a back pew or watching the world go by in the tranquil creek flow outside.

Our founders could never have imagined their vision so robustly fulfilled today, or the hundreds of souls who pass through our doors every week. And this is only the first half-century. As Vail continues to evolve as a ski resort community offering the most attractive recreation and artistic opportunities available in North America, the congregations of the Vail Interfaith Chapel will evolve to serve this community with the same dedication, passion and empathy which we have inherited from those brave pioneers.

As we move into 2019, our 50th year, come join us for worship, celebration, music or just conversation! Take some time here in this sacred and peaceful site. And please consider supporting the Chapel financially as we continue to care for this facility so well loved and used. Not only is your contribution tax-deductible, of course, but we stand ready to receive your generosity joyously and use it judiciously to prepare the Vail Interfaith Chapel for the next 50 years. Come join us!

Happy Birthday!

Kevin Sprincz-April 21

Victoria Chandler-April 29

Heather Divornas- April 29

Amanda Divornas-May 3

Betsy Wright- May 5

Doug Meyer-May 10

Gail Nunn-May 12

Bob Mullen-May 15

David Martens-May 21

Sheresa Wilbanks-May 28

Bruce Williams-May 28

Steve Walker-May 29

Lonnie Shelton-May 30

Bonnie Beard-May 31

 

January Birthdays & Anniversaries

BIRTHDAYS

Clara Ana Parent – January 8th

 

ANNIVAERSARIES

Bob & Alex Linn- January 1st

December Birthdays & Anniversaries

Happy Birthday!

Bob Buckman- 12/1

Brenda Glass- 12/1

Bob Linn-12/6

Sally Mullen-12/12

Leah Olson- 12/14

Dan Murray-12/15

Catherine Hayes- 12/23

Jean Hellegas- 12/24

Jessica Fischer- 12/28

 

Happy Anniversary!

Richard & Nancy Leslie-12/18

John & Ellyn Austin-12/29

Bruce & Mary Clare Williams-12/29

Steve & Lori Walker-12/19

Bobby & Georigia Reese-12/31

Happy February to Everyone!

We have certainly been blessed with an abundance of snow for skiing and winter activities. That will make this month even more special. Ski Days, Super bowl party, Dining from the heart, Valentine’s Day, Worship and fellowship times will bring a great variety to our lives in the next few weeks.  Please look over this newsletter for all the ways you can get involved in the life of Covenant.

Speaking about getting involved, we have received 2 responses to our white envelope ministry we started at the Christmas Eve service. Victoria C. and Brandon M. (both under 8 years old) have helped their schools and classmates and communities by helping those were in need.  This is a beautiful example of sharing the gift of Love and Christ with others.  Keep those “good deeds” coming for future newsletters!

Dinning from the Heart may be one of those good deeds this month.   Some of you might be asking, “What is Dinning from the Heart?”  Dinning from the Heart is a family style event where by we raise money for our special needs fund to give assistance to people in need in the Vail Valley.  You can host a Dinning event in your home or at a restaurant. Invite 3 to 6 couples or individual to have a dinner party and tell them ahead of time that you will be collecting an offering to help people in need.  It is really that simple. Also, tell them that all monies raised goes directly to the special needs fund and there is no administrative overhead to  be paid for so 100% of each gift goes to meet needs in the community. In addition to hosting individual parties we will also have a church event on Saturday February 25th meeting at Zino’s Restaurant in Edwards at 5:15pm. Everyone is welcome to come and share in this evening of fellowship and ministry.

I will be sure and give you an update in our March newsletter about our Dinning from the Heart fundraising.
It is a blessing to worship and serve the Lord with you!

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Happy Birthday

Clara Ana Parent- January 1st

 

Happy Anniversary

Bob & Alex Linn- January 1st

December Newsletter

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

December is always a special time here in the mountains of Colorado.  The snow is falling, spirits are lifting and our hearts are growing with anticipation for Christmas!  We are less than 2 weeks to the grand Celebration and you can just feel the excitement.

This year please remember to help keep Christ in Christmas.  Jesus is the reason we celebrate! Take time to think about the many blessing we enjoy; Family, Friends, Church, Special times together. I am praying for each of you that this Christmas season will be very special and meaningful for you and your family.

Please continue in prayer for our Church as we minister this Christmas season. Also our finances that we will make budget, (we are still short of making our year end goal). Pray for the work down in Edwards. Pray for each other that we will see Christ in Christmas.  Pray for those who are hurting this season.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in the upcoming weeks!

Blessed to be your Pastor,

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016

November Newsletter

CPC Family and Friends,

 

As we are preparing for Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays I find myself thinking about all the blessings The Lord has given to us. The sweetness of our fellowship, Our welcoming spirit in worship, Our hands in ministry, the truth of the gospel that we seek to live daily. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful church! I pray that each of your will feel the blessing of Thanksgiving and Christmas this year in very special way.

We also begin looking forward to all the Lord has for us in 2017. New opportunities in worship and ministry! New areas of service.  Deepening of our relationships.

In closing the 2016 year we find ourselves in a similar situation to previous years, a little under budget for the year. December is the month where we typically make up much of our budget needs and again this year we need a big December.  Please keep our church budget in your prayers for the Lord to meet our needs and prepare us for the new year. I have full assurance that we will finish the year strong and that Christ will be glorified through His people.

As the scripture says, “I think of you often with great gladness of heart and pray for the Lord to bless you and keep you!”

Blessed to be your pastor,

 

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