In the 1850s, Henry David Thoreau escaped the hustle of mainstream civilization at that time by building a cabin in the woods and living in it alone for two years, two months, and two days. The cabin was located by Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. His time of isolation in creation would be an inspiration for him to write his most famous book Walden; or, Life in the Woods along with my favorite sentence from that book “The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation is uninterrupted; but few are the ears that hear it.” 

Almost three thousand years earlier, David also dreamed and wrote about creation in parts of what is now known as the Psalms book of the Bible. “The heavens declare the glory of God: the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech; they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4, NIV).   

And while these two men probably differed on what message was being spoken in creation, both men deeply believed that the awesomeness of creation was speaking to them, and us, in powerful ways, if we would just listen. They both sensed the sheer grandeur of the outdoors and knew there was something to learn from it. They both wrote so that others would take notice and listen. Have you?   

I believe that this mountain community has more than just a few ears that hear the poem of creation and more than just a few hearts that gain knowledge from the beautiful starry night skies around hereBy and large, we are a community that loves to be outdoors and loves to participate in our favorite recreational activity in creation. It is the heart of why we live here.   

It is in that spirit that Aspen Ridge is sponsoring a fun group outing on February 29, 2020! Our small group leaders will be taking groups out to ice-skate, ski, snowboard, snowshoe, hike, and bike (yes, snow mountain biking!). This is open to the entire community and you can sign up for a group on our website or talk to the individual leaders to participate. Invite your friends and neighbors!   

Here are our fun group activities on February 29:   

Danielle Krajewski will be leading an ice-skating group onto Evergreen lake. Please meet at 10:30 AM at Evergreen Lakehouse to join this fun group outing. The group will skate Evergreen lake until noonDanielle says “The view of the mountains surrounding Evergreen lake is amazing! I love the sound that ice skates make as they gracefully glide along as well as the chatter of hockey sticks moving on ice. 

Steve Cyphers will be leading a snowshoeing group to Kenosha Pass. Please meet at 9 AM at the lower Aspen Ridge Parking lot to join this fun group outing. The group will snowshoe from 10 AM to 3 PM Steve says “Snowshoe travel is one of the sublime experiences of Winter Re-Creation, available to anyone who love to walk! So, let’s take this outside and learn how to thrive on a cold winter’s day. Please come prepared with snowshoes, winter clothing, sun protection, a back-country lunch, snack, and plenty of water!”  

Clare Retterer will be leading a skiing and snowboarding group to LovelandPlease meet at 6:30 AM at the lower Aspen Ridge Church parking lot to join this fun group outingThe group will ski and snowboard from 8:30 AM to 4 PMWe have 5 complimentary lift tickets, first come first served. Clare says “There’s nothing more thrilling to me than hitting the slopes and enjoying God’s beauty from the top of a mountain you’re about to ski down.  I hope I’ll have some new friends to share that experience with!”   

Aaron Brown will be leading a group to Flying J to hike, bike, and snowshoe. Please meet at 10:30 AM at the Flying J upper lot to join this fun group outing. The group will enjoy Flying J from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PMAaron says “Hitting the trail in winter for any activity is amazingly quiet. The snow is sound proofing to the hustle and bustle. In this time, I can truly hear God and what he has planned for me.”   

Kara Brown has graciously volunteered to provide childcare for anyone needing it for any of the events within this blog. Please RSVP by February 26 to reserve your childcare spot. 

The great outdoors can stir a hunger and thirst for more of God’s awesomeness. It can also cause physical hunger and thirst. As groups come back hungry, Aspen Ridge will be providing chili and refreshing beverages in our fireside room from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM with our Saturday night service starting at 5 PM. A warm end to a day of outdoor recreation where “the mountain snow forever blows.”   

Your winter warrior, 

Eric Krajewski, Director of Small Groups

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