Follow Me – Peace of Mind in the Midst of Trials
Mark 1:1-13
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How may people find peace of mind in the midst of suffering?

  • The historical situation – Suffering.
  • The eternal perspective – God is love.
  • The provision for content – Gospel.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

Perceptions: How did you feel about this topic… before this message was even heard? How did the message reinforce, challenge or adjust your feelings on this topic? What point did you feel most strongly about?

Learning: What did you learn about this topic that perhaps you didn’t know before? What portion(s) of this message brought valuable review or insightful perspective? How did this topic develop a Christian “way of thinking” that challenges your view of the world?

Life Change: Where do you need to apply the big idea behind this message? How could this application show up in your life? What difference will this message make going forward? Where do you need help and support in making personal life changes?


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.


Thank you to all of those who participated in our ministry menu ingathering for the upcoming ministry year! Our ministry team leads are beginning the process of contacting those who have expressed interest, and plans are underway for informational and orientation events to help illuminate paths for volunteers. On June 28, at 9:00 AM, we will be hosting a preliminary orientation to get everyone moving in the same direction. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks!


We continue to see significant interest in following Christ into the waters of baptism. Our next baptism service will be during the weekend of July 11-12. If you are interested, the first step is to secure an interview with one of our pastors or church leaders. We will finalize our list of participants on July 5.


Please stop by the table in the lobby this weekend to sponsor a student going to Christ in Youth (CIY) in Durango, June 22-26. The bag will have information about continued prayer opportunities for that student, as well as snack items you can return in the bag before the trip. After all, they are teenagers! This is a meaningful way for you to show our teens that their church family loves and supports them. Last year, the teens were blown away by, and appreciated, the response to this activity – don’t miss out!


Our Director of Student Ministries, Hunter Headley, will be sharing the message during services on the weekend of June 6-7. Pastor Jeff and Mary will be away on a one week vacation. Any pastoral concerns should be directed to the Aspen Ridge staff.


If you have not yet registered your children for Vacation Bible School,
but plan for them to attend, please register them online this week. Even those who are volunteering, but have children that will be attending, should complete the registration process. It greatly helps in planning for teachers, crafts and registration materials. Visit our website to submit your information before June 4. It’s going to be a blast! Also, don’t forget that those who are volunteering must attend a training session either this Sunday after services or the next Sunday after services. Let’s JUMP IN!


DV8 Student Ministry is looking for drivers this summer for some exciting events. Please contact Hunter Headley for a list of activities and to see if you are a good fit. This summer is a great time for our students to invite friends that may not yet know about life in Christ – you can be a part of changing lives!


On May 31, The Gathering will feature our Children’s Director, Maryjean Fowler, to discuss the vision for reaching children in our Conifer and Evergreen communities. This will be an exciting opportunity to interactively discuss the Aspen Ridge child outreach strategy and philosophy.

June will highlight retired Army Chaplain, Ken Pfeiffer, as he leads discussions through a lighthearted and challenging look at Cat & Dog Theology. A dog says “you pet me, feed me, shelter me, love me – you must be God” a cat conversely says “you pet me, feed me, shelter me, love me – I must be God.” The traits of cats (you exist to serve me) and dogs (I exist to serve you) are often similar to the attitudes we have towards God. Experience this study that will challenge your thinking in deep and profound ways.


Keep collecting quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. The change you donate is very important to Mountain Area Pregnancy Center and those they support. Please pick up your bottle, fill and return to the church on Father’s Day, June 21! If you have any questions, please contact MAPC at 303.674.5881.

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