It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Here, you will find the thanks offered by our church community to those who’ve touched our lives. Want to add your thanks? Just click here.


I’m saying thanks for Barb Nickell’s leadership in planning and guiding our team of volunteers in two wonderful outreach events at the Oakwood senior apartments in Castle Rock. Personally, I loved the chance to serve on the team. The event was so well planned that it was easy to get the work done efficiently with time left over to visit with our guests. I loved Barb’s special touches that made the gathering extra nice for the residents at Oakwood—like leave-behind vases of fresh flowers ready to take home. A good time was had by all. And it was Barb’s vision and direction that made the event go smoothly. Her hand-written thank you notes to each of us who served were the final touch of love. (I’m keeping mine!) (signed Brenda) Many thanks to Rita and Anne for all their help in getting the Celebration Sunday postcard mailed last week. And to Brenda for creating the wonderful postcard, thank you. (signed Arlene)
With much appreciation and love for Cristi and Sandra, who have rescued me many times in the past. The rescue today is appreciated a thousand times over – picture thank you a thousand times here.  (signed Arlene) A huge thanks for the wonderful music today at the Cabaret. Also to Musicmakers for keeping the secret of my surprise song! Still grinning. (signed Cristi)
Deacon Maria, Please never stop smiling and dancing. You light up the whole room simply with your presence. A long overdue but none the less sincere thank you to Nic Brownrigg for updating the church sign on the corner of Cantril & 5th Streets. (signed Arlene)
I have absolutely no idea how the office staff does what it does.  With everything that gets thrown their way, being expected to drop everything and jump, with all the things people assume they know or will do, AMAZING.  Go spend a couple of hours in their shoes – it is not for the faint of heart.  So from the bottom of mine, thank you!! The chance to Stop, Look and Listen every week with Fr. Rick’s sermons is a blessing in my life.
I dare you to find a better music program than ours. The quality along with the diversity of music is breathtaking. There truly is something for everyone. Thank you Kathy. Pat, the education program for the kids is really strong. Thank you for your dedication to our younger folk.
Rev. Sandy Boyd, Thanks, Sandy for your sacrifice of sleep on Wednesday mornings!  You made the morning lesson relavant for us all. God Bless. Thanks to our very talented flower committee: each week’s flowers seem more beautiful than the last!
Thank you Reverend Sandy, we very much enjoyed you! Best wishes and take care! (Signed Carol Kingsolver) Thank you, Reverend Sandy for your 3 months with us while Father Rick was on Sabbatical. The time flew by and his shoes were hard to fill, but you were the best! We couldn’t have asked for anyone more fitting! Loved your sermons every Sunday and your kind and beautiful smile. Hope our paths will cross again, and until they do, safe journey in life, dear soul. It has indeed been a pleasure to know you. (signed Linda & Chris Hanson)
Dear Rev Sandy, thank you so much for being your beautiful, spiritual self! Your face and whole being glow with the spirit of the Lord; your smiles and compassion for all just radiate out of your sweet self. It has been a pure delight to have you here to guide us this too short of a time. Please know that we in Altar Guild will miss you and wish you only the best in your journey onward. Much affection. (signed Jean B) Sandy, I love how you have quickly become part of our community. Everything you’ve been involved in shows you really care about us. Far from the typical Sunday morning supply. It’s as if you assume you’ll be part of us forever, even though we all knew it’s only three months. Truth is, you will be: part of our HEARTS for ever. Thanks so much. (signed Kathy Mordeaux)
I recently dropped into Sky Ridge to see a friend and member of Christ’s Church. What a joy and true surprise to find Rev. Sandy also dropping by in a day and age when even doctors do not make house calls. This simple gesture of kindness had a profound effect on me. It brought up an issue I needed to spend some time in forgiveness. You see the day I learned my beloved mother and also my best friend’s walk in life was shortly coming to an end the minister left me a note on a chair. She did not stick around to help me deal with this news. No phone call, no card, and not another visit to my mother no hand on the shoulder or even an offered prayer. I left the church after many years of tithing and membership. And here years later I came to a space of forgiveness by your simple act of kindness. You were the visiting priest but Sandy you did more than just visit a patient. You helped heal my heart. Thank you for your kindness. You have raised the bar.
I’m going to go off of what Kris said just a bit. Rev. Sandy, your perseverance to follow your call, no matter what, is a testament and an inspiration to those aspiring to be leaders in the church. You operate with a type of Love and Gentleness, even when the going gets tough, that I think comes straight from Heaven. It has been a privilege to work with and get to know you. Dominus vobiscum, my sister in Christ. “The steps of a righteous woman, are ordered by the Lord; and He delighteth in her way” (Psalms 37:23) (signed Damien) Thank you Reverend Sandy for coming to our church when we needed you! I will not forget how you stepped up and learned to ‘sing our service’! That is one of the things that I love most about our services and when we do not get to to do it that way, for whatever reason, it always bums me out. I believe my boys feel the same way as they all love music. You did an amazing job and I appreciate all your hard work! Thank you!! (signed Jessi and Family)
Thank you for the opportunity to worship with and learn from Reverend Sandy and for her warm and loving hugs during a very stressful and emotional week. I also thank her for the “walk” she took back in the ’70’s that opened the door to women serving God at God’s altar. (signed Kris Medina) To Rev. Sandy, Thank you for being a wonderful model of warm and empowering leadership. Our mutual friendships only strengthen the bond between us, and I am so grateful for your ability to be self-differentiated, funny, thoughtful, kind, focused, and connected with all of us. It has been a blessing to have your consistent presence with us in this season. (signed Ann Fleming)
Who knew that the 3 months of Fr Rick’s sabbatical could go by so quickly?! We anticipated the change, but with a bit of anxiety, and no clue of the energy and good humor that Rev Sandy brought. Thanks, Rev Sandy, for your leadership, compassion, teaching and cheerfully holding our feet to the fire to make things happen in such good ways. Senidng you off on your birthday jaunt with love, light and laughter. (signed Libby Smith) For Frank and Alec’s inspiring words on Sunday, as they shared the connection their discernment team forged during this past year. They showed the love and nonjudgmental connection we’ve each found here within this community.
Appreciating Reverend Sandy’s kind, gentle and humorous leadership and presence. We are so very blessed to have you with us. Thanks to all who selflessly pull together to make our memorial services special, especially Peggy Theriault. It’s wonderful to have such constant and thoughtful help when we lose a loved one.
Grateful for Sharon’s beautiful offertory solo today. Note perfect and wonderful. With gratitude for Fay Stefan’s beautiful artwork that graced our bulletin cover today. Simply gorgeous.
Thank you for a community of people who are willing to step into what we’re taught at Lent & Easter: death is false and love always wins. Sharing communion yesterday made me reflect on people who’ve had a year of great pain and loss. Yet I could also see in them much new passion and light. SO many people contributed to a reverant Lent and joyful Easter in SO many astonishing ways. God blesses us with each other. Thanks to the Education team and Pat for energizing our education program this year. Thanks as well to Ann for putting on thought-provoking programs for the youth and adults. Last, gratitude for all the parents who bring their children to services. They liven up the proceedings, and we are so thankful for all of you!
Thanks to Kathy, for sharp eyes and patience these two weeks. (signed Judi) Thanks to Marci and Anne for all the wonderful folding and stuffing and good conversation these two weeks! (signed Judi)
for Libby, for being everywhere you are needed, and always kind, always open, always supportive. We are blessed to have you as our senior Warden. For the children of all ages bright eyed and smiling all around our church
Steve and Raedene, for making the Gathering Place such a warm and welcoming place between and after services every Sunday. For Jonas’s beautiful rendition of Desperado today. That was simply wonderful.
I sat here trying to put together the names of everyone I’d like to say thank you to. However, being an imperfect human being, I’m bound to miss someone. So, I’ll refrain from names, but specifically give thanks to God for the following:
  • For those who work to keep the office, computers/network and official function of our parish running like a well-oiled locomotive. Thank you.
  • For those who serve in outreach, music, youth, and arts in this parish, keeping your gifts and talents utilized and exercised, that others may be blessed when they hear/see the fruits of your labor. Thank you.
  • For those who volunteer their time, tools, and labor to keep parish property (grounds, buildings, and the altar) well maintained, shined-up, snow-free and clean-shaven. Thank you.
  • For those who assemble, meeting after meeting, hour after hour, to discuss the business/issues that arise in the parish, and come up with plans for moving forward. It is only your passion and commitment that keeps you working at it, in spite of all that comes your way. Thank you.
  • For my mentor and discernment committee – your wisdom, insight, guidance, patience, and long-term devotion to aiding me in understanding and embracing the Lord’s Call in my life, has proven invaluable many times over already. I wish I could keep your physical presence with me every Saturday, no matter where I’ll have to go in this life. However, I must remain content, to keep your words and presence, in spirit, with me always. Thank you.
  • For this parish and its people, who never fail to sacrifice. Thank you.
  • For this universe and its Maker, who in the flesh, made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Thank you.

It is an honor, to not only talk-the-talk, but to walk-the-walk with you, of Jesus Christ and Him crucified; One Bread, One Body. All Honor and Glory, due that Mighty Name, forever! (signed Damien)The photographers who graced us with the beautiful images on the walls of our Sanctuary – Alec Nesbitt and Jack Steinhauser – as well as all the anonymous contributors. To The Geek in the Forest (Sandra) and the Geek in the Cave (Cristi) for thier Wall of Appreciation idea. And even more appreciation for their understanding of how important the internet is in building a congregation, their skills to be able to do it, and the love-connecting spirit they bring to so many in the process.Thanks to Fr. Rick and Rita, for their willingness to reach out and continue show love to everyone in the community. Thanks to the computer elf, who keeps the office running!Thanks to, and for, Trevor, who does so many quiet things, ongoing and constant, to help others. Thanks for Ray, who works so selflessly to keep our buildings and grounds in such good repair, our systems in working order, and still manages to save us money.Thanks to all for the wonderful support I received during the time surrounding my mother’s death right before Christmas.  I want to acknowledge the many, many acts of kindness, some small and some large, that showed up in this community.   All were very much appreciated.  I continue to feel supported by all of you as the journey goes one.  What a great community this is. (Signed Kathy) Thanks to everyone, too numerous to count, for making this such a wonderfully, special place to be and worship. The best  “come as you are party ever”!For all the wonderful coffee and food every week in The Gathering Place To the staff who work above and beyond the call of duty in time and talent.Kathy and the Choir what a wonderful aid to worship! all those who always pitch in to clean the worship space, to plant the garden and clean up outside: there’s not much glory in these tasks but we couldn’t go on without themJulie – Thank you so much for painting the rooms in the Administration Building. It made our office area so much more welcoming.
(Signed Arlene) Thanks for the snow storm last night that gave the Snowmen/Snowwomen team the excuse this morning to slow down so we could share each other’s company and find God in the snow.
(Signed, Damien, Dennis, Lou, Andy, Rick and Libby)I give thanks to Judith and Emily for the delicious soup and warm company during my recuperation.
(Signed Lloyd)  With much appreciation for the gorgeous seasonal Altar cloths.To Kathy, for encouraging the talents of our Musicmakers and for bringing virtuoso musicians like the Zodiac Trio to our church. Maureen for being so genuine and totally unselfish!Thank you Arlene, for keeping everything together every day with such loving grace and great good humor. To all the behind the scene un-named and un-known people who keep up the buildings and the grounds.David Norris, for being such a splendid singer. I am thankful for a church community that stands by my family.To a church that accepts me. Maureen, for stewarding the weekly prayers on the steps of the church after the service.For the countless hours spent by the altar guild making everything so perfect. To all working the education piece for our kids with patience, grace and love. And those watching the littler ones in a safe fun environment.