Check Out the Latest Happenings at ROP

The latest bi-monthly edition of ROP’s eNewsletter – Urban Voices – is now available.
This 2-page edition of Urban Voices includes the following articles:
  • Restoration Counseling on East Colfax is Born – Director of Counseling, Deb Ford, shares about the birth of her new counseling center, dedicated primarily to working with those struggling with substance abuse and those who are victimes of human trafficking.
  • Back to School for ROP’s Children’s Ministries Team – Director of Children’s Ministries, Pastor Walter Thompson, shares about ROP’s growing partnership with Crawford Elementary School, including a couple exciting new opportunities.
Click on this link – Urban Voices – October 1, 2017 Edition. (If you cannot see the embedded version, just click on the link below it to access the current and older editions of Urban Voices.)
Hope you enjoy this edition of Urban Voices.
By the way, if you are interested in volunteering for or donating food or dollars toward this year’s Thanksgiving Outreach at ROP on Saturday November 18th, please contact Vicki Ekberg – (volunteers) or Tish Freeman – (food and/or dollars)

Not Too Late to Help Us Beat Last Year’s Total – Only $1.3k to Go

While the weather forecast may have scared away a few potential riders, runners and walkers, those undaunted by the forecast and initially overcast skies, were rewarded by a beautiful day for a ride or run.
In all, 86 people participated in this year’s Pedal 4A Purpose.  This was down almost 30% from last year’s event, but the good news is that total funds raised of $18.0k are currently only 7% less than last year’s total. The even better news is it is not too late to donate to this year’s Pedal 4A Purpose and help us beat last year’s total of $19.3.
Every dollar rasied by Pedal 4A Purpose will go toward helping ROP meet the needs of our disadvantaged community. If you feel led to be a part of helping us reach this goal, please click on this link to the Pedal 4A Purpose donation page.

We Do Pedal 4A Purpose So We Can Do Ministry at Crawford Elementary and Throughout Our Community.

Last night, ROP hosted the first ever Community Dinner at Crawford Elementary School. More than 200 parents and their children attended.  For the school, the purpose of the dinner was to talk to the parents about important issues related to their kids. Last night’s issue was attendance.  But before the principal and her staff spoke, they invited us to share about ROP and even gave us an opportunity to talk to parents about their kids participating in our Thursday evening Spark program at ROP where the Bible and Jesus – along with a lot of fun – are center stage.
The invitation to host last night’s dinner is a result of a strong and growing relationship with the school that began years ago with the delivery of a few boxes of school supplies. Since that time, ROP has participated in more events at the school than I have space to list here, and for the last 18 months a team of ROP tutors has been helping Crawford kids improve their reading skills. (By the way, we have room for a few more tutors. So if you are interested and available from 3:15 to 5:15 on Wedneday afternoons, please let me know.)
We are very excited about the growing opportunities we are having at Crawford. In our upcoming edition of Urban Voices, ROP’s Children’s Ministries Director, Walter Thompson, will be sharing more about these opportunities. But I am I sharing this now because Pedal 4A Purpose, ROP’s Annual Bike Ride (Run/Walk) and Fundraiser is happening tomorrow.
What does Pedal 4A Purpose have to do with growing opportunities to minister at Crawford Elementary?  Glad you asked. We do events like Pedal 4A Purpose and write fundraising letters like the one I sent out a couple weeks ago because it takes money to sustain and grow the work we believe God is calling us to do within our East Colfax community. I know this is no surprise to anyone, but part of my job (more than I would like 🙂 is to remind people of what God is doing through ROP and ask for their/your support. Our work at Crawford is just one example. In my recent letter I shared about the new counseling ministry that ROP is helping to launch. In previous communications, I have shared a lot about Flourish East Colfax and how God is using ROP’s exiting programs to impact lives.
So there you are. I know ROP is just one of many organizations and causes asking for your support, but if it has been awhile since you made a donation to ROP, we hope you would consider one now. And even if you are a regular monthly giver, we hope you might consider a special gift at this time. A gift now would be especially timely as we have a year to date deficit through August of more than $35k. Of course, we hope Pedal 4A Purpose will help to reduce that as of the end of September, but as of right this moment, Pedal 4A Purpose has raised a little less than $14k which is well below previous year’s totals and last year’s $19k+.
If you would like to make a donation to Pedal 4A Purpose, please click on this link. Of course, if you still have the response card from my fundraising letter, that works too. The money all goes to the same place :-).
As always, thanks for your consideration.

By the way, although the weather is turning cooler tomorrow, it still looks to be a good day for a bike ride or run with the forecasted rain arriving well after all of our participants should be done with lunch and enjoying the prizes they received through our prize drawings. We have lots of good stuff ready to give away. So if you live in the Denver area and have no plans for tomorrow morning, please consider joining us at Bear Creek Church. You can register at the church. click here for all the details for the event.

The Primary Purpose of Pedal(ing) 4A Purpose is to Raise Money

Certainly, one of the main goals of Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 is to make it as enjoyable and even rewarding as possible for our participants (riders, runners and walkers). A lot of time and money have been invested with that goal in mind. And we hope our participants have a great day.
But even if you cannot participate in this year’s event, you can still be a part of making it a great day for Restoration Outreach Programs and the people serve. How? By making a donation on the Pedal 4A Purpose website. After all, that is the main purpose of Pedal 4A Purpose – to raise funds in support of ROP’s ministry to very needy individuals and families.  That is why we do this event every year.
As of now, Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 has raised $12,750.  This will obviously help our ministry a lot, but it is quite a bit short of the $19.3k raised last year and where we hope to end up with this year’s event. The good news is it is not too late.  We still have time to reach and exceed last year’s total.

If you would like to be a part of helping us reach that goal and supporting ROP’s ministry, I encourage you to click on this link and make a donation. Of course, it is also not too late to register and ride or run this Saturday. Click on this link to register.
As always, thanks for your consideration.

No Smoke – Great Weather Forecast – No Excuses – Register Now!

Okay, so you already know most of the good reasons to participate in Pedal 4A Purpose 2017, coming up one week from Saturday on September 23rd:
  • Helps ROP and partner non-profits raise some much needed funding
  • Variety of routes for rider and runners of all abilities. (Yes, we have a new run/walk course this year.)
  • Great opportunity to get some exercise with family and friends
  • Low cost – $40/person (with half of that rebated immediately in the form of a $20 Wheatridge Cyclery gift certificate)
  • Cool P4AP t-shirt and water bottle
  • Lots of prizes for fundraisers and participants
  • Chick fil A lunch
  • 25% off Headsweats coupon
  • 6 Rest Stops staffed by awesome volunteers
On top of all that – The smoke is gone and the weather forecast is great – sunny skies, cool temperatures and light winds.
In other words…  It promises to be a great day. The time for procrastination is over. Click here and register now for Pedal 4A Purpose 2017.

And remember the location has changed this year. Our base of operations is Bear Creek Church at 3101 S. Kipling St. in Lakewood (next to Bear Creek High School.) Do not go to Denver Seminary. We won’t be there.

Hope to see you at Bear Creek Church on the 23rd.
One more thing:  To be guaranteed of a t-shirt in your size, you need to register by noon Tuesday, 9/19.

Can’t Beat the Weather This Time of Year – P4AP 2017 is Less then 2 Weeks Away

Just a quick reminder – Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 is coming up soon on Saturday, September 23rd.
There are lots of great reasons to participate in this year’s event:
  • A great opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun with family and friends. This year you have the option to Ride or Run.
  • Low cost – just $40/individual and $90/family of 3 or more. And for this you receive:
    • P4AP t-shirt and water bottle
    • $20 gift certificate from Wheatridge Cyclery
    • Chick fil A lunch
    • 25% off coupon from Headsweats
    • Well supported ride with 6 Rest Stops and yummy snacks
  • Opportunity to win some great prizes including a grand prize of $1000 gift certificate from Schwab Cycles
  • And of course, we think the best reason is you are helping ROP (and our partners) help some people that could use a little help.
And have you noticed how great the weather is this time of year. So why not register now?
To register, donate or simply get more details, click here to go to the Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 website.

Tutor a Child – Change a Life

When you help a child succeed academically, you are helping him or her succeed in life. That is the opportunity to make a difference you have as one of ROP’s awesome team of after-school tutors.
The team has a few opeinings this semester. So, if you are available on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. and are interested in joining our tutoring team at our neighborhood elementary school (Crawford), I strongly encourage you to email Walter Thompson, ROP’s Children’s Ministries Director.  No previous experience is required, just a heart to help a child. Tutor training will be provided on Wednesday, September 13th, and the first tutoring session (of 10) for the Fall semester will begin the following Wednesday, September 20th.
We want to help as many kids as we can. So, even if you just have questions about the program, please email Walter at

Forgot to Mention – Every P4AP Registrant Gets a $20 Wheatridge Cyclery Gift Certificate, plus…

Today, August 31st, is the last day to register for Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 before registration fees go up tomorrow.
All the details are on last week’s email and the website, except for one thing I forgot to mention. Every registrant for Pedal 4A Purpose receives a $20 gift certificate from Wheatridge Cyclery. So for just $35 ($40 tomorrow), you get $20 back from Wheatridge Cyclery plus a Chick Fil A lunch, a Pedal 4A Purpose t-shirt (hope you like lime green), a water bottle, a 25% off coupon from Headsweats, a well supported ride or walk with friends and family, the opportunity to win some great prizes, AND you are helping Restoration Outreach Programs meet the needs of a very disadvantaged community along East Colfax Avenue. How can you beat that?

So why not register now?

To register, donate or get more information click on this link.

Hope to see you on September 23rd at Bear Creek Church.

ROP is Co-Sponsoring an Orality /Story-telling Workshop on Sat., 9/9

Do you desire to improve your ability to reach people with the truth found in the Bible?  What if they do not read books unless they have to?  Do you find that a lot of the people you encounter in your ministry or elsewhere don’t yet know anything about the Bible?  Orality is a fast growing movement in evangelism today, and it is changing the face of missions around the world. Research has shown that 70% of people in the world are oral preference learners. Therefore, telling the stories of God is an amazingly effective way of communicating the Gospel and making disciples. And it is proving to be very effective at ROP as well. The photo is Rick Randall telling Bible stories to kids at ROP’s neighborhood park.
If this information stirs something in your heart or simply sounds interesting and worth learning more about, I hope you will seriously consider attending the Bible Storying Workshop coming up soon on September 9that Agape Missionary Church. The workshop will be led by Jerry Wiles of Living Water International.
To learn more about Jerry and his Orality ministry click on this link to read an article by Jerry in Christianity Today.
To register for the workshop, click on this link.
Details for the Bible Storying Workshop are as follows:
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday September 9th 2017
Location: Agape Missionary Church,1590 Chester St., Aurora, CO 80010 (just two short blocks from ROP).
  – $35/individual and includes lunch and materials
  – $20/individual groups of 5 or more and includes lunch and materials
Contact: Matt Smith 303.570.7501 –
P.S. Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 is just around the corner on Saturday, September 23rd. Register by August 31 and save a few dollars. Click here to go to the Pedal 4A Purpose website.

Check Out the Latest Happenings at ROP

The latest bi-monthly edition of ROP’s eNewsletter – Urban Voices – is now available on ROP’s website.
This 2-page edition of Urban Voices includes the following articles:
  • God’s Perfect Path Has Many Twists and Turns – ROP’s new Associate Executive Director, Tom Adams, shares about the journey that brought him to ROP and some first impressions after one month on the job.
  • “TUMI” Stands for Answered Prayer – Refugee Resources and Outreach Director, Lucy Bruser, explains how “The Urban Ministry Institute” (TUMI) is providing much needed Biblical training for refugee and other urban leaders. And guess who is facilitating that training at ROP?
  • ROP Summer Sports Camp Teaches Many Life Skills – Children’s Ministries Director, Walter Thompson, shares how ROP’s Summer Sports Camp provides the opportunity to teach skills that will help kids succeed in life.
Click on this link – Urban Voices – August 1, 2017 Edition. (If you cannot see the embedded version, just click on the link below it to access the current and older editions of Urban Voices.)
Hope you enjoy this edition of Urban Voices.
By the way, Pedal 4A Purpose 2017 is just around the corner on Saturday, September 23rd. Register by August 31 and save a few dollars. Click here to go to the Pedal 4A Purpose website.