Aspen and Glenwood Springs congregations combine for new church in Carbondale
The Aspen Times
The Messiah Lutheran Church recently sold its property in Aspen, and the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs is under contract to sell its property by Aug. 31. Assets from both sales will be combined to purchase a new church location in Carbondale that will go by the name of Faith Lutheran Church.
Services will be held at Carbondale Middle School at 180 Snowmass Drive starting June 1 until the new location is secured and ready for services.
“We’ll have traditional services at 9 a.m. every Sunday,” the Rev. Tom Thierfelder said. “We’ll also hold a contemporary service at 11:30 a.m. Sundays that starts June 15 with a worship team that carries a more modern feel, featuring current Christian music. Everyone is always welcome to attend services. I’m personally looking forward to getting to know the people of Carbondale and making new friends.”
Thierfelder will lead an educational hour between services for both parents and children. He said he expects around 30 to 40 people to attend services this weekend and hopes to see the congregation grow in Carbondale.
“We’re exploring our options for a permanent location,” Thierfelder said. “We have some specific ideas we want to accommodate. In a perfect world, we’re hoping to see our new church completed by the end of 2015.”
One paramount goal is for a state-of-the-art preschool and day care center at the new facility. Thierfelder said that in Carbondale alone, it’s estimated there are about 500 kids without access to preschool.
The church has a new website at http://www.faithcarbondale.com that’s in the process of having content added to it. The site eventually will include a “Ministry Minute” with stories about life as a Lutheran. There also are plans for weekly updates, staff profiles and a church mission statement.
Thierfelder said he hopes the website eventually will contain a virtual church service.
“It’ll give people a real taste of the flavor of one of our services,” he said. “This way, someone can try before they buy, at their own convenience.”
Thierfelder said it’s an exciting time for his church as the possibility of a long-term relationship with Carbondale slowly becomes a reality.
“It’s so nice to have some solid financial backing right now,” Thierfelder said. “It’s giving us an opportunity to do something positive in this valley.”
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