Time to celebrate the chapel
Dear Editor:You readers may remember last summer’s big “ribbon for peace” that graced the Aspen Chapel steeple. It brought lots of attention, though unfortunately it was quite a chore to put it up. So, we’re hoping that just the chapel itself is continually bringing some spiritual significance of “peace” to mind.Of course, we also want to remind everyone that our Aspen Chapel’s annual benefit brunch is coming up on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.This year we are particularly pleased to have Paula Paepcke Zurcher as our honorary chairman. Mike and Debbie Edelman are generously opening their extraordinary home for the occasion with Robert from the European Caterers planning to put on his usual fantastic food fair. Cathy Markle and the Jazz All Stars will be entertaining, and there will be an elaborate and exciting silent auction to add to the festivities. With all that enticing information, perhaps we can persuade you to sign up for a thrilling Sunday. Please call the chapel for more details or to make reservations, 925-7184 ext. 104.If you are unfamiliar with the Chapel, here are some of the ways the Aspen Chapel serves the community:Christian Worship Service every Sunday; Jewish Shabbat every Friday; Jewish education programs; youth programs with Christian and interfaith education; Aspen Wisdom School; promoting peace through interfaith engagement; hosting the interfaith program, Spiritual Paths; multiple baptisms, weddings and memorial services; music performances and festival artists concerts; unity programs with shared dinners and commemorative holocaust services; Chapel Book Nook sales of contemporary and classical spiritual authors; counseling; pastoral visitations; eight art shows throughout the year sponsoring local artists; seminars and dialogues on theological concerns; providing meeting space for community groups and retreats; supporting those in need through Samaritan Fund; scholarships to two graduating high school seniors. The chapel has no formal membership, everyone is welcome.Harriette Line ThompsonBenefit chair, Aspen ChapelAspen
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