Memorial Day is about Remembering

Many of you may not know that my Uncle Ted was MIA in the Korean War and was not found for 17 months. He was finally located on a Korean beach where he had been hastily interred. We were told that Ted was killed while rushing off a troop carrier, he was only 20 year old.

The Korean War is often called “The Forgotten War” but it will never be forgotten by my family.

Gratefully, it only lasted three years,

June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953.

What you may not realize is that The United States Armed Forces suffered 33,665 Americans killed in action in Korea.

As I researched my uncle’s military history and the record of his death on the Korean War Project Website, I found out that he died in the deadliest of all battles of the Korean War.

The Battle of the Pusan Perimeter which lasted from August 4, 1950-September 16, 1950, cost 3,603 American lives and although it was very early in the war it easily proved to be the deadliest battle. My Uncle was one of those 3,603 casualties.

My father and my other uncle, Joe, also served in the Korean war. I was born while my father was away serving our Navy many thousand of miles from home. I honor the fighting men of our nation who gave their last full measure of devotion for our freedom and also those who have given years of their young lives to serve our country!

THANK YOU for your sacrifices!


9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Army

Hostile, Died (KIA)
Date Of Loss: September 1, 1950
Location of Loss: YONGSAN, SOUTH KOREA

Born: August 21, 1930

Comments: Private First Class Groeneveld was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 1, 1950.

Korean War Project Key No: 11547

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The U.C. in O.C. my Alma Mater

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Superbowl Memories

I know where I was on Super Bowl Sunday 1988, I was at Lutheran Hospital, Wheat Ridge, Colorado in the Maternity Ward

What was I doing, resting up after delivering a healthy baby boy.

Brett Thomas Stipe had been born to Rev. and Mrs. Thomas R. Stipe and we were enjoying “Superbowl Fever” in the maternity ward as our beloved Denver Broncos took on the Washington Redskins.

We had faithfully served as chaplain and wife for the 1987 Bronco season and were overjoyed as our beloved Denver Broncos entered their second Superbowl bid.  We had been to the Superbowl the year before and endured the loss to the New York Giants at the Rose Bowl and we had high hopes that it would all end differently in 1988.

Unfortunately, we were not to be rewarded–by half-time our hopes were diminishing and by the fourth quarter–all fans had evacuated my hospital room.  Alas Superbowl 22 was not to be Elway’s day.

But on the other hand–Tom and I had reason to rejoice–our one and only son–had been born, what an incredible blessing God had bestowed upon us!

Thomas is today a photojournalism and videography major at Metro State University in Denver, he plays bass and is gifted like his father with a keen ability to articulate before audiences.  He makes us proud every day of his life.   Happy 24th Birthday Thomas!

I love you, Mom

Meanwhile…Memories of Superbowl 1988 from

Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

Date: January 31, 1988

Host City: San Diego, CA Stadium: Jack Murphy Stadium

National Anthem: Herb Alpert

Halftime Entertainment: Chubby Checker and The Rockettes

Final Score: Washington-42 Denver-10

Denver’s second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl would be marred with similar results. Ultimately, they would chalk up another L in the Super Bowl column, in a game they came into as the favorite. John Elway and the Broncos jumped out to an early 10-0 1st quarter lead, yet were countered in the 2nd quarter in a record setting way. Doug Williams would rewrite the history books beginning the in the second quarter. Beyond the social avenue he opened being the first African American QB to play in a Super Bowl, he would become the first QB to throw for 4 TDs in a single quarter as well as a half. The Redskins defense was electrified by the offensive production, and were able to contain Elway for the final 3 quarters. Williams would go on to win the MVP award, throwing for a total of 340 yards and 4 TDs.

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Turn your kid’s used clothes & gear into extra $$$ and take the opportunity to help kids with Down Syndrome

Avery Park Children’s Consignment Event
Avery Park Children’s Consignment Sale is a 3-day event that takes place twice a year in the Spring and Fall.

We partner with local families that want to sell their children’s brand name high-quality items for a better return than a             garage sale or consignment shop. All of our items are in “excellent” condition, yet sell at a great discount, making it a shopping opportunity not to miss.

An extra incentive to participate in this sale is that a percentage of every purchase goes to The Research Center for Down Syndrome at Stanford University School of Medicine.

In 2007, the Stipe family was gifted with the addition to our family of our beautiful Avery Grace. She is a wonderful, talented and perceptive four year old girl who just happens to have Down Syndrome. This sale is named for Avery and is meant to be a vehicle for mom’s to recycle their near new children’s clothes and gear with the hope of making extra cash in these economically strapped times. Avery’s parents face extra financial responsibility because of Avery’s disability and know that many families face similar kinds of challenges; as a result Jennifer Stipe Mouttet decided in 2011 to spear head these annual sales as a source of relief to many young families.

The first of these sales will be held the weekend of September 16, 17 & 18 at Crossroads Church of Denver, in the Learning Center Gym.

Why Should I Consign?
If you are a mom, grandparent or caregiver you know how much money you spend on your children. They grow out of clothing, toys and gear so quickly, just to find it cluttering up your home. Have you ever tried selling your kid’s items at a garage sale only to “give away” your child’s seldom-worn clothes? Why not go through all of the things that your children no longer need, prepare them, enter and tag them using our automated website, drop them off, and let us do the rest.

As a consignor, you will:
~Earn 70% of your sales. If you refer 5 new consigners, earn 75%
~Pay a one time consigner fee of $10
~Shop before the public at our pre-sale event
~Relax at home while we do all the work
~Receive a check 7-10 days after the sale ends

Why Should I Volunteer?
Volunteers who work one 3 hour shift will:
Earn 70% of their total sales.
Shop before the public at the volunteer pre-sale Thurs. from 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Volunteers who work two 3 hour shifts will:
Earn 75% of their total sales.
Be the FIRST to shop before the public at the volunteer exclusive pre-sale Weds. Sept . 14th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm (pass is for one person + spouse or grandparent)

Sellers love our events because they can sell their children’s items without the hassle of having a garage sale or using Craigslist. Shoppers love our events because they get one-stop shopping for all of their children’s needs. Volunteers love our events because they get to shop first!

For more information on this event go to

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There’s Still Time to Join Us in Vail for the Crossroad’s Women’s Retreat!

The aspens are turning and October is the perfect time to visit Vail Colorado! And you couldn’t find a better place to stay than the famous Vail Cascade Resort!

What is holding you back, you could be joining us on a once in a life time life-changing Retreat!

There are only a few more days to register so don’t delay, September 14th is the deadline for registration (we need a deposit by then) and September 30th is the deadline for final payment!

We want to see you there! — The Women at Crossroads

Just scroll down to get all the wonderful details!

Entrance to the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa

Come join us for “Living Beyond…living a passionate life for Christ in an apathetic world” on Oct. 15,16 & 17 at the Vail Cascade Resort in Vail CO.

Maryellen Stipe and the leadership of the Women at Crossroads will be the speakers for this years life-changing event and the worship leader for the weekend will be the gifted Molly Hall with Special music by the dynamic Angela White.

A sampling of some of the growing list of special session and workshop teachers featured during the weekend:

Kristen Crewell

Connie Baca

Judy Crewell

Angela White

Molly Hall

Dee Castleman

For more details and online registration click on the Main Crossroads website at the link listed in the sidebar.

Rates start at just $159 for the weekend and this price includes meals!


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Beth Moore Simulcast coming to Crossroads on September 10th!

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Our Annual Women’s Christmas Tea and Holiday Celebration is Just Around the Corner!

“Simply Christmas” is the theme of our Annual Women’s Christmas Tea and Holiday Celebration. This event is the highlight of our year in Women’s ministry and in 2010 it  is happening the first two Saturday’s in December, the fourth and the eleventh.  The Teas begin at 12:30 P.M. and last approximately 2 and a half hours.

What can you expect…

The Christmas celebration starts the minute you step through the doors of the auditorium and enter a room transformed into holiday splendor. Our time together begins with sharing a traditional English Tea but the celebration does not stop there. After a festive time of conversation and fellowship your holiday festivities will be finished off with a program meant to stir the Christmas spirit in young and old.

This year our program features Kory Brunson and the many talented vocalists of the Crossroads Worship Team. Attendees can expect a musical feast that will put them in the mood for Christmas celebration and send them out ready to communicate the reason for the season.

This event is more than just an holiday show it is a presentation marked with inspiration and true Christian celebration.

Come rejoice with us as we come together, remembering our Savior’s birth! Tickets are reserved seating only for 17.50 per person and are available now, at the Crossroads Admin building, at all services and online!


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