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Together we are partners in raising generations. Not an easy task. From toddlers to teens our kids are trying to figure out who they are becoming, and our hope is to be ready with faithful encouragement and support them spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We need the replenishing news of the Gospel and the wisdom of our local church families to raise generations. This includes letting God inspire personal change as He raises us. The Time is Now to connect, to listen, and to grow relationally with our church, our community, and our kids.

THIS WEEK | The Spiritual Leadership of Fathers and Families

with guest Eric Olson

Weekly Coffee Tables


Sue shares her top three recommendations for our mental health. You will find encouragement for your marriage, self-care, and family communication! 

About Sue
Sue Hein is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She has a private practice in Centennial where she offers counseling to individuals and couples. Sue considers it a privilege to work with individuals and couples who desire hope and personal growth when facing life’s challenges; to help those desiring to have a more meaningful relationship with God and others. Sue has been married to our executive pastor, Gary Hein, for 27 years. They have a young adult son, daughter and son-in-law.  


Referenced Resources for you: 

Max Lucado Devotional

Cherry Creek Pres. We are here for YOUR needs! 303-779-9909 

National Suicide Hotline – 800-273-8255 

Colorado Crisis Service  844-493-8255 

Focus on the Family  focusonthefamily.com – 855-771-HELP 



Emmanuel shares experiences and insights into Breaking Down the Barriers of Racism.

About Emmanuel
 | Emmanuel is a kids@creek staff member. He is a servant of the Mighty Lord, a dedicated father and husband, a graduate of Denver Seminary and current Ph.D student, Bible teacher at a local High School, a drinker of chocolate milk, a cinnamon-roll connoisseur, and a blessed friend.


Referenced Resources for you:

  • “How to Be an Antiracist” by Kendi
  • “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” by Jemar Tisby
    Color of Compromise (Available HERE on Prime Video)
  • “Antiracist Baby” by Kendi
  • “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism,” by Robin DiAngelo
  • “What does it Mean to Be White” by Robin DiAngelo.
  • “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown

Barb shares about meeting the needs of those around you.

About Barb
 | Barb Roberts has years of experience walking beside individuals and families – many who struggle with pain and loss and despair.  She is the Director of Caring Ministry at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church.  She and her husband, Ken live in the Denver area. 

She is the author of two books:
“Helping Those Who Hurt:  A Handbook for Caring and Crisis”
– and her latest book –
“With Her Last Breath:  A Tale of Suicide and the Hope of Heaven.”

 Resources for you:

  • Cherry Creek Pres. We are here for YOUR needs! 303-779-9909 
  • National Suicide Hotline – 800-273-8255 
  • Colorado Crisis Service – 844-493-8255 
  • Colorado Abuse Reporting – 844-CO-4-KIDS   co4kids.org 

Nayla shares tips for how teens can create their own rhythms for emotional, mental, phyiscal and spiritual self-care.

About Nayla
 | Nayla Festa is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in trauma work, such as EMDR and DBT, with third culture adolescents and families. Nayla is bilingual (English and Spanish). She delights in working with her clients to identify concerns in the teen and parent’s life that are causing obstacles in daily functioning. Clients see her specifically for issues like: family trauma (such as domestic violence, abuse or divorce), identity confusion, self esteem issues, parenting, communication issues, depression, anxiety, etc. Nayla offers individual and family therapy, including parenting and group work, from a trauma-informed lens to promote healing. In addition, Nayla holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and loves volunteering for Cherry Creek Pres. Her clinical experience comes from her years of work at a child and family community mental health center. She also has years of experience from non-profit work for kids experiencing parental loss. Most importantly, Nayla loves God and loves others. It would be her honor to get to know you and your concerns. Sometimes raising adolescents in a culture other than what you were raised in is confusing and frustrating. If you would like to contact Nayla please reach out the Kids Ministry Team.


Referenced Resources for you:

1. For mindfulness and brain regulation using your breath:

2. “Flipping your lid” video explaining what happens to the brain, by expert Dan Siegel, VIDEO

3. For ideas of activities that may be life giving:


Eric shares what discipling and replenishing looks like in his home.

About Barb
 | Eric and his wife Laura have been attending Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church since 2013 and became members shortly after. They have two sons and a daughter, ranging in ages from 7 months to 5 years old. They have previously served as deacons and currently help with Sunday school and AWANA. Eric grew up in a Christian home in the Midwest and accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 6 years old. He has been working for U.S. Bank since 2006 and currently manages software / hardware programs as a Technical Portfolio Manager. Eric and Laura moved from Minnesota to Colorado in 2013 and enjoy hiking, downhill skiing and rock climbing. They currently reside in Castle Rock and love spending time outside with their kids. Eric is looking forward to serving the congregation and growing in his relationship with Jesus.

 Resources for you:

  • Know, Love, Serve series from Awana
  • Grace Based Parenting, by Dr Tim Kimmel

  • The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren

  • Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, by Tim Keller

  • God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs, by Tim Keller


Special Episodes | Parent Seminars & FAMP


Follow Pastor Chris’ slides

A Secular Age by Charles Tayler
or the more accessible
How Not To Be Secular by James K.A. Smith 

Soul Searching by Christian Smith
This is Our Time by Trevin Wax
Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble
Divine Sex by Jonathan Grant
The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch


The following recording is part one of a four part series from 2017’s FAMP or family camp. Pastor Chris Piehl speaks to our theme “All Aboard” confronting our cultural leanings to isolate, and become self-reliant islands disconnected from each other.


Pastor Chris Piehl speaks to our theme “All Aboard” confronting our cultural leanings to isolate, trying to do things all on our own. To set up the talk, Pastor Chris has asked families to plot their family on a continuum line left side being isolated and alone and the right side being fully integrated and connected. Consider where your family is on this line between isolated and connected to a community as you listen Pastor Chris’s message.

Scripture References Acts 2:42-47 John 17:1-26

Follow up Questions
How are these Cultural influence effecting your ability to connect with others?

1. Individualism – what wrong assumptions or beliefs might you have that cause you to isolate yourself?

2. Affluence – what needs to go? Where do you need to sacrifice or fast?

3. Distractions – What needs to change? Are there boundaries we need to set up?

4. Consumerism – What ways are we treating our church as consumers?

5. Fear – what fears are holding you back?

6. Busyness – Can anything be cut? Are there ways to rearrange our priorities to put the most important things on the top?

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