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Flatirons in the Community

In The Community

Jesus, who said that he is the light of the world, also described us, his friends and followers, as the light of the world. He goes on to tell us to let our light shine so that people will see our good works and glorify God. In another place in the Bible, Paul writes,

"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10)

Jesus talked a lot about His love for those who are poor, hurting, broken and forgotten. Because Flatirons exists to bring the awesome life of Christ to a lost and broken world we choose to serve and love those in our community simply because God loves them.

Listed below are a few of our friends and partnerships that exist in our local community. If you would like to know more about opportunities to serve in our community as they develop please contact Rachel Davis.

Rachel Davis| Local Community Connections
Office | 303-664-5524
Email | rachel_davis@flatironschurch.com



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Act your way to feeling

C.S. Lewis said, “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did…you will presently come to love him.” 

Or to put it another way, it is easier to act your way into a new way of feeling than feel your way into a new way of acting.

Introduce yourself, ask a question, say hello, borrow a tool, lend a hand, share a meal; take a step in the direction of your neighbor and see what God does in the process. [continue reading]

Posted on 18 August 2015 | 10:17 pm




Open Door Ministries

Open Door Ministries is embracing broken and hurting people in urban Denver with the heart and hands of Jesus. ODM provides hope through a host of programs and residential facilities. Flatirons is also working with ODM to develop a job readiness and training program called Work For The Door that is enabling participants to be successful in finding and maintaining meaningful employment.

Flatirons Friends of ODM Team
Flatirons Friends of Open Door Ministries exists to connect people from Flatirons with one another and with opportunities to serve at ODM. There's always room for new friends with a passion for serving and being a part of community transformation. For more information about current volunteer opportunities and our next gathering contact Rachel Davis.



Sister Carmen Community Center

Flatirons has a very close relationship with the Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette as they assist people in East Boulder County with food, utilities, rent/mortgage, transportation, clothing, case management and programs for helping to break the cycles of poverty.

For more information about the Sister Carmen Community Center and a list of their current needs visit sistercarmen.org or call 303-665-4342.

Friends of Sister Carmen Team
Flatirons Friends of Sister Carmen, exists to connect Flatirons folks with opportunities to serve and with each other. We enjoy getting together about every other month to enjoy a meal, share stories, celebrate our work together at Sister Carmen and hear about new service opportunities. There's always room for new friends interested in serving our community through Sister Carmen. For more information about current volunteer opportunities and our next gathering contact Jane Houck and see more on facebook.



Flatirons Food Drive 2015

Thank you flatirons! Your generosity showed once again this year during the Food Drive. You brought 159,000 pounds of food (at both campuses) for people in our local communities.

Watch the recap of the 2015 Food Drive above.

Flatirons’ food drive began in 2007 when our student ministry decided that they wanted to make a difference in our community. That event initiated our relationship with the Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette. Sister Carmen is now a close community partner and together we are working to break cycles of poverty and transform our community.

At the West Campus we are working with Evergreen Christian Outreach and Mountain Resource Center to distribute food to a network of food banks throughout the area.



In the story of the Good Samaritan, what if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors? Click here to go to our Neighboring page.



Outside the Walls

You have heard about flatirons people serving in our community and around the world and maybe you wondered why we do that or how to get involved? Jim Burgen explains why we move outside the walls of flatirons, Ron Barnes shares about our involvement with international partners and Andy Wineman details our involvement with local community partners. Watch Jim's video above.

More Video from Outside the Walls

Andy Wineman - Local Community Partners (watch video here)

Ron Barnes - International Community Partners (watch video here)



Crayons to Calculators - Backpack Drive 2015

Thousands of students in our community can’t afford to start school with even basic supplies. We want to ensure every student begins school with dignity and the resources to succeed. In partnership with Crayons to Calculators, backpacks and supplies will be distributed to students in the Boulder Valley, St. Vrain Valley and Jefferson County school districts. Find more info about Crayons to Calculators here.




Thrive is a community transformation initiative of Flatirons Community Church. Thrive offers a holistic approach to eliminating poverty through employment stabilization and assistance, coaching, and grant-funding for education and skills development.

For more information, visit the Thrive page.



Habitat for Humanity

Habitat For Humanity

Flatirons and Habitat for humanity are working to build decent and affordable housing.  We are partnering with two local Habitat affiliates (Flatirons and St. Vrain) to help people that are working their way out of poverty. Go to our Habitat page and find out about our Habitat team, sign up for a build day and discover other ways to be involved.



Alicia Sanchez International School

Sanchez and Flatirons, both located in Lafayette, have been in partnership for many years. Sanchez continues to offer excellent educational opportunities for students and their parents and has a vision for community transformation and development. For a preview of what Sanchez is doing in the community, watch the video above.

Friends of Sanchez Team
The Friends of Sanchez team is made up of volunteers from flatirons with a passion for serving and being a part of community transformation. The Friends of Sanchez team meets once a month for planning and organizing around the needs of Sanchez Elementary. Email Heather at hdjacks@gmail.com to add your name to the Friends of Sanchez Team.

For more information see our Friends of Sanchez Team FAQ.



Colorado Heart Gallery

The Colorado Heart Gallery brings to life, through the power of pictures, children who are currently waiting for an adoptive family in Colorado foster care. For more information about the Colorado Heart Gallery visit adoptcoloradokids.org.





Flatirons has been in partnership with an organization called iEmpathize (iE) since it first formed in 2009. iE’s main focus is the eradication of sex trafficking and child sex exploitation.  The organization is global in nature but based locally in Boulder, Colorado.  iE hosts many events in our local community that provide ways for people to engage with their work.  Flatirons has sent teams in the past to come alongside iE in their work to end sex trafficking and aid in the recovery of victims in Mexico City, specifically.  Flatirons also hosts a group called Friends of iEmpathize, for individuals who have the desire to partner with the organization on a more long-term basis.

For information about iEmpathize and how to help, visit iempathize.org

For more information, email missions@flatironschurch.com or call the church office at 303-664-5524.





Perspectives is a 15 week course that flatirons has hosted in the past.  The course examines the big picture of what God has been doing over the past thousands of years. But it is much more than that. The course is also designed to help us find our place in the Story God has been writing – really to help us get closer to seeing things from God’s perspective and joining with Him where He is at work.

There are currently no Perspectives classes being offered at flatirons.  To find a class nearby visit: perspectives.org

For more information, email missions@flatironschurch.com or call the church office at 303-664-5524.