August 8 , 2018
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUNDAY AT CUC

Traditional Worship
8:00 A.M.

Contemporary Worship
10 A.M.

  Sermon: 
Fearfully Alive

Scripture:  
1 John 4:18

  Thanks to This 
Sunday's Ushers

8:00 a.m. 
Butch Bignell & Russ Young

10:00 a.m.
Dick & Susan Knox
Charlie & Lynn Swanson
            
  Thanks to This Sunday's Ambassadors

  8:00 a.m.   
Peggy Sweet
 
10:00 a.m. 
Matt & Meggan Mattson
 
  THIS WEEK @ CUC

Sunday, August 12th
8:00 am   Traditional Service
9:00 am   Social Time in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service
                 
Wednesday, August 15th
6:30 pm  Band

Sunday, August 19th
8:00 am   Traditional Service -      
9:00 am   Social Time in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service

CUC GENEROSITY
 
 
Fiscal Year to Date
thru Aug 5th, 2018


ACTUAL
Identified Giving           $ 186,646
Plate Collection            $     2,244
Cash Back Programs   $     3,512 

BUDGET
Identified Giving          $  165,640
Plate Collection           $      2,285
Cash Back Programs   $      3,250

  
SURPLUS OR (DEFICIT)
Identified Giving          $  21,006
Plate Collection           $       (42)  
Cash Back Programs   $       262


YTD AVERAGE  PER WEEK
Identified Giving           $  13,332  
Plate Collection            $      160
Cash Back Programs   $       251


Want to know where you stand with your pledge year-to-date?  Call CUC's Business Manager, Lindsey Stevenson, in the church office, or email her at  lindsey@columbinechurch.org

Make a Difference in the
Financial Picture of CUC!

Are You Required to Take an RMD from your IRA?
Calling all those who must make minimum withdrawals from retirement accounts!  Why not have some or all of those RMD's sent directly to CUC?  Whatever the amount is, it will be counted as part of the required minimum but it will not show up on your 1099R as taxable. This is an excellent way to make sure your contribution is still deductible!  Please consider donating a portion of your RMD as a way to support the ministry of Columbine United Church.  Please contact Lindsey Stevenson at the church office for more details.
 
King Soopers Cards
You can donate to CUC simply by purchasing a King Soopers card at the Welcome Spot. Each time you reload the card at the store when buying your groceries, 
CUC receives 5%!

Thrivent Financial Choice
CUC is a participating organization in Thrivent Financial's Thrivent Choice┬« program. Thrivent Choice is a charitable grant program allowing eligible members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach grant funds each year. Eligible Thrivent Financial members can direct Thrivent Choice Dollars┬« to CUC in a particular month. If you have Choice Dollars available to direct, please consider directing them 
to CUC. To learn more about Thrivent Choice, visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice , or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836, and say "Thrivent Choice" when prompted.

Text Your Offering  
In less time than it takes to write a check, you can now make your contribution to CUC with a quick text message!  Text "CUC $50" to 73256 to give $50 (for example) to Columbine United Church using your text messaging. You can adjust the dollar amount to whatever amount you would like to give.  Standard text message rates do apply. Thank you for our continued support of CUC! Your time, talent, and resources are helping us to change the world!
NEXT GENERATION

 
Sunday School Pre Registration!  Our Next Generation Committee is eager to announce that we have many exciting changes coming for our Sunday School programs for this upcoming year. With so many expansions and changes to the program, we are asking for your help to better our planning and programming. We will be sending out hard copy registrations to be filled out for each student that will be participating in our programs. We ask that you fill them out as soon as possible and return them to the church by Sunday September 2nd. The registration is also available online at https://goo.gl/forms/q1SozVoXu4S1xJeB3
 
Youth Leader Needed! If you have the energy and time to sacrifice 2 hours per week to volunteer with high school students then we have a position for you! Contact Dani for more information at dani@columbinechurch.org
 
Last Summer Youth Group Changed to Sunday August 12th! Due to Back-to-School night at many of our local schools, we have decided to change the Last Summer Youth Group from Wednesday August 15th to Sunday August 12th to better accommodate our teenagers. Usual times: Middle school 4:30-6:30pm and High School 6:30-8:30pm. Middle school will be celebrating our 8th graders continuation into high school, so students please dress appropriately for a nice dinner (not prom formal). See you all Sunday! 

 
    
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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



All Adult Education classes will continue in September. 

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CUC MUSIC



The Band rehearses Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.   Contact Music Director Mitch Samu ( mitch@columbinechurch.org), if you are interested in joining the group.
GROUPS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
HELP WANTED: Host/Hostess for Sunday mornings.  We are looking for a team of 2-3 individuals who can serve as our hosts and hostesses during worship on Sunday mornings.  Duties include setting up communion (except for the 1st of the month); selling King Soopers cards and taking credit card donations at the Welcome Spot; being a friendly face to answer questions; and communicating with church staff to help the services run smoothly.  This position will require your attendance from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on the Sundays you are scheduled.  Our Host/Hostess schedule will be rotated among the team of 2-3 hosts, so you will not have to commit to every Sunday.  Please contact Lindsey in the church office ( lindsey@columbinechurch.org or call 303-798-1845) if you want to know more! 

Attention All Moms of Young Kids!  We are so excited to announce that CUC will have its very own MOPS (Mothers of Preschool Students) group starting this fall at the church!  We will be meeting the 2 nd and 4 th Thursdays of the month from 9:30 - 11:30 am starting on Thursday, September 13 th .  The group runs September through May and this year's theme is "Find Your Fire." Join us for community building with other moms who know EXACTLY what you're going through, listen to great speakers, and enjoy a hot breakfast twice a month while your kids are being cared for in a fun and friendly environment.  Learn more about MOPS at http://www.mops.org , and email Lindsey Stevenson at lindsey@columbinechurch.org  to register for our group.

HELP WANTED - we need child care workers who are available from 9:15 - 11:45 every 2 nd and 4 th Thursday of the month for our MOPPETS child care program for MOPS.  Must love kids, be willing to submit a background check, and want to have fun.  Children will range in age from 6 months to 5 years old.  Please email Dani Way at dani@columbinechurch.org if you are willing to make a commitment to the young moms of Columbine and help get our program off the ground. 

MORE HELP WANTED - we are looking for Mentor Moms to join us at MOPS and walk alongside our young moms as we work through our theme of Finding Your Fire this year!  We are looking for mothers who have grown kids and can give us your "been there, done that" perspective.  Commitment is the 2 nd and 4 th Thursdays of the month from 9:30 - 11:30 am.  You will be assigned to a small group of moms and will help shepherd us all with your wisdom.  Mentor Moms are an integral part of the MOPS program and we need many of you!  Email Dani Way at  dani@columbinechurch.org to learn more. 

Yes CUC has a 2nd Wind Walk/Run team for Saturday, September 15, 2018 (9:00am-1:00pm ). This year there is an option to "I'd rather stay home in my pj's! " The Walk/Run at Green Mountain has been going 17 years strong to raise funds to save the lives of youth at risk of suicide.  Register online at   http://www.thesecondwindfund.org  and please sign-up for the Columbine United Church team.  Questions: Contact : Greg Schriefer ( greg.schriefer@gmail.com )

Thank You Columbine!   One more time you made a difference. We delivered school supplies that will put smiles on many kids' faces as they now have all the supplies their friends have. Thanks to Riverpoint Target for donating all the bags for us to gather our supplies. CUC Mission Committee.
 



The Legendary Blue Danube River Cruise
FREE AIRFARE DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 31st, 2018!
September 5th 2019 Departure
11 DAYS * 22 MEALS
Experience the Danube River aboard the MS Emerald Sun, our exclusively chartered river ship, on a seven-night cruise through four countries. Includes two hotel nights in Prague and escorted shore excursions in five cities with English-speaking guides in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Durnstein, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.  Four course lunches and dinners onboard, served with complimentary wine and beer.  Multiple cabin categories available.
 
Contact Barb at  303-358-3410 or barb@etravelunlimited.com  to place your deposit today. Deposit is $400 per person to lock in FREE AIRFARE.

The Book Club will meet Thursday August 16 at 1:00 pm in the parlor.  We will be discussing  A Piece of the World by Christine Baker Kline. She also wrote Orphan Train . Everyone is welcome.

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" We hope it's YOU! This dinner event is for ADULTS only. Dinners will be held in hosts' homes on Saturday, August 25th, for groups of 6 to 10 adults per home. Everyone will share in part of the meal as assigned by your host. Pick up a registration form at the Welcome Center in the Narthex between July 29 and August 12. Forms may be turned in to the church office and MUST be received by August 13. You will then be contacted by your host within a few days. If you would prefer to sign up online, please call or e-mail Judy Reback at 714-345-8455 or redvine8245@att.com . Hope to see you for a fun evening in August!
 
Save the Date The photo directory sign-up is ready for you!!! Grab your calendar, click on the link on the CUC home page, go to the resource page and choose your photo date and the time that will work for you and your family and complete the sign-up process. You can also sign up on Facebook. If your family member has paws, well-behaved members are welcome (please put a note in the comment box). Contact Barb Rudolf at  brudolf@gmail.com , or (303) 358-3410.

Food Donations    Keep those food donations coming! The food bank needs canned veggies, canned tomatoes, shelf stable juices, crackers and cookies, plus condiments like barbeque sauce, ketchup and mustard.

Security  Following the Council's direction we have a security team in place comprised of several members of the congregation. They've been studying the security needs of the building during worship and mid week activities. Thanks to Tag Worley, security cameras have been installed in strategic areas. On Sunday mornings members of the team are in the Narthex and sanctuary monitoring the needs of the attendees, everything from health concerns to people needing assistance. The committee is looking for more members to join in this ministry. It is our desire to create a safe and secure environment for every member of the congregation. Please contact Steve Poos-Benson with your thoughts and ideas.

King Soopers   Remember to buy, load, and use your King Soopers cards!  We count on $1,000 a month in revenue from King Soopers card reloads, which pays for the monthly electric bill at CUC.  It's easy and doesn't cost you anything.   Get your card at the Welcome Spot today and then load it at the store.Thank you for your support of CUC!
 
Handicapped Parking Spaces Please be considerate of those in need and only park in the spaces designated as "Handicapped" if you have a permit or car tag prominently displayed.


JOYS & CONCERNS

If you have a life situation you would like your pastors or the congregation to be aware of, please call the church office at 303-798-1845 or send us an email at cuc@columbinechurch.org


JOYS:
   
From Josie Hamlen
I don't know where to start. To say "thank you" seems trite and inadequate. But how else can one show their appreciation for all the cards, calls, hugs, and well wishes? Not to mention the gifts. The gifts. Wow. The gifts. All I can say is your generosity absolutely blew me away. I feel so rich, but not just from the cash, but all the love. Honestly, everybody thanked me for what I did for CUC, but you all did so much more for me. Really. I've loved every minute of the last ten years and will never, ever forget any of you. And I hope to see some of you in Cornville. All are welcome.   Again, thank you a million times over for everything. 
Love, Josie.
 

146 photo opportunities have been filled for CUC folks for the new Pictorial Directory. There are still several openings left so if you haven't made your appointment, please go to the CUC website, click on resource tab, then the Lifetouch tab to get your timeslot. Remember, these directories can be so helpful to new members as well as more seasoned members, as we try to make better connections with our fellow CUCers.

It's always a joy to have time in the summer to take things more slowly, spend more time outside, and enjoy all the beauty that is ours here in Colorado!

CONCERNS:

Prayers for Frances Seaton who was hospitalized last weekend with sepsis. 

Prayers for longtime member Greg Bennett, who has recently been admitted to Hospice Care. 

Prayers for Rich Schreiber whose back surgery has been rescheduled for Monday, August 13 at Sky Ridge Medical Center. 

Prayers for Sandi Key. Her daughter, Cinda Newman, died last week after an eight year battle with cancer.  
 
Prayers for Felice Andres, who had major surgery on July 31st at St. Joe's Hospital. She is continuing to recuperate at home and is doing well. 
 
Prayers for Sandy Balzhiser, who had cancer surgery last week.
 
Prayers for David Buehrer, son of Judi, as he continues to recovery from complications following gall bladder surgery. He is slowly regaining strength and recuperating at home. 
 
Prayers for Tim O'Brien, nephew of Judi Buehrer, who had a liver transplant on July 27, in Omaha. 

Prayers for Karissa Marcum Rund, as she faces a recurrence of cancer and had major surgery August 6. She knows this will be a long recovery.

Chase Fregosi, the nephew of Jim and Barb Rudolf, was seriously hurt in a car accident. He is still hospitalized with multiple injuries, has had several surgeries and procedure, but is recovering and making positive strides very slowly. Please pray for Chase and his family. 

Although the immediate crisis may be over , we ask that you keep the following people in your prayers: Garrett and Nina Ray, Ruth Teason, Katie Gaertner, Ginny Anstine, Carla and Wally Keesecker, Susan and Jim Lummanick, Pam Lass, Judi Buehrer, Jeff Veres, Kay Huntley, Marian Jones, and Becca Garner.

There are other unnamed members and friends of CUC who have requested prayers as they deal with unemployment, financial challenges, significant concerns, addiction, and anger management.   Please keep them in your prayers, as well as our brothers and sisters in the military and those who serve our country around the world.






 



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COLUMBINE UNITED CHURCH

6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd.

Littleton, CO   80123

(303) 798-1845

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