September 12 , 2018
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUNDAY AT CUC

Traditional Worship
8:00 A.M.

Contemporary Worship
10 A.M.

  Sermon: 
The Door is Open
 
Scripture: 
Luke 15: 11 - 32

  Thanks to This 
Sunday's Ushers

8:00 a.m. 
Steve Lass & Tom Bury

10:00 a.m.
Bill & Barb McElroy
Brian & Heidi Snyder
 
  Thanks to This Sunday's Ambassadors

  8:00 a.m.   
  Fred & Bretha Mahe
 
10:00 a.m. 
Karen & Howard Fisher
 
  THIS WEEK @ CUC

Sunday, Sept 16th
8:00 am   Traditional Service
9:00 am  Social Time in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service  
                 
Wednesday, Sept 18th
6:15 pm  Bell Rehearsal
6:30 pm  Band
7:30 pm  Choir

Sunday, Sept 23rd- Welcome Sunday
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 Sept 9, 2018

ACTUAL
Identified Giving           $ 247,360
Plate Collection            $    3,157 
Cash Back Programs   $    4,381


BUDGET
Identified Giving          $ 226,966
Plate Collection           $    3,131
Cash Back Programs   $    4,400

  
SURPLUS OR (DEFICIT)
Identified Giving          $ 20,394
Plate Collection           $        26
Cash Back Programs   $      (19)
    
YTD AVERAGE  PER WEEK
Identified Giving           $ 13,019   
Plate Collection            $      166  
Cash Back Programs   $      231

      
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!
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NEXT GENERATION
 
CPR Training Sunday, October 7th!  The church will be hosting a CPR training course on Sunday October 7th from 1- 5 pm. Any nursery workers or volunteers with children are expected to have this certification. The cost is $50 per person. Contact Jeannie to reserve a space in this class at jeannie@columbinechurch.org.

Taco Tuesday for Parents Only!!!  As a huge thank you to all middle and high school parents, we will be providing a catered taco dinner Tuesday September 25th from 6 - 7:30 pm. During this time, we will also be discussing important dates and the overall scheduling of the 2018-19 year for youth group. Join us for some delicious tacos and great conversation! RSVP to Dani ASAP at dani@columbinechurch.org 

Youth Group Second Wind Fund Run/Walk, Sept 15!  Register at www.secondwindwalkrun.org and join Team "Columbine United Church."  The event starts at 10:00 am; we will all meet at Green Mountain High School at 9:45 am. Contact Greg Schriefer for more information on scholarships for this event at greg.schriefer@gmail.com.
 
Youth Group Starts Sunday, September 16th! Mark your calendars! Our fall kick-off for this school year's youth group will be this Sunday September 16th. We will have a conjoining celebration with both middle and high school meeting from 5-8 pm. See you then!

8th Grade Confirmation Mentors Needed!  This is  a once a month commitment to spend 2 hours with eighth graders and share your personal journey of faith and life and to build relationships that truly impact these young teenagers. First confirmation class is Sunday September 23rd 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Please email Dani dani@columbinechurch.org for more information. 
 
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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 



This Sunday Sept. 16, begins the Ad Ed program on "Mental Health: Let's Start the Conversation" We are honored to present Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, addressing "Why Do We Care."  Mental Health Colorado advocates for the 1 million Coloradans who experience a mental health or substance use disorder and promotes early intervention; the expansion of health services; and eradication of the stigma and discrimination people endure. Please join us in the Fireside Chapel from 9:10 - 9:50 am.  All are welcome.
 
Sunday Morning Adult Education : Sunday Sept. 23  Ad Ed continues, "Mental Health: Let's Start the Conversation."  Our speaker is Dr. Howard Fisher.  Dr. Fisher is a member of CUC and has been in practice for 55 years.  He formerly worked for the Colorado State Hospital as a forensic psychiatrist for 28 years, where he ran two maximum security units.  He evaluated defendants and testified in court as an expert witness.  Dr. Fisher then worked for St. Anthony Hospital as a staff psychiatrist, and later as their director of psychiatric services.  Dr. Fisher is currently working as a staff psychiatrist at the Littleton All Health Network (Mental Health Center).  He has held academic appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatric.  It is our privilege to have him speak to us about Personality disorders.  Come and join the class for an informative presentation!  We will meet in the Fireside Chapel from 9:10 - 9:50 am.  All are welcome.
 
Faith Forum:  Faith Forum begins its fall program with some changes. We invite everyone to a potluck brunch on Tuesday Oct. 2, from 10 - 11:30 am. Come to the Fireside Chapel and enjoy some fellowship, share how your summer went, and meet some new people.  On Tuesday Oct. 9, we will begin a 9-week Bible course, "God's Promise - I Am With You" led by Cindy Pickett.  She will use the Horizons Bible Study curriculum from the Presbyterian Church.
 
"This Bible study will be a journey through scripture...We will trace the repetition of God's most frequent promise...The focus, therefore, will be on the promise itself and how it speaks into particular circumstances.  Most important, we will consider how the promise speaks to our circumstances."
 
There is minimal preparation for the course.  The material that you will need for Faith Forum's autumn course is a booklet called God's Promise - I Am With You.  The item code is HZN18100.  The cost is $10 plus $5.25 for shipping.  The shipping will be less per person if several people go in together for an order.  Please call 1-800-533-4371 to order or go online at  www.presbyterianwomen.org/shop 
 
Exploring Spirituality:  The Tuesday evening  Exploring Spirituality class will be on hiatus this autumn.  Updates will appear in future EBlasts.
 
Adult Education Evening Program:  On Tuesday evening Oct. 2, Ad Ed will host the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, a nonpartisan organization (neither supporting nor opposing political candidates).  The speakers will present an understandable description of the 13 Referenda and Initiatives on the November 6 ballot.  Come and learn about the issues and have an opportunity to ask questions.  Issues range from redistricting for state legislative and Congressional seats, money for roads and bridges, oil and gas development, education, and more.  Something for everyone!  Please join us in the Fireside Chapel from 6:30 - 8 pm.  All are welcome. If you need childcare, please contact Jeannie at Jeannie@columbinechurch.org by Sunday, Sept. 30 to register.

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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.

Do YOU love to sing? Please join the Chancel Choir, and make a joyful noise for the 8 am service each Sunday. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room.  For more information call Tara Klima or Karen Wenzel 303-618-3099, or email tlklima@aol.com  or  karenwenzel@msn.com


GROUPS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS




                          WELCOME DAY Sunday, Sept 23rd:     You can expect church services specially tailored for first-time visitors and special treats (free donuts, coffee, etc.). WE NEED YOUR HELP! There are two key ways to help on these weeks.                                             
1) Be here. We want our visitors to experience the full magic of CUC, and that includes YOU.                                                            
2) Bring along friends. Ask family members, neighbors, loved ones, friends, or strangers to join us on these special days.  There are thousands of people in our community who would love CUC's uniquely inclusive faith experience in their lives. Let's share it with them!

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 paid 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! 

The Book Club  will meet Thursday, September 20 at 1:00 pm in the Parlor. We will be discussing  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Everyone is welcome.

The CG's (Chronologically Gifted) Lunch Bunch Group resumes Thurs, Sept. 20th    Join us to meet for fellowship and lunch at Noon in Biel Hall every third Thurs of the month. Lunch cost is less than $5.00 per person. 

Stop by September 23 between services at the Welcome Spot to meet Teresa Bettman from Common Hope  CUC has supported Common Hope for several years with their ministry in Guatemala.  Also, several CUC members support students in Guatemala and we have had vision teams travel to Guatemala to build homes.  You can make a real difference in the lives of impoverished Guatemalan families and create lasting change.  Common Hope is celebrating their 2000th student graduating from high school - a huge accomplishment!

Food Donations:    Food donations needed!  The IFCS food bank needs pasta, rice, cornmeal, flour, sugar, cookies, and crackers.  They also need paper towels, TP, and facial tissue.   

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:

Thanks to all the volunteers who spent many hours helping make the Pig Roast on Sunday a huge success...and a special thanks to Tom Rehling who stayed up the entire night watching over the cooking process.

The smoke from the fires seems to be gone and a beautiful autumn is just around the corner.

CONCERNS:

Prayers for Mim Willyard who is recovering from a fall. 

Prayers for Judi Bueher, she is experiencing painful side effects from clinical drug trials. 

Prayers for Gregg Ziemba, son of Glenn and Christy Ziemba who is having health issues. 

Prayers for Garrett Ray who had surgery on Sept 10th and has continuing health problems. Both he and Nina are exhausted from all the medical issues in their lives. 

Prayers for Sharon May who had cancer surgery on September 4th at Littleton Hospital. Her daughter reports that the surgery went well. She requests no visitors at this time.

Prayers for Gary Sisson who is having health issues and recently had tests done at the Mayo Clinic.

Although the immediate crisis may be over, we ask that you keep the following people in your prayers:  Ruth Teason, Katie Gaertner, Carla and Wally Keesecker, Susan and Jim Lummanick, Pam Lass, Jeff and Linda Veres, Kay Huntley, Sandi Key, Ginny Anstine.

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

cuc@columbinechurch.org

www.columbinechurch.org