United Methodist Church of Evergreen

The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sunday, May 7, 2017
8:30 and 10:30 Services


Russell's Ritings...

The great Dietrich Bonhoeffer points out the inevitability of the cross in each of our lives and what it means.  He writes in his classic book "The Cost of Discipleship", "As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death....Thus it begins: the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God - fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ."

The cross was not the end!  Disciples then and now are called to move on, move forward, move upward! 

When you open this on Friday morning, May 5, hopefully Diane and I will be safely home.  I look forward to seeing you this weekend.  Looking at the Scriptures for this week and thinking of all the marvelous French food I have eaten over the last couple weeks I will be preaching on "What's Cooking?"  The text is Acts 2: 42 - 47.  See you at UMCE!

"and the folks are friendly"

Russell



FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report

Sunday School and Nursery 4/30/2017
Worship Services 4/30/2017
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Needed Weekly
Received 4/30/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
5/5/2017

38
85
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$5,912
$5,237
 ($675)
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$313,348
$106,416
$131,552
    + 25,136 



BIRTHDAY DONATIONS
As you celebrate your birthday please consider supporting the church with a birthday donation.  There is a jar in Fellowship Hall by the coffee area for folks to deposit their birthday donation.  During their birth month, folks can contribute a dollar for every year of their life. Or if that seems like too much money, just donate something to celebrate your time here on earth. There are envelopes in the jar. Please write your name on the envelope if you are giving cash, so you can get credit for the donation. 

VEHICLE AND BOAT DONATION PROGRAM
Did you know that since the Fall of 2016 UMCE has received proceeds from four vehicle donations? Going forward, these donations will be earmarked for a fund for the lease or purchase of a new church van. Please consider donating your used car, truck, motorcycle or boat. UMCE works with Donate For Charity, a national vehicle donation program  that will pick up your vehicle or boat, sell it and provide 70-80% of the net proceeds (after towing and auction costs) to UMCE.  Please contact Bill Graf at phone 303-246-8330 if you have any questions.



IRA ROLLOVERS TO BENEFIT THE CHURCH
Looking for an easy way to help the church in 2017? The IRA rollover is a simple and easy way to grow God's kingdom.  If you are 70½, you may rollover up to $100,000 from your IRA to the church without paying any federal income tax on your gift.   Your gift to the church from your IRA will qualify for your 2017 required minimum distribution (RMD).  To make an IRA rollover gift in 2017, simply contact your custodian and request that all or  part of your required minimum distribution  (RMD) be transferred to the church.  For more information, visit rm-umf.org or contact the United Methodist Foundation at 303-778-6370.



WELCOME NEW MEMBERS


JOHN AND KAREN OLSON
John and Karen moved to Colorado in February from their small ranch in northwestern Mason County, Texas.  John was originally from Waco, grew up in Austin, and spent the majority of his adult life in Houston.  Karen is a native Houstonian.  They semi-retired to Mason in 2010, but having both of their children and families in the Denver area was more than they could bear.  Daughter Jennifer, her husband Richard and grandsons Milo and Finn, live in Golden, and son John Jr., his wife Alyssa, grandsons Steven and Jake and granddaughter Karena, live in Littleton.  Frequent visitors to Colorado for the last 45 years, it was an easy move for the Olsons.  Karen enjoys doing projects around the house "fixer upper" style, gardening, and spending time with the grandkids, while John enjoys fishing, hunting and playing golf, doing mandatory yardwork when it doesn't interfere with the others and, like Karen, spending time with grandkids. 



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO USHER



We are looking for ushers for the 8:30 worship service on the third and fourth Sundays of every month. 

For the month of May this would be Sunday, May 21 and 28. For the month of June, since there is no 8:30 service on the third Sunday, this would be Sunday, June 25. For July, this would be Sunday, July 16 and 23. 

If you regularly attend the 8:30 worship service maybe this is a way you can contribute. Please give this some thought and c ontact the church office if you want to volunteer or if you need more information.

Office phone: 303-674-4810
Office email: office@evergreenumc.org



ANNUAL COWBOY AND BLUEGRASS SUNDAY


Announcing the Return of our 
Annual Cowboy and Bluegrass Sunday
at the
The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
June 18, 2017 at 10:30 am 
(one service only)
 
***  Featuring Devotional time with Pastor Russell Fletcher  ***
 
Along with our Talented Country/Bluegrass Musicians:
 
Jay Genender on fiddle
Emily Wilson on Mandolin
Mike Fields on banjo and guitar
Terry Vogt on (honkytonk) piano
Suzanne Barchers on (bluegrass?) flute
Denwood Butler on guitar
Sandy Sandusky on harmonica ...
 
(and, of course, our awesome country singers)
 
Cowboy & Bluegrass Music and Poetry to include "God Must be a Cowboy at Heart", "Rocky Top", "Desert Pete", "Lord of the Dance" and many others.  Fun for all ages includes dancing for the little cowpokes, horse and pony rides in the parking lot and a BBQ lunch after the service.
 
Please come and bring your family for our signature event this year! Dress in your best cowboy attire (remember this is Rodeo Weekend) and come prepared to sing along, tap your feet and enjoy the activities.  We Hope to See You There !



VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017

Monday, June 5 - Friday, June 9
9:00 am - Noon

Come join the fun for our 2017 VBS Week: Maker Fun Factory ! We  will spend three hours each morning learning about God's love for each one of us, and our unique purpose in His world!

Youth and adults are invited to volunteer and host this special event. We have volunteer opportunities in the following areas:
  •  Crew Leaders
  •  Snacks
  •  Games
  •  Preschool and Kindergarten Leaders
  •  Bible Stories
  •  Crafts and more!
Vacation Bible School is for children pre-school ( must be potty trained) through third grade.  There is also a special program for fourth and fifth graders.  Sixth graders through high school may participate as volunteers.
 
Cost is $40 per child.

VBS Dates:  Monday, June 5th through Friday, June 9th (9 am - 12 pm daily)

Contact Sarah to find out how you can participate!
 
303-717-2053  



ADULT EDUCATION

Sunday, May 7 and 14 from 9:30 - 10:20 am
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Facilitator: Russell Fletcher
The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of Biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity. The commandments include instructions to worship only God, to honor one's parents, and to keep the Sabbath, as well as prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, theft, dishonesty, and coveting. Different religious groups follow different traditions for interpreting and numbering them. The Ten Commandments are listed twice in the Hebrew Bible, first in Exodus 20:1-17, and then in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Both versions state that God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. Modern scholarship has found likely influences in Hittite and Mesopotamian laws and treaties, but is divided over exactly when the Ten Commandments were written and who wrote them. We will explore some of this history and scholarship. Then, we will rewrite The Ten Commandments in common, modern language and examine our hearts as we renew our own personal and private commitments to the Commandments.



WALKING THE LABYRINTH: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY


On Sunday, April 30, the UMCE Adult Education class and the UMCE Youth Group made a trip to  Arvada Methodist Church, 6750 Carr Street, to walk their beautiful labyrinth, which overlooks a lovely view of the mountains.  




YOUTH EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Action Pack
Preschool-5th Grades 9:30 am
Youth Group Sunday School
6th-12th Grades 9:30 am
EverKids Early Elementary Sunday School
Preschool-1st Grades 10:30 am
EverKids Upper Elementary Sunday School

2nd-5th Grades 10:30 am
SUNDAY YOUTH GROUP

High School Youth Group
9th-12th Grades Noon - 1:30 pm
Regular Youth Group

6th-12th Grades 1:30 - 3:30 pm
THE STORY FOR KIDS

Wednesdays in UMCE Church Sanctuary
Preschool - 5th Grades 4:00 - 5:00 pm



MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JIM GOBEL


The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 pm

We are honored to celebrate Jim's life with the Gobel family on this very special Saturday in June.

Before moving to Texas Jim and Sharon were active members at UMCE. Sharon was instrumental in starting The Great Escape childcare in our building and Jim was part of the team of three (Jim, Pem Dunn and Chris Hahn) who created the beautiful stained glass windows in our church Sanctuary. 

Please plan on joining our church family for this very special service. 









UMCE LAY CARE MINISTRIES

NEED A PRAYER REQUEST?
We would like to help.   UMCE has a dedicated team of prayer warriors headed up by Charlene Hahn. If you have a prayer request, or if you would like to be included on the prayer chain, please contact Charlene Hahn at   cvhahn@comcast.net.
 
NEED A RIDE?
We would like to help. Contact the church office at 303-674-4810 or Transportation team lead Candy Hastedt at 303-670-5002 and someone from our Transportation Team will help you get to where you need to go.
 
NEED SOMETHING FIXED?
We would like to help. Contact the church office at 303-674-4810 or Helping Hands team lead Alison Barnes at 303-520-3746 and someone from our Helping Hands team will fix whatever needs fixing.
 
NEED A MEAL?
We would like to help. The Lay Care Team is keeping the church freezer stocked with frozen meals for our church family members in need of a meal. If you remove and deliver a meal to someone, kindly mark the inventory list with what was removed and to whom it was delivered. This will ensure no one is forgotten or duplicated. The inventory list is taped to the front of the freezer.  



AROUND THE CHURCH


Wednesday, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31:  9:30-11:30 am
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY:  "Becoming Heart Sisters"
Location: UMCE Church Library
Please join Wednesday Women's Bible Study for a new study beginning May 3. The book,  Becoming Heart Sisters: A Bible Study on Authentic Friendships , by Natalie Chambers Snapp, will help us become better equipped to walk hand in hand with a loyal friend and to become a God-honored friend. We meet in the church library from 9:30-11:30. Contact Jeanne Ambrosier 303-674-6377 or rjambro@estreet.com for a book or more information.



Tuesday, May 2 and 16:  6:30 - 7:30 am
THE BAGELRY MEN'S FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Location: The Bagelry in Bergen Park 
A small, but growing group of men have started meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Bagelry in Bergen Park, across from King Soopers. Please come to join us and feel free to invite someone else who might benefit from this informal men's fellowship time.  Women do this!  Why can't men?  Contact Bill Graf (303-246-8330) or Clyde Sacks (805-451-4586). 



Saturday, May 6: 8:00 Breakfast, 8:30 Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST: "Drone Technology"
Location: UMCE Fellowship Hall
United Methodist Men will meet for breakfast at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall.  Isaac Anderson will give a presentation and share his experiences and knowledge in using drones in civil and military applications.  Russell Fletcher and Glenn Stoll will be coordinating the breakfast.  All church family and friends are welcome to attend the speaker's program session starting at 8:30 am.  



Monday, June 5 - Friday, June 9 from 9:00 am - Noon
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: MAKER FUN FACTORY!
Come join the fun for our 2017 VBS Week: Maker Fun Factory! We will spend three hours each morning learning about God's love for each one of us, and our unique purpose in His world!


Saturday, June 10 starting at 9:00 am
SPRING CLEANUP DAY
The date for the Spring Cleanup is June 10th starting at 9:00 and hopefully being done by noon. Coffee, juice, and snacks will be provided. Volunteers should bring gloves and yard tools including weed whips, leaf blowers, and tree trimming equipment.  Work will include general cleanup, painting inside and out (if the weather cooperates), landscaping, tree trimming, weed and grass cutting, some minor electrical repairs, and of course just miscellaneous yardwork.  All are invited and we hope to have a big crowd to make light work for this annual event.



Sunday, June 18 at 10:30 am - One Service Only
ANNUAL COWBOY AND BLUEGRASS SUNDAY
Please come and bring your family for our signature event this year! Dress in your best cowboy attire (remember this is Rodeo Weekend) and come prepared to sing along, tap your feet and enjoy the activities. We Hope to See You There! Cowboy & Bluegrass Music and Poetry to include "God Must be a Cowboy at Heart", "Rocky Top", "Desert Pete", "Lord of the Dance" and many others. Fun for all ages includes dancing for the little cowpokes, horse and pony rides in the parking lot and a BBQ lunch after the service.



CHURCH CALENDAR

Wednesday, May 3, 10, 17, 
24 and 31
9:30 -
11:30 am

Women's Bible Study: "Becoming Heart Sisters"
Tuesday, May 2 and 16 6:30 am The Bagelry Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group
Saturday, May 6 8:00 am Men's Breakfast: Drone Technology
Sunday, June 4 10:30 Service Graduation Sunday
Monday, June 5 -
Friday, June 9
9:00 - Noon Vacation Bible School 2017: Maker Fun Factory
Saturday, June 10 9:00 - Noon Spring Cleanup Day
Sunday, June 18 10:30 am Annual Cowboy and Bluegrass Sunday

MAY TEAM MEETINGS

Sunday, May 7 12:00 pm First Responders
Thursday, May 11
7:00 pm
Finance
Tuesday, May 23 6:30 pm Inclusiveness Task Force
Thursday, May 25 6:00 pm Membership



CHURCH INFORMATION

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - noon
Please call the office at 303-674-4810, or email office@evergreenumc.org if you would like to add 
your event to the weekly Happenings.

LARGE PRINT HYMNALS, BIBLES AND BULLETINS are available in the vestibule for Sunday services. Just ask one of the ushers to help you.
 
ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES are available for Sunday services. If you would like to try an Assistive Listening device this Sunday just ask one of the ushers or a sound booth technician.

AN OPEN INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP is extended to all persons. Please speak with the pastor about your interest in becoming part of this great Christian Fellowship.

RELOADABLE KING SOOPERS/SAFEWAY GROCERY CARDS  are on sale in Fellowship Hall on the first Sunday of each month following each worship service. 5% of all purchases made with these reloadable cards goes back to UMCE! You can also purchase these cards from the church office during regular office hours. 

 
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF EVERGREEN
Growing a community of faith by serving a world of need and changing lives. We affirm a spirit of openness and hospitality to all, including persons of all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, financial strata, and abilities who seek a closer walk with God.
 
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