United Methodist Church of Evergreen

The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

12th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am


Russell's Ritings, 

REFERENDUM RE: SUNDAY SCHOOL

We will begin our fall season of Sunday School soon.  Mark your calendar for our Fall Festival coming up September 10.  That day is a day of fun, food, and fellowship - but it also signals the beginning of a new Sunday School year. 

Some churches are having referendums as to whether the Sunday School should be closed and regarded as an interesting part of our history, but something not vital today.  Proponents of closing the Sunday School say it will:
  1. Provide more time for sleeping
  2. Allow more time for a home - cooked breakfast
  3. Allow more time to read the newspapers
  4. Allow us to beat the traffic on the way to Grandma's house
  5. Make it easier to get to the ball park
  6. Save the church money as we won't have to buy literature
  7. Free up church volunteers to do other things
  8. Reduce an hour of utilities
Maybe UMCE should vote on the Sunday School?  What do you think?  I have an idea.  Let's take a vote on September 10.  That gives you plenty time to think about your decision.  To vote yes, please attend (mark your calendar now so you won't forget).  To vote no, just don't come.  Your decision!

(Please note - turn your sarcasm meter on while reading the above - but please see the truth in what's there!  All the programs of the church depend on YOU).

This Sunday we will conclude the summer series on "The David Stories".  The sermon will be "Walking Through the Valley" and the text is everyone's favorite Psalm of David, Psalm 23.  We will also share in the baptism of Emmy Grace Mance (granddaughter of Mac and Nancy DeGuire), always a great and happy time in the life of a church.  See you at UMCE where the folks are friendly!

Blessings,

Russell
HELP WANTED:
ADULT EDUCATION COORDINATOR

We need someone to coordinate our adult education program beginning in November. If you will help - either as a coordinator or as a presenter - please contact Russell at  russell@evergreenumc.org or Sarah at youth@evergreenumc.org.
 

MESSAGE FROM JOYCE SCHEEL 
ABOUT BLOOD DONATIONS

 
My life was saved by the gift of blood donation, 
truly the gift of life.

You may donate in my honor with the 
group code #7368 (in honor of Joyce Scheel) 
when you check in at any of the  Community 
Donor Bonfils Center locations.

Thank you for the gift of life. 

~ Joyce Scheel
 

INFORMATION ON POSSIBLE NEW CHURCH VAN
 
Below is information on the new van we are considering purchasing. And the A/C Works!

 
Brand New 2016 3500 WB 15 Passenger Van
  • Stabilitrack Stability Control
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Rearview Camera
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • AM/FM Radio with CD Player
  • Sticker Price $41,765
  • Offered to Us for $25,600!
FINANCE REMINDERS
 

Quarterly Giving Statements Now Available
 
Second quarter giving statements will be available in the Fellowship Hall again this Sunday, August 27. Please stop by the table and pick yours up. If you would like to start receiving your giving statements by email please let the church office know at office@evergreenumc.org.
 
Silent Auction Coming in October
 
The church will be having a silent auction in October. Please start thinking about what you can contribute to make this fundraiser a success. The last silent auction included gift baskets, Chef Clyde's prepared dinner for 6, Russell's Jambalaya, artwork, sports memorabilia, vacation rentals, an ATV trip, etc.  Please contact the church office at  office@evergreenumnc.org or Vickie Borden at  vlborden1@yahoo.com to let us know what you are willing to contribute to the auction.





FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report

Sunday School and Nursery 8/20/2017
Worship Services 8/20/2017
------------------------------------
Needed Weekly
Received 8/20/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
8/25/2017

6
102
------------
$5,912
$2,782
($3,130)
------------
$313,348
$201,008
$208,381
+ $7,373

 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
Have you ever wanted to know more about your church?  Come and join Pastor Russell for four Sundays as he leads us through Methodism 101. 

Sunday, September 17:  9:30 - 10:20 am 
THE HISTORY OF METHODISM 
From the Wesleys until today we will look at how the Methodist movement has become one of the most prominent church families.

Sunday, September 24:  9:30 - 10:20 am 
THE BELIEFS OF A UNITED METHODIST
Someone has said Methodism is the common denominator of the denominations.  Wesley said, "If your heart is as my heart is, give me your hand for we are brothers."  We will look at the diversity of belief systems within our church and also at the core beliefs we do not compromise.

Sunday, October 1:  9:30 - 10:20 am
THE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
How are we organized?  What is our structure?  What is "holy conferencing"?   How do Bishops, Superintendents, and pastors "connect"?  What is the "connectional" system?  How does UMCE fit within the connection?

Sunday, October 8:  9:30 - 10:20 am
A LOOK AT UMCE
What makes our own local church so special?  Where have we come from, where are we, and where are we going?

Sunday, October 15, 22, 29:  9:30 - 10:20 am
HOW TO GROW A CHURCH (led by Pastor Russell)
During these weeks we will look at the principles of church growth, the keys to church growth, the costs  of church growth, and strategies which will help UMCE become the church God wants it to become. 



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
 

AROUND THE CHURCH


Sunday, September 3 -- Before and after services
PEACHES, PEARS AND APPLES DELIVERED!
Fall Fruit is coming! Peaches, pears, and apples ordered through C&R Farms will be available for pick-up on Sunday, September 3rd. Orders must be received by August 24, so be sure to submit your order form at church as soon as possible. 


Tuesday, September 5 & 19 at 6:30 am
THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Location: The Bagelry in Bergen Park
The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group resumes. This is a small, but growing, group of men who meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Bagelry in Bergen Park, across from King Soopers.  Contact Bill Graf (303-246-8330) or Clyde Sacks (805-451-4586) for more information.



Wednesday, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY: "BECOMING HEART SISTERS"
Location: UMCE Church Library
Please join the Wednesday Women's Bible Study as they resume their study of the book, "Becoming Heart Sisters: A Bible Study on Authentic Friendships," by Natalie Chambers Snapp. This study will help women become better equipped to walk hand in hand with a loyal friend and to become a God-honored friend. Contact Jeanne Ambrosier 303-674-6377 or rjambro@estreet.com for a book or more information.



Saturday, September 9:  8:00 Breakfast, 8:30 Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST:  NORMANDY
Speaker: Pastor Russell
Pastor Russell and Diane visited France last spring and were especially moved by their visit to Normandy beach. Pastor Russell will be sharing photos and experiences from this trip. Bill Graf and Jim Ament will be coordinating the breakfast. All church family and friends are welcome to attend the speaker's program starting at 8:30 am.




Sunday, September 10 -- Fall Festival after 10:30 service
EDUCATION KICK-OFF AND FALL FESTIVAL 
The Fall Festival is coming! UMCE's annual Fall Festival will be held following the 10:30 service on Sunday, September 10. This is a fun time for all with food, bouncy castles, and carnival games. We need volunteers! If you can help by manning a booth, please contact Sarah Sailor at  youth@evergreenumc.org.



Sunday, September 10 -- 9:15 Rehearsal and Sing at 10:30
CHANCEL CHOIR STARTS THEIR NEW SEASON! 
Director Sandy Sandusky will be returning from back surgery to direct another season of the UMCE Chancel Choir. Keron will be back at the piano as well. Please join us as we learn some beautiful music and make a joyful noise to the Lord! 



Sunday, September 17 & 24 from 9:30 - 10:20 am
ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES RESUME 
PASTOR RUSSELL PRESENTS A SERIES ON METHODISM

September 17 - "The History of Methodism" 
From the Wesley's until today we will look at how the Methodist movement has become one of the most prominent church families.

September 24 - "The Beliefs of a United Methodist"
Someone has said Methodism is the common denominator of the denominations.  Wesley said, "If your heart is as my heart is, give me your hand for we are brothers."  We will look at the diversity of belief systems within our church and also at the core beliefs we do not compromise.













  
CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sunday, September 3 Before and after services Peaches, Pears and Apples Delivered!
Tuesday, September 5 & 19 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group
Wednesday, September 6,
13, 20 & 27
9:30 am Women's Bible Study
Saturday, September 9 8:00 am Men's Breakfast: Normandy
Sunday, September 10 10:30 service

Education Kick-off Sunday and
Fall Festival after 10:30 Service
Sunday, September 10 9:15 Rehearse
10:30 Sing
Chancel Choir Begins Their New Season!
Sunday, September 17 & 24 9:30 am Adult Education Classes Resume with
Pastor Russell's Series on Methodism

TEAM MEETINGS
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

Sunday, August 27 11:30 am Special Church Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 5 4:00 pm Brainstormers
Tuesday, September 5 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, September 5 7:00 pm Trustees
Sunday, September 10 11:30 am SPR
Tuesday, September 12 10:30 am Staff Meeting and Potluck
Thursday, September 21 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, September 19 6:30 pm ITF
Thursday, September 28 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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