United Methodist Church of Evergreen

The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

9th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, August 6, 2017
~ One Service at 10:30 am ~


Russell's Ritings, 

PICK UP IN THE RAIN

It was late one night, about 11:30 p. m.  It was during the turbulent conflict-filled 60s.  An older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those days.  The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance, and put her in a taxicab.

She seemed in a big hurry, but wrote down the young man's address and thanked him.  Seven days went by and a knock came on the young man's door.  To his surprise a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.  A special note was attached.  It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night.  The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirit.  Then you came along.  Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away.  God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."  SINCERELY, MRS. NAT KING COLE. 

THIS WEEK, LOOK AROUND AND MAKE 
A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE!

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This Sunday is going to be special!  We will observe our annual church picnic and outdoor worship service, "CHURCH AT THE RANCH".  We are going out to the Stoll's ranch (see directions below) for a 10:30 worship service followed by a wonderful bar-b-q (pulled pork, brats, hot dogs).  Note: bring a dish to share.  Drinks will be furnished.

We will have ATV rides (experienced drivers; level surfaces), pony rides, a bouncy castle, croquet, horseshoes, and just sitting and visiting!  The yard has a beautiful view of Pike's Peak! 

Please come, bring a friend, bring your kids and grandkids (ours is flying in from Nashville just for this), and also bring a lawn or camp chair if you don't want to sit in a church folding chair. 

Sunday's sermon (to be preached from a tree house) is "What if?, John 6: 1 - 15.

I can hardly wait!

Russell

CHURCH AT THE RANCH & CHURCH PICNIC
Sunday, August 6th ~ One Service at 10:30 am

Location: 13502 S. Wamblee Valley Road, Conifer

This year UMCE will host its annual Church Picnic at Glenn and Pat Stoll's ranch outside of Conifer. The outdoor worship service will take place at 10:30 am with the church picnic after the service. The Grill Masters will be there and you can bring a side dish to share. 

There will also be pony rides and a bouncy castle for the kids; games, including horseshoes and croquet; live music; and in true Methodist fashion lots of good food, including homemade BBQ and homemade ice cream. 
Please make plans to join us!





DIRECTIONS TO CHURCH AT THE RANCH
FINANCE REMINDER
 

Don't take your tithe on vacation
 
Don't take your tithe on vacation!  T his summer, if you can't make it to church due to travel or other commitments, we encourage you to continue making your regular donation. We rely on the consistent financial support of the congregation and depend on your regular contributions to operate the church all year long.  We thank you for your continued support!

 
FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report

Sunday School and Nursery 7/30/2017
Worship Services 7/30/2017
Mission Trip
------------------------------------
Needed Weekly
Received 7/30/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
8/4/2017

17
84
26
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$5,912
$5,954
+ $42
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$313,348
$183,272
$193,804
+ $10,532

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. 

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.

October 1 - "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?

October 8 - "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?

October 15, 22, 29 - "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. 

HELP WANTED:

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 or Sarah.
WESTERN SLOPE PEACHES, PEARS AND APPLES
FOR SALE AT UMCE
 
Get ready! The peaches, apples and pears are coming! Every summer UMCE offers our congregation access to some of the best peaches, apples, and pears in the world - and they are grown right here in Colorado, at C&R Farms! 

Orders will be taken until August 24th.
Payment is due when the order is placed.

Be sure to reserve some of this fruit - it goes fast! The fruit will be available to be picked up in the  Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 3rd.
 
PEACHES
10# = $24
18# = $37
PEARS
10# = $22
20# = $32
APPLES
10# = $19
16# = $27



This is a fundraiser to benefit the UMCE General Fund.

Questions?
Feel free to contact the church office at 303-674-4810 or email the church office at  office@evergreenumc.org

Or you can contact Vickie Borden at email  vlborden1@yahoo.com.




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



CHARITY EVENTS AROUND EVERGREEN
 
"SEEDS OF HOPE"
SALVATION ARMY BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING EVENT
Thursday, August 10 from 8:00 -10:00 am
at the Evergreen Walmart

Seeds of Hope will once again be assisting in the 3rd Annual Salvation Army Back To School Event.  Forty-five children from low income families in our community have been sponsored by our Evergreen Salvation Army unit for a back to school "clothes shopping spree" at our local Walmart.  Afterwards they will be able to pick up their free school supplies from Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO).


You are invited to be part of this exciting experience as a chaperone. Each child will be paired with an adult (18 years or older to chaperone) to assist them while they shop and check out at Walmart on August 10th from 8:00-10:00 am.  ***We need one chaperone to work with special needs autistic boy.**

If you would like to make a donation please consider making a check out to EChO to help pay for school supplies and backpacks.  A check can be dropped off at the EChO food bank or mailed (and made out to):  EChO, PO Box 1515, Evergreen CO 80437.


AROUND THE CHURCH


Sunday, August 6: Outdoor Service at 10:30 am
CHURCH AT THE RANCH & CHURCH PICNIC
~ One Service Only at 10:30 am ~
This year UMCE will host its annual Church Picnic at Glenn and Pat Stoll's ranch outside of Conifer. The outdoor worship service will take place at 10:30 am with the church picnic after the service. The Grill Masters will be there and you can bring a side dish to share. Please make plans to join us!



Sunday, August 13 at 10:30 am Service
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
We will be blessing the new school year and all who participate in it on August 13 during the 10:30 service. Anyone enrolling in school is  invited to bring their  backpack for this special blessing. Whether you are entering kindergarten, are an experienced middle school student, or are college-bound, you are invited to  participate. Also teachers, college  professors, school lunch workers, bus drivers, principals, and anyone else employed in education is in invited to come forward for special prayer that day. 



Sunday, August 20 from 9:15-10:30 am
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Make plans to join us on Sunday, August 20 for a pancake breakfast in between the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Come and enjoy fellowship and a hot stack.



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, August 6 10:30 am Church at the Ranch & Church Picnic
Sunday, August 13 10:30 am Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 20 9:15-10:30 am Pancake Breakfast
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

Tuesday, August 8 10:30 am Staff
Thursday, August 10 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, August 24 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, September 5 10:30 am Staff
Tuesday, September 5 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, September 5 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, September 14 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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