The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am
1st Sunday in Advent


Russell's Ritings....

The world is saying the season is here.  As a matter of fact the world has been screaming that to us since Halloween.  The season they refer is NOT here and won't be until December 25.  However, we do begin another season this next Sunday, the season of Advent.  Advent is a season of four Sundays prior to Christmas, and the theme is PREPARE.  We are to prepare because the Lord has come, the Lord comes today, and the Lord will come again in glory at the end of the age.

As we prepare let me share with you one of my favorite prayers.  It's from Pope John 23rd in 1963 in his encyclical, "Pacem in Terris" (Peace on Earth).

"May He banish from the hearts of all men and women whatever might endanger peace.  May He transform them into witnesses of truth, justice, and love.  May He enkindle the rulers of peoples so that in addition to their solicitude for the proper welfare of their citizens, they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace."

May He enkindle the wills of all so that they may overcome the barriers that divide, cherish the bonds of mutual charity, understand others and pardon those who have done them wrong.  May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters, and may the most longed - for peace blossom forth and reign always among men and women.  Amen."

I hope to see you Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent.  Our sermon will be "Prepare - Be Ready" (Romans 13: 11 - 14). 

"and the folks are friendly"

Russell
 

CHARGE CONFERENCE

CHARGE CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

On Tuesday, December 5 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm
MILE HIGH WEST CIRCUIT CHARGE CONFERENCE
Location: UMCE Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall


Please mark your calendars for this year's charge conference at UMCE. Our new District Superintendent Tezenlo Thong is doing circuit charge conferences this year. Our church has been chosen as the meeting location and there will be members from 6 other churches in attendance. 

We plan to serve a light snack, so we need volunteers to help serve. Please contact the church office if you are able to help... and plan on attending this year's charge conference and take advantage of this opportunity to meet our new District Superintendent and members from other area UMC churches!
 

UMCE CHRISTMAS DINNER

THE 39TH ANNUAL UMCE CHRISTMAS DINNER
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd when our sanctuary will be transformed into an elegant dinner setting. Enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner, be entertained by a group of talented musicians, and have childcare for the entire evening (there's even a child-friendly pre-party that you can attend!).......all for $14 per person. SEE YOU THERE!



ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS AT UMCE

Sunday, December 3 and Sunday, December 10

For thirty years the United Methodist Church of Evergreen has offered the option of presenting Christmas gifts to friends and relatives in the form of a donation to various non-profit organizations. This most Christian celebration gift is truly a way to recognize family and friends while at the same time benefiting worthwhile causes in honor of the Christmas spirit. Special cards will be available for the recipient of your gift.


An Alternative Christmas order form is being provided as a newsletter and bulletin insert. The completed form can be given to a member of the Missions Committee at the Alternative Christmas table in Fellowship Hall after church Sunday Dec. 3rd or Sunday Dec. 10th.  If unable to be in church on those dates, you can still deliver your form to the church office.  Checks should be made out to the United Methodist Church of Evergreenwith the note "Alternative Christmas" on the memo line. 
 
SPONSORED THIS YEAR: Bethlehem Bible College; Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity; Center for Health and Hope (formerly Center for Church and Global AIDS); Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; Evergreen Christian Outreach; Family Promise; Severe Weather Collaboration (SWC) for Jefferson County; Kenya Youth Sponsorship; Mountain Resource Center; Urban Peak Youth Shelter, and JOY International. Please see the newsletter and bulletin inserts for more details. 
THE EVERGREEN CHORALE PRESENTS
A CEREMONY OF CAROLS

A CEREMONY OF CAROLS
Sunday, December 10th at 4:30 pm
Join your friends at the Evergreen Chorale's Christmas concert Sunday, December 10 at Rockland Community Church at 4:30 pm.  The discount price for a group is $22. You may call Jo Ann Dunn at 303-674-1695by this Sunday, December 3 or sign up on the bulletin board. Make checks payable to her.
THANK YOU!

THANKS FOR FAMILY PROMISE DONATIONS
The response to the collection for a family at Family Promise was overwhelming.  Pat Stoll had shopped for the family we had adopted, and your donations were double what she had spent.  The Missions Team is donating the remainder to the Agape Fund to be used for UMCE members in need during the Christmas season.
 
THANKS TO DECORATORS
Many thanks to all of you who stayed after church last Sunday to transform the sanctuary into a winter wonderland.  Special thanks go to Karen Ament for her skilled directions.
 

WORLD AIDS DAY COMMUNITY SERVICE

December 3 at 7:00 PM

Park Hill United Methodist Church

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson

Bishop Karen Oliveto will model AIDS testing

Music by the World AIDS Legacy Ensemble, 
directed by Daryl J. Walker

Liturgical Dance by In His Presence 
of Scott United Methodist Church
 
 

FINANCE UPDATES

VICTORY SUNDAY STEWARDSHIP NUMBERS 
~ We are behind in reporting our numbers by one week ~

Attendance & Stewardship Report
-------------------------------------------
Sunday School and Nursery 11/19/2017
Worship Services 11/19/20 17
-------------------------------------------
Needed Weekly
Received 11/19/2017
                                                Difference
-------------------------------------------
                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
12/1/2017
--------------
---
126
--------------
$5,912
$13,815
$7,093
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$313,348
$277,864
$292,132
+ $14,268

 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
December 3, 2017: 9:30 - 10:20 am, Church Library
THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
Facilitator:  Dr. Lorna Idol
Usually known by its original title ( Tanghi Argentini ),  Argentine Tangos (2006)  is a beautiful  Christmas short film  from Belgian filmmaker Guy Thys.  It was deservedly nominated for the  Best Short Oscar,  as well as winning the Best Foreign Short at the prestigious  LA Shorts Fest .  Full of the Christmas spirit,  Argentine Tangos  is a comedy drama that follows a middle-aged office-worker's attempt to fulfill his Christmas passion while keeping a snowy-white lie secret.  Lorna promises your heart will feel warm after this viewing.  It is in Dutch with English subtitles.   After the film, participants will share how they like to share the Christmas Spirit or in special ways how it has been shared with them.
 
December 10, 2018: 9:30 - 10:20 am, Church Library
REPORT ON THE WAY FORWARD
Facilitators:  Church and Society Team
The Way Forward Commission recently submitted an interim report to the Council of Bishops outlining three possible models to help the United Methodist Church move past its current impasse over questions regarding homosexuality. This class will provide a general overview of the Commission's work, to date.  
 
December 17, 2017: 9:30 - 10:20 am, Church Library
SHARING OUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
Facilitator:  Dr. Lorna Idol
Many people have established family and/or personal traditions for the Christmas season.  We will gather together in the Spirit of Christmas and share the traditions we treasure.  We will talk about our own childhood traditions and how we have continued with those or changed them to benefit our own families or our own lifestyles.  We might also be adding to our own Christmas treasure chests as we learn how others in our Christian family celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ as we munch on Christmas cookies and drink our hot chocolate.
 
December 24, 2017:   No Session:  Christmas Holiday
 
December 31, 2017:   No Session:  New Year's Holiday
 
Winter/Spring 2018 Sessions: Starting January 14



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
I LOVE GOD'S GREEN EARTH

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

AROUND THE CHURCH


Saturday, December 2 - 8:00 Breakfast, 8:30 Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST: GLACIERS AND SPORT
FISHING IN ALASKA
Location: UMCE Fellowship Hall
Presenter: Robin Roberts
Robin Roberts will give a presentation on glaciers and sport fishing in Alaska, and how glaciers contribute to prolific sport and commercial fishing in the North Atlantic Ocean.  All church members and friends are welcome to attend the speaker's program starting at 8:30.



Saturday, December 2 from 7:00 - 9:15 pm
UMCE CHRISTMAS DINNER
Location: UMCE Sanctuary
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 2nd when our sanctuary will be transformed into an elegant dinner setting. Enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner, be entertained by a group of talented musicians, and have childcare for the entire evening (there's even a child-friendly pre-party that you can attend!).......all for $14 per person. SEE YOU THERE!



Sunday, December 3 and Sunday, December 10
ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS AT UMCE  
For thirty years the United Methodist Church of Evergreen has offered the option of presenting Christmas gifts to friends and relatives in the form of a donation to various non-profit organizations. This most Christian celebration gift is truly a way to recognize family and friends while at the same time benefiting worthwhile causes in honor of the Christmas spirit. Special cards will be available for the recipient of your gift.



Tuesday, December 5 at 6:30 am
MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Location: The Bagelry in Bergen Park
The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group 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.  Due to the holidays, we will not meet on Tuesday, Dec. 19th & Tuesday, Jan. 2.



Tuesday, December 5 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm
MILE HIGH WEST CIRCUIT CHARGE CONFERENCE
Location: UMCE Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
Please mark your calendars for this year's charge conference at UMCE. Our new District Superintendent Tezenlo Thong is doing circuit charge conferences this year. Our church has been chosen as the meeting location and there will be members from 6 other churches in attendance. We plan to serve a light snack, so we need volunteers to help serve. Please contact the church office if you are able to help... and plan on attending this year's charge conference and take advantage of this opportunity to meet our new District Superintendent and members from other area UMC churches!



Wednesday, December 6, 13 and 20 - from 9:30 - 11:30 am
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY:
"JOHN: THE GOSPEL OF LIGHT AND LIFE"
Location: UMCE Library (Room 12)
Please join the Women's Bible Study as they start a new study, Adam Hamilton's DVD series "John: The Gospel of Light and Life." The Gospel of John is considered the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. Experience spiritual growth and life changing renewal with the truths revealed in this Gospel. Contact Jeanne Ambrosier at rjambro@estreet.com  or 303-674-6377 for a book or more information.



Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 Worship Service
"A CHILD IS BORN" CHRISTMAS CANTATA
PRESENTED BY UMCE CHANCEL CHOIR
This Christmas cantata combines scripture readings with carols and congregation sing-a-longs. Please join the UMCE Chancel Choir as they perform "A Child Is Born," directed by Sandy Sandusky, accompanied by Keron Sandusky, with readings by Clyde Sacks and Pastor Fletcher. 

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
DECEMBER

Saturday, December 2 8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Program
Men's Breakfast: Glaciers and Sport Fishing in Alaska
Saturday, December 2 7:00 pm UMCE Christmas Dinner
Sunday, Dec. 3 &
Sunday, Dec. 10

Alternative Christmas at UMCE
Tuesday, December 5
6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group
No Meeting on Tues., Dec. 19th
Tuesday, December 5 6:00-10:00 pm Mile High West Circuit Charge Conference at UMCE
Wednesday, December
6, 13 and 20
9:30-11:30 am Women's Bible Study: "John: The Gospel of Light and Life"
Sunday, December 17 10:30 Service "A Child Is Born" Christmas Cantata, Presented by the UMCE Chancel Choir
Sunday, December 24 10:30 am
4:00 pm
7:00 pm
Traditional Advent Service
Spontaneous Christmas Pageant
Candlelight Service with Choir

TEAM MEETINGS
DECEMBER

Tuesday, December 5 6:00 pm CHARGE CONFERENCE
Tuesday, December 12 Noon Staff Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 12 6:00 pm Missions
Thursday, December 14 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, December 19 6:30 pm Church & Society 
Thursday, December 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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