The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am
3rd Sunday in Advent


Russell's Ritings....

A man had too much to drink at a party.  On his way home, he lost his wallet.  A policeman found him searching for it under a streetlight.  The policeman joined him in the search for the wallet.  Ten minutes passed.  They still did not find the wallet.. 

The policeman asked, "Are you sure that you lost your wallet under this streetlight?"  The man replied, "No, I lost it over there."  He pointed to a place in the darkness.  The policeman scratched his head and asked, "Then why are we looking here?"  The man replied, "Because there's more light here."

The revelation of Jesus Christ gives us light for our search for the meaning of life.  Into the darkness of sin the Savior came, Emmanuel, God with us!  Robert Browning in his poem "Death in the Desert", wrote,

"I say, the acknowledgement of God in Christ

Accepted by thy reason, solves for thee,

All questions in the earth and out of it,

And has so far advanced thee to be wise."

I hope to see you Sunday!  In the 8:30 service the text is James 5: 7 - 10, and the sermon is "Prepare....and Be Patient."  In the 10:30 service our choir will present, "A Child is Born" by John Purifoy.  Why not come and spend the morning?

On December 24, Christmas Eve, we are adjusting the regular Sunday routine and the regular Christmas Eve schedule since Christmas Eve falls on Sunday.  There will be no 8:30 service.  Traditional morning worship will be at 10:30, our Annual Spontaneous Christmas Pageant is at 4, and Carols, Candles, and Communion will be at 7.  Since the services are all different why not plan to attend all three?

From the Heart,

Russell
 

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SERVICES


 

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE 
FOR JERRY HUBER
 
The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm 



MESSAGE FROM RUTHANNE:

We will celebrate Jerry's life on January 6, 2018 at 3 P.M. at the United Methodist Church of  Evergreen located on 3757 South Ponderosa Drive, 80439.  I tell you this to ask that you pray over those who will attend this celebration for God's peace and comfort to dwell over and protect each one.  I also will ask that you turn to the one nearest you and give them a hug, because there are never enough of those in this troubled world.

I would like for memorials to go to Mount Evans home health care and hospice located at 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439.

Since contact with you may be impossible, I am sending you a virtual hug and praying that you will be blessed with the love of Christ this Christmas and the joy of knowing that He loves us best!

 

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS UPDATE
 
Thanks to all who stopped by the Missions tables in Fellowship Hall while the Alternative Christmas materials were displayed!  Although the displays have been put away, if you weren't able to be in church, but would still like to make an Alternative Christmas gift, please just contact any of us on the Missions Team or ask in the office for information.  We will be happy to provide you with information about the organization you'd like to support!
 
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.
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School and Nursery 12/10/2017
Worship Services 12/10/20 17
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Needed Weekly
Received 12/10/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
12/15/2017
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37
127
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$5,912
$7,978
$2,066
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$313,348
$295,600
$311,533
+ $15,953


Great news for you and for our church!!

You could give some of your IRA dollars to support God's Kingdom before the end of 2017.  A few years ago Congress made permanent the opportunity to make a charitable gift from an IRA to a qualifying non-profit.   You can convert your required minimum distribution (RMD) to a charitable distribution by rolling over part of an IRA to UMCE.   In doing this you avoid paying any additional tax.

You must be over age 70 ½.  These tax-free gifts can be up to $100,000 and satisfy the required minimum distribution (RMD).  All you need to do is to contact your IRA custodian and request an amount be transferred to UMCE or to the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation for the benefit of UMCE.  This would be a great way to save on taxes and complete your pledge, increase your gift or create a new gift, at the same time! 
 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
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


Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 Worship Service
"A CHILD IS BORN" CHRISTMAS CANTATA
This Christmas cantata presented by the UMCE Chancel Choir 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 Pastor Fletcher, Clyde Sacks and JoAnn Vogt. 



Wednesday, Dec. 20 & Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - 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 for their 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.



December 25 - January 1
LIMITED OFFICE HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS



Sunday, December 31 - Two Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am
NEW YEAR'S EVE SUNDAY - TWO WORSHIP SERVICES



Saturday, January 6 - 8:00 am Breakfast, 8:30 am Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST: UMC MISSIONS IN RWANDA
Location: UMCE Fellowship Hall
Presenter: Bill Graf



Sunday, January 7 from 9:15 - 10:30 am
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Membership Team is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast after the holidays. Enjoy fellowship and breakfast in between services on this Sunday in January. 



Tuesday, January 16 - Starting at 6:30 am
THE 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.

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
DECEMBER AND JANUARY

Sunday, December 17 10:30 Service "A Child Is Born" Christmas Cantata, Presented by the UMCE Chancel Choir
Wednesday, Dec. 20 and
Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
9:30-11:30 am
Women's Bible Study: "John: The Gospel of Light and Life"
Sunday, December 24 10:30 am
4:00 pm
7:00 pm
A Christmas Worship Service
A Spontaneous Christmas Pageant
A Candlelight Service with Choir
Dec. 25 - Jan. 1
LIMITED OFFICE HOURS
DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Sunday, December 31 8:30 am &
10:30 am
New Year's Eve Sunday -
Two Worship Services
Saturday, January 6 8:00 am Men's Breakfast: UMC Missions in Rwanda, Bill Graf Presenting
Sunday, January 7 9:15-10:30 am Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday, January 16 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group

TEAM MEETINGS
DECEMBER AND JANUARY

Tuesday, December 19 6:30 pm Church & Society 
Tuesday, January 2 7:00 pm Trustees
Tuesday, January 9 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Thursday, January 11 7:00 pm Finance
Sunday, January 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, January 16 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, January 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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