The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am
2nd Sunday in Advent


Russell's Ritings....

Durham Cathedral was built in the 12th century and sits overlooking a hairpin curve on the River Ware.  When the Nazi blitzkrieg swept over northern England destroying everything in sight a mysterious mist settled over Durham concealing it from Nazi bombers.  "God saved the cathedral," it was said.

Coventry Cathedral, built in the 14th century, was not so lucky.  It died a horrible death, the victim of the first use of saturation bombing by Nazi bombers.  No mist protected Coventry.  It was a pile of charred timbers and stone.  It was then a verse from Haggai was read: "The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of Hosts...."

And it was.  Leaving the cathedral today you see a curious inscription: "To the Glory of God this Cathedral burned...and is not rebuilt."  It is a strange phrase until you see that somehow in the mystery of God's providential leading it has all been - even the bad - to the glory of God.  Somehow, through the grace of God, the latter glory shall be greater than the former.  Providence is not to be seen ONLY in the miraculous rescue from danger, but also when we are lifted up by the sheer grace of God out of our tragedy into a latter glory.

At Coventry two charred beams were fashioned into a Cross and placed behind an altar.   The grace of God turns even the worst ruins into resurrection.  From the ashes of life, God helps fashion something beautiful as a sign of His Love!

As you stand at the back of our sanctuary you see a beautiful angel hanging from the cupola.  The angel is surrounded by lights, and you can almost hear the angels singing, "Glory to God in the highest."  Then just beyond the angel hanging from the cupola there is another symbol - the Cross hanging over the altar.  The symbolism I see is that despite what many might be facing the angel is proclaiming that through the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus there is HOPE!

I hope to see you Sunday.  The sermon is PREPARE AND BE HOPEFUL!  (Romans 15: 4 - 13)  The second Advent candle will be lit by Sarah Sailor (8:30) and Joyce Scheel (10:30).

and the folks are friendly!

Russell
 

Global Migration Sunday
 Advocacy Statement

Bishop Bruce Ough, the President of the UMC Council of Bishops, has issued a call to the church to remember global refugees and migrants:  "Brothers and Sisters of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the compassionate name of our Lord Christ Jesus.

Nearly one percent of the world's population-or over 65 million people-is forcibly displaced in the world today. Whole families and entire communities have been forced to move because of hunger and poverty, lack of economic opportunity, persecution, war, conflict and terror. Forced migration, in all its forms, is a denial of human dignity and a violation of human rights.  Our Book of Resolutions speaks to the current crisis of global migration and how we, as United Methodists, understand and respond to it:
 
"Human migration is as old as human history. Individuals, families, tribes, and nations have been on the move since the days of Abraham and Sarah and before...Today, migration is a critical international and at times a pressing national issue; a matter of last resort and no other choice for millions of human beings." (2016 Book of Resolutions, #6028).
 
I write to you on behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017. This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember the coming birth of the Christ Child who was himself a migrant.  From Asia through Europe and Africa to the Americas, the plight of the over 65 million men, women and children forced to leave their homes and migrate to places unknown calls all Christians to remember what God requires of us.
 
As United Methodists, we believe that the prayers of God's people can cause the outpouring of God's mercy and justice. As your bishops, it is our fervent hope that on Global Migration Sunday on December 3, United Methodist congregations in all the places where we serve around the world would join our voices to pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering on the journey of forced migration on the face of the earth. In addition, as a people who pray and act upon those prayers, we ask that all our congregations also gather an offering to be dedicated to responding to the human suffering inflicted by forced migration.  Offerings collected should be sent to the Migration Advance No. 3022144." 

More Information at: https://umcmigration.org/
 

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. 
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School and Nursery 12/3/2017
Worship Services 12/3/20 17
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Needed Weekly
Received 12/3/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
12/8/2017
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20
95
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$5,912
$5,578
($334)
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$313,348
$289,688
$303,575
+ $13,887

 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
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


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.



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

Sunday, Dec. 3 &
Sunday, Dec. 10

Alternative Christmas 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 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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