The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am
1st Sunday in Lent


Russell's Ritings....

A fanciful, but fruitful, story relates how a man died, went to heaven, and was met by St. Peter. St. Peter told the man he had to have accumulated one hundred points before he could come in. The man then started a recitation of all his good works on earth.

"I was a devoted church member for forty years," said the man. "Good," replied St. Peter. "That's worth one point."

"During all those years I tithed my income," said the man. "Good," replied St. Peter. "That's one more point."

"I raised a moral and productive family," said the man. "Good," replied St. Peter. "That's worth still one more point."

Fearful now, the man exclaimed, "Only three points for all that? I'll never get into heaven except for the grace of God." Peter then said, "The grace of God is worth ninety-seven points. Come on in."

It is indeed only by His grace we find life and that eternal. We have entered Lent, a forty day period for fasting and repentance as we remember those many ways we all fall short of His grace. I invite you to join me in a Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting, and repentance as we prepare our hearts for Easter. Specifically, I am inviting you to join me in praying daily at 7 a. m., attending worship service during the seven Sundays of Lent/Easter, and inviting seven persons to church during this season.

This Sunday's sermon, Lent 1, the sermon will be "A New Heart". The dual texts for Sunday are Ezekiel 18:31b and Ezekiel 36:26. I hope to see you!

From the Heart,
Russell
 

CHANCEL CHOIR SCHEDULE

~ All 9:15 Sunday Rehearsals are in the Sanctuary ~

Sunday, February 18 9:15 - 10:15 am / 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Choir Room)
Sunday, February 25 9:15 - 10:15 am
Sunday, March 4 9:15 - 10:15 am
Saturday, March 10 10:00 am - 12:00 am (Choir Room)
Sunday, March 11 9:15 - 10:15 am
Sunday, March 18 9:15 - 10:15 am
Saturday, March 24 CANTATA DRESS REHEARSAL
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Sunday, March 25 CANTATA
Rehearse from 9:15 - 10:30 am / Sing at 10:30 am
Sunday, April 1 EASTER SUNDAY
Rehearse from 9:15 - 10:30 am / Sing at 10:30 am
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 2/11/18
Worship Services 2/11/ 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 2/11/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
2/16/18
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34
97
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$6,368
$5,251
($1,117)
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$331,144
$38,208
$33,369
($4,839)

 
DID YOU KNOW?

There are many ways you can support our church besides the Sunday morning offering. Here are just a few:

Birthday Donations
During the month of your birthday make a donation to the church equal to the number of years you have been on this earth (or any number you are comfortable with). Make a birthday donation for your parents, children or best friend 

Grocery Card Purchases
Purchase a King Soopers or Safeway reloadable gift card at the church. Use it and keep reloading it to buy your groceries and gasoline at King Soopers or Safeway. Buy the grocery cards for family members, friends, service providers, etc. Encourage them tot he reload the cards and use them to purchase their groceries and gasoline. The church makes 5% on grocery card purchases. 

Vehicle Donation
Donate your used vehicle to the church. We have a contract with an organization which sells used vehicles. They give a portion of the sales price to our church. 

IRA Rollovers to Benefit the Church
The IRA rollover is a simple and easy way to grow God's kingdom.  If you are 70½, you may rollover up to $100,000 from your IRA to the church without paying any federal income tax on your gift. Your gift to the church from your IRA will qualify for your 2018 required minimum distribution (RMD).  To make an IRA rollover gift in 2018, simply contact your custodian and request that all or  part of your required minimum distribution  (RMD) be transferred to the church. For more information, visit rm-umf.org or contact the United Methodist Foundation at 303-778-6370.

All of these donations provided added benefit to our church. Thank you for your support!
 

"GIVING PLACE" FOOD REQUESTS

We have a "Giving Place" in the Fellowship Room corner where we collect food for Evergreen Christian Outreach and the Mountain Resource Center.   On the 2nd Sunday of each month we pass baskets with requests for specific items. We ask you to take a slip or two and bring the item back to the church when you can, possible the next week.
 

ADULT EDUCATION

Sunday, February 18 from 9:30-10:20 am
 
Please join us at church to hear more from our Church and Society team.  This presentation will be:
 
February 18: Peace with Justice and Economic Justice (Facilitated by Robin Roberts, Susan Roberts, and Pem Dunn)

Church and Society committees across our United Methodist Church work in areas of important social concern both within the U.S. and around the world. During the fall of 2017, the Inclusiveness Task Force reformed as the Church and Society Team.  Guided by our mission of "living our lives and serving Christ in the contemporary world through faith, action and justice," we strive to live out our faith in our everyday lives.  We welcome all who interested to join this team and to learn more about the work of Church and Society during this four-week series. Each week, we will explore two of the six focus areas on which Church and Society concentrates and examine the Biblical foundations of these focus areas.
 
All are welcome!

Lorna Idol
Adult Education Coordinator
The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
 

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

Youth Group

6th-12th Grades Noon - 3:00 pm
I LOVE GOD'S GREEN EARTH

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS
 
 
EVERGREEN CHORALE PRODUCTION OF "COMPANY"

Join with your friends at UMCE by attending "Company" on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00.  In this musical, Stephen Sondheim examines commitment and relationships through the experiences of Bobby, a 30-something New Yorker, and five couples who are his best friends.  This production brings this show into 2018 with a look at the impact of social media on how people communicate. It features memorable Sondheim songs like "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Being Alive" and "Side by Side by Side". It is rated PG-13 for adult content. 

The group price is $22 per person, payable to Jo Ann Dunn who is organizing it. JoAnn can be reached at phone: (303) 503-5978.  The deadline for reservation and payment is Sunday, February 25.
 

AROUND THE CHURCH


Tuesday, February 20, March 6 & 20 - 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.



Wednesday, Feb. 21 & 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 - starting at 9:30
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 bible 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.



Saturday, March 3 - 8:00 am Breakfast / 8:30 am Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST: GEOPHYSICIST JOHN WARN
Location: Fellowship Hall
Geophysicist John Warn, friend of Jim Ament, will present a program on solar activity and its effect on climate changes. Craig Fulford and Penn Gildersleeve will be coordinating the breakfast. All church family and friends are welcome to attend.



Sunday, March 4 - starting at 11:30 am
MISSIONS MEXICAN LUNCHEON
Location: Fellowship Hall
The Missions Committee invites you to its annual Mexican Luncheon on Sunday, March 4th after the 10:30  service. Please stay after church and treat yourself to a hassle free lunch of chips, salsa, tacos, tortillas and other scrumptious Mexican dishes. Contributions  received will benefit the various charities supported by our UMCE missions outreach.

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Tuesday, February 20 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship
Wednesday, Feb. 21 & 28
9:30-11:30 am
Women's Bible Study
Saturday, March 3 8:00 am Men's Breakfast and Program: Geophysicist John Warn
Sunday, March 4 11:30 am Missions Mexican Luncheon

LENTEN AND EASTER CALENDAR

Wed., March 14 12:00 Noon Lenten Concert and Luncheon
Terry Vogt on Piano
Wed., March 21 12:00 Noon Lenten Concert and Luncheon
The Sandusky Family: Douglas, Alexis and Jasmine
(Piano, Violin, Clarinet and Bassoon)
Sun., March 25 8:30 am
10:30 am
Palm Sunday Service
Palm Sunday Service & Cantata
Wed., March 28 12:00 Noon
Lenten Concert and Luncheon
Suzanne Barchers on Flute

Thurs., March 29 6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service
Fri., March 30 6:00 pm Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Sun., April 1 8:30 & 10:30 am
9:30 am
Easter Sunday Services
Easter Egg Hunt

TEAM MEETINGS

Tuesday, February 20 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, February 22 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, February 27 6:00 pm VBS Planning Meeting
Tuesday, March 6 10:30 am Staff
Tuesday, March 6 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, March 6 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, March 8 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, March 20 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, March 22 6:00 pm Membership


CHURCH PHONE DIRECTORY
 

Click on the highlighted link above to download an up-to-date version of the church phone directory.


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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