The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am
5th Sunday after Epiphany


Russell's Ritings....

LESSONS WORTH LEARNING

More than any other title Jesus was called "Rabbi", which simply means "Teacher".  He came to teach us about God and about Godly living...about living that makes sense.

I came across a poem about learning.  It's really thought provoking so I pass it on to you.

"I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you focus on the needs of others, happiness will find you.

I've learned that sometimes life does not give you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.  You need to throw something back.

I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst driver's follow me there, and so do the world's nicest people.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness it usually is the right decision.

I've learned that people need to be touched - a hug, a handshake, a pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

(anonymous)

We are blessed to live in a community blessed with artists, musicians, and authors.  We have three acclaimed artists in our own church each presenting in different mediums - Roger Ambrosier, Pem Dunn, and Erlene Irwin.  Years ago there was another artist in our church, C. J. Lakey.  One of his paintings hangs in our church library where I have seen it several times a week over my five years as your pastor.  That painting inspired the sermon for Sunday, "Anchors of the Soul".  The text is Acts 27:29, "...fearing we might run on the rocks, they let out four anchors from the stern and prayed for morning to come..."  I hope to see you here!

From the heart,

Russell
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 1/28/18
Worship Services 1/28/ 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 1/28/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
2/2/18
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43
129
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$6,368
$6,406
$38
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$331,144
$25,472
$23,147
($2,325)


YEAR END GIVING STATEMENTS

Year end giving statements have all been mailed. If you have not received it in the mail, please contact the church office and one can be emailed to you. 
 

NEW MEMBERS



ROXIE AND BILL WHEELER

Roxie and Bill Wheeler moved to Evergreen from Colorado Springs in October 2017.  Roxie, a native Coloradan by birth, grew up in western Kansas.  She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a BS degree in data processing.  After graduation, Roxie lived in the Kansas City area for 5 years working for the Bendix Corporation.  She was an active member at Valley View United Methodist Church in Overland Park, KS during that time.  Roxie found the humidity and summer heat intolerable and decided to move to Colorado and ended up in Colorado Springs.  She worked briefly for the Holly Sugar Corporation and the Pikes Peak Library District before finding her niche working for FedEx supporting Customs Clearance Applications.  Roxie spent a lot of time in England during her first 10 years of employment with FedEx and met her first husband, Sidney, during this time.  Sid moved to the US following his retirement and they were married in 2000.  Sid passed away in 2011 due to complications following major surgery.
 
Bill was born in Rochester, NY and is the oldest of 6 children.  His family moved frequently but Bill spent most of his youth in Madison, WI, graduating from both high school and the University of Wiscionsin/Madison.  He got a B.S. in French and spent several years teaching in the Madison area while raising his family before taking a job with the US Postal Service.  He moved to Colorado Springs to pursue his postal career.  While working full time for the Postal Service, Bill attended the University of Denver School of Law, graduating in December, 1994.  It was in Colorado Springs that he met his second wife, Linda.  They were married at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs in December 1990.
 
Roxie first met Bill through activities with the First United Methodist Church singles group that he attended with his then girlfriend, Linda.  Roxie stayed in touch with Linda and Bill as they moved around the country and eventually came back to Colorado.  Sadly, Bill lost Linda in 2013 due to a recurrence of her breast cancer.  Roxie was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012 and was touched deeply by the support she received from Linda and Bill.  Following Linda's passing, the friendship between Roxie and Bill grew into love and they were married on May 31, 2014.  Roxie retired from FedEx January 2017 and recently completed the final surgery to relieve her breast cancer related lymphedema.
 
Roxie and Bill enjoy theater, travelling, hiking, and spending time with Bill's kids and grandkids.  Bill is a theater blogger; you can see his blog by googling "Theater Colorado blog" (theatercolorado.blogspot.com).  Roxie loves cooking, Jazzercise, scrapbooking, and genealogy. 
 
Roxie transferred her membership from First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs. 
 

SAFEWAY RELOADABLE GROCERY CARDS

We have worked with Safeway to resolve the issue with the reloadable grocery cards that were compromised. 

We have a new batch of cards and Michael Eaton has tested them out (at least one of them) and they appear to be working just fine. Please contact either Charlene Hahn, Barb Grindle or the church office to purchase your new Safeway reloadable grocery cards. 

Remember 5% of all your purchases made with the reloadable grocery cards goes to support the ministry of UMCE!
 

UPDATED CHURCH DIRECTORY


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TO DOWNLOAD THE REVISED UPDATE
 

VOLUNTEER NEWS - DOWNTOWN LOFTS
 
THIS WORK DAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO MAINTENANCE ISSUES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL.  IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED.  LOOK FOR AN UPDATE IN NEXT WEEK'S HAPPENINGS. 

Volunteer work at Downtown Lofts is scheduled for XXXXXXX. Please contact Jan Thurling at 720-391-9550 if you are interested in participating. We would like to fill the van!
 

GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE
 
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.
 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
Please join us at 9:30 AM at Church this Sunday to hear more from our Church and Society team.  This presentation on February 4 will be:
 
Week 2, February 4:  Civil & Human Rights and Health & Wholeness (Facilitated by Ann Gerteis and Donna Mullins)
 
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
Evergreen Methodist Church
 

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
 

AROUND THE CHURCH


Tuesday, February 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. 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.



Tuesday, February 13 - starting at 6:00 pm
MARDI GRAS DINNER HOSTED BY UMCE YOUTH
The UMCE Youth Group invites you to their annual Mardi Gras celebration. Again this year Pastor Russell and the youth will make Russell's famous Jambalaya! Please join us for dinner, fellowship and crafts for the children. There is no charge for the dinner, but any donations will cover the cost of the food. A children's menu will also be available.



Wednesday, February 14 - starting at 6:00 pm
ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE - LENT BEGINS
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. During this service the palm ashes which give Ash Wednesday its name are distributed. They are a symbol of penance, mourning and mortality.  lease mark your calendars and join us for this special evening worship service.

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FEBRUARY

Tuesday, February 6 & 20
6:30 am
Men's Bagelry Fellowship
Wednesday, Feb. 7,
14, 21 & 28
9:30-11:30 am Women's Bible Study: "John: The Gospel of Light and Life"
Tuesday, February 13 6:00 pm Mardi Gras Dinner Hosted by UMCE Youth
Wednesday, February 14 6:00 pm ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICE - LENT BEGINS

TEAM MEETINGS
FEBRUARY

Tuesday, February 6 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, February 6 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, February 6 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, February 8 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, February 20 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, February 22 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.
 
                                                Visit us on the web:   www.evergreenumc.org