The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am
4th Sunday after Epiphany


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.  Ten minutes passed.  They still did not find the wallet.  The policeman asked, "Are you sure you lost your wallet under this streetlight?"  The man replied, "No, I lost the wallet back there" and pointed to a place in the darkness.  The policeman scratched his head and inquired, "Then why are we looking for the wallet here?"  The inebriated guy replied, "Because there's more light here."

The revelation of Jesus Christ gives us the light we need to search for meaning and fulfillment.  Robert Browning in his poem, "A 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 advance thee to be wise."

Let's seek and find HIM!  I hope to see you Sunday.  The sermon is "Three Roads to Discipleship" and the texts are Acts 9:34, Luke 24:32, and Luke 10:30.  And the folks are friendly!

From the heart,

Russell
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School and Nursery 1/21/2018
Worship Services 1/21/20 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 1/21/2018
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
1/26/2018
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8
51
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$6,368
$3,232
($3,136)
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$331,144
$19,104
$16,741
($2,363)


YEAR END GIVING STATEMENTS

Year end giving statements have all been mailed. Please look for yours in the mail. If you do not receive it in the mail by early next week, please contact the church office and one can be emailed to you. 
 

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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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.  Deadline for reservation and payment is Sunday, February 25.
 

NEW MEMBERS


BRUCE AND CAROLYN HOHNE

Bruce and Carolyn met in 1990 while working for the Rohm & Haas Chemical Company in Philadelphia, PA.  Bruce, born and raised in Baltimore, obtained his PhD in Chemistry from University of North Carolina.  Carolyn was born and raised in Bloomsburg, PA and earned her MS in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University.  They married in 1992 and had their marriage put to the test with the birth of their first son, Derek, in 1993.  Derek was born 3 months premature with a severe heart defect.  He lived for 5 months. He taught them a lot about love and the value of life in his short lifespan.  In 1995, they welcomed their daughter, Brielle, who recently graduated from Cornell University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Penn State University.  In 1997, their son, Carter, was born. He is currently a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School Mines. 
Bruce worked in Information Technology at Rohm and Haas for 29 years when a merger with Dow Chemical caused him to lose his job. He then worked as an IT Architect  for Cephalon and then for Yellowbook.  An opportunity presented itself and he became a fulltime professor in the Management of Information Systems Department - part of the Fox School of Business - at Temple University.  Carolyn has been a Performance Improvement & Training Consultant off and on for the past 22 years. Her latest book on human performance improvement is due out in February 2018.

Bruce and Carolyn love to travel and are avid skiers. Bruce enjoys woodworking and restoring cars. Carolyn enjoys golfing and bicycling.

The Hohne's have called Lumberton, NJ home for the past 25 years, but that's about to change. They are currently building a home in St. Mary's Glacier and anticipate moving to Colorado fulltime sometime in March. 

Carolyn was raised in Methodist churches and Bruce in a Lutheran church.  Bruce and Carolyn have been members of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Holly, and for the past 17 years, have been active members of the Medford United Methodist church in Medford, NJ.  They had planned to visit several of the Methodist churches in the area, but after their first visit to Evergreen UMC, they felt like it was a good fit and their search for a new church home was complete.  They both hope to become active members at UMCE and look forward to getting to know their new church family. 
 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
Sunday, January 28 and February 4, 11 & 18 - 9:30-10:20 am
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK OF  CHURCH AND SOCIETY
Facilitators:  Church and Society Team
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 are 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.
 

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


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 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.



Saturday, February 3 - 8:00 am Breakfast, 8:30 am Work
MEN'S BREAKFAST/INDOOR WORK DAY
United Methodist Men will meet on February 3 for breakfast at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring your work clothes as after breakfast we will be doing some basic church maintenance along with some cleaning and painting projects.  Russell Fletcher, Glenn Stoll and Clyde Sacks  will be coordinating the breakfast. All church family and friends are welcome to attend. 


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.



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.  Please mark your calendars and join us for this special evening worship service.

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Wednesday, Jan. 31,
Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28
9:30-11:30 am Women's Bible Study: "John: The Gospel of Light and Life"
Saturday, February 3 8:00 am
Men's Breakfast / Indoor Work Day
Tuesday, February 6 & 20 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship
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.
 
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