The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am
Epiphany Sunday


Russell's Ritings....

As a young boy I remember mom and dad having to take inventory at the end of the year in our little store.  Every can of peas, every bag of rice, every tin of aspirin, every apple and pear, every package of ice cream, every bottle of cola had to be counted.  This was a part of preparing to pay the taxes for the year.

This is the beginning of the new year.   In the words of an old pop philosopher it is a "new year that ain't ever been wrote on yet" (his grammar, not mine).  Maybe we need to take spiritual inventory?  Here are some good questions to ask ourselves:

1.  
Am I known as a Christian where I work?
2.  
Is Christ more loved or respected because of the way I Iive?
3.  
Do those who know me believe in me the most?
4.  

Do I criticize the church in front of my children?

5.  

Do people know me as one whose conversation is always negative?

6.  

Do I nurse revenge?

7.  

Do I find time for daily Bible study and prayer?

8.  

Can I work with other people?  AND - can others work with ME?

9.  

Can I truly say I don't care who is second or third as long as Christ is first?

10.  

What can I do this year to make it better than last year?


At UMCE we ended 2017 with great momentum!  We are on the grow in many ways.  2018 can be even better.  I believe in you - that your best days are ahead, that you will maintain your growth posture, that your dreams can happen, that you will be faithful, and that in ten years you will be a flagship church in the Rocky Mountain Conference!  I said the first Sunday I preached here five years ago that God wants you to lean forward, take the first step, and seize the future - not that YOU want - but that HE wants for you! 

This Sunday is Holy Communion, the sermon is "Were You at the Baptism?" and the text is Mark 1: 9-11. 

From the Heart,

Russell
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School and Nursery 12/31/2017
Worship Services 12/31/20 17
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Needed Weekly
Received 12/31/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
1/5/2018
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13
83
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$5,912
$4,911
($1,001)
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$313,348
$313,348
$334,183
+ $20,835

 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
Sunday, January 7, 2018:  No Session
 
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 9:30-10:20 am
THE TEN LAWS OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION
Facilitator:  Dr. Lorna Idol
When changes in society threaten to isolate us and rob us of the time we need for maintaining and nurturing our relationships, the big challenge is to become more effective communicators. In Hugh Mackay's book,  Why Don't People Listen? , this Australian communications expert shows us a simple yet revolutionary way to improve the quality of our relationships-at home, at church, at work, in social settings-through a more disciplined and sensitive approach to communication. Lorna will share Mackay's ten most basic "laws" of human communication coupled with lively and listening discussion.
 
Sunday, January 21, 2018 -  9:30-10:20 am
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Facilitator:  Dr. Lorna Idol
We will learn or review how to communicate clearly and effectively. In our personal, professional and church relationships, effective communication is the key to learning from others and to being heard in respectful, caring and Christian ways. We will learn and practice using active on-going listening and responding skills to facilitate effective communication (e.g., acknowledging, paraphrasing, reflecting, clarifying, elaborating and summarizing). We will be utilizing adult education materials from one of Lorna's published professional development programs:  Collaboration in the Schools:  Communicating, Interacting and Problem Solving.
 

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


Saturday, January 6 - 8:00 am Breakfast, 8:30 am Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST:  THE CHURCH AS A PLATFORM FOR HEALING, GROWTH AND CHANGE IN AFRICA: KENYA AND RWANDA
Location: UMCE Fellowship Hall
Presenter: Bill Graf
Bill Graf will relate, through his personal experience on the ground in Kenya and Rwanda, how UMCE's UMM, UMW and Missions team have partnered with private donors and the Center for Health and Hope (formerly the Center for the Church and Global AIDS) to promote health and well-being for those infected and affected by HIV-AIDS, women's empowerment, growth of the local UMC and its cousins, and support of education (including clergy and their children) to help develop the next generation of leaders so that love and acceptance will replace tribalism and other forms of separation in a part of the world where genocide and other terrors can still be found.

















Wednesday, January 10, 17, 24, 31 - 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 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.



Sunday, January 14 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
JANUARY

Saturday, January 6 8:00 am
Men's Breakfast: UMC Missions in Rwanda, Bill Graf Presenting
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 
17, 24 and 31

9:30-11:30 am
Women's Bible Study: "John: The Gospel of Light and Life"
Sunday, January 14 9:15-10:30 am Pancake Breakfast
Tuesday, January 16 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group

TEAM MEETINGS
JANUARY

Tuesday, January 9 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, January 9 7:00 pm Trustees
Sunday, January 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, January 16 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, January 18 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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