The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am
5th Sunday in Lent


Russell's Ritings....

The first Sunday I was in Atlanta for graduate school I went to Grace UMC. Grace is a towering red-brick structure with the name GRACE on one outdoor wall, visible for several blocks. I had visited there at the invitation of my landlady, who was a member.   The great preacher, Dr. Cecil Myers, was the pastor then.

Grace is an important word for our faith. Ephesians 2 teaches us that we are saved by grace through faith.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer in THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP said, "cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without repentance, baptism without discipline, communion with confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate."

Lent is a special time for repentance and reflection, and a time for allowing God's amazing grace to be real in our lives!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday. The sermon is, "Lift High The Cross" (John 12: 20 - 33).

''and the folks are friendly"

Russell
 

LENTEN CONCERT SERIES

It is our tradition at UMCE that during the Lenten season we host a series of 30-minute concerts featuring Easter/Lenten music. Then afterward a light lunch is served and there is no charge. So t ake a break from your busy day and enjoy some beautiful music and a delicious lunch. Here is the schedule for this year's Lenten Concert Series:

 
Wednesday, March 21 - starting at 12:00 Noon

LENTEN CONCERT AND LUNCHEON

Featuring: Alexis and Jasmine Sandusky

Accompanied by: Douglas Sandusky
 

Wednesday, March 28 - starting at 12:00 Noon

LENTEN CONCERT AND LUNCHEON

Featuring: Suzanne Barchers
 

MOUNTAIN BACKPACK DONATIONS

The volunteers for the Mountain Backpack Program have been working hard to keep kids full and focused and our program has expanded. We have 99 families to pack for in Jeffco and Clear Creek Counties. The big spring break pack is right around the corner and we need your help. We're asking for donations of $25 grocery cards and a holiday ham for our 99 families. Grocery gift cards can be dropped off at Tupper's Team Remax Alliance Office 30480 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen or Evergreen Lutheran Church 5980 Highway 73 Evergreen. Donations can also be made online at http://www.mountainbackpacks.org/ Hams can be dropped off at Hearthfire Books of Evergreen located in Bergen Park. Open 8:30 am - 6:30 pm Monday - Friday. 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. We are collecting donations now through Friday, March 16th. Thank you for helping us give families a "hunger-free" break while enjoying school vacation.

Blessings of Love, Peace, Wisdom & Joy,
Jeanne Ambrosier
303-674-6377
 

SAFEWAY GROCERY CARDS

Safeway strongly suggests/encourages you to spend down the older tomato reloadable cards and come into the church to pick up a new more secure card from the church from Charlene Hahn, Barb Grindle or Carol Wood in the office. The new reloadable cards have higher security measures to prevent fraud. Everything is fine with the King Soopers cards.

Thank you for shopping with these cards and helping the church in this way. 
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 3/11/18
Worship Services  3/11/ 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 3/11/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
3/16/18
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29
102
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$6,368
$3,536
($2,832)
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$331,144
$63,680
$57,052
($6,628)

 

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!
 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
Sunday, March 18 from 9:30 - 10:20 am
SERIES ON THE PARABLES (NO. 2): THE NARROW DOOR 
(LUKE 13: 22-30)
Facilitator: The Rev. Russell Fletcher
We are called to live life through a narrow door. Narrow door living calls us to be moral people in an immoral society. What does this mean, what does "holiness" mean, and what does it mean to be saved?
 
Sunday, March 25 from 9:30 - 10:20 am
SERIES ON THE PARABLES (NO. 3):  A CHRISTIAN DUTY 
(LUKE 17: 5-10)
Facilitator: The Rev. Russell Fletcher
In a time when rights are demanded and duties are forgotten, this story speaks to us. Our duty is to serve God and claim no merit. Our best deserves no credit or praise. We are simply doing our duty.
 
Sunday, April 1: No Session: Easter Sunday
 
Sunday, April 8: No Session


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
 

AROUND THE CHURCH

Friday, March 16 at 11:30 am
THE BRUNCH BUNCH
Location: "The Den" at Fox Hollow
Address: 13410 Morrison Road, Lakewood, CO
Please join the Brunch Bunch on Friday, March 16 for lunch at The Den at Fox Hollow in Lakewood. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. If you have questions please contact Orpha Platt, who is coordinating the plans, at phone: (720) 541-7172.



Tuesday, March 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, March 21, 28 from 9:30-11:30 am
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY: 
"TWELVE WOMEN OF THE BIBLE"
Location: UMCE Library (Room 12)
On February 28th the Women's Bible Study will begin the study "Twelve Women of the Bible." This book and DVD study by Lysa TerKeurst and other Christian women explores how to break free from feminine stereotypes, deal with confrontation, wait on God, sacrifice for others, and more. Please join this support/study group. For a book or for more information please contact Jeanne Ambrosier at 303-674-6377 or email  rjambro@estreet.com.



Wednesday, March 21 - starting at 12:00 Noon
LENTEN CONCERT AND LUNCHEON
Featuring: Alexis and Jasmine Sandusky
Accompanied by: Douglas Sandusky
Location: Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
Take a break from your busy day and enjoy 30 minutes of beautiful Easter music and afterward enjoy a luncheon provided free of charge by church members.










Wednesday, March 28 - starting at 12:00 Noon
LENTEN CONCERT AND LUNCHEON
Featuring: Suzanne Barchers on Flute
Location: Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
Take a break from your busy day and enjoy 30 minutes of beautiful Easter music and afterward enjoy a luncheon provided free of charge by church members.



Saturday, April 7 - 8:00 am Breakfast / 8:30 am Program
MEN'S BREAKFAST
"The Failed Attempt to De-Nuclearize  North Korea"
Presenter: Dr. John Bickel
Location: Fellowship Hall
Dr. John Bickel, friend of Jim Ament, will be doing a presentation on "The Failed Attempt to De-Nuclearize  North Korea." All church family and friends are invited to attend.

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

LENTEN, HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCHEDULE

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, March 20 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, March 22 6:00 pm Membership

CHANCEL CHOIR SCHEDULE
~ All 9:15 Sunday Rehearsals are in the Sanctuary ~

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


CHURCH PHONE DIRECTORY
 

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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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