The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

21st Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am


Russell's Ritings....

Diane and I were in Paris a couple years ago and spent a great afternoon wandering around the Montmartre section.  A highlight of our wandering was climbing the over 200 steps to reach Sacre Coeur Basilica, one of the most beautiful churches in Europe. 

The Upper Room devotional of October 18 brought back that happy experience and also made me sensitive to the needs of others.  It's entitled STEPPING OVER and was written by May Patterson.

"Over 200 steep steps lead to the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris.  My daughter Caroline and I climbed those steps to visit the church, located on a bluff overlooking Paris.   When we finally made it to the top, we stood on quivering legs and beheld the beautiful panorama.  Leaving the church we saw a woman lying across the doorstep, directly in our path.  She wore a threadbare orange coat and a green scarf.  She seemed cold, dirty, and helpless.  I had to step over her to get out of the church.  As I did, I thought to myself, "Do church members step over people like her too?" 

Both Caroline and I felt God nudging us to help the woman.  Caroline turned back and knelt down.  She pressed a few Euros into the woman's hand and said, "God loves you."  The woman's face brightened with a smile.  Our encounter with that woman made me realize that I often 'step over' people in need.  It can be easy to go through our days without noticing the needs of others around us.  Though we may not be able to help everyone, we can give as the Spirit leads us.  Showing love to others is showing love to God."

Let's find someone in need this week and help them! 

Sunday is going to be GREAT BIG SUNDAY.  That's what Sarah has nicknamed the day.  We are presenting gifts from the church to the EverKids.  The Evergreen Children's Chorale will be singing for us.  It's TRUNK OR TREAT after the 10:30 service.  AND  next Tuesday is the 500th Anniversary of the birth of the Reformation.  On Oct 31, All Hallows Eve, in Wittenberg, Germany, a young monk named Martin Luther nailed 95th theses to the church door, the beginning of reform in Europe. 

Sunday's Sermon: HERE WE STAND, the scripture is II Thessalonians 2:15.

From the Heart,

Russell
 

STEWARDSHIP BEGINS!


By now you all should have received your Stewardship packets either by picking them up in Fellowship Hall after worship services or in the mail. If you have not received yours, please let Pastor Russell or the church office know and we will get you one. Many thanks to Pastor Russell for putting together these materials, and to the Finance team, especially Vickie and Jennifer, for their work on the 2018 budget. Please review your materials and come prepared to "Worship through Giving."

STEWARDSHIP CALENDAR 

Sunday, November 5:   STEWARDSHIP MOMENTS
In Stewardship Moments we will be highlighting what the church has meant to various members of our church. Look for this in our Happenings e-newsletter on Friday, November 3 and in both services on Sunday, November 5.
 
Sunday, November 12:   PLEDGE SUNDAY
Please bring your pledge cards to church this Sunday as we will collect pledge cards and continue to "Worship through Giving."  There will be more Stewardship Moments in Happenings and during both worship services, and Dave Loomis the chair of our Church Council will provide an overview of UMCE's Finances.
 
Sunday, November 19:   VICTORY SUNDAY, QUEEN CITY JAZZ BAND 
AND TURKEY LUNCH!
The church will celebrate the conclusion of our Stewardship drive and  the upcoming Thanksgiving season. We will have special music at the 10:30 worship service provided by the Queen City Jazz Band and a delicious turkey lunch after the 10:30 service supplied by Moe's Original Bar-B-Que.
 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: MOANA
Bring your family and a friend (or two!) for pizza and the movie Moana on Friday, November 3.  Dinner will be served at 6:00, and we'll start the movie at 6:30. Please sign up at this link so that we have a good estimate of how much pizza to order:  SIGN UP HERE Also note that this is a family event; so parents please plan to attend with your children. 

Contact Katie Zapotoczny with questions at 303.618.5856 or katiegzap@yahoo.com. We hope to see you there!


 

SILENT AUCTION AND BAKE SALE



A GIANT THANK YOU to all who participated to make the UMCE Silent Auction and Bake Sale a success! A special thank you to Marcia Loomis for all of her hard work. Look for the final tally of the funds raised in next week's Happenings. Also, if you haven't picked up or paid for your items please do so sometime in the  coming week. 
 

CHILDREN'S CHORISTER CHOIR
 
The  Chorister Choir has started up again. The first rehearsal was on Sunday, October 15.  We are practicing after the 10:30 services on Sundays. 

All children in 1st-5th grades are encouraged to join the group. They will be learning a piece to sing at the children's Christmas Eve pageant.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

FELLOWSHIP COFFEE HOSTS NEEDED
We are in need of volunteers to host our Sunday morning fellowship coffee hours. We have two coffee hours: one after the 8:30 service and another after the 10:30 service. Hosting involves bringing snacks, making coffee, being sure coffee cups are out, loading the dishwasher and cleaning the counters. If you are interested in volunteering, there will be a sign-up clipboard on the counter near the coffee station in Fellowship Hall. Or... you can call the church office at 303-674-4810 to sign-up. 


MISSION TEAM NEEDS A SHOPPER
The Mission Team has agreed to adopt a Family Promise family for Christmas. Each family has a wish list for each member of their family. We need someone who will shop for these requests. The shopper would be provided with money to buy everything. If you would be willing to do this, please call Jo Ann Dunn at 303-674-1695.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR  VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
The 2017 Alternative Gift Fair will be Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12.  We are again recruiting and coordinating volunteers from UMCE. Thank you VERY much for those of you who have worked at the AGF in the past! Once again this year, in order to avoid the difficulty of passing around multiple sign up sheets among the seven sponsoring congregations, we are providing a central sign up website using SignupGenius.  This way, you can see all the open volunteer opportunities and time slots, not just those assigned to UMCE.  As in the past, you may volunteer for Set-Up, Clean-Up, Cashier, Cashier Support, Volunteer Check-In, Van Driver, Parking Lot Attendant, Safety Assistant (medical person) and more! We need your help to make the Fair a success again this year!! THE SOONER YOU SIGN UP, THE MORE CHOICE IN JOBS YOU WILL HAVE!
 
Questions? Please call, email or visit Bill Graf at 303-246-8330 and bill@billgraf.net. Bill will be present on most Sundays at a table in the Fellowship Hall to help you sign up in person.  You may also sign up online yourself.
 
To sign up online:
  1. Go to the AGF website http://www.gifttwice.org/, then click on the "Want to Help?" link on that menu bar, which will take you to the SignupGenius site for the AGF.
  2. Review the volunteer jobs, the dates and time slots and then click the "Sign Up" button for job or jobs you select.  This will result in a check mark (√).  Repeat this for each job for which you wish to volunteer.
  3. When you have clicked all the jobs you want to volunteer for, please click the green "Submit and Sign Up" button at the bottom of the page.  You do not need to set up a SignupGenius account to volunteer at the AGF.
  4. You will be taken to a place to enter information about yourself.  Please:
    1. Enter your name, email, phone number and any other required information; and
    2. Click to show your affiliation with the United Methodist Church of Evergreen.
  5. Click "Sign Up Now!" to complete the sign up process.
  6. Click "Back to Sign Up" and  repeat the first two steps to be sure you are shown for the jobs you wanted.
  7. Close out SignUp Genius.
  8. You should receive an email confirming the jobs you are signed up for.
FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School and Nursery 10/22/2017
Worship Services 10/22/20 17
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Needed Weekly
Received 10/22/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
10/27/2017
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45
117
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$5,912
$5,337
($575)
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$313,348
$254,216
$257,182
+ $2,966

 

ADULT EDUCATION
 
Have you ever wanted to know more about your church?  Come and join Pastor Russell as he leads us through Methodism 101. 

Sunday, October 29:  9:30 - 10:20 am
HOW TO GROW A CHURCH (led by Pastor Russell)
During these weeks we will look at the principles of church growth, the keys to church growth, the costs  of church growth, and strategies which will help UMCE become the church God wants it to become. 

Sunday, November 5 & 12:  NO ADULT EDUCATION ON THESE SUNDAYS


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

High School Youth Group
9th-12th Grades Noon - 1:30 pm
Regular Youth Group

6th-12th Grades 1:30 - 3:30 pm
I LOVE GOD'S GREEN EARTH

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

AROUND THE CHURCH


Sunday, October 29 - at the 10:30 Worship Service
CHILDREN'S SABBATH AND EVERGREEN 
CHILDREN'S CHORALE
At the 10:30 service we are presenting gifts from the church to the EverKids.  The Evergreen Children's Chorale will also be performing. 



Sunday, October 29 - after 10:30 Worship Service
TRUNK OR TREAT
Following the 10:30 service join us for the UMCE Annual Trunk or Treat!  Park in the upper parking lot and decorate your vehicle for some Halloween fun! Have your kids wear their favorite costumes and collect candy from church members' decorated vehicles!



Wednesday, November 1, 8, 15 and 29 - from 9:30 - 11:30 am
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Location: UMCE Church Library
Please join the Wednesday Women's Bible Study as they study the book, "Becoming Heart Sisters: A Bible Study on Authentic Friendships," by Natalie Chambers Snapp. This study will help women become better equipped to walk hand in hand with a loyal friend and to become a God-honored friend. Contact Jeanne Ambrosier 303-674-6377 or  rjambro@estreet.com  for a book or more information.



Friday, November 3, Dinner at 6:00 pm, Movie at 6:30 pm
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: MOANA
Location: UMCE Fellowship Hall & Sanctuary
Bring your family and a friend (or two!) for pizza and the movie Moana on Friday, November 3. Dinner will be served at 6:00, and we'll start the movie at 6:30. Please sign up at this link so that we have a good estimate of how much pizza to order:  SIGN UP HERE . Also note that this is a family event; so parents please plan to attend with your children. Contact Katie Zapotoczny with questions at 303.618.5856 or katiegzap@yahoo.com . We hope to see you there!



Saturday, November 4, Breakfast 8:00 am, Program 8:30 am
MEN'S BREAKFAST: 
COLORADO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
Location: UMCE Fellowship Hall
John Mezger, development officer for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, will be on hand to give us an overview of this "housing first" organization.  In particular, he will be discussing the new Downtown Loft Building which will soon house 100 chronically homeless individuals and the support services that the Coalition provides with a goal of helping these people become self-sufficient.  All Church family and friends are welcome to attend the speaker's program starting at 8:30.



Tuesday, November 7 & 21 at 6:30 am
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.


Saturday, November 11 | 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday, November 12 | 9 am to 3 pm
ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR
Location: Evergreen Lutheran Church
Address:  5980 County Rd. 73, Evergreen, CO
What is the Alternative Gift Fair (AGF)?  The AGF is a volunteer-run arts and crafts fair where all vendors are representatives of charities and non-profit agencies.  The charities receive 100% of the funds from their sales.   The fair's operating expenses are supported by funds from the Bake Sale and the generous sponsorship of local faith congregations: 
  • Christ the King Catholic Church
  • Church of the Hills, Presbyterian USA
  • Congregation Beth Evergreen
  • Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
  • Evergreen Christian Church (DOC)
  • Evergreen Lutheran Church
  • United Methodist Church of Evergreen



















CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER

Sunday, October 29 10:30 Service 
Children's Sabbath and Evergreen Children's Chorale
Sunday, October 29 After 10:30 Service Trunk or Treat
Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 
8, 15 & 29

9:30 am
Women's Bible Study: "Becoming Heart Sisters"
Friday, November 3 6:00 pm Pizza
6:30 pm Movie
Family Movie Night: "Moana"
Saturday, November 4 8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Program
Men's Breakfast:
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Tuesdays, Nov. 7 & 21
6:30 am
Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group
Saturday, Nov. 11
Sunday, Nov. 12
9 am - 4 pm
9 am - 3 pm
Alternative Gift Fair
Sunday, November 12 8:30 & 10:30 Pledge Sunday
Sunday, November 19
Victory Sunday Both Services
Queen City Jazz Band at 10:30 Service
Thanksgiving Luncheon after 10:30 Service

TEAM MEETINGS
NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 7
6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, November 7
7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, November 9 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, November 14 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, November 28 6:30 pm Church and Society Team
Thursday, November 30 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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