United Methodist Church of Evergreen

The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

15th Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am


Russell's Ritings, 

As we transition from the "lazy, hazy days of summer" to fall we feel the cool air (41 degrees this morning), we see the fall color, and this morning I heard my first elk bugle of the year. 

We are also changing seasons in the church. From Cowboy Sunday to Church at the Ranch to VBS to Fall Festival, we now move toward program planning, nominations, budget building and on to Charge Conference. 

It comes to mind that many have never seen the Stewardship Creed of our church. As we enter stewardship time let me share it with you:

OUR STEWARDSHIP CREED

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God's gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends. 

We, as stewards, affirm the goodness of life. We rejoice in accepting the abundance with which God has endowed the earth. We commit ourselves to participate in God's redemptive intention for the word: that all people should be able to live in peace and to enjoy the days of their lives free from hunger, disease, hopelessness, and oppression. 

As stewards, we commit ourselves to love and justice among persons and nations in the equitable distribution of income and wealth. We affirm the ownership of property as a trust from God. We acknowledge the responsibility to share the abundance of creation. We regard the conditions created by poverty to be demeaning to the human spirit. 

As stewards, we insist on the efficient management of human and natural resources in the production of the goods and services needed by the human community. We insist on conserving resources in order to sustain permanently the fruitfulness of the earth. 

As stewards, we give generously of time, money, and service through the church to the world. We affirm the tradition of tithing as a disciplined practice of giving. 

As stewards, we acknowledge the necessity of civil government. We encourage all people to participate in the activities of responsible citizenship. 

We believe that Christian stewardship is a joyful response to God's gifts; it is a spiritual understanding of the practical and economic aspects of all of life. 

Our stewardship affirms the redemptive power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and our confidence in God's final victory in the world. 

-- Adopted by the 1988 General Conference        

This Sunday our sermon is "Trust God and Move On". The text is Exodus 14: 5-15. I hope to see ALL of you here where the folks are friendly!

Blessings,
Russell
SILENT AUCTION AND BAKE SALE FUNDRAISER

Silent Auction and Bake Sale  Coming in October!
 
Please start thinking about what you can contribute to make this fundraiser a success. The last silent auction included gift baskets, Chef Clyde's prepared dinner for 6, Russell's Jambalaya, artwork, sports memorabilia, vacation rentals, an ATV trip, etc.  Please contact the church office or Vickie Borden to let us know what you are willing to contribute to the auction.

Church Office: office@evergreenumnc.org 

Bidding Starts 
Sunday,  October  15th

Bidding Closes 
Sunday, October  22nd

Bake Sale on
Sunday,  October  22nd

MISSION OPPORTUNITY
COLORADO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

Just north of downtown Denver work is nearly complete on a six-story residence that will be an important step in the fight to end homelessness. RENAISSANCE DOWNTOWN LOFTS is a housing project for 100 chronically homeless individuals who are among our area's most challenged. Most will have had experience with Denver emergency services, including police, jail, and emergency rooms. The goal of Downtown Lofts is to provide these folks with stable housing and supportive services including medical, counseling and job related help. 

Our Missions Committee is supporting the effort to collect new and gently used items to welcome these residents to their new homes. With enough participation, the Coalition will be able to provide each person with a "welcome home" basket of necessary supplies to begin their new life. In addition, UMCE has contributed $400 from the Missions budget to help defray the cost of mattresses and mattress covers. Occupancy is planned for the end of October, so we will be collecting items until early October. 

There will be an information table available on Sunday, September 24 as well as collection boxes. Please call Jan Thurling at 720-391-9550 with questions. 

Listed below are the essential needs remaining:

NEW GENTLY USED
Shower Curtains with Hooks Shower Curtains with Hooks
Dish Soap Bath Towels *
Laundry Detergent Twin Sheets *
Toilet Brushes with Holders Pillows and Blankets *
Shampoo Pots and Pans with Lids
Deodorant Can Openers
Shaving Cream

* Towels, sheets, blankets and pillows must be freshly laundered.
FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report

Sunday School and Nursery 9/10/2017
Worship Services 9/10/2017
------------------------------------
Needed Weekly
Received 9/10/2017
                                                Difference
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                     2017 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
9/15/2017

--
159
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$5,912
$4,868
($1,044)
------------
$313,348
$218,744
$222,475
+ $3,731

 

NON-PROFIT EVENTS

EVERGREEN CHRISTIAN OUTREACH
EChO's Casino Royale Casino Night

DATE: Friday, September 15, 2017
TIME: Doors open at 5:45 pm, Gaming starts at 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Crystal Rose on Lookout Mountain, Golden, CO
REGISTER: www.EvergreenChristianOutreach.org
PRICE: $40/person

MOUNTAIN RESOURCE CENTER
Bowls After Dark Evening Gala

DATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017
TIME: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Mount Vernon Country Club
REGISTER: http://www.mrcco.org/
PRICES: $65 Individual, $120 for Two
 
TENNYSON CENTER
40th Annual Denver Dinner, Black & White Ball
Come Celebrate an evening of friendship, fun and inspiration. We are expecting more than 1,000 supporters to help celebrate our 40th year.

DATE: Saturday, October 21, 2017
TIME: 5:30 p.m. - registration, reception, dinner
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Centennial Ballroom , 650 15th Street, Denver, CO
ATTIRE: Black Tie Optional
REGISTER: Tennyson 40th Annual Denver Dinner
 

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

Sunday, September 17:  9:30 - 10:20 am 
THE HISTORY OF METHODISM 
From the Wesleys until today we will look at how the Methodist movement has become one of the most prominent church families.

Sunday, September 24:  9:30 - 10:20 am 
THE BELIEFS OF A UNITED METHODIST
Someone has said Methodism is the common denominator of the denominations.  Wesley said, "If your heart is as my heart is, give me your hand for we are brothers."  We will look at the diversity of belief systems within our church and also at the core beliefs we do not compromise.

Sunday, October 1:  9:30 - 10:20 am
THE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
How are we organized?  What is our structure?  What is "holy conferencing"?   How do Bishops, Superintendents, and pastors "connect"?  What is the "connectional" system?  How does UMCE fit within the connection?

Sunday, October 8:  9:30 - 10:20 am
A LOOK AT UMCE
What makes our own local church so special?  Where have we come from, where are we, and where are we going?

Sunday, October 15, 22, 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. 



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


Tuesday, September 5 & 19 at 6:30 am
THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Location: The Bagelry in Bergen Park
The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group resumes. This 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, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY: "BECOMING HEART SISTERS"
Location: UMCE Church Library
Please join the Wednesday Women's Bible Study as they resume their study of 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, September 15th -- 11:30 am
BRUNCH BUNCH AT SMOKIN YARD'S BBQ
Location: 2736 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs
Brunch Bunch will be going to Smokin Yard's BBQ in Idaho Springs on Friday, September 15th. As you are heading west on I-70 take Exit 241A. They do not take reservations but they say we should have no problem as we are early in their day. If it is a nice day we can sit outside. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall and we will see you there.









  
CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

Tuesday, September 5 & 19 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group
Wednesday, September 6,
13, 20 & 27
9:30 am Women's Bible Study:
"Becoming Heart Sisters"
Friday, September 15 11:30 am Brunch Bunch at Smokin Yard's BBQ
Sunday, October 15 Before and after services Silent Auction Bidding Begins 
Sunday, October 22 Before and after services Silent Auction Bidding Closes and Bake Sale Fundraiser
Sunday, October 29 10:30 service 
and after
Children's Sabbath, Evergreen Children's Chorale and Trunk or Treat

TEAM MEETINGS
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

Thursday, September 21 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, September 26 6:30 pm ITF
Thursday, September 28 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, October 3 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, October 3 7:00 pm Trustees
Sunday, October 8 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, October 10 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Thursday, October 12 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, October 17 6:30 pm ITF
Thursday, October 26 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