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DVD copies of Sunday Service are now available.
If you would like a DVD of Sunday Service, please contact Butch Howard.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parking Lot Communion This Sunday
Weather permitting, we will again offer Communion in our parking lot this coming Sunday, February 7, at noon. Everyone is invited!

Masks are required for this event,
and we ask that you also please stay in your vehicle.

Please note we will not be having a Fellowship Time on Zoom this week.
Help Wanted
It was not that long ago that the Heart of Longmont started broadcasting church services on the web to the congregation in the comfort of their homes. During that time, I have learned quite a bit about technology used to broadcast the service from the church and the requirements of receiving the service in the home. In addition, I have learned how much these broadcasts mean to my friends in the church during the loneliness of this pandemic. The greatest gift I have been given is the ability to go to people’s homes and video tape an interview to be broadcast during the services. I have heard that this is a gift to the congregation to be able to see and hear friends we haven’t seen in close to a year.  

In order to get the word out and our church services seen by as many as possible, I need your help. If you get your church service on the web, great. There are households without access to the web but do have access to older technologies like a DVD player or Video Recorder. These are the people I am hoping to reach so we can try to get the service to them. If that is your household could you contact me and let me know how we could assist you. Give me a call and we can see if we can come up with a solution and get the service in your house.

I also need help with is getting people to interview. I have had good feedback on these interviews and comments on how nice it is to see how people are doing. You can trust me when I say that this process is painless and we haven’t lost anyone yet. I would ask each and every one of you to think it over and give me a call about setting up a one-minute interview.  

Thanks,
Butch Howard
303-772-7399
Our Center Thanks HOL for Bell Ringing
We at the Heart of Longmont provided bell ringers for Sat Dec 19, 2020, at the King Soopers at Pace. Between 10 and 15 people sent an hour on that day ringing the bells which brought in about $2,310. Even with the pandemic you folks were gracious to participate in this yearly holiday project. Our share was just part of their $36,616 total for the season. Here is part of their Thank You Newsletter to participants:

“Greetings to our faithful bell-ringing volunteers, and Happy New Year! We wish you a safe and healthy 2021.

When we started 2020, we could not have imagined a pandemic changing nearly every aspect of our world. Thank you for sticking with us and serving your community through the annual Red Kettle Campaign. Considering we were only at three locations, and we limited our groups and hours, we are very pleased with the results!

By the numbers: In 2020, we helped 58 families (144 people) with assistance with rent, utilities, and temporary shelter. Screening for assistance is done by the Resource Team at OUR Center. The affects of the pandemic were evident in service numbers. Our partners at OUR Center served 60,418 meals, gave out 1,150,379 pounds of groceries, and distributed $1,123,763 in financial assistance for rent and utilities, a 371% increase over 2019!”
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February Compassion Offering
2021 marks the 150th year of the Methodist Church in Longmont. Following a theme of “Honor the Past – Inspire the Future” leads a dedicated committee to remember & celebrate our rich heritage as we plan new ways to reach out to the community. Plans for honoring former pastors include a donation, designated by them, to one of our mission outreach agencies. Better serving our neighbor, the Kiteley Neighborhood, is a goal during our anniversary year. Special memories will remind us of our 150 years of service to our congregation, the Longmont community & our wider mission. A special book of memories is being prepared as a gift to all members. Your compassion offering gifts will “Inspire the Future” as we continue to put more of God’s love into the world. Please participate and enjoy this special celebration year.
Ashes to Go!
Ash Wednesday will look a little different this year due to the pandemic. But we will still observe it with a unique take. Wednesday, February 17 is Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. Lent is the season leading up to the celebration of Easter.

Ashes are often placed on the foreheads of believers to remind us of our need to be humble and repentant during Lent. This year, we will do an outdoor drive-through imposition of ashes. Beginning at 5:00pm Wednesday the 17th we invite you to drive through the front entrance drop-off area of the church. Pastor David will put ashes on your hand, via Q-tip, offer a brief prayer and then you may drive away.

Please wear your mask when you come. Everyone is invited.
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Psalms Sermon Series Continues
This Sunday
The Book of Psalms is often called the Scripture's songbook. Over the next few weeks, we will look at a variety of Psalms and see how they can speak to us today in the midst of the pandemic. Join us each Sunday on our YouTube channel at 10:00am!
Lenten Study: 
Listen, Praying in a Noisy World
Join us for a special Lenten study on praying in a busy, noisy world. Beginning Wednesday, February 17, at 2:00pm we will gather on zoom to develop our spiritual discipline of prayer.

We live in a world of noise. Everywhere we go, we hear sounds that compete for our minds and hearts. Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around us and focus our thoughts.

Listen, by Rueben P. Job, is a 40-day experience created to offer help to those new to prayer, those with a daily prayer routine, and those whose lives seem too busy to pray. With a focus on listening prayer and prayer as a two-way conversation, the experience will assist individuals and groups in building and deepening a personal prayer practice and spiritual discernment.

As we learn to listen, we find a new depth and fulfillment in our relationship with God and a new experience of God as guide and companion in our lives. The daily prayer pattern includes an invitation, silence, Bible reading, a story, guided time for reflecting and listening, and practical help for developing six specific prayer practices.
You can order the study book from Amazon or Cokesbury. But even if you don’t have the book, join us for the zoom discussion every Wednesday at 2:00 through March 31. 

Here is the zoom link:

Meeting ID: 897 5286 1624
Passcode: 630432
Lenten Food Drive
March will be Heart of Longmont's designated month for food contributions to the OUR CENTER. Your United Methodist Women have come up with an idea that might make it easier and/or fun to add an item a day to a box for 30 days during LENT beginning on February 17th. Our Kiteley neighbors will once again be invited to participate as well. THEN, on March 19th, the last day, you can bring your box to the church between 1 and 3 PM. IF YOU CANNOT BRING YOUR BOX, please call Lynn Greenhalge at 303-651-3911 and we'll arrange to come get it. This is yet another way our congregation is putting more of God's love into the world.

Thank you for your support!
~UMW of the Heart
Girl Scout Cookies
at The Heart of Longmont
(photo by Mandi Krueger)
Thank you so much to all of you that came out to support Troop 70274 on our opening day of cookie season! We felt the love!

Our hours will be changing for upcoming weeks. We will continue our drive thru from 11-1 on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting (if it's cold and snowy, you won't want to be out and neither will we!). 

If you would prefer a contactless porch drop off and you live in the Longmont area or would like to make a donation to the military in lieu of getting cookies, here is our troop link: 


Our cookie proceeds always give us the opportunity to give some, through community service and service projects, spend some, we are looking forward to fun overnight adventures and horseback riding when we can get back to our new normal and save some for future activities. 

Thank you so much for your support! It is greatly appreciated.
(video above by Mandi Krueger)
(photos below by Karen Moore)
The Heart of Longmont is partnering with CommCi Community Cinema for a pop-up drive-in theatre! The community cinema is located at the Heart of Longmont Parking Lot at 350 11th Ave, Longmont, CO. These films will be showing over the coming weekends:
February 5
5:30 PM — Blazing Saddles
Benefiting County Collective (Discussion Movie)

February 12
5:20 PM — The Princess and the Frog — Benefiting Girl Scouts
7:45 PM — Hidden Figures — Benefiting Girl Scouts

February 19
5:30 PM — Moana — Benefiting County Collective

February 26
5:30 PM — Black Panther — NAACP Night (Discussion Movie)

March 5
5:20 PM — Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Benefiting County Collective
7:45 PM — Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Benefiting County Collective

March 12
5:30 PM — My Left Foot — Benefiting County Collective

March 19
5:30 PM — Finding Nemo
Free Event by Longmont Multicultural Action Committee (Discussion Movie)

March 26
5:30 PM — Ferris Bueller's Day Off — Benefiting County Collective
7:30 PM — Creed — Benefiting County Collective
Contact CommCi at info@cocinemas.org for more information.
Mission U
“Finding Peace in an Anxious World”
Hello HOL members—

If you have been asking where and what you can do to remain calm during this chaotic time in our lives, this may be the answer you are looking for. The UMC and UMW are presenting a mission u study for the whole church during the month of February, starting on Sunday Feb 7 and going through Feb 28. It will be on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. You can even do this study before the Super Bowl starts on Feb 7 at 4:00!

Many from the church will be taking the course so I hope you join us too.

Questions? Email Marty Allison martyallisonco@gmail.com or Mary Ann Watson maw22744@gmail.com.
Join Rev. Su Debree for a virtual study that explores ways to discover peace through scriptural and spiritual disciplines.

This four-part study series will begin Sunday, Feb. 7 and run through Feb. 28, 2021. Each Sunday session will be offered via Zoom from 2pm to 4pm MST.

No cost to attend but you must register at mtnskyumw.org/events/mission-u/  Then a Zoom link will be sent to you.

Participants are encouraged to purchase the book Finding Peace in an Anxious World edited by Erin James-Brown and read it prior to the event. The book may be purchased at umwmissionresources.org or on Amazon. (If buying on Amazon, please order the book edited by Erin James-Brown. There is another book by same name, different author.)

The four study sessions use the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer” as a guide to help us find our way through anxiety, worry, and fear and move towards God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.

This class is sponsored by your Mission u Committee of the Mountain Sky United Methodist Women and is open to all men and women.
Student Care Packages
Each year our United Methodist Women like to remember students in our church family who are pursuing post high school training and undergraduate degrees with a care package. These packages are sent out in late February.

Parents: please submit your student’s name and address to Becky Vancura no later than February 10th. Contact Becky at: 720-771-7746 or becky.vancura@gmail.com
Save The Date!
JUST LOVE Lenten Series



Sunday evenings through Lent: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., starting February 21 via Zoom
Explore justice issues and live into Beloved Community. Here is a brief taste of sessions in the series:

  • Japanese Internment Camps and Generational Trauma: presented by Japanese American community leaders along with leaders at Simpson UMC, Arvada, CO. February 21 & 28.
  • Human trafficking: Kara Napolitano, Research and Training Manager, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking, Denver, CO. March 7 
  • Restorative Justice: Catherine Gunderson, Director, Center for Restorative Youth Justice, Kalispell, MT. March 14
  • Push Out - Criminalization of Black Girls in School: A 2021 Mission U presentation by ELCA Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent. March 21
  • Immigration “Shoebox Stories” presented by Motus Theater, a unique “story-holding” project, where people stand in another person’s shoes by reading aloud their story, saying their words and feeling the weight they carry. Bishop Karen Oliveto and Superintendent Jeff Rainwater will read Cristian Solano-Córdova’s story. March 28.

For more information, contact vitality@mtnskyumc.org.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  • It is estimated that internationally there are between 20 million and 40 million people in modern slavery today.
  • Trafficking involves transporting someone into a situation of exploitation. This can include forced labor, marriage, prostitution, and organ removal. This kind of exploitation is known by a few different names -- “human trafficking,” “trafficking of persons,” and “modern slavery”.
  • Globally, an estimated 71% of enslaved people are women and girls, while men and boys account for 29%
  • Women and young girls are at a disproportionately higher risk of being trafficked, making up for around 99% of sex trafficking victims in 2016.
From its beginning, United Methodist Women has focused on ministries with women, children, and youth. Since 2013, UMW of The Heart has supported Free The Girls, an organization that exists to help women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities.

Free The Girls is currently working in three countries: El Salvador, Mozambique, and Costa Rica. They collaborate with partners on-the-ground in those countries to encourage, equip, and empower girls and women to earn a safe income selling bras in the second-hand market. Their partners work closely to provide programming for holistic reintegration.

UMW of The Heart has sponsored several bra drives and provides a Drop-off Location where community members can drop off bras for donation. The total of bras we have collected, packaged, and delivered is well into the hundreds! Ever since the collection location has moved to the Chicago area, we are blessed to have our donations hand-delivered by Ray and Marty Allison thus, avoiding shipping costs!

Check your drawers, ladies, and any gently used bras or camisoles can be brought to the church and left in the tub in the Gallery.

And of course, please pray for all who are enslaved. The following is from the Pray page of freethegirls.org:

Even in the face of an overwhelming issue, we're inspired by the love of Christ to love people and fight for justice and wholeness for survivors of sex trafficking, regardless of the survivor's beliefs or religion. Our desire is to see a world where all are free. 
We invite you to join us in praying for the brave survivors in our programs and their families. As well as the girls and women who are still trapped in slavery all over the world. Let's pray together "freedom for the captives", along with true freedom and true healing.

"To proclaim good news to the poor...to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners... " (Isaiah 61:1)

"Thank you...selling bras is so good because I'm earning money. We have to work as women so that we are not violated by men. We should have our income so we can sustain life, a life that everyone yearns to have."

"This project has made such a huge difference in my life and the lives of my children."

"Nobody could change my life. I needed to take the first steps."

For more information about Free The Gi visit https://freethegirls.org

Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline to connect with services and support for human trafficking survivors, or to report a tip: call 1-888-373-7888, text 233733, or chat online.
Did you know…
Through Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation, you, as an individual, can invest your savings in accounts similar to CDs and Money Markets where you will earn above-average interest rates. The fund is called the Methodists Helping Methodists Fund. Your investments allow the Foundation to provide capital improvement loans to United Methodist Churches throughout the region. Investment options include: 

  • Fixed-Rate Investments (one, two, three, four, and five-year) are available for amounts $1,000 and above. Interest is paid out quarterly or reinvested, depending on investor wishes.
  • Variable-Rate Investments are available with a minimum investment of $500. Withdrawals can be made at any time upon written notice.

At January 1, 2021, rates for fixed-rate investments range from .70% for a 12-month term on deposits of $1,000 to $4,999 up to 2.32% for a 60-month term on deposits of $10,000 and over. Variable-rate accounts starting at $500 pay .30%.

For more information, including access to the full rate schedule, go to https://www.mountainskyumf.org/faith-based-investments-giving/.
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Adult Sunday School Classes on Zoom
Many of you have asked how to connect with our two adult Sunday school classes hosted on Zoom. Here's how! The Zoom invites for each are below.
Adventurer's Sunday School with Tricia Grafelman
Topic: Adventurer's Sunday School
Time: Sundays at 08:30 AM Mountain Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 8823 7522
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Faith & Reason Sunday School with Marty Allison
Sunday, July 5⋅8:30 – 9:45am
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Meeting ID: 830 4521 8818
Password: 115380
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A PICTURE IS WORTH
A THOUSAND WORDS
2021 will be an exciting year as we celebrate 150 years of the Methodist Church in Longmont. Recording our history is an important part of our celebration. Pictures will help highlight our history. If you have pictures related to church event, a committee would like to review them for possible use in our 150th historic booklet. You may leave them at the church office or contact Ann Yoder (303 772-8294) for more information. 
The HOL UMW Are Here For You!
Your United Methodist Women would like the congregation to know that if someone needs something and can’t--or shouldn’t--go out please contact Lynn Greenhalge at 303-651-3911 or halge@aol.com. We will get it taken care of! If you just need someone to chat with please let us know that as well! We’ll give you a “phone buddy”!

We need to stick together in these trying times and we want you to know we’re here for you, our church.
Do you have an article, story, or update you'd like to put in the Pulse?
We'd love to share your stories! Send your submission to communications@heartoflongmont.org with "Pulse" in the subject line.
The deadline for submissions is the Monday by noon.
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In-person worship is suspended at this time
but we welcome you to join us on our Facebook and YouTube pages!

We also welcome you to join us for online worship services
on our YouTube channel
Sundays at 10AM.
OFFICE SCHEDULE
The office at Heart of Longmont is open
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 1:00pm. 

If you come to the office you will need to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer inside the office doors. We may need to limit the number of people in the office at any one time. 

You can always call Carol at the church office, 303-776-3523 during those days and times. Or you can email her anytime at office@heartoflongmont.org.