Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Wildwood Word Weekly
We are God's progressive voice in Green Mountain Falls. Join us at Church in the Wildwood, an Open & Affirming congregation in the United Church of Christ, as we extend Christ's radical welcome to all.
Don't Be Late for Church!
We don't mean to tell you what to do, but you'll be glad we did: Go to bed early on Saturday night, right after you set your clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time begins on Saturday night, and we know you don't want to miss church on Sunday morning! Come to church, ready to talk (during the sermon) about temptation (such as how you felt when your alarm went off: tempted to turn it off and go back to sleep).
In Case You Missed It...
Jeff Chapman announced during church a few weeks ago that Vaughn Drinen has been hired as our new Office Admin. Vaughn is doing a fine job for the church and is available 10-2 (or so) on Wednesdays through Fridays to answer your church-related questions.
The Road Is Still Closed
For about two more weeks, a portion of Chipita Park Road will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians. This means that to get to the church from the south, you must take the second exit off Highway 24, rather than the first exit. See the map for details.
Your First Class Is Free!
Tae-Kwon-Do Classes, Here
Every Tuesday and Thursday
Children and Youth (ages 4 to 12) at 3–4 p.m.
Adults (ages 13 and up) at 4–5 p.m.
Cost: First class FREE, then $80 per month per person, to attend as many classes as you wish during the month
Master Vaughn Drinen, a member of Church in the Wildwood who is a 6th Degree Black Belt in tae-kwon-do, has been an instructor at Tiger George's Tae-Kwon-Do in Security since 1997. Master Drinen is offering tae-kwon-do classes right here at Church in the Wildwood, as listed in the headline above. Preregistration is not required for these classes. For more details, see the flyer at church. If you have additional questions, please contact Master Drinen at or call the church office at 719-684-9427.
“Effortless Change” Sunday Evening Bible Study
Continues on Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Robert Zambrana and Helena Wang lead this study in Tatter Hall on Sunday evenings. Robert writes, “Through this Bible study, we hope to provide participants some nuts and bolts about who the Bible says we are and how what we think in our hearts affects us. We'll be covering a total of 19 lessons; each lesson is short and interactive.” There is no need to sign up for this study; just come!
Getting Fit at Church in the Wildwood
All classes take place on a drop-in basis (no preregistration needed).
Mondays at 9 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Beth Knox, a certified yoga instructor, offers gentle yoga classes here, on a freewill donation basis. Bring a yoga mat. Call Beth at 719-213-0848 with questions.
Morning Workout
Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Pastor Diane is back on track, leading this basic (but challenging) co-ed workout class on a freewill donation basis. Bring a yoga mat if you have one; if not, she has extras.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Age 4-12, 3-4 p.m. / Age 13 & up, 4-5 p.m.
Master Vaughn Drinen, a sixth-level black belt in tae-kwon-do, teaches classes here at the church for almost everyone. See the article above for details.
Coffee & Conversation - Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Join Sue Frindt and others in the library area of the Entry Hall for coffee, cookies, and conversation about the Bible, on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. See what God's Word has to say to you this week.
Watch our Services Any Time, on YouTube
You can watch the service as it happens, or you can go back later and watch the ones you've missed.  takes you to all of our past videos. takes you to our stream when we're live. (This one is a new link!) If you subscribe and turn on notifications , you'll be notified when we're live!
Free Pancake Day at IHOP - Tuesday, March 12
Click on the link to sign up online. This is a benefit for three great children's charities.
Benefit for Miriam Hilbert - April 13
A post from big sister Stella:
Good evening everyone! We hope you are all doing well! There will be a benefit meal for Miriam on Saturday, April 13, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Sallie Bush Community Building in Green Mountain Falls. The meal will be a freewill offering with proceeds to help defray Miriam’s medical expenses. Please come and enjoy a hearty meal of lasagna, mixed green salad, green beans, dinner rolls and dessert! Also, we would like to thank everyone for your prayers and generosity throughout Miriam’s recovery. We are very blessed to have you all in our lives! If you would like to help in any way, please contact Melissa Mellen at (620) 482-2170 and leave a message. Thank you! ❤️
Support Our Mission Efforts
  • Cases of Love: Bring Your Bags Now! We are collecting new and gently used suitcases and larger-size duffel bags for the Cases of Love program that provides them to children who need to be removed from their homes for safety. Bonnie Sipp writes, "It breaks my heart this has to happen at all, and then to be given a trash bag for your things and having to show up at a stranger's house carrying a trash bag is terrible." Let's all pull together and help these kids retain some dignity and have something of their own. Larger duffel bags work a bit better than suitcases, as the social workers can carry more with them. We will be collecting bags through the end of March.
  • Wildwood Food Pantry: Our next community dinner and food box distribution is Tuesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Let's keep our Pantry shelves full! We always need non-perishable food items, and now we have a freezer and fridge in our Pantry, so we can accept perishable items, as long as you bring them when the church is open. Thank you!
  • Bibles: There's a basket on a table in the Entry Hall that contains Bibles that were purchased by a friend of this congregation, so that everyone who wants a Bible may have one. Please help yourself; they're a gift from this generous person!
  • Westside Cares: Bring in your empty prescription bottles for WSC. They use them to provide laundry soap and other supplies to their clients. You do not need to remove the adhesive from the outside of the bottles. The collection basket is on the table in the Entry Hall
Wildwood Calendar
Thursday, March 7 Office Open (Vaughn)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tae-Kwon-Do Class for Ages 4 to 12
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tae-Kwon-Do Class for Ages 13 & up and Adults
Friday, March 8 Office Open (Vaughn)
Saturday, March 9 - Set your clocks ahead!
Sunday, March 10
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:45 a.m. Fellowship in Tatter Hall
6:00 p.m. “Effortless Change” Sunday Evening Bible Study
Monday, March 11 Office Closed
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Yoga with Beth Knox (719-213-0848), here
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cub Scouts meet here
Tuesday, March 12 Office Open (Sue)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee & Conversation with Sue Frindt
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tae-Kwon-Do Class for Ages 4 to 12
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tae-Kwon-Do Class for Ages 13 & up and Adults
Wednesday, March 13 Office Open (Vaughn, then Sue)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Bell Choir practice
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Choir and Accompanists practice
Thursday, March 14 Office Open (Vaughn)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Morning Workout with Pastor Diane
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. T.O.P.S. group meets, here
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tae-Kwon-Do Class for Ages 4 to 12
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tae-Kwon-Do Class for Ages 13 & up and Adults
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Yoga with Beth Knox (719-213-0848), here
Friday, March 15 Office Open (Vaughn)
Sunday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:45 a.m. Fellowship in Tatter Hall
6:00 p.m. “Effortless Change” Sunday Evening Bible Study
Other Upcoming Dates to Note
30 (Saturday) - "Money Matters" Workshop, First Plymouth UCC, Englewood (see below)
13 (Saturday) - Benefit for Miriam Hilbert (see above)
14 (Sunday) - Palm Sunday
19 (Friday) - Good Friday
21 (Sunday) - Easter (breakfast before worship; egg hunt after)
2 (Thursday) - National Day of Prayer, events in Woodland Park
30 (Thursday) – Sisters Helping Sisters Wildwood Women’s Project, evening
6-8 (Thursday through Saturday) - RMC Annual Celebration, Grand Junction (see below)
4-13 (Thursday through Saturday) - Green Box Arts Festival, with events here!
27 (Saturday) - Bronc Day in Green Mountain Falls
Save the Date: March 30 Workshop
Our church landscape is changing exponentially, and it can be difficult to follow the latest church best practices—let alone vet them and put them into practice! In 2019, how can our churches do their best work in being the church? In March, we hope to answer some of these questions.
On Saturday, March 30, at First Plymouth Congregational UCC in Englewood, CO, Andy DeBraber from United Church Funds will visit the RMC to present their “Money Matters” Workshop. The sessions will cover some of the most powerful financial resources available, and how to use them effectively. Specific topics include:
  • Repurposing your church buildings for optimal vitality;
  • Raising up generosity in our congregations;
  • Building an effective “Planned Giving” program in your church, and much more!
If you’re interested but can’t make the workshop in person, we’ll also be live-streaming it for anyone who’d like to join us via webinar! More details on that soon. There is no fee for this event! Instead, guests are invited to offer goodwill donations to help cover the costs of our refreshments (breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided).
RMC Annual Celebration - June 6-8
Save the date for the 45th Annual Celebration of the Rocky Mountain Conference at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado! Keynote: John Dominic Crossan
This year's Annual Celebration will focus on "Embracing the Spirit of Joy and Light." As we look to the future, our spirits soar with the anticipation of new possibilities! Let us draw together as we continue listening for spirit, strengthening our connection, and tipping towards the enduring good. Registration will open later this month, and we will let you know when it does.
Here's the schedule so far: Check-in will begin Thursday afternoon, and there will be a fun Welcome Reception on Thursday night. Friday will feature keynote speaker John Dominic Crossan with additional programming throughout the day. Friday night we will have our Celebration Banquet with a presentation of certificates, followed by live music and dancing! On Saturday morning, we will gather at First Congregational Church, Grand Junction for our Business Meeting. Annual Celebration will officially conclude with a powerful worship service with Dr. Crossan preaching, late morning on Saturday. Go to for details on booking your hotel room.
Ways to Support Your Church
  • Do it the traditional way! Drop your offering in the plate during worship.
  • Sign up for automated giving, using a form from the table in the Entry Hall.
  • Make donations securely through your credit card at the Donation Station in the Entry Hall;
  • Use the Donate button on our website or our Facebook page, each of which you can access through the link at the top of this email.
  • Use the QR code in the Sunday bulletin so you can donate securely via your credit card as part of your worship! Ask Vaughn Drinen or Pastor Diane if you need help with this.
Other Notes...
-- Please write your prayer requests and celebrations (testimonies of answered prayers!) in the Prayer Notebook on the table in the Entry Hall at any time during the week, and Pastor Diane will read them aloud during worship on Sunday.
-- Any Sunday after worship, those who wish may request individual prayer with the laying on of hands by a member of our direct prayer team. Go to the altar area after the benediction.
-- Email Prayer Team : If you wish to receive email notifications of prayer needs (or to let us know of a need), please contact Sue Frindt or Pastor Diane.
-- We still need to increase our Tech Team . Are you interested in learning how to run sound, the projector, or the live stream during worship? Please see Jeff Chapman or Vaughn Drinen.
Read the Entire Bible in a Year
Click here to open an Excel document that lists the daily scriptures to read through the Bible in one year. Each month is on a separate page, which you can access by clicking on the tabs at the bottom of your screen.
Also check out these links to suggested free online Bible apps:
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