October 3 , 2018
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUNDAY AT CUC

Traditional Worship
8:00 A.M.

Contemporary Worship
10 A.M.

  Sermon: 
To Be Determined
 
Scripture: 
To Be Determined

  Thanks to This 
Sunday's Ushers

8:00 a.m. 
Eve Trumpore 
Greg Tabberer

10:00 a.m.
Ross & Karen Dudley
Alex and Lindie Woodruff
 
  Thanks to This Sunday's Ambassadors

  8:00 a.m.   
Peggy Sweet
 
10:00 a.m. 
Marian Hollingshead
 
  THIS WEEK @ CUC

Sunday, Oct 7 
8:00 am  Traditional Service
9:00 am  Mission Fair in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service  
                 
Wednesday, Oct 10
6:15 pm  Bell Rehearsal
6:30 pm  Band
7:30 pm  Choir

Sunday, Oct 14
8:00 am  Traditional Service 
9:00 am  Breakfast in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service

CUC GENEROSITY
 
 
Fiscal Year to Date
thru Sept 30, 2018

ACTUAL
Identified Giving           $ 309,479
Plate Collection            $    3,692  
Cash Back Programs   $    5,302 
   
BUDGET
Identified Giving          $  263,432
Plate Collection           $      3,634
Cash Back Programs  $      5,000 
   
SURPLUS OR (DEFICIT)
Identified Giving          $  46,047
Plate Collection           $        58  
Cash Back Programs  $      302
    
YTD AVERAGE PER WEEK
Identified Giving           $   14,067
Plate Collection            $       168
Cash Back Programs   $       241

      
Want to know where you stand with your pledge year-to-date?  Call CUC's Business Manager, Lindsey Stevenson, in the church office, or email her at  lindsey@columbinechurch.org

Make a Difference in the
Financial Picture of CUC!

Are You Required to Take an RMD from your IRA?
Calling all those who must make minimum withdrawals from retirement accounts!  Why not have some or all of those RMD's sent directly to CUC?  Whatever the amount is, it will be counted as part of the required minimum but it will not show up on your 1099R as taxable. This is an excellent way to make sure your contribution is still deductible!  Please consider donating a portion of your RMD as a way to support the ministry of Columbine United Church.  Please contact Lindsey Stevenson at the church office for more details.
 
King Soopers Cards
You can donate to CUC simply by purchasing a King Soopers card at the Welcome Spot. Each time you reload the card at the store when buying your groceries, 
CUC receives 5%!

Thrivent Financial Choice
CUC is a participating organization in Thrivent Financial's Thrivent Choice® program. Thrivent Choice is a charitable grant program allowing eligible members to recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes part of its charitable outreach grant funds each year. Eligible Thrivent Financial members can direct Thrivent Choice Dollars® to CUC in a particular month. If you have Choice Dollars available to direct, please consider directing them 
to CUC. To learn more about Thrivent Choice, visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice , or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836, and say "Thrivent Choice" when prompted.

Text Your Offering  
In less time than it takes to write a check, you can now make your contribution to CUC with a quick text message!  Text "CUC $50" to 73256 to give $50 (for example) to Columbine United Church using your text messaging. You can adjust the dollar amount to whatever amount you would like to give.  Standard text message rates do apply. Thank you for our continued support of CUC! Your time, talent, and resources are helping us to change the world!
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Pumpkin Palooza & Trunk-OR-Treat! Sunday, October 28th:   Our annual Pumpkin Palooza & Trunk or Treat festival is at the church from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Decorate your trunk and fill it with candy to join us for an afternoon of fall festivities including pumpkin carving, chili tasting, games, and PRIZES for the most creative car trunks and pumpkins!
 
CPR Training THIS Sunday, October 7th:    The church will be hosting a CPR training course on Sunday, October 7th from 1- 5 pm. Any nursery workers or volunteers with children are expected to have this certification. The cost is $50 per person. Contact Jeannie to reserve a space in this class at jeannie@columbinechurch.org.
 
Hope Farms Service Project, Sat October 13th:    The youth will be venturing out to Hope Farms out in Elizabeth, CO on Saturday October 13th for a day of service to Lisa's farm. We will be meeting at the church at 9 am and expect to be back around 2 pm. The students should bring a lunch and a water bottle! RSVP to Dani at 720-556-9695.

Faith & Family Night at the Colorado Avalanche - Friday October 26th at 7:00 pm!      
The Colorado Avalanche will be playing the Ottawa Senators and we want YOU to join us! CUC has reserved a section at the Pepsi Center for church members to enjoy the game together. Tickets are $25 with a $10 concession credit included in the purchase. Buy your tickets online at www.avstix.com/columbineunited1018.   
 
La Foret Youth Fall Retreat November 2nd - 4th!  Unplug from the noise of everyday life and join us at this year's fall retreat in Colorado Springs! Open for grades 6-12. RSVP to Dani and register online following this link:  
https://rmcucc.org/home/camps-events/fall-spirit-spark-retreat/
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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 




Sunday Morning Adult Education,This Sunday Oct. 7:  There will be no Ad Ed program. Please attend the Mission Fair in Biel Hall.

Hunger in America and Offering of Letters, Sun Oct 14:  Approximately 13 million children in the U.S. live at risk of hunger. They depend upon many private and public programs to reduce food insecurity including WIC (Women, Infant, Children nutrition program), school lunches, and SNAP (formerly Food Stamps). Join the "Offering of Letters" on Sunday, October 14, to tell Congress that these programs are important to us.  The federal budget is the investment of our tax dollars - help it reflect our values.  You serve God when you put your faith into practice.  

Sunday Morning Adult Education, Sun Oct. 14:  There will be no Ad Ed program. Please enjoy breakfast and fellowship in Biel Hall. We will resume "Mental Health: Let's Start the Conversation" on Oct. 21. The topic will be "Schizophrenia."

Faith Forum,Tues Oct. 9:  We will begin a 9-week Bible course on "God's Promise - I Am With You" led by Cindy Pickett.  She will use the Horizons Bible Study curriculum from the Presbyterian Church. You will need to order the booklet "God's Promise - I Am With You." Item code is HZN18100. Cost is $10 plus $5.25 for shipping. Shipping will be less per person if several people go together to order.  Please call 1-800-533-4371. Please join us in the Fireside Chapel from 10 - 11:30 am for this curriculum. All are welcome.
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CUC MUSIC
The Band  rehearses Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.   Contact Music Director Mitch Samu ( mitch@columbinechurch.org) , if you are interested in joining the group.

Do YOU love to sing? Please join the Chancel Choir, and make a joyful noise for the 8 am service each Sunday. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm in the Fireside Room.  For more information call Tara Klima or Karen Wenzel 303-618-3099, or email tlklima@aol.com  or  karenwenzel@msn.com
GROUPS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
HELP WANTED:  Host/Hostess for Sunday mornings.  We are looking for a team of 2-3 individuals who can serve as our hosts and hostesses during worship on Sunday mornings.  Duties include setting up communion (except for the 1st of the month); selling King Soopers cards and taking credit card donations at the Welcome Spot; being a friendly face to answer questions; and communicating with church staff to help the services run smoothly.  This paid position will require your attendance from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on the Sundays you are scheduled.  Our Host/Hostess schedule will be rotated among the team of 2-3 hosts, so you will not have to commit to every Sunday.  Please contact Lindsey in the church office ( lindsey@columbinechurch.org  or call 303-798-1845) if you want to know more! 

Hurricane Florence Relief:  The Mission Committee has donated $1000 for relief efforts following Hurricane Florence on behalf of our congregation.   Many of you have also asked how you can help.  Checks can be written to Columbine United Church and marked for Hurricane Relief and put into the Sunday offering or mailed to the church.  Alternatively, you can give through our website.  Website donation:  Go to  www.columbineunited.church; select the Give tab in the upper right hand corner of the page; select the Giving Details dropdown titled, Hurricane Relief; enter donation amount.

In due time, the business office will send a check on our behalf (in addition to the donation made by the Mission Committee) to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  Thank you for your generosity as we reach out to others in their time of need.
 
Mission Fair THIS Sun, Oct 7!   Did you know that women at CUC create these dolls for boys/girls experiencing a trying time in their lives ?  Come have a breakfast snack and visit these dolls/other agencies supported by CUC Missions.



The CUC Health Cabinet will be meeting October 7:  We will meet at 9:00 am in the Parlor.  We want to start offering blood pressure checks on the second Sunday of each month.  Anyone with a medical background who would like to join us is welcome.  We will be talking about the schedule and record keeping.   Any other questions, please contact Peggy Sweet at peggysweet@kencominerals.com or 303-973-8253.

The MEN'S ROOM will meet Tues, Oct 9th:  Join us at 6:30 pm  in the Fireside Chapel. We will start discussion with the parable of the sower, found in Matthew Chapter 5, as well as current events. Looking forward to seeing everyone, and catching up with each other.
 
"The Animals are coming!  The Animals are coming!"    Again, this year CUC is supporting both Heifer International and Church World Services with their selection of alternative Christmas gifts.  We will be at the Welcome Spot starting in mid-November to help you with your orders of everything from chickens to water buffaloes to llamas that will be sent to third world countries.  Start thinking of someone that you want to honor with a special gift.  Let's  fill an ark full of gifts!   Please contact Greg Schriefer greg.schriefer@gmail.com with questions.

CUC Book Club, Thurs Oct 15 (new time):    We will meet at 1:30 pm to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  We have delayed the start for ½ hour because the CGs also meet at noon on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Everyone is welcome.

Food Donations:    Food donations needed!  The IFCS food bank needs pasta, rice, cornmeal, flour, sugar, cookies, and crackers.  They also need paper towels, TP, and facial tissue.   

Security  Following the Council's direction we have a security team in place comprised of several members of the congregation. They've been studying the security needs of the building during worship and mid week activities. Thanks to Tag Worley, security cameras have been installed in strategic areas. On Sunday mornings members of the team are in the Narthex and sanctuary monitoring the needs of the attendees, everything from health concerns to people needing assistance. The committee is looking for more members to join in this ministry. It is our desire to create a safe and secure environment for every member of the congregation. Please contact Steve Poos-Benson with your thoughts and ideas.

King Soopers   Remember to buy, load, and use your King Soopers cards!  We count on $1,000 a month in revenue from King Soopers card reloads, which pays for the monthly electric bill at CUC.  It's easy and doesn't cost you anything.   Get your card at the Welcome Spot today and then load it at the store.Thank you for your support of CUC!
 
Handicapped Parking Spaces Please be considerate of those in need and only park in the spaces designated as "Handicapped" if you have a permit or car tag prominently displayed.
JOYS & CONCERNS

If you have a life situation you would like your pastors or the congregation to be aware of, please call the church office at 303-798-1845 or send us an email at cuc@columbinechurch.org


JOYS:

Thankfulness for the cooler temperatures and the beautiful colors of Autumn.

Ember Stangler (formerly Albertson) and her husband Jordon will be moving to Uganda, Africa at the end of October to serve as directors of an orphanage alongside the nonprofit organization, Rescue Hope. Ember's mother, Carol Albertson, will be hosting an Open House here at the church in Biel Hall on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30-9:00 pm. Stop by to see Ember and her husband before they ship off on their mission! God bless them on their journey.

Thank you note: "Thank you for all of the cards, phone calls, offers of meals, and many prayers during this long recovery process.   Much love and blessings,  Ginny Anstine."

CONCERNS:

Prayers for all the people who were and still are affected by Hurricane Florence.

Prayers for Pam Lass, who had back surgery on Wednesday, October 3rd. 

Prayers for Matt Kring (husband of Dawnell) as he deals with a recent health issue.

Prayers for strength for Nina and Garrett Ray as they cope with Garrett's continuing health problems. 

Although the immediate crisis may be over, we ask that you keep the following people in your prayers:  Ruth Teason, Katie Gaertner, Carla and Wally Keesecker, Susan and Jim Lummanick, Judi Buehrer, Jeff and Linda Veres, Kay Huntley, Sandi Key, Ginny Anstine, and Gary Sisson.

There are other unnamed members and friends of CUC who have requested prayers as they deal with unemployment, financial challenges, significant concerns, addiction and anger management.  Please keep them in your prayers as well as our brothers and sisters in the military and those who serve our country around the world.

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COLUMBINE UNITED CHURCH

6375 S. Platte Canyon Rd.

Littleton, CO   80123

(303) 798-1845

cuc@columbinechurch.org

www.columbinechurch.org