January 2 , 2019
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUNDAY AT CUC

Traditional Worship
8:00 A.M.

Contemporary Worship
10 A.M.

  Sermon: 
The Significance of Your Life - PUNCTIFORM!!! 
 
Scripture: 
John 1:1-5

  Thanks to This 
Sunday's Ushers

8:00 a.m.  
Eve Trumpore & Greg Tabberer

10:00 a.m.
Larry Burmeister, Kari Adamski, Koby Kellogg, Pat Leonard
 
  Thanks to This Sunday's Ambassadors

  8:00 a.m.   
Tom Hosea & Janet Kester
 
10:00 a.m. 
Karen & Howard Fisher
 
  THIS WEEK @ CUC

Sunday, Jan 6
8:00 am  Traditional Service
9:00 am  Fellowship in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service  

Wednesday, Jan 9
6:30 pm  Band Rehearsal
7:30 pm  Choir

Sunday, Jan 13
8:00 am   Traditional Service
9:00 am   Breakfast in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service
CUC GENEROSITY
 
 
Fiscal Year to Date
Carried from Dec. 16, 2018

ACTUAL
Identified Giving           $ 449,953
Plate Collection            $    5,661  
Cash Back Programs   $    7,906  
   
BUDGET
Identified Giving          $  442,484
Plate Collection           $     6,104 
Cash Back Programs  $     7,600
   
SURPLUS OR (DEFICIT)
Identified Giving          $   7,469
Plate Collection           $    (444)
Cash Back Programs  $     306 
    
YTD AVERAGE PER WEEK
Identified Giving           $  13,635
Plate Collection            $      172  
Cash Back Programs   $      240  
          
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!
 
NEXT GENERATION  
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Winter Trimester for Sunday School: We are beginning our winter trimester with the youngest generation of the church and we are blessed to have a group of five already signed up to help with the next few months of lessons. However, we are very much in need of roughly 8 more teachers to volunteer one Sunday every couple of weeks to spend the hour of the morning with the cutest faces of CUC! Please contact Dani or Jeannie for more questions if you are interested!
 
Warrior Teenager Suicide Awareness Workshop, Jan 6: This upcoming Sunday, following the 10:00 am service, the middle and high school youth groups will be meeting in Biel Hall to overview, discuss, and purchase the book, "Warrior Teenager," written by Mary Lynne Fernandez. Our time during this meeting will familiarize both parents and teenagers with the topics we will be discussing the next few weeks at youth group. Please directly email Dani with any questions or concerns at dani@columbinechurch.org
 
Warrior Teenager Book Club:  We will be starting off the New Year by discussing the topics of the book, Warrior Teenager, written by Mary Lynne Fernandez. The book is a positive spin on finding help and hope through the darkest of life's situations. No homework is required, so do not miss youth group because the word "book" is now involved! For more information on the book, follow this link http://thewarriorteenager.gr8.com  
 
Youth Group Sunday, January 6th:    Middle school 5:00 - 6:30 pm and High School 6:30-8:00 pm.
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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 




Sunday Morning Adult Education, Sunday Jan. 20: Ad Ed classes will resume with a representative from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), discussing family support for those with mental health issues.  Please join us in the Fireside Chapel from 9:10 - 9:50 am.  All are welcome.

Ad Ed is sponsoring the 2-session course "Mental Health First Aid" on Sat. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2  from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. This course deals with signs of addiction and mental health problems, ways to assess and help, and local resources; all in greater detail than our Sunday AM fall series, "Mental Health: Let's Start the Conversation." This Sat AM course will be held at CUC and is free. For more info visit, JCMH.ORG/MHFA or contact Canice Rupp at 303-432-5137 or CaniceR@jcmh.  Please register at JCMH.ORG/MHFA There are only 30 spots available. 
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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


Mission Committee 

Our Alternative Christmas fundraising was a tremendous success! Steve challenged us with a goal of raising $5,000 for Heifer International and Church World Services ("CWS").  Our final giving total was $5,660.  In addition, Heifer International had some special programs that we were able to take advantage of that increased our gift by another $4,600 resulting in overall gifts of $10,260.

Our gifts range from Honeybees to water buffaloes and from a gift of clean water to helping empower Women.  Heifer International says that every animal given will eventually help 9 other families;  every family who receives one of the animals agrees to give an offspring to another family in need. 

Here is what we provided: 8 ducks / geese, 37 flocks of chicks, 1 flock of hope, 2 gifts of clean water, 4.7 goats, 1.2 heifers, 5 colonies of honeybees, 0.4 llamas, 7.3 pigs, 6.5 rabbits, 0.4 seedlings, 1.6 sheep, 1.7 water buffalo, 1 women enhancement program, $420 where needed most and $70 to CWS. 

My calculation shows that with the matching funds from Heifer, we were able to help over 140 families in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.  Knowing that 9 other families will be helped by each of our gifts means that over 1,400 families- or 8,400 people- will be positively impacted by our gifts.  Thank you to everyone.  This is an extremely positive start to 2019! 
Greg Schriefer
 
Mission Trip to Guatemala with Common Hope!!!     We have just secured dates for travel to Guatemala.  We are staying with Common Hope (located in Antigua,  Guatemala ), where several teams have traveled in the  past.   The dates are September 22 - 29th (this has changed).  The cost is $750/person plus $500 each in fundraising, which we can work on together.  This price does not  include  airfare .   We are looking to add more members to the team.  We have 5 at this time and can take 10.  You will help build a home, be able to visit Common Hope  families,  and see the area.   For further information, please contact Linda Chatfield at  langelotti@aol.com  or 303-989-5622

Coats/Winter Wear/Clothing/Shoe Drive for Jeffco Serving Kids continues through Jan 27th .   Bring in your items you have been saving--for 3 yrs thru high school students -- adult sizes   fine.  Contact Bretha with questions at bewellnow@msn.com or 303-798-4556.
   
            GROUPS AND              ANNOUNCEMENTS    


Welcoming the VanderWal family: Pastor Jill VanderWal and her family arrive in Colorado around January 9th to search for their new home. Help Columbine United Church welcome the VanderWal family to Colorado! Supplies for their new home, introductions to local resources and favorites, and the warmth of our church family support will help them settle into their new surroundings. Pick one of the items below and bring it to a drop off spot at CUC's Welcome Spot no later than January 13th. If you want to contribute something not listed, please add it to the list so we can coordinate our congregation's contributions. 


The Men's group known as the "Men's Room" will meet on Tuesday evening January 8th at 6:30 - 8:00 pm at CUC in the adult education room. Please bring your own snack and beverage if you want to. We will talk about hopes for 2019 and Luke 10:25-37, "The Good Samaritan." All men are welcome!
                                  
 
New Members Class, Sunday Jan 27th from 11:30 - 2 pm:   Lunch will be provided.  Please email Jane at jane@columbinechurch.org or amy@columbinechurch.org to register your interest in either joining the church or simply learning more about CUC.  Childcare available upon request.

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:

NEW YEAR PRAYER... Thank You Lord, for giving me the brand new year ahead. Help me live the way I should, as each new day I tread. Give me gentle wisdom that I might help a friend. Give me strength and courage, so a shoulder I might lend. The year ahead is empty, help me fill it with good things. Each new day filled with joy and the happiness it brings.
 
CONCERNS:

Please pray for Sandy Sexton as she recovers from knee replacement surgery on January 2nd. 

Please pray for Darlene Van Cleave as she recovers from surgery Christmas Eve. 

Prayers for sympathy and comfort for Nina Ray whose husband, Garrett, passed away December 17 th .  Garrett's Celebration of Life was held at CUC on Dec. 30th. 

Prayers for Judi Buehrer as she recovers from surgery. She is home and feeling stronger. 

Although the immediate crisis may be over, we ask that you keep the following people in your prayers:   Ruth Teason, Carla and Wally Keesecker, Jeff and Linda Veres, Kay Huntley, Sandi Key, Ginny Anstine, and Clayton Simon.

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