November 28 , 2018
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUNDAY AT CUC

Traditional Worship
8:00 A.M.

Contemporary Worship
10 A.M.

  Sermon: 
All is Calm
 
Scripture: 
Luke 10: 38-42

  Thanks to This 
Sunday's Ushers

8:00 a.m.  
Steve Lass & Tom Bury

10:00 a.m.
Sandy Birks, Diane Young, Chuck & Lori Beckey
 
  Thanks to This Sunday's Ambassadors

  8:00 a.m.   
Jim & Sandy Sexton
 
10:00 a.m. 
Vicky Tolve
 
  THIS WEEK @ CUC

Sunday, Dec 2
8:00 am   Traditional Service
9:00 am   Fellowship in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service  
                 
Wednesday, Dec 5
6:15 pm  Bell Rehearsal
6:30 pm  Band
7:30 pm  Choir

Sunday, Dec 9
8:00 am   Traditional Service
9:00 am   Breakfast in Biel Hall
10:00 am Contemporary Service
CUC GENEROSITY
 
 
Fiscal Year to Date
thru Nov 25, 2018 

ACTUAL
Identified Giving           $ 402,652
Plate Collection            $    5,001  
Cash Back Programs   $    7,022
   
BUDGET
Identified Giving          $ 377,656
Plate Collection           $    5,210  
Cash Back Programs  $    7,000 
   
SURPLUS OR (DEFICIT)
Identified Giving          $   24,996
Plate Collection           $     (210)   
Cash Back Programs  $        22
    
YTD AVERAGE PER WEEK
Identified Giving           $  13,422
Plate Collection            $       167  
Cash Back Programs   $       234
          
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  



Fusion Conference: Christmas Party Sunday, December 2nd 2- 4 pm:   This Sunday the first Fusion Conference will be held here at Columbine United Church from 2:00- 4:00 pm. Bring a friend and come dressed in your most creative ugly sweater! This will be our youth group event for the weekend! See you all there! Please RSVP to Dani.

Parent's Day Out! Saturday, December 15th: The season is sneaking up on us quickly and before you know it, it's Christmas morning! Our Next Generation Committee is offering an opportunity for YOU, parents, to do some holiday shopping, decorating, wrapping, or maybe meditating (Lord knows we need it). From 9:00 am - 12:00 pm we will have cookie decorating, games, holiday crafts, and pageant practice! Please RSVP to Jeannie at jeannie@columbinechurch.org
 
Kid's Christmas Pageant December 16th @ 10:00 am :   Tara and Fran have put together a delightful "Not Really the 12 Days of Christmas" pageant for the kids this season. The production will be held during the 10:00 am service on December 16th. Kid's roles will be passed out during Sunday School on Sunday December 2nd.
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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 




Sunday Morning Adult Education: This Sunday, Dec. 2:  Ad Ed presents the 2nd to last program in our fall series - "Mental Health: Let's Start the Conversation." We are honored that CUC's Lori Hoffner will be our speaker, addressing "Suicide." In 2001, Lori became one of the first trainers for the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. She now provides training to adults and youth surrounding the issue of suicide prevention and intervention and is a Consulting ASIST trainer and Master SafeTALK trainer and a SafeTALK training coach. Lori is an intervention specialist and has her BA in Psychology. Please join us from 9:10 - 9:50 am in the Fireside Chapel. All are welcome.

Faith Forum, Tuesday Dec. 4:  Pastor Steve will teach " God's Promise : I Am With You" - a lesson about The Holy Spirit. Please join us in the Fireside Chapel from 10 - 11:30 am.

Sunday Morning Adult Education, Sunday Dec. 9:  There will be no AD Ed program.
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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 

We are sponsoring the Angel Tree program again this year for the Salvation Army:  We will have tags with a child's first name, age and suggestions for a Christmas present on the "giving tree." There will also  be tags for seniors this week. Bring your presents, unwrapped, with the tag and put them under the tree by Sun, Dec 9.   Some 'elves' will take the presents to our local Salvation Army.  For more information, contact Ken Sweet 303-973-8253.
 

The Ark is here!  The animals are here! Now all we need are sponsors for the animals.   Animals start at only $10 through Heifer International / CWS and the animals will be delivered to a 3rd world family for their use.  It is a step for them out of poverty and hunger. A great idea for a gift for the person that is difficult to buy for.

The Welcome Spot will be manned from 9:00 - 10:00 am, and after the 10:00 am service.  Also, just drop me an email (  greg.schriefer@gmail.com  ) if you want an electronic catalog and help in placing your orders!  The Ark is located at the front of the Sanctuary.  Don't buy a tie when you could buy a water buffalo. 

The Christmas Cards you all  signed on November 18 were delivered to a VFW office and are now in the mail to some US Servicemembers.  Thank you for taking the time to show them that you care. 

Colorado Gives Day, December 4th: CUC will be donating to the following organizations:  Action Center, Bessie's Hope, Denver Inner City Parish, IFCS, Love, Inc., TLC Meals on Wheels, Second Wind, Family Promise, RMSC and MS society.
   
            GROUPS AND              ANNOUNCEMENTS





Kiwanis Community Blood Drive, Mon Dec 3:  Join us from 1 - 5:30 pm to donate blood in the Narthex/Biel Hall. 

FRESH meets Mon, December 3:    6:30 pm yoga (please arrive 5-10 minutes early to set up your mat);  7:30 meditation and learning;  8:30 fellowship. 

Blood Pressure checks will be available in Biel Hall between services December 9 We are back to our regular 2 nd Sunday schedule.  Please stop by and say hello. 
 
Last Family Promise Rotation for 2018 - Our week for feeding families is Dec. 9 - 15th.  If you are able to assist with a meal, please contact Linda Chatfield at 303-989-5622 or langelotti@aol.com.  We need evening meals at 6 p.m. and brunch on Sat. a.m. Thank you for all you do to make this a successful ministry!  

Dec. 20th CG's Lunch Bunch at Noon - We'll enjoy a traditional Christmas menu with glazed ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans with almonds, dessert, beverage,and plenty of friendship for everyone. $5 suggested donation. NO AGE REQUIREMENT.

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:

Marianne Andres (pen name Marion Grace) published two historical fiction books this week, "Hattie's Homestead: The Other Legend" Books One and Two. These are available online at Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.

We welcome Scott, Jill, Judah and Zoe VanderWal to the CUC family. It is such a delight to have Jill as our new assistant pastor!

We give thanks to God as we remember our many blessings this Christmas season. 

We are grateful that the California wildfires are now fully contained.

CONCERNS:

Arlene Woodson, wife of Joe Woodson, our former associate pastor, has entered hospice. Prayers for the Woodson family as they navigate this difficult time. 

Prayers of sympathy and comfort to Betty Bennett whose husband, Keith, passed away suddenly two weeks ago. 

Please pray for Mary Davison. She had surgery on November 28th. 

Katie Gaertner is scheduled for surgery on Dec. 5th at University of Colorado Hospital. Please pray for a successful surgery and smooth recovery. 

Bill Kaseman had back surgery on November 27th. Please pray for a successful surgery and a quick recovery. 

Pray for the seniors who were displaced from their homes recently following an explosion (Heather Gardens) and a fire (Windermere Apartments). Please keep in your prayers the families of the two people killed in the two incidents.

Although the immediate crisis may be over, we ask that you keep the following people in your prayers:
   Nina & Garrett Ray, Ruth Teason, Carla and Wally Keesecker, Susan and Jim Lummanick, Judi Buehrer, Jeff and Linda Veres, Kay Huntley, Sandi Key, Ginny Anstine, Pam Lass, and Clayton Simons.

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

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