June 6, 2019
Your weekly news & updates
From the Pastor's desk
By Steve Autrey

Beginning Sunday, July 7th , our 3 worship service times will
shift to
8:00 a.m. ~ 9:30 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m.

One would think that changing our Associate Pastor, Student Minister, and Choir Director would be enough for one summer. I guess not! The Worship Committee met in late April to discuss the merits of adjusting our worship service times. After a good and productive conversation, they made a proposal to the Administrative Board, which then was approved to move worship times to those listed above.

Why are we doing this?

  • Our work with Blue Box Consulting revealed to us that we do not have the ability as a church to live into one of the key tenets of our mission statement which is to, “Build Meaningful Relationships.” Adding time between services allows us to stop rushing from one thing to the next, and provides space for conversations to occur between services.
  • This will help our worship staff and volunteers immensely. Conducting three services each Sunday is a large task. We are asking sound/tech people to quickly move from one venue to another with little time to prepare for what is next. Musicians also must do the same. As a pastor, I find that I do not have enough time to spend with people after services, as I have to rush off to what’s next. This is especially true after both the 8:15 a.m. and the 9:30 a.m. services. I do not have time to properly greet people - especially the many guests we consistently have at 9:30 a.m.
  • This will improve our last service, which will now be at 11:00 a.m., by giving our worship team and pastors time to re-gather after the 9:30 a.m. service, and to be fully engaged in the last service of the day. The Sound and Tech Team can also make sure everything is ready for the 11:00 a.m. service.
  • Better parking will be available for all services as there will now be time for people to transition out as others are coming in.

Has anyone thought of how this may negatively impact the church?

  • We have tried to understand the overall impact of this decision as best as we can. We realize that this gives more time between Sunday School and Worship at both 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Our hope is that Sunday School classes will feel more relaxed, have the opportunity for more fellowship time, and more fully live into,“Building Meaningful Relationships.” 
  • How this will impact other areas is difficult to tell. Some folks in the choir will be asked to start their Sunday 15 minutes earlier, and to stay longer for those who also participate in the 11:00 a.m. service. There are some concerns with childcare volunteers being asked to stay longer to serve during both worship and Sunday School.
  • Those folks who like getting a 15 minute head start on lunch to be ahead of our brothers and sisters in other churches will be disappointed. However, I think overall this will benefit the church. This is the kind of church where people like spending time together. One of our greatest strengths is our hospitality and sense of family. These changes will help us live into that strength. I realize this may not be an easy change for some, so I am asking for your patience and forgiveness for any difficulties this may cause for individuals. Finally, I support this change, because I feel God is leading the way in this decision to help us more fully be the church He is calling us to grow into.
Congregational News
Deepest Sympathy
We extend Christian sympathy to Jud and Linda Taylor on the death of Jud’s father, Fred Taylor, who passed away on June 4th.
To Thadd and Catherine Johnson on the birth of their son, Colton Wilson Johnson, born May 12th. Colton weighed 7lb and was 18” long.
Congratulations on a Milestone event!
Elsie Armstrong and Bobby Howard will be celebrating this week that they graduated from High School 70 years ago!
Charge Conference
A Charge Conference will be held on June 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel for the purpose of processing the necessary paperwork to receive the new appointment of Rev. Todd McCullough as Associate Pastor.
Save The Date
Grace Break - July 27th - 6:30-8:00 p.m. Save the date for a Summer Grace Break. All women of the church invited (and their friends) for an evening of fun and desserts.
Pre-K / Children / Youth
Join us for Kaleidoscope
VBS July 15th-17th!
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.” John 8:12

We welcome all kids from the community
ages 3 through 5th grade to join us!

(Children must be at least 3 years old, and they must be potty-trained to participate. VBS is free to attend.)

The deadline to pre-order a t-shirt is Sunday, June 9th.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 10th.

For more information, contact Cortni Bazzle at cortni.bazzle@denverumc.org
OR Jennifer Ingalls at jennifer.ingalls@denverumc.org.
Summer Camp 2019

We are offering a few summer camps in the upcoming months and still have spots for some age groups. Click the graphic below, or go to http://www.denverumc.org/files/Camp%20Flyer%202019.pdf to learn more about this opportunity.
Graduation Sunday
This past Sunday, we sent out 26 members of our family at Denver UMC. These high school students have worked hard, have been supported, and are now stepping into the next phases of their journey. At Harbor Youth, our vision is for students to follow Jesus long after they leave the town of Denver. We believe that this past Sunday marks God turning vision into reality. This picture shows the laying on of hands at our 9:30 service where 18 graduates were present. God is amazing!
Johanna Moolenaar was accidentally left out of last week's graduation recognition. Johanna graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy on May 22, 2019. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and received her commission as an Ensign in the U.S.Coast Guard. Her first assignment will be aboard the USCGC Thetis which has a home port of Key West, FL. Our apologies for this oversight.