June 20, 2019
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Congregational News
Sunday Service Times
Are Changing
In an effort to maximize our best use of time, we’re moving our Sunday service times to:

8:00 a.m. (Traditional Worship)
9:30 a.m. (Contemporary Worship)
11:00 a.m. (Blended Worship).

New times start on Sunday, July 7th,
so mark your calendars, set your alarms, and come ready. 
It’s going to be great!!
Dylan Thompson Update
This passage from Acts chapter 4 has been on my mind since Easter as I've seen and heard about increasing opposition to Christianity here. I can't share a lot of the details of what this opposition looks like but I can tell you that, like the early Christians in Acts, the church here in East Asia will "continue to speak God's word with all boldness". Our Sovereign Lord is aware of all persecution experienced by His church. In fact, there are many examples throughout history of God using persecution to grow the church and I believe this is one of those times. Every time Christians are persecuted for their faith they have an opportunity to imitate Christ's suffering during his earthly ministry and demonstrate the joy that a relationship with him brings. Ultimately those who oppose God who "made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them" "plot in vain". God will be known and worshiped in East Asia.

Recently we have been using a new tool to help us share the gospel and have spiritual conversations with friends. From their website - "Story of the Soul is an outreach experience that seeks to bridge these gaps for the modern East Asian student. In this outreach, we seek to explore universal themes (such as forgiveness, beauty, or disappointment) through film, music, literature, art, and popular culture. As we introduce and discuss these themes, the goal is to build bridges from students’ individual stories to the story of the Gospel. During each event, we interact with media pieces such as movie clips and songs, and spend significant time discussing them in small groups. We discuss the common heart-longings represented by these media pieces and relate them to the message of Jesus."
Our team has hosted two of the events (pictured above) and they have been very encouraging. Students have opened up and shared about personal disappointment and pressure from societal standards of beauty. Their worldviews often don't have a satisfying way to address the pain that disappointment and beauty bring, but the gospel does. Would you pray with me that these students would see that God offers them a hope that can withstand any disappointment? That what they strive after when they try to measure up to cultural standards of beauty is a love that God freely offers?
Honduras Mission Trip
The Honduras Mission Team is spending a July week in the village of La Laguna facilitating a camp for 100 kids at a community school. We are collecting monetary donations to purchase school supplies for their Kindergarten classroom. Donate online at denverumc.org/giving and select Honduras or cash/check (with Honduras in memo) in offering plate. Thank you for connecting DUMC to the community of La Laguna Honduras!
Join JOY Movie Night as we laugh our way through the film, "The Upside", at 7:00 p.m on Thursday, June 27th at The Terraces Clubhouse. Two mischievous New Yorkers from opposite backgrounds bond as an ex-con is hired to be the caretaker for an affluent quadriplegic. The pair form an unlikely friendship while they show each other how to live life to the fullest.
Altar Flowers
There are several altar flowers dates still available for 2019. Placing flowers on the altar for our worship services is a wonderful way to honor someone you love and appreciate, or to remember a departed loved one. Contact Faye Helton at 704-483-2789 for available dates.
Join us for Kaleidoscope VBS July 15th-17th!
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 register is
Wednesday, July 10th.

Register online at denverumc.org/vbs .

For more information, contact Cortni Bazzle at cortni.bazzle@denverumc.org
OR Jennifer Ingalls at jennifer.ingalls@denverumc.org
Library Hours
Summer is almost here and for some, that means a little down time. The hectic pace of getting kids where they need to be and yourself to work...all on time...fades. Life slows down just a bit, for just a while. If you find yourself with a little “down” time, this is a great book. The stories will lift you, encourage you and cause you to pay closer attention to what God is doing. Who knows...he may just use you! This book is available in the DUMC Library.

Library hours are:
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Sun: 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Stewardship
2019
2018
Total Budget Receipts to Date:
$519,860
$528,754
Total Annual Budget:
$1,288,807
$1,183,884
% of Budget Received:
40%
45%
Discipleship
The building group completed building a shed for Liborio and Idelsa Suarez, members of DUMC congregation last Thursday and Friday.
The building group had a request from Amy's House in Lincolnton to build a platform ramp.  Amy's house serves battered women and children in Lincolnton.

Below are the before and after photos. They have a wheelchair ramp that was built for them by someone else, but the access from the deck to the house was not done.