United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, August 4, 2019
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Services 8:30 & 10:30 am
 

  
 



Ministry Jottings by Pastor Deb can be found later in this newsletter. Please scroll down to see what Deb is sharing this week.
 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST & BACKPACK BLESSING
Sunday, August 11th

The Membership Team is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 11th.  Enjoy fellowship and breakfast in between services on this Sunday in August.  Kids, bring your backpacks to be blessed during worship!

 

GET READY!  PEACHES, PEARS AND APPLES FROM PALISADE, CO ARE COMING


Western slope peaches, pears and apples are once again ripening beautifully and will be sold again  this year as a fundraiser to benefit the UMCE general fund. Every summer UMCE offers our  congregation access to some of the best fruit in the world, grown right here in Colorado.

The price this year will be the same as last year. Besides ordering for your own table, order  forms are located on the table in the Fellowship Hall for you to sell to your neighbors, friends and other family members. The more  orders we have, the more goes into our general fund. 

Orders will be taken until August 26, 2019 and payment is due when the order is placed. Fruit will  be available for pick-up on Sunday, September 7 in Fellowship Hall. 

PEACHES
10# = $24
18# = $37

PEARS
10# = $22
20# = $32

APPLES
10# = $20
16# = $28

QUESTIONS?  Contact the church office at 303-674-4810 or office@evergreenumc.org OR Ruthanne Huber at jarebuh@yahoo.com.
 

UMM Breakfast
Saturday, September 14th at 8:00 am

UMM will kick off our fall breakfast schedule on Saturday, September 14.  Geo-physicist, John Warn, has been investigating the existence of Sasquatch for some time and will present his findings in his presentation: "Sasquatch - Fact or Fiction?"  Breakfast will be served at 8:00.  Please note that we will be meeting on the second Saturday instead of the usual first Saturday.
 

INTERESTED IN JOINING AS A MEMBER?
Sunday, August 4th at 9:30 am
We invite you to become a member of this great congregation.  We are an active community of faith for all ages.  We will receive new members during worship on August 11 (or 18).  An optional membership information session will be held August 4 at 9:30 in the library.  Contact Pastor Deb if interested in joining.  


 

ALL CHURCH WOMEN'S LUNCH
Wednesday, August 14th at 12:00 pm


Please join us for an All Church Women's lunch on Wednesday, August 14th at 12:00 pm. We will meet  at Carolyn Hohne's home which is located at 269 Crest Drive, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.  We will meet at the church to carpool at 11:15 am. Please sign up on the Fellowship Hall list and indicate if you want to carpool and what food item you will bring.   

Anyone who would like to hike the St. Mary's Glacier trail should meet at Carolyn's house at 9:00 am.  This will allow a nice, slow, leisurely pace.  The trail (3/4 mile - 1.5 miles round trip)  is considered an easy hike, but it gains quite a bit of elevation in that short distance (400ft).  Carolyn promises to take LOTS of breaks to catch your breath on the way up (it's over 10,000ft).  The hike down is easy!  You will be rewarded with a BEAUTIFUL mountain lake.....the ability to touch snow (if you want to)......a nice down-valley view of Mt. Evans and other mountain ranges...and the satisfaction that "you did it!".  Anyone hiking should consider hiking shoes or good sturdy sneakers and bring water. 

Contact Jeanne Ambrosier at rjambro@estreet.com with any questions.
 

CALLING ALL USHERS, GREETERS & THOSE INTERESTED IN SUNDAY MORNING SAFETY PLANS
Sunday, August 18th at 9:30 am

We will hold a brief workshop on Sunday morning safety on August 18 between services.  Pastor Deb will bring some guidelines, based on Red Cross standards, we plan to be using moving forward.  {The Trustees and the Administrative Council have been part of this work.} Ushers, greeters and anyone else interested are encouraged to attend.
 

CRUTCHES?

As a ministry, we provide a small collection of basic medical equipment needs for loan -- canes, walkers, potty/bath chairs, ice machine, crutches.  Let us know if you might have a need in this area.  {Also, we are also looking for a second pair of crutches}.  Thanks to Marcia Loomis for being the current coordinator of this ministry.  

 

DETENTION CENTER - CALL TO ACTION
To Our Church Family:

Members of the Church & Society Team at UMCE have been nudged by God to take action regarding the current situation within our country's detention centers. The most recent report issued by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security on July 2nd, confirmed the conditions that have been cited in the news lately. (See https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2019-07/OIG-19-51-Jul19_.pdf )
The conditions at the detention centers have become a humanitarian crisis.
UMCJustice.org shares: "As United Methodists, we believe that God has given us principles for how to live in a community. Central to Jesus' teachings, life, death, and resurrection is the Great Commandment: we must love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-34) Much of the Bible is devoted to figuring out how to follow this commandment.
...We believe that in loving both God and neighbor, we must pursue God's command of justice, liberation and flourishing for all people. We must work for the civil and human rights of every person. "
We believe that children fleeing violence and poverty who are seeking asylum should be united with their families and sponsors while they await hearings on their cases, not taken away and imprisoned. But today, the U.S. government is holding thousands of children in detention centers across the country - and that number keeps growing."
Apart from being harmful to children, these policies are immoral and contrary to our Gospel mandate. The United Methodist Church has spoken out against them. It says, "We oppose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children." ( Social Principles, ¶162.H )
 
Because of our faith, The United Methodist Church calls for an immigration system that is rooted in the inherent worth, dignity, value and human rights of migrants. We advocate for the "elimination of indefinite detention, [and the] incarceration of children." ( Book of Resolutions, 3281 )" - www.umcjustice.org.
 
As such, we are encouraging members of our church family to let their voices, together with other United Methodists, be heard by those who can make a difference - our president and our representatives in Congress. UMCjustice.org has made this very easy to do. If you are inspired to take action, follow the link below to complete a short form, and emails will be sent to the president and all of your representatives.
 
With God's love,
 
Evergreen UMC Church & Society Team
 

FIRST ANNUAL GAGA BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Following a wonderful pot-luck, 35 kids, youth & adults gathered at our new gaga ball court for several rounds of gaga ball on July 28th.  Thanks to referees Ann & Jack Thomas for keeping everyone "in line".  As the division brackets moved forward, division champs were Alex Foster {kid's division}, Quinn York {youth division}, and Debbie Roamer {adult division}.  Debbie was crowned the overall champion and awarded the grand gaga ball "trophy".  Pastor Deb showed her mettle in the adult rounds, and special kudos for 7-year-old Ali Thomas for making it to the finals in the kid's division {power and finesse comes in small packages}.  Thanks to tournament coordinator Sarah Sailor for putting this fun event together.
 

 

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THE 
CHRISTMAS IN JULY FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW
Notice!
        Christmas In July has been moved and will be Dec. 25 permanently!

I want to thank everyone that joined in helping, baking/buying delicious goodies, bidding and donating the outstanding silent auction items, our car show entries, musicians, great food from VFW of Central City, and of course our wonderful vendors. I could not miss Gayla & Clyde that make sure all is in perfect condition for those who see our church for the first time and then when it's all over, it's perfect for you on Sunday again. (well maybe not the choir room)! A thank you to our favorite "on site doc" Terry & to our 1st  responders! Thanks also to our neighbors, that let us use their parking areas.

I cannot thank Dotty Mount enough. Without her there would have been no silent auction and she did a marvelous job with the help of Ruthanne.

Debby Humphrey Bake Sale Extraordinaire, who does so much more than ever asked for. Her team for the day Steph, Janice & Alice. Nice work ladies.

Jan Thurling for coming in and organizing/pricing the church sale items on Friday with the rest of us (she was the only calm one around)!

Jan Brown who donated the professional signage. She stepped in at the time I was having a melt down. Thank you, Jan.

Gayla for spending so much of her valuable personal hours making those eye catching banners, only to have them disappear. Thank you for all the hours.

Pastor Deb for supporting our efforts in every way. This made decisions easy.

Allison for calling, emailing, recording vendors and payments each day!

Vickie & the two Mikes!!! What a wonderful Car Show you put on. It was over the top! So great to work with this lady.

Then there's my partner in crime, the "drama queen for the day" Orpha! She was willing to listen to ideas, take off to a vendor show with me to pass out info for us, and was at the end of many emails! Orpha will tell you, I'm not the easiest person to be around when there's a fundraiser do! But she held together with me till the end! Well, almost. Thank you Orpha, I could not have done it without you.

Thanks to all those in the background that helped immensely. There's not enough room to name you all. Just know you are very appreciated! Thanks Dave, he put up with a lot in the last couple of months!!

Thanks again, Marcia
 

PICTURES FROM THE GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP
Roger Ambrosier and his granddaughter, Marlee, on the Guatemala Mission Trip.


 

SUMMER SERMON SERIES
"When Life is a Zoo"
August 4th  God Will Take Care of You
August 11th  Facing the Lions

 

ECHO SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM

UMCE has been given the privilege again this year to prepare meals for the EChO clients and volunteers the last week in June, July and August. Our remaining dates will be August 26 & 29.

Last year we prepared food for approximately 400 people during the summer months, and received very sincere appreciation from EChO. The ECho lunch program was started in 2010, and since then five area churches have been taking part in this program from September through May. Last year was the first time the lunch program was continued during the summer months. For some people, this is the only meal they might receive that day. 

If you would like to donate the needed groceries for this cause, please mark your contribution for the EChO Summer Lunch Program.  If you have any questions, please contact Ruthanne Huber at 303-870-7322.  
 

YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S EDUCATION 
AND ACTIVITIES

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
EverKids Early Elementary Sunday School
Preschool-1st Grades 10:30 am
EverKids Upper Elementary Sunday School

2nd-5th Grades 10:30 am
SUNDAY YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group
6th-12th Grades Noon - 3:00 pm
 

ADULT OFFERINGS
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Church Library (Rm 12)
Starting September 4th, we will be studying the book "Grounded: Finding God in the World" by Diana Butler Bass.  The author, a proponent of hopeful religion, shows us how to understand the sacred nature of the natural world and the unity with the spiritual world in the formation of human faith.  We will learn how to love this world more deeply and see God everywhere we look.  Contact Jeanne Ambrosier for more information: rjambro@estreet.com or 303-674-6377
 
THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 am
Location: The Bagelry in Bergen Park
The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Bagelry in Bergen Park, across from King Soopers. Contact Bill Graf at (303) 246-8330 for more information.
 

MINISTRY JOTTINGS BY PASTOR DEB
 






Motivation
 
There was a very rich Texan who threw a big Texas bash for his daughter. Now, he was a very rich Texan with tens of thousands of acres of land, thousands of cattle, hundreds of producing oil wells, a large twenty-nine room mansion with a swimming pool, and a beautiful young daughter.
 
For this party he invited all the eligible young men he knew to meet his daughter. After the party had been going on for some time, he called everyone out to the pool for an announcement. He lined up all the young men at one end of the Olympic-sized pool, which he had filled with snakes and alligators, and said, "To the first one of you who jumps into the pool and swims to the other end I will give the choice of $1 million dollars, a thousand acres of choice land, or the hand of my daughter in marriage."
 
No sooner were the words out of the Texan's mouth when there was a splash at the far end and a streak through the pool. A young man emerged, setting what must have equaled an Olympic record.
 
The Texan approached the young man and asked if he wanted the million dollars? The man said, "No, thank you." Then asked if he wanted the thousand acres? Again, the young man said, "No, thank you." Well then, the Texan said, you must want the hand of my lovely daughter in marriage? "No, thank you," replied the young man.
 
"Well, son, then just what is it that you do want?" "What I want, sir, is to know the name of the person who pushed me in the pool!"


Blessings,
Pastor Deb
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 7/28/19
Worship Services 7/28 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 7/28/2019
                                                Difference
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                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
8/2/2019
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15
68
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$6,309
$6,800
$491
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$328,086
$182,961
$167,048
($15,913)







 
AROUND THE CHURCH -  AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

Sunday, August 4 9:30 am New Member Information Session
Sunday, August 4 11:30 am Stewardship Drive Meeting
Sunday, August 11
between services
Pancake Breakfast & Backpack Blessing
Wednesday, August 14 12:00 pm
All Church Women's Lunch
Sunday, August 18 9:30 am Sunday Safety Presentation
Sunday, September 8
10:30 am
Books & Bible Sunday
Sunday, September 8 11:30 am
Adult Learning & Fellowship
Saturday, September 14 8:00 am UMM Breakfast
 

TEAM MEETINGS -  AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
 
Tuesday, August 6 7:00 pm Trustees
Tuesday, August 13 10:00 am Staff
Thursday, August 15 6:00 pm Endowment
Thursday, August 15 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, August 22 6:00 pm Membership
Sunday, August 25 11:30 am SPR
Tuesday, September 3 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, September 3 7:00 pm Trustees
Tuesday, September 10 10:00 am Staff
Tuesday, September 10 6:00 pm Lay Care
Tuesday, September 17 6:00 pm Church & Society
Thursday, September 19 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, September 26 6:00 pm Membership
 

CHURCH INFORMATION

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:15 pm
Friday: CLOSED
Please call the office at 303-674-4810, or email office@evergreenumc.org if you would like to add 
your event to the weekly Happenings.

LARGE PRINT HYMNALS, BIBLES AND BULLETINS  are available in the vestibule for Sunday services. Just ask one of the ushers to help you.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES  are available for Sunday services. If you would like to try an Assistive Listening device this Sunday just ask one of the ushers or a sound booth technician.

AN OPEN INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP  is extended to all persons. Please speak with the pastor about your interest in becoming part of this great Christian Fellowship.

RELOADABLE KING SOOPERS/SAFEWAY GROCERY CARDS  are on sale in Fellowship Hall on the  third Sunday of each month  following each worship service. 5% of all purchases made with these reloadable cards goes back to UMCE! You can also purchase these by contacting the church office.

REMEMBER TO USE AMAZON SMILE  when you shop at Amazon. Go to www.amazonsmile.com and designate The United Methodist Church of Evergreen as your charity of choice. Amazon will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to UMCE.

EQUAL EXCHANGE FAIR TRADE COFFEE is served during our Sunday morning fellowship but you can also order it. Please contact the church office with requests or questions. Also, please drop some change in the coffee pot to help pay for Sunday morning fellowship coffee.
 
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF EVERGREEN
Growing a community of faith by serving a world of need and changing lives. We affirm a spirit of openness and hospitality to all, including persons of all races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, financial strata, and abilities who seek a closer walk with God.
 
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