United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, August 11, 2019
9th Sunday after Pentecost
Services 8:30 & 10:30 am
 

  
 



Last Sunday's Communion offering raised $184 for Urban Peaks Youth Shelter.
 



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!

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FUNDRAISER RESULTS -
THANK YOU TO ALL!
Car Show Donations               $78.05
Bake Sale                                $264.10
Rummage Sale                        $65.26
Silent Auction                         $2,195.00 
Vendor Space Rental               $780.00 
Total as of August 4, 2019      $3,382.41  

 

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 Sunday, August 25th and payment is due when the order is placed. Fruit will  be available for pick-up on Sunday, September 8th 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.
 

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.
 

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
 

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
 






Theology as Biography
 

"Humble me, Lord, no matter what the consequences."
 
"God, grant me the serenity to remember who I am."
 
"If your security is based on something that can be taken away from you - you will constantly be on a false edge of security."
 

All our theology must eventually become biography. The constant challenge in this life we call Christian is the translation of all we believe to be true into our day-to-day lifestyle.
 
Nehemiah 8:10 says, "The joy of the Lord is your strength." Few truths are simple, especially those of Scripture. But as we pursue them and participate in them more fully, they begin to reveal to us a life deeper and more integrated than we ever could have known otherwise.
 
It seems to me that there is something qualitatively different between knowing and just believing. Knowing in both the Old and New Testaments implies intimacy, deep understanding, and experience. It implies an element of participation beyond mere cerebral assent. It is belief which has mature and taken root, and has been translated from mere cognition to a new kind of power.
 
{The opening quotes are by author Tim Hansel}


Blessings,
Pastor Deb
 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 8/4/19
Worship Services 8/4 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 8/4/2019
                                                Difference
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                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
8/9/2019
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7
77
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$6,309
$5,822
($487)
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$328,086
$189,270
$172,870
($16,400)







 
AROUND THE CHURCH -  AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

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 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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