United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, February 15, 2019
6th Sunday after Epiphany 
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.

Our church office hours will be changing as of Monday, February 18th.  New office hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  


Daily Prayers are being called for around the Special General Conference of our international United Methodist denomination. This General Conference, meeting in St. Louis, is now three weeks away. We are asked to be in a covenanted time of prayer together in order to find strength together, no matter what is decided at this General Conference. We are asked to lift prayer for the individuals representing our Mountain Sky area, as well as, no matter the outcome, to continue to be vital congregations sharing the grace of Jesus across our districts and conference.  We are asked to pause for prayer daily at noon. Prayer guide cards are available in the narthex.



The UMCE Staff Parish Relations Committee is happy to announce that Allison Caldwell has accepted the role of serving as our church office manager.  She has been training with Carol Wood and will officially take over as Office Manager on Feb. 18.   
Allison was selected from a large group of truly outstanding applicants for the office manager position.  Her past experiences include working as an account executive in New York City as well as multiple positions with financial advisors in the Denver area.  During the interview process, Allison's ability to create a welcoming environment as well as her administrative skill set both stood out.  Allison's family attends the Church of the Transfiguration Episcopal Church here in Evergreen. Her 2 year old son, Weston, will be beginning at the Great Escape in the near future.    Allison will be attending our services one Sunday in the near future to be introduced and welcomed by the congregation.  
Many, many thanks go to Carol for her flexibility and willingness to help train Allison during this transition.  Carol's dedication and love for our church have been evident throughout this transition process.  Thanks Carol!   If you have any questions about this transition, please don't hesitate to reach out to myself or Pastor Deb. 

Allison Caldwell's Bio

Allison was born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ and is the oldest of five children. She moved to Colorado to attend college at the University of Colorado-Boulder where she majored in Operations Management. After graduation she moved to New York City where she was a Fashion Executive for almost 9 ½ years. Eight years ago, she moved back to Denver where she met her husband, Paul Caldwell. She worked at a financial planning firm in Denver until she had her son two years ago.  Allison has lived in Evergreen for almost 7 years and shares her house with her husband, son, and their three dogs.



Mountain Recource Center in Conifer has announced that their longtime Food Pantry Manager has retired and they are seeking a part-time, paid, replacement.  Information for this and other MRC jobs can be found at https://www.mrcco.org/about/careers/


Evergreen Christian Outreach has announced a job opening for a Food Bank Manager.  Information about this job may be found at https://www.evergreenchristianoutreach.org/about-us/employment-opportunities.html/title/food-bank-manager-click-here-for-more-information


Saturday, March 2nd - 8:00 Breakfast/8:30 Program

Program: Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation

Join us to hear about the work and offerings of the Mountain Sky UM Foundation which offers investment and loan opportunities for churches and individuals, as well as church endowment building and  personal financial legacy guidance. Our Foundation manages multi-million dollars of portfolios for churches and individuals in our four state region. We are fortunate to have the executive director of the foundation, Kristi Kinnison, as our presenter. We currently partner with the Foundation as our primary investment  agency. Breakfast begins at 8:00 and the program at 8:30.
All are invited.


Sunday, March 3rd  after the 10:30 Service

The UMCE Missions Team invites you to attend its annual Mexican Lunch on Sunday, March 3rd after the 10:30 service. Please stay after church and treat yourself to a hassle free lunch of chips, salsa, tacos, tortillas and other scrumptious Mexican dishes. There is no charge, but donations are always welcome. This year your donations will go to support the UMCE Youth Summer Mission with Heifer International. 


Wednesday, March 6th - 6:30 - 7:00 pm

Join us in the sanctuary for a brief, meaningful service which includes the imposition of ashes as we begin our Lenten journey towards Easter. 


Sunday, March 10th, 11:40 - 3:00 pm

Church Council members and two representatives from each ministry team are invited to gather for a  Leadership Orientation & Visioning Session led by Pastor Deb.  We will look at what is currently valued in our ministry approaches and what God might be leading us in new ways to accomplish in the next year or so.  We will also look at basic team operating procedures. Lunch will be included.


Saturday, March 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm
Price: $35 per person

We are very excited to have one of our local artists, Roger Ambrosier, teaching a "Sip and Paint" pastel class in March. Roger will be giving away two of his pastel paintings at this event and this will be included in the price. Painting supplies, heavy appetizers and warm and cold (non-alcoholic) beverages will be included in the price. This is a class for adults, and there will be childcare provided. Please RSVP by Friday, March 1st to   office@evergreenumc.org . Please let us know when you RSVP if you will need childcare. Lastly , this is a fundraiser for UMCE. All proceeds will go to the UMCE general fund.



Penn Gildersleeve, Chair of UMCE's Trustees, is asking that everyone who uses the church building be aware that Penn is the point of contact for after-hours access to the church building and the rooms within the building.

Please do not contact pastor Deb, the church office manager, or the custodians if you need access. Penn is the sole contact for these types of needs/requests. If Penn is away on vacation or business he will designate someone to be his contact in his absence. 
Penn's cell phone is (303) 902-9959 and his land line is (303) 674-4899.  He can be to the church in a couple of minutes.
Just a reminder that there is an updated church directory next to the phone in the church kitchen with Penn's numbers. Thank you for your understanding. 


at Both Services

We are offering a new element in our worship experience--a table of prayer candles.  During our opening hymn, anyone wishing to lift up a quiet, private prayer by lighting a candle may do so.  Simply come forward, light one of the lighting sticks from the central candle, use it to light a votive candle and silently offer your prayer.   When you are finished lighting your candle you may pass your light to another person or extinguish it in the sand.  Please stay as long as you like.  If you wish to have Rev. Deb or Rev. Joyce pray with you, you may share your prayer with one of them.  We hope you will enjoy yet another way to offer your prayers.


Non-Emergency Phone Number, if someone falls in their home and needs help getting up--this would be for a non-injury event:
  • Jeffco Area: Fire dept at (303) 674-3145
  • Clear Creek Area: (303) 679-2376

Emergency Phone Number, if you suspect an injury:

  • Call 911
Jeffco Sheriff Mountain Precinct location & phone (next to the Evergreen Library),  4990 Hwy 73,  Evergreen, CO 80439,  720-497-7850.



Action Pack
Preschool-5th Grades 9:30 am
Youth Sunday School
6th-12th Grades 9:30 am
EverKids Early Elementary Sunday School
Preschool-1st Grades 10:30 am
EverKids Upper Elementary Sunday School

2nd-5th Grades 10:30 am

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


Feed My Sheep Preschool - 5th Grades
4:00 pm

Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Church Library (Rm 12)
Author, Adam Hamilton, has updated his book  Christianity and World Religions. This is a study of four major world religions; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism-comparing their beliefs to Christianity. For more information, please contact Jeanne Ambrosier: 303-674-6377 or  rjambro@estreet.com.
Tuesday, February 19 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.

Sundays, 9:30 - 10:20 am

February 17: Empathy and Communication, Part 1
Facilitator: Gayla Michelin
Empathy Exploration: I once heard someone say "Don't Do anything that is Not Play", so Let's play "EMPATHY BLOCKERS" to create awareness of how we can really connect at a heart level with a person in a dialogue. Let's discuss the meaning of Empathy, and also what it is not.  Even the most well intended reassurance can be painful.  Also take a brief glance at Needs and the Feelings behind them to prepare for next week's more in-depth discussion on those.  Hope to see you there!

February 24: Empathy and Communication, Part 2
Facilitator: Gayla Michelin
What Makes Life More Wonderful? What Feeling Words are actually judgmental rather than a true feeling? "Thou Shall Not Judge...."  Do we judge without realizing it?  We will look at where our feelings arise from.  Hint:  it's Met and/or Unmet needs.  If there is time we could touch on making requests.  So little time and so much to discuss... Oh, did I mention a card game?   I will bring the cards to facilitate our discussion. I am looking forward to it.

March 3: History of Belief in God, Part 1
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
March 10: History of Belief in God, Part 2
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
March 17: History of Belief in God, Part 3                                                          
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
March 24: Social Principles of the United Methodist Church: 
The World Community
Facilitator: Donna Mullins & Ann Gerteis
March 31: TBA



Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

         - Psalm 91:1
A number of years ago, two young women boarded a ferry to cross the English Channel from England to France. About halfway through their five hour journey, the ferry hit very rough waters and tossed violently on the waves.
At the time the rough water hit, the two women were in the back of the boat and began to feel sea sick. When it became apparent that the pitching of the boat was not going to abate, one of the women decided to return to their assigned seats in the middle of the ferry. She soon fell sound asleep and experienced no more sea sickness. Toward the end of the journey, after the ferry had moved into calmer waters of the coast of France, the other woman joined her. "That was awful," she exclaimed. "I was nauseous for two hours!"

"I'm sorry to hear that," said the second woman, almost ashamed to admit that she hadn't suffered as her friend had. "Weren't you sick?" the first woman asked in amazement.
"No," her friend admitted. "Here at our seats I must have been at the fulcrum of the boat's motion. I could see the front and back of the boat were moving up and down violently, but here, the motion was relatively calm. I simply imagined myself being rocked in the arms of God, and I fell asleep.""
Around you, life may have times of being unsettling or stormy.   Times your life seems like it is bouncing about on rough waters. But when you return to the "center" of your life, the Lord, you will find safety. Let God rock you gently and trust God to bring you through the rough waters.

In Christ's Grace,
Pastor Deb


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 2/15/19
Worship Services 2/15 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 2/15/19
                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
Not reported
+ $3,265



Feb. 22 -Feb. 25

Men's Ski Trip to Monarch & Crested Butte
Saturday, March 2 8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Program
UMM/Finance Team Breakfast
Program: Mountain Sky UM Foundation
Sunday, March 3

After 10:30 Service

Missions Mexican Lunch Benefiting the UMCE Youth Mission
Wednesday, March 6 6:30-7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service
Saturday, March 16

6:00 - 8:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Sip and Paint with UMCE Artist Roger Ambrosier

Tuesday, February 19 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, February 21 6:00 pm Endowment
Thursday, February 21 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, February 28 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, March 5 10:30 am Staff
Tuesday, March 5 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, March 5 7:00 pm Trustees
Sunday, March 10

11:40-3:00 pm

Leadership Orientation & Visioning Session (Lunch Included)
Tuesday, March 19 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, March 21 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, March 28 6:00 pm Membership


Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:15 pm
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.
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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