United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, February 24, 2019
7th 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.

New office hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.  and Friday the office will be closed.


A daily devotional for a personal spiritual journey through Lent is 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.


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. 


"Short Stories By Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi"
Mondays beginning March 11 for 6 weeks
When: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Study  OR 
7:00-8:00 p.m. Evening Study


Minimum 6 people registered in the class time slot for it to be held. Register in the narthex or church office.
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Professor Amy Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University. Professor Levine provides a short video to lead off each session. As for the content, Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. We will go back in time to understand how the original Jewish audience understood certain parables and how they also challenge us today. COST: $10.00 for study guide collected at first session.


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.


Sunday, March 17th from 12:00-3:30 pm
Price: $25 per person

The UMCE Youth Group will be going on a snow tubing excursion to Echo Mountain, on Sunday, March 17 from noon until 3:30 PM. Everyone is invited to join us: youth, EverKids, grown-ups, friends, family-we are all-inclusive! The cost is $25/person, unless you have an Echo Mountain Pass.  But we do have to reserve space! If you plan to attend, please email or call Sarah at youth@evergreenumc.org or 303-717-2053 by March 1 . If we have more than 20 people, we get a group discount on everyone's ticket. 


Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Littleton UMC

To register contact Pastor Deb or visit www.mtnskyumc.org/district. We will offer a car pool from our Evergreen church.
The 19 sites throughout our 4 state region will be connected through technology, including the presentation by our keynote speaker, Diana Butler Bass. Diana is an award-winning author, internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture and politics. She has her doctorate from Duke University.

In Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, her latest of ten books, Bass offers suggestions for reclaiming gratitude that can lead to greater connection with God, our loved ones, our world and even our souls. These themes will provide a helpful message we look forward to hearing in this time of deep anxiety and division.

Tentative Schedule:
 9:30 a.m.
 Gathering and Hospitality
 10 a.m.
 10:30 a.m.
 Gratitude keynote speaker Diana Butler Bass
 12 p.m.
 Lunch and district agenda {Quiet Disciple recognition}
 1:30 p.m.
 Processing GC2019
 2:30 p.m.
 Closing worship with Bishop Oliveto, event preacher



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. 


We invite prayers of sympathy and support for Pat Webers on the passing of her mother, Rosemary Brown, age 99, who was living in Tennessee. 


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



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, March 5 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 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, 10, and 17: History of Belief in God
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
In these three sessions we will study the growth in the understanding of God as the Jews perceived and experienced their God. We will view the Karen Armstrong's History of God, as shown on YouTube, as a study guide for our discussion.

March 24: Social Principles of the United Methodist Church: 
The World Community
Facilitator: Donna Mullins & Ann Gerteis
March 31: TBA



The Promise of Peace
"Be still, and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10
A woman who grew up on a large farm in Pennsylvania fondly remembers some special times with her father when she was small. Because the growing and harvest seasons were pretty much over from late November through early March, she recalls thinking that her father set aside that time each year just to be with her.
"During the winter months," she says, "Dad didn't have to work as hard and long as he did the rest of the year. In those long winter months, he had a habit of sitting by the fire. He never refused my bid to climb up on his lap. He would often read to me or invite me to read a story to him. Sometimes I would fall asleep as we talked about all the things that are important to dads and little girls. Oh, how I treasured those moments. As I grew, I thought it odd that other kids dreaded the 'indoor' days of winter. For me they meant the pleasure of having my father's time."
Just as winter is God's season of rest for the earth, we sometimes experience "winter" in our spiritual lives. Like children who dread "indoor days", we can feel stifled and penned in by these spiritual winters. If you are going through a dry, wintry time, why not snuggle close to our loving God, and listen to our Lord's gentle voice? The love and comfort God wants to give you will surely warm your heart.

In Christ's Grace,
Pastor Deb


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 2/17/19
Worship Services 2/17 / 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



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
Sunday, March 17 12:00 - 3:30 pm UMCE Snow Tubing Excursion
Saturday, March 30 9:30 - 3:00 pm Metro Mile High District Gathering at Littleton UMC

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
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.
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