United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, July 14, 2019
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Services 8:30 & 10:30 am


Last Sunday's Communion offering raised $185 for Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO).

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

"When Life is a Zoo"
July 14th  Do You See What I See
July 21st  On Eagles Wings
July 28th  The God of Second Chances
August 4th  God Will Take Care of You
August 11th  Facing the Lions


Sunday, July 14th at 8:30 am

UMCE will be having our annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, July 14th at the 8:30 service.  All critters are welcome - furry, fuzzy or scaly!   If your pet would not be fond of such an event, bring their favorite toy and we will bless that in their honor.  The service will be shortened to 1/2 hour and will be held outdoors at the church.  Please join us for this fun celebration of the pets that bring so much joy to our lives.

Sunday, July 21st at 11:30 am
Join us Sunday, July 21 following the 10:30 service for the First Annual (and Ever) UMC Evergreen Gaga Ball Championship!
As with all things Methodist, we will start with a potluck lunch. Fried chicken and beverages will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. After lunch we will head down to the church's Gaga Ball Court on site. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Contact Sarah at youth@evergreenumc.org with any questions.


Saturday, July 20th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the church's Christmas in July Festival and Classic Car Show! There will be a craft sale, silent auction, bake sale, flea market, and live music. There will also be a food vendor on site with hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Free admission and donations welcome to support UMCE Missions.   
If you can help us out on event day, Sat. July 20 th the fundraiser team would appreciate it!! We will start at 7:00 am. 

Please bring your silent auctions items on Friday, July 19 th from 10-3:00 to the choir room at the church. 

WE NEED BAKERS!  Please bring your bakery items for the bake sale.

We are still needing to borrow for the day the following items. PLEASE LET A TEAM MEMBER KNOW IF YOU HAVE THESE!

  • Ez up tents/canopy/shade
  • Folding tables (long preferred)
  • Christmas decorations (tinsel, etc. to add to our festive Christmas theme)
  • Wire or wood stakes to attach signs
  • Cash box
  • Clean plastic bags (grocery type)
Bake Sale contact Debby Humphrey: 303-587-7353 or  DMHNCO@gmail.com

Vendor Registration: Orpha Platt, 518 275 2614 or  foplatt@mac.com

Auction or volunteer: Marcia Loomis 303-898-3748 or  Mloomis.64@gmail.com
Silent Auction: Dotty Mount 239-848-6611 or PaulandDotty@aol.com

"This wouldn't have happened without Family Promise."
-Lanelle, single dad

Lanelle and Mari moved into their new home yesterday and we
couldn't be happier for them! Lanelle has committed to staying engaged with Family Promise in our Home Program. This continued support will allow Lanelle to properly heal from a much needed surgery that had been delayed for several months due to their housing instability. We could not be more excited for this little family as they
transition from surviving to thriving. We are grateful to walk alongside them as they continue to work on their goals.
These success stories are only made possible with your support!
Thank you to each volunteer and donor who makes our work possible.
You are impacting the lives of children and parent like Mari and Lanelle.


Saturday, July 13th from 3:00 - 8:00 pm

Join us at Colorado Cider Company on
Saturday July 13th from 3-8pm.
Enjoy some delicious hard cider.
15% of the sales go to Family Promise of Greater Denver.
We can't wait to see you there!

"I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having form of religion without the power." 
- John Wesley
Bishop Karen Oliveto invites all lay and clergy on a journey to explore our Wesleyan Heritage. The trip will take place April 13-21, 2020. During these anxious times for those of us called United Methodists there is no better way to respond than returning to our roots and deeply immersing ourselves in the rich history of our movement. Tour historic places like the York Minster Cathedral, Epworth, Christ Church College, and Bristol. Time in London will lead you to Aldersgate Street, where you too may have a heartwarming experience. Come celebrate and learn about our unique Wesleyan Heritage and the people called Methodists.  The price for the 9 day trip starts at $3,500.  For more information go to the Educational Opportunities website {they are the tour company} & type in the heading of this article as the tour name. 


We have been assisting a local woman who has been unable to walk her dog due to health issues. We anticipate her recovery by the end of July.  The dog has a dog run, but Krista would like Huwey to get a daily walk.  Candy Hastedt has graciously been doing this 3 days a week, and we're looking for someone to do an additional couple of days -- your choice of time.  Candy reports the 40 lb dog is gentle and walks well.  This is in the Bear Mountain area just off Little Cub Creek Rd.  Please contact Pastor Deb if you could help {and get a bonus of some exercise, too}.

After a lot of work, our new church website is now up and running!  You can check it out at  www.evergreenumc.org .  Please send any corrections to Allison at  office@evergreenumc.org


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 July 22 & 24 and 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.  

The one-year-birthday gathering of the Mountain Sky Conference took place at the Montana  Convention Center in Billings, Montana, June 13 - 16. Pastor Deb Olenyik and Jeanne Ambrosier attended as voting members. The theme of this year's conference was "Love, Heal, Thrive: Rebuilding a Worthy Temple."

A major part of Annual Conference were times to worship God and celebrate the connection across our four state region. We opened Annual Conference with a time of anointing and healing for the current state of our denomination. We heard outstanding, inspiring preaching by J.J. Warren of New York and Bishop Gregory Palmer of West Ohio, as well as our own Bishop Karen Oliveto, Rev. Yvette Kristie, Rev. Ryan Canaday and Rev. Calvin Hill. Among these services, we remembered our baptisms, received the sacrament of communion, honored those clergy who had passed and ordained several new elders and deacons.

On Friday morning all conference attendees immersed themselves in a time of service,  education and advocacy in the Billings area focusing on our missional theme of "Addiction, Health and Justice."  The " Tug-o-Love "   held at the Mission Dinner and Celebration raised $8,500 to support the development of suicide prevention resources for local congregations and Angola pastors. Other offerings throughout the conference raised an additional $13,500 for various projects within our region and beyond.

In addition to many standard agenda items, {such as pastors' minimum compensation, camp matters and the conference budget}, this year we elected delegates to the  2020 General Conference {May 2020} and the Western Jurisdiction Conference {July 2020}. These are held every four years. We were able to celebrate, unlike many Annual Conferences, that we have no unfunded clergy liability relating to benefits for our retired clergy.  

A mong the petitions passed were two on the consent calendar, with over 95% approval, which related to responses to actions of the Special General Conference held in February 2019. One petition called for the Mountain Sky Conference not to impose the punitive measures passed by the Special General Conference, affirmed the Mountain Sky Conference's continued path of including all without gender identification exceptions, and addressed the concern of the vulnerability of some of our colleagues. It also affirmed that churches in this region have wide theological and social issue contexts, and they would not be required to accept pastors who did not align with the values of their context or require churches to perform same-sex marriages -with the emphasis for all churches and clergy to be engaged in effective ministry and discipleship. The other petition in this area directed the conference leadership team {a group of 23 clergy and lay persons from the conference boards, staff and ministry teams} to form a special team to develop options for moving forward, including listening sessions throughout the conference and at least quarterly communications to the conference on their progress.

A late petition was brought forward and approved by an 80% vote calling on the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops to convene a special Western Jurisdiction Conference prior to the 2020 General Conference with the purpose of developing a process for the entire region moving forward.

Details on the above, as well as other areas, may be found on the Mtn. Sky Conference website. Next year's Annual Conference Session will be held in Gillette, Wyoming, June 18-21.     - Pastor Deb Olenyik

Lay Leader Jeanne Ambrosier remembering her baptism                                                       Pastor Deb speaking at the Memorial Service


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

Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Church Library (Rm 12)
Women's Bible Study will reconvene in September.  More information to follow.
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.


Mere Life

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a 92-year-old gentleman who radiated a special presence and a strong and genuine serenity. Somewhere in the mist of our conversation he said, "As I get older I seem to place less importance on material things." And then, after a pause, he continued, "Come to think of it, I place less importance on importance."

There is something very special about life, but many people miss it. In our overemphasis on "important" things, we often overlook the intrinsic value of life itself. We have confused form with essence. We have placed our supreme value on surface things and have forgotten the substance. We have begun to believe what we read on the internet or see on TV, and have put so many overlays on our life that we can no longer see the fine-grained texture of everyday life itself, the mystery of the ordinary.

A wise friend told me once that if you have to move even ten inches from where you are now in order to be happy, you probably never will be. Life becomes precious and more special to us when we look for the little everyday miracles and get excited again about the privilege of simply being human.

You and I are alive. It is a privilege that none of us can fully comprehend. The grace of everyday living is a gift.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." -- Psalm 139:14

Pastor Deb


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 7/7/19
Worship Services 7/7 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 7/7/19
                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date


Friday, July 12 5:45 pm "Crime & Pun-ishment" Murder Mystery dinner with Footloose & Fancy-Free Group
Sunday, July 14 8:30 am Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, July 20 9:00 am Christmas in July Fundraiser & Car Show
Sunday, July 21 11:30 am Potluck & Gaga Ball Tournament
Saturday, July 27 - Saturday, August 3

Youth Mission Trip at Perryville, AR
Sunday, August 11
9:30 am
Pancake Breakfast
Wednesday, August 14 12:00 pm
All Church Women's Lunch

Sunday, July 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Thursday, July 25 6:00 pm Membership
Thursday, July 25 7:00 pm Finance
Sunday, August 4 11:30 am Stewardship Drive Meeting
Tuesday, August 6 7:00 pm Trustees
Tuesday, August 13 10:00 am Staff
Thursday, August 15 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, August 22 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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