The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Deb Olenyik

Sunday, July 15, 2018
8th Sunday after Pentecost
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am


 

Ministry Jottings by Pastor Deb

Receiving a New Pastor - Part 2

Some of you are very experienced in receiving new ministers if you have been a United Methodist for any length of time. The average pastoral stay in our denomination is four years at last check {FYI - I hope that the Bishop will keep me here longer}.   Here is Part 2 of some observations where receiving a new pastor can be a blessing for all.

1. Forgive me. I'll make some mistakes. Remember, we are all going on to perfection, we haven't gotten there yet. I'd like to be the best pastor you have ever had {and you've had some good ones}. I confess I come with hope, anticipation, and some anxiety. Thank you for giving me a chance to love, lead and serve you. And thank you for the patient grace needed for this.

2. Help remove obstacles that appear in my path or chase after me. Be it criticism, lack of resources, not enough volunteers or some other kind of roadblock.   A rabbit being chased by a dog through a park was observed by a crowd enjoying a family picnic. They cheered for the rabbit as he swiftly hopped from side to side, eluding his attacker. Then the rabbit pulled away from the dog. The crowd cheered even louder. The rabbit looked at the crowd and said, "I appreciate your encouragement, but couldn't you catch that dog!" Thanks for being willing to step in to assist what might be "dogging" me.

3. Remember the one to whom you owe your loyalty. All pastors, including me, only ask that you be loyal to Christ, and dedicated to what Christ wants in this, His church. Then all other loyalties will fall into their proper places.

Believe that good days for the United Methodist Church of Evergreen are ahead. I do!

Blessings,
Pastor Deb
 

UMCE YOUTH
HOMETOWN MISSION WEEK
Wed., July 18 -  Sun., July 22







The UMCE Youth Mission Squad will be conducting a "Hometown Mission Week" July 18-22. We will be in residence at the church and we will be going out in work groups to serve members of the congregation. Some of the projects we already have scheduled include:
  • An all-church dog wash. Bring your sociable dogs to the church and while your dogs get scrubbed up you will be entertained by the comic antics of the youth...trying to wash your dogs.
  • Property clean up and yard work for church constituents.
  • Indoor heavy-duty chores for constituents.
  • Indoor cleaning at the church
  • Plumbing at the church
  • Yard work and retaining wall work at the church
Please let us know how we can help you! We have more availability! Contact Sarah at  youth@evergreenumc.org  to sign up!
 

COMMUNION STEWARDS NEEDED

 
We need one or more volunteers to serve as communion stewards on Communion Sundays, which are always the first Sunday of each month. Communion Stewards would be responsible for setting up and removing the communion supplies before and after the services.  This is not a time-consuming job, but it would be good to have two people sharing the position, so that one could be there for the 8:30 service and one for the 10:30 service.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in serving in this capacity. 
 

ESP SHELTER SEASON  2018-2019 
PROGRAM UPDATE

Upcoming ESP Trainings:
  • 09/23/2018, 5 pm - 7 pm, Christ the King Church (Immediately following the ESP fall open house)
  • 10/02/2018, 6 pm - 8 pm, Congregation Beth Evergreen
  • 10/04/2018, 6 pm - 8 pm, Bergen Park Church
  • 10/14/2018, 5 pm - 7 pm, Evergreen Lutheran Church
Please contact Amy Lankutis with questions at office phone: 303-670-1796, and cell phone: 316-559-6919, or email: amy@evergreenchristianoutreach.org

Also, please contact Amy regarding your willingness to participate in the 2018/2019 ESP Shelter Season. 
 

FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 7/8/18
Worship Service 7/8 / 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 7/8/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
7/13/18
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12
106
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$6,368
$6,676
$308
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$331,144
$171,936
$179,253
+ $7,317


DON'T TAKE YOUR TITHE ON VACATION
Don't take your tithe on vacation! This summer, if you can't make it to church due to travel or other commitments, we encourage you to continue making your regular donation. Signing up for on-line giving through the church or your bank is an easy way to ensure that your tithe gets to the church every month. We rely on the consistent financial support of the congregation and depend on your regular contributions to operate the church all year long. We thank you for your continued support!


 
   AND DON'T FORGET...  





GROCERY CARD PURCHASES
Purchase a King Soopers or Safeway reloadable gift card at the church. Use it and keep reloading it to buy your groceries and gasoline at King Soopers or Safeway. Buy the grocery cards for family members, friends, service providers, etc. Encourage them tot he reload the cards and use them to purchase their groceries and gasoline. The church makes 5% on grocery card purchases.  


AMAZON SMILE PURCHASES
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. It's the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
 

THE BAREFOOT MILE "WALK FOR FREEDOM"
Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Littleton, CO
Registration at 9:00 am, Walk at 10:00 am




JOY International, an organization founded in 1981 by Dr. Jeff Brodsky, is based only minutes away in Conifer. JOY's mission is to rescue and restore the lives of children, teens and young women who are victims of human trafficking.  

An opportunity to raise much needed awareness and funds for this good cause is happening on Saturday, July 21,2018, with registration at 9:00 am and the walk beginning at 10:00 am. The location is the Robert F. Clement Park on W. Bowles, Littleton, CO.  People of all ages will walk a BAREFOOT MILE in solidarity with those who are enslaved around the world.  
 
Details are found at www.thebarefootmile.org.  Registration is $25. and there is no fee for children 12 and under.  Walkers may register online or at the park at 9 am with the walk beginning at 10 am. Walkers are encouraged to obtain financial supporters from family and friends.
 
Every step taken is a step toward freedom for precious lives!

Please contact Jan Thurling at janeththurling@gmail.com for more information or with questions.  Barefoot Mile fundraisers are being held all around our country, from Alaska to Nashville!  Come and be a part of the one closest to us!
 

YOUTH EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES

~ No Action Pack, No Youth Sunday School and 
No Wednesday Children's Program 
until after Labor Day ~

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Action Pack
Preschool-5th Grades 9:30 am
Youth Group 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
SUNDAY YOUTH GROUP

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

AROUND THE CHURCH

Sunday, July 15 - Outdoor Service at 8:30 am
ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
UMCE will have a special outdoor Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, July 15th at the 8:30 service.  All critters are welcome - furry, fuzzy or scaly. Please join us for this fun celebration of the pets that bring so much joy to our lives.  If your pet would not be fond of such an event, bring their favorite toy and we will bless that in their honor. Worship music for this service will be provided by Terry Vogt and Michael Fields. In addition, after the service Carl Heckendorf, a licensed veterinarian, will be administering free rabies shots (and certificates) for dogs who need it.



Tuesdays, July 17, August 7 & 21 - starting at 6:30 am
THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
The men have changed their plans and will be meeting throughout the Summer months. So please make plans to join The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group 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.



Wednesday, July 18 - Sunday, July 22
UMCE YOUTH  "HOMETOWN MISSION WEEK"
The UMCE Youth Mission Squad will be conducting a "Hometown Mission Week" July 18 - 22.  We will be in residence at the church and we will be going out in work groups to serve members of the congregation.   Please let us know how we can help you!  We have more availability!  Contact Sarah at  youth@evergreenumc.org  to sign up.




Saturday, July 21 from 10:00 - 3:00
YOUTH MISSION PET AND CAR WASH
There will be a dog wash and a car wash, open to all and free of charge. Any donations received will go the UMCE Agape Fund. So bring your sociable dogs and your cars. Sit inside the church and enjoy refreshments while the youth clean up outside!



Sunday, July 22 from 9:30 - 10:20
YOUTH MISSION BREAKFAST
The youth will be closing out Hometown Mission Week by serving breakfast between the services. It is open to all and free of charge. Any donations received will go to the UMCE Agape Fund.

   
Sunday, August 12 - 10:30 Service
BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS
We will be blessing the new school year and all who participate in it on August 12 during the 10:30 service. Anyone enrolling in school is  invited to bring their  backpack for this special blessing. Whether you are a kindergartener, an experienced middle school student, or are college-bound, you are invited to  participate. Also teachers, college  professors, school lunch workers, bus drivers, principals, and anyone employed in education may come forward for special prayer.

   
Sunday, August 19 from 9:15-10:20
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Join us on Sunday, August 19 for a pancake breakfast in between the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Come enjoy fellowship and a hot stack.

    
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
The Women's Bible Study will start again in September. Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier with any questions at (303) 674-6377.
 
ADULT EDUCATION
Adult Education will start again in September.



COMING IN SEPTEMBER:  PEACHES, PEARS AND APPLES!
Please look for more information in next week's Bulletin Announcements and in Happenings.



Sunday, September 9 -- Rehearse at 9:15 and Sing at 10:30
CHANCEL CHOIR STARTS THEIR NEW SEASON! 
Director Sandy Sandusky will be returning to direct another season of the UMCE Chancel Choir. Keron will be back at the piano as well. Please join us as we learn some beautiful new music and make a joyful noise to the Lord! 



Sunday, September 9 -- Fall Festival after 10:30 service
YOUTH EDUCATION KICK-OFF AND FALL FESTIVAL 
Plans for the 2018 Fall Festival are underway!  Make plans to attend the Fall Festival following the 10:30 service!  We will have games, a bounce house and a great lunch! Better yet be part of the Festival itself!   We are looking for groups and individual volunteers to sponsor and work the booths.  Please contact Sarah Sailor if you are interested in helping. Email: youth@evergreenumc.org .

 


CHURCH CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Sunday, July 15 8:30 Service Blessing of the Animals
Tuesdays, July 17,
August 7 & 21
6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group
Wednesday, July 18 - 22

Youth "Hometown Mission Week"
Saturday, July 21 10:00 - 3:00 Youth Hometown Mission Dog and Car Wash
Sunday, July 22 9:30 - 10:20 Youth Mission Breakfast
Sunday, August 12 10:30 Service Blessing of the Backpacks
Sunday, August 19 9:15 - 10:20 Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, September 9 Rehearse 9:15
Sing at 10:30
Chancel Choir Starts Their New Season

Sunday, September 9 After 10:30 Svc. Youth Education Kick-Off and Fall Festival

JULY / AUGUST TEAM MEETINGS

Sunday, July 15 11:30 am SPRC
Sunday, July 15 12:00 pm Church Council
Sunday, July 22 9:15-10:15 Music Team Meeting
Sunday, July 29 9:15-9:45 Lay Leader Meeting
Tuesday, August 7 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, August 7 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, August 9 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, August 21 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, August 23 6:00 pm Membership

Missions team will meet next on Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 pm


CHURCH INFORMATION

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - noon
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.

PLEASE WEAR YOUR NAMETAG  in worship service. If you have lost or have not received a nametag, please contact the church office.

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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