The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Deb Olenyik

Sunday, July 29, 2018
10th Sunday after Pentecost
Services at 8:30 and 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.


UMCE's volunteers prepared lunches for EChO again this week. Thank you volunteers:  Collide, Ruthanne Huber, Debby Humphrey, Rene Kilmer, Karen Olson, Philip Schell, Donna Schell, Alice Slanec and  Jan Thurling. Your hard work preparing and serving these wonderful meals to the clients of EChO is much appreciated! Thank you also to those who contributed financially to make this possible!



Starting this Sunday, July 22nd we will have flyers and order forms available for our annual Fruit Sale.  This fruit comes to us from C&R Farms on Colorado's Western Slope.
It is the best fruit on the planet!

This is an important fundraiser for the church. So please take multiple flyers and order forms and share them with your friends, neighbors, people at your kids' schools and people at your places of work.  The deadline for orders is Sunday, August 19th. 

The p eaches, pears, and apples will be available for pick-up on Sunday, September 2nd.

If you have questions please contact the church office at 303-674-4810, or at email: or contact Ruthanne Huber at

Sunday, August 12 at 10:30 Service

Please add to your calendars Sunday, August 12 for the annual blessing of the backpacks during our 10:30 worship for our students who are headed back to school.  Bring your backpacks or lunchboxes to be blessed!



Pastor Get-Acquainted Gatherings

Sign-up has begun for the Pastor Get-Acquainted Gatherings happening over the next several weeks in members' homes. They will run about 1 - 1 ½ hours each. Sign-ups with location, day & time will be outside the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. While kids and youth are invited to any, some will be especially kid friendly. You may also call the church office for details and to sign-up. Thanks to the wonderful hosts who are making these happen.

Wednesday, September 12th from 9:30 - 11:30

On Wednesday, September 12 from 9:30 - 11:30, Wednesday Women's Bible Study will begin a study on the book of "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra. This book and DVD study will focus on how the Israelites wandered through the wilderness grumbling, and how we can be content and stay authentic about the difficulties of life, and change our
perspective from a posture of fear to a posture of faith. 
If you would like to join this support group/Bible Study, please contact Jeanne Ambrosier at  or 303-764-6377 by August 30 for more information or to order a book. We meet weekly in the church library across from the office.

Wednesday, August 29th at 10:00 am

Location: 6209 S. Skyline Dr., Evergreen, CO 80439

Jeanne Ambrosier is hosting a POT LUCK BRUNCH at her home on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 am. Jeanne will furnish drinks  and everyone else can bring a breakfast/brunch item. Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier at or 303-674-6377 by August 25. Jeanne's address is 6209 S. Skyline Dr., Evergreen, CO 80439. 


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 7/22/18
Worship Service 7/22 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 7/22/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
+ $1,755

Please look for your second quarter 2018 Giving Statement in Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Thank you for your financial gifts to support UMCE! 


There are many ways you can support our church besides the Sunday morning offering. Here are just a few: 

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is another way to donate to UMCE. Many of us order things from Amazon. The next time you order consider using Amazon Smile. This is how it works: You just log into  (instead of ). Then you will see a screen that will ask what charity you support. You will enter our church name, "United Methodist Church of Evergreen." If you've ordered on Amazon Smile before, your charity name will automatically be registered and you won't get this screen. The church will then receive .5% of your purchase price. This may not seem like much, but it all adds up!

Birthday Donations
During the month of your birthday make a donation to the church equal to the number of years you have been on this earth (or any number you are comfortable with). Make a birthday donation for your parents, children or best friend.

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.  

Vehicle Donation
Donate your used vehicle to the church. We have a contract with an organization which sells used vehicles. They give a portion of the sales price to our church.  

IRA Rollovers to Benefit the Church
The IRA rollover is a simple and easy way to grow God's kingdom.  If you are 70½, you may rollover up to $100,000 from your IRA to the church without paying any federal income tax on your gift. Your gift to the church from your IRA will qualify for your 2018 required minimum distribution (RMD).  To make an IRA rollover gift in 2018, simply contact your custodian and request that all or  part of your required minimum distribution  (RMD) be transferred to the church. For more information, visit or contact the United Methodist Foundation at 303-778-6370.

All of these donations provided added benefit to our church. Thank you for your support! 

2018-19 UPDATE

We are part of a group of five local churches who coordinate in providing overnight emergency shelter facilities during cold nights of winter for those without a place to stay.  This program is staffed by volunteers, and we invite you to take one of the upcoming trainings to be a part of this important community outreach.   

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


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. 

Could you host one of the August coffee times after worship?
We are a church who enjoys visiting after worship, and we have several guests at each service. During the summer months there aren't committees assigned to host fellowship time and it is up to individual members to host. It's easy! Sign-up in fellowship hall {or call the church office to sign-up}. Bring in some store cookies, crackers & cheese. Make coffee. Set out cups, water and the coffee fixings. Watch people enjoy themselves & then clean-up.



October 22 - November 2

This program sponsored by the Mtn. Sky Conference will take place in Cuernavaca, Mexico   Oct. 22 - Nov. 2 This program is designed for all levels of Spanish. Intensive instruction happens each morning followed by field trips, lectures, bible study, and discussions with religious and social justice activists.

For more information and registration, contact the Superintendent of Leadership Development, Rev. Youngsook Kang, at

Volunteer in Mission  Trip to Puerto Rico
November 3 - 8 

Those participating in this conference mission team will help with hurricane reconstruction in a community in Puerto Rico.  They are looking for folk with construction skills-from painting to roofing-and a heart to serve. The crew is limited to 14 people. Cost per person will be approximately $1,300 (with $500 for lodging, meals, in-country transportation, translation services, and air transportation, and the cost to San Juan ranging from $550 - $700) .

Those interested should be aware of the following: no electricity for personal use, bottled water for drinking, cold showers, etc. Workers need to be 18 or older, in reasonably good health, and prepared to work in hot, humid conditions.  If interested, email Marilyn White at

Mountain Sky Conference Trip to the Holyland
January 28 - February 6

This trip, led by Bishop Karen Oliveto, includes the following stops: Bethlehem, Sea of Galilee, Mt of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo, Caesarea, Jericho, Masada, Qumran, Dead Sea, Western Wall, Pool of Bethsada, Upper Room, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, House of the High Priest, Way of the Cross, Garden Tomb & the Holocaust Memorial.

The basic cost of $3,248 from Denver includes airfare, first class hotels, guided sightseeing with a modern coach bus, daily buffet breakfast & dinner and entrance fees. Brochures with complete details are available in fellowship hall and on the Mtn. Sky Conference website:


No One Completes the Journey Solo

I am sure you are familiar with the amazing story of the migration of the monarch butterfly, a lovely little creature who blesses our gardens and forests in the summer. Every autumn, millions of monarchs from all over the eastern United States and Canada migrate thousands of miles to a small handful of sites in Mexico where they rest for the winter. Then in the spring, they begin their return trip to the north. The amazing thing is that no individual monarch ever makes the trip to Mexico and back.

A butterfly that leaves the Adirondack Mountains in New York will fly all the way to Mexico and spend the winter. In March, it begins the trip northward, but after laying eggs in the milkweed of Texas and Florida, it will die. Those butterflies will continue northward, laying eggs along the way until some of them, maybe three or four generations removed from the original, make it back to mountains of New York. But when August comes, they will head south, aiming for the exact place their great grandparents visited, a place they have never been.

Sue Halpern says: "The monarchs always migrate in community and depend on each other. Although a single monarch may make it from New York to Mexico, it is the next generation who completes the journey."

Now here is the word for the church. She says: "No one completes the journey solo. It is only as a community that we discover the fullness of God's plan for us."

In Christ's grace,

Pastor Deb


Sunday, Sept. 16th is the start of the new Adult Education season.

Look for more information about Adult Education offerings 
in Happening during the month of August. 


Sunday, September 16th is the start of the new Sunday School season,
including EverKids, Action Pack and Youth Sunday School.

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

August and September

Tuesdays, August 7 & 21 - starting at 6:30 am
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.

Sunday, August 12 - 10:30 Service
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
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 and hear a brief update on the 2018-19 Youth and Children's Education programs and Adult Education offerings all of which begin on Sunday, September 16th. 

Wednesday, August 29th at 10:00 am
Location: 6209 S. Skyline Dr., Evergreen, CO 80439
Jeanne Ambrosier is hosting a POT LUCK BRUNCH at her home on Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 am. Jeanne will furnish drinks  and everyone else can bring a breakfast/brunch item. Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier at or 303-674-6377 by August 25. Jeanne's address is 6209 S. Skyline Dr., Evergreen, CO 80439. 

Sunday, September 2 -- Before and after services
Fall Fruit is coming! Starting this Sunday, July 22 we will have order forms and flyers available for peaches, pears, and apples from C&R Farms. The fruit will be available for pick-up on Sunday, September 2nd. Orders must be received by Sunday, August 19, so be sure to submit your order form at church as soon as possible. 

Saturday, September 8 - Breakfast 8:00 am / Program 8:30 am
The men's group will kick off their fall season with a breakfast meeting on September 8. John Burghardt, friend of Jim Ament, will be on hand to share his expertise on bats (the flying kind). An email was sent out to (hopefully) all men in the congregation on Thursday of this week. If you did not receive it and would like to be on the list, please email your address to: .

Sunday, September 9 -- Rehearse at 9:15 and Sing at 10:30
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
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: .

Wednesday, September 12 from 9:30 - 11:30
Wednesday Women's Bible Study will begin a study on the book of "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra. This book and DVD study will focus on how the Israelites wandered through the wilderness grumbling, and how we can be content and stay authentic about the difficulties of life, and change our perspective from a posture of fear to a posture of faith. Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier with any questions at (303) 674-6377.

Sunday, September 16th


July and August

Sunday, July 29 9:15-9:45 Nominations Meeting
Sunday, August 5 9:30-10:15 Social Media Meeting
Tuesday, August 7 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, August 7 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, August 9 7:00 pm Finance
Wednesday, August 15 7:00 pm Resource Meeting
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


Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - noon
Please call the office at 303-674-4810, or email 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 first 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 cards from the church office during regular office hours. 

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