The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Russell Fletcher

Cowboy Sunday 
Church at the Ranch & Picnic
Sunday, June 17
at 10:30 am
~ One Service Sunday ~
Glenn & Pat Stoll's Ranch
13502 S. Wamblee Valley Road, Conifer, CO

Come and wish Russell & Diane "Happy Trails"!

Inclement Weather Plans
If there is rainy weather on Sunday morning, we will move the church service and picnic to the church. If we need to make this change we will send an email to everyone on Sunday morning by 8:30 am detailing the change in plans.

UMCE Van Ride to Church at the Ranch
The church van will provide a ride to the Church at the Ranch service on Sunday, June 17.  We will meet around 9:00 am in the church parking lot and depart at 9:15 am.  We will be returning after the service & picnic are over.  Please call Bill Graf at 303-246-8330 if you have questions.

Russell's Ritings....
My favorite poet is not Browning or Keats or Tennyson. My favorite poet lived in Louisiana and wrote poetry and comment for WWL - TV in the 1960s. On his last Sunday night before he retired he read this beautiful poem. It seems sort of apropos for where I am at this point in my journey as we embark Sunday back "home" to Mississippi. Listen to words of Jim Metcalf:
Now I will be going back; back to where my dreams began.
The day I turned, looked back and said goodbye, and walked down the path that led to here and now, I thought I'd taken dreams enough to last a hundred lifetimes.
But now I find that they are gone, and I don't know where they many many many realized...
I think I must have left a few behind; a few I overlooked. Perhaps they may be there still... somewhere in that quiet, untroubled place, as bright and shiny new as they were when I first dreamed them.
So, I'll go back and look, and hope I find just one to hold and keep alive in the brief and fleeting time that I have left for dreaming.
We have LOVED our eleven years in Colorado, six in Paonia and now five in Evergreen. The years have been very good for us - and hopefully the people we have served. This Sunday will be my last Sunday as your pastor. I commend to you your new pastor, Deb Olenyik. Deb is one of the first pastors I met in CO when she helped lead a seminar for new pastors coming into the Rocky Mountain Conference. She has a great record as a pastor and a district superintendent. I KNOW you will respond to her and the church will continue with even greater momentum in the years to come. Her first Sunday will be July 1, and I will be praying for a great day for the Methodist folk in Evergreen.
This Sunday will be one service only, combining our Cowboy Sunday and Church at the Ranch. We will gather at the Stoll's ranch on S. Wamblee Road in Conifer for this service at 10:30 (see directions printed later in Happenings). Great music, great food, pony rides, ATV rides, and other activities for the children, and my farewell sermon, "HOW TO SAY GOODBYE" (TEXT ACTS 20: 17 - 27).
And we will conclude with a celebration of our shared ministry for the past five years.

I hope to see you Sunday,
Russell (and Diane)
P.S. The Fletcher's new address is: 4346 Sydney Lane, Tupelo, MS 38801


This is Carol, office manager here at UMCE. I would like to publicly express my heartfelt thanks to Russell and Diane.  It has been a privilege to work alongside Russell who, in his own words, "works harder than most preachers half his age." As a member of UMCE I've experienced Russell and Diane's pastoral care and as a staff member I have witnessed their commitment to every aspect of running this church and ministering to its members.

Russell and Diane's pastoral care has carried George and me through tough times. I've told the story many times (so forgive me for telling it again) that Diane's peach cobbler kept George going during his cancer treatment. It always tasted good to him! Also during that time, Russell was at the hospital many, many times acting as a calming presence. As a staff member, I remember the countless times when Russell and Diane would pick up "chicken minis" or say "we're making a Wendy's run, what can we get you?" On their well-deserved travels Diane would always bring back presents for the staff. I will always treasure the pottery and other trinkets! Back to the hard working preacher, I can't forget Christmas 2016 when Russell delivered four Christmas sermons in two days while battling the flu. And hardworking Diane, when I put out an email asking for volunteers she was always the first to reply. What will I do without you Diane?

You each have your own stories about how these two people have touched your hearts, provided wisdom or offered much needed practical help. I've asked people to share two words that describe both Russell and Diane. My two words for Russell are "caring" and "faithful." My two words for Diane are "peach cobbler." Russell and Diane are leaving UMCE better than they found us.  

Here are some adjectives others have shared about Russell and Diane:

Russell is...
Person of great integrity, the "real deal,"  faithful, wise, beloved, strong, compassionate, pastoral, funny, great administrator, friend, chicken minis, empathetic, caring listener, supportive, head bulldog, visitor supreme, God's steady hand, organized, dedicated Methodist and Christian, diplomat, evangelist, storyteller, reflective, homilist, sage, grits lover, jambalaya expert, thoughtful, hard worker, ice tray police, SPAM inspector.

Diane is...
Loving and lovely, caring, motherly, bubbly, friendly, classy, fashionista, dedicated, compassionate, shoe expert, ambulance caller, funny, Russell's food police, gracious, PhD of common sense, giving, sharing, welcoming, generous, the freezer lady, peach cobbler, cheerful volunteer, hard worker, organized, dependable, engaging.

and the #1 comment for both is... CARING!  

"Happy Trails" Russell and Diane as you head back home to warm and welcoming Mississippi. We will miss you!  

 for the Evergreen Rodeo Parade
Friday, June 15th @ 4:00 pm

This Saturday we will be lined up along Hwy. 74, but right now we don't know our exact line up position. Look for our UMCE & VBS Banners. Our  float has to be lined up by 9:00 am at latest.
The parade starts at 10:00 am. If you are walking with us or riding on the trailer (room for some) or riding in the van  (towing the float) try to be in line with our float by 9:45 am. Bring a water bottle; we'll have water available for refills.
Everyone wear your western outfits and kids bring your polar animals (if you have any), since we are advertising VBS Polar Blast! 
If you are planning on walking and handing out candy or sunscreen (Miss Sarah has the sunscreen giveaways) please remember WE CAN'T THROW ANYTHING FROM THE FLOAT!!  So wear your western hat and shoes that are good for walking.
The trailer will return to the church and if we can get you on the trailer or in the van for a ride back, we will try to slow down and pull over. However, sometimes it's very busy since we end up at the corner of Hwy. 74 and Meadow Drive.
Sometimes we can stop at Hiwan Homestead, but we never know how crowded that might be. If you're walking, stay close with our float in case we get a chance to load you up prior to the end of the parade.
Come and join your church family in a couple of hours of Rodeo Parade fun while waving and shouting at your friends watching along the parade route!


Sunday, July 1 - Both Services

The Rev. Debra Olenyik

Pastor Deb's first Sunday at UMCE will be on Sunday, July 1. She will be preaching at both services. Come listen to Pastor Deb's message and then join us for cake and beverages after each service on this special Sunday. You'll have a chance to meet and chat with Pastor Deb during fellowship time. 

Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24

This year UMC Evergreen is moving to a weekend VBS format. We hope that this new format will make VBS available to more families in our church and our community! Our schedule will be as follows:

Friday, June 22:  4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pizza Dinner and Decorating Party (all children and adults participate)

Saturday, June 23:  8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Polar Blast sessions all day long! (Preschool has the option of a half or full day) 

Sunday, June 24:  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Morning Program, Potluck Lunch and Tear-Down


There will be an evening of music at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  Bob Coursen, organist and choir director at the church will perform with Jayne Copland, flutist in a varied program spanning the Baroque period to the 21st century. Admission is free and a love offering will be gratefully received. For further information call the church office at 303-674-4904 or contact Bob Coursen at


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 6/10/18
Worship Services  6/10/ 18
Needed Weekly
Received 6/10/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
+ $10,836



~ No Action Pack and No Wednesday Children's Program
until after Labor Day ~

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

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


~ Adult Education Will Resume in the Fall of 2018 ~


Sunday, June 17 - at 10:30 am (One Service Sunday)
Location: 13502 S. Wamblee Valley Road, Conifer, CO
This year UMCE will combine its Cowboy Sunday and Church Picnic. It will be held at Glenn and Pat Stoll's ranch outside of Conifer. Please join us for Russell's last Sunday with UMCE where he will preach from the tree house. The outdoor worship service will take place at 10:30 am with the church picnic after the service. The Grill Masters will be there and you can bring a side dish to share. Please make plans to join us!

Tuesday, June 19 - starting at 6:30 am
Location: The Bagelry in Bergen Park
The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group is a small, but growing, group of men who meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Bagelry in Bergen Park, across from King Soopers. Contact Bill Graf (303-246-8330) for more information.

Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24
Come join the fun for our 2018 VBS Program: Polar Blast "Where Jesus' Love is Cool!" We will have a weekend format this year. Join us for: Friday evening set-up, Saturday sessions, Sunday morning program, potluck lunch and afternoon tear-down. Please contact Sarah Sailor at

Sunday, July 1 - Both Services
Pastor Deb's first Sunday at UMCE will be on Sunday, July 1. She will be preaching at both services. Come listen to Pastor Deb's message and then join us for cake and beverages after each service on this special Sunday. You'll have a chance to meet and chat with Pastor Deb during fellowship time. 




Sunday, June 17 10:30 am Church at the Ranch, Cowboy Sunday & Church Picnic
Tuesday, June 19 6:30 am Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24
4:00-7:00 pm
8:30-4:00 pm
10:00-1:00 pm
Vacation Bible School
~ New Format ~
Sunday, July 1 Both Services Pastor Deb's First Sunday at UMCE
Wednesday, July 18 -
Sunday, July 22

Youth Mission Week


Thursday, June 28 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, July 3 7:00 pm Trustees
Tuesday, July 10 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Sunday, July 15 12:00 pm Church Council
Thursday, July 26 6:00 pm Membership

C&S Team will meet next on Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 pm
Missions team will meet next on Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 pm
Finance team will not meet during the month of July


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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