United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, June 23, 2019
"Church at the Ranch"
One Service Sunday at 10:30 am


Ministry Jottings by guest contributor Rev. Joyce Snapp can be found later in this newsletter. Please scroll down to see what Joyce is sharing this week.

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

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

June 22nd from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
We at UMCE are proud to be part of the organizing team putting on this inaugural Barefoot Mile to help JOY International (see www.joy.org ) fight sex trafficking of children and young women.  The JOY Team invites YOU to walk that 1 mile  with us (Barefoot is optional) Saturday at Marshdale Park. Register after 9:00, walk begins at 10:00... Be part of God's Love in Action  for the children who still wait for rescue.

Come join us for a celebration of freedom the whole family will enjoy!   Music, face painting and balloon animals, great playground for the kids, breakfast treats and a silent auction; something for everyone!

Contact Bill Graf with questions at 303-246-8330 or Jan Thurling,720-391-9550.   See you at the park!!

Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 am
Location: Glenn & Pat Stoll's Ranch
13502 S. Wamblee Valley Rd, Conifer
This has been a wonderful experience in the past, and much appreciation to Glenn and Pat for their hospitality! There will be hot dogs, brats, pulled pork and homemade ice cream. Please bring outdoor chairs for you and your family and a side dish to share. Dress is casual, and cowboy wear is encouraged. Although there will be plenty of parking, if you wish to car pool, meet at the church at by 9:45; the van will also be available for departure at 9:45.
Pastor Deb will preach, there will be special music with a band, a poetry reading, cowboy prayers, pony rides, and group singing. Come one come all, bring friends, and see Pikes Peak from their beautiful property!
DIRECTIONS: exit Richmond Hill Road off 285 south, cross over 285 and look for Wamblee Valley road to the right.  The Stoll's home is about 2 miles on the left.


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 first time will be Monday, June 24 and the following 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.  

Saturday, July 20th

We have some strong competition on our fundraiser day, but we're hoping and are confident we can count on volunteers to help us out.

We still need auction items, gift baskets, unique items that you would want to offer, or gift certificates from where you shop, handmade items etc., a volunteer that will be at the auction table!

Here's some things we would like to borrow for the day.  Please let us know if you might have these to loan.

Ez up tents/canopy/shade
Folding tables (long preferred)
Christmas decorations (tinsel, etc. to decorate tables)
Wire or wood stakes to put cardboard signs on
Cash box, plastic bags


  1. Help is needed to direct traffic flow & parking & someone to sit at the Car Show registration table & to hand out gift bags.
  2. Someone (or 2) to place signs at different areas in town approximately 10 days ahead of the event.
  3. A couple of volunteers to work at the church's "used items table" along with any youth that might be helping. Bring items clean, priced and ready to sell.
  4. Good Samaritans to check with vendors that might need help or stay in booth while vendors take restroom breaks.
  5. And of course help to set up and take down a few tables/chairs. All events end at 4:00 pm. All vendors will take care of their own booths.


Please bring your bakery items for the bake sale.

Bake Sale contact Debby Humphrey: 303-587-8803 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
Reminder:   If you are in our church family & want to be a vendor, cost is $25 and you keep what you make, but please contact Orpha or Marcia for registration form.

Don't forget to return your filled baby bottles ASAP.  They can be returned to the church office or left in the basket in the Fellowship Hall.  


Sunday, July 7th at 5:00 pm
What: A Choir of 21 orphaned and at risk children from Liberia, Nepal, India & Peru are touring the United States for a year bringing awareness to the importance of education.  They  capture the hearts of all who hear their hope-filled message. 
When & Where:   July 7th, 2019 5:00 PM @  Belong United Methodist Church, 1615 N Ogden St, Denver.  Free admission --donations welcome.


Thank you to all who worked at the spring outdoor cleanup on June 1st. We had folk ages 3 and up helping out. You were great! While much has been completed, we still have unfinished projects - such as "weed-wacking" sections and completing the rail painting by the upper parking lot. If you could come by for a few hours whenever it works for your schedule to help out on one of our remaining needs, please contact Penn Gildersleeve at 303-902-9959 or penngildersleeve@comcast.net.  


Thank you for our biggest and most successful season yet!
With your help, in the 2018-19 season
We provided 411 shelter stays between 13 adults and one child.
We were open a whopping 117 nights!
To put this into perspective, we provided:
36 shelter stays and were open 29 nights in the 2017-2018 season.
108 shelter stays and were open 46 nights in the 2016-2017 season.

First of all, thank you to the 31 participants using Amazon Smile to benefit our church.  We have earned $50 from the Amazon Smile program so far this year. 

For those of you who are not using Amazon Smile when you purchase from Amazon, did you know that you can help support our church (UMCE) while shopping on Amazon?  Through Amazon Smile, you can designate a 501(c)(3) charity as a recipient of 0.5% of your purchase amount.  It will be donated to your charity of choice. To participate, login at Smile.Amazon.com  (same user name and password as your account), select the church as your charity of choice, and continue through to purchase.  Thank you for using this program to support the church.



We greatly appreciate our ministry teams hosting Coffee Fellowship following both services October - May.  During June - September we count on individuals to sign-up to provide this important weekly time of hospitality.  Sign up is now happening for June & July.  See the sign-up sheet and thank you for volunteering!


June 28th - July 7th
The time is getting close and we're very thankful for your prayers for the students and for our 14 volunteers (from Evergreen United Methodist, Church of the Hills, and Evergreen Lutheran) who will work with Mayan 4 th through 9 th graders in the highlands of Guatemala. 



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.


Guest Contributor Rev. Joyce Snapp
I wasn't very pleased with my attitude when I woke up Monday morning. I thought a possible solution might be to sneak upstairs to my devotional book and my Bible before anyone else knew I was awake. Sure enough, it helped. The first sentence in my Upper Room Disciplines read "The fact that we trust in God does not guarantee that life be easy."   It was good to see that my plight was understood. Second sentence: "Believers suffer discouragement as well."
After reading that selection, I turned to a marker in another book. The place marked there made me think about how much it would calm my soul to plant some flowers. Living at 8700 feet I respect the mountain area guideline about waiting until after June 15 to plant annuals. Sometimes I ache with waiting. And since I'm going on yet another trip away, I'll have to wait even longer. The selection of plants in the stores might be paltry by the time I return. But here are Jesus' words from the second book, encouraging me. God Calling records the words a woman heard Jesus' saying to her in
her meditation long ago:
Drink in the beauty of air and colour. I am with you. When I wanted to express a beautiful thought, I made a lovely flower. . . .
Absorb beauty. As soon as the beauty of a flower or a tree is impressed upon your soul it leaves an image there which reflects through your actions. . . .
Look for beauty and joy in the world around. Look at a flower until its beauty becomes part of your very soul. It will be given back to the world again by you in the form of a smile or a loving word or a kind thought or a prayer.
Today is the first day of summer. Breathe deeply. Celebrate the lovely things growing. Discover a new attitude.

Rev. Joyce Snapp


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 6/16/19
Worship Services 6/16 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 6/16/19
                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date


Saturday, June 22 9:00 am Barefoot Mile Fundraiser
Sunday, June 23 10:30 am Church at the Ranch
Sunday, June 30 9:20 am New Member-Church Leader Brunch
Sunday, July 14 8:30 am Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, July 20 9:00 am Christmas in July Fundraiser & Car Show
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

Tuesday, July 2 5:30 pm Church & Society
Tuesday, July 2 7:00 pm Trustees
Sunday, July 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Thursday, July 18 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, July 25 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, August 6 10:00 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, August 6 7:00 pm Trustees
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.
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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