United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, June 30, 2019
Independence Sunday
Services 8:30 & 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.

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.

  • The Barefoot Mile -- with special thanks to Jan Thurling & the Barefoot Mile team
  • Our "indoor" Church at the Ranch -- with special thanks to Terry Vogt, Glenn & Pat Stoll, The Band and all the cooks & helpers.

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}.


Mount Evans is hosting a Bereavement Support Group which will be a safe and supportive environment for any adult who has experienced a loss within the last year to learn about the grieving process and share their experiences, thoughts and feelings.  There will be 8 group sessions beginning Wednesday, July 10th from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Mountain Resource Center 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer.  For more information or to register, call Susan Conceicao, LCSW at 303-674-6400 ext. 204.

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 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: 303-587-7353 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
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.

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 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.

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.


"My great concern Is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God's side."
- Abraham Lincoln."
Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in the midst of the Lincoln-Douglas debates leading up to the U.S. Senatorial election in Illinois in 1858. The
main theme of the debates was slavery.   Lincoln lost that election, but went on to publish texts of the debates into a book which was widely read. As people began to read about his ideas, he gained more and more popular support which led to his election as President.

Being the leader of so great a nation in such a time of terrible conflict pushed Lincoln into an even deeper relationship with God. He wrote, "I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for that day."

As we enter a week of honoring our county's beginnings and history, I find the words of Lincoln's "Presidential Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer" for April 30, 1863 worthy of note for our country now as well. Here is a portion of that proclamation:

"We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own . . . We have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us. It behooves us then, to humble ourselves, before the Almighty, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

All this being done in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high, and answered with . . . the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to a condition of unity and peace."

A few weeks later a chain of events was set in motion that would turn the tide of war in favor of the North. A man of prayer, Lincoln set the example for the whole nation. During his presidency, which lasted only four years and six weeks, Lincoln called for a total of three days of national humiliation and prayer, and six days of national thanksgiving, praise and prayer.

Pastor Deb


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 6/23/19
Worship Services 6/23 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 6/23/19
                     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
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 25 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.
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