United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, March 17, 2019
2nd Sunday in Lent
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.

$147 was collected in the March 3 Communion offering benefiting UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).

Building Spiritual Muscle

March 17 "Decisions, Decisions"
March 24 "When You're Disappointed"
March 31 "Canceling Guilt Trips"
April 7 "Scared to Death of Death"
(April 14 Palm Sunday 8:30 TBA; 10:30 Choir Cantata)


Friday, March 22 at 12:00 PM

Come join The Lunch Bunch at Ship Rock Grille, Red Rocks, Morrison. Awesome scenery! Come and celebrate the spring time change!  Carpooling would be good if you need to be dropped off at the top, since the stairs from the lower lot are quite steep. There is also some handicapped parking at the top, but it fills up quickly. If we have enough that need a ride, possibly the church van could be used.   Sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall or contact Marcia Loomis at 303-898-3748.   This will probably be the only time you see this in the Happenings, since it's so close, so make a note!   Should be a fun lunch!


Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join UMCE in a Family Night of free pizza and a movie on April 5. Pizza will be served at 6:00, and we will show the movie "Mary Poppins Returns" at 6:30. Please sign up with this website: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054CAFA72CAA8-family1 or sign up on the church bulletin board.


Saturday, April 6 from 8:00-12:00 PM

Come join us to get to know three of our UMCE veterans, Pem Dunn, Jim Ament and Dave Loomis, a lot better! Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m., and the presentation begins around 8:30 a.m. Bill Graff and Mac DeGuire will be handling kitchen duties.


Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m.

The Lenten Concert series has been condensed into a single service this year. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. to enjoy music performed by our gifted musicians followed by a free, hot lunch. Performing selections on the piano will be Terry Vogt, Keron Sandusky, Joyce Scheel, and Karen Hines. Linda Bloemendaal will perform a selection on the flute.  This will be an excellent opportunity to invite friends to join us for a peaceful, enjoyable break from their day.  


Saturday, April 27  and Saturday, June 22
F or the past few months the JOY Team has been planning for 2 big events to support the lifesaving work of JOY International, the organization based in Conifer that rescues and restores the lives of children, teens and young women who are victims of sex trafficking.   As an outreach of Church and Society, our task is to raise awareness of and outrage against these crimes.
A community wide program, A CALL TO ACTION: FIGHT CHILD TRAFFICKING will be hosted by our church on Sat. April 27.   Dr. Jeff Brodsky, the founder of JOY International, will speak to adults in the morning {9:30 - 11:30}, and middle & high school youth in the afternoon  {noon-2pm}. His talk will be age appropriate, instructive and emotionally moving. Please plan to attend and bring friends!
The "main event" will be a Barefoot Mile fundraiser on Sat. June 22, starting at 9:00 am at Marshdale Park. This is a fun, family-friendly event with music, food, face painting, balloons and a great playground!  People of all ages get sponsors and walk the mile in solidarity with the children who wait for rescue. This is the FIRST  BAREFOOT MILE FUNDRAISER  in our mountain community, and we want it to be super successful!!
The JOY Team is comprised of 16 members representing 5 churches. From UMCE : Tracy Atlas, Bill Graf, Carolyn Hohne, Dave Loomis, Ted Miller, Arlene Sutherland, Tonya Sweater and Jan Thurling. Speak to any member for more info.  We are thankful for the members from Bergen Church, CO Life Church, Lutheran Church and Platte Canyon Community Church.  God has brought us together for this work, and we ask you to join us by spreading the word to those you love and care about.

Various dates in June, July and August

In October 2010, a Stone Soup ministry was started to make healthy soup for EChO clients and volunteers.   Since that time five local churches have been providing soup from September through May.   However, hungry people still come in to the food bank during the summer months.   Last year our church was asked to be included in the first summer lunch program for EChO. It was so well received by our church and EChO that we have been asked back this year for the June thru August months to prepare a meal for clients and volunteers.   Our obligation will be to prepare either salads or sandwiches twice in our appointed weeks. Last year the generosity of donations from our church family completely covered the cost of food.   The schedule for UMCE is June 24 & 27, July 22 & 25, and August 26 & 29. Contact Ruthanne Huber at jarebuh@yahoo.com if you are interested in being a part of this project.



The Missions Committee is seeking travel-sized  shampoos/conditioners/lotions to use in Blessing Bags.  If you're traveling, bringing home your unused hotel supplies would be great.  We'll soon have a fresh supply of Blessing Bags ready for you to leave in your car, and when you see someone in need at a stoplight, giving them a bag brings joy to them...and you.  Donations of supplies all kinds are always welcomed.   Thank you for your support!


February 22 - February 25

2019 Men 's Ski Group, enjoying great snow, scenery and fellowship at Crested Butte. Always a fun trip for the guys of UMCE!



Women's Wednesday Bible Study will begin a new book March 20th. We will learn about the life of Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple. Peter was an ordinary fisherman who heard an extraordinary call and left everything to follow his teacher. Please join us for this Adam Hamilton Study of the man whose doubts and fears helped change the world. Contact Jeanne Ambrosier for more information: rjambro@estreet.com or 303-674-6377.


JUNE 28 - JULY 7, 2019

COTH is very thankful and excited about the 13 volunteers they have so far (including 3 adults from UMCE with two granddaughters).   However, they are hoping and praying for more volunteers so that they can add a new group of students for this year. You can still sign-up for this wonderful, amazing mission trip with Pura Vida Ministries:   https://www.puravida.org/trip.html?trip_id=75. Volunteers pay their own way, but you can also help by donating to Pura Vida towards a volunteer's trip. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Eaton (303-669-0063) or Joanna Cook (303-588-4137). The English Camp grew out of Church of the Hills and COTH is still considered the sponsor of this great program, but it is exciting to see this become an inter-church mission trip! Your prayers are vital to this work!



Yes!  Back by popular demand!  Footloose & Fancy-Free Fun
If you've been involved with this group of mostly retirees in the past, (but we'll let you go if you're not quite there yet) then you know how much fun, food & fellowship we have had! If you've not heard of some of our adventures of the past, check the Fellowship Hall info board.   We make plans for a day out, a weekend, and even a week in the past. We always have a good time together. If you have a place or adventure that you would like to do, just put it out there and we'll see how many we can get to participate and then JUST DO IT! It's very informal, go on the adventures you like or pass for another one.
We welcome ideas from everyone for a fun time someplace. Don't hesitate to put out your ideas and then be ready to join in the fun and get to know that person that sits "on the other side" by more than a handshake on Sundays!
Don't Panic--This group does not have meetings ! (unless we need one for special event plans) ALL EVENTS ARE FUN AND OPTIONAL! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!   WE CAN CARPOOL & OR USE THE UMCE VAN!
The following is just some of the ideas of places to visit & learn about. Even if you've been to some of these before, it's fun to go with a group. 
Denver Zoo, Hammond's Candies, Hudson Gardens, US Denver Mint, Art Galleries, Museums, State Capital, Brewery tours, Wildlife Sanctuary, Trains: summer adventure or fall color-Tourist Trains in Colorado, Tours of the Sports Facilities, Coors, Mile High, Pepsi Center, Attend a Rockies or sports game, Mesa Verde, Four Corners, Group Jeep tour of Garden of the Gods, Colorado National Monument, Western Slope, Scenic drives with historic stops, Santa Fe, NM week-end arts & crafts fests.
There is no end to enjoying Colorado & we're not getting any younger!!
Plans are in the making, make them yours!  LET'S GO!!
If you have suggestions, drop them in the box in the Fellowship Hall or contact Marcia Loomis at 303-898-3748 or  Mloomis.64@gmail.com. 



Where will you take those treasures you are willing to part with?  How will you get those crafts out you'd like to sell?  While there are many opportunities in our area, consider holding some of them for the Flea Market & Car Show Fundraiser the Finance Fundraising Team is working on for this July.  If you know of others who might like to have a table at the event or who have a car-show-worthy car, please give them a "heads up".  More details to follow.  For questions contact Vickie Borden, Marcia Loomis or Karen Morales.  


Saturday, March 16th from 6:00-8:00 pm
Price: $35 per person

We are very excited to have one of our local artists, Roger Ambrosier, teaching a "Sip and Paint" pastel class in March. Roger will be giving away two of his pastel paintings at this event and this will be included in the price. Painting supplies, heavy appetizers and warm and cold (non-alcoholic) beverages will be included in the price. This is a class for adults, and there will be childcare provided. Lastly , this is a fundraiser for UMCE. All proceeds will go to the UMCE general fund.


Sunday, March 17th between worship services

There will be a presentation on the recent General Conference on March 17 between worship services in Fellowship Hall.  This will be led by Bill Graff & Penn Gildersleeve, who attended as observers.  All are invited. Normally scheduled events for this time slot --  Library Class & Choir Practice -- will not be held in order for folk to be able to attend.    


Sunday, March 17th from 12:00-3:30 pm
Price: $25 per person

The UMCE Youth Group will be going on a snow tubing excursion to Echo Mountain, on Sunday, March 17 from noon until 3:30 PM. The cost is $25/person, unless you have an Echo Mountain Pass. 


Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 - 3:00 p.m. at Littleton UMC

To register contact Pastor Deb or visit www.mtnskyumc.org/district. We will offer a car pool from our Evergreen church.
The 19 sites throughout our 4 state region will be connected through technology, including the presentation by our keynote speaker, Diana Butler Bass. Diana is an award-winning author, internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture and politics. She has her doctorate from Duke University.

In Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, her latest of ten books, Bass offers suggestions for reclaiming gratitude that can lead to greater connection with God, our loved ones, our world and even our souls. These themes will provide a helpful message we look forward to hearing in this time of deep anxiety and division.

Tentative Schedule:
 9:30 a.m.
 Gathering and Hospitality
 10 a.m.
 10:30 a.m.
 Gratitude keynote speaker Diana Butler Bass
 12 p.m.
 Lunch and district agenda {Quiet Disciple recognition}
 1:30 p.m.
 Processing GC2019
 2:30 p.m.
 Closing worship with Bishop Oliveto, event preacher



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


Feed My Sheep Preschool - 5th Grades
4:00 pm

Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Church Library (Rm 12)
Women's Wednesday Bible Study will begin a new book March 20. We will learn about the life of Simon Peter: Flawed But Faithful Disciple. Peter was an ordinary fisherman who heard an extraordinary call and left everything to follow his teacher. Please join us for this Adam Hamilton Study of the man whose doubts and fears helped change the world. Contact Jeanne Ambrosier for more information: rjambro@estreet.com or 303-674-6377.
Tuesday, March 5 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.

Sundays, 9:30 - 10:20 am
March  24: History of Belief in God
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
In this session we will study the growth in the understanding of God as the Jews perceived and experienced their God. We will view the Karen Armstrong's History of God, as shown on YouTube, as a study guide for our discussion.

March 31: Developing Leadership for the Church: Session 1
Facilitator: Pastor Deb
  • The Toughest Person to Lead is Yourself
  • When You Get Kicked in the Rear, You Know You're Out in Front
Based on the work of John Maxwell {who Pastor Deb has relied on through the years}, this is the first of occasion sessions on developing leadership for the church, no matter how much or little experience we might have. 
April 7 and 14:  Science and Religion
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
Science and religion are two different ways in which we deal with reality. We will discuss how both obtain knowledge and understanding of that reality. As well as what assumptions they make and their objectives.  We need both to maintain healthy physical and spiritual lives.


An Old Time Irish Protestant-Catholic Story -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!
An old Irish man is lying in bed, very ill. His son is sitting at his bedside, expecting the end to come at any moment. The old man looks up at the boy and says, "Son, it's time for you to get me a Protestant minister."
The son is astounded. "But, Dad!" he protests, "You've been a good Catholic all your life! You're delirious. It's a priest ye be wanting now, not a minister." The old man looks up at him and says, "Son, please. It's me last request. Get a minister for me!" "But, Dad," cries the son, "Ye raised me a good Catholic. You've been a good Catholic all your life. Ye don't want a minister at a time like this!" The old man manages to croak out the words, "Son, if you respect me and love me as a father, you'll go out and get me a Protestant minister right now."
The son relents and goes out and gets the minister. They come back to the house, and the minister goes upstairs and converts him. As the minister is leaving the house, he passes Father O'Malley coming quickly through the door. The minister stares solemnly into the eyes of the priest. "I'm afraid you're too late, Father," he says. "He's a Protestant now."
Father O'Malley rushes up the steps and bursts into the old man's room. "Pat! Pat! Why did ye do it?" he cries. "You were such a good Catholic! We went to St. Mary's together! You were there when I performed my first mass! Why in the world would ye do such a thing like this?" "Well," the old man says as he looks up at his dear friend. "I figured if somebody had to go, it was better one of *them* than one of *us*."

Pastor Deb Olenyik



Attendance & Stewardship Report
Sunday School & Nursery 3/10/19
Worship Services 3/10 / 19
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Needed Weekly
Received 3/3/19
                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date


~All 9:15 Sunday Rehearsals are in the Sanctuary~

Saturday, March 16
10:30 - 12:00 pm (Choir Room)
Sunday, March 17
Sunday, March 24
9:15 - 10:15 am
Sunday, March 31
9:15 - 10:15 am
Saturday, April 6 - Cantata Rehearsal
12:00 - 2:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 7
9:15 - 10:15 am
Saturday, April 13 - Dress Rehearsal
10:30 - 12:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Sunday, April 14 - Cantata Performance
9:45 am (Warm-up)
Sunday, April 21 - Easter
8:00 am (Warm-up)
Sunday, April 28


Saturday, March 16

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Sip and Paint with UMCE Artist Roger Ambrosier
Sunday, March 17
Between worship services
Presentation on the recent General Conference
Sunday, March 17 12:00 - 3:30 pm UMCE Snow Tubing Excursion
Friday, March 22
12:00 pm
The Lunch Bunch at Ship Rock Grille, Red Rocks, Morrison
Saturday, March 30 9:30 - 3:00 pm Metro Mile High District Gathering at Littleton UMC
Friday, April 5
6:00 pm
Pizza and Movie Night
Saturday, April 6
8:00 - 12:00 pm
UMM Breakfast:  Show & Tell
Wednesday, April 10
12:00 pm
Lenten Concert & Luncheon

Tuesday, March 19 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, March 21 6:00 pm Endowment
Thursday, March 21 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, March 28 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, April 2 10:00 am Staff
Tuesday, April 2 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, April 2 7:00 pm Trustees
Sunday, April 7 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, April 16 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, April 25 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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