United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, March 10, 2019
1st 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.
 


Spring forward!  Don't forget that Daylight Savings Time beings Sunday, March 10th.  Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead Saturday night.
 


Thank you to  everyone who supported the Mexican Lunch.  Special thanks to the Missions Team for sponsoring and to event leaders Mac & Nancy DeGuire.  The event raised $638 for this summer's Youth Mission Trip.  

 

A DAILY DEVOTIONAL
 


A daily devotional for a personal spiritual journey through Lent is available in the narthex.

 

LEADERSHIP ORIENTATION & VISIONING SESSION
Sunday, March 10th, 11:40 - 3:00 pm
 

Church Council members and two representatives from each ministry team are invited to gather for a  Leadership Orientation & Visioning Session led by Pastor Deb.  We will look at what is currently valued in our ministry approaches and what God might be leading us in new ways to accomplish in the next year or so.  We will also look at basic team operating procedures. Lunch will be included.

 

LENTEN STUDY LED BY PASTOR DEB
"Short Stories By Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi"
Mondays beginning March 11 for 6 weeks
When: 12:00-1:00 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Study  OR 
7:00-8:00 p.m. Evening Study

 

Minimum 6 people registered in the class time slot for it to be held. Register in the narthex or church office.
Based on the best-selling book of the same name by Professor Amy Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University. Professor Levine provides a short video to lead off each session. As for the content, Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. We will go back in time to understand how the original Jewish audience understood certain parables and how they also challenge us today. COST: $10.00 for study guide collected at first session.

 

"SIP AND PAINT" WITH ARTIST ROGER AMBROSIER
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. Please RSVP to  office@evergreenumc.org . Please let us know when you RSVP if you will need childcare. Lastly , this is a fundraiser for UMCE. All proceeds will go to the UMCE general fund.

 

PRESENTATION ON THE RECENT GENERAL CONFERENCE
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.    

 

UMCE SNOW TUBING EXCURSION AT ECHO MOUNTAIN
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. Everyone is invited to join us: youth, EverKids, grown-ups, friends, family-we are all-inclusive! The cost is $25/person, unless you have an Echo Mountain Pass.  But we do have to reserve space! If you plan to attend, please email or call Sarah at youth@evergreenumc.org or 303-717-2053 . If we have more than 20 people, we get a group discount on everyone's ticket. 

 

METRO MILE HIGH DISTRICT GATHERING
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:
 Time
 Event
 9:30 a.m.
 Gathering and Hospitality
 10 a.m.
 Welcome
 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

 

GUATEMALA ENGLISH CAMP - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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!

 

SPECIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HELD FEBRUARY 23-26, 2019
 


Penn Gildersleeve & Bill Graf in St.Louis as local church observers to the Special Conference Conference of the United Methodist Church held February 23 - 26, 2019.

 

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
WEDNESDAYS FROM 9:30-11:30 AM
 


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.

 

BLESSING BAG SUPPLIES NEEDED!
 


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!

 

LUNCH BUNCH IS ON THE MOVE!
 


Lunch bunch is on the move and looking for our next place to gather & enjoy each other's company!   Do you have a favorite dining spot in town or surrounding area? Send us your picks and arrangements and sign ups will be started. We all like to eat (some of us more than others) so we might as well do it together and make it fun. Not looking for anything fancy, just good food company.   Contact Marcia Loomis at 303-898-3748 text/call or Mloomis.64@gmail.com or drop your suggestion in the Fellowship Hall box next to the info board.

 

FOOTLOOSE & FANCY-FREE FUN!
 




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. 

 

FLEA MARKET & CAR SHOW FUNDRAISER
 





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.  

 

NEW CHAPLAIN POSITION FOR REV. TODD EVERHART 
IN FLORIDA
 

Rev. Todd Everhart, former pastor of our church, is serving as a chaplain at the VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida as of the beginning of January.  He is the chaplain of long-term care, hospice and rehab.  He shares that he is really liking his new ministry.  Wife, Pam, will be joining him from Texas in the summer and is looking forward to serving a UM church in the area. 

 

~ IMPORTANT NOTE FROM TRUSTEES ~
 


Penn Gildersleeve, Chair of UMCE's Trustees, is asking that everyone who uses the church building be aware that Penn is the point of contact for after-hours access to the church building and the rooms within the building.

Please do not contact pastor Deb, the church office manager, or the custodians if you need access. Penn is the sole contact for these types of needs/requests. If Penn is away on vacation or business he will designate someone to be his contact in his absence. 
 
Penn's cell phone is (303) 902-9959 and his land line is (303) 674-4899.  He can be to the church in a couple of minutes.
 
Just a reminder that there is an updated church directory next to the phone in the church kitchen with Penn's numbers. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

CONDOLENCES
We invite prayers of sympathy and support for Pat Webers on the passing of her mother, Rosemary Brown, age 99, who was living in Tennessee. 
 

YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S EDUCATION 
AND ACTIVITIES

CHILDREN 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
SUNDAY YOUTH GROUP

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



WEDNESDAY CHILDREN'S PROGRAM


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

ADULT OFFERINGS
 
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Church Library (Rm 12)
Author, Adam Hamilton, has updated his book  Christianity and World Religions. This is a study of four major world religions; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism-comparing their beliefs to Christianity. For more information, please contact Jeanne Ambrosier: 303-674-6377 or  rjambro@estreet.com.
 
THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
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.
 

LIBRARY ADULT STUDY CLASS (Rm 12)
Sundays, 9:30 - 10:20 am
March 10 and 24: History of Belief in God
Facilitator: Bob Gerteis
In these three sessions 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.

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.
 

MINISTRY JOTTINGS BY PASTOR DEB
 







 
Lent Begins
 
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions." -- Psalm 51:1
 
"You are dust, and to dust you will return." This ancient formula was heard by millions of Christian all over the world two days ago on Ash Wednesday as the sign of the cross was made in ashes on their forehead or wrist. This symbolic act is both a solemn reminder and an invitation to renewal.
 
One temptation in Lent is to be so impressed by our sins and failings, and so overwhelmed by our lack of generosity, that we get stuck in a paralyzing guilt - a guilt that leads only to introspection instead of directing our eyes to God. It is a guilt that can become an idol and a form of false pride.
 
But Lent is precisely the time to break down this idol and to direct our attention to our loving Lord. The question is: "Are we like Judas, who was so overcome by his sin that he could not believe in God's mercy any longer and hung himself? Or, are we like Peter, who after denying Jesus returned to his Lord with repentance and went on to live as a truly dedicated Apostle and leader in the early church?
 
Prayer: Lord God, this Lent help me to do my best to keep my mind fixed on You and Your Kingdom. Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor Deb Olenyik

 

FINANCE UPDATES


Attendance & Stewardship Report
-------------------------------------------------
Sunday School & Nursery 3/3/19
Worship Services 3/3 / 19
------ -------------------------------------------
Needed Weekly
Received 3/3/19
                                                Difference
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                     2019 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
3/8/2019
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24
71
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$6,309
$6,337
$28
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$328,086
$56,781
$58,726
$1,945  







 
 

AROUND THE CHURCH -  MARCH

Saturday, March 16

6:00 - 8:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! 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
Saturday, March 30 9:30 - 3:00 pm Metro Mile High District Gathering at Littleton UMC
 

TEAM MEETINGS -  MARCH &  APRIL
 
Sunday, March 10

11:40-3:00 pm

Leadership Orientation & Visioning Session (Lunch Included)
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
 

CHURCH INFORMATION

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
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.
 
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF EVERGREEN
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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