The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
The Rev. Deb Olenyik, Pastor

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Services at 8:30 and 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.
 

WHEN WILL MY FAVORITE
 CHRISTMAS CAROL HYMN BE SUNG? 

  

December 2
O Come, O Come Emmanuel & Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
In the Bleak Midwinter & Hail to the Lord's Anointed  
People, Look East
 
December 9  
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus & Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Love Came Down at Christmas & There's a Song in the Air
What Child is This?
 
December 16
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks & Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
 
December 23
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear & He Is Born
Angels We Have Heard on High & There's a Song in the Air
O Little Town of Bethlehem
 
December 24 Christmas Eve
O Come, All Ye Faithful & Away in a Manger
The First Noel & Joy to the World
Silent Night
 
December 30
Go Tell It On the Mountain & The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
Angels From the Realms of Glory & Sing We Now of Christmas
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!
 
January 6
We Three Kings

 

MEN'S BREAKFAST
Tanzania:  Angel's Story
Saturday, December 1, 2018


Tony Matteroli, son of Sharon Compton, and his daughter, Angel, will be on hand to tell Angel's amazing story; from growing up in a Maasai village to her life in the U.S. after being adopted by Tony.  Their talk will also focus on the continuing struggles of the Maasai people and their efforts to help them.  Dave Loomis and Glenn Stoll will be serving the breakfast.

 

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET
"MOVING TOWARD THE MANGER"




Deepen your Advent journey with our Advent daily devotional  booklet available in the church narthex. This year's booklet  is  based on the writings of Frederick Buechner. 


 

EChO AND MRC CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE

  


Deadline for donating to MRC:
Deadline for donating to EChO:
Wednesday, December 5
Sunday, December 9


Evergreen Christian Outreach and Conifer's Mountain Resource Center facilitate the collection of Christmas gifts for children of client families.  Collected items are made available for selection by the parent (or parents) to supplement their child's Christmas. Two boxes for depositing donated toys and clothing will be located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please help a needy child have a joyous Christmas! 

 

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS AT UMCE
Sunday, December 2 and Sunday, December 9



For over thirty years the United Methodist Church of Evergreen has offered the option of presenting Christmas gifts to friends and relatives in the form of a donation to various non-profit organizations. This most Christian celebration gift is truly a way to recognize family and friends while at the same time benefiting worthwhile causes in honor of the Christmas spirit. Special cards will be available for the recipient of your gift.
 
An Alternative Christmas order form is being provided as a newsletter and bulletin insert. The completed form can be given to a member of the Missions Committee at the Alternative Christmas table in Fellowship Hall after church Sunday Dec. 2nd or Sunday Dec. 9th. If unable to be in church on those dates, you can still deliver your form to the church office. Checks should be made out to the United Methodist Church of Evergreen with the note "Alternative Christmas" on the memo line. 

 
SPONSORED THIS YEAR: Bethlehem Bible College; Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity; Center for Health and Hope (formerly Center for Church and Global AIDS); Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; Evergreen Christian Outreach; Family Promise; Mean Street Ministry; Kenya Youth Sponsorship; Mountain Resource Center; Urban Peak Youth Shelter, and JOY International. Please see the newsletter and bulletin inserts for more details.
 

"A CEREMONY OF LESSONS AND CAROLS"
PRESENTED BY THE UMCE CHANCEL CHOIR
Sunday, December 16 at 10:30 Service


Please join us on this special Sunday as the UMCE Chancel Choir presents a program of beloved scripture readings that highlight the Christmas story, combined with twenty-six traditional carols that include just a touch of Handel and Bach!

 

WE NEED YOUR FUNDRAISING IDEAS

Almost every nonprofit organization (this includes all churches) has to come up with funds over and above the giving, to continue to serve. And we at UMCE are no different.  So what we have is a box for your ideas.

SO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, 
AND PUT THOSE IDEAS INSIDE THE BOX!

As Dave pointed out in church, we all have ideas for fundraising but are hesitant to put those ideas out there for fear that someone will say "Great, when do YOU start"?

So this time we are asking for ideas so that we might be able to put together some plans for all to discuss, choose, decide, organize and go forward. No name on the ideas means you won't be asked to "make it happen". We just want ideas, big, small, fun, individual, group, outlandish-whatever you might have in the back (or front) of your mind.

Example: UMCE used to have the best handmade craft show in the area! This could be done all during the year, and presented for the holiday's next season-but maybe that's not what people like to do now? So give us your idea's (no limit on how many)! Please start NOW and deposit those in the box near the front door at church. There are cards to use in case you get a bright idea and nothing to write it down on!


Our finance team is 
anxious to get those
 ideas ASAP!


CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT'S IN THE BOX!
 

CIRCUIT CHARGE CONFERENCE
Sunday, December 2 - from 2:00-5:00 pm

When:
Sunday, December 2 from 2:00-5:00 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church of Golden
Address:
1500 Ford St, Golden, CO 80401
Carpooling: Leaving UMCE at 1:30 pm

Join us for the 2nd annual Mile High West Circuit Charge Conference. Last year UMCE was privileged to host our six sister churches for this event. This year First United Methodist Church of Golden is our host. 

We will hear from our new District Superinten dent Paul Kottke, join together in worship and attend to a few matters of official business for each church. It will also be a time of reconnecting with our sister churches. We will meet at UMCE to car pool at 1:30. Hope you can join us.
 

CHURCH & SOCIETY 
SPECIAL SPEAKER IN DECEMBER
"Finding Hope in the Faces of the Oppressed"
Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Finding Hope in the Faces of the Oppressed
 
A presentation and conversation about injustices faced in the Philippines and at the US southern border through the experience of a Methodist volunteer, Brielle Hohne. Sometimes we view large scale issues through statistics, which distance us from the reality of the situation. The goal of the presentation and conversation is to put faces and real stories to the issues to bring us closer to understanding the people in these situations. 

Brielle worked as a UMC volunteer in the Philippines and on the U.S.-Mexico boarder. All are welcome to join us for this special evening. Please let the church office know if you plan to attend so that we can schedule a room that will work. 
 

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
Preschool - 5th Grades 4:00 pm
 

ADULT OFFERINGS

ADULT ADVENT STUDY: "All I Want for Christmas"
Sunday, December 2, 9 and 16  
Facilitator:  The Rev. Deb Olenyik

FAMILIES WITH KIDS ADULT CLASS (Rm 11)
Sunday Mornings from 9:30 - 10:15 am
A time for parents to have conversation and discuss topics around what impacts them as Christian parents.  Breakfast provided. Please contact Ann Thomas (303-229-0752), Beverly Franklin (770-243-0777) or Philip or Donna Schell (303-674-1066) for more info.
 
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY (Rm 12)
Wednesday, December 5, 12, 19 - from 9:30 - 11:30
No study on December 26 and January 2
New study starts on January 9
Wednesday Women's Bible Study is studying the book "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra.  Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier with any questions at 303-674-6377.

THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
Tuesday, December 4 & 18 - starting at 6:30 am
Please make plans to join The Men's Bagelry Fellowship Group 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.
 

MINISTRY JOTTINGS BY PASTOR DEB
 







"Waiting for God"  {Excerpted from the writings of Henri Nouwen}
 
These words by Henri Nouwen are among the Advent devotionals I return to year after year, and I wanted to share with you - Pastor Deb
 
Waiting is not a very popular attitude. Waiting is not something people think about with great sympathy.  In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time.  Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, "Get going!  Do something!  Show you are able to make a difference!  Don't just sit there and wait!"  For many people, waiting is an awful desert between where they are and where they want to go.  And people do not like such a place.  They want to get out of it by doing something. 
 
In our particular historical situation, waiting is even more difficult because we are so fearful.  One of the most pervasive emotions in the atmosphere around us is fear.  People are afraid - afraid of inner feelings, afraid of other people, and also afraid of the future.  Fearful people have a hard time waiting, because when we are afraid we want to get away from where we are.  But if we cannot flee, we may fight instead.  Many of our destructive acts come from the fear that something harmful will be done to us.
 
And, if we take a broader perspective - that not only individuals but whole communities and nations might be afraid of being harmed - we can understand how hard it is to wait and how tempting it is to act.  Here are the roots of a "first strike" approach to others.  People who live in a world of fear are more likely to make aggressive, hostile, destructive responses than people who are not so frightened.  The more afraid we are, the harder waiting becomes.  That is why waiting is such an unpopular attitude for many people.
 
It impresses me, therefore, that all the figures who appear on the first pages of Luke's Gospel are waiting.  Zechariah and Elizabeth are waiting.  Mary is waiting. Simeon and Anna, who were there at the temple when Jesus was brought in, are waiting.  The whole opening scene of the good news is filled with waiting people.
 
And right at the beginning all those people in some way or another hear the words, "Do not be afraid.  I have something good to say to you."  These words set the tone and the context.  Now Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, Simeon and Anna are waiting for something new and good to happen to them.
 
{I hope you will join us in worship these next six weeks as we journey through Advent and Christmas with these people of faith. First up will be Zechariah.  Then will be Mary and Elizabeth.  Then will come others who speak anew during this precious and awe inspiring season.} 

In Christ's Grace,
Pastor Deb
 

FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Children, Teachers and Nursery 11/25/18
Worship Services 11/25 / 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 11/25/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
11/30/18
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15
80
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$6,368
$4,482
($1,886)
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$331,144
$299,296
$283,096
($16,200)

 
REMINDERS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND YEAR END

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is another way to donate to UMCE. Many of us order things from Amazon. The next time you order consider using Amazon Smile. This is how it works: You just log into  www.Amazonsmile.com  (instead of  www.Amazon.com). Then you will see a screen that will ask what charity you support. You will enter our church name, "United Methodist Church of Evergreen." If you've ordered on Amazon Smile before, your charity name will automatically be registered and you won't get this screen. The church will then receive .5% of your purchase price. This may not seem like much, but it all adds up!
 
Grocery Card Purchases
Purchase a King Soopers or Safeway reloadable gift card at the church. Use it and keep reloading it to buy your groceries and gasoline at King Soopers or Safeway. Buy the grocery cards for family members, friends, service providers, etc. Encourage them tot he reload the cards and use them to purchase their groceries and gasoline. The church makes 5% on grocery card purchases.  

IRA Rollovers
You could give some of your IRA dollars to support God's Kingdom before the end of 2018. A few years ago Congress made permanent the opportunity to make a charitable gift from an IRA to a qualifying non-profit. You can convert your required minimum distribution (RMD) to a charitable distribution by rolling over part of an IRA to UMCE. In doing this you avoid paying any additional tax.
 
You must be over age 70 ½. These tax-free gifts can be up to $100,000 and satisfy the required minimum distribution (RMD). All you need to do is to contact your IRA custodian and request an amount be transferred to UMCE or to the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation for the benefit of UMCE. This would be a great way to save on taxes and complete your pledge, increase your gift or create a new gift, at the same time!
 

AROUND THE CHURCH IN DECEMBER

Saturday, December 1

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Program
UMM Breakfast & Program
Tanzania - Angel's Story
Saturday, December 1 7:00-9:00 pm Christmas Dinner
Wednesday, December 5


Deadline for donating to MRC 
Children's Christmas Gift Drive
Sunday, December 9


Deadline for donating to EChO 
Children's Christmas Gift Drive
Sunday, December 16

At the 10:30 Service

Chancel Choir Performs
"A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols"
Tuesday, December 18

6:30-8:00 pm

Church & Society Special Speaker:
"Finding Hope in the Faces of the Oppressed"
Monday, Dec. 24 -
Tuesday, Dec. 25

OFFICE CLOSED FOR
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Monday, Dec. 31 -
Tuesday, Jan. 1

OFFICE CLOSED FOR
NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
 

TEAM MEETINGS IN  DECEMBER

Tuesday, December 4 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, December 4 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, December 13 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, December 18 6:30 pm Church & Society
 

CHURCH INFORMATION

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - noon
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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