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

Consecration Sunday and  Veterans Day
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am

 

On Sunday, November 11 we invite you to bring your completed commitment card to worship for Consecration Sunday and then join us at 11:30 for our Celebration Potluck Dinner. Worship at 10:30 will be led by the amazing Queen City Jazz Band.


Ministry Jottings by Pastor Deb can be found later in this newsletter. Please scroll down to see what Deb is sharing this week.
 

STEWARDSHIP
"Live Courageously" Stewardship Emphasis 
October 28 - November 11

 
Live Courageously
Take hold of the life that really is life -- I Timothy 6:18
 
"Live Courageously" Stewardship Emphasis October 28 - November 11
 
In order to live courageously, a mindset of God's abundance and generosity needs to be present. Congregations that develop cultures of generosity inspire courageous living and incorporate annual practices that reinforce faithful, fruitful giving and engagement in good works. As we join together in our annual stewardship emphasis "Live Courageously", October 28 - November 11, may we be attuned to the intersection of courage, giving and sharing, as we look at how God is calling us to be generous.
 
During the week of October 29th, a mailing will go out with information on our "Live Courageously" program and will include a giving commitment card for 2019. During worship these weeks we will be celebrating the faithful generosity and ministries already in place, and looking to how God is calling us forward.  We hope you will join us as we bring before God our willingness to support the ministries of the congregation through good works and generosity.
 
On Sunday, November 11 we invite you
to bring your completed commitment card to worship for Consecration Sunday
and then join us at 11:30 for our Celebration Potluck Dinner.
Worship at 10:30 will be led by the amazing Queen City Jazz Band.

Our dinner will feature delectable salmon prepared by our own Chef Clyde and Tuscan pot roast prepared by staff member Carol, with delicious sides and desserts provided by all of you.
 

WHAT UMCE MEANS TO ME


Ruthanne Huber
Jerry and I became members of UMCE in 2001. We were so welcomed that first day by so many people, it already felt like our new church home. Then as we went to lunch across Evergreen Parkway, we noticed Alice and Glenn Slanec, who beckoned for us to join them. We were sealed in a new friendship. Our family grew quickly. Over those many years, we found many ways to be in fellowship. Fundraising, SPR and finances, was more Jerry's forte.

My love for music has always been so much a part of my life. I joined choir right away. I am convinced that singing is one sure way to find joy in the heart, that nothing can erase.

I believe the Bible is the 'God-breathed' Truth. I named my Bible "Delicious". Jeremiah 15:16 says, "Your Words were found and I ate them. And Your Words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I have been called by Your Name."

I need to be fed every Sunday, to grow in God's love and wisdom. The message I receive must come from God's Word, and I am grateful for pastor Deb's challenging messages and guidance, that I can apply to my life.

The acronym for HUG to me means "Huge Uplifting Gift." I live alone now. I could stay in my place and watch a sermon on TV, but I would not receive the hugs from my sweet Christian brothers and sisters. Hugs for me are a sustaining power to heal, uplift and feel loved and accepted. It is all about human touch!

Our world changed in 2016 suddenly, when Jerry got sick. I could not take care of him myself, but I was going to try. How did it happen that we should receive such a huge outpouring from so many great warriors, who sacrificed their time, energy and their love in so many ways to completely cover Jerry and me every day, twice a day. Cards, visits, prayers and food brought us great comfort.

I will not live long enough to give back the generosity given me by my church family, but I can try!
 

UMCE 40th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER
Saturday, December 1st from 7:00-9:00 pm
Reservations Due:  Sunday, Nov. 18th


Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 1st, when our sanctuary will be transformed into an elegant dinner setting. Enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner, entertainment by a group of talented people, and have childcare for the entire evening. (There is even a child-friendly party to attend!) ...all of this for $15 per person. Once all reservations are in, you will receive a call to inform you of which pre-party you will attend. The deadline for registering is November 18. Please include with your completed registration form a check designated for Christmas Dinner. Call Ruthanne Huber (303-870-7322) with any questions or for more information.

 

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!
 

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR  BAKE SALE


Calling all good cooks!  The Alternative Gift Fair Bake Sale needs you. Linda Schroeder will pick up baked goods at our church Friday, November 9 around 3:00 p.m.  If it is more convenient for you, you can drop off at the Lutheran Church from noon to 5:00 Friday. Best sellers are pies, cookies (packaged in half dozens), candy, yeast and quick breads.  Package nicely if you can (no saran wrap or foil), but if you don't have time, volunteers at the Fair will package them up. The Bake Sale proceeds all go to support the Gift Fair.  Thank you.
 

ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR
Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11
 
The Alternative Gift Fair is a holiday gift fair hosted at Evergreen Lutheran Church and sponsored by UMCE and six other local congregations.  Approximately 50 local, national and international nonprofits sell art, crafts, jewelry, clothes, cards and other items from around the world to support their projects around the world that help those in need.  The AGF motto is "Buy Once.  Gift Twice." When you buy a Christmas gift at the fair, it is a gift to your recipients as well as those in need served by the nonprofit vendors at the Fair.

 

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. 
 

MOUNTAIN BACKPACKS PROGRAM
FOOD COLLECTION SERVICE PROJECT
Donations Taken: October 21 - November 11

UMCE and Church and Society Team partner with area community groups to support Mountain Backpacks. We will collect items listed below from October 21 - November 11 in Fellowship Hall. Our youth group will deliver the food to Evergreen Lutheran Food Pantry on November 11.

Mountain Backpacks is a supplemental food program whose mission is to help kids stay full and focused throughout the school year. We provide weekend meals, weekly snacks and holiday food boxes to families enrolled in our program. We support teachers by providing emergency snacks for their classrooms and we run food pantries to meet the needs of our older students. We are a service project of the Evergreen Rotary Foundation and Evergreen Lutheran Church and a proud partner of the Food Bank of the Rockies. 

If you want more information please check out the website:   www.mountainbackpacks.org

NEEDS LIST:

Cereal
Flour Tortillas
Instant Oatmeal
Minute Rice
Pancake Mix / Syrup
Tuna Noodle Helper / Large Can Tuna
Soup / Chili
Applesauce
Cornbread Mix
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Spaghetti / Meat Sauce
Shelf Stable Milk
Canned Vegetables (Mixed, Mushrooms, Peas)
Grocery Gift Cards
Canned Beans
New or Gently Used Backpacks
 

HELP NEEDED
JOY INTERNATIONAL  PLANNING TEAM

Church and Society needs help to prepare for our work next spring. We are planning a community-wide program with Dr. Jeff Brodsky on April 27, and a Barefoot Mile Fundraiser here in the mountain community on June 22. Specifically, we need someone with PR/Marketing experience to help us spread this news. In addition, we seek volunteers to contact businesses for their financial support. Since every dollar raised goes towards the rescue of a precious life, corporate sponsors bring in additional money to boost our BFM contributions. If you can respond to this call for action, please contact Jan Thurling at 720-391-9550, or at email: janeththurling@gmail.com. 
~ Jan Thurling, Coordinator
 

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

Sunday, November 11 - November 25
ADULT EDUCATION-NO SESSION UNTIL DEC. 2nd
 
Sunday, December 2, 9 and 16:   
ADULT ADVENT STUDY: "All I Want for Christmas"
Facilitator:  The Rev. Deb Olenyik
 
Sunday Mornings from 9:30 - 10:15 am
FAMILIES WITH KIDS ADULT CLASS (Rm 11)
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.
 
Wednesdays, November 14 and 28 - from 9:30 - 11:30
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY (Rm 12)
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.
 
Tuesday, November 20 - starting at 6:30 am
THE MEN'S BAGELRY FELLOWSHIP GROUP
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
 






The Body of Christ in Real Time

"In Christ we who are many form one body" Romans 12:5

It happened. One of every pastor's top nightmares. Waking up on Sunday morning with no voice. I mean NO voice. First, God and I had a "Guide me, Lord, now" conversation. Then, typing everything out, with hope and continued prayer, I went to folk before each service seeing if they were willing do a part for the service.   In a spirit of kindness and reaching out, men and women of our congregation provided what was needed. Some hadn't done a part in a service before. All only had minutes to look over what was asked of them.

This wasn't just an average service either. Folk were asked to lead in communion and in the honoring of the saints ceremony which had special guests in attendance.   They were asked to read various parts of the prepared message. The announcements, the liturgy, the prayer time, the Scripture, the benediction -- all of it!

Following the service, I heard comments like-- "It was such a meaningful service" and "I can't believe it came together so well".   For me it was a deeply spiritual example of the body of Christ in real time.

Thank you to these living saints who came together out of our body to assist in my time of need: Fred Bloemendaal, Pem & Jo Ann Dunn, Brad & Marleen Eggers, Bob & Ann Gerteis, Bill Graf, Karen Hines, Lorna Idol, Dave Loomis, Jim Madden, Karen Morales, Sarah Sailor, Terry Vogt, and Katie Zapotoczny. It was a Sunday which will go down in the books!

In Christ's Grace,
Pastor Deb
 

FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Children, Teachers and Nursery 11/4/18
Worship Services 11/4 / 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 11/4/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
11/9/18
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31
97
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$6,368
$5,941
($427)
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$331,144
$280,192
$269,275
($10,917)

 

AROUND THE CHURCH

Sunday, November 11 Both Services
At 10:30 Service

After 10:30 Service
Consecration Sunday
Queen City Jazz Band Performs

Celebration Potluck
Sunday, November 25 After 10:30 Service Hanging of the Greens - Volunteers Needed
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
Sunday, December 16 At 10:30 Service Chancel Choir "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"
 

TEAM MEETINGS NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 13 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Sunday, November 18 11:30 am Special Church Council Meeting
Thursday, November 29 6:00 pm Membership
 

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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