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

Sunday, October 14, 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.

Sunday, October 28 - 10:30 service and following

October 28 is a big day in the life of our church. This is Children's Sabbath and Trunk or Treat. The EverKids will be assisting in the service at 10:30, the Evergreen Children's Chorale will be singing during the service, and a Trunk or Treat and Potluck Lunch will take place immediately after the service. family & the children's chorale

We hope you will plan to participate! Here are some details about how to participate:

  • Please bring a dish to share with your church family & the children's chorale.
  • Please bring your Halloween costumes to put on following the 10:30 service. (Adults and EverKids!)
  • Please park in the upper parking lot.
  • Please bring decorations for the trunk/tailgate area of your vehicle.
  • Please bring candy to hand out (adults) and a basket for collecting candy (children).
And here are some tips for decorating your vehicle.
  • Have fun! Be festive!
  • Halloween themes are great, but remember that small children will be participating, so please don't make it too scary.
  • We welcome all levels of decoration. If you really enjoy decorating for Halloween, feel free to go wild! But if you're short on time or décor, you can do something simple, such as Halloween-colored tinsel, or dark garbage bags to make a "bat cave."
  • If you have sociable pets who enjoy dressing up, feel free to have them join you. We have had costume clad dogs join us in the past, and it makes it a lot of fun.
  • Give the time you have. Trunk or Treat and the potluck last until everyone has had their fill. However, if you can't stay for the whole time, that's fine. Come for as long as you are able and leave when you need to.
  • Don't be shy about wearing your costume. The important thing is to have fun. Everyone who is comfortable doing so should bring a costume. However, we are asking that this year everyone wait to change into the costumes until after the service.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Sarah at


We are blessed to have the following folk join as members on October 7:

Paul Konrath & Judy Welch 
Paul is an engineer for Lockheed Martin and enjoys following football.  Judy is recently retired after owning an interior and landscaping design business in Texas.  She enjoys gardening design.  Both have grown children.  They live in Kittredge.   
Jim & Tish Madden
Jim is retired from an oil support family business based in his hometown in Kansas.  He enjoys flying his plane and fly fishing.  Tish is one of our local artists and enjoys art, hiking and working out.  They also enjoy camping and travelling.  They have lived on Upper Bear Creek Road for the past 24 years, and have grown children and grandchildren in the Denver area.


Saturday, October 20th
from 6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, October 20th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Event Held in UMCE Fellowship Hall
Price: $25 per person

We are very excited to have one of our local artists, Pem Dunn, teaching a "Sip and Paint" class in October.  This will be fun for everyone, even if you aren't artistic at all. Painting supplies, heavy appetizers and warm and cold (non-alcoholic) beverages will be included in the price. There will also be a silent auction to bid on one of Pem Dunn's paintings. 

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:


Flour Tortillas
Instant Oatmeal
Minute Rice
Pancake Mix / Syrup
Tuna Noodle Helper / Large Can Tuna
Soup / Chili
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


As you may recall, 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. THIS YEAR, THE FAIR WILL BE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AND 11. 
Thank you VERY much for those of you who have worked at the AGF in the past! We are again recruiting and coordinating volunteers from UMCE. Once again this year, we are providing a central sign up website using SignupGenius.  This way, at one time, you can see all the open volunteer opportunities and time slots.  As in the past, you may volunteer for Set-Up, Clean-Up, Cashier, Cashier Support, Volunteer Check-In, Van Driver, Parking Lot Attendant, Safety Assistant (medical person) and more! We need your help to make the Fair a success again this year!! THE SOONER YOU SIGN UP, THE MORE CHOICE IN JOBS YOU WILL HAVE!
Questions? Please call, email or visit Bill Graf at (303) 246-8330 and  It is easy to sign up online yourself.
To sign up online:
  1. Go to the AGF website  , then click on the "Volunteer" tab on the menu bar at the top, which will take you to a link to the SignupGenius website for the AGF.
  2. Review the volunteer jobs, the dates and time slots and then click the "Sign Up" button for job or jobs you select.  This will result in a check mark (√).  Repeat this for each job for which you wish to volunteer.
  3. When you have clicked all the jobs you want to volunteer for, please click the green "Submit and Sign Up" button at the bottom of the page.  You do not need to set up a SignupGenius account to volunteer at the AGF.
  4. You will be taken to a place to enter information about yourself.  Please:
    1. Enter your name, email, phone number and any other required information; and
    2. Click to show your affiliation with the United Methodist Church of Evergreen.
    3. Do not sign up as a group using just one person's name.  We need the info for each separate volunteer so we can reach him/her if there are changes.
  5. Click "Sign Up Now!" to complete the sign up process.
  6. Click "Back to Sign Up" and  repeat the first two steps to be sure you are shown for the jobs you wanted
  7. Close out SignUpGenius.
  8. You should receive an email confirming the jobs you are signed up for.


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Children, Teachers and Nursery 10/7/18
Worship Services 10/7 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 10/7/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date

Please look for your second quarter 2018 Giving Statement in Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Thank you for your financial gifts to support UMCE! 

There are many ways you can support our church besides the Sunday morning offering. Here are just a few: 

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  (instead of ). 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!
Birthday Donations
During the month of your birthday make a donation to the church equal to the number of years you have been on this earth (or any number you are comfortable with). Make a birthday donation for your parents, children or best friend.

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.  

Vehicle Donation
Donate your used vehicle to the church. We have a contract with an organization which sells used vehicles. They give a portion of the sales price to our church.  

IRA Rollovers to Benefit the Church
The IRA rollover is a simple and easy way to grow God's kingdom.  If you are 70½, you may rollover up to $100,000 from your IRA to the church without paying any federal income tax on your gift. Your gift to the church from your IRA will qualify for your 2018 required minimum distribution (RMD).  To make an IRA rollover gift in 2018, simply contact your custodian and request that all or  part of your required minimum distribution  (RMD) be transferred to the church. For more information, visit or contact the United Methodist Foundation at 303-778-6370.
All of these donations provided added benefit to our church. Thank you for your support! 


We Need Your Help!

UMCE's Church Council has commissioned a Social Media Task Force to examine and make concrete recommendations on how we may improve  (1) our outreach to the foothills community to tell them about our great church family, and  (2) our "inreach" to better communicate and connect with our past, present and future church family.  

This may take the form of updating our UMCE website and online social media presence (Facebook, etc.), streaming or posting online sermons or parts of Sunday and other special services, establishing a dedicated audio and video broadcast to Fellowship Hall to allow for overflow at highly attended services (such as funerals) and other uses such as family Movie Night.  

If you have experience or knowledge in design, marketing or technical  areas needed for this task force and would like to be part of its work, please contact Bill Graf by phone 303-246-8330 or email .

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27

UMC churches the size of Evergreen usually have at 3-4 members who have attended these denominational established classes and are certified Lay Servants.   So, this is a plea to see if God is nudging you to attend these excellent lay classes put together by our denomination and conference.  A plus it that the location is the closest to us we will probably see for a while. The curriculum & experience is well worth it.  - Pastor Deb

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 6 to 9 pm & Saturday, October 27, 8:30 - 4
WHERE: Applewood Valley United Methodist Church
2035 Ellis Street, Golden, CO 80401
WHAT: The Basic Course and Two Advanced Courses {English}
Two Advanced Courses: Conflict Resolution and Lay Pastoral Care.  You do not have to have taken the basic course to register for an advanced course. However, for Lay Servant certification, the Basic Course is needed. 
{Only one course taken per weekend}
COST: $35

Registration Deadline
:  October 15
Contact:  Melba Taylor

Register by contacting Melba Taylor or using the link on the Mountain Sky Conference website.  Pastor Deb also has the registration form.  The cost for each class is $35. Please make checks payable to the Mountain Sky Conference.

3 Day Spiritual Renewal Retreat
Women: October 18-21
Men: October 25-28
The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of spiritual renewal and strengthening that begins with a three-day course in Christianity. It is designed for those who desire to strengthen their spiritual lives. The Walk is inspired by the original Walk to Emmaus shared in Luke 24:13-35. There are two upcoming Walks: Women's Walk #176, to be held October 18-21, and Men's Walk #177, to be held October 25-28. Each Walk will be held at Camp Elim in Woodland Park. For more information please visit the Emmaus Of The Rockies website at, or contact John Olson (303-816-7441) or Pastor Deb at (303) 674-4810.

Opens for the season on October 22, 2018
We need Volunteers! 
Please spread the word about our upcoming trainings for new volunteers
(If you have participated in a training already you do not need to attend)
Training dates: 
Oct. 2, 6-8 PM Congregation Beth Evergreen   2981 Bergen Peak Dr, Evergreen, CO 80439
Oct. 4, 6-8 PM Bergen Park Church  31919 Rocky Village Dr, Evergreen, CO 80439
Oct 14, 5-7 PM Evergreen Lutheran church


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
Preschool - 5th Grades 4:00 pm


Ministry Jottings:  The Second Right Answer
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one we have. - Emile Chartier
Children are perhaps the most creative among us because as someone said, "they are fresh from God." They have a natural sense of curiosity and creativity, of wonder and connection with the world. Unfortunately, our educational process often curbs this inborn curiosity by intimating that there is only one right answer to questions. As a result they begin to limit their vision, fearing the potential wrongness of their answers. We have taught them to stifle one of God's greatest gifts - creativity.

Creativity is being able to look at whatever else people are looking at - and think something totally different. It's the ability to rearrange old patterns into new ones, to combine two ideas in a way that no one has ever done before. If we are to combine ideas into original ways of thinking, we need to have more than one idea - but we have been taught to look for only one right answer. Reality, however, doesn't always cooperate with our ways of thinking. Life rarely presents us with only one option, with only one solution to a problem.

In Acts chapter 16 we find the apostle Paul wanting to go to Phrygia and Galatia, which would have had him keeping his missionary activities in the Asiatic region of the time. He was prevented from making headway with this one approach he had decided on.  Instead, Paul gets a vision of a Macedonian man appealing to him to come over to Macedonia. Thus, opening up the European world to the Gospel message, changing the course of the spread of Christianity. Like Paul, we need to be looking for the second right answer, maybe even the third and fourth right answer. Life holds more for us than just one right answer - it all depends on our creativity and what we are looking for.

In Christ's grace,
Pastor Deb


Sundays, October 14 and 21: 9:30-10:15
Effective Confrontation and Conflict Resolution, Parts 2, 3 & 4 (Rm 12)
Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Idol
We will continue to explore research-proven methods for managing conflict and confrontation skillfully throughout the communication and problem-solving process. We will be utilizing adult education materials from one of Lorna's published professional development programs: Collaboration in the Schools: Communicating, Interacting and Problem Solving .
Sunday Mornings - from 9:30-10:15 am
Families with Kids Class (Rm 11)
A time for parents to have conversation and discuss topics around what impacts them as Christian parents.  Breakfast provided.  Contact Ann Thomas, Beverly Franklin or Philip/Donna Schell for more info.
Tuesday, October 16 - 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.
Wednesdays, Oct. 17, 24 - 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.

Sundays, October 28, November 4 and 11 - from 9:30-10:15
Bible Study: Verse Mapping
Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Idol
What is Verse Mapping? Verse Mapping is a method of studying the historical context, transliteration, translation, connotation, and theological framework of a verse in the Bible. Plain and simple? Verse mapping is getting real about studying the Bible. It is not just reading. It is researching everything you can in a verse to learn more about who God is and how God wants to speak to you through His word. We will learn to use a simple, five step process for Verse Mapping. The group will select Biblical passages that we will read and apply Verse Mapping. Six Simple Steps to change-your-life study time with God! 


Saturday, October 20 6:00-8:00 pm "Sip and Paint" with Pem Dunn
Sunday, October 21 Both Services Laity Sunday, Bill Graf Leading Worship
Sunday, October 28 Both Services Stewardship Kick-off
Sunday, October 28 At 10:30 Service Children's Sabbath and Evergreen Children's Chorale
Sunday, October 28 After 10:30 Service UMCE Annual Trunk or Treat
Sunday, November 4 Both Services All Saint's Sunday
Sunday, November 11 Both Services Consecration Sunday
Sunday, November 11 At 10:30 Service Queen City Jazz Band


Sunday, October 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, October 16 6:30 pm Church & Society
Wednesday, October 24 6:30 pm Nominations
Thursday, November 1 6:30 pm Budget Round Table
Sunday, November 4 9:30 am Acolyte Training
Sunday, November 4 11:30 am Usher/Greeter Training
Tuesday, November 6 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, November 6 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, November 6 7:00 pm Trustees
Wednesday, November 7 6:30 pm Nominations
Thursday, November 8 7:00 pm Finance
Thursday, November 20 6:30 pm Church & Society
Thursday, November 29 6:00 pm Membership


Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - noon
Please call the office at 303-674-4810, or email 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 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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