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

Sunday, October 28, 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.

"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.


Karen and I moved from Texas to the mountains in February of 2017. One of our first missions was to find a Church that fit our needs. We sought a Church family that was welcoming, where we would feel free to share our joys and concerns, and where we thought we would find genuine and sincere support when needed. We have found all of those things at UMC Evergreen. We feel that spiritual reinforcement on a regular basis is critically important to maintaining our Christian faith and lifestyle, and we find that reinforcement with this Church family. We know that God led us to this place, and made it an integral part of our lives.

~ John and Karen Olson

Sunday, October 28th -  at 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



United Methodists across the southeast are preparing to offer long-term relief after the most powerful hurricane in nearly 50 years slammed into the continental U.S. Michael is the most intense storm to batter Florida since at least 1851, when records began to be kept on such things.

For now, the main things United Methodists can do to help is  give moneyprepare relief supply kits, and pray. {UMCOR has a 4 star charity rating from Charity Navigator & an A+ rating from Charity Watch}

For donations:  UMCOR US Disaster Response  Advance #901670    -- via online giving or through a check to our church with the notation "UMCOR US Disaster Response"

The Alabama-West Florida Conference, which encompasses much of the hard-hit panhandle, reports that at least eight of its churches and a parsonage sustained damage. Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, is serving as a staging area for the distribution of kits, response volunteers and other needs.

Saturday, November 3rd

Saturday, November 3rd -  Breakfast 8:00 / Program 8:30 
Presented by: Pem and JoAnn Dunn and Mac and Nancy DeGuire
The Dunns and DeGuires will present still photos and videos of their recent trip to Antarctica. Join us for an inside look at this beautiful continent and its amazing wildlife. Robin Roberts and Jim Waltz will be handling kitchen duties.


Sunday, November 4th at  8:30 and 10:30 Services

The honoring of those of our church, and family members, who have passed on to life eternal during the last twelve months will be held on November 4th at both services. A candle will be lit, bell chimed and names read. Printed in the bulletin will be listed those members and constituents, as well as those for whom we have held the memorial services for during the past year. We will also name other family members who have passed away during this time. Please contact the church office with your name and the name of your loved one to be printed in the bulletin and be lifted up.  

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

Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Church and Society is planning to have Bruce and Carolyn Hohne's daughter, Brielle Hohne, speak at the December Church and Society meeting on Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. 

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. 


Dr. Jeff Brodsky, the voice of JOY International, spoke at our church on October 6. Attendees were moved as he shared his experiences in rescuing children and young women from the horror sex slavery. NOW it's time for action on our part!

Church and Society needs help to prepare for our work next spring. We are planning a community-wide program with Dr. Jeff 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: 

Lastly, but most importantly, we ask for your prayers to surround UMCE's preparation for these lifesaving efforts, for Dr. Brodsky's ongoing work, and for these precious children and young women in need of rescue. On behalf of those who wait for rescue, we thank you. 
~ Jan Thurling, Coordinator

Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11

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.


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


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! 

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.
Wednesdays, No Study on October 31, November 7, 14, 21 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 6 and 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: 
We Manage the Ranch

"This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove themselves faithful stewards." -- I Corinthians 4:1-2
"Under New Management". The brightly colored banner was strung across the entrance to a dude ranch outside of Dubois, Wyoming.   Us locals knew the place and would often go over in the off season. We were hoping that it would be as good as with the past managers, who had been there for many years and had a fine reputation. Unfortunately, while the new managers had done a lot of sprucing up of the buildings, the food in the restaurant wasn't very good and service was poor. The horse wranglers weren't very knowledgeable or kind to new riders, and the other employees didn't really seem enthused about being there. The new managers had to close the dude ranch after just one year.
The absentee owners wanted to succeed. But the management team failed miserably. They did not take their responsibility seriously. Their job was to represent the owners' interests by providing guests with an outstanding experience. If they had succeeded in their roles as caretakers and hosts, they would have succeeded, and positive word would have spread. They probably could have flourished for many years.  
We have been appointed as managers or caretakers of all that God owns. Stewards are guardians who watch over, give oversight to, and care for the resources the Lord has entrusted to them. We are given authority to manage, and are accountable to God for that management. We, as managers of God's ranch, are to be found faithful, trustworthy, and grateful in carrying out our roles.

In Christ's Grace,
Pastor Deb


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Children, Teachers and Nursery 10/21/18
Worship Services 10/21 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 10/21/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date

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


Sunday, October 28 Both Services

Sunday, October 28 10:30 Service
After 10:30 Service
Evergreen Children's Chorale
Annual Trunk or Treat & Potluck
Sunday, November 4 Both Services All Saint's Sunday
Sunday, November 11 Both Services
Sunday, November 11 10:30 Service
After 10:30 Service
Queen City Jazz Band performing
Celebration Potluck


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 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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