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

Sunday, October 7, 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.

Saturday, October 6th
Breakfast at 8:00 am / Program at 8:30 am

Dr. Jeff Brodsky of JOY International 
"Rescuing Young Human Trafficking Victims"

Dr. Brodsky is founder of Joy International and a Conifer resident. He will give a presentation on his experiences in rescuing young human trafficking victims. The Church & Society Team will coordinate the breakfast. This will be a combined UMM & UMW program

Breakfast starts at 8:00 am. The program starts in the sanctuary at 8:30 am. All adult church family and friends are welcome to attend.

Sunday, October 7 - from 9:30 - 10:15 am

By popular request, a new Sunday morning adult class "Families with Kids" is launching this Sunday, October 7.  This will be a time for parents to have conversation and discuss topics around what impacts them as Christian parents.  Breakfast will be provided.  The class is meeting in the Couch room (Rm #11). Childcare options for preschool-youth will also be provided during this time.  Please contact Ann Thomas, Beverly Franklin or Philip/Donna Schell for more info.  Hope you will join us!

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. 

This is a class for adults, and there will be childcare provided. Please RSVP by Friday, October 5th to . 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.

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 9/30/18
Worship Services 9/30 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 9/30/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date



April 26, 1946 - September 22, 2018 
Sandra was the sister o f Donna Mullins, a long-time member of UMCE. Sandra passed away unexpected. Her services were held at Episcopal Homes in St. Paul, MN on September 28. Sandra leaves behind a  daughter, Bridget; sons, Sean and Shane; sisters, Donna and Cheryl, and brother, Al. Please keep UMCE member Donna Mullins and Sandra's extended family in your prayers during this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to Donna Mullins at the address below.

Donna Mullins
660 11th Street, #402
Golden, CO 80401

October 1, 1930 - September 29, 2018
Loren Edwards went into hospice late last week and passed away soon thereafter on Saturday, September 29. Many of you will remember how at worship services Loren's bright smile and enthusiastic clapping would liven things up. He clapped for special music, choir anthems, sermons and even the Doxology! We will miss his smile, zest for life and wonderful sense of humor. Plans for a memorial service for Loren are in the works. Linda, Loren's wife, will let the church know when and where Loren's service will take place. Please keep Linda and the Edwards family in your thoughts and prayers during this period of grief. Condolences may be sent to Linda Edwards at the address below.

Linda Edwards
9335 E. Center Avenue, 5A
Denver, CO 80247


Liturgists are needed for the 10:30 service. No experience required. Please contact  JoAnn Vogt at (303) 674-0748 or email: .  (And we're inclusive! Even men can do this. Don't leave Matt Sailor as the only one.)

Ushers and greeters are needed for both the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Please let JoAnn Dunn or the church office know if you are interested in serving in this way. Also, there will be an usher/greeter training on Sunday, November 4th at 11:30 for current and new usher/greeters. 

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:  How Will the Church Be Lighted?

Several centuries ago in a mountain village in Europe, a wealthy nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople.  He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church.  No one was permitted to see the plans or the inside of the church until it was finished.  At its grand opening, the people gathered and marveled at the beauty of the new church. Everything had been thought of and included.  It was a masterpiece.

But then someone said, "Wait a minute! Where are the lamps?  It is really quite dark in here.  How will the church be lighted?"  The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls, and then he gave each family a lamp, which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship.

"Each time you are here," the nobleman said, "the place where you are seated will be lighted.  Each time you are not here, that place will be dark.  This is to remind you that whenever you aren't at church, some part of God's house will be dark"

 This is a special story which makes a significant point about the importance of our commitment and loyalty to the church.  The poet Edward Everett Hale put it like this:

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
What if each of our members served the church, attended the church, loved the church, shared the church, and gave to the church exactly as you do?  What kind of church would we be? We are entering a season of acknowledging how important our church and congregation are, and what God is revealing to each of us for our roles in the months ahead. May Christ's wisdom and call to us as His disciples be our guide as we carry our lights forward.

In Christ's grace,
Pastor Deb


Sundays, October 7, 14 and 21 - from 9:30-10:15
Effective Confrontation and Conflict Resolution, Parts 2, 3 & 4
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. The presence of conflict is in itself neither good nor bad; it simply exists and should be expected. "True" conflict involves differences of beliefs, facts, values or strategies. The first rule of confrontation is: Do not confront another person if you do not intend to increase your involvement with him or her. We will explore how to know when to confront and how to go about doing so in an effective and healthy way. We learned two specific confrontation skills in Spring 2018 and will learn six more skills over these three sessions. 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.

Wednesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 - from 9:30 - 11:30
Women's Bible Study
Wednesday Women's Bible Study is studying the book "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra. This book and DVD study focuses on how the Israelites wandered through the wilderness grumbling, and how we can be content and stay authentic about the difficulties of life, and change our perspective from a posture of fear to a posture of faith. Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier with any questions at (303) 674-6377.

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.

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 6 8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Program
Men's and Women's Breakfast:
Presenter: Dr. Jeff Brodsky of JOY International
Sunday, October 7 Both Services Worldwide Communion
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


Wednesday, October 10 6:30 pm Nominations
Thursday, October 11 7:00 pm Finance
Sunday, October 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, October 16 6:30 pm Church & Society
Wednesday, October 24 6:30 pm Nominations
Thursday, October 25 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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