The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Deb Olenyik

Sunday, September 16, 2018
17th Sunday after Pentecost
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.

Deadline to order is Sunday, September 16

"FUNNY GIRL" at Center Stage Theater in Evergreen

Ovation West Performing Arts (new name for the Evergreen Chorale) is presenting Funny Girl at Center Stage.  This musical tells the life and times of Fanny Brice, from her days as a showgirl in the Ziegfield  Follies to her success on stage and screen. You may remember it as the star vehicle for Barbara Streisand, in which she sang "People Who Need People" and Don't Rain On My Parade."

Jo Ann Dunn has reserved 30 seats for Sunday September 23 at 3:00, and the discount price for a group is $25. each. She needs to have a final count by September 16. You may call her to let her know that you would like to go. and bring a check on the 16th.  Or you could also mail  her a check to:  8525 Armadillo Trail; Evergreen, CO  80439.


Attendance & Stewardship Report
Fall Festival Youth/Kids & Nursery 9/9/18
Worship Service 9/9 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 9/9/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date

One of our local artists, Pem Dunn, has agreed to teach a "Sip and Paint" class in October.  It will be fun for everyone, even if you aren't artistic at all.  More details will be provided later.
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.   


September 2, 1966 - September 2, 2018
Eric is the son and brother of longtime members Charlene Hahn and Melanie Stopponi, respectively. Eric passed away on his 52nd birthday after a long struggle with heart disease. Eric loved his family more than anything, and he was surrounded on his final day by his wife, his 5 children and his 6 grandchildren. Prayers are requested for Charlene, Melanie and all of Eric's family and friends as they grieve this loss. Condolences may be sent to Charlene Hahn and to Melanie and Michael Stopponi.

Charlene Hahn
31719 Rocky Village Drive, #206
Evergreen, CO 80439
Melanie and Michael Stopponi
P.O. Box 1573
Evergreen, CO 80437

Judy Welch, who is part of our UMCE church family and active in the Women's Bible Study, lost her father Leroy in early September. Judy remembers her father as "a beautiful soul." Her father was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from 1952 until 1955. The link to the obituary for Leroy Bodkin is below. Condolences may be sent to Judy Welch and Paul Konrath. 

Judy Welch and Paul Konrath
28286 Grateful Way
Kittredge, CO 80457

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 .

2018-19 UPDATE

We are part of a group of five local churches who coordinate in providing overnight emergency shelter facilities during cold nights of winter for those without a place to stay.  This program is staffed by volunteers, and we invite you to take one of the upcoming trainings to be a part of this important community outreach.   

Upcoming ESP Trainings:
  • 09/23/2018, 5 pm - 7 pm, Christ the King Church (Immediately following the ESP fall open house)
  • 10/02/2018, 6 pm - 8 pm, Congregation Beth Evergreen
  • 10/04/2018, 6 pm - 8 pm, Bergen Park Church
  • 10/14/2018, 5 pm - 7 pm, Evergreen Lutheran Church
Please contact Amy Lankutis with questions at office phone: 303-670-1796, and cell phone: 316-559-6919, or email:
Also, please contact Amy regarding your willingness to participate in the 2018/2019 ESP Shelter Season. 


Ministry Jottings:  Hope In Others

"Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." -- Hebrews 10:24

In the early minutes of Disney's Beauty and the Beast , we see Belle and her father together. He is working on a mechanical invention for the fair and it ready to give up. He says "I'll never get this boneheaded contraption to work." Belle replies, "Yes, you will, and you'll win first place". Belle never gives up hope in those she loves. It's a theme on which her whole story turns.

Fast forward to the end of the movie. The townspeople are ready to kill the Beast. Belle assures them "I know he looks vicious, but he's really kind and gentle. He's my friend." The townspeople push on and the Beast is stabbed. "No", cries Belle, "Please don't leave me. I love you!" And those are the literal magic words to break the spell turning the Beast into a handsome prince - all because Belle wouldn't give up her hard-won hope in the Beast.

Like Belle, you have the power to turn darkness to light. In fact, it only takes the same words Belle used: "I love you." Loving someone breeds hope not only in your heart but in the others person's heart as well. And having love and consideration for others is something we are called to do as followers of Christ. As you go about your day, consider in whom you might stir up hope and love with a few magic words of your own.

In Christ's grace,
Pastor Deb


Month of September:
Social Principles of the United Methodist Church
In the month of September, we will explore three of The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, which are adopted every four years and are contained in the Book of Discipline. They connect the United Methodist Church as we express our faith in collaborative practice and our aspirations for the common good in our public policies and personal commitments. Through them, we seek to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength and to desire for our neighbors what we desire for ourselves.

Sunday, September 16 from 9:30-10:20 am
Social Principles of the United Methodist Church: 
The Nurturing Community and Confronting Bullying
Facilitators: Ann Gerteis and Donna Mullins
In Adult Education, we continue to study the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church, The Nurturing Community.  We will be discussing one aspect of a Nurturing Community, bullying, which has been identified as a growing societal problem. The United Methodist Church of Evergreen Bulletin states: "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.  Jesus turned no one away and neither will we." Come join us to explore current information about bullying.  Have you ever been bullied? Has your child ever been bullied? Do you know a bully? How can you help the person being bullied? How can you help the bully? What role can our church play in combating bullying and fulfilling our church bulletin statement? 

Sunday, September 23 from 9:30-10:20 am
Social Principles of the United Methodist Church: 
Introduction and The Natural World
Facilitator: Katie Zapotoczny
According to the introduction to the United Methodist Social Principles, the Principles are "an expression of the common ground we share, reflecting our priorities and helping us learn about and advocate for vulnerable peoples and a vulnerable planet." Every four years, delegates to the UMC General Conference revisit the Social Principles, making changes that reflect new or revised positions of the church. Please join us for a brief overview of the Social Principles adopted at the 2016 General Conference and a discussion and dialogue about The Natural World, the Social Principle that addresses how we as a church and as individuals can care for and be in relationship with God's creation. 

Sunday, September 30 from 9:30-10:20 am
Social Principles of the United Methodist Church: 
The Social Community
Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Idol
In this session, we will explore issues raised by the Social Principles as they pertain to our social communities. We will explore four themes: privileges, rights, human dignity and responsibility as we examine Scriptures and then examine some current news stories to determine how Social Principles are reflected in the news, as well as the impact the news has upon our children and youth, as well as upon ourselves.


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
Starting on Wednesday, September 19


September and October

Sunday, September 16 - at 10:30 Service
Children and Youth Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 16. EverKids' Action Pack and Youth Sunday School will meet from 9:30 - 10:15 and EverKids Sunday School will meet during the 10:30 worship service.

Sunday, September 16 - after 10:30 Service
We are welcoming our new class of 6th graders into Youth Group! Please RSVP to Sarah at

Tuesday, September 18, October 2 and 16 - 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.

Wednesdays, Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 9:30 - 11:30
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.

Wednesday, September 19 - starting at 4:00 pm
Meal Prep at 4:00/Dinner at 5:00/Discussion Group at 5:30
Please join us for the exciting new UMC EverKids program for Wednesday evenings. At 4PM EverKids will be gathering in the church kitchen to prepare a simple meal for the church family. We will pray for our church family as well, then serve and clean up the meal.

Sunday, September 23 - at 10:30 Service
Formerly known as Books and Bibles Sunday, this is the Sunday when we recognize the milestones of our UMC EverKids. We will be recognizing the spiritual growth of EverKids at all grade levels from Preschool through 5th Grade. And our 3rd Graders, as is the tradition of the Methodist Church, will receive the gift of a Bible from the church. 

Saturday, October 6 - Breakfast 8:00 am / Program 8:30 am
Church and Society team hosts breakfast on Saturday, October 6 for all adult church family and friends. After breakfast Dr. Jeff Brodsky, the founder of JOY International, will be talking to the group about JOY's lifesaving work to rescue and restore the lives of children, teens and young women who are victims of commercial sex exploitation.

September and October

Tuesday, September 18 6:30 pm Church & Society
Sunday, September 23 11:30 am Music Team
Thursday, September 27 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, October 2 10:30 am Staff Meeting
Tuesday, October 2 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, October 2 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, October 11 7:00 pm Finance
Sunday, October 14 12:00 pm Church Council
Tuesday, October 16 6:30 pm Church & Society
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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