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

Sunday, September 23, 2018
18th 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.

Sunday, September 23
from 9:15 - 10:15

Are you discerning that God is nudging you to join as a member at UMC of Evergreen? We'd love to have you! Join us for this information session in the choir room. {We look forward to welcoming new members during worship on September 30 and October 7}.

Our Sunday morning program theme this year is All Together In the Ark. Our weekly Bible Study will have a running theme of valuing our individual talents and abilities and seeing ourselves and each other the way God sees us: as unique, valuable, and capable of great things!  At 9:30AM Action Pack will take a service-oriented approach to Bible Study and will focus on living our God's Word. At 10:30AM our Sunday School will take a more traditional study-approach to our theme. Each week two different lessons will be presented in the two different hours. That way EverKids can attend at 9:30 and 10:30 without experiencing a repeated lesson. We are still looking for Sunday morning teachers! If you are able to donate time in this way, please either contact Sarah Sailor or Pastor Deb.
Our Wednesday Feed My Sheep program is a child-oriented community mission. At 4PM every Wednesday, we will pray together and prepare a simple meal for members of the congregation and community. Dinner is served at 5PM, and the EverKids will eat with the church family. At 5:30PM, Pastor Deb will lead the adults in a discussion group upstairs, and the EverKids will have a devotional and game time downstairs. The program will end at 6PM.

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.

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.

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.



Attendance & Stewardship Report
Fall Festival Youth/Kids & Nursery 9/16/18
Worship Service 9/16 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 9/16/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date


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 from other churches and civic organizations in the area. We invite you to take one of the upcoming trainings to be a part of this important community outreach.   

Upcoming ESP Trainings:
  • Training: 10/02/2018, 6 pm - 8 pm, Congregation Beth Evergreen
  • Training: 10/04/2018, 6 pm - 8 pm, Bergen Park Church
  • Training & Open House: 10/14/2018, 5 pm - 7 pm, Evergreen Lutheran Church
If you want to participate in one of the trainings, please contact Kathryn Cantrell, the new director of the program. Her email is  Also, please contact Kathryn regarding your willingness to participate in the 2018/2019 ESP Shelter Season. 


Ministry Jottings:  People Think Failure is Avoidable - It's Not
"Then Jesus asked them, "Young men, haven't you caught anything?" "Not a thing," they answered." He said to them, "Throw your net out on the right side of the boat, and you will catch some." - John 21 5-6
A woman and her grandmother, a very forgiving and religious soul, were sitting on their porch discussing a member of the family. "He's just no good," the young woman said. "He's completely untrustworthy, not to mention lazy."
"Yes, he's bad," the grandmother said as she rocked back and forth in her rocker, "but Jesus loves him." "I'm not so sure of that," the younger women persisted. "Oh, yes," assured the elder lady, "Jesus loves him." She rocked thought for a few more minutes and then added, "Of course, Jesus doesn't know him like we do."
You've heard the saying "To err is human, to forgive divine." Alexander Pope in writing that was paraphrasing a saying common 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Romans & Jesus. If you're a human being you are going to make mistakes.
John Maxwell picks this up and gives us the Rules for Being Human
Rule #1     You will learn lessons.
Rule #2     There are no mistakes - only lessons.
Rule #3     A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
Rule #4     If you don't learn the easy lesson, they get harder {Pain is one way the universe gets your attention}.
Rule #5     You'll know you've learned a lesson when your actions change.
As Christians, we look to both the Old and the New Testament to learn how to move forward from mistakes, from failure. The disciples, right after Jesus' death, were discouraged and went back to their fishing, and even then couldn't catch anything. The resurrected Jesus appeared to them. They didn't recognize him at first as he was on the shore and they were out in their boat. He encouraged them to try a different approach, to listen to his guidance, and to keep on persisting. His same message comes to us in our lives as disciples today.
This theme continues in Sunday's message -- "Failing Forward", part of our series on Life Lessons from Proverbs. I hope you can be with us.

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 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

September and October

Wednesdays, Sept. 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.

Tuesday, 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.

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.

Sunday, October 7 - WORLD WIDE COMMUNION
Sunday, October 28 - at the 10:30 Worship Service
UMCE youth and children will be leading worship at the 10:30 service on Sunday, October 28, and the Evergreen Children's Chorale will also be performing.  Then following the 10:30 service join us for the UMCE Annual Trunk or Treat!  Park in the upper parking lot and decorate your vehicle for some Halloween fun! Kids and adults are invited to wear their favorite costumes and children collect candy from church members' decorated vehicles!

September and October

Sunday, September 23 11:30 am Music Team
Wednesday, September 26 6:30 pm Nominations
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
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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