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

Sunday, September 30, 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.

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.


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 9/23/18
Worship Services 9/23 / 18
Needed Weekly
Received 9/23/18
                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date



Apr 4, 1968 - Sep 19, 2018 (Age 50)
Matthew is the son of Vernon and Joyce Scheel of Conifer, CO. Matthew's mother Joyce is a beloved staff member at UMCE and an integral part our church family. Matthew passed away unexpectedly on the evening of September 19 from a cerebral aneurism. His passing has come as a shock to his family and friends. Matthew was an architectural designer with his own firm, BMS Architectural Design Services, and he was a volunteer fire fighter and emergency medical technician. He was beloved by everyone who knew him. He was laid to rest on Tuesday, September 25 at Evergreen Memorial Park with the North Fork Fire Department providing full honors. He was eulogized by family, friends and coworkers.  Please continue to pray for the Scheel family during this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to Vernon and Joyce Scheel at the address below.

Vernon and Joyce Scheel
11887 S. Navajo Trail
Conifer, CO 80433



In the coming weeks, we will be encouraged to complete a "Giving of Time and Service" sheet as we look ahead to who will be available to make our ministries continue, big and small. Thank you, ahead of time, for the various ways you will be offering to assist.

Liturgists wanted for 10:30 services -  If you'd be willing to serve occasionally as a liturgist at the 10:30 service, please let JoAnn Vogt know ( ).  (And, in the spirit of inclusivity and equal opportunity:  All but one of our current liturgists are women, so we'd be especially happy to see some men and some young people volunteer.)

Ushers and greeters are also 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.


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. 

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.


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:  
God Loves Your Quirks
"I praise you, God, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."       - Psalm 139:14
Can you balance a spoon on the end of your nose? Or hum the entire William Tell Overture from start to finish? Or maybe you know the entire play-by-play of baseball's famous "Who's on first" act. Everyone has their own special talents, their own unique ways, their own . . . quirks. They are all part of God's gifts to you - yes, even the quirkiest quirks - and they're just one more thing that God loves about you.
God loves you simply because you are . . . well . . . you. God loves your imperfections, your quirkiness, your creativity. God loves the way you laugh, the way you work, the way you give.

Because you are fearfully and wonderfully made . . . because you are you . . . because you are our Lord's.

In Christ's grace,
Pastor Deb


Sunday, September 30: 9:30-10:15
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.

Tuesday, October 2 and 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. 3, 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.

Sundays, October 7, 14 and 21: 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.


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

Saturday, October 20 - 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.

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!


Sunday, September 30 11:30 am Worship
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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