The United Methodist Church of Evergreen
Pastor Deb Olenyik

Sunday, September 9, 2018
16th 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.
 

MEN'S BREAKFAST RETURNS
Saturday, September 8
Breakfast 8:00 am / Program 8:30 am


THE AMAZING WORLD OF BATS AND MINES
The men's group will kick off their fall season with a breakfast meeting on September 8. John Burghardt, friend of Jim Ament, will present "The Amazing World of Bats and Mines." Terry Vogt and Jim Ament will be handling the kitchen duties.
 

FALL FESTIVAL AND PIE BAKING CONTEST
Sunday, September 9 after 10:30 Service


Plans for the 2018 Fall Festival Are Underway!

We will have games, a bounce house and a great lunch. We are looking for individual volunteers to help work the booths that have already been planned.  Please contact Sarah Sailor at youth@evergreenumc.org for more information.

Fall Festival also means it's time for the  PIE BAKING CONTEST!  Win the coveted Measuring Cup Trophy!  Judging will be done by Pastor Deb and the Team Chairs.  
 

CHANCEL CHOIR RESUMES
Sunday, September 9 
Rehearse at 9:15/Sing at 10:30

Sandy Sandusky will be returning to direct another season of the UMCE Chancel Choir. Keron will be back at the piano as well.  If you enjoy singing, please joy'n us. 

The choir's first Sunday will be Sunday, September 9th. Rehearsal will begin promptly at 9:15 in the Sanctuary and the choir will be singing that Sunday at the 10:30 service. 

Also, Sandy has requested that new members provide their email address so Sandy can contact them. Email your information to both Sandy and Keron:


 

LAY CARE FALL KICK-OFF MEETING
Tuesday, September 11 at 5:00 pm


SAVE THE DATE! 
Sept. 11, 5:00 pm @ UMCE
 
We're having a "fall kickoff" for Lay Care

If you're interested in volunteering in a very gratifying position that does not require lots of hours, then come and see what might be available for you on one of our teams! We would love to have you and your ideas!  This get together is for all current team members and anyone that would like to come!

Come a few minutes early and grab a coffee and snack & we will start on time at 5:00 (& over close to 6:00).
 
See you there!
 

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY RETURNS
Wednesday, September 12 from 9:30 - 11:30

On Wednesday, September 12 from 9:30 - 11:30, Wednesday Women's Bible Study will begin a study on the book of "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra. This book and DVD study will focus 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. 
 
If you would like to join this support group/Bible Study, please contact Jeanne Ambrosier at  rjambro@estreet.com  or 303-764-6377 by August 30 for more information or to order a book. We meet weekly in the church library across from the office.
 

BOOK LAUNCH FOR  BISHOP OLIVETO'S NEW BOOK
"Together at the Table: Diversity without Division"
Monday, September 24 at 7:00 pm

When:
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7 pm
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, 18th and Broadway, Denver

The United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends (UMARC) will co-sponsor with Trinity UMC a book signing for Bishop Karen Oliveto's new book: Together at the Table: Diversity Without Division on Monday, September 24 at 7 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver. The book offers Bishop Oliveto's vision for the church and will be streamed using Facebook Live for those who cannot be there in person. 
 
For more information, and to register, click here: Book Launch & Signing. Registration is not required, but it will help with planning. 
 
Advance copies of the book are available here: Amazon and here: WJKBooks.
 

FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report
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Sunday School & Nursery 9/2/18
Worship Service 9/2 / 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 9/2/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
9/7/18
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n/a
109
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$6,368
$5,892
($476)
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$331,144
$222,880
$220,548
($2,332)



COMING IN OCTOBER
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.
 

SOCIAL MEDIA TASK FORCE
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 bill@billgraf.net .
 

EVERGREEN SHELTER PROGRAM (ESP)
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: amy@evergreenchristianoutreach.org
 
Also, please contact Amy regarding your willingness to participate in the 2018/2019 ESP Shelter Season. 
 

MINISTRY JOTTINGS BY PASTOR DEB



Ministry Jottings: No Statues to Critics

"Rejoice and be glad, because great is our reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." -Matthew 5:12

It was built for an international exposition about 130 years ago and called "monstrous" by both critics and citizens. They loudly demanded the structure be torn down as soon as the exposition closed. Yet from the moment its architect first conceived the structure, he took pride in it and loyally defended it. He knew it was destined for greatness. Today it stands as one of the architectural wonders of the modern world. It has become the primary landmark of Paris, France. The architect was Alexander Gustave Eiffel, and his famous structure - the Eiffel Tower.

Jesus Christ was loyal to another structure - the Church. He entrusted the building of the Church to an unlikely band of disciples, whom He defended, prayed for and prepared to take the Gospel to the corners of the world. To outsiders, the disciples of Jesus probably had a reputation as ignorant, politically weak, religiously untrained, disorganized, and in moments, blundering idiots.

Being a Christian has never been "politically correct." There has been much criticism through the years. In spite of criticism, we are instructed to carry on. We are to persist in building the body of Christ. The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius once consoled a young musician who had received a bad review by saying, "Remember, son, there is no city in the world where they have erected a statue to a critic." No matter what comes your way today, be proud you are a member of Jesus' Church!

In Christ's grace,
Pastor Deb
 

ADULT EDUCATION

Sunday, September 9: No Session: Fall Festival

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?  
 

YOUTH EDUCATION AND ACTIVITIES

Sunday, September 16th is the start of the new Sunday School season,
including EverKids, Action Pack and Youth Sunday School.

Wednesday, September 19th is the start of the Wednesday Children's Program

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
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
SUNDAY YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group

6th-12th Grades Noon - 3:00 pm
WEDNESDAY CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Preschool - 5th Grades 4:00 pm
Starting on Wednesday, September 19


 

AROUND THE CHURCH
September and October

Saturday, September 8 - Breakfast 8:00 am / Program 8:30 am
UMM MEN'S BREAKFAST: THE AMAZING WORLD OF BATS AND MINES
The men's group will kick off their fall season with a breakfast meeting on September 8. John Burghardt, friend of Jim Ament, will present "The Amazing World of Bats and Mines." Terry Vogt and Jim Ament will be handling the kitchen duties.

Sunday, September 9 -- Rehearse at 9:15 and Sing at 10:30
CHANCEL CHOIR STARTS THEIR NEW SEASON! 
Director Sandy Sandusky will be returning to direct another season of the UMCE Chancel Choir. Keron will be back at the piano as well. Please join us as we learn some beautiful new music and make a joyful noise to the Lord! 

Sunday, September 9 -- Fall Festival after 10:30 service
FALL FESTIVAL AND PIE BAKING CONTEST
We will have games, a bounce house and a great lunch. We are looking for individual volunteers to help work the booths that have already been planned. Please contact Sarah Sailor at  youth@evergreenumc.org for more information. Fall Festival also means it's time for the PIE BAKING CONTEST! Win the coveted Measuring Cup Trophy!  Judging will be done by Pastor Deb and the Team Chairs.  

Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 9:30 - 11:30
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday Women's Bible Study will begin a study on the book of "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra. This book and DVD study will focus 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.

Sunday, September 16
CHILDREN AND YOUTH EDUCATION KICK-OFF
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
YOUTH GROUP LUNCH AT BEAU JO'S PIZZA
We are welcoming our new class of 6th graders into Youth Group! Please RSVP to Sarah at  youth@evergreenumc.org.

Sunday, September 23
EVERKIDS RECOGNITION SUNDAY & BIBLE PRESENTATION
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. 

Tuesday, September 18, 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.

Wednesday, September 19
EVERKIDS PROGRAM "FEED MY SHEEP" BEGINS
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.

Saturday, October 6 - Breakfast 8:00 am / Program 8:30 am
MEN AND WOMEN'S BREAKFAST
PRESENTER: DR. JEFF BRODSKY OF JOY INTERNATIONAL
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.
 


TEAM MEETINGS
September

Tuesday, September 11 5:00 pm Lay Care Kick-off Meeting
Thursday, September 13 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, September 18 6:30 pm Church & Society
Sunday, September 23 11:30 am Music Team
Thursday, September 27 6:00 pm Membership


CHURCH INFORMATION

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am - noon
Please call the office at 303-674-4810, or email office@evergreenumc.org 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 first 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 cards from the church office during regular office hours. 

 
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF EVERGREEN
Growing a community of faith by serving a world of need and changing lives. 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.
 
                                                Visit us on the web:   www.evergreenumc.org