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

Christ the King Sunday
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Services at 8:30 and 10:30 am

 

The Church office will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate Christ the King Sunday and afterward we decorate the Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas. A light lunch for volunteers will be provided.

Ministry Jottings by Pastor Deb can be found later in this newsletter. Please scroll down to see what Deb is sharing this week.
 

HANGING OF THE GREENS
Sunday, November 25
after the 10:30 worship service


Please join us for the annual "Hanging of the Greens." We need as many volunteers as possible as we decorate the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. A light lunch will be provided at 11:30, and then we will begin decorating the sanctuary and fellowship hall. All are invited - no matter your age.

 

ADVENT DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET
"MOVING TOWARD THE MANGER"




Deepen your Advent journey with our Advent daily devotional  booklet available in the church narthex. This year's booklet  is  based on the writings of Frederick Buechner. 


 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH


We invite those who are interested in lighting the Advent wreath and sharing the accompanying short reading, to please sign-up in the table in the narthex. We will have different folk for the early and late services. We are looking for families, couples or individuals.

 

EChO AND MRC CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE

 


Evergreen Christian Outreach and Conifer's Mountain Resource Center facilitate the collection of Christmas gifts for children of client families.  Collected items are made available for selection by the parent or parents to supplement their child's Christmas.  A box for depositing donated toys and clothing will be located in the Fellowship Hall through December 16th.  Please help a needy child have a joyous Christmas! 

 

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS AT UMCE
Sunday, December 2 and Sunday, December 9
Location: UMCE Church Fellowship Hall 



For over thirty years the United Methodist Church of Evergreen has offered the option of giving Christmas gifts to friends and relatives in the form of an honor donation to various non-profit organizations. This Christian celebration gift is truly a way to recognize hard-to-shop-for family and friends while at the same time benefiting worthwhile causes that honor the Christmas spirit. Special cards will be available to present to the recipient of your gift.

 

"A CEREMONY OF LESSONS AND CAROLS"
PRESENTED BY THE UMCE CHANCEL CHOIR
Sunday, December 16 at 10:30 Service


Please join us on this special Sunday as the UMCE Chancel Choir presents a program of beloved scripture readings that highlight the Christmas story, combined with twenty-six traditional carols that include just a touch of Handel and Bach!

 

CONDOLENCES

WILLIAM ANDREAS OLSON
7/1/1923 - 11/8/2018
 
UMCE members John and Karen Olson lost John's father William on November 8. William passed away peacefully at his home in Washington state at the age of 95. Mr. Olson served in the United States Army during WWII. He achieved the rank of Captain by age twenty, was a Battery Commander in the Field Artillery and was deployed in combat for two and one-half years in North Africa and Italy. Following the war he attended Baylor University and Baylor Law School, from which he graduated in 1950. After graduating from law school he became the first general counsel of the Texas Municipal League in Austin, TX. He then served as City Attorney for the City of Houston and later went into private practice forming the firm Olson & Olson LLP along with this brother Lyndon. During his law career William became one of the most recognized authorities in the field of municipal law. His proudest professional achievement was the representation (along with his brother Lyndon) of the plaintiff Hank Avery in the landmark case Avery v Midland County. The case was ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court, and it extended the constitutional rule of "one-man, one vote" to local governments.  A memorial service will be held on December 8 at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, Texas.  The complete obituary for William Andreas Olson is attached below as a PDF.  Please keep UMCE members John and Karen Olson and their extended family in your prayers during this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to John and Karen Olson at the address below.

 
John and Karen Olson
588 Dawson Road
Pine, CO 80470
 

WE NEED YOUR FUNDRAISING IDEAS

Almost every nonprofit organization (this includes all churches) has to come up with funds over and above the giving, to continue to serve. And we at UMCE are no different.  So what we have is a box for your ideas.

SO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, 
AND PUT THOSE IDEAS INSIDE THE BOX!

As Dave pointed out in church, we all have ideas for fundraising but are hesitant to put those ideas out there for fear that someone will say "Great, when do YOU start"?

So this time we are asking for ideas so that we might be able to put together some plans for all to discuss, choose, decide, organize and go forward. No name on the ideas means you won't be asked to "make it happen". We just want ideas, big, small, fun, individual, group, outlandish-whatever you might have in the back (or front) of your mind.

Example: UMCE used to have the best handmade craft show in the area! This could be done all during the year, and presented for the holiday's next season-but maybe that's not what people like to do now? So give us your idea's (no limit on how many)! Please start NOW and deposit those in the box near the front door at church. There are cards to use in case you get a bright idea and nothing to write it down on!


Our finance team is 
anxious to get those
 ideas ASAP!


CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT'S IN THE BOX!
 

CIRCUIT CHARGE CONFERENCE
Sunday, December 2 - from 2:00-5:00 pm

When:
Sunday, December 2 from 2:00-5:00 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church of Golden
Address:
1500 Ford St, Golden, CO 80401
Carpooling: Leaving UMCE at 1:30 pm

Join us for the 2nd annual Mile High West Circuit Charge Conference. Last year UMCE was privileged to host our six sister churches for this event. This year First United Methodist Church of Golden is our host. 

We will hear from our new District Superinten dent Paul Kottke, join together in worship and attend to a few matters of official business for each church. It will also be a time of reconnecting with our sister churches. We will meet at UMCE to car pool at 1:30. Hope you can join us.
 

CHURCH & SOCIETY 
SPECIAL SPEAKER IN DECEMBER
"Finding Hope in the Faces of the Oppressed"
Tuesday, December 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Finding Hope in the Faces of the Oppressed
 
A presentation and conversation about injustices faced in the Philippines and at the US southern border through the experience of a Methodist volunteer, Brielle Hohne. Sometimes we view large scale issues through statistics, which distance us from the reality of the situation. The goal of the presentation and conversation is to put faces and real stories to the issues to bring us closer to understanding the people in these situations. 

Brielle worked as a UMC volunteer in the Philippines and on the U.S.-Mexico boarder. All are welcome to join us for this special evening. Please let the church office know if you plan to attend so that we can schedule a room that will work. 
 

YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S EDUCATION 
AND ACTIVITIES

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

NO YOUTH GROUP NOV. 25
6th-12th Grades Noon - 3:00 pm



WEDNESDAY CHILDREN'S PROGRAM
Preschool - 5th Grades 4:00 pm
 

ADULT OFFERINGS

Sunday, November 25
ADULT EDUCATION-NO SESSION UNTIL DEC. 2nd
 
Sunday, December 2, 9 and 16:   
ADULT ADVENT STUDY: "All I Want for Christmas"
Facilitator:  The Rev. Deb Olenyik
 
Sunday Mornings from 9:30 - 10:15 am
FAMILIES WITH KIDS ADULT CLASS (Rm 11)
A time for parents to have conversation and discuss topics around what impacts them as Christian parents.  Breakfast provided. Please contact Ann Thomas (303-229-0752), Beverly Franklin (770-243-0777) or Philip or Donna Schell (303-674-1066) for more info.
 
Wednesday, Meeting Next on November 28 - from 9:30 - 11:30
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY (Rm 12)
Wednesday Women's Bible Study is studying the book "Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More" by Melissa Spoelstra. Please contact Jeanne Ambrosier with any questions at (303) 674-6377.
 
Tuesday, November 20 - 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.
 

MINISTRY JOTTINGS BY PASTOR DEB
 






A Contented Heart is a Grateful Heart

"Godliness with contentment is great gain" -- I Timothy 6:6

Being content and being grateful go hand-in-hand. People who are discontent have never developed a habit of being appreciative and thankful for the daily blessings in their lives. Think about this: If you were in the hospital right now, you would be content with something as simple as sitting in your own home in your favorite chair, but when you were at home in your chair, perhaps you were not content then either. We always think we will be content when . . . but why not choose to be content right now?

Even if you don't have what you want or need right now, keep a positive attitude and remain hopeful. Be content with what God has given you, refuse to focus on what you don't have, love others and stay hopeful concerning every area of your life.
 

FINANCE UPDATES

Attendance & Stewardship Report
-------------------------------------------------
Children, Teachers and Nursery 11/18/18
Worship Services 11/18 / 18
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Needed Weekly
Received 11/18/18
                                                Difference
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                     2018 Budget
Needed Year to Date
Received Year to Date
Difference Year to Date
11/23/18
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16
92
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$6,368
$3,444
($2,924)
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$331,144
$292,928
$278,614
($14,314)

 
REMINDERS FOR THE HOLIDAY/YEAR END SEASON

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  www.Amazonsmile.com  (instead of  www.Amazon.com). 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!
 
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.  

IRA Rollovers
You could give some of your IRA dollars to support God's Kingdom before the end of 2018. A few years ago Congress made permanent the opportunity to make a charitable gift from an IRA to a qualifying non-profit. You can convert your required minimum distribution (RMD) to a charitable distribution by rolling over part of an IRA to UMCE. In doing this you avoid paying any additional tax.
 
You must be over age 70 ½. These tax-free gifts can be up to $100,000 and satisfy the required minimum distribution (RMD). All you need to do is to contact your IRA custodian and request an amount be transferred to UMCE or to the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation for the benefit of UMCE. This would be a great way to save on taxes and complete your pledge, increase your gift or create a new gift, at the same time!
 

AROUND THE CHURCH
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

Sunday, November 25

After 10:30 Service

Hanging of the Greens - Volunteers needed, Lunch will be served
Saturday, December 1

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Program
UMM Breakfast & Program
Tanzania - Angel's Story
Saturday, December 1 7:00-9:00 pm Christmas Dinner
Sunday, December 16

At the 10:30 Service

Chancel Choir Performs "A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols"
Tuesday, December 18

6:30-8:00 pm

Church & Society Special Speaker:
"Finding Hope in the Faces of the Oppressed"
Monday, Dec. 24 -
Tuesday, Dec. 25

OFFICE CLOSED FOR
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Monday, Dec. 31 -
Tuesday, Jan. 1

OFFICE CLOSED FOR
NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
 

TEAM MEETINGS
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

Thursday, November 29 6:00 pm Membership
Tuesday, December 4 6:00 pm Missions
Tuesday, December 4 7:00 pm Trustees
Thursday, December 13 7:00 pm Finance
Tuesday, December 18 6:30 pm Church & Society
 

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  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 www.amazonsmile.com 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.
 
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.
 
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