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Pastor's Notes

If you have been to the third floor recently, you were greeted by a lot of new faces! Over the past few months there have been a number of changes on our staff, and we want you to know who they are so you can welcome them when you are in the building.

After 15 years of service here, Leanne Schreiner stepped down from her position due to some health concerns.  We are grateful for her leadership for all of those years.  The new Director of Finance is Kim Monjesky.  Kim, from Woodland Park, was previously the President and CEO of the hospital in Woodland Park, and we are thrilled to have her expertise and experience on staff.  Rounding out the business office will be Kat Brandenberger.  She started out as an admin, but was soon promoted to do the bookkeeping work as well as other data input.  She is in the process of writing a book! 

After nine years, our Director of Communications, Annalie Ceballos, stepped down.  She had moved to Denver with her family and found work much nearer home!  She did a wonderful job creating beautiful designs for us, and wish her well in her new job working for a real estate company.  Aria Godina has been hired as Communications Coordinator.  Moving here from San Diego we are excited to have her share her design and marketing ideas with our church.  We are now hiring an administrative assistant for the communications and tech office.

Not really new to the church, but more recently hired full time as Tech Director and Kitchen Manager is Bryan Hurst.  Many of you remember Bran, growing up in the church and active in our Youth Singers.  Bryan’s father, Jerry Hurst, was a pastor on staff not too long ago!  Bryan has done an amazing job during the last year helping us figure out how to do all the things we do online.  He manages our computer system and phone system and works with our TV ministry and sound booth folks.  And a lot of other techy things!  Bryan will also cook meals in our kitchen. He is an amazing cook, as the staff can attest! He prepares a meal for us each week for our staff meeting.  Look for Bryan to use the kitchen to do mission work in the future.

The person you see when you walk in the St. Vrain doors is Christy Sweatman.  A former Seabee and worker at the Antlers, Christy brings a smiling face and joyful presence to all who come into the church!  We are happy to have her there as the face of our congregation!

There has been a lot of change, and change isn’t always easy.  But I am thrilled to have these new faces with all of their energy and passion being used to make us even stronger as a congregation.  BY the next newsletter, I will likely be announcing the new Director of Music, so stay tuned!

Be sure to offer a warm First Church welcome to all of our new persons!

See You in Worship,


Kent 

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All FUMC Men are Invited (visitors and members alike)

Monday, June 21st, 9am-4pm

(Registration deadline is June 13th)

&

Monday, July 19th, 9am-4pm

(Registration deadline is July 11th)

Get ready to sweat it out and help our Ranch to be safe and enjoyable for others into the future! This summer, Zach Walker, our Ranch Caretaker, needs our help rebuilding the stairs of the deck, cutting down dead trees in the forest and cutting lots of firewood. We'll take the first 10 men who register with Todd (todds@fumc-cs) for each day (see deadlines above).

Bring: Your own sack lunch, water bottle and rain jacket.

Wear: Work clothes, work gloves and work boots.

Do not just show up. Please register by the deadlines above. First 10 registered per day, first serve. And if we don't have enough men signed up for a day, we will likely cancel that work day. Spread the word! 

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COME AS YOU ARE, WORSHIP IN YOUR CAR!

(or in chairs, at tables, in the grass… whatever is comfortable for you.)

Cowboy Church is back! Join us June 6 through June 9 for worship with some country flair in the North Parking lot of the downtown campus (St. Vrain and Nevada).. Each evening at 6:30 PM, we will gather to preach, pray, sing, and collect an offering. The preachers on staff are going to bring us a word of hope and Good news. Who knows? Maybe one of them will make it a true revival and come up with a way to do an altar call from your car! (Or maybe not!) 

 

See ya’ll there!

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Please come to Steve Harter's Retirement Celebration on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.

We will honor his 24 years of Music & Arts Ministry at FUMC with a program of music, tributes, speakers, and surprise guests.

A reception will follow in the Hospitality Center for guests to greet Steve and wish him ""God Speed""

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Feed My Starving Children Mission Project coming soon!!!

The Feed My Starving Children team has been working diligently on getting a another MobilePack here We are happy to announce it will be here
August 13 and 14th.

Starting in mid to late June we will begin registration for the volunteers who would like to come and do some hands-on mission work by packing manna packs for God’s most vulnerable children around the world. We will be following strict Covid protocol which includes wearing hairnets and masks at all times. There are a limited number of volunteer slots as we also have to observe social distancing so our shifts will be much smaller than they were in 2019. You will want to sign up early to make sure your slot is insured. You can sign up HERE.

 Please consider making a donation through the same website link. We encourage each person to do what they can. We are also asking all volunteers to bring some non-perishable items to the MobilePack as we are collecting items for the local food shelves during the MobilePack.

Until all are fed!

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Join us for our Summer Free Family Days at The Ranch!

 Each month we will have a different theme and activities for the whole family! There will be different crafts and activities themed around nature for all ages and abilities. Bring sunscreen, a bag, and a lunch!  The grill will be available if you want to grill something, and we will have water and cool drinks available. Invite friends, but please be prepared to supervise the kids you bring. Remember to check the weather before you head off - remember that the weather at the ranch may be very different from home!

Mark your calendar and sign-up for these other Free Summer Family Days! June 26, July 10, August 14, September 11


June 26th is the Second Family Day at John Wesley Ranch!  The theme is Nature Crafts and Activities. We will start at 10am, and planned activities will run until noon.  After lunch stick around and enjoy the ranch or head home! 

Other upcoming family days are:
July 10th - water games
August 14th - camping
September 11th - family games


We are asking for registrations; please sign-up HERE! 
 

We hope to see you one or more of these days! Invite your friends and connect with families you haven’t seen in a year or more!

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For more information, contact Zach Walker at zachw@fumc-cs.org or Marjorie Gross at marjorieg@fumc-cs.org. You can also check out The Ranch on Facebook!
 

John Wesley Ranch Retreat Center
21285 St. Highway 67. Divide, CO 80814
719-687-2148
johnwesleyranch@gmail.com

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Laura Whitmore is Retiring!


Laura Whitmore grew up at First United Methodist Church.  From the time she was a teenager, she has been serving God through serving the church and its people.  Laura has been on staff for about 9 years, working in the Children's Ministry area and the Caring Ministries as the Minister of Visitation.  

All of the people that Laura has visited over the years have been blessed by her gentle, kind, and compassionate presence.  She has a wonderful non-anxious presence and precious listening ears which have received so many important stories from you through the years.  

Laura loves this church and YOU, the wonderful people of FUMC!  She feels honored to have served as a volunteer and as a staff member for so many years.  Laura is not leaving the church or the city; she is just ready to have a little free time and be a volunteer again.

Please join us in celebrating Laura's long ministry career!  Send her a card, give her a hug, sing her a song, write her a message in the sky!  Whatever feels right as a way of expressing love, joy, and thanks to Laura is what you can do.  Thank you for sharing your gratitude with Laura.  We give thanks for the amazing ministry career of Laura Whitmore! 

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The UMCOR kits are on their way to the people who need them!  A member of another Methodist church here in Colorado Springs offered to transport items for hygiene kits to be delivered to Sager Brown, the UMCOR depot in Louisiana.  You answered the call with great generosity!  Thank you for your donations!  We turned in the contents for 200 kits and $450 to buy more supplies at their destination.   With immense gratitude, we say a huge THANK YOU to you the people of FUMC.  There are so many people throughout the United States and the world who will receive these hygiene kits.  You have blessed more people that you know!  Through your donations, you have offered the grace of God to people..... with no strings attached.  Thank you for freely giving to so many people in need!

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GRIEF GROUPS

Two grief groups are being offered at FUMC this spring. 
Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm or Thursdays from 3:00-4:30.  We are meeting in-person, using covid precautions  May 4- June 24


The groups are led by Grief Counselor Kathy Sparnins, with Rev.Ann McClellan present as the Chaplain.  If you or a loved one has experienced a death in the last few years and are grieving, please consider participating in one of these groups.  It would be our sacred privilege to go along with you through your journey of grief. 

 

Grief is hard work, but being part of a group makes the process a bit more manageable. Please contact Ann McClellan at  annm@fumc-cs.org  or  719-471-8522   ext.214  for additional information.

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Mission Work Week 2021

June 20-25 at John Wesley Ranch

21285 St. Highway 67 Divide CO 80814

Cost: $100
 

Youth, REGISTER NOW and make your Summer Plans Awesome, by turning in your Registration or Permission Form https://www.fumc-cs.org/trip-registration-form and and $100 payment (online at same link, cash or check made out to FUMC). This week, we will be spending time giving back to The Ranch by preparing trails, fire- mitigation, clean up and whatever else we can do to help make The Ranch a special place for all.

 

Adults! We always need volunteers at The Ranch during Youth Events. If you are interested in helping, please contact Zach (zachw@fumc-cs.org, 719-687-2148). Thank you!

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The “Food Pantry” mission focus for June is Westside CARES.

Westside CARES is a volunteer-driven interfaith organization that provides care and compassion to over 22,000 neighbors each year. Powered by their 21-member faith communities, more than 400 volunteers, dozens of community partners, and 1,000+ donors from every religious tradition, every income level, and every political stripe who agree on one central tenet: “we can, and should, do better for our neighbors”.

Thanks in large part to their dedicated staff and community partners, they have not missed a single day of service since the onset of the pandemic, and they have been able to expand programs in response to increasing community need. Specifically, Westside CARES has increased its pantry operations by 250% since the pandemic started. As other organizations were closing or suspending programs, Westside CARES stepped into crucial community gaps to help keep people housed and healthy.

When considering donations, please provide only unopened/unexpired packages of non-perishable FOOD items.

Westside CARES is requesting the following items:
cereal, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, canned chili/soup, canned beans, spaghetti sauce, dried pasta, boxed potatoes, packaged meals, macaroni and cheese, individual pudding/jello (non-refrigerated), small jars of peanut butter, jelly, crackers, small bags of nuts/snacks/cookies, and gluten-free/dairy-free items.