Wouldn't it be nice to hear that more often, "I am so pleased with you!" Rather than an internal or external list of our faults and shortcomings? This Sunday we near the end of our Back to Basics sermon series and Accept our Beloved-ness, walking with Jesus as he begins his public life and ministry in baptism (Luke 3:1-22). Water is a powerful force for connection, humility and grace. Grab a glass and join us in the sanctuary or online!
Click the grey circle or red symbol here to join us: Sunday, January 31st
Warm-up (for kids) begins at 10:15AM
Please click here to see the new and improved Church Calendar (with Zoom links for each open meeting and small group)
Our United Methodist Women invite you to meet or craft at home with them. Zoom meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 1:30PM. We hope to have a craft show in the fall but need your craft donations. If you've made prayer shawls, please bring them in for a blessing soon in worship. Thanks! Paula Allard (UMW President)
Miss church? We miss you, too! Dr. Rob Bradley reminded Sunday school last week, that once we are vaccinated, we are safe to return to in-person worship. We know that many of you are still waiting. But we'll be here (in masks, with distance and safety protocols) when you are ready. If we can do anything to help you feel more comfortable, please let us know.
Soup-er Bowl? The Missions Team will be selling packaged, homemade Chili and Chicken Orzo Soup in late February to raise money for our Habitat for Humanity Faith Build and other Mission projects. Watch for details or volunteer here to help.
Diving Into Faith and Flaws The Thursday night Bible study group is starting a six-week Lenten study on February 18th, including weekly video segments. Books are available on Cokesbury, Amazon and Christianbooks.com. If you have questions or want to join, please contact Pat Ferrell. The group meets each Thursday at 5:30pm in the church Fellowship Hall with social distancing and safety protocols in place. A Zoom group will be organized if requested.
Prayer Requests continued healing of our Nation; Covid-related stress, illness, death; Tony Park; Chris DeBey; Melinda Stephan; Betty & Larry Schleiger; Aiden; Kat Sheffield; Marilyn's family; Vera Chipman; Francy's sister Betsy; Mary Mumby; Donna's father-in-law Earl Pierce; the Cooks; Sgt. Lizzie Pryzgoda; shut-ins Bob K, Bud H, Judy C, Eileen F, Ann G, Don T, Nancy S and all who feel isolated.
Birthdays and Anniversaries Happy Birthday to Susan Ferguson and Riley Warmbrod (1/29), Kim Madsen (1/30), and Joyce Johnson (2/3)
We don't have any more January or February anniversaries - are we missing yours? Please send your special dates to us
The Mountain Sky Conference (MSC) is offering many ZOOM learnings and gatherings in the coming weeks. All are invited to attend:
2021 Lenten Series
Sundays 5:30-6:45PM, beginning Feb. 21st. Explore justice issues and live into Beloved Community with the MSC Mission Team as we study: Japanese Internment (Concentration) Camps and Generational Trauma (how we must not allow history to repeat itself again); Human trafficking; Restorative Justice;Push Out, criminalization of Black Girls in school; and other topics. Click here or the purple image to register.
Find peace in an anxious world
This is a spiritual study based on the Serenity Prayer and Proverbs. Four
sessions will take place via Zoom on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 PM in February (Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28), with an opportunity to sign in half an hour early to visit with old friends and make some new ones. Registration may be completed online at the mtnskyumw.org site. Read full article here...
Learn to Lead Worship
Please click here or the image to download a registration form for the upcoming Lay Servant Ministry Advanced Class, "Leading Worship." The Basic Course will also be offered this spring. Leading Worship will be via Zoom, Tuesdays Feb. 9, 16 and 23, and March 2 and 9, from 6-8 PM. Registration and $5 payment deadline is Feb. 1st. Order your book, Worshipping With United Methodists (REVISED), by Hoyt Hickman, from Cokesbury, Upper Room or Amazon. For questions, call Gene Thornton at 719-761-5450.
Everyone's a Planter: Lay Planter Training
In this self-paced, online course participants watch videos, read short articles, respond to questions, and enter into a learning dialog with each other and a moderator, someone with planting experience chosen to guide and mentor, invite participants to consider more profound questions, and help with creating a ministry plan for the new ministry or new faith community being dreamed. Participants are expected to:
participate in the FREE orientation on March 6 to learn more,
pay $100 registration fee to begin the course (the MSC will reimburse half upon completion of the training),
complete the online lessons and discussion March 20 - June 19,
meet at least twice with your cohort and mentor, and
via Zoom, briefly present a ministry plan at the end, on June 19.