Due to the predictions of a "Snowmegeddon" white-out this weekend, we have decided to cancel in-person worship service for this Sunday. Although we have loved seeing larger crowds in the sanctuary the past few weeks, we want to make sure our staff and congregation are safe at all times. We have postponed the baptisms of Kane Baca and Apollo Ramirez-Baca to next Sunday, March 21st and hope you will join us then! We will be sending out a second email by Saturday evening with a link to a pre-recorded worship service that will premiere (go live) on Sunday morning at 10:30AM. Pastor Emily will be watching with you and you can still comment with prayer requests, joys or news. So grab some hot cocoa or coffee in your jammies, and worship with us!
This Sunday is the day : even worshipping from home, please remember!
Click herefor the Church Calendar (with all Zoom links)
Why not connect with others this season?
Join Bruce Hyink in the Zoom gallery for Sunday School at 9:00AM (currently reading Adam Hamilton's book on Simon Peter)
Login after worship Sundays at 11:30AM for virtual Fellowship (we hope to resume in-person fellowship time this spring when possible)
Visit Pat Ferrell's Bible Study Thursdays at 5:30PM in-person at our Fellowship Hall with Covid precautions (studying Simon Peter)
Paula Allard offers a seasonal online study of Simon Peter on Thursdays at 5:30PM (for those not quite ready to meet in person)
Or stop by any of our committee meetings (Worship Design, Finance, Trustees, Leadership Council, etc. - all are open to the public! See church calendar for Zoom links and details
In 2020, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church vowed to focus intently on dismantling racism in the church and the world. This Lenten devotional series is another step in the journey of repentance, reconciliation and action in which we invite the whole church to participate, offered by our Bishop Rev. Karen Oliveto.
Lenten home altars Thanks goes out this week to new member Claudia Reinfelds and her husband Uldis for sharing a photo of her sacred space at home. We'd love to see how you worship in your homes! Please upload photos to our Facebook page or send them to the pastor or church office.
Baby #2 on the way! We're so excited for Marc Fagan, Katherine Sheffield, and big brother Dylan to be welcoming another little bundle of joy! Baby no. 2 is expected to join the family in April! Jamie Cummings set up a box at the entrance of the church for a Covid-friendly Baby Shower and Diaper Drive. The family already has many items, but would appreciate diapers, wipes, clothes, or any gift form your heart! Gifts can be dropped off during office hours (Tues-Fri 10-3).
VBS Save the Date We are joining forces at Bethel Lutheran Church this summer to offer Vacation Bible School June 14th -18th. Stay tuned for registration! If you'd like to help Pastor Emily, Bethel's Family Director Mandy Toms and others, please let Emily know.
Change of Plans The Special Charge Conference originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 16th has been postponed as our leaders study the book Mission Possible by Kay Kotan. Many thanks to Perry, Jessica, Cindy and all who have shared input in this ongoing process! Please continue to pray as we discern the best governance ideas going forward!
March Mission Focus: Our Missionary in N. Macedonia Last week you received our monthly Mission Newsletter, highlighting our March focus on the covenant missionary partnership with Jennifer Moore in North Macedonia. This young lady has a passion for the Eastern European people, language and culture, and is working to share the Gospel. It is a privilege to pledge $5 per church member per year to support her work - please use the green button to donate online (all amounts welcome!) Read more here...
Birthdays and Anniversaries Happy Birthday to Lois Huckabee (yesterday, 03/10), Lauren Van Arsdall (12 years old today, 03/11), Cindy Gleason and Bill Pratt (03/13). No known anniversaries. Please share your dates with us here!
Prayer Requests JOY for sunshine and snow, and an upcoming Sunday in our PJs; prayers for safe travels, healing and strength (Earl, Meg's friends Avi and Tessie, Nate Washam, Vera, Mary, Tony, Chris, Aiden, Larry S., Adam J., Jen, Francis, Ed; for Kat Sheffield's pregnancy (due in April); and for our homebound members Bob K (pictured here with Pastor Emily last week, her 1st opportunity to visit him at Brookdale in over a year), Bud H, Judy C, Eileen F, Ann G, Don T, and Nancy S.
From the Town of Windsor:
Indoor Triathlon Do your kids need to let out some energy? Parks and Rec is offering an hour-long kids triathlon: 20 minutes swimming, 20 minutes stationary biking, and 20 minutes walking or running around the indoor track. Click the image for information.
Take the Plunge Windsor Lake will host a Special Olympics Colorado Polar Plunge Series in late March. Click on the photo here for more details or to join the freezing fun!
The Mountain Sky Conference is offering great virtual educational opportunities:
Evergreen UMC Hosts a Journey Toward Racial Justice (8-week study): Option One: Mondays 6:30-7:30PM beginning April 5th. Register here; or Option Two: Fridays 8:30-9:30AM beginning April 9th. Register here
"Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians" Spring Book Study: If interested in this offer from NextGen Ministries, please fill out this form.
2021 Just Love Lenten Series: The first few sessions were incredible (just ask Cindy Gleason!) Clickhereto register for the next few sessions Sundays 5:30-6:45PM to explore justice issues like human trafficking, restorative justice and more.
Save the Date:Peak/Pikes Peak District Gathering on Zoom Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 9:00-11:00AM (including the annual Quiet Disciple Awards).
3. Churches as Blood Donation Sites - Contact your local Vitalant Blood Donation Center or regional Red Cross to set up a blood drive or blood draw to help hospitals that are experiencing blood shortages during COVID-19.
4. Watch for the forthcoming MSC shorts: COVID Can't Stop This Church
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