In times of excitement, adventure, chaos, grief or uncertainty, we all may find it difficult to get a good night's sleep. I know the past few weeks have been challenging for our family as we packed, moved, and attempted to settle into our new home. Everything is out of place and up in the air - even the plan for our children to return to school is sketchy at best. In this artwork, All the Ways I am Words by Jan Richardson, I see myself, trying to give thanks for my blessings and struggles, clinging to the words from Luke 12:22-34 (which we will study this Sunday at 10:30AM in person or through online worship). Sometimes I manage to breathe deeply and let go, let God - other times, I white-knuckle grip my worries and problems. This week's 5th bead in our Pray Every Day series, the green one for our Special Concerns, invites us to share our most pressing fears with God.
Prayers for your sweet sleep, Pastor Emily Flemming
Worship LIVE this Sunday 08/02/2020 at 10:30AM to What Keeps you up at night?
Office Hours: The church office is now open Tuesday-Friday 10:00A.M.-3:00 P.M. Come by and welcome new Office Manager Ali Hillman. Monday is a Sabbath for our Pastor and Office. Email Ali at: email@example.com
August is quickly approaching and we are so grateful to everyone who has been able to continue giving in many different ways; if nothing else, then in being kind. We all need it, especially right now! Your resources make a huge impact; we appreciate the $450 raised in July for the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. Please remember your financial gifts this week. Thanks!
We interrupt your weekly news to inform you that Wednesday, August 5th we will host hybrid Zoom/in-person meetings for the Worship Design Team at 5:30PM, and Trustees at 7:00PM.
Pray Every Day with us
If you need extra prayer beads (with a bracelet or magnetic clasp) contact Debbie Bates. Or stop by the Church Office to purchase one for $5 each (checks to FUMC Windsor, note "prayer beads"). Thanks, Debbie!
Ministering to Children during the Covid Era
Vital Conversations is held every other Wednesday with Rev. Jeff Rainwater. On August 5th at 10:30 a.m. Leanne Hadley will be hosting the virtual call going in depth with how to strengthen congregations by helping them understand the spiritual lives of children.
Register to learn how we can deepen and expand the ministries that we offer for our children and families. Click Leanne's photo to learn more. Click on Jeff's photo to register!
A Day Together On Saturday August 1st, our Peaks/Pikes Peak District of United Methodist Women will be "Finding Peace in an Anxious World" as the study for the day. This is a free (Zoom) virtual event that you will have to register for before July 30th. Click the photo to register.
Celebrations this week Happy Birthday to Ryder Macaluso (7/30), Sloan Harmel (7/30), Perry Cogburn & Josh Savage (8/5). Happy Anniversary Judy and Terry Haduck (7/31), Susan Jewell-Klema and Dan Klema (8/1), and Karomy and Daren Harmel (8/2) Click the image to share your special dates with the Office.
Prayer Requests Nanci Baca’s successful knee surgery; Alexia Cunningham-Baca's healthy pregnancy (due 12/16); Eric H. another cardiac stent 8/7; Ken’s friend Steve Galindo in CA; healing/strength (Debbie B., Sandy E., Margaret H., Heather and Mike Reed, Tony P. and family, Brett Abernathy); pain/decline (Ann G., Miriam L.); back-to-school stress; SPC Lizzie Przygoda. Click the image to add your request!
With most schools gearing up to go back to school full time, we want to be able to do our part and help families make sure they have enough masks for their children in sending them back to school anywhere from 3-5 days. If you're able to donate homemade masks they can be dropped off at the office.
This is Monte Savage, I currently serve as your Lay Leader, and along with my wife, Karen, as your Children's Directors. I have the privilege of offering the sermon this week (thank you for asking me, Emily). We have all had need of an encouraging word or friendly smile at times, but when God gives us the task of encouraging others, how do we know what to say or do? This week we will look into some ways that we can hear God and trust his word to help us help ourselves and others during times of uncertainty. I do hope that you will join me in the sanctuary this Sunday at 10:30AM, if you feel safe (protocols like required face coverings, sanitation and distancing are in place). or online (link below). As we journey through this time of uncertainty together please know that I am always available to talk to if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach me at 970-556-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I am praying for your physical and spiritual well being. Stay safe!
In His love,
Worship LIVE Sunday 07/19/2020 at 10:30AM (stream begins at 10:25AM)
Pastor Emily's gone to the beach:
Okay she's not really at the beach, but she is taking some much needed time off to continue demo and renovation on their new house this week. We will miss you Emily!
The church office is open and has a new Office Manager Ali Hillman, and new hours:
Tuesday-Friday 10:00A.M.-3:00 P.M.
Monday is a Sabbath for our Pastor and Office.
If you have any questions email Ali at email@example.com
Pray Every Day with us
If you did not receive your prayer beads, please click the photo to notify Pastor Emily. Debbie Bates created one beautiful set for each household! If you would like more, cost is $5. They can be special-ordered with a bracelet or magnetic clasp by contacting Debbie directly. Or stop by the church office (checks to FUMC Windsor, note "prayer beads") and choose an extra strand.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity to God and this church, of your time, talents, and financial support! Please remember your gifts this week. Our July Mission Focus is the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, the way we confidentially respond to increasing needs in our church and community. Help us help your neighbors today. Thank you!
SPC Lizzie Pryzgoda update: We received a letter from Lizzie! It was so good to see that she received our care package! Continued prayers for her and her fellow troops!
If you would like to send her mail or a care package here is her address:
SPC Elizabeth Pryzgoda
APO, AE 09366, USA Click image to see Lizzies letter.
Buy extra non-perishables
Our next food drive for the Windsor/Severance Pantry is next Thursday July 23 from9-11AM. Look for Cathy and Rodger Bell's open trunk in front of the church. We need: small bags of flour, sugar, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, toilet paper, other paper products. Cash/check/online donations (note: Food Pantry) are always welcome.
From the Community:
Second Wind Fund is a youth Suicide Prevention nonprofit Organization helping to shine light and spread awareness of how prevalent suicide is in Colorado. To help remove the stigma and barriers youth face with mental health issues, Second Wind Fund is hosting a virtual golf tournament online. Please consider donating and or sharing this cause with others.
Megan Dodrill will be selling golf balls she has collected and cleaned at Pelican Lakes Pro Shop on Saturday July 11th from 8 AM to 9 AM. All proceeds will be given to this charity. Click the photo to donate and read more on how to be involved in the golf tournament.
Celebrations this week Happy Birthday to Bannock Harmel (7/18), Gary Lindblad (7/19), and Gene Guy (7/20).
No Anniversaries this week. Click image to share your dates.
For Jaime in death of her beloved Uncle Jim Spivey; Sandi's granddaughter's 18-year-old friend Autumn Gifford (hospitalized after car accident, Covid-positive); for Francy's daughter Stephanie's move; for healing (Melinda S. after foot procedure, Debbie B., Chris D., Jessica F., Tony P., Eric H., Cindy's father, Brett Abernathy); for those in pain or decline (Ann G., Margaret H., Miriam Lee); the global pandemic and all affected; wildfires and other natural disasters, SPC Lizzie Przygoda; Pastor Emily and family in their remodel and move. Click the image to add your request!
Last Sunday, we welcomed 24 people to our sanctuary (with 26 devices watching on YouTube Live). Many thanks to the Peaks Sub-district New Ministries Council for the $1000 grant to purchase our new video streaming platform (SlingStudio)! And thanks to Regis Schoedel for filming, and our new Office Manager Ali Hillman for running the slides and stream. Everyone wears a face covering and we are 6+ feet apart. Sure, it is odd and we miss some things (like warm hugs and handshakes). But for many, it feels oddly like coming home - and we even offered Communion! If you are over age 65 or have a compromised immune system, we encourage you to remain safer at home. But if you are ready to join us - we welcome you to the Quiet Center of our faith found in Psalm 46 this Sunday at 10:30AM. We are in week 2 of a 10-week series called Pray Every Day which uses prayer beads.
Worship Sunday 07/05/2020 at 10:30AM LIVE on YouTube.com
Pray Every Day with us
If you did not receive your prayer beads (at worship, Bible study or in a porch visit), please click the photo to notify Pastor Emily. Debbie Bates (with help from her daughters and granddaughters) was kind to create one set of these beautiful, unique beads for each household - thanks, Debbie! If anyone would like to order more for themselves or as gifts, cost is $5. They can be special-ordered with a bracelet or magnetic clasp by contacting Debbie directly. Or stop by the church office any Tuesday-Friday 10AM-3PM (checks to FUMC Windsor, note "prayer beads") and choose one.
Our July Mission Focus
Thank you for your ongoing generosity to God and this church! Please consider setting up an automated online gift, mailing in a check, or making a special offering this month to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, our July Mission Focus. Rev. Emily receives many confidential requests for help, and the pandemic is increasing the needs in our church and community. If God moves you to help us help others, give online or by check to FUMC Windsor, note: Pastor’s Fund. Thank you!
Donate an old phone!
Do you have an old smartphone (with Wifi and camera) lying around? Please consider a donation to the church! We are currently using our personal devices to run the new live-streaming video system, and would love to save $$ on 2-3 cellphones. An older laptop with camera (to run Zoom for meetings and Bible studies) would also be welcome!
Mark your calendars
Our next donation drive for the Windsor/Severance Food Pantry is Thursday July 23 from9-11AM. Cathy and Rodger Bell will have their trunk open in front of the church. Please drop off: small bags of flour and sugar, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, toilet paper, other paper products. Any nonperishable food is appreciated! Cash/check/online donations (FUMC Windsor, note: Food Pantry) are also needed.
Could you serve?
Thanks to all who have helped us prepare and serve meals at the Guadalupe Center in Greeley. We need 1-2 more helpers on Thursday, July 30th.Please call Francy Henderson (970-214-1475) to volunteer.
Celebrations this week Happy Birthday to Debbie Steed (7/8), Sandi Hill (7/9), Glenn Altemose (7/10), and Dylan Reed ("sweet" 16 on 7/13). Click image to share your dates. Happy Anniversary to Lori and Eric Warmbrod on 25 years (7/8), Candice and Arturo Loya on 21 years (7/10), Ann and Gene Guy on 62 years (7/13)!
For Francy's daughter Stephanie's move in MD; for healing (Chris D., Jessica F., Tony P., Eric H., Cindy's father, Brett Abernathy); for those in pain or decline (Nanci B., Ann G., Margaret H., Miriam Lee, Terri's brother Rich); those facing stresses exacerbated by Covid-19; "our" soldier Lizzie Przygoda in Kuwait. Click the image to add your request!
Beyond the Pandemic: How Shall We Live?
John Phillip Newell will be leading a 1-hr live stream session on how to live after the pandemic. Spots are filling up fast! Reserve your spot now! Click the image
From our Community:
Thank you for your support to help many churches across the Mountain Sky Conference of United Methodist Churches to be able to assemble masks to distribute. They were able to hand make and donate more than 34,800 masks throughout the states and as far as Hawaii, Ohio, Oklahoma, Toronto, and Navajo nation.
This Sunday, July 5th, we welcome you to worship in-person at 10:30AM in our sanctuary (with face coverings and distance). We continue to encourage anyone vulnerable to remain safer at home, and join us online. However, this week, things will be a bit different. Thanks to a grant from the Mountain Sky Conference's Peaks New Ministries Council, we have purchased and installed new live-streaming equipment. The system (SlingStudio) should greatly improve the audio and video quality of our online worship. But Facebook has changed security protocols and will not accept the stream. Therefore, please click the link below to join us on You Tube (where you can Set a Reminder, share Prayer Requests in Comments, and even watch on your SmartTV using the YouTube app). You can sned prayer requests in advance by clicking the prayer photo below. This Sunday kicks off a 10-week summer series called Pray Every Day. When life heats up, we need to lean into prayer to connect us to God and one another. This series utilizes prayer beads, which you received last week or will via a porch visit in the next few days. Our first 2 beads - the golden God bead, and the bumpy black bead - remind us to Let Go, and Let God. What do you need to release this week so that God can lead? Read ahead in Matthew 11:25-30 to prepare your hearts to "let it goooo."
Worship Sunday 07/05/2020 at 10:30AM LIVE on YouTube.com
Pray Every Day with us
If you did not receive your prayer beads (at worship last week or in a porch visit), please click the photo to notify Pastor Emily. Debbie Bates (with help from her daughters and granddaughters) was kind to create one set of these beautiful, unique beads for each household - thanks, Debbie! If anyone would like to order more for themselves or as gifts, cost is $5. They can be special-ordered with a bracelet or magnetic clasp by contacting Debbie directly. Or stop by the church office next week Tuesday-Friday 10AM-3PM (checks to FUMC Windsor, note "prayer beads") and choose one.
Giving: July Mission Focus
Thank you for your ongoing financial generosity to God and to our church! Please consider setting up an automated gift to our General Fund, or making a special offering to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund (our July Mission Focus). Pastors often get requests for help in situations that must be kept confidential. Due to the Pandemic, needs are increasing in our church family and community. If God moves you to help your neighbors in this way, please give online or by check to FUMC Windsor, Pastor’s Fund. Thank you!
We have had 2 successful food drives since the pandemic began, filling trunks with needed items and delivering them to the pantry. We will host another from 9-11AM on Thursday July 23. Roger and Cathy will be in front of the church with their trunk open. Please drop off: small bags of flour and sugar, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, toilet paper, other paper products. Any nonperishable food is appreciated, and cash donations are also needed. You may give online or by check to FUMC Windsor, Food Pantry.
How could we ever...
June's Metal Recycling for Clean Water in the Congo has raised $236.60 year-to-date.
Habitat for Humanity's Faith Build was sent $725 this year, and the groundbreaking/ blessing was this afternoon for 2 new homeowners in Evans.
Thanks to your Covid response early on, we provided a meal to the Windsor Healthcare Center staff on June 26th (pictured), as well as gift cards for custodians with BannerHealth, and 500+ home-sewn masks.
We sent $1,275 to the Miss Stone Center in N. Macedonia, through our Covenant Missionary, Jennifer Moore.
We need YOUR help!
Thanks to all who have helped us prepare and serve meals at the Catholic Charities Guadalupe Center in Greeley. We need 1-2 more helpers on Thursday, July 30th. Please call Francy Henderson (970-214-1475) to volunteer. We received a nice thank-you, especially from the Cold Weather Shelter: “This past season, which was extended due to the pandemic, resulted in volunteers serving 596 unique individuals with 13,554 nights of shelter... and 80 to 100 meals each evening.” A big shout out to Meg Persavich and Cheryl Gerstner (pictured), who led this personal mission project. They purchased, cooked and served 3 large meals this winter to our unhoused friends.
Joy for our new Office Manage Ali Hillman - welcome! Prayers for those still healing (Chris D., Jessica F., Tony P., Eric H., Cindy's father, Brett Abernathy); those in pain or decline (Nanci B., Ann G., Margaret H., Miriam Lee, Terri's brother Rich); those facing financial, emotional, mental or spiritual strain made worse by Covid; soldier Lizzy Przygoda. Click the image to add your request!
We celebrate with you!
Happy Birthday to Meg Persavich (7/4), Eileen Foster (7/6), Debbie Steed (7/8), Sandi Hill (7/9), and Glenn Altemose (7/10). Click image to share your dates.
Happy Anniversary to Barbara and Bruce Hyink (7/4), Kelly and Jason Burghart (7/7), Lori and Eric Warmbrod (7/8), and Candice and Arturo Loya (7/10) .
From the Community
The Windsor firework display launch area has moved to be the highest point in town, which will hopefully enable us all to enjoy the display from our yards. It won't be the same as being together at the lake, but please enjoy the festivities! Click the image for more information. Or read the special newsletter here...