After dinner in Estes Park last week, my husband snapped this gorgeous photo. That sunset stopped me in my tracks, gasping, just as it moved a woman to stand there painting it. Yes, I understood it was caused by the destruction of wildland fires; I gave thanks to all those fighting, and prayers for all who have or will suffer losses. But most importantly: I stopped. Sometimes our media-fueled, globalized world seems to spin too quickly, but this was God's reminder that there is beauty in the chaos, grief and pain. What could you see differently this week? And what are you thankful for?
We conclude the generosity campaign this Sunday and ask everyone to turn in a financial commitment card for 2021 so that we might plan our annual budget. You can download one here or stop by the church lobby to pick one up. Please join us in worship at 10:30AM Sunday (in-person or on YouTube). You may also connect at 9AM on Zoom for Adult Sunday School or at 11:30AM on Zoom for Virtual Fellowship Hour. We'd be grateful to see you!
Worship LIVE this
Extend Gratitude in Action,
from Colossians 3: 12-17
This week = deadline! Thank you for praying about your 2021 financial commitments to our church. Please mail in, drop off, or email our Financial Secretary Linda Burr now with your pledges (and whether or not this is a new or increased pledge over what you gave in 2020). Thank you so much!
If you could volunteer to run games or decorate your trunk for the event above, please contact Pastor Emily. All are encouraged to bring candy or small prizes (toys, stickers, slime, school supplies) to the lobby NOW for this ecumenical festival! Invite your neighbors, colleagues and friends to help make it a blast!
- Send Pastor Emily a note of thanks (her new address is: 9799 N. 89th St, Longmont, CO 80503) - Contribute to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund to assist Emily as she supports many others in our church and community (designate "Pastor's Discretionary" or "PDF")
- Contribute to a monetary gift (designate "SPRC/Pastor Emily")
Ever want to preach? Or improve your leadership in the church or community? The United Methodist Church invites and empowers all people to preach and lead with integrity and skill. If you feel called, we invite you to a Foundations Basic Course in the Certified Lay Speaker/Lay Minister (CLS/CLM) program. A new opportunity via Zoom begins October 27th from 6:45-8:45PM. Please contact Pastor Emily to join or ask any questions you may have. ALL are welcome! Click here for more info!
All Saints Day, Nov. 1 Each year we celebrate the loved ones we have lost, but Covid-19 will change the way we honor them this year. Watching online, you cannot come to the front and light a candle. However, the wild goose in flight has long been a sign of the Spirit, so we will use them as we remember those whose spirits now fly free and unfettered. Please send names to the church office of anyone you've loved and lost. They will be included on a paper goose in worship. Let's fill the air above our altar with flying geese.
Honoring and Remembering the lives of Saints There will be a special memorial service live-streamed on All Saint's Day, Sunday, Nov. 1st, at 7PM to remember the clergy colleagues and their spouses lost this year. A link to join will be posted to the MSC Facebook Page.
Virtual Baby Shower
Alexia Cunningham-Baca, daughter of Nancy and Isaiah, and big sister to Ryder and Kane, is expecting her 1st child on December 16th, a boy named Apollo. Alexia and Vincent are registered at Target. Since public gatherings are restricted, we’re offering a baby-themed Christmas tree in the lobby. Please leave your gifts underneath by Thanksgiving, when we plan “shower” them with our love and prayers. Contact Jaime Cummings if you have any questions.
The Thursday night women's group will soon begin "Advent, The Weary World Rejoices," a 5-week study which can be done as a group, individually or as a family. It includes daily reading and weekly activities for adults, teens and children. We meet Thursdays 5:30- 7:00PM at the church (with social distancing and safety measures in place) or on Zoom. All are welcome. We begin on October 29th and finish December 3rd. Our hearts and minds will then be prepared to enjoy time with our family and friends as we focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Whether you are able to join the group or not, books are available through online or by contacting Pat Ferrell. We are invited to remember the hope, peace, joy and love that Jesus offers, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
CHRISTMAS 2020 MISSIONS
Operation Christmas Child There is a display in the church lobby with information, shopping ideas (free items in basket), and boxes (or use your own). Meg Persavich, project leader, is there on Sundays to answer your questions. When you fill a box, bring it to the display. The deadline is November 17. If you need a box delivered or picked up at your home, please call the church office. Shipping remains $9: you may leave check or cash in your box, use the envelopes on the pamphlets, or print your labels online.
B.U.M.P. The Christmas gift program for the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (BUMP) in Montana invites us to fill any size shoebox with gifts for boy or girls; ages birth-3 years, 4-7 years, 8-12 years or 13-17 years. Label with the age/gender, and return wrapped or unwrapped (we can wrap it for you) by December 1. To help with shipping, we request a donation of $9 or more with each box... but please do NOT put cash or checks in the boxes. Leave in an envelope or drop off at the church office. If you would rather give money than shopping, please make checks to FUMC, noting “BUMP."
Toys for Toys &
Santa’s Toy Shop More details to come. Keep these local projects in mind when you are shopping (especially if you find any wonderful toys too big for your shoeboxes!)
Mark Your Calendars
All are encouraged to join us for a evening of celebration, dreaming, and goal-setting unlike any other Charge Conference. Monday, November 23 at 6:00PM on Zoom.
Celebrations this week
Happy Birthday to Sharon Jeffryes (10/15), Terri White (10/17), Mattix Shimp (10/18), and Gabe Madsen (10/19). No Anniversaries this week. Click the image to share your special dates with the Church Office.
Political and social unrest, wildland fires, hurricanes; Francy's son Andrew and family (and all who are Covid+); Terri's son-in-law; Dave & Jan Cook; Perry (headaches), Julie's father and stepmother; Bates' granddaughter; Casey's aunt Sharon; Megan's grandmother; Tony Park; Sandy Ellsworth; Frazier's move; Alexia's pregnancy; shut-ins Bob K., Bud H., Ann G., Margaret H., Eileen F., Don T.; SPC Lizzie Przygoda. Click the image to add your request!
From the Community:
Food on wheels! Windsor will be hosting another food truck rally on Thursday October 15th from 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. at the Boardwalk Park. There will be various food trucks, desserts, drinks, and music to enjoy with friends and family. Registration is needed to be able to adhere to Covid guidelines and numbers. Click here to register!