March 29th News

Family Life and Youth News
Hope everyone’s having a fabulous spring break! If you’re in town this weekend, stop by the church any time between 10-2 on Saturday March 31st to help clean up the grounds. Bring a hat, sunblock, work gloves, water. We’ll have pizza and power tools!

This Sunday, April 1st is Palm Sunday. Youth hang-out time starts at 9:30 – we’ll walk over together to the Pine Street parade. Next Wednesday, April 4th is a special Youth Group from 7-8:30 PM: we’ll talk about the connections between Passover and Easter and share a mini seder meal complete with tasty matzoh, and we’ll also be stuffing plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt!

And remember our Youth-Sponsored Easter Breakfast on Easter Morning @ 9am. Please arrive at 8:30 to help set-up. More info at http://fumcboulder.org/familylife/youth/

FamFirst Weekend: April 6-8
>Nursery opens @6pm on April 6th. Drop the kids off and enjoy an hour of free time before the 7pm Good Friday Service.
>Saturday, April 7th @10am – Community Egg Hunt @FUMC.
>Sunday, April 8th – FUMC Easter Egg Hunt after worship.
All the info is at http://fumcboulder.org/familylife/

Arts for Kids’ Souls Summer Camp is open for registration! Find all the details about the camp and how to register at http://fumcboulder.org/familylife/arts-for-kids-souls/. The Early Bird registration deadline ends on April 20th.

Spring cleaning!

Saturday March 31st from 10am to 2pm is our church grounds clean up. Please help! Many hands make light work!

Adult Forum
On Sunday April 1st, Affirming and Welcoming Committee is sponsoring time with Amy DeLong. She is a clergywoman from Wisconsin who has undergone a church trial for living out her convictions. Join us at 9am on Sunday. All are welcome!
NOTE: there will be no Adult Forum on Easter, please attend the Easter breakfast the Youth are having for a fund raiser.

Sacred Bites
Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, April 3rd, at the Lazy Dog Saloon (on the Pearl Street Mall at 14th and Pearl). Gather around 11:30am for catching up and ordering lunch; discussion of the week’s scripture passage, Mark 16:1-8, begins at noon. Please join us!

Contributions for BCAP Grocery Bank

The month of March is our congregation’s turn to contribute to the Grocery Bank for Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP). In March and April this year, BCAP is participating in the 2012 Alan Feinstein Challenge, a $1 million giveaway to fight hunger. Donations or pledges received by BCAP for groceries received from March 1 to April 30 will be counted for matching by the Feinstein Foundation. Donations can include cash, checks (made out to BCAP) or food items (valued at $1 per pound or item). Feinstein’s million dollars will be divided proportionately among all complying agencies. Shopping bags with attached lists of desired items are available in the church entry through the month of March. Please be generous in supporting this vital outreach.

Grocery Shopping Cards Program
Purchase your King Soopers and Safeway grocery cards on sale today and every Sunday following worship. Join this easy fundraising project-$5 for each $100 purchase benefits the designated program. Funds collected in April benefit our Pastors’ Discretionary Fund. Stop at the table in the parlor to purchase grocery cards and to learn more about the grocery card program.

UMW News
Happenings in April: The Conference UMW Spiritual Life Retreat in Estes Park, April 28-29 with Dana Jones as the speaker. A group from FUMC is going up for the 28th, please see Connie Takamine. The Boulder Friendship Cluster Gathering is April 14 at 9:30 am at Broomfield UMC with Karen Nelsen speaking about her family’s homeless ministry, please see Connie for tickets.
Calendar for April: Wednesday, April 4 at 9:30 am UMC Executive in the Church Parlor; Friday, April 13 at 9:30 am Quilters in the UMW Work Room, contact Ginny Wells; Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm Working Women, place to be determined, contact Connie Takamine; Wednesday, April 18 at 9:30 am Ruth Circle, Church Parlor, contact Beth Hayward; Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 am, Sarah Circle, contact Joan Nordgren.

Prayers for General Conference
From April 24 to May 4, the United Methodist General Conference will be meeting in Tampa, FL. This is the major policy making body of the our church and the only body that can speak for the whole United Methodist Church. There are several significant issues that can affect the whole future of our church. Please select a time each day to pray for wisdom and an open mind and an open heart for the delegates in their deliberations. Begin praying now and throughout the conference.

Online Member Directory
Our online Member Directory is here. This exciting feature will allow us to easily keep contact information up-to-date. You can find it on our website under the “About” tab or click HERE to go directly to our Member Directory page. The directory will open with names, only, of anyone that is in the roster section of our printed directory (with or without a photo.) New members can be added. This is for our congregation, only. You will need a username and password to access the directory. Personal information may be added, changed or deleted only by you, at any time. Watch for a letter from FUMC regarding your personal “temporary” username and password and information on how to change them to new ones that you choose. The letters will be sent out around April 6, and should reach you during the second week of April.

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