April 12th News

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Our Easter Service was blessed with LOTS of beautiful children!

Reminder: Pat is on vacation
There will be no eBlast from Pat this week because he’s on vacation through Wednesday, April 18th. He’ll be back in the church office on Thursday April 19th. Please call on Joe for pastoral care while Pat is gone. You can reach Joe a 720-891-5233 or by email at revagne@gmail.com.

Family Life and Youth News
>>>Youth Activities This Week!
First of all, a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped shop, cook, decorate, and serve at the Easter breakfast. It was a true team effort. The fellowship and food were wonderful, and the Youth appreciate the generous donations to help fund their summer mission trip.

This Sunday, April 15, we return to our regular Sunday morning schedule: meet at 9:30am in the Youth Room for fellowship and donuts. It’s Heartfelt Cafe Sunday so we can go downstairs to help with that before church and during worship if people want. They always need clean-up help from 1-2:30 as well.

We will have regular Youth Group on Wed., April 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. PARENTS, PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Youth Group on Wed., April 25 will be a special Mission Trip Planning Meeting for all youth and parents, too.

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

Adult Forum
Sunday, April 15th, we begin a new series with our current Theologian in Residence, Sarah Bloesch. This week we’ll be discussing Meeting God at the Queer Communion Table. Come join the discussion on different Christology at 9:00am in the Church Parlor.

Sacred Bites
Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, April 17th, 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, Luke 24:36b-48, begins at noon. Please join us!

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: Friday, April 13 at 9:30 am Quilters in the UMW Work Room, contact Ginny Wells at 303 494-9677; Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm Working Women, place to be determined, contact Connie Takamine at ctakamine@msn.com; Wednesday, April 18 at 9:30 am Ruth Circle, Church Parlor, contact Beth Hayward at 303 443-0124; Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 am, Sarah Circle, Church Parlor, contact Joan Nordgren at 303 440-1047.

W.O.W. Resumes
Wednesday, April 18th, W.O.W. begins a new four-part series, “Homelessness in Boulder County,” offered by Joy Redstone, the recently-retired Executive Director of the Bridge House. Joy’s topic on April 18th will be “Who is homeless, and why are people homeless?” We begin with a simple supper at 5:15 pm, and the evening’s study is 6:00-7:00 pm. Come for either or both. Childcare is provided beginning at 5:15 pm.

Can you hear me now?
Volunteers are needed to operate our church’s sound equipment for worship services and special events. If you’re interested in learning more, please let Jessica in the church office know: 303.442.3770, ext. 101, or office@fumcboulder.org.

Burmese Refugee Sponsor Meeting
FUMC is considering a major outreach project: sponsoring a Burmese refugee family. Come to an exploration meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:00 pm. At the end of the meeting, we will decide if we will undertake this project. Michael Madsen has agreed to coordinate this project. If you plan to come or have questions, contact Joe at revagne@gmail.com.

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.

Hildegard Concert and Matthew Fox Retreat

Here’s a unique opportunity to enjoy the music and teachings of Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179), the medieval German composer, writer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, and visionary. The weekend includes a concert by the new Denver Early Music Consort, a museum display about her teachings, and a Creation Spirituality workshop led by Matthew Fox on Hildegard and the Via Creativa, the path in Creation Spirituality that honors our innate ability to birth life-sustaining beauty and wisdom.

Wisdom, Light, and Fire:
The Music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179)
Denver Early Music Consort
Marjorie Bunday, Artistic Director

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7:30 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church
1419 Pine Street
Boulder, CO 80302

The newly formed Denver Early Music Consort launches with an all-Hildegard program. The medieval German abbess’ chants prove their timelessness as voices blend with harp, bells, and Tibetan singing bowls. The use of the non-European bowls makes this not exactly HIP (historically informed performance practice), but we suspect she might have approved. Join us for a musical and spiritual evening exploring the themes of wisdom, light, and fire from Hildegard’s visions. Featured artists are Cyrissa Anderson, soprano; Marjorie Bunday, contralto; Abigail Chapman, soprano; Margot Krimmel, harp; and Eric Harbeson, singing bowls and bells.

Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 for students/seniors.

Matthew Fox, The Via Creativa and
the wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen
and featuring The Hildegard Museum

Friday through Sunday, April 20-22
First United Methodist Church of Boulder
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder

The 7pm Friday night lecture by Matthew Fox is open to the public – $25 at the door. Or register for the weekend retreat which includes the lecture and tickets to the Saturday night concert. Visit www.wholeheartedretreat.com for more information about retreat costs and registration details.

Featured at the retreat, The Hildegard Museum is an exhibit of Hildegard von Bingen’s life presented on a sensory level. Displayed in this collection relating to Hildegard’s live and practices are calligraphy, banners, stained glass, models, charcoal drawings, antique maps, wax tablets and paintings. Some of Hildegard’s healing remedies, including heart syrup and nerve cookies made from her recipes, are available to sample. Visitors can smell and touch some of the herbs she used in her healing remedies. Modern day artists (most of them living in Greeley, Colorado) were commissioned to create pieces that embody the beauty, warmth and power of her life and work. The Museum will be on display at First United Methodist Church during the retreat and Sunday morning until 12:30pm.