February 9th News

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Boulder International Film Festival at FUMC!
As you may know FUMC is one of three venues for the festival which runs from February 16th – 20th. Be sure to get tickets to see:

Love Free or Die:  
How the Bishop of New Hampshire is Saving the World

This film is being shown on Friday, February 17th at 2:45pm at First United Methodist Church of Boulder! There will be a discussion after the film led by OutBoulder that will include some of our own church members. Go to our website to learn more or go to www.biff1.com to order tickets.

Family Life and Youth News
>>YOUTH THIS SUNDAY: Donuts and The Gospel According to Minecraft – How to build Bible Stories with a computer game. Sweet! Come find out!  And get ready for the Lock-In, February 25th-26th! Check our website for more details.
>>Youth Group: February 15th = Love Feast! We’ll break bread and yummy food together.
>>Children: SAVE THE DATE! Arts for Kids’ Souls Camp is July 30th through August 3rd!
>>Introducing FamFirst Weekends!!
Starting in March, the first weekend of every month will be dedicated to activities and programming that the whole family can enjoy. Our inaugural FamFirst weekend is March 2nd – 4th!
Friday Night, 3/2 – Kid’s Club from 6pm-9pm. Drop off the kids at the FUMC nursery. We’ll enjoy dinner and games while parents go out and enjoy boring adult things.
Saturday Afternoon, 3/3 – Fun times at Scott Carpenter Park in Boulder from 3pm – 6pm. Join us for fun activities like sledding or kickball. Bring the whole family!
Sunday Breakfast and Programs @FUMC, 3/4 – 9am: Join us for free breakfast! 9:15am: Children will enjoy music and arts with Preston. Parents will gather for family-centered topics of learning and discussion. Youth will have donuts and crazy good times in the Youth room. 10:30am: Worship. This month our discussions and worship will focus on LGBTQA issues in families and church. Go to the Family Life page on our website to learn more.

Have a Heart Sunday – Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Last June the Rocky Mountain Conference voted unanimously that the Sunday before Valentine’s Day-February 12-be designated as “Have A Heart-Reach Out” Sunday and a special offering be taken for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMCOR Advance #982345). 33.4 million persons are infected in the world; almost  50% are women.  Over 15 million AIDS orphans have been identified.  On this Valentine’s Day, our gifts will be especially directed to support children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya and India.  “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Wednesdays of Wonder – WOW
A new series begins titled, Ambiguously Yours, Christ and Neighbor led by Sarah Bloesch, our new TIR.

February 15th: The Queer Space of Interfaith Dialogue

Here’s a brief description of this series from Sarah:

Contrary to common sense, we don’t need to have extensive knowledge about our neighbor to be a good neighbor; often the assumed previous knowledge we bring cuts off dialogue. Rather, we need to be prepared to both question and listen well. In interfaith dialogue this dynamic occurs when we ourselves have previously struggled with and worked to name our own faith commitments. For those who claim Christianity as their faith, the first session explores one way to engage Jesus the Christ and to think about how Christ functions both in Christianity and in interfaith dialogue. The second session continues the work of the first by including the components of sexuality, gender, and race that are present in any dialogue.

Each Wednesday FUMC members and friends gather at 5:15pm for a light meal and study at 6pm. WOW finishes at 7pm.

Adult Forum
February 12th – Judy Hill, former District and Conference United Methodist Women President, Rocky Mountain Conference Lay Leader, and a member of our delegation to General Conference will lead a session on General Conference issues to be discussed and acted on in Tampa in late April and early May.
Adult Forum meets in the parlor on Sundays at 9:00 am. Please join us!

Sacred Bites
Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, February 14th, at the Lazy Dog Saloon (on the Pearl Street Mall at 14th and Pearl). Gather around 11:30 am for catching up and ordering lunch; discussion of the week’s scripture passage, Mark 9:2-9, 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 benefit the Heartfelt Cafe project of the Outreach committee in February. Stop at the table in the parlor to purchase grocery cards or to learn more about the grocery card program.

Volunteer Opportunities
Belize (April 27-May 5, 2012)  Mountain View UMC of Woodland Park, CO is planning a trip to Belmopan, Belize (about 50 miles inland from Belize City) to help build a high school.  One day will be spent touring historic Mayan ruins or swimming in the Caribbean.  A deposit of $200 by February 20th is required to hold a spot.  Current passport required.  The total cost of approximately $1,000 per person includes airfare, room and board, all meals, and transportation costs for a group of ten or more.  Contact Jim Grover at 719-687-1239 or nawakwa_5@msn.com.

Mexico (October 6-13, 2012)  Mountain View UMC of Woodland Park, CO is also planning a trip to San Vicente Chicaloapan, Mexico, (about an hour northeast of Mexico  City) to do general maintenance jobs at an elementary school campus or one of four group homes for children ages 2-24.  One day will be spent touring various historic  sites in the area and in Mexico City.  A deposit of $200 is needed by March 1, 2012 to hold a spot. Current passport required.  The total cost of approximately $1,100 per  person includes airfare, room and board at the main campus, all meals and transportation costs.  Contact Donna Richards at 719-687-4393 (after 4pm) or at ggdjrich@q.com

UMW News
Events for the month:  February 15th – Ruth Circle at 9:30 am in the Church Parlor, contact Beth Hayward at 303 443-0124; February 16th – Working Women are trying a new meeting day at 6:30 pm, contact Connie Takamine; February 28th – Sarah Circle at 9:30 am, contact Joan Nordgren at 303 440-1047.  Also remember that UMW is sponsoring an alternative Ash Wednesday Service on February 22nd at noon in the Church Parlor with the option of walking the Labyrinth afterward.

Heartfelt Cafe
Ready to do something really special for people who will truly appreciate your efforts?  Our faithful Heartfelt Cafe volunteers are needing more helpers to serve hot meals to those in need.  We serve a hot lunch every third Sunday, and that means it is our turn next week on February 19th.  Please consider making time in your schedule to help both our faithful members and our hungry neighbors.  The natural shifts would be from 9-12:30 OR from 12:00-2:30, but any hours at all that you could help would be MOST appreciated.  Contact Pastor Joe, Ginny Wells, Wendy Driscoll, or just show up in the kitchen downstairs and let them know you’re there to help–you’ll see some smiles on their faces!