January 12th News

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FUMC Boulder Closed Monday January 16th
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day our offices will be closed on Monday. The church office will reopen on Tuesday, January 17th at 9:00 am.

Spring Newsletter Deadline Extended!
Our next quarterly newsletter will cover articles and events for February, March and April, including Lent and Easter (of course!) Please send submissions, including images, by January 20th to: communications@fumcboulder.org

First W.O.W. Snowed Out!
The first Wednesday of Wonder (W.O.W.) of 2012 was canceled due to bad weather and will now begin on Wednesday, January 18, 2011. Our Deacon, Rev. Rosalee Blake will lead a workshop titled “Good Grief” and share her life experience with grief, her work with Agape Hospice, and she will remind us that just as the birth process is a sacred time, so is the dying process. Themes for the series will include: Hospice 101, The Spiritual Aspects of Dying, and Conversations with the Dying. Rosalee will lead discussions on the spiritual aspects of dying, ways to say goodbye, anticipatory grief, and important conversations before death (and during life!)

W.O.W. is an opportunity to connect mid-week and enjoy food, fellowship, and learning. We begin with a simple meal at 5:15 pm, and the evening’s study begins at 6:00; we are finished by 7:00 pm.

Family Life and Youth News
>Youth Bell Choir begins again January 22nd.
>Follow Family Life and FUMC Youth on Twitter!

@1stUMCyouth – and – @FUMCFamilies

>FamFirstWeekends! Fun weekends filled with family activities are coming to FUMC Boulder the first weekend of every month, beginning in March. Stay tuned…more details coming soon!
>Also, check out Betsy’s new blog post… something about reading and her favorite books and Anne Lamott and Johnny Cash and her hat and… her dog?!?? Leave her a comment at Family Life and Stuff.

Adult Forum
On Sunday, January 15th, Joan Evans will lead a discussion on How do you think about God? Join us at 9:00 am in the Church Parlor. On January 22nd, we will begin a study of John Wesley using the book, John Wesley, Holiness of Heart & Life by Charles Yrigoyen. This is a General Conference year and it is important to have a grounding in our faith tradition. The study will be led by Joe Agne. Adult Forum meets in the parlor on Sundays at 9:00 am. Please join us!

Sacred Bites
Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, January 10th, 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 1:14-20, begins at noon. Please join us!

UMW News
Ruth Circle – Wednesday, January 18th at 9:30 am in the Church Parlor, contact Beth Hayward; Sarah Circle – Tuesday, January 24th at 9:30 am at the home of Mary Hartman, contact Joan Nordgren; Working Women – Thursday, January 27th at 6:30 pm at the home of Connie Takamine, contact Connie.

TYES Joins PFLAG Boulder County
To accommodate the growing number of families with gender variant children, Karen Adams, founder and leader of TYES (Transgender Youth Education and Support) and current TYES families have accepted the invitation of the PFLAG Boulder Board to become a satellite support group in partnership with PFLAG. On the second Tuesday evening each month at the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, TYES will offer their second monthly support group meetings for adults and teens. Besides mutual support, the group will occasionally join with, and even provide, a PFLAG program. Besides offering support to families dealing with issues related to gender variance, TYES members will enlighten the rest of the PFLAG membership. PFLAG programs at 7:00 p.m. on second Tuesdays in the FUMC parlor are open to the public.

TYES parents and a family play group, which is only open to family members, will continue to meet in Lafayette on the first Sunday of the month by invitation only. To contact TYES for more information, email TYES.group@gmail.com.

Hospitality Opportunities

FUMC Boulder is known for its friendliness and hospitality. There are several opportunities for you to participate in continuing this tradition. The Hospitality Team is developing a team of cooks who will prepare church dinners including for Wednesdays of Wonder. Expertise is not necessary! Also, we are building a database of volunteers who are willing to help with receptions and special church functions. Please indicate your willingness on the Connection Card. All are welcome!

Jean A. Anstine’s Memorial – January 14th
Jean A. Anstine, a longtime member of First United Methodist Church, died on December 13th. Jean’s family invite you to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm in the Grand Assembly Room at the Chautauqua Community House. A reception begins at 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. there will be a time for reflections: what three words describe Jean A. Anstine? Jean’s family hope to see you during this special time of remembrance next Saturday.
(Note: Last week’s post listed the wrong date – the 14th is correct. We apologize for the confusion.)

Let’s Dance!
One of our spectacular Artists-in-Residence, dancer Laura Melling, will be offering dance classes for adults and children beginning the week of January 15th. The classes for children will be held Saturday mornings: Ages 3-6 at 9:30-10:10 and ages 7-15 at 10:15-11:05 am, in the Labyrinth room. The adult mixed-level class will be on Thursdays from 7:15-9 pm in the Labyrinth. An adult beginner-level class will be held on Tuesday mornings 9:30-10:45 in the Parlor. Kindly call Laura with any questions and to register for the classes: (303) 918-6183. No previous dance experience is necessary. Also, a piano accompanist is needed for the Saturday and Tuesday morning classes, if anyone is interested and available.

New Men’s Choir
On Wednesday evening, January 18th, rehearsals begin for a Men’s Choir under the direction of FUMC’s organist, Gerald Holbrook. Rehearsals will be from 6:00-6:50 pm each Wednesday evening right here at FUMC. The choir will sing everything from early music to barbershop. All men are invited, and no audition is necessary; just come with a love of singing!

Matthew Fox Retreat Series Continues

FUMC is happy to be a co-sponsor of the Creation Spirituality (CS) retreat series facilitated by Matthew Fox and Susan Coppage Evans. CS is a tradition and a movement that combines the wisdom of religious traditions, science and creativity to offer paths into transformation, sustainability and justice making. It is highly experiential spiritual practice which includes art, dance, music, contemplation, study and community building. The next retreat is January 20th-22nd at FUMC and focuses on the way of mystery, letting go and letting be (with wisdom from 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart). It is a hope that this retreat will offer individuals increased comfort with times of unknowing and be of special support to those suffering or in caretaking positions. For more information go to www.wholeheartedretreat.com.

Wanted: A Few Good Techies
If you’re good with Powerpoint and can help create and/or operate our slides during worship on Sundays, please contact Joan Manly. It would be great to have several volunteers willing to help Joan with this much appreciated task. Isn’t it wonderful to have segments of the Bulletin and service projected for 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. This month, funds continue to support our pastors’ discretionary funds. Stop at the table in the parlor to purchase grocery cards or to learn more about the grocery card program.