Spring Newsletter Deadline is January 10th
Our next quarterly newsletter will cover articles and events for February, March and April. Send submissions, including images, by January 10th to:
Wednesdays of Wonder begin January 11th
The first W.O.W. of 2012 is Wednesday, January 11, 2011, featuring our Deacon, Rev. Rosalee Blake, leading a three-week study titled “Good Grief”. Rosalee will share her life experience with grief and from her work with Agape Hospice, and 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. She 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.
Cooks Needed for W.O.W.
Do you enjoy cooking ? The W.O.W. (Wednesdays of Wonder) series is starting back up on January 11th, and cooks are needed weekly. If you’re interested in cooking/serving at W.O.W., once or regularly, please email Fran Saxon or call her at 303.666.9130.
Adult Forum Resumes on January 8th
The Adult Forum is geared up for a new year and ready to go next Sunday, January 8th. They will begin by considering these questions: How do you think about God? In your understanding of God, is He approachable? Joan Evans will facilitate a two-week session focused on these questions on the January 8th and 15th. On January 22nd, we will begin a study of John Wesley using the book, John Wesley:Holiness of Heart and 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!
Bible Workbench Resumes on January 8th
Bible Workbench, a discussion class based on one of the weekly Lexionary scripture passages, will start the new year off next Sunday morning, January 8th. Join us then, when we’ll take a look at Acts 19:1-7. We meet in the conference room upstairs on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. All are welcome!
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, John 1:43-51, begins at noon. Please join us!
Thank you to all who made our Holiday Bake Sale a success! We were able to make additional gifts to the Microloan fund of Steve and Diantha Hodges as well as to Community Food Share and Emergency Family Assistance Association.
Events for the month: Quilters – Friday, January 13 at 9:30 am in UMW Work Room, contact Ginny Wells; Ruth Circle- Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30 am in the Church Parlor, contact Beth Hayward; Sarah Circle – Tuesday, January 24 at 9:30 am at the home of Mary Hartman, contact Joan Nordgren; Working Women – Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm at the home of Connie Takamine, contact Connie.
Celebrate, Remember with Altar Flowers
Want to celebrate a special occasion? Or would you like to honor or remember someone who is special to you? Providing altar flowers for our Sunday services is a really good way to do this. The flower sign-up calendar is located in the Narthex, and it is waiting for you to choose a Sunday to express yourself! Many Sundays are currently unfilled, which means that there may not be flowers on the altar on those Sundays. So please sign up today! Generally, flowers cost $35, and you can take them home with you after church on Sunday. There is more information posted on the calendar. Thanks for signing up and sharing flowers, celebrations, and remembrances with your church family.
Jean A. Anstine’s Memorial – January 15th
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.
New Men’s Choir
On Wednesday evening, January 18, 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 20-22 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.
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.