November 10th News

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Seicento Baroque Ensemble’s Inaugural Concert Saturday, November 12th

The Seicento Baroque Ensemble, FUMC’s and Arts for the Soul’s first ensemble-in-residence, conducted by Evanne Browne, performs this Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 pm in our sanctuary. The evening’s program features the music of Purcell, Handel, Monteverdi, and several lesser-known Baroque masters. An orchestra of Baroque instrumentalists including Seicento’s own harpsichordist Lark Powers, as well as vocal soloists Amanda Balestrieri and Marjorie Bunday, will join the chorus for the performance. Tickets will be available at the door; they are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Cash or checks only will be accepted. Please come out to hear some beautiful baroque music on Saturday night, and support Evanne and FUMC’s first ensemble-in-residence, the Seicento Baroque Ensemble!

Adult Forum

On Sunday, November 13th, the Adult Forum will be Skyping again with Steve and Diantha Hodges in South Sudan. Come and hear an update on the formation of a new country and the important work that Steve and Diantha are doing there. Technology has enabled us to be in closer touch with people throughout the world. Please join us in the Youth room (note different location for this week only) next Sunday, November 13th, at 9:00 am. All are welcome!

Bible Workbench Meets Before Worship

The Bible Workbench is a discussion class based on one of the weekly Lexionary scripture passages. We meet in the upstairs Conference room at 9:00 am each Sunday morning. Please join us on Sunday, November 13th, for a lively discussion of Matthew 25:14-30. All are welcome!

Sacred Bites

Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, November 15th, 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, Matthew 25:31-46, begins at noon. Please join us!

Awesome CHURCHWIDE EVENT – Saturday, November 19th

Time to get into the spirit and pitch in for some volunteer opportunities prior to Thanksgiving. For the seventh year in a row we will need bodies to greet and gather food for Community Food Share at Alfalfa’s at 1651 Broadway Street (Arapahoe and Broadway). The shifts will run for two hours with 3-4 people per shift starting at 9:00 a.m. and going until 7:00 p.m. Contact Justin to sign up for a shift and help make a difference…we need you!

Another awesome CHURCHWIDE EVENT – Tuesday, November 22nd

Sort food at Community Food Share (6363 Horizon Lane, Niwot, CO 80503). The CFS has increasing demands as local budgets grow tighter so it’s time to help out and show them what FUMC can do! Show up to help sort the collected food from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to Justin.

YOUTH NEWS!

The FUMC Youth are hosting coffee hour in the Parlor after worship this Sunday, November 13th.  Can you whip up a couple dozen cookies or mini muffins for the occasion? If the answer is yes, we need you! We’ll also hang out after church to help serve coffee and shmooze?  Thanks!  Before that, at 9:15 a.m., we will have handbells followed by Sunday School as usual.

Looking ahead, next week is action-packed: Youth Group on Wednesday, November 16th, and on Saturday, November 19th the PeaceJam Slam in Denver OR an opportunity to help collect food donations at Alfalfa’s from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. So much cool stuff to do! Contact Betsy with questions.

All 3rd-6th Graders Invited to Become Acolytes: Our new acolyte program will begin on November 27th, the first Sunday of Advent! We are looking for 3rd – 6th graders who would like to be acolytes during the worship service. The acolytes will light the candles at the beginning of the service. Ashlyn Carney will be leading the training sessions. We have two trainings scheduled in the sanctuary: November 13th at 10:00 am, and November 20th at 10:00 am. Acolytes only need to attend one of training dates.

Help BCAP Make the Holidays Special for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Many of Boulder County AIDS Project’s clients live at or below the federal poverty line and rely on our food pantry to supplement their basic nutrition. Each holiday season BCAP endeavors to offer additional food items around Thanksgiving and the December holidays so that these clients may have a special holiday meal with their families. However, we can’t do this alone. Please consider helping us provide a special holiday meal to those in our community living with HIV/AIDS. Just $24.50 buys a complete holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

Inspired and want to help? Here’s how:
1. Bring any or all of the above items to BCAP weekdays between 9 AM – 5:30 PM
(by November 14 for Thanksgiving meals or before December 14th for the December holidays.)
2. Or send a monetary donation to BCAP:
ATTN: Holiday Meal Fund
2118 14th St.
Boulder, CO 80302

To make a donation by credit card or for more information contact Eric Berkemeyer at 303.444.6121.

Fabric Art Exhibit

The beautiful and emotionally powerful fabric art on the sanctuary and narthex walls comes to us from in-house artist, Barbara Frey and several of her friends, a group which calls itself “Uncommon Cloth.”  Ten Years Later:  Reflections on 9/11 expresses the intensity of emotion which remains in our personal and national psyches.  While some works reflect the extreme grief and confusion of that time, other pieces move toward a pragmatic but hopeful expectation for the future of America and the world.  These wonderful works of art will be at First United Methodist Church until November 20.

Barbara Frey has been creating fabric arts for more than 20 years and believes that the soul and creativity are intimately intertwined.  The program cover pictures Barbara’s work, We Remember, which was created specifically for this exhibit.  Her works can be found prominently displayed at the Children’s Hospital in Denver, the FUMC Labyrinth, and in liturgical use at First United Methodist Church.  If you wish to learn more email Barb or by calling 303/444-1010.

United Methodist Women (UMW) News

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming UMW events! The Quilters will meet on Friday, November 11th, at 9:30 am in the UMW Work Room; contact Ginny Wells for more information. The Ruth Circle will meet on Wednesday, November 16, at 9:30 am in the church parlor; contact Beth Hayward with any questions. The Sarah Circle has moved their meeting to Tuesday, November 29, at 9:30 am; they will meet at Frazier Meadows Manor. Please contact Joan Nordgren for more information. The next Working Women gathering will be Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm at the home of Connie Takamine; contact Connie with any questions. UMW is faith, hope and love in action!

November’s Mission Offering

The November Thanksgiving Offering is a special one, allowing us to show our gratitude for our many blessings over the past year and reflecting our hopes for the future. Your donations will be split in three ways, benefiting fellow people near and far.

Locally, our YAMs (Young Adult Methodists) decided that one-third of the offering will go to Community Food Share. The demand on the CFS supplies has been huge this year, and helping to stock their shelves is in the spirit of Thanksgiving indeed.

The UMC World Service Fund will also receive one-third of your offering, connecting our church to a long list of Methodist mission and ministry in national and international programs. Together with other churches’ resources, leadership will be developed, new and existing congregations will be supported, the poor will be ministered to, and diseases of poverty around the world will be fought against by improving health globally.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Global Fund will receive the final third of your offering, working to support programs that fight hunger and poverty, assist the displaced, and respond to disasters in the areas of greatest need. So many places in the world have been struck by natural disasters, and the acute needs of people in those places are real long after they are no longer in the headlines. Help UMCOR help them.

Please give generously and help to make the world a better place for all to live in, in the spirit of Jesus as we worship together. You will find “Mission Offering” envelopes in the pews. Thank you for your caring about people in our community, throughout our country, and around the globe.

Grocery Shopping Cards

Purchase your King Soopers and Safeway grocery cards on sale each Sunday following worship. Join this easy fundraising project—$5 for each $100 purchase benefits the designated project. This month, funds support our church’s Worship and Music Committee. Stop at the table in the Parlor to purchase grocery cards or to learn more about the grocery card program.

POINSETTIAS  FOR ADVENT
The Music and Worship Committee will be ordering poinsettias for the Advent season.  The poinsettias will be used in the chancel to celebrate the season and may be taken home on December 25, 2011 after the Christmas Day Service. A 6 inch pot of red poinsettia is $10.00.  Please make checks payable to FUMC, memo: Poinsettia.  Order through the church office or place in offering plate by November 27.