Family Life and Youth News
>Youth Activities This Week!
Attention, Youth & Parents: Your presence is requested for a Mission Trip Planning Meeting next Wed., April 25th at 7 p.m. (during our usual Youth Group time). It’s time to start getting psyched for our awesome service (and fun) focused Mystery Tour in June! Without giving away too many secrets, we will discuss logistics and fundraising, and begin filling out permission forms. This is an important meeting so if you can’t make it, please let Betsy know. We’ll have snacks. See you next Wednesday!
>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 – that’s tomorrow!
On Sunday, April 22nd, Sarah Bloesch will continue the discussion on the Communion Table and the theme will be The Politics of a Queer Table. If you do not know what a Queer Table is, come and find out at 9:00 am in the Church Parlor.
Join us for Sacred Bites on Tuesday, April 24th, 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, John 10:11-18, begins at noon.
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.
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: Tuesday, April 24 at 9:30 am, Sarah Circle, Church Parlor, contact Joan Nordgren.
W.O.W. on Homelessness Continues
The W.O.W. series on “Homelessness in Boulder County,” continues, offered by Joy Redstone, the recently-retired Executive Director of the Bridge House. 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.
Church Directory Online
Be looking for a letter in the mail from FUMC about your special private code for our Online Directory. The directory can be accessed from our FUMC website under “About”, then click “Member Directory”. Questions? Contact JoAnn Schmohe.
Coffee Hour Needs Volunteers!!
We need some folks to help with coffee hour just once a quarter. Please check the ‘coffee hour volunteer’ box on the Connection Card this Sunday if you could be one of those helpful people! We will contact you with needs and a date. THANKS!!
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 7 pm 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.