|THE JOYFUL NOISE
It's been a great start here and I am getting settled in to the parsonage. Thanks to all who have helped me with the transition and details. It will take some time to really get into a rhythm but we have a good start and momentum is building.
It does feel a bit strange spending part of the week here and part of it in Denver. The commute hasn't been that bad, unless one leaves or enters the metro when traffic is heavy.
I'm starting to sleep through the train whistle at night and found out how to get to Safeway without going all the way back to South Street and around. The sprinkler system is no longer watering my car and soon the A/C will be quiet as a mouse. I had my first near miss with a deer on the way back from Ken and Patti's ranch. What beautiful country!
I have been calling lots of folks who are on our rolls but may not have been to church in awhile. I want to reach out and make sure that they know that we appreciate and care about them. I left a lot of voicemails, but did have a chance to talk with quite a few people who were happy to hear from us.
In keeping with my sermon series on safety and belonging, I have enjoyed exploring ideas and scripture that help us bring to the surface areas where we can grow in becoming a safe place where people feel deep belonging. In a world where tensions are high and divisions seem insurmountable, we really need a place where it is completely safe to let down and be ourselves; a place where we feel belonging. Ideally, our church is this place. So we consider ways that we can be more in tune with and guided by the creator because doing so strengthens our community when we are together. Your presence and your spirit contribute to the symphony of spiritual fellowship of togetherness.
So let's continue to consider ways that we can make the santuary a place where safety and belonging are felt, expecially for those who may not have it. We want to look inside ourselves to see where God is showing us what needs to be surrendered.
Being close to God doesn't come naturally, otherwise everyone whould have it and we would not need faith or even church. It is your attraction to God that separates us from the world in leads us into the spriitual life. It's your belonging in God that gives real meaning and purpose to life. May you be reminded of this as you begin and end each day. How great it is to have a hope that we have!
Grace and peace,
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
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DATES TO REMEMBER
August 19 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfasts
August 20 - Solar Eclipse Sunday
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PASTOR RILEY'S SCHEDULED TIME-OFF
August 13th – 19th
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FAITH & FELLOWSHIP
We are always in need of persons to supply snacks and cookies, and volunteers to
Sign up Roster for August
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The UMW ladies met for a bring-your-own picnic at noon on July 13th, at Lewis
All ladies of the church are invited to attend any of these events. We need all the
2017 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Report
We headed out early Thursday morning, knowing we would have to navigate rush
After orientation was done, we walked down the street to have lunch. While we
After lunch, we headed back to the conference with Keith and when we went to sit
The theme of the conference was “Living into Beloved Community” based on Matthew
With the missional focus on food and water, we were asked throughout the conference
We also took part in ministry immersion on Friday afternoon consisting of either service
We also learned about the astronomical food waste we have. In the USA, it is estimated
They talked about the work of the Mountain Sky Area Mission Shaped Future teams, since
The keynote speaker was Alexia Salvatierra, she talked about being a Sanctuary Church.
There were more than 50 youth and young adults present to serve as voting lay equalization
Wheatland UMC presented $100 to the Bridge of Love for World Hunger and Poverty Advance
I found Bishop Karen Oliveto to be engaging, energetic, open, and a vibrant speaker.
Overall the conference was enlightening, thought provoking, and well organized. Next year
To paraphrase Craig Paschal, one of the presenters: