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CRFUMC Email Blast for Dec. 20th 2023

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Blue Christmas tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The "Blue Christmas" service recognizes that for some, the holiday season can evoke painful memories and present challenges. Whether on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year's Eve, it can be overwhelming to cope with the pain and difficulties of life.This service seeks to provide a space for reflection, prayer, song, and meditation. It offers an opportunity to confront and offer our pain to the Christ child while finding solace in the knowledge that we are not alone.

No Men's Lunch this Month

Tuesday Morning Bible Study will not meet on December 26,  but will begin the new year with a study off Adam Hamilton’s The Walk. You are invited to join in this short Bible study leading up to Lent.

Women’s Christmas pot luck luncheon is January 6 in Fellowship Hall any 11:30am.

History Photographs: If you have any church-related photographs from 1974- present, please bring them to the church. There will be an envelope/file in the office for you to place them in. Please identify people, events and dates if you have them. If you would like these photographs returned to you, please place them in your own envelope and put a “return to” name on the envelope. Louise Molieri will be scanning these photos for our . history book and slide shows beginning now through and through the first few months of 2024.

Current Photos: If you have any photos to share from Star Lighting, church scenes/events, or Small Group Dinners and Lunches, please send them digitally to Rev. Matt. We would like to include them in upcoming newsletters.

Little Library: In addition to a shelf of books celebrating Native American writers and topics, there is now a shelf of Christmas books. Both shelves will remain through December 31.

Helping with Our Church History: The church’s Sesquicentennial Committee is looking for help with updating the history records of our church for the anniversary celebration planned for next summer. Folks can work independently or with a partner on small segments of history.  Please reach out to Laryce Nitsch if you have questions or would like to help.

Church Calendar Schedule: As we move into our new calendar year, remember that if you would like to schedule a meeting for your group at our church or have a need to reschedule a meeting, please check with Theresa Kepple to be sure the time and date are available.

Chancel Choir rehearses rehearse on Wednesdays at 5:30 in the sanctuary. If you would like to be a part of our music ministry in 2024, please drop in any Wednesday evening.

Knot Again cannot accept any donations at this time.

Rev. Sarah’s Wednesday morning coffee time on Zoom begins at 9:30. Contact the church office for the link to connect.

Catch Pastor Matt for Coffee:  I am back to working at Crowfoot Valley Coffee on 734 Wilcox St. Monday-Thursday from about 7:45 a.m. until about 10 a.m. If you want to make sure you catch me let me know, my schedule may vary depending on the day. You can let me know if you want to meet by going to:

SAVE THE DATE — WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY RETREAT May 3-5,2024.   It’s been awhile! Revs. Sarah and Brenda are planning the next Women’s Spirituality Retreat for May 3-5, 2024. More details to follow but for now, SAVE THE DATE!

Grocery Story Card Update: Currently we have over 50 families participating in this program. We receive about $450/quarter from King Soopers.  Check the welcome center for directions for signing up for the first time with them. The Safeway Cards are now available. Contact the church office to pick one up.. We have received approximately $250/quarter from Safeway. There is no dollar amount on them this time so folks will just pick up a card and head to Safeway to load the amount they choose to have on it . NOTE: You may use the money you have remaining on the old card, but you will not be able to reload it.

Upcoming Events:

December 20: Blue Christmas Service, 6:30 pm

December 21: Youth White Elephant from 6-8 pm

December 24: One morning Service “Carols and Cocoa”

December 24: Christmas Eve Services at 5,7, and 11.

December 31:  One Service at 10:45 a.m.

January 6: Women’s Christmas Pot Luck Lunch, 11:30 am

January 11: Leah Circle 11:45 am Fellowship Hall

January 18: Men's lLncheon at Pegasus

January 21: One Worship Service,10:45 am celebrating our Church’s Music and Musicians\

February 14: Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

March 29: Good Friday

March 24: Palm Sunday

March 31: Easter Sunday


January 21: Sesquicentennial Inaugural Event, one worship service at 10:45 a.m. Celebrating our Church’s Music and Musicians

April 17: Sesquicentennial History Night with speakers and dessert

July 7: Sesquicentennial “Old Time Ice Cream Social”

May 3-5: Women’s Retreat; details will be posted later.

August 25, 2024: Sesquicentennial Special Worship Service celebrating FUMC 150th Year in Castle Rock

Zoom Sessions

• Rev. Sarah’s Contemporary Discussion Group, Zoom Sessions: Fridays at 6:30

• Coffee Time with Rev. Sarah, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

In Our Prayers

The United Methodist Church

Mountain Sky Annual Conference

Our Pastors and Staff

Little Blessings Families

Conflict in the Middle East

Donna Murray

Sarah McAneny

Jan and Bud Richter

Betty Grant

Maria Molieri (sister of Vince Molieri)

Garrett Humphrey (Pat Wood’s grandson)

Hank Slawson, Father of Julie Venable

Rose Andrade

Diann Lawson, daughter of Lowell Burgener

Kathy Spackman neighbor of Julie and George Curran

Bill Eylens

Iliana Grutdrad friend of Pat and Kay Jones

Kathy Spackman , Neighbor of Julie and George Curran

Jim Ellis Uncle of Kari Sorah

Connie Williams mother in-law of Kari Sorah

Cynthia and Tom Johnson

Sid Jordan, brother-in-law to Julie Bailey

Leona and Garrett Mathes, sister and brother-in-law to Chuck Bailey

Bernadine Larkin

Hennetta Bashan

Family of Jody Butler

Family of Joe Docksey


“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Matthew I:23, KJV

“Joy is the steadfast assurance that God is with us.” Matt Rawls

The Christmas Eve offering will be allocated toward the general ministries of the CRFUMC and the apportionments of the UMC, supporting a diverse range of essential programs and initiatives within the church community.


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