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CRFUMC Email Blast for 3/20/24

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Sunday Worship Times

9 a.m. Modern Worship

10:45 a.m. Traditional Worship

Both Services are offered online through our Facebook and YouTube channels.

Don't forget that your name tags are appreciated.

All of our Services are live-streamed go to ( ) and click on either the YouTube or Facebook option.


In Our Prayers: Loving God we lift up to you…

The United Methodist Church

Mountain Sky Annual Conference

Our Pastors and Staff

Little Blessings Families

Conflict in the Middle East

Jan and Bud Richter

Hank Slawson, Father of Julie Venable

Kathy Spackman neighbor of Julie and George Curran

Sid Jordan, brother-in-law to Julie Bailey

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

Tom and Cynthia Johnson

Alton Baines

Velva Baines

Cameron Hayden

Karen Graff

Phil and Maxine Ferguson

Gregg Tomberlin Brother in-law of Diane Meeks

Connie Williams, mother of Chris Sorah mother in-law of Kari Sorah

Doug Conrad Friend of Gayle and Ken Kindt

Jay Weise

Family of Isabella Kaauwai

Family of Brett Graff

Family of Maria Molieri


Planned Events

March 21: Men’s Luncheon at Pegasus, 11:30

March 24: Palm Sunday

March 29: Good Friday Worship at 6:30 p.m.

March 31: Easter Sunday

April 7: New Membership Class, 6 pm. 

April 14: Backpack Ministry begins

April 17: Sesquicentennial History Night with speakers and dessert

May 5: Backpack Ministry concludes

June 15: All-church Service Project for Help and Hope Food Pantry, 9-3 pm

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


Keep up with the 150th events here: 

All are welcome to join us for Holy Week starting March 24th with Palm Sunday.

9 a.m. for Modern and 10:45 a.m. for Traditional Worship

Wednesday, March 27th Stations of the Cross Online on Facebook and Youtube at 6:30 p.m Will also have an in-person self guided meditation beginning at Noon on the 27th

Friday, March 29th Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m. This worship service invites you to reflect on the events that led up to Jesus' death.

A Volunteer Opportunity: The Outreach and Hospitality Team is looking for some volunteers to make follow-up phone contact with Sunday morning guests and visitors. A script to guide conversation will be provided  and the time commitment is just a few hours on Sunday afternoon. If this seems like the perfect fit for you, please let Pastor Matt know you are available. 

Adult Education Opportunity: Be a VIPP (Very Important Point Person).

Building relationships within our congregation and within the larger community of our town reinforces the power and purpose of leading a Christ-centered life. We are currently looking for people to create and arrange a few social and/or educational events in coming months. The March newsletter lists a few suggestions for pleasurable outdoor events, museum excursions, community concerts, and day trips. Leadership for these activities would be a one-time commitment on the part of a single person or couple, no year-long commitment to a study group or chairmanship. Sign up at the Welcome Center if you’d like to be one of our VIPPs for one activity.

History Night, April 17, 6:30pm: If you can help with providing desserts for this special event, please sign up at the Welcome Center. Featured Speakers: are John Berry, Joe Gschwendtner, and Rev. Matt Franks. Come learn more about our Methodist roots and the people who settled in our county and town in the late Nineteenth Century, and invite your neighbors to join us.

Wanna Be An Usher?

We had a great training last night. We have a few Sundays that need to be filled. If you are interested in becoming an Usher please let Pastor Matt know.

Chancel Choir and Bell Choir welcome anyone new and interested in adding to the music ministry of our church. Lenten and Easter music selections promise inspiring additions to our worship. We have 32 robes and 3 octaves of bells just waiting for your place in worship. Bells meet at 4 pm and Choir meets at 5:30 every Wednesday. If you have questions, please contact our director Nancy Docksey (; 303-877-9085).

Prison Backpack Ministry dates have shifted to April 14-May 5. Watch for more information in the March newsletter.

Hospitality and Outreach Team would like assistance with contacting visitors by phone on Sunday afternoon. If this is something you’d like to do in welcoming new people to our church, please let Pastor Matt know. This team appreciates everyone’s efforts in welcoming visitors, greeting them and introducing them to others, inviting them to lunch, and sharing our church’s social media posts to your own page. Since many of our visitors are not in person but following us on line, sharing these posts increases our visibility.

History Night on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. promises an interesting evening of data and narratives about the history of Methodists in Colorado, and the people who settled in Douglas County and Castle Rock Save the date and invite a friend to join us.

Church Photos: If you have any photos to share about church events —  small group dinners or lunches, mission activities, musicians, worship services, etc., please send them digitally to Rev. Matt. (

Community Kids: If you can help with providing and serving food to the children who come to our after-school SOCK program on Tuesday afternoons, please sign up at there welcome center.

Online Vespers: Attend our Virtual Spiritual Gathering every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. via our Facebook and YouTube Channels! Pastor Matt will deliver an online experience that you won't want to miss. Make sure to join the party on time!

Communion During Lent: Starting Feb. 18th we will offer Holy Communion in the Library in between services except for 1st Sunday when we will have full communion in worship.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY RETREAT May 3-5, 2024 Sign-ups are now available at the Welcome Center for this year’s Women’s Spirituality Retreat, When Change Comes Knocking at the Door. The cost is $140 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday evening and conclude after worship on Sunday. Led by Revs. Sarah and Brenda, the retreat will be held at Ponderosa Retreat Center in Larkspur.

New Member Class:

Are you new to the United Methodist Church, Our Church, or want a refresher? Pastor Matt will host a four-week gathering Starting April 7th at 6 p.m. That will look at our history, our theology, our discipleship, and other things. If you are interested there will be a sign-up up sheet at the Welcome desk.

Holy Week and Easter

As we prepare for Holy Week next week we have some spots open to serve in all of our Holy Week & Easter Services. You can click on this link to do just that: 

Significant Events in the Methodist Church:

This year is crucial for the United Methodist Church, with three major meetings ahead. I will host a gathering on April 21st at 2 p.m. to pray and discuss the upcoming events.

Here are the key dates:

Last week there was a nice hour-long webinar about the General Conference can be found here:

For Prayer Requests go to:

The Current newsletter is up on the website at

This week's Quotes and Scripture

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who Loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2: 20 (ESV)

Pretenders, fakes, frauds and failures are welcome at the open tomb. Easter is the towering story of God‘s pure and authentic love. That truth beckons to us through the fog of doubt and deceit that shrouds so much of life. His love, forgiveness and grace are real. The hope and promise of Easter are real. His presence, patience and compassion are real. All of this, all that Easter proclaims is the truest truth. In that certainty we find the power to live joy filled and authentic lives. We may be pretenders, but God isn’t.” Rob Burkhart, On The Road to the Cross


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