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CRFUMC Email Blast for 3/27/24

Updated: Mar 28


Connect with us online in one place: https://linktr.ee/castlerockfumc


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.


Celebrate Easter with us This Sunday, March 31st

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Parking Lot

9 a.m. Modern Worship

10:45 a.m. Traditional Worship

The Modern and Traditional 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 (www.linktr.ee/castlerockfumc ) 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

Velva Baines

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

Family of Jay Weise

Shelly Heredia, sister of Kim Martin

Family of Brett Graff

Family of Maria Molieri



 

Important Dates

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

March 31: Easter Sunday

April 7: New Membership Class, 6 pm. 

April 8th Steering Committee Meeting for the 150th meeting, 5:30 pm, Library

April 11th Missions Committee Meeting 6 p.m.

April 14: Prison Backpack Ministry Begins

April 17: 6:30 p.m. Sesquicentennial History Night with speakers and dessert

April 28th Commitment Sunday

May 5: Prison 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

May 26th Summer Worship Times Begin: 8:30 a.m. Outdoor Chapel, 10 a.m. Modern Service

June 2nd-9th  Youth Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

June 29th Lois Burgener’s Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. 

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

 

Keep up with the 150th events here: https://www.fumccr.org/150thcelebration 


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.


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 (nansydocksey@gmail.com; 303-877-9085).

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



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. (matt.franks@fumccr.org)

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.

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.

 

Missions Committee:  Our Missions Committee will meet on April 11 at 6 p.m. If you are interested in being a part of this team please email Pastor Matt.


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: https://vimeo.com/922768991?share=copy&fbclid=IwAR3GH_-52H-EcG8siTOCLlvA9f08m34VAAlEzFq9-oOo1_RSf_NUIGepBts


For Prayer Requests go to:


The Current newsletter is up on the website at https://www.fumccr.org/newsletter








This week's Quotes and Scripture

God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!” 

Luke 4: 18-19 (MSG)


“The liberating joy of Easter belongs to all of us, trapped by the past, and our own destructive choices. Jesus came to release prisoners, including each of us from their chains at Easter. We celebrate Christ victory, and the great battle that won our freedom and fulfilled his mission, the chains of our past, our pain, and our sin fall away when we embrace the redeeming love Christ demonstrated that first Easter. In their place, we are given the riches of his grace and the joy of his presence. When we believe the truth of the Easter message and trust Christ’s work, we discover, true and everlasting freedom. - Robert Burkhart in The Road to the Cross.”

 

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