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CRFUMC Email Blast for 3/6/24

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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.

Liturgical Sunday: 4th Sunday In Lent

Liturgical Color: Purple

Sermon Title: What Do You Live For?

Scripture Reading: Mark 8:34-38

Preaching: Rev. Matt Franks

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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

Storms occurring across the country

Mountain Sky Annual Conference

Our Pastors and Staff

Little Blessings Families

Conflict in the Middle East

Jan and Bud Richter

Maria Molieri (sister of Vince Molieri)

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

Family of Bill Payne

Family of June Osborne

Family of Esabella Kaeuwai


Planned Events

March 10: Begin Daylight Savings Time — “Spring Forward!”

March 11: 150th Steering Committee Meeting, 5:30 pm Library

March 12: Usher Meeting, 6:30 pm 

March 14: Leah. Circle Luncheon, 11:45  (sack lunch)

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


Special Prayer Request: Amy Dannels-McClure son Becker will be participating in the Regis Jesuit Boys Division’s 157th Kairos Retreat from Tuesday, March 5 to March 8 at Ponderosa Retreat Center outside Colorado Springs. We invite you to add Backer to your daily prayers while he is at retreat.

Butter Braids: Welcome to our online fundraiser. Your purchases will support the First United Methodist Youth's Mission Trip to Puerto Rico this summer! We greatly appreciate your support!

Keep up with the 150th events here: 

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.

Looking for the March Church Communicator?  Rich in information, it is available here:

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.

Usher Team Info: If you would like to join our team of Sunday morning ushers or continue serving as one, please sign your name to the list at the welcome center. We will meet on Tuesday, 6:30 pm for training. Ushers not only play a vital role in welcoming people to our church but also assist with other worship details.

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).

Backpack Ministry dates have shifted to April 14-May 5. Watch for more information in there 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.

Contemporary Bible Study Group Join Rev. Sarah’s contemporary Bible study group meeting in person, Mondays  February 12, 2024 to March 25, 2024; 6:30PM to 8:30 and on Zoom on Fridays  February 16, 2024  to March 29, 2024; 6:30PM to 8:30PM

The Book: Question Jesus Asked: A Six-week Study in the Gospels by Magrey R. DeVega Sign Up Sheet at the Welcome Desk.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study has begun its Lenten Study — On The Road to the Cross by Rob Burkhart — and meets every Tuesday in the library from 9:30 - 11:00 am. Drop in anytime to learn more about the secondary characters who encountered and served Jesus his final days.

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This week's Quotes and Scripture

“Remember, O  Lord, thy tender mercies, and they loving kindnesses for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy. Remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.”    Psalm 25:6 - 7 (KJV) 

“At Easter Christ conquered the dissonant and destructive forces that plague our broken world. He came to still our restless and troubled souls and fill our lives with a serenity of his love. He’s not at war with us. We are at war with him, and with a truth we cannot deny. He does not come to threaten, bully, or demand. He does not come to criticize, demean, or point out our failures. He comes to forgive, to comfort, and bring us peace. His followers become ambassadors, bringing his message of relief and rest to suffering people and our shattered world. At Easter Christ reconciled our troubled lives, and wandering souls to God who welcomes us home — if we will let him be our prince of peace. “   Rob Burkhart in On the Road to the Cross  


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