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CRFUMC Email Blast for 5/1/24

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Join us this Sunday Morning

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.

Liturgical Sunday: 6th Sunday of Easter

Liturgical Color: White

Sermon Title: Do No Harm

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-17

Preaching: Rev. Matt Franks

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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

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 Johnson

Velva Baines

Phil and Maxine Ferguson

Gregg Tomberlin Brother in-law of Diane Meeks

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

Connie Berry, cousin of Denny Pottenger

Anne Shuman

Shelly Heredia, sister of Kim Martin.

Dwain Butler, Brother of Karen Oliver

Doug Conrad Friend of Gayle and Ken Kindt

Barbra McMinn aunt of Cheryl Smith

The Family of Veronica Butler,

The family of Cynitha Johnson

The family of Ty Burgess


Important Dates

May 3-5: Women’s Retreat

May 5: Prison Backpack Ministry Concludes

May 9: Leah-Love Circle Potluck Lunch, Fellowship Hall, 11:45 am

May 13: Sesquicentennial Steering Committee Meeting, 5:30, church library

May 16: Men’s Luncheon, Pegasus, 11:30 am

May 19: Graduating Seniors Recognized

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

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

July 7: Sesquicentennial “Old Time Ice Cream Social”; 11 am lunch with ice cream, games and other activities following

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


Keep up with the 150th events here: 


Honoring Our Graduates. 

On May 19 we’ll be honoring the young people graduating from high school, college, or trade schools, but we need your help in preparing for this. If you have a son or daughter or grandchild you wish to honor, please send the image and basic information to Josh Hay

Along with the photo, we’ll need:

  • full name, 

  • graduating from xxxxx

  • attending xxxxxx 

  • studying xxxxxx

  • related to xxxxxxx

Mother’s Day Food Drive

We will be accepting food donations between now and Sunday, May 12th to support the food pantry at the Help and Hope Center. 

Items that are currently needed include:

1.  diapers—sizes 3,4,5

2.  jam/jelly

3.  laundry pods

4.  canned whole or diced tomatoes

5.  cereal

This is an opportunity for our church family to help in meeting the needs of our community.


Save-the-Date — Saturday, June 22 for our all-Church Food Drive for Help and Hope. There will be a sign-up sheet for volunteers to help collect food at 3 different King Soopers locations. More complete details will appear in the May and June newsletters. Chairperson Phyllis Tumey ( will graciously answer any questions you may have.


Print Copies of the Church Newsletter. If you would like a print copy of the monthly newsletter reserved for you, please let Julie Bailey ( know so you can be added to the list. These copies will have your name on them and be available for pick-up in the church office. A few more will be available for our guests at the Welcome Center. 


Photos Needed:  As we celebrate the 150th year of our church, we are looking for pictures of our congregation taking part in any of our special events and regular activities. Posed photos are nice, but candid shots of people enjoying the Help & Hope food drive, the ice cream social, any of our pot luck meals, backpack ministry, Time & Talent, game night, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who takes these pictures should send them to Julie Bailey ( or Pastor Matt (  for inclusion in our newsletter and our sesquicentennial commemorative book.


Teeshirt Orders: Did you miss out? Please contact Joyce Morales-Caramella ( to place an order or purchase one she has available.  These shirts will be an asset as we meet the public during the June 22 service project for Help and Hope and for distributing water bottles during the Fair Parade in August.


Bible Study Opportunities:  

Rev. Sarah’s newest contemporary Bible study of Amy-Jill Levine’s The Gospel of Mark: A Beginners Guide to the Good News gathers in-person on Mondays from April 15, 2024 to May 20, 2024; 6:30PM to 8:30; Zoom Sessions meet on Fridays from April 19, 2024  to May 24, 2024; 6:30PM to 8:30PM


Tuesday Morning Bible Study has begun their study of the book of Romans on April 16, meeting from 9:30 - 11 am in the church library.


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 Discipleship Opportunity: Be a VIPP (Very Important Point Person)

Volunteers are needed to organize social and educational events such as outdoor activities, museum trips, and concerts. Interested individuals can sign up at the Welcome Center to become a VIPP for one activity.


Prison Backpack Ministry

On Sunday, April 14th, there will be an opportunity for our Church family to participate in our backpack ministry program.  Our backpack ministry program responds to Christ’s concern for prisoners (Matthew 25: 36, 39, 43).  At this time, our Church is the only organization that provides backpacks to indigent men and women being released from the Douglas County Detention Center. The supplies for the backpacks need to be returned to the Church by Sunday, May 5th.


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.


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:

April 23 – May 3, 2024: UMC General Conference

June 20-23, 2024: Mountain Sky Annual Conference in Casper, WyomingJuly 10-13, 2024: Western Jurisdictional ConferenceLast week there was a nice hour-long webinar about the General Conference can be found here:

Where do you want to Serve? 

I am searching for people to help in the following areas. 

Baltimore, Maryland

  • Outdoor Chapel Setup and Tear-down

  • Ushers (fill-ins needed)

  • Mowing the Church property. 

  • Driving Golf Cart for Outdoor Chapel  

If you are interested in any of these please let me know I am willing to train. I know there will be a list for Golf Cart driving out soon. 


Paul's Mystery Ship

The Church has done a great job of supporting Paul’s Mystery Ship over the past years. Here are some events to take note of.  

"Charity of the Month of April" @ 105 W. Brewing Company

Picklepalooza Rally Against ALS: Pickleball Tournament Sat., June 8th from 7-1 p.m.

September 22, 2024 @ 1:30 p.m. Walk starts/Ends @ 105 W. Brewing Co.For more info about Paul’s Mystery Ship  go to

For Prayer Requests go to:

The Current newsletter is up on the website at

This week's Quotes and Scripture

““Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4: 16-17


In addition to the magic of love which moves the human heart, there is yet another magic which can remove mountains. That, of course, is faith. Lucky is he who has both, and this is especially true in age. ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, "I believe, yes, I believe," A View from the Hill, 1957


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