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CRFUMC Email Blast for 7/5/24

Starting in July, please note that we will begin sending out the weekly email on Fridays. This email will include information about the Worship for Sunday and events at CRFUMC. However, the submission deadline will be Wednesday at 5 p.m. to ensure that the Link can be printed on Thursday.

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Join us this Sunday Morning

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Liturgical Sunday: 

8th Sunday After Pentecost

Liturgical Color: Red

Today’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:12-14

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Don't forget that your name tags are appreciated.


Putting Our Faith Into Practice

Daily Scripture Readings (Lectionary)

Monday: Psalm 48

Tuesday: Ezekiel 2:1-5

Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Thursday: Mark 6:1-13

Quote & Prayer of the Week

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into light. | Helen Keller 


Gentle Shepherd ... King of Love, we come to You as we are, not as we pretend to be... Were it not for You, O great seeker of our souls, patient parent to our childhood, joyful host to our homecoming.  Because of You, there is room for us at the great Love Feast. Gentle Shepherd, be patient with us, and teach us how to wait. May the echoes of Your celebration reverberate in our midst as we gather together in this time  Transform our worship from a mournful plea to a joyful song.. Amen.

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

Those suffering from the heat across our country

Jan and Bud Richter

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

Tom Johnson

Velva Baines

Maxine Ferguson

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

Connie Berry, cousin of Denny Pottenger

Bess Christianson, mother of Chip Christianson

Anne Shuman

Barbra McMinn aunt of Cheryl Smith

Griffn Hammel Great Grandson of Sarah McAneny

Dave Spencer

Blakeley Huffine granddaughter of Sue Hurst

Monty Franks Pastor Matt's father 

Family of Jonnie Cole, father of Johnathan Cole Morrison and Brad

Family of Sid Jordan, brother-in-law to Julie Bailey

Walt Nichols 


Important Dates

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

July 7: Sesquicentennial “Old Time Ice Cream Social” 11 am - 1 pm; light lunch with ice cream, games and other activities following.

July 8: Sesquicentennial Steering Committee; 5:30 pm, Library

July 11: Leah Circle of UWF, picnic in the park on Plum Creek, 11:30 am

July 17: Knot Again, 6 pm

July 18: Men’s lunch at Pegasus; 11:30 am 

August 8: Leah Circle luncheon at Duke's in Castle Pines 11:30 am

Upcoming Celebrations of Life

July 17: Betty Grant 11 am in the Sanctuary The Family Invites you to wear a Hawaiian shirt.


Keep up with the 150th events here: 

July 7 Ice Cream Social Updates. Lunch, games and contests follow the 10 am, service in the sanctuary from 11 am to 1 pm. Check the July Newsletter for more details.

Bring your lawn chairs for watching outdoor activities, as well as some sunscreen and a hat.

Sign up at the welcome center for the following:

  • Volunteers are needed for 1) grilling hot dogs and serving ice cream; 2) setting up and monitoring games; 3) “anywhere needed”

  • Teams are needed for tug-of-war (4 to a team), corn hole tournament (2 to a team) , 3-legged races (find a buddy to race with you). Prizes will be awarded. 

  • Costumes of the 1874 era are highly encouraged and everyone will have the opportunity to vote not only for their favorite favorite ladies’ hat and costume (gentlemen included) but also for their favorite flavor of homemade ice cream. 

  • Additionally there will be opportunities to tie knots in the next Knot Again project, play some old fashioned table games, paint stars for the November Star Lighting, cheer on your favorite team, help judge contests, and visit with friends. 

Be sure to invite your family and friends to join in this special celebration. 

Sesquicentennial Star Painting Project: during the July 7 Ice Cream Social, everyone will have the opportunity to paint a star for the November Star Lighting Event in downtown Castle Rock. Throughout the next five months we hope all ages and various groups will want to paint one or two of the 500+ stars we’ll be preparing that will have our church logo on the reverse side. These will be keepsake ornaments for our Sesquicentennial Year as well as an invitation to the larger community to join us in worship and service.

The Imani Milele Choir will perform here: July 25th at 6:30 p.m. 

They are a remarkable musical ensemble from Uganda. The name "Imani Milele" translates to "Everlasting Faith" in Swahili, reflecting the choir's mission to bring hope, love, and faith to the lives of Uganda's orphaned and vulnerable children. Founded as a Christian organization, Imani Milele Children is dedicated to rescuing, educating, developing, and improving the lives of these children. The choir's repertoire includes praise, worship, dance, and well-crafted drum routines, providing audiences with an immersive experience.

Beyond the stage, the choir places a strong emphasis on education, ensuring that the children receive a well-rounded development. Overall, the Imani Milele Choir stands as a beacon of hope, using the power of music, education, and cultural exchange to spread the love of Christ, uplift the lives of Uganda's children, and inspire audiences worldwide.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: will not meet in July, but will resume their study of Romans (picking up chapter 13) on August 6. New folks or drop-ins are always welcome.  

New Sessions for Contemporary Issues

The next book: Grace in the Gray by Mike Donehey

The book helps us see the grace and good that’s often hidden by our own limited perspectives and assumptions. It all begins by learning to listen and lead with the most transformative substance the universe has ever known — God’s love.

  • In-Person Sessions, Mondays  July 29, 2024 to August 26, 2024; 6:30PM to 8:30

  • Zoom Sessions, Fridays  August 2, 2024 to August 30, 2024; 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Sesquicentennial Teeshirt Orders:  Thanks to all who have purchased a teeshirt and wear it to promote our celebration in the community. If you missed ordering a Sesquicentennial teeshirt, please contact Joyce Morales-Caramello.  We’d like to place one more order but need 8 more to order the next ten.

United Women in Faith/ Leah Circle: If you would like to be added to the Leah Circle Roster and receive information about our lunches, our programs, our activities, please contact MaryAlice McHugh ( or Julie Bailey ( We are updating our directory this summer. 

Our Summer Pop-Up Choir is off to a great start. If you’d like to sing with us this summer at the 8:30 service, just “pop in” at 8 am to warm up and mic test in the Outdoor Chapel, or just “pop up” and join us in the hymn of the day. The hymns chosen for the summer season are familiar tunes we’ve sung for years. If you are a musician/musician who would like to share your talents with a solo or duet, contact Rev. Matt or Nancy Docksey to be placed on the schedule.

Kitchen Clean Up:

Please make sure if use the kitchen you clean the kitchen. We. have had a few issues lately where things have not been left as clean as they should be.


Quilts and Old Photos:

Do you have old family photos or an heirloom quilt you’d like to have on display as we celebrate our Sesquicentennial in August? The kiosk at the back of the church already contains photos from previous historical celebrations, but we’ll be adding more as we move through the summer months. We’ll make copies of these precious photos and return them to you. See Linda Pottenger or Julie Bailey for more details. Your ancestors may not have settled in Douglas County before or since statehood, but their lives somehow initiated your journey to our church.


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 potluck 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


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. 


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.  

They are the "Charity of the Month" for June at:

    COFF33 @ 209 Wilcox St, Ste. 111C

     Ram3n restaurant inside Ecclesia Market

• 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


Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God!    How unsearchable his judgments,    and his paths beyond tracing out!

Who has known the mind of the Lord?    Or who has been his counselor?”

Who has ever given to God,    that God should repay them?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.    To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11: 33-36 (NIV)

“We do our best to hear from God, but we are all a bit spiritually hard of hearing. Our own convictions sometimes get intermingled with what we believe God is saying to us. None of us knows everything. We’re all shaped by our environment and limited in our understanding. We do our best to hear from God, but we hear God through our individual filters, our preconceived ideas and convictions.”  ― Adam Hamilton, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today


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