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CRFUMC Email Blast for April 5th 2023


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


Please come and join us for Holy Week Services.


You are invited to “The Living Last Supper” The program will start at 6:00 PM with a potluck dinner of salads and desserts to follow. We will have a sign-up at the welcome center if you plan to attend. We also need volunteers to assist with “hand washing” before the program. Please consider joining us!


Good Friday Service at 6 p.m. on April 7th is centered around the Tenebrae. 'Tenebrae' is the Latin word meaning 'darkness.' The service of Tenebrae as practiced in most Protestant Churches is an adaptation of medieval Roman Catholic practices for each of the days of Holy Week dating back to the ninth century. For United Methodists and some other Protestants, the story of the suffering and death of Jesus from John’s gospel is divided into 16 readings. After each segment of the story is read, a candle is extinguished. After the fifteenth reading, which confirms that Jesus had died on the cross, the last of the 15 lit candles is extinguished or taken away, and a loud sound (called strepitus in Latin) is made to convey the sense of total loss of God’s presence and the effect of the death of Jesus on the universe. The final story of the burial is read in near darkness. Worshipers leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the celebration of the coming Resurrection, on Easter Sunday (from umc.org).


All of our Services are live-streamed

go to (www.linktr.ee/castlerockfumc ) and click on either the YouTube or Facebook option.


For Prayer Requests go to: https://www.fumccr.org/prayer-request


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



Easter Egg Candy

We have set a box out by the welcome desk. Community Kids will be having an Easter Egg Hunt immediately following the 9:00 Easter Service. They would love donations of plastic-filled Easter Eggs by April 6th.


MSC Digital Devotions Returns for Lent: Come join with voices from across the Mountain Sky Conference for a Lenten Devotion. Each morning’s devotion will be led by a different clergy or laity person from the MSC, as we come together for a time of scripture, reflection and prayer, every weekday during the season of Lent. Digital Devotion begins at 6:30am, February 23-April 7 (Mondays-Fridays) Zoom Meeting ID: 859 9454 0738 Passcode: 002216


Catch Pastor Matt for Coffee: Join me at Crowfoot Valley Coffee on 734 Wilcox St. Monday-Thursday from about 7:45 a.m. until about 10 a.m. Feel free to swing by and grab a drink of choice and talk to me you will not be bothering me if I have my laptop up and typing away. If you want to meet me there to chat just give me a heads-up to make sure I am going to be in the coffee shop.


Backpack Ministry:. Mike Vitek, coordinator of the our backpack ministry program reports an enthusiastic response of donations and remind us that these donations are due this Sunday, April 9. This ministry responds to Christ’s concern for prisoners (Matthew 25: 36, 39, 43). Our Church is the only organization that provides backpacks to indigent men and women being released from the Douglas County Correctional Facility.


2023-2024 Stewardship Campaign: John Wesley the founder of the Methodist movement, gave a remarkable sermon called “The Use of Money.” In it, he said that the important thing isn’t money itself but how we use it. Wesley’s surprising advice still rings true today: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can. Our 2023-2024 emphasis will be center around John Wesley’s use of Money looking at the book: Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money, developed by popular author and pastor James A. Harnish. Today you will be given stewardship campaign cards. Please begin praying on how much you are willing to commit to 2023-2024 fiscal year. On May 7th we will have our Commitment Sunday.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets from 9:30 -11 am on Tuesdays and is currently studying Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours that Changed the World. This group is open to anyone who wishes to study Scripture, people, and events of the Bible up close. New members and drop-ins are welcome.


NEW! Monday evening contemporary issues group begins a news study in May: The Way of the Heart by Henry M Nouwen. Zoom Sessions begin on Monday, May 1 (in person) and on Friday, May 5 (Zoom) and end on May 22 and 26. Time for both session is 6:30 - 8:30 pm.


The Bell Choir, under the leadership of Nancy Docksey is adding names to those interested in being a part of this music ministry. If you haven’t yet signed up, contact her in person at the 10:45 service welcome time or by phone or text (303-877-9085).


Little Library Reminder: browse and borrow freely or trade in one at a time. Please do not bring boxes of books.


Grocery Story Card Update: Currently we have over 50 families participating in this program. We receive about $450/quarter from King Soopers. Check the welcome center for directions for signing up for the first time with them. The Safeway Cards are now available. Contact the church office to pick one up.. We have received approximately $250/quarter from Safeway. There is no dollar amount on them this time so folks will just pick up a card and head to Safeway to load the amount they choose to have on it . NOTE: You may use the money you have remaining on the old card, but you will not be able to reload it.


Church Directory Update for those with paper copies: We know there might be errors or missing info. If you want those changed please let Pastor Matt know so that we can adjust those. They will update the data in the app about a week after adjusted. As for the printed version, we are discerning a way to best let you know of changes that is protective of information.


Digital Photo Directory: To view the directory online, go to members.InstantChurchDirectory.com and follow the prompts under “Sign In” to “Create a login now.” Please remember, you must confirm your email address before you can sign in. There is also a free mobile app available for download at the Apple® App store in iTunes®, Google Play™ store and the Amazon Fire App Store. Simply search for “Instant Church Directory” to get the download. You will need to use your email address as listed in our directory to create a log-in the first time you use the directory online and via the mobile app. If you want to add your picture or make changes please email Pastor Matt


Coffee Chat Tuesdays at the Phillip Miller Library in Castle Rock offer coffee, conversation, and games every Tuesday from 8 - 11 am in the Sue Meacham Reading Room for seniors and adults looking for socialization.


Men's Lunch:

For all who are interested, the lunch this month will be April 20th at Pegasus at 11:30. email Larry Pratt if you plan on attending: lkpratt45@yahoo.com


The current issue of The Upper Room is available at the Welcome Center.




Event Reminders:

  • April 6: Maundy Thursday service at 6 pm, pot luck dinner before

  • April 7: Good Friday service at 6 pm

  • April 9: Easter Sunday, 3 services. 6:30 am (outdoor chapel), 9 am, 11:00 am; Egg Hunt Immediately following the 9 am

  • April 9: Backpack Ministry donations are due

  • April 13: Leah Circle, Women United in Faith, lunch & program 11:45 Fellowship Hall

  • April 19: Knot Again 6-8:30 pm Fellowship Hall

  • April 20: Men’s luncheon at Pegasus, 11:30 am

  • May 7th: Commitment Sunday


Please contact the church office for links to these Zooms:

  • Stephen Ministry Supervision meets the second and fourth Thursdays at 6:30 pm

  • Rev. Sarah’s Contemporary Discussion Group, Zoom Sessions: Fridays at 6:30

  • Coffee Time with Rev. Sarah, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.


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Please keep the following people in your prayers:

The Family of Tracy Beaman

Family of Elizabeth Johnson

The family of Guy Groves

The family of Betty Watson

Jan and Bud Richter

Betty Grant

Sarah McAneny

Maria Molieri (sister of Vince Molieri)

Joe Crenshaw

Garrett Humphrey (Pat Wood’s Grandson)

Pat Branson


A memorial service for Betty Watson will be held on Wednesday, April 19th , at 11 am in the church sanctuary.


A memorial service for Tracy Beaman will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 11 am in the church sanctuary.


A memorial service for Guy Groves will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 11 am in the church sanctuary.

 

Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project, not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.

N.T. Wright, in Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection,


For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance. Or you at the first: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas. That is, Peter and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians: 15: 3-8







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