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CRFUMC Email Blast for Dec. 13th 2023

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Worship Service 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: Advent 3 Liturgical Color: Blue/Purple

Sermon Title: Do You Feel What I Feel?

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:23-32

Don't forget that your name tags are appreciated.

All of our Services are live-streamed

go to ( ) and click on either the YouTube or Facebook option.


Blue Chrsitmas Dec. 20th at 6:30 p.m.

The "Blue Christmas" service recognizes that for some, the holiday season can evoke painful memories and present challenges. Whether on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year's Eve, it can be overwhelming to cope with the pain and difficulties of life.​This service seeks to provide a space for reflection, prayer, song, and meditation. It offers an opportunity to confront and offer our pain to the Christ child while finding solace in the knowledge that we are not alone.

From UWF (United Women in Faith):

We thank and appreciate all the bakers and buyers. The Cookie Walk raised $600.00. The money we raise is used for any needed kitchen upgrades, our pledge to Conference (which supports many global missions), and our support for those teachers from our church as they join other Douglas County teachers on a mission to Belize to support teachers there.

No Men's Lunch this Month

Women’s Christmas on December 2 was a grace-filled success with 23 women in attendance. Those who attended are invited to join in the potluck luncheon on January 6 at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall.

Little Library: In addition to a shelf of books celebrating Native American writers and topics, there is now a shelf of Christmas books. Both shelves will remain through December 31.

History Photographs: If you have any church-related photographs from 1974- present, please bring them to the church. There will be an envelope/file in the office for you to place them in. Please identify people, events and dates if you have them. If you would like these photographs returned to you, please place them in your own envelope and put a “return to” name on the envelope. Louise Molieri will be scanning these photos for our history book and slide shows beginning now through and through the first few months of 2024.

Current Photos: If you have any photos to share from Star Lighting, church scenes/events, or Small Group Dinners and Lunches, please send them digitally to Rev. Matt. We would like to include them in upcoming newsletters.

Helping with Our Church History: The church’s Sesquicentennial Committee is looking for help with updating the history records of our church for the anniversary celebration planned for next summer. Folks can work independently or with a partner on small segments of history. Please reach out to Laryce Nitsch if you have questions or would like to help.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study will begin an Advent Study on November 28 when Rev. Matt will lead our discussion of Matt Rawle’s Experiencing Christmas: Christ in the Sights and Sounds of Advent, which is also the source of his Advent sermons and a Zoom discussion group (time TBA). If you would like to purchase the book and/or participate in the Zoom discussion, sign up at the Welcome Center.

Reverend Sarah’s Monday night contemporary studies group

Will be discussing Advent and the Message of John the Baptist by Adam Hamilton. In Person Sessions, Mondays November 27, 2023 to December 18 2023 6:30PM to 8:30. Zoom Sessions, Fridays December 1 2023 to December 22 2023; 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Church Calendar Schedule: As we move into our new calendar year, remember that if you would like to schedule a meeting for your group at our church or have a need to reschedule a meeting, please check with Theresa Kepple to be sure the time and date are available.

Chancel Choir: As we enter Advent and prepare for our Christmas Eve services, the choir would love to have a few more voices adding to worship and celebration. We rehearse on Wednesdays at 5:30 in the sanctuary. Please consider joining us for a few weeks.

Knot Again cannot accept any donations at this time.

Rev. Sarah’s Wednesday morning coffee time on Zoom begins at 9:30. Contact the church office for the link to connect.

Catch Pastor Matt for Coffee: I am back to working at Crowfoot Valley Coffee on 734 Wilcox St. Monday-Thursday from about 7:45 a.m. until about 10 a.m. If you want to make sure you catch me let me know, my schedule may vary depending on the day. You can let me know if you want to meet by going to:



May 3-5,2024

It’s been awhile! Revs. Sarah and Brenda are planning the next Women’s Spirituality

Retreat for May 3-5, 2024. More details to follow but for now, SAVE THE DATE!

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 Conference is coming up on December 16th at 2 p.m. in person. Our Supervisory District Superintendent, Chris Carr, would love to meet us in person since we are new to his supervision.

Church Directory

One of the nice things about the program we are using for the photo directory is that we can update it at any time. I would like to update it so we can print the updates on the first of Jan. Our church directory is a great resource tool that allows you to get to know our church family better! Simply go to the App Store, search for Instant Church Directory, and download the FREE app to begin. Links to Member Apps

Apple App Store: Get the iPhone / iPad app here Google Play Store: Get the Android app here

You will use your email address listed in the directory to CREATE A log-in the first time you use the directory app.

If you’re not listed in the directory, OR if you have trouble logging into the app, please email me:

Members can log into the Online Member Directory at

For all the Advent Events go to:

Upcoming Events:

December 14: Little Blessings Christmas Show at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

December 14: Leah Circle Christmas potluck

December 16: Colorado Brass Concert, 7:30 pm

December 17: Castle Rock Orchestra Concert. 3 pm

December 20: Blue Christmas Service, 6:30 pm

December 21: Youth White Elephant from 6-8 pm

December 21: Men’s Luncheon at Pegasus, 11:30

December 24: One morning Service “Carols and Cocoa”

December 24: Christmas Eve Services at 5,7, and 11.

December 31st One Service at 10:45 a.m.


January 21: Sesquicentennial Inaugural Event, one worship service at 10:45 a.m. Celebrating our Church’s Music and Musicians

April 17: Sesquicentennial History Night with speakers and dessert

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

Zoom Sessions

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

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

In Our Prayers

The United Methodist Church

Mountain Sky Annual Conference

Our Pastors and Staff

Little Blessings Families

Conflict in the Middle East

The Family of Joe Docksey

Donna Murray

Sarah McAneny

Jan and Bud Richter

Betty Grant

Maria Molieri (sister of Vince Molieri)

Garrett Humphrey (Pat Wood’s grandson)

Hank Slawson, Father of Julie Venable

Rose Andrade

Diann Lawson, daughter of Lowell Burgener

Kathy Spackman neighbor of Julie and George Curran

Bill Eylens

Iliana Grutdrad friend of Pat and Kay Jones

Kathy Spackman , Neighbor of Julie and George Curran

Jim Ellis Uncle of Kari Sorah

Connie Williams mother in-law of Kari Sorah

Sonja Auldridge

Cynthia and Tom Johnson

Jill Cheek

Sid Jordan, brother-in-law to Julie Bailey

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

For Prayer Requests go to:

The Current newsletter is up on the website at

The Christmas Eve offering will be allocated toward the general ministries of the CRFUMC and the apportionments of the UMC, supporting a diverse range of essential programs and initiatives within the church community.


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I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. 

Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalms 11:1-2

Hark how the bells / Sweet silver bells

All seem to say / Throw cares away

Christmas is here / Bringing good cheer

To young and old / Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong

That is their song / With joyful ring / All caroling

One seems to hear / Words of good cheer

From ev’rywhere / Filling the air

— Peter Wilhousky, from a Ukrainian song “Bountiful”


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