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CRFUMC Email Blast for Dec. 6th 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 Hear What I Hear?

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4,9-10

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All of our Services are live-streamed

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Carols and Cocoa: Our 9 am service on Christmas Eve morning will be a time of fellowship, Christmas music and yummy hot chocolate, a pleasant respite among faithful friends. As Will Ferrell said in Elf, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” The hospitality Team is looking for some additional help providing and serving cocoa on Christmas Eve morning. If you can help, please add your name to the list at the welcome center.

The Castle Rock Community Ringers handbell choir and the Castle Rock Community Band will be performing together on Sunday, December 10 at Faith Lutheran Church on Ridge Road at 2 PM. Join us for some Christmas joy!

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 mission to Belize to support teachers there.

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.

In preparation for the upcoming conference, it is essential that we improve our Leadership Nominations Form to help the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development select the most suitable candidates for the available positions. This does not mean that we want to remove or replace anyone who is currently serving on a team. Our goal is to follow the guidelines set forth in the 2016 Book of Discipline and identify the right individuals for the available positions. By ensuring that our church governance is robust, we can effectively carry out the mission of the Church.

Please help us out by filling out this form:

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 10: Colorado Brass ensemble at 9:00 a.m worship

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

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 Johnson

Jill Cheek

Sid Jordan, brother-in-law to Julie Bailey

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

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