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CRFUMC Email Blast for March 22nd 2023


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


Join us for a time of fellowship and worship. Join us at 9 a.m. for the Modern Worship or 10:45 a.m. for the Traditional Worship in-person or online. Don't forget that your name tags are appreciated.


This Sunday our musical guests will be The Hummin’birds, a bluegrass band that delivers an easygoing performance, mixing up old time Appalachian tunes with country, bluegrass, Irish, swing and original songs. Their clean vocal harmony and playful instrumentation have delighted audiences over many years! Originally active in the Minnesota bluegrass and old time music community, the group relocated to Colorado after winning first place in the 2006 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association duet contest at the Minnesota State Fair.


To find our live stream 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 March newsletter is up on the website at https://www.fumccr.org/newsletter



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.


Begin the season with Ash Wednesday in your local church or community, then join with members of the Mountain Sky Conference as we collectively add this new spiritual practice each weekday through Good Friday.


Digital Devotion begins at 6:30am, February 23-April 7 (Mondays-Fridays)

Zoom Meeting ID: 859 9454 0738

Passcode: 002216


Lenten Vespers: an online service of evening prayer will air on our Youtube Channel and Facebook Page at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent. You can find those links here: https://linktr.ee/castlerockfumc


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. 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.

 

April Newsletter Deadline is March 20.


United Women in Faith, Love Circle: meets Tuesday, March 28, in the church library at 1 pm.


Card of encouragement: If you would like to send a card or note to Tracy Beaman who is recovering from surgery on a broken leg and complications that followed, her address is Tracy Beaman, 741 Canyon Dr., Castle Rock 80104


Tuesday Morning Bible Study meets from 9:30 -11 am on Tuesdays. On March 28 we will begin a 7-week study of 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.


The Bell Choir is happening! Chancel Choir Director 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). A meeting time will be determined by those interested in forming a new bell choir.


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 proctective of information.

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.


Little Blessings’ Registration for 2023-24 is open for enrollment. 2-5 day programs are available Monday-Friday for children ages 1-5. For more information or to reserve your spot today, call 303-660-2170 or email littleblessingspdo@gmail.com


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.


Backpack Ministry: Our backpack ministry responds to Christ’s concern for prisoners (Matthew 25: 36, 39, 43). Our Church is the only organization in that provides backpacks to indigent men and women being released from the Douglas County Correctional Facility.


Prison ministry goes back to the beginning of Methodism. Eight years before John Wesley’s heart-warming experience of God’s grace on Aldersgate Street, he had already begun practicing acts of mercy as an essential part of faith. One of his acts of mercy was to visit prison five days a week.

When Kenny Teague, Minister at the Douglas County Sheriff Detention Center learned we were going to do the Backpack Ministry again, he said this is awesome and thank you and your members. We want to provide 48 backpacks (36 for men and 12 for women). We purchase the backpacks and then with you help fill them with a wide variety of personal items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, towel/washcloth, razor, socks, wallet, and other personal items. There is also devotional material in each backpack to help these men and women get their life on track with spiritual help.

Please stop by the table near the office and choose a card listing an item or items to be purchased or give a cash donation for the purchase of the backpacks and/or the needed supplies and toiletries. The supplies for the backpacks need to be returned to the Church by Sunday, April 16th.


Monday evening contemporary issues study that also meets via Zoom on Friday evenings begins soon under the leadership of Rev. Sarah. The discussion will be on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s book Killing Jesus: a History. Zoom Sessions run on Fridays ( 02 17 2023 to 03 31 2023; 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM) In Person Sessions on Mondays (02 20 2023 to 04 03, 2023; 6:30 PM to 8:30) in Fellowship Hall.


Event Reminders:

  • March 26: 2023 Backpack Ministry launch

  • March 28: Love Circle, 1 pm in the library

  • April 2: Palm Sunday services at 9 and 10:45

  • 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 following the 9 am

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

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

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.

Reminder: Social Media Have Been Updated to help us be easier to find and connect with. All the links in one place:


Please keep the following people in your prayers:

Jan and Bud Richter

Betty Grant

Sarah McAneny

Jerri and Guy Groves

Tracy Beam-an

Maria Molieri, sister of Vince Molar

Joe Crenshaw

Garrett Humphrey (Pat Wood’s Grandson)

The family of Bert Kennish

The family of Carolyn Thomas



“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13


“Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.” Robert Oren




Maundy Thursday, April 6th at 6 p.m.

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, April 7th at 6 p.m.

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday






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