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CRFUMC Email Blast for Nov. 1st 2023

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9 a.m. Combined Worship for 11.5.23

Liturgical Sunday: All Saints Sunday Liturgical Color: White

Sermon Title: For All The Saints

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A big thank you to those who participated in the Community Kids Trunk or Treat. We had over 100 children, 25 trunks, and 150 hotdogs served by the scouts. Also a big thank you to all those who donated candy for the event. Kudos to Community Kids. There are some pictures in this month's newsletter.

This Sunday Food Bank Donations: This will be the last Sunday for our Fall Food Drive. Please bring your bags and leaving them at the Food Pantry cart.

The Castle Rock Symphony Concert has been reset for this coming Sunday, Nov. 5th. The concert begins at 6 pm.

Opportunities for Fellowship and Lunch: Leah Circle (UWIF) will meet at 11:45 on November 9 (lunch provided); the Men’s Group will meet at 11:30 on November 16 at Pegasus (send Larry Pratt your reservation at

The All Saints Day Banner is available at the Welcome Center for anyone who wishes to add a name for remembrance.

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 the history. Please reach out to Laryce Nitsch if you have questions or would like to help.

The Chrismons Repair Session on October 19 resulted in over 30 ornaments being refreshed. Thanks to those who helped sort through the Chrismons and replace missing pieces. We have a few more to complete and will finish up on Thursday, November 16. If you can help, please join us at noon.

Dinner Groups: Our Dinner/Lunch Groups will soon begin gathering for a time of food, fellowship, and fun. If you signed up, your Core Group Leader will contact you. If you missed signing up or have questions, please ask Pastor Matt.

Missing a serving dish? Please check the kitchen for any dishes you may have left following one of our recent luncheons.

Little Blessings The Holiday Gift Catalog raised over $1400 for School Supplies for Little Blessings. Thanks go to everyone who supported this fundraiser. Watch for the Butter Braids order form coming in November.

Celebrate Women’s Christmas – Saturday, December 2, from 10 am – 2 pm, all women are invited to celebrate Women’s Christmas. This is a time for women to take a few hours near the beginning of the holiday season to refocus, relax, and renew. Feel free to invite a friend. Lunch will be provided. The day will be led by Julie Bailey and Rev. Brenda Lear. Sign up at the Welcome Center or by emailing Rev. Brenda at

Time and Talent is November 5. There will be a blended church service at 9 am. Chairman Mike Vitek reports: “This is our Church’s annual fundraiser for: our youth’s mission trip; Trustees to purchase equipment for the Church; and the Mission Team to assist local mission(s). Our goal this year is to raise at least $7,250. Red pledge forms are available at the Welcome Desk and need to be returned by Thursday, November 2nd. They can be placed in the offering plate or returned to the Church office.”

Plans for our church’s 150th anniversary are underway. Please save the date — August 25, 2024 — for the culminating worship service. Other activities are being planned and wil be announced in coming months. Our next meeting will be Noonday, O tower 8 at 6 pm in the church library.

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. You may also purchase the book on your own at or . Prior to the Advent study, the Tuesday morning group will devote the next few weeks to a study of Scripture provided in the Common Lectionary. Join us in November, Advent, and the New Year — Tuesday morning at 9:30 in the church library.

Reverend Sarah’s Monday night contemporary studies group

Begins its study of Five Marks of a Methodist: The Fruit of a Living Faith by Steve Harper on October 16 at 6:30 pm (in person) and on October 20 at 6:30 pm (Zoom) . A signup sheet will be at the welcome center Is currently available, or you can contact Rev Sarah at to let us know you plan to attend. Books are available on Amazon. Please make sure you check the author’s name as there is a book with almost the same title by another author.

More details about this book appear in the October church newsletter.

Rev. Sarah’s Advent Study 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 rehearsals have resumed on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 -7:00 pm. Please contact Nancy Docksey at 303-877-9085 if you are interested. In singing with the choir or joining the Bell Choir, which rehearses from 4 to 5:30 pm. and offers another opportunity to share in our church’s music ministry.

Knot Again cannot accept any donations at this time. We will have a blessing in worship(s) on Nov. 12th

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:

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.

Event Reminders:

November 5 : Food Bank donations (reset from 10/29)

November 5: CR Symphony Orchestra (reset from 10/29) in the Sanctuary, 8 pm

November 5: All, Saints’ Day, Communion, return to Mountain Standard Time

November 5: Time & Talent Auction and brunch following the one service at 9 am

November 9: Leah Circle lunch provided Fellowship Hall 11:45am

November 12: Giving Tree gift tags available

November 13: Steering Committee for the church 150th Celebration, 6 pm, library.

November 16: Final Christens repair gathering, noon, Fellowship Hall

November 16: Men’s lunch at Pegasus

November 26: Hanging of the Greens, throughout the morning

December 2: Women’s Christmas, 10am-2pm Fellowship Hall.

December 3: Cookie Walk

December 5: Community Kids Christmas Show, 6:30 pm

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 16th is the Colorado Brass Concert the time I believe is 7:30 p,m

December 17: Castle Rock Orchestra Concert. 3 pm

December 20: Blue Christmas Service

December 21: Youth White Elephant from 6-8 pm

December 24: One morning Service; Christmas Eve Services at 5,7, and 11.

August 25, 2024: 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.

Please Lift up the following in your prayers

The United Methodist Church

Mountain Sky Annual Conference

Our Pastors and Staff

Little Blessings Families

Conflict in the Middle East

Those impacted by the mass shooting in Maine

The family of Mike Terford, (brother of Lisa Andrews and Sarah McAneny

The family of Pam Debora

The family of Kris Rausch ( Great aunt of Pastor Matt)

The family of Jean Zimmerman (twin sister of Judy Crenshaw)

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

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