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CRFUMC Email Blast for Nov. 22nd 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Here is a Thanksgiving Prayer for this day.

Gracious Creator,

On this day of Thanksgiving, we gather with hearts overflowing with gratitude for the bountiful blessings bestowed upon us. We come together in a spirit of unity, acknowledging the richness of diversity that surrounds us.

We give thanks for the land beneath our feet, the sacred ground that has sustained our ancestors and continues to provide for us today. We honor the wisdom of those who have walked these lands before us, their teachings guiding us to cherish and care for the earth, our Mother.

We give thanks for the gifts of the harvest, for the abundance of food that sustains us each day. May we never take for granted the labor of those who toil the fields, the farmers who work the land with reverence and dedication.

We give thanks for the warmth of community, for the ties that bind us together as one family. In our diversity, may we find strength, understanding, and compassion for one another, celebrating the beauty of our differences.

As we gather around the table, let us remember those who are less fortunate, extending our hands in generosity and kindness to those in need. May our hearts be open to sharing our blessings with others, spreading love and hope throughout our communities.

Grant us the wisdom to walk gently upon the earth, honoring all living beings and nurturing the interconnectedness of all creation. Help us protect and preserve the gifts you have entrusted to our care, fostering a world where all can thrive.

In this season of gratitude, we offer our prayers of thanks for the countless blessings bestowed upon us. May our actions reflect our thankfulness as we strive to live lives filled with compassion, justice, and peace.


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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 1 Liturgical Color: Blue/Purple

Sermon Title: Do You See What I See

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Don't forget that your name tags are appreciated.

All of our Services are live-streamed

and click on either the YouTube or Facebook option.


New Christmas Tree: Thank you to the Trustees, Bernie and Linda Funk, and the successful Time and Talent Auction for the beautiful new tree gracing our Sanctuary this holiday season, The recently refreshed Chrismons being placed on it this Sunday have been a part of our Advent worship season for approximately 50 years.

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.”

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.

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.

Cookie Walk Dec. 3rd:

The UMIF Cookie Walk will be on Sunday morning, December 3rd. To be sure that Fellowship Hall is filled with tables of festive and delicious cookies to purchase, UMF is looking for donations. Donating a few dozen of your favorite cookies is a wonderful way to share your tasty recipe with others while filling your own box with various cookies for your holiday gatherings. Whether purchasing, donating, or doing both, United Women of Faith appreciates your help.

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

If you've signed up for the Women's Christmas Mini-retreat on Saturday, December 2, from 10am - 2pm, please bring a picture of yourself as a girl; any age is fine. Also please bring a journal; it can be one you use regularly or a brand new one just for the season. Lunch will be served. If you have not yet signed up or have questions, please see Brenda Lear or contact her at b.clear.72 as soon as possible.

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

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.

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:

Giving Tree still has some tags to be checked out. These gifts are due back on December 4th and the recommended amount per gift tag is $25.

Butter Braids are now on sale until December 4th and will be delivered by December 12th. There is more information at the Welcome Center.

For all the Advent Events go to:

Event Reminders:

November 26: Hanging of the Greens, throughout the morning

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

December 3: Cookie Walk, 9am-12noon

December 4: Giving Tree gifts brought to the church

December 4: Last day to order Butter Braids

December 5: Community Kids Christmas Show, 5:30 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, 7:30 p,m

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

May 3-5: Women’s Retreat; details will be posted later.

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 Famlies

Conflict in the Middle East

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

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

Denny Pottenger

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Psalm 107 : 8-9

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget. —Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living


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