|– PASTOR’S THOUGHTS|
– MASKS REQUIRED IN THE CHURCH AGAIN
– THE BOTTOM LINE
– NEWS FROM MICHAEL BLAIR
– FUMC CHURCH CHARGE CONFERENCE – Weds, Nov 17
– UMW LOCAL BOOK GROUP -Thurs, Nov 18
– ZOOM BIBLE STUDY WITH PASTOR DAVE – Thurs, Nov 18
– ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL – BETHEL – Sun, Nov 21
– WORSHIP INVITATION AND REMINDERS – Sun, Nov 21
– THANKSGIVING – Egad! Thurs, Nov 25
– KNITTERS KNITTING – Thurs, Dec 2
– FINAL CONFIRMATION CLASS VIA ZOOM – Weds, Dec 8
– RENTAL UNIT NEEDED
During the first meeting of one of my seminary classes, we were asked to introduce ourselves with our name and by relating about a time in our lives when we witnessed “the church being the church.” It was an interesting moment, as everyone in the room wrestled with what it means to be “the church.”
Actually, this is quite an important question – and one which every person who follows Christ should spend some time thinking through. The reason is that there are so many different assumptions that people can hold about what “the church” really is. Since tomorrow evening marks the final episode of Roaring Fork UMC’s (Annual) Church Conferences 2021, I thought it might be a good time for all of us to reflect upon what it means to be “the church”. I believe that the pandemic and associated social issues have forced us to consider this question in more depth and breadth than ever before. Having General (worldwide) Conference pushed forward at least two years hasn’t made the process any easier.
In my work, I sometimes encounter “faith explorers”; people who are passionate about social justice, outreach, and service but who simply cannot see the need for, or the benefits of being involved in a community of faith. Often (but not always) in these conversations, we Christians and our churches are described as being judgmental, unwelcoming and self righteous, — in effect, all talk and no action! Also, now that live-streaming worship has become a fixture in many smaller churches who cannot compete with “big-box”, big budget churches’ video production and a vast repertoire of music, and worship styles our constituents and members are also considering, “Why church” – do we even need to attend?” “Is church relevant for me and my family?”
The difficult thing about these statements is that they do, to some extent, carry a kernel of truth. The church is made up of human beings. For that reason, the church is capable of being as difficult, divisive, irritating, frustrating, and cantankerous as any human being! It is also capable of being as creative, compassionate, loving, forgiving, inspiring, and accepting as any human being! The church, like human beings, is complicated and complex … and at various times we can encounter it in a variety of forms!
When conversation turns to the shortcomings of churches, I usually refer to times like these – WHEN THERE IS DISASTER AND DEVASTATION AND THE CHURCH IS BEING THE CHURCH; QUITE LITERALLY THE HANDS, FEET, VOICE AND BODY OF CHRIST! I believe that THE church is capable of miraculous acts of compassion and care! I believe that THE UM CHURCHES OF THE ROARING FORK VALLEY ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE in our communities, our region, AND in the WORLD. I find it amazing that such a diverse group of people, folks who have such varied opinions and theological positions are instantly unified when tragedy strikes. They are ready to overlook their differences and take action!
Saturday (11/6) a bunch of volunteers from Basalt Community UMC, teamed with the Scouts at City Market in Willits to collect non-perishable food for Lift Up. Our Confirmation students are teaming up with parents and mentors to complete community service projects. Serving meals for Extended Table is back up and running indoors, based in Fellowship Hall at 1st UMC Glenwood Springs. In so many different ways, we are striving to be the best version of “the church” we can be. We are taking part in the ups and downs of life in our community – by helping people. And, it doesn’t stop there! Disciples are out there, quietly working behind the scenes, taking people to get vaccinated, to doctor appointments and chemo treatments, making PBJ’s for Feed My Sheep, and calling and visiting shut-ins. Also, we continue to support missions and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. (As you well know, disasters aren’t slowed down one iota by the pandemic). This region has been hard-hit by drought, fire and mudslides … restoration and recovery from those cataclysms is a BIG job that will take months, even years to complete. Our caring and concern for our community is how we have chosen to put Christ’s call to transformation into action. Is it easy? Nope! But we’re in it for the long haul!
Right now, the media is doing “stand-ups” with a news commentator and a convenient view of the latest crisis or disaster in the background… but soon enough interest will wane. More than five million persons have died world-wide from COVID but something newer and more interesting often takes the place of any predicament. But service to the community never stops. Jesus never stopped caring for others, even when he was weary and worn down. Like him, we are determined to love our neighbors and live as fully as possible the dream of becoming the image of Christ, alive in love in our community and our world! That, truly IS when the church is “the church” as Christ would want it!
We are a loving team, and when we reveal that face of Christianity to the world, I believe Jesus is truly pleased – and the critics who depend on negative stereotypes for their commentary fall completely silent. Let’s join together at every opportunity this fall and winter to celebrate God’s loving presence in us during worship … and through us in the world as we serve our community and transform our world!
Let’s truly be “the church” – individual and united by Christ’s love for all.
Wishing you peace and blessings and HOPE, and continuing to pray like crazy…
Until next time, Pastor Carol Lillie
MASKS REQUIRED IN THE CHURCH AGAIN – This past week church leadership met via Zoom to discuss Covid status in the Valley and how it affects us. It was a unanimous decision to continue to hold “in-person” services, but to require a squirt of hand sanitizer upon entering the building and the wearing of masks. We realize it might not be a popular decision, but felt it was prudent considering the vulnerability of many of our congregants and that the holidays are upon us.
THE BOTTOM LINE – At the October Church Council meeting, it was decided to give everyone a quick bottom line at the end of each quarter. Following is for the period Jan 1 – Oct 31, 2021:
Money In – $134,132.92
Money Out – 155,824.53
Negative Profit -21,691.61
NEWS FROM MICHAEL BLAIR – Klaus was in Rifle and stopped by the Veterans’ Home to visit with Michael. He is doing well and sharp as ever mentally, though he is in a wheel chair now. Definitely still his wise-cracking self; said he really enjoys the 24-hour room service! He would love to have you stop by and visit. The facility is open to visitors but you will need to wear a mask. You might call first just to make sure they don’t have a special event scheduled – 970 625-0842
FUMC CHURCH CHARGE CONFERENCE – Weds, Nov 17, 5 pm The meeting is held annually and gives the Church Council an opportunity to meet with Rev. Elizabeth McVicker District Superintendent, Utah/Western Colorado to review this past year and work on goals for next year. The meeting will not be “in person” but will be Zoomed. As with all things Methodist, anyone is invited to attend. Copies of the items to be covered during the Conference are available in the office and in the back of the Sanctuary.
If you’d like to attend, here is your invitation:
Elizabeth McVicker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Charge Conference – Glenwood Springs
Time: Nov 17, 2021, 05:00 pm
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Meeting ID: 942 3456 6627
UMW LOCAL BOOK GROUP meets on Thurs, Nov. 18, 10:00 am, Bethel Chapel. The book to be discussed is Separated by the Border. Do come and join us. Several people have books, so just ask if you need to borrow one to read.
ZOOM BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES NOV. 18 – We’ve been investigating why some of the Gospels report things in different ways. Our first effort was comparing how the Gospels of Matthew and Luke report the birth of Jesus. On Nov. 18 we’ll look at the following two areas …
The Sermon on the Mount
John’s disciples go to see Jesus
The Zoom links for the study is below:
Topic: Bible Study # 3
Time: Nov 18, 2021 07:00 pm
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Meeting ID: 860 5919 6854
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL continues this Sun, Nov 21, 8:45 – 9:45 am. Join Michael Ingersoll in Bethel as h
e is leads the class in viewing and discussing the DVD series, “The Chosen”. The series digs deeper into the backstories and context of the people and events of the gospels. You will be introduced to people such as Simon Peter, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, Matthew, and of course, Jesus.
Bring your coffee/tea and come join us.
WORSHIP INVITATION – Roaring Fork Methodists are inviting you to Worship via Zoom. Please click on the link in the invitation below to join us.
Topic: Roaring Fork Worship
Time: Nov 21, 2021 09:45 am
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Meeting ID: 851 1595 4238
– FINAL CONFIRMATION CLASS VIA ZOOM – Weds, Dec 8, 6:30
RENTAL UNIT NEEDED – A new-to-the-valley mother-to be is looking for housing. She would prefer a 2-bedroom unit in the $1000-$2000 range. If you know of something, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE ADDRESS – http:/glenwoodumc.com
MONDAY – 10:30 – 3
TUESDAY – 10:30 – 3
WEDNESDAY – Closed
THURSDAY – 10:30 – 3
FRIDAY – Closed