A Note from Rev. Everhart
There is no other responsibility we have as a congregation to each other than to affirm the faith journeys of young people. It is the most important act we can share together because it keeps the future ever present in the congregation. Our youth and children are lucky that they can grow up in a church that allows them to be so deeply involved in every facet of our community. The Sunday service functions smoothly week to week in no small part due to their running the slide show, acolyting, filling the candles with oil, setting up, etc. They are an integral part of what we do each Sunday and I hope they are proud and glad that their roles here are so honored and valued.
As I prepare to be gone the last two weeks in May to see my own son graduate from college, I can’t help but reflect on the ways he felt (and still feels) so honored and valued here. From his own days running the slide show and discussing Harry Potter with Gabby and Barb in Sunday School, to the care packages he receives as a college student, Niwot is ever present in his memories and in his life.
The impact we make on our young people is everlasting. So let’s celebrate them and honor their role in our community this month.
Rev. Laura Hehner to Be Appointed NUMC Pastor: As announced last Sunday, Bishop Karen Oliveto intends to name Rev. Laura Hehner as our new pastor effective July, 1 2017. As is customary in the UMC, her announcement will be officially made at the District Conference in June. Laura comes to us from the Deer Park UMC in Pine, CO. Since I am sure that many of you will want to familiarize yourselves with Laura before she arrives, her resume is available at niwotumc.org/newpastor. As always a new Pastor presents both a sad departure and an opportunity for change and revitalization.
Adult Sunday School in May will continue using Morgan Freeman’s 2016 (for National Geographic) video, The Story of God, as a basis for discussion on how people worldwide relate to God. This series is designed so that you can easily step in and out of it if you cannot be there every Sunday.
Stamp Alliance Ministry: I just shipped 9 pounds of used postage stamps to the Stamp Ministry. For those not familiar with this program, these stamps are sold to dealers and the proceeds are used to fund Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools in Latin America, Spain, and even the USA. In 2016 they donated $46,000.00 for a grand total of $946,000.00 since the inception. Thank you for donating your stamps to this cause. For more information, contact Ruth Graeter – email@example.com
Alzheimer’s Support Group: In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, we will be hosting an Alzheimer’s Support Group here at the church in the near future. Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of the month, beginning June 7, from 5:30-7 pm in the library. More information will be coming soon. Meanwhile, if you have questions, you can contact Gerri Davis at (207) 695-9688.
Book Club: The last book before summer, to be discussed on May 9th at 9:30 AM at Page II in Gunbarrel, is When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. (#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, this inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?)
UMW will meet the third Thursday in May — May 18th — as both Gayle and Penny will be out of town. This was voted on unanimously at the April meeting.
All are welcome to join Bea’s Lunch Group on May 21 at Noon. Location this month will be Tangerines at 2777 Iris Ave in Boulder. Sign-up sheet in the back.
May Alzheimer’s presentation: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Description: Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Some of these behaviors present challenges to care-givers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers of behaviors, and learn strategies to help intervene.
When: Tuesday, May 2 from 10-11:30 a.m. at First UMC, Lafayette
Thursday, May 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. at NUMC
A few areas at our church need some volunteers. Please let Rev. Pam know if you are interested in one or more of the following: 1) helping with the library, 2) being an offering counter on Sunday morning (once per month), 3) being a fundraising coordinator (someone who organizes fundraising events for the church’s general budget). Thanks for your assistance in keeping our church vital.
Vacation Bible Adventure is coming June 3rd (9 am – 1 pm)! VBA is for kids going into Kindergarten through 5th grade. If you are interested in helping with VBA, please see Barb Bridgestock or Dixie Piland or sign up on the back white board. No experience needed.
NUMC Mission Trip for all ages for Summer 2017! We have reserved a space for a mission team from this church to go to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City the week of July 17. If you are interested in possibly being a part of this mission team, please let Sheryl Wisecup know. We need to let UMCOR know how many we will be bringing.
NEWARK, N.J. – April 25, 2017
In a much-awaited moment, the Western Jurisdiction today told The United Methodist Judicial Council that last July’s election of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto complied with church law.
Denver attorney Richard Marsh, serving as counsel for the Jurisdiction, asked the denomination’s top court to reject arguments by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference that Bishop Oliveto’s election was in violation of church law because she is an open, married lesbian.
“We don’t think the Judicial Council has the authority to step in and interfere with Jurisdictional Conference elections,” Marsh told the Council.
Read the rest of the press release on the Western Jurisdiction website
Bishop Oliveto’s Post-Judicial Council Hearing Press Conference Remarks
Excerpt: ”I love being a bishop in The United Methodist Church. I have been moved by the faithful ministries within the churches of the area I serve. I love the relationships we have formed and the vision for our future that has prayerfully emerged in these nine months. It is as if everything I have done throughout my vocation has brought me to this position where I can best serve God as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
What is fascinating about today’s hearing is that no one questioned the gifts and graces I possess for ordained ministry and specifically for the episcopacy. And no one has looked at my work and said my abilities for this task are lacking.”
Her full remarks are available at this LINK
Native American Ministries Sunday, April 30
Native American Ministries Sunday will be observed on April 30 this year. When you support Native American Ministries Sunday, you equip seminary students who will honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. And you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ. Learn more | Donate online