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Photo Prayer & announcement


Earth Day 2015 – please enjoy this United Methodist YouTube Video: God’s gift of Earth: a photo prayer

“It’s a big issue…..Talk about it. Get to know how it affects you. Get to know who provides your food. And get involved. It’s a simple little film with no narration – simply the shepherds of the land sharing their love of what they do – and why it matters.” https://aarondelay.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/true-grit-a-review-of-droughtland/

“Droughtland” focuses on farmers/ ranchers in southeast Colorado during a decade-long drought. All of the filming for the 45-minute documentary was done in Colorado in places including Ordway, Limon, and Karval. Ranchers, members of the local community and elected officials were all interviewed. The film was written by Pat Woodard and produced and directed by Steffan Tubbs, who are both part of the 850 KOA news team.

This Sunday – Potluck Supper at 5pm“Droughtland”showing begins at 6pm at Hugo UMC The public is invited to a free showing of the documentary “Droughtland”. Spread the word to your friends and neighbors.  Everyone please bring your favorite dish to share.  Please join us for good food, fellowship, and getting to know more about our neighbors and some of the hardships they go through while we “Pray for rain”.

“the other side”

calm the storm  Do you recall the story of Jesus calming the seas, found in Mark 4:35-41? Jesus steps into a rough, but finely crafted, boat. The disciples watch Jesus as he stands in the stern facing the shore, telling the people about living lives consistent with God’s kingdom. Jesus teaches a long time. He needs a break. He instructs the disciples to pull up the sail, put the oars in the locks and head to “the other side”, a six-mile sail. The exhausted Jesus falls asleep as the disciples point the bow toward the other side of the lake. But “the other side” is Mark’s image of the unclean, the unknown – a place of discomfort. The people who live there are different from us. Boundaries keep us from going there. The boundary is the sea. The boundary is fear.  Jesus doesn’t think the way his disciples do, nor does he share their fear of “the other side.” His net is cast far wider, his influence poured way beyond the confines of one boat. As Jesus sleeps, dark clouds accumulate. The wind picks up. Waves grow and pound the boat. The disciples struggle against the powerful wind and angry waves. Fear dominates their thoughts as they face the chaos of the sea. They cannot overcome that one boundary to peace. Jesus awakens. Standing in the stern of the boat, he commands, “Silence! Be still!” Mark writes, “The wind settled down and there was a great calm.” Jesus asks his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Don’t you have faith yet?” In the midst of storms when we recognize and deeply trust God’s ultimate authority and power, peace comes. With peace comes the realization that along with being in control, God gives us the grace to accept change and to move on, despite disappointment and fear.

Why do we observe Native American Sunday?  God calls us to venture to “the other side”, break down boundaries and discover the richness that awaits us.  God expects us to learn about – and learn from – people who aren’t exactly like we are. What makes Native people special? As Native Americans understand that no one owns the land, water, air and earth, neither can one people own God’s kingdom. Within the Body of Christ, every person, every culture has unique gifts to refresh the Church. The contributions of Native people, as individuals and groups are not more important than the contributions of other Christians. Native people, however, are among the poorest and most marginalized of society and also the Church. The unfortunate fact is that people without “power” of wealth or social status tend to be overlooked. This special Sunday is an opportunity for all of us to honor the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society.

Please join us this coming Sunday, April 19, 2015,  as we are take up a special collection that will help Native American churches and will help send Native Americans to seminary so they can become pastors and church leaders and do good things for God.

– The above post has been adapted from a sermon by Duane M. Harris (March 8, 2011)

If you choose to donate to this Special Sunday offering today/online you can use this secure link to GCFA of The United Methodist Church ..  https://donate.gcfa.org/FundDetails.aspx?ID=10000141000110002

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A note from our D.S.

Beloved,

Holy greetings to you during this most sacred of weeks. As we journey through disappointment, death and devastation into hope, healing and Hallelujah, may you connect deeply with our God and the Body of Christ.

Our recent conference jointly held with the Sunshine District and Plains Sub-District was a wonderful opportunity to experience the connection between us as individuals and congregations, and also to reflect on what it means for us to be Easter people.

Rev. Jeremy Scott, our Mountain Sky Area-wide Vital Congregation Developer shared important wisdom with us at the conference that you will surely hear more about from those who attended. But there was one point in particular that I repeat for you here.

Jeremy described the life cycle of living things… including organizations like churches… as an arc from birth and growth to maturity and then decline toward death. He noted that for many of us who remember the robust health and productivity of the “adult” stage of the life-cycle… both for ourselves and our congregations… we have a tendency to think that vitality means pushing the ball back up the hill again. This work was agony for Sisyphus and it is for us, too. Furthermore, it doesn’t actually net us the results we seek. For this is the process of resuscitation, an act with inherent limitations. Resuscitation, you see, is capable only of taking you back to the moment immediately prior to death and addresses nothing about the causes of what killed you.

Resuscitation is not what we Christians are about. We are a people of RESURRECTION. New birth is what transforms us. New life in Christ starts us all over again at the very beginning. This is just as true for our congregations as it is for us as individual believers.

Hear the Good News! It is time to stop pushing the boulder back up the hill! Stop attempting to create youth groups where there are no youth or reserving 8 classrooms for Sunday school when you only need 2. Lay down the burden of recreating the past and receive instead Jesus’ yoke which is far lighter and easier to bear. Allow yourselves to be Eastered, born again, made new.

How are we made new as a congregation? It all starts with vision. So gather a group together to pray. Pray for your church. Pray for your community. Ask God to show you why you are in this time and this place and what you are to do about it. Our God is in the business of Resurrection. Not just once with Jesus, but over and over again, throughout time and for all of Creation.

Anticipating the gifts of Resurrection for us all,

Easter blessings from your D.S., Margaret