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FROM THE PASTORS’ PEN

Dear FUMC Alamosa Family,

         Happy Reformation Month! The end of this month celebrates the day Martin Luther published his 95 theses, and thus the Protestant Revolution began! As we’ve discovered, Luther was a fantastic theologian, but not an excellent hymnist. His top issue with the Catholic Church dealt with the accessibility of Scripture to the common person. Luther understood access to Scripture in a common tongue as a sacred act—a concept our own John Wesley upheld. We celebrate Luther’s revolutionary action because it set off a chain of events of humanity being able to internalize and better understand, challenge, engage with their faith in ways the current Catholic practice didn’t allow. Since the 1500s, the Protestant faith has exploded with so many different interpretations of the Christian faith. It’s truly phenomenal how a revolution 500 years ago encouraged our imaginations, sparked our desires, and warmed our hearts to God and the Gospel. And still today, we’re trying to figure this whole thing out—Christianity is still used as a tool to punish, colonize, and cause harm all across the world. One missionary got shot down after attempting to “colonize with Christ” a remote island of indigenous persons even after repeated attempts to discourage him.

We’re still trying to figure out what our faith means to us, and how do we best live out our faith without causing harm. That’s what our lives are—an incredible journey of discovery with each other. I give thanks for Luther, though I’m not a Lutheran, because he is my sibling in Christ—a part of the church universal, the cloud of witnesses who pray with me and from whom I learn. I give thanks for the bigger body of our Christian siblings, for how we learn and grow together. I give thanks for how we strive together, in our own ways, to walk with God and transform the world.

 

-Rev. Amber

 

The Grapevine

 

 

 

Alamosa United Methodist Women

Tuesday, October 8th

Noon in the Memorial Room

FUMC's United Methodist Women will meet in the Memorial Room at noon on Tuesday, October 8.  All women of the church are invited to attend.  

Bring your lunch; dessert is provided. Also, please bring your Thank Offering and your Share the Warmth donation, if you haven't already turned it in.

 

The Mission committee is collecting supplies for Hygiene Kits to be taken to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.  These kits are given to people in need in the United States and other countries. There will be a box in the narthex for contributions of complete kits or any of the items listed below.  All items must be new.     

 

                                                      UMCOR Hygiene Kit

Value: $12.00 per kit

 One hand towel (15 x 25 –17 x 27 inches)
 No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels

 One washcloth
 No kitchen, cleaning, or microfiber towels

 One comb
 Must be sturdy with at least 6 inches of teeth
 No pocket combs or picks
  Rattail and combs without handles are acceptable but must have  at least 6 inches of teeth

 One toenail or fingernail clipper
 No emery boards or metal nail files

 Bath-size soap (3 oz. bar or larger)
 No Ivory or Jergen’s soap
 Do not remove from packaging

 One adult toothbrush
 Do not remove from packaging
 Personal advertising not acceptable

 10 adhesive bandages (3⁄4 by 3 inches)
 Common household bandages acceptable

Important Notes

  All items must be new.

   Do not wash any of the items as they will no longer be considered new.

   Do not include any personal notes, money or additional materials in the kits.

Text Box: Contents of kits or the containers of kits should not be imprinted with cartoon characters, advertisements, religious, patriotic, military or camouflage symbols

 

                   Mountain Sky Conference United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

                                  October 25-26, Christ UMC, Salt Lake City, Utah

Save the date and plan to come!  We will celebrate the histories and accomplishments of legacy Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences and then go forward to create the new Mountain Sky Conference United Methodist Women.

Guest speaker will be Rev. DeLyn Celec who is the Worship Arts Coordinator/Campus Minister at Shenadoah University in Winchester, Virginia.  

There will be Ubuntu (service) opportunities onsite at the UMCOR Depot West in Salt Lake City on Friday, October 25.  Gathering time for the meeting is 4 p.m. Friday. Watch for registration information or contact Frances Graves. 

 

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

 1         Sara Serak

10        Tyler Ortega

13        Tom Morin

18        Tony Serak

20        David Wehe

           Nancy Mead

27        George “Jr.” Kingery

29        Riley Ortega

            Helen Lester

 

The Bell Choir will be playing in church on October 20, November 17, and December 15.  We will rehearse every Wednesday at 6pm, with no rehearsal November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.  All are welcome to join us!  The ability to count to 4 is the only requirement.

 

 

 

LAST MISSION U EVENT FOR 2019

The last Mission u event for 2019 will be held in Lamar, Colorado on Saturday

October 12, 2019. The event will last from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The studies for

this year are the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women and the radical

discipleship of Mark’s Gospel. Anyone wishing to attend this event needs to sign

up as soon as possible. For more information and application forms, contact

Elliott Graves at 719-588-5520. Cost of the event is $55 and there are

scholarships available.

                                                    PRAYER PAGE

PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A NAME ADDED TO THIS LIST.  THE PRAYER CHAIN REQUESTS, WHICH ARE KEPT IN CONFIDENCE, ARE SEPARATE FROM THIS.  YOU MAY HAVE YOUR REQUEST ON BOTH!!

         Prayers for:                                  Needs:                   Relationship:

Barbara Relyea                                     Health Issues FUMC Family

Tricia Schneider Health Issues             Wife of David Schneider

Ed Stoermer                                         Health Issues Family of Helen Taylor

Janice Robison Health Issues               Mother of Beth Robison

           Sue                                                       Health Issues Friend of Helen Taylor

          Jeni Carter’s                                           Mom Health Issues

          Lynn & Jeanie Camp                             Health Issues Parents of Doug Camp

          Rev. Nancy Willet                                  Health Issues Sister of Janet Camp

          Kip Owen                                               Health Issues Friend of Janet Camp

         Drew Serak                                             Health Issues Sue Serak’s Grandson

                                                      Peter & Jill Cznos                                   Health Issues Friends of Theresa Rudder

                                                     Shandi Hajek                                           Health Issues Family Friend of Helen Taylor

                                                     Scott Koppenhafer                                    Death-while serving our country 

                                                                                                                       Family of Travis & Ashley Koppenhafer

                                                      Michael Oxley                                          Injuries Brother of Rev. Amber Mitts  

                                                      Rev Margaret Gillikin                               Health Issues FUMC Family  

                                                      Barbara Relyea                                       Death FUMC Family—Oct. 8@2:00 PM

 

 

THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY

 

Taylor Nye Don Stegman’s Granddaughter

Nathan Cross/Cameron Christensen Bob & Judy Irvine’s Grandson

Cameron Christensen Bob & Judy Irvine’s Grandson Erik & Janine Christensen Son

For the prayer chain, contact the church office 719-589-2243 or email @ fumc2005@qwestoffice.net

 

               

 

 

Adult Sunday School @ 9 am every week

 

 

    

 

TOGETHER, WE ENABLE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

October 6, 2019

According to the 1972 Book of Discipline paragraph 163.b there shall be a World Communion (formerly Fellowship of Suffering and Service) offering to support the division of chaplains and ministries, Crusade Scholarships and the scholarship fund for minority groups.

Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been unwieldy.

What would it look like if the church today imitated Jesus’ affirmation of the full dignity and God-given potential of all women and men—especially those who’ve historically been assigned to the world’s margins? On World Communion Sunday our giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. Equipping Disciples Like Mary Grace to Serve in Jesus’ Name

As a small child Mary Grace Galapon labored as a housemaid in exchange for food and clothing. Yet, allowed to attend church, she found hope. As a member of The United Methodist Church, our giving on World Communion Sunday has allowed this deaconess, of the Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference, to pursue an education that is now changing her community as she works to eliminate poverty.

Mary Grace’s work, and the impact of hundreds more like her, are possible because we give.

Will You Equip World-Changers?

Let us give generously on World Communion Sunday to make education and vocational impact possible for more students, like Mary Grace? Let us equip gifted and qualified students from around the globe to become the world-changers God created them to be?

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”  And because the people of The United Methodist Church believe that all of God’s children have been created and gifted to build the kingdom Jesus ushered in, we’re resourcing them to do just that. Because of our giving on World Communion Sunday, the most powerful tool to change the world is in more hands.

Sunday, October 6 is World Communion Sunday.  Let us give generously.  There will be special offering envelops in the bulletin.  Or you can give directly, by mail, to:

GFCA

P.O. 340029

Nashville, Tennessee

       37203

Please put name of Sunday in note section of your check.

REMEMBER: 100% of what you donate will go to the people in need.

 

 

WEE CARE NEWS

 

 

October is Fire Prevention Month so we would like to remind you to check your smoke detectors and to practice an escape plan.  The children will also be learning about fire safety.  Stop Drop and Roll is still an excellent learning tool!  During the month of October the children will also be learning about the shape of a rectangle and the color red, which coincidentally makes a fire truck! 

We are on our 7th week now in a wonderful program with the CACFP food program and the SLV Food Hub.  We are receiving at no cost to the center local foods fresh from the farms in the San Luis Valley.  The children get to see them before we cook or prepare them.  If it’s fresh corn on the cob then they get to help shuck it.  If it’s fresh peas, they get to shell them.  Just recently we had Dragon tongues!  They were like a snap pea but purple and yellow in color and a little twisty.  Other foods were, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, apples, pears, purple carrots and potatoes, zucchini and squash varieties, kale, quinoa (still haven’t tried to cook it!) beets, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and green chili that is a little too hot for the kids!  The best part of the program is that we are allowed to send left over fresh foods home with families.  Most orders are like 30 lb boxes and we can make two meals and send home what’s left. 

We had a wonderful turn out for our Open House that was on September 24th.  The children were excited to show their parents the activities they enjoy doing at school.  We also provided a pizza dinner along with fruits and vegetables from the SLV Food Hub that included lemon cucumbers, purple carrots, fresh peaches and chocolate chip zucchini bread that we made from the zucchini.

We will have a Halloween Presentation of songs and finger plays on Thursday, Oct 31 in the gym at 2:00 and a Halloween Party of snacks in the classrooms.

 

Have a Safe and Spooky Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

Sunday
Sunday Worship 10:15 AM
Children's Sunday School 10:30 AM

MUSIC

Chancel Choir &  Bell Choir

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

Meets the second Tuesday of the month in the Memorial Room at NOON--starting back up September 10th.

OTHER GROUPS

We have a variety of groups from across our Conference and the States that we house during the summer for missions/mission work and service here in the valley.

NURTURING PARENTS

Meets every Monday from 5:30-8:30pm

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)

Meets every Wednesday at NOON. 

SMALL GROUPS

Adult Confirmation Class starting in the fall
                     Email reverend.arm@gmail.com if you're interested in joining!

"Social Principles" Study Small Group starting in the fall.

LA PUENTE

Check out their website and our "La Puente" tab for more information.