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Dear FUMC Alamosa Family,

In her powerful book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston wrote: “Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.” This February, as we celebrate and remember God’s beloved creations still, even, harmed and abused by injustice, we also observe the power of revelation. These two remembrances go hand in hand. Through revelation we discover that diversity and difference are gifts—gifts that keep us out of silos and strip the blinders off our world view.

Through revelation, we discover that intersectional justice requires us to embrace an awareness for equity and equality in the world around us. Racial justice looks like revelation. It looks like trust. It looks like mercy. It looks like peace. It looks like restoration—like dismantling modern day slave practices still active in our world and in our country. But, Amber, slavery ended in the 1800s, so we’re good, right? Not really. How slavery looked just changed. Men in power, fueled by prejudice and dreams for a “time that was,” proceeded to maintain limiting, abusive, and harmful practices, laws, and behaviors. For many people of color legal accessibility, financial stability, and proper education are still inadequate. And that’s unacceptable. When we choose to make decisions to dissuade or encourage racial stereotypes, prevent institutional racism, and casual discrimination, we make a stand in solidarity to make the world a kinder and more respectful place.

This month, I want to dream big. I want that mud puddle to be a vast sea, full of possibilities for growth, strength, and courage to help myself and our world be a more fruitful and healthily diverse place to live. Not just this month, but next month, and the next, and the next...I want that dreaming to grow. I want hope to be realized for those who just see the system and the world working against them. I want their narrative to be just as live-giving as it can be, because we all have so much to offer the world and each other.

-Rev. Amber

 

The Grapevine

 

 

 

 

From Jordan Hannenbaum,

Hi parents!

Crazy, how we are already in February!  I wanted to take a second to let you know what we will be learning over the next month.  We will be continuing the lessons from before christmas.  The lessons will talk about being a good friend, letting Jesus into our lives, and what they think they need in order to be a good friend to someone else.  As most of you know, i will be getting married this year, so please forgive my absences over the next few months up until the wedding.  We are very busy trying to get everythig done.  I appreciate the love and support I have received from everyone in regards to volunteering to help teach Sunday School.  Thank you so much, and i am looking forward to a wonderful month with you all!  Please remember that there will be an all children ran service on the 16th of this month.  Please if you can attend, they have worked hard.

 

Thanks again, 

Jordan Hannebaum

 

Our all children and young adult led worship
service is
February 16th at 10:15am.

 

Join us for worship, communion, prayers, and lessons in the first of hopefully many such services.

The theme for this is “God’s Love.”

 

KITCHEN NEWS:
                    

Thanks to Chance and Chris Padilla for their donation of knives, cutting mats, bowls and messuring implements.

Thanks also to those unknown angels who generously bring consumable supplies that every kitchen needs, but are taken for granted until there are none.

May we sugguest that when shopping for yourself , you consider getting an extra of any of the following to bring to the church kitchen:

*Paper Towels                      *Napkins                    *Plastic Storage Bags        

     *Aluminum-Foil                    *Dish Washer Tablets,                           *Dish Washing Liquid

          *COFFEE                    *TEA

We have two major pot lucks , several meetings, and hospitality gatherings coming up. Our kitchen is used A LOT !!

The kitchen does not have budget for supplies and relies on donations, extras left by visiting groups and the UMW.

BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO ASSIST!

Thank-You

Judy Irvine

 

 

 

 

CALENDAR

 

 

February 2nd           [Chancel Choir in Service]
                                [Communion Sunday]
                                (9am) Adult Sunday School

                                Girl Scout cookies sold after worship Narthex

February 3rd           (5:30pm) Nurturing Parents

February 4th  [Rev. Amber out of town-Retreat/Conference until 2/9]

February 9th           [Amanda Pearson Preaching]

February 14th         (12:00pm) WCC Memorial Room

February 15th    Set up for “Unbirthday Party” (3:00pm) Friendship Hall

February 16th     [Children and young adult led worship]
                           (9am) Adult Sunday School
                      Girl Scout cookies after worship Narthex
Unbirthday Party Friendship Hall (11:30)

February 17th         (10:00am) Staff meeting

February 23rd         [Coral Hartless preaching]
                               (9am) Adult Sunday School

February 26th        *ASH WEDNESDAY*
                            Services: 7:00-7:30am Sanctuary
      8:00(ish)-10:00(ish) “Ashes to Go” Milagro’s Coffee
                            5:30-6:00pm Sanctuary

 

Weekly Recurring meetings:

Mondays: Nurturing Parents (5:30 pm)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Cooking Matters (4:30 pm) Kitchen and Commons LAST ONE 2/4/2020**

Wednesdays: Alcoholics Anonymous (12:00pm) Memorial Room

Bell Choir (6:00 pm) Sanctuary
Chancel Choir (7:00 pm) Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

Alamosa United Methodist Women

Tuesday,  February 11, 2020

Noon in the Memorial Room

 

United Methodist Women will meet in the Memorial Room at noon on Tuesday, Please join us to share in fellowship and spiritual growth. 
All women of the church and their friends are invited to share Love, Faith and Hope in Action

The Western Jurisdiction of United Methodist Women is holding their Quadrennial Event in Tempe, AZ. April 17-19, 2020.  The theme is "Calling u 2020"  There will be many workshops and activities to suit a variety of interests as well as inspiring worship services and fellowship opportunities. The Keynote Speaker is Professor Katharine Hayhoe, of Texas Tech University, an atmospheric scientist with a Christian perspective on science, particularly related to climate change. Registration and more information is available at www.wjumw.com. Our local UMW has scholarships to help with expenses

 

 

 

               

        Church Meetings

Church & Society             February 6th at 7:30am

AD Council                       February 9th at 11:30am

Trustees                             February 10th at 12:00pm

Staff Meeting                    February 17th at 10:00am

Finance                            February 18th at 1:00pm

New Year…New Mission Statement!

From a past AD council decision and a church vote with those gathered after our called Church conference in January, you’ll notice a change on the front of your bulletins. Coming out of discussions in the adult Sunday School class, a proposal was made to add “grace,” and “love” in our motto/mission statement. Starting this month you’ll start seeing our shift toward …

“Sharing God’s love and grace through building Christian Community.”

May this be a comfort and a challenge to us in our witness and ministry here at FUMC Alamosa!

 

 

Don't Forget - LaPuente Meal

We will be serving dinner at the La Puente home on Sunday evening, February 9.  

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Frances Graves if you would like to prepare scalloped potatoes or salad which are still needed.  You can bring the food to the church on Sunday morning or to La Puente by 5:30.  

 

 

 


The adult Sunday school class will begin a new book, “The Sins of Scripture” by John Shelby Spong on January 5.  Rev. Spong addresses some of the hard texts of the Bible to “uncover the God of love beneath the Bible’s texts of terror”. 

We meet at 9 am in the church library and invite anyone interested to join us.  Please order your own books.  We plan to read chapter 1 and 2 for January 5 and hope to cover 2 or 3 chapters a week (two weeks per section).  If you miss some weeks, that is fine; just jump in and we will get the word out on our progress.

February Birthdays

04 - Judy Irvine            20 - Violet Hunter

05 - Tom Scarlett          22 - David Schneider

08 - Janis DeSouchet   25 - Jaelin Padilla

09 - Kari Maldonado     29 - Jane Moeller

18 - Theresa Rudder

 

Church and Society Article

WHAT IS CLIMATE JUSTICE?

 

Last year at mission u, sponsored by the United Methodist Woman, one of the studies was about “Climate Justice.” This concept is different than what we have been hearing about “climate change.” But what is it? Climate Justice is a phrase couched in theological terms which means, “setting right our relationships with each other and the earth.” It is the opposite of climate injustice which results in climate change. The purposeof Climate Justice means we have a responsibility to learn how to live in right relationship with God, each other and with the earth itself. Genesis 2:14 states, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” By this the Scripture describes the purpose of humanity is to be a steward of and to maintain the earth which God has given us. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, defines our responsibility as stewards as follows, “We are now God’s stewards. We are indebted to him for all we have… a steward is not at liberty to use what is lodged in his hand as he pleases, but as his master pleases….He is not the owner of any of these things, but barely entrusted with them by another….Now this is exactly the case of everyone with relation to God. We are not at liberty to use what God has lodged in our hands as we please, but as God pleases, who alone is the possessor of heaven and earth and the Lord of every creature.” (John Wesley, sermon 51, The Good Stewards”) As people we are called upon to maintain and use the creation God has given us and not abuse it for our own ends. To do this we need to develop an attitude that God, not humanity, is the owner of the creation inwhich we live. And God expects us to live in creation with such an attitude in order to maintain all God has given us to sustain not only our lives but the lives of all people, creatures and plants that are provided for us by the ultimate owner of all life. To live in this way with such an attitude is practicing climate justice and restoring the damage humans have caused to the earth over many years.

 

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:

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

Kip Owen                                      Health Issues                            Friend of Janet Camp

Peter & Jill Cznoski                      Health Issues                            Friends of Theresa Rudder

Shandi Hajek                                Health Issues Family                Friend of Helen Taylor & Daughter

Rev. Margaret Gillikin                   Health Issues                            FUMC Family

Glen Bunch                                                                                    FUMC Family

Rachel Oliver                                                                                 FUMC Family
Dena Stoermer                             Health Issues                           Family of Helen Taylor

Paul Stoermer, Jr.                         Health Issues                           Family of Helen Taylor
Aaron Stoermer                            Life Transfusion                        Family of Helen Taylor
Holly Felmlee and family                                                               FUMC Family
Veronica Starcher and family                                                        FUMC Family
Those traveling for the holidays

Johnathan Richards and mom Car accident Neighbor
John and Kristine Taylor
Kathleen Hall
Dave G.
Mary Good(e)
Janet Meyers
Sarah Lander’s family

John Osterhaus

THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY

Taylor & Landen Nye                             DonStegman’s Grandchildren

Nathan Cross/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@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

MUSIC

Chancel Choir &  Bell Choir  on Wednesdays

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

"Social Principles" Study Small Group March 22

Adult Sunday School Every Sunday at 9:00am

LENT BOOK STUDY Blue Note Preaching in a Post Soul World, by Otis Moss III Every Thursday at 4:30pm
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Starting March 5th*

LA PUENTE

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