(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)
- GreenFaith to host webinar on Fossil Free UMC - Oct. 22
- Wesleyan Leadership Conference in Nashville - Oct. 23 to 25
- National Park Service to host event on Sand Creek Massacre survivor - Oct. 25
- Worship Planning Retreat with Dr. Marcia McFee - Oct. 26 to 29
- United Methodist college students invited to "Imagine What's NEXT" - Nov. 7 to 9
- Horizons Stewardship: Academy of Faith and Money - Nov. 11 to 13
- Sabbath Renewal Clergy Retreat at Institute for Life & Care - Nov. 14 and 15
- Creating a Culture of Renewal with Rebekah Simon-Peter - Jan. 6 to 8, 2015
- Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC
- Coach Approach Training (CAST 4) in December
- Save the Date: Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1, 2015
- Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3-8, 2015
- Grand Valley Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Course - Oct. 24 and 25
- Wyoming Sub-District Lay Servant Training Courses at Christ UMC Casper - Oct. 24-25, Nov. 21-22, Jan. 23-24
- Western Colorado Sub-District Lay Servant Training - Nov. 7 and 8
- Longs Peak UMC to host Ethical Education Workshop - Nov. 1
- Volunteer-in-Mission Leader Training at Trinity UMC - Nov. 1
- Littleton UMC to host Fair Trade Sale Nov. 1 and 2
- Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Nov. 1 to Feb. 21, 2015
- Sunrise Church to host 'The Wizard of Oz' musical - Nov. 7 to 9
GreenFaith to host webinar on Fossil Free UMC - Oct. 22
GreenFaith is hosting a webinar at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 to share more about Fossil Free UMC. Beth Norcross, co-founder of the Green Seminary Initiative and founder and director of the Center for Spirituality in Nature, will join Rev. Jenny Phillips, coordinator for Fossil Free UMC, to discuss the United Methodist theology's call to care for creation, why Fossil Free UMC is an expression of that call and how people can join the movement. If you can't join the webinar live, still register online and you'll receive a link of the recorded webinar.
Wesleyan Leadership Conference in Nashville, Oct. 23 to 25
This year's Wesleyan Leadership Conference will explore the meaning of the Baptismal Covenant, Baptismal living, and disciple-making in the Wesleyan tradition. It promises to be a rich and rewarding experience. Learn details and register online today at http://www.gbod.org/leadership-resources/wesleyan-leadership-conference. Participants will receive 1.0 CEU.
Presenters at this year's Wesleyan Leadership Conference include:
- Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership
- Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources
- Melanie Gordon, Director of Ministry with Children
- Tim Bias, GBOD General Secretary
- Jodi Cataldo, Director of Laity in Leadership
- Tom Albin, Dean of the Upper Room
- Michael Glen Bell, singer/song writer of The Martyrs Prayers
The registration fee of $95 includes a complimentary copy of A Disciple's Journal 2015 and three meals (supper on Thursday and Friday, plus lunch on Friday), and a Friday evening concert by Michael Glen Bell. Groups of 3 or more may register for $85/person. Click here to register today.
National Park Service to host event on Sand Creek Massacre survivor - Oct. 25
The National Park Service will host a discussion called "From the Warpath to the White Man's Road" on the life and legacy of Sand Creek Massacre survivor Lone Wolf, or Stacy Riggs, at 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, Colo. Visitors should plan on meeting at the park’s overlook area. Entrance to the park is free and gates open at 9 a.m. Please make reservations by calling 719-729-3003.
WORSHIP PLANNING RETREAT WITH DR. MARCIA MCFEE - Oct. 26 to 29
Plan vital worship for the whole year by attending a worship planning retreat at Lake Tahoe with Dr. Marcia McFee, Oct. 26 to 29. In the retreat, participants will:
- walk through the entire liturgical year with me, identifying possible themes and activities;
- map out their general worship plans for each season;
- learn skills for functioning as a more effective worship team; and
- renew their passion for worship design and leadership.
Individual leaders and whole worship teams are welcome. For more information and to register, visit this site.
United Methodist college students invited to 'Imagine What's NEXT', Nov. 7 to 9
Hundreds of United Methodist college students will gather Nov. 7 to 9 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center for "Imagine What's NEXT," a weekend of discernment, fellowship, worship and inspiration. The theme for this year's event is "Dream. Go. Do."
"NEXT" is organized by a launch team of college students, campus ministers and other creative disciples from across the United Methodist connection, and is sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry's Division of Higher Education. Through a series of short talks, speakers and leaders will discuss innovative discipleship and will challenge students to consider their own next steps in their communities and future vocations. For more information or to register to attend, go to www.nextumc.org.
Horizons Stewardship: Academy of Faith and Money, Nov. 11 to 13
The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation encourages pastors and church financial leaders to attend the Academy of Faith and Money, hosted by a partnership between Horizons Stewardship and the Texas Methodist Foundation in Houston, TX.
Learn how to avoid the dire consequences of weak or nonexistent financial leadership. Classes include topics ranging from a foundational theology of generosity to personal finances, from year round stewardship to preaching, and much more. The dates are Tuesday, Nov. 11 through Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Marriott North in Houston. Cost is $499 before Sept. 15 and $699 after (includes classes, materials and lunches). Rooms at the Houston Marriott North are available for a group rate of $139 plus tax. Hotel reservations must be made through the event registration process.
Sabbath Renewal Clergy Retreat at Institute for Life & Care - Nov. 14 and 15
Come away from your ministries for awhile! Whether you are new to ministry, or have been serving for years, this time away of rest, relaxation, renewal and connection is for you. The Institute of Life & Care, 7935 E. Prentice Ave., Suite 111, Greenwood Village, Colo., will host a Sabbath Renewal Clergy Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.
Enjoy individual reflection time as well as fellowship and community with others as we explore Sabbath wisdom and how it informs our own wellness and quality of life. The retreat will be held at the Institute for Life & Care's Greenwood Village campus, with convenient lodging located nearby. For more information, call 720-506-4210 or go to www.lifeandcare.org.
Creating a Culture of Renewal with Rebekah Simon-Peter - Jan. 6 to 8, 2015
BridgeWorks will host a retreat on "Creating a Culture of Renewal" led by Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter from Jan. 6 to 8, 2015 in Denver. The specific site will be announced later. She will lead a six-month accelerated Track 1: Culture and Communication group. Decode hidden messages unintentionally delivered through worship and ministries of the church which reinforce a stuck culture. Work with a trained mentor to turn insight into action. Watch this video to learn more.
Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC
The Wesley Festival was founded in 2007 to bring people together through music to support critical missions of The United Methodist Church. Dr. James Ramsey, Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is the event founder and director. The 2015 festival will feature founder James Ramsey, guest conductor Helen Cha-Pyo of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Adrienne Danrich, Soprano; Kenrick Mervine, Organ; members of the armed forces orchestra; singers from around the world; and invited leaders and dignitaries of the United Methodist Church and the United States. The festival will culminate in a gala concert at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, benefiting Imagine No Malaria.
Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST 4) in December
Many Coach Approach Skill Training students in the Rocky Mountain Conference and the Yellowstone Conference have completed some combination of CAST 1 "The Basic Skills of Coaching", CAST 2 "The Advanced Skills of Coaching", or CAST 3 "Group and Team Coaching".
We are now offering CAST 4 "Mastery" on Dec. 9 and 10. The pre-requisite for this training is CAST 1, which means that participants who missed one of the earlier trainings can still participate in this one. Once again much of the training will be experiential and will rely heavily on group participation.
Save the Date: Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1, 2015
Pastors and lay church leadership, save the date for an exciting workshop on Generating Generosity, featuring guest speaker David Bell. Additional break-out sessions include technological giving options, narrative budget creation and saying thank you, and how to set up a legacy giving program.
Read more about the workshop on this flyer. Bring a group from your church for maximum effectiveness. The venue is St. Andrew's UMC, Highlands Ranch. The workshop is sponsored by the Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Foundation. Information about registration will be available soon. But for now, save May 1, 2015.
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8, 2015
The next Five-Day Academy to be held in the Rocky Mountain Conference will be May 3 to 8, 2015 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Sedalia, Colorado. The theme is "Christian Spirituality in an Interfaith World" and the lecturers will include Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic practioners.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation® (Upper Room Ministries) provides a rich environment of grace for deepening the spiritual lives of committed individuals. Both lay and clergy reside in community with others who wish to seek God through a rhythm of study and prayer, rest and exercise, and solitude and relationship. The Five Day Academy is designed around a daily schedule including morning and night prayer, Eucharist celebrations, silence, spiritual community, covenant groups, and thoughtful faculty presentations - a balanced approach for head and heart.
The brochure and application information can be found at http://rmcumc.org/new/leadership-and-learning/spiritual-formation.html.
Grand Valley Lay Servant Ministries Group Advanced Course, Oct. 24 and 25
The Grand Valley Lay Servant Ministries Group will discuss the book, "Accountable Discipleship," by Steven W. Manskar on Oct. 24 and 25 at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 599 30 Road, Grand Junction, CO (at the corner of Patterson and 30 Road). The group will meet from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $30 per person, and the book is provided.
Wyoming Sub-District Lay Servant Training Courses at Christ UMC Casper
Western Colorado Sub-District Lay Servant Training - Nov. 7 and 8
The Western Colorado Sub-District will host Lay Servant Training, on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8 at Beaver Creek Youth Camp and Christian Retreat, 0885 County Road 20A, South Fork, CO. There will be three classes that include a basic course - taught by Rev. Calob Rundell and Caleb Clark, for people just getting started; and two advanced courses "Your Spiritual Gifts" - taught by Gene Haning, and "Church Polity" - taught by Rev. Claus Rohlfs. Registration is $30. We would encourage people to sign up early and remember to purchase their books in advance. More information and the registration form are available online.
Longs Peak UMC to host Ethical Education Task Force Workshop - Nov. 1
Longs Peak UMC, 1421 Elmhurst Dr., in Longmont is hosting an Ethical Education Task Force workshop on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. The workshop is intended for clergy who are required to participate in one once per quadrennium and all other staff and ministry leaders who serve in a position of sacred trust.
This new curriculum utilizes DVD segments, case studies, dialogues, and role plays to encourage participants to interact with each other over ethical issues and dilemmas rather than using detailed, specific data and lecture style presentations. Participants will receive detailed instructions for how to prepare for the workshop once they register for it with Longs Peak UMC.
Volunteer-in-Mission Leader Training at Trinity UMC - Nov. 1
Littleton UMC to host Fair Trade Sale - Nov. 1 and 2
The Littleton United Methodist Church, 5894 S. Datura St., Littleton, is hosting a fair trade sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. The weekend sale supports SERRV, which is a nonprofit fair trade and development organization and recognized as a leader and pioneer in the fair trade movement. Admission to the event is free and it will feature handmade goods crafted from artisans and farmers from 33 countries. Cash and checks only. Ten percent of sales will benefit Littleton UMC's Mission Fund. For more information, call Pat Bow at 303-798-2176.
Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Nov. 1 to Feb. 21, 2015
A Workshop for Those in Ministry with Children
Join Rev. Nani Arning and Rev. Denise Bender for a full day of tips and tools for strengthening your church's ministries with children.
- Small Group Dynamics and Community Building for Families
- Special Needs Ministry - Visible and Unseen Challenges
- Safe Sanctuaries
- Developmental Theories and Learning Styles
- Helping Children Reach a Deeper Spiritual Level
- Liturgical and Special Seasons
- Cameron Church, Denver - Nov. 1
- Parachute, Colo. - Nov. 8
- Fort Morgan, Colo. - Nov. 15
- Sandy, Utah - Feb. 21, 2015
- Lyons, Colo. - TBD
- Rock Springs, Wyo. - TBD
Sunrise Church to host 'The Wizard of Oz' musical - Nov. 7 to 9
The Sunrise Players of Sunrise Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs, will present the beloved family musical The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8 and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. A dinner will be available before the show on Sunday. For tickets or more information, go to www.sunriseplayers.com or call 719-499-3525. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Dinner is $5 and must be purchased in advance. Show tickets also will be available at the door.