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Beyond RMC Events

(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)

  • 'Citizen King' movie at the Iliff School of Theology - April 4
  • Church for All People: Engaging the Mission Field - April 24 and 25
  • Clergy 'Sabbath Renewal' Retreat at Institute for Life & Care - April 29 and 30
  • Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC
  • Center for Courage & Renewal hosting program for young United Methodist ministers
  • Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops host Transforming Ministries 4 - May 26 to 28
  • Path 1 Coach Training event at Hilltop UMC Salt Lake City - July 28 to 30
  • Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7
  • Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17

Conference Events

  • RMC Commission on Archives & History to host Western Jurisdiction Commission meeting - April 9 to 12
  • Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering Endowment Ministry webinars - April 14
  • Worship, Rest, Recreation, Fellowship and Learning at Beaver Creek Camp - April 23 to 25
  • Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July
  • Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1
  • Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8
  • Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Summer Happenings
  • Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies - Aug. 22 to 30

District Events

  • Sunshine District Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course - April 10 and 11
  • Metro and Mile High Sub-District Lay Servant Ministries Spring Classes - April 10 and 11
  • Peaks and Plains District Spring Lay Servant Classes - April 11 and 12
  • Northeast Colorado Lay Speaker Academy - April 11 and 12, Sept. 12 and 13
  • Western Colorado Lay Servant Ministries Class at Delta UMC - April 17 and 18
  • Lay Servant Training at First UMC Laramie, Wyoming - May 2

Local Church Events

  • Reading the Old Testament at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - April 19
  • Guest preacher Rev. Emilie Townes at First UMC Cheyenne - April 19
  • Concert with Stephen Fiess at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - April 26
  • Ethical Education Task Force Workshop at First UMC Pueblo - May 2

 


Beyond RMC Events

'citizen King' movie at Iliff School of Theology - April 4

The Iliff School of Theology will be hosting a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated April 4, 1968, with a movie called "Citizen King." The reception is at 5 p.m. April 4 at Iliff's Shattuck Hall, 2323 E. Iliff Ave. in Denver, and followed by the movie and discussion. This event is in collaboration with The Spirituals Project. Concessions will be available for purchase with proceeds and your generous donations benefiting the J. Langston Boyd Scholarship for Iliff students. Free event with your online registration. Limited seating. Registration required. Contact: Caran Ware Joseph at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 303-765-3111.

Church for All People: Engaging the Mission Field - April 24 and 25

Sponsored by the Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center for Leadership Excellence and the General Board of Global Ministries, this conference will take place on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at Seattle’s First United Methodist Church. Ideally suited for lay/clergy teams, lessons learned by the Columbus, Ohio United Methodist Church for All People promise to engage congregational leadership in deep and nuanced discussions about the ministry of Christ in the world, and provide practical tools for approaching ministry in your unique context particularly with the poor and marginalized. To learn more: http://goo.gl/dnhXkn.

Clergy 'Sabbath Renewal' Retreat at Institute for Life & Care - April 29 and 30

The Institute of Life & Care, 7935 E. Prentice Ave., Suite 111 in Greenwood Village, Colorado, is hosting a Clergy "Sabbath Renewal" Retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30. Whether you are new to ministry, or have been serving for years, this time away of rest, relaxation, renewal and connection will help sustain you in your ministry. Enjoy individual reflection time as well as fellowship and community with others. Funding from community leaders reduces clergy cost to $50 for both days, including supplies and lunch. Nearby lodging available. Download this brochure for details. For more information or to register, go to www.lifeandcare.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

The Wesley Festival is designed for choirs and individuals to participate. If you are interested, please visit www.wesleyfestival.org to learn more or contact Dr. James Ramsey, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as soon as possible.

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers - May 12 to 15 and Nov. 11 to 14

The Center for Courage & Renewal is hosting a six-month intensive program called "Courage to Lead" to help young United Methodist ministers build a sustainable leadership. The first event will be a four-day retreat at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs from May 12 to 15. Following the first retreat will be monthly peer learning calls from June to October. Then a closing retreat will be held Nov. 11 to 14 also at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Colorado Springs. The cost to participate is $500, which includes tuition, materials and room and board. Participants will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 13. For more information about the "Courage to Lead" program, click for the brochure. For more information about the Center for Courage & Renewal, go to www.couragerenewal.org.

Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops host Transforming Ministries 4 - May 26 to 28

The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops will host Transforming Ministries 4 from May 26 to 28 at Glendale United Methodist Church, 134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, CA, 91206. Transforming Ministries 4 will offer a unique opportunity for participants to enter into meaningful dialogue with the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction. The College of Bishops will: Dialogue and reflect on the future of the church and Episcopal expectations of clergy in current and future context; and converse about issues that matter to participants. The cost is $350, which excludes hotel and travel costs. For more information, call 818-243-2105 or click here to register.

Path 1 Coach Training event at Hilltop UMC Salt Lake City - July 28 to 30

A Path 1 Coach Training event for clergy and lay leaders will be held form July 28 to 30 at Hilltop United Methodist Church, 985 E. 10600 South in Sandy, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. Three sessions will be offered: Basic Training for Coaches, Facilitation Training for Coaches and Coaching for Congregrational Vitality. Cost for each session is $198. Presenters include Sam Rodriguez, Director of Hispanic/Latino New Church Starts; Emily Reece, New Church Strategist at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church; and Phil Maynard, Director of Path 1 Coaching Network. Download this brochure for more information. Click here to register online.

Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7

Do you have student debt? Do you wish you had a clergy tax consultant? Are you wondering about your financial future? Then you just might want to register for revitup! to be held Oct. 5 to 7 at the Chicago Hilton/Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois. This event sponsored by the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. Besides important financial learning, you'll be inspired by Mike Slaughter's keynote address and music led by Chuck Bell, plus lots of networking opportunities with other young clergy. There's an exciting incentive offer for the first 50 clergy to register. All clergy ages 25 to 39 are invited to revitup! Click here for more information and to register.

Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17

"Do No Harm 2015" is a sexual ethics summit addressing the most recent developments and challenges in prevention of and response to abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature, particularly by persons in ministerial roles (both lay and clergy) within The United Methodist Church. Topics will address the cultivation of healthy ministerial relationships at all levels and settings of the church. "Do No Harm 2015: Best Practices for Health, Accountability, and Wholeness" is taking place from Oct. 15 to 17 in Chicago, Illinois. Persons who register before Feb. 27 will be able to take advantage of a special reduced registration fee. For more information, go to www.GCSRW.org/DoNoHarm2015.

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Conference Events

RMC Commission on Archives & History to host Western Jurisdiction Commission meeting - April 9 to 12

The Rocky Mountain Conference Commission on Archives & History will host the Western Jurisdiction Commission on Archives & History meeting from April 9 to 12 at Calvary UMC in Colorado Springs. On April 10, the commission will tour the Air Force Academy and stop at Palmer Lake to hear about the historical Pinecrest Camp, drive through Garden of the Gods, tour Glen Eyrie, and end at First UMC for dinner and a presentation on their history. For tour information, email Nancy Mead at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Starting at 9:15 a.m. April 11, General Commission Archivist Dale Patterson will present a workshop. For complete information on the jurisdiction meeting and a registration form, email MaryEtta Moore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering Endowment Ministry webinars - April 14

Your church doesn’t have an endowment?!

A series of Endowment Ministry Webinars will begin April 14. Click here to learn how YOUR CHURCH can gain financial strength through an endowment fund. Registration deadline is March 3. For details about these webinars, go to the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation website.

Worship, rest, recreation, fellowship and learning at Beaver Creek Camp - April 23 to 25

Leaders of children, youth and family ministries are cordially invited to a time of WORSHIP, REST, RECREATION, FELLOWSHIP AND LEARNING from April 23 to 25 at Beaver Creek Youth Camp & Christian Retreat, 0885 County Road 20A in South Fork, Colorado. Two workshops are scheduled: One will explore S.M.A.R.T. Goals from a Christian (rather than secular) perspective. The other will use Bible verses and games to experience Bruce Tuckman’s “Forming Storming Norming Performing” model of team development.

Download the event flyer for more details. Cost is $25 per person which includes lodging and five meals (dinner Thursday to breakfast Saturday). Maximum capacity of the lodge is 40, so please RSVP early to reserve a place (and assure we plan enough meals) by calling 719-873-5311 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July

The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness has scheduled three continuing education resources in 2015 for the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences. More information can be found in this flyer.

Center – Track l: A resource for clergy who desire to be healthier leaders capable of addressing the natural anxious emotional movements of their church including those difficult to address issues or members. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: April 27 to 29 - Journey of Faith UMC, Denver; First Retreat: May 4 to 6 – First UMC Bozeman.

Center – Track ll: For those clergy who have attended Track l, this is an important second step in integrating systems thinking into those personal/professional situations. More in-depth study makes the systems understanding from Track l more accessible especially in anxious times. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: July 8 to 10 - Denver area.

Clergy & Spouse Couple Retreat: Co-Leaders Julia Munson LCSW & Bill Selby. Marriage is emotionally challenging for all couples partly because each spouse brings his or her own family of origin to that relationship. One three-day retreat. 3 Continuing Education Units; Retreat schedule for April 21 to 23 – Denver area

To register or more information, contact Rev. Bill Selby, center mentor, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 303-521-3850.

Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1

Pastors and lay church leadership are invited to a Generating Generosity workshop, featuring guest speaker David Bell, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO. The workshop aims to bring a deeper theological understanding of Christian stewardship, explore the three fundamental components of successful church fund development and highlight the best practices for effective year-round generosity. More information about the workshop can be found in this flyer. The workshop is sponsored by the Ministerial Education Fund, the Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Foundation. The cost is $35 per participant and includes lunch, if registered before March 31, and $50 after that date. Webcast participants are $20, or $25 after March 31. To register, go to rmcumf.org.

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8

The next Five-Day Academy to be held in the Rocky Mountain Conference will be May 3 to 8 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Sedalia, CO. 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.

Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Summer Happenings

Have summer plans figured out yet? Join us for a week this summer! Buckhorn has such an incredible variety of programs lined up for summer 2015. Come on your own, with friends or as a family and join us for fun, faith and fellowship!

Featured camps and programs:

  • Youth In Mission – A week of fun and putting faith into action with service projects around camp. July 5-10 for grades 6-12.
  • Family Camp – Spend some quality family time while enjoying the beauty at Buckhorn. With camp activities and programming, worship, or just come and relax and unplug. July 10-12 for all ages.
  • Pioneer Camp 1 & 2 – Elementary camp sessions that pack the “best of Buckhorn” activities into each day. From Gaga to archery to low ropes course to hiking to slip-n-sliding and much more! July 12-17 and July 26-31 for grades 3-5.
  • Buckhorn Whitewater – Middle school students will enjoy some of Buckhorns highlights! Rock climbing, team challenges, geocaching and of course, white water rafting the stunning and adventurous Poudre Canyon. July 12-17 for grades 6-8.
  • M.A.D. Camp – If music, arts and drama are your interest then this is the camp for you. Come share creative ideas and participate in cool projects all while enjoying the Buckhorn as your backdrop. Join us from July 19-24 for grades 3-5.
  • Wilderness Challenge – Take a normal awesome Buckhorn summer session and add camping out, rock climbing and rappelling! Come connect with others through adventure! July 19-24 for grades 6-8.
  • Eclipse – Want to go to summer camp, but still enjoy the joy of sleeping in and staying up late? Come to Eclipse where the activities don’t stop when the sun goes down. July 26-31 for grades 6-12.

If you would like to receive a brochure, please call us at 970-484-2508 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Also check out our website at www.buckhorncamp.org. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE NOW!

Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies - Aug. 22 to 30

The Local Pastor Licensing School of the Rockies will be held from Aug. 22 to 30 at Golden First United Methodist Church in Golden, Colorado. Tuition is $525 and the deadline to register is July 1. Class size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. For more details, contact Jim Marshall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 303-908-9016.

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District Events

Sunshine District Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course - April 10 and 11

The Sunshine District will be offering the Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course from 6 to 9 p.m. April 10 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11 at Lamar United Methodist Church, 107 S. Sixth St. in Lamar, Colorado. This course is a foundational course that explores spiritual gifts and leadership skills. It will be led by the Rev. Calob Rundell, pastor at Wiley and McClave UMCs and another presenter to be announced. The registration fee of $8 includes lunch on Saturday, snacks and incidentals. Participants are asked to obtain their own book (Lay Servant Ministries (Participant’s Book) by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson. Order from Cokesbury online for $7.70 (ISBN-13: 9780881776263). If you would like to participate in the course, please contact Gene Haning at 719-873-5311 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information and a registration form may be found at www.beavercreekcamp.org/LSM.pdf.

Metro and Mile High Sub-District Lay Servant Ministries Spring Classes - April 10 and 11

Lay Servant Ministries Spring Classes for the Metropolitan and Mile High Sub-Districts will be held jointly at Burns United Methodist Church, 1095 Newark St., Aurora, CO 80010. Classes will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 10 and 8:30 to 4 p.m. April 11. Download this flyer for more information. Registration deadline is April 1. To register for classes, click here.

Peaks and Plains District Spring Lay Servant Classes - April 11 and 12

The Peaks and Plains District Spring Lay Servant Classes will be held on April 11 and 12 at Berthoud United Methodist Church, 820 Ninth St., Berthoud, CO. Workshops will be led by Judy Stout, Forrest Barclay, Pastor Dave Lillie and Bob Dexter. Download this registration form and mail it with tuition fee by March 28. For more information, contact Yvonne Clary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 970-532-7608.

Northeast Colorado Lay Speaker Academy - April 11 and 12, Sept. 12 and 13

Over the next two years each of the courses required to become a Certified Lay Speaker will be offered in the Northeast Colorado Sub-District. Participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of $15 per class and to purchase their own books. Classes for 2015 will be:

  • April 11 & 12: "Spiritual Gifts" 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 and after worship April 12 at Fort Morgan UMC, 117 E. Bijou Ave., Fort Morgan, CO 80701
  • Sept. 12 & 13: “Preaching”

Basic class participants please order and read Lay Servant Ministries Participant’s Book ISBN #978-0-88177-626-3. Advanced class “Discovering Spiritual Gifts” please order: Each One a Minister by William Carter ISBN#978-0-88177-375-0. Books may be ordered from Cokesbury (800-672-1789) cokesbury.com or The Upper Room Bookstore 800-972-0433 or bookstore.UpperRoom.org. Cost for the class is $15 payable at the door. For further information or to register, please call Janet at 970-520-5692 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Western Colorado Lay Servant Ministries Class at Delta UMC - April 17 and 18

The Western Colorado Lay Servant Ministries Class will be held at Delta UMC, 477 Meeker St. in Delta, Colorado, on April 17 and 18. The class will be led by the Rev. Claus Rohlfs, Intentional Interim Pastor, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The subject will be on United Methodist Polity. The cost is $30, which includes study materials, lunch and snacks. Download and fill out this registration form and send back to Glenna Brayton, 511 Swan Lane, Grand Junction, CO 81507. For more information, call 970-874-9501.

Lay Servant Training at First UMC Laramie, Wyoming - May 2

First United Methodist Church of Laramie, Wyoming, will be offering two concurrent courses, one basic and one advanced course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2. The basic course, Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, is a foundational course that explores spiritual gifts and leadership skills. The advance course, Accountable Discipleship, focuses on exploring discipleship in faith communities and your personal life. The course will be led by the Rev. Jeff and Rev. Laura Rainwater. The registration fee of $20 includes the participant book and a lunch. Please register by April 21. If you would like to join the class, please contact Rev. Laura Rainwater at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 307-742-8121 (church). Download a brochure of the classes.

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Local Church Events

Reading the Old Testament at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - April 19

Do you ever wonder how the God in the Old Testament connects with the Jesus in the New Testament? You're not alone! Join Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado, for a five-week course from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday nights as Iliff PhD Student Amy Balogh helps us more fully understand the message and relevance of the Old Testament to the everyday life of the Christian disciple. First class will be on Sunday, April 19. Cost is $35 for all five weeks, which includes the cost of the book. Scholarships available. For questions, please email Bill Flemming at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To sign up, please visit the welcome center or click here.

Guest Preacher Rev. Emilie Townes at First UMC Cheyenne - April 19

The Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes will preach and speak at First UMC, Cheyenne on April 19, 2015. Dr. Townes is the Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and is a noted African-American theologian and ethicist. She is the author of the groundbreaking book Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil. She will preach at 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. and lecture at 2 p.m. at First UMC, Cheyenne, WY. For more information, email Rev. Elizabeth McVicker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Concert with Stephen Fiess at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - April 26

Enjoy an afternoon with pianist Stephen Fiess in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The concert is free and open to the public. Fiess holds a Master’s degree in piano performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance, pedagogy and literature. He currently serves as organist at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado. For more information, contact Mark Zwilling at 303 794-2683 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ethical Education Task Force Workshop at First UMC Pueblo - May 2

First United Methodist Church in Pueblo, Colorado, is hosting an Ethical Education Task Force Workshop on Saturday, May 2 with registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and the workshop from 9 a.m. to around 2 p.m. Clergy (required training each quadrennium) and lay persons working in sacred trust are urged to attend. We will have lunch while we work with an approximate cost of $5 per person. There is no registration fee. Please register for this workshop by e-mailing Mike Spahr at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Each participant must download the following documents from the Ethical Education page on the conference website: Read me first - Ethical Education Training, Power-n-Appr Behavior, Safe Sanctuaries Session Handouts and Social Media Session Handouts. There will be NO pre-printed binders of materials provided for you.

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