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Beyond RMC Events

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

  • 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
  • National Park Service hosts free events to remember Sand Creek Massacre - Nov. 29
  • Creating a Culture of Renewal with Rebekah Simon-Peter - Jan. 6 to 8, 2015
  • Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation - Feb. 23 to 25, 2015
  • Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC

Conference Events

  • 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

District Events

  • Wyoming Sub-District Lay Servant Training Courses at Christ UMC Casper - Nov. 21-22, Jan. 23-24
  • Western Colorado Sub-District Lay Servant Training - Nov. 7 and 8

Local Church Events

  • Longs Peak UMC to host Ethical Education Workshop - Nov. 1
  • Volunteer-in-Mission Leader Training at Trinity UMC Denver - 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
  • Holiday Food for Your Body and Soul at St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch - Nov. 4
  • Sunrise Church to host 'The Wizard of Oz' musical - Nov. 7 to 9

 


Beyond RMC Events

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.

Limited scholarships are available through Texas Methodist Foundation. To learn more, contact Joyce Russell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Joyce Russell at 800/933-5502 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

National Park Service hosts free events Nov. 29 to remember Sand Creek Massacre

Nov. 29, 2014 marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre. Those who lost their lives will be remembered as part of the commemoration activities planned at the park throughout the day. The public is invited to join staff for a series of free commemorative events, planned both at the park and in the town of Eads, Colo. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/sand or call 719-438-5916. Events planned at the park include the following:

  • 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Monument Hill and upper parking area are closed. Visitor Contact Station, picnic area and lower parking lot will be open for activities listed below.
  • 9 a.m. to noon: U.S. Postal Service representative will be available to cancel letters with the 150th Year Remembrance of the Sand Creek Massacre postal cancellation stamp.
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m.: “The Sand Creek Massacre” – Join a park ranger in the picnic area for this insightful discussion on the surprise attack on the Cheyenne and Arapaho Village, which occurred 150 years ago.
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.: “And Still He Stayed” Join a park ranger in the picnic area for this interesting talk on Cheyenne Peace Chief Black Kettle. Who was he? Why is he remembered today?
  • 1 p.m.: Monument Hill reopens to the public. Visitors are welcome to explore the park on their own or join speakers in the picnic area for a brief discussion on the importance of the day and background for establishing the park.

The public is invited to the town of Eads, Colo., to attend the following programs:

  • 3 to 5 p.m.: Join park staff at the Crow Luther Cultural Events Center in Eads for a preview of two new film documentaries on the Sand Creek Massacre. Films will be shown to the public free of charge at 3 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.

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.

Learning takes place through face-to-face retreats, podcasts, paired sharing, collaborative learning, live webinars, hands-on practice in your setting, a mentor for support and accountability, and a workbook designed especially for the experience. Register online or contact Rebekah Simon-Peter for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 307-320-6779.

Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen’s Consultation - Feb. 23 to 25, 2015

The Wisdom of Women: Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Feb. 23 to 25, 2015. Join us for an extraordinary time of creativity and renewal. Our unusual format will include TED-talk-style presentations on ministry ideas that most intrigue you — along with time for community discussion. You’ll have the chance to vote in advance and help decide the topics via the Western Jurisdiction Clergywomen’s Consultation Facebook page. You can also offer to share your ministry wisdom and experience! There will also be yoga classes, massages, Temple Square history tours, shopping, dining out, hiking, museums and naps. Click here for our brochure with more information or follow us on Twitter. Registration is now open. The cost is $50 (hotel not included). Click here to register today.

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.

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Conference Events

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.

CAST 4: Mastery in this series of classes lets students dive deeper into the understanding of Appreciative Coaching, The Spirituality of Coaching, The Art of Coaching, along with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics. The course begins with a thorough review of the earlier CAST Trainings. This training provides 15 hours of coach specific training that can be used toward certification by the International Coaching Federation. Trainers are Chris Holmes, PCC and Youngsook Kang, ACC. If you have any questions, please contact Youngsook Kang at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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District Events

Wyoming Sub-District Lay Servant Training Courses at Christ UMC Casper

Christ UMC Casper will host an "Advanced" Lay Servant Ministries class called "Accountable Discipleship" from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Please order your participant book from Cokesbury #978-0-88177-339-2. To RSVP, email your name and contact information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Nov. 17. Registration is $10 payable Friday night. A minimum class size of 4 is required.

Christ UMC Casper will host a follow-on "Advanced" Lay Servant Ministries class called "Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition" from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Prerequisite required: "Accountable Discipleship." Please order your participant book from Cokesbury #978-15791-0954-7. To RSVP, email your name and contact information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Jan. 19. Registration is $10 payable Friday night. A minimum class size of 4 is required.

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.

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Local Church Events

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.

To register, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Oct. 29. List name, church, role at the church, childcare needs, and dietary requirements.

Volunteer-in-Mission Leader Training at Trinity UMC Denver - Nov. 1

A Volunteer-in-Mission Leader Training will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway, in Denver. VIM Leader Training is needed for persons interested in leading future VIM trips, but also is very helpful to any person interested in furthering their knowledge about the VIM program. Trainers will be using, in part, A Mission Journey, which is a new handbook for volunteers from the General Board of Global Ministries (available from the Upper Room bookstore and Amazon). There is no cost to attend. Reservations are required so that additional information can be e-mailed to participants. Please contact Anita and Roger Williams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 970-613-1521 to RSVP.

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. Each workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $5. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Download a workshop registration form here.

Topics include:

  • 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

Upcoming workshops:

  • Cameron United Methodist Church, Denver - Nov. 1
  • Grand Valley United Methodist Church, Parachute, Colo. - Nov. 8
  • Fort Morgan United Methodist Church, Fort Morgan, Colo. - Nov. 15
  • Sandy, Utah - Feb. 21, 2015
  • Lyons, Colo. - TBD
  • Rock Springs, Wyo. - TBD

St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch to host 'Holiday Food for Your Body and Soul' - Nov. 4

The Center for Spiritual Engagement at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway in Highlands Ranch, Colo., will host a seminar on learning and sharing around food called "Holiday Food for Your Body and Soul" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4. The event will be led by Kimba Ashworth, certified Eating Psychology Coach, who will speak about simple strategies to fully enjoy holiday food and how our relationship to it mirrors our own relationship to life. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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