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Beyond RMC Events

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

  • Center for Courage & Renewal hosting program for young United Methodist ministers
  • Revitup! For a Lifetime in Ministry sponsored by General Board of Pension & Health Benefits - Oct. 5 to 7
  • Extraordinary Welcome Conference at Iliff School of Theology - Oct. 8 and 9
  • Rocky Mountain UM Foundation Endowment Ministry webinars begin Oct. 14
  • Do No Harm 2015 sponsored by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women - Oct. 15 to 17
  • 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at Salt Lake City - Oct. 15 to 19

Conference Events

  • New Clergy Orientation - Sept. 15
  • Workshops on 2016 HealthFlex Options - Sept. 15 and 16
  • Young Adult Fall Retreat - Sept. 18 to 20
  • Leadership Summit 2015 - Sept. 25 and 26
  • Fall 2015 Residence in Ministry event - Sept. 25 to 27
  • Candidacy Mentor Training at Grace UMC - Sept. 30
  • 2015 Clergy Orders Retreat in Steamboat Springs - Oct. 13 to 15
  • Preaching Academy at First UMC Colorado Springs - Oct. 23
  • A Time for Children workshop - Nov. 3 and 4

District Events

  • Northeast Colorado Lay Servant Ministry Class - Sept. 12 and 13
  • Pikes Peak Sub-District Lay Servant Ministry Fall Class - Oct. 9 and 10
  • Two Lay Servant training opportunities in Gillette, Wyoming - Oct. 9 and 10
  • Metropolitan and Mile High Sub-District Lay Servant Ministries Fall Classes - Oct. 9 and 10
  • Lay Servant Training Course offered in Cheyenne, Wyoming - Oct. 17 and 24

Local Church Events

  • Trails of Hope and Terror at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - Sept. 11
  • Iliff School of Theology's Dr. Albert Hernandez to teach at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - Sept. 16 to Oct. 7
  • Grant Avenue UMC 125th Celebration - Sept. 20
  • Early Response Team training at Trinity UMC Denver - Sept. 26
  • 2015 American Indian Festival at Good Shepherd UMC - Sept. 26 and 27
  • Singer Ken Medema at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - Sept. 26 and 27
  • Presentation on aging at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - Sept. 28
  • Community Arts & Harvest Festival at Christ UMC Salt Lake City - Oct. 3
  • Composer Joel Raney in concert at St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch - Oct. 10
  • Special program on Ute Indian Prayer Trees at First UMC Castle Rock - Oct. 10

Beyond RMC Events

Courage to Lead for Young United Methodist Ministers - June to October, 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. Following the first retreat in May are 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. 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.

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.

Extraordinary Welcome Conference at Iliff School of Theology - Oct. 8 and 9

The Iliff School of Theology will host a two-day conference Oct. 8 and 9 co-sponsored by Developmental Pediatrics and JFK Partners at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado. The conference will include plenary sessions and workshops. Clergy and lay leaders from a variety of faith communities can increase their awareness of the importance of enthusiastically welcoming and including children/youth with developmental disabilities and their families. The cost is $47 and includes conference and three meals. Registration and conference schedule are available online. Download this flyer for more information.

Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation Endowment Ministry webinars begin Oct. 14

Under the financial management of the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation, your church can achieve financial strength and establish a heritage for future generations through a permanent endowment. The Foundation’s next 12-month series of Endowment Ministry webinars begins Oct. 14, and is available to congregations who wish to create and grow an endowment. If your church has an existent-but-idle endowment, consider participating in the marketing portion of the current Endowment Ministry webinar series. The 6-month series of marketing-only webinars begins Oct. 13.

Download the Endowment Ministry packet, call 303-778-6370, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive more information and registration materials. Register online at www.rm-umf.org. Registration deadline is Sept. 30.

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. For more information, go to www.GCSRW.org/DoNoHarm2015.

2015 Parliament of the World's Religions at Salt Lake City - Oct. 15 to 19

The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. If you care for religions and nations working together in harmony with each other for the good of humanity, you should attend. You will also find:

  • Trainings in dialogue, interfaith activism, fundraising, and organizing
  • World-class religious music, films, exhibits and performances
  • And shop ethnic, international, religious books & things

More information about the 2015 Parliament can be found online. More information about registration, including rates and deadlines can be found by clicking here.

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Conference Events

New Clergy Orientation - Sept. 15

The Rocky Mountain Conference is hosting a New Clergy Orientation from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the conference office, 6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., in Greenwood Village, Colorado. This event is for new local pastors, student pastors, probationers, deacons in a church setting, newly ordained, transfers from other conferences, or those serving from another denomination. You will hear from or meet the Bishop, the Dean of the Cabinet, the Conference Staff, the Chairperson of the Board of Ordained Ministry, the Board of Stewards, various Conference Finance and Benefits personnel, and the United Methodist Foundation. There is no cost. To register or get more information, contact Liwliwa T. Robledo by cell at 719-465-9259, by home phone at 719-742-3241 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

workshops on 2016 HealthFlex Options - Sept. 15 and 16

For the first time, clergy will have the option to choose between two very different HealthFlex plans that will begin January 2016. You will need to choose your plan in the fall of 2015. The conference has scheduled three workshops to explain these two health plan options and answer your questions. We will also explain how a Health Reimbursement Account works at the workshops. Each workshop will be led by an expert from the UMC General Board of Pension & Health Benefits, and we strongly encourage both clergy and spouses to attend.

Please put one of these workshops on your calendar and do your best to attend:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand Junction First UMC
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 – 10 a.m. to noon at Castle Rock First UMC
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fort Collins First UMC

Through the Roof: Young Adult Fall Retreat - Sept. 18 to 20

Register now for the Rocky Mountain Conference’s annual Young Adult Fall Retreat! We are headed to Buckhorn Camp once again, where we’ll climb, hike, sing, worship, pray, laugh and renew our souls in a beautiful mountain retreat.

Explore the many places God calls people to work and serve. A variety of speakers will share their faith, their call, and their particular ministry of service in the cause of justice. Where are some of the places God is at work in our world? How might you become a part of what God is already doing? Explore your passion and take time to meet with a spiritual director to discern what God may be calling you to do next! Click here to learn more.

Leadership Summit 2015 - Sept. 25 and 26

The Annual Leadership Summit will be held on Sept. 25 and 26 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129. All of those who are serving on the boards and agencies of the Rocky Mountain Conference are invited to the 2015 Annual Leadership Summit! Go to the Leadership Summit page for more information and to register online.

Fall 2015 Residence in Ministry event - Sept. 25 to 27

Candidates for Ministry are invited to attend a Fall 2015 Residence in Ministry (RIM) event from Sept. 25 to 27 at the Loretto Center in Denver. The theme will be around "Conflict Management" and the keynote speaker will be Steve Felt. For more information, go to the Residence in Ministry section under "Ministry Resources." Also download this brochure for details. The registration form for the Fall 2015 RIM event is now available.

Candidacy Mentor Training at Grace UMC - Sept. 30

Candidacy Mentor training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Grace United Methodist Church in Denver. The Rev. Sandi Dillion, member of the Rocky Mountain Board of Ordained Ministry, will present the training. Current mentors as well as new mentors are encouraged to attend. Anyone from the Mountain Sky Area is welcome! Sponsored by the Mile High/Pikes Peak and Metropolitan Districts. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register.

2015 Clergy Orders Retreat in Steamboat Springs - Oct. 13 to 15

The 2015 Orders Design Team is excited to share plans for the 2015 Retreat at the Grand Hotel Steamboat Springs, which will be held from Oct. 13 to 15, 2015. Registration details will be available in August. For details, go to the Clergy Orders page online.

Preaching Academy at First UMC Colorado Springs - Oct. 23

The Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church presents the second annual Preaching Academy with Rev. Dr. Janna L. Childers this Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Rev. Dr. Childers, Dean and Professor of Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary, is a Presbyterian minister who served congregations in Kansas and New Jersey before joining the seminary faculty. Her two seminars, titled "Preaching to Rattle the Tea Cups and Wake the Dead" and "Preaching for the Future", focus on speaking with vitality and passion to the changing needs of new generations. All are invited to attend. For registration and more information, go to the Preaching Academy page online. For questions, contact Youngsook Kang at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A Time for Children workshop - Nov. 3 and 4

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District Events

Northeast Colorado Lay Servant Ministry Class - Sept. 12 and 13

The next Lay Servant Ministry Class for Northeast Colorado will be held at the Sullivan Hills Camp in Lodgepole, Nebraska, on Sept. 12 and 13 from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to after lunch on Sunday. The Advanced Class will be "From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon" by Rev. Keith Hudiburgh. There will also be a Basic Class. Cost will be $50 per person, which includes four meals and lodging. Please order your own books. For more information, please call Janet at 970-520-5692 or Joyce at 970-466-1016.

Pikes Peak Sub-District Lay Servant Ministry Fall Class - Oct. 9 and 10

The Pikes Peak Sub-District is offering basic and advanced courses for Lay Servant Ministry from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 (dinner included) and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 (breakfast and lunch included) at Central United Methodist Church, 4373 Galley Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The workbook, Accountable Discipleship, is available. Registration for the basic course is $30 and the advanced course is $35. For more information, call Central UMC at 719-597-6642.

Two Lay Servant training opportunities in Gillette, Wyoming - Oct. 9 and 10

First United Methodist Church of Gillette, Wyoming, will be offering two concurrent courses, one basic and one advanced course, on Oct. 9 and 10. The basic course, Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course, is a foundational course that explores spiritual gifts and leadership skills. The advance course, Lay Pastoral Care Giving, focuses on providing care for others in the community. The registration fee of $30 includes a light breakfast and lunch. Download the event brochure. If you would like to join the class, please contact Rose Rennell by Oct. 2, 2015 at 307-689-1378 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Metropolitan and Mile High Sub-District Lay Servant Ministries Fall Classes - Oct. 9 and 10

The Metropolitan and Mile High Sub-District Lay Servant Ministries Fall Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Smoky Hill United Methodist Church, 19491 E. Smoky Hill Road, Centennial, CO 80015. The cost is $30 per person and includes books, snacks on Friday evening, and continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Registration deadline is Sept. 28. For more information, download the registration form.

Lay Servant Training Course offered in Cheyenne, Wyoming - Oct. 17 and 24

Frontier United Methodist Church will be offering the advanced course, Go Preach!, on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. This course is designed for those who have not completed formal training on preaching and for those who are called upon to preach in local churches. The first session includes instruction and discussion. Then, during the week following the first session, the participant will prepare a sermon that will be presented during the second session. The class will be limited to ten participants and includes a $10 registration fee. This course will be led by Rev. Steve Earnshaw. Download the event brochure. If you would like to participate in the course, please contact Leah Coleman at 307-214-0871 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Local Church Events

Trails of Hope and Terror at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - Sept. 11

Join us at St. Andrew UMC’s first “Pizza and Justice” event from 5;30 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch CO 80126. We will begin the evening with a pizza dinner, view the film Trails of Hope and Terror, and finish with a panel discussion on immigration reform. The film Trails of Hope and Terror, based on the book by the same name written by Miguel A. de la Torre, explores the plight of the undocumented Latin American immigrant from their perspectives.

Iliff School of Theology's Dr. Albert Hernandez to teach at Hope UMC Greenwood Village - Sept. 16 to Oct. 7

Dr. Albert Hernandez, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Iliff School of Theology, returns to teach about the Holy Spirit based on his book, Subversive Fire. Join us at Hope UMC from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept 16, 23, 30 and Oct 7. Class is $15 per person. Hope UMC is at 5101 S. Dayton St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111. For more information, email Jane Uylaki, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Grant Avenue UMC 125th Celebration - Sept. 20

Grant Avenue United Methodist Church, 216 S. Grant St., Denver, CO 80209, is marking its 125th anniversary with a special celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20. Bishop Elaine Stanovsky will lead the service, followed by a pipe organ concert and ice cream social.

Early Response Team training at Trinity UMC Denver - Sept. 26

The Early Response Team (ERT) of Trinity United Methodist Church is sponsoring an ERT training. The training will describe the mission of the ERT as well as give guidance concerning the conduct of an ERT. The training is for team members who have not attended the preliminary training , those who would like to join their church's ERT, anyone interested in forming an ERT in their church, or those who want to participate in ERT missions with other conference teams to assist those recovering from natural and man-made disasters. The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway in Denver. Free parking is available in the lot on the north side of the church. The entrance is off Broadway near 19th Avenue. Coffee and juice will be available and lunch will be served at noon. Please specify any dietary preferences when making your reservation. Betsy Keyack and Don Falvey will conduct the training. Please contact Betsy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Don at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you or others from your church would like to attend.

2015 American Indian Festival at Good Shepherd UMC - Sept. 26 and 27

The congregation of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 3960 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton, Colorado, is hosting its annual American Indian Festival to affirm the value and role of tradition and culture of Native Americans living in harmony within our community. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 27. All persons are welcome, accepted, and encouraged to participate as we build bridges of understanding and acceptance. Download this brochure for more information.

Singer Ken Medema at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - Sept. 26 and 27

Ken Medema is a composer, singer, and songwriter. Blind since birth, he is a storyteller who sees and hears with heart and mind. His affecting performances regularly include songs improvised both musically and lyrically based on audience and speaker responses. Two inspirational events are planned featuring Ken Medema: On Saturday, Sept. 26 is a banquet at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $40 per person, $70 per couple or $280 for a table of 8. On Sunday, Sept. 27 is a concert with Ken Medema and the Charles Wesley Choir at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. This benefit concert is in memory of Ken’s good friend, Todd Gregory Martz, on the one-year anniversary of his death. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to The National Down Syndrome Congress and the St. Andrew Children’s Learning Center. Purchase all tickets at www.st-andrew-umc.com or at the church office. Banquet ticket deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21.

Presentation on aging at St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch - Sept. 28

Dr. Roger Landry, a nationally acclaimed speaker and author of Live Long, Die Short; A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging will be speaking at St. Andrew United Methodist Church from 1 to 2;30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. The title of his presentation is "Never Act Your Age . . . and Other Tips on Aging." Dr. Landry is a physician with an upbeat, positive message for all those entering and living in their later years. He tells us we can live full and productive lives if we pay attention to our body, mind and spirit. You can find more information on Dr. Landry at drroger.org. You and your community are invited to attend this FREE presentation. St. Andrew United Methodist Church is located at 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 80126. Please leave a message for Jolain Graf at 303-794-2683, ext. 104 if you plan to attend to ensure adequate seating.

Community Arts & Harvest Festival at Christ UMC Salt Lake City - Oct. 3

Community Arts & Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 S, in Salt Lake City, Utah. A celebration fundraiser! Local and area artists will be there, demonstrating blown glass, quilting and jewelry. Local musicians will play bluegrass, folk and jazz. There will be magicians, a pumpkin patch, bake sale plus burgers, hot dogs and brats. Come have a great time!

Composer Joel Raney in concert at St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch - Oct. 10

You are cordially invited to participate in a concert given and conducted by Sacred Music composer Joel Raney at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 8817 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The program will include works for chorus with piano, organ and handbells in addition to featuring Joel on piano. Joel Raney's music encompasses the broad worlds of classical, jazz, and gospel. To reserve your place in the choir, please contact St. Luke's Music and Arts Administrative Assistant Kristi Pawley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 303-791-0659, ext. 16. Please provide your name, voice part and church affiliation. A participation fee of $25 for music is required and due no later than Friday, Oct. 9. Checks can be made out to St. Luke's UMC with "Raney Concert" in the memo line. Tickets go on sale beginning Sept. 10 and are general admission - $12 at the door or $10 in advance and available at www.stlukeshr.com. For more information, contact Ken Mervine, Associate Music Director/Organist at St. Luke's UMC by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone at 720-937-9436.

special program on Ute Indian Prayer Trees at First UMC Castle Rock - Oct. 10

First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock, Colorado, will host a special program and potluck at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring John Anderson, author of Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region, and former El Paso County Sheriff. He will present a very informative program on Ute Indian Prayer Trees (culturally modified trees). Since his retirement in the fall of 2012, John has pursued his passion to learn about these sacred trees of the Ute People and the rich history and culture of the Ute Nation. In addition, in 2012 he helped organize the Annual Ute Indian Prayer Tree Cultural Gatherings in Colorado Springs and works with the Ute Elders to help educate their young people about this important aspect of their culture.

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