(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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
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
New Clergy Orientation - Sept. 15
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
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
A Time for Children workshop - Nov. 3 and 4
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
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
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
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
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
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.