(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)
- Youth 2015 Tour Stop - Sept. 21 at St Andrew UMC
- Conversations with James Alison at Lutheran Center in Denver - Sept. 26 and 27
- "Blessed Are The Teachers!" Hosted by the Colorado Council of Churches - Sept. 30
- Wesleyan Leadership Conference in Nashville - Oct. 23 to 25
- Horizons Stewardship: Academy of Faith and Money - Nov. 11 to 13
- Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC
- Worship Planning Retreat with Dr. Marcia McFee
- Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing hosts Buddhist Monk
- RMC Leadership Summit - Sept. 27 at St Andrew UMC
- Preaching Academy with Dr. Thomas Long - Oct. 3 at First UMC Colorado Springs
- Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Oct. 4 and 11
- Save the Date: Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1, 2015
- 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3-8, 2015
- 7 Truths About Vitality at Christ UMC in Salt Lake City - Sept. 20
- Sunshine District Certified Lay Speaker Training in La Junta, CO - Sept. 20
- Metro District United Methodist Women Annual Meeting - Sept. 20
- Northeast Colorado Lay Servant Ministry Classes in Akron, CO - Sept. 20 and 21
- Safe Sanctuary/Ethics Workshop at Durango UMC - Sept. 24
- Planting the Seeds: New Ministry Workshop at Hilltop UMC in Sandy, UT - Oct. 4
- Peaks Sub-district Lay Servant Classes in Fort Collins - Oct. 18 and 19
- Metro/Mile High Lay Servant Ministries Fall Classes - Oct. 10 and 11
- Grand Valley Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Course - Oct. 24 and 25
- Western Colorado Sub-District Lay Servant Training - Nov. 7 and 8
- Will Power Workshops - Sponsored by Your Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation
- Trinity UMC Single Mom Connection Meeting - Sept. 21
- American Indian Festival at Good Shepherd UMC - Sept. 27 and 28
- Broomfield UMC hosts conference on "Becoming Peacemakers in a Violent World" - Sept. 27
- DenUM Harvest Breakfast, Christ UMC in Denver - Oct. 1
- Planting the Seeds at Hilltop UMC - Oct. 4
- Silent Auction and Salmon Bake at Jefferson Avenue UMC - Oct. 5
- Leadership Beyond Regional Conference at Parker UMC - Oct. 7 to 9
- Father Dyer UMC Preservation Project Celebration - Oct. 12
Youth 2015 Tour Stop - Sept. 21 at St Andrew UMC
Want to get a preview of Youth 2015? Check out one of the Western Jurisdiction's Youth 2015 Tour Stops at St. Andrew UMC on Sept. 21. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. with the event starting at 4 p.m. For tickets and more information, check out this website.
Conversations with James Alison at Lutheran Center in Denver - Sept. 26 and 27
"Conversations with James Alison" will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 and 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the new Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA, Lutheran Center in north metro Denver, 7375 Samuel Drive, 80221. Alison is a noted Catholic theologian, priest, and prolific writer. The topic of the Friday conversation is: "Where are we now, and where are we going: Thinking through Christianity and the LGBT emergence." The Saturday topic is: "Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Presenting a new course of introduction to the Christian faith for adults." A suggested donation for each session is $5. Students are free. For more information, go to www.rmselca.org.
"Blessed Are The Teachers!" Hosted by the Colorado Council of Churches, Sept. 30
Please join the Colorado Council of Churches for its next assembly where we will celebrate our educators: Sunday School teachers and superintendents, public school and private school teachers from preschool to higher education!
- When: Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Where: South Broadway Christian Church, 23 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203
The first hour will feature a worship service, and then immediately afterwards, those present may choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions:
- How to Grow a Sunday School
- Spiritual Care and Renewal for Teachers
- How Churches Can Support Our Schools
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.
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.
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.
Worship Planning Retreat with Dr. Marcia McFee
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.
RMC Leadership Summit - Sept. 27
Members of RMCUMC Committees and Commissions are invited to the Annual Leadership Summit, to be held Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch. Gil Rendle will be the facilitator as we continue the conversation connecting our quadrennial theme, "Cultivating the Tree of Life," our conference strategic plans and SMART Goals, with the larger picture of the changed mission field. Learn more and register at RMC Leadership Summit 2014.
Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness and Healing Hosts Buddhist Monk
Preaching Academy with Dr. Thomas Long - Oct. 3
Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Oct. 4 and 11
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.
5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8, 2015
The next 5 Day Academy to be held in the Rocky Mountain Conference will be May 3-8, 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 and be found at http://rmcumc.org/new/leadership-and-learning/spiritual-formation.html.
7 Truths About Vitality at Christ UMC in Salt Lake City - Sept. 20
Rev. Jeremy Scott, in his new role as the Area Vital Congregations Developer, will be at Christ UMC, 2375 E. 3300 S, SLC, UT 84109, on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Session will cover:
- Natural cycles of church development
- Cultural changes that affect church life
- What is a vital church?
- What do vital churches do?
- Where do we start?
This workshop is great for pastors, lay leaders, committee chairs/members, or anyone else who wants to find a way to be involved. It is free and there will be snacks. Please register by calling 801-363-3882 by Sept. 18.
Sunshine District Certified Lay Speaker Training in La Junta, CO - Sept. 20
The Lay Servant Team of the Sunshine District is pleased to announce an upcoming Certified Lay Speaker workshop that will be offered at the La Junta United Methodist Church.
- Course Title: Am I Ready for the Pulpit?
- Dates and Times: Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Place: LaJunta United Methodist Church, 601 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO
- Instructors: Mike Spahr & Don Hill (with guest speakers each day)
- Textbook: UMC Book of Worship
- Registration Cost: $20.00. Registration fee includes Saturday lunches and printed materials.
Download the registration form and submit by September 9 to reserve your space.
Metro District United Methodist Women Annual Meeting - Sept. 20
The United Methodist Women of the Metro District will meet on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at Brentwood United Methodist Church, 1899 S. Irving St., Denver. The meeting will include annual business decisions, a program featuring "Against Domestic Violence," a memorial service for sisters who have died this year and a luncheon. The meeting will end at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Northeast Colorado Lay Servant Ministry Classes in Akron, CO - Sept. 20 and 21
NE CO Lay Servant Ministry Classes will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Akron UMC, 101 E Third St., Akron, CO.
- Basic Class Participants, please order and read Lay Servant Ministries Participant's Book, ISBN #978-9-88177-626-3.
- Those attending the Advanced Class, "Leading Worship," please order Worshiping with United Methodists, Revised Edition, by Hoyt Hickman, ISBN #978-06873-3526-8.
Books may be ordered from Cokesbury at 800-672-1789 or cokesbury.com.
SAFE SANCTUARY/ETHICS WORKSHOP AT DURANGO UMC - SEPT. 24
Steve Easterday-McPadden will offer the new Safe Sanctuary/Ethics workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Durango UMC, 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango, CO 81301. This is a required workshop every quadrennial for pastors under appointment. Both lay leaders and pastors are welcome.
Arrangements have been made for a lodging rate of $89 at the Best Western Durango Inns and Suites, 21382 Highway 160 West, 970-247-3251. Mention the First United Methodist Church Ethics Workshop for that rate. They will block off as many rooms as needed.
Planting the Seeds at Hilltop UMC in Sandy, UT - Oct. 4
Planting the Seeds: A New Ministry Workshop will be held on Oct. 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Hilltop UMC, 985 E. 10600 S, Sandy, UT. Featured speakers will be Jerry Herships, whose work has received national recognition, and Elizabeth Jackson, who is a talented clergywoman at Smoky Hill UMC in Colorado. Herships will talk about AfterHours Denver and Jackson will talk about the development ministry of "In the World." Andy Stanley has said: “If you want to create a church that unchurched people love to attend, you've got to think like an outsider.” This event is open to other churches than UMC. Do not hesitate if you are in a collegial relationship with non-UMC leaders, to share this.
Peaks Sub-district Lay Servant Classes in Fort Collins, Oct. 18 and 19
The Peaks Sub-district is offering Lay Servant Classes Oct. 18 and 19 at Christ United Methodist Church in Fort Collins. Classes include Basic Course, Leading Worship, Spiritual Gifts, and Accountable Discipleship. Register by Oct. 4 for the Early Bird Tuition of $35. Please see this flyer for more information and registration.
METRO/MILE HIGH LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES FALL CLASSES, OCT. 10 AND 11
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.
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.
Will Power Workshops - sponsored by your Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation
Help your congregants plan for their last chapter of life. Planned Giving Director, Dale Levy, will present a free step-by-step Wills Workshop for churches and their communities. Upcoming Workshops are:
Trinity UMC Single Mom Connection Meeting - Sept. 21
American Indian Festival at Good Shepherd UMC - Sept. 27 and 28
All are invited at attend "Bridges to Respect: 2014 American Indian Festival" on Sept. 27 and 28 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 3960 E. 128th Ave., Thornton, Colo. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and starting at 10 a.m. with worship on Sunday, until 8 pm. There will be Native American vendors, food, and entertainers - drummers, dancers, flutes, songs, and also a silent auction. The church's planning team has been working for a year on this event, with a team of both Indian and non-Indian planners. For details, go to www.shepherdchurch.org or call 303-457-9267.
Broomfield UMC hosts conference on Becoming Peacemakers in a Violent World - Sept. 27
Broomfield United Methodist Church will host a conference on “Becoming Peacemakers in a Violent World” on Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 5 p.m. The church is located at 545 W. 10th Ave. in Broomfield. The event will explore the art of peacemaking from a variety of perspectives. Michael Baxter, PhD will give the keynote; other presenters include Rebekah Simon-Peter or Bridgeworks, William Woodward of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Catharyn Baird of Regis University, and Leandra price of Colorado Christian University. The conference is free and open to all youth and adults. For more information and to register, go to http://bit.ly/bumcpeacemakers.
DenUM Harvest Breakfast, Christ UMC in Denver, Oct. 1
Planting the Seeds at Hilltop UMC in Sandy, UT - Oct. 4
Planting the Seeds: A New Ministry Workshop will be held on Oct. 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Hilltop UMC, 985 E. 10600 S, Sandy, UT. Featured speakers will be Jerry Herships, whose work has received national recognition, and Elizabeth Jackson, who is a talented clergywoman at Smoky Hill UMC in Colorado. Herships will talk about AfterHours Denver and Jackson will talk about the development ministry of "In the World." This event is open to other churches than UMC. Do not hesitate if you are in a collegial relationship with non-UMC leaders to share this.
Silent Auction and Salmon Bake at Jefferson Avenue UMC - Oct. 5
Jefferson Avenue UMC, 4425 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge, CO, will host its yearly silent auction and salmon bake fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The silent auction begins at 9 a.m. and the salmon bake begins at noon. The cost of dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 3 to 12. Children younger than 3 are free. Proceeds will support Jefferson Avenue’s programs and community outreach. For more information, call Elaine Gendron at 303-238-6648 or Linda Richards at
Leadership Beyond Regional Conference at Parker UMC, Oct. 7 to 9
Parker UMC will present a leadership training event on Oct. 7 to 9, through the International Leadership Institute. Materials, lunch, and a focused leadership event are only $60. Read and share this flyer. Register through the Parker United Methodist Church or log onto www.iliteam.org, click on Find A Conference Near You, scroll down through the international events to find the Denver Regional Conference starting on Oct. 7. Call Randy Jessen, 719-244-2222, for more details.
Sandi Patty in Concert at St Andrew UMC - Oct. 11
All are invited to hear Sandi Patty in concert on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, CO. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available online only at www.st-andrew-umc.com.
Recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Sandi Patty is the recipient of five Grammy Awards and a record-setting 40 Dove Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year for 11 consecutive years. She has sold over twelve million albums and has sold-out shows in concert halls and arenas worldwide.
The concert will include music from Sandi Patty's Everlasting Tour, as well as some hymn standards. Ms. Patty will be joined by the 150-voice St. Andrew United Methodist Church Choir for six songs. Also joining the concert will be a representative from the Water4 project, which works to provide clean water for Africa and other regions of water scarcity. Advance tickets are recommended for this evening of incredible music.
Father Dyer UMC Preservation Project Celebration - Oct. 12
The Father Dyer United Methodist Church, 310 Wellington Road, Breckenridge, Colo., will celebrate the completion of a preservation project on Sunday, Oct. 12, during Sunday morning worship at 9 a.m. Rev. Don Cummings, pastor of Grace Church in Buena Vista, will portray Father John Lewis Dyer - who is the founder, builder and namesake of the church. The theme of his message is “From Preservation to Perseverance” in which he will address the never-give-up spirit that sustained Dyer's life and ministry, and which is still needed by the church today. For more information, call Father Dyer UMC at 970-453-2250.