Many Gifts, One Spirit
The Metropolitan District
Of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church
Vol. 1, No.2 Rev. Youngsook Kang – District Superintendent April-June. 2006
METRO DISTRICT ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND CELEBRATION
was a great success thanks to YOU!
Thank you for participating in the 2006 Metro District Celebration.
We enjoyed great Fellowship, great food, great preaching and
even accomplished our yearly business!
Special thanks to Englewood United Methodist Church for being such gracious, hospitable, and
Special thanks to Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. and Rev. Youngsook Charlene Kang, for their participati
in the worship service. Gratitude also goes out to all the individuals and churches that worked so hard
make this event a success, and to the Planning Committee for their months of preparation.
The 2007 District Conference and Celebration
will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2007, at Lakewood United Methodist Church.
Mark your calendars now and watch for further details.
CARING HANDS UNITE – Churches Building Churches
Rocky Mountain Conference – 2006
Marriott Denver Tech Center
June 21 - 24
Registration booklets are being mailed this week.
Information and contacts:
For General Annual Conference: Nancy Butterfield, (303) 733-3736 Ext. 160 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration: Nancy Cox, (303) 733-3736 Ext. 155 or email@example.com
Childcare: Tommy Gleaton, (303) 756-1588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information and updates watch Table Talk
(NOTE: District Superintendent Kang will provide a monthly contribution on page 2 for the District Newsletter. This month, she shares her
sermon from the Metro District Annual Celebration. It expresses her vision for opening doors in the Metropolitan District)
Sermon at the Metropolitan District Conference - March 4, 2006
Lazarus at the Open Door - John 11:38-44, Revelation 3:7-13
Youngsook C. Kang
When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus was in the tomb. It has been four days since he died. The opening
of the cave was closed with a stone. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have
died.” Mary said the same, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” People said, “He opened
the eyes of the blind man. Could he not have prevented this man‟s death?” There was no blame in their words. It is
just that people‟s minds were filled with grief over the unfulfilled expectations. As John O‟Donohue put it, to Martha
and Mary and their friends, “No thought could take away the strangeness of death.” They were saying, if Jesus had
been with Lazarus things would have turned out differently. But, he was not, and Lazarus had been dead for four
days already. Jesus was greatly distressed. He asked, “Where have you put him?” They said, “Lord, come and
Jesus was greatly disturbed again when he came to the tomb. The Greek word for “disturbed” means that
he was not only concerned, but angry, full of righteous wrath and ready to explode. Angry tears? Angry at whom?
Here I am with Barbara Brown Taylor. Yes, he wept for Mary and Martha. His tears were over the loss of his friend
Lazarus. But also, ”His tears were for the whole world; tears about the frailty of life and the randomness with which
it was snuffed out; tears that no one seemed to understand what he was about, much less believe it; tears over the
enormity of what he had been given to do and how alone he was.
So, when he said, take the stone away, it was not just for Lazarus. He wanted to show the door to life is
open for everyone. You see, he prayed before he commanded to take the stone away, “God, may they believe it
was you who sent me.” Open the door for Lazarus, yes. But, open the door for all. Open their eyes. Open their
ears. Open their hearts. So they can have life. Help them believe in you who sent me. Help them believe in me.
Open the door for all.
I googled the image of open doors while working on this message. This one person did a self-study to see
how many door or drawer knobs he uses during a typical day. He guessed something like "thirty to forty," but,
discovered he touched on 83 door knobs a day. Imagine that you cannot pass a single day without opening over 80
doors. That is quite a remarkable fact. I then became curious how we humans began to have doors in the first
place. So, I also googled the history of doors. The earliest records on doors are those represented in the paintings
of the Egyptian tombs. Ever since then, in many cultures, doors have symbolized openness and new life.
In Korean culture, it is a tradition to hang a string on the doorpost when a baby is born. If it were a boy, you
hang red peppers on a string. If it were a girl, you hang a string of charcoals. After 21 days, the door is open for
people to visit the new born baby. The door was a tool to announce the message of new life in the household. A
new life comes through the door.
Jesus said, truly I am the gate, I am the door (John 10:9-10), “Whoever enters by me may have life, and
have it abundantly.” Through Christ, the dead man Lazarus walked out to life. Through Christ, we come forth to life.
Jesus says, “Take the stone away. Death is overcome. Now receive new life.”
But, then, think about it. It is a risky business to transform death into life. Like Barbara Brown Taylor says,
by raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus has made it to the top of the religious right‟s ”most wanted” list. “Chatting
with a Samaritan woman is one thing, and healing the blind on the Sabbath is
another, but reviving corpses is something else altogether.” Now, Jesus‟ days are
It is a risky numbered and he knows it. The plot to kill Jesus starts with the raising of Lazarus
back to life.
business to We don‟t like to shed what is dead. It is not easy to strip old habits, old
notions, old ideologies. Old habits die hard. When the grave door was open,
unbind and Lazarus came out to the world. But, here, look at the painting for a moment. Look
open the door.
at Lazarus, who is on your far right. His hands and feet, actually his whole body, is
still bound with strips of cloth and his face wrapped in a to the people, “Unbind him
and let him go.” Opening the door is perhaps just the beginning. Even though the
Who knows door is open, we may be still kept inside if we are bound with strips of fear and
what open prejudice.
It is a risky business to unbind and open the door. Who knows what open
doors will doors will bring. When I open the door, someone that I don‟t like may come to my
church. What if someone who doesn‟t look like me or doesn‟t sound like me comes in through the open door. When
the door is shut, we are safe. We can at least regulate access through the door. Opening the door to strangers is
very risky indeed.
So, perhaps the Pharisees are right in saying, “If we let him go on like this, opening door for all, everyone
will believe in him, and the strangers (Romans) will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation.”(verse
48). Life cannot be brought without taking risks. Once the door is open, it is hard to go back and close it. Especially
when Jesus opens the door, that no one can shut. That‟s what is said in the second text, Revelation 3:7-13. The
Holy One says, “I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. “ The church of Philadelphia was
Christ opens the door for life, which no one can close. The power of the stories is Christ‟s determination to
raise what is dead in our lives, which is a constituent part of who God is. Here we participate in Jesus‟ resolve for
new life. Whatever tomb you feel may be closing in upon you or upon your church, whatever spiritual dryness or
physical death may threaten you, whatever unholy fear or doubt may cloud your mind, it is no match for God‟s
power for bringing new life into our midst.
As I listen to the voices from the churches in our District, I hear a longing for life. How do we together help
bring to the Metropolitan District, the strength and wisdom of God, who raises the dead and bring new life into our
midst? I am now being reacquainted with the Metropolitan District. I served Emmanuel, Wheat Ridge and Golden
United Methodist Churches in the District before I joined the General Board of Global Ministries. But, let me tell
you, I am learning the changes that have occurred in recent years. For instance, demographics are significantly
changing in the area, as in many other US cities. I am observing that churches are making efforts to open the door
for new directions to steer away from trends that have dominated past decades. One thing that I see is more and
more suburban churches are moving toward suburban-urban borderline churches due to demographic changes.
And there are urban churches that are struggling to keep the doors open. The cry of our times seems to be multi-
cultural ministries or Spanish speaking ministries in particular.
Brentwood United Methodist Church has opened the door for three language ministries-including
Vietnamese, Spanish and English. What an excellent model it is for multicultural ministry. Here is one great story
shared by Pat Bruns and Tan Van Nguyen. Recently, their youth minister in Vietnamese language ministry left the
position without much warning. The loss of their youth minister opened a new door for Brentwood.
They even found a wonderful bilingual Vietnamese American woman who is now attending Garret
Evangelical Seminary, but who will soon come to attend Iliff. When you think that the door is shut, Christ opens the
door for new possibilities, which no one can shut. When you think you are dead, you are given new life. Korean
Emmanuel may have experienced difficult times lately. But, now at least one or two new families come to the door
at Korean Emmanuel each Sunday. Northglenn has opened the door for South Asian Fellowship. Park Hill is
opening its door widely to an interfaith community at Johnson & Wales University. Lakewood is launching a new
capital campaign. Mountain View is an open door to ecumenical ministries. Aurora First is opening the door to
invite Hispanic and Tongan congregations to worship. I should stop here before I get myself into trouble for omitting
Here, let me talk a little bit about myself before I conclude. A few minutes ago I talked about the Korean
tradition of hanging a string on the doorpost when a baby is born. When I was born, my father hung a string of black
charcoals on the doorpost because I was a girl. So, I grew up with this keen awareness of my gender. I grew up
seeing doors that were closed for women although my parents always encouraged me to pursue what I wanted to
do. Then, after I came to the United States, I came to another keen realization that I am a Korean-American, living a
bicultural and bilingual life. There are times that I understand both cultures while there are other times that I feel I
understand neither. I speak both languages, and yet there are times I feel like I am speaking neither. I call those
times marginal times or Lazarus moments. Those days I feel like Lazarus in the tomb. Those are the days I have
pain and fever that lead to death. Like Lazarus heard his sisters weeping somewhere in the house, I hear my sisters
and brothers weeping inside of me for closed doors. How many times have I died as Lazarus did. How many times I
felt like Lazarus still lying down in the tomb? But, the good news is that each time I hear Christ saying, “Roll the
stone away. Youngsook, come out.”
Do you hear what I hear in your heart – Do these same words ring for you as they did for another in
Bethany so long ago: " Lazarus, come forth. The door is open.”
The call, "Come forth!" is an invitation to God‟s pulse. It is an invitation to Christ‟s open door. Being able to
wake up, to feel new inspiration, and to see a new vision comes from this inner openness, which we might call the
Lazarus within us. Whenever we are open to that divine pulse, and merge with it, a new state of awakening begins
to lift our entire being onto God‟s new reality.
Ultimately, the raising of Lazarus is about the Lord's ability to give us life--to give it abundantly and freely.
And it is up to us to receive that life. It is to say, “If Jesus Christ is not Lord over life, He is not Lord at all.” If Jesus
Christ is just the Lord of the people within the walls of the church only, he is not Lord at all.
To declare faith in a life-giving God is to reject death. To confess faith in the Lord who opens the door is to
reject the false gods of any closed door and turn from false promises to the true God of life. Confessing our faith
and giving our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ requires our opposition to all that denies the fullness of life. It
requires our opposition to all that denies the opening of the door to all.
Do our doors, whether the front door or the back, somehow communicate a welcome to all? Do our
entryways suggest that those who enter will find here a place of searching and of belonging, a place where all who
yearn for a deeper touch of God‟s gracious love will find acceptance and opportunity to grow? As Joel D. Kline says,
you and I are to be doors to new life, inviting, welcoming, upholding, challenging, encouraging, strengthening one
another. We cannot do it alone. Indeed, isn‟t it the power of our call to be the church, that each one of us brings our
unique gifts and talents and energy as together we seek to be living doors of compassion and grace?
My vision of the church stems from God‟s compassion and grace. I envision a “kin-dom” of God among us
that embraces all God‟s children and celebrates God's full presence of reconciliation. It is a church where all people
are welcomed to God's table. It is a church where a community continues Christ‟s ministry of healing, reconciliation,
and transformation. This vision that informs, inspires, connects, and equips our people calls us together in the name
of Jesus Christ, our living Lord who moves us to transcend closed doors and engage in the common concerns of
humanity. I will continue to discern the will of God and the will of the Metropolitan District communty, engaging
myself in listening, prayer, care and God‟s mission and ministry.
With the gifts given by the spirit of God, I will work with the Metropolitan District and facilitate churches in
the District to open the door for all, to bring new life through Christ, and to become the church of Philadelphia, the
church with the open door. Christ says, “I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.”
Friends, who is your Lazarus standing behind the door, waiting for the door to be opened? Amen.
John O’Donohue, Beauty, p.
2 Barbara Brown Taylor,. “Without a Net,” Mixed Blessings, p.120
5 The Alliance of Reformed Churches Declaration in Accra, 2004
Highlights from Highlands - Palm Sunday
Rev. Betty Jo Bradford
Each Sunday the pastor and laity read a passage from the Bible. The passage has importance
as it stands on its own and offers a word to many. There is, however, always something
missing. What passage came before the reading? What followed? What was the writer's
On Palm Sunday, fourteen people of Highlands UMC will perform the Gospel of Mark
in the way it was originally told, as story. For many weeks, a dedicated group of people has
been memorizing most of the Gospel of Mark.
Pastor Betty Bradford has been involved in this endeavor two other times. What she
has found most amazing is the reactions as the story unfolds. The laughter at the disciples who don't seem to get
what Jesus is teaching them. The raised eyebrows as Jesus walked across the water. The despair of the listener
as they journey with Jesus from Gethsemane to the cross. The participant and the listener enter the life of Jesus in
ways that are not possible on a normal Sunday.
This experience reminds us that the chapter and verse notations were added by the church. The story was
meant to be shared in its entirety. It is through such a rendering that we experience the fullness of the life of Christ.
NEWS FROM NORTHGLENN - Hmong Congregation to Rent Space
Rev. Jane Riecke
After many discussions between the trustees, the pastors and a Hmong representative, we will be renting
two rooms on Saturday mornings, from 10-Noon, to this growing cultural group in the north area. Let me introduce
Zer Yang came to Colorado in 1976. He became a Christian in 1978 at the Green Mountain Presbyterian
Church. He and his wife first wife lived in the Broomfield and Northglenn area for many years and had two sons.
After a fateful car accident, in which his first wife was killed, Zer went back to Laos and remarried. He and his new
wife, Phoua have three children together: Samuel 4 years old, Meagan 2 years old and Adam 5 months old. Zer‟s
older children are Mark, who is a student at Broomfield High and Victor, who is at Front Range. Zer and his family
live just a few blocks from the church and Samuel attends our pre-school. Zer and his family have come to worship
with us at 11 a.m.
Zer is retired from the state of Colorado as a Refugee Specialist for Social Services. He speaks 5
languages and is currently working on a doctor of ministry at the Wagner Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs.
Zer hopes that by moving his little congregation from meeting in his home to our church building they will increase in
number. The Hmong congregation will begin meeting at Northglenn UMC April 1. Please welcome them if you
happen to be here when they are in worship.
Conference Committee for Native American Indian Ministries
The General Church has designated April 30, 2006 as Native Ministries Sunday. Local churches may plan
any Sunday during the year to celebrate the special offering.
Your conference Committee is available to help you plan a day or a full week-end of educational celebration
for Native Ministries Sunday with your church and neighborhood. Spring Bear Powwow is a community celebration
to welcome the new planting and growing season.
Everyone is invited to attend. Admission and parking are free. This is an all day and evening celebration
May 20 at Regis University Fieldhouse, 3333 Regis Blvd. (50th Ave.) The food concession supports the powwow
For more information contact Susanne Aikman (303) 477-8442, email@example.com or Rev. Ron Hodges
(303) 733-3736 x156, firstname.lastname@example.org
For an event calendar see www.alterNativeVoices.org and look for our exhibit at Annual Conference and join us
for Friday night's dinner, June 23.
Latest from Lakewood
Lakewood United Methodist Church celebrates 125 years of ministry to its community this year!
Begun a farmhouse in 1881 as the Union Sunday School, they soon moved into a nearby schoolhouse,
And then built a small white church at Colfax and Allison.
This was the only place of worship in the area for over 25 years.
In 1899 a circuit was established, and by 1904 it became the Lakewood Methodist Episcopal Church.
Over the years this faithful congregation has met in 10 different locations, and under many names, but the
dedication to Christ and his church remains.
All this year the people of Lakewood UMC will Cherish the Past, Celebrate the Present and work to Create
the Future, with God‟s help. For more information, go to www.lumc.net.
Rev. T.L. Phillips on the links
Rev. Bill Selby (letting T.L. win)
RMC Annual Conference Benefit Golf Tournament
- Proceeds go to the Clergy Covenant Fund
Wed, June 21 Open to all Clergy and Lay Members/Guests of RMC Annual Conference
Sponsored by: The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness of the Rockies -
We believe that The Clergy Covenant Fund, set up by the Board of Ordained Ministry to assist Clergy in
special need situations, is one of the most valuable front line resources that everyone in the Annual
Conference, but especially clergy, can work to support. Right now there is a little more than $5000 in the
fund. This resource needs much more to be solvent and truly available to the BOOM or the Cabinet during
those urgent need times.
A Challenge to Each Clergy Member and Each Church
We challenge each church to register at least one foursome of golfers in the tourney. Our goal is 80 golfers.
If we can reach 80 we can raise almost $3000 for the Covenant Fund and we can have a “shot-gun start”
which allows everyone to begin and end at the same time. However, We need these commitments by May 15th
in order to guarantee this process.
Where: Welshire Golf Course, 1mi West of I-25 on Hampden to S Colorado BlvdThis is a “fun” golf outing.
For every type of golfer. The tourney will be a "best ball” which means you will use the "best shot" from the
foursome each time. Handicaps are not necessary for this tourney. Cost per person: $125.00 Green fees,
Cart, Range, Prizes
Tee off is Tentatively 7:30am of Wed. June 21st
To guarantee “shotgun start and $4000” DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING, May 15th.
Final Deadline, June 15th. If you are interested in entering, please email ASAP Bill Selby at
mailto:email@example.com Or call 303-791-6155
“Learn the rules! (That way you’ll know how to break them properly)”
Metropolitan Clergy and Staff Worship – “Our Common Life Together”
Rev. T.L. Phillips
The first monthly Clergy and Staff Worship service was hosted by Rev. Kay Palmer Marsh and held at
Westminster UMC on April 4 . There were approximately 20 people in attendance for worship and lunch.
The next service will be Tuesday, May 2 , 11:00 a.m. at Mountain View Community Church. Pastor,
Rev. Craig Peterson and the folks at Mountain View extend an invitation to join them on that day. The church is
located just east of Havana on Evans Avenue (10700 E. Evans Avenue). If you need further directions, contact the
church at 303-755-3799, or District Secretary Ken Gies at 303-325-7047.
This is a wonderful opportunity of worship together with colleagues and friends, as well as to see how other
churches are doing worship. A chance to experience the warmth of connection and the diversity of people, thoughts
The schedule is set for the remainder of 2006, but we will be looking for churches to host this event the first
Tuesday of each month in 2007.
Tuesday, June 6 at Burns Memorial UMC – Rev. Aaron Gray
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Tuesday, July 11 at Bethany UMC – Rev. Teena Racheli (This is the 2 Tuesday, due to the July 4
Tuesday, August 1 at Golden 1 UMC – Rev. Ross Kershaw
Tuesday, September 5 at Jefferson Avenue UMC – Rev. Larry Howard
Tuesday, October 3 at Evanston UMC – Rev. Paul Murphy-Geiss
Tuesday, November 7 at Wheat Ridge UMC – Rev. T.L. Phillips
Tuesday, December 5 join us for a very special Advent worship at the Adams County Detention Facility
with Chaplain Yong Hui McDonald
All services begin with worship at 11:00 a.m. and lunch together at 12:00 noon. For further information, contact Rev.
T.L. Phillips at 303-422-3459, or tl_Phillips@qwest.net.
Superintendency Scoop –
Rev. Melanie Rosa - Chair
Rev. Youngsook Charlene Kang is eager to connect with the wonderful people of our diverse district.
To that end, she would love to visit our Metropolitan District Churches on a Sunday morning.
She would be willing to preach, assist with worship, or just visit your congregation and get to know the
Please contact Youngsook at (303) 325-7047 to schedule a time for her to visit your church.
Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here,
For HE IS RISEN!
Try it at Trinity – “Casual and Upbeat”
Casual and Upbeat Evening Worship - Sundays at 7:07 p.m.
”Casual and Upbeat” is a new worship opportunity for those who are young, busy on Sunday mornings, or
needing to connect with God in a new way. If any of these phrases describes you, plan to join us Sunday nights at
7:07 in Trinity Cafe.
Grace from Goode Centennial - Symbols of Lent and the Easter Season
Pastor Pat Johnson
Palm Branches – The road to Jerusalem, people waving palm branches, Jesus riding into the city on a
donkey, people hailing him as king.
Towel- just lying there by a bowl of water. Everyone‟s feet need washing since the roads are dusty. This is
a servant‟s job and none of the disciples wants to do it. Jesus kneels and washes the feet of his disciples.
Bread and the Cup- Jesus and the disciples at the Passover meal. Jesus blesses the bread, gives thanks
and shares it. After the meal he takes the cup, once again blessing it and giving thanks to God. Jesus says, “Take
this and remember me.”
Thirty Pieces of Silver- Judas takes these and betrays Jesus. Jesus paid the price for you and you are
worth more than 30 pieces of silver.
A Rooster- Jesus tells Peter that Peter will betray him three times before the rooster crows, Peter says no,
that won‟t happen. When it does, Peter realizes what he has done and is sorrowful.
Crown of Thorns- placed on Jesus‟ head to mock him as King
of the Jews.
Nails- these held Jesus to the cross but they wouldn‟t have had to, Jesus was willing to go to the
cross for our salvation.
The Empty Tomb- HE IS RISEN! Happy Easter Season, it‟s not just a day!
Deliberation from the District Secretary –
In late 1971 the first verifiable and real e-mail message was sent announcing it‟s own existence. It also
included a brief lesson in how to use the @ sign for delivery purposes. Since that time the phenomenon has grown
to approximately 684 million users, and 1.2 billion e-mail boxes, worldwide (as of July 2005), often sending and/or
receiving billions of messages a day. In 1978, John Paul II became the first papacy of the cyber age, using e-mail
for delivery of important messages. His official e-mail address was john_paul_ii@vatican, but it is suspected that he
also kept a personal address for his own use.
Who could have imagined 35 years ago, that today our personal and professional e-mail boxes would be
daily filled with vital information such as how to get a „Hot, no cost ringtone‟, or the perfect price for sex enhancing
drugs? Or that we would use this new-fangled gadget to conduct business, keep in touch and buy anything and
everything our imaginations could invent? What a concept.
The Metropolitan District, the Rocky Mountain Conference, and yes, the entire United Methodist Church has
not been slack in taking advantage of this amazing technology. Those of you reading this most likely, either directly
or indirectly, received it via e-mail.
In fact, it seems that between those three entities, we are overwhelming you with information, events and
requests, all sent via e-mail.
The Metropolitan District office wishes to do it‟s part in reducing this massive mess of migrating missals.
Therefore, effective immediately, except in the case of extreme urgency or emergency, we will significantly reduce
the number of general e-mails being sent to pastors, churches and/or laity.
If you have an event you would like sent out to the entire district, please let my office know as early as
possible. District Superintendent Youngsook and I will gather those and other pertinent Metro District information
and combine it in one weekly e-mail. Look for the subject line Metro District Weekly Update and be sure to read
through the entire epistle to make certain you do not miss out on important goings on across the District.
There may still be time and circumstance that will demand additional e-mails, but be assured that we value
the work you do for the Metro District and for the cause of Christ, and we respect your busy schedules. So, from
now on we will be more cognizant of that knowledge and hold our e-mails to the minimum number possible.
Remember, we can still be contacted via personal e-mails at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
email@example.com, or by that other gadget, the telephone at 303-325-7047 (Ken‟s direct office number), or 303-
733-3736, if you prefer to speak first with our receptionist, Netta Hares.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we grapple with the demands of the 21 century!
“Never let a little dispute injure a great relationship”
The Dalai Lama
Safari Showcase – A benefit for the African Partnership fund
Put a table together and plan to attend this exciting event on Saturday,
June 3 at the El Jebel Shrine Center (50 Ave. and Utica St.). Take in the
beauty and history of this wonderful building while you enjoy the fashion show,
silent auction, designer boutique and much, much more.
The tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance. There will
be a limited number available the day of the event. All proceeds go to the
Africa Partnership Fund, which is administered by the Africa Partnership
Committee, and supports several mission projects in Africa. This event will
directly benefit projects in Angola, Sierra Leone, and Kenya, such as
orphanages, help centers and Kenya Methodist University.
For more information, tickets or directions, contact Dorothy Templin at (303) 755-7416, or Ann Fort at (303)
YOUNG ADULTS -
The Bishop's Young Adult Initiative: A New Opportunity for
In case you haven't heard already, the Denver Area Episcopal Office, which oversees both Rocky Mountain and
Yellowstone Annual Conferences, is spearheading a new year-long volunteer program, GraceWorks Community:
The Bishop's Young Adult Initiative. Central to this new opportunity to put your faith into action will be a dual
emphasis on personal spiritual growth and social holiness through service and living in community. Our first house
of volunteers will be placed in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
We are now accepting volunteer applications for placement beginning this August - apply AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE for priority consideration!
For more information, visit our new website, or contact Kerry Greenhill, Project Director, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-536-3736 x153.
"Come to the Water"
Join other young adults from across the Rocky Mountain Conference the weekend of April 21-23 for this great
opportunity for learning and fellowship as we explore questions of spiritual growth in the scenic mountain setting of
Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In addition to the spiritual refreshment, cleansing, and thirst-quenching we receive
when we come to God, we'll have time to literally "come to the waters" of the Hot Springs Pool, so be sure to bring
Our keynote speaker is Christian Piatt, a freelance writer and musician from Pueblo. Registration forms and
information available at IgnitedSpirit.com (under Events) or email kerry at rmcumc.com to learn more.
United Methodist Credit Union Features Opportunity for Youth
UM Youth can start an account at the United Methodist Federal Credit Union at a greatly reduced level from that
needed for adult accounts. UM Youth can start an account at UMFCU with as little as $5! Contact them at (800)
245-0433 or http://umfcu.org/
Mission Trips for Young Persons
United Methodist young people will have opportunities, beginning in 2006, to participate in mission trips to
Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Alaska, Costa Rica and Chile. The National Association of United Methodist
Scouters and the Office of Civic-Youth Serving Agencies/Scouting of the General Commission on United
Methodist Men will sponsor "The Colours of the Church Mission Adventure Series." These special mission
adventures are for youth connected with Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA and 4-H.
Read more here!
Church and Society -
Peace with Justice Sunday: June 11, 2006
"Peace with Justice" is one of six Special Sundays within the United Methodist Church observed each year. The
way of peace they have not known. Romans 3:17, NRSV is the scripture for 2006. On Peace with Justice Sunday,
we are called to care for every one of God's children, especially those who have never known peace. Fifty percent
of the offering taken this day supports ministries of peace and justice within our Rocky Mountain Conference. Some
ministries your dollars support are Camp Joy, a summer camp for children with incarcerated parents, workshops
and speakers on peace with justice issues, development of resources for local church committees on social issues
and concerns, support of an administrative assistant from the Peace with Justice Studies program at Iliff, a quarterly
newsletter--Sharing Shalom, interfaith dialogue and worship services, updates on advocacy issues and more. The
other half of the offering taken goes to support global ministries of the General Board of Church and Society.
Resources and more information may be found at www.umcgiving.org.
Have you got a project to promote peace in your community? Then apply for a Peace with Justice Ministry Grant!
The Church and Society Network: Advocating for Peace with Justice committee offers networking grants (up to
$250) to help local congregations launch new Peace with Justice programs. Send your idea and request in writing
to: Church and Society Network: Advocating for Peace with Justice, c/o Rocky Mountain Conference, 6110
Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
UMVIM RMC Team Leader Training Schedule
The UMVIM Team Leader training is for team leaders who would like to lead any UMVIM mission trip, either
domestic or international, including hurricane recovery/rebuilding. Please contact Betsy Keyack, 303-346-7057,
email@example.com to sign up.
May 20, 2006 - Training for Utah churches - First UMC, Salt Lake City - contact Marilyn Douglas,
June 3, 2006 - St. Luke's UMC, Highlands Ranch, CO (south of Denver); 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Metropolitan District Newsletter, Many Gifts, One Spirit, welcomes your input. Please send information
about your local church, upcoming events, short sermons or devotionals. This is your canvas, please find a brush
and create something to share with the District. - Editor