News and Notes

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Saturday, May 6, 11:30 am

There will be a Congregational Meeting after the worship service on Sunday, May 6.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. There are two motions to be considered.  There will be a speaker to address the issues in church on three consecutive Sundays prior to the Congregational Meeting.  There will be time for further discussion after church in the sanctuary.

DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXHIBIT

Friday, May 11, 9:30 am
The Wednesday morning faith formation group will be going to see the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Friday, May 11th, leaving the church at 9:30 am.  All are welcome to join us.  Carpool and help with transportation will be arranged.  Depending on number of participants, cost should be $20-$25 per person.  Please sign up across from the trophy case or call the church office (970) 667-4884.

SUMMER SPECIAL MUSIC

As usual, our choir will be taking a very well-deserved break over the summer, and we'll continue our tradition of weekly special music at each service.  In addition to bringing in some performers from the surrounding com­munity, I especially LOVE seeing all of the talent right here in our own congregation!


If you or your children are interested in performing as a part of our special music this summer, please talk to me!  Possibilities are endless, but can include playing an instrument (alone or with the piano), singing a solo, an instrumental duet, or singing as a part of a small group.  I encourage everyone to share their talents and experi­ence the joy of being able to perform.


The special music will be scheduled by May 20, so please contact Nikki as soon as possible (no later May 1).

OFFICE HELP NEEDED

Staci will be out of the office 5/29 through 6/7.  If you would be interested in helping to cover office duties dur­ing that time, please let Staci know.  Some computer help would be appreciated!

CHURCH MEETINGS AND EVENTS

If you will be having any meetings at the church, please let Staci know so she can add it to our central church calendar (office@lovelandUCC.org).  This helps ensure that space is not double booked, and allows for clean­ing/straightening after all events.  Thank you.

FAITH FORMATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Faith Formation Board is looking for volunteers interested in covering Children's time or helping with teaching Sunday school.  All of the Sunday School lessons are already planned out.  You only need to teach the lesson to the children.


We would like to get enough volunteers in a pool so volunteers would only have to teach one Sunday every 2-3 months.  If interested, please sign up at the trophy case, contact the office, Pastor Bob or any member of the Faith Formation Board.  If you have any questions, please contact Karen Jazowski or put your name on the sign up sheet.

CONFIRMATION

Our Confirmation class this year is open to anyone who would like to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus and be a member of our church – even adults.  Many of our sessions will be on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Let us know if you would like to join the adventure!


We will not meet on March 17 because several Confirmation class members are away for Spring Break.  Instead, members are encouraged to attend these events:


Sunday, March 25:  Palm Sunday worship at church, 10 a.m.


Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.:  Maundy Thursday worship at our church


Friday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.:   Good Friday ecumenical worship at First Christian Church, 2000 N. Lincoln Ave. in Loveland


Sunday, April 1:  Easter Sunday worship at our church.  Confirmation Class members may be asked to help with the Easter Egg Hunt after worship.


Friday, April 6:  Attend a Shabbat worship service at a Jewish synagogue in Fort Collins.  Meet at our church at 6:15 p.m.


Saturday, April 21:  Confirmation Class at church, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

OPEN and AFFIRMING (ONA) DISCUSSIONS

Our Open and Affirming discussions have concluded – at least for a while.  We may have more occasions for learning and discussion later.  Watch for details to come.


At our most recent discussions we talked about how people in our church seem to be “open” to many kinds of people being a part of the church and even sharing in positions of leadership and ministry.  I believe that is true -­- we have lesbian and gay persons participating in the life of the church.  But some people may not be ready for the “affirming” part of being ONA – they just aren’t sure if same-sex relationships are right and what God in­tends for humankind.


I understand that, and I think many other people do as well.  This is a learning experience for many of us, and it seems to go against what was taught in the past.  There are also many other Christians, and even other members of the United Church of Christ, who are not sure this is right, and who would be against being “open and affirm­ing.”


After reflecting on this, I thought we don’t have to necessarily say that we are ready to affirm people’s behavior.  We can admit that we are still learning.  And, I realized there may be many people in our church whose behav­iors I don’t want to affirm – including my own.  There may be people in our church who have money and have­n’t given it all away in order to follow Jesus, as the gospels recount that Jesus told some people they should do.  There may be some people who do not love their enemies as they love their neighbors (Matthew 5:44).  There may be some who sometimes speak unkindly of others (Matthew 5:22).  I am occasionally guilty of these things as well.  And yet such people are welcome in our church through the grace of God in Christ.

HomeShare: An Innovative Housing Solution

Neighbor to Neighbor and the Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities in Larimer County have worked to-gether to offer HomeShare – a program that matches Larimer County homeowners, age 55 or older with extra room in their home they might be willing to rent, with people who are looking for a place to live and can offer in-home assistance to the homeowner. Participants are screened and matched by a certified Housing Counselor.
If you would like to learn more, flyers are available at the church, or contact HomeShare directly at phone 970-488-2374 or Email homeshare@n2n.org. Their website is www.n2n.org.