News and Notes


Congratulations to Nikki Stelwagon, who gave birth to a baby boy on June 12.  Both baby and mother are doing well.  Thank you to Jacki Jensen, Karen Orth, and Jill von Trebra, who filled in for her providing music for our worship ser­vices.

Some Important Decisions and Actions for the Church:

This week our Executive Committee decided to extend the contract for Interim Pastor Bob von Trebra through the end of October, 2018.


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


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.


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!


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, contact HomeShare directly at phone 970-488-2374 or Email Their website is