Green Mountain UMC family and friends,
In light of current events related to COVID-19, and with the wise suggestion from Bishop Oliveto, we have decided to suspend worship services through the end of March. (Please see the Bishop’s email below.). However, the church will be open on Sunday mornings for any individuals wishing to talk and/or pray. During this time of formal worship suspension, we encourage you to keep contact with us, letting us know of any concerns you may have around health or other life matters. Whether occupying a pew or apart due to circumstances, we are still one community. These are challenging times, but we will be present and willing to help with whatever needs will arise!
Blessings and be well,
The staff of GMUMC
 
Bishop Oliveto Recommends Suspension of Worship
Services in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak
March 13, 2020
To the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church,
In light of the current health crisis created by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I am recommending that all churches throughout our conference suspend all worship services and meetings through the end of March while we continue to monitor the transmission of this disease. This recommendation is not made lightly but after reviewing current medical news as well as the state and federal declarations of emergency. I continue to encourage you to consult with local public health departments to stay current on the latest developments in your area.
Jesus says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). Just because the lights are off in your sanctuary should not dim the light of your congregation’s witness in your community. There are going to be many needs emerging as a result of this health crisis. While we must exercise social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, we must not allow this to foster social isolation and break down our communities.
The elderly will be especially vulnerable and are being encouraged to stay home. How can members care for the elderly and homebound in your community, providing groceries and other necessities?
There are school age children whose schools have closed that will be in need of meals. How can you provide them with a regular meal?
Some workers will have their income severely cut. How can you insure they don’t have to make the hard decision between buying food or paying the rent?
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” – Teresa of Avila
The cabinet, conference staff and I are committed to supporting you through this time. Director of Communications Charmaine Robledo has been providing numerous resources online. We continue with Digital Devotions Monday-Friday at 6:30 a.m. as a way to remain spiritually together.
I invite you to a Fireside Chat over Zoom this Monday evening, March 16, at 7 p.m. This will be a time for us to pray together, share together, and ask questions and share best practices.
In the meantime, follow CDC guidelines:
Take steps to protect yourself:
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds .especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others:
Stay home if you’re sick
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes:
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick:
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect:
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
I am so grateful for your ministries. We are stronger together as we respond to this crisis. I pray that you will find moments to care for your body, mind and soul. May we all be guided by God’s wisdom and compassion.
Blessings,
 
Bishop Karen Oliveto

Please click here to go the World Health Organization’s website, where you will find continually updated information on how to protect yourself, and the latest developments on COVID-19.  Click here to see updates from Colorado’s Department of Health.  

Who Is GMUMC?

A Progressive Christian Community …

… A Place to Call Home

We consider ourselves a progressive Christian church, yet we also have great respect for the traditions of the United Methodist church and their doctrine of “Welcoming EVERYONE with Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors“.

Our Hearts, Minds and Doors are open to you …

… if you want to be welcomed into a community or family …

… if you are Christian or any other religious background …

… whatever your race or ethnic background …

… whoever you love …

… wherever you live …

… wherever you came from …

… whatever your abilities or disabilities …

Our Vision:

Be a community where faith in Christ is a verb; serving, discovering, questioning, growing, caring …

We are proud of our affiliation with the following progressive Christian organizations:

The Story of the Window on the Hill

A bright and beautiful stained glass window adorns our sanctuary, shining in on us and shining out to the rest of our community.

This window has a message – that God’s spirit filled Jesus Christ and he became “the light of the world.” That same spirit and life have come into our lives and our church. It then flows out as a stream, taking life to those in our community and our world.

The bright colors are the colors of nature – the gold of the sun, the blues and greens of the ocean and the sky.

The white light of our sun shines through the glass and is transformed into the colors of the rainbow. Remember that God put the rainbow in the sky as a symbol of hope.

The brilliant circle of light and its rays symbolize Jesus, the Son of God, who said, “I am the light of the world.” He also said we are the light of the world and should not cover our light but let it shine for all to see.

Inside the glowing light are two images. One is a descending dove, a bird that is flying down to the earth, a symbol of God’s power and love. Remember in the Bible it says after Jesus’ baptism that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove.

Surrounding the dove, if you look closely, you may be able to see the shape of an angel, one of God’s helpers and messengers in heaven.

The green ripples running down and outward from the light represent the water of life which gets deeper and wider and brings life to us all.

The black circles describe our expanding care and concern for all people and for our world.

This window is strong, like our church, made of glass of many colors and epoxy and encased in steel and anchored to this building whose foundation goes deep into the ground. We build our lives on the firm foundation of God’s teachings.

This wonderful window was a gift to the church in 1979 from the family of Jim and Shirley Core in memory of their parents.

A prayer of thanks: We thank you, God, for this window and its message. Help us to be brighter lights and streams of caring and sharing as we open our lives to God’s spirit and power. Amen.