I wrote the following before I rode the Denver Century Bike Ride June 16. My wife and I choose not to do the full century ride, which included Lookout Mtn., instead opting for the 88-mile route. Near the end of the ride, I crashed to the ground, after which I finished the ride and then began having difficulty breathing. I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate the prompt care by medics at the ride and then outstanding care at CU Hospital for several days, AND for your concern, prayers and pulling together for worship in my absence. Thank you! Now back to my original article.
Soon we will celebrate our nation’s “birthday.” The 4th of July is also known as Independence Day, and it is certainly appropriate to have a day on which we are particularly aware of the many freedoms we have as citizens of the USA.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the joining of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church into the United Methodist Church of which we are a part. And this year marks the beginning of something new as the Yellowstone Conference and the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church joined together to become the Mountain Sky Conference. This came after the two conferences worked together to “perfect” the uniting document and then voted on June 9 to become one during meeting of the annual conferences in Ogden, Utah.
You may ask what this will mean for Green Mountain UMC. We likely won’t see much difference in our day to day ministries, but there will be more opportunities to join with ministries more directly across the wider conference area (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and 1 church in Idaho). One thing for us is that we will be part of the Metro District rather than the Mile High/Pikes Peak District working with the Rev. Paul Kottke as our superintendent.
The new conference will work with a simplified conference committee structure utilizing short-term task forces for many projects. Perhaps this will provide a model for how we at GMUMC can care and provide for ministry in our part of the conference.
Peace, shalom, paix, salaam, heiwa, Pastor Paul