Reflections & Program Notes

For further details & any questions on the Program’s below,
please give me a call or send me an email:
Steve Walden
303-989-3727 (x203)
swalden@gmumc.com
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The point of a faith community is not to think alike, but to think together.

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Denver Zoo Exploration
Talk & Casual Tour — Sunday, September 16th (times below)

Getting a little tired of your own species? Do you feel like you’re in a homo sapien rut? Good news — though we’re the species with the largest egos, we’re actually not the center of the earth (or universe). Spend an afternoon exploring a fresh perspective among our Creation neighbors. Ali Young, a long-time GMUMC member and Zoo employee will be our guide. RSVP required via me or the Program Table sign-up.  Cost will vary based on age, etc. but plan on $14 to $20 — however, due to a membership connection a reduced rate is possible. A presentation on the Zoo will be at 9:00 a.m. in #403 — the outing car pool will meet at 12:45. Questions? — see me.

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July 2018 Mini-Mission Final Tally:
Project Angel Heart Breakfast Cereal Drive

Thank you to all who supported this effort and great organization!
Our Final Tally:  133 boxes; plus 50 “virtual” boxes ($ donation) = 183

 

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 An Idea Without a Name…yet…

The group for those that don’t join church groups…

Does your world view not fit easily into a “faith tradition”?  Does your body resist parallel parking in a pew?  Is the most comforting sign you’ve seen in a church say, “Emergency Exit”?   Is the only “spiritual label” that speaks to your heart & mind, “none-of-the-above”?  You’re not alone — in fact, you may be part of the fastest growing “tradition-less tradition” of the current age.

What exactly is “this”— honestly, we’re figuring that out — together — but it’s not a “church idea,” a clever ruse…it’s no evangelical Trojan Horse.  It’s also not anti-faith, or anti-anything that has the power to make our lives, or our world, a better place.  But we are pro-curiosity, creativity, learning, humor, asking big questions, living without firm answers, and otherwise exploring what it means to be a decent human being.

A life of purpose and meaning does not require a church membership.  Period.  But a community can make our life journey a bit gentler along the blue-sky vistas and mud-filled pot holes.  If you’re looking for fellow travelers, feel free to learn more about an evolving idea without a label.

For information, please see Steve Walden
swalden@gmumc.com

 

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Caffeine

Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Room #403

Pondering issues — and planning actions — through the lens of personal faith.  Diverse perspectives welcome; ideologies and agendas not so much.

 This month — Reading & Discussing the Bishop Karen Oliveto book:
Together at The Table: Diversity Without Division in the UMC

Diverse perspectives welcome; ideologies and agendas not so much.

Caffeine coffee jar $$$ benefits the SEED/NarSarah Clinic in Sierra Leone…to date = $2300.

 

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 Society for the Advancement
of the Human Attention Span

After a trashy beach novel hiatus, resuming soon. Regular attendees, watch for your
email update & for those interested in this evolving book group — please see me.

 

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 The Shared Journey

…an evolving, supportive community for those that share
the daily challenges of facing the diagnosis of dementia –
as individuals, families, and caring friends.

sharedjourney
 All are welcome!
Please consider joining the S
J Support Group for their next meeting:

Tuesday, September 18th, 9:00 a.m.; Room #403

 

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 Project Cure Work Team

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Local Service, Global Impact

Next Opportunity: Tuesday, September 11th, 1 to 3 p.m.

Anyone interested in this service project, sorting and preparing medical supplies for shipment to areas of great need, please see me. You’ll also be joining an efficient, excellent, and entertaining crew from Green Mountain — no medical knowledge needed, we work as a team — curiosity and humor are required.

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The Senior Wii Bowling Association

You have nothing to lose but your dignity.

Light lunch, then virtual pins tremble. To RSVP see me.
September 25th, High Noon, #403 Lanes

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Church of The Apocalyptic Optimists

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An ongoing effort to invest in people and ideas, via an organization called Kiva and the tool of the micro-loan. We currently have 27 members from all faith backgrounds. For information on this playfully-named, nobly-aimed concept please see me.

As of August 27th:
Loan #: 1,032
Total: $27,675

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       The Cure Bin       

curesupplies

Medical supplies…
(please, NO drugs, NO items requiring electrical power, and nothing already used)

These materials are gathered in the orange bin located on our upper level landing,
then delivered to Project Cure monthly.

Your consideration of this on-going mission is appreciated.

 

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Hilltoppers

Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

This class uses a traditional, thought-provoking,
Sunday School curriculum to discuss faith and life.

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Tuesday Morning Bible Study
 
10:30 a.m.

A low-stress Bible Study class, with no homework required.  This group reads scripture together, and discusses the passages openly.  The group shares the rich resources of study Bible notes, and personal experience.  Does not meet in the Summer.  Will resume in the Fall.  Led by the Minister.


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