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Another Successful for Crop Walk!

by Mike Elgin

We’re happy to announce that we received $1025 (not including online donations) for Crop Walk this year.  Thanks so much to all of the contributors and walkers for their support.  Half of local donations remain in the Estes Valley in the form of a donation to Crossroads Ministry.

The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Mike Elgin

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander is not just about what the subtitle says, “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”, though that’s an important subject for us all now. It’s about the fact that we still have a seriously evil caste system, and how that came about. To quote just a few appraisals of […]

Crop Walk

by Mike Elgin

Please join us on Sept 17th for the Estes Park CROP WALK.  Every year, thousands of volunteers walk around Lake Estes to raise money in support of Church World Service to help address hunger across our country.  Look for the Crop Walk table during Fellowship time after Worship to sign up or make a donation.

Reconciling Ministry Anniversary

by Mike Elgin

You are invited to join us on September 17th for our Reconciling Anniversary Sunday ! We are celebrating our first anniversary as a Reconciling Congregation at Estes Park UMC and our second year as an Open Hearts Reconciling Community with the overall theme of “Visioning an Inclusive Church.”   We have a Reconciling Ministries Network […]

Women’s Devotional Group: The Distance Between Us

by Mike Elgin

In the month of September, the Woman’s Devotional Group will be studying the same book the Public Library’s patrons will be studying under the program called the One Book, One Valley. The book is “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande. This is a memoir about a child living in Mexico and migrating into the […]

UMCOR Responds to Harvey

by Mike Elgin

By Mary Andreolli* UMCOR is currently working with disaster coordinators and early response teams to provide relief to the many people whose lives have been impacted by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. We will continue to update this page and UMCOR social media as we receive new information. VIDEO: JENNIFER SILVER 5 Things You Can Do 1. […]

Advice from Children: Embrace Love

by Mike Elgin

In this special segment, kids talk about how best to react to violence in our world. Their solution? Embrace love. The spot was created in conjunction with messaging by the church to counter racism. Children were asked a series of questions and their answers were compiled for use as part of the national ad campaign for The United […]

What is grace? Is it different from peace?

by Mike Elgin

United Methodists understand grace as a gift from God, “the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit.” In an Interpreter magazine article on the gift of grace, Bishop Will Willimon said, “In the Wesleyan tradition, grace can be defined as the power of God working in you […]

We can pray anywhere. Where’s your favorite place?

by Mike Elgin

A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* July 11, 2017 We know God hears us wherever we pray, but some United Methodists find special places where they most like to spend time with Jesus.We recently asked followers of The United Methodist Church Facebook page to share their favorite places to pray. The beautiful, personal responses affirm […]

About our Bishop, Karen Oliveto

by Mike Elgin

Bishop Karen Oliveto comes to the Mountain Sky Area after serving as senior pastor of the 12,000-member Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco for eight years. She is the first woman to be senior pastor at Glide, the fifth largest United Methodist congregation in the U.S. She is the first woman to serve […]