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Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan Speaking at PPMCC

pastor wesRev. Wes Mullins, Senior Pastor

I am very excited that next Sunday’s worship service will feature one of the most influential people in Colorado: Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan, Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches (pictured below).  The Colorado Council of Churches (CCC) is made up of 12 different denominations including the American Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Metropolitan Community Churches.  It is one of the most significant organizations working for church unity in our state, giving those 12 denominations many opportunities to partner together on various events and issues.

Rev. Dr. Ryan, or just simply Jim, serves all of those denominations and the Colorado Council of Churches by being a single voice to represent all of the diversity that makes up the CCC.  About eight years ago, MCC was first welcomed in the CCC, and Jim was a major player in seeing to our inclusion in this diverse community of Christians.  He stood up for us, or as Ezekiel said, he “stood in the gap” for us, advocating on our behalf.  A few of you may have met Jim back in those days, but it has been a long time since we have invited him back to our church to share with us.

 

So, I am very excited that he will not only be preaching next Sunday (on the topic of Christian Unity), but he will also be doing a 30-minute presentation after worship about the work of the Colorado Council of Churches.  Currently, the CCC is in the midst of a transition in structure that will allow for more “grassroots” involvement by members of congregations from across our state.  This is not a “commercial” to get folks signed up, as that new structure is still months away from forming, but this is a great chance to learn about what is being done “on behalf of MCC” by the Colorado Council of Churches and ways you could get involved if you were interested.  Some major areas of ministry and work include education, the environment, healthcare, and immigration.

Finally, I am excited to bring Jim to you because he is an accomplished minister.  He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the author of several books and articles, and he is a leader in ecumenical and interfaith work.  This is a real treat, and I hope you will make time to represent our congregation well and come to hear all Jim has to say!

God’s Love is Patient

Denise Foerch Spiritual DirectorDenise Foerch, Spiritual Director

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.      —I Corinthians 14:3-8a

This text is regularly preached, read at weddings, and studied in Bible Classes as the way we should love others.  Recently, as I’ve listened to people process their spiritual journey, I’ve become aware that we tend to have a distorted view of God’s love.  We often attribute negative circumstances as God’s 2×4—a smack over the head—to get our attention or teach us a lesson, as if God gets impatient with us and has to resort to being mean.   So, instead of seeing God as One who stands beside us, encourages us, and believes in us, God becomes the One who creates the negative in our lives to keep us in line.  Maybe this is one reason we do not risk opening ourselves to be loved by God.

My experiences have shown me that life brings the negative circumstances.  Our choices—and the choices others make—bring negative circumstances to our lives.  Life gives us all the opportunities we need to learn and grow.  Though our family dog, Carly, herds people by nipping at their heels, God isn’t nipping at our heels trying to keep us going in the right direction.  God’s love enters into our experiences encouraging us, supporting us, wanting us to learn and grow, but it’s our choice to make.

Since I Corinthians 13 is how we are to love one another, then it must be the way God loves us.  So, I changed the wording a bit, and it really helped me visualize how God’s love manifests itself in my life:  God’s love is patient and kind.  God’s love is not jealous.  God’s love doesn’t brag.  God’s love isn’t arrogant.  God’s love is not rude.  God’s love does not seek it’s own advantage.  God’s love is not provoked or irritable.  God’s love does not keep a record of complaints.  God’s love doesn’t rejoice in injustice.  God’s love rejoices with the truth.  God’s love bears all things.  God’s love believes all things.  God’s love hopes for all things.  God’s love endures all things.  God’s love never fails. 

Take some time to internalize the ways you experience God’s love, and think about what God’s love is and what it isn’t.  Begin to shed the negative ideas you have of God’s love.  Accept life as it is and open your self up to receiving the goodness—-the truth— of God’s love.

Sharing Our Gifts

Jackie Thompson, Event Coordinator

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.  —I Corinthians 12:4-31

With the Waldo Canyon fire behind us, temperatures dropping, and a sense of normalcy returning, the summer is quickly coming to an end.  We have enjoyed our annual “End of Summer Social” at Mary and Marty’s ranch in Black Forest, and it was one more signal to us that autumn is just around the corner.  Before we know it, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas will be upon us.

I believe this fall will be a time of renewal after a hard summer, a time in which we can move forward and focus on what God has planned for us and our church both in the immediate and distant future.  Our biggest event of the year, Dreaming of Decadence, is very important to our church.  It helps us get our budget back on track, and it gives the community outside our church the opportunity to support our mission.  More than raising money, this annual event is our chance to show others who we are and what matters to us—to show them what we mean when we say we are “The Inclusive Church.”

Dreaming of Decadence is my favorite event.  It provides opportunities for fellowship while working together to accomplish an important goal.  Last year’s committee was an amazing, diverse, and talented group of people who brainstormed some great ideas.  Who would have thought that we could transform our stage into a pier?  Each person brought different skills to the table, and there was so much synergy that it kept us moving forward and focused, making the event both successful and fun—the best combination.

I am now in the process of looking for people who would like to be a part of this year’s planning committee.  Like the Scripture passage above, this is a time when people of all different gift-sets are needed.  This really is a ministry opportunity—a chance to share your talents with the church and our community.  There are many skill-sets needed—people with ideas about the program, an eye for decorating, or a willingness to procure auction items, sponsorships, and donations.  There are opportunities to build, cook, decorate, and much more!  So, bring your talents, and join with the body of Christ in this place to create a night of celebration and fun!

To help with Dreaming of Decadence, please contact Jackie Thompson at jky.thompson@gmail.com.