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The Week Ahead at Community Spirit Church (UCC)
Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Worship With Us This Sunday

Community Spirit UCC gathers each Sunday morning for an online worship service via Zoom. Log in between 10:15 and 10:25 AM. Worship begins at 10:30 AM.

All you need is a phone or a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone AND a weekly email invitation from Pat Riddell with the link to follow. (Reach out to her at if you're not receiving these invitations.)

Please check your email inbox on Saturday to make sure you’ve received your worship link for worship the following day. This will give you time to be in touch with Pat if you need help. If you’re running late on Sunday morning and run into trouble, please reach out to a fellow church member who may be able to forward their Zoom link or help you troubleshoot. 

Welcome, Rev. Elizabeth Vincent

During the next three weeks, while Pastor Karen is away, Rev. Elizabeth Vincent will lead our online worship service each Sunday at 10:30 AM. She shared this with us so you can get to know her before you "meet" her on Zoom this Sunday.

The call to ministry first came to me in my teens, but it was not until an early retirement from a 30-year career in engineering consultancy that I stepped forward to accept it. I earned an MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA, with emphasis on cross-cultural studies and the Hebrew scriptures. Then as an ordained UCC minister, I served churches in Rhode Island and western Colorado. Now living in Colorado Springs, I provide chaplaincy services to persons residing in assisted living facilities and also tutor in math, English, ESL, science, and music (piano).

As a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, I serve as a Stephen Minister, member of the Minister in Discernment Committee, and coordinator for the Visitation Ministry. This past summer, I filled the role of Interim Associate Minister through the three-month sabbatical of FCUCC’s Minister for Pastoral Care.

In addition to pastoral service, I have developed and led retreats and service projects for both women and youth and facilitated group discussions on topics such as white privilege and church restructuring. Additional professional experience includes teaching, project/program management, management of citizen participation programs for large infrastructure projects, business development, contract management, and project correction. Issues related to social and environmental justice have been and continue to be a primary interest.

On the personal side, I enjoy reading, writing, painting, hiking, camping, golfing, skiing, and traveling, as time permits. Most of all, I am incredibly grateful for my three children, their spouses, eight grandchildren, and having had the opportunity to live, work, and experience the people and cultures in nine states and three other countries.

I look forward to getting to know the people of Community Spirit Church over this month. A huge “Thank you” to Pastor Karen for her thorough preparation and to the worship team who make the Zoom services possible. In addition to Sunday worship, I am available for pastoral care, questions, your thoughts, or to simply chat. You may contact me by email at or by text/telephone at 646-345-5357.

Invitation to Pre-Worship Conversation This Sunday

In last week’s Community Spirit Church newsletter, Carol Keeney announced a 4-part series of informal conversations coming on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of June and July before worship (9:50-10:20 AM). During these conversations, we will have an opportunity to explore what is means to live in covenant with each other.

The first of these conversations is this Sunday, June 13th. The resource for this discussion which will be led by Carol Keeney is The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity by Walter Brueggemann You are invited to read and come to share your reflections and insights. Even if you haven’t read the article, you’re still welcome to participate.

MMark your calendars for the second of these conversations on Sunday, June 27th which will be led by Aljean Greenacre and will focus on the spirituality of giving. It is our hope that across these four conversations we will continue to deepen our common understanding of what it means to be a covenantal church.

Tomorrow, you will receive two emails with Zoom links. The first email will have a Zoom link will enable you to join the pre-worship conversation at 9:50 AM on Sunday. The second email will have a Zoom link for the worship service, which will begin at 10:30 AM. See you Sunday!

Other News from Our Leadership Team

The Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC is in the middle of its virtual 2021 Annual Celebration this week. Two of your leadership team members, Aljean Greenacre and Pat Riddell, are Community Spirit Church’s Delegates to the meeting. They will be attending a business meeting of the Western Association of the RMC at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 11th as well as the business meeting of the Conference at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning, June 12th. They will use future newsletters to share the outcomes of these meetings.

Wholeness & Wellness Weekend at LaForet

August 27-29, 2021

A quiet space, a settled body, and a calm mind allow room for what is important in life to float to the surface.

Make time to connect to nature, your body, your deep self, and community. Storytelling, yoga, mindfulness, hiking, nutrition, creative expression, connection to nature, and even massage will all be options in this retreat designed for your refreshment and re-centering. Offering hosts in each area will provide you many choices of experiences to help restore your wholeness and wellness.

Open to everyone; this is an intentionally diverse, innovative event, aiming to engage people of all religions or none, of every background and path. All are welcome. To deepen into the genuine culture of welcome, Wholeness & Wellness Weekend will engage a post-colonial potluck approach, meaning that the experience is richer when everyone has something to bring, and the structure and role of leadership and participants will be less traditional and top-down, and more communal. Rather than a keynote or main event, our hosts and participants will honor one-another's offerings and expertise.

In light of nature playing an essential role in human wellness and spiritual wholeness, we will also aim to spend abundant time outdoors, and also make this event as green and sustainable as we can reasonably achieve. At times, we may ask for those who are able to embrace the rustic and the re-usable, always with participants’ comfort in mind.


Special Offering: Strengthen the Church

In hopes of receiving more donations, CSC will continue our annual Strengthen the Church offering for a couple more weeks. (To date, we have received $25.)This UCC all-church offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.

You can donate online at or mail a check payable to Community Spirit Church, in care of Kim Floyde, 1516 Barbara Street, Montrose CO 81401. If you want to drop a check off instead, please call ahead (970-765-6615).  Be sure to include "STC" in the memo area to ensure that your donation gets to the right place.

Wine & Cheese Party to Benefit Haven House

Mary and Pete Loncar are opening their beautiful home and spectacular gardens on Sunday, June 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM to benefit families that would, but for Haven House, otherwise be homeless. This event will be co-hosted by Bob and Karen Nicholson, Carolyn Carter, Judy Lokey and Larry and Lillian Frederickson. A delicious array of appetizers will be served along with wine, beer and other beverages.  This will be a time for friendship and fellowship — for friends both old and new — to spend time together in a pleasant and casual setting.

They will present information about the Haven House program to help bring awareness of how it benefits our community, how it helps families with children go from homelessness to self-sufficiency, and how you can help!

Mary and Pete live at 15236 6165 Road in Montrose and you can call 970-249-0994 with any questions. Bring your friends... the more, the merrier!

Editor's Note

While Pastor Karen is away from us, I'm sure that she would appreciate cards and letters. Her mailing address is 2625 Cirque Way, Montrose CO 81401-5343 or you can email her at If you have any pastoral needs, please contact Pat Riddell (970-275-0687) and she'll be happy to get you in touch with someone who can address them.

7 Pam Neary
9 Kim Floyde
22 Annie Grogan
22 Claudia Magnuson
25 Marvin Harrah
28 Debbie Dillie
30 Zoe Werden

I'm No Gardener

I envy people who like to get their hands dirty.
Not me.
They say they get in touch with Mother Earth.
Well, I’m happy for them.

I know about weeds, though,
the ungodly, unholy persistence
of weeds.

There’s one that found its way up
through a crack in the cement in front of my house.
I pulled it up.

It returned. I pulled it up again.
Every year that bit of green peeks up
through that crack.
And every year I attempt to remove it.
No luck.
One year I tried to poison it
but it came back anyway.

So, I ignored it.
I got good at that.
It was there —
I still saw it —
But I didn’t touch it.

Wouldn’t you know?
Come summer, it burst into bloom —
a Morning Glory!

I wonder if I’ll ever bloom like that someday.
At least I keep struggling through that damn crack.

— George Miller


Real. Relevant. Relational.


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