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The Week Ahead at Community Spirit Church (UCC)
Thursday, July 8, 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 Pastor Karen 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.

Continuing the Conversation—This Sunday

Prior to worship this Sunday, July 11th, we will be led in conversation by Mari-Emilie Sweigart Anderson who will focus our hearts on how churches—ours included—each have a God-given, God-blessed mission or overarching aim. When articulated and internalized by the congregation, a church’s mission enables it to joyfully, confidently direct its resources of time, talent, and treasure in fulfilling its unique calling.

As a way to prepare for our 9:50 AM to 10:20 AM session, you’re invited to set aside a little time to drop down into your heart and soul to ponder and prayerfully reflect on a few questions:

  • Who is Community Spirit Church in this time and place? What distinguishes us from other churches in our area?
  • Who are the neighbors God is calling us to love and walk alongside? Who do we have the God-given courage and capacity to serve?

Later in the week, Pastor Karen will send a Zoom link for you to use to access what will surely be an engaging online gathering.


All-Church Picnic on July 14th!

You are invited to an all-church potluck next Wednesday, July 14th at 5:30 PM. We have reserved the pavilion at Riverbottom Park.  Setup will begin at 5:00 PM, so if you can come early and lend a hand, it will be appreciated.

Everyone should bring their own folding chair (if possible, bring extras for other people), their own table setting, and a potluck dish or dessert to share. Iced tea and lemonade will be provided.

This is our first post-pandemic opportunity to come together as a faith community and share our experiences of the past year. We will follow current COVID regulations, so if you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask to protect yourself as well as others. We will also have a signup sheet for everyone in attendance for purposes of contact tracing.

It will be great to see everyone! If you have any questions, be in touch with Mary Loncar or Joan Dilts

The UCC’s 33rd General Synod—July 11-18

Just as our congregation assembles periodically to make decisions, just as the Western Association gathers from time to time, just as the Rocky Mountain Conference holds Annual Celebrations to tend to matters of consequence, so the United Church of Christ comes together every other year to seek the Spirit’s wisdom and leading in matters of practical, social, and theological consequence.

In keeping with our denomination’s unique way of governing, proclamations and position statements affirmed at General Synod are made “to the church, not for the church.” In other words, it falls to each congregation to embrace (or reject) actions taken at General Synod. As an example, in 2005 when delegates at General Synod affirmed same-sex marriage, UCC churches across the nation were free to celebrate this decision or disagree with it; none were expected to rubber stamp it. This was in keeping with our distinctive form of covenantal polity.

Pastor Karen is a delegate to this year’s General Synod, as well as the next one in two years. While there is no travel involved because of the pandemic, her schedule the week of July 11th will reflect her role as Synod delegate. If she is slow to respond to an email or a voice message, it’s because she’s taken up fulfilling her responsibilities as a representative of the UCC churches on the Western Slope. Be assured that she will tend to your needs as promptly as possible!

From Your Financial Secretary

Here are the various ways you can continue your support on a remote basis:

  • Make an Online Donation
    You don't need a PayPal account to make a donation using your checking account, debit or credit card.
  • Set up a bill payment with your bank
    Most banks now offer free online bill payment so you can instruct them to automatically mail a check to us each month.
  • Mail your check
    Your personal check is always welcome!  Make it payable to Community Spirit Church and mail it in care of Kim Floyde, 1516 Barbara Street, Montrose CO 81401.  (Pre-addressed mailing envelopes are now available... just ask and I'll send you some!)

I'm available to help set up your online giving or answer any of your questions.
Thanks in advance for your continued generosity!

Kim Floyde, CSC Financial Secretary
970-765-6615 (voice/text)

Calling all CSCers!

Here’s an opportunity to gather in support of the LGBTQ+ community later this month in Ridgway.

That Ouray County is hosting its FIRST EVER Pride event is no small thing! Let’s go and show our support!

Reach out to Pastor Karen if you’d like to carpool. Otherwise, see you there!!

Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!
11 Donald Vincent
12 Nancy Henry
24 Kori Zapletal

Updated Contact Lists

If your information has changed or you wish to be added to these lists, please send an email to with the details.


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Montrose CO 81401-5114

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