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Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Love Notes

A few words from our pastor

Since the murder of George Floyd, Rocky Mountain Conference leadership has engaged in much reflection and discernment around our collective responsibility to work together to eliminate white supremacy and to advance racial justice. In a bold and faithful move, the Conference Board of Directors established and funded a new Associate Conference Minister position dedicated to leading us in the vital justice work ahead. Applicants were considered and just this week the Conference proudly announced that the Rev. Dr. Anthony Scott is being called to fill this position. (Rev. Sue Artt is our Conference Minister and Rev. Erin Gilmore serves as an Associate Conference Minister.) We will learn about Anthony in next week’s newsletter; he will be formally introduced to the RMC at Annual Celebration next month. (You can register for that good gathering here if would like to participate free of charge.)

Creating and funding a Conference-level position like this is no small thing. It speaks to the urgency of the present moment and our call as Christians to respond with courage and conviction to what some call American’s original sin—racism. While it’s tempting to feel some pride around this significant move on the RMC’s part, I’m reminded of something Rev. Claire Twomey from Vista Grande in Colorado Springs told clergy last week on Zoom—that the greatest impediment to racial justice happens to be progressive Christians. She went on to explain that it’s this segment of American society that can believe it’s already enlightened and not realize the ways they are holding back progress. Claire knew her comments would sting--and they did.

During the Lenten season some of us read “Dear Church” by Lenny Duncan, a black Lutheran pastor whose book addressed his denomination, the whitest one in the United States. His words to this little band of UCCers were often challenging and regularly compelling. Reading his book together was an important step but certainly does not relieve us of the ongoing responsibility of educating ourselves, wrestling with hard truths, and committing ourselves to creating long-overdue change.

Although Community Spirit is engaged right now in work unique to us as a congregation, by no means are we finished challenging ourselves to be more aware and more engaged in making the world look more like God intends it to look. With our new Associate Conference Minister poised to begin his ministry in our midst, we can count on opportunities to participate with others near and far—all so that together we might be faithful.

With you on the journey,


Be the Church, wherever you are
working for the common good of the whole
as faithful followers of Christ
in community with one another and others.

(Community Spirit Church Guidepost)

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.)

Read last week's sermon: On Our Way to Pentecost: We Serve the Church in Life-giving Ways...
If you would like to view last week's service online, please reach out to Karen for the link.

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 Karen 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. After 10:15 AM., Karen does not check her email or texts.

On Our Way to Pentecost

As we make our way to our 8th birthday on Pentecost Sunday, we are being intentional about considering what it means to enter into sacred covenant with one another and our God. Pastor Karen's sermon focus each week addresses each aspect of this covenant. If you miss a week, you can read her sermon by click the date link below.

  • April 18
    We promise to pray regularly for Community Spirit and its pastor. We promise also to participate regularly in worship.
  • April 25
    We promise to live into our Relational Covenant.
  • May 2
    We promise to participate in Community Spirit’s programs, ministries, and missions.
  • May 9
    We promise to serve in life-giving ways and as the Spirit leads.
  • May 16
    We promise to support the church financially.
  • May 23
    Pentecost Sunday! We make our membership covenant promises as we celebrate CSC’s eighth birthday and the birthing day of the church universal.

This year, as we journey through Eastertide to Pentecost, the Leadership Team is inviting you into sacred conversations — to explore, to lean into, and discover together the new life that is before us. Beginning with these conversations, we want to explore together as a community:

  • What does it mean to be in covenant one with another?
  • Beyond worshiping together, are we living together in a way that reflects the new life God is calling us to?

You are invited to attend these conversations via Zoom; invitations are sent out shortly before each conversation. We have already had the first two conversations on April 21st and May 5th, but there's still time to participate in the final one on Wednesday, May 19th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM

The Leadership Team has spent countless hours in preparing for these gatherings and you can show your appreciation (and your commitment to the future of our church) by attending this 90-minute conversation.

By now, you should have received a letter in the mail with the agenda and supporting documents for the May 19th conversation. If you don't receive it by Monday, May 17th and plan to attend, please contact Pastor Karen or Pat Riddell for a copy.

Answering the Call: An Opportunity to Be LBGTQIA Youth Allies in Delta

On Tuesday, Pastor Karen received a call from Xavi Saenz, an LGBTQIA leader in Delta County, asking if members and friends of Community Spirit would show up in Delta on Thursday, May 20 at 5 PM with the important, even life-saving message “Love Wins” as the school district holds public meetings related to adopting age-related sex education and body safety curriculum.

Xavi was asking for CSC support because he knows we are his community’s allies. At the last public meeting, hateful anti-LGBTQIA comments were made by church members from a neighboring community. Xavi knows all too well how assertions like these inflict deep wounds in youth (and their family members) who are struggling with their sexual and gender identities, and that when these hate-filled messages are internalized they can and do result in suicide attempts and completions.

All Xavi is asking of Community Spirit members and friends is that we come in support of the pre-meeting gathering at 145 West 4th Street in Delta. There will be a G-rated drag show/pride parade featuring Delta youth. This is the first time an LGBTQIA leader has reached out to us for support, and the significance of this cannot be overstated!

We will carpool from AutoZone (Main and Townsend), leaving promptly at 4:30 PM. Pastor Karen will have tagboard and pens for those who want to make a placard bearing a message of love. Please reach out to Pastor Karen with questions or concerns.

Announcing our NEW Associate Conference Minister!

The Rocky Mountain Conference is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our staff: Rev. Dr. Anthony Scott will be joining us as the new Associate Conference Minister!

We hope you will join us in extending Anthony a warm welcome. He will be joining the RMC staff for our upcoming Annual Celebration, starting on June 7th. Don't forget to get registered so you can stop in and say hello!

Keep an eye out for more details in next week's Connected at Our Roots newsletter.*

— Your RMC Staff


*The link will appear in the Wider Church section below as soon as it becomes available.

Announcing our NEW Associate Conference Minister: Rev. Dr. Anthony Scott
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Special Offering: Strengthen the Church

During the month of May, CSC will receive its second of four UCC special offerings of the year.

The Strengthen the Church (STC) 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.

Last year, we raised $45 for this special offering, however, as of today, we haven't received any donations.  

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.

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If you aren't on these lists or your information has changed, please email the details to Kim Floyde.

RMC Annual Celebration: June 7-13, 2021

Join us for the 47th Annual Celebration of the Rocky Mountain Conference!

This year as we gather we will explore what it means to be Church Anew. The dictionary defines anew this way: "in a new or different and typically more positive way.” This year we want to share stories of how we are living into a new and different church. What experiments have we tried? What has worked? What has failed? What have we learned about being church? How have we changed? What does it take to sustain innovation and imagination? What is needed from our faith tradition in this particular moment? What is our unique contribution? We are eager to be in these questions and others as we gather together in multiple ways during our Annual Celebration as a Conference.

We are thrilled to announce our keynote will be presented by Valarie Kaur, a civil rights activist, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, author of See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, and Sikh American voice. You can view her latest TED Talk here. The first 125 voting Church Delegates to register will receive a free digital copy of Valarie Kaur’s book.

Registration is now open! Please complete your registration as soon as possible. Community Spirit Church has already paid the $100 registration fee, so anyone who wants to attend can register without any additional cost. All events will be held virtually again this year and you will receive the details when you register.

Please see the Tentative Schedule for details about session dates, times, and topics. While this schedule is still subject to change, this is a fairly complete outline of our events this year. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule.

You can see and download documents for the Annual Business Meeting on our website at All documents will be posted on this site by May 12, 2021.

Your RMC Staff
Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ


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