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Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Love Notes

A few words from our pastor

The United Church of Christ is gathering online this week for the 33rd General Synod. I’ve always wanted to be a delegate and am grateful to represent the Western Association and the Rocky Mountain Conference this year and again in 2023.

These gatherings have a reputation for being jam-packed and this General Synod is no exception. Just two days in (I’m writing this on Tuesday), I have already participated in a vibrant, creative worship service, voted in a plenary session on five matters of consequence, and have been lifted up and challenged by Valarie Kaur, our first keynote speaker, who for the last 20 years has been an activist and prophet grounded in love and justice. (Her most recent book, “See No Stranger,” is a timely and important effort.) I have also attended a handful of the 50 excellent workshops being offered by laity and clergy across the country on just about every faith-related topic you could imagine.

General Synod concludes on Sunday with our final plenary session and then a worship service. My delegate responsibilities begin at 11 AM that morning; because of this I am planning a simpler, shorter service for us at Community Spirit. Think of it as a mini contemplative retreat centered around a reading from Mark’s gospel.

When I send the Zoom link for Sunday’s gathering, I will also include a link to the service the Rocky Mountain Conference used last month at the conclusion of Annual Celebration. It’s on the briefer side and is both creative and moving—and draws upon the life and witness of the RMC as it relates to themes in Valarie Kaur’s recent book and ongoing labors. (Valarie was also the keynoter for the RMC’s Annual Celebration last month.)

So this Sunday, you can choose to be an “either/or” worship participant OR a “both/and” worshipper. Whatever you choose, I’m certain you will feel the Spirit’s fresh breezes lifting you up and gifting you with life anew.

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: Invisible Injury
If you would like to view last week's service online, please reach out to Pastor 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 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.

Inreach/Outreach Meeting Next Friday!

The Inreach/Outreach Ministry is holding their monthly meeting next Friday, July 23rd at 11:30 AM.

Come and enjoy a delicious lunch with some really nice people at Camp Robber on South Townsend (across from Home Depot). As usual, they will set up at a private table for us in the lounge. Fresh new ideas are always welcome, so please let Mary or Joani know about any agenda items you'd like to bring to the table.

Mary Loncar 970-417-7792 (call or text)
Joan Dilts 303-229-4020 (call or text)


What's It All About?

Our mission is to spread love and support our community.

"Inreach" focuses on ways that we can take care of one another at Community Spirit UCC, including a birthday card ministry, meals for shut-ins, potlucks, and other opportunities to get to know each other better and grow in our faith.

"Outreach" addresses ways that we can serve the community, such as road cleanups, food bank collections, hygiene kits for the homeless shelter, and other projects. In the spirit of learning "the habit of giving", we try to provide at least one opportunity each month for our congregation to participate in an outreach project that makes life better for others.

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!


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

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What does God require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? MICAH 6:8

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