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Love Notes

A few words from our pastor

This Sunday Community Spirit UCC is turning eight years old! This milestone has me thinking about our earliest beginnings—and it dawns on me that a number of you found the church after it had formed and so didn’t experience some of what shaped us in those first months and years.

For instance, you may not know that before we sought to name ourselves, Kim Floyde put together a fun survey asking for suggestions. We had twice as many ideas as we had people. (Irreverent soul that I am, I proposed we call ourselves “Holier Than Thou.” I think everyone knew this was tongue in cheek.)

Our survey fun aside, we needed a name for banking purposes and for casual conversation. Because a name is as permanent as a tattoo, I suggested we use a placeholder name. In those first few months we simply referred to ourselves as “R Church” (as in “our church”.)

When the time to settle on a name came at last, we gathered on a Saturday morning for a three-hour retreat; attendance was 100 percent. We spent several hours thinking together about what qualities and characteristics attended a church called into being for the 21st century; we also reflected on how our name should align with this future-oriented focus.

After several presentations and focused conversations, we were ready to move forward. In keeping with our sense that the church was not our idea but God’s, we spent a fair amount of time in silence so that we might listen for the name that most reflected our sense of call and deepest longings.

I believe it was Chuck Greenacre who finally broke the silence and offered the word “Community.” Rather than discuss or debate, we listened some more. Pete Loncar then quietly spoke up and tentatively offered the word “Spirit.” Then we let those two words fill the space around us. One by one, people nodded their heads as the rightness of this new God-given name took hold in us.

As far as I know, we are the only Community Spirit Church in the United Church of Christ. Maybe even the world! Part of the beauty of our name is that even someone who is not interested in organized religion can easily understand what’s important to us. Our name isn’t just a name, it’s our identity—and for eight wonderful years we have sought to be a blessing to the community beyond our doors by following the Spirit’s leading.

Typically at birthdays there is gift giving. And in those earliest years people came with gifts at Pentecost to help us more fully settle into our calling and our name. Now that we’ve taken root, we don’t need gifts—we need only to be a gift to a world that is hungering for a spacious, gracious approach to faith and which is hurting in countless ways.

Happy Birthday, Community Spirit UCC! Born by the Spirit for the sake of the Community, may we continue to follow where our good God is leading us.

With you on the journey,

Karen

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

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 revkaren@communityspiritucc.org if you're not receiving these invitations.)

Read last week's sermon: On Our Way to Pentecost: We Support the Church Financially
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.

Pentecost Sunday Worship — This Sunday at 10:30 AM

This Sunday, we will make our membership covenant promises as we celebrate our church's eighth birthday as well as the birthday day of the Church Universal. Unlike most churches, our membership covenant is renewed each year on Pentecost, and we hope that you will prayerfully consider joining with us for the next year.

During the time from Eastertide until now, we have been intentional about considering what it means to enter into sacred covenant with one another and our God. Pastor Karen's weekly sermon focus has addressed each aspect of this covenant. If you missed a week, please take a moment to read her sermon by clicking 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.

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 tonight at 5:00 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.

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 communityspiritucc.org/give 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.

Don't become a victim of FOMO*

 There's still time to register for the Rocky Mountain Conference Annual Celebration that will be held online starting on Monday, June 7th and ending with a worship service on Sunday, June 13th. 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.

 Several CSC members have already signed up so don't get left behind... REGISTER NOW!

*Fear Of Missing Out

 
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