July 31, 2016 11th Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
Sermon: Summer Time is Party Time: Guests in our Home
August 7, 2016 12th Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Luke 12:13-21
Sermon: Summer Time is Party Time: Eat, Drink and Be Merry
A Church for the World
The Aspen Community Church’s outreach and work in Kenya is now in its eighth year – an amazing effort in partnership with other churches and Rotary International – currently providing clean water to thousands of students and teachers at more than 40 schools. Read about Kenya PEAK.
A gathering place for musicians to rehearse and perform, groups to meet, yoga, AA and NA meetings and a place for those needing to find support. See our calendar of events.
Contact the Church and Rev. Mike Nickerson at 970.925.1571
The Aspen Community Church building was built in 1890 and has been the home of a Presbyterian congregation, then a federated congregation in the 20’s and became a Methodist congregation in the 30’s. It has served many generations of people in Aspen.
Recognizing the outstanding acoustics of the sanctuary, John Denver and the Dickens Carolers recorded their Christmas album here. For so many Aspen families, the Community Church has been a special place to worship, celebrate and grow in faith. Read about our history.
A Progressive United Methodist Congregation
Concert for Victims of Gun Violence at ACC July 31
Aspen Community Church will host a memorial concert for victims of gun violence on Sunday evening July 31 at 7:00pm. The goal of the concert, presented by voice students of the Aspen Music School, is to inspire further dialogue among Aspen community members about the recent gun violence tragedies in our county and around the world. The concert is free and open to the public.
Final Organ Recital Monday, August 8
Joe Galema returns to ACC for the final organ recital in our summer series on August 8, at 8:00 .pm. We hope you can join us.
Save the Date for ACC Hut Trip
The second annual ACC hut trip is scheduled for Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 (two nights) at Margy’s Hut. Margy’s Hut is an easy 2-3 block walk from the parking area and not at all strenuous. Contact the church office or Dave Ellis if you would like to join us. More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
New Bishop Elected
I attended Western Jurisdictional Conference last week. One of the main tasks of each jurisdictional conference is to elect new bishops. The conference last week elected Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto as a new bishop and the Committee on Episcopacy assigned to her our episcopal area. Bishop Oliveto we’ll begin her work in the Mountain Sky Area on September 1st. I have included below the letter from our present Bishop Elaine Stanovsky that briefly introduces Bishop Oliveto. As you can see from the letter this was an historic first and I look forward to working with Bishop Oliveto as we strive to expand our ministry here in Aspen and also in our Mountain Sky Area that includes Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.
Mountain Sky Outlook
From Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Late Friday night the Western Jurisdiction elected Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto to be a bishop. Yesterday nine bishops – seven from the western jurisdiction, one representing the Council of Bishops of the world-wide United Methodist Church, and one from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America – consecrated her by laying hands upon her head. She is assigned to serve the Mountain Sky Area. That means that, come September, I will no longer be your bishop (more on that at another time), and the Mountain Sky Area will welcome the first “out” gay bishop in our Church.
Many people will say many things about this election.
Some will assume that a secular “gay agenda” has taken root within the church, overwhelming Christian, biblical values.
Some will say it defies church law, which declares homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching,” and prohibits “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from serving as ordained ministers.
Some will say that it undermines the “Way Forward” being led by the Council of Bishops to address the deep theological and ethical divides within our Church – that it will split the church.
Some will say that it’s too little, too late – that the church has betrayed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer folk for too long and continues to exclude and hurt them day by day.
Some say, I just wish “they” would be discreet and not rub “our” noses in “it.”
Most of those present will describe how God gently led the Church across a threshold into a new and hopeful day.
As you – the laity, clergy and churches of the Mountain Sky Area – receive this historic news and prepare to receive this gifted leader, I want to bear witness to how I experienced the Jurisdictional Conference that elected her.
The Program and Arrangements Committee and local leaders from the host conference, welcomed and led delegates through an orderly, intentional gathering of the church. Extraordinary hospitality, music, preaching and teaching set the stage for the work before delegates. The pace of the work, accessibility of information, technical support, all came together to create a gracious space for the church to do its important work of electing a new episcopal leader.
The Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee designed a measured and thorough process for delegates to get to know candidates, experience their leadership, and ask probing questions. Candidates addressed the conference at the beginning of the process, were available for informal “meet-and-greet” interactions, and met with delegations repeatedly and in depth. Delegates interacted with one another with unfailing respect and collegiality.
The words that keep coming to mind to describe the process by which delegates elected this new leader are: intentional, measured, and deeply faithful.
On the third day of the conference, on the 17th ballot, from an original pool of 9 candidates, 88 of the 100 voting clergy and lay delegates representing their annual conferences voted to elect Bishop Oliveto. The Committee on Episcopacy, comprised of two members from each conference in the jurisdiction, worked through the night and into the early hours of a new day to recommend the assignment of bishops to their areas.
Yesterday we gathered at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church for her consecration in a glorious act of worship. I have faith and every reason to believe that she will lead the people and churches of the Mountain Sky Area ably. As the people of The United Methodist Church that you are, I know that you will welcome her gracefully with the open hearts, open minds and open doors, and go with her into the world to share the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace,
Elaine JW Stanovsky
Professional Sunday School/Childcare Now Available for Summer Season
We now have professional childcare available during our Sunday morning service. Kristin’s internship ends the first of August, so, sadly, she will be leaving us. We are looking for someone who would be able to work on Sunday mornings to continue our childcare. Please contact pastor Mike at pastormikeACC@gmail.com if you are interested or if you know of someone who may be interested.