An Update from Conference Minister Rev. Sue Artt
Sue reports being truly grateful for a number of events in February:
The February 12 RMC Board meeting helped the Conference move forward in several key areas, including 1) funding for Sacred Conversations to End Racism (SC2ER) to be held at La Foret starting in April (see separate article,) 2) funding for clergy Communities of Practice being developed by Erin (connect with Erin if you want to participate,) and 3) funding for a new way to assess and cover pastoral transitional ministry within the Conference.
Sue is excited to see Robbie Carlson (1st Cong’l Greeley) and Mandy Hall (Plymouth UCC Fort Collins) leading the RMC youth to the UCC National Youth Event (NYE) this summer July 22 – 26 at Purdue University in Indiana. RMC is taking a bus from Denver to Indiana, and your youth are welcome to join in. See the link in this newsletter and connect with Robbie or Mandy (NYE2020@RMCUCC.ORG.)
As part of our covenant with the UCC, Sue attended UCC Retirement Housing Foundation’s meeting in Long Beach the weekend of February 21-22 (she notes, SOMEONE has to do Long Beach in the winter,) and is grateful for their work in providing low income housing and retirement housing for thousands across the U.S., including four facilities in Colorado (Montrose, Loveland (2), Denver).
Gratitude continues to flow toward those who are shepherding the real estate sale of the Christ Congregational gift of 2500 S. Sheridan property. Thanks to Kay Grice, Lee Berg, and Ken Hoagland, who have met with potential listing agents, and are meeting with a church who may want to rent the facility for a few months. Given the sale of the property, the RMC Board will be making decisions on how to help uplift the ministries of the churches and the shared ministries of the Conference, some of which were submitted this past fall when the Board asked for proposals for uses of that property. Stay tuned.
Lastly, despite the periodic travel inconveniences, Sue — a forest dweller — is always grateful for this boost of moisture in February.