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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath—the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.
Center down. 
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch. 
Promise this world your love–for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. 

- Lynn Ungar

I confess, as we enter the third year of a pandemic, it’s exhausting. To mask, to N95, or not to mask. To gather or not to gather. To welcome loved ones or not; or with the question... Are you boosted? It seems absurd to hear Lynn Unger’s words, “What if you thought of it as the Jews consider Sabbath-the most sacred of times.” 

Perhaps the pain we feel is the death of the myth of control. We felt (pre-pandemic) as if we had control of our lives. Then over night, the world shut down. Then, came emerging variants, more contagious, more deadly.  

It was two years ago that I wrote, “Think of a stop light: green, yellow, and red. Living during COVID19 we have learned that there are medical professionals, state officials and denominations in each of these categories.” I would add that there are friends and families at each of these levels too.  

We are now in the phase of living in a pandemic. We have vaccines, boosters, masking, cleaning, distancing, zoom, online and in-person worship. Each person needs to continue to make the best decisions for themselves as we live in this pandemic.  

Our church, like most schools, hospitals, and businesses does a daily pandemic triage. This means that somethings change daily based on the health of the body. If we have the leaders to open a class or area, we will be open. When we have leaders who are sick or have been exposed we will close that class, or ministry or move it online for a moment.  

It is exhausting, but even in a pandemic we have the privilege to be the church: to worship, to grow, to serve and to lead. Perhaps Lynn Unger is right…this is the most sacred of times.  

Join me Sunday in-person in the building or online as we continue our series, Losing my Religion, as we look at the challenge and normality of hypocrisy.  

Yet, I share these four things each week because we know them to be true:

  • You are loved by and matter to God
  • No crisis will last forever 
  • There is always hope 
  • Others can help, just ask  
Grace and peace.

Rev. Dr. Duane A Anders (He, Him, His)
Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise FUMC

 P.S: In less than three months, United Methodists have contributed about $240,000 to the Love Beyond Borders: End the pandemic Advance. You can give HERE.

Beers & Hymns - Postponed for January

Due to Covid concerns, we are postponing the 2022 launch of Beers and Hymns until February 6th. If you want to know more about Beers and Hymns, send Layne Watkins an email at


TBD • After all Services  • Downtown Campus

Where might God be calling you to serve with your time and gifts in this new season? There will be a wide variety of ministry areas that need more servant hearts to grow and thrive!

Membership Class
Starting, January 30th • 3:30pm-5:30pm  • Downtown Campus

Looking to take the next step in your faith journey? You are invited to participate in our Membership Class. This five-week class, taught by Pastor Duane, provides an opportunity to better understand what it means to be a United Methodist, what it means to be part of the Cathedral of the Rockies, and how you can better connect into the life of the church.

Connect with Carrie Dubert to register.

Sunday School Teacher Training
January 30th • 11am • Activity Room  •  Downtown Campus

There will be training for all Children’s Church teachers infants-preschool. Please note, there is no nursery during the 11am service due to training. The 9am & 10am service will have nursery.


Kid's Ministry
Ongoing • Downtown Campus

We are collecting Valentines and coloring books for kids in our local hospital. We want to bring them joy this season! Make sure cards do not include any glitter or small items that can fall off. Encouraging phrases and messages are encouraged (but, please no, "Feel Better or "Get Well Soon" messages). You can drop them off at the Hospitality Desk or the Kid's Ministry Welcome Desk downstairs at our Downtown Campus.

Questions? Email Pastor Stacie


Solar Thermal Hot Water at The Cathedral
February 6th • After all Services  • Downtown Campus

Come see and learn how the Cathedral of the Rockies is now getting its hot water from solar power and not electricity or natural gas! Facility Manager, Joe Prin and Project Contractor, Carl Simpson from Renewable Energy North West will be in the Emmaus Center Lobby to show off this technology and to explain what it means for our church. Stop by to ask your questions! 

Adult Mentors Needed - Youth Group 
Sundays, beginning February 6th  • 11:30am - 1:00pm  • Youth Room

SEEKING ADULT MENTORS for our YOUTH! We are seeking adult mentors to partner with our teens through the process of United Methodist Confirmation! When a teenage student has an adult mentor to walk alongside them on the journey toward confirmation, it empowers our youth to claim their full participation in the life of the Church and enriches the faith lives of all who participate! Will you consider linking arms with one of our amazing junior high or high school students and participating alongside them in our 11-week confirmation small-group study? Imagine what a beautiful opportunity it will be bring generations together and learn and grow from one another! Please email to inquire about becoming a mentor!

Youth Confirmation- Youth Group 
Beginning February 6th • 11:30am - 1pm • Youth Room • Grades 7 through 12

Confirmation is a time for youth to explore the meaning of their Christian faith and learn the history & teachings of the United Methodist Church. This 11-week course will be held on Sundays beginning February 6th in the Youth Room at our Downtown Campus. Upon completion of this 11-week course, students will be given the opportunity to accept baptism vows and become full members of the Cathedral of the Rockies! If you know a current junior high or high school student who is interested, please email us to secure your spot in the class! Email

Grief Recovery Method - An Educational Process
Starting February 12th  • 8 Weeks •  Downtown Campus

We all experience loss…the death of a loved one, loss of health, loss of a job, loss of security, divorce, etc. 
The question is never, “Will I experience grief?” but “When will I experience grief?” The important question is “How will I handle my grief?”. You don’t have to journey alone. Join us for this 8-week class.

  • COST: $15.00 a person for materials
  • Questions or to register email Carol Betts at


Idaho Diaper Bank - Volunteers Needed
Monday, February 21st • 9:30am  • Idaho Diaper Bank

The Idaho Diaper Bank supplied COTR with 72,000 diapers in 2021, enabling us to help over 300 families meet their diaper needs while saving tight money for other expenses. We plan on helping out at the Idaho Diaper Bank by providing 6 volunteers for Pick-n-Pack on Monday, February 21st from 9:30am-11:00am. The volunteers will need to meet at the Idaho Diaper Bank. We will fill each organization's orders by moving diaper boxes onto a pallet to fill each order. Idaho Diaper Bank 599 E King St #100 Meridian ID 83642.

Contact Pete for questions.

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