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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humankind. And God is faithful; God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
-1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)  

"God won’t give you more than you can handle." –Asking for a friend, is that the way God works? 

We will continue to ask some questions for a friend this weekend. We know that God is big enough for our questions. We know that Jesus was asked 307 questions in his ministry and he asked 187 questions. Questions open up the possibilities to a new understanding.  

Like me I am sure last week you thought, I think I have more than I can handle; COVID-19, social distancing, grief, isolation, political division, domestic terrorism. How does one live our faith in times like these? We worship. Our connection to God is important even via Youtube as we gather online together. We breathe. We may have to stop right where we are and breathe. We are reminded with every breath we take that God is present. Father Richard Rohr says that God has created us in such a way that with every breath we take, we speak the name of God. Yahweh. God is with us. 

I want to again thank you for your generosity of cereal for our food pantry. And if you haven't yet, there is still an opportunity to drop off cereal boxes at either campus thru Sunday.

I also want to thank you for your generosity through our Christmas Eve offering. This weekend in worship, we will announce the amazing total. Together we are making a different world. 

Next week we will remember that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said this about working for peace: “If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace. If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace. If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of Justice for all people.” 

May we continue to be a people working for peace.  

Grace and peace.
Rev Dr. Duane A Anders (he, him, his)

Continuing the Conversation

TONIGHT, January 13th • 7pm • via Zoom

Mark your calendar for Jan 13th at 7pm for the next Cathedral Conversation. We will be discussing many engaging topics including who should go in the stained glass window. Below is a list of names which have been suggested:
  • Sojourner Truth, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Desmond Tutu, Bishop Leontine Kelly, Mary McCloud Bethune, General William Booth, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman
Join us here via Zoom on the 13th. Use passcode: COTR

Cards for Kids 

Now through Jan. 25th • deliver to Downtown Campus

Cathedral Families has a tradition of collecting Valentine cards and coloring books to spread love and cheer in Children’s Hospitals. Last year, we collected over 300 cards and 100 coloring books for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital (Boise), Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Portland), and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis).⁠

But, Cards For Kids is more than an opportunity to make and send Valentines. It’s also an opportunity for you, as a family, to spend some quality time together, pray for these kids and their families, and help make this world a better place.⁠

Please keep in mind that we must avoid phrases such as “get well soon” and “feel better.”  Here are some helpful phrases to get you started: YOU ARE SPECIAL!⁠
KEEP SMILING :)⁠, STAY STRONG!⁠, YOU ARE AWESOME!⁠⁠

Cards and brand new coloring books should be delivered by JANUARY 25TH to ensure a timely delivery.  If you have questions or would prefer we pick up your completed valentines, just reach out! Pastor Debbie

Coffee & Conversation with Pastor Duane

THIS Sunday, January 17th • 12:30 via Zoom

Are you newer to the Cathedral of the Rockies?  Looking to learn more about United Methodism generally and the Cathedral of the Rockies specifically? Join Pastor Duane via Zoom to discover more. . . Sign-up with Carrie Dubert to receive your coffee code and Zoom link.

Wine to Water Event

Sunday, February 14th • stream on demand

The Perfect Valentines COVID style = comedy by a 5 star comedian, paired with the smooth sounds of Sinatra and the Brat Pack, a bottle of red, white, or rose and some delicious chocolate all in the comforts of your own home with all proceeds benefitting clean water. Now that says LOVE.  All you need to do is sign-up, and let us know your wine preferrance, physical address and how you paid your $75 . . . then, prior to Valentines Day your bottle of wine and chocolates will be delivered to your door along with your access code to watch the Valentines special, with your sweetheart, at your convenience. Knowing that your monies will go to UMCOR and that with another 50 couples taking part, enough monies will be raised to dig a clean water well in Uganda, what could possible be sweeter?

Want to be super loving? Buy one for you and your special someone and gift another! Contact Pastor Debbie and sign-up today!

A special thank you to Idaho Candy Company, Adam Gottesman, Huston Winery, and Jerry Miner for their very kind contributions to the success of this event.
Winter Coat Drive
Ongoing • Downtown Campus

There are still plenty of cold days ahead, so any unused winter coats and gloves are still needed for our Good Sam folks. There are donation bins located out front of the Dowtown Campus. 

Men's large and extra-large coats are in very high demand. 

Lunch Bag Items Needed
On-going • Downtown Campus

We have an on-going need for lunch sack items to hand out daily. For more information on what is needed, please see the list here.

Contact Pete Schroeder for more info.
Welcome to the team Pete!

Please join the Cathedral staff in welcoming Pete Schroeder as our new Local Missions Coordinator.

Pete and his family have been a part of the Cathedral family since 1998. He has worked as a volunteer in our Missions Dept. for the past 15 years. So grateful to have you on staff, Pete. If you would like to welcome Pete as well, please contact him here
Wedding Coordinator Position

Have you always dreamed of being a wedding coordinator... well your dream could come true! The Cathedral of the Rockies is seeking a talented individual to be our church Wedding Coordinator. 

Please contact Jerri Walker for more information on applying.
Music Director Search Committee Update 

The 7-member Search Committee has now submitted its final recommendations to the church's senior leadership. For more information, click here.
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