October Newsletter


Grand Valley United Methodist Church
October 2022 Newsletter


In this newsletter:
1. From the Pastor
2. Pancake Breakfast
3. Charge Conference
4. New doors
5. New Bible Study
6. Birthdays
7. Calendar
8. Event Details
9. Church Reports
10. Just for Fun


From the Pastor….

Fishing with Grandpa
A grandfather and his six-year-old grandson went fishing together. It was the grandson’s first experience fishing. When he made his first casting attempt, his line became a tangled mess. Even grandpa had to struggle to straighten his grandson’s line out. When he finally handed the untangled line back to his grandson, he looked up to his grandpa and asked, “How come you’re the smartest man in the world?” Knowing his grandson’s dislike for spinach, he said, “When I was your age I ate a lot of spinach.” The little boy replied, “It ain’t worth it!”
As a Christian, if you want wholeness of life, there is a price to be paid. You’ve got to eat your spinach, Eating spiritual spinach will produce fruit of the Kingdom of God. Eat your spiritual spinach, it’s worth it!


Grand Valley Days Pancake Breakfast

We had a VERY successful pancake breakfast during Grand Valley Days. We served 160 adults and 20 children, and we raised $1,104.00 for projects around the church. Thank you to everyone who supported this event!


Charge Conference 2022
Our Annual Charge Conference will be held on Sunday, October 30th. We will start off with Elizabeth McVicker leading our worship service, have our 5th Sunday meal following the service, and then the Charge Conference will be held at 1:00. Mark your calendars. All are welcome!


The doors to the Sanctuary are in!

The bi-fold doors into the Sanctuary were installed on August 29th and look great! A long awaited project is now complete!


New Bible Study

A new Bible Study has started – Christ Above All: The Book of Colossians. In this study, Dr. David Jeremiah will lead us through Paul’s letter to the Church at Colossal. We will be discovering Paul’s two-part guide to answering history’s most important questions: Who Jesus Christ is and how to live faithfully as His follower.

Please join us on Wednesdays, either at 10:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.


October birthdays:
1 – Bonnie Palmer
2 – Jean Ives
3 – Dennis Caputo
10 – Mary Jane Wahlman
12 – Allison Kohn
13 – Jane Chapman
16 – Lee Wegner
17 – Stacy Atkins
19 – Howie Orona
19 – Michelle Foster
21 – Joe Cason
21 – Nancy Slocum
25 – Hope Perrine
26 – Chance Mackey



Our Seekers Class(Adult Sunday School) meets every Sunday morning at 8:30. We invite all to attend.

Join us for Bible Study every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. or at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We hope you can join us.


Choir practices on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00. We are looking for participants for our Bell Choir. We are always looking for participants, so if you would like to join either of these wonderful musical groups, please contact the office at (970)285-9892 or by email: [email protected]

Prayer Partners meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00. If you have anyone that you would like to add to the Prayer Partner list, please contact either Bert Botkin at (970)216-8682, the church office at (970)285-9892 or send an email to: [email protected]


Church Council Report


We are all glad to see the nice, installed sanctuary doors.

Missions tells us the garden will probably continue to produce until the end of September. They have been giving some of the produce to Lift Up because the Resource Center cannot use all that is being harvested. They also are starting a new project supporting Roxann Ingersoll in selling Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate. See more about that in next month’s newsletter.
They tell us that the Resource Center is most in need of the following food items:
Cereal Corn Pasta Sauce
Pasta Noodles Hygiene Items

As September 25th is Food on the Fourth Sunday, when you are shopping, toss one or more of these in your cart for the Resource Center.
October 30th we will have a potluck after Church as it is a fifth Sunday.

We welcome Barbara McElroy to the piano. She will be accompanying the choir. Welcome, Barbara! We also welcome Dennis Caputo as our new custodian. Our former custodian, Lauren Hindes, had to resign as her other jobs made it difficult for her to find time to clean. Welcome, Dennis!

Michael will be on vacation November 21- November 28. He is headed to Nashville for his daughter’s fiftieth birthday. He and Roxanne are headed to Nicaragua January 11, 2023 – March 8, 2023 to continue the mission work he has been doing for years. Roxann will be staying for an extra month. Michael also reminded us that the Charge Conference is October 30th after the potluck.


Thank you all, for the month of August we almost broke even! That is such good news. For the year, we have used $7,900 of our reserves, when we take into account the money we made on the sale of some of our investments.
And, thank you, too, for your contributions for the shoes. Including the small amount carried over from last year, Missions had almost $4,600 to purchase the 119 pairs of shoes. This will allow some leftover that may be used for the Christmas gifts (Grand Valley Givers) and/or a start-up fund for next year. You all have a generous heart

Hilarious things my mother taught me…..
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
2. My mother taught me RELIGION. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week.”
4. My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.”
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT. “Make sure you wear clan underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
7. My mother taught be IRONY. “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. “Close your mouth and eat your supper.”
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

Hope some of these put a smile on your face!


Church Contact Information
PO Box 125
Parachute CO 81635
[email protected]

Wednesday – Friday
9:00 – noon