Conference churches look to nature for fellowship, worship this summer

August 17, 2015

Submitted by the Rev. Dale Beck
Intentional Interim Pastor, University Park UMC

Rocky Mountain National Park concludes its year-long Centennial Celebration in September. As part of the celebration, eight United Methodist congregations in the Rocky Mountain Conference led worship services in the park this summer. With more than three million visitors each year, the park is an economical way tor everyone to enjoy nature and fall in love with the beauty of one of God's masterpieces of creation. Churches participating were Fort Collins First UMC's Stover Street Stompers with John Hiestand of Johnstown UMC; Longs Peak UMC of Longmont; Lyons UMC; Niwot UMC; Central City's St. James UMC; Berthoud UMC; Denver's University Park Peniel Worship Team and the Youth Choir of Rockwall Park UMC, Texas. With no electricity and an outdoor amphitheater, the services were unplugged and each reflected the congregation's spirit and faith. Click here to read more about Rocky Mountain National Park's anniversary and the summer vesper services.

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Submitted by Kay Lloyd
Music Director, Longs Peak UMC

Longs Peak United Methodist Church, of Longmont, Colorado, led the vesper service at Rocky Mountain National Park on Aug. 9. The acappella choir led the singing and sung special music. The message was given by Pastor Stephanie Kidwell. About 45 people were in attendance - mostly our LPUMC family - but a few visitors. We enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the opportunity to serve in the midst of His beautiful creation.

Photos below by David Monhollen, member of Longs Peak UMC