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Bishop Oliveto to preach at World AIDS Day Service on Dec. 4

November 11, 2016
Submitted by the Rev. Dr. Youngsook Kang
Director of Mission & Ministry, Rocky Mountain Conference, UMC


A community-wide World AIDS Day Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. The preacher will be Bishop Karen Oliveto, of the Mountain Sky Area, who has long been engaged in HIV ministries in the United States and Kenya. We encourage you to come listen to her message of acceptance, inclusion, and hope.

Some may ask, "It seems the AIDS epidemic is over, so why is this service necessary?” Yes, there’s better treatment and prevention, the media rarely covers stories related to AIDS, and rallies are less common. But make no mistake, AIDS Is Not Over Yet and it is not limited to one community, but affects us all. We know communities of color and poverty are at higher risks for AIDS. We know, globally, HIV/AIDS is still a community health crisis. We know this health crisis is not over.
 
Please join the Rocky Mountain Conference along with the Center for Health and Hope, and many other community organizations, in promoting and/or sponsoring this event. Individuals and congregations contributing $100 or more in advance will be listed as sponsors. Funds will be used to cover expenses of food, publicity, security, and musicians with the remaining funds divided equally between two projects: 1. It Takes A Village, an African-American AIDS outreach in Aurora, Colorado, and 2. AIDS Field Worker, promoting AIDS prevention and treatment in Nairobi, Kenya. 
 
Sponsorship are at the following levels:
  • Diamond Sponsor: $1,000 or more
  • Gold Sponsor: $500 or more
  • Silver Sponsor: $100 or more
Your involvement, endorsement and sponsorship are an important statement to the community that we have not forgotten those whom have died, and that we stand in solidarity with the living.
 
Please email Rev. Dr. Youngsook Kang to indicate your support and presence in worship at youngsook@rmcumc.com. Send contributions and sponsorship to the Rocky Mountain Conference Office, c/o World AIDS Day Service, 6110 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village, CO 80111-4803. 
 
The 2016 World AIDS Day Service Planning Team includes; Andriette Fields, Adjunct Faculty, lliff School of Theology; Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson, Senior Pastor University Park UMC; Rev. Dr. Youngsook Kang, Director of Mission & Ministry, Rocky Mountain Conference; Dr. Donald Messer, Executive Director, Center for Health and Hope; Rev. Eric Strader, Senior Pastor, Christ Church United Methodist.
 
I hope you can join us in remembering lives lost. Join us to work toward a world without AIDS.