Closing worship held for Alameda Heights UMC

June 22, 2016
The last worship service for the congregation of Alameda Heights UMC was held June 12. Gracia Divina, a growing Hispanic ministry at the church, will continue to worship at the building. Photo by Rev. Deb Olenyik, Transitional Ministry Developer, Mountain Sky Area
Submitted by Rev. Paul Kottke
Superintendent, Metropolitan District

On Sunday, June 12, approximately 80 people gathered in a spirit of honoring the legacy of Alameda Heights United Methodist Church in Denver during its final worship service. This included four former pastors and members who have since moved to Texas and Arizona. In a wonderful gesture of solidarity, the pastor and several members of the succeeding United Methodist congregation, Pastor Guillermo Reyes of Gracia Divina (to be at Alameda Heights UMC), were present.

The assigned pastor to the small Anglo congregation for the last two years, Pastor Jeff Wayland, preached a lovely and meaningful sermon on "Planting Seeds", drawing from the scriptures of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (for everything there is a season) and Matthew 13:1-13 (parable of the sower). Pastor Jeff reflected on the wisdom of knowing that we plant seeds without often seeing the full result. There was deep satisfaction among the Anglo congregants that their beautiful building on the "hill" will continue under the care of Gracia Divina, whose current membership is more than 50.

Alameda Heights UMC began in 1923 as the Evangelical Church and then as the Evangelical United Brethren Church, becoming United Methodist in the 1968 Uniting Conference. A lovely reception was hosted by Bethany UMC. Bethany UMC has graciously opened itself to receive the remaining members of Alameda Heights.