Bishop Karen Oliveto will preach at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 15, at Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church. The church's pastor, Joe Agne, says, "Many of our long-term members say no bishop ever preached here before. We are thrilled our bishop will come to share the word and learn about the vital ministries of our small Western Slope congregation."
Emily Paige Wray, a musician of local renown, will be playing both piano and guitar for this service.
Bishop Oliveto says, "My dream is that we live into beloved community; live boldly as the body of Christ; and love so fully, that our church neighborhoods are utterly transformed by love that spills out of our congregations." During worship she will open the doors of the church and welcome new members. You can let Pastor Agne know if you want to join the church or you will be able to spontaneously respond to Bishop Oliveto's invitation.
The bishop serves The Mountain Sky Area of the United Methodist Church, which includes 400 churches in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and a bit of Idaho. Many consider her among the 10 best preachers in the country. She was the first woman pastor of the 12,000-member Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco.
Bishop Karen's wife, Robin Ridenour, a United Methodist deaconess, is coming also. She will share about her ministry after worship at the "loaves and fishes" potluck, meaning -- there will be enough for everyone and everyone is invited. The Tremble Clefs, a choir of persons with Parkinson's disease, will sing.
The church is on 3rd and Aspen, one block west of the Grand Mesa Highway and one block east of Main Street in Cedaredge.
Bishop Oliveto was elected to the episcopacy in the summer of 2016. Born on Good Friday in 1958, in the aptly named community of Babylon, N.Y., Bishop Oliveto earned her B.A. in psychology, cum laude, from Drew University, Madison, N.J., in 1980. She earned her master in divinity from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif., in 1983, a master in philosophy from Drew University in 1991, and a PhD in sociology of religion from Drew University in 2002.
Bishop Oliveto has served in rural and urban settings as well as parish and campus settings in New York and California. She has also served as the associate dean of academic affairs at Pacific School of Religion and has been an adjunct professor of United Methodist Studies at the school from 2004 to 2016. She has also been an adjunct professor in prophetic leadership for the doctor of ministry program at Drew University and was adjunct professor in evangelism and mission at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information contact Pastor Agne, 720-891-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.