serving our neighbor
Rev. Sandy Spahr is now serving at the Beulah United Methodist Church. She is excited about being called back to parish ministry, particular in Beulah. A little about her:
Ministry is a second career for me. Following a master’s degree in industrial relations and labor I was hired as the industrial relations manager for a paper mill in Manistee, Michigan, a beautiful town on Lake Michigan. Over the six years I worked there God called me to full-time ministry, so we quit our jobs, sold our house and headed for seminary in Delaware, Ohio. Loved my four years in seminary! Also had the privilege of serving a delightful congregation as a student pastor.
We returned to Michigan and served for six years in Newaygo, Michigan. Wonderful years spent with wonderful people! We started a Kids’ Hope program, tutoring children at the elementary school, and other ministries. During this time, I was trained as an Intentional Interim minister and after retirement (What is that, again?!?) we served three churches. Then we fulfilled a dream of returning to live in Colorado where two of our three children live.
Mike is my partner in ministry and is a Certified Lay Minister and has served churches in the Trinity District. We have four children, five grandchildren, and one great grandson. Our grandchildren live from Seattle to Virginia Beach! So, getting us together is never easy, but we will have a family reunion in August this year.
I retired from Avondale UMC four years ago which gave me time to tutor, work on social justice issues, read, and garden! God has once again called us into ministry and we are so pleased that it is with the good people of Beulah!
The mission of Beulah United Methodist Church is to deepen our love of Christ and live out a passionate love of our community and beyond.
Established in 1871 by Rev. Asbury Quillian, the church dedicated it new church sanctuary on July 4, 1885.
The founding of the Beulah Methodist Church was a pioneer enterprise in all respects. Reverend Asbury H. Quillian drove his ox-drawn wagon into Huerfano County, Colorado, arriving late in the fall of 1870 from his native Georgia. He joined the settlement on the lower St. Charles the following spring and, from a tent, began his Colorado ministry. The society formed there is recognized as being the first such organization south of Pueblo and dates from 1871.
The first women's society was organized in 1890 and called "The Women's Methodist Aid Society". Throughout the years the consistent aims of the society have been to support the financial needs of the Methodist Church. Presently know as the Women's Circle, the group continues annual events such as the bazaar, sales, and The Harvest Dinner to raise money to provide insurance, maintenance and aid .
In the mid 1950's, members of the Beulah Methodist Church offered a summer Bible School for Beulah children. The program was well received and has grown to become a non-denominational activity in which many of the Beulah children and adults participated in each summer through the 1980's.
(Page 84, 127 & 180 of Beulah's history book, 'From Mace's Hole: the Way It Was, to Beulah the Way It Is.')