RSVP BY AUGUST 5 for the Installation of Rev. Sue Artt as Conference Minister!

Good Morning,
If you were planning on attending the installation of Rev. Sue Artt, of the RMC, UCC, please see the forwarded email below.  Thank you.
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From: Rocky Mountain Conference <>
Date: Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 2:01 PM
Subject: RSVP BY AUGUST 5 for the Installation of Rev. Sue Artt as Conference Minister!
To: Connect RMCUCC <>

Dear Rocky Mountain Conference & Friends: 
As a reminder, we ask that you RSVP for the August 20 Installation of Rev. Sue Artt as Conference Minister by this Friday, August 5 by emailing us at
If you are planning on attending and HAVE already RSVPd, please disregard this message 🙂 
The original invitation and the full details of the installation are below – we hope to hear from you by this Friday and see you on August 20! 


The Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ and the Metro Denver Association cordially invite you to a service of worship, celebration, and installation for Reverend Susan Emerson Artt as she begins her ministry as Conference Minister of the Rocky Mountain Conference, United Church of Christ.

Together with the Intermountain, Platte Valley, Southeastern, and Western Associations, we will gather just beyond the porch on the meadow-side of Ponderosa Lodge at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center at 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, Colorado on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. 

The installation will serve as a powerful milestone in our continuing Conference journey toward inspiring generous faith and justice communities across the West. We will be joined by UCC General Minister and President, the Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, and others representing the wider church, as we covenant together our commitment to a Gospel which has the power to change lives. All are welcome to attend and to participate.  

After the installation, we will enjoy a reception of appetizers and beverages. For those able to stay, more fun is planned into the evening!   

We hope that you'll bless us by joining us in this celebration of covenant. Please RSVP by August 5 by emailing us at For further information–including details on lodging, meals, attire, transportation, and what kind of rock to bring–please view the document below.


Rocky Mountain Conference
Installation of Rev. Sue Artt, Conference Minister

Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

La Foret Conference & Retreat Center

General Information


La Foret Conference & Retreat Center (at 6145 Shoup Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado) is 90 minutes from Denver Int’l Airport and 20 minutes from Colorado Springs Airport. La Foret is one of the UCC’s premier outdoor ministry facilities, with 200 beds and 400+ acres. Complete with labyrinth, swimming pool, and hiking trails, the team there is thrilled to host this event. Come prepared to use and enjoy this facility.  Learn more at or (719) 495-2743.


The installation will be held in the open air on the footsteps of historic Ponderosa Lodge. Seating will be provided; please consider wearing a hat and sunscreen as appropriate.


RMC Board Members (years 2013/14 – current), current Association leaders, Search Committee, and clergy are invited to process. Those in the procession will gather inside Ponderosa at 1:40 pm for direction.


Attendees are invited to dress in festive, bold, and diverse colors. Clergy are invited to robe (optional) and wear stoles in a diverse array of colors and styles. August temps may be in the high 80’s;  there is no air conditioning.

A Covenant Rock
All are invited to bring a rock to participate in a covenanting ceremony during the installation. Please select a rock of sufficient heft, shape, color or other characteristic to signify your covenantal commitment to Christ’s prophetic, revolutionary Gospel with the power to change lives.


If you are familiar with La Foret and able to traverse the terrain, please park near Carriage House, Indian Paintbrush, or Kinnickinnick, leaving spaces around Ponderosa for guests and those requiring near-in parking.


We will provide childcare if it is requested in advance. Please send childcare requests by Friday, August 5 to Please type "CHILDCARE" in Subject Line.

RSVP Requested

Your affirmative response is requested so that we may plan for seating during the installation, and for food & beverage at the reception immediately following. Please send your RSVP (no regrets) by Friday, August 5 to Please type "RSVP" in Subject Line.

If you need lodging either Friday or Saturday night, please respond as directed in the Lodging section below.

Information for Out of Town Guests

Ground Transportation

For guests arriving by air, we can arrange transportation from/to Denver International Airport (DIA) or Colorado Springs Airport.

If you are either arriving or departing on the day of the installation — Saturday, August 20 —  please book air travel to arrive at DIA no later than 11:00 am, and to depart no earlier than 8:00 pm.  These times should be adequate to attend the installation on the front end, and make it through security and board your departing flight on the other.

Please send transportation requests by Friday, August 5 to Please type "TRANSPORTATION" in Subject Line.


Friday and/or Saturday overnight accommodations (with meals) are available at La Foret at a very economical rate. If you choose to spend Friday night, your meals will include Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast and lunch. The reception following the installation is complementary to all, and will serve as Saturday dinner. If you choose to spend Saturday night, breakfast on Sunday is included. You will be accommodated in a lower-level bunk, and bedding and a towel will be provided.

One in a room

Two or more in a room

ONE NIGHT: Fri night (includes 3 meals: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch)


Sat night (2 meals: Saturday dinner/reception, Sunday breakfast)

$100 per person

$ 80 per person

TWO NIGHTS: Fri and Sat nights (4 meals) Dinner Friday, Saturday breakfast and lunch, dinner/reception, Sunday breakfast.

$160 per person

$130 per person

Please send lodging requests by Friday, August 5 to Please type LODGING in Subject Line.

Non-Installation Attire

La Foret is a glorious natural sanctuary perfect for hiking, swimming, and all sorts of other outdoor opportunities. While you are here, camp dress is the code.  Walking shoes are great for visiting our labyrinth and walking our vast grounds.  Hats, sunscreen, bug spray… you know the drill.

Thank you for your presence at this celebration of covenant in the Rocky Mountain Conference!

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Theresa Palaia

Office Administrator
Black Forest Community Church
6845 Shoup Road
Black Forest, CO  80908