New Rector, New Welcome Statement, Motorcycle Blessing, and Trunk or Treat Events – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Loveland Churches are announcing a new rector this week, a new welcome statement, plans for a motorcycle blessing and Trunk or Treat events.

Installation service of a new rector at Saint-Pierre church

Diocesan Bishop Bill Atwood will lead the institution’s service for Rev. Matthew Rucker as the new rector of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 4044 N. Duffield Ave., Loveland.

The service will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, in the Saint-Pierre sanctuary.

The service will be followed by a special reception in recognition of the installation of Reverend Rucker and the visit of Bishop Atwood.

Reverend Rucker received his seminary training as an Anglican priest at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and at the Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

St. Peter’s Church is a Bible-based Anglican church with Sunday service at 9:30 a.m.

First Congregational Church writes new welcoming statement

The First Congregational Church of Loveland, which has strived to be a welcoming and inclusive church, went further by voting to accept a new welcoming statement that includes everyone.

The statement, which can be found at, states that the church: “affirms that ALL people are created by God, in the image of God, and are loved in the sight of God. We affirm that each member of this congregation, a covenant community, has an equal opportunity to participate fully in the life of the church, as well as the love, respect and support of the congregation. In a covenant community, members support each other, worship together, and provide the guidance each person needs to strengthen their faith.

He goes on to welcome the people:
• of any race, ethnic heritage and nationality,
• of any sex, gender identity, expression and sexual orientation,
• of all ages,
• of all physical and mental capacities,
• various marital and family statuses,
• various economic statuses or financial situations,
• of different faiths or without faith.

The church is now waiting to be officially designated as an Open and Affirmed Church (LGBTQ ++) by the United National Church of Christ.

Worship at the First Congregational Church, 800 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, is 10 a.m. on Sundays.

First Congregational Church to Offer Motorbike Blessing

Loveland’s First Congregational Church will be holding a motorcycle blessing on Sunday, October 24 at noon at the church, 800 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland.

Loveland Police Chief Bob Ticer will be in attendance and also invited motorcycle officers from the Police Department.

All are invited to attend the 10 a.m. blessing and worship service.

For details, call 970-667-4884, email [email protected] or visit

Methodist churches welcome Trunk or Treat

Trinity United Methodist Church, 801 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, will be the site of a Trunk or Treat event at 3 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.

Pull out your spooky costumes and join First United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church on Halloween for party-decked cars, costumed kids, and candy.

Free entry.

If you would like to decorate your trunk, contact Ann Kessler at First United Methodist Church, 970-667-0876.

Box or treat at Redeemer Greeley

Greeley Trunk-or-Treat will take place on Sunday, October 31 from noon to 2 pm, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7263 W. Fourth St., Greeley.

Children and families are invited to join in the Trunk-or-Treat event in the church parking lot. Children and adults are welcome to come dressed in their best costumes.

Free entry.

For details, send an email to [email protected]

Faith Calendar

Churches in the Loveland area that have reached out with news or information on how people can access services include:

Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church Services begin at 9 am and 11:30 am on Saturdays, 300 42nd St. SW, Loveland. Bible study classes will meet at 10:20 am-11:20 am. Masks are mandatory. A new theme for services until November 20 will be on “My Heart”. For more information, call 970-667-7403.

Fall family carnivalSaturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to noon at Faith Church, 2707 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland. Have family fun with carnival-style games and stalls, popcorn, candy, and raffles. Everyone is welcome. Contact Adam Bohlmeyer at 970-663-0522 or [email protected] or visit

Unitary Universalist Congregation Namaqua, which usually meets at 745 W. Fifth St., Loveland, will be holding a service via Zoom at 10 am on Sunday, October 17th. Catholic worship through the prism of Unitarian universalism, exploring some of UU’s Christian roots and the rich possibilities of deconstructing and dreaming about ritual. Visit for more details.

Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 3333 N. Duffield Ave., Loveland, offers indoor services at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, and outdoor services on the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month on the church lawn. Masks mandatory for indoor services, but not for outdoor services. A registered service can also be found at Call 970-667-5700.

Trinity United Methodist Church runs Sunday services at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 533 N. Grant Ave., Loveland as repairs are made after a pipe leak flooded the church building. The service will also stream live on Facebook and YouTube at 10 a.m., with a replay at 5 p.m. on YouTube. Call 970-667-4381 or visit

Women in speech meets at Faith Church, 2707 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland. Participants in the interfaith Bible study will study the book of Acts. Small groups during the day and in the evening are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Kids in the Word, for infants up to 6 years old, also available. Pre-register at or call 970-663-0522.

This section is open to churches and religious groups in the Loveland area. Email [email protected] by Wednesday for inclusion in Faith Briefs, which will take place on Fridays when there is something new to share.

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