Boulder is at the base of the Flatirons, the foothills to the Rocky Mountains. Great for outdoor recreation, the city includes an extensive system of bike paths and running trails that wind their way in and around the city, and residents enjoy the mountains through hiking, camping, rock climbing, skiing, and other activities. Boulder is also well known for housing the University of Colorado, having a bus system that runs throughout the city (and to Denver), being the healthiest/fittest city in the United States, and receiving more than 300 days of sun each year.
Boulder Mennonite Church is a progressive congregation. It is an open and affirming community, cares about issues of social justice at both the local and global level, and is environmentally friendly (the church purchases 100 percent of its energy from wind sources).
This vibrant, intergenerational community is close-knit and relatively small, with an average attendance of around 70. Most BMC members are actively involved in the church community; many contribute to worship services, participate meaningfully in small groups (which range from discussing current events to attending Rockies baseball games), and take part in service projects.
Favorite annual events include a retreat in the mountains, a church auction (during which MVSers are given donations with which to bid), and a talent show. The community also holds occasional potlucks and movie nights, and families often invite MVSers over for dinner. Visit the church website at www.bouldermennonite.org.
Placement opportunities include working with people with cognitive and physical disabilities, working with children, and positions at the local homeless shelter. Boulder Mennonite Church members volunteer to serve meals at the shelter, and the church serves as an overflow shelter weekly.