April 2017


Dear Friends,

Darkness to light!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a statement by Tony Campolo "It's Friday, but Sunday is coming!" Well, that Sunilay is almost here ---EASTER!

I do not feel like I have to preach my best serrnon for Easter Sunilay. The best sermon has already been preached - it's Mary Magdalene's, "I have seen the Lord." (John 20:18)

John's gospel loves light and dark. Easter Sunday starts in the dark. I hope you are planning on being part of the Easter Sunrise service at the Slater Community Center. We will start the service in the dark.

As we are worshipping, the sun (SON) will rise. Light! Tombs will be empty. Creation will be remade like God intended in the first place only better.

In the Gospel of John account different people experience the resurrection differently. Mary experiences it best of all! She thinks the man she sees is the gardener (20:15). Not until he says her name does she reach for her rabbi. And then he turns her away.

Lots of dark and confusion for a day so bright and glorious. But then God is always just outside our grasp, saying our name and then stepping out of the confined space we would give.

How are you going to celebrate Easter--in the dark or in the light?

I hope you are in church on Sundays as I continue the sermon series "Promises of God."

Call me if you need me! (I don't text!)
Jim Welch
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Tom K.; Phil M.; K.T H. & family; Diane N.; Leslie D., Will C.; Jim C.;
The Kevin E. Family; Wayne W.; Bill & Kathy W.; Bob B.; Jerry & Ellie O.;
Ava J., Harold D., of Chugwater; the healing of our Nation; our military
troops, Veterans & their families, The Dials of Red Bird

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

We are always in need of persons to supply snacks and cookies and
volunteers to serve as monthly liturgist, ushers, felloswhip
coordinators and communion stewards. If you can please put your name
on the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.

**Please remember to write down any meetings, gatherings, etc. on the
calendar in the Fellowship Hall so nothing is forgotten.

Easter Sunrise Service
Important: The Easter sunrise Service will be held April 16th
at the Slater Community Hall. Time is yet to be determined and
will be announced soon. Please keep an eye out as it will be in
the bulletin as soon as time is set.

Dicipleship: Becoming More like CHRIST (Ephesians 2:10)

I am very pleased to announce Karen Thayer as our 2016 Quiet Disciple.
Karen is a very active volunteer in our church. She has been serving as our
treasurer the the past year and previouslv as financial secretary.

This past year she upgraded our financial recordkeeping to a new online
system that had to be set up from start to finish. This took many hours and
considerable computer expertise. Karen routinely serves as liturgist and is
also a member of the choir and finance committee. Karen is one of the people
behind the scenes setting up special visual displays for the sanctuary during
holiday seasons. She refinished the wood floors in both the parsonage and the

Karen has been involved with the youth and was one of the adults who took them
on a mission trip.

Karen is not only busy with our church but works as an occupational therapist
full time. In the last couple of years she completed her Master's Degree.
Karen is active in several service organizations in our community and most
importantly loves her roles as a mom and grandma! On behalf of Wheatland
United Methodist Church" congratulations, Karen, and thank you for all that
you do!
Kelvin Lower
Lay Leader

"By this my Father is glorfied, that you bear much fruit and so prove to
be my diciples." John 15:8

April 3rd-8th: State FFA convention
April 4th - Project Patricia - 9:30-11:30 a.m.
April 13th - UMS Meeting @ noon
April 14th - Good Friday
April 15th - 8:00 a.m. Breakfasts:
Men meet at Tasty treats
Women meet at Western Sky's
April 16th - Happy Easter
April 18th - Finance Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Ad Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Tax Day (taxes due)
April 22nd - Spring Tea and Silent Auction Event
Earth Day
April 28 - Arbor Day


The United Methodist Women (UMW) met on March 9, 20L7, for their monthly
lunch, program, and business meeting. The group discussed the wonderful
result of our Undie Sunday. Thanks to everyone's generosity, Gene and
Rowann were able to send 324 pairs of undies to the church in Kansas
for Project Patricia. Thanks to all who contributed. During the Project
Patricia meeting on March 7, Rowann and her helpers packed up the materials
the Cut Ups prepared, which almost filled another box. They also assembled
more kits, so keep snipping, ladies and gents.

The Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper was successful. We served 22 people, despite
the weather. The kitchen clean-up took place on March 14, so we have clean
areas to use for another year. The next UMW lunch meeting will be held on
April 13th at noon. As usual, bring your own lunch. The program will be our
annual Call to Prayer and Self Denial, and we'll finalize plans for the Spring

The upcoming Spring Tea and Silent Auction, scheduled for April 22,2017, at
2 p.m., will be held in the Fellowship HaIl. Everyone is welcome to come.
Bring your spouse or significant other, grandmother or granddaughter,
favorite neighbor, or anyone else with whom you'd like to share a fun
afternoon. We do ask that you sign up ahead of time, so we'll know how
many of you plan to attend, either on the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship
Hall after church or by calling Mandy at the church office. If you have
any items you wish to donate that are in good condition, please contact
WillaJean W. or Ann C., our silent auction co-chairwomen.

All ladies of the church are invited to attend any of these events. We
need all the help we can get to carry out the activities UMW does at
WUMC and in our community. If you need a ride to any of these events,
please call Kathy W.

The United Methodist Women are now selling Equal Exchange, Fairly Traded
Coffee. This is the same coffee as they are providing during our fellowship
time. It is $9.00 for a full, one pound bag of ground, caffeinated,
Fellowship Blend coffee. It wiII be for sale after church in the Fellowship
Hall. Thanks for your support!

Letter from Rev. Jeff R., District Superintendent
March 24, 2017

To the members and friends of Wheatland United Methodist Church and
Chugwater United Methodist Church:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I am writing to
let you know, that after two years, Rev. Jim Welch's assignment to the
Wheatland and Chugwater United Methodist Churches will be coming to an
end, effective May 22nd, at Paslor Jim's reguest.

ln anticipation of this move. I have already met with your the combined
Pastor Parish Relations Committee and I will be working with your church
leadership, Bishop Olivelo and the Cabinet to identify your next pastoral

God bless you as you find ways to honor Paster Jim and Andrea for their time
among and service wrth you. I join with you in a season of prayer for Pastor
Jim and Andrea and for your congregations as we all prepare for this transition.

Yours in Christ,

Jeff R.
District Suprintendent
Wyoming District
Mountain Sky Area of the United Methodist Church

Join The Mountain Sky Area’s Prayer Vigil For the Judicial Council
and Our Bishop Karen Oliveto

March 31, 2017

Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Siblings in Christ:
We write with an important request. As the United Methodist Judicial Council gathers
to consider a question related to last July’s election of our Bishop Karen Oliveto,
we ask you to join in a Mountain Sky Area prayer vigil between April 23 and 30.

Bishop Oliveto’s election was a momentous movement of the Holy Spirit. Eighty-eight
delegates from across the Jurisdiction discerned she was the best of nine diverse and
uniquely qualified candidates for the episcopacy.

The Western Jurisdiction’s election of the church’s first openly lesbian bishop has
created a sense of uncertainty for some people across our United Methodist Connection.

The apostle Paul addresses such feelings in his letter to the emerging early church at
Phillipi, writing in the fourth chapter, “don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring
up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.
Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe
in Christ Jesus.” (Common English Bible)

It is with this attitude of prayer that the jurisdiction’s delegates undertook the election
of Bishop Karen. We are entering into this period of prayer in late April with the same
perspective: – God hears us, loves us, and heals our wounds.

Western Jurisdiction delegates believe something sacred took place in Scottsdale, Ariz.,
as they responded to the movement of the Holy Spirit and elected Bishop Karen. They
understand the burden of their decision within the church they love, and pray for God
to lead us into a unity that includes all of our Lord’s children

The core questions before the Council focus on the actions of the delegates and the
bishops that laid hands on Bishop Karen to consecrate her. The Western Jurisdiction’s
response, grounded in church law and precedence, strongly affirms the vote and the
bishop’s consecration.

Since coming to the Mountain Sky Area in September, it is clear that Bishop Karen is
the right leader for us. Her leadership style and Christ-focused vision for the Area
have led us into a deeper commitment to live into Beloved Community and have had a
noticeable impact on the vitality of many congregations.

As communities of believers we can be part of a prayer vigil spanning the entirety of
the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area. Starting at 12 a.m. on April 23 and running all the
way until 9 a.m. on April 30, we are asking you to volunteer to hold all those involved
in the Judicial Council’s April meeting in prayer for an hour.

To sign up for a one-hour time slot, please follow this link
to the shared Google Sheet and enter your name(s) and congregation.

If you have questions, please contact Youngsook Kang at Youngsook@rmcumc.com.

Suggested Templates For Praying

Here is a Prayer Template for you to consider. Feel free to adapt it for your local congregation
or group. You can adjust times within the hour, and the order of your prayers in time slot.
•5 minutes of centering prayer and opening to the movement of the Spirit.
•15 minutes of prayer for the persons directly involved in the proceedings, the Judicial
Council members, those representing the South Central Jurisdiction that filed the case, those
representing the Western Jurisdiction, including the College of Bishops and its counsels, and
Bishop Karen Oliveto and her spouse, Robin Ridenour.
•15 minutes of prayer for those who will be immediately affected by whatever decision comes
from the Judicial Council.
•15 minutes of prayer for the people and churches of the Mountain Sky Area and the Western
Jurisdiction as we work to discern how we will move forward, no matter what the decision may be.
•10 minutes of prayers of thanksgiving for the work God has done and continues to do in The
United Methodist Church as we seek a place of unity.