APRIL 2018
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church

Greetings All!

It’s been a busy Easter season and we are now into the time of budding and blooming. So wonderful to smell the fragrant odor of hyacinths and see the beautiful color of daffodils, not to mention other colorful delights. We made it through another winter! Wahoo! And for some of us, who have new aches, pains and calamities, that’s an achievement. Congratulations!

Being my first winter in Wheatland (also known as Windland), it wasn’t too bad. The road was closed on only one occasion when I was traveling south and I was forced by weather to spend only one night in a motel room. Navigating the icy, snowy roads in the wind was not a new challenge for me but the unpredictability of travel on this stretch down to the border was a new experience. The consolation for all the driving is that one is surrounded by very picturesque country. It has a raw and rugged beauty where nature’s voice is heard above human rumblings. The expanse of prairie land all around disappears off into the horizon where rolling hills, gullies, and valleys await in the distance.

I imagine you too are looking forward to the delights of spring and summer. Ball games, barbecues, camping, and vacations are lining the calendars. I pray that this spring season will bless you richly and that your faith with grow even more!

The message of the resurrection is made even more powerful by the signs and symbols of springtime, the season of new life. I’m a spring person. I was born in the spring. My faith was born in the spring. I remember when I became a Christian many years ago as a young man. I opened my heart to the Lord and He transformed my life from the inside out! I remember going to church in Spokane, Washington on a spring morning for my baptism; the sky was blue and the new life of spring was everywhere in evidence. I could not have been happier.

Now every Easter, I remember my first spring with the Lord. I look back at how He has walked with me and helped me through so many trials and difficult situations. And He continues to help me through new challenges that come with advancing years.

This spring, when you feel like something is hopeless or can’t be remedied, remember how Christ has helped you through many situations and circumstances that seemed impossible at the time. Remember how He blessed and brought you through. Look to the signs of spring in your heart and let them sprout and bring you back to life in faith!

Peace and grace!
Pastor Robin

The family of Jason H., Marian C. and family of Betty H.; Alice J.; Kathy L.’s Dad, Red;
Chris L.; The Tony & Carmen C. family; Deb D.; the Larry F. family; The family of Chuck S.
(Bill W.’s Uncle); Bill W.; Irene J.; Evelyn McG. (Johnny Y.’s mother); Bonnie Y.; Richard B.;
Marian C.; Diane S.; Maxine S.; Leslie D.; Diane N.; Bronwyn B.; Jerry O.; Leonard C. formerly
of Chugwater; Tom K., Mike H., Deb H. & Harold D. of Chugwater, and the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

Leonard C.; Tim D. family; Carol N.; Tom K.; Larry F.; the Larry & Barb F. family; Jeremy F.;
Kim McB.; Carol E.; Lanetta C.; Deb H. family; Bill & Grace S.; Mike H.; our veterans; and the
Chugwater community and school.

April 1
7:00 am Easter Sunrise service at Slater Hall
11:00 a.m. Easter service at WUMC
April 1/8/15/22 & 29
10:15 a.m. Bible Study
April 3
9:30-11:30 a.m. Project Patricia from
April 4/11/18/ & 25
9:30-11:30 a.m. Labor of Love (LOL)
April 12
12:00 p.m. UMW Lunch Meeting
April 21
Monthly Breakfasts at 8 a.m.:
Men meet at Tasty Treats
Women meet at Western Sky’s

Pastor’s scheduled weeks off
Seventh Week Dates:
April 16-22; June 4-11

Box Tops for Education & Tyson Project A+
Thank you to everyone who has turned in their collection of Box Tops. So far, I have just over $20 worth of
tops to send to Red Bird Mission. For those procrastinators among us, I will hold off on sending them in for
a couple of weeks. Also, if you buy any Tyson meat products, look for the Project A+ label and save those
to turn in also. While it seems like a small amount of money, when multiplied by the numerous organizations
nationwide that send their Box Tops to the Red Bird Mission, it is of great help to them. There is a small
red box with a white lid on the table in back of the sanctuary where you can place your collection of labels
anytime. Kathy L.

Wheatland Food Bank
Thank you to everyone who helped feed the hungry in Wheatland by donating either groceries or cash to the
Wheatland Food Bank, located in the basement of the United Church of Christ. In 2017 we donated over 200
grocery items and $580 in cash. Please remember that hunger is an ongoing problem and as a congregation
we are still committed to helping our neighbors. Our collection date is always the first Sunday of the
month, and there is a basket in the back of the sanctuary where you can place the donated items. If you
place items there sometime other than the first Sunday, they will be added to my delivery the next month.
Monetary donations can be either cash, a check made out to Wheatland Food Bank or, some choose to donate
through the church with “Food Bank” listed in the memo of the check. If you choose to donate cash or a
check made out to the Food Bank, it can be placed in the basket or you can personally give it to me and
I will deliver to the Food Bank. Kathy L.

The members of the United Methodist Women (UMW) met for their monthly
meeting on March 8, 2018. We enjoyed our lunch and the program presented
by Kathy L. about our UMW Heritage and Legacy. The new books for the reading
program have been ordered. The 57th box is almost ready to send to the Masters
Church in Kansas City for Project Patricia. Rowann found some fabric at the
Thrift Store, which Darlene agreed to wash for us. WillaJean reported that the
order of coffee and chocolate bars has come. The group decided to change the
price of the chocolate bars from $5.00 to $4.00 for 2018. We received two
different flavors of dark chocolate candy bars, which will be available during
the coffee hour each week.

We finalized plans for the annual kitchen clean-up on March 15th, and the St.
Patrick's Day Baked Potato Bar Supper scheduled for March 17th. The group
also discussed the annual Spring Tea, and decided we won't do one this year.

Attendance has declined lately, and we feel we can do other things that are
more productive. Carolyn reported that we don't have anyone signed up to
prepare the fellowship hour coffee and the Cookie Monster is depleted.
When no one signs up, we will just offer coffee on those days. We will
also prepare a brochure about our policy regarding funeral dinners, which
will explain the costs. Hopefully, this will make our funeral chairmen's
job easier and remind people who request a funeral meal that certain
expenses are beyond our budget.

The UMW meet on the second Thursday of each month in the WUMC Fellowship
Hall from September to May. We usually do not meet during the summer,
although we sometimes schedule a luncheon get-together midsummer. Any
ladies who attend the Wheatland UMC are welcome to attend.

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 will be for sale after church
in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks for your support!


The Wyoming District Gathering was held March 3rd in Sheridan. The theme this
year was Mountain Movers, based on the scripture from Matthew 17:20, “Those
with the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains.” Our keynote speaker was
Rev. Christian Peele. I would like to paraphrase several of the comments she made.
Her opening statement was; so much of a beloved community is how we use our
resources; not just money, but how we use our buildings, our homes, tell our stories,
and how we use all those parts of who we are to create spaces of radical welcome
for human beings, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

When we think about moving mountains, a call from God, we think about social problems
as mountains. Such mountains are homelessness, violence, hunger, and discrimination.
If we solve one of these we have moved the mountain. When we focus on issues, we
inadvertently miss the real mountains. What creates these social problems are the
real mountains we allow to exist between us. What if we look at the mountains, the
boundaries, the fears, the judgements, and the separation, that we allow to exist in
our relationships? What if we looked there first? And what might happen if we moved
those mountains out of the way so that we could move closer to each other.

Building beloved community moves mountains out of the spaces between us so that
we can move closer to each other.

Building a beloved community is really hard, never perfect, and never done. The process
of trying to move mountains out of our relationships, means we will have to be vulnerable,
take risks, and have the courage to move closer to each other. Moving the mountains
between us means opening ourselves to our neighbors, the neighbors who look, think and
worship like us, and opening ourselves to the neighbors who don’t.

In some bibles Matthew 17:20 is followed up by verse 21, which states “However, this
kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

The faith of a mustard seed that has the power to move a mountain is more than wishing
something would come to pass. The kind of faith Jesus is talking about is rooted and
grounded in a commitment to spiritual practices like praying, fasting, and being
together, worshipping together, forgiving each other even when it’s really difficult.
Any sort of belief for us as people of faith that isn’t rooted first in the practices
and habits that help us stay open to God is a shallow faith.

Spiritual Practices help remind us of “Seeing God in others -- Seeing God in ourselves.”
When we are with others, we need to remember that they are made in the image of God.
When we see God in others, maybe our interactions could change, maybe the mountains
between us could vanish. Maybe our judgements, self-righteousness, anger, and fears
could be calmed or even erased towards the people who we disagree with, those whose
lifestyle we don’t understand, or the estranged family member.

Seeing God in ourselves can move mountains. If we really understand and see God in
ourselves, we realize that we too are made in the image of God and are as dependent
as everyone else. We need to remember when serving others that our need is as great
as theirs and so we are on level ground with one another.

We also have denominational and/or institutional mountains within our church. Such
mountains are commitment to history, fear of change, and not cultivating diversity.
If life is too simple and not making us stretch our boundaries, we are not living
in beloved community.

“Mountain Movers, how can you move deeper into the spiritual practices that help
us see?”

Let’s move mountains.
Kelvin L.
Resources: Webpage https://www.mtnskyumc.org/2018gathering
Keynote speaker https://vimeo.com/258518787
Afternoon worship https://vimeo.com/258537073
Afternoon sermon only https://vimeo.com/258633922

Rev. Christian Peele’s favorite reads:
Jesus and the Disinherited - Howard Thurman
Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition - Christine D. Pohl
Community: The Structure of Belonging - Peter Block
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart - Christena Cleveland
Strength to Love - Martin Luther King Jr.
The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation - Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell
Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us - Christine D. Pohl
Leading Causes of Life: Five Fundamentals to Change the Way You Live Your Life
- Gary Gunderson with Larry Pray

St. Patrick's Day
On March 17th, the ladies of the UMW, with the help of Pastor Robin, prepared and served
our Potato Bar Supper for St. Patrick's Day. A total of 39 people were served, and the
donations were generous. Our guests had a good dinner, and a fun evening. What a team
effort! A big thank you to everyone for all your help in making this event a success!

We are always in need of volunteers 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.