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THE JOYFUL NOISE
WHEATLAND & CHUGWATER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
DECEMBER 2019
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Dear friends,

The Advent season is upon us. For Advent preparation, we look to the book of Isaiah. Isaiah has a vision, a beautiful, vivid word picture of what life will be like someday, in the last days, when God’s people finally turn back to God. This is a good Bible passage for the Advent season, the season when we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming, for Emmanuel—God with us. Because Jesus is our second chance. Jesus is our view from the mountaintop. Jesus is our reminder from God that God has a plan to undo the damage of our sin and restore us to him. Jesus’ birth is the first step in the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy more than 700 years ago. So, what does Isaiah see?

Jesus the Messiah is going to heal our separation from God.

In the first part of Isaiah’s vision, he sees an undoing of the Fall, when Adam and Eve’s sin built a wall of shame and death between them and God and drove them out of God’s presence. Our sin separates us from God and every good thing that God supplies—love, wisdom, joy and peace. Our sin separates us from each other. Our selfishness and pride keep us from experiencing intimacy with others.

In the last book of The Lord of the Rings series, Sam Gamgee wakes up, thinking everything is lost. Instead he discovers all his friends around him. He sees his friend Gandalf and cries out, “Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead! Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?”

“‘A great Shadow has departed,’ says Gandalf, and then he [begins to laugh] and the sound is like music, or like water in a parched land . . .”

Everything sad is going to come untrue. What a great vision. That’s the hopeful vision Isaiah saw, the hopeful vision that will be fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah comes again

The second part of Isaiah’s vision is that Jesus the Messiah is going to heal our separation from each other.

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Robert Capa was a famous photojournalist who specialized in war photos. He risked his life on the front lines of battle, and his photos of the Spanish Civil war and World War II are legendary. Tragically he was killed by a landmine while on assignment in Vietnam in 1954. Robert Capa used to joke that someday his business card would read like this: Robert Capa, War Photographer—Unemployed.

What is the first thing God created in this world? Light. What is the last thing that will indicate the presence of God is among us? According to the book of Revelation it is light.

The Advent season is our chance to remember, to celebrate, to announce to the world that the Messiah has come and that we have been called to walk in the light of the Lord. And as we walk in God’s light, we will choose justice and peace because through Jesus we have been restored to God and restored to one another. I hope that you will focus on how you can heal any separation between you and God and between you and your brothers and sisters in this world of every race and creed, that you may share more of Jesus’ light and life with a world that needs so badly to know God’s hope and God’s peace.

Shalom,
Tom
Rev Tom

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
WHEATLAND
Rowann & Gene S.; Ann C.; Kathy W.'s family on the death of her brother,
Paul R.; Emily, Julie M.'s granddaughter; Bronwyn B.; Larry & Barb F., Karen T
& her brother on their trip to London & Greece; Darlene B.'s friend, as she moves
to hospice; Pastor Tom; our church members; our community; WELCOME HOME
Wyoming Thunder, (Wyoming National Guard); and the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

CHUGWATER
Darlene T; Clay F; Chris S; Larry F; the Bill S. family; our church; our school;
our community; and our veterans.

Please let us know if you would like a name added to, or removed from,
our prayer list.

SAFEWAY CARDS
Don’t forget, we have Safeway cards. You can get them after church during
Fellowship Hour. They come in $20, $50, and $100 denominations. They
are good at our Safeway here in Wheatland as well as other Safeway stores
and Albertsons throughout the region. A portion of the cost comes back to
the church. This is a great way to support our church.

OPPORTUNITES TO SERVE
NEEDED: Communion Helpers, Ushers/Greeters, Liturgists, and Fellowship
Hostesses. For our churches to run efficiently we all need to help! The sign-up
sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
We collected our United Thank Offering at the November meeting, after a program
on gratitude and giving presented by Myrna K. The Project Patricia group sent
box no. 80 to the Kansas church. We need more help with the monthly meeting on
the first Tuesday of each month, when we pack the cut pieces for shipping to the
Project Patricia folks, and assemble more kits for volunteers to take home, cut out,
and return to the church. If you can assist, please join us next month at 9:30 on Dec. 3.
We always appreciate those who cut out pieces in between the meetings, because we
prefer to send full boxes to Kansas. If you have old towels or terry cloth items, flannel,
or all-cotton sheets, we welcome donations of the fabrics for us to cut. We decided
that we will continue with Project Patricia if we have fabrics to cut and helping hands
to cut pieces out and put together our boxes of supplies.

The Harvest Celebration potato bar supper was our best attended fund raiser so far.
We served 62 plates and sold some of the left-over potatoes to a church member.
Everyone enjoyed the music provided by Rodene and Johnny. The Gary & Dorothy
also helped by running the dishwasher and helping us clean up after the event. Our
thanks to everyone who gave of their time, their help, and their participation. We are
blessed in this church by the help of the rest of the congregation, as well as by the
UMW member participation. The funds raised will provide support for several local
charities as well as UMCOR and another international charity this December.

We will hold an election of officers and distribute funds at the December meeting as
a group. A new schedule for the rest of 2019 is posted on the UMW bulletin board,
was sent by e-mail, or is available for those of you who don’t get electronic notices.
See Kathy W. for a copy of the latest minutes and the revised schedule.

Any ladies who attend this church are invited to attend UMW meetings on the second
Thursday of each month. The next lunch and meeting will be held on Dec. 12, 2019,
at noon. We decided to have a carry-in Christmas celebration lunch, so please bring
a dish to share with the group. We usually eat first, then begin the meeting between
12:30 and 1:00 p.m. You’re welcome to join us. If you need a ride, call Kathy Wilson.

GATHERINGS & MEETING IN NOVEMBER
Dec. 1 - 1st Sunday in Advent
Dec. 2 - 2:00 p.m. Advent Study, Wheatland UMC Fellowship Hall
Dec. 3 - 9:30 a.m. Project Patricia
Dec. 4 - 9:30 a.m. L.O.L.
Dec. 7 - 9:00 a.m. Church Conference in Torrington, WY
Dec. 8 - 2nd Sunday in Advent
Dec. 9 - 2:00 p.m. Advent Study, Wheatland UMC Fellowship Hall
Dec. 11 - 9:30 a.m. L.O.L.
Dec. 12 - noon UMW Carry-in Christmas lunch & Meeting
Dec. 13 - 9:30 a.m. Chugwater Ladies Aid meeting
Dec. 13 - 2:00 p.m. Santa’s Workshop in Chugwater
Dec. 15 - 3rd Sunday in Advent
Dec. 16 - 2:00 p.m. Advent Study,Wheatland UMC Fellowship Hall
Dec. 18 - 9:30 a.m. L.O.L.
Dec. 21 - 8:00 a.m. Monthly Breakfasts
Men’s – Tasty Treats
Women’s – Western Sky’s
Dec. 22 - 4th Sunday in Advent
Dec. 23 - 2:00 p.m. Advent Study, Wheatland UMC Fellowship Hall
Dec. 24 Christmas Ever Candlelight Services
4:00 p.m. Chugwater Community Service at Chugwater UMC
6:00 p.m. Wheatland UMC
Dec. 25 Christmas Day
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve

ADVENT STUDY
Barb F. will be leading a 4-week long Advent study on Monday
afternoons at 2:00 p.m. We’ll meet in the Wheatland UMC fellowship
hall on December 2, 9, 16, and 23. Please join us!

ADVENT READING
The book of LUKE has 24 chapters and is brought to you by GOD!

WHEATLAND FOOD PANTRY
The Wheatland Food Pantry is in need of food to stock their shelves for
the upcoming holiday season. They need: peanut butter; ketchup, mustard,
canned tuna, spam, pasta, canned ravioli etc., canned carrots, potatoes,
cereal, Ramen Noodles, soups – not tomato or chicken noodle, Progresso soup,
crackers of any type, cake mixes, small bags of sugar & flour, noodles – spaghetti,
dry beans – pinto & navy, rice, boxed potatoes, Capri Sun drinks, oatmeal, chili,
tomato sauce, cheese, pickles, olives, turkeys, hams, sausage, laundry soap, or
monetary donations.

THANK YOU….
A big thank you goes out to all who helped decorate the church for the Advent
Season. The decorations enhance our worship experience. Thank you!

ABOUT OUR CHURCH
ONE-BOARD COUNCIL
To reaffirm what was explained during our church service on Nov. 24, we would
like to inform every one that our church Ad Council is being reorganized into a
One-Board Ad Council. As you know with our church getting smaller, it was
almost impossible to find enough people to form committees for each area of the
church that we are required to uphold. Therefore, the people on the One-Board
Council will discuss and make decisions about any church business that needs
addressing. This does not, however, include the Staff-Parish Relations committee.
That is still required to be a separate committee in itself (along with members from
the Chugwater church) since we are considered to be one unit; with “l-o-n-g pews”.
The following is a list of the people who graciously agreed to head up each area:
Pastor- Tom P.
Ad Council Chair – Crystal A.
Secretary for this Board – Kathy W.
Treasurer- Karen T.
Financial Secretary – Rodene M.
Finance – Kathy W.
SPR (with Chugwater members) – Holly J.
Trustee – Hannah W.
Worship – Carolyn F.
Membership – Barb S.
Mission – Rodene M.
UMW – Kathy W.
Lay Leader – Johnny Y.
Office Coordinator – Hannah W.
If anyone has a desire or calling to assist in any of these areas, please contact
the person in charge.

This list will be presented at the charge conference in Torrington on Dec. 7.

CHUGWATER LADIES AID
On Friday, December 13th at 9:30 a.m., the Chugwater Ladies Aid will
meet. at the United Methodist Church fellowship hall to fill plates with homemade
cookies to give to Chugwaterites. If you like to bake and would like to help us,
we’d love the help. (Asking for 3 dozen cookies from each person attending.)
Following the filling of all the plates, we will deliver them around town and then
return to the fellowship hall for lunch, hosted by Julie G. and Jeri C.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS
The Chugwater FFA students collected 311 pounds of canned food on their food
drive. They are sharing that with the Chug Valley Church for Thanksgiving baskets
and the Chugwater UMC for Christmas food baskets. Thank you to the FFA
students for helping to support our fellow community members.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP RETURNS
Chugwater UMC will be having their Santa’s Workshop for elementary
students on Friday, December 13th, at 2:00 p.m. The kids will be picked up
from school by wagon and hauled to the church for crafts and snacks.
Please contact Julie G. or Tricia S. if you have questions or would like to help.