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THE JOYFUL NOISE
WHEATLAND & CHUGWATER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
FEBRUARY 2020
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Dear friends,

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us.

Valentine’s Day; a day full of symbols of love. The usual ones, of course, include hearts and flowers, little cupids and those flirty candy hearts with sayings such as “U R Hot or Be Mine” on them. On this Valentine’s Day what might be the best symbol for a love relationship? There’s the whole idea of being permanently bonded, which is a good thing when it comes to marriage. The apostle Paul writes, “Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Paul , in his second letter to the Corinthian church, proclaims that God uses love as a liberating path to freedom — freedom to be all that we were created to be. This new love letter from God was needed,“written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” The new covenant of love comes in the person of Christ, who taught that the kingdom of God was a revolution of love that would ultimately free the whole creation from slavery to sin and death.

Jesus’ death and resurrection ushers in the “new creation” It is this “hope” that enables those who are in Christ to “act with great boldness”. The presence of God, the work of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit all result in transformation. What Paul expresses is nothing less than God’s mission in the world — a mission that’s embodied by and finds its climax in Jesus. Thus, the “ministry of justification “isn’t simply a kind of theological valentine to a few individuals who have discovered the way to a distant heaven. Rather, it’s a proclamation of God’s plan of liberation for all of creation.

In his book Justification, N.T. Wright says that “God had a single plan all along through which he intended to rescue the world and humanity. Paul makes the point that God’s Spirit brings “freedom,” but what kind of freedom is it?

This doesn’t mean we’re free to do whatever we want, whenever and wherever we want to do it. The new covenant still has moral, ethical and missional components to it that require our assent and our obedience as a response to God’s love and work on our behalf.

But, in a counter-intuitive way, obedience is the foundation of freedom. E. Stanley Jones, author of The Christ of the Indian Road, put it this way: “The first thing in life is to obey, to find something, or rather Someone, to whom you can give your final and absolute allegiance. Where do I bend the knee is the ultimate question?

For everybody obeys — money sex, society, self. … But people do want and need freedom. How do they get it?

The aviator is free to fly, provided he obeys every moment the law of flying. Freedom through obedience. Then total freedom is through total obedience to the total order —for the Christian; the kingdom.”

Put another way, the more we live into the mission of God, the more we engage the Spirit and allow him to work in us and through us, the more we are freed up to realize our true purpose as citizens of the kingdom .

On this Valentine’s Day, when we in our congregation are expressing love for the special people in our lives, it’s a great time for us to remember the bigger picture. God loves the whole world and calls us to love it with the same kind of sacrificial, joy-filled and transformational love that God has demonstrated from the beginning. God has set us free in Christ, and it’s up to us to use that freedom to participate with God in making the kingdom a reality “on earth as it is in heaven.”

Grace and Peace,
Tom
Rev Tom

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
WHEATLAND
Tony C.; Johnny Y’s cousin, Eric, and his cousin's friend Ruth & her husband,
who were in a serious car accident; Mary Lou M.’s, great-granddaughter needs
prayers; Bronwyn B.; Larry & Barb F., Darlene B.'s friend as she moves to hospice,
her foster grandson Jason, medical issues, her granddaughter, Bethany, serving in Kuwait;
Julie D.’s family and the people of the Philippines as they face typhoons, earthquakes and
flooding; Mandy M.; Ann C.; Julie M’s grandson as he travels to India to work; Janet A.’s
daughter’s friend who was diagnosed with cancer; the family of Mike C. on his death; Joan,
Pastor Tom’s fiancé, as she continues to work with Circle of Care; Pastor Tom; our church
members; our community; the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

CHUGWATER
Darlene T.; Clay F.; Chris S.; Larry F.; Flo K.; Jason P., medical issues; the family of Mike C.
on his death; Pastor Tom; our church; our community; and our veterans.

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

GATHERINGS & MEETING IN JANUARY
Feb. 3 - 2:00 p.m. - Bible Study with Barb
Feb. 4 - 9:30 a.m. - Project Patricia
Feb. 5 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L.
Feb. 9 - 5:30 p.m. - Chugwter Community Dinner
Feb. 12 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L.
Feb. 13 - noon - UMW Lunch & Meeting
Feb. 15 - 8:00 a.m. Monthly Breakfasts
Men’s – Tasty Treats
Women’s – Western Sky’s
Feb. 19 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L
Feb. 25 - 9:30 a.m. - Community Coffee
Episcopal Church
Feb. 25 - 5:30-7 pm - Fat Tuesday Pancake
Supper, Covenant Lutheran Church
Feb. 26 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L.

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
Feb. 2 - Ground Hog Day
Feb. 9 - Julie M.
Feb. 11 - Merle Walter
Feb. 14 - Coleter M.
Feb. 18 - Gene S.
Feb. 20 - Jay & Sally H.
Feb. 21 - Jordan M.
Feb. 26 - Irene J.
Feb. 28 - Dallas & Dixie M.
Feb. 29 - Diane S.

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.

THANK YOU….
*Dear Church Family,
Thank you to Pastor Tom for blessing my house.
Susan W.

*Dear Church Family,
Thanks for your good wishes. We had a lovely 50th anniversary renewal
of vows and shared a cake with our friends and church family. None of
our relatives could come so far, which we expected. Attached are some
of the photos that were taken during the event, plus our wedding photo.
Our thanks to the many of you who helped pull this event off! Our talented
musicians even prepared one of our favorite songs--"Cherish", and
performed it for the event. You all are the best church family!
God bless you and keep you.
Kathy & Bill

*SAVE THE DATE……..
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 - it’s going to be a party to celebrate Jim &
Rodene’s 50th Anniversary!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The United Methodist Women met on January 9, 2020, for a bring-your-own lunch, followed
by the first 2020 business meeting. The group heard reports from various chairwomen.

The Project Patricia group sent box no. 82 to the Kansas church. If you can assist with packing
up the cut pieces and sorting fabrics and templates into kits, please join us in the Fellowship
Hall at 9:30 on February 4, 2020. We welcome any assistance you can give us with taking home
a kit, marking the fabric, cutting out the pieces, and returning the completed cut pieces; the template,
marker, and instructions; and the scraps to the appropriate bin on the table in the Fellowship Hall.
We can’t do this without your help.

Myrna K. invited us to make our pledges for 2020. If you couldn’t attend the meeting and would
like a pledge form, please contact Myrna. It helps if we know how much we can expect for this
year and encourages us in our fund-raising endeavors. We plan to hold our St. Patrick’s Day
and Fall potato bar supper fund raisers again this year.

A new schedule for 2020 was discussed and will be posted on the UMW bulletin board, will be
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 February 13, 2020, at noon. Bring
your own lunch. 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.

WHEATLAND FOOD PANTRY
The Wheatland Food Pantry is in need of food to stock their shelves for the coming year.
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.

CHUGWATER NEWS

COMMUNITY DINNER & GAME NIGHT – FEBRUARY 9th
Facilitators: Jerah Nix, & Dana Cushman. Everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of
games, volleyball, billiards and free supper. Whether you want to come for the community,
the fun, or just the food, we’d love to have you! Contact Dana Cushman with questions or
RSVP’s. This fun is from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Chugwater High School. A free will
donation will be appreciated.

CONGRATULATIONS TO…..
*Megan S.: 1st Overall at the Chugwater Science Fair
*Nicole & Megan S.: President’s Honor Roll (4.0)

WHERE TO LOOK IN THE BIBLE WHEN YOU….
need rest and peace..................................Matthew 11:28-30
worry.......................................................Matthew 6:19-34
are lonely or fearful...................................Psalm 23
need peace of mind...................................John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-8
are disappointed by people........................Psalm 27
grow bitter or criticaal...............................1 Corinthians 13
have sinned...............................................Psalm 51, 1 John 1
are discouraged........................................Psalm 34
feel God seems far way.............................Psalm 139
think the world seems bigger than God......Psalm 90
are sick.....................................................Psalm 41
feel sorrowful............................................John 14, Psalm 46
are in danger.............................................Psalm 91
want courage............................................Joshua 1:1-9
need assurance.........................................Romans 8
forget your blessings.................................Psalm 103
are looking for joy....................................Colossians 3
leave home to travel..................................Psalm 121
think of investments...................................Mark 10:17-31
need guidelines for living............................Matthew 5-7, Romans 12
need rules of conduct.................................Exodus 20:1-17
need to know God’s will for your life..................Proverb 3:1-6







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