Hello and Happy 2018!
Change is a constant, just look at the calendar year! How did it get to be 2018 this soon? 2017 I hardly knew you! An interesting feeling comes over me when I
write “2018” on checks and other documents. Wow, time flies! As I write that “20-18”, a flood of thoughts pass through my mind about 2017. I think about everything
that happened and everything that did not. I think about the hard things and the easy things, and the odd things.
I’m a year older with a few more wrinkles. In 2017 I signed up for Medicare. I bought a different car, worked on remodeling the house, made new friends, and
started a new church position in Wyoming.
And I suppose I should think about what I hope for in 2018. I usually do write down new years resolutions, put them in an envelope, and seal it. I then look it
over the following end of the year. I hope for strength to embrace and face the adversity life brings our way. Age brings all kinds of challenges, as many of you
How about you? What do you think about when you see “2018” instead of “2017” for the year? Will you embrace the adversities that come your way or find new
ways to resist them? I guess we’ll only know the answers a year from now, when we are looking back on 2018 and writing “2019” on our checks!
When it comes to a new year, Mary’s story is helpful for us to hear and read, because it can help us also shift from fear about uncertainty in a new year. It can
help us treat the sudden storms in life by responding with trust in God’s care. Mary heard the news and accepted it in humble obedience. She faced adversities far
beyond what we can imagine. She raised this beautiful baby boy into a child and watched him grow in stature and become a man. She looked on while he taught and
ministered and in the end, saw her son die on the cross.
Sometimes, as with Mary, God presents us with unexpected circumstances and challenges to see what we will do, hoping that we will say, “Yes,” and set out with
him on a new journey, no matter where we are in life.
Remember, God is not finished with you! He has work to do through you. You matter to Him and your path into 2018 matters to Him. You also matter to us, your
As we transition into a new year I pray that you will take some time to stop and look back over the year and all your activities. Look back and see if you can
see God’s hand in your life. Look at the challenges you faced, the changes that came, the growth in your life. Think about how God brought you through and then give
thanks. Finally, look forward to 2018 and say a prayer of commitment to the Lord. We will trust in him personally and as a community of faith.
Happy New Year and God bless you!
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
Bill W.; Richard B.; George and Joan B.; Helen A.; Ann C.; Nora S.; Shawn R.
(Pastor Robin’s brother); Marian C.; Jim W.; Diane S.; Maxine S.; Rowann S.; Leslie D.;
Irene J.; Diane N.; Bronwyn B.; Jerry O.; Wayne W.; Tom K., Mike H., Dennis B., Deb H.
& Harold D. of Chugwater, and the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky
The family of Colter S.; Tom K.; Kim McB.; Lanetta C.; Will C.; Deb H.; Deb H.’s Mom and Dad;
Barb F.’s Mom and Dad; Jeremy F.; Dennis B.; Wayne W.; Jim & Nancy C.; Bill & Grace S.; Mike H.;
our veterans; and the Chugwater community and school.
WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS
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.
***EQUAL EXHANGE, FAIRLY TRADED COFFEE
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!
TIME OF TRANSITION
Dear Church Members,
It’s that time of year! No, not Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Lord
and savior Jesus the Christ, although it is, but a time of transition. Transition
from fall to winter, the darkest time of the year in the Mountain West (and arguably
the coldest, windiest and snowiest), from one year to the next, from endings to
beginnings, and from the old leadership to new.
On January 1, your new leaders of the church will take over. There will be at least
2 new members of the SPR Committee. Ken S. and I will be stepping down. Holly J.
and Crystal A. have graciously agreed to fill the vacancies.
I can tell you that my three years on SPR were eye opening! We transitioned from two
pastors, Keith and Jim, to our third pastor, Pastor Robin. As with any transition
there have been and will continue to be bumps, hiccups and smooth places. Let
us embrace the bumps, acknowledge the hick-ups and rejoice in the smooth places.
Let us continue to grow into the congregation that Christ has called us to be and
to be a light in the Wheatland community.
Please support our new leaders with your prayers.
And so I leave you with peace and joy in this time of new beginnings. It has been
a pleasure to be of service to the Wheatland United Methodist Church.
Blessings, Hannah W.
Men meet at Tasty Treats
Women meet at Western Sky’s
January 1: New Years Day
January 2: Project Patricia 9:30-11:30 a.m.
January 3, 10, 20, 17, 24 & 31: Labor of Love @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
January 7: Soup, Song & Scripture in Chug water @ 5:00 p.m.
January 11: UMW Lunch Meeting @ 12:00 p.m.
January 20: 8:00 a.m. Breakfasts:
January 21: Ad Council Meeting after church
January 26: Newsletter Deadline
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
LOVE IN ACTION
by Kathy W., UMW President
The ladies of the UMW met on December 14 for our final lunch and meeting of 2017.
After enjoying a variety of finger foods for lunch, we got down to business. Myrna K.
reminded everyone who is participating in the reading program that their list of books
read is due to her by the end of January. Rowan reported that she was the only person
who came for Project Patricia, but that she was able to send box number 54 to the
Kansas church. We have kits available for the “cut-ups” to take home, cut out, and
return, preferably before the next Project Patricia meeting, which will be held on
January 2, 2018, at 9:30. We need anyone who can help to attend the meeting to pack
up whatever we’ve cut and to assemble new kits. Kathy L. was kind enough to wash
the new fabrics provided by Marge at the Thrift Store, so we’ll have plenty of
materials to work with.
Kathy W. reported that the Wyoming Plus One District has scheduled the District's annual
meeting and a Day Apart retreat for June 1 and 2, 2018, at First UMC in Cheyenne. More
details will follow. Mark your calendars.
Thanks to the everyone’s generosity, we collected $147.00 from the basket in the Sanctuary
for the Heifer Project. The UMW member donations helped us reach $275.00, so we decided to
buy two goats and two batches of chickens from the Heifer Project. Thank you, everyone.
The group discussed the schedule of meetings and activities for next year, along with the
proposed budget. We will not be offering a pancake supper for Fat Tuesday, partly because
the other churches offer that option, and the weather often reduces attendance. Instead,
we plan to have a potato bar supper on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. We will need help,
so please consider volunteering for that and attending. If you have any ideas for fund
raisers we can offer this year, please let one of the UMW members know. We have had to
cut back on some activities we’ve done in the past, because they were labor intensive.
We need to keep it simple, but do-able.
As is required by our by-laws, the UMW determined how much money we need to keep for next
year’s activities, and agreed to donate the remainder to our chosen charities. We were
able to send $245.00 to each of our four charities: The food pantry, Wesley Foundation
at UW in Laramie, the Ministry Coop, and UMCOR-Salt Lake City. Our thanks to everyone
who donates to our mission activities and who helps with fund-raising events. Keep up
the excellent work. Our next UMW meeting will be held on January 11, 2018. Remember to
bring your own lunch.
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. at 322-1623.