JUNE 2019
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
"Endings and Beginnings"

I remember rolling into Wheatland on a summer night two years ago. A welcome party waited at the house was ready help us unload. We were dead tired from the travel and transition activity, but your warm smiles and kind words helped cheer us up. I remember the 60-plus (meaning age) folks there, helping and it reminded me of why I love the Methodist people so much. You were generous with your time and energy and welcomed us with genuine gentleness, humility and patience. In that moment I felt gratitude for those I would be working with over the next two years.

I had arrived at the Wyoming farm and ranch community surrounded by prairie and rugged mountains. The church culture, the weather, and geography, all presented me with a new perspective of the world. I immediately loved the rich, blue sky and expansive horizon.

For the last two years I have been building relationships with you as we partnered in our work together in ministry. I will miss the meaningful conversations as well as the shared struggles we have had over issues and concerns. I have witnessed Christ in you so many times – in fellowship, in music, in teaching, over meals, in worship, and in prayer. Thank you for the grace and goodwill you have shown to me during my time here. I know God has made me a better minister for having served with you. The news of my new appointment comes with some sadness, as I will miss you and our connection in Christ.

When God brought me here, we faced a world of trials, challenges and rewards, some of which you will continue to face. As you set out on a new stage of your church life, I ask God to continue to bless you with strength and hope. As I set out on a new beginning, I pray for you and your continued work here in Wheatland and Chugwater. In this time of great transition, I ask that you continue to be in prayer. I have identified and preached from Ephesians 4:1-6 as a guiding scripture for providing insight and unity. Please consider reading it in your morning meditation time this month.

“4 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. 4 You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.”

The Apostle Paul helps us understand that living the life of faith is about giving ourselves to one another in mutual support and trust. It is about finding what we have in common and holding on to it regardless of our differences. It’s about living Christ’s command to love one another as Christ has loved us. That’s how we find unity. I am deeply grateful for the love and care you have given me during my time here. In my final weeks, I look forward to our final conversations in these last few weeks together. My final two services are on June 23rd and 30th.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin

Quentin M.; Robin & Claire R.; Kelvin & Kathy L.; Dave & Vicki B.; as
they transition to new stages in their lives; Bob R. (heart surgery);
Rose A. (recovering from surgery); the family of Dee Garcia;
the families of Michael D. & Jon V.W.; Rowann & Gene S.; Marc B.;
Don Y.; Johnny's cousin's son Eric; the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

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

Deb H. family; Steve S.; Family of Leonard C.; Harold D.; Tim D. family;
Carol N.; Tom K.; the Larry & Barb F. family; Josh F.; Kim McB.; Lanetta
Chapman; Bill & Grace S.; our veterans; refugee families at the border,
and the Chugwater community and school.

June 2nd: Farewell to Kelvin & Kathy, & Dave & Vicki, after worship
June 9th:Barb F. preaches with Pastor Riley is on vacation
June 13th-16th: Annual Conference in Billings, MT
June 16th: Johnny Y. brings the message
June 16th: Father's Day Ice Cream Social, after worshiop
June 15th: Monthly breakfast fellowship at 8:00 a.m.:
Men-Tasty Treats; Women-Western Sky’s
May 30th: Baptism of Henry Hill
May 30th: Pastory Riley's final service


We are making a big change in our life as we move to Spearfish, SD.
Even though most people do not like change, we are very excited
about moving into a brand new home. Many of you have expressed
your feelings about our leaving and we know our leaving is going
to be a change. Change can be scary and hurts, but it is a good
thing. Can you imagine how boring life would be if nothing ever

We thank you all for the blessings each of you have brought us
during our time here in Wheatland. We are going to miss the
fellowship with our church family and friends. You will always
be with us in our hearts and memories. Whenever we are in town,
we will come and say hello.

God has blessed us all and will continue to bless us in the future.
So, until we meet again, good-bye and God Bless!

Kelvin & Kathy L.

The card ministry will break for the summer and return to regular
activities in September. Thank you all who have participated in
another successful year of work and service!

by Kathy W. UMW President

The UMW met on May 9, 2019, in the WUMC Fellowship Hall for lunch and the usual
business meeting. Rowan was unable to attend, so Kathy reported that our team
sent box number 75 for Project Patricia to the Kansas church. The group will
not meet again until September, at which time they will decide whether to
continue with this effort. Much depends on whether help is available to set
up kits and ship out the pieces we’ve cut, as well as fabric availability.

We were reminded that the 2-day Mission u event will be held in Parker, Colorado,
July 12 and 13 at a cost of $100. If you can’t make that event, the nearest
1-day Mission u events are July 24 at Longmont UMC in Longmont, Colorado, or
August 17 at First UMC, Gillette, Wyoming, at a cost of $55. Scholarships are
available, if you wish to attend. Contact Janet Wolfer, Mission u Dean, for
more information on Rocky Mountain Legacy Conference Mission u. Her e-mail
address is jkwolfer@gmail.com.

The latest publication of the “Go and Tell” from the Mountain Sky Wyoming District
Plus One was sent out to all UMW members. If you don’t have a computer, there is
a copy posted on the UMW bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Please note that
the Mountain Sky Conference UMW will hold their annual meeting in Salt Lake City
October 25-26, 2019, at Christ United Methodist Church. This issue has information
on the Mission u events, as well as on-going collection for the legacy fund and
articles from the National UMW organization on ways to get involved with social
justice initiatives they support. The District is getting reorganized into the
Mountain Sky District and is looking for people willing to serve as officers.
If you would be interested, please let Kathy Wilson know.

The UMW members discussed plans for the Father’s Day Ice Cream Social to be held
on June 16 after church. We will assemble in the church kitchen at 9:30 a.m.
(after the monthly WUMC breakfasts) to scoop ice cream for this event. If you
can help, please bring your favorite ice cream scoop and meet us there. We will
be offering your choice of ice cream sundaes or root beer floats again this year.
Bring your favorite guys and help us celebrate a Happy Father’s Day!

The next UMW lunch and business meeting will be held on September 12, 2019, at
noon—a carry-in lunch. The ladies plan to get together for lunch, either a
picnic in Lewis Park or a restaurant meal on July 11, 2019. Join us if you can!
We’ll decide the location and menu in early July.
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 activities, please call
Kathy Wilson at 322-1623.

We are always in need of volunteers to supply snacks/cookies for fellowship hour,
volunteers for Communion preparers, Liturgists, and Ushers. If you can do this
once or several times a year, 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.