|THE JOYFUL NOISE
"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,
IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
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JUNE UPCOMING EVENTS
TO OUR WHEATLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FAMIY:
We are making a big change in our life as we move to Spearfish, SD.
We thank you all for the blessings each of you have brought us
God has blessed us all and will continue to bless us in the future.
Kelvin & Kathy L.
LOL SUMMER BREAK
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The UMW met on May 9, 2019, in the WUMC Fellowship Hall for lunch and the usual
We were reminded that the 2-day Mission u event will be held in Parker, Colorado,
The latest publication of the “Go and Tell” from the Mountain Sky Wyoming District
The UMW members discussed plans for the Father’s Day Ice Cream Social to be held
The next UMW lunch and business meeting will be held on September 12, 2019, at
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