MARCH 2018
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church

Greetings All!

I preached a couple of weeks ago about being salt and light to those around us and how Jesus tells us that if we lose our saltiness, we are no longer good for anything. We don’t often think about losing our faith, but, according to scripture, it can happen. And as I explored how and why, I came to a very simple conclusion. We don’t lose our saltiness by not missing church. Nor can we lose our faith by not reading the Bible. Jesus is telling us that we lose our saltiness when we stop sharing our faith in Jesus Christ. Yes, we lose our faith by not sharing it.

Do you share stories about your faith with anyone? I encourage you to think about how God has worked in your life and who might really benefit from hearing about it. Yes, there is someone in your life right now who would benefit from hearing how God has worked in your life. No, I’m not talking about evangelism! I’m talking about you sharing your faith experience when the opportunity arises. We do this because God calls us to do so, but more importantly, we do it because by doing so our faith is renewed. It energizes our spiritual life! I guarantee it will!

I shared a story of faith in that sermon, a story about working with children in Yakima, Washington one summer long ago when I was studying to be a minister. The children I worked with were poorly behaved, had no manners and hated to work. I was tasked with leading them in work for five days a week for a month. It was an impossible task and I began to regret taking the position. Then one morning we were starting our work weeding a yard and I noticed that Tommy, our seven-year-old, was looking pretty sad. I asked his older brother what was going on. He told me that yesterday was Tommy’s birthday and his dad was supposed to come home and sing happy birthday. Well, he never showed up. And instead, his mom got drunk. Some birthday!

It hit me in the heart and I realized how rough these kids had it at home. They didn’t have loving, responsible parents. I dropped my judgment of their behavior, and began to see them as God saw them, as His children, loveable just the way they were. God needed me as a vehicle to work through.

They had no loving parents to take care of them. The mom was a drunk and dad was never around. I realized that God put me there to be salt and light to these children and to show them that there were people who could and would love them; to help them see that there was more in life that what they had experienced. After work that day I went down and bought Tommy a new pair of sneakers and also bought four cupcakes and some candles so we could sing happy birthday to him the next day.

We finished up early the following day and headed to the park to eat lunch. We sat there eating our boloney and cheese sandwiches in silence. I asked Tommy, “I know it was your birthday a couple of days ago. I didn’t know about it. Would you mind if we celebrated with you now?” He looked at me bewildered and said, “Yah, OK.” I pulled out his present and gave it to him. He looked at it wideeyed, “For me?” I responded, “Yes, for you.” He ripped open the package and found the new shoes. He quickly put them on and ran around in the grass. It was the first time I saw Tommy smile that whole time we were together.

We sang happy birthday to him while he looked at the cupcake and then back to the shoes, beaming from ear to ear. It was my happiest moment with these kids. It helped me realize that my being there meant something to these children.

God wants us to be available when He needs to reach someone. After all, he had someone willing to share when it came time for you to hear to good news. Why not send up a prayer right now and ask God to remind you of your story, what he has done in your life. That will fire you up and someone is certain to be blessed!

Peace and grace!
Pastor Robin

The Tony & Carmen C. family; the Larry F. family; The family of Chuck S. (Bill W.’s Uncle);
Bill W.; the family of Roy B.; Irene J.; Evelyn McG. (Johnny Y.’s mother); Bonnie Y.;
Richard B.; Marian C.; Diane S.; Maxine S.; Leslie D.; Diane N.; Bronwyn B.; Jerry O.;
Tom K., Mike H., Dennis B., Deb H. & Harold D. of Chugwater, and the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

Tim D. family; Carol N.; Tom K.; the Larry & Barb F. family; Jeremy F.; Kim McB.; Carol E.;
Lanetta C.; Will C.; Deb H. family; Jim & Nancy C.; Bill & Grace S.; Mike H.; our veterans;
and the Chugwater community and school.

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.

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!


New Sunday School Activity Forming - Reading and Discussion Class
The new class will take place Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
Each week the group leader will focus on a scripture of choice for reading and discussion.
Leaders will select a scripture and lead discussion about it. We will rotate leaders on
a regular basis. We are excited and hope you are too.

March 3rd: District Conference, Sheridan, WY
March 4, 11, 18 & 25: Bible Study @ 10:15
March 4th: Soup, Song & Scripture in Chugwater @ 5:00 p.m.
March 6th: Project Patricia from 9:30 11:30 a.m.
March 7th, 14th, 21st. & 28th: Labor of Love (L.O.L) from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
March 8th: UMW Lunch Meeting @ 12:00 p.m.
March 11th: UMCOR Sunday
March 11th: Trustee Meeting @ 12:00 pm
March 15th: Kitchen Clean-up @ 9:30 am
March 17th: 8:00 a.m. Breakfasts:

  • Men meet @ Tasty Treats,
  • Women meet at Western Sky’s.
  • St Patrick's Day Potato Bar from 5-7 pm

    Pastor’s scheduled weeks off -
    Seventh Week Dates:
    Feb. 26-Mar. 4; April 16-22; June 4-11

    Becoming More Like

    Diane N. is our new Quiet Disciple. One can frequently find Diane working in
    the background during many activities at the church. She’s a long standing
    member of this congregation and is always extremely willing to go the extra
    mile and do what needs to be done. Her time and talents have included;
    Sunday school teacher, choir member, committee chairman, bible study attendee,
    and a willing helper with whatever mission or fund raising activity happens to
    be going on! She is also a wife, a mother to three beautiful daughters, and a
    loving grandmother. Diane contributed to the community through her work as an
    Occupational Therapist for 40 years, by holding several offices in the Daughters
    of the American Revolution, and supporting women’s education as a member of
    P. E. O. and AAUW. She also worked with young girls in our community through
    Job’s Daughters and Girl Scouts.

    Diane is the chairperson for the worship committee (with all the responsibilities
    that job entails) while battling a significant health issue. You can find Diane
    decorating the sanctuary, planning worship events with the committee, organizing
    guest speakers, or setting up for worship all with a smile on her face! She is a
    dear friend to many and such a blessing to this church! She truly is a Quiet Disciple!


    My Angel: A personal testimony by Barbara S.
    I am an artist. When I begin working on a painting, one of the most awesome
    things about it is that I always know that "my angel" is there working with
    me. When we work together the most awesome things happen. For example: One
    day I had my sketches worked out for a new watercolor. Then my next step is
    to work out the colors for the painting. As I was contemplating what blue to
    use, I was holding several tubes of blue in my hand. I wanted a blue that
    would capture the mellow misty mood of that day. Suddenly one of the tubes
    fell out of my hand. As I picked it up, i saw that it was a new color tube
    of blue that I had never used before. Taking this as a sign, I used it and
    found it to be the perfect color. The effect in the painting was exactly
    what I was wanting to achieve. "My angel" often keeps me in awe as I work.
    I feel so blessed to get to work with God every day.

  • Soup, Scripture & Song at Chugwater
    Join us for a fun evening of fellowship, food, music, and scripture at the
    Chugwater church. We will meet at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 4th. We will share
    a meal, have a Bible study and sing songs together. Spread the word and invite
    someone to join us!

    by Kathy W., UMW President

    The ladies of the UMW met on February 8, 2018. We enjoyed our lunches, then
    proceeded to the meeting. Carolyn and Ann reported that they were asked to
    prepare for 75-100 people after Doris T.’s funeral, but served only about 50
    people. We had plenty of help, and things went well. Rowan told us that we were
    sending box 56 to the Project Patricia folks in Kansas today. We are out of
    fabric but are searching for more. If you have any old terry cloth towels,
    allcotton sheets, or flannel fabric that you aren’t using and/or is getting worn
    out, please consider donating it to this worthwhile cause. We plan to continue
    with this project as long as we continue to find fabric and people to help cut
    out the pieces, make up new kits, and pack the boxes to go to the Kansas church.

    The group discussed program assignments for the rest of the year. The kitchen
    clean-up will take place March 15 at 9:30 a.m. Karyl W. will provide lunch
    for all helpers. We ask that everyone bring their own cleaning supplies, if
    you have favorites. All help will be appreciated, especially tall people and
    those who can climb ladders or get down to clean lower shelves. The shelving
    in the storage room behind the kitchen area is difficult to reach and gets
    very dirty. We also firmed up our plans for the St. Patrick’s Day potato bar
    we plan to offer. We will continue to offer free-trade coffee for sale, as
    well as the chocolate bars the same sources make available, as soon as we get
    our order.

    After the meeting, Karyl W. presented a program on places of worship for
    inspiration and protection. As usual, she did an excellent job. Thanks, Karyl.

    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
    W. at 322-1623.

    Thank you to all of my church family who sent cards of encouragement and get
    well when I was unable to get out. I truly appreciate them and each one
    brought so much cheer into my life. Thank you all so much!
    Sincerely, Ann Cozad

    United Methodist Committee on Relief

    When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Cuba five years ago, it damaged or
    destroyed 170,000 homes and killed 11 people in the provinces of Holguin
    and Santiago de Cuba, before charging up the U.S. east coast.

    In its initial post-Sandy meeting with the Methodist Church in Cuba
    (Iglesia Metodista en Cuba, IMECU), the United Methodist Committee on
    Relief issued grants to rebuild 100 homes and repair or reconstruct 21
    churches damaged by Sandy. Area churches assembled volunteer Cuban
    construction teams, or brigades.

    Cuba has 357 Methodist churches, the majority of which are “house churches,”
    meaning that religious gatherings are held in private residences.

    Reaching people in more than 80 countries, including the United States,
    UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict or natural disaster
    disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on
    their own.

    Your contribution ensures UMCOR’s response in times of crisis. The UMCOR
    Sunday offering on March 11th restores and rebuilds lives in Cuba, the
    United States and around the world. We thank you for your generous gift!

    Read more stories about the impact you are making with your gifts.

    To give by mail: Send checks to:
    P.O. Box 340029
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Please put name of Sunday in note section.