MARCH 2020
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Dear friends,

We have entered the season of Lent; a time of responding to God’s invitation to come to a closer relationship. We are removing the things that are barriers that stand between ourselves, God and others. We live in a time when protecting our children and pets is essential.

For an increasing number of responsible pet owners have now "micro-chipped" their dogs and cats. A small "chip" is injected under the skin and when a special scanner is run over the chip, the creature's whole history is made available—pet's name, owner's name, home address, home phone, vet's name, vet's phone, medications taken. It's all there. Most animal shelters now have these scanners.

When a lost or wandering animal is brought in, "scanning" is the first procedure. Often the "lost" is "found," immediately.

Parents have gotten the message too. An increasing number of parents keep track of where their children are at all times. Tiny cameras can also keep an eye on driving habits, speed, and who gets in and out of the car.

More parents put controls on online accounts, alerting mom and dad when inappropriate web sites are accessed or e-mails received.

If we are as concerned for our children's safety and welfare as we are for Rover's, shouldn't we micro-chip our kids as well?

Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and emerged with a very clear understanding of God’s kingdom.

We are surrounded by temptations on every side.

On a tight budget or watching your weight? "Dollar Menus" at fast food joints tempt us to binge on a pile of cheap, fatty, over-processed food.

The beauty of the Internet? . . .It contains everything.

The curse of the Internet? . . .. It contains everything.

At the touch of a button, good information is available.

At the touch of a button, here is an endless supply of garbage, gossip, pornography, violence, and hate.

Cell phones keep us in touch no matter where we are.

Yet cell phones tempt us to never be anywhere except on the phone.

You can come up with your own candidates for proof of how our culture is packed with options that are both possibilities and pitfalls.

The season of Lent is a time of spiritual searching and renewal.

It is a time for dedication to a life of service to others

It is a time of preparation for the passion of Christ.

How has Lent become a time to give up chocolates, or hamburgers, or video games?

What have we done?

The temptation that the satan flung at Jesus after his forty-day-fast in the wilderness weren't just challenges to DO something he wasn't supposed to do.

They were challenges tempting Jesus to be someone he was not born to be….if you are the Son of God…

Are our temptations any different?

Rev Tom

Tony C.; Johnny Y’s cousin, Eric, Crystal A.; Bronwyn B.; Larry & Barb F;
Darelen B.'s foster grandson, Jason; her granddaughter, Bethany; Doris L;
Gene & Rowann S.; Jim M.'s Mom, peace for her final journey; Pastor Tom;
our church members; our community; the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

Darlene T.; Clay F.; Chris S.; Larry F.; Flo K.; Jason P., Crystal A.; Terry B.'s
cousin's son, Kody; Charlette D; the family of Pinkie Glenn; 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.

Mar. 2 - 2:00 p.m. - Bible Study with Barb
Mar. 3 - 9:30 a.m. - Project Patricia
Mar. 4 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L.
Mar. 7/8 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar. 8 - 5:30 p.m. - Chugwater Community Dinner
Mar. 9 - 2:00 p.m. - Bible Study with Barb
Mar. 11 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L.
Mar. 12 - noon - UMW Lunch & Meeting
Mar. 16 - 2:00 p.m. - Bible Study with Barb
Mar. 17 - 5-7 p.m. - St. Patrick's Potato Bar Supper
Mar. 18 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L
Mar. 21 - 8:00 a.m. Monthly Breakfasts
Men’s – Tasty Treats
Women’s – Western Sky’s
Mar. 23 - 2:00 p.m. - Bible Study with Barb
Mar. 24 - 9:30 a.m. - Kitchen Clean-Up
Mar. 24 - 9:30 a.m. - Community Coffee
Episcopal Church
Mar. 25 - 9:30 a.m. - L.O.L.
Mar. 29 - 6:30 p.m. - 5th Sunday Community Sing
Episcopal Church
Mar. 30 - 2:00 p.m. - Bible Study with Barb

Mar. 1 - Mary Lou M.
Mar. 2 - Nate H.
Mar. 4 - Larry T.
Mar. 7 - Justin M.
Mar. 9 - Richmond R.
Mar. 12 - Gabriel C.
Mar. 14 - Patty S.
Mar. 15 - Pator Tom
Mar. 20 - Dave H.
Mar. 21 - Teagan S.
Mar. 21 - Carolyn & Lynn F.
Mar. 22 - Carson K.
Mar. 28 - Donna W., Barb S.
Mar. 29 - Lesllie H.
Mar. 30 - Deb Miller

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.

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.

Saturday, June 13th, 2020 - it’s going to be a party to celebrate Jim &
Rodene’s 50th Anniversary!

THANK YOU.......
Dear Church Family,
Thanks for flowers you sent to me for my birthday. They were lovely. I
don't know who brought them over, but I'm sure you will get this card.
Love, Maxine (Sherwood)

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women met on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, after church. The meeting
was originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, but snowfall and icy streets prompted
us to postpone it until Sunday. The committee chairwomen submitted their reports to
the members.

The Project Patricia group sent box no. 82 to the Kansas church. We need more terry
cloth (old towels), all-cotton sheets, and flannel. If you have any items to contribute or
know of possible sources, please let us know. If you can assist with packing the cut
pieces and sorting fabrics and templates into kits, please join us in the Fellowship Hall
at 9:30 on March 3, 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.

We will hold our St. Patrick’s Day Potato Bar Supper fund raiser on Tuesday, March
17, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m. We’ll be serving baked potatoes, lots of toppings, and
desserts. Please bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this fun event. Donations
are gratefully accepted. The money is used for the UMW’s mission work in this
community, the nation, and overseas. My Buddy Holly will provide music for us, as well.

The group decided to do the annual kitchen deep cleaning on March 24 at 9:30 a.m.
Everyone in the church is invited to come help us keep our facilities dust free and
scrubbed. We ask that all volunteers bring their own cleaning supplies. The volunteers
plan to go out for lunch together after the kitchen sparkles. Volunteers will wipe down
all the shelves, put things back where they belong, discard outdated or damaged items,
and spruce up our kitchen and storage area. If you can climb a tall step ladder, please
volunteer. The storage space has some very high shelves.

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 March 12, 2020,
at noon
. Bring your own lunch. We usually eat together 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.

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


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.

Terry B. reports the Chugwater kids and adults made Valentine Gnomes. She states,
“We had fun making these today. We each took some to give away and/or enjoy at home.
Thanks to all who helped makes these Valentine Gnomes.” The group made 33 gnomes
and 27 were given out! Way to go, what a fun project! Thanks, Terry!

Chugwater Ladies Aid Final Salute Quilt
Darla T. and others gathered together to piece a Final Salute Quilt. We’ll give this final salute
quilt to one of the vets in hospice care down in Cheyenne at the VA – once completed. Thanks
to Diane H., Carol E. and Terry B. for helping with this outreach project as well.