MAY 2019
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Holding Onto Our Common Bond
It’s been 25-years since this church celebrated its 100th anniversary. Linda Barnes Patzke was the minister. The OJ simpson trial was in full swing. People were renting videos at Blockbuster. The world wide web was just getting started. Cell phones came into common use.

DVD’s were starting to be used. Bill Clinton was president. Amazon and Yahoo were starting up. ER and Friends were big TV hits. Forest Gump and the Lion King were popular movies. The trucks were smaller. It was a different time. And we, we look 25-years different. At that celebration service back in April of 1995, they were looking back too – at 10-decades of service. At that service they remembered, honored and pledged to go on holding fast to what they had in common – faith in Jesus Christ.

When we opened the service, I read from their bulletin from April 1995. The section was called, “Into the Next century, a service of remembrance and visioning.” I read that section when we opened our service. In it they voiced their hopes for us here today. First, they asked us to remember our history and share the time capsule. Second they asked that we recall the joys that were shared back in 1995. Third, they asked that we use this opportunity to affirm our commitment to continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world.

In our affirmative response, we honor those who came before us. And we continue the work they handed off to us. We remembered our church history here in our service and during fellowship yesterday. We have heard from people who were here back then and listened to their heartfelt sharing and love for this church.

In order to fulfill “our commitment to continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world,” we look to Ephesians chapter 4:2-4. Paul helps us see our current challenges in the proper light.

“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.”

We understand that working together requires these qualities, even though sometimes they are not easy to apply. Sometimes we fail, but we try to be humble,

gentle and patient with one another. We must seek again the path that leads us back into relationship.

Fulfilling our commitment comes directly from, Paul’s points, our conduct and our acceptance of one another in love. Third, it comes with unity produced through love for one another. Finally, the peace, which ties us together. We can look with confidence toward the future when we are united as a body of believers. We can overcome our differences if we will reaffirm and hold on to the importance of these words of scripture.

Paul suggests in Ephesians that our ability to fulfill our commitment to ministry is tied up in seeing ourselves in each other. It suggests that your faith is inextricably bound up in mine and visa versa. Note that Paul calls us to focus on our commonalities, rather than our differences. He tells us to reestablish a common connection in faith with one another and hold on to it, regardless of our differences. In this way, we are able to overcome the obstacles facing us. If we are to succeed in this time of trial and uncertainty, we will do so by holding on to our common bond in Christ.

Today we remind ourselves of what is truly important and reestablish our common bond so we may continue on. This is our common bond - Jesus Christ. He created our connection in faith by going to the cross and overcoming death. In doing so he established an unbreakable spiritual bond of agape love with all who believe. He holds on to us with this love, even when we fail him. Because he holds onto us, we, in return have the ability to hold onto one another.

Our history, our common faith heritage and our churches’ future are bound up in seeking and reestablishing our connection with one another in the risen Christ. By doing so, we renew our church ministry and affirm our church heritage. And through these affirmations we may find a way to new hope, new vision and a unity that leads us on with confidence.

Grace and peace be with you
Pastor Robin

Family & church of Rev. Joshua M.; 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.

May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Labor of Love
May 2nd: 11:30 a.m. Clergy Cluster - Pastors meet
May 4th: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Webinar with Rev. Laura Rainwater
May 4th-5th: UMW Sprirtual Life Retreat in Colorado Springs
ask Kathy W. for more info
May 7th: Project Patricia
May 9th:Noon UMW lunch and business meeting
May 9th: 8:00 a.m. Ministerial Association Meeting
May 12th: Mother's Day Services
th May 18th: Monthly breakfast fellowship at 8:00 a.m.:
Men-Tasty Treats; Women-Western Sky’s
May 19th: Wheatland Ad Council Meeting
No regular Chugwater servie
May 26st: Pastor's week off (seventh week)
May 27th: Memorial Day Holiday Observed

Centennial mug and medallion
“Make It Happen” pin for the African University
1994 coins
Program from Governor Geringer’s inaugeration
Bulletin from Centennial Sunday
1994 Program from Centennial Sunday at the 4-H Building
Centennial Church brochure
UM bumper sticker
UM book mark
Upper Room Issue for 1995
1994 Charge Conference program and reports
Pictorial Directory
Celebration Memories
Wee Sing Sunday School song book
Easter 1995 bulletins
Photos from the centennial year
UMW 1994-1995 datebook
April 1995 Newsletter
April 1994 Record Times article
April 23, 1995 bulletin
Arpil 23, 1995 copy of Casper Star-Tribune
Also included were items deposited by the Masons of Wyoming

It was a powerful time of reflection, remembering, honoring, and
visioning for the Wheatland UMC. Three of our former pastors and
their wives were here to celebrate and share their thoughts and
encouragement (Keith H., Skip P. and Les L.). District Superintendent,
Jeff Rainwater, also brought words of encouragement. His wife Laura,
our District Conference Resource Minister, also attended. Thank you to
so many people involved with the service; it was a big success. To all
those who helped out in one way or another, thankyou from our hearts!

by Kathy W. UMW President

The UMW met on April 11, 2019, in the WUMC Fellowship Hall for lunch and the usual
business meeting. Rowann reported that our team sent box number 74 for Project
Patricia to the Kansas church. The group will meet again on May 7, then will
take a break 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.

The kitchen was cleaned in March by a crew of nine helpers. We all went out to
lunch at Vimbo’s after we finished. This is a task we do annually to keep our
kitchen and storage areas clean and (hopefully) dust free. Thanks to all of
you who came to help. The St. Patrick’s Day potato bar supper was successful.
We had a good turnout and received generous support from the church members
and My Buddy Holly. Plans for the 125th Anniversary celebration were finalized.
The UMW will provide the coffee and tea, as usual, and will order the cake.
It was decided that we’d proceed with our “opportunity to own” for the Barb
Schaffner painting of the church. The winner will be announced following church
the next Sunday. Four of our members attended the Torrington UMW Friendship
Luncheon on April 6, 2019. They reported having a good time and enjoying the
speaker’s topic “Fruit of the Spirit.”

The UMW Spiritual Retreat 2019 will be held on May 4-5, 2019, in Colorado Springs.
Anyone wishing to attend should see Myrna K. for details. There will also be a
District meeting in early June. The announcement will be sent out as soon as we
receive it. The group discussed the fact that the cost of our coffee has gone up,
so we decided to increase the price from $9.00 per bag to $10.00 per bag, to
cover our cost increase. We discussed asking that the church begin to help pay
for the coffee and tea we have been providing for coffee hour and meetings for
the congregation, to help offset our costs, but nothing definite has been decided.

The next UMW lunch and meeting will be held on May 9, 2019, at noon. 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 activities, please call Kathy Wilson
at 322-1623.

~ Pastor Riley
It is a time of uncertainty and conflict for the United Methodist Church
organization. Please be in prayer with me about the future of our churches
as well as for our leaders and denomination. I am using Ephesians 4:1-16
as my scripture meditation for May. I will be at the Chugwater church
early for prayer time. Please join me as you feel called. I will be in
prayer at Wheatland every Sunday at 12:30, after a short fellowship.
I invite you to bring your concerns to me at that time for discussion
and prayer. I pray that we may continue in a bond of trust, love and hope.

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.