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THE JOYFUL NOISE
WHEATLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
NOVEMBER 2018
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Hello Everyone,

all weather has arrived and we are fast approaching the holidays. Halloween jack-olanterns are ready to be carved and children prepare their costumes in anticipation of mountains of candy filling their bags. Then itís on to Thanksgiving family gatherings and holiday meals. Christmas season carries us into winter and the miracle of the birth of our Savior. And soon the wind will begin its long howling presence and we will hunker down to persevere through the winter months.

The midterm election is here and I donít know about you, but I will be glad when that has passed. The non-stop negative ads and the news buildup is stress inducing to say the least. Itís not an easy time to discuss politics, especially if you donít fit into the status quo views. It really is sad that one can scarcely have a civil conversation over issues.

I remember back when I was a kid my parents would talk about an upcoming election. Maybe you can remember those days too. They would have heated discussions about candidates and issues. One would vote Democrat and the other Republican. And when it was over they went on with life, continuing on as a team, no matter who won. I think thatís the way many Americans were back in the 1970s. When it was all said and done, we were all Americans, working toward a common goal. I miss those times and I miss the sense of hopeful optimism we commonly felt about the future. It seemed back then there were endless possibilities for careers, for family, and for dreaming. These times seem so far away today.

You may be familiar with a statement Abraham Lincoln made, ďA house divided cannot stand.Ē His words ring especially true today because America is a house divided. So please be in prayer for our country and the election. Pray that goodness and honesty will prevail. Pray that the people who are elected will bring new hope to the political process and bring us back together. Pray that those elected officials will work with one another across party lines to solve the difficult problems facing our country. Pray that our leaders will hear our voices and work to make life better for all Americans. Finally, let us pray for a return to hopeful optimism and a belief that we can all unite for a higher cause.

Here are three scriptures to meditate on regarding the election and our common bonds.

I Cor. 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isnít jealous, it doesnít brag, it isnít arrogant, 5 it isnít rude, it doesnít seek its own advantage, it isnít irritable, it doesnít keep a record of complaints, 6 it isnít happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

Luke 6:27
"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

Matthew 22:35-40 Common English Bible
35 One of them, a legal expert, tested him. 36 ďTeacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?Ē 37 He replied, ďYou must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.Ē

If you would like to read about how the Methodist church approaches political issues, please check out the link below. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/socialprinciples-social-creed

Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin Riley

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
WHEATLAND
Mark S.; Marc B.; The family of Ralph D.; Johnnyís cousinís son, Eric;
Derek S.'s cousin, Joseph; Ron & Kathryn C.; the Larry F. family;
Irene J.; Bonnie Y.; Maxine S.; Leslie D.; Bronwyn B.; Jerry O.; Tom K.,
Mike H., Deb H. family & Harold D. of Chugwater, Refugee families at
the border, and the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky.

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

NOVEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov. 1-4th: Pastor Riley is off this week.
Nov. 4th: UMW Sunday: Barb F. will bring the message
Nov. 6th:9:30-11:30 a.m.Project Patricia
Nov. 7th/14th,21st, & 28th: 9:30-11:30 a.m.Labor of Love
Nov. 8th:12:00 UMW bring your own lunch in the Fellowship Hall
Nov. 9th:4:00 p.m. SPR in Wheatland
Nov. 11th:Veterans Day

  • 12:00 p.m. Carry-in Stewardship celebration Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. Carry-in Veteran's Day Dinner - Chugwater Community Church
    Nov. 17th:8:00 a.m. Monthly Breakfast Meetings
  • Men: Tasty Treats
  • Women: Western Sky's
    Nov. 18th:Ad Council meetinhg to approve conference documents
    Nov. 23rd:Newsletter Deadline

    Pastorís scheduled Seventh Week-off Dates
    October 29-Nov. 4th
    December 26-30th.

    CHURCH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
    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.

    REMEMBER....!
    Please remember to write down any meetings, gatherings, etc. on the calendar in
    the Fellowship Hall so nothing is forgotten.

    VETERANS DAY DINNER
    The Veterans Day Dinner will be Sunday, November 11 at 6 p.m. at the Chugwater
    Community Church. All attending will enjoy soups and desserts. Please let all
    veterans and their families know so we can honor them at this occasion. If anyone
    would like to bring soup or desserts, please contact Lindy S. in Chugwater. This
    will be a joint community celebration sponsored by Chugwater Community Church,
    Chugwater United Methodist Church and Legion Auxiliary.

  • UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
    by Kathy W. UMW President

    The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Wheatland UMC held their Project Patricia work
    session on October 2, 2018. The ladies who came managed to set up numerous kits for
    the ďCut-UpsĒ to take home, cut out, and return this month, as well as packing up
    the cut pieces that were returned ready for shipment. We sent out boxes 63, 64, and
    65 as we went home. The next Project Patricia meeting will be held on Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m.
    in the Fellowship Hall. We definitely need more help setting up kits and packing
    boxes, so please join us if you can.

    The UMW monthly meeting was held on October 11 at noon. Apparently, more people were out
    of town than expected, because only Carolyn and Rowann attended. They discussed our plans
    to offer a potato bar fund raiser on October 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The notices were
    submitted to the Chamber of Commerce calendar, the local newspaper, and the radio station,
    and posters were designed and copied. Volunteers will insure that the posters are displayed
    in the usual locations. Pastor Robin joined the ladies at the breakfast at Western Skies last
    Saturday. When he learned that we hadnít notified the other churches yet, he took copies of
    our posters to some of the other churches in town. Thanks, Pastor Robin.

    The Harvest Celebration Potato Bar Supper took place as scheduled. We served 59 plates (including
    our volunteer staff) and received generous donations. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful. This
    was the highest number of plates weíve served at any of our meals in the last 10 years, so it was
    an excellent fund-raising activity. We had folks from several of the other churches at our supper,
    as well as church members, friends and family, and community members. We got to visit with several
    of our church members who have been dealing with health issues but seem to be doing better, which
    was a joy. We even got to meet Dan and Lieslís baby girl. It was terrific to see them all.
    On Nov. 4, we will observe UMW Sunday. The ladies of our UMW unit will be the liturgist
    and ushers for this occasion, and Barb F. will provide the message. Our next UMW meeting will
    take place on November 8, 2018, at noon. Bring your own lunch and your united thank
    offering.

    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

    2019 GOD'S CREATION CALENDAR ORDERS
    Be sure to purchase your 2019 GOD'S CREATION Calendars. They are the same
    beautiful quality, pictures and scriptures, as always. The calendars cost
    $8.00 each and they make wonderful gifts for Christmas or for 'just because'
    gifts. The proceeds will go to help with Church Mission expenses. Contact Rodene
    or see her at church!

    SUNDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY YOUTH GROUP
    If you have youth ages from 9 to 13 or know someone who does, we invite you to let
    them know about our joint youth activity on Sunday nights at the Episcopal Church
    here in town. Children from Covenant Lutheran also participate in this time of
    learning, activities and a meal. Join us on Sunday nights from 5 to 7 p.m.

    WUMC 125th ANNIVERSARY 2019
    In 2019 Wheatland United Methodist Church will be celebrating the 125th anniversary
    of its organization. We invite anyone in the congregation to help us plan for this
    momentous occasion. If you have pictures from past years (and can tell us who is in
    the pictures), we'd love to have copies.

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