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THE JOYFUL NOISE
WHEATLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
OCTOBER 2018
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Psalm 104:1-3
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind…

For the Beauty

The scripture from Job reminds us of God’s creation and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Many of us connect with God through natural beauty. My dad was such a person. We never went to church as a family; instead, we hunted on Sundays. Later in life, when I became a Christian, I decided to ask him if he believed in God. His response was, “The closest I come is when I am out in the woods or walking along an ocean shore. I feel like that is God.” His closest connection to the creator came through nature. He would be on a mountaintop looking out at the vastness and be overwhelmed by something greater than himself. The natural world is God’s creation and we experience God through the beauty of nature.

We get this and that is part of the reason people choose to live here and in other places in the west. That’s why real estate prices for homes with mountain views run higher than those that don’t have them. People want to look out at something beautiful. It renews them. We have new friends who moved to Denver from Tulsa recently. They looked for a house and bought one that looked out over Stanley Lake (Denver area) and to the Rocky Mountains. They were thrilled to get the home because it had a view. It brings them great joy to sit and look out at the natural beauty. These examples remind us of why we need beauty in our lives.

A Chicago street artist named Theaster Gates gave a Ted talk on reviving inner city neighborhoods. Gates asked a simple question of his audience, “What are the basic things you need every day?” Then Gates suggested that we add another item to that list. Beauty. Gates lives in a rough neighborhood in Chicago with run down buildings, a world of concrete and steel. He observed that when people live in places where there is no beauty, life is less joyful. People are more fearful and less happy. He asserts that people thirst for beauty and when they have beauty in their daily lives, they are more able to find contentment, joy, and happiness. It changes how we interact with places and people.

Gates set out to bring beauty into this inner city neighborhood through art - graffiti and painting. He wanted to give people who live in his community something important, something they needed - beauty.

We have all heard the phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It suggests that experiencing beauty has to do with a state of mind and how we look at the world. In other words, we project beauty out onto the world from the inside. What we are viewing is beautiful, but it is our inner construction of beauty that actually gives us the warm, awesome experience, not the mountains themselves. In other words, the beauty is inside of us and what we see out here is a reflection of what’s going on the inside. God gives us the ability to identify beauty in his creation in the same way David recognizes God when he wrote his psalms.

I remember growing up in Idaho where two big rivers merged, the Snake and the Clearwater. I used to drive up the Snake River as a teenager, to find peace and get away from my troubles. I would hike up one of the ridges in the evening and watch the sun go down on the grassy, rocky ridges that jutted almost straight up from the rushing river. I needed to experience beauty and I found it here. It was particularly meaningful because I had such a tumultuous childhood. God was in that scenery, calming me and giving me rest. For all these years since, I thought I would have to go back there in order to have that experience again. But when I took Claire back up through Idaho on our way to Seattle, I once again entered into that ecstasy of beauty as I saw those mountains. I wished I could have that feeling with me always, and then God spoke to me and said I can. I can because the source of what I was experiencing was inside of me, not in what I was looking at!

It was a powerful realization for me to know that the beauty I was looking at came from inside of me and it could be there any time I felt a need to call it up. I found that realization to be very calming, very hopeful. That beauty was right here inside of me.

When David wrote about God’s beauty in Psalms, he was calling up his experience, bringing it back into his consciousness in poetry and music.

Our problem today is that we spend too little time experiencing beauty. The world presses in on us and tells us our value is found only in what we produce, our work, commerce, things we can measure. We get caught up in daily life and become robots, measuring everything in terms of productivity. We forget about what it means to be in the moment, enjoying beauty.

This week stop and think about the importance of beauty in your life. Stop and think about where you find it and go retrieve it again. Choose to return to that true beauty that is inside and outside of you. Finally, when you looked in the mirror in the morning, look beyond the wrinkles. See more than the flaws. See something beautiful.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Robin Riley

IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS:
WHEATLAND
Debbie D.’s Dad; Johnny’s cousin’s 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. family; 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.

OCTOBER UPCOMING EVENTS

October 2nd: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Project Patricia

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st: 9:30-11:30 Labor of Love

October 11th: 12:00 p.m. UMW carry-in lunch, Fellowship Hall

October 20th: 8:00 a.m. Monthly breakfasts
Men meet at Tasty Treats
Women meet at Western Sky's

October 21st: Pledges Due

October 24th: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Potato Bar Supper
Newsletter Deadline

Pastor’s 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.

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGES 2019

Stewardship
A WAY OF LIVING

October is stewardship month. Our theme is ‘Live Generously’. Please be in prayer
in terms of your contribution to our church. Stewardship is an important part of
church life and we are excited about how our generosity blesses this community.
There is so much we do, and so much more we can accomplish through generous giving.

Scripture reminds us to give freely and we hope you will join us in being generous
with your talents and treasures for another year of ministry at Wheatland United
Methodist Church.

We ask that you prayerfully consider how you may live more generously for the
coming year. When we live generously, we live out of abundance and God blesses
us with everything we need. ~Pastor Robin

Our church family values your time, talents and treasures; we thank you for
your past giving. We thank you in advance for continuing your generous support for
the upcoming year through your pledge.

Please remember to have your pledge cards in the offering plate or returned to the
church office in care of Rodene M. by October 21st.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
by Kathy W. UMW President
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Wheatland UMC held their first meeting
on Sept. 13, 2018. We assembled at noon for our annual UMW carry-in luncheon.
After lunch, Dan B. came to discuss the establishment of a Historic
Preservation District in downtown Wheatland. He mentioned the five members
of the Historic Preservation Commission, of which he is one. They have
applied for a grant through the State Historic District and have hired
professionals to survey the older buildings in the downtown area. He assured
us that getting a historic district designation will NOT put any restrictions
on the owners of these buildings. If any restrictions are applied, it is done
by the local government.

To achieve this goal, they need a floor plan or at least a footprint of each
building, including ours. Apparently, because our building is owned by a
non-profit church that doesn’t pay taxes, the town of Wheatland doesn’t have
a floor plan on file or any tax records for this building. He shared some of
the interesting articles about our church that were available in the library’s
archives. We discussed his visit and will continue looking for documentation
we might have, but we advised him that we doubted that such information exists.
We did show him the two framed documents we have about the church. If you have
any ideas where we can find the blueprints or at least a building plan for the
church, please let us know.

The UMW group held the business meeting once Dan left the building. We heard the
usual committee reports. The Treasurer has asked us each to submit our pledged
amounts by the November meeting, so the Executive Committee can distribute our
unbudgeted funds to the selected charities by the end of the year, as is
required by the UMW by-laws.

The Funeral Committee Co-Chairs, Carolyn and Ann, reported on the two funeral
dinners we provided last month, for Diane Nein and Alice Johnson. They have
updated the funeral dinner policy letter, of which copies are available in
the church office.

Rowann reported that the Project Patricia group met on Sept. 4. They sorted
all the newly washed fabrics we received last spring from the UMW Wyoming
District Plus One and returned them to the former office in the Fellowship
Hall. They also prepared multiple kits for the “Cut-Ups” to take home, cut
out, and return. They boxed the cut pieces that had been turned in and sent
box no. 62 to the Kansas church. Everyone is invited to take home a kit
(or more), cut out the “footprint” or “butterfly” shapes using the template
provided in the kit, and return the cut pieces and kit to the bin in the
Fellowship Hall.

Rowann also told us the Project Patricia organization would appreciate donations
of new girls’ and or money to buy the waterproof materials or pay postage to
send the packaged kits to Africa.

UMW discussed our plans to offer a potato bar fund raiser on October 24, from 5
to 7 p.m. We will ensure that the notices go to the Chamber of Commerce calendar
and the radio station, as well as put up posters in the usual locations. If you
have suggestions for more opportunities to get the word out to the public, let
Kathy W. know. We welcome good ideas. Bring your families, friends, and neighbors.
We will accept donations. On Nov. 4, we will observe UMW Sunday. The ladies of
our UMW unit will be the liturgist and ushers for this occasion. Our next meeting
will take place on October 11, 2018, 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 W. at 322-1623

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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