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THE JOYFUL NOISE
WHEATLAND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
SEPTEMBER 2018
Open hears. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of The United Methodist Church
Greetings All!

Summer has come to an end and the kids are back in school. NFL football is gearing up and cooler weather is on the way. I hope your summer was memorable, if not wonderful. I am glad to have spent my second one here and thoroughly enjoyed it. Recently I gave a sermon about vacation and how we should find time to get away, refresh and renew. In fact, I cited the Bible as suggesting the same thing. Right there in the Bible, God calls us to take regular breaks from our routines and work. In the very first book of The Old Testament it talks about vacation! Genesis chapter two in the second verse we hear about it. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so, on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

What does this have to do with vacation you ask? Well, everything if you look at the purpose and function of sabbath. On a vacation we break away from what we have been doing or creating. We rest from our work, all of it! God did absolutely nothing on the seventh day, which demonstrates the importance of leisure for God and for us. After he had created everything God took a vacation, meaning he rested and took leisure time to renew. The concept of sabbath rest embodies the idea of leisure time and enshrines its importance. Sabbath keeping is written into the stone tablets as the third commandment in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy chapter 5. It says, Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.

Why would God make leisure time central to His law? Well, let’s look at the practical side of this important commandment. First, God recognizes our need for rest and renewal. God knows that if we are busy attending to our business that we will not have time, or take time, for His business of rest. Vacation is a great way to capture this idea because when we vacation we typically stop our routines; we get away from our daily lives and explore the world around us. In short, we stop doing and start being.

I recall our recent time at Lake Harrison in Canada where my wife and I spent four days vacationing at a hot springs hotel. One day, while I was people-watching, I noticed how they seemed to be acting differently in some way. And as I thought about it I realized that they had shifted from routine to leisure time. They were just taking in the world around them and doing whatever seemed fun in the moment. They had no obligations to attend to and were in an “expectation free” zone. Some relaxed as they sat looking out at the lake, while others strolled along the walk licking ice cream. These people were experiencing leisure time, unstructured space where people let the stress fall off their shoulders, so they can be present and appreciate the creation.

All of us need leisure time, even people who are retired! And I hope that you were able to find time for a vacation this summer and are planning another one for the upcoming year. But the concept doesn’t require a full-fledged, two-week break to be a sabbath experience. A vacation sabbath can involve any plan to take a break and renew. It might mean only a few hours or days. It might not involve much travel or change in location. The key is that you stop your routine, step away from the stress of daily living and enter leisure time. Remember, God commands this!

Some of us face physical challenges that make getting away an impossibility. Others cannot manage the financial outlay required. In these cases, rethink vacation as something that gives you an important and needed break from your responsibilities. So, to start make an assessment of your need for a sabbath rest. How badly you need it will determine, in part, how soon you should plan it. Second, brainstorm specific activities and places for your vacation break. If all you can manage is one day of no media and communication where you stop all routine at home, then do it! Don’t take or make calls. Don’t do anything at all. Just be in the moment. Whatever you decide on, there is only one requirement, that the time spent does not involve any responsibility or work. None. It’s your special time for rest and renewal.

The rewards for taking a vacation sabbath are numerous and I am sure you will be glad you took time because not only will it benefit your health and well-being, it will also improve your connection with God!

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. & 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.

SEPTEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS

September 4th: Project Patricia from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
September 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th: Labor of Love from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
September 9th: Ad council Meeting after church
September 13th: UMW carry-in lunch at 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

August 18th:Monthly breakfasts at 8:00 a.m.
*Men meet at Tasty Treats
*Women meet at Western Skies
September 22: Aspire Women's Event at Harvest Time Christian Fellowship
in Cheyenne @ 6:00 p.m.
September 23rd: Special Presentation by Kristin Bellinger on healthy
living during fellowship

Pastor’s scheduled Seventh Week-off Dates
Sept. 10-16th
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.

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.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
The United Methodist women (UMW) of Wheatland UMC have enjoyed the summer but
will be getting back to our normal activities in September. We will assemble
in the Fellowship Hall for Project Patricia at 9:30 a.m. on September 4, 2018,
to begin making up kits for our cutters to take home. We have a small mountain
of fabrics to work with, thanks to the Wyoming District Plus One’s generosity.
Our fabrics have all been washed, thanks to Darlene, Rodene, Mary Lou, and
others who took them from the pile marked “need to be washed”, washed them,
and returned them. Now we just need to sort out fabrics, put them with the
instructions and templates, and make up the kits. We hope you’ll come and help.
Once we have the kits assembled, everyone is invited to take one home, 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.

Our first business meeting of the month will take place on September 13, at noon.
As is our usual custom, we will have a carry-in lunch. Please bring a dish to
share. After lunch, we’ll catch up on our UMW business and plan for the rest of
2018’s activities. We hope to see all of you then!

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
at 322-1623. Kathy Wilson

Mission Project
Thank You Thank you to those who participated in the two Annual Conference
mission projects. Our church added $55 to the "Bridge of Love" offering that
is to be split between two church groups. The church in Polson, Montana, will
be holding a health fair with the hope of drawing in school-aged children.
The Rocky Ford, Colorado, church plans to give exterior face lifts to some homes
in their community for families who can't afford to do so on their own. The total
collected that will be split between the two churches is $5,703.15. Our
congregation sent supplies to make 9 complete health care kits and many more
items to help make up more kits. There weren't a lot of supplies donated; so,
the UMCOR staff brought supplies from the Salt Lake City depot to the conference
and a team of volunteers assembled a total of 2,200 hygiene kits. Your support
of these mission projects is appreciated! Kathy L.

Fellow Methodists,

Recently there have been some discussions about what it means to be a Methodist. So with some investigation, the following is what was found. Please note that I have not copied everything, so if you want to see the omitted parts please go to webpage http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/ourwesleyan-heritage for the rest of the information.

Our Wesleyan Heritage

Distinctive Emphases
Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.

Grace
Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life.

Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us. Did you have to memorize John 3:16 in Sunday school when you were a child? There was a good reason. This one verse summarizes the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” The ability to call to mind God’s love and God’s gift of Jesus Christ is a rich resource for theology and faith.”

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold:
* prevenient grace
* justifying grace
* sanctifying grace

Sanctifying Grace

Salvation is not a static, one-time event in our lives. It is the ongoing experience of God’s gracious presence transforming us into whom God intends us to be. John Wesley described this dimension of God’s grace as sanctification, or holiness. Through God’s sanctifying grace, we grow and mature in our ability to live as Jesus lived. As we pray, study the Scriptures, fast, worship, and share in fellowship with other Christians, we deepen our knowledge of and love for God. As we respond with compassion to human need and work for justice in our communities, we strengthen our capacity to love neighbor. Our inner thoughts and motives, as well as our outer actions and behavior, are aligned with God’s will and testify to our union with God.

Faith and Good Works
United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together. What we believe must be confirmed by what we do. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. We believe that Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable, that faith should inspire service. The integration of personal piety and social holiness has been a hallmark of our tradition. We affirm the biblical precept that "faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).

Mission and Service
Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. As disciples, we become active participants in God’s activity in the world through mission and service. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.

Nurture and Mission of the Church
For Wesley, there was no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. In other words, faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our participation in the church community, we are also nourished and equipped for mission and service to the world.

“From Wesley’s time to the present, Methodism has sought to be both a nurturing community and a servant community. Members of Methodist Societies and class meetings met for personal nurture through giving to the poor, visiting the imprisoned, and working for justice and peace in the community. They sought not only to receive the fullness of God’s grace for themselves; but...they saw themselves as existing ‘to reform the nation...and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.’”

If you have questions please let me know. If you would like a printed copy from the webpage, please contact Mandy in the office.

God Bless! Kelvin L. Lay Leader & SPR Member

Our Mission Statements
WUMC: “Changing hearts and shaping lives through faith in Jesus Christ”
CUMC: “Striving to share God’s Love in a pure and simple way”

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ASPIRE
Women's Event
September 22, 2018 at 6pm at Harvest Time Christian Fellowship in Cheyenne.
1 night - 3 hours - Just for Women An evening full of laughter, learning, stories, & music
ASPIREWOMENSEVENTS.com

General admission: $25/person
Group of 10 or more: $20/person

Chugwater UMC has a group of over 10 going, anyone wanting to join the group discount let Tricia know by September 15.
Tricia S. 307 422-3360; email: sagner@wildblue.net

About Aspire:

Aspire was born out of the desire and need for women to enjoy a night out, with fellowship and spiritual growth.

We stand on the promises of God that He is enough, and that aspiring after His purpose will affect the lives we lead as well as the people we interact with.

The first event began in September of 2014 in Arizona and continues to be a one-night three-hour evening of music, comedy, and teaching that speaks to the hearts of women; to inspire, encourage, and remind them of God’s love and purpose for their lives.

Aspire is a brand of Extreme Faith Productions (EFP). EFP has been promoting concerts and events throughout the West since 2002. We exist to serve God’s people by providing quality events to the Christian community.

Statement of Faith

Extreme Faith Productions believes in one living and true God, eternal and of infinite power, wisdom, goodness and righteousness. He is a loving and faithful God who is Creator and preserver of all things. (Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Timothy 1:17)

In the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons of one substance with identical qualities and attributes: The Father (God), the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-2, 4:24, 5:18, 10:30)

We believe in the divine nature of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary. Christ was both fully man and fully God. He walked our earth, suffered at the hands of men, was crucified, died, and was buried as a sacrifice for the sins of all men and women. The purpose was to restore our relationship to God which is hindered by sin. (Luke 1:27, 31:35, John 3:16; Romans 5:10; Ephesians 5:72)

Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in full victory over satan and sin. He now intercedes for the body of believers to God the Father. (Matthew 28:5-9; Luke 4:7)

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