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April 21 , 2018

Rawlins Cooperative Parish

On Sunday, April 8th, the France Memorial Presbyterian Church and the First United Methodist Church of Rawlins celebrated their becoming one, the Rawlins Cooperative Parish!  Rev. Jeff Rainwater, District Superintendent for the United Methodist and Rev. Dr. Steve Shive, General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Wyoming were present and each along with Pastor Sharon Langfeldt gave brief messages!  It was a joyful day celebrating two struggling congregations becoming one after three years of exploring, discerning, worshiping and serving together!  Oh, what a day!  Oh, what a new beginning!  

Also on this day, with much sadness, Rev. Rainwater announced that Rev. Sharon Langfeldt had been reassigned to a new call in Denver.  In keeping with the By-Laws of the newly constituted church, a Presbyterian minister will now be sought!  


United Presbyterian Church, Riverton

With deep sadness and regret and yet the hope of healing, it was announced also on Sunday, April 8th that the Rev. Dr. Thea McKee will be applying for disability with the Board of Pensions and will not be the Pastor of the church effective April 23rd.  It takes 90 days of non-working for disability to begin.  It is hopeful and prayerful that after a time of disability- of healing and physical therapy that she will be able to return!  In the meantime, the Administrative Commission will continue to work with the Session and congregation!  


Presbytery of Wyoming Virtual Office – Important Information

Beginning Monday, April 9th, Presbytery of Wyoming will be fully virtual. This means that there are some changes you will notice when you call the office.

The office phone number will still be 307-472-4717, but when you call that number you will be given four routing options. A recorded voice will inform you of which number to push on your phone depending on if you want to reach Steve, Mark, accounting or office administration.

There will also be some new office hours. Steve’s office hours will still be variable. Mark’s office hours will normally be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 AM to noon. Accounting hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and office administration hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

As you may already know, the new mailing address will be:

Presbytery of Wyoming
P.O. Box 1767
Casper, WY 82602

Please contact us if you have any questions!


The Presbytery of Wyoming – Spring Meeting

When April 27th and 28th
Where First Presbyterian Church – Mountain View
What
Friday Grayde Parsons, former Stated Clerk of the PCUSA Presenting on “Transformation”.
Saturday Topics include:
  • Exploring the new vision and values of the Presbytery.
  • Hearing reports from three Administrative Commissions.
  • Learning more about our Partner Churches in Syria and Lebanon, and the visit of Rev. Ameer to Wyoming in October.
  • Voting on moving Libby Tedder-Hugus to a candidate for ministry.
  • Plus much more!

Information to be included in packets or to be considered for the agenda need to be submitted to Jan DeBeer (aa.presbywy@gmail.com) no later than Thursday, April 5th.


Presbyterian Foundation 2018 Webinar Series

  • Apr 25 - Legacy Giving
  • May 9 - Best Stewardship Practices

All meetings at 11AM MT

RSVP for meeting access Rob.Hagan@presbyterianfoundation.org
- OR -
Telephone: 509-521-5400


Clergy / CRE Gatherings
Spring 2018

West Group

  • Wednesday, May 9th

In Thayne at Star Valley United Church

Basin Group

  • Tuesday, May 1st

In Thermopolis at the Community Federated Church

Southeast Group

  • Tuesday, May 8th – at Highlands Church, Cheyenne

Northeast / Central Group

  • Thursday, May 17th – at First Presbyterian Church, Gillette


1001 Worshiping Communities Regional Gathering

When May 5, 2018
Where First Presbyterian Church
531 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(map)
What

A regional gathering to discuss 1001 New Worshiping Communities and church renewal<

Speakers

  • Sean Chow - Western Region Associate, 1001 New Worshiping Communities
  • Scott Hagley - Associate Professor of Missiology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • Ron Urzua - Living Hope Presbyterian Church, Port Hueneme, CA
  • Shayla Graham - Pine Ridge Ministries, Moorcroft, WY

 

Register pcusa.org/1001FC
Cost freewill offering
Information If you need a scholarship for registration, travel and lodging, contact Gail Heimbuck at bbtchr@gmail.com


2018 Summer Camps

at Camp Story

June & July
Story, WY

For more information:
Call Alicia Ford, Camp Director at 307.763.0919
or email director@campstory.org
 

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Spiritual Retreat at The Table


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Now Hiring! Camp Counselors

Why Apply?

  • Help change lives
  • Share your faith
  • Meet new people
  • Experience new places
  • Spend the summer outdoors

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www.campstory.org

Call: 307.763.0919 or EMAIL alicia.campstory@gmail.com

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Caring

"Memento Domine"

  • The Presbytery as it moves forward as a movement on God’s mission!
  • The Presbytery as it meets April 27 – 28 in Mountain View that we would be open to the fresh words of God’s Spirit!
  • Peace in Syria, Palestine and Israel.
  • Libby Tedder-Hugus and Shayla Graham as they lead pioneering work in the New Worshipping Communities in Casper and Pine Ridge!
  • Rev. Shayla Graham, New Worshipping Communities Pastor at Pine Ridge, as she rehabs from surgery to remove a non-malignant tumor on her auditory nerve.
  • Susan Crider-Lewis, bookkeeper for Presbytery, as she continues chemotherapy for recently diagnosed cancer.
  • Kristen Trohkimoinen, member of Shepherd of the Hills Church in Casper, as she continues her adventure as a Young Adult Volunteer in Peru.
  • The United Presbyterian Church of Riverton as they put their building on the market to sell and as they develop a Plan of Action for the next 2 to 3 years.
  • The Lingle and Torrington Churches as they vote to call a new pastor on April 15th!!
  • The Powell Church and Rev. Jeff Baxter as he retires on May 13th!
  • The United Presbyterian Church of Riverton and the Rev. Thea McKee as her last Sunday as the pastor will be April 22nd. She will be seeking to go on disability which will take 90 days to obtain.

Upcoming Events

Apr 25 11am
Presbyterian Foundation Webinar Series - Legacy Giving

online
info

Apr 28 all day
Church Development Institute

TBA

Apr 27-28
Presbytery Spring Meeting

First Presbyterian Church-Mountain View

May 5
1001 Worshiping Communities Regional Gathering

First Presbyterian Church-Ft Collins

May 9 11am
Presbyterian Foundation Webinar Series - Best Stewardship Practices

online
info

May 9 - WyoConnect deadline

May18-19
Sabbath Center: Discovering God in the Everyday

Casper

May 23 - WyoConnect deadline

Aug 2-5
Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women

Louisville,KY
info

As  always, stay in touch through our Facebook page and website.

WyoConnect is published every other Saturday by the Presbytery of Wyoming.  Submissions of general interest to the Presbytery are welcome by midnight the Wednesday prior to publication.  To ensure consideration in the next newsletter, please email articles to wyo.pby@gmail.com by Wednesday prior to publication.  Let us know how you and your congregation are living to make Christ known in your corner of Wyoming!

 

Blessings,

Richard Turner
Editor

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