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August 11, 2018

Vision & Values


  • Cultivating Transformational Leaders
  • Equipping Christ’s followers to go into the neighborhood


  • Faith – to identify as Christians and Presbyterians as stated in Scripture and in our Creeds, ordered in our polity, and expressed through our worship of the one triune God.
  • Generosity – to follow the example of Jesus, to engage in God’s mission, and to give abundantly of ourselves and our resources in the service of others.
  • Transformational leadership – to embrace and encourage the cultivation of transformational leaders in the churches and presbytery.
  • Teamwork – to work cooperatively as one body of Christ.
  • Engaged Listening – to seek God’s will in an environment of mutual trust and integrity where each person’s thoughts and feelings are honored.

Temporary Stated Clerk

Mark Owens, Stated Clerk, had cancer surgery on August 9th.  From that date until further notice, Mark will not be functioning as the Stated Clerk.  Steve Shive, General Presbyter, will be serving in this capacity along with his other responsibilities until Mark returns.  Please direct all polity or procedural concerns to Steve.  

October Presbytery Meeting

The next Presbytery meeting will be held October 3 and 4, 2018 at Camp Story. Attendees may think they are seeing double, because our guest speaker will be Rev. Ron Shive, identical twin brother of Steve Shive. Rev. Shive pastors a church in Burlington, NC, and also serves as a missionary to the Middle East. He will be discussing his mission work in the Middle East at the Presbytery meeting. The Presbytery will also be hosting Rev. Ameer, who is a pastor in Lebanon The Presbytery meeting should be extremely enlightening and informative. Begin making your plans now to attend the Presbytery meeting, and also marvel at all the work the Camp Story Commission has accomplished in on modernizing the camp.

Practical Preaching in a Polarized Polis

Communication Strategies to Connect with Your Community

Kathy Goodrich, Co-Presbyter of the Yellowstone Presbytery has asked that we forward this information along to you.  She has also kindly offered to pass the Yellowstone-Glacier scholarship rate along to any of you who would like to take advantage of this important training.

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Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 
Matthew 11:28

The theme for the conference this year is Sabbath Rest, Holy Surrender, Full Life, through which we’ll be inviting participants to consider what it really means to bear witness to Christ’s reconciliation by transforming our ministries into Sabbath Communities.



October 15-19, 2018. Onsite registration will open at 11:00 AM Monday, October 15, 2018 and the conference will begin with welcome and group dinner at 5:30 PM. The conference concludes with breakfast at 8:00 AM on Friday, October 19, 2018.


Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center on Lake Tahoe located at 660 Highway 50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448


On September 5, the University of Nebraska Press/Potomac books will release the fourth book written by Rev. Rodger McDaniel, who serves Highlands United Presbyterian in Cheyenne. Entitled The Man in the Arena: The Life and Times of U.S. Senator Gale McGee, Rodger’s book offers a political history of the United States from the late 1930s to 1980, told through the experiences of a U.S. Senator from Wyoming who served from 1958-1976 and was deeply involved in the most crucial issues of the times and among the century's most renowned liberal senators. 

Moving beyond biography, McDaniel addresses the significant shift in American politics as widespread distrust of government cast a shadow on the accomplishments of the old liberal consensus such as the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Medicaid and Medicare, the creation of the EPA and the enactment of historic environmental and consumer protection laws. His book sheds unexpected light on the present state of U.S. politics and government.

The book is available for pre-release orders now on Amazon.

Also by Rodger McDaniel


Longing for Wilderness

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"Memento Domine"

  • The Presbytery as it moves forward as a movement on God’s mission!
  • Peace in Syria, Palestine and Israel.
  • A visa for Rev. Ameer's translator for their partnership visit with the Presbytery October 2-16.
  • That Rev. Thea McKee be granted disability by the Board of Pensions, that enough documentation is given to the BOP to make this Decision.
  • Rev. Rodger McDaniel, pastor at Highlands UP in Cheyenne has recovered so well from heart surgery that he was back in the pulpit on Sunday, August 5th!!!
  • Presbytery of WY Stated Clerk, Mark Owens as he recovers from cancer surgery on August 9th.
  • Libby Tedder-Hugus and Shayla Graham as they lead pioneering work in the New Worshipping Communities in Casper and Pine Ridge!
  • Rev. Shayla Graham, pastor at Pine Ridge New Worshipping Community, for healing of the seventh cranium nerve after her surgery to remove a tumor on her auditory nerve.
  • Susan Crider-Lewis, bookkeeper for Presbytery, as she continues chemotherapy and radiation
  • 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.
  • Rev, George Pasek and the Powell Church as they work together in the next months. George will be serving as their Stated Supply for several months.     
  • Glen Flyr who had successful surgery on June 20 and is recovering in Denver. 

Upcoming Events

August 29 - WyoConnect deadline

September 12 - WyoConnect deadline

Sep 27
Communications Strategies to connect with your community

Helena, MT

Oct 1-2
Practical Preaching in a Polarized Polis

Salt Lake City,UT

Oct 5-6
Presbytery Meeting

Camp Story

Oct 15-19
2018 Evangelism Conference

Lake Tahoe, NV

Oct 25-27
Longing for Wilderness

Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center, Cody

Jul 16-20,2019
Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Purdue University

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 by Wednesday prior to publication.  Let us know how you and your congregation are living to make Christ known in your corner of Wyoming!



Richard Turner

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