UPC Communicator
December 5, 2017


From Rev. Sheri Fry
Testify to The Light,
Advent -  John 1:6-8. 19-28
 
The Prayer Book of John the Baptist
Is written on locusts' wings.
Is stained with
Wild honey.
Is buckled by
Baptismal waters.
Is mostly
Pages of wilderness
Where prayers are formed
Not from what is present
But what has been
Worn away.
Is inscribed
With an ancient path.
Is waiting.
Is falling open
Toward the light.
       Advent is a time to light the candles and pray - not merely in memory of what was, but in hope and in blessing for love that endures and life that persists.  Light comes as solace and unexpected grace.  Light comes as a reminder that we have, at the least, the power to help illuminate the path for each other.  It matters that we hold the light for one another.  It matters that we bear witness to the Light that holds us all, that we testify to this Light that shines its infinite love and mercy on us across oceans, across borders, across time.
      On Wednesday afternoon, December 20th   Rev. Steve Shive, General Presbyter of the Wyoming Presbytery and I will hold our first small group congregational meeting to offer the opportunity to talk about Rev. Jason Harshberger's resignation and to have us all share and express feelings around his departure.  We are asking this first listening session be kept to 15 people.  We will have another group meeting in January. 
      We believe God continues to be a loving and graceful God even though negative and consequential things have happened to this community of faith and we are dedicated to ongoing healing and reconciliation.   A reconciling congregation is one that moves through the grieving process, maturing in their faith and trust has been restored in God, in ministry, and in one another.  Let us continue this work together.
     Please contact me at upcLaramiepastor@gmail.com or call the church office with your questions, comments and registration for this meeting.
Peace and Blessings,   Sheri
 
Rev. Sheri Fry
Interim Pastor
United Presbyterian Church
Upclaramiepastor@gmail.com
Bell Ringing This Coming Saturday
UPC is signed up to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 9th from 8am to 5pm at Safeway. The goal is for 9 teams of 2 and the more the merrier! Please contact Norm Merriam and/or Matthew Painter (307-343-0604; matthewapainter@yahoo.com) to come out and ring!
LOGOS THIS WEEK
This week's theme is Star Wars.  Pageant practice will take place this week.
Cantata Readers
Needing readers to narrate the Christmas Cantata performance, Sunday, December 17th.  Will require coming to a few rehearsals with the choir.  Please contact, Lorinda O'Hashi, text or phone, 307-761-2687 or E-mail, LorindaO@aol.com.  Thank You!
Cookie Sale and SERRV Sale
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 9, at 9am. The United Presbyterian Church will host its annual cookie sale to benefit Family Promise of Albany County. There will be cookies, pecans, cinnamon rolls, free trade items from Serrv (see  serrv.org), and FREE COFFEE. The event usually wraps up by about  11:30am or  noon.

For the second year, Mission is opening a boutique to sell SERRV products as part of the Annual Cookie Sale on  Saturday, December 9  starting at  9:00 a.m.   All profits from this boutique and the sale of the pecans will go to support Family Promise.  There is a great selection of scarves, jewelry, crèches, ornaments, and baskets that make terrific gifts for giving (or keeping).  Additionally, due your requests last year, some food items such as coffee, Zula Fire Sauce, chocolates, Hot Rocks seasoning, soup mixes, and jams are being offered. Let's help out the SERRV artisans throughout the world while getting Family Promise closer to opening (they're almost there).

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our biggest need is for cookie donations.  Holiday-themed cookies tend to sell best, though all types of cookies are welcome! Cookies do not need to be individually-wrapped, as our customers will walk around with a gloved hand to gather cookies. Cookies may be dropped off this week at the church (corner of 11th & Grand) on Wednesday from 10am-1pm or 3-6:30pm; Friday from 11am-2pm, or Saturday morning between 8-8:30am. Please contact me at jspainterdc@gmail.com with any questions. I'm also happy to pick up cookies! Please also spread the word about this event!
Worship-related volunteers
Worship leaders are needed for upcoming services at UPC. 
If you are willing to step forward to do this, please click on the following link and mark the date/time that will work for you. Thank you from the Worship Committee.

worship leaders
ORDAINED ELDERS AND DEACONS
If you are an ordained elder or deacon, your help in serving communion during our worship services would be greatly appreciated. Just click on the following link and then mark the date that will work for you. Thank you from The UPC Worship Committee.

elders and deacons
Christ's Love in Action!
UPC celebrates and thanks

THANK YOU from Family Promise for the overwhelming response to our #GivingTuesday campaign. 

- - Thank you for the ways that you are putting Christ's Love in Action!  
How to Give On-line
Donation information:
 
Green heart - Give Now (to the right)
Two choices:  One time only - or - Recurring debit from account or charged to credit card
 
At the top, choose:  General pledge payments - contributions 309898 
Per Capita
Our Per Capita to the Presbyterian Church (USA) is based upon church membership, so for UPC our Per Capita bill is $7,279.40,$42.82 per member. We are asking each member to help cover the costs of Per Capita by submitting a check for the appropriate amount with Per Capita noted in the memo line. Thank you for your continued support of both our church and the PC (USA).
Presbyterian Women 
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary! That is why, each month for 30 months leading up to the Gathering, we are sending an email like this one to help you prepare, promote and plan for the Gathering (and PW's anniversary). This 19th update lands in your inbox 11 months from opening plenary (give or take a few days)! That's right-we're less than a year away! #PWGathering #2018ChurchwideGathering
Christmas Pageant
UPC's  annual Christmas pageant will be held  December 13th at 6:30 .
The congregation is invited to join LOGOS for a chili dinner prior to the pageant at  5:20 in the fellowship hall.   If you would like to attend and would like a ride to church please contact the Deacons at  Deaconsupc @ gmail.com  or call the church office. We hope to see you there!
First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas
We are all heartbroken by the recent mass murder at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.  In light of these events the Laramie First Baptist Church is sponsoring a blood drive to take place  Monday, December 11th in the afternoon and early evening.  We invite you to give life-giving blood!  To schedule an appointment call  (307) 638-3326 or log
 onto  www.bloodhero.com (Sponsor Code: FirstBaptist)  
In addition there will be a Peace Prayer Vigil to pray for peace the prior evening,  December 10th at 6:00pm. 

Events:   Peace Prayer Vigil
Laramie First Baptist Church Sanctuary
6:00pm  December 10th

Peace Seeking Blood Drive In support of First Baptist Church of Sutherland, Texas - We stand United
Laramie FBC Fellowship Hall
December 11th from 2:00pm - 6:00pm




Christmas Joy Offering
Advent is the time for one of the four Presbyterian Church USA's Special Offerings.  This offering supports the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions that assists active and retired clergy and their families when they have a crisis.  Additionally, these funds are used to support leadership development at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges.  Flyers and envelopes will be made available in the upcoming weeks. 
Mary Martha Circle
Mary Martha Circle will continue it's study on the book of Hebrews entitled "Cloud of Witnesses" by Melissa Bane Seiver,  Wednesday, December 13th.  We will meet at the home of Freda Dixon, 512 So. 26th Street at  12:00 noon for a Christmas lunch  Pleas note this is a change from our normal meeting date and time.  Isa Riley  will lead us in lesson four of our study.  Lois Irving is our co-hostess. If you would like to join us please let Lois, 742-3130 or Freda, 760-9728 know you are planning to be with us.  This is a great opportunity for fellowship and study.
December Care Cart
Although Community Holiday tags were given out in November, this program is the December Care Cart.   Elf help is needed with the Toys for Tots and Community Holidays collaboration.  Community Holidays needs help in sorting and distribution while Toys for Tots needs help in packing their bags.  To volunteer for Community Holidays, go to  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090af23a3f94-2017  and to help Toys for Tots, just show up at the Eppson Center on December 11, 12, or 13.    If you took a tag from UPC's tree, your unwrapped gifts need to be brought to the church and left under the tree between December 8th  and December 11th.   PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR GIFTS TO THE BAPTIST CHURCH.    Also, if you have surplus wrapping and bows, please leave these items in Marcia's Closet.  If you're baking some cookies for Distribution Day, you can take them directly to the Baptist Church on the 20th or give them to a member of the Mission Committee (Vi,  Wayne, or Nancy L).   God bless us everyone. (Tiny Tim)
Heifer Roundup
November's Care Cart for Heifer International is over and WOW! Twenty-eight donations were received including $54.32 from four Heifer banks.  UPC exceeded last year's effort of $1210 by $1069.32 for a total of $2279.32.  Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to Greg Weisz and the others who helped with the Heifer table and Michelle Harris who helped in getting the children involved.  Here's a breakdown on the critters and services that we are funding: 2 shares of a Biogas Stove; 3 shares of a heifer; 1 share of fish; 1 complete Send A Girl To School; 1 whole water buffalo; 2 shares of a llama; 1 whole irrigation pump;  3 whole and 5 shares of goats; 1 whole and 3 shares of sheep; 1 whole and 2 shares of pigs; 1 share of tree seedlings; 1 whole and 2 shares of trios of rabbits; 3 whole Hope Baskets; 3 whole honeybees; 2 whole flocks of chicks; 1 whole geese; $54.32 toward Gift of Clean Water (chosen by the children who donated); and $140 to be used Where Most Needed.  Tiny Tim was right - God bless us, everyone!
Giving Paul Rechard a Ride to Church
The Deacons are working to coordinate rides to church for Paul Rechard.  Please click the sign up below if you would be willing to help.  Thank you!

Give Paul a Ride
Reports & Session Minutes
The UPC Session Minutes and reports can be read at our website at  upclaramie.org/minutes/
Fall Church Office Hours
The hours for the church office are as follows for Fall startihng September 6th. Monday and Wednesday 10:00-1:00 and Friday 11:00-2:00.  We want to remind everyone that the church is open.  We check the phone messages and emails on a regular basis. Please, if you feel you need to give the church a call or a visit please do so!
Online Giving
UPC is pleased to offer online giving opportunities.  For more information click here
Church Contact Info
To contact the church staff click on a name below.

Rev. Sheri Fry        Rev. Sheri Fry

Clerk of Session      Carole Hertz

Church Office or 
Nikki Rogers           Nikki Rogers

Children's 
Ministry                   Michelle Harris

Music 
Ministry                  Lorinda O'Hashi
Calendar of Events at UPC
For a full calendar of events click here         

United Presbyterian
Church

upclaramie@gmail.com
307-742-2061

Christ's Love in Action