UPC Communicator
October 10, 2017


Music, Donuts, & Window Cleaning -- It's a BIG Event
UPC is participating in UW's Big Event on Saturday, Oct. 21st starting at 10am. UW students, C4 members, and UPC members will be cleaning the church's windows. Everyone is invited (even cleaning 1 window is a big help!) to come help clean windows while enjoying a fresh donut, music, and fellowship! See you then!
MARY MARTHA CIRCLE
Mary Martha Circle will continue it's fall study on  Wednesday, October 18th at the home of Janice Shuster.  Janice Shuster will lead us in lesson two of our study.  Janice Bierman is our co-hostess.  All women of the church are invited to join our circle to study the book of Hebrews entitled "Cloud of Witnesses" by Melissa Bane Seiver.  If you would like to join us please let Janice Shuster, 745-3132 or Freda, 760-9728 know you are planning to be with us.  This is a great opportunity for fellowship and study.
Help Needed From 
Post- and Pre-Worshipers! 
The Mission Committee is asking for some help from worshipers leaving the early service and worshipers could come to worship a few minutes earlier than usual.  In getting ready for the October 28th Hospitality Table at the Homecoming Parade, we need to put labels on hundreds of hot and cold cups.  The labels have the times of UPC worship, the LOGOS meetings, and the C-4 dinners/worship. There will be tables set up near the coffee urn.  Please stop by and take a few minutes to put labels on the cups.
Church Office Closed
The church office will be closed Monday, October 23rd due to the carpets being cleaned that day.
Rev. Rodger McDaniel
Rev. Rodger McDaniel, who is serving the church until an Interim Pastor is here, will be in the church office every Friday from 10AM until Noon. If anyone has an interest in meeting with Rodger, please call the office for an appointment.
The Unexpected Company
The Unexpected Company invites the Laramie audiences to accompany  them to Washington D.C. for an unusual look at our capitol through song and dance.  "Sometimes a Rainbow" does not delve into politics or governmental issues but into the everyday lives and life journeys of some very interesting characters.  It is a musical comedy with a different point of view and features Susan Shumway, also directing, and Vera Reid, one of the founding members of the company.   The show takes place at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center on Thurs., Oct. 26 and Fri. Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and Sun. Oct. 29 at 2.  The following weekend shows are Thurs. Nov. 2 at 7 and Sat. & Sun. Nov. 4 and 5 at 2.  Tickets are $20 and available at the Eppson Center, First Interstate Bank, and the Carriage House Gift Shop at the Laramie Plains Museum.  Presbyterians involved are Nancy Chase, Rod Chisholm, Wayne Karberg and Jan Webster.
The proceeds of the play go to the Alice Hardie Stevens Expansion Project. 
BIBLE STUDY
Reverend McDaniel is facilitating an adult Bible study for anyone who is interested. Paul's letter to the Ephesians will be the theme. The Ephesian church had been planted and nurtured by Paul and for a while, he had served as its Pastor. After Paul left, the church was struggling with direction in his absence. Paul wrote this letter to remind them that it was their faith in God that would provide a continuing foundation. The Bible study will be held each Tuesday evening in the Fireplace Lounge from 6:30-7:30 P.M. as long as Rev. McDaniel is with us. Everyone is invited to attend.  Rides are available.  If you need a ride please contact the church office.
Family Promise UPDATE
- Thanks to all who came out to Born in a Barn! There were multiple tables of UPC folks. We raised $300!
- Next fundraiser planning meeting is at  11:30am this  coming Thursday, 10/12, at UPC. We will focus on planning for our #GivingTuesday campaign. Anyone with an interest in website design or social media is welcome.
-December 9 : Holiday Cookie Sale hosted by UPC to benefit Family Promise. We plan to sell our usual array of cookies as well as free trade gifts and any homemade crafts we receive from our many talented supporters. More details coming soon, but we hope to have lots of participation from our congregation and others!
Christ's Love in Action!
UPC celebrates and thanks

-Thanks go to Vi Baker for her furniture donation to Marcia's Closet that will be held for either Family Promise or the UWYO International Student Giveaway.  Additional thanks go to Cam for pulling together his C4 team of movers and Wayne Karberg for truck driving.

-All who helped Michelle Harris and her family in getting the church ready for her niece's wedding

-Rita Ver Ploeg for volunteering in the Church office while DJ was gone

- - Thank you for the ways that you are putting Christ's Love in Action!  
OCTOBER CARE CART
For the first time, UPC's Care Cart will be collecting items for the Laramie Animal Shelter.  This Shelter provides a haven for lost, abandoned, and surrendered pets from dogs and cats to bunnies and hamsters.  It provides necessary medical care, takes in animals when their owners are hospitalized, arrested, or are experiencing other types of family crisis, evaluates an animal for adoptability,   arranges for hundreds of adoptions every year, tracks down owners of stray animals, helps an owner track down their lost Fido or Fluffy,  gives special warm fuzzies to pets suddenly  "surrendered" (rejected) by their owners, and receives animals from other shelters to place for adoption.   Volunteers help out with exercising the dogs and other chores.  The Shelter says that they currently have plenty of donated towels, toys, and blankets; however, they can really use the following: canned Pedigree dog food of any type; canned Friskies cat food (no slices or shreds in gravy-the cats eat the gravy and leave the rest); Pupperoni treats; and peanut butter.
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
Update on Gift from the Heart Disaster Kits
For the last two years UPC has donated disaster kits to Church World Service (CWS).  This organization is a major partner to the Presbyterian Church USA's own disaster relief efforts.  This is the latest data received from CWS on the distribution of the kits :
2016:
Honduras: 8,750 Hygiene Kits and 50 Blankets
Serbia: 15,000 School Kits and 30,000 Hygiene Kits
Syria: 15,000 School Kits and 30,000 Hygiene Kits
Nicaragua: 2,955 School Kits; 599 Hygiene Kits; and 43 Baby Kits
Sierra Leone: 6,000 School Kits and 18,000 Hygiene Kits
Angola: 7,200 School Kits; 10,740 Hygiene Kits; and 750 Baby Kits
United States: 15,554 Cleanup Buckets; 39,884 Hygiene Kit, 3,064 Blankets, 31,575 School Kits, and 2,495 Baby Kits
Total Kits and Blankets distributed -237,659
 
1/2017 until 6/2017:
Georgia (the country); 6480 school kits and 100 Blankets
Venezuela: 7,800 Hygiene Kits and 3,000 School Kits
Syria: 26,700 Hygiene Kits, 13,350 School Kits, and 250 Blankets
Dominican Republic: 180 Hygiene Kits and 120 School Kits
United States: 1,142 Cleanup Buckets; 1,140 Hygiene Kits; 1,075 Blankets; and 45 Baby Kits
Total Kits and Blankets distributed: 62,062
 
Response-to-Date to Recent Hurricanes: 900 Blankets; 1,677 Cleanup Buckets; 104,316 Hygiene Kits; and 1,110 School Kits
Total hurricane response-to-date: 108,003 (and they are still shipping twice a week)
 
Please check the Mission Bulletin Board for the map of the United States to see where the kits were distributed - Wyoming was one of the recipients.  UPC was a part of all of this with Cleanup Buckets, Hygiene Kits, and Baby Kits.  CWS is no longer doing Baby Kits and the Mission Committee is currently looking into their drive for blankets.  Thanks to the folks at UPC who sew, we'll be able to do School Kits in 2018. 
UPC Potluck & Fun Oct 29th
Please join us  Sunday October 29th for  UPC's Congregational  potluck and Trunk or Treating.
We will meet for lunch after the  10:30 service in the Fellowship Hall.  The Deacons and Christian Education Committee will provide chili and all the toppings, please bring a side dish, dessert or a bag of candy for the children to collect while trunk or treating. After lunch everyone is invited to join us in the  UW parking lot west of the church for Trunk or Treating. If you would like to have your vehicle included, please park by the trunk or treating signs prior to church.  Costumes are encouraged!  Please plan on joining us for Halloween fun!
500th Anniversary
As this is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, UWyo's Religious Studies Department is hosting a symposium at 3:00 p.m.Sunday, October 15, in the Buchanan Center Concert Hall. Among the activities, it will include a lecture on the Reformation and Luther as well as the musical outcomes of the Reformation. Everyone will participate in "congregational" singing and the Civic Chorus will close the event by singing Bach's Christlag in Todesbanden with chamber orchestra and soloists.  All are welcome.
LOGOS THIS WEEK
LOGOS theme this week is Community Helpers
Will you come as a fireman, policeman, doctor, etc.?
Interfaith/Good Samaritan Update
To avoid missing out on the Food Pantry program that took place a couple of weeks ago, a request was made to Mike Vercauteren, Executive Director of Interfaith, to try to get earlier notice of these events so the annual food cart drive could be scheduled accordingly to avoid the one week notice.  Mission was surprised to learn that Interfaith is attempting to develop a more systematic method of donations from the churches/organizations that support their program.  Mike said that he would like each church to adopt a food group, such as proteins and grains, and concentrate of healthy foods.  Mission has decided to do a mini pilot program for the next three months that will provide whole and multi-grain foods (cereals, brown rice, oatmeal, crackers, pasta, etc.) to the Pantry using funds in its budget already earmarked for Interfaith.  This pilot should provide information for Mission to rethink its 2018 program year and budget.  Questions about this pilot effort or suggestions should be directed to member of the Mission Committee.

Family Promise: FAQs
Volunteers at UPC have received several questions from our members and attendees about the program that we plan to begin in 2018. In response to this, we would like to begin a weekly Q&A section in the Communicator. You may also contact Michelle Harris, Jennifer Painter, Nancy Lick, Carole Hertz, or Elizabeth Williams with any questions or concerns. We are excited about this endeavor and want to be sure everyone has the opportunity to know what is happening!

Q: Now that we know what families qualify for Family Promise, when and how often will they be in our building?
A:  In addition to serving as a host site, UPC has been approved to house the Day Center for Family Promise of Albany County. This Center will be open during office hours, which at a minimum will be  8am-5pm   Monday  through  Friday . Some affiliates also have hours during the weekend, while some do not (in this case, families come and go to and from their host site during the day). The basic requirements for Day Center operations are office space for the executive director, work stations for families, play space for children, laundry facilities, and bathrooms with showers. Matthew Painter is the Session member who is working on Day Center outfitting. He hopes to soon have images and estimated costs available for the congregation to see on one of the bulletin boards outside the sanctuary. The costs will be divided in some way between Family Promise and UPC, to be determined by the leaders of each. More about the Day Center as plans develop!
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
Africa Mission Trip
Anyone still interested in working with Amy Smith's Furaha Sana Nursery School in Malindi on the Kenyan coast, please contact the church office or Lorinda O'Hashi.  We are looking to plan a trip in 2018.  
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
Calendar of Events at UPC
For a full calendar of events click here         
Church Contact Info
To contact the church staff click on a name below.

Clerk of Session      Carole Hertz

Church Office or 
Nikki Rogers           Nikki Rogers

Children's 
Ministry                   Michelle Harris

Music 
Ministry                  Lorinda O'Hashi

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