UPC Communicator
July 10, 2018


THIS SUNDAY
WORSHIP IN WASHINGTON PARK      
July15th 9:30 A.M.
Otto Dahl site at the park
"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." George Washington Carver
 
We hope you can join us for music, worship, delicious food and company on July 15th at 9:30 am. Following our outdoor service let's enjoy a potluck picnic lunch!
A-H = Main dish
I-O = Side Dish + Drinks
P-Z = Dessert
 
Please contact me with your thoughts & questions.
upcLaramiePastor@gmail.com
Rev. Sheri Fry
FAITH DAY @ THE COLORADO ROCKIES
You are invited to The Colorado Rockies vs The Oakland Athletics Faith Day Baseball Game complete with a postgame concert by Passion

When:   Sunday, July 29
              1:10 pm

Where: Colorado Rockies Stadium
             Lower Reserve Infield

How:     Creative morning worship service & carpool to the Stadium

Cost:     Group price for 20+ tickets is $28.00 + your desire for food & beverages!


JULY CARE CART: 
Laramie Soup Kitchen
The Laramie Soup Kitchen provides nutritious meals at no cost in a friendly, accepting, and safe environment.  Guests are also provided with information on existing community resources and provides space to the Salvation Army every  Tuesday  for its program on utility assistance.  According to data provided by the Soup Kitchen, 25.5% of the population in Albany County live below the poverty line (the national average is 15.5%) and 12.7 % of all Wyoming households were food insecure in 2017.  UPC is continuing its focus on hunger following May's Offering of Letters to our national representatives as well as the on-going Silo collection site (whole grain foodstuff) and C4's collection site at Safeway for the Food Pantry.  Items needed by the Soup Kitchen include salad dressing, cider vinegar, canola or olive oil, cooking spray, jams and jellies, all types of canned beans, fruit, and vegetables (except corn and green beans), tuna, canned chicken, and condiments such as mayonnaise, salsa, hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and relishes. Other needs include spices, sugar, creamer, powdered drink mixes, ground coffee, baking powder, powdered milk, and individually wrapped tea bags.   Additionally, items such as quart-sized Ziploc storage bags, green scrub pads, bleach, and Dawn dish detergent are needed.

ONLINE GIVING
UPC is pleased to offer online giving opportunities.  For more information click  on-line giving  
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.

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
Inquirers Class for Membership into UPC   
Sunday, August 26 11:00 a.m.  Whether you are new to the Presbyterian Church, or you are considering a transfer of membership, those interested in becoming members of United Presbyterian Church are invited to attend an "Inquirer's Class." This class provides an opportunity to explore becoming a member of UPC. In the class, you will get to know our transitional pastor Rev. Sheri Fry who will teach the class and you will meet others who are interested in membership at this church.   The class begins with some time to get to know one another, think about our own faith journeys, and consider what led us to UPC. Throughout the class, we learn more about the UPC community, our ministry and the larger context of the Presbyterian Church. This class concludes with a Q & A period, during which we can provide further details for those who decide to join. The Inquirer's class is from 11:00-1:30 with a light lunch served. This class will be held on Sunday, August 26.   Please contact Sheri at upcLaramiePastor@gmail.com or 307-742-2061 x 12 if you are interested in attending this class.
Reports & Session Minutes
The UPC Session Minutes and reports can be read at our website at  upclaramie.org/minutes/
Paul Rechard Needs Rides  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
Summer Hours
The worship service time for summer will be our one combined service at 9:30am.  The church office will be open Tuesday and Friday 11:00-1:00.  Pastor Sheri will be in the church Monday-Thursday 9:30-4:30 on a regular basis.
A Witness to the Gospel
Matthew 25:31-46
Lord of the least, we thank you for your way to a joyous future. Give us steadfast resolve that we may, in our present tense, choose well. In his name. Amen
 
     This familiar Gospel reading occurs in a series of parables about the alternative kingdom of Jesus. Because it contains a scene of fierce judgment, it intends to set our imaginations to work around the insistence that matters will be assessed differently in the new rule of Jesus, and we will have to give answer to that very different assessment.
     We live in a culture that acknowledges nothing about a "counterkingdom" mode of life and that assumes we are self-sufficient without having to answer. The parable makes sense only if it's heard amid the counterculture expectations of Jesus.
     Those who perform neighborly acts of care and generosity for the "least" choose one future. These neighborly acts have to do with bodily care and bodily need. They are, acts toward those who bodies are most vulnerable, most in need, and least valued by ordinary society. A good future depends on caring for the bodies of the most vulnerable and most in need.   Those who are socially indifferent, who do not care for or even notice the vulnerable, and who invest nothing in their bodily needs choose a different future.
     We are daily choosing our futures in such unwitting ways.   My impression is that the "church" is good at caring for bodily needs on a one-to-one basis. We are not so good at care of a more systemic kind. The parable invites us to ask why, in an economy of abundance, there are hungry people. Or why health care is mostly delivered only to those with resources. Or why prisons have become warehouses for poor black men.   We might reflect on why the church in our society has been so domesticated and rendered innocuous that it's nowhere perceived as a threat. We might wonder what witness to the gospel would be an evocative scandal in a complacent culture like ours.   Imagine choosing a better future every day.
Rev. Sheri Fry

BORDERLINKS PRESENTATION 
July 22nd at 11:00 a.m.
Deepen Your Understanding of Borders, Migration, and Social Justice:  Resisting unjust immigration policies: Lessons from the borderlands
Brunch & Discussion
 
We hope you will join us for a Mission committee prepared brunch and presentation by staff from the BORDERLINKS organization about the work of people directly affected by border enforcement and immigration policy in Southern Arizona and learn how BorderLinks' educational programs focus on root causes of migration and equip people to develop deeper relationships with local communities.
 
BorderLinks was formed as the educational arm of the sanctuary movement in Tucson, Arizona, in 1988. For 30 years they have provided experiential education about migration justice issues, helping church and university delegations from around the U.S. develop an in-depth understanding of the root causes of migration, the hazards migrants face, and what can be done to support migrants around the U.S. They bring to the forefront of the debate the voices of people who are directly affected by US immigration policies. BorderLinks helps strengthen migrant justice efforts around the country through education.
Mission Minutes
  • Please don't forget you donations to the Interfaith Silo - whole grain foods.
  • You can sign up for the Habitat build in Cheyenne on August 18 on the Mission Bulletin Board or with Pastor Sheri
  • Many thanks to Pastor Sheri and her hearty troop of youth for their help in organizing Marcia's Closet - they did a great job with even greater enthusiasm .
  • Please remember that the UWyo International Student Giveaway on August 25th still needs donations - winter jackets, heavy sweaters or fleeces, bath towels, and kitchen supplies as well as furniture will be received with glad hearts.  Bring your donations to Marcia's Closet.  Please let Nancy Lick know if you need something picked up.
  • The July Care Cart goes to the Soup Kitchen.  Needed donations are listed on the Sunday Bulletin or the Mission Bulletin Board.
Paging all   Bookworms...some 
BIG Ideas Found in Books 
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Sabbath-Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest by Wayne Muller In today's world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves. The tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Sabbath shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal-a refuge for our souls.
 
The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell
Newell asks Christians of all stripes to "dream together of a reborn Christianity that might again carry great blessing for the world and usher in the emergence of a new well-being for the earth." In essence, this adventure is animated by "a radical reemergence of the Divine from deep within us."
 
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild  This book journeys into a far different world than the authors liberal academic enclave of Berkeley, into the heartland of the nation's political right, in order to understand how the conservative white working class sees America. With compassion and empathy, she discovers the narrative that gives meaning and expression to their lives-and which explains their political convictions, along with much else. Anyone who wants to understand modern America should read this captivating book.
 
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Coates recapitulates American history and explains to his son the "racist violence that has been woven into American culture."
 
An Altar in the World...A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor  "What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world."
Help Needed!
Help is needed at the UniWyo International Student Giveaway to transport the contents of Marcia's Closet as well as tables to the site, to help with set-up, and to assist the "shoppers" in gathering what they need. The entire event is usually finished within 3 hours.  Volunteers with trucks for the transporting of the stuff will only need to be available for about an hour.  If you only have an hour to help out, that is fine.  Last year's volunteers will tell you that it is great fun and a good opportunity for these new students to "meet" Laramie.   The date is Saturday, August 25, and we start at 6:30 a.m. with the actual Giveaway beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Please let Nancy Fillion, Vi Baker, Wayne Karberg, or Nancy Lick know if you can join them.
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
L iturgist  volunteers
Liturgists  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.

liturgists

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