UPC Communicator
June 12, 2018


The 223rd General Assembly of the PC (USA) Meets 
June 16-23
St. Louis, Missouri
Commissioners and advisory delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries, and other delegates and observers from around the world, will converge on the America's Convention Center in downtown St. Louis for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination's biennial gathering. 
 
The 223rd General Assembly (2018), united under the theme "Renewing the Vision: Kingdom Building for the 21st Century," from Matthew 6:25-33, will include rich worship services, the election of the Moderator and Vice Moderator or Co-Moderators, action on a plethora of overtures, and much more.
 
The GA consists of commissioners elected by presbyteries. Half of the commissioners will be Elders, half will be Pastors.   GA reviews the work of synods, resolves controversies in the church, is responsible for matters of common concern for the whole church, and serves as a symbol of unity for the church.
 
The General Assembly has several specific responsibilities outlined in Chapter 3 of the Book of Order. The assembly seeks to protect our church from errors in faith and practice, is responsible for assuring that the expression of our theology remains true to the biblical standards in our historic confessions. The General Assembly presents a witness for truth and justice in our community and in the world community. It sets priorities for the church and establishes relationships with other churches or ecumenical bodies.
 
The Office of the General Assembly carries out all constitutional, and most ecumenical functions at the General Assembly. Mission programs are carried out by the Presbyterian Mission Agency and overtures from synods and presbyteries are the second source of General Assembly business.
 
There will be overtures about Social Justice issues, Environmental issues and Public witness issues (poverty, violence and economic justice).   You can check out all the GA happenings at ga-pcusa.org. General proceedings and worship during assembly will be live-streamed, and this website will provide up-to-date information .
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!


Youth Service Trip Leaves this coming Sunday!
Mid-High and Senior High Youth
An Opportunity to Participate
Laramie, Wyoming to Ghost Ranch in Abiqui, New Mexico
June 17-June 23
Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I; send me!"
   
Travel. Volunteer work. 
Community Engagement.
Cultural Exchange. 
Deepening Relationships.
 
Service trips are an amazing way to make an impact and change your perspective in the process. You learn some practical skills as well as learn about new places and cultures. You step out of your comfort zone and give a piece of yourself in the work and the relationships. These trips have the power to positively shape the lives of youth while also benefitting the communities in which they work.
 
Please support these youth by Adopting- a- Mile or more of their trip.  Cash or Check can be given.
961.4 miles round trip
$3,600.00
$4.00/mile
 
Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre education and retreat Center of the Presbyterian Church in the spectacular high desert beauty of Northern New Mexico. We will be working with the Ghost Ranch Youth Service Corp and we will have the opportunity to participate in service work both at the ranch and in the greater New Mexico community.   Additionally, there will be time for cultural and recreational activities, getting to know each other and having fun together. Each day we begin and end the day with outdoor sacred time and debriefing.
 
We give thanks to you for helping the youth of UPC make this trip!
Peace, Pastor Sheri

DON BOYD
Don Boyd would love cards and visitorswritten notes.  His address is:
1409 Sublet St.  Laramie 82070
Per Capita
Please be sure to pay your member Per Capita of $43.05 for 2018.  Thank you.
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         
Stalking the Holy
God of mystery, who inhabits the silences and the spaces, who knows and is known by the creation you have fashioned, grant me courage to seek you in the wild, hidden places. Fill my vision with your wisdom, that I may perceive your holy dwellings.
 
Brian and I explored some of Laramie on our mountain bikes yesterday. How many tons of sky could we see from the trails? It was a glorious afternoon and it was clobbered with light. It reminds me of what God can do and what God cannot do, or will not, which is to catch time in its free fall and stick a nickel's worth of sense into our days.   I pondered how God offers the world not only to our eyes but also to all our senses, and how our senses can serve as doorways to wisdom. Theologian and Priest Isabel Carter Heyward wrote, "If we learn to trust our senses, our capacities to touch, taste, smell, hear, see, and thereby know, they can teach us what is good and what is bad, what is real and what is false, for us in relation to one another and to the earth and cosmos."
 
"God of eye and ear, of taste and touch, or smell and of every sense and source of knowing, bless me not with sight alone but bless me also with ears to hear your voice and tongue to taste your essence and nose to breathe your fragrance and fingertips to touch your nearness and heart to open that door which is wisdom, which is wonder, which is all."             ~Jan Richardson
 
Enjoy these summer days and may your senses perceive the holy and your hands help to heal the world.
Rev. Sheri Fry
Lawn Thoughts from the Property Committee
First, thank you to Mel for mowing the lawn this past Tuesday!

Second, the Property Committee is aware of the "burn" spots on the lawn and contacted Tough Guys. Evidently, something was off with the last batch of dandelion-killer they used. We're not the only affected clients and the Property Committee will be keeping an eye on those spots over the summer. If they don't heal by themselves, Tough Guys will fix them later in the summer.

Last, the Property Committee is aware of the vibrant thistle patch on the South lawn. In talking to Tough Guys and reading online, it looks like good, old-fashioned sweat equity is what it will take to eradicate them and protect the grass. You can count on the Property Committee to win this Thistle Battle!!
Reports & Session Minutes
The UPC Session Minutes and reports can be read at our website at  upclaramie.org/minutes/
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
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
Christ's Love in Action!
UPC celebrates and thanks:

All who traveled with Pastor Sheri to the Sea Scrolls

-Mel Riley for mowing the lawn

-All Session members and Deacon

--Thank you for the ways that you are putting Christ's Love in Action! 
June 2018 Care Cart: The Youth Crisis Center
The Laramie Youth Crisis Center (LYCC) is a community prevention program of the Cathedral Home for Children.  Its mission is "...to protect and preserve families by providing a variety of services which strengthen and help youth and their families build the skills they need."  LYCC provides emergency and shelter care for youth through the age of 17, a 24-hour hot line, and professional support for families.  It is an alternative to jail and detention for children who have committed less serious offenses.  It also provides a "time out" that prevents serious problems from escalating.  LYCC is open 24/7 throughout the entire year.  LYCC does not charge a fee for their services.
 
This year, LYCC is again asking for our help in providing materials for youth activities for youth between the ages of 12 and 17.  Materials representing violence and aggression should be avoided.  In addition, this year they have said that they could use all toiletries except toothpaste and toothbrushes. 
Needed Items:
Jigsaw puzzles
Books for tweens and teens
Adult coloring books
Erasable magic markers
Colored pencils
Craft kits
Sketch pads
Watercolor paints
Glue sticks
Construction paper
Board games
Deodorant
Shampoo
Hair conditioner
Dental floss
Mouthwash
Skin lotion
Combs
Hairbrushes
 
Summer Hours
The worship service time for summer will be our one combined service at 9:30am starting May 27th.  The church office will be open Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-1:00 starting May 29th.  Pastor Sheri will be in the church Monday-Thursday 9:30-4:30 on a regular basis.
Nursery Care
UPC has been blessed by having some great UW students work in our nursery on Sunday mornings.
However this leaves us a little short handed during summer.
If you would be willing to help in the nursery a few times over the summer please contact Michelle Harris at  upckidmin@ gmail.com or call her at 460-0275.
Thank you for your willingness to help out!
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

United Presbyterian
Church

upclaramie@gmail.com
307-742-2061

Christ's Love in Action