A Note from Pastor Michelle
It makes me very happy to now be officially your pastor!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Installation service a special celebration: The Administrative Commission of the Presbytery who installed me to this call: Rev. Susan Reichenberg, First Presbyterian Church, Gillette, Moderator of the Presbytery of Wyoming; Rev. Steve Shive, General Pesbyter, Presbytery of Wyoming, Reve. Rodger McDaniel, Highlands United Presbyterian Church, Cheyenne; Ruling Elder Stacy Johnson, Shepherd of the Hills, Casper; Ruling Elder, Elizabeth Williams, UPC, Laramie. Peter Lindahl, sound, Donna Marbuger, organist, Lorinda O'Hashi and the choir, Dona Coffey and Nikki Rogers for decorating the sanctuary, the Congregational Life Committee (Hillary Utton, Codi Broten, Nikki Rogers, and Nancy Fillion for the lovely reception, and members of the congregation who attended and enriched the celebration.
Please click on the links below to read the charges from the installation:


You Are Invited!

United Presbyterian Church
Laramie, WY
150th Anniversary
Celebration
Saturday, November 9, 2019
6:30 pm Dinner
Please RSVP by October 21, 2019

Pastor Michelle's Study Leave

Pastor Michelle will be on Study Leave, October 7-13, returning to the church office on October 14. This time will be used for prayer, study, reflection, and worship planning for 2020. Ruling elder Matthew Painter will be "on call" if there is a pastoral care emergency.
SYRIA
The Burden of Memory
The Hope of the Gospel
Syrian refugee crisis: A four-part study

OCT. 20 Post WWI effect on Syria and the Middle East

NOV. 3  Challenges facing an independent Syria, then and now

DEC. 1   Realities of the Arab Spring

DEC. 8   Our response to the Syrian conflict

All sessions: 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch will be provided
Questions? call church @307-742-2061
EVENING CIRCLE

Calling all ladies that would like to join Evening Circle. We will meet once a month to study the Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible Study. This year it is  A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments.   Our first one will be October 10th at 7:00 pm (we will not go past 9:00 pm) at Nikki Rogers' home (3320 Mesquite Lane). We will have the books there to purchase ($10) and refreshments will be served. Bring your Bible (we have extra if needed). We will also decide on a mission we would like to support as a circle. We hope you will join us and bring a friend too if you wish! Please contact Nikki via email or by phone on her cell or at the church office with any questions and to let her know if you would like to join us on the 10th!
TRUNK OR TREAT

The Christian Education committee will once again host Trunk or Treat on October 27 following the second service. Lunch will be provided in the fellowship hall at 11:45 and we will begin trunk or treating around 12:30. Please join us for lunch and a costume parade prior to the trunk or treating. If you would like be a part of trunk or treating, please park your car in the north section of the UW parking lot to the west of UPC and bring a bag of candy to distribute to the children.
REBEKAH CIRCLE

We will meet Thursday, October 17th at 10:00 am at Donna Mecham's home. Her address is 4202 Navajo. Carole Hertz will be leading Lesson Two of the Horizon Bible Study book "Love Carved In Stone". Hope to see you all there for good fun, food & fellowship.
FAMILY PROMISE

Volunteer Appreciation Night
Thursday, Oct 17th 5-7
Laramie Train Depot
This is a chance for us to thank everyone for all of your dedication and support of Family Promise. Join us for food, announcements, and the drawing of the Quilt Raffle winner!
 
October Host Site Date:
10/27-11/3: United Presbyterian Church
Our sign up for volunteers will be out soon.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Sr High Youth Group
Sr high youth group meet twice in September and will be meeting at other churches in October.
Watch for more information coming soon!

Mid High Youth Group
Mid high youth group will have two opportunities to help at UPC in October.
All mid highs are invited to help at UPC’s annual Trunk or Treat event on October 27 following the second service.
The mid highs will help prepare dinner for C4 on October 30. Details will go out to families soon.


Needed Items
As we plan for a new year there are a couple of recycling items we will be needing.
Magazines
Empty soda fridge packs – the long 12 pack pop boxes.
The Unexpected Company

The Unexpected Company is presenting a musical play at long last:
A Ghost's Tale, written and directed by Carole Homer, musical direction by Susan Shumway, is at the Alice Hardie Stevens Center om Fri., Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m.; Sun. Oct. 27, 3:00 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 3 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20, adults; $5 for children under 12. Available Oct. 1st at Laramie Plains Museum Carriage House, Eppson Center and 1st Interstate Bank and at the door.  A hauntingly funny story. Presbyterians in the production: Nancy Chase, Wayne Karberg, Jim Mecham and Jan Webster. Enjoy! 
FOC & STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

How UPC stands financially at the end of AUG 2019: 
Total Income $145311.47 64.5%. Total Expenses $147428.18 65.43%.
MISSION HIGHLIGHTS

·        25% of the Peace and Global Justice offering taken for the Presbyterian Church USA will stay here in Laramie and be used for Peggy Trent’s new Juvenile Drug Court. Another 25% will be sent to the Wyoming Presbytery.
·        Gerald VanCampen has returned from attending the Networking Meeting on Syria and Lebanon that was recently held in Atlanta. He has brought back a great deal of information on their realities and what we, as Presbyterians, are doing. He will be conducting a series on Syria as part of Mission’s Social Justice Series starting on Sunday, October 20 at 11:45 a.m. (Post WWI effect on Syria and the Middle East). This session will be followed on Sunday, November 3 (Challenges facing an independent Syria, then and now), Sunday, December 1 (Realities of the Arab Spring), and Sunday, December 8 (Our response to the Syrian Conflict). These sessions will provide much needed information that will help UPC in our commitment to the Wyoming Presbytery in its efforts in that region. Given the timing, we will graduate from “brunch will be provided” to “lunch will be provided.”
·        Jennifer Vazqueztell, Director of the Laramie Foster Closet, will present a session on foster care on November 17 at 11:45 p.m.
·        Nancy Lick reports that two first year graduate students have begun their internships at the Downtown Clinic. These students can be at the clinic as the UPC initiative there can provide the necessary supervision. Nancy Weidel has also been busy there this summer with watering their wonderful garden located behind the clinic. Nancy L reports that the clinic has successfully treated 11 individuals for hepatitis C by being able to obtain the needed donated medications (it costs $90,000 to treat each individual). Please keep in your prayers those inflicted but are not eligible for treatment at this time due to their on-going drug and alcohol use.
·        Mission is planning for the December SEERV Boutique at the Cookie Sale and would welcome anyone interested in working on this part of the event to join with them. Please let Nancy L know.
·        The demand for food and gas cards continues as does an increasing need for help with lodging. Nikki Rogers is doing a great job in handling the folks who drop in and has learned to say “no” when the month’s allocation of cards is gone. UPC did join in with the Methodist Church recently (as well as the Police Department and Interfaith/Good Samaritan) in helping a family of 9 ½ from Arkansas reach their destination so the father could get to his new job in time. Dad, pregnant Mom, and their 7 kids were robbed in Wichita and made it as far as Laramie. Needless-to-say, the Mom was at the end of her rope.
·        Heifer critter sales will begin Sunday, November 3. Start thinking about shopping for Christmas gift (bunnies and chicks?).
EQUAL EXCHANGE

If you are in need of product from Equal Exchange, Lorinda O'Hashi will be ordering in the future. Please E-mail,  LorindaO@aol.com  or leave a message in the Church Office of your needs.
LOGOS is off to another fun year. It’s not too late to sign up. Here is some info:
Kindergarten through 5 th grade will gather at 3:30 and wrap up at 6:15
Mid and Senior Highs will start at 5:20 and end at 7:00
This year’s registration form is open on UPC’s website. 
If you have any questions or would like to be apart of LOGOS please reach out to one of the following LOGOS board members:
Michelle Harris – 460-0275 – upckidmin@gmail.com
Jennifer Curran – 760-8670 – jcurran5198@gmail.com
Athena Dixon – 520-820-4518 – athenadixon@msn.com
Laura Killean – 761-0660 – fleebswife@gmail.com
Karri Waggoner – 532-6577
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
Office Hours

The church office will be open Monday-Friday 8:00-3:00. Rev. Michelle Bacon's office hours are 9:00-5:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 12:00-5:00 Wednesday.
Reports & Session Minutes

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Calendar of Events at UPC

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