St. John's, Green River


Apr 7, 2019 - UCC people please place in the offering plate during worship. ... We live into the promise of new life and renewed hope. The work of sabbatical ...

A Joint Newsletter of St. John’s Episcopal Church & Union Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ

April 2019

Churches Inc. for 2019 is made up of three directors from St. John’s including Tony Harrell (vice-chair), Ruth Lauritzen (secretary) and Kay Carmody. From Union Congregational there is Terry Wiekhorst (chair) and Tom Jacobsen. Our treasurer is Kerry Shaw. You will notice that UCC only has two directors on this board. Our incorporated Churches Inc. board’s by laws state that each church shall have three directors. We would appreciate it if someone from UCC would volunteer to fill this position. The nursery has been repaired and reorganized by Sandy Johnson, Ellen Jacobsen and Kay Carmody. Churches Inc. and other members of our two churches continue to make improvements to our church building. Some outstanding items are just finding time to complete. Others significant items will require us to find money to complete and for now will just remain on our to do list.

EASTER LILIES &/OR TULIPS One of the joys of Easter morning is a chancel full of Easter Lilies. This year we will be also adding in Tulips as an option. The forms to dedicate a lily or tulip in memory or honor of someone are available now through April 7th. You may Fill out the form from this newsletter, or pick up one with your Sunday bulletin. UCC people please place in the offering plate during worship. St. John’s folks may put forms and money in the envelope on the secretaries desk in the office. If you’re unable to join us for worship, you may call the church office.

Donation for each lily or tulip is $15.

UCC______

Amount enclosed: _______

Donated by:____________________________________

In Honor of: ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________

PLEASE CHOOSE Lily ______ Tulip ______ In Memory of: ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________

If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily or Tulip for Easter Sunday (4/21/2019) please fill out this form and place it in the offering plate. These need to be in the office by April 7th. Please donate $15 per plant. Plants can be taken home anytime after St. John’s Easter Service. There will be an insert in the bulletin on Easter listing all the loved ones remembered and honored.

UCC EASTER LILY &/OR TULIP MEMORIALS

St. John’s______

Amount enclosed: _______

Donated by:_____________________________________

In Honor of: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE CHOOSE Lily ______ Tulip ______ In Memory of: _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ ________________________________________

If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily or Tulip for Easter Sunday (4/21/2019) please fill out this form and place it in the offering plate or in the correct folder on the desk in the office. These need to be in the office by April 7th. Please donate $15 per plant. Plants can be taken home anytime after St. John’s Easter Service. There will be an insert in the bulletin on Easter listing all the loved ones remembered and honored.

ST. JOHN’S EASTER LILY &/OR TULIP MEMORIALS

PASTORAL PONDERINGS It is odd to not even be half-way through Lent as the April newsletter goes to print. Easter seems so far away. Also creating a time warp is the whole notion of planning a sabbatical for the summer of 2020. Again, that seems sooo far away. But there it is. Even as we wait for something yet to be, there is work to do and people to love. The work of our Lenten journey this year is about receiving and letting go. We are working to develop an awareness of God’s gifts that are already ours, all around us, just waiting for us to receive. And with that receiving, there is an intentional letting go of things that are holding us back from living and loving fully in God’s way. The culmination of our journey will be receiving God’s extravagant grace even in the scariest, most hateful moments. Even as the shadows of betrayal, desertion and death envelop Jesus and the world he loves, the gift of resurrection awaits our embrace. There is so much that is beyond our control on this journey. It requires great trust to be on this way. And so we work, we hope, we love. We live into the promise of new life and renewed hope. The work of sabbatical planning is about imagining what could be 15 – 18 months down the road and trying to get all those pieces in place now so we can apply for a Clergy Renewal Grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation. This work also takes awareness of God’s gifts waiting to be received (for both myself and the congregation), AND an intentional letting go. There is so much that just can’t be controlled. This planning requires a deep trust in God’s wisdom and in our own church community’s strength. And so, we work, we hope, we love. We live into the promise of this revitalizing time in our future. So, there it is. We are in this in-between time of now and what is to come. There is both excitement and trepidation of the what could be. Sometimes along the way, things happen that make us question the very journey. And yet, the gifts of greatest life-giving joy are beyond anything we can plan for ourselves. Think of the disciples. Surely, they questioned their own sanity, safety and faithfulness when Jesus was arrested and then crucified. What had they gotten themselves into? None of them could have imagined the resurrection. But there it was at the end of their journey with Jesus (or was it just the beginning?): God’s amazing love and grace blessing the world in a most amazing and joy-filled way. Alleluia! We know how the story ends – or perhaps I should say, we know how the story begins. In the meantime, we have work to do and people to love. Alleluia! Blessings always, Pastor Jenny

Sunday 3/31

9:00 a.m.

Thursday 4/4 Sunday 4/7

6:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30ish 6:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

Monday 4/8 Thursday 4/11 Saturday 4/13 Sunday 4/14 Thursday 4/18 Saturday 4/20 Sunday 4/21 Sunday 4/28

Worship & Fellowship One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Called to Bless Soup and Conversation Worship & Communion Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction Council Trustees Called to Bless Soup and Conversation InterMountain Association Spring Mtg in Midvale Palm Sunday, Faith Exploration & Fellowship Diaconate Maundy Thursday Agape Meal & More Easter Egg Hunt RESURRECTION CELEBRATION Worship, Faith Exploration & Fellowship

WEEKLY CHURCH EVENTS: Sundays 9:00 a.m. Worship Mondays 8:45 a.m. Coffee Group Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. Craft Group Wednesday 1-4 p.m. Quilters Group Check office calendar for scouts and other regular groups.

Lisa Botham & Dave Westling Dennis & Debbie Braithwaite

16 20

Ellen Jacobsen Ethan Hart

1 3

Forrest Fry Bryce Strampe

5 12

Nicholas Strampe Scott Travis

12 13

Judy Graham Adrianne Brown

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MID-WEEK LENTEN GATHERINGS CALLED TO BLESS

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Each week, you’re invited to come a enjoy a lite supper and conversation surrounding a video and study created by Old South Church in Boston. This is our oldest UCC church and they have a beautiful and challenging message to share. Come to one gathering or as many as you can. Each week promises to be a blessing.

PALM/PASSION SUNDAY April 14th is a special day as we remember both the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the story of the week that unfolds. We will sing praises as we wave our palm branches and we will pray, Lord Have Mercy as we find our place in the story of Christ’s passion.

MAUNDY THURSDAY AGAPE MEAL & SERVICE OF SHADOWS

April 18 – 6:30 p.m. Come join us in the fellowship hall as we remember Jesus’s meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. There will be a symbolic hand-washing and a shared meal that remembers the new meaning Jesus gave to sacred bread and the cup of blessing. This will be followed by a brief service of readings that follow Jesus from the shadow of betrayal in the upper room to the shadow of death. There will be a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. Let us know if you will be joining us and if you’d like to bring a side dish.

INTERMOUNTAIN ASSOCIATION SPRING MEETING Saturday, April 13th at New Jerusalem UCC in Midvale, UT, the IM Association will meet for fellowship, learning and a business meeting. Each church is invited to have 2 lay members and their clergy. Let Pastor Jenny or Kathy Wiekhorst know if you’d like to represent Union Church at this meeting.

Saturday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m. Hey kids! Come have some fun. And invite a friend!

Does someone’s drinking bother you? Al-Anon can help. Meetings are held in Green River at 96 N. 1st E St., Green River, Wyoming on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.

CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION The board of trustees will be accepting applications for the Jack & Lois Beard Memorial Scholarships again this year. Many years ago, a memorial fund was set up in memory of Jack Beard, Lois Beard’s husband, to help fund scholarships for church members. Any member of Union Congregational Church who is interested in furthering their education may apply. Applications are available at the church office and will be accepted until May 1. The trustees will consider all applications and determine how many and of what dollar amount to award. For those awarded, payment is made upon receipt of grades for the first term or semester.

BANKING INFORMATION In 2018, the church switched to US Bank for our main accounts. With some growing pains, we are doing well there. One thing people who contribute to the church can do to help eliminate the possibility of some fees is to write fewer checks during a month. If you are used to writing one check per week, switching to one check per month could help avoid the possibility of some fees. We know that can make some people uncomfortable, but bear with us as we get further along with our new bank relationship. Please remember the Board of Trustees is very appreciative of any and all contributions you make for the support of our local church.

EASTER FLOWERS DON’T FORGET YOUR EASTER LILY OR TULIP ORDERS FOR THIS EASTER. SEE CHUCHES INC PAGE FOR DETAILS AND FORMS!

National Day of Prayer Event Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM Green River Senior Citizen Center 550 Uinta Drive Several Green River faiths are participating in this non-denominational event. This event is open to everyone

Ice Cream Social & Silent Auction Come join us on Sunday, April 7, for an ice cream social during coffee hour and our silent Auction. Our theme this year is “The Power of our Hands” so items donated are created with our own hands. The Auction will last 20 minutes and will start during our coffee hour. The money raised will go into our general fund. Please feel free to invite others to join us for this event. Items may be made ahead and brought the day of the silent auction or you may choose to provide your service at a later date. Example of service could be the following:    

My hands will cook for you My hands will provide entertainment My hands will provide a craft My hands will work for you

We have over 15 items already on our list. You are welcome to submit an auction item for which there is a minimum bid. Sign up sheet will be in the “Here I Am” book or you may contact one of the committee members before April 7th. Our committee consists of : Sandy Johnson, Ellen Jacobson , Debbie Braithwaite, Lyn Wengert, Jeanne Beery, and Jackie Rockhold. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

April 2019 Moderators Message March 20 is the “official” beginning of spring!! YEA! Even though our frozen surroundings do not represent true spring, let us take the time to renew our faith. As the spring flowers begin to poke through the earth, let our hearts open to those in our community and afar that are hurting. From sudden deaths in our community to New Zealand’s terrible tragedy to the devastating Nebraska farms; there are so many that need our prayers and assistance. On that note we will be serving a yummy dinner of beefy mushroom balls and their accompaniments at Green Rock this Sunday, March 24th. If you have not had the opportunity to join us, please bring a dish and come visit as we share a meal! The Easter Egg Hunt is planned for April 20th, with the Grandmas and Great Grandmas working out the details. Anyone wanting to contribute candy to the cause, may leave it in the office or contact the aforementioned “G’s”: Sandy, Jackie S., Kathy or Donna. th

Spring in your step, your heart and your soul!!! Xoxoxoxo Kathy

Narcotics Anonymous Mansface Church is home to the local NA chapter. Sunday night meetings are always an open meeting which means if you or a loved one is struggling with a drug addiction, you are welcomed to come. They meet at 8:00 p.m. in the Sunday School rooms.

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St John’s Episcopal Church 350 Mansface / P.O. Box 400 Green River, WY 82935 [email protected]

St. John’s April Worship Schedule April 7,

5th Sunday of Lent

11:00 AM

Morning Prayer Service: Chuck Realing Reader: Tony Harrell Palm Sunday

April 14, 11:00 AM

April 19, 7:00 PM April 21,

Morning Prayer Service: Chuck Realing Reader: Wilma Realing Good Friday Service: Ruth Lauritzen Reader: TBA Easter Sunday

11:00 AM

Holy Eucharist Service: Ruth Lauritzen Reader: Jeff Travis April 28, 2nd Sunday of Easter 11:00 AM

Holy Eucharist Service: Ruth Lauritzen Reader: Angie Bennet

The Priest’s Corner Lately I have been thinking about friends. Nearly every Sunday I wander into the building through the UCC coffee hour and wave or talk to so many who I consider good friends. These are people who I can count on to come and start the stove for the Pancake Supper, (thank you, Duane), provide a service while I am gone, (that would be you, Jenny), and just have a fun conversation, (Judy, Sandy, Vicki and many others). Then there are our friends in Scouts BSA Troop and Pack 312 who help us in so many ways, but especially with the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper which we couldn’t do without them. Thank you to all the adult leaders, and especially the boys who do us such an astounding service each year. Then we have a new friend, Debbie at Hearts and Flowers Florist, who provides the beautiful floral arrangements for us each Sunday. Our friends at the Diocese of Wyoming are good to us as well. They are patient with the rather scattered and busy volunteer priest who serves this congregation, (guess who?) regarding late reports and last-minute cancellations. The Diocese provides us with benign oversight, educational opportunities and financial assistance through Foundation grants and a lenient assessment structure. Thanks to our friend the Bishop and all his staff.

At St. John’s we are so fortunate for the many friends we have, including out most important friend, Jesus, who died for our sins and rose again at this Easter time all those many years ago. As the old hymn says: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grieves to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. Oh what peace we often forfeit, of what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer. Have we trials and temptations. is there trouble anywhere. If we have don't be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer. Thank goodness for friends! Love, Ruth

Please remember these families in your prayers Carolyn Carollo, Mike Hanks, Morris and Trish Sheets, Cherie and Jack Haire, Jose’ Alvarez, Margo, Jack, Kyle, Tim, Evie Grace Huebner, Kasyn, the Porter family, Marion, Kenny, Nathan and Briana Wolfe, Joan Palin, Friede Foster, Harris Foster, Debbie and Kendra.

National Day of Prayer Event Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM Green River Senior Citizen Center 550 Uinta Drive Several Green River faiths are participating in this non-denominational event. This event is open to everyone

Cindy Harsha

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Al Carollo

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Nikki Smith Urasky 18 Timmy Warren

Thursday Night Book Study The Thursday evening Bible class is beginning a lectionary -based study of the scripture passages for Sunday. We meet at 6:30 p.m. and are usually home by 8:00 p.m. All are welcome.

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EASTER FLOWERS DON’T FORGET YOUR EASTER LILY OR TULIP ORDERS FOR THIS EASTER. SEE CHUCHES INC PAGE FOR DETAILS AND FORMS!

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