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Grace United Methodist Church
2950 Spruce Drive, Cheyenne, WY
Church Office: [email protected]
Rev. Laura Rainwater: [email protected]
May Calendar May 5 - UMW Mothers Day Tea 10:00 am
May 6 - UMM breakfast 8:00 am
May 6 - Froyo Faith at Spooners 3:00 pm
May 7 - Living as a Covenant Community 9:30 am
May 13 - Mothers Day
May 14 - Living as a Covenant Community 9:30 am
May 15 - Christine Circle 9:30 am
May 18 - Christs Coffee Shop 6:00 pm
May 20 - Pastoral Care Meeting 11:30 am
May 20 - Froyo Faith at Spooners 3:00 pm
May 21 - Grace Notes Due
May 21 - Living as a Covenant Community 9:30 am
May 22 - UMW Board Meeting 9:30 am
May 25 - Yard Sale 8:00 am
May 26 - Yard Sale 8:00 am
May 27 - Discipleship Meeting 11:30 am
May 29 - Memorial Day
Adult Sunday School 9 am
Sunday School for All Ages 9 am
Youth Sunday School 9 am
Worship 10:15 am
Monday - Thursday
Office Hours 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Handbells 5:15 pm
Reverend Lauras Hours
Office Hours: Mon. & Wed.
Graces Vision: Grace Sharing Grace Unconditionally
Graces Mission: Grace Strives to be a Church that Gathers,
Responds, Accepts, Cares, and Engages.
From the Pastor.
Women of Faith
We are in the middle of our worship series on Women of Faith. Women have been faith
leaders from the beginning, but they often werent recognized or allowed to serve in
more official capacities.
So heres a little history test of womens leadership in our Methodist tradition.
The answer sheet will be available in the church office just ask!
A few important things about our history that could help:
1784: Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) is established
1800: Church of the United Brethren in Christ (UB) is formed
1807: Evangelical Association (EA) is organized
1830: Methodist Protestant Church (MPC) is organized by a group from MEC
1844: Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) separates from MEC over issues of
slavery and bishops.
1922: Evangelical Church (EC) is formed by uniting EA and United Evangelical Church
1939: Methodist Church (MC) is formed by uniting MEC, MPC and MECS
1946: Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB) created by merging EC and UB
1968: United Methodist Church is formed by uniting EUB and MC
The only prize you can receive is a better understanding of our history. We have a lot to
And, by the way, our United Methodist Church just turned 50 years old on April 23!!!
Grace and peace,
Here is our worship schedule for May: Women of Faith
May 6 Fannie Crosby - Sacred Songs (Hebrews 10:19-25)
May 13 Suzanna Wesley - (Deuteronomy 6:1-9) - UMW Sunday
May 20 Phoebe Palmer - (Acts 2:1-4) Pentecostal Woman
May 27 Who Are the Children in Your Neighborhood? (Luke 18:15-17)
United Methodist Church History Test
Write down what year the event took place.
1779 1851 1880 1946 1976 1989 2008
1787 1857 1884 1956 1979 2002 2016
1827 1863 1920 1967 1980 2003
1835 1866 1930 1968 1984 2004
______ The Methodist and the Evangelical United Brethren churches unite to form The United
Methodist Church. The merged church affirms full clergy rights for women.
______ The United Brethren General Conference passes a resolution that no woman should be
allowed to preach.
______ Fannie Crosby, a lifelong Methodist blind from infancy, writes her first hymn. She writes
more than 9,000 hymns, many of which remain perennial favorites (for example, "Blessed
Assurance," "To God Be the Glory" and "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior."
______ Despite objections of some male preachers, John Wesley authorizes Sarah Mallet to
______Leontine T.C. Kelly is the first African-American woman to be
______ Lydia Sexton is recommended as a "pulpit speaker" by the
United Brethren General Conference.
______ The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South rejects full clergy
rights for women.
______The Methodist Protestant Church rules Anna Howard Shaw's ordination out of order.
______ Mutombo Ilunga Kimba is the first woman ordained elder in the Congo, the Africa
______ Helenor M. Davisson is ordained deacon by the North Indiana Conference of the
Methodist Protestant Church, making her the first ordained woman in the Methodist tradition.
______Karen Oliveto is elected the first out lesbian Bishop.
United Methodist Church History Test page 2
______The Methodist Episcopal Church grants women the right to be licensed as local
______ Mary Evans Thorne is appointed class leader by Joseph Pilmore in Philadelphia; she is
probably the first woman in America so appointed.
______Women are denied ordination in the newly formed Evangelical United Brethren Church.
______Minerva G. Carcao becomes the first Hispanic woman bishop.
______The Methodist Church grants full clergy rights to women. Maud Keister Jensen is the first
to receive such rights.
______ Margaret Henrichsen is the first American woman to be appointed district
______ For the first time Clergywomen serve as delegates to General Conference.
______Linita Uluave Moa becomes the first Tongan woman to be ordained elder.
______ Lois V. Glory-Meal of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference becomes the first
Native American woman to be ordained elder. She became the first Native American district
superintendent in 1992.
______ Anna Howard Shaw and Anna Oliver are refused ordination rights by the Methodist
Episcopal General Conference. Shaw joins the Methodist Protestant Church and is ordained in
the New York Annual Conference.
______Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher becomes the first woman to serve as president of the
Council of Bishops.
______Joaquina Filipe Nhanala becomes the first African woman
bishop, the 19th woman elected to the episcopacy.
______ Isabella Bomefree, a slave who later changes her name to
Sojourner Truth, co-founds Kingston Methodist Church.
______ Phoebe Palmer, evangelist and mother of the American
holiness movement, conducts weekly prayer meetings in her home.
Church Council Notes
Dr. Michelle Aldrich
The Church Council held its second quarter meeting on April 11 in the Upper Room. The
Council is working on three goals this year. The goals set in January are financial stability,
community visibility, and working with other United Methodist Churches in our circuit to
carry out District Supt. Jeffs vision of barn building.
The finance committee reported on steps they are taking to insure
financial stability, which includes establishing a financial policy for the
church. Rev. Laura and I are working on creating a plan for Grace that
uses other churches of a similar size plan as a template.
An ad hoc committee of Pam, Rev. Laura, and myself are working on
community visibility and branding for our church with our recently confirmed vision and
mission statements. We are looking into t-shirts that would identify us as a group for
community service projects and events like Faith Day at the Rockies.
Our last goal is working with other United Methodist Churches on events that they would be
unable to carry out on their own. This goal is really on hold until we have projects from the
other churches in our circuit to consider.
The Church Council meets again on June 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Upper Room. These
meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend and meeting summaries for every
church committee are available in the church office if you are wondering what is happening
with a particular committee. You are always more than welcome to contact Rev. Laura, a
committee chairperson, or myself for additional information.
United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose
purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ;
to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of missions through
participation in the global ministries of the church.
There will be a Mothers Day Tea, sponsored by UMW on
Saturday, May 5, at 10:00 am in Grace Hall. Bring a family
heirloom you treasure to share (something of your mothers or
an influential woman in your life). There will be an opportunity to
donate to UMW mission projects and to a Self-Denial Offering.
Please sign up in the narthex. ALL ARE WELCOME.!!
Christine Circle continues to study John Wesley through the book REVIVAL by Adam
Hamilton. We are not only learning about John Wesley but also things about ourselves.
The Christine Circle will be hosting a reception for CLIMB WYOMING, June 26th at the
Community House in Lions Park. If you would like to help serve, call Gale Graves at
The Wyoming + 1 district meeting will be June 1st at First UMC. And the Day Apart
retreat will follow on June 2nd. Mary Lou Marcum has info for registration.
Martha Circle: The next meeting will be Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
in Grace Hall. Plans are to make gifts for Fathers Day. After lunch, which will be provided,
the Craft and Scrap Group will meet. It is a great group and we have lots of laughs and
fellowship. So bring whatever you are working on and join in the fun. Contact Linda Bogart
at 214-3045 for more information.
All the women of Grace are invited to
participate in the BAKE SALE at the
garage sale. We will need the
items on Thursday, before the sale,
please. Proceeds will go to our
Beginning April 30th, Rev. Laura will lead the Spiritual Growth study, "Living as a Covenant
Community" at 9:30 am in the upper room. The study will run through May 21st. Books will cost
$10.00. This study is open to everyone. A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.
Day for Girls If you have 100% new or used white fabric you no longer have a use for, the
Wheatland UMC would gladly take them off your hands. They are taking part in making sanitary
pads to be sent to young girls in Africa who dont have access to such refinements. While they will
accept other fabrics which can be used for carrying bags, they are very definite about requiring
100% cotton white fabric. They will accept gently used towels and sheets as long as they are white
and all cotton. They can be torn and lightly stained but clean. This collection runs from the end of
March to the end of May. Any questions, please contact Mary Lou Marcum.
COLLECTING LAYETTE ITEMS FOR AMEND
UMW will be collecting items for the baby layettes on the Pine Ridge Reservation throughout the
spring and summer for the fall delivery. Items needed are:
clothing and diapers size newborn
baby wash, shampoo, lotion, and wipes
receiving and crib blankets
sock, hats, bibs, small toys, or new stuffed toys
IIf you have any questions regarding something you would like to give, call Pammy at 637-5193.
Youth Group Activities
The youth group at Grace UMC continues to meet Sunday mornings at 9:00 am and we have
folded in the youth who are 5th graders for this academic year. We have been having interesting,
engaging conversations, as well as a lot of fun!
We also are continuing to participate in work and fun activities with the youth groups at Frontier
and First UMC. Among our upcoming activities are:
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am-12:00 noon - Cleanup of a section of Greenway as part of the
first-ever Day of Service (part of the Day of Giving). It looks like we will be cleaning up a
section off of Nationway behind the Goodwill and the elementary school. (Details are being set
up by First UMC youth leader Kathy Lackey).
In addition, the youth have been collecting reusable water bottles, trial size sunscreen and socks
for homeless residents, to be donated at the Youth Day of Giving on Thursday, May 10. Many
thanks to everyone who have donated to this effort!
As always, if you have any questions about the youth group, please see Brian Martin or Rev.
Memory Garden Glenda Haley
The Memory Garden has sprung to life, and the news is good. Real good! Almost all of the
perennials that people donated last summer have come back at least twice fold. I am sure that we
will have fresh flowers on the altar on many an occasion.
As with all gardens, they tend to be a work
in progress. The garden needs some
weeding, feel free to pull up one or two!
The crosses need to be reset, Ill get to
this. If you are interested in being part of
the garden team this year, please let
Glenda know so she can keep you in the
loop. Even if all you can do is come and
sit, enjoy and be good company, you are
wanted and welcome.
Closer to the end of May you can donate
some annuals/perennials which can be
placed in the garden in memory of someone you love. Please stop by the garden and enjoy the
bounty that heals the soul, brings peace to the mind, and hope to the world.
"Bloom where you are planted."(1 Corinthians 7:20-24 ) Growing up in the 60-70s I had this
saying stitched on my bell bottoms, on a day glow poster in my room and on a sticker on my
locker. So what does this have to do with Mission in May, you might ask?
Did you ever think of yourselves as dirt for something to grow in, or good old fertilizers helping
a weak organism to grow or a pot ready to be a home? Well Im guessing not, but yet that is just
the role you play at Grace, when you indeed give Grace unconditionally.
Thank you so much for the last months giving. You put over $100 in coins to be given to
Cheyenne Day of Giving, collected over 35 reusable water bottles for the youth to give for Youth
Day of Giving. Food and other items were given to Needs every week during April from the food
collection Basket. A huge thank you to Rick Fisher who deliver these items to Needs,Inc. each
and every week.
You also gave paper products, games, coloring books, blankets, pillows and more to Family
Promise. And Im writing this in the middle of the month. Each and everyone of these actions
give much needed support to someone, somewhere, at sometime. So you indeed, are helping
someone to Bloom where they have been planted. Certainly you are blooming where you are
planted. Grace UMC is a great place to grow.
God Bless and Happy Spring!
May 5 - Rick Fisher
May 5 - Juanita Pennington
May 8 - Barb Turk
May 14 - Brandi Nash
May 15 - Gale Graves
May 17 - Kelley Horton
May 22 - Dorthy Bengston
May 28 - Carol Martin
May 28 - Missie Martin
May 30 - Richard Laidlaw
May 30 - Dee Melander
May 1 - Bruce & Martie Curl - 29 years!
May 29 - Jeff & Laura Rainwater - 14 years!
Save the Date
The Grace United Methodist Church 25th Yard Sale will be May 25th and 26th.
Start saving those unwanted items for the Sale.
Items we don't take are:
Clothes unless a specialty items like wedding dresses
Last year the funds purchase two new screens for the Sanctuary and we made
$4,000. Lets beat last year!!