Lay Equalization Members to Annual Conference 2020

The Annual Conference gathering will be June 18-21, 2020, in Gillette, Wyoming. More details will be coming.

Pam Pallak is our church’s lay member representative to annual conference. However, the Wyoming District needs additional lay members to serve as delegates to Annual Conference in order to ensure that the number of clergy and number of lay persons attending is roughly the same.

If you would like to attend — it is in Wyoming, after all! — please complete the attached Nomination form and email it to the Wyoming District office ([email protected]).

If you have any questions, about this form, or about annual conference, just let me know.

On a final note:  With General Conference 2020 in May, it is likely that the annual conference will make some important decisions at our June meeting in Gillette.  I hope you will prayerfully consider serving as a lay equalization member.

Peace,

Rev. Laura Rainwater

THIS WEEK @ GUMC

Tuesday February 11th
Handbells 5:15 in sanctuary – everyone is welcome!

Saturday February 15th
UMW Board Meeting 8:30 am Grace Hall
UMW 9:30 am Grace Hall

Sunday February 26th
Family Promise week begins

Monday February 17th
President’s Day  –  Office Closed

Tuesday February 18th
Grace Notes Due!

OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE

 

Service Club Blood Drive
Participating: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary and Zonta
During the Month of February

Please consider donation blood during the month of February.  We need over 3,500 blood donations a week to sustain the patient need in Wyoming.  Every blood donation saves up to 3 lives!  You can learn more about how your blood donation is used by visiting Vitalant.org website.
 
***Club members and community members will be encouraged to go into Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) during their donor hours and will be asked to put a marble in a container for the organization they are wanting their donation to count towards.
***They will be able to pick up information on the organizations at that time which has been compiled and is available on a 8.5X11″ sheet for donors to learn more about each of the 4 organizations involved.
***They can also order a t-shirt at Vitalant. The t-shirt order form will be collected with payment by Vitalant and will be delivered following the blood drive. The t-shirts are designed by Chris Tarantola at Colour Graphics. These are white t-shirts with red ink and all four organizations logos will be on the back. Cost is determined by size.
***Following the Blood drive a total number of units will be announced and a breakdown by organization will also be provided so that groups can use these in their organizational reporting and motivation.

A Dedication to the Dream:  Dr. Carson’s Pursuit of MLK’s Vision
Come listen to Dr. Clayborne Carson as he presents on Martin LutherKing, Jr’s life and work.  A Q&A session and book signing will follow the presentation.  The event is Thursday, February 13, 6:30 pm at the Cheyenne Civic Center.  Admission is FREE!  Presented by the Laramie County Library

Cheyenne Artwalk
Artwalk is the community’s monthly celebration of artists and their work.  During the event, downtown art galleries, businesses and restaurants play host to a local or regional visual artist or musician, accompanied by light food and beverages.  Join us Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  For more information, go to www.cheyenneartwalk.com.

Also on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Art Guild is the Love of Red Show Artists Reception.  Come see a variety of artwork done by local artists.  All mediums are represented from paintings to photography.  The Art Guild is also open from noon to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Artists Guild, 1701 Morrie, 307-632-2263.

American Black Film Expo
Sankofa African Heritage Awareness Inc. and the LCCC Department of Student Engagement and Diversity will present the 7th Annual Black Studies Forum February 19, 20, 21 & 22.  Free admission and refreshments and ADA seating is available.  Films include, The First Grader, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Deacons for Defense, Them Them We Are Rising, The Displace Person, No Way Out, Glory, and For Colored Girls.  All screenings will be at the LCCC Rooms For Conferences and Institutes, 1400 East College Drive.  For more information, call Jill Zarend at 307-635-7094.

Lenten Book Study
Wanda will be leading a Lent Book Study, using Give UP Something Bad for Lent by James W. Moore.  It will be held on Sundays, 3:00 pm, in the Upper Room, beginning March 1.  She can purchase books or you can order them through Amazon or Christianbook.com, both at $9.99 before tax and shipping.  Please register on the sign up sheet on the board in the narthax. 

Help End Human Trafficking
See something, say something!!!  Call the anonymous hotline at 888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to “BeFree” (233733).  Human trafficking is here in Wyoming.  Let’s raise awareness to end this 21st century form of slavery!

Missions
The Grace Giving Grace Table is collecting undies & socks for the Cheyenne community youth in February and March.
Coins collected in February and March will go to UMCOR.

Family Promise Week
Family Promise week begins Sunday, February 16.  Volunteers are needed for:

  • Dinner on Wednesday night
  • Day sitters on:Monday (President’s Day – need sitters all day)
  • Overnight host on Monday
  • Overnight host on Thursday
  • Day sitters on Saturday for all 3 shifts
  • Transportation on Sunday to new church

If you can help, please contact Glenda Haley.

AMEND Mardi Gra Lunch
AMEND will hold a Mardi Gras luncheon after worship on February 23 in Grace Hall.  Beans and rice,etouffee, etc. will be served for a free will offering.

6th Annual Rally for Women
The 6th Annual Rally for Women will be held March 7th at 11:00 in front of the Supreme Court Building.  All Grace members are invited to join as we shine a light of support for women and children victims of domestic violence in our community.  For ways to help, contact Kathy Orr for information.

Lay Equaliztion Delegates to Annual Conference
If you are interested in attending the annual conference as a Lay Equalization Delegate, please talk to those who have attended in the past:

  • Pam Pallak
  • Brian Martin
  • Wanda Denton
  • LuAnne Cook-Ludwick
  • Dr. Michelle Aldrich
  • Rev. Laura

They can give you information on what to expect at the conference.
The annual conference will held in June in Gillette.

Lay Equalization Delegates to Annual Conference
Pam Pallak is our delegate to the annual conference, as elected at our circuit charge conference.  Several of you have attended in the past as a Lay Equalization Delegate.  In short, each district should send an equal number or lay and clergy delegates.  Because we have retired clergy in our district, we need to send more lay delegates.  Because Annual Conference this June will be in Gillette, more lay members are asking to participate.  The Wyoming Leadership has agreed that people can nominate themselves to serve as a lay equalization delegate.  This will be approved at the Wyoming District gathering March 28 (locations to be decided soon).  If you are interested, please let Rev. Laura know so that she can send on your information.  It’s possible that everyone who would like to serve can, but we won’t know until later in March.  Any questions, please contact Rev. Laura.

We are no longer accepting ink cartridges to recycle!!
We are no longer accepting ink cartridges to recycle.  However, if you something that you would like to recycle, we have several empty drawers by the northeast door.  Let the office know and I will put a label on it for you.

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