THE MEMORIAL MESSENGER - Memorial Baptist Church

Memorial Baptist Church exists to glorify God; and is committed to
helping each individual understand that they are truly loved by Him,
accepted by His followers, and offered life-changing hope in Jesus.
Memorial Baptist Church
Phone: (307) 322-3236
202 19th Street
Wheatland, WY 82201
E-mail: [email protected]
Memorial Baptist Church
is pleased to present…
Sunday, February 8, 2015
~ an evening of
music and
Cajun cuisine
Entertainment provided by…
The Queen City Jazz Band
of Denver, Colorado Doors open at 5:30 p.m. ~ Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.
For adults ~ singles and couples ~ must have ticket to attend.
Suggested Donation at the door: $15.00 per person
Pick up your tickets at the following locations:
Memorial Baptist Church
Cut-N-Yak Salon
Pit Crew Barbecue
The Wandering Hermit
Dance Wyoming
Seating is limited ~ get your tickets soon!
Phone Memorial Baptist Church at 322-3236 for more information.
A Little More about Our Dinner Entertainers…
For more than 55 years, the Queen City Jazz Band has been Denver’s premier jazz group, delighting
audiences with the happy sounds of Gospel music, early jazz, ragtime, swing, old-style blues, Dixieland, and spirituals. Named for Denver’s moniker, “the Queen City of the Plains”, the Queen City Jazz
Band had its beginning with a weekend gig in 1958 at a small roadhouse near Denver. Since that
time, they have performed at every major jazz festival in North America and have recorded numerous
albums, faithfully recreating the music of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin,
and many others.
Although there has been some necessary turnover in personnel during their half-century history, this
band continues to appear at symphony concerts, Gospel services, festivals, community events, and
parties throughout this country and beyond. Queen City’s gifted singer, Wende Harston, who has
appeared in numerous feature films and made-for-TV movies, brings to life the great songs of Bessie
Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters, and Alberta Hunter, to name only a few. Wende’s Gospel
singing style has been described as truly inspiring. Other members of the band include Kevin
Bollinger on trumpet, John Bredenberg on clarinet and saxophone, Eric Staffeldt on trombone, pianist
Hank Troy, drummer Tony Pantelis, Rory Thomas on banjo, and band leader and tuba player Bill
Clark. Each member has an impressive and well-rounded background, as well as many credits for his
or her musical expertise.
Memorial Baptist Church is thrilled to host this group of musicians, and to invite you to join us for this
special event! On the evening of February 8th, doors open at 5:30, with dinner being served at 6:00
p.m. Entertainment will begin shortly thereafter. Don’t miss this unique opportunity! For more
information, please contact us at 322-3236.
“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” ~ Blaise Pascal
“Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.” ~ Audre Lorde
“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” ~ Lord Byron
This year, Memorial Baptist Church increased our target for giving to the
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, raising the goal
from $1,500 to $2,000. We are thankful to report to you that our larger
2014 goal was exceeded by a large amount. A total of $2,620 was given
to this important offering, and we thank you for your outstanding
generosity. Every penny of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goes to
the International Mission Board’s overseas budget, which directly supports missionaries and their
work. Thank you for your part in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.
Branches of Love Report
Branches of Love Chairman Cindy Witt reports to us that, through
your generosity, approximately 60 children, and about 20 families
were given gifts during this past Christmas Season. What a special
way to share the love of Jesus Christ with children and families in our
area, who would, otherwise, receive few, if any, gifts! Cindy adds a
note that she would like to extend a big thank you to all who bought
gifts to share. We are already looking forward to next year!
Youth to Serve at
“All That Jazz” Banquet!
On Sunday evening, February 8th, Memorial Baptist’s BRIDGE
Youth Group will be serving as our wait staff for the gala
evening of delicious Cajun cuisine and amazing jazz music.
Please be generous with your “tips” for these young men and women, as they have committed to use
the funds collected that evening to supplement their donations toward the repair work being done on
the Haven on the Rock Camp facility. Haven on the Rock is located on the site of the former Rimrock
Christian Camp, and provides Christ-centered camping experiences for young people.
Church Council
At our most recent business meeting, the members of Memorial Baptist
Church voted to become the sponsoring church for the new church plant
on the Wind River Indian Reservation. In the coming weeks, we will
explore how God would have us support and assist this exciting new
work. We are looking forward to having church planters Martin & Amber
Corcorran and Don Whalen, Wyoming SBC’s State Missionary for Church
Planting Strategies, with us for Morning Worship and an afternoon Church Council Meeting on
Sunday, March 1, 2015. Please be in prayer for this new effort to spread God’s Word in Wyoming.
Look on the bright
side…come to our
Febuary Women’s
Birthday Club Lunch!
“Change the way you look at things,
and the things you look at change.”
~ Wayne W. Dyer
Speaking of change…let’s try something a little different this
month! Sometimes, we just need a change of scenery! We will
meet at a new location this month, and at a slightly earlier
time. Please note the changes below. Women from Memorial Baptist and their friends enjoy getting
together on the second Monday of each month to celebrate with all those whose birthdays fall in that month.
Feel free to invite your friends and come prepared to have your spirits lifted!
Date & Time: Monday, Febuary 9, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Guadalajara Restaurant, 1803 16th Street
Birthday Cake provided by: Ruanne Miller
February Flower: Violet or Primrose
February Birthstone: Amethyst
Celebrating the February Birthdays of…
Jamie Douglas (February 1)
Linda Evans (February 5)
Jerrene Owens (February 5)
Linda Eliason (February 12)
Kate Geringer (February 18)
Juanita Mitchell (February 19)
Kim McCutcheon (February 20)
Rebecca Kumpf (February 25)
Candice Boersma (February 27)
Do you have a birthday in February, and do not see your name listed above? Please contact Carol at the
church office right away! We don’t want to miss a single one of you! If you would like transportation, or just
need further details, please telephone the church office at 322-3236.
White Chocolate Popcorn
(A quick and easy treat, perfect for Valentine’s Day snacking!)
12 ounces white chocolate
8 cups popped corn
½ teaspoon salt
Valentine sprinkles
Conversation hearts (optional)
Heat chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted. Place
the popped corn in a large bowl, and pour the melted chocolate over it.
Use a spoon to gently toss the popcorn, until it is evenly coated with the
chocolate. Spread the coated popcorn evenly on a baking sheet, which has
been covered with parchment paper, waxed paper, or aluminum foil.
Sprinkle evenly with the salt, and then sprinkle with as many Valentine
sprinkles as you would like. Mix in conversation hearts, if desired. Allow to
cool for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened. Break up into
small pieces and serve, or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Vacation Bible School will be here in just a few short months! We usually hold this outreach event near the
end of summer vacation and just before school starts the fall semester. We would like to make certain that
the date of our VBS is a good time for everyone, and we welcome your thoughts on the topic. There will be a
brief meeting coming up within the next month…probably right after a morning worship service…when we can
visit about this and vote on the right time for our church to hold this year’s VBS. Please be thinking about this,
and especially be thinking about volunteering to help during the week of Vacation Bible School. We want to
make this the best children’s outreach program we can, and we need everyone’s input AND help to make it
successful. Please call Pastor Craig or Lu Lay (331-3172) with any questions or comments. Thanks!
~ Lu Lay
Vacation Bible School Director
In Our Mailbox...
During the month of December, funds were donated to purchase a number of gift cards.
Pastor Craig challenged us to bless friends with these gifts throughout the Christmas
Season. Here are just a few of notes we have received from grateful recipients of God’s
love shared by our church family…
Thank you so much for the gift certificate from Thrifty Foods. I was able to get
some healthy foods! Really appreciated! Thank you so much!
~ Sara Powers
A basketful of thanks! I received a gift certificate from a member of your church.
Thank you so much! I really appreciated it!
~ Dana Vineyard
A special Day...…
“I’ll bet you don’t know what day this is,” said the wife to her husband as he made his way out
the door one morning. Although he was perplexed, the husband, being a quick thinker said,
“Of course I do, Dear. How could I forget?!” With that, he turned and rushed to catch the
bus for work.
At 10:00 a.m., the doorbell rang; and, when the woman opened the door, she
was handed a box containing a dozen long-stemmed red roses. At 1:00 p.m., a
foil-wrapped, two-pound box of her favorite chocolates arrived. Later, a
boutique delivered a designer dress. The woman couldn’t wait for her husband to come home!
When he returned from work, the husband was smug, satisfied that he had recovered what could
have been a very bad situation. His surprised wife said, “First the flowers, then the chocolates, and
then the dress! I’ve never had a more wonderful Groundhog Day in my life!”
High School Lunch Schedule
February 2nd: Charlotte Klein, Roxie Wickam, Kelley Hocker,
Liz Lauck, & Carolyn Williams
February 9th: Cindy Arnold, Nancy Cagle, & Linda Teter
February 16th: No Lunch ~ School closed for President’s Day
February 23rd: Carolyn Nix, Janelle Hester, & Melissa Peasley
March 2nd: Charlotte Klein, Roxie Wickam, Kelley Hocker,
Liz Lauck, & Carolyn Williams
March 9th: Nancy Cagle, Sherri Cullen, & Elaine Chason
March 16th: Beth Douglas, Louise Brinton, & Carol Cook
March 23rd: Cindy Arnold, Nancy Cagle, & Linda Teter
March 30th: No Lunch ~ School closed for Spring Break
April 6th: Carolyn Nix, Janelle Hester, & Melissa Peasley
April 13th: Charlotte Klein, Roxie Wickam, Kelley Hocker,
Liz Lauck, & Carolyn Williams
April 20 : Nancy Cagle, Sherri Culllen, & Elaine Chason
April 27th: Beth Douglas, Louise Brinton, & Carol Cook
May 4th: Cindy Arnold, Nancy Cagle, & Linda Teter
May 11th: Ruanne Miller & Becky Benton
May 19th: End of Year Lunch ~ Anyone who would like to help!
Especially for all high school students!
Come spend your lunch break with us every Monday that school is in session!
Sunday Morning
Each Sunday morning before Sunday School or between Sunday
School and Morning Worship, there are many who enjoy sharing a cup
of coffee or juice and a brunch or snack item, along with some good
fellowship. Remember, it is not a requirement that foods be home
baked! Don’t forget that volunteers are reimbursed for submitted
receipts. We appreciate our volunteers! Here is our schedule for this
month. If you would like to join our group of volunteers, please
contact Linda Patterson or Pastor Craig!
February 1st: Rick & Kate Geringer
February 8th: Vicki Mickelsen
February 15th: Reneé McKain
February 22nd: Carolyn Nix
Special thanks to each of our February volunteers!
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it.
But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” ~ Jessica, age 8
It Took A Miracle
“He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations
of the south. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.” ~ Job 9:9-10 NIV
John W. Peterson’s life reads like a novel. He was born in Lindsborg, Kansas,
where his brothers, Bill and Bob, lived a wild and dangerous life of “boozing,
gambling, fast driving, and sheriff-baiting.”
Then one night, John’s brother, Bill, came home, took their mother in his arms,
kissed her, and said, “Mother, I have found your Christ as my Savior.” The
change in him was immediate and dramatic. Soon Bob, too, was saved along
with other members of the family. When John was twelve years of age, he
gave his heart to Christ, as well. The brothers became traveling evangelists,
and John often joined them on their trips, singing at the meetings.
When World War II began, John joined the Air Force
and became a pilot, who repeatedly risked his life
while transporting men and materials over the fabled
“China Hump.” Stationed in the Burmese jungle, he
had a number of close calls. One night, in a storm,
the plane rose and fell like a rollercoaster while being
pelted with rain, snow, and hail. Then lightning
struck the front of the plane, knocking out the
electrical equipment. God guided John through the
storm, and safely back to camp. This was just one of
the many miracles in John’s life.
In his spare time, he studied the Bible and wrote
Gospel songs. When the war ended, John enrolled in
the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
“I sat in a classroom at Moody one day when the lecturer said something that started me thinking in a
concentrated way about the grace and love of God…soon I lost contact with the lecture, and my mind turned
back to my childhood, when I had seen a radical change in the lives of my brothers Bob and Bill through the
power of the Gospel. I relived my own conversion – to me such a miraculous thing…
“My thoughts raced on to the flights over the Himalayas, the spectacular power of God revealed in those
electrical storms, the majesty of the mountains themselves, the incredible variety of the jungle, and the starfilled nights of dazzling beauty high in the air.
“As these scenes flashed through my memory, I began to focus on the element of the miraculous in all of
God’s work, creation, and redemption. The words of a song were forming in my mind, and before the class
period was over, the chorus was all thought out. I hurried over to the music building, found a vacant studio,
and started to write:
It took a miracle to put the stars in place;
It took a miracle to hang the world in space;
But when He saved my soul,
Cleansed and made me whole,
It took a miracle of love and grace!”
John’s individual songs (over 1,000) have been highlighted in Billy Graham crusades, recorded by well-known
singers, and published in various denominational hymnals. About 10 million copies of his larger works –
musicals and cantatas – have been sold. He received numerous awards and honors, including induction into
the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1986. John never sought to be popular; he sought to be God’s servant. He
stated, “I am under obligation to communicate the Gospel as much as the man in the pulpit.” Look in our own
Baptist hymnal for three of John Peterson’s most familiar and beloved hymns (#s 422, 438, & 565)!
You Are God’s Masterpiece
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”
~ Ephesians 2:10 NLT
The reason you have value is because of what God says about you, not
because of what other people say about you. Many people lack selfesteem. They don’t feel good about themselves because they’re always
trying to pump themselves up by the kind of clothes they wear, the kind
of car they drive, and the things they say. They’re always trying to
pump themselves up to make them feel better about themselves because they don’t accept themselves –
which is rebellion against God.
If God wanted you to be somebody else, you wouldn’t exist. Be He wanted you! He made you to be you.
God says, “You’re My masterpiece. I don’t want you copying somebody else. I’ve put gifts in you – heart,
abilities, personality, and experiences – and I want you to use them.” You have worth because of what God
says about you and has done for you.
You’re not just wanted; you’re needed! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are different spiritual
gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served.
There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person.”
You are needed. You’re needed in your church. You are needed in your community. You are needed in this
world. If you weren’t needed, God would not have made you. He didn’t create you to just sit and soak and
sour. He brought you here to make a contribution with your life. And everybody is needed.
There are no little people in the family of God. Every part is necessary. Do you know what the most
important light is in my house? It’s not the big chandelier in the dining room. It’s the little dinky light I turn
on every night so that when I get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I don’t stub my toe.
Every role is important. You are important. You have value because God said so and because He paid such a
large ransom for your life when He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for you.
~ Rick Warren, as seen in Daily Hope
10 Ways to Love…
1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
3. Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 15:1)
6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
7. Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
8. Trust without wavering. (1 Corinthians 13:7)
9. Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
The deadline to submit information for the March issue of the Memorial Messenger Newsletter
is Sunday, February 15, 2015. To request a paper or e-mail copy of our newsletter,
please contact us at the church office (322-3236)!
February Birthdays & Anniversaries
1 – Jamie Douglas,
Khrysie Snyder
2 – Donald L. Brinton
3 – Kenny Bordelon,
Dale McKain,
James & Anita Welken (A)
4 – Brandon Johnson
5 – Grace Benson,
Linda Evans,
Jerrene Owens
6 – Clint Chason
8 – A.J. Gaddis
10 – Davis Nevins
11 – Casey & Candice Boersma (A)
12 – Linda Eliason
13 – Duane Muchmore,
Casey Boersma
15 – Rob & Melissa Taylor (A)
18 – Kathy (Kate) Geringer
19 – Juanita Mitchell
20 – Kim McCutcheon
23 – Ernie & Beth Douglas (A)
25 – John Knott,
Rebecca Kumpf,
Chad & Carolyn Williams (A)
27 – Candice Boersma
28 – Dale & Charlotte Klein (A)
And Coming up in March…
2 – Sunni Linse,
Kay Loveland,
Katie Niemczyk
4 – Linda Boughton
5 – Beverly Burns,
Kalyn Snook
6 – Tara Lockman
7 – Linda Fabian
8 – Lynn Wilson,
Greg & Kay Loveland (A),
Jonathan Vanwey
11 – Damon Gamber,
Aaron Geringer
12 – Linda Eliason
14 – Tony Smith,
Carter Snell
15 – Marisha Bise,
Roxie Wickam
16 – Brian Christensen,
Robin & Dori Wickham (A)
19 – Char Taylor-Lampe,
Zoe Maue
20 – Pierce Peasley,
Icle Williams
22 – Julia Farris,
Ryan Lay
23 – Marvin Lauck,
Tyler Lauck
27 – Garnet Louise Brinton
28 – Patty Klier
30 – Jack Baker,
Elaine Chason,
Reneé McKain,
Carrie Nix
Do we have your birthdays and anniversaries on our list?
Please call us at the church at 322-3236, and tell us your special day(s)!
Your life can be a love letter to those around you
as you live out these ABCs....
Love Accepts, Behaves, Cheers, Defends, Enriches, Forgives, Grows,
Helps, Includes, Joins, Kneels, Listens, Motivates, Notices, Overlooks,
Provides, Quiets, Respects, Surprises, Tries, Understands, Volunteers,
Warms, eXpects, Yields, and adds Zip to life!
~ From Fresh Elastic for Stretched Out Moms by Barbara Johnson
(Fleming H. Revell)
Prayer Requests…
Thank you for remembering these friends in your prayers.
Please call the church office at 322-3236 if you would like
to have us join with you in prayer for a need.
The Family of Barbara
The Family of James
Glenn Morris (father of
Lu Lay)
Linda Patterson’s friend,
Tammy, in the loss of her
The Family of Christy
Health & Other Needs:
Adele (Lu Lay’s sister)
Cindy Arnold’s
Jack & Sue Baker
Mike Banta
Dr. Ty Battershell
John Benton’s father
Beth Douglas’ niece,
Brenda Bloom
Bob (Marilyn Russell’s
Candice Boersma’s
Candice Boersma’s
Bonn Boyd
Joan Branscom
Don & Louise Brinton
Lacey & Jay Byers
Craig Cagle’s Aunt
Dr. E.R. & Jackie Cagle
Wiley & Glenn Chance
Clint Chason
David & Renee
Chebotarev & children
Christians in Iraq
Jennie Cline
College Students
Martin & Amber Corcorran
& new church ministry
Brud Coy
Philip Cunningham
Louie DeBerry
Vera Donaldson
Pat Donovan (brother of
Danette Gardner)
Amanda Douglas
Donna Douglas
Ernie & Beth Douglas
Trevor Douglas
Don (father of Kay
Loveland’s friend, David)
Linda Eliason & Family
Louise Elling
Elmer (Lu Lay’s brother)
Claire Evans (Carol
Cook’s sister)
Joe & Linda Fabian’s
elderly parents
Michael & Julia Farris
Friend of Libby & Sean
T.J. Gaddis & Family
Danette Gardner & her
Abbie Geringer
Gertrud Goetz
Vi Goodrich
Erin Grady’s friend
Dorothy Hanks
Chase Harrison
Linda Herman
Jane Hershey
Kathy Hill
Kevin & Kim Hill
Ruth Irvine
Jimmy (father of Candice
Joe & Barbara Irwin
Char Jackson
Marsha Kafka & Family
Hunter Kent
Dana & Phyllis Kinsley
Ellen & Tim Kirkwood
Gil Lacy
Lou Lankford’s children
Delaney Ledkins & Family
Liz Lauck’s Aunt Nancy
Merl & Dorothy Lockwood
The Louthan Family
Kay Loveland’s co-worker
John & Marilyn Maxon
Fred McDade
Barbara McGuire
Michelle Mercer
Michael (Lena Mohn’s
Mick Mickelsen
Ruanne Miller
Juanita Mitchell
Joyce Moon
Tamy Moretz
Duane Muchmore
Jerry & Ellie Orr
Kent Owens
Paula & Family (Billy
Hatton’s sister)
Steve Peasley’s brotherin-law & family
Persecuted Christians
Leo Preuit
Betty Price
Little Brenna Rankin & her
Rebecca (Dave’s sister)
Coach Tommy Reeder
Rick (Bakers’ son)
Louise Roberts
Robin (Sylvia Louthan’s
Ron & Carmen Roche
Josh Ross
Justin Ross
Sarah & Family (Elaine
Chason’s niece)
Jorga Schmaing (Miken
Harnish’s mother)
Lester Schultz
Joe, Ophelia, & Bobby
Shawn (Roxie Wickam’s
Kip Shore
Doris Small
Tony & Samantha Smith
Linda Snook
Brett Spiker (Russells’
Linda Stapelman
Linda Stapelman’s sister
and brother-in-law
Cheryl Stoeger
Dale Tatman
Butch & Bonnie Terrell
Tony Testolin
Doris Thorne
Vicki (Jody Oldsen’s
Sharon Wagner
Jean Waitz (Carol Cook’s
Carrie Wakkuri
Wendy’s daughter (friend
of the Harnish family)
Connie White (Carol
Cook’s sister)
Neil Wilson (Becky
Benton’s father)
Linda Worton (Lu Lay’s
Weekly Opportunities at MBC…
At Memorial Baptist, we have many opportunities for Bible Study and fellowship for the entire family. We invite you
to join us as we learn and grow together! (Please see enclosed calendar for any schedule changes.)
Sunday Mornings: (9:45 a.m.)
Sunday School for All Ages:
Preschool Class
1st – 3rd Grade Class
4th – 5th Grade Class
Youth I
Youth II
Adult Class Options include:
College Age Class
Adult I Class
Adult II Class
Adult III Class
Morning Worship Service: (11:00 a.m.)
Nursery provided.
Sunday Evenings:
BRIDGE Youth – 5:30 p.m.
Children in Action – 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Adult Bible Study – 6:00 p.m.
Additional Sunday Activities:
Country Club Living Worship 4th & 5th Sundays, 3pm
Business Meetings 2nd Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
High School Lunch at MBC – 11:55 a.m.
(every Monday that school is in session)
Women’s Birthday Club Lunch 2nd Mondays, noon
Bible Study at Country Club Living – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday Evenings: (7:00 p.m.)
Ladies’ Bible Study
Wednesday Mornings: (9:00 a.m.)
Ladies’ Bible Study
Wednesday Evenings:
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 5:30 p.m.
BRIDGE Youth at 265 YO Ranch Road – 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Baptist Church
202 19th Street
Wheatland, Wyoming 82201
February, 2015
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the
first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” ~ Matthew 22:37-39 NIV