Thank You and Farewell to Pastor Jack Preston, and Welcome Reverend Mary Barbee!!

A time for change has arrived for the United Methodist Churches in Basin and Hyattville. That change begins with the retirement of Pastor Jack after ten and half years of service to our small churches. We all thank him for his many years and much work for our communities.

We had a very nice celebration in his honor after church Sunday June 29th, 2014 in Basin, with both congregations. Volunteers then loaded the moving trucks Monday morning and he was on his way to Cody before noon. He thanks all who helped with this task, both packing before, loading and traveling with him to unload.

That change continued on Monday June 30, 2014 at 4 in the afternoon. Rev. Deb Olenyik, our District Superintendent for the Yellowstone Conference, met with the combined pastor parish relations committee and announced that Rev. Mary Barbee would be assigned as the interim pastor of the Basin and Hyattville United Methodist Churches effective July 1, 2014. The interim assignment will continue for three months -- possibly longer. We ask for prayers for God’s blessing on both our congregations, and on Pastor Mary and Pastor Jack during this time of transition.

You’ll have to come to church to meet Pastor Mary! We'll have a photo to post later. Our motto, "Open Doors, Open Minds and Open Hearts" is a wonderful way to ensure that everyone is welcome. We hope to see you on Sunday.

We are going to have some fun on Sunday, July 6th during Rev. Mary’s first Sunday in Hyattville and Basin. Please join us 9 a.m. in Hyattville or 11 a.m. in Basin for fireworks (on screen of course!). July 4th is one of Pastor Mary’s favorite holidays, so come join us for the fun and hear some wonderful music to celebrate America’s birthday. The following Sunday will be more traditional, but we are excited and very thankful to have Rev. Mary join us!! (She said she actually prefers Reverend Mary, but that may be hard for the little kids to remember - so she is certainly fine with Pastor Mary!)

Please join us each Sunday in Hyattville at 9 a.m. and in Basin at 11 a.m.