Annual Conference 2022


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A Call to Annual Conference From Bishop Karen Oliveto

February 3, 2022

Dear family members of the Mountain Sky Conference,

   When I was a child, my mother’s voice would ring out from our kitchen door, “Karen! Time for dinner!” I would drop what I was doing to take my seat at our kitchen table. The one rule we had at home was that we didn’t miss dinner—it was the place where the members of my family reconnected after our busy days, where bruised spirits were consoled, where our hunger for acceptance was filled, where laughter and joy permeated the space.

  Consider this your call to take your place at the table as United Methodists from across the Mountain Sky Conference come together at St. Paul’s UMC in Helena for Annual Conference, June 16-18, 2022.

  While we will offer AC as a hybrid this year (both online and in-person), it has been a long time since we have been able to see one another face to face. How wonderful it will be to be in each other’s presence, to sit at table, to deepen old friendships and make new ones, and to grow together as the Body of Christ.

  At the supper tables of my childhood, there was always room for one more. And it was always a “come as you are” meal. Sometimes, the conversation would grow heated as family members voiced their differing opinions. But we all stayed at the table together, and the love we had for each other—even as we disagreed—was always present.

  Bring your full self to our time together in Helena as we live and grow together as the early church once did:

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42



Bishop Karen Oliveto

Versión en Español aquí

Una llamada a la Conferencia Anual de la Obispa Karen Oliveto

A Welcome to Annual Conference from your Co-Lay Leaders

Dear Fellow Laity,
   Welcome to "At This Table" MountainSky Conference Annual Conference in Helena, Montana June 16-18 2022. 'We Three' Conference Co Lay leaders invite you to join us in Helena or online. Bishop Karen has rung the dinner bell and called us to ‘this table’.  It’s been a long hungry wait to sit down together to connect, deepen relationships, and wonder how God leads us into beloved community. We are more than ready to be together as we rebuild connections across the Mountain Sky Conference.
  Laity Session will begin Thursday Morning June 16th at 9AM.  We have some items on the Laity Menu, but the main course is strengthening relationships. There is room at the table for everyone. Please consider inviting someone to join you in Helena or at your computer as an equalization member.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 we are told to encourage one another and build each other up to be fellow followers of Jesus. 
Passionate worship, holy conferencing and serving together at Annual Conference are nourishing body building food for the soul. You won’t want to miss Jorge Lockwood, our Worship Leader.
Another important item on the menu is electing a Co-Conference Lay Leader. There is still time to complete the nomination process if you feel called to share your gifts in this vital role. The information and forms can be found by clicking here.
Registration is open. See you in Helena June 16th-18th for part one of Annual Conference. The second part of Annual Conference will be an online only legislative session in October 21-22, 2022.
Your Co-Lay Leaders
Gayla Jo Slauson, Nancy Flint and Barry Welliver

 Annual Conference Registration opens on March 8th; all clergy and laity members are encouraged to book their hotel rooms before April 1

General Information

Registration Overview

   Welcome to the 2022 Annual Conference Session of The Mountain Sky Conference! This year, sessions will happen in-person June 16-18th in Helena, Montana at Helena United Methodist Ministries (HUMM). This includes St. Paul’s UMC and Covenant UMC. We will partner with GNTV to bring sessions to those in-person and those who choose to attend online. The second half of the Annual Conference will occur Oct 21-22nd in an online-only format to focus on the legislative work of the Mountain Sky Conference. As a clergy or laity member, you are expected to attend both sessions to complete the business of the annual conference this year.

The Mountain Sky Conference website will be the hub for information about both sessions of the Annual Conference. Please bookmark this page as updates will be posted throughout the year: You will find subpages on the side menu that include: 

Registration Overview

Hotel Information


Circuit Meet-Ups

June Agenda (Draft)

Guest Worship Leader & Speaker

October Agenda Priorities

COVID-19 Safety Protocols



Petitions, Elections & Legislations


Mileage / Flight Reimbursements

Online Bookstore

Mission Engagement

Blueprint for Wellness (BFW)


Downtown Helena Map

Annual Conference Registration is now open!

Please register as soon as possible to help our staff and volunteer teams know how many people will be attending in–person and how many will attend online. Hotel blocks are also now open and available for you to make an individual reservation - some hotel blocks will expire on April 1 - book now! As always, we recommend sharing a room as it makes your stay more cost-effective. 

A note to laity members: consider encouraging someone you know to attend conference with you as an equalization member - all districts are seeking nominations for lay equalization members (please contact your pastor or district office to inquire).


Helena, Montana is excited to host the June 2022 Mountain Sky Conference Annual Conference Sessions. You will find rich information on Helena’s Visitors Bureau website:

Where should I stay?

  We were able to get blocks at many hotels, but we know it is the high tourist season and many of our hotel blocks will expire April 1, 2022. All of our hotel partners have details on the MSC 2022 AC hotel page, found here:

  Please book your lodging now if you are a laity or clergy member to Annual Conference and you plan to attend in person. It helps our conference if you use the Mountain Sky Conference hotel blocks as these rooms are at special rates, they have the flexibility to be canceled, and they are close to our event spaces. 

What will happen at these sessions?

  The June sessions of the conference will include a welcome dinner, opening worship, clergy session, laity session, a plenary session for legislative business, vision exploration with Bishop Karen, district lunches, the memorial worship service,  meet-ups for many groups, special meals, and Ordination worship! Plenary sessions and all regular legislation will take place online on Oct 21-22, 2022 at part 2 of the MSC Annual Conference. 

Where will Annual Conference sessions be held?

  The June sessions will be held primarily at St. Paul’s UMC and Covenant UMC in Helena. Together, these churches are known as HUMM (Helena United Methodist Ministries). There will be an option to participate online instead of in person.

  At this table, all are welcome to experience the great love of God. Let us come together as the Mountain Sky Conference!

St. Paul's UMC
80 E. Lawrence St.
Helena, MT 59601
Covenant UMC
2330 E. Broadway St.
Helena, MT 59601

Please contact MSC Event Manager, Jared O’Kegley-Gibson, at to inquire about hosting a meal, sponsoring this year’s Annual Conference, or with general questions.