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Cancelation of April 1 Vital Conversations Zoom

Cancelation of April 1 Vital Conversations Zoom

April 01, 2020
The planned April 1 Vital Conversations with Rev. Michael Smith was canceled due to Zoom security issues.

Rev. Mark Calhoun to be new Wyoming District Superintendent

Rev. Mark Calhoun to be new Wyoming District Superintendent

March 31, 2020
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Mark Calhoun as the new superintendent for the Wyoming District, effective July 1, 2020. Calhoun currently serves as pastor of Lander United Methodist ...

Rev. Jeff Rainwater to be Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality

Rev. Jeff Rainwater to be Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality

March 31, 2020
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Jeff Rainwater as the new Superintendent for Congregational and Community Vitality for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective July 1, 2020. Rainwater is ...

Adjusting to the 'new normal' of COVID-19

March 31, 2020
It’s helpful for us to see through the lens of disaster response. The COVID-19 event (or series of events) is currently causing us trauma. Everyone is learning new ways to live.

Responsible Stewardship: Mountain Sky UM Foundation investment updates

Responsible Stewardship: Mountain Sky UM Foundation investment updates

March 31, 2020
Here is an update about the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation regarding your investments, and the actions we are taking to responsibly steward all resources." An update on endowments will be in a future update note.

Join webinar on best online worship practices in a physically distanced world

Join webinar on best online worship practices in a physically distanced world

March 30, 2020
Join author, creative worship and guest readiness coach Jason Moore for a 90-minute webinar, Tuesday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. MDT for Telling the Old Story in a New Time: Best Practices for Worshiping Online and Beyond in a ...

Mountain Sky staff partner with AfterHours to help homeless in Downtown Denver

Mountain Sky staff partner with AfterHours to help homeless in Downtown Denver

March 25, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference and Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation joined together on March 5 for their quarterly “Day of Service.” 120 paper bag meals were prepared and shared with the homeless at Civic Center Park in ...

A Prayer from Bishop Karen About COVID-19

March 25, 2020
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer on March 25, asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

March 18, 2020
The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following recommendations by the ...

Support vital mission work on United Methodist Women Day of Giving March 23

Support vital mission work on United Methodist Women Day of Giving March 23

March 17, 2020
Join United Methodist Women on March 23 throughout the country to honor United Methodist Day of Giving and securing future mission work.

No more excuses: e-Giving promotions for Mountain Sky Conference churches

No more excuses: e-Giving promotions for Mountain Sky Conference churches

March 12, 2020
If your church isn’t ready to receive gifts by credit cards, then the visitors in your worship services are missing out on the spiritual practice of generosity, and your church’s ministry isn’t as well funded as it could be. Your ...

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 Crisis (Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church)

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 Crisis (Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church)

March 11, 2020
Stop passing the plate and consider these ways to mitigate a decline in giving.

Tri-Lakes UMC wins National Wildfire Mitigation Award

Tri-Lakes UMC wins National Wildfire Mitigation Award

March 09, 2020
The Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church (TLUMC) Emergency Preparedness Group (EPG) Volunteers received the national Wildfire Mitigation Award in a ceremony at TLUMC on Feb. 22, 2020. The competitive award is co-sponsored by the ...

A diverse Mountain Sky Conference converges for Clergy of Color Retreat in February

A diverse Mountain Sky Conference converges for Clergy of Color Retreat in February

March 06, 2020
From Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1, clergy of color throughout our Mountain Sky Conference gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado for worship, rest, renewal, mutual support, and visioning. We laughed and cried together, ...

Envisioning a future for rural ministry in Mountain Sky in 2050

Envisioning a future for rural ministry in Mountain Sky in 2050

March 05, 2020
From February 7 to 9, a group of about 20 pastors and a lay leader met together at Fort Morgan United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan, Colorado to dream of the future of United Methodist ministry in rural communities.

Parker UMC’s “Drive-thru Ashes” offers blessings on-the-go for the community

Parker UMC’s “Drive-thru Ashes” offers blessings on-the-go for the community

March 02, 2020
On Feb. 26, Parker UMC hosted “Drive-Thru Ashes” for the second year on Ash Wednesday. Located in a suburb where many people commute to work, Parker UMC saw a need in its community to help reach those who may not be able to fit an...

Culture of Call grants now available!

February 27, 2020
The Leadership Development Team of the Mountain Sky Conference offers grants to local churches and ministries who are encouraging individuals or groups to explore God's call to spiritual formation and/or service to meet needs in ...

J.J. Warren headlines FUMC Boulder's 23rd Reconciling Anniversary Weekend

J.J. Warren headlines FUMC Boulder's 23rd Reconciling Anniversary Weekend

February 26, 2020
In March 2020, First United Methodist Church of Boulder (FUMC) will celebrate 23 years of being a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones. On March 14-15, we will mark this special occasion ...

Christ Church Denver gives $20K to help relieve medical debt

Christ Church Denver gives $20K to help relieve medical debt

February 26, 2020
Using endowment funds as they were designated, Christ Church United Methodist in Denver, Colorado recently worked with RIP Medical Debt to relieve more than 1,300 people of their medical debt through a $20,000 donation.

Congregational Resource Ministers meet for annual retreat

Congregational Resource Ministers meet for annual retreat

February 24, 2020
CRMs (Congregational Resource Ministers) met last week to plan, wrestle with challenges, share experiences and struggles, and have some fun (or course!)

Apply for the Marion Reid Women’s 2020 Scholarship

Apply for the Marion Reid Women’s 2020 Scholarship

February 21, 2020
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries of the Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020/2021 Marion Reid Scholarship for Women.

Kaiser and UMC partner to offer 'Ghosted' - interactive theater to engage teens to re-frame mental health

Kaiser and UMC partner to offer 'Ghosted' - interactive theater to engage teens to re-frame mental health

February 21, 2020
Ghosted is a professional stage play and interactive conversation to engage teens and parents about challenging situations involving mental health, stress, friendships/relationships and coping skills that can strengthen ...

Guest Blog: 'I am forever grateful for this learning experience' (Washington D.C. Young Clergy Leadership Forum)

Guest Blog: 'I am forever grateful for this learning experience' (Washington D.C. Young Clergy Leadership Forum)

February 20, 2020
Rev. Angi Kotzmoyer reflects on her recent experience at the Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. in January 2020.

Daily Digital Devotion begins Ash Wednesday 2020

Daily Digital Devotion begins Ash Wednesday 2020

February 19, 2020
Mountain Sky's Digital Devotion - an online worship over Zoom - returns on Ash Wednesday and runs through Pentecost. Participants gather at 6:30 a.m. Monday to Friday for 20 minutes of scripture, devotion, sharing, and prayer.

Pathways Team releases findings on Focus Sessions, recommendations

Pathways Team releases findings on Focus Sessions, recommendations

February 18, 2020
Mountain Sky Conference has released the final Pathways Focus Sessions report. The report summarizes the 26 focus sessions held in November, December 2019 and January 2020 that were intended to focus on creating understanding and ...

Simpson United Methodist Church: 113 years of history, fellowship, and community

Simpson United Methodist Church: 113 years of history, fellowship, and community

February 18, 2020
Simpson United Methodist Church (Simpson) has a long history of fellowship and worship within the Japanese American community in Colorado. The church began in a small boarding house for Japanese immigrants in 1907 and has expanded...

Abundant Health Grants awarded to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming

Abundant Health Grants awarded to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming

February 06, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference has awarded Abundant Health Grants to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming totaling $5,200.00. The grant applications were funded through contributions from the 2019 Bridge of Love offerings, 2019...

A Collection of Choirs, Songs of Hope concert benefiting Agape Safe Haven in Longmont, CO

A Collection of Choirs, Songs of Hope concert benefiting Agape Safe Haven in Longmont, CO

February 06, 2020
Yearly benefit concert for Longmont's only sober Christian homeless ministry: Agape Safe Haven is Saturday, February 29th at 7pm at the Heart of Longmont. Suggested Donation: $10/ticket.

Scholarships available for the Clergy Benefits Academy or RevItUp

Scholarships available for the Clergy Benefits Academy or RevItUp

February 06, 2020
Scholarships are available for the Clergy Benefits Academy or RevItUp in 2020. Apply within.

A 2019 Budget Report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

A 2019 Budget Report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

February 03, 2020
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is providing you this initial report on how we finished Fiscal Year 2019 in terms of income and expenses. There is good news with a positive message: we finished 2019 with ...

Lay leader nominations due by April 10 for this year's election

February 03, 2020
Two Mountain Sky Conference Lay Leaders will be elected at the 2020 Annual Conference Session in Gillette, Wyo. this June. Nominations will be accepted by April 10 to be eligible for election.

Guest blog: Thoughts on Pre-General Conference 2020 Briefing from Nashville

Guest blog: Thoughts on Pre-General Conference 2020 Briefing from Nashville

January 31, 2020
The purpose of this report is to share several things Gaylo Jo Slauson learned and felt during the Pre-General Conference 2020 briefing in Nashville, TN. She is a delegate who has never attended a general conference so she ...

Guest blog: From Suffering to Triumph (a devotional book review)

Guest blog: From Suffering to Triumph (a devotional book review)

January 29, 2020
Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee has written a devotional for Lent that builds upon his decades of work in youth and children's ministry, most recently with Intermountain Residential, an intensive treatment center for children with ...

Korean-American UMC in Colorado Springs, CO receives Racial/Ethnic Local Church (RELC) Grant

Korean-American UMC in Colorado Springs, CO receives Racial/Ethnic Local Church (RELC) Grant

January 21, 2020
Korean American UMC in Colorado Springs received a Racial/Ethnic Local Church Grant from the General Board of Church Society of The United Methodist Church to create a new Mommy and Me program for toddlers and their mothers.

Arvada UMC launches 'Eliminate the Shame' campaign to shine the light on mental health

Arvada UMC launches 'Eliminate the Shame' campaign to shine the light on mental health

January 20, 2020
Throughout 2020 Arvada UMC will be seeking to address the mental health crisis by offering learning opportunities, trainings, and resources to those in the wider Arvada community.

Rev. Peter Jisung Lee, Pastor Cory Young and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer to represent Mountain Sky Conference at Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Peter Jisung Lee, Pastor Cory Young and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer to represent Mountain Sky Conference at Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

January 15, 2020
Rev. Peter Jisung Lee will represent the Mountain Sky Conference at the 2020 Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Jan 26 - 29 I am wondering if you want to add this to the end of the bio of Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer? If ...

Close to 1,000 magnitude 2+ earthquakes send UM volunteers back from Puerto Rico

Close to 1,000 magnitude 2+ earthquakes send UM volunteers back from Puerto Rico

January 14, 2020
Nine volunteers from Montana were advised to return from Puerto Rico this week after landing there last week due to a swarm of earthquakes this week.

Meeting aims to gather community to heal, build relationships

Meeting aims to gather community to heal, build relationships

January 14, 2020
After the killing of a Northern Arapaho man in Riverton, Wyoming, United Methodists are moving into action.

UM Volunteers in Mission landed in Puerto Rico

UM Volunteers in Mission landed in Puerto Rico

January 08, 2020
Nine intrepid Volunteers in Mission are poised to take flight toward Puerto Rico in the morning. We are from congregations in Whitehall, Helena, East Helena, and Missoula.

Grand Valley UMC youth produce puppet show on the Magi

Grand Valley UMC youth produce puppet show on the Magi

January 05, 2020
Although Grand Valley United Methodist Church in Parachute, Colorado's student Sunday school class consists of only two students, that doesn't prevent them from performing for the congregation.

'Christmas in the Parking Lot' catches flight in Colorado Springs

'Christmas in the Parking Lot' catches flight in Colorado Springs

December 31, 2019
A powerful day of celebration and giving as The Edge, Ecumenical Social Ministries, and First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs bring gifts to those that may not otherwise receive them on Christmas Morning.

A Christmas letter from the Council of Bishops

A Christmas letter from the Council of Bishops

December 18, 2019
The Council of Bishops' President Bishop Kenneth Carter Jr. sends a letter to the People of the United Methodist Church Dec. 19, 2019

Cheyenne Wells UMC's new chimes ring the message of peace, love to community

Cheyenne Wells UMC's new chimes ring the message of peace, love to community

December 17, 2019
Thanks to the generosity of memorial gifts from community members, The United Methodist Church of Cheyenne Wells recently purchased and installed a new chime system to play music and chime the hour.

UMCOR Earthkeepers grant expands community garden production for First UMC Ogden in Utah

UMCOR Earthkeepers grant expands community garden production for First UMC Ogden in Utah

December 12, 2019
Ogden First UMC is installing an ecologically-friendly irrigation system that will increase the productivity of their community garden.

Pathways Team releases preliminary report on November Focus Sessions

Pathways Team releases preliminary report on November Focus Sessions

December 09, 2019
Pathways Team, which is facilitating discussions on the future of Mountain Sky, released a preliminary report on the 18 Focus Sessions held in November. Attendance so far is around 700.

Inclusiveness Conference to discuss various visions for UMC

Inclusiveness Conference to discuss various visions for UMC

December 06, 2019
Various visions of how to achieve inclusiveness in The United Methodist Church will be discussed and debated by laity and clergy at the upcoming inclusiveness III Conference, Friday, December 6, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at St. ...

Bridge of Love Abundant Health Grant deadline approaching

Bridge of Love Abundant Health Grant deadline approaching

November 29, 2019
The Abundant Health Grant deadline is approaching! Grant applications will be due by December 31, 2019. The 2019 Bridge of Love Offering that was held at the Mountain Sky Annual Conference in June went to support the Abundant ...

Young people's ministries rebuilding in the new Mountain Sky Conference

Young people's ministries rebuilding in the new Mountain Sky Conference

November 22, 2019
Amanda Daniell, the Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry for the Mountain Sky Conference, knew it would be a challenge to rebuild the youth ministries across four states when she started in July.

Mountain Sky Conference hires new Chief Financial Officer

Mountain Sky Conference hires new Chief Financial Officer

November 20, 2019
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is pleased to announce that Angela Thomas, currently Assistant Treasurer and Controller of the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be the first Chief...

October 2019 finance update from Conference Council on Finance and Administration

October 2019 finance update from Conference Council on Finance and Administration

November 18, 2019
This is the third update from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration. As we indicated in our last two articles, through the end of month August and end of month September, the message for much of the ...