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Bishop Karen's Weekly Message (1/28/23)

Bishop Karen's Weekly Message (1/28/23)

January 30, 2023
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare to gather for worship tomorrow. Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. This annual event was proclaimed in 2005 by the United Nations. On ...
Bishop's Weekly Message (1/21/23)

Bishop's Weekly Message (1/21/23)

January 23, 2023
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare to come together for worship. Thank you for your comments on last week’s reflection on reformation in The United Methodist Church. The many ...

Redistricting Listening Sessions

January 23, 2023
MSC Redistricting Listening Sessions
February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

January 19, 2023
February is Black History Month. Below are links to UMC resources for personal, communal, and congregational use.  Worship Resources 29 Ways You Can Participate in Black History Month Activities for Kids  Dos and Don'ts in the ...

Parker UMC Recognized by Town Council

January 18, 2023
The Town of Parker officially recognized the contributions to its community by Parker United Methodist Church. The Mayor, Jeff Toborg, read a statement that thanked the church and its members for serving the community since 1911. ...
Covenant Partner Relationships

Covenant Partner Relationships

January 11, 2023
As we begin a new year, we invite churches to consider a missionary covenant relationship and join more than 20 other Mountain Sky congregations already in a covenant relationship. Most common is support for Kutela Katembo and Ken...
Missionary Itineration Returns to the U.S.

Missionary Itineration Returns to the U.S.

January 11, 2023
submitted by the Rev. Courtney Randall, Mission Advocate for the Western Jursdiction  Global Ministries, United Methodist Church In-person itineration of missionaries serving with Global Ministries will begin in 2023. This is an...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto (Jan. 7, 2023)

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto (Jan. 7, 2023)

January 07, 2023
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare for worship on Epiphany Sunday. This is the Sunday when we remember when the Magi, with a sense of urgency, journeyed from the East. They followed...
Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

January 05, 2023
Join NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries on a journey through the wilderness of gender this lenten season! This study will take place over the course of 8 weeks from February 20th-April 10th, we’ll be reading “How to Understand Your...

A Report from the Office of the Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer

January 05, 2023
A Report from the Office of the Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer Dear friends of the Mountain Sky Conference (MSC).  As we begin 2023, I wanted to share with you how we have journeyed together during 2022. I am ...
Remembering and Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering and Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 05, 2023
This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, January 16th. Below are a few United Methodist resources for personal and communal use. May we continue to learn from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., not just ...
A Message in Preparation for Epiphany Sunday

A Message in Preparation for Epiphany Sunday

January 05, 2023
As we welcome the three new bishops of the Western Jurisdiction, the new College of Bishops offers a short Epiphany message to share in local churches during worship service or online. The video features Bishops Karen Oliveto of ...
Telling Our Whole Story: Uncovering the Truth

Telling Our Whole Story: Uncovering the Truth

January 04, 2023
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries (RJMM) team is seeking historical accounts surrounding racial justice and White supremacy in the geographic area of the Mountain Sky Annual Conference from the local church level up to ...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto (Dec. 31, 2022)

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto (Dec. 31, 2022)

January 03, 2023
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference on this last day of the year. 2022 has not been an easy year. Divisions seem to have deepened and multiplied. Civility is in short supply. It feels like anger,...

AfterHours Denver Shares Necessities and Love

December 22, 2022
Submitted by Logan Robertson, Pastor/Director, AfterHours Denver AfterHours Denver is a bar church and homeless ministry operating in Denver, Colorado. AfterHours mission is to put more love into the world by providing ...

Extending Hospitality to Newly Arrived Migrants

December 15, 2022
Recently, dozens of migrants arrived in Denver. Several non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies are coming together to extend love and hospitality. If your community/faith community would like to express ...
Epworth UMC & The Epworth Foundation Provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals to Thousands

Epworth UMC & The Epworth Foundation Provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals to Thousands

December 14, 2022
This Thanksgiving and Christmas, Epworth United Methodist Church in Denver, CO, and The Epworth Foundation, along with volunteers from the community, are distributing a total of 5,000 turkey dinners. Thanks to the leadership of ...
MSC Creation Justice State Legislative Advocacy Webinar

MSC Creation Justice State Legislative Advocacy Webinar

December 14, 2022
Sunday, January 22, 2023 6:30 - 7:45 pm (MT)   The Mountain Sky Conference’s Creation Justice Task Force invites you to an evening of education and inspiration as we mobilize people of faith to advocate for state legislation in ...
MSC Early Response Team Helps Recovery Efforts in Fort Myers, FL

MSC Early Response Team Helps Recovery Efforts in Fort Myers, FL

December 14, 2022
The Mountain Sky Conference Early Response Team departed for Fort Myers, Florida on November 13, 2022, and returned eight days later after working hard on helping recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian ripped through the Gulf of ...
Jean Schwien Selected as UMVIM Coordinator

Jean Schwien Selected as UMVIM Coordinator

December 14, 2022
Pastor Jean Schwien from Cortez, CO, is the new UMVIM Coordinator for the Mountain Sky Conference.  Jean has been leading mission trips for youth and adults “for more years than I want to admit,” and has always considered hands-on...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

December 12, 2022
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare ourselves for worship. Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent! We are halfway to Christmas! On this day, we read Luke 1: 46-55. Commonly known as ...
Disaster Response in an Alaska Village is a Team Effort

Disaster Response in an Alaska Village is a Team Effort

December 08, 2022
Submitted by Jim Robison-Cox Elias and Frieda Stone were flooded out of their home in Hooper Bay, Alaska on September 18th when the remains of Typhoon Merbok brought record-breaking storm surge to villages on the western coast of...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto (12/3/22)

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto (12/3/22)

December 04, 2022
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare ourselves for the second Sunday in Advent. Last week, I worshipped with FUMC Prairie Campus in Colorado Springs (CO). It was a somber day as the ...

Seeking Feedback and Wisdom: Traveling Safety and Accessibility in Mountain Sky Conference

December 01, 2022
Mountain Sky Conference is a large body, expanding over a vast geographic area. There are gifts and blessings that come with that fact. And there are challenges for some of us that come along with it. Specifically, for some of us,...
MSC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

MSC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 30, 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance took place on November 20th, 2022 to honor and remember those we've lost to anti-trans violence in the transgender, nonbinary, Two Spirit, and gender nonconforming communities across the world. ...

Contributions from Gayla Jo Slauson

November 30, 2022
The delegations who attended the Western Jurisdiction Conference had a big job to accomplish in a couple of days. It was a bit like heading into a labor where you know you must birth not one, not two, but three. It takes time and ...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

November 29, 2022
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare for worship on Sunday. While technically the season of Advent starts tomorrow, I started queuing up my iPod to my Christmas playlist two weeks ago....

"Food for Thought" weekly 30 minutes learning series starts in 2023

November 22, 2022
Join the Racial Justice Movement and Ministries every Wednesday in 2023, from Noon to 12:30 pm, on Zoom for a time of mutual learning that we are calling "Food for Thought". We will be using a resource series from the General ...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

November 21, 2022
As a United Methodist, this has been a somber weekend. On Saturday, I watched my newsfeed fill up with announcements of disaffiliating churches that had been approved in special annual conference sessions across the ...
Bring Hope and Healing to the World

Bring Hope and Healing to the World

November 14, 2022
Global Ministries and UMCOR, the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church, invites members to give love, joy, hope, and peace through a denomination-wide year-end giving campaign between November 1 ...
Spread Glad Tidings Through Missionary Support

Spread Glad Tidings Through Missionary Support

November 14, 2022
Christmas Covenants with Missionaries As you consider your giving this season, we invite churches to consider a missionary covenant relationship and join more than 20 other Mountain Sky congregations already in a covenant ...

SAVE A LIFE! - Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

November 14, 2022
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) ...
Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week

November 11, 2022
 Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated each year between November 13-19th to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. Join Designer of NextGen & Inclusiveness Ministries ...
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Service

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Service

November 11, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites all of us across Mountain Sky to honor those we’ve lost with a Vigil Service on November 20th @ 6:00pm MST on Facebook Live. Immediately following the service will be a community Zoom ...

Platteville United Methodist Church gives thanks for 140 years of ministry

November 10, 2022
On Saturday, October 29th, 2022, Platteville UMC gathered laity, clergy, and community members for a day of celebration and thanksgiving for 140 years of ministry. The afternoon gave attendees the opportunity to enage with ...
A Special Opportunity to Hear from Women in Mission in Latin America

A Special Opportunity to Hear from Women in Mission in Latin America

November 08, 2022
On November 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM MT, you are invited to a special event that will feature four women missionaries who serve in Latin America with various experiences, home life, and work. Come celebrate women in ...
Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop

Western elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop

November 05, 2022
The Rev. Cedrick D. Bridgeforth, director of innovation and communication in the California-Pacific Conference, has been elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction.
Western elects Dottie Escobedo-Frank as bishop

Western elects Dottie Escobedo-Frank as bishop

November 05, 2022
The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, senior pastor of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, was elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction.
Western Jurisdiction elects Rapanut in historic vote

Western Jurisdiction elects Rapanut in historic vote

November 05, 2022
The Rev. Carlo A. Rapanut, assistant to the bishop in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, has been elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction. He is the first Filipino American bishop in The United ...

What Now? What's Next? With Will Willimon

November 01, 2022
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Mountain Sky Mission Partner, Intermountain, is seeking those that will become “Caring Friends” and provide a spark of hope!

Mountain Sky Mission Partner, Intermountain, is seeking those that will become “Caring Friends” and provide a spark of hope!

October 31, 2022
Intermountain brings hope and healing to hundreds of children, youth, and families struggling with mental health issues and the effects of trauma, abuse and neglect. Intermountain has been healing through healthy relationships for...
RESCHEDULED: Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry for LGBTQ+ Youth

RESCHEDULED: Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry for LGBTQ+ Youth

October 24, 2022
RESCHEDULED: Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry for LGBTQ+ Youth  Register Now Designer of NextGen & Inclusiveness Ministries Court VonLindern invites you to attend the rescheduled workshop on "Beyond ...
Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp Embraces Gender Expansive Housing

Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp Embraces Gender Expansive Housing

October 24, 2022
In the fall of 2021, NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries partnered with Transplaining, an organization “working to create a safe(r) world for transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults through education, community ...

November 19th, 2022, a new exhibition “The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever”

October 19, 2022
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to Present Their Perspectives on the Sand Creek Massacre in a November Exhibition at the History Colorado Center: Three Tribal Nations and History Colorado Partner to Give an Authentic Representation of...

"Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church" by Cody J. Sanders and Angela Yarber. The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the MSC's 2022 Book Group

October 17, 2022
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is hosting a 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different voices, learn, work ...
Why Mission u Might Be For You!

Why Mission u Might Be For You!

October 13, 2022
Who Can We Be Together It's an education study over 4 weeks in February ... help beat those winter doldrums. Leading into Lent, it could make a great Lenten preparation study. It's all virtual, you can participate on Zoom; no ...
November is Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) Heritage Month

November is Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) Heritage Month

October 13, 2022
November is Native American (American Indian and Alaska Native) Heritage Month.  Below are resources for personal learning and local church engagement.  ResourceUMC Learn about the land you and/or your local church is located on. ...
Women Leading: Colorado Candidate Forum - Oct 6, 2022

Women Leading: Colorado Candidate Forum - Oct 6, 2022

October 06, 2022
Join the Iliff Women’s Alliance and the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture for a free event, Women Leading: Colorado Candidate Forum! Thursday, Oct. 6th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. @ Iliff School of Theology

Your wisdom needed! A Call for Clergy and Laity in/has been in Cross Racial Cross Cultural Ministries

September 30, 2022
Elisa Anne is the new Community Engagement and Leadership Development intern from Iliff School of Theology. They are working on an exciting project for Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural (CRCC) appointments in the conference. ...