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'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

September 18, 2018
Several women of the Mountain Sky Conference contributed to "We Pray with Her," including the Rev. Kerry Greenhill, Melissa Engel, and Laura Rossbert.

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado names Park Hill UMC a 'Force for Good'

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado names Park Hill UMC a 'Force for Good'

September 18, 2018
Park Hill United Methodist Church and Temple Micah in Denver are this year’s congregational recipients of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's Force for Good Award.

Mountain Sky Roundtable to hold first meeting Sept. 23

Mountain Sky Roundtable to hold first meeting Sept. 23

September 18, 2018
The newly formed Mountain Sky Roundtable will convene its first meeting on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Christus Collegium in Bozeman, Montana.

New Book of Discipline Errata includes changes related to Paragraph 50

New Book of Discipline Errata includes changes related to Paragraph 50

September 17, 2018
A new edition of the Book of Discipline 2016 Errata is now available which includes changes to paragraphs 408.3, 410, and 422. These changes were tied to a constitutional amendment on Paragraph 50 of the Constitution that was ...

Mountain Sky Worship Developer explains microphone frequency requirements

Mountain Sky Worship Developer explains microphone frequency requirements

September 11, 2018
If your church or organization uses wireless microphones it's important to check the frequency(s) they operate at, which can usually be found labeled on the transmitter and/or receiver.

Trinity District uses Zoom to offer online training for Lay Servant Ministries

Trinity District uses Zoom to offer online training for Lay Servant Ministries

September 10, 2018
This series of online trainings serves as an indicator as to whether people can be brought together for learning and effective fellowship without having to travel.

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

September 10, 2018
It is after much prayer, study and discernment that we share with you that we believe that the One Church Plan is the best way forward for the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

UMCOR gives $10,000 grant to Mountain Sky Conference for mitigation efforts

UMCOR gives $10,000 grant to Mountain Sky Conference for mitigation efforts

September 05, 2018
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) gave a $10,000 grant to the Mountain Sky Conference to assist the La Veta community with mitigation efforts to prepare for the rainy season and prevent mudslides.

Mission u at Christ UMC Casper will be last event for 2018

Mission u at Christ UMC Casper will be last event for 2018

August 31, 2018
Mission u on Sept. 15 at Christ United Methodist Church in Casper, Wyoming will be the last chance to worship, fellowship and learn together at one of these educational events in 2018.

Mountain Sky Deaconess Liwliwa Robledo remembers Rev. Grace Huck, second woman to get full clergy rights

August 30, 2018
Rev. Grace E. Huck passed away Aug. 12 at the age of 102. Liwliwa T. Robledo, a deaconess in the Mountain Sky Conference, wrote a tribute to Rev. Huck. Robledo serves as Nominations Coordinator for the Alumni Federation at Harris ...

Book launch and signing for Bishop Karen Oliveto's new release

Book launch and signing for Bishop Karen Oliveto's new release

August 29, 2018
Bishop Karen Oliveto, leader of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, has a new book, "Together at the Table: Diversity without Division in The United Methodist Church."

Healthy Kids Back to School Wellness Fair provides school supplies, health resources, and safety demonstrations

Healthy Kids Back to School Wellness Fair provides school supplies, health resources, and safety demonstrations

August 28, 2018
Over 100 school-age children and their parents attended the Healthy Kids Back to School Wellness Fair in Polson, Montana.

Utah pastor responds to swimming tragedy with adult instruction, classes

Utah pastor responds to swimming tragedy with adult instruction, classes

August 24, 2018
After a swimming accident struck Rob Bruendl's Utah church in 2016, the pastor decided to take action teaching adult swim classes.

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplying Learning Communities

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplying Learning Communities

August 21, 2018
Applications to participate in one of Path 1's Multiplying Learning Cohorts are still available. Path 1 Multiplication Learning Communities are being created to help forward-thinking leaders engage in facilitated peer-to-peer ...

Protect yourself from email scams, fake social accounts, and more

Protect yourself from email scams, fake social accounts, and more

August 21, 2018
The Mountain Sky Conference utilizes many means of technology to communicate with those in our area. However, it is through these same channels that criminals may attempt identity theft, phishing, and other scams.

Mission u events open minds, hearts

Mission u events open minds, hearts

August 17, 2018
Participants have been enriched by learning and fellowship at Mission u. Two events remain in Pagosa Springs (Colo.) and Casper (Wyo.).

Volunteers In Mission repair damaged Puerto Rican homes

Volunteers In Mission repair damaged Puerto Rican homes

August 16, 2018
Green Mountain United Methodist Church in Lakewood, Colorado sent a Volunteers In Mission (VIM) team to Puerto Rico Aug. 4-11. During the trip, the volunteers helped rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

Estes Park Friendly Stitchers craft for infants, children

Estes Park Friendly Stitchers craft for infants, children

August 15, 2018
The past few months have been a busy time for the Friendly Stitchers of Estes Park United Methodist Church in Estes Park, Colorado. Over the course of the summer, the church craft group made 77 "taggies."

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants

Conferences unite on welcoming immigrants

August 13, 2018
While United Methodists differ on how the denomination should regard homosexuality, they speak with much broader agreement on immigration. Both division and consensus were apparent in recent months as annual conferences, the ...

Shared Denver United Methodist worship space provides sanctuary

Shared Denver United Methodist worship space provides sanctuary

August 10, 2018
Araceli Velasquez has been living in sanctuary in a Denver church for a year. The original plan for a ceremonial mailing-in of a motion to reopen Araceli's case on Aug. 16 is postponed.

Conference Disaster Response Fund aids wildfire damage relief efforts

Conference Disaster Response Fund aids wildfire damage relief efforts

August 09, 2018
With wildfires burning throughout the Mountain Sky Conference area, the Disaster Response Coordinators, along with conference leadership, have set up a Disaster Response Fund to alleviate costs of the response. More than $2,000 ...

Join the School of Congregational Development via livestream!

Join the School of Congregational Development via livestream!

August 08, 2018
Join the 2018 School of Congregational Development via livestream.

Colleen Wakeley to join Mountain Sky Conference Great Falls office

Colleen Wakeley to join Mountain Sky Conference Great Falls office

August 07, 2018
The Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church is pleased to welcome Colleen Wakeley as the new District Administrator for Montana.

Hispanic/Latino church Gracia Divina blesses students, schools at special service

August 06, 2018
On Aug. 4, members of Gracia Divina gathered in O'Fallon Park in Morrison, Colorado for a day of fellowship, worship, and baptism.

United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

August 02, 2018
Bannack, Montana, founded in 1862, was the first territorial capital of Montana. Now, visitors come from near and far to celebrate Bannack Days, an event by Montana State Parks featuring tours, demonstrations, music, and more.

Mountain Sky Conference Girl Scout shares leadership opportunities, experiences

Mountain Sky Conference Girl Scout shares leadership opportunities, experiences

July 31, 2018
Girl Scouts has been a large part of my life for the past 11 years, since I was in kindergarten. At first it was a space to spend time with my friends and learn about the community around me. As I grew older, it turned into a ...

Rethink Laity Sunday

Rethink Laity Sunday

July 31, 2018
Who could have guessed that embracing Laity Sunday would prove so relevant to effective church organization in 2018? Yet it is.

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

July 31, 2018
The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.

Montana State University campus ministry fosters community, promotes service

July 30, 2018
An article promoting United Methodist campus ministry at Montana State University

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness to celebrate 20 years in 2019

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness to celebrate 20 years in 2019

July 30, 2018
The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness, a multi-track continuing education opportunity, will celebrate 20 years of operation in 2019. The Center is approaching 900 alumni currently enrolled or having completed Track l, over 100 for...

Mission u sees 150-plus participants in July, five more events to come

July 27, 2018
More than 150 participated in three Mission u events in July. There are still five events in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana in the coming months.

Montana church sells crafts at farmers market, gives back to local missions

Montana church sells crafts at farmers market, gives back to local missions

July 25, 2018
Members of Dillon Grace United Methodist Church (Dillon Grace UMC) in Dillon, Montana use their time at the Dillon Farmers Market to give back to local missions.

How mission sustains the church: An appreciation of New World Outlook

How mission sustains the church: An appreciation of New World Outlook

July 24, 2018
For 108 years, one of the communication channels that helped to sustain Methodist commitment to mission has been a series of magazines we know by its current title, New World Outlook.

Mountain Sky representatives host panels, discussions at Wild Goose Festival

Mountain Sky representatives host panels, discussions at Wild Goose Festival

July 24, 2018
Last week at the Wild Goose Festival—an art, music, and story-driven faith-inspired event—a handful of Mountain Sky United Methodists joined thousands of attendees in rural North Carolina. The annual gathering draws attendees and ...

One year later: The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

One year later: The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

July 24, 2018
From the General Board of Church and Society: "The danger of a nuclear holocaust remains as long as nations maintain nuclear weapons."

St. Andrew UMC Diaper Drive collects 500,000th diaper

St. Andrew UMC Diaper Drive collects 500,000th diaper

July 24, 2018
The Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot’s 100% volunteer team works hard to ensure that families with babies/toddlers living in poverty in the metro Denver area have enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy.

YOUTH 2019 Early Registration Begins for Youth and Leaders

YOUTH 2019 Early Registration Begins for Youth and Leaders

July 24, 2018
Discounted early-bird registration is underway for YOUTH 2019, the national gathering for United Methodist youth and their leaders next year in Kansas City that promises four days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service ...

Creating a Culture of Renewal groups begin September 22

Creating a Culture of Renewal groups begin September 22

July 23, 2018
Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Creating a Culture of Renewal’s three-track program is an award-winning, proven, and empowering approach to self-awareness, leadership and ministry. The event is coming to Casper, Wyoming this ...

GBHEM doubles the dollar amount United Methodist students can borrow to pursue higher education

GBHEM doubles the dollar amount United Methodist students can borrow to pursue higher education

July 19, 2018
The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced an increase in the maximum amount of money United Methodist students can borrow to pursue their education.

NEWS: Court docket details proposed plans for UMC

July 19, 2018
The first public details of proposed legislation setting out three proposals for resolving the denomination’s differences over homosexuality are included in the United Methodist Judicial Council’s October docket.

United Methodists announce release of all three missionaries who had been denied permission to leave Republic of the Philippines

United Methodists announce release of all three missionaries who had been denied permission to leave Republic of the Philippines

July 17, 2018
Miracle Osman of Malawi, Adam Shaw of United States and Tawanda Chandiwana of Zimbabwe Now All Reunited with Their Families More than 18,000 People from Over 110 countries Join United Methodist Global Ministries #LetThemLeave ...

Local Church Audit Guide and FAQ from Discipleship Ministries

Local Church Audit Guide and FAQ from Discipleship Ministries

July 13, 2018
The General Council on Finance Administration (GCFA) has developed these wonderful resources to help your church fulfill the mandate for an Annual Local Church Financial Audit.

UM Young People Gathering in Africa for Global Convocation

UM Young People Gathering in Africa for Global Convocation

July 13, 2018
United Methodist youth, young adults and adult workers from all over the world are gathering next week in Johannesburg, South Africa, for worship, fellowship, leadership development and conversations about young people’s hopes and...

Former Western Jurisdiction young person appointed to fill vacancy in Montana legislature

Former Western Jurisdiction young person appointed to fill vacancy in Montana legislature

July 12, 2018
Emma Kerr-Carpenter, the Democrat running for the House District 49 seat on the November ballot, won unanimous approval among Yellowstone County commissioners Tuesday to complete the unexpired term of former Rep. Kelly McCarthy, ...

NEW social media webinars coming soon!

NEW social media webinars coming soon!

July 12, 2018
The United Methodist Communications Public Information Team is hosting two upcoming webinars to support local churches as they strive to embrace social media and its uses for outreach and ministry.

United Methodists announce release of all three missionaries from Republic of the Philippines

July 12, 2018
Calling it a day of rejoicing with deep gratitude, leaders of United Methodist Global Ministries today announced that Miracle Osman of Malawi has left the Philippines and reunited with her family in Blantyre, Malawi.

Methodist Theological School of Ohio pledges to help United Methodist candidates get their full seminary tuition covered

Methodist Theological School of Ohio pledges to help United Methodist candidates get their full seminary tuition covered

July 10, 2018
Methodist Theological School in Ohio and its generous donors are offering a bold new commitment to every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy: an opportunity to earn a master’s degree with no out-of-pocket ...

Declaración Pastoral en Apoyo a las Familias Detenidas y Separadas

July 09, 2018
La misión del Comité de Trabajo de Inmigración es ayudar a equipar a nuestras Conferencias Anuales que estén en ministerio con los inmigrantes y vecinos migrantes.

Mission trip to Puerto Rico to aid with reconstruction

Mission trip to Puerto Rico to aid with reconstruction

July 06, 2018
The Western Colorado/Utah District of the Mountain Sky Conference is organizing a trip to Puerto Rico to help with communities' reconstruction Nov. 3-8. All of the Mountain Sky Conference is invited to join.

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplication Learning Communities

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplication Learning Communities

July 06, 2018
Path 1 Multiplication Learning Communities are being created to help forward-thinking leaders engage in facilitated peer-to-peer conversations about the future of church planting in our connection.