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Conference Lay Servant Ministries offers basic course on Zoom

Conference Lay Servant Ministries offers basic course on Zoom

April 15, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference of Lay Servant Ministries will offer the basic course on Zoom on May 11 and 18. This will be a new and unique way of presenting the courses. Join us across the Mountain Sky area!

Choteau, Brady and Dutton UMCs in Montana try new ways to connect with God during Lent

Choteau, Brady and Dutton UMCs in Montana try new ways to connect with God during Lent

April 09, 2019
This season of Lent, I have encouraged my churches in Choteau, Brady, and Dutton to fast from their busyness. The overall goal was to make room to connect with God, with people, and with themselves in a way that we couldn’t ...

Mile High Metro lay servants hold first district meeting

Mile High Metro lay servants hold first district meeting

April 01, 2019
On March 9, the lay servants of the Mile High Metro District gathered to attend their first annual meeting. The host church was Jefferson Avenue in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and the theme was "Empowered Laity."

A Statement From Your Mountain Sky Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

March 27, 2019
As we seek to develop leaders for the Church, we humbly defer to God’s wisdom in calling people across the broadest expressions of humanity — including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, theological perspective, physical ...

A Statement From Your Mountain Sky Conference Cabinet

March 22, 2019
In anticipation of God doing a new thing among us in the coming months and years, the appointive cabinet of the Mountain Sky Conference will continue to live into the vision of the One Church Plan – which was endorsed by clear ...

Alamosa First UMC hosts tea in honor of John Wesley

March 22, 2019
The First United Methodist Church in Alamosa, Colorado hosted tea with John Wesley on March 3. The guests were treated to a presentation from some of the church members who had traveled to England for a 10-day full adventure of ...

Volunteers assemble nearly 200 kits at Johnstown UMC for UMCOR relief

Volunteers assemble nearly 200 kits at Johnstown UMC for UMCOR relief

March 22, 2019
Sixty eager and industrious volunteers, including a dozen youth, gathered at The United Methodist Church of Johnstown, Colorado on March 16 for an UMCOR work day. In record time, the volunteers assembled 34 flood buckets and 155 ...

Mountain Sky volunteers help with Hurricane Harvey recovery in Texas

March 20, 2019
Fourteen volunteers from the Mountain Sky Conference traveled to Texas to assist with clean up efforts in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas Pass after the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Spring worship planning retreats to be held in Wyoming, Colorado

Spring worship planning retreats to be held in Wyoming, Colorado

March 14, 2019
The Rev. Kerry Greenhill will be leading day-long worship planning retreats for pastors to gather with colleagues, engage in prayer and reflection, receive some tools and resources for making worship even more lively and ...

Iliff School of Theology offers workshop on organizational change

Iliff School of Theology offers workshop on organizational change

March 08, 2019
The Iliff School of Theology in Denver is offering a workshop on leading organizational change - a critical skill for leadership!

First UMC Colorado Springs to launch Prairie Campus on April 14

March 01, 2019
At First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs, we are excited to be in the midst of becoming a multi-site congregation, launching the FUMC Prairie Campus (out on the eastern plains of Colorado Springs) this April 14.

First UMC Boulder to host event with Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls

March 01, 2019
First United Methodist Church of Boulder will host "Crafting a New Normal", a free community gathering about inclusion and intersectionality, on Saturday, March 16, as we celebrate our 22nd anniversary of becoming a member church ...

A post-General Conference letter from Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation

A post-General Conference letter from Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation

February 27, 2019
This letter will help answer questions and provide assurances about your deposits at the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation, Inc.

A post-General Conference letter from your Mountain Sky Conference leaders

A post-General Conference letter from your Mountain Sky Conference leaders

February 27, 2019
The joy and oneness we feel by participating in the Body of Christ overcomes any walls that have been created. We will continue to support our ministries, pastors, and lay leaders across the theological and geographic differences ...

Emmy-nominated documentary screenings take place throughout Colorado

February 21, 2019
In March 2019, The Episcopal Church in Colorado will sponsor a 7-city tour of a documentary film that unearths a hidden legacy of slavery in America.

Smoky Hill UMC gets creative in new stained glass window design

February 21, 2019
Artists and creatives at Smoky Hill UMC decided to design and produce their own stained glass windows in the 1980's. When the new sanctuary needed windows in 2017, a new group of congregants decided to step up and create.

UMCOR West Depot seeking Volunteers

February 21, 2019
Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMCOR West Office and Depot seeks to be a vital part of the work and vision of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

February 19, 2019
On February 3, 2019 Smoky Hill UMC, of Centennial, Colorado, voted to become a Reconciling Ministries Congregation.

Times of Transition: A word from our Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture, Rev. Amy Gearhart

Times of Transition: A word from our Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture, Rev. Amy Gearhart

February 15, 2019
As in any large transition, it is important to focus at first on the WHY?, root in the purposes and dreams set forth in our guiding documents and decisions, and look for those levers of organizational change that can leverage ...

Guest blog: Y2K and General Conference 2019

Guest blog: Y2K and General Conference 2019

February 14, 2019
In some ways, the special called session of the General Conference reminds me of the eve of Y2K. No matter what gets decided or what gets postponed, no matter what holds together or what falls apart, life and ministry will go on.

Simpson UMC practices fire safety, prevention during interactive worship service

Simpson UMC practices fire safety, prevention during interactive worship service

February 13, 2019
Trustees at Simpson UMC in Arvada, Colorado regularly practice fire prevention and safety. Recently, they decided to practice evacuations in a fun Sunday service.

UMARC to host post-GC2019 summit March 1

UMARC to host post-GC2019 summit March 1

February 13, 2019
Less than three days after a special General Conference concludes in St. Louis, lay and clergy United Methodists in the Mountain Sky Conference will gather for a post-GC2019 summit. The event, sponsored by the United Methodist ...

Blackfeet United Methodist Parish provides aid, ecumenical partnerships in post-shutdown food crisis

February 12, 2019
In the aftermath of the 35-day federal government shutdown, the A’aninin and Nakoda Tribes on Fort Belknap Reservation and the Chippewa and Cree Tribes of Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana are facing dire food shortages threatening...

Deaconesses and Home Missioners discernment event coming to Mountain Sky Conference

Deaconesses and Home Missioners discernment event coming to Mountain Sky Conference

February 12, 2019
Deaconesses and Home Missioners make lifetime commitments to this work and are consecrated and commissioned to specific ministries.

How to submit resources to Congregational Vitality blog pages

February 12, 2019
Learn how to submit resources to the congregational vitality blog pages.

Mountain Sky welcomes volunteers to assemble GC2019 welcome kits

Mountain Sky welcomes volunteers to assemble GC2019 welcome kits

February 12, 2019
Mountain Sky volunteers and friends are gearing up to offer radical hospitality at GC2019.

UMC Bishops prepare to preside at Special Session of General Conference

February 12, 2019
The bishops of The United Methodist Church are preparing to preside over the three-day Special Session of the General Conference set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women develops sexual ethics resources

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women develops sexual ethics resources

February 04, 2019
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has developed new sexual ethics resources to be utilized by annual conferences and local churches to address sexual misconduct and harassment.

Mountain Sky United Methodist Women urge signatures on immigration statement

February 04, 2019
If you would like to add your name to the list of signatures, please email Karen at jaeger.karen@gmail.com or Ann at annorganic1@gmail.com. Hearing that more than 10,000 children are in detention centers across the country has ...

Iliff student and Mountain Sky clergywoman Rahdearra A. Paris Woods shares call to ministry

Iliff student and Mountain Sky clergywoman Rahdearra A. Paris Woods shares call to ministry

February 01, 2019
As a woman of color who is also a same gender loving being, I found myself in a hurtful and self-hating place. In conjunction with the loss of my mother, I viewed Christianity and God differently. Actually I was angry with God and...

Mountain Sky clergywoman oversees opening of new 35-unit supportive housing chapter

Mountain Sky clergywoman oversees opening of new 35-unit supportive housing chapter

February 01, 2019
This week a hard-hatted Delores Project interim executive director Laura Rossbert, who’s also an ordained minister, was bubbly as she led tours of the $30 million complex known as Arroyo Village.

Mountain Sky Conference intern featured in 'Iliff Q&A'

Mountain Sky Conference intern featured in 'Iliff Q&A'

February 01, 2019
Front-range student, Samuel Fisher, has felt led for many years to pursue full-time ministry. Attending Iliff has just been the first step on his journey.

Mountain Sky United Methodist Women release statement encouraging action, justice regarding immigration issues

January 30, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference United Methodist Women have released a statement regarding the current immigration issue, with more than 50 signatures.

Wesley Pilgrimage Scholarship deadline reminder

Wesley Pilgrimage Scholarship deadline reminder

January 29, 2019
Lay and clergy leaders interested in the 2019 Wesley Pilgrimage in England may apply for a scholarship that will greatly reduce the cost of their trip.

25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving

25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving

January 23, 2019
Take your church's giving to the next level and start the new year strong. These 25 big ideas from Horizons Stewardship will help you get there. If giving was flat, the number of church donors has declined, or your ministry for ...

Bozeman UMC welcomes all to join San Salvador mission trip in July

Bozeman UMC welcomes all to join San Salvador mission trip in July

January 23, 2019
Vickie Wilkinson of Bozeman United Methodist Church in Bozeman, Montana, plans to serve her ninth year with Siloe Church and School in San Salvador, El Salvador on a mission trip this July.

Colorado faith leaders call on Colorado’s congressional delegation to end the partial federal government shutdown

January 23, 2019
The partial, federal government shutdown--now the longest in U.S. history--continues to take an unnecessary and formidable toll on Coloradans. As Christian denominational leaders, clergy and religious professionals living together...

Rural Chaplains Association to visit Southeastern Colorado for Focus 2019

Rural Chaplains Association to visit Southeastern Colorado for Focus 2019

January 23, 2019
According to the Rural Chaplains Association (RCA) website, rural chaplains are people "from diverse backgrounds, with varied education and life experiences, that uniquely equip them to serve rural persons, families, institutions,...

Erie UMC pastor continues outreach ministry with local shelter

Erie UMC pastor continues outreach ministry with local shelter

January 18, 2019
The Rev. Josh Walker of Erie United Methodist Church doesn't confine ministry within the walls of his Colorado church building. Walker has been involved in Agape, an overnight shelter for homeless adults in Longmont, Colorado, for...

Youth joyfully lead at Tongan United Methodist church

Youth joyfully lead at Tongan United Methodist church

January 16, 2019
While many United Methodist churches declare youth are the future leaders of the denomination, they are leaders now at Tongan United Methodist Church.

'Dream Big' campaign to bring in more than $20,000 for conference ministries in contributions, pledges

'Dream Big' campaign to bring in more than $20,000 for conference ministries in contributions, pledges

January 15, 2019
This historic vote occurred at the 2018 Joint Annual Conference in Ogden, Utah. After the vote, many conference participants joined in contributing a gift to the Dream Big, Love Boldly, Give Believing campaign. These funds will ...

United Methodists urged to join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

January 15, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is urging all United Methodists to join in the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which starts on Jan. 18 and runs until Jan. 25.

Church mission trip reports due Jan. 31

January 14, 2019
Each year, the Mountain Sky Conference will report any church mission trips to the Western Jurisdiction.

Three Congregational Resource Ministers join Mountain Sky team

Three Congregational Resource Ministers join Mountain Sky team

January 07, 2019
A Congregational Resource Minister (CRM) is an important part of a district’s ministry team in the Mountain Sky Conference (MSC). This role equips local church clergy and laity to offer Christ to their community's deepest needs ...

Camp on the Boulder partners with Faith Chapel for continued growth

Camp on the Boulder partners with Faith Chapel for continued growth

January 04, 2019
The Board of Trustees of Camp on the Boulder, and the leadership of Faith Chapel of Billings, Montana, have signed an agreement for the lease to purchase the current camp property.

From Glory to Glory: a worship series in preparation for General Conference

From Glory to Glory: a worship series in preparation for General Conference

January 04, 2019
As many of you are intimately aware, The United Methodist Church is preparing for a special session of General Conference next month.

Prepare for 2019 on a Worship Planning Retreat

Prepare for 2019 on a Worship Planning Retreat

January 04, 2019
If you enjoy worship planning, but have a hard time setting aside time to plan more than a couple weeks in advance, Sacred Stones Ministries invites you to a Worship Planning Retreat with the Rev. Kerry Greenhill in 2019.

United Methodist higher education leaders gather to enhance their influence on the church

January 04, 2019
Representatives from United Methodist higher education institutions are gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jan. 3-4 to discuss how the values of the church’s higher education ministry could inform the denomination’s mission.

Monte Vista UMC shares candlelight service with community

Monte Vista UMC shares candlelight service with community

January 02, 2019
On the afternoon of Dec. 24, Monte Vista United Methodist Church hosted a candlelight Christmas Eve service at The Legacy, an assisted living center in Monte Vista, Colorado.

The Land hosts first annual Puppy Christmas Pageant

The Land hosts first annual Puppy Christmas Pageant

December 18, 2018
This was the first annual Puppy Christmas Pageant at The Land. Dogs participated in full costume as both actors and audience members in this special service.