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Mountain Sky Inclusiveness III Conference on Dec. 6 in Highlands Ranch, CO

Mountain Sky Inclusiveness III Conference on Dec. 6 in Highlands Ranch, CO

December 06, 2019
New details about the upcoming Mountain Sky Inclusiveness Conference III, Dec. 6--the seven focus conversations and registration available on the UMARC.org website.

First UMC of Boulder, Colorado to mark 160 years

First UMC of Boulder, Colorado to mark 160 years

November 24, 2019
The first church in Boulder turns 160 years old this year! First United Methodist Church of Boulder will celebrate our 160th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 24, with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary. We are ...

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 ...

Trinity UMC in Loveland, CO helps raise more than $3K in inaugural chili cook-off

Trinity UMC in Loveland, CO helps raise more than $3K in inaugural chili cook-off

November 14, 2019
Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland, Colorado partners with First Congregational Church in this inaugural Responders Chili Cook-off held Oct. 19 that drew 400-plus people and raised more than $3,000 for community ...

21st Annual Sand Creek Healing Run and Walk kicks off Nov. 28

21st Annual Sand Creek Healing Run and Walk kicks off Nov. 28

November 12, 2019
The 21st Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk commences on Thursday, Nov. 28 and will end on Sunday, Dec. 1. The Mountain Sky Conference will continue to support this yearly event with prayer, meals and the presence of...

First UMC in Fort Collins spurs new life into troubled community park

First UMC in Fort Collins spurs new life into troubled community park

November 11, 2019
A troubled Fort Collins park will soon undergo a resurrection, with the transformation coming from First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins in Colorado.

Invitation to the 2020 Young Clergy Leadership Forum

November 08, 2019
Mountain Sky Conference invites young clergy to attend a leadership forum in Washington, D.C. in January 2020.

UMC pastors win in Colorado school board member elections

UMC pastors win in Colorado school board member elections

November 07, 2019
Two United Methodist Church pastors were elected to public school boards in Colorado elections this week. The Reverend Brad Laurvick will represent District No. 5 of Denver Public Schools and the Rev. Jeremy Scott will represent ...

Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

November 05, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes Betty Nguyen as the new Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer and Diana Aqra as the new Media and Communications Specialist.

Mountain View United Church committed to 'Nurturing Beloved Community'

Mountain View United Church committed to 'Nurturing Beloved Community'

November 04, 2019
Mountain View United Church is committed to “Nurturing Beloved Community” through worship, providing mental health and inclusion ministries, and having a focus on social justice.

A 2019 financial update from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

A 2019 financial update from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

November 04, 2019
This update from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration outlines where we are financially at this point in our year. As we indicated last month in this article, the message continues to be mixed. Our ...

The Global Mission Fellow 2020-2022 Cohort application is now open!

The Global Mission Fellow 2020-2022 Cohort application is now open!

October 30, 2019
What is the Global Mission Fellows Program? A 2-year service opportunity to live and work outside the home context. Participants are between 20-30 years old. Fellows support the work of partners around the world addressing issues ...

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

October 28, 2019
This one little well-planned outreach bursting with goodwill has brought manifold blessings upon the community, especially for the children who are now connected with the church.

First UMC in Fort Lupton makes a big community impact with Thanksgiving box giveaway

First UMC in Fort Lupton makes a big community impact with Thanksgiving box giveaway

October 28, 2019
This Colorado church continues to make a big impact on their community throughout the giving season.

Littleton UMC in Colorado nourishes community through Break Bread initiative

October 27, 2019
Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, Colorado serves meals of love and fresh food through Break Bread, the nonprofit the congregation created to build relationships in our community.

Guest blog: A prayer for our rural ministries and farmers

October 26, 2019
Thanksgiving is coming soon – a particularly rural holiday – so let us feast and be thankful. And in our prayers before the feast, let us remember the farmer who grew our feast and thank God for the farmers.

‘Face-to-Face Encounter’ offers a tailored, condensed retreat experience for older Christians

‘Face-to-Face Encounter’ offers a tailored, condensed retreat experience for older Christians

October 24, 2019
People in Missoula and surrounding communities had the chance to experience a Christian retreat with special accommodations for seniors and people with disabilities.

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

October 18, 2019
On May 19, 2019, Brentwood United Methodist Church celebrated Ken Kopatich's 50 years of service to the church's musical ministry. Ken has shared his many talents as a vocalist, saxophone and clarinet player, and leading the ...

Connecting culturally competent resources to the community

Connecting culturally competent resources to the community

October 11, 2019
Since 1972, Servicios de la Raza’s goal has been to “Prevent, Promote, Protect” through culturally responsive services, programs, and advocacy. From behavioral health to family skills, assistance for victims of domestic violence ...

Mountain Sky UM Foundation year-end giving brochures to be available by Nov. 1

Mountain Sky UM Foundation year-end giving brochures to be available by Nov. 1

October 10, 2019
The year-end giving brochure from the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation will be sent to churches before Nov. 1, 2019. This brochure teaches donors how they can continue to give at the levels they dream of, using ...

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

September 30, 2019
This report from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration outlines where we are financially at this point in our year. The message is mixed. Our income is down. Although we are in the black through ...

Mountain View United Church to receive Force for Good Award

Mountain View United Church to receive Force for Good Award

September 27, 2019
The Mountain View United Church in Aurora, Colorado has been recognized by the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for taking "measurable action for radical love and justice in the past year" and was named one of the recipients of the...

Deadline extended for applications to Abundant Health grants

Deadline extended for applications to Abundant Health grants

September 26, 2019
The deadline to apply for an Abundant Health Grant has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. The 2019 Bridge of Love Offering that was held at the Mountain Sky Annual Conference in June went to support the Abundant Health grant ...

Equipping laity in leadership leads to stronger commitment in ministry

Equipping laity in leadership leads to stronger commitment in ministry

September 26, 2019
Rev. Annie Arnoldy, Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministry at the Mountain Sky Conference, led the afternoon workshop “Developing Laity: Empowering, Equipping, and Enabling” in the ReSource ...

Area churches band together to create a truly 'United' Methodist choir

Area churches band together to create a truly 'United' Methodist choir

September 18, 2019
Singers from Erie United Methodist Church, Niwot UMC, the Heart of Longmont UMC, and Rinn UMC joined forces to create a giant "United" Methodist choir this past Saturday, Sept. 14!

Save the date for the Inclusiveness Conference III Dec. 6 in Arvada, CO, livestream available

September 15, 2019
Plans for the third Inclusiveness Conference sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy and Friends are underway. The new date is Dec. 6 at St. Andrew UMC from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Program and registration ...

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020: Part 2

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020: Part 2

September 05, 2019
In the Aug. 27 Mountain Sky Conference News, there was an article about 2020 Mission Shares (apportionment). This follow-up article provides more detail on the eight funds that make up the General and Jurisdictional Church ...

Missionaries Evelyn and Teri Erbele visit Mountain Sky Conference

Missionaries Evelyn and Teri Erbele visit Mountain Sky Conference

August 30, 2019
Evelyn and Teri Erbele are missionaries with the Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church currently assigned as Mission Advocates for the Western Jurisdiction. They are visiting more than 30 congregations in Montana ...

Polson UMC in Montana hosts second Back-to-School Wellness Fair with new partners

Polson UMC in Montana hosts second Back-to-School Wellness Fair with new partners

August 30, 2019
In 2018, the Bridge of Love Offering held at the joint annual conference in Ogden, Utah helped fund Polson UMC's first Back-to-School Wellness Fair last August. After its success, Polson UMC reached out to the Rotary Club, Lions ...

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020

Understanding Mountain Sky Conference Mission Shares for 2020

August 26, 2019
One of the means we use as the people called United Methodists to support the Reign of God beyond the local church is the apportionment. In the Mountain Sky Conference we give the apportionment a symbolic name: Mission Shares. ...

Glendive UMC in Montana takes a stand against gun violence, racism

August 13, 2019
On Aug. 13, members and friends of Glendive United Methodist Church in Glendive, Montana gathered on the lawn of the church to advocate for an end to racism, gun violence, a ban on assault weapons and to remind the community that ...

Beaver Creek Camp builds relationships with Christ while celebrating diversity

August 05, 2019
Beaver Creek Youth Camp and Christian Retreat is an interdenominational camp in the Mountain Sky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Glorifying God, celebrating diversity and having patience all came together for a ...

Rural Chaplains Association convenes in Pueblo, Colorado

Rural Chaplains Association convenes in Pueblo, Colorado

August 05, 2019
The Rural Chaplains Association is convening in Pueblo, Colorado this week, Aug. 7 to 10, for its annual event. The 2019 gathering will include visits to SonRise, Ordway and Rocky Ford United Methodist churches in southeastern ...

Treasurer Noreen Keleshian to retire this December

Treasurer Noreen Keleshian to retire this December

July 29, 2019
After seven and a half years of service as Conference Treasurer, Noreen Keleshian has announced her intention to retire on Dec. 31, 2019.

Resources available for churches on stewardship, fundraising

Resources available for churches on stewardship, fundraising

July 25, 2019
These educational opportunities through webinars and quick reads, when implemented, will make all the difference in turning around your church from scarcity mentality to abundance thinking.

Amanda Daniell to tour Mountain Sky Conference camps

Amanda Daniell to tour Mountain Sky Conference camps

July 16, 2019
This July and August, Amanda Daniell will tour the Mountain Sky Conference camps as she begins her new role as Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry.

Maryann Hall becomes first Blackfeet woman to be delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference

Maryann Hall becomes first Blackfeet woman to be delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference

July 16, 2019
For Maryann Hall, becoming a reserve delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference in 2020 wasn't necessarily pre-planned. But being new to The United Methodist Church, she knew "some big change is coming" and wanted to make ...

Staff transitions: Janet Mulroy and Mary Lou Storey

July 16, 2019
Bishop Oliveto and the Mountain Sky Cabinet are excited to welcome Janet Mulroy as the new Mission Engagement and Resource Strategist for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective July 1, 2019. After an open application and interview...

Bishop Oliveto's Decision of Law concerning the 2019 Annual Conference Session

July 15, 2019
At the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference session, a question of law was asked regarding petition MSC-10: All Are Welcomed. The petition passed with a 97.8% majority in legislative committee and moved to the consent calendar ...

Conference Young People's Ministries to host Water World on Aug. 4

July 15, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference Young People's Ministries invites all youth and their adult leaders to enjoy a day of fun at Water World from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.

Survey response for 2019 Annual Conference outlines values, improvements for next year

July 12, 2019
As a body, we gathered in Billings for Annual Conference one month ago. Since then, we've gathered survey feedback from approximately 30 percent of attendees (which is a great return-rate, as far as surveys go). Thank you for your...

Mountain Sky Pathways Team formed in response to conference petition

June 28, 2019
At the 2019 Annual Conference in Billings, Montana, the conference members voted to approve petition MSC-09: Moving Towards God’s Good Future. This petition was brought forward in light of the current state of The United Methodist...

Anxious times (like now) call for non-anxious leaders

June 26, 2019
The next Mountain Sky Centers for Pastoral Effectiveness - Track l are scheduled to begin Sept. 9-11 in Bozeman Montana, Oct. 14-16 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We are a resource for clergy to find the emotional “center” for ...

Mountain Sky Conference makes historical firsts at 2019 annual session

June 25, 2019
It was a record-making weekend at the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference held June 13 to 16 in Billings, Montana (and no, that does not include the midnight voting party!). On the second clergy ballot cast on Saturday, June 15, ...

2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference opens with worship, hope

June 13, 2019
After a long day of travel for some on Wednesday and Thursday, the United Methodists of the Mountain Sky Conference gathered for opening worship in Billings, Montana on Thursday afternoon.

First UMC in Missoula focused on mission field

First UMC in Missoula focused on mission field

June 05, 2019
Whether they are offering space for Family Promise, a ministry that helps homeless families get back on their feet, or they are resettling refugees, FUMC Missoula is tirelessly focused on their mission field.

St. Paul's UMC photo archive: 14th Montana Annual Conference

St. Paul's UMC photo archive: 14th Montana Annual Conference

June 05, 2019
In 1900, St. Paul's UMC of Helena, Montana hosted the 14th Montana Methodist Episcopal Annual Conference. This picture is from that conference. Brother Van attended and is in the third row, center. A large man with bald head. Dave...

Rev. Annie Arnoldy to be Superintendent of Leadership Development/Director of Connectional Ministry

Rev. Annie Arnoldy to be Superintendent of Leadership Development/Director of Connectional Ministry

June 04, 2019
Bishop Karen Oliveto intends to appoint the Rev. Annie Arnoldy to serve as the Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministry, effective July 1, 2019.

Financially supporting both the conference and the general church

May 21, 2019
Currently the total general and jurisdictional connectional support, all $2,098,881, is rolled into our 2019 budget. This has been the practice for both legacy conferences for many years. At the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual ...

Burns Memorial UMC choir in Aurora, Colorado to sing at Carnegie Hall

Burns Memorial UMC choir in Aurora, Colorado to sing at Carnegie Hall

May 20, 2019
The Chancel Choir of Burns Memorial United Methodist Church in Aurora, Colorado has been asked to join other choirs in a concert at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 19, 2019. The choir will be performing in a joint choir concert of Joseph ...