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Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Enciende Una Luz

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Enciende Una Luz

September 25, 2020
Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This week, we will be celebrating the ministry of Enciende Una Luz UMC. A partnership with Smoky Hill UMC in Centennial, CO, Enciende Una Luz UMC has been serving the ...

The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes intern Geoffrey Gross

The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes intern Geoffrey Gross

September 24, 2020
The Rev. Annie Arnoldy and Rev. Jeff Rainwater are excited to welcome Geoffrey Gross (he, him, his) as the new intern for Congregational Vitality and Leadership for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective September 2020.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Western Jurisdictional Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Western Jurisdictional Fund

September 21, 2020
There are seven General Church funds, including the Fund for General Administration. The eighth fund included in the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments is the Western Jurisdiction.

Your feedback needed: Redesigning Circuits

September 21, 2020
In preparation for an upcoming Circuit Summit, conference leaders are seeking feedback from across the conference - from clergy and laity - on past experiences of circuits or similar gatherings.

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Gracia Divina

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Gracia Divina

September 17, 2020
Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This month, we will be celebrating the ministry of Gracia Divina. Iglesia Gracia Divina has been serving the Latin community in the Denver, CO area for almost eight years.

Mission Newsletter - Sept. 2020 - Connecting Neighbors

Mission Newsletter - Sept. 2020 - Connecting Neighbors

September 14, 2020
The Connecting Neighbors program has the goal of inspiring congregations and communities to be better able to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ...

September 15 - Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 14, 2020
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

House Divided: A Politics of Compassion on Sept. 23 Vital Conversations

House Divided: A Politics of Compassion on Sept. 23 Vital Conversations

September 10, 2020
Vital Conversations on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:30am

Mountain Sky Conference seeks 10 young adults to send to Strengthening the Black Church Conference

Mountain Sky Conference seeks 10 young adults to send to Strengthening the Black Church Conference

September 09, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference is seeking to create a team of 10 young adults (ages 18-35) to attend the Transformational Virtual College Tour. We will be giving priority to Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color to attend the ...

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1

September 07, 2020
The Pilgrimage to the Land of Love is a spiritual journey with fellow Mountain Sky members as we together expand our understanding of racism in our lives and our world.

September is Mental Health Awareness month

September is Mental Health Awareness month

September 07, 2020
September is Suicide Prevention Month. We offer resources for counseling, training and other services.

Prayer Request for the Family of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell

Prayer Request for the Family of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell

September 04, 2020
Prayers for the family of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, who passed away peacefully this morning, Sept. 4. He lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Caldwell was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, walking alongside the ...

Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church Iliff Alumni Virtual Gathering

Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church Iliff Alumni Virtual Gathering

September 03, 2020
Please join Iliff alumni and friends from the Mountain Sky Conference for a virtual gathering on September 22, 2020. Iliff’s President Tom Wolfe will greet you and share updates as we start the new academic year.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Ministerial Education Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Ministerial Education Fund

September 01, 2020
This article will share more information about the Ministerial Education Fund.

Salt Lake City’s new Methodist pastor is meeting her congregants where they live — literally (Salt Lake Tribune)

Salt Lake City’s new Methodist pastor is meeting her congregants where they live — literally (Salt Lake Tribune)

September 01, 2020
Bush, originally from Colorado and previously based in rural Wyoming, moved to the area after Bishop Karen Oliveto, who leads all seven districts in the faith’s Mountain Sky Conference

Congregational Vitality grants available (deadline of Sept. 30, 2020)

Congregational Vitality grants available (deadline of Sept. 30, 2020)

August 31, 2020
We have two grant opportunities: our Vitality Resource Grant and our Vitality Innovation Grants.

FUMC Prairie Campus offers outdoor services amidst COVID-19 pandemic

FUMC Prairie Campus offers outdoor services amidst COVID-19 pandemic

August 27, 2020
When COVID hit, First UMC Prairie Campus n Colorado Springs focused on how to continue our momentum and growth as a new faith community amidst the pandemic.

Music copyright workshop with Dave Merkel Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MST

Music copyright workshop with Dave Merkel Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MST

August 26, 2020
A Zoom workshop with Dave Merkel to discuss how to navigate music copyright and licensing for use of music in worship, both online and in-person.

Colorado coalitions call for Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) for the unhoused in response to homeless 'sweeps'

Colorado coalitions call for Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) for the unhoused in response to homeless 'sweeps'

August 24, 2020
In light of "sweeps" by Denver Police of homeless encampments, a coalition of organizations in Denver is trying to present an alternative. Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) is a partial solution to the challenge of homelessness in our ...

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: General Administration Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: General Administration Fund

August 24, 2020
This article will share more information about the General Administration (GA) Fund. While the General Administration Fund is not the coolest or snazziest of the General and Jurisdictional Apportionment funds, it is important to ...

Board of Laity 2020 Introductions

August 19, 2020
Let's please welcome all of our new Board of Laity members in 2020!

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: World Service Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: World Service Fund

August 18, 2020
This is part of a series of articles for the Mountain Sky Conference to learn about the various funds that are make up the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments. This article is about the World Service Fund.

Christ UMC in Salt Lake City, UT leads the way in caring for families during the COVID-19 lock-down

Christ UMC in Salt Lake City, UT leads the way in caring for families during the COVID-19 lock-down

August 13, 2020
During the COVID-19 lockdown in Salt Lake City, Christ United Methodist Church became home to four shelter families in the Family Promise Salt Lake program.

Virtual Mission Volunteer Orientation Sept. 3-4

Virtual Mission Volunteer Orientation Sept. 3-4

August 11, 2020
A virtual orientation experience on September 3 and 4, 2020 is being offered for all individuals and couples interested in learning more about the Mission Volunteer program or those who are discerning future long-term volunteer ...

Free 90-min seminar introduction to 'How to Create a Culture of Renewal' coaching program

Free 90-min seminar introduction to 'How to Create a Culture of Renewal' coaching program

August 10, 2020
How to Create a Culture of Renewal Online Seminar - Aug. 19, 12 - 1:30 p.m. MT

Listen to 'Mountain Sky Prophets' - Young People's and NextGen and Inclusiveness Ministries new podcast

Listen to 'Mountain Sky Prophets' - Young People's and NextGen and Inclusiveness Ministries new podcast

August 10, 2020
Mountain Sky Prophets is a podcast centered on the voices of young people and how they experience church and youth ministry.

MissionInsite the topic for Aug. 19 Vital Conversations

August 10, 2020
Please join Vital Conversations every other Wednesday with Superintendent Jeff Rainwater. Our guest on Wednesday, August 5 at 11:30 a.m. is Rev. Tiffany Keith who will discuss MissionInsite Inspiration.

Youth ministry certification courses begin Aug. 24

Youth ministry certification courses begin Aug. 24

August 06, 2020
The Institute for Discipleship and Youth Ministry Institute are partnering to offer an all-online Certification in Youth Ministry that is designed to equip lay people who work with youth in local churches – both paid staff and ...

Mountain Sky 2020 Summer Camp wrap-up

Mountain Sky 2020 Summer Camp wrap-up

August 06, 2020
A quick wrap up of the Mountain Sky Conference camping season. By, Amanda Daniell

MSC Young People's Ministry Coordinator says reach out to the appropriate campus ministers

August 04, 2020
A quick update on our campus ministries in the Mountain Sky Conference. Written by: Amanda Daniell

Prepared with Care Grants go to 29 churches in Mountain Sky Conference

Prepared with Care Grants go to 29 churches in Mountain Sky Conference

August 03, 2020
Prepared with Care $500 grants go to 29 churches in MSC.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: The Black College Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: The Black College Fund

August 03, 2020
The Black College Fund: Focused on raising leaders who impact lives and shape communities!

Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation 'Dare to Dream' grants available

Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation 'Dare to Dream' grants available

August 03, 2020
Dare to Dream: 2020 Grants Are Here: The Mountain Sky UM Foundation announces grants to fund transformative ideas that will create systemic changes in ministry, vitality, and financial health.

Creating a Culture of Renewal registration is now open for September events

Creating a Culture of Renewal registration is now open for September events

August 01, 2020
Rebekah is passionate about reconnecting spiritual leaders with their God-given powers to co-create miracles with the divine. Her award-winning group coaching program, Creating a Culture of Renewal® has energized church leaders ...

Mission Valley UMC responds to essential workers with hand-made gift baskets

Mission Valley UMC responds to essential workers with hand-made gift baskets

July 28, 2020
The MIssion Team at Mission Valley UMC in St. Ignatius, MT is providing gift baskets to essential workers in their area.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Episcopal Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Episcopal Fund

July 28, 2020
One tangible way to show support for Bishop Karen is the Episcopal Fund.

Leadership Development announces 11 Culture of Courageous Leadership grants

Leadership Development announces 11 Culture of Courageous Leadership grants

July 27, 2020
This summer, the Leadership Development Team of the Mountain Sky Conference awarded 11 Culture of Courageous Leadership Grants to churches across our region.

Responsible Stewardship: July Webinar now online

Responsible Stewardship: July Webinar now online

July 27, 2020
Responsible Stewardship: July 21, 2020 Webinar (Property Liability Insurance and Health 2021 Plans)

Financial witness beyond local church presents mixed message - Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A)

Financial witness beyond local church presents mixed message - Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A)

July 20, 2020
At the mid-point of the Connectional Church Fiscal Year, our performance is both positive and concerning. Our conference numbers continue to be a basis for gratitude while our General and Jurisdictional numbers are troubling.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates: Cutting Through the Confusion (ECFA)

PPP Loan Forgiveness Updates: Cutting Through the Confusion (ECFA)

July 20, 2020
Back by popular demand, join ECFA for a comprehensive update and commentary on the latest Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) developments—with a focus on walking through the PPP loan forgiveness process with integrity.

Fraiser senior living community starts up family visits using LOV (Loved Ones Visiting) Pods!

Fraiser senior living community starts up family visits using LOV (Loved Ones Visiting) Pods!

July 16, 2020
In considering ways that residents might be able to safely visit their loved ones, Fraiser, a senior living community, came up with the idea to create three-sided booths with plexiglass walls and Pinkard Construction was more than...

Zoom groups forming for MSC retired clergy and clergy on leave of absence (various forms)

Zoom groups forming for MSC retired clergy and clergy on leave of absence (various forms)

July 07, 2020
Social distancing required by the COVID-19 Pandemic has shed light on the need for retired pastors, as well as for clergy on various forms of leave, to connect for support, nurture and growth. Four Zoom group options have begun ...

Clarifying the strategic shift in General and Jurisdictional Apportionment: Council on Finance and Administration

Clarifying the strategic shift in General and Jurisdictional Apportionment: Council on Finance and Administration

July 06, 2020
The purpose of changing how we financially support the global church was to empower local churches in their choices consistent with their values. In 2019, at the Annual Conference in Billings, MT, the Mountain Sky Conference ...

VIDEO: Responsible Stewardship: 2021 Annual Budget Q/A Webinar

July 06, 2020
Check out this previously recorded 2021 Budget Preview and QA Zoom webinar held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. This video will help answer questions you might have about the 2021 Budget.

Impressive generosity during the pandemic continues - MSC Council on Finance and Administration

Impressive generosity during the pandemic continues - MSC Council on Finance and Administration

July 01, 2020
Mountain Sky local churches continue to show financial generosity in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the necessary reinvention of local congregational giving. As we said in April: the sky is not falling. Again, thank you. ...

Fundraise like a Pro: Tools for Pastors, Finance, Stewardship

Fundraise like a Pro: Tools for Pastors, Finance, Stewardship

June 29, 2020
Secrets from CFREs: Certified Fund Raising Executives: Here are three great resources specifically for these COVID-19 times. This will change your life. This is a powerful technique that you can immediately begin using. You may ...

MSC releases anti-racism resources for personal and local church engagement

MSC releases anti-racism resources for personal and local church engagement

June 15, 2020
Many among us have engaged in antiracism work, but as I look forward, this is an opportunity for us as the Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC to say a collective “yes” because we believe in living into Beloved Community. When any ...

Anti-racism book study for MSC Laity: 'Waking up White and finding myself in the story of race' by Debby Irving

Anti-racism book study for MSC Laity: 'Waking up White and finding myself in the story of race' by Debby Irving

June 12, 2020
As the Mountain Sky Conference, we are committed to doing anti-racism work within ourselves, our churches, and our world. The following book study will be offered as space for laity to learn, explore, reflect on the process of ...

Prepared with Care grant for churches needing funding for re-opening - GRANTS EXHAUSTED

Prepared with Care grant for churches needing funding for re-opening - GRANTS EXHAUSTED

June 12, 2020
As all of our churches are discerning when to open our physical doors and preparing our spaces to do so, it may require additional funding to purchase more cleaning supplies, sanitizer, and face masks.

Marathon lessons from Major Rettig of Trinity District

Marathon lessons from Major Rettig of Trinity District

June 04, 2020
Given the frequency of saying living in the pandemic is “a marathon, not a sprint,” Major Rettig shares with you a few things that he has learned from the running world.