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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

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!

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 ...

Volunteers needed for Camp Hope at Buckhorn for 40th anniversary

Volunteers needed for Camp Hope at Buckhorn for 40th anniversary

May 20, 2019
Camp Hope has been serving campers with unique abilities for the past 40 years! We are looking for volunteers, especially nurses, for Camp Hope! We have many positions that still need to be filled. Camp managers are planning a ...

UM retired clergy to host educational events at 2019 Annual Conference

May 15, 2019
The United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy (UMARC) is holding two educational events at the 2019 Mountain Sky Conference in Billings, Montana to address post-General Conference concerns.

Conference teams formed for post-General Conference response

May 14, 2019
In order to continue our work with the Spirit, Bishop Karen appointed seven teams following the General Conference in February to help us discern our way forward with God. These teams include: Core Team, Legal Team, Triage Team, ...

Mountain Sky UM Foundation offers 2019 grants for local churches

Mountain Sky UM Foundation offers 2019 grants for local churches

May 13, 2019
The Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation announces its grant program for 2019. This year more money is available, including $200,000 set apart for legacy Yellowstone Conference churches, and a scholarship program for financial...

Phil Rogers to be Interim Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry

Phil Rogers to be Interim Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry

May 07, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference is pleased to announce the Rev. Phil Rogers will join the staff as Interim Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry. Phil will work part-time as he also serves as the deacon for ...

Brighton UMC team featured on local news during Help for Homes

Brighton UMC team featured on local news during Help for Homes

May 06, 2019
A team from the Brighton United Methodist Church joined others in Brighton, Colorado on May 4 to help seniors maintain their homes. They were part of a feature by Denver 7 News, which was covering the story.

Enhance your ministry on All Saints Day with Foundation resources

Enhance your ministry on All Saints Day with Foundation resources

May 06, 2019
All Saints Day is Nov. 3, 2019. Look for resources from the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation to enhance your pastoral ministry associated with this day.

A word about appointments from the Dean of the Cabinet

A word about appointments from the Dean of the Cabinet

May 05, 2019
A word from the Dean of the Cabinet on this year’s appointment process. If it feels a little slow this year, there are good reasons! We are invested in consultations and getting every appointment right if we can.

UMW of First UMC in Newcastle, WY raises $52K for county senior center

May 03, 2019
The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, Wyoming raised $52,500 during its Spring Benefit Luncheon on May 3 to help the Weston County Senior Center's roofing project.

Seven laity pursue lay ministry certification in Utah Sub-district

Seven laity pursue lay ministry certification in Utah Sub-district

April 30, 2019
On April 30, the Utah Sub-district Committee on Ministry gathered together a group of seven persons who are in various stages of preparation toward becoming Certified Lay Ministers.

After the Judicial Council: Understanding the Decisions - Seeking Spiritual Grounding

After the Judicial Council: Understanding the Decisions - Seeking Spiritual Grounding

April 30, 2019
Join members of the Mountain Sky Conference in a two-part series of Zoom gatherings, After the Judicial Council. Together we will work to understand the decisions and seek spiritual grounding during these uncertain times

Thanks to Andy Millman for his ministry!

Thanks to Andy Millman for his ministry!

April 29, 2019
It is with sadness and appreciation that we announce that Andy Millman will be stepping down as staff for Young People's Ministry and Camping & Retreats, effective May 3, 2019. He first came on board in October 2015 to join the ...

Video contest from the Congregational Vitality Committee

April 29, 2019
The Congregational Vitality Committee of the Mountain Sky Conference invites you to enter a new video contest — with cash grant awards! — leading up to Annual Conference this June in Billings.

A Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

April 26, 2019
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has ruled on the constitutionality of the plan known as "The Traditional Plan" that was passed at the Special ...

Laurie Day named new Director of Connectional Ministries for Oregon-Idaho Conference

Laurie Day named new Director of Connectional Ministries for Oregon-Idaho Conference

April 24, 2019
It is with great joy and sadness that we announce that Laurie Day has accepted a new position as the Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop at the Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church, ...

A report from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

April 23, 2019
We now face a moment of decision – to turn back or continue to move forward boldly and courageously. We have conferred. We have prayed. Ultimately, we asked one another: “Does the world now need our witness and service less or ...

Iliff's ReSource to offer 3-week Zoom seminar on building urgency toward organizational change

April 23, 2019
The Iliff School of Theology ReSource program is offering a new kind of experience: a three-week online seminar from May 6-24, 2019 examining John Kotter's theory of change, with a particular emphasis on building a sense of ...

ReSource at Iliff: Workshop on Appreciative Inquiry

ReSource at Iliff: Workshop on Appreciative Inquiry

April 23, 2019
Iliff School of Theology's ReSource program is offering a four-hour workshop on the essentials of Appreciative Inquiry. This process can provide a strong foundation for vital organizations as they move forward, particularly when ...

St. Vrain Circuit offers General Conference prayer service on Good Friday

St. Vrain Circuit offers General Conference prayer service on Good Friday

April 23, 2019
I have been especially blessed to watch the St. Vrain Circuit dream up, plan, and gather together around a prayer service leading up to General Conference 2019. And during Holy Week, they came together for a shared Good Friday ...

Volunteers needed for flood prevention in La Veta, Colorado

Volunteers needed for flood prevention in La Veta, Colorado

April 23, 2019
Volunteers of all ages and skill levels needed for short term mission work in La Veta, Colorado. Workers will clear brush and debris following the 2018 wild fires to assist with preventing floods in 2019.

Rev. Margaret Gillikin to return to local church; Rev. Chris Carr to be new Trinity District Superintendent

Rev. Margaret Gillikin to return to local church; Rev. Chris Carr to be new Trinity District Superintendent

April 22, 2019
After five years of serving on the Cabinet as a District Superintendent, the Rev. Margaret Gillikin will be returning to the local church as Bishop Karen Oliveto intends to appoint her as the lead pastor of Helena United Methodist...