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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.

Update on our Mountain Sky Conference Camps - Donate and receive a t-shirt!

Update on our Mountain Sky Conference Camps - Donate and receive a t-shirt!

May 30, 2020
In light of COVID-19 our camps in the Mountain Sky Conference have had to have difficult conversations about hosting camp this summer. The Mountain Sky Conference boasts seven church camps spread throughout our vast conference, ...

Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, CO makes more than 400 masks

Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, CO makes more than 400 masks

May 26, 2020
Over 400 masks were made by Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, Colorado.

Ogden First UMC in Utah celebrates 150th anniversary!

Ogden First UMC in Utah celebrates 150th anniversary!

May 21, 2020
Ogden FUMC is sending prayer cards to area churches as a way to safely celebrate their 150th anniversary.

Ogden First UMC makes news for beekeeping and gardening

May 20, 2020
The Deseret News wrote, photographed, and ran this story on May 20, 2020. It is about Ogden FUMC's care for the earth. The article especially focuses on church members Steve Kristen Bell, who lead the gardening and beekeeping ...

Mission partner Intermountain shares Chaplain Chris' sermon for online worship gatherings

Mission partner Intermountain shares Chaplain Chris' sermon for online worship gatherings

May 19, 2020
Chaplain Chris Haughee of Intermountain Residential preaches on the connections between Jesus’ original disciples and the Church today, and the challenge of expressing love and acceptance to ALL children (Luke 18:15-17).

Masks-On! Update: More than 35,340 masks created!!!

Masks-On! Update: More than 35,340 masks created!!!

May 18, 2020
Each week, more UMCs contribute to the JUST LOVE Masks-On Initiative! As of June 22, we reported more than 34,800 masks created by MSC UMCs! JUST LOVE: Masks-on encourages local MSC churches to provide homemade cloth masks for ...

The UMC is still in mission

The UMC is still in mission

May 18, 2020
An invitation to a webinar series about missionaries serving all over the world

Claudia Davis of St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, MT creates more than 60 masks

Claudia Davis of St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, MT creates more than 60 masks

May 18, 2020
Claudia Davis of St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, MT was able to mix good-deed-doing and family bonding in the creation of over 60 masks.

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO creates 1,300 COVID-19 masks

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO creates 1,300 COVID-19 masks

May 18, 2020
Ballpark total—more than 1,300 masks and almost 60 scrub caps. The masks have been distributed locally, throughout the state, to Hawaii, Ohio, Oklahoma, Toronto, and the Navajo Nation. The masks will be worn by family, friends, ...

Northglenn United Methodist quilters and sewers create 150 masks

Northglenn United Methodist quilters and sewers create 150 masks

May 18, 2020
Northglenn United Methodist quilters and sewers are happy to report they have made and delivered over 150 fabric face masks to area senior living centers. We chose donating to these centers as we have church members living within.

Pathways Team releases second 2020 quarterly report

Pathways Team releases second 2020 quarterly report

May 18, 2020
Mountain Sky Conference has released a quarterly Pathways Focus Sessions report. This second quarterly report shares some of the work done by the Pathways Team to help keep you abreast of developments and directions being explored...

Tug-o-Love has become Miles-o-Love for Annual Conference 2020

Tug-o-Love has become Miles-o-Love for Annual Conference 2020

May 18, 2020
This year during Annual Conference, Miles-o-Love will raise funds for the East Angola Pastor Support Fund and Feeding America centers in the Mountain Sky area states.

Still in Mission - Episode 1

Still in Mission - Episode 1

May 17, 2020
Join us for a new series connecting the church with missionaries serving all over the world. Episode 1 is May 28, 2020, we feature missionaries that are directly working with Church Planting, Evangelism, and Discipleship.

May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

May 14, 2020
May Is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. This month, the Commission on Religion and Race has created the following infographic.

2020 Spanish Immersion Experience

May 13, 2020
Cuernavaca, Mexico is home to the most politically and socially progressive Spanish Immersion program in Mexico. This is the 4th annual Mountain Sky Immersion trip planned this year for September September 28 - October10.

Gratitude in a season of a pandemic - a 2020 Budget Report from the MSC Council on Finance and Administration

Gratitude in a season of a pandemic - a 2020 Budget Report from the MSC Council on Finance and Administration

May 12, 2020
"To everything, there is a season" indeed but gratitude is always in season: the generosity of the churches in the Mountain Sky Conference through April is impressive.

An unusual gift goes to Chester UMC during the pandemic

May 07, 2020
Marcia Muir, pastor of Chester UMC, 30 miles south of the Canadian border in Montana, was awakened by a 7:30 a.m. phone call Tuesday, April 7. A man with a German accent told her that the Riverview Hutterite Colony wanted to ...

Wilson UMC burns mortgage!

May 07, 2020
It’s a celebration when a mortgage gets paid! Let’s burn it! Rev. David Hiester, Wilson United Methodist Church and Kristi Kinnison, Executive Director Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation Watch Vimeo Video here.

Youth Ministry goes virtual

Youth Ministry goes virtual

May 07, 2020
While ministry during this time of social distancing has provided unique challenges, youth workers and youth of our conference have found innovative ways to stay connected.

AC20's mission funds will go to East Angola Pastors and Feeding America

AC20's mission funds will go to East Angola Pastors and Feeding America

May 05, 2020
Tug of Love will be the only fundraiser for AC2020. This year, the funds will go to East Angola Pastor Support and Feeding America (within the MSC area).

GCFA offers additional guidance for churches that have not received a PPP Loan

May 05, 2020
Many organizations, including local churches, have been unable to obtain loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The President signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPP HCE Act) on ...

"Quarantine" at Buckhorn Camp

May 04, 2020
Starting May 1, Buckhorn Camp will be offering the opportunity to “Quarantine @ Camp”. They are offering a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house equipped with a standard residential kitchen exclusively to our Mountain Sky Conference Clergy ...

Cortez United Methodist Church, Native Grace collects over 300 boxes of supplies for Navajo Nation

Cortez United Methodist Church, Native Grace collects over 300 boxes of supplies for Navajo Nation

May 04, 2020
Food and household supplies filling over 300 boxes will be distributed to Navajo Nation residents as part of a local COVID-19 relief effort. Boxes will be delivered door-to-door Saturday in the nation’s Utah portion, according to ...

How you can be part of disaster response during coronavirus

How you can be part of disaster response during coronavirus

April 29, 2020
Jim Robison-Cox provides a summary of MSC Disaster Response efforts during the coronavirus and what you can do to help UMCOR US Disaster Response and Recovery.

Mission Shares, the 'Paycheck Protection Program' and the Mountain Sky Conference

Mission Shares, the 'Paycheck Protection Program' and the Mountain Sky Conference

April 28, 2020
The question is the PPP grant “income?” emerges because the Mountain Sky Conference employs an income model to apportion to local churches the costs of the Conference.

Pastor Calvin Hill of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Montana (Native American Sunday series)

Pastor Calvin Hill of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Montana (Native American Sunday series)

April 28, 2020
Native American Ministries Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by ...

Racism and White Supremacy against Natives in Wyoming during COVID-19 (Native American Sunday Series)

Racism and White Supremacy against Natives in Wyoming during COVID-19 (Native American Sunday Series)

April 28, 2020
Racism against Native Americans in Riverton, Wyoming during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Navajo Nation COVID-19 relief efforts (Native American Sunday Series)

The Navajo Nation COVID-19 relief efforts (Native American Sunday Series)

April 28, 2020
The MSC Disaster Relief committee is granting $15,000 to the newly formed Navajo Nation COVID Relief program; CONAM (Committee on Native American Ministries) is granting $2,500. The relief project will be managed by our own ...

Wind River Reservation in Riverton, WY hit hard by COVID-19 (Native American Sunday Series)

Wind River Reservation in Riverton, WY hit hard by COVID-19 (Native American Sunday Series)

April 28, 2020
The Wind River Indian Reservation has been hard hit by the COVID-19 where the county has ranked in the top three in Wyoming for testing positive since mid-March.

Grace Hospice Care shares facing Covid-19 in Mongolia - “We Cannot Forget Our Patients”

Grace Hospice Care shares facing Covid-19 in Mongolia - “We Cannot Forget Our Patients”

April 24, 2020
Dr. Altankhyag, Director of Grace Hospice Care shares facing Covid-19 in Mongolia.

East Angola Missionary Report

East Angola Missionary Report

April 24, 2020
UMW report on how the COVID 19 pandemic is affecting our missionaries in Angola and the people they serve, and how the pastors we help support are helping their communities.

Participate in the JUST LOVE:  Masks-on initiative!

Participate in the JUST LOVE: Masks-on initiative!

April 24, 2020
JUST LOVE: Masks-on encourages local MSC churches to provide homemade cloth masks for local, frontline workers in their neighborhood/community.

Mission Immersion Day is now JUST LOVE at Annual Conference 2020

Mission Immersion Day is now JUST LOVE at Annual Conference 2020

April 24, 2020
The new name for Annual Conference “Mission Immersion Day” is JUST LOVE. The Community Engagement Mission Team would like to share this new name with the Conference. JUST LOVE is the new brand for mission-related programs/projects...

First UMC of Casper, Wyoming's Drive-By Palm Sunday

April 24, 2020
Video Submitted by Rose-Mary King Member of the First United Methodist Church, Casper, Wyoming First United Methodist Church in Casper, Wyoming also held special drive-in services for Palm Sunday and submitted this special video. ...

Mountain Sky creates grant-funded staff position within Young People's Ministries

Mountain Sky creates grant-funded staff position within Young People's Ministries

April 24, 2020
In order to continue fulfilling the conference vision to have life-changing, life-saving mission outposts in the communities we serve, the conference received grant-funding in late 2019 to hire a part-time person to minister ...

Servicios de la Raza offers emergency services during the COVID-19 crisis

Servicios de la Raza offers emergency services during the COVID-19 crisis

April 20, 2020
In light of COVID-19, Servicios de la Raza wants to ensure our clients and community partners that we are still available and providing the following services.

Drive-in theaters offers new way of celebrating Easter

April 16, 2020
A community, ecumenical Easter service on April 12 was held at the Star Drive-in Theater, with communion served instead of Coke and popcorn.

Conference Board of Lay Ministry (BOLM) seeking qualified candidates for co-lay leader positions

Conference Board of Lay Ministry (BOLM) seeking qualified candidates for co-lay leader positions

April 14, 2020
Two Mountain Sky Conference Lay Leaders will be elected at the 2020 Annual Conference Session. Nominations will be accepted by May 10 to be eligible for election.

First UMC Salt Lake City given 2020 Utah Preservation Award

First UMC Salt Lake City given 2020 Utah Preservation Award

April 07, 2020
On March 6, Preservation Utah announced that First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Salt Lake City is the recipient of this years’ 2020 Utah Preservation Award for the Restoration Renovation of our Sanctuary and Historic Pipe ...

Anti-racism book study for MSC clergy beginning May 6

Anti-racism book study for MSC clergy beginning May 6

April 06, 2020
This 6-week book study will include a short reading and a question for reflection each day. It will frame anti-racism work as a spiritual practice in order to emphasize that anti-racism work is never finished, but rather is a life...

New study resource on the future of UMC available to Mountain Sky Conference Districts

New study resource on the future of UMC available to Mountain Sky Conference Districts

April 02, 2020
A new congregational study resource receives widespread praise. A new set of DVDs on The Bible, Sexuality, and the United Methodist Church is gaining high praise across our denomination from a variety of respected leaders. Copies ...