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Prayers and thoughts after a tragedy in Buffalo

May 15, 2022
Beloveds of the Mountain Sky Conference, Earlier this week, I was angered by the news accounts of what happened when a bus was pulled over by Georgia police for an alleged traffic violation. The bus was chartered for Delaware ...

Presentation with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis on May 20, 2022, at Iliff.

Presentation with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis on May 20, 2022, at Iliff.

May 12, 2022
Presentation with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis on “Leading Through Trauma with Fierce Love” - May 20, 2022, at Iliff

2022 Tug-o-Love

2022 Tug-o-Love

May 10, 2022
Live and in-person, Tug-o-Love returns to the 2022 Annual Conference Session in Helena, Montana. On Thursday, June 16, we celebrate Mission Day! Our day will include an immersion activity, plus displays on the many mission ...

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 10, 2022
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Below are some links with resources for personal and local church engagement.  https://asianpacificheritage.gov/ https://www.r2hub.org/library/10-honorable-traits-of-pacific-islander-c...

"Retablos: Stories From A Life Lived Along the Border" by Octavio Solis - The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force Hosts the MSC's 2022 Book Group

April 28, 2022
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force (RJMM) is looking forward to hosting the 2022 Book Group. The RJMM would like to encourage you to join this conferencewide Book Group as we journey, read, listen to different ...

Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge - A Resource from the General Commission on Religion and Race

April 21, 2022
The General Commission on Religion and Race has an upcoming resource for personal engagement and/or the local church.  Beginning on Juneteenth (Sunday, June 19, 2022) you will receive daily prayers on social media for six weeks. ...

Enliven, Envision, Embody - A Worship and Music Training and General Experience

April 18, 2022
Thursday to Saturday, June 2-4, St. Paul’s UMC we will be hosting Enliven, Envision, Embody, a worship and music training and general experience, in Helena, Montana. Here’s some additional background: When our Worship Director, ...

Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Resources

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Mary Beth Downing, MSC Creation Justice Task Force Do you need some Earth Day Resources? Each year, Creation Justice Ministries offers Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and...

Just Energy

Just Energy

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Ann Heard, MSC Creation Justice Task Force The goal of the Just Energy subgroup is to join with United Women in Faith and share resources, events, and actions with people in the Mountain Sky Conference of The UMC. ...

Greening Annual Conference

Greening Annual Conference

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Dawn Givens, MSC Creation Justice Task Force The Creation Justice Committee of the Mountain Sky Conference has been busy for the past several months working towards making a difference in our Conference. The Annual ...

Local Church Engagement Committee Grants $7,600

Local Church Engagement Committee Grants $7,600

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Rev. Sharon McCormick, MSC Creation Justice Task Force   It was a time of celebration for the Local Church Engagement (LCE) subgroup of the Mountain Sky Creation Justice Task Force. Thirteen conference churches ...

Net-Zero Emissions

Net-Zero Emissions

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Mary Beth Downing and Jana Milford, MSC Creation Justice Task Force On April 4, 2022, a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reinforced the urgency of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and ...

Join the May 2022 #STILLINMISSION Series

Join the May 2022 #STILLINMISSION Series

April 13, 2022
Thursday, May 5, 5 pm (MT) Are you interested in learning more about United Methodist missionaries? Do you wonder what day-to-day life is like in mission? Join us for #STILLINMISSION to see how missionaries are deeply engaged in ...

MSC Creation Justice Task Force Legislative Advocacy Work Group

MSC Creation Justice Task Force Legislative Advocacy Work Group

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Dave Hemion, MSC Creation Justice Task Force This Mission of the Advocacy Work Group is to collaborate with other organizations and assist local churches and the conference to educate and mobilize people of faith to ...

UMC Creation Justice Movement

UMC Creation Justice Movement

April 13, 2022
Submitted by Rev. Courtney Randall Mission Advocate for the Western Jurisdiction Global Ministries, United Methodist Church The mission of the UMC Creation Justice Movement is to collaborate and build networks and resources ...

Meet Pastor Manuel Kalimbue

Meet Pastor Manuel Kalimbue

April 12, 2022
Submitted by Sally McConnell, East Angola Advocate for the Mountain Sky Conference Meet Pastor Manuel Kalimbue, who serves as a pastor in the United Methodist Church of East Angola.  For someone only 29 years old, Pastor Kalimbue...

Are YOU Ready To Be a Connecting Neighbors Ambassador?

Are YOU Ready To Be a Connecting Neighbors Ambassador?

April 12, 2022
Connecting Neighbors Overview: Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:00 am – 10:00 am MDT via Zoom   Connecting Neighbors is a curriculum intended for broad use by volunteers willing and able to facilitate workshops and webinars with the goal...

Mountain Sky Welcomes co-Directors of the Black Trans Prayer Book

Mountain Sky Welcomes co-Directors of the Black Trans Prayer Book

April 08, 2022
The Mountain Sky Conference, with partial sponsorship from Iliff School of Theology, welcomes co-Directors of The Black Trans Prayer Book, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi and J Mase III to lead us in a conversation on where white ...

Iliff pesents culinary historian and James Beard Award-winning writer Michael W. Twitty

Iliff pesents culinary historian and James Beard Award-winning writer Michael W. Twitty

April 04, 2022
Michael Twitty is a culinary historian and James Beard Award-winning writer. He is the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies.

Mountain Sky’s New Ministry Hatchathon coming in August

Mountain Sky’s New Ministry Hatchathon coming in August

March 30, 2022
Registration is now open for our third annual Ministry Incubator’s Hatchathon, August 2 to 4, 2022 at a location to be determined based on location of selected participants.   Planting any new ministry is a creative, ...

Nominations wanted for The Historical Society/Conference Commission on Archives and History.

Nominations wanted for The Historical Society/Conference Commission on Archives and History.

March 26, 2022
The Mountain Sky Annual Conference Historical Society/Conference Commission on Archives and History is looking for nominations for the HAL KNUDSEN HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD and the J.ALTON TEMPLIN DEVELOPENT FUND AWARD. You can ...

Support for Ukraine

Support for Ukraine

March 17, 2022
Advance Giving for Ukrainians You can help the church in Ukraine provide for those in need. Mel Mushinski, Global Ministries In Mission Together Coordinator, whose area includes Ukraine, provided these resources. Mel also asks for...

Join the #STILLINMISSION Series

Join the #STILLINMISSION Series

March 15, 2022
Join us on April 7 at 10 am (MT) for conversations with missionaries Are you interested in learning more about United Methodist missionaries? Do you wonder what day-to-day life is like in mission? Join us for #STILLINMISSION to ...

Welcome to Mountain Sky! New Camp Managers in Montana

March 14, 2022
The camp boards of both Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp and Luccock Park United Methodist Camp and the Mountain Sky Conference are proud to welcome The Sheer Family and the Tongue Family to the Mountain Sky family. Carol and ...

2022 Mountain Sky Annual Conference

March 09, 2022
2022 Mountain Sky Annual Conference At This Table Welcome to the 2022 Annual Conference Session of The Mountain Sky Conference! This year, sessions will happen in-person June 16-18th in Helena, Montana at Helena United Methodist ...

Billings First UMC Drive-In Theater Event a Hit!

Billings First UMC Drive-In Theater Event a Hit!

March 08, 2022
Children's Ministries hosts Drive-In Theater family event, multi-generational. More photos available.

"God Is With Those Who Are Crying": Thoughts From a United Methodist Pastor in Ukraine

March 04, 2022
UMC Pastor Volodymyr Prokip in Lviv, Ukraine shares his thoughts on the current crisis, the immediate needs, and the response. He also reflects on where he sees God at work, what crisis brings out in people, and how we might help....

Support the People of Ukraine

Support the People of Ukraine

March 03, 2022
Support for the People of Ukraine    Mission Advocate for the Western Jurisdiction, the Rev. Dan Randall, forwarded this plea from the Rev. John Calhoun, a Global Mission Missionary who served in Ukraine before moving to Vienna ...

Lenten 2022 Journey with Missionaries through Scripture and Story

February 28, 2022
Welcome to the Lent 2022 Journey with Missionaries through Scripture and Story   We hope this study will strengthen the connections in the global body of Christ by growing the awareness and support of congregations with ...

Need New Software?

Need New Software?

February 28, 2022
Here is a great resource we recently discovered. Church Management Research – Capterra

UNITED METHODIST HIGHER EDUCATION FOUNDATION

UNITED METHODIST HIGHER EDUCATION FOUNDATION

February 28, 2022
UNITED METHODIST HIGHER EDUCATION FOUNDATION EXTENDS SCHOLARSHIP - has extended its scholarship application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year to March 15 after receiving several requests for more time to complete ...

Recording of “Engaging History Past and Present: Japanese American History and What Does it Mean for Us Today.”

Recording of “Engaging History Past and Present: Japanese American History and What Does it Mean for Us Today.”

February 24, 2022
On February 9th, we were honored to welcome Sheila Newlin, Marge Taniwaki, and Jackie Tono as they shared personal stories, lived experiences, and their thoughts on how our past informs us of the actions we must take today. Click ...

Lower Stress for Pastors, a gift from The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation

Lower Stress for Pastors, a gift from The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation

February 22, 2022
The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation has reserved $250 for every active, Methodist pastor in the Mountain Sky region. The money is for you, pastors, to receive care for stress, find renewal, heal, and be refreshed so that ...

JustLove & JustUs: A Story of Punitive Incarceration & Reflections on Indigenous Peacemaking

JustLove & JustUs: A Story of Punitive Incarceration & Reflections on Indigenous Peacemaking

February 15, 2022
JustLove & JustUs: A Story of Punitive Incarceration & Reflections on Indigenous Peacemaking Sunday, April 3, 2022, 5:30 - 6:45 pm (MT)   Motus Theater collaborates with leaders across the country to step into the shoes of our ...

JustLove Missing Indigenous Persons

JustLove Missing Indigenous Persons

February 15, 2022
Missing Indigenous Persons Sunday, March 27, 2022, 5:30 - 6:45 pm (MT)   Join Ellie Bundy, the Presiding Officer of the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force as she shares how interagency communication, cooperation, and ...

JustLove Transformative Conversations

JustLove Transformative Conversations

February 15, 2022
Transformative Conversations Sunday, April 10, 2022, 5:30 - 6:45 pm (MT)   As we conclude the JustLove Lenten series, please join the Rev. Brandon Wrencher as we explore how to have transformative conversations. Storytelling is ...

JustLove Welcoming the Stranger: Motus Theater's UndocuAmerica Project

JustLove Welcoming the Stranger: Motus Theater's UndocuAmerica Project

February 15, 2022
Welcoming the Stranger: Motus Theater's UndocuAmerica Project Sunday, March 20, 2022, 5:30 - 6:45 pm (MT)   Motus Theater is once again joining JustLove as we share Laura Peniche's Story of Migration with a Reflection on Climate ...

JustLove Project Drawdown: Stopping Climate Change

JustLove Project Drawdown: Stopping Climate Change

February 15, 2022
Project Drawdown: Stopping Climate Change Sunday, March 13, 2022, 5:30 - 6:45 pm (MT)   Project Drawdown is the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Their mission is “to help the world reach ‘drawdown’—the point in the...

JustLove Net-Zero Emissions: What's Next for The UMC?

JustLove Net-Zero Emissions: What's Next for The UMC?

February 15, 2022
Net Zero Emissions: What’s Next for The UMC?  Sunday, March 6, 2022, 5:30 -6:45 pm (MT)   On Earth Day 2021, eleven general agencies of The United Methodist Church pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 ...

You're Invited to #StillInMission

You're Invited to #StillInMission

February 15, 2022
March 3, 5:00 pm (MT) | 7:00 pm (ET) You are invited to join us for #StillInMission Episode 40!  In addition to the meetings with missionaries, there will be a joint devotion/centering experience led by the missionary presenters ...

Book Study:

Book Study: "Heavy Burdens"

February 08, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries is offering a Spring 2022 Book Study on “Heavy Burdens: Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church” by Bridget Eileen Rivera beginning March 21st-April 18th.

ATTEND ANNUAL REPORT WEBINAR to learn about YOUR Methodist Foundation

February 04, 2022
Ever wonder what the Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation does? Attend our Annual Report webinar on February 10th at 10:00 a.m.

UMC Resources in Honor of Black History Month

February 03, 2022
February is Black History Month. We encourage you to continue to engage in Black history regularly and throughout the year, but this is a meaningful opportunity to engage and learn. Below are a few resources from across our ...

Summer Mission Program at The Land

Summer Mission Program at The Land

January 31, 2022
Registration for The Land's Summer Mission Program is now open for groups of thirty-five or less who are looking for anywhere from a day to a week-long mission experience. At The Land, youth will be working with a Gardner to ...

FUMC Prairie Campus in Colorado Springs Sponsors Afghan Families

FUMC Prairie Campus in Colorado Springs Sponsors Afghan Families

January 27, 2022
Submitted by Rev. Patty Walker, Prairie Campus Pastor, FUMC Colorado Springs, CO   First United Methodist Church, Prairie Campus, has sponsored two Afghan families through Lutheran Refugee Services, in Colorado Springs. The first ...

ATTEND ANNUAL REPORT WEBINAR to learn about YOUR Methodist Foundation

January 27, 2022
Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation invites you to register for their Annual Report Webinar on February 10th at 10 am.

Creation Justice Grant Application Announced

January 26, 2022
As we introduce this grant opportunity, we look back on 2021 with unprecedented heatwaves, wildfires, and smoke across the western U.S. These extreme weather events, which scientists confirm are exacerbated by human-caused climate...

Postcards from the Corners

Postcards from the Corners

January 21, 2022
We are excited to bring to you soon "Postcards from the Corners" of the Mountain Sky Conference, featuring stories and experiences of our host and staff member, Betty Nguyen, Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer. Last ...

Vital Conversations: What Is Whiteness? And Why/How We Need To Talk About It In Church

Vital Conversations: What Is Whiteness? And Why/How We Need To Talk About It In Church

January 20, 2022
Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 11:30 am (MT) Think Critical Race Theory is controversial these days? Just wait until you bring up Critical Whiteness Theory! What exactly is “whiteness”? How does it impact all our identities, our ...

A Call to Join the Mountain Sky Conference Immigration Committee

January 20, 2022
The General Commission on Church and Society of the UMC states on their website, “From the earliest days, humans have been migrants. There is no one universal reason for migration, but the movement from one place to another is ...