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Bishop's Weekly Message (1/21/23)

Bishop's Weekly Message (1/21/23)

January 23, 2023
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare to come together for worship. Thank you for your comments on last week’s reflection on reformation in The United Methodist Church. The many ...

Redistricting Listening Sessions

January 23, 2023
MSC Redistricting Listening Sessions
Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

Through the Wilderness of Gender: A 2023 Lenten Study

January 05, 2023
Join NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries on a journey through the wilderness of gender this lenten season! This study will take place over the course of 8 weeks from February 20th-April 10th, we’ll be reading “How to Understand Your...
Telling Our Whole Story: Uncovering the Truth

Telling Our Whole Story: Uncovering the Truth

January 04, 2023
The Racial Justice Movement and Ministries (RJMM) team is seeking historical accounts surrounding racial justice and White supremacy in the geographic area of the Mountain Sky Annual Conference from the local church level up to ...

Extending Hospitality to Newly Arrived Migrants

December 15, 2022
Recently, dozens of migrants arrived in Denver. Several non-profits, faith-based organizations, and government agencies are coming together to extend love and hospitality. If your community/faith community would like to express ...
Epworth UMC & The Epworth Foundation Provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals to Thousands

Epworth UMC & The Epworth Foundation Provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals to Thousands

December 14, 2022
This Thanksgiving and Christmas, Epworth United Methodist Church in Denver, CO, and The Epworth Foundation, along with volunteers from the community, are distributing a total of 5,000 turkey dinners. Thanks to the leadership of ...
MSC Early Response Team Helps Recovery Efforts in Fort Myers, FL

MSC Early Response Team Helps Recovery Efforts in Fort Myers, FL

December 14, 2022
The Mountain Sky Conference Early Response Team departed for Fort Myers, Florida on November 13, 2022, and returned eight days later after working hard on helping recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian ripped through the Gulf of ...
A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

A Message from Bishop Karen Oliveto

December 12, 2022
I am praying for the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Conference as we prepare ourselves for worship. Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent! We are halfway to Christmas! On this day, we read Luke 1: 46-55. Commonly known as ...
MSC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

MSC Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 30, 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance took place on November 20th, 2022 to honor and remember those we've lost to anti-trans violence in the transgender, nonbinary, Two Spirit, and gender nonconforming communities across the world. ...

SAVE A LIFE! - Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

November 14, 2022
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) ...
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Service

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Service

November 11, 2022
NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites all of us across Mountain Sky to honor those we’ve lost with a Vigil Service on November 20th @ 6:00pm MST on Facebook Live. Immediately following the service will be a community Zoom ...
RESCHEDULED: Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry for LGBTQ+ Youth

RESCHEDULED: Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry for LGBTQ+ Youth

October 24, 2022
RESCHEDULED: Beyond Welcome: Engaging in Inclusive and Affirming Ministry for LGBTQ+ Youth  Register Now Designer of NextGen & Inclusiveness Ministries Court VonLindern invites you to attend the rescheduled workshop on "Beyond ...
Why Mission u Might Be For You!

Why Mission u Might Be For You!

October 13, 2022
Who Can We Be Together It's an education study over 4 weeks in February ... help beat those winter doldrums. Leading into Lent, it could make a great Lenten preparation study. It's all virtual, you can participate on Zoom; no ...

Team Being Formed to Return to Angola

September 14, 2022
In recognition of our 20-year relationship with Angola, a team is being recruited to go to Angola from July 2 - July 18, 2023. Pastor Sue King will be leading the team and has led five previous teams to Angola. The team will be ...
National Research Survey Invitation

National Research Survey Invitation

September 06, 2022
This survey is part of the national "Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations (EPIC)" study, which explores the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on thousands of Christian churches in the United States. It includes in-depth ...
It's Not Easy Being Green

It's Not Easy Being Green

August 24, 2022
On Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 7 pm (MDT), Bishop Karen Oliveto will join the MSC Creation Justice Task Force for discussion, education, and inspiration. We’ll share why our changing climate matters to us as Christians and ...

Sunshine in Missoula, MT

August 18, 2022
Submitted by James Gillison, FUMC Missoula, MT The sun is shining -- and smiling -- on Missoula First United Methodist Church this week, as SBS Solar installs 66 solar panels atop our roof and we proudly enter the renewable ...

A Creation Justice Grant Request Fulfilled

August 18, 2022
submitted by Jay Vestal, Mountain Sky Conference Creation Justice Task Force In February 2022, Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC), Salt Lake City, Utah proposed a grant request to the Mountain Sky Conference Creation Justice ...

Clergy Orders/Fellowship Event

August 17, 2022
All pastors (Elders and Deacons- provisional and ordained- Associate Members, and Licensed Local Pastors) in the Mountain Sky are encouraged to register for and attend the Clergy Orders/Fellowship event in Lander, WY from ...

Seeking Abundance in Leadership Through Nominations

July 26, 2022
In October, the 2022 MSC Nominations Report will be approved at the online session of Annual Conference. Now is the time to nominate yourself or someone else for conference leadership.
Transforming Our Suitcases: Multi-Generational Japanese American Experience

Transforming Our Suitcases: Multi-Generational Japanese American Experience

July 22, 2022
Simpson United Methodist Church invites you to a Webinar presented via Zoom.  August 3, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (MDT) Transformation of Our Suitcases: Multi-Generational Japanese American Experience In light of current events, ...

Mission Immersion at Annual Conference 2022 in Helena, MT

July 18, 2022
The Mission Display Tables at Covenant UMC in Helena, MT provided opportunities for discussion about the great possibilities available for your church's engagement in mission. Everything from sponsoring missionaries, planting ...

The Creation Justice Task Force: Annual Conference Team 2022 in Helena, MT

July 14, 2022
submitted by Rev. Janet Mulroy, Mission Engagement and Resource Strategist The Creation Justice Task Force: Annual Conference Team is pleased to provide this summary from AC2022 in Helena!  Early in the planning of the event, and...

2022 Local Pastor Licensing School Registration Is Open

July 07, 2022
Details about the upcoming Licensing School
Celebrate PRIDE with Mountain Sky!

Celebrate PRIDE with Mountain Sky!

May 26, 2022
June is celebrated as Pride month for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies. NextGen Inclusiveness Ministries invites you to celebrate Pride with Mountain Sky by joining Denver area churches for Denver's Pride parade, ...

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 ...

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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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...
Mission u Study on Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action

Mission u Study on Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action

January 13, 2022
Mission u coming in February 2022   Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action Consecutive Sundays: February 6, 13, 20, 27 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.   Join the Rev. Waveland King for a Mission u virtual study that uses Climate ...

Insurance Task Force begins work

November 30, 2021
Insurance Task Force begins work to review procedures on purchasing and setting insurance values and premiums.

Annual Conference 2021 Mission Celebration Videos

November 11, 2021
Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually for the 2021 Mountain Sky Annual Conference. It was a blessed time of worship and business, and we are grateful for the opportunity to gather together across the miles. If you missed ...
Post Annual Conference Meet-Ups

Post Annual Conference Meet-Ups

October 28, 2021
The Journey is Our Home  "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." - 2 Corinthians 5:1 Would you like to learn more about ...
MSC Circuits: Find where you plug in

MSC Circuits: Find where you plug in

October 27, 2021
Mountain Sky Conference clergy laity Circuits are getting ReWired! You're invited to connect with us, and find where you plug in!
Introducing New People

Introducing New People

September 10, 2021
The Foundation is a pleased to introduce you to our new staff. Three new professionals doubles capacity and service.

Faith in Action: An Early Response to Afghan Refugee Arrivals

August 28, 2021
FAITH IN ACTION:  An Early Response to Afghan Refugee Arrivals Updated 10/14/2021 Partnering in Support of Refugees from Afghanistan: UMCOR and Church World Service A FAITH-BASED RESPONSE Any immigrant who lives with you must be...
Need a Boost?

Need a Boost?

August 25, 2021
The Methodists Helping Methodists Foundation is giving Grants. Apply today!

Welcome Letters for Annual Conference 2021

August 02, 2021
As the Mountain Sky Conference prepares for Annual Conference, we bring greetings from our host district and from our co-lay leaders. You can find those greetings at the AC2021 landing page. The deadline for Legislation is ...

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness Opening Up with Live Retreats

June 24, 2021
So, the anxiety in the church is high.....well duh!
Devoted with PRIDE: June 2021 Devotional Series

Devoted with PRIDE: June 2021 Devotional Series

June 02, 2021
June is celebrated as Pride month for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Celebrate pride this year by registering to receive daily devotions in your e-mail inbox! These devotions have been created by clergy and laity ...
Mission u presents PUSHOUT course in July

Mission u presents PUSHOUT course in July

May 24, 2021
Join Pastor Melanie Martin-Dent for a virtual Mission u study that uses Monique Morris' book, "Pushout", and the bible to raise awareness of the crisis faced by many Black girls in obtaining an education. Take an in depth look ...
Native American Ministries Sunday in April 2021

Native American Ministries Sunday in April 2021

April 08, 2021
Native American Ministries Sunday is the third Sunday of Easter but can be honored anytime during the month of April. This opportunity nurtures mission with Native Americans and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native ...

2021 MSC District Gatherings

March 18, 2021
The theme of the 2021 District Gathering is “Where Love Lives,” stemming from the Western Jurisdiction theme of the same name. All districts except for Trinity will gather on April 17th. Trinity district will gather on April 24th....
Vital Conversations: Ministry With Those With Disabilities

Vital Conversations: Ministry With Those With Disabilities

March 01, 2021
Vital Conversations: Ministry with the Differently Abled on Wednesday, March 3 at 11:30 am
BISHOP RESPONDS TO SPECIAL CALLED GENERAL CONFERENCE

BISHOP RESPONDS TO SPECIAL CALLED GENERAL CONFERENCE

February 27, 2021
The postponed 2020 General Conference has been postponed yet again due to COVID-19 restrictions. The regular session of GC will occur in August-September of 2022. However a special called session of General Conference will be held...
Evelyn Warren Chosen New Communications Director

Evelyn Warren Chosen New Communications Director

February 19, 2021
Evelyn Warren has been chosen the new Communications Director for the Mountain Sky Conference. She comes well-known in United Methodist circles, and was actively involved in the creation of the Western Jurisdiction's "Where Love ...

Campus Ministry Update

February 04, 2021
An update from several of our campus ministries.