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Mountain Sky Inclusiveness III Conference on Dec. 6 in Highlands Ranch, CO

Mountain Sky Inclusiveness III Conference on Dec. 6 in Highlands Ranch, CO

December 06, 2019
New details about the upcoming Mountain Sky Inclusiveness Conference III, Dec. 6--the seven focus conversations and registration available on the UMARC.org website.

First UMC of Boulder, Colorado to mark 160 years

First UMC of Boulder, Colorado to mark 160 years

November 24, 2019
The first church in Boulder turns 160 years old this year! First United Methodist Church of Boulder will celebrate our 160th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 24, with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. in our sanctuary. We are ...

First UMC in Fort Collins spurs new life into troubled community park

First UMC in Fort Collins spurs new life into troubled community park

November 11, 2019
A troubled Fort Collins park will soon undergo a resurrection, with the transformation coming from First United Methodist Church of Fort Collins in Colorado.

UMC pastors win in Colorado school board member elections

UMC pastors win in Colorado school board member elections

November 07, 2019
Two United Methodist Church pastors were elected to public school boards in Colorado elections this week. The Reverend Brad Laurvick will represent District No. 5 of Denver Public Schools and the Rev. Jeremy Scott will represent ...

Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

Staff transitions: Betty Nguyen and Diana Aqra

November 05, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes Betty Nguyen as the new Multicultural and Advocacy Ministries Developer and Diana Aqra as the new Media and Communications Specialist.

Mountain View United Church committed to 'Nurturing Beloved Community'

Mountain View United Church committed to 'Nurturing Beloved Community'

November 04, 2019
Mountain View United Church is committed to “Nurturing Beloved Community” through worship, providing mental health and inclusion ministries, and having a focus on social justice.

A 2019 financial update from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

A 2019 financial update from the Mountain Sky Council on Finance and Administration

November 04, 2019
This update from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration outlines where we are financially at this point in our year. As we indicated last month in this article, the message continues to be mixed. Our ...

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

October 28, 2019
This one little well-planned outreach bursting with goodwill has brought manifold blessings upon the community, especially for the children who are now connected with the church.

First UMC in Fort Lupton makes a big community impact with Thanksgiving box giveaway

First UMC in Fort Lupton makes a big community impact with Thanksgiving box giveaway

October 28, 2019
This Colorado church continues to make a big impact on their community throughout the giving season.

Littleton UMC in Colorado nourishes community through Break Bread initiative

October 27, 2019
Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, Colorado serves meals of love and fresh food through Break Bread, the nonprofit the congregation created to build relationships in our community.

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

October 18, 2019
On May 19, 2019, Brentwood United Methodist Church celebrated Ken Kopatich's 50 years of service to the church's musical ministry. Ken has shared his many talents as a vocalist, saxophone and clarinet player, and leading the ...

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

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.

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...

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 ...

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.

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, ...