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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. ...

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.

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, ...

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...

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.

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.

"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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Cancelation of April 1 Vital Conversations Zoom

Cancelation of April 1 Vital Conversations Zoom

April 01, 2020
The planned April 1 Vital Conversations with Rev. Michael Smith was canceled due to Zoom security issues.

Rev. Mark Calhoun to be new Wyoming District Superintendent

Rev. Mark Calhoun to be new Wyoming District Superintendent

March 31, 2020
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Mark Calhoun as the new superintendent for the Wyoming District, effective July 1, 2020. Calhoun currently serves as pastor of Lander United Methodist ...

Rev. Jeff Rainwater to be Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality

Rev. Jeff Rainwater to be Superintendent of Congregational and Community Vitality

March 31, 2020
Bishop Karen P. Oliveto has announced her intention to appoint the Reverend Jeff Rainwater as the new Superintendent for Congregational and Community Vitality for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective July 1, 2020. Rainwater is ...

Adjusting to the 'new normal' of COVID-19

March 31, 2020
It’s helpful for us to see through the lens of disaster response. The COVID-19 event (or series of events) is currently causing us trauma. Everyone is learning new ways to live.

Mountain Sky staff partner with AfterHours to help homeless in Downtown Denver

Mountain Sky staff partner with AfterHours to help homeless in Downtown Denver

March 25, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference and Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation joined together on March 5 for their quarterly “Day of Service.” 120 paper bag meals were prepared and shared with the homeless at Civic Center Park in ...

A Prayer from Bishop Karen About COVID-19

March 25, 2020
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer on March 25, asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

March 18, 2020
The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following recommendations by the ...

A diverse Mountain Sky Conference converges for Clergy of Color Retreat in February

A diverse Mountain Sky Conference converges for Clergy of Color Retreat in February

March 06, 2020
From Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1, clergy of color throughout our Mountain Sky Conference gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado for worship, rest, renewal, mutual support, and visioning. We laughed and cried together, ...

Envisioning a future for rural ministry in Mountain Sky in 2050

Envisioning a future for rural ministry in Mountain Sky in 2050

March 05, 2020
From February 7 to 9, a group of about 20 pastors and a lay leader met together at Fort Morgan United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan, Colorado to dream of the future of United Methodist ministry in rural communities.

Parker UMC’s “Drive-thru Ashes” offers blessings on-the-go for the community

Parker UMC’s “Drive-thru Ashes” offers blessings on-the-go for the community

March 02, 2020
On Feb. 26, Parker UMC hosted “Drive-Thru Ashes” for the second year on Ash Wednesday. Located in a suburb where many people commute to work, Parker UMC saw a need in its community to help reach those who may not be able to fit an...

J.J. Warren headlines FUMC Boulder's 23rd Reconciling Anniversary Weekend

J.J. Warren headlines FUMC Boulder's 23rd Reconciling Anniversary Weekend

February 26, 2020
In March 2020, First United Methodist Church of Boulder (FUMC) will celebrate 23 years of being a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones. On March 14-15, we will mark this special occasion ...

Christ Church Denver gives $20K to help relieve medical debt

Christ Church Denver gives $20K to help relieve medical debt

February 26, 2020
Using endowment funds as they were designated, Christ Church United Methodist in Denver, Colorado recently worked with RIP Medical Debt to relieve more than 1,300 people of their medical debt through a $20,000 donation.

Congregational Resource Ministers meet for annual retreat

Congregational Resource Ministers meet for annual retreat

February 24, 2020
CRMs (Congregational Resource Ministers) met last week to plan, wrestle with challenges, share experiences and struggles, and have some fun (or course!)

Daily Digital Devotion begins Ash Wednesday 2020

Daily Digital Devotion begins Ash Wednesday 2020

February 19, 2020
Mountain Sky's Digital Devotion - an online worship over Zoom - returns on Ash Wednesday and runs through Pentecost. Participants gather at 6:30 a.m. Monday to Friday for 20 minutes of scripture, devotion, sharing, and prayer.

Pathways Team releases findings on Focus Sessions, recommendations

Pathways Team releases findings on Focus Sessions, recommendations

February 18, 2020
Mountain Sky Conference has released the final Pathways Focus Sessions report. The report summarizes the 26 focus sessions held in November, December 2019 and January 2020 that were intended to focus on creating understanding and ...

Simpson United Methodist Church: 113 years of history, fellowship, and community

Simpson United Methodist Church: 113 years of history, fellowship, and community

February 18, 2020
Simpson United Methodist Church (Simpson) has a long history of fellowship and worship within the Japanese American community in Colorado. The church began in a small boarding house for Japanese immigrants in 1907 and has expanded...

Abundant Health Grants awarded to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming

Abundant Health Grants awarded to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming

February 06, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference has awarded Abundant Health Grants to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming totaling $5,200.00. The grant applications were funded through contributions from the 2019 Bridge of Love offerings, 2019...

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

February 03, 2020
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is providing you this initial report on how we finished Fiscal Year 2019 in terms of income and expenses. There is good news with a positive message: we finished 2019 with ...

Guest blog: Thoughts on Pre-General Conference 2020 Briefing from Nashville

Guest blog: Thoughts on Pre-General Conference 2020 Briefing from Nashville

January 31, 2020
The purpose of this report is to share several things Gaylo Jo Slauson learned and felt during the Pre-General Conference 2020 briefing in Nashville, TN. She is a delegate who has never attended a general conference so she ...

Korean-American UMC in Colorado Springs, CO receives Racial/Ethnic Local Church (RELC) Grant

Korean-American UMC in Colorado Springs, CO receives Racial/Ethnic Local Church (RELC) Grant

January 21, 2020
Korean American UMC in Colorado Springs received a Racial/Ethnic Local Church Grant from the General Board of Church Society of The United Methodist Church to create a new Mommy and Me program for toddlers and their mothers.

Arvada UMC launches 'Eliminate the Shame' campaign to shine the light on mental health

Arvada UMC launches 'Eliminate the Shame' campaign to shine the light on mental health

January 20, 2020
Throughout 2020 Arvada UMC will be seeking to address the mental health crisis by offering learning opportunities, trainings, and resources to those in the wider Arvada community.

Rev. Peter Jisung Lee, Pastor Cory Young and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer to represent Mountain Sky Conference at Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Peter Jisung Lee, Pastor Cory Young and Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer to represent Mountain Sky Conference at Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

January 15, 2020
Rev. Peter Jisung Lee will represent the Mountain Sky Conference at the 2020 Young Clergy Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Jan 26 - 29 I am wondering if you want to add this to the end of the bio of Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer? If ...

UM Volunteers in Mission landed in Puerto Rico

UM Volunteers in Mission landed in Puerto Rico

January 08, 2020
Nine intrepid Volunteers in Mission are poised to take flight toward Puerto Rico in the morning. We are from congregations in Whitehall, Helena, East Helena, and Missoula.

'Christmas in the Parking Lot' catches flight in Colorado Springs

'Christmas in the Parking Lot' catches flight in Colorado Springs

December 31, 2019
A powerful day of celebration and giving as The Edge, Ecumenical Social Ministries, and First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs bring gifts to those that may not otherwise receive them on Christmas Morning.

A Christmas letter from the Council of Bishops

A Christmas letter from the Council of Bishops

December 18, 2019
The Council of Bishops' President Bishop Kenneth Carter Jr. sends a letter to the People of the United Methodist Church Dec. 19, 2019

Cheyenne Wells UMC's new chimes ring the message of peace, love to community

Cheyenne Wells UMC's new chimes ring the message of peace, love to community

December 17, 2019
Thanks to the generosity of memorial gifts from community members, The United Methodist Church of Cheyenne Wells recently purchased and installed a new chime system to play music and chime the hour.

UMCOR Earthkeepers grant expands community garden production for First UMC Ogden in Utah

UMCOR Earthkeepers grant expands community garden production for First UMC Ogden in Utah

December 12, 2019
Ogden First UMC is installing an ecologically-friendly irrigation system that will increase the productivity of their community garden.

Pathways Team releases preliminary report on November Focus Sessions

Pathways Team releases preliminary report on November Focus Sessions

December 09, 2019
Pathways Team, which is facilitating discussions on the future of Mountain Sky, released a preliminary report on the 18 Focus Sessions held in November. Attendance so far is around 700.

Inclusiveness Conference to discuss various visions for UMC

Inclusiveness Conference to discuss various visions for UMC

December 06, 2019
Various visions of how to achieve inclusiveness in The United Methodist Church will be discussed and debated by laity and clergy at the upcoming inclusiveness III Conference, Friday, December 6, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at St. ...

Young people's ministries rebuilding in the new Mountain Sky Conference

Young people's ministries rebuilding in the new Mountain Sky Conference

November 22, 2019
Amanda Daniell, the Coordinator of Young People's Ministries and Camping Ministry for the Mountain Sky Conference, knew it would be a challenge to rebuild the youth ministries across four states when she started in July.

Mountain Sky Conference hires new Chief Financial Officer

Mountain Sky Conference hires new Chief Financial Officer

November 20, 2019
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is pleased to announce that Angela Thomas, currently Assistant Treasurer and Controller of the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be the first Chief...

October 2019 finance update from Conference Council on Finance and Administration

October 2019 finance update from Conference Council on Finance and Administration

November 18, 2019
This is the third update from the Mountain Sky Conference's Council on Finance and Administration. As we indicated in our last two articles, through the end of month August and end of month September, the message for much of the ...

Trinity UMC in Loveland, CO helps raise more than $3K in inaugural chili cook-off

Trinity UMC in Loveland, CO helps raise more than $3K in inaugural chili cook-off

November 14, 2019
Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland, Colorado partners with First Congregational Church in this inaugural Responders Chili Cook-off held Oct. 19 that drew 400-plus people and raised more than $3,000 for community ...

First UMC of Boulder, Colorado to mark 160 years

First UMC of Boulder, Colorado to mark 160 years

November 11, 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 ...