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General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Western Jurisdictional Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Western Jurisdictional Fund

September 21, 2020
There are seven General Church funds, including the Fund for General Administration. The eighth fund included in the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments is the Western Jurisdiction.

Your feedback needed: Redesigning Circuits

September 21, 2020
In preparation for an upcoming Circuit Summit, conference leaders are seeking feedback from across the conference - from clergy and laity - on past experiences of circuits or similar gatherings.

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Gracia Divina

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Gracia Divina

September 17, 2020
Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This month, we will be celebrating the ministry of Gracia Divina. Iglesia Gracia Divina has been serving the Latin community in the Denver, CO area for almost eight years.

Mission Newsletter - Sept. 2020 - Connecting Neighbors

Mission Newsletter - Sept. 2020 - Connecting Neighbors

September 14, 2020
The Connecting Neighbors program has the goal of inspiring congregations and communities to be better able to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to our neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ...

Mountain Sky Conference seeks 10 young adults to send to Strengthening the Black Church Conference

Mountain Sky Conference seeks 10 young adults to send to Strengthening the Black Church Conference

September 09, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference is seeking to create a team of 10 young adults (ages 18-35) to attend the Transformational Virtual College Tour. We will be giving priority to Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color to attend the ...

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1

September 07, 2020
The Pilgrimage to the Land of Love is a spiritual journey with fellow Mountain Sky members as we together expand our understanding of racism in our lives and our world.

Prayer Request for the Family of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell

Prayer Request for the Family of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell

September 04, 2020
Prayers for the family of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, who passed away peacefully this morning, Sept. 4. He lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Caldwell was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, walking alongside the ...

Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church Iliff Alumni Virtual Gathering

Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church Iliff Alumni Virtual Gathering

September 03, 2020
Please join Iliff alumni and friends from the Mountain Sky Conference for a virtual gathering on September 22, 2020. Iliff’s President Tom Wolfe will greet you and share updates as we start the new academic year.

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Ministerial Education Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: Ministerial Education Fund

September 01, 2020
This article will share more information about the Ministerial Education Fund.

Salt Lake City’s new Methodist pastor is meeting her congregants where they live — literally (Salt Lake Tribune)

Salt Lake City’s new Methodist pastor is meeting her congregants where they live — literally (Salt Lake Tribune)

September 01, 2020
Bush, originally from Colorado and previously based in rural Wyoming, moved to the area after Bishop Karen Oliveto, who leads all seven districts in the faith’s Mountain Sky Conference

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: General Administration Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: General Administration Fund

August 24, 2020
This article will share more information about the General Administration (GA) Fund. While the General Administration Fund is not the coolest or snazziest of the General and Jurisdictional Apportionment funds, it is important to ...

Board of Laity 2020 Introductions

August 19, 2020
Let's please welcome all of our new Board of Laity members in 2020!

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: World Service Fund

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: World Service Fund

August 18, 2020
This is part of a series of articles for the Mountain Sky Conference to learn about the various funds that are make up the General and Jurisdictional Apportionments. This article is about the World Service Fund.

Financial witness beyond local church presents mixed message - Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A)

Financial witness beyond local church presents mixed message - Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A)

July 20, 2020
At the mid-point of the Connectional Church Fiscal Year, our performance is both positive and concerning. Our conference numbers continue to be a basis for gratitude while our General and Jurisdictional numbers are troubling.

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 ...

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.