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Vital Conversations: The Ministry of the Laity to be held on Jan. 20

Vital Conversations: The Ministry of the Laity to be held on Jan. 20

January 13, 2021
The next Vital Conversations will be on Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m. The topic will be on the Ministry of the Laity. It will be led by co-lay leaders Nancy Flint, Gayla Jo Slauson and Barry Welliver.

Vital Conversations: Why Numbers Matter to be held on Jan. 13

Vital Conversations: Why Numbers Matter to be held on Jan. 13

December 22, 2020
In this Vital Conversation we will talk with our conference statistician, the Rev. Dr. Dennis Shaw, on why numbers matter and how they can help our ministry. We will also answer questions about the end of year EZRA report and how ...

Give to Mountain Sky Conference Missions this Christmas season

December 04, 2020
Information about Christmas Season giving to Mountain Sky Conference Missions

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: What do you do when you find a mistake?

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments: What do you do when you find a mistake?

November 16, 2020
The Conference Council on Finance and Administration is taking the steps to correct a mistake. After much analysis, including the complexity of the new system, the misunderstanding of the new system, and the pandemic, we have ...

Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20

Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20

November 12, 2020
Nov. 20 is often acknowledged as Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) within the transgender and broader LGBTQ+ community. It is a day to acknowledge the violence many transgender people face in our world, especially transgender ...

Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads launches this week

Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads launches this week

November 09, 2020
Our Mountain Sky Conference is launching something new this month – a new website called Mountain Sky Ministry Crossroads. But Crossroads is more than a website. It is a platform to find resources for ministry and network with ...

Mike Moore tapped for Mountain Sky Disaster Response Coordinator

Mike Moore tapped for Mountain Sky Disaster Response Coordinator

November 03, 2020
Bishop Karen Oliveto is excited to welcome Mike Moore as the new Disaster Response Coordinator for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective Nov. 1, 2020. Mike Moore brings years of experience as a member of the Conference Disaster ...

Join the Mountain Sky Racial Justice Movement and Ministries Task Force

November 02, 2020
During the 2020 Annual Conference of our Mountain Sky Conference, Bishop Karen Oliveto issued a call to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. In alignment with the Council of Bishops, we...

2020 Mountain Sky Online Memorial Service

2020 Mountain Sky Online Memorial Service

November 01, 2020
Join us on All Saints Day, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. MST as we honor and remember the lives of our clergy colleagues and their spouses – our saints – who have passed this year.

ALERT: Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy; process for filing claims

October 27, 2020
ALERT: Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy; process for filing claims Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) filed for bankruptcy to protect itself against a growing number of sexual abuse claims made against ...

COVID-19 taskforce focuses on resources for mental health, discipleship, mission

October 26, 2020
On Sept. 28, more than 200 leaders of local church (re)Launch teams from across our conference met with the Ministry in a Time of COVID-19 taskforce to share what they have learned, needs, and ongoing concerns. Following that ...

Annual Inclusiveness Conference to be held over Zoom on Nov. 14

Annual Inclusiveness Conference to be held over Zoom on Nov. 14

October 22, 2020
The fourth Annual Inclusiveness Conference sponsored for laity and clergy by the United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy Friends (UMARC) will be held virtually over Zoom on Saturday, Nov. 14. The webinar begins at 8:30 ...

Colorado Bishops Send Letter to Gov. Polis on Federal Court Ruling

Colorado Bishops Send Letter to Gov. Polis on Federal Court Ruling

October 22, 2020
As spiritual leaders overseeing 427 churches in Colorado, we are critical of the recent federal court ruling regarding public health, which allows faith communities to not adhere to state public health mandates regarding crowd ...

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Pandemically Resilient

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Pandemically Resilient

October 15, 2020
Submitted by the Rev. Patrick Lewis Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Billings, Montana How are you holding up? No, really, do you feel like the world is closing in on you, or are you one of the people who can seemingly ...

Save the Date: Mountain Sky Online Memorial Service on Nov. 1

October 14, 2020
2020 has been such a difficult year. In addition to the losses we have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we grieve together the passing of our clergy colleagues and their spouses.

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Crush the Stigma of Alcoholism

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Crush the Stigma of Alcoholism

October 12, 2020
At Denver-based nonprofit, Stigma, it is our mission to crush the stigma associated with alcoholism. We do not believe alcoholism is a spiritual deficiency.

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Mental Health First Aid Training

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Mental Health First Aid Training

October 12, 2020
With the help of an Abundant Health Grant and generous sponsors, First UMC Windsor, CO hosted a Youth Mental Health First Aid training. The purpose of this class is to train adults (18 and over) how to be an effective support ...

Would your faith community benefit from a Faith Community Nurse?

Would your faith community benefit from a Faith Community Nurse?

October 12, 2020
The primary goal of Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is to minister to the spiritual health of a Faith Community while also helping members of the Faith Community with their physical, mental, and emotional needs.

Two Denver area clergywomen honored for leadership against homophobia

October 08, 2020
Two leading Colorado clergywomen – Rev. Angie Kotzmoyer of the Applewood United Methodist Church, Golden, and Rev. Sharon Langfeldt of Christ Church, Denver – have been chosen to receive the 2020 Paul and Paula Murphy Human ...

Conference Hispanic/Latino Ministries continues to thrive

October 02, 2020
Please continue to keep our pastors, their families, lay leaders, ministries, and communities in your prayers. We also pray for the possibility for new Hispanic/Latino ministries throughout or Conference!

Tri-Lakes UMC offering Wesley 'Campaign Signs' to spread positive message

September 25, 2020
Tri-Lakes UMC has produced John Wesley "campaign signs" using his quote about how to approach differences during an election. We've had a ton of interest in this idea from other churches throughout the country, so we have made the...

The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes intern Geoffrey Gross

The Mountain Sky Conference welcomes intern Geoffrey Gross

September 24, 2020
The Rev. Annie Arnoldy and Rev. Jeff Rainwater are excited to welcome Geoffrey Gross (he, him, his) as the new intern for Congregational Vitality and Leadership for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective September 2020.

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 ...

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 14, 2020
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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.

September is Mental Health Awareness Month

September is Mental Health Awareness Month

September 07, 2020
September is Suicide Prevention Month. We offer resources for counseling, training and other services.

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 ...

Iliff School of Theology Alumni Virtual Gathering

Iliff School of Theology 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

FUMC Prairie Campus offers outdoor services amidst COVID-19 pandemic

FUMC Prairie Campus offers outdoor services amidst COVID-19 pandemic

August 27, 2020
When COVID hit, First UMC Prairie Campus n Colorado Springs focused on how to continue our momentum and growth as a new faith community amidst the pandemic.

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. ...