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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.

Resources available for churches on stewardship, fundraising

Resources available for churches on stewardship, fundraising

July 25, 2019
These educational opportunities through webinars and quick reads, when implemented, will make all the difference in turning around your church from scarcity mentality to abundance thinking.

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...

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...

Anxious times (like now) call for non-anxious leaders

June 26, 2019
The next Mountain Sky Centers for Pastoral Effectiveness - Track l are scheduled to begin Sept. 9-11 in Bozeman Montana, Oct. 14-16 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We are a resource for clergy to find the emotional “center” for ...

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, ...

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.

Volunteers needed for Camp Hope at Buckhorn for 40th anniversary

Volunteers needed for Camp Hope at Buckhorn for 40th anniversary

May 20, 2019
Camp Hope has been serving campers with unique abilities for the past 40 years! We are looking for volunteers, especially nurses, for Camp Hope! We have many positions that still need to be filled. Camp managers are planning a ...

UM retired clergy to host educational events at 2019 Annual Conference

May 15, 2019
The United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy (UMARC) is holding two educational events at the 2019 Mountain Sky Conference in Billings, Montana to address post-General Conference concerns.

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, ...

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 ...

Enhance your ministry on All Saints Day with Foundation resources

Enhance your ministry on All Saints Day with Foundation resources

May 06, 2019
All Saints Day is Nov. 3, 2019. Look for resources from the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation to enhance your pastoral ministry associated with this day.

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.

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.

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 ...

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, ...

Iliff's ReSource to offer 3-week Zoom seminar on building urgency toward organizational change

April 23, 2019
The Iliff School of Theology ReSource program is offering a new kind of experience: a three-week online seminar from May 6-24, 2019 examining John Kotter's theory of change, with a particular emphasis on building a sense of ...

ReSource at Iliff: Workshop on Appreciative Inquiry

ReSource at Iliff: Workshop on Appreciative Inquiry

April 23, 2019
Iliff School of Theology's ReSource program is offering a four-hour workshop on the essentials of Appreciative Inquiry. This process can provide a strong foundation for vital organizations as they move forward, particularly when ...

Rev. Margaret Gillikin to return to local church; Rev. Chris Carr to be new Trinity District Superintendent

Rev. Margaret Gillikin to return to local church; Rev. Chris Carr to be new Trinity District Superintendent

April 22, 2019
After five years of serving on the Cabinet as a District Superintendent, the Rev. Margaret Gillikin will be returning to the local church as Bishop Karen Oliveto intends to appoint her as the lead pastor of Helena United Methodist...

Scholarships available for laity to attend UMC events

April 18, 2019
The Board of Lay Ministry of our Mountain Sky Conference provides scholarships for lay members. We want to help provide funding for you to attend an event that would help you spiritually, or increase your knowledge through a ...

Conference Lay Servant Ministries offers basic course on Zoom

Conference Lay Servant Ministries offers basic course on Zoom

April 15, 2019
The Mountain Sky Conference of Lay Servant Ministries will offer the basic course on Zoom on May 11 and 18. This will be a new and unique way of presenting the courses. Join us across the Mountain Sky area!

Mile High Metro lay servants hold first district meeting

Mile High Metro lay servants hold first district meeting

April 01, 2019
On March 9, the lay servants of the Mile High Metro District gathered to attend their first annual meeting. The host church was Jefferson Avenue in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and the theme was "Empowered Laity."

A Statement From Your Mountain Sky Conference Board of Ordained Ministry

March 27, 2019
As we seek to develop leaders for the Church, we humbly defer to God’s wisdom in calling people across the broadest expressions of humanity — including sexual orientation, gender identity, race, theological perspective, physical ...

A Statement From Your Mountain Sky Conference Cabinet

March 22, 2019
In anticipation of God doing a new thing among us in the coming months and years, the appointive cabinet of the Mountain Sky Conference will continue to live into the vision of the One Church Plan – which was endorsed by clear ...

Spring worship planning retreats to be held in Wyoming, Colorado

Spring worship planning retreats to be held in Wyoming, Colorado

March 14, 2019
The Rev. Kerry Greenhill will be leading day-long worship planning retreats for pastors to gather with colleagues, engage in prayer and reflection, receive some tools and resources for making worship even more lively and ...

Iliff School of Theology offers workshop on organizational change

Iliff School of Theology offers workshop on organizational change

March 08, 2019
The Iliff School of Theology in Denver is offering a workshop on leading organizational change - a critical skill for leadership!

First UMC Colorado Springs to launch Prairie Campus on April 14

March 01, 2019
At First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs, we are excited to be in the midst of becoming a multi-site congregation, launching the FUMC Prairie Campus (out on the eastern plains of Colorado Springs) this April 14.

A post-General Conference letter from Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation

A post-General Conference letter from Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation

February 27, 2019
This letter will help answer questions and provide assurances about your deposits at the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation, Inc.

A post-General Conference letter from your Mountain Sky Conference leaders

A post-General Conference letter from your Mountain Sky Conference leaders

February 27, 2019
The joy and oneness we feel by participating in the Body of Christ overcomes any walls that have been created. We will continue to support our ministries, pastors, and lay leaders across the theological and geographic differences ...

Times of Transition: A word from our Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture, Rev. Amy Gearhart

Times of Transition: A word from our Senior Executive for Transition and Conference Culture, Rev. Amy Gearhart

February 15, 2019
As in any large transition, it is important to focus at first on the WHY?, root in the purposes and dreams set forth in our guiding documents and decisions, and look for those levers of organizational change that can leverage ...

Simpson UMC practices fire safety, prevention during interactive worship service

Simpson UMC practices fire safety, prevention during interactive worship service

February 13, 2019
Trustees at Simpson UMC in Arvada, Colorado regularly practice fire prevention and safety. Recently, they decided to practice evacuations in a fun Sunday service.

UMARC to host post-GC2019 summit March 1

UMARC to host post-GC2019 summit March 1

February 13, 2019
Less than three days after a special General Conference concludes in St. Louis, lay and clergy United Methodists in the Mountain Sky Conference will gather for a post-GC2019 summit. The event, sponsored by the United Methodist ...

Deaconesses and Home Missioners discernment event coming to Mountain Sky Conference

Deaconesses and Home Missioners discernment event coming to Mountain Sky Conference

February 12, 2019
Deaconesses and Home Missioners make lifetime commitments to this work and are consecrated and commissioned to specific ministries.

Mountain Sky United Methodist Women urge signatures on immigration statement

February 04, 2019
If you would like to add your name to the list of signatures, please email Karen at jaeger.karen@gmail.com or Ann at annorganic1@gmail.com. Hearing that more than 10,000 children are in detention centers across the country has ...

Mountain Sky Conference intern featured in 'Iliff Q&A'

Mountain Sky Conference intern featured in 'Iliff Q&A'

February 01, 2019
Front-range student, Samuel Fisher, has felt led for many years to pursue full-time ministry. Attending Iliff has just been the first step on his journey.

Three Congregational Resource Ministers join Mountain Sky team

Three Congregational Resource Ministers join Mountain Sky team

January 07, 2019
A Congregational Resource Minister (CRM) is an important part of a district’s ministry team in the Mountain Sky Conference (MSC). This role equips local church clergy and laity to offer Christ to their community's deepest needs ...

From Glory to Glory: a worship series in preparation for General Conference

From Glory to Glory: a worship series in preparation for General Conference

January 04, 2019
As many of you are intimately aware, The United Methodist Church is preparing for a special session of General Conference next month.

Congregational Vitality funds available for new churches, faith communities

November 26, 2018
The Congregational Vitality Committee has funds available for grants related to starting new churches and faith communities.

Bishop Oliveto to teach weeklong class at Iliff School of Theology

Bishop Oliveto to teach weeklong class at Iliff School of Theology

November 20, 2018
Though students at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver are technically now on holiday break, about 20 people are enrolled for a weeklong class taught by Bishop Karen Oliveto called, “Prophetic Leadership Through Pastoral ...

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women

September 18, 2018
Several women of the Mountain Sky Conference contributed to "We Pray with Her," including the Rev. Kerry Greenhill, Melissa Engel, and Laura Rossbert.

Mountain Sky Roundtable to hold first meeting Sept. 23

Mountain Sky Roundtable to hold first meeting Sept. 23

September 18, 2018
The newly formed Mountain Sky Roundtable will convene its first meeting on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Christus Collegium in Bozeman, Montana.

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet endorses One Church Plan

September 10, 2018
It is after much prayer, study and discernment that we share with you that we believe that the One Church Plan is the best way forward for the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Mission u at Christ UMC Casper will be last event for 2018

Mission u at Christ UMC Casper will be last event for 2018

August 31, 2018
Mission u on Sept. 15 at Christ United Methodist Church in Casper, Wyoming will be the last chance to worship, fellowship and learn together at one of these educational events in 2018.

Mountain Sky Deaconess Liwliwa Robledo remembers Rev. Grace Huck, second woman to get full clergy rights

August 30, 2018
Rev. Grace E. Huck passed away Aug. 12 at the age of 102. Liwliwa T. Robledo, a deaconess in the Mountain Sky Conference, wrote a tribute to Rev. Huck. Robledo serves as Nominations Coordinator for the Alumni Federation at Harris ...

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplying Learning Communities

Path 1 accepting applications for Multiplying Learning Communities

August 21, 2018
Applications to participate in one of Path 1's Multiplying Learning Cohorts are still available. Path 1 Multiplication Learning Communities are being created to help forward-thinking leaders engage in facilitated peer-to-peer ...

Mission u events open minds, hearts

Mission u events open minds, hearts

August 17, 2018
Participants have been enriched by learning and fellowship at Mission u. Two events remain in Pagosa Springs (Colo.) and Casper (Wyo.).