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Bowen Community United Methodist Church celebrates 110 years

November 21, 2018
On Nov. 11, Bowen Community United Methodist Church celebrated its 110th year of serving the rural farming community of Monte Vista, Colorado. The celebration was in conjunction with the Harvest Home celebration and Veterans Day.

Whole Church Initiative (WCI) resources available online

Whole Church Initiative (WCI) resources available online

November 14, 2018
Whole Church Initiative (WCI) has been a valuable tool for building congregations for several years in both the legacy Yellowstone and legacy Rocky Mountain conferences. As WCI states, we live in a rapidly changing world. Our ...

Classical pianist Wei Pai brings talents to Glendive UMC in Montana

October 10, 2018
The timing was just right. When the long-serving organist of Glendive United Methodist Church in Glendive, Montana retired this summer, newly appointed pastor Carol Rhan didn't have to look hard for a replacement. Classical ...

Christ Church takes part in National Bullying Prevention Month with #HatNotHate movement

Christ Church takes part in National Bullying Prevention Month with #HatNotHate movement

October 09, 2018
Children and youth of Christ Church United Methodist received handmade blue hats as part of the #HatNotHate campaign and National Bullying Prevention Month (October).

Raising deaf awareness on the Western Slope

Raising deaf awareness on the Western Slope

September 25, 2018
In a recent article from DisAbility Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Leo Yates Jr. reminds us that Deaf Awareness Week is Sept. 24-30. Yates points out that this week is an act of hospitality. More deaf and hard...

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.

UMCOR gives $10,000 grant to Mountain Sky Conference for mitigation efforts

UMCOR gives $10,000 grant to Mountain Sky Conference for mitigation efforts

September 05, 2018
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) gave a $10,000 grant to the Mountain Sky Conference to assist the La Veta community with mitigation efforts to prepare for the rainy season and prevent mudslides.

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.

Hispanic/Latino church Gracia Divina blesses students, schools at special service

August 06, 2018
On Aug. 4, members of Gracia Divina gathered in O'Fallon Park in Morrison, Colorado for a day of fellowship, worship, and baptism.

United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

United Methodist play key role in annual Bannack Days

August 02, 2018
Bannack, Montana, founded in 1862, was the first territorial capital of Montana. Now, visitors come from near and far to celebrate Bannack Days, an event by Montana State Parks featuring tours, demonstrations, music, and more.

Montana church sells crafts at farmers market, gives back to local missions

Montana church sells crafts at farmers market, gives back to local missions

July 25, 2018
Members of Dillon Grace United Methodist Church (Dillon Grace UMC) in Dillon, Montana use their time at the Dillon Farmers Market to give back to local missions.

Bishop Oliveto announces changes to RMC District Superintendent responsibilities

Bishop Oliveto announces changes to RMC District Superintendent responsibilities

April 30, 2018
On April 24, Bishop Karen Oliveto announced changes to district superintendent responsibilities in the Rocky Mountain Conference that will take effect July 1, 2018.

Bridge of Love Offering to support rural community projects

April 16, 2018
The Bridge of Love Offering, a tradition of the Rocky Mountain Conference, this year will be a partnership of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone conferences. Two rural communities have been selected to receive the offering funds ...

Blackfeet Nation receives 20 tons of potatoes in wake of winter emergencies

March 27, 2018
More than 20 tons of southern Colorado potatoes recently made a 24-hour truck trip to northwest Montana in response to the area’s ongoing humanitarian needs.

Funds available for updating or composing local church histories

Funds available for updating or composing local church histories

March 16, 2018
The J. Alton Templin Fund is offering grants of $300 to local churches updating or composing the church history.

Get daily encouragement this Lent through text messages

Get daily encouragement this Lent through text messages

February 13, 2018
The Mountain Sky Area is trying new things this Lent open to everyone in the area to connect in new ways. One is daily text reminders right to your phone.

Elizabeth UMC now has permanent location

Elizabeth UMC now has permanent location

January 31, 2018
After being nomads for four years (in nine locations), and settled in rented storefront quarters for five years, the members of Elizabeth UMC have moved into our first church building.

Mission Shaped Future retreat yields action plans for new conference

January 16, 2018
It was a weekend of dreaming, but also putting those ideas into a blueprint for the formation of a new annual conference. About 30 clergy and laity attended a two-day retreat Jan. 12 and 13 at Hope United Methodist Church in ...

Walk to Emmaus offers spiritual renewal, stronger discipleship

January 16, 2018
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program, and a ministry of The Upper Room. It is intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders.

Get ahead to avoid 2018 decreases in giving

January 12, 2018
Some estimates suggest that with the 2018 tax reform, fewer itemizers will lead to a 5 to 12 percent reduction in annual fund giving. However, there is good news for finance and stewardship committees, and pastors! Your Rocky ...

Leadership program offered to help with church vitality and leadership

Leadership program offered to help with church vitality and leadership

January 05, 2018
Accelerate church vitality and interrupt church decline!

Workshop teaches interfaith community about safety for congregations

December 15, 2017
On Dec. 5, Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church and the Metropolitan District of the Rocky Mountain Conference hosted an event on congregational security. This event was put together by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, and ...

Pastors give ecumenical response, support in light of Westboro Baptist Church protests

December 14, 2017
Our faith communities believe in extending love and grace to all our sisters and brothers, regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnicity and race, ability, economic situation, sexual orientation and gender.

Sleeping bags needed for AfterHours Denver

Sleeping bags needed for AfterHours Denver

December 08, 2017
This year, AfterHours Denver has teamed up with St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado to collect 1,000 sleeping bags to our city’s homeless and distribute them on Christmas Day in Lincoln Park.

First UMC Gillette connects with Hispanic community through Thanksgiving food boxes

First UMC Gillette connects with Hispanic community through Thanksgiving food boxes

November 22, 2017
First UMC of Gillette, Wyoming, collects Thanksgiving food boxes for two local elementary schools. With the help of a local Hispanic family, they put together a more traditional Hispanic food box as a new way to show hospitality ...

Pushing for full LGBTQ rights aim of 'Toward an Inclusive Church'

November 17, 2017
The dream of a fully inclusive United Methodist Church is one step closer to reality as more than 200 people attended the “Toward an Inclusive Church” event Nov. 14 at St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Wyoming churches team up to collect food for St. Joseph's Food Pantry

November 08, 2017
United Methodist churches in Cheyenne, Wyoming, teamed up recently for the first Annual Gobble Walk in late October and early November.

Wyoming church spreads message of love with 'God Rocks'

Wyoming church spreads message of love with 'God Rocks'

October 20, 2017
Wheatland United Methodist Church in Wyoming joins grassroots movement of placing painted rocks with messages for people in the community to find. They saw it as a great way to spread goodwill and the message of God’s grace to ...

The Land new faith community gears up for 2018

The Land new faith community gears up for 2018

October 16, 2017
In the midst of celebrating the things that have happened and anticipating the things yet to come, The Land embraces the continuity found in its loving partnership with Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Leadership Summit 2017 Post-Report: Outcomes and Resources

Leadership Summit 2017 Post-Report: Outcomes and Resources

October 02, 2017
People at the Summit came together to unleash their imagination to explore opportunities and equip congregations for the ministries that can impact people’s lives in their communities.

Bishop Oliveto to be honored at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's first Force for Good Awards

Bishop Oliveto to be honored at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's first Force for Good Awards

September 29, 2017
The Force for Good Awards celebrates "those who are 'a force for good' in three categories, Congregation, Community and State Legislature." The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Redline Gallery in Denver.

East UMC donates 50 hymnal supplements to Simla, Ellicott UMCs

September 25, 2017
On learning recently that Ellicott and Simla United Methodist churches were in need of The Faith We Sing, a hymnal supplement to The United Methodist Hymnal, the people of East United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs decided ...

Until It's Green Again: Camp Meeting in Montana

Until It's Green Again: Camp Meeting in Montana

September 06, 2017
"Commitment to True Worship" was this year's theme of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish's third annual Camp Meeting from Aug. 24 to 27. The commitment of the entire BUMP congregation will be to worship in truth this year ...

Rev. Laura Rainwater to serve as new Whole Church Initiative Coordinator

Rev. Laura Rainwater to serve as new Whole Church Initiative Coordinator

September 01, 2017
The Rev. Laura Easter Rainwater has begun a new position in the Mountain Sky Area as Whole Church Initiative Coordinator, effective Aug. 7. Rainwater’s new position will focus on expanding participation in the WCI process.

Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

August 14, 2017
Violence in Charlottesville reminds us we are called to "action through prayer... and denouncing acts borne out of hatred.

Rawlins Cooperative Parish engages community with outdoor worship, county fair

Rawlins Cooperative Parish engages community with outdoor worship, county fair

August 08, 2017
Rawlins Cooperative Parish, a multi-denominational church, continues to participate in the community life of Rawlins, Wyoming.

Rinn United Methodist Church consecrates new cross July 30

Rinn United Methodist Church consecrates new cross July 30

August 03, 2017
On July 30, the congregation of Rinn United Methodist Church in Frederick, Colorado consecrated a new cross during worship. The desire was to give worshipers an even more beautiful symbol to help them focus on God during worship –...

Hotchkiss, Paonia UMC volunteers create Bags of Love for children

June 28, 2017
This ministry was inspired by the growing need of children who are displaced due to the poor choices of their parents. Children are removed from their homes at a moment's notice usually during the night. They are given duffel bags...

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

June 14, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto, The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop, added to her place in history when she ordained her first full elder on June 9 during the Yellowstone Annual (regional) Conference’s meeting.

Western Jurisdiction bishops say Judicial Council unlawfully expanded church law

June 14, 2017
The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops contends the denomination’s top court had exceeded its authority in April when it expanded church law barring LGBTQ persons from seeking ordination as clergy in...

Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

May 22, 2017
This summer, Bishop Karen Oliveto and the Joint Cabinet of the Mountain Sky Area invite you to a simple, 20-minute worship service every Monday through Friday at 9 p.m. starting June 5 and running through July.

Mission u 2017: Covenant Community and Beloved Community

May 19, 2017
Mission u 2017 offers three transformative mission education opportunities to learn, grow and engage in God’s mission in new places and new ways.

Tapestry UMC gives $2,000 to local school to pay off cafeteria costs

Tapestry UMC gives $2,000 to local school to pay off cafeteria costs

May 11, 2017
Tapestry United Methodist Church in Colorado gave $2,000 to a local school to pay off delinquent cafeteria accounts so children won't go hungry throughout the school day. Tapestry encourages all Rocky Mountain Conference churches ...

Center for Pastoral Effectivness supports clergy to be healthy leaders

May 10, 2017
The Center experience is designed to support clergy in being healthier leaders by learning how to be "emotionally connected" to their churches rather than "emotionally enmeshed."

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

May 04, 2017
The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas.

A Different Vehicle: Reflections on the WCA Memphis Gathering

May 01, 2017
Some have seen the WCA as a schismatic group that wants to break away from the UMC. Many members of the WCA see the election of our bishop and other acts of non-conformity in some annual conferences as already schismatic.

WCA – Two: Witnessing the split personality of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

May 01, 2017
I identify this as "WCA – Two" because it was the second of the WCA gatherings, as well my second to attend. But more importantly, I witnessed two very distinct presentations.

A look back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto's election

A look back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto's election

April 24, 2017
For readers who haven’t been following this story that closely, or for those wanting to renew their memories, what follows is a reverse chronological compilation of some of what has come before.

Don't let hatred of other religions become normalized

Don't let hatred of other religions become normalized

April 20, 2017
Our congregation is representative of churchgoers across America. We can hold different opinions. But we also have an obligation to stand up against stereotypes and reject ideas that have no basis in fact. This is crucial to keep ...

An Easter Letter From Bishop Karen Oliveto

An Easter Letter From Bishop Karen Oliveto

April 16, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto wishes the Mountain Sky Area a happy Easter and calls us to live in light of the resurrection.