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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.

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY

October 28, 2019
This one little well-planned outreach bursting with goodwill has brought manifold blessings upon the community, especially for the children who are now connected with the church.

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

Brentwood UMC in Denver honors member's 50-year musical ministry

October 18, 2019
On May 19, 2019, Brentwood United Methodist Church celebrated Ken Kopatich's 50 years of service to the church's musical ministry. Ken has shared his many talents as a vocalist, saxophone and clarinet player, and leading the ...

Mountain Sky UM Foundation year-end giving brochures to be available by Nov. 1

Mountain Sky UM Foundation year-end giving brochures to be available by Nov. 1

October 10, 2019
The year-end giving brochure from the Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation will be sent to churches before Nov. 1, 2019. This brochure teaches donors how they can continue to give at the levels they dream of, using ...

Equipping laity in leadership leads to stronger commitment in ministry

Equipping laity in leadership leads to stronger commitment in ministry

September 26, 2019
Rev. Annie Arnoldy, Superintendent of Leadership Development and Director of Connectional Ministry at the Mountain Sky Conference, led the afternoon workshop “Developing Laity: Empowering, Equipping, and Enabling” in the ReSource ...

Area churches band together to create a truly 'United' Methodist choir

Area churches band together to create a truly 'United' Methodist choir

September 18, 2019
Singers from Erie United Methodist Church, Niwot UMC, the Heart of Longmont UMC, and Rinn UMC joined forces to create a giant "United" Methodist choir this past Saturday, Sept. 14!

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.

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...

First UMC in Missoula focused on mission field

First UMC in Missoula focused on mission field

June 05, 2019
Whether they are offering space for Family Promise, a ministry that helps homeless families get back on their feet, or they are resettling refugees, FUMC Missoula is tirelessly focused on their mission field.

Financially supporting both the conference and the general church

May 21, 2019
Currently the total general and jurisdictional connectional support, all $2,098,881, is rolled into our 2019 budget. This has been the practice for both legacy conferences for many years. At the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual ...

Burns Memorial UMC choir in Aurora, Colorado to sing at Carnegie Hall

Burns Memorial UMC choir in Aurora, Colorado to sing at Carnegie Hall

May 20, 2019
The Chancel Choir of Burns Memorial United Methodist Church in Aurora, Colorado has been asked to join other choirs in a concert at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 19, 2019. The choir will be performing in a joint choir concert of Joseph ...

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, ...

Mountain Sky UM Foundation offers 2019 grants for local churches

Mountain Sky UM Foundation offers 2019 grants for local churches

May 13, 2019
The Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation announces its grant program for 2019. This year more money is available, including $200,000 set apart for legacy Yellowstone Conference churches, and a scholarship program for financial...

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.

UMW of First UMC in Newcastle, WY raises $52K for county senior center

May 03, 2019
The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, Wyoming raised $52,500 during its Spring Benefit Luncheon on May 3 to help the Weston County Senior Center's roofing project.

After the Judicial Council: Understanding the Decisions - Seeking Spiritual Grounding

After the Judicial Council: Understanding the Decisions - Seeking Spiritual Grounding

April 30, 2019
Join members of the Mountain Sky Conference in a two-part series of Zoom gatherings, After the Judicial Council. Together we will work to understand the decisions and seek spiritual grounding during these uncertain times

Video contest from the Congregational Vitality Committee

April 29, 2019
The Congregational Vitality Committee of the Mountain Sky Conference invites you to enter a new video contest — with cash grant awards! — leading up to Annual Conference this June in Billings.

A Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A Statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

April 26, 2019
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has ruled on the constitutionality of the plan known as "The Traditional Plan" that was passed at the Special ...

St. Vrain Circuit offers General Conference prayer service on Good Friday

St. Vrain Circuit offers General Conference prayer service on Good Friday

April 23, 2019
I have been especially blessed to watch the St. Vrain Circuit dream up, plan, and gather together around a prayer service leading up to General Conference 2019. And during Holy Week, they came together for a shared Good Friday ...

Choteau, Brady and Dutton UMCs in Montana try new ways to connect with God during Lent

Choteau, Brady and Dutton UMCs in Montana try new ways to connect with God during Lent

April 09, 2019
This season of Lent, I have encouraged my churches in Choteau, Brady, and Dutton to fast from their busyness. The overall goal was to make room to connect with God, with people, and with themselves in a way that we couldn’t ...

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 ...

Alamosa First UMC hosts tea in honor of John Wesley

March 22, 2019
The First United Methodist Church in Alamosa, Colorado hosted tea with John Wesley on March 3. The guests were treated to a presentation from some of the church members who had traveled to England for a 10-day full adventure of ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

Smoky Hill UMC gets creative in new stained glass window design

February 21, 2019
Artists and creatives at Smoky Hill UMC decided to design and produce their own stained glass windows in the 1980's. When the new sanctuary needed windows in 2017, a new group of congregants decided to step up and create.

Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

Smoky Hill UMC votes to become Reconciling Congregation

February 19, 2019
On February 3, 2019 Smoky Hill UMC, of Centennial, Colorado, voted to become a Reconciling Ministries Congregation.

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 ...

25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving

25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving

January 23, 2019
Take your church's giving to the next level and start the new year strong. These 25 big ideas from Horizons Stewardship will help you get there. If giving was flat, the number of church donors has declined, or your ministry for ...

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 ...

Scott UMC celebrates 114th anniversary

December 07, 2018
Scott United Methodist Church of Denver, Colorado celebrated 114 years serving God on November 18.

Mountain Sky Conference shares Advent calendar, outreach opportunities

Mountain Sky Conference shares Advent calendar, outreach opportunities

December 03, 2018
The Mountain Sky Conference Community Engagement team is excited to release the 2018 Advent Calendar! This year's calendar focuses on missions, community issues, and mental health.

Mission Aligned Worship & Anywhere Church

Mission Aligned Worship & Anywhere Church

November 26, 2018
Mission Aligned Worship is becoming Anywhere Church

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.