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Vital Conversations: Blogging: Speaking Authentically and Maintaining Unity on Jan. 27

Vital Conversations: Blogging: Speaking Authentically and Maintaining Unity on Jan. 27

January 19, 2021
Vital Conversations: Blogging: Speaking Authentically and Maintaining Unity on Wednesday, January 27 at 11:30am

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Stevensville UMC in Montana offers space for daycare, distance learning

Stevensville UMC in Montana offers space for daycare, distance learning

October 13, 2020
Pivoting into a new strategy for doing ministry might actually be a dance with the Trinity as steps find new life, new purpose, and new wisdom.

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!

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.

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.

House Divided: A Politics of Compassion on Sept. 23 Vital Conversations

House Divided: A Politics of Compassion on Sept. 23 Vital Conversations

September 10, 2020
Vital Conversations on Wednesday, September 23 at 11:30am

Congregational Vitality grants available (deadline of Sept. 30, 2020)

Congregational Vitality grants available (deadline of Sept. 30, 2020)

August 31, 2020
We have two grant opportunities: our Vitality Resource Grant and our Vitality Innovation Grants.

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.

Music copyright workshop with Dave Merkel Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MST

Music copyright workshop with Dave Merkel Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. MST

August 26, 2020
A Zoom workshop with Dave Merkel to discuss how to navigate music copyright and licensing for use of music in worship, both online and in-person.

Board of Laity 2020 Introductions

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

MissionInsite the topic for Aug. 19 Vital Conversations

August 10, 2020
Please join Vital Conversations every other Wednesday with Superintendent Jeff Rainwater. Our guest on Wednesday, August 5 at 11:30 a.m. is Rev. Tiffany Keith who will discuss MissionInsite Inspiration.

Prepared with Care Grants go to 29 churches in Mountain Sky Conference

Prepared with Care Grants go to 29 churches in Mountain Sky Conference

August 03, 2020
Prepared with Care $500 grants go to 29 churches in MSC.

Fundraise like a Pro: Tools for Pastors, Finance, Stewardship

Fundraise like a Pro: Tools for Pastors, Finance, Stewardship

June 29, 2020
Secrets from CFREs: Certified Fund Raising Executives: Here are three great resources specifically for these COVID-19 times. This will change your life. This is a powerful technique that you can immediately begin using. You may ...

Marathon lessons from Major Rettig of Trinity District

Marathon lessons from Major Rettig of Trinity District

June 04, 2020
Given the frequency of saying living in the pandemic is “a marathon, not a sprint,” Major Rettig shares with you a few things that he has learned from the running world.

Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, CO makes more than 400 masks

Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, CO makes more than 400 masks

May 26, 2020
Over 400 masks were made by Longs Peak UMC in Longmont, Colorado.

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.

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. 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 ...

Join webinar on best online worship practices in a physically distanced world

Join webinar on best online worship practices in a physically distanced world

March 30, 2020
Join author, creative worship and guest readiness coach Jason Moore for a 90-minute webinar, Tuesday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. MDT for Telling the Old Story in a New Time: Best Practices for Worshiping Online and Beyond in a ...

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.

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.

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...

Guest blog: From Suffering to Triumph (a devotional book review)

Guest blog: From Suffering to Triumph (a devotional book review)

January 29, 2020
Rev. Dr. Chris Haughee has written a devotional for Lent that builds upon his decades of work in youth and children's ministry, most recently with Intermountain Residential, an intensive treatment center for children with ...

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.

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 ...