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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 ...

Colorado coalitions call for Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) for the unhoused in response to homeless 'sweeps'

Colorado coalitions call for Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) for the unhoused in response to homeless 'sweeps'

August 24, 2020
In light of "sweeps" by Denver Police of homeless encampments, a coalition of organizations in Denver is trying to present an alternative. Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) is a partial solution to the challenge of homelessness in our ...

Virtual Mission Volunteer Orientation Sept. 3-4

Virtual Mission Volunteer Orientation Sept. 3-4

August 11, 2020
A virtual orientation experience on September 3 and 4, 2020 is being offered for all individuals and couples interested in learning more about the Mission Volunteer program or those who are discerning future long-term volunteer ...

Mission Valley UMC responds to essential workers with hand-made gift baskets

Mission Valley UMC responds to essential workers with hand-made gift baskets

July 28, 2020
The MIssion Team at Mission Valley UMC in St. Ignatius, MT is providing gift baskets to essential workers in their area.

Mission partner Intermountain shares Chaplain Chris' sermon for online worship gatherings

Mission partner Intermountain shares Chaplain Chris' sermon for online worship gatherings

May 19, 2020
Chaplain Chris Haughee of Intermountain Residential preaches on the connections between Jesus’ original disciples and the Church today, and the challenge of expressing love and acceptance to ALL children (Luke 18:15-17).

Masks-On! Update: More than 35,340 masks created!!!

Masks-On! Update: More than 35,340 masks created!!!

May 18, 2020
Each week, more UMCs contribute to the JUST LOVE Masks-On Initiative! As of June 22, we reported more than 34,800 masks created by MSC UMCs! JUST LOVE: Masks-on encourages local MSC churches to provide homemade cloth masks for ...

Claudia Davis of St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, MT creates more than 60 masks

Claudia Davis of St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, MT creates more than 60 masks

May 18, 2020
Claudia Davis of St. Paul’s UMC in Helena, MT was able to mix good-deed-doing and family bonding in the creation of over 60 masks.

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO creates 1,300 COVID-19 masks

Mountain View UMC, Boulder, CO creates 1,300 COVID-19 masks

May 18, 2020
Ballpark total—more than 1,300 masks and almost 60 scrub caps. The masks have been distributed locally, throughout the state, to Hawaii, Ohio, Oklahoma, Toronto, and the Navajo Nation. The masks will be worn by family, friends, ...

Northglenn United Methodist quilters and sewers create 150 masks

Northglenn United Methodist quilters and sewers create 150 masks

May 18, 2020
Northglenn United Methodist quilters and sewers are happy to report they have made and delivered over 150 fabric face masks to area senior living centers. We chose donating to these centers as we have church members living within.

Tug-o-Love has become Miles-o-Love for Annual Conference 2020

Tug-o-Love has become Miles-o-Love for Annual Conference 2020

May 18, 2020
This year during Annual Conference, Miles-o-Love will raise funds for the East Angola Pastor Support Fund and Feeding America centers in the Mountain Sky area states.

AC20's mission funds will go to East Angola Pastors and Feeding America

AC20's mission funds will go to East Angola Pastors and Feeding America

May 05, 2020
Tug of Love will be the only fundraiser for AC2020. This year, the funds will go to East Angola Pastor Support and Feeding America (within the MSC area).

Grace Hospice Care shares facing Covid-19 in Mongolia - “We Cannot Forget Our Patients”

Grace Hospice Care shares facing Covid-19 in Mongolia - “We Cannot Forget Our Patients”

April 24, 2020
Dr. Altankhyag, Director of Grace Hospice Care shares facing Covid-19 in Mongolia.

East Angola Missionary Report

East Angola Missionary Report

April 24, 2020
UMW report on how the COVID 19 pandemic is affecting our missionaries in Angola and the people they serve, and how the pastors we help support are helping their communities.

Participate in the JUST LOVE:  Masks-on initiative!

Participate in the JUST LOVE: Masks-on initiative!

April 24, 2020
JUST LOVE: Masks-on encourages local MSC churches to provide homemade cloth masks for local, frontline workers in their neighborhood/community.

Mission Immersion Day is now JUST LOVE at Annual Conference 2020

Mission Immersion Day is now JUST LOVE at Annual Conference 2020

April 24, 2020
The new name for Annual Conference “Mission Immersion Day” is JUST LOVE. The Community Engagement Mission Team would like to share this new name with the Conference. JUST LOVE is the new brand for mission-related programs/projects...

Mountain Sky creates grant-funded staff position within Young People's Ministries

Mountain Sky creates grant-funded staff position within Young People's Ministries

April 24, 2020
In order to continue fulfilling the conference vision to have life-changing, life-saving mission outposts in the communities we serve, the conference received grant-funding in late 2019 to hire a part-time person to minister ...

Mountain Sky staff partner with AfterHours to help homeless in Downtown Denver

Mountain Sky staff partner with AfterHours to help homeless in Downtown Denver

March 25, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference and Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation joined together on March 5 for their quarterly “Day of Service.” 120 paper bag meals were prepared and shared with the homeless at Civic Center Park in ...

Tri-Lakes UMC wins National Wildfire Mitigation Award

Tri-Lakes UMC wins National Wildfire Mitigation Award

March 09, 2020
The Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church (TLUMC) Emergency Preparedness Group (EPG) Volunteers received the national Wildfire Mitigation Award in a ceremony at TLUMC on Feb. 22, 2020. The competitive award is co-sponsored by the ...

Parker UMC’s “Drive-thru Ashes” offers blessings on-the-go for the community

Parker UMC’s “Drive-thru Ashes” offers blessings on-the-go for the community

March 02, 2020
On Feb. 26, Parker UMC hosted “Drive-Thru Ashes” for the second year on Ash Wednesday. Located in a suburb where many people commute to work, Parker UMC saw a need in its community to help reach those who may not be able to fit an...

Christ Church Denver gives $20K to help relieve medical debt

Christ Church Denver gives $20K to help relieve medical debt

February 26, 2020
Using endowment funds as they were designated, Christ Church United Methodist in Denver, Colorado recently worked with RIP Medical Debt to relieve more than 1,300 people of their medical debt through a $20,000 donation.

Abundant Health Grants awarded to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming

Abundant Health Grants awarded to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming

February 06, 2020
The Mountain Sky Conference has awarded Abundant Health Grants to five congregations in Colorado and Wyoming totaling $5,200.00. The grant applications were funded through contributions from the 2019 Bridge of Love offerings, 2019...

A Collection of Choirs, Songs of Hope concert benefiting Agape Safe Haven in Longmont, CO

A Collection of Choirs, Songs of Hope concert benefiting Agape Safe Haven in Longmont, CO

February 06, 2020
Yearly benefit concert for Longmont's only sober Christian homeless ministry: Agape Safe Haven is Saturday, February 29th at 7pm at the Heart of Longmont. Suggested Donation: $10/ticket.

Close to 1,000 magnitude 2+ earthquakes send UM volunteers back from Puerto Rico

Close to 1,000 magnitude 2+ earthquakes send UM volunteers back from Puerto Rico

January 14, 2020
Nine volunteers from Montana were advised to return from Puerto Rico this week after landing there last week due to a swarm of earthquakes this week.

UM Volunteers in Mission landed in Puerto Rico

UM Volunteers in Mission landed in Puerto Rico

January 08, 2020
Nine intrepid Volunteers in Mission are poised to take flight toward Puerto Rico in the morning. We are from congregations in Whitehall, Helena, East Helena, and Missoula.

'Christmas in the Parking Lot' catches flight in Colorado Springs

'Christmas in the Parking Lot' catches flight in Colorado Springs

December 31, 2019
A powerful day of celebration and giving as The Edge, Ecumenical Social Ministries, and First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs bring gifts to those that may not otherwise receive them on Christmas Morning.

UMCOR Earthkeepers grant expands community garden production for First UMC Ogden in Utah

UMCOR Earthkeepers grant expands community garden production for First UMC Ogden in Utah

December 12, 2019
Ogden First UMC is installing an ecologically-friendly irrigation system that will increase the productivity of their community garden.

Bridge of Love Abundant Health Grant deadline approaching

Bridge of Love Abundant Health Grant deadline approaching

November 29, 2019
The Abundant Health Grant deadline is approaching! Grant applications will be due by December 31, 2019. The 2019 Bridge of Love Offering that was held at the Mountain Sky Annual Conference in June went to support the Abundant ...

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.

First UMC in Fort Lupton makes a big community impact with Thanksgiving box giveaway

First UMC in Fort Lupton makes a big community impact with Thanksgiving box giveaway

October 28, 2019
This Colorado church continues to make a big impact on their community throughout the giving season.

Littleton UMC in Colorado nourishes community through Break Bread initiative

October 27, 2019
Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, Colorado serves meals of love and fresh food through Break Bread, the nonprofit the congregation created to build relationships in our community.

Guest blog: A prayer for our rural ministries and farmers

October 26, 2019
Thanksgiving is coming soon – a particularly rural holiday – so let us feast and be thankful. And in our prayers before the feast, let us remember the farmer who grew our feast and thank God for the farmers.

Mountain View United Church to receive Force for Good Award

Mountain View United Church to receive Force for Good Award

September 27, 2019
The Mountain View United Church in Aurora, Colorado has been recognized by the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado for taking "measurable action for radical love and justice in the past year" and was named one of the recipients of the...

Deadline extended for applications to Abundant Health grants

Deadline extended for applications to Abundant Health grants

September 26, 2019
The deadline to apply for an Abundant Health Grant has been extended to Dec. 31, 2019. The 2019 Bridge of Love Offering that was held at the Mountain Sky Annual Conference in June went to support the Abundant Health grant ...

Missionaries Evelyn and Teri Erbele visit Mountain Sky Conference

Missionaries Evelyn and Teri Erbele visit Mountain Sky Conference

August 30, 2019
Evelyn and Teri Erbele are missionaries with the Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church currently assigned as Mission Advocates for the Western Jurisdiction. They are visiting more than 30 congregations in Montana ...

Polson UMC in Montana hosts second Back-to-School Wellness Fair with new partners

Polson UMC in Montana hosts second Back-to-School Wellness Fair with new partners

August 30, 2019
In 2018, the Bridge of Love Offering held at the joint annual conference in Ogden, Utah helped fund Polson UMC's first Back-to-School Wellness Fair last August. After its success, Polson UMC reached out to the Rotary Club, Lions ...

Glendive UMC in Montana takes a stand against gun violence, racism

August 13, 2019
On Aug. 13, members and friends of Glendive United Methodist Church in Glendive, Montana gathered on the lawn of the church to advocate for an end to racism, gun violence, a ban on assault weapons and to remind the community that ...

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...

Brighton UMC team featured on local news during Help for Homes

Brighton UMC team featured on local news during Help for Homes

May 06, 2019
A team from the Brighton United Methodist Church joined others in Brighton, Colorado on May 4 to help seniors maintain their homes. They were part of a feature by Denver 7 News, which was covering the story.

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.

Volunteers needed for flood prevention in La Veta, Colorado

Volunteers needed for flood prevention in La Veta, Colorado

April 23, 2019
Volunteers of all ages and skill levels needed for short term mission work in La Veta, Colorado. Workers will clear brush and debris following the 2018 wild fires to assist with preventing floods in 2019.

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 ...

Volunteers assemble nearly 200 kits at Johnstown UMC for UMCOR relief

Volunteers assemble nearly 200 kits at Johnstown UMC for UMCOR relief

March 22, 2019
Sixty eager and industrious volunteers, including a dozen youth, gathered at The United Methodist Church of Johnstown, Colorado on March 16 for an UMCOR work day. In record time, the volunteers assembled 34 flood buckets and 155 ...

Mountain Sky volunteers help with Hurricane Harvey recovery in Texas

March 20, 2019
Fourteen volunteers from the Mountain Sky Conference traveled to Texas to assist with clean up efforts in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas Pass after the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

First UMC Boulder to host event with Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls

March 01, 2019
First United Methodist Church of Boulder will host "Crafting a New Normal", a free community gathering about inclusion and intersectionality, on Saturday, March 16, as we celebrate our 22nd anniversary of becoming a member church ...

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 ...

UMCOR West Depot seeking Volunteers

February 21, 2019
Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, UMCOR West Office and Depot seeks to be a vital part of the work and vision of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Blackfeet United Methodist Parish provides aid, ecumenical partnerships in post-shutdown food crisis

February 12, 2019
In the aftermath of the 35-day federal government shutdown, the A’aninin and Nakoda Tribes on Fort Belknap Reservation and the Chippewa and Cree Tribes of Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana are facing dire food shortages threatening...

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 ...