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Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20

Honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20

November 12, 2020
Nov. 20 is often acknowledged as Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) within the transgender and broader LGBTQ+ community. It is a day to acknowledge the violence many transgender people face in our world, especially transgender ...

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 ...

Mike Moore tapped for Mountain Sky Disaster Response Coordinator

Mike Moore tapped for Mountain Sky Disaster Response Coordinator

November 03, 2020
Bishop Karen Oliveto is excited to welcome Mike Moore as the new Disaster Response Coordinator for the Mountain Sky Conference, effective Nov. 1, 2020. Mike Moore brings years of experience as a member of the Conference Disaster ...

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 ...

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Pandemically Resilient

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Pandemically Resilient

October 15, 2020
Submitted by the Rev. Patrick Lewis Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Billings, Montana How are you holding up? No, really, do you feel like the world is closing in on you, or are you one of the people who can seemingly ...

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.

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Crush the Stigma of Alcoholism

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Crush the Stigma of Alcoholism

October 12, 2020
At Denver-based nonprofit, Stigma, it is our mission to crush the stigma associated with alcoholism. We do not believe alcoholism is a spiritual deficiency.

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Mental Health First Aid Training

Mission Newsletter - Oct. 2020: Mental Health First Aid Training

October 12, 2020
With the help of an Abundant Health Grant and generous sponsors, First UMC Windsor, CO hosted a Youth Mental Health First Aid training. The purpose of this class is to train adults (18 and over) how to be an effective support ...

Would your faith community benefit from a Faith Community Nurse?

Would your faith community benefit from a Faith Community Nurse?

October 12, 2020
The primary goal of Faith Community Nursing (FCN) is to minister to the spiritual health of a Faith Community while also helping members of the Faith Community with their physical, mental, and emotional needs.

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Enciende Una Luz

Hispanic Heritage Month Feature: Enciende Una Luz

September 25, 2020
Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. This week, we will be celebrating the ministry of Enciende Una Luz UMC. A partnership with Smoky Hill UMC in Centennial, CO, Enciende Una Luz UMC has been serving the ...

Tri-Lakes UMC offering Wesley 'Campaign Signs' to spread positive message

September 25, 2020
Tri-Lakes UMC has produced John Wesley "campaign signs" using his quote about how to approach differences during an election. We've had a ton of interest in this idea from other churches throughout the country, so we have made the...

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1

Pilgrimage to the Land of Love: Day 1

September 07, 2020
The Pilgrimage to the Land of Love is a spiritual journey with fellow Mountain Sky members as we together expand our understanding of racism in our lives and our world.

Christ UMC in Salt Lake City, UT leads the way in caring for families during the COVID-19 lock-down

Christ UMC in Salt Lake City, UT leads the way in caring for families during the COVID-19 lock-down

August 13, 2020
During the COVID-19 lockdown in Salt Lake City, Christ United Methodist Church became home to four shelter families in the Family Promise Salt Lake program.

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.

MSC releases anti-racism resources for personal and local church engagement

MSC releases anti-racism resources for personal and local church engagement

June 15, 2020
Many among us have engaged in antiracism work, but as I look forward, this is an opportunity for us as the Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC to say a collective “yes” because we believe in living into Beloved Community. When any ...

Anti-racism book study for MSC Laity: 'Waking up White and finding myself in the story of race' by Debby Irving

Anti-racism book study for MSC Laity: 'Waking up White and finding myself in the story of race' by Debby Irving

June 12, 2020
As the Mountain Sky Conference, we are committed to doing anti-racism work within ourselves, our churches, and our world. The following book study will be offered as space for laity to learn, explore, reflect on the process of ...

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.

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 ...

Pathways Team releases second 2020 quarterly report

Pathways Team releases second 2020 quarterly report

May 18, 2020
Mountain Sky Conference has released a quarterly Pathways Focus Sessions report. This second quarterly report shares some of the work done by the Pathways Team to help keep you abreast of developments and directions being explored...

An unusual gift goes to Chester UMC during the pandemic

May 07, 2020
Marcia Muir, pastor of Chester UMC, 30 miles south of the Canadian border in Montana, was awakened by a 7:30 a.m. phone call Tuesday, April 7. A man with a German accent told her that the Riverview Hutterite Colony wanted to ...

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).

How you can be part of disaster response during coronavirus

How you can be part of disaster response during coronavirus

April 29, 2020
Jim Robison-Cox provides a summary of MSC Disaster Response efforts during the coronavirus and what you can do to help UMCOR US Disaster Response and Recovery.

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...

Servicios de la Raza offers emergency services during the COVID-19 crisis

Servicios de la Raza offers emergency services during the COVID-19 crisis

April 20, 2020
In light of COVID-19, Servicios de la Raza wants to ensure our clients and community partners that we are still available and providing the following services.

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 ...

Adjusting to the 'new normal' of COVID-19

March 31, 2020
It’s helpful for us to see through the lens of disaster response. The COVID-19 event (or series of events) is currently causing us trauma. Everyone is learning new ways to live.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meeting aims to gather community to heal, build relationships

Meeting aims to gather community to heal, build relationships

January 14, 2020
After the killing of a Northern Arapaho man in Riverton, Wyoming, United Methodists are moving into action.

'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.

Trinity UMC in Loveland, CO helps raise more than $3K in inaugural chili cook-off

Trinity UMC in Loveland, CO helps raise more than $3K in inaugural chili cook-off

November 14, 2019
Trinity United Methodist Church in Loveland, Colorado partners with First Congregational Church in this inaugural Responders Chili Cook-off held Oct. 19 that drew 400-plus people and raised more than $3,000 for community ...

'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.

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 ...

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!

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 ...