Annual Conference 2020 to be held online

Masks-on initiative grows!

May 18, 2020
Each week, new UMCs contributed to the JUST LOVE Masks-On Initiative! 

Congratulations and thank you!

Here is more on special reports on some of the churches' efforts:
(A full list of contributors can be found below). 


JUST LOVE: Masks-on encourages Local MSC churches to provide homemade cloth masks for local, frontline workers in their neighborhood/community.  As a connectional project, churches can have a significant impact on a regional level while serving in the unique context of communities ranging from rural to urban.  
Many frontline workers in agencies and businesses throughout the Mountain Sky area currently lack adequate personal protection items when they come in contact with other workers and the general public.  This need will continue to grow when more businesses begin to reopen. 

Reaching out in a collaborative effort within the neighborhoods and communities they serve, congregations can respond to their individualized needs. 
*If your congregation is already making masks for the community:  Keep up the good work!  Please report your efforts as outlined below so that we can include your story at Annual Conference. 
Here's how it works: 

1.  Identify where masks may be needed and reach out to businesses that are open during the stay at home order, including but not limited to:
  • grocery and convenience stores
  • hardware stores
  • take-out and food delivery
  • food banks & other social service agencies
  • nursing homes and group homes

2.  In collaboration with the business(es), determine what the need is and agree on a number of masks. Are there other partnerships to be formed, relationships to foster, prayers and words of grace to offer?

3.  Make, bless or pray over, then deliver the masks.

4.  With a card or kind word let the recipients know:   “This is a gift of love for you – No strings attached.” 

5.  Report the number of masks here:

And send one photo (optional) to by May 31, 2020. 


Masks on Contributing Churches

FirstName LastName Church name Church location Estimated number of masks made Types of organizations that received masks (grocery, health, government, school, etc.) Additional information:
Jana Jones Smoky Hill UMC Centennial, CO 1550 We have distributed masks to medical practices and Senior Care centers, Children's Hospital Colorado, Distribution centers, businesses and grocers, homeless shelters and recovery centers, a penitentiary, and of course to our congregation and surrounding community. It has been an amazing experience to witness how people have shared resources and time (estimated at over 750 hours) to contribute in what way we can to help and protect others during this pandemic. In gratitude, people that are financially able have donated money which we will give back to our church.
Lela Criswell Estes Park United Methodist Church Estes Park, CO 160 residential substance abuse treatment  
Kelly Murdock-Billy Salmon UMC Salmon, Idaho 700+ Jackie Pederson, Marie Wothe and Babbie Wolf made over 700 masks for our hospital, senior center, hospice, physical therapy clinic, the local grocery store, the church congregation and the community at large. Jackie made 45 dozen herself. Some of these masks found their way to a Navy ship, Las Vegas, NV, and Twin Falls, ID. We also sent masks to family members all over the country.  
Val Colenso Boulder UMC Boulder, MT 200 Heath, grocery, individuals that were in need  
Rev. Melinda Baber Calhan UMC Calhan, Colorado 950 Navajo Nation, local businesses' essential workers, nursing homes, Colorado Springs Emergency Management, homeless shelters, local food pantry. Our local Masketeers are 5 women friends who call their group Hanging On By A Thread. They make and we give cloth masks away free, and make sizes for children and adults.
Glenna Brayton Utah/Western Colorado Committee on Native American Ministries   200+ Indian Health Service Hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico Masks are sent to the head of Public Health Nurses, who attends Native Grace in Cortez
Donna Spearman Louisville UMC Louisville, CO 350 Health, local community groups, hearing impaired community One of our mask makers is hearing impaired and is working to make more masks with a vinyl insert that allows for lip reading. The outpouring of love from this marginalized community for these masks that help to free them (and those they communicate with) from further isolation and frustration has been overwhelming.
Robin Anders First United Methodist Church of Fort Lupton Fort Lupton, Colorado 300 plus These masks went to anyone in the community that wanted/needed one, homeless community, healthcare, Doctor Offices, food service workers at the hospital, grocery frontline workers, and restaurant workers. We also included in Hope and Trust Bags that were given to those in the community, a mask, snacks, popcorn, coloring page, word search and seed packet to encourage the recipients to look to the future with hope. Hope for the future and trust in the Lord was the message we prayed as we shared.  
Pastor Dea Sharp Pikes Peak UMC - Colorado Springs 2927 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904 210 Congregations and extended families of Pikes Peak UMC and Trinity UMC, West Side Cares There are currently only three sewers. We call ourselves the "Mask Force" (playing on "task force) and we continue to sew for West Side Cares
Claudette Rothwell Community United Methodist Church Ogden, UT 1,427 as of May 25, 2020 Our church family, neighbors, friends and community of Washington Terrace, UT Busy Bees Pediatric Clinic in Bountiful, UT that serves many low income families 14 volunteers have been making the masks. We call them our "Mighty Mask Makers" They have put in approximately 415 hours making them. 9 volunteers have given approximately 50 hours to date passing out and delivering the masks. We will continue to make masks until we find we no longer need to wear them to protect others. It has been a heartwarming project for our church!
Dotti Behling Cascade United Methodist Church Cascade, Montana 153 Great Falls Clinic, Great Falls Montana, employees of local grocery store (468 Market), local school employees and children, church members and local community members (all at no charge) Using fabric leftovers from her numerous quilting projects, Pastor Dotti Behling has been sewing masks in different styles to provide free masks to any Cascade and surrounding area residents. One of the things Pastor Dotti has noticed, since she herself wears both eye glasses and hearing aides, is that some masks that use elastic loops behind the ear often add too much bulk behind the ear, so she has included styles of masks that have elastic that circles the back of the head and neck or uses a very thin elastic cord for use behind the ear. She has distributed masks to the local grocery store for any employees who desired them. She has provided masks to school employees who are working the continuing meal provisions for students. She has teamed with the Great Falls Clinic medical community to provide over 4 dozen masks to them. She will be sewing additional masks to have available at the door when the Cascade church re(launches), hopefully in June.
Elizabeth Haskins First UMC, Berthoud Colorado 820 9th Street, Berthoud 175 Berthoud Fire Department, Church family and friends, residential treatment facility in Denver, Nomad group in Florida 7 mask-makers, from 15 to 85 years old spent untold hours over the past 2 months. As we sewed, we saw the need and the importance of mask-wearing grow and grow!
Elizabeth Haskins First UMC, Berthoud Colorado 820 9th Street, Berthoud 175 Berthoud Fire Department, Church family and friends, residential treatment facility in Denver, Nomad group in Florida 7 mask-makers, from 15 to 85 years old spent untold hours over the past 2 months. As we sewed, we saw the need and the importance of mask-wearing grow and grow!
Kerstin Lorenzen Grace United Methodists Church Dillon Montana 75 Local Barrett’s Hospital and clinic. Lil and Spence Hegstad made half of them.
Donna Chuang Longs Peak United Methodist Church Longmont, Colorado 400 Local hospital (Longmont United Hospital), two local non-profits that serve the homeless (HOPE & Agape Safe Haven), Meals-on-Wheels, and many congregation or community members that requested a mask from us We found that not only did this mask making effort allow us to help keep our community safe, it also gave us a great opportunity for much needed personal connection with our congregation and community ...while, of course, keeping the appropriate physical distance. It also gave the mask makers and deliverers a wonderful opportunity to put their God-given gifts to use in this time of need.
SUSAN RASMUSSEN Grace United Methodist Church Missoula, MT 50-60 Costco, First Security Bank, Opportunity Workshop, congregation members rewarding
Anita Turner St. Paul's Helena, MT 26 Health, school  
Deb Williams Arvada UMC Arvada CO 300 Assisted living facilities, healthcare workers, first responders. Everyone has been extremely happy to have received these masks!
Gay Weber Northglenn United Methodist Northglenn, CO 150 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. Way to go ladies!!!!!!!!!! The Northglenn quilters and sewers stepped up to help and meet the needs of the church and community in early April. Presently, they are making more masks to have on hand for small group meetings and when we open our doors and once again worship together. The presence of the Lord radiates through them. Thanks be to God!
Claudia Davis St. Paul's UMC Helena, Montana 60 Hospital, disabilities organization, family, friends Ran out of elastic, then saved by church friend with 12 more yards. What a team.
Megan Wieck FORT Collins First United Fort Collins 65 Respite care, individuals, essential workers. And making more!