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Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

8/14/2017

Violence in Charlottesville reminds us we are called to "action through prayer... and denouncing acts borne out of hatred. Bishop Karen Oliveto shares a weekly message to the Mountain Sky Area on Facebook every Saturday night. In response to the events in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, she posted this message: Every Saturday night I spend time ...


Wyoming churches, camp prepare for solar eclipse next weekend

8/13/2017

As North America anticipates the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, churches in the path of totality in Wyoming are preparing to welcome visitors and celebrate this phenomenon. In Casper, Wyoming, the city is offering an Eclipse Festival, with a list of music events, tours and the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo. To coincide with that, First ...


Camp on the Boulder to close after summer season

7/31/2017

On July 30, Camp on the Boulder's Board of Trustees released a statement online about its plans to discontinue operations after the summer season: Over the last several years a number of difficult challenges have developed that affect the long-term viability of camp. While the secluded location of camp makes it ideal for those coming for a ...


Columbia Falls UMC celebrates 125th anniversary

7/31/2017

Story submitted by the Rev. Dawn Skerritt Pastor, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church, Montana Photos by Erma Gladieux Member, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church, Montana On July 30, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church had a wonderful worship with guest preacher Bishop Karen Oliveto as part of an entire weekend of celebration events ...


Montana fires: How you can help

7/28/2017

As wildfires continue to burn around the state of Montana, the Yellowstone Conference has a Disaster Relief Fund ready to assist affected local communities. To give to this fund, go to www.yacumc.org/donate. There is a drop-down menu to specify your donation to "Yellowstone Conference Disaster Relief."  There are approximately 25 wildfires active ...


Yellowstone Conference members step up to give to Harvest Time Fund

6/21/2017

Submitted by the Rev. Jeremy Scott Vital Congregations Developer, Mountain Sky Area, UMC Photos by the Rev. Travis Walker It is never easy to deliver news that you know people don’t want to hear. Annual conference is a time of worship, celebration, blessing others, and important business. As part of that important business, the Rev. Jeff Rainwater...


United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

6/14/2017

BILLINGS, MT – Bishop Karen Oliveto, The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop, added to her place in history when she ordained her first full elder on June 9 during the Yellowstone Annual (regional) Conference’s meeting. The Rev. Sami Pack-Toner, a Sheridan, Mont. native who has been assigned to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in ...


Western Jurisdiction bishops say Judicial Council unlawfully expanded church law

6/14/2017

Bishops cite obligation to LGBTQ community to seek reconsideration DENVER – The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops contends the denomination’s top court had exceeded its authority in April when it expanded church law barring LGBTQ persons from seeking ordination as clergy in the church. In a brief filed with the ...


Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

5/22/2017

Mountain Sky Area Digital Devotion Opportunity to worship daily across the Mountain Sky Area resumes June 5 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. -Acts 2:46-47   This summer, Bishop Karen Oliveto ...


A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

5/4/2017

Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response to UMC Related to Judicial Council Decision Regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election   DALLAS, MAY 4 - The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of ...


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