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Whole Church Initiative generating new energy

1/15/2016

By Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church When the Reverend Jeremy Scott launched the Whole Church Initiative in the summer of 2014, he sought to empower churches to honestly address their vitality and how they are living out their faith. He used a coaching model that supported churches in ...


Summit held in Oklahoma City on Native American church starts

1/6/2016

"If I thought I was introducing them to Christ, I was extremely late." -- The Reverend Calvin Hill Submitted by Glenna Kyker Brayton Invited by the Rev. Anita Phillips, Executive Director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan, more than 50 pastors and lay people from across the U.S. met recently in Oklahoma City to consider new church starts ...


Chicks Know Church to engage conversations about women in ministry

12/16/2015

Story and photo by Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church In response to the popular "Chuck Knows Church", four United Methodist clergywomen in the Yellowstone Annual Conference have come together to offer "Chicks Know Church", an online forum to share inspiration and insight on ministry ...


Peace with Justice grant applications due Jan. 10

12/16/2015

January 10 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) or from the Yellowstone Conference. Funding for this program is generated through the Peace with Justice Special Sunday offering of The United Methodist Church. One of six Special Sundays in the denomination, Peace ...


2016 youth service opportunities from Sierra Service Project

12/9/2015

Sierra Service Project, or SSP, provides service opportunities during the summer and school year for middle and high school youth groups. SSP is: Challenging service. Youth take on complex projects, learn to safely use power tools, and cultivate teamwork and problem-solving skills. Fun! The SSP experience includes a tradition of games, songs, and ...


Escalators to worldwide friendship: Serving on the Division for Young People's Ministry

12/2/2015

Story and photos submitted by the Rev. Tyler Amundson Pastor at St. Paul's UMC in Helena Stepping off the escalator in July of 2012 at the Nashville airport, I saw someone holding the sign, “DMYP.”  Like many, this alphabet soup was another of the United Methodist acronyms I knew, but didn't completely understand. Division of Ministry with Young ...


Montana faith communities learn about Healing Communities Partnership

12/2/2015

Story submitted by Jana Staton, First UMC Missoula Association of Christians Legislative Committee Chair Photo by Rev. John Daniels, First UMC Missoula "How can our congregations become safe places to share the experience of being involved with the criminal justice system?" With that blunt question, the Reverend Doug Walker, National Director for ...


Volunteers needed to spread Peace Light of Bethlehem

12/1/2015

Submitted by Terri Normand Hope United Methodist Church, Billings The Peace Light of Bethlehem is an annual event that begins by lighting a lamp from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The light then makes its way to Austria, through the rest of Europe, then to New York City, Chicago, and by Christmas to the Peace Church Seattle, which is a ...


Chase Bertelsen receives $1,700 scholarship from Board of Higher Education & Ministry

11/18/2015

Congratulations to Chase Bertelsen, of Wibaux, Montana, for receiving a $1,700 scholarship from the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry's Office of Loans and Scholarships! Bertelsen is a student at Rocky Mountain College studying exercise science to become a fitness trainer. He's in his third semester of a five-year program. Bertelsen also...


Churches step in to make Circle J Camp's 'Apple-less' Festival a success

11/17/2015

Photos submitted by Sandy Slater, Director of Circle J Retreat Camp Circle J Retreat Camp's annual Apple Festival -- normally its "#1 fundraiser of the year," according to Camp Director Sandy Slater -- was nearly cancelled because of a blossom freeze on the camp's 100-year-old orchard. Slater said they went from 6,000 pounds of apples last year to...


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