Introductory gatherings planned for Healing Communities Partnership

Introductory gatherings planned for Healing Communities Partnership

10/19/2015

Submitted by the Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent

The Rev. Doug Walker, National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform with The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society, will be in Montana the first week of November. He will be leading introductory gatherings to introduce the Healing Communities framework for ministry with people impacted by the criminal justice system and offering training in two communities. Healing Communities challenges congregations and organizations to become Stations of Hope by mobilizing existing resources. It identifies the formal and informal networks characteristic of community life, based on the ideas of forgiving, healing, redemption and reconciliation.
 
Meet others with an interest in this ministry and learn about Healing Communities Partnership — what it is and how it can benefit your community — at the introductory meeting. Or attend a training with a team from your church or organization to plan and initiate your own ministry.

For information about the meetings and training, call Pastor Melanie Martin-Dent at 406-560-6371. For directions to the church and local details, contact the people listed below.
 
Schedule for introductory meetings:

Kalispell:    Tuesday, Nov. 3, Noon
                    Epworth United Methodist Church, 329 Second Ave. E, 406-257-6849
                    Bring your lunch! Contact person: Rev. Steve Hermes
 
Bozeman:   Wednesday, Nov. 4, Noon
                    Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf St., 406-586-5572.
                    Bring your lunch! Contact person: Pastor Stephen Schmidt
 
Billings:      Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
                    Evangelical United Methodist Church, 345 Broadwater, 406-259-1897
                    Contact person: Pastor Wendy Ochs
 
Great Falls: Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.
                     First United Methodist Church, 610 Second Ave. N, 406-453-3114
                     Contact person: Rev. Nancy Slabaugh Hart
 
Helena:       Saturday, Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m., Room 208 upstairs in Susanne’s Place,
                    St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St., 406-442-5643
                    Contact person: Rev. Tyler Amundson
 
Trainings:
 
Missoula:    Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
                     First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St., 406-549-6118
                     Light supper will be served each night. Donation of $25 requested to cover costs.
 
Butte:         Sunday, Nov. 8, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m.
                    Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1621 Thornton Ave., 406-782-2425
                    Light supper will be served.


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