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Dawn Skerritt to serve as Yellowstone Conference Disaster Response Coordinator

10/9/2017

Disaster is in Pastor Dawn Maurer Skerritt's DNA. Dawn's maternal grandparents lost their house to flooding on Thane Creek in 1953, when they lived in Highwood, Montana. Her grandma Joan Elser, who was an organist at Dutton United Methodist Church, was pregnant with Dawn's mother, Cheryl, and was airlifted to Great Falls from Highwood for the ...


Terror in Las Vegas: How United Methodists Respond to Violence

10/2/2017

In an act of domestic terrorism, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, as country singer Jason Aldean performed. From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 before turning the gun on himself. Media outlets report this is...


United Campus Ministry recipient of Rule 2 Grant from United Methodist Church

9/26/2017

New Nexus-Campus Community and Church initiative from United Campus Ministry in Billings, Montana receives 2017 Rule 2 Grant NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Named after Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can,” ...


Pastors call for notes of love, support for vandalized Bozeman church

9/15/2017

Submitted by the Rev. Melissa Engel Pastor, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Butte, Montana As you may have heard, St. James Episcopal Church in Bozeman, Montana was vandalized with symbols of hate on their church sign. The congregation is said to be doing okay and has written and posted love notes over the hateful symbols. (Read the news story...


Civil and Human Rights: How The United Methodist Church Advocates

9/8/2017

On Sept. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program established by former President Barack Obama that protected nearly 800,000 undocumented young people, also known as "Dreamers," from deportation by providing them with work authorization. The ...


Until It's Green Again: Camp Meeting in Montana

9/5/2017

Story and above photo submitted by Glenna Brayton Member, Rocky Mountain Conference Committee on Native American Ministries More photos courtesy the Rev. Calvin Hill Pastor, Blackfeet United Methodist Parish, Browning, Montana Blackfeet have a saying when they make a commitment: "We will do this for one year, or until it's green again." "...


Rev. Laura Rainwater to serve as new Whole Church Initiative Coordinator

9/1/2017

The Rev. Laura Easter Rainwater has begun a new position in the Mountain Sky Area as Whole Church Initiative Coordinator, effective Aug. 7. Rev. Rainwater will continue to serve as the lead pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as she takes on this new role. She is a well-known circuit leader and coach in the Rocky Mountain ...


Hurricane Harvey: What you can do to help

8/27/2017

As Texas and Louisiana continue to feel the impact from Hurricane Harvey, please keep praying for those in the path of the storm. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ready to assist with recovery efforts, but they need our help. The following message is from Amy Fuselier, Director of UMCOR Relief Supplies: As we here at UMCOR ...


Disaster Response Coordinator Gary Haddock visits western Montana

8/16/2017

From Aug. 10 to 12, Mountain Sky Area Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Gary Haddock visited pastors and churches in western Montana to assess their situations and address immediate needs from the ongoing wildfires. Below is his report: I have spent the last two days around the Missoula area talking to pastors and churches in the area being ...


Harvest Time Legacy Fund Committee meets to develop strategy

8/16/2017

The Harvest Time Legacy Fund Committee met Aug. 15 by Zoom Video Conference to develop a fundraising plan to address the Yellowstone Conference's financial situation. During the conference call, committee members heard from Rhodes Logan, Chief Development Officer from The United Methodist Church's Development Center, to ground their strategy and ...


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