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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...


United Methodist, Lutheran churches help with pastors' pirate ship

11/13/2015

Story and photos submitted by Donna Maughlin Pastors Amanda and Grant Applehans enjoy making a celebration of Halloween (their October wedding involved carving pumpkins for the tables). This year they had lots of help turning their front porch into a pirate ship, but were called back to Wisconsin because Grant's mother passed away from cancer on ...


United Methodist Student Sunday Spotlight

11/2/2015

Editor's note: This story is part of a "Student Spotlight" for United Methodist Student Sunday on Nov. 29. To learn more about United Methodist Student Sunday, click here. Submitted by Janna Lauver Member of Bozeman UMC and Montana State University Campus Ministry Alison Massey and Molly Kisthart have known each other since the third grade in ...


Ronald Waterman shares new vision as conference chancellor

10/21/2015

Story by Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area A few months after being introduced as the new chancellor at the 2015 Yellowstone Annual Conference, Ronald Waterman has already been tackling several projects, ranging from policy guidelines on reporting abuse to handling church property. Marking more than 40 years in his ...


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