Please pray for the people on this page. The newest prayer requests are at the top of the page, and the list will be updated regularly. If you have prayer requests, please start by contacting your District Superintendent.
Please pray for the family of Joel Eikomstead, who passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 71. He died at home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley in North Dakota. Eikomstead served the Yellowstone Conference as pastor at Sunburst United Methodist Church from 1998 to 2002 and Troy UMC from 2002 to 2003. Service arrangements are being handled by Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, N.D. There are no other details at this time.
Please pray for the family of the Rev. Wilbur Whanger, who passed away Jan. 11. His service was held Jan. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Missoula, Montana. Before it was called the Yellowstone Conference, Whanger served the Montana Methodist Conference in 1952, where he served Fromberg, Edgar, Boyd, and Lonsdale. He also was a volunteer firefighter. Whanger then served the Yellowstone Conference in 1969 as a district superintendent for six years, in addition to pastoring at Epworth, Laurel, Fort Benton/Carter and Ronan/Charlo. He served on the board at the Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls and on the board for Flathead United Methodist Camp. He retired in 1989. Read his full obituary online. The family suggests memorials be sent to the Montana Children's Home of Helena or the building fund for First United Methodist Church of Missoula.
Update: Over the holidays, the Wheatley Family laid Lucile's ashes next to Melvin's in a quiet grove behind a family home. Her memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024. The church phone number is 213-474-4511. From their son Jim: "Thank you all for the many kind and eloquent expressions of sympathy and respect. Join us now, if you can, for a little more upbeat tribute to this woman’s remarkable 100 years amongst us and all that she stood for in so many of our lives."
If you plan on attending the service and are coming from out of town, Jim said the Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods was used by the family for Bishop Melvin's memorial. The phone number is 949-588-0131.
Please pray for the Wheatley Family on the death of Lucile Elizabeth Wheatley on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day, at the age of 100. She was the surviving spouse of United Methodist Bishop Melvin Wheatley, who was the episcopal leader of the Mountain Sky Area from the early 1970s to mid-80s. He died in 2009. According to the Wheatley Family, Lucile died quietly in her sleep surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
This is the letter shared by the Wheatley Family:
Dear Family and Friends,
With sadness, and perhaps a final nod to her impeccable sense of timing, we announce the passing of Lucile Elizabeth Wheatley at 8:25 am, Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. She died quietly in her sleep following a vigil joined by sons Paul and Jim, daughter-in-law Susan, and grandchildren Benjamin, Carolyn, and Christopher at her bedside. She is also survived by great-grandson, Gavin Wheatley, age 8.
We give thanks for this remarkable woman and her tireless devotion to all those whose lives she touched.
Aloha and Shalom,
The Wheatley Family
Condolences and expressions of care may be sent to Jim Wheatley, 859A Ronda Mendoza, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 or email@example.com.
Please pray for the family of F. Jane Winterheld, 75, who died Sept. 18 in Pensacola, Florida. She was the spouse and ministry mate of Pastor GW Bill Warren. Jane was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in 1942 and graduated high school in Bridgeport, Texas. Her father was a Southern Baptist local pastor and Jane played piano in the churches he served. She married Robert Henry Winterheld in 1963. They lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma then moved to Fort Benton, Montana and in a couple years to Fairfield, Montana where Bob was a lineman for the Montana Power Company. Bob passed away in 1990.
Jane married GW Bill Warren in 1992 and they decided Bill would become a candidate for ordained ministry. Jane and Bill served churches in Sand Coulee and Belt, Dillon, Chinook, Hobson and Moore, Heron and Noxon in the Yellowstone Annual Conference and Clark Fork, Idaho of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. Jane was always involved in church activities during their years of service. She learned to direct choirs when the need arose and always supported and was active in United Methodist Women.
Internment will take place during a graveside service in Bridgeport, Texas, on Sept. 30 at the graves of her mother and father. A gathering of Montana and Yellowstone Annual Conference friends will take place in Great Falls, Montana at a later date. Cards and condolences can be sent to the family at GW Bill Warren, 100 W. Glendale St. #10 Dillon, MT 59725; 406-724-3792, 406-683-4594 (Grace UMC) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for the family of John Lewis, who died Sept. 17 in Great Falls, Montana. He was a retired United Methodist elder who served the former Montana Conference beginning in 1959 and then for many years in the Yellowstone Conference. Churches he served include Bridger/Belfry, Glendive, Kalispell, Great Falls First, Choteau/Pendroy, and Cody. Lewis served as the superintendent of the Great Falls District for six years beginning in 1975. He retired in 1994. His memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at First United Methodist Church, Great Falls, Montana. Cards and condolences can be sent to the family at 1200 32nd St. South #53, Great Falls, MT 59405.
Participants in Spanish Immersion Trip
Please pray for all of the participants traveling to Cuernavaca, Mexico for the Spanish-Language Theology, Culture, & Social Justice Immersion trip led by Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto from Aug. 28 to Sept. 8. The travelers will be visiting schools, learning about social justice issues in Mexico, and gaining a better understanding of the world from the perspective of marginalized Latino communities.
Please keep in your prayers the family of Sarah Allagene Mason, who died July 26, 2017 at the age of 97. She was the surviving spouse of United Methodist pastor Walter Mason, who died in 2013. She and Walter served churches in North Dakota, North Indiana and the Rocky Mountain Conference, as well as spending 22 years serving in Chile. In 1974, they served the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish until Walter’s retirement in 1981. Services will be at the Bozeman United Methodist Church, 121 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715, on Oct. 21, 2017. Condolences can be sent to Mason’s daughter Kathy Lentz at 15126 Count Fleet Court, Carmel, IN 46032.
Please keep in your prayers the Rev. Mary Barbee, retired Rocky Mountain Conference elder now residing in Cody, Wyoming, on the death of her husband, Wes Thring, at the age of 95. A memorial service was held June 9 at Cody United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to email@example.com.