"Through the power of Christ, we are learning to live in simplicity, thankfulness, contentment and
generosity in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana."


Saturday, April 21, 2018

UMW Saturday Circle

With several of our regular attendees away this weekend, we had a shorter meeting than we would normally.

Among the items discussed: 

+Recycling program - continuing education (see Earth Day display in the Fellowship Hall) and collection of plastic at the parsonage. Reduce - Reuse - Recycle.

+April Mission Focus - Violence Against Native Women/ Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women. This issue is at the intersection of UMW mission focus areas around Domestic violence, Gender justice, Economic justice, and Racial justice. Actions we can take include: 

#notinvisible and #mmiw on Twitter.
+Follow Murdered and Disappeared Native Women on Facebook and share.
+Follow Save Our Sisters: #MMIW Awareness on Facebook and share.
Follow Find Ashley Loring/Heavy Runner on Facebook and share - Ashley has been missing from the Blackfeet Reservation since June 2017.
+Encourage passage of Savanna's Act (S. 1942 and H.R. 4485). Jon Tester is a co-sponsor. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Thanks to good workers

Bob edges the walk
Ben carefully trims the hedges

Ben Longbottom and Bob Edgar were doing their part this week, taking advantage of the nice spring weather to tend to the church grounds!

Monday, April 16, 2018

This week @ Stevi UMC


9:30 am, Bible study @ The Living Center
3:30 pm, Girl Scouts
7:00 pm, Living Clean

6:00 pm, Shepherding
7:00 pm, Choir
8:00 am, WIC
10:00 am, Exodus study
6:00 pm, Worship on Wednesday @ The Living Center
10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study @ Doris T.

Spring UMW District meeting @ Epworth UMC - Kalispell
Sunday: Earth Day
9:15 am, Whirl Children's Ministry
9:15 am, Collaborate Youth Ministry
10:15 am, Praise music
10:30 am, Worship
11:30 am, Fellowship potluck
11:45 am, Chimes

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Today at Stevi UMC

Spring is making an effort to show itself in the Bitterroot Valley! We were blessed by the joy of coming into the Lord's House on such a day as this!

We were able to recognize Bonita Ziegler's 'retirement' as church treasurer after twenty-five years service. The UMW presented Sara Malo with a special recognition pin for her service to the church.

The chimes offered to God a moving rendition of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." During the offering, Hazel Smith shared "Many and Great," (which uses a traditional Native American melody) in recognition of Native American Ministries Sunday. Pastor Charles shared "Are we still talking about sin" based on Acts 3:12-19.

Prayer shawls were blessed this morning for two children of God who are nearing the end of their respective journeys.
Thanks this morning to:
Amanda Hermes (Nursery), Katie Rose (Acolyte), Dave Lockman (Praise music), Ed Sperry & Carol Word (Greeters/ushers), Hazel Smith (Organist), Sherry Paddie (children's message), Tom Bishop (Video), Don Nelson & Kathy Woods (offering counters), and Mary Costello, Dave Rakiecki, and Bonita Ziegler (Fellowship).

Native American Ministries Sunday

Together, we empower local spiritual development and educate Native American seminary students to serve God faithfully.
One tribe in North America has told this story for centuries: when people “pale as birch” crossed the great water in large canoes, they brought with them “The Black Book.”  However, the bringers of the physical Book could not have known what it would mean and look like to be Native and a follower of Jesus. 

Today Native Americans—with many unique languages, many unique cultures—honor their heritage, and live as Jesus-followers, led by a rotation of primarily Native American pastors.

Read more at this link.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

April's UMM breakfast

Nine were present this morning for the monthly gathering of the United Methodist Men (UMM). Thanks to Dave Rakiecki and Dave McGarvey for providing the breakfast.

Discussions were held on the following items:
+Cammie Edgar was present with us this morning to share updates on the status of the Cub Scout pack for which our group serves as the chartering organization. We also heard about the Family Scouting program from the national BSA.
+Volunteers were sought to provide the "Break-fast" for the youth's 30-hour Famine wrap-up on April 28 @ 6 pm.
+We accepted a recommendation to provide funding to provide assistance for the SUMC youth director to attend Annual Conference.
+We decided to hold the rummage sale on June 23 (the Saturday of Western Heritage Days), 9 am-3 pm.

Our next breakfast will be on May 12.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April's Friday UMW Circle gathering

Orthodox cathedral in Kodiak, Alaska
Rev. Hansen shares with the gathering
With spring in the air, twenty-one were present today for the April meeting of the Friday UMW Circle. Hostesses for today were Fran Jackson, Linda Kauffman, & Bonita Ziegler.
Linda Kauffman
shared the devotion, thoughts from the Song of Solomon and the need for renewal in our lives.

Marcia Prather presented the Past President's pin to Belinda Alkula and Special Recognition pins to Belinda and Sara Malo.
The program, shared by Rev. Lois Hansen who shared her experiences in the Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak, Alaska.

+Secretary - Carol Goffe told us that we are invited to the opening of the new chapel at Intermountain in Helena. Both the Poverello Center and the Backpack program at the Stevensville school sent thank you notes.
+Treasurer - Bonita reported that disbursements have been made to the designated organizations as recorded in the 2018 budget.
+Spiritual Growth - Bev Schneider shared from an Upper Room article about listening to the Spirit's voice and read from John 14:16-17 and Philippians 5:6-8.
+Outreach/Mission/Social Justice - Hazel Smith told us about the Health Kit items that will be collected (through May 27) and taken to Annual Conference by Pastor Charles & Belinda in  June. 100,000+ health kits were distributed in Puerto Rico alone last year. Each kits cost about $12 for the items listed.
+Receptions - No report.
+Reading program - Marcia Prather reminded us that the Reading Program had four participants receiving recognition for 2017: Carole Koval, Sue Pearson, Marcia Prather, & Bonita Ziegler. The first gathering for 2018 readers is Monday, April 16 @ 6 pm at the church. Linda Kauffman shared how reading "Massacre at Wounded Creek," a reading program book, was such a moving experience for her.
+Saturday UMW Circle - Belinda Alkula told about: the change in the recycling program; that the tissue drive was well-received at Lone Rock & Stevi schools; that both WIC and Pantry Partner efforts are going well. Next meeting will be April 21 @ 9 am.
+Prayer Shawls - Carole Koval shared that three shawls were presented in March which brings the total given to date to 244.

+Response - Marcia shared the themes of the UMW Assemblies over the years. Marcia and Linda Kauffman will be attending Assembly in Columbus, Ohio in May.

+If we don't have omeone step forward this may be the final year for the making and selling of the dumplings.

+Think about what sells and what doesn't when making items for this year's bazaar. There won't be a specified craft day this year.
+A list of past recipients of recognition pins was shared by Carole Koval. Carole is also looking for membership books from 1997, 1998, and 2003. 
+We're providing dinner for five at Wesley House on April 19. Thanks to Marcia Prather,  Bev Schneider, and Bonita Ziegler for stepping forward to help.

+VBS will be held June 11-15, 9 am - 12:30 pm
+Native American Ministries Sunday is April 15
+WOW (Worship on Wednesday) is taking place on the third Wednesday of each month (6 pm) at The Living Center.
+Bible studies each week are held Mondays, 9:30 am @ The Living Center, Wednesdays, 10 am at the church, and 10 am at Doris Taylor's home.
+The youth are holding "The 30-hour Famine" April 27-28 here at the church.
+Church potluck following worship on April 22.

Upcoming events:
April: 20-21 - Western Mountains District UMW spring meeting @ Kalispell UMC
May: 18-20 - Assembly 2018 @ Columbus, Ohio
July: 13 - Annual UMW picnic
August: 3-4 - Creamery Picnic
September: 28-29 - Yellowstone Conference UMW Annual Meeting, location to be determined.

November: 3 - Fall Bazaar