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


Wednesday, June 20, 2018


What a joy it was to be at The Living Center tonight for the June edition of Worship on Wednesday (WOW)!

Thanks to Sunrise (Carole Koval, Bill Lyon, & Connie Rakiecki) for sharing their musical gifts with the community tonight.

Bell concert in Hamilton

Who: The Wesley Bell Ringers from Salt Lake City
What: The thirteenth concert on the choir's 53rd annual summer tour featuring fifteen teenaged ringers playing more than 150 hand-bells and hand-chimes.
Where: First Presbyterian Church - 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton
When: Friday, June 22 at 7:30 pm
Why: For a fun evening with talented youth performing amazing music. This year's concert included Debussy's Sunken Cathedral, Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, Disney's Hercules, and the works of noted hand-bell composers and arrangers.

Admission to the concert is free, a free-will offering will be collected.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Scripture lessons for June 24

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - 551 AD.

The scripture lessons for this coming Sunday are Genesis 18:16-25 and Genesis 19:17-29 as we visit Sodom and Gomorrah.

This week @ Stevi UMC

1:00 pm, Bible study @ The Living Center

7:00 pm, Trustees
7:00 pm, Living Clean

8:00 am, WIC 
10:00 am, Exodus study
6:00 pm, WOW @ The Living Center 

1:30 pm, "Senior Moments, too" @ Arlene H.
6:00 pm, Shepherding
7:00 pm, Ad Council 

9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Rummage sale set-up
10:00 am, Drop-in Bible study @ Doris T.'s

9 am - 2 pm, Rummage Sale


10:15 am, Praise music  

10:30 am, Worship  

11:30 am, Fellowship

Sunday, June 17, 2018

This morning @ SUMC

Dave Lockman leading praise music
Mary Costello lights the way
Nilda & Carol sing, "Chariot's Coming"
Father's Day at Stevi UMC was overcast outside while inside the light of God was brightly shining!

Our special summer offering this morning was a duet by Nilda Bishop and Carol Goffe, "Chariot's Coming." Pastor Charles began the summer sermon series, Road Trip, began with "One day in Eden" was based on Genesis 2:8-15.

Thanks this morning to: Amanda Hermes (Nursery),
Amy Farrell & Sharon Brown (Greeters/ushers), Mary Costello (Acolyte), Hazel Smith (Organist), Julie Ludington (Pianist), Tom Bishop (Video), Bev Schneider (Liturgist), Paul Ludington (power point), Lois Hansen & Dean Diers (offering counters), and Ellyn Jones, Linda Kauffman, & Hazel Smith (Fellowship).

Father's Day Prayer

Oh God, we thank you for fathers near, fathers with strong arms and fathers with feeble knees present at table and at bathtub and at bedtime for prayers. Thank you, God, for fathers near.

We thank you, O God, for fathers far away,  fathers who ache for their families, fathers absent because of war, or disease, or despair.  Fathers who are present and absent at the same time.  Thank you, God, for fathers far away.

We thank you, O God, for caring communities  where  mothers  fill in for fathers and fathers fill in for mothers and grandparents put on the apron and the towel.  Where aunts and uncles, and those who are absolutely no kin at all make our communities a home fit for habitation.  Amen.

- from www.gbod.org

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Wedding day

The rain couldn't dampen the joy found this morning in the sanctuary as Stacy Bartlett and Brian Braach were married before friends and family.