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


Monday, May 21, 2018

Mission Shaped Future Leadership Excellence Team online town hall tonight

The Leadership Excellence Team of the Mission Shaped Future is hosting an online town hall for your questions and feedback tonight at 6 p.m. via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/966142733.

The Leadership Excellence Team has worked hard to develop a strong vision for leadership excellence within the Mountain Sky Conference. The team's report identifies priorities for both clergy and lay leaders as they pursue what it means to be an excellent leader in the church in the 21st Century, as well as priorities and strategies for the Mountain Sky Conference in supporting leadership excellence.

Join tonight's town hall online: https://zoom.us/j/966142733

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Meeting ID: 966 142 733

If you wish to review the recordings from previous Mission Shaped Future town halls, watch those here.

Use this online contact form to send us your questions and comments about Mission Shaped Future.

Why I Stay: A Prayer

Because A was for Adam, B for Bethlehem, and C for Cross, and my first classroom was a pew.  Because I played hide-and-seek in the font when the preacher wasn't looking, answered every altar call with a sprint down the aisle, and snuck the leftover Communion juice from the glasses the church ladies washed on Mondays.  I was hoping -- I understand this now -- to steal a drop more of You. 

Read more at this link.

Scripture lesson for Trinity Sunday

The scripture lesson for May 27, Trinity Sunday, comes to us from Romans 8:12-17 and Isaiah 6:1-8.

This week @ Stevi UMC

1:00 pm, Bible study @ The Living Center 
3:30 pm, Girl Scouts
7:00 pm, Living Clean

Wednesday: 8:00 am, WIC 10:00 am, Exodus study

10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study @ Doris T.
Sunday: Trinity Sunday 10:15 am, Praise music 10:30 am, Worship 11:30 am, Fellowship  11:45 am, Chimes

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pentecost @ Stevi UMC

Pastor Charles piece, "Pentecost" adorned the table

Paul leads the praise singing
Bob shares time with the children
Julie offers the postlude
Cammie & Julie serve up the treats!

Red was the color of the day as the people of God gathered for Pentecost.

This morning, the choir offered "Oh Happy Day" as the anthem. Pastor Charles shared "When the rubber meets the road" based on John 15:26, 16:4b-15.

The church school wrapped up a wonderful year with a fellowship time that included a sundae bar and games!

Thanks this morning to: Amanda Hermes (Nursery), Cammie Edgar (Church school),  Katie Rose (Acolyte), Paul Ludington (Praise music), Dave & Julie McGarvey (Greeters/ushers), Julie Ludington (Pianist), Sara Malo (Video), Lisa Menery (Liturgist), Cammie Edgar (power point), Dean Diers & Lisa Menery (offering counters), and Julie Ludington & Cammie Edgar (Fellowship).

Prayer for the Day of Pentecost

He Qi
Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14, Matthew 16:24, Luke 14:27,
Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 25:31-46 and others)

You call us to be Your voices in this world
and we stay silent.

You call us to be Your hands in this world
and we keep them hidden.

You call us to be Your feet in this world
and we go our own way.

When we meet those who are doubting
and say nothing, forgive us.

When we meet those who need Your touch
and do nothing, forgive us.

When we are called to take up Your cross
and carry nothing, forgive us.

Breathe life into these bones
bring freedom to these lives
that we might declare
with heart and soul and voice
that You are our Lord and our God. Amen

~ written by John Birch, and posted on Faith and Worship. http://www.faithandworship.com/

Saturday, May 19, 2018

UMW Saturday Circle

We had a great discussion this morning in the UMW Saturday Circle's monthly get-together!

Economic Inequality: Belinda Alkula shared a synopsis of the presentation she gave to the UMW District meeting  on "Micah 6:8 What does the Lord Require." This used a study prepared by University Covenant Church (UCC). Belinda provided a link to Global Rich List where we could see how we relate to the rest of the world's people.

Climate Justice: The group also looked at the updates to the recycling efforts - only transluscent and clear plastic are being accepted due to changes in the companies doing the recycling.

Maternal & Child Health: June's collection for Pantry Partners will be "kid friendly" food items such as microwave meals, easy-to-make items, and healthy snack items.

UMW Sunday is June 10th. Contact Hazel Smith or Bev Schneider if you'd like to be involved in this service.