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


Sunday, March 18, 2018

A wonderful morning @ SUMC

Dave leads the way
Sherry and the children
Cy & Harley give the table a workout
Connie helps Bill with refreshments

Was this the last snow we'll see this winter? While nothing to get excited about, the light dusting of snow this morning was a pleasant way to make our Valley pretty! 

We were blessed this morning as the members of Sunrise, Carole Koval, Bill Lyon, and Connie Rakiecki (Cleo Guenther couldn't be with us today) shared three selections. Pastor Charles continued the Lenten sermon series, The Final Week, with a consideration of the Last Supper. The sermon, "The Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane" was taken from Mark 14:12-21.
Thanks this morning to:
Sandy Strickland-Coyle (Nursery), Hazen (Acolyte), Dave Lockman (Praise music), Mary Costello Mary Nelson (Greeters/ushers), Hazael Smith (Organist), Dean Diers (Liturgist), Sherry Paddie (children's message), Tom Bishop (Video), Dean Diers & Kathy Woods (offering counters), and Mary Costello & Connie Rakiecki (Fellowship).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday with the UMW

With a hint of a late winter snow in the air, seven came to the monthly gathering of the UMW's Saturday Morning Circle.
The Saturday Circle is engaged in the UMW's Four Areas of Focus: Criminalizing of Communities of Color, Economic Inequality, Climate Justice, and Maternal and Child Health.

*Criminalizing of Communities of Color: Petitions to Montana's congressional delegation were passed around regarding the UMC stance about gun-related violence as recorded in the Book of Resoultions.
*Climate Justice: A discussion regarding the Paris Agreement and the UMW response was held. The Earth Day observance at SUMC will be on April 22. Habitat for Humanity will be offering a presentation and the Outreach Committee will be serving as hosts of the Fifth Sunday Potluck after worship.
*Economic Inequality: The UMW will be encouraging the church to make use of sales to supply the Food Pantry with items.
*Maternal and Child Health: WIC is doing well with supplies for its clients.

Our next meeting will be on the third Saturday next month, April 21 @ 9:30 am.

Deaconnesses in the UMC

Deaconnesses in the United Methodist Church have existed since 1888, and in 2016 the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner was made an official order of the church.

Learn more about the centuries-old movement in the March issue of Response

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

News from the Mission Shaped Future Team


The Mission Shaped Future (MSF) Conference Organization Team is pleased to share the proposed conference organization structure for the new Mountain Sky Conference as follows.

We also invite you to watch the following accompanying videos.

This plan was designed by the Mission Shaped Future Team, based on feedback from a wide network within the Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain conferences, in order to achieve our goal for the new conference.

Bishop Karen Oliveto speaks to the goal of the new Mountain Sky Conference: “I love the bold goal we are adopting as the Mountain Sky Conference that contextualizes our mission as United Methodists: we believe that we can infuse the entire area with grace and abundant life as we reclaim the life-changing love of Jesus for all people.”

She continues, “To do that, we know we need to do things differently. Our structure needs to reflect our goal so that we can strengthen witness on the local church level, and provide resources so that leaders are equipped and empowered. We need ways to come together quickly to respond with the love of God to human hurts and hungers as they present themselves. 
We need to make sure we keep widening the circle of engagement and connection. I look forward to the future God call's us to as United Methodists of the Mountain Sky Conference!”

You are invited to a town hall meeting to review this new conference organization plan at 6 p.m. Monday, March 19

The Zoom link for the town hall meeting is: https://zoom.us/j/962820695

Or by telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: 1 669 900 6833  or 1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 962 820 695

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via the Mission Shaped Future contact form.

Our team invites you to continue to hold this process in your prayers. Together, we will create a new conference that focuses on the health and vitality of our local congregations and development of lay and clergy leadership.

Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

WASHINGTON D.C. – The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for consideration by the bishops at their April/May meeting.

“The Commission is focused on suggesting a way forward that pays attention to our public mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, especially with those who are not yet a part of our churches,” said Bishop Ken Carter, resident bishop of the Florida Area. “We are also focused on contextuality in a global church, and our continuing call to learn from each other and listen to each other.” 

Bishop Carter, who is the incoming president of the Council of Bishops, is one of the three moderators of the Commission, together with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of West Virginia Area and retired Bishop David Yemba from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In preparing for the final report, the Commission will continue to work with traditional, contextual and progressive values drafted in the sketches of models that were presented to the Council of Bishops at their November and February meetings.
In the report given to the Council at the February meeting, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches presented to the bishops at the November meeting.

The bishops offered feedback but did not vote on the revised sketches, instead asking the Commission to continue working on a final report to be presented at the April/May meeting. At that meeting, the bishops, in collaboration with the collective work of the Commission, will decide on a report to be presented to the Special Session of the General Conference called for February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
About the Commission: The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to LGBTQ inclusion and resulting questions about the unity of the church.

For more information on the Commission on a Way Forward, visit umc.org/wayforward
Facebook: www.facebook.com/umcforward
Twitter: @UMCForward
Instagram: www.instagram.com/umcforward

MEDIA CONTACT: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops

Monday, March 12, 2018

Scripture lessons for March 18

Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna - 6th century 
Our Lenten sermon series continues this week with John12:20-33 and Mark 14:12-21.

This week @ Stevi UMC


9:30 am, Bible study @ The Living Center 
7:00 pm, Living Clean
7:00 pm, Choir
8:00 am, WIC
10:00 am, Invitation to Genesis 
1:00 pm, Stewardship/Finance
6:00 pm, Cub Scouts 
6:00 pm, Shepherding
7:00 pm, Ad Council
10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study @ Doris T.
9:00 am, UMW Saturday Circle
11:00 am, Outreach
9:00 am, Invitation to Genesis
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
11:45 am, Chimes 
6:00 pm, Book group