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


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mission u Training - part 4

Adding prayers to the prayer board

The final morning of Mission u training in Portland began with LOTS of energetic music and a thought-provoking plenary session.
The lessons learned over the past three days were explored:

Learning styles that assist transformative learning 
Visual/spatial - drawing/timeline
verbal/linguistic - spoken/written word
mathematics/logical - reasoning/problem-solving
bodily/kinesthetic - interact w/ environment/change positions
musical/rhythmic - patterns/rhythms/auditory
intrapersonal - feelings/values/attitudes
interpersonal - interact with others/team projects
naturalist - classifications/sorting/assign values/priority
existential - learn by examining the big picture/defining role in world.

Three passages that show challenges addressed and the "shift" that occurred:
Matthew 15:21-28
Mark 5:24-34
2 Kings 5:1-16

Mission u training - part 3

The music had 'em up on their feet!!!
"The pearl of justice is found in heart of mercy." 
- St. Catherine of Sienna

The second full day at Mission u training in Portland was a whirl of activity with  worship, sharing from the mission program areas, two more sessions for leaders (of the two topics), and a get-together with the Yellowstone Conference team putting together this year's program!  Whew!

The event winds up tomorrow and then its putting the finishing touches on the presentations for Mission Valley in August!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mission u Training - part 2

Worship space @ Mission u
A sunny day on the Colombia River
The first full day of Mission u training was filled with learning, fellowship and of course, worship and people from Alaska to New Jersey came together to prepare for the coming Mission u experience!

From Pastor's group this morning: 
"I was created to see God, and I have not yet accomplished that for which I was made." - St. Anselm of Canterbury

There are five from the Yellowstone Conference taking part and the excitement for this year's topics is fantastic!!!  Attending from YAC are Pastor Charles, Su DeBree, Stephanie Kraai, Diane Martin, and Bertha Roylance.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mission u Training - part 1

Pastor Charles is in Portland, Oregon this week (Wednesday - Saturday), taking part in training for study leaders for this year's Mission u.  He will be one of the two presenters for the Yellowstone Conference with the topic, "How is it with your soul?"

This morning, the focus was on Transformative Learning, one great idea that was shared was based on "The World Peace Game and Other 4th-grade Achievements."  There is a wonderful YouTube video which shows how 4th-graders are learning and growing in a creative fashion.

Ascension Day

Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the darkness of death you have raised your Christ
to the right hand of your majesty on high.
The pioneer of our faith, his passion accomplished,
has opened for us the way to heaven
and sends on us the promised Spirit.
May we be ready to follow the Way
and so be brought to the glory of his presence
where songs of triumph for ever sound:
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All Blessed be God for ever.

- Church of England

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day weekend @ SUMC

A reflection by Judge Ed Sperry may be found at this link and Pastor Charles' sermon may be seen at this link.

It is a good day to worship God!!!
Reunion visits with family and friends.
Teachers and school administrators.
Many, many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who are about to graduate and move to the next chapter in their lives.
Sharon W. is in church.
All enjoying better health.
All who garden and grow lovely flowers and delicious food.
The second week there are freshly grown vegetables on the mission-fund-donations’ table in the fellowship hall:  Rhubarb!
Learning new things.
Indy 500 today.
All who helped with the hospitality ministry yesterday – preparing and serving food at the meal provided in the fellowship hall – after Harry Dozier’ funeral.
Hazel playing music for us today.
Janice and Dave serving as both greeters and acolytes today.
Lisa M. and Linda K.’s hospitality ministry this morning.
Dean D.’s faithful service taking care of the church landscaping this past week.
All who serve the church.
All volunteering at Flathead Lake this weekend, getting the camp ready for summer activities.
Carol G’s lovely flowers from her garden – on the communion table today.
Safe travels.

Prayers for the families and friends who are honoring and remembering the war dead.  It was noted that since 2003, there have been more than 6,650 killed in the two conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Thirty-eight of them were from Montana, and two of them were from Ravalli County.
Prayers for all our military Veterans and their families, especially those who are dealing with “the loss of body, mind and/or spirit.”
Prayers for healing mercies for son-in-law Alex, Ed S.’s sisters, Anne H., Ms. Hattie, Friend Karen and a college friend.
Prayers for those dealing with the aftermath of spring storms.
Prayers for all those involved with the mission and ministry of our local Genesis House.
Prayers for all involved with school systems’ cut-backs which affect individuals’ quality of life.
Prayers for travelling mercies and for those not with us today.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Funeral of Harry Dozier, Jr.

Kathy and Lisa help serve the refreshments 
The funeral service for Stevensville resident, Harry Dozier, Jr. took place this afternoon at the Whitesitt Funeral Home with Pastor Charles officiating.

Following the service family and friends came to the church for a wonderful meal provided by the UMW. 

Special thanks to Bonita Ziegler for leading the team that put on the meal: Belinda Alkula, Trudy Freeman, Kathy Haarman, Lisa Hayden, and Lisa Menery.

Happy Aldersgate Day!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

UMW Assembly 2014: Sunday Morning and Closing Worship (4/27/14)

Deaconesses were consecrated by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop Violet Fisher. They were then joined by Harriett Jane Olson, Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, Erin Hawkins for worship and communion. Mahina Movement, Friends of the Groom, Assembly Choir performed.

Visit this link to watch!

Here is a link for the opening worship.

Here is a link for the speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Fairest Lord Jesus"

Click on this sentence to hear the lovely hymn that the church choir sang this past Sunday.

“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature:
O Thou art God
And man, the son.
Thee, will I cherish;
Thee, will I honor.
Thou, my soul's glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows.
Fairer still the woodlands.
Robed in the blooming God of spring
Jesus is fairer.
Jesus is purer
Who makes the wounded heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine.
Fairer still the moonlight.
And all the twinkling starry host.
Oh, Jesus shines brighter.
Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels Heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations:
Son of God and Son of Man.
Glory and honor
Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be thine.

Glory and honor, praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be thine.
Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

Bring Back Our Girls

Below are the names of the schoolgirls known to be kidnapped in the school raid by Boko Haram. Suggest that you pick a few girls from this list each day and pray for them until they are returned home.

Please bear in mind this is not the first such attack by Boko Haram nor is that group the only one hurting the innocent in Nigeria or elsewhere in the world.  This is just the latest attack and serves as a reminder that we must keep informed about the world and how to respond or better yet, to prevent the harm to the most vulnerable among us.

Deborah Abge
Awa Abge
Hauwa Yirma
Asabe Manu
Mwa Malam Pogu
Patiant Dzakwa
Saraya Mal. Stover
Mary Dauda
Gloria Mainta
Hanatu Ishaku
Gloria Dama
Tabitha Pogu
Maifa Dama
Ruth Kollo
Esther Usman
Awa James
Anthonia Yahonna
Kume Mutah
Aisha Ezekial
Nguba Buba
Kwanta Simon
Kummai Aboku
Esther Markus
Hana Stephen
Rifkatu Amos
Rebecca Mallum
Blessing Abana
Ladi Wadai
Tabitha Hyelampa
Ruth Ngladar
Safiya Abdu
Na'omi Yahonna
Salomi Titus
Rhoda John
Rebecca Kabu
Christy Yahi
Rebecca Luka
Laraba John
Saratu Markus
Mary Usman
Debora Yahonna
Naomi Zakaria
Hauwa Tella
Juliana Yakubu
Suzana Yakubu
Saraya Paul
Jummai Paul
Mary Sule
Jummai John
Yanke Shittima
Muli Waligam
Fatima Tabji
Eli Joseph
Saratu Emmanuel
Deborah Peter
Rahila Bitrus
Luggwa Sanda
Kauna Lalai
Lydia Emmar
Laraba Maman
Hauwa Isuwa
Confort Habila
Hauwa Balti
Yana Joshua
Laraba Paul
Saraya Amos
Glory Yaga
Na'omi Bitrus
Godiya Bitrus
Awa Bitrus
Na'omi Luka
Maryamu Lawan
Tabitha Silas
Mary Yahona
Ladi Joel
Rejoice Sanki
Luggwa Samuel
Comfort Amos
Saraya Samuel
Sicker Abdul
Talata Daniel
Rejoice Musa
Deborah Abari
Salomi Pogu
Mary Amor
Ruth Joshua
Esther John
Esther Ayuba
Maryamu Yakubu
Zara Ishaku
Maryamu Wavi
Lydia Habila
Laraba Yahonna
Na'omi Bitrus
Rahila Yahanna
Ruth Lawan
Ladi Paul
Mary Paul
Esther Joshua
Helen Musa
Margret Watsai
Deborah Jafaru
Filo Dauda
Febi Haruna
Ruth Ishaku
Racheal Nkeki
Rifkatu Soloman
Mairarna Yahaya
Saratu Dauda
Jinkai Yama
Margret Shettima
Yana Yidau
Grace Paul
Palmata Musa
Awagana Musa
Pindar Nuhu
Yana Pogu
Saraya Musa
Hauwa Joseph
Hauwa Kwakwi
Hauwa Musa
Maryarnu Musa
Maimuna Usman
Rebeca Joseph
Liyatu Habitu
Rifkatu Yakubu
Naomi Philimon
Deborah Abbas
Ladi Ibrahim
Asabe Ali
Maryamu Bularna
Ruth Amos
Mary Ali
Abigail Bukar
Deborah Amos
Saraya Yanga
Kauna Luka
Christiana Bitrus
Yana Bukar
Hauwa Peter
Hadiza Yakubu
Lydia Simon
Ruth Bitrus
Mary Yakubu
Lugwa Mutah
Muwa Daniel
Hanatu Nuhu
Monica Enoch
Margret Yama
Doeas Yakubu
Rhoda Peter
Rifkatu Galang
Saratu Ayuba
Naomi Adamu
Hauwa lshaya
Rahap Ibrahim
Deborah Soloman
Hauwa Mutah
Hauwa Takai
Serah Samuel
Aishatu Musa
Aishatu Grema
Hauwa Nkeki
Hamsatu Abubakar
Mairama Abubakar
Hauwa Wule
Ihyi Abdu
Hasana Adamu
Rakiya Kwamtah
Halima Gamba
Aisha Lawan
Kabu Malla
Yayi Abana
Falta Lawan
Kwadugu Manu

We pray, O Lord, for the safe return home of each of those held captive by Boko Haram. And we ask that in some way, there might be a maturing of understanding and true righteousness in the captors, so that they might abandon violence as a way of promoting their goals. In Jesus' name. Amen.