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


Friday, September 22, 2017

Game night returns

Sixteen turned out tonight for game night! Snacks, fresh pop-corn (on the stove, thanks, Mary Costello!), and lasagna were on hand to fortify the game players!

A prayer for Autumn

Autumn Magic by Maja Lindberg
Maya Lindberg
God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.
We thank you for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy, 
for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life.
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.

- Doug Leonhardt, S.J.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A damp Wednesday in the Valley

Worship on Wednesday was a rich time of great chili (thanks, Dean Diers), sharing hymns from some of Pastor Charles' old hymnals (the oldest is from 1818), and communion using part John Wesley's communion liturgy.

Let's go WOW!

Come out tonight at 6 pm for some delicious soup,
a time of reflection, and communion!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Choir is back

It was a dark and rainy night in the Bitterroot Valley (thank God!) but that didn't deter the members of the choir from answering the call for choir practice!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Scripture lesson for September 24

Mikki Senkarik
This week's lesson comes from Matthew 20:1-16.

This week at Stevi UMC

6:00 pm, Trustees
7:00 pm, Living Clean

7:00 pm, Choir 

8:00 am, WIC
10:00 am, Invitation to Romans

6:00 pm, Cub Scouts
7:00 pm, Ad Council

10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study, #4
6:30 pm, Family Game Night

9:00 am, Girl Scout Jamboree
9:00 am, Combined UMW breakfast @ Frontier Cafe`

9:15 am, Gospel Parallel study
9:15 am, Children's church school  
10:15 am, Praise singing                                                   
10:30 am, Worship
11:30 am, Fellowship time

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Last Sunday of Summer

Kendra & Cathy help with the children
Gospel Parallels study underway
The children love Sherry!
Fellowship time
UMW Fall Bazaar planning meeting
The last Sunday of summer arrived in the Bitterroot Valley with fresh snow on top of St Mary's Peak! The renewed sense of hope that is the end of fire season was in evidence throughout our congregation this morning!

Pastor Charles' sermon, "Payback" came from Matthew 18:21-35.

Thanks this morning to: Sherry Paddie & Pastor Charles (teachers), Paul Ludington (praise music), Belinda Alkula (Acolyte wrangler), Ava & Katie Rose (acolytes), Julie Ludington (piano), Tom Bishop (video), Bev Schneider (liturgist), Cammie Edgar (power point), Sharon Wheeler and Linda Sunderland (ushers), Don Nelson & Bonita Ziegler (offering counters), Donna Lewis, Julie & Dave McGarvey, and Carol Varien (fellowship time).

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saying goodbye to Charline Siphers

Grandchildren reading scripture
Bev helps at the dessert table
The UMW served a fantastic reception
The community gathered this morning to offer its farewell to Charline Siphers. A moving tribute to one of our own whose life will be touching others for many years to come.

Thanks to Hazel Smith for providing the organ accompaniment and to Tom Bishop for recording the service (which may be seen on our You Tube channel).

Thanks to the following for supporting the UMW reception: 

Set-up: Mary Costello, Carole Koval, Carol Varien, Bonita Ziegler

Food/helpers: Belinda Alkula, Leona Anderson, Patty Anderson, Diane Bailey, Mary Costello, Sue Cunningham, Cammie Edgar, Carol Gragg, Mary Hackett, Fran Jackson, Julie Ludington, Shirley McKelvey, Ginny Mellgren, Marcia Prather, Bev Schneider, Hazel Smith, Linda Sunderland

Clean-up: Nilda & Tom Bishop, Ellyn Jones, Sara Malo, Gail & Lynn Moshier, and Connie Rakiecki.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Centered and Present Today

Utilize an ancient practice for identifying God's presence today.

Centering prayer is a relaxing way to find God's presence in your life. Though the practice is centuries old, it is still highly effective today.

Download the infographic.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WOW returns tonight!

Worship on Wednesday (WOW) returns tonight at 6:00 pm for the third year! 

Join us for soup, sharing, and much more!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Scripture lesson for September 17

Jan van Hemessen
The scripture lesson for next Sunday comes from Matthew 18:21-35.

This week at Stevi UMC

7:00 pm, Living Clean

6:00 pm, Shepherding
7:00 pm, Choir 

8:00 am, WIC
10:00 am, Introduction to Romans

6:00 pm, Cub Scouts
6:00 pm, SPPRC

10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study, #3

11:00 am, Memorial Service for Charline Siphers

9:15 am, Gospel Parallel study
9:15 am, Children's church school  
10:15 am, Praise singing                                                   
10:30 am, Worship
11:30 am, Fellowship time

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday, Sunday!

Blooming and growing @ SUMC
Happy faces everywhere you look!
Goodies galore!
The chimes are back!
What a fantastic morning! The mountains could be seen again, the balcony was full, ten children came up for the children's message, and the chime choir is back for practice (following worship each week)!

Our children's church school resumed following the summer hiatus. What joy it was to hear the sound of the children learning about our faith with such enthusiasm! The adult class is similarly overflowing with excitement as they learn about the similarities and differences in the four gospel accounts.

Pastor Charles' sermon, "One size fits all," came from Romans 13:8-14

Thanks this morning to

Sherry Paddie & Pastor Charles (teachers), Paul & Julie Ludington (praise music), Luke Malo (acolyte wrangler), Ava & Hazen (acolytes), Hazel Smith (organ), Tom Bishop (video), Bev Schneider (liturgist), Cammie Edgar (power point), Sharon Wheeler and Ed Sperry (ushers), Bill Gragg and Ruth Cleveland (offering counters), and Julie & Dave McGarvey, Lisa Nichols, Dave & Connie Rakiecki (fellowship time).

UMCOR and the Caribbean aftermath of Irma

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Friends of UMCOR — Please pray for our sisters and brothers in the Caribbean who are without food, water, power, and shelter, as Irma begins to pummel the Florida coast. UMCOR has been in contact with the Bishops of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and will continue to reach out to the disaster response coordinators in these areas. 

Please also consider giving to UMCOR's international disaster response Advance to assist with recovery in the Caribbean: https://secure3.convio.net/…/SPageNaviga…/umcor_donate.html…

Happy Grandparents' Day

God of Abraham and Sarah,
grandfather and grandmother in the faith
God of all generations:

We thank you today for those who are grandparents/elders.

We especially thank you for those who are grandparents to us —

those who are grandparents by blood relationships, and those unrelated but older than we who generously share their love and wisdom, their time and traditions so that we have roots, stories, and hope.

We bless you for the gift of grandparents, and we ask your blessing on them, that their days may be filled with delight in their grandchildren.

May their giving and grace toward younger generations bring fulfillment to them and may they be a blessing to all they love and call grandchildren, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

UMW at Intermountain

The Western Mountains District United Methodist Women gathered today at Intermountain in Helena for the fall meeting.

United Methodist Men this morning!

Eight men answered the call for the September breakfast gathering. Thanks to Dean Diers and Don Nelson for getting breakfast ready for us.

Discussion about future. Ideas discussed included "Strength for Service" books,

Friday, September 8, 2017

Getting out the word at the UM Feast!

Sherry was on campus in Missoula this afternoon, getting the word out about The Wesley House at the University of Montana!

UMW gathering at Intermountain

Western Mountains United Methodist Women District Officers' dinner meeting is underway in the board room of Intermountain in Helena, Montana. Yea, God!!!

Welcome back celebration

Join us Sunday, September 10th @ 9:15 a.m.
for the kick-off of our children & youth ministry! 

   Come, celebrate and have fun.

New adult study

Join us each Sunday morning at 9 for unique look at the scriptures. We'll be using  the book, comparing and contrasting the four accounts of the gospel message.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Call for kits

From the Yellowstone Conference:

Want to DO something to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey [and other disasters] and the fires here in the West?  Jesus calls us reach out to our neighbors, and offer HOPE, especially in times of need.  The United Methodist Church has connections to make that possible. 

There is a great need for Cleaning Buckets 

Many, many of you contributed this spring and brought supplies to annual conference.  Now, we ask you to go the second mile and gather supplies again in September. You can simply gather the supplies, or gather the supplies and assemble the kits. Click on the links above for details.

The Yellowstone Conference clergy are gathering Oct. 4-6 at Fairmont Hot Springs, and we ask that all attendees bring the supplies to Fairmont.  Dave Harvey from Bozeman UMC will collect all the supplies on Oct. 5 and take them to the UMCOR West Depot in Salt Lake City.  If you cannot get supplies to Fairmont, please contact me, Sally McConnell, and we may be able to make arrangements to pick up your supplies at an earlier date somewhere else. 

Gather your kids, the men and women of your church and community and see what a difference you can make.  Share the love of God!  Fill a bucket!

News from the Outreach Committee

Game Night: Our next family game night at the church will be Friday, 22 September at 6:30 pm.

Scarecrow Festival: Friday, 6 October ... Assembly day is Saturday, 30 September, location to be announced.

Trunk or Treat: Tuesday, 31 October ... we're going with a non-candy event this year. More details in October Glad Tider.

5th Sunday Potlucks: 29 October and 31 December

Christmas Cookie Plates: Date to be announced.

Christmas Eve Bags: We'll once again be taking bags of treats to area businesses who have employees working that night or on Christmas Day.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Next Sunday's scripture lesson

The text for September 10 comes from Romans 13:8-15.

This week at Stevi UMC

Monday: Labor Day
7:00 pm, Living Clean

7:00 pm, Choir 

8:00 am, WIC 

6:00 pm, Cub Scouts 

UMW Western Mountains District fall gathering @ Intermountain 

10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study, #2 

8:00 am, Men's breakfast

9:15 am, Gospel Parallel study
9:15 am, Children's church school kick-off!
10:15 am, Praise singing                                                   
10:30 am, Worship
11:30 am, Fellowship time
6:00 pm, Book Group - "The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For" by David McCullough

A United Methodist Prayer for Workers

In this video reflection, let us lift up United Methodists across the connection and pray for those who work full-time, who serve as volunteers, or who seek employment. The meditation features a blessing for those in all lines of work. You are encouraged to share or download this video to use in Sunday school classes, before or during worship, or with your co-workers.

A Blessing for Workers and All Seeking Work
Blessed are You, ever-creating God, in Your image, our lives are made; in Your glory, we offer all the work of our hearts and hands and minds.   

Blessed are You, O God, now and forever!

Blessed are you whose work is repaid, for by your work, and by the payment you receive your lives and the lives of others around you and around the world are blessed.

We thank God for you day by day.

Blessed are you whose work is unpaid, who offer what you can to enrich the lives of others, through time, talents, skill, strength, and love.  

We praise God for your generous labor!

Blessed are you who seek work but have not found it,
or whose work now is not yet what it may be yet still you seek, that your gifts may be shared more fully.

We praise God for your diligent seeking and pray you may soon find!

Yours is the glory in their labors. Yours be the glory in all our lives, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Labor Day weekend @ SUMC

Acolytes at work
Anna shares the anthem
Julie shares the postlude
Fellowship time!
Outreach Committee making plans for the fall
On the day before Labor Day, we rested from our labors and came into the house of God to praise our God from Whom all blessings flow!

We were blessed through the gift of music during the worship service as Anna Storkson shared a medley of hymns and songs for our summer music offering. Pastor Charles' sermon, "Love's labor found," came from John 6:5-14, 26-27

Thanks this morning to

Paul Ludington (praise music), Luke Malo & Will (acolytes), Julie Ludington (piano), Tom Bishop (video), Bev Schneider (liturgist), Cammie Edgar (power point), Anna Storkson (summer music), Sharon Wheeler and Vickie Vernon (ushers), Sara Malo (communion), Bill Gragg and Don Nelson (offering counters), and Diane Bailey, Shirley McKelvey, & Sharon Wheeler (fellowship time).

Friday, September 1, 2017

UMW Assembly 2018

When women unite, BOLD and courageous actions happen.
Assembly 2018 will be a forum for United Methodist Women members, new friends and partners to gather, worship and learn about the needs of women, children and youth in the 21st century. We will be claiming our 150-year history as women who know how to organize and serve and are willing to be challenged to grow in our faith as we build deeper connections with one another, church leaders and partners in the work of justice for all God’s children. Assembly will offer an incredible personal faith journey through community building, training for action and visioning a movement for the future. Bold and courageous ventures await us!
Join us in Columbus, Ohio at the United Methodist Women Assembly 2018, May 18-20, 2018, as we continue to be a unique movement for transformation in our church and the world.
Assembly 2018 will be a time for fellowship and opportunity to empower faithful women to be stronger discipleship leaders in their communities. Through moving worship, inspiring speakers, immersion experience exhibits, riveting workshops and town hall-style meetings, members will leave Assembly with the knowledge, courage and determination to change the world as part of a daring and compassionate 150-year-old movement. The Journey of Mary, mother of Jesus, will guide our spiritual reflections throughout the weekend.
I am asking you to commit. Your call today is to commit to sending one person from your local unit to Assembly. Will you answer the call?
Registration opens Sept. 1, 2017 with an early registration discount ending Nov. 30, 2017. Visit umwassembly.org to register. Go to the SHARE page for resources to help spread the word.
I look forward to seeing you at “The Power of BOLD” Assembly in Columbus!

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