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

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Visitor @ Stevi UMC

Our new D.S., the Rev. Dr. Jan Witman, came for a visit to check in and get to know us a little bit better.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Exciting news in the offing!

Interviews for the Stevi UMC youth worker/Wesley House director position was held tonight in Missoula. Dean Diers (Stevi UMC SPPRC), Amber Maclay-Schulte (Wesley House board president), Laurie Ball (Wesley House board member), Ben Nalls (Wesley House manager), and Pastor Charles were on hand for the interviews.

An offer will be made and an announcement made on Sunday as to the person being selected for this exciting ministry.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UMW field trip to Intermountain

The Western Mountains United Methodist Women's District will have its fall gathering at Intermountain in Helena, Montana, on Saturday, September 9, 2017. We are very excited about celebrating their healing ministries! All are welcome to join us for a day of fun, fellowship, learning, and great food. We will enjoy a private tour of the Intermountain facilities -- including their new chapel, which is currently under construction!

Please send the church office your name and email address, so I can email you a copy of the registration form.

Every blessing, Belinda

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Making discipleship a ‘contact sport’

By Heather Hahn
July 10, 2017 | INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS)

To follow Christ, get off the sidelines and onto the field.

United Methodist Men heard variations of this message throughout the group’s 12th National Gathering, which took as its theme “Discipleship: The Contact Sport.” The July 7-8 event drew more than 600 men from across the United States to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.

“God has given each and every one of us the potential to be more than what we are,” preached Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson Sr., president of United Methodist Men during opening worship. “You and I are not what God wants us to be. Even if we are in Christ Jesus, God expects us to become more.”

Discipleship requires more than being a bench-warmer, or a pew warmer, for that matter, Swanson and other speakers attested. Throughout the day-and-a-half meeting, the men put that call into action. They tackled mission work, huddled in prayer and occasionally shared some tears.

Read more at this link.

Monday, July 17, 2017

UMC members of the Senate need to hear from you

The following is a joint press release from the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) and the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN):

The United Methodist Church believes “it is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care.” As the leaders of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network we call on the United Methodist members of the Senate to be relentless in their support of a comprehensive health care act in line with the United Methodist Social Principles. “The Social Principles are a call to all members of The United Methodist Church to a prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice.”

Our Social Principles remind us that “providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease, and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and government owes to all, a responsibility government ignores at its peril.”

In Ezekiel 34:4a, God points out the failures of the leadership of Israel to care for the weak: “You don’t strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the injured, bring back the strays, or seek out the lost.” As a result all suffer.

We believe “like police and fire protection, health care is best funded through the government’s ability to tax each person equitably and directly fund the provider entities.”

We believe all people should have access to comprehensive reproductive health/family planning information and services.

We believe comprehensive health care includes care for persons with disabilities and pre-existing conditions.

We believe allowing annual or lifetime caps on expenditures, block grants or per capita caps on Medicaid would endanger the health and well-being of children, older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. Preserving the funding for Medicaid expansion and expanding the program in all states is essential for providing the care.

We believe policies to improve affordability must prioritize those with the greatest need, not those with the means to put money in a health savings account or wait for tax deductions.

The same access to health care should be afforded to all persons in our communities. It is unjust and immoral to construct or perpetuate barriers to physical or mental wholeness or full participation in community.

We invite you to join us in calling the United Methodist members of the senate to be relentless in their support for a comprehensive health care act in line with our values as justice-seeking United Methodists. Make your voice heard today by calling today or by email and social media here.

Senator Tom Cotton (AR): (202) 224-2353
Senator Johnny Isakson (GA): (202) 224-3643
Senator David Perdue (GA): (202) 224-3521
Senator Pat Roberts (KS): (202) 224-4774
Senator John Kennedy (LA): (202) 224-4623
Senator Richard Burr (NC): (202) 224-3154
Senator Rob Portman (OH): (202) 224-3353
Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA): (202) 224-4543
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI): (202) 224-4822

Cleaning up day is coming

530 Keith Ave., Missoula, Montana 59801
Join us on Monday, July 31st for a fun day of getting the Wesley House parsonage ready for the new Wesley House/Stevi UMC youth and young adult staff person. With the arrival in just a couple of weeks, there is no time to lose!

There are plenty of tasks that need to be done, something for every skill level. Whether you can come for an hour or all day, this will be a ministry opportunity you won't want to miss!

Scripture lessons for July 23

Join us Sunday at 10:30 as Pastor Charles shares "Waiting for the Ambulance"(Matthew 24:1-8 & 24:45-50).

This week at Stevi UMC

Monday: 
7:00 pm, Living Clean 

Wednesday:

8:00 am, WIC
10:00 am, Disciples Study

Thursday:

5:00 pm, Wesley House/SUMC interviews (Missoula)

Friday-Saturday

Mission u @ Aldersgate UMC - Butte

Friday:                                                   
10:00 am, Drop-in Bible Study, #8

Sunday:
9:00 am, Lectionary study
10:15 am, Praise singing                                                   
10:30 am, Worship
11:30 am, Fellowship time

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thank you, Ben!

Ben Longbottom was recognized by the Stevensville UMC community this morning in recognition of his many years of service to God in our midst. John Soper, chair of the Trustees, presented Ben with a beautiful framed picture of the church.

The morning after the storm

Clearing after the rain of Saturday night
Paul leading the praise singing
Savoring the postlude (Julie Ludington, piano)
Marilyn Murphy serves up the hospitality
A happy assembly
Last night's storm was certainly something to take in! As the sun broke over the Bitterroot Valley this morning we were reminded that like the morning after the storm, our God is creating anew each day.
 
In the worship service, Marcia Prather shared from the Belmont (NY) Methodist Cookbook (shared with Marcia by Bill Lyon) for our summer offering. Pastor Charles continued the summer sermon series with "The Whole Armor" (pt. 1 & pt.2) with the scripture lesson, Ephesians 6:10-18.

Thanks this morning to: Paul Ludington (praise music), Julie Ludington (piano), Tom Bishop (video), Lois Hansen (liturgist),  Carol Gragg (children's message), Marcia Prather (poetry reading), Paul Goddard & Don Nelson (offering counters), and Marilyn Murphy, John Soper, & Ellyn Jones (hospitality).

Saturday, July 15, 2017

After three hours...

 
 
 
Three hours later and the backyard was looking worlds better!

The before...

 
Beating the summer heat this morning, Belinda and Pastor Charles were at the Wesley House parsonage to tackle part of the back yard.  With the arrival of the new Wesley House/Stevi UMC staff person due in mid-August, getting the parsonage ready after sitting empty for much of the past year is a big job!

One Bishop's Reflection on the First Anniversary of Her Election

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight. (Proverbs 3:5)
One year ago today, I was elected a bishop in The United Methodist Church in the midst of what was the closest experience of Pentecost I have ever had. Delegates and episcopal nominees of the Western Jurisdiction entered into a time of deep discernment and prayer. Truly, there was a profound sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
There are some who have said we in the West were drunk with new wine. But as Scripture and history show, that is often the case when those who weren’t present try to dismiss the movement of the Holy Spirit, which seeks to make all things new.
We were simply trusting in God with all our hearts.

Read more at this link.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Music @ the Mission



  
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy the chapel setting and great local music featuring: Sunrise and Tom and Judy Dempsey



Donations welcome in support of Historic St. Mary’s Mission, Inc.