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Closing worship held for Alameda Heights UMC

Closing worship held for Alameda Heights UMC

June 22, 2016
On Sunday, June 12, approximately 80 people gathered in a spirit of honoring the legacy of Alameda Heights United Methodist Church in Denver during its final worship service.

New conference scholarship available for women

June 16, 2016
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries is excited to announce The 2016-17 Marion Reid Scholarship for Women.

Young people take leadership roles at Annual Conference Session

Young people take leadership roles at Annual Conference Session

June 11, 2016
We should be extraordinarily proud of our young people in attendance at Annual Conference Session this year. They have proven to be interested, invested, and capable of participating fully in all parts of Annual Conference.

Service remembers clergy, celebrates new life with baptism

June 09, 2016
A worship service "Celebrating the Saints, Baptism, and Communion" was held Thursday evening, June 9, at the Westin Hotel Ballroom in Westminster, Colorado.

Young people prepare for Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session

Young people prepare for Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session

June 09, 2016
Twenty young people representing eight congregations gathered from Wednesday afternoon, June 8, through Thursday afternoon, June 9, in preparation for the 48th Rocky Mountain Annual Conference Session.

Rev. Ryan Canaday travels to Africa to empower women to tell their stories

June 01, 2016
I went to inspire people, particularly the women of Rusinga Island — since Project Humanity is centered upon women's empowerment. But you know how it works, right? The paradox. You go to inspire, but you're the one who's actually ...

St. Andrew UMC Highlands Ranch joins in The Big Serve

May 24, 2016
One Saturday in May, St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, sent nearly 750 people out to volunteer for 53 different service organizations.

Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church

May 23, 2016
Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May...

Bridge of Love Offering to aid displaced people near and far

Bridge of Love Offering to aid displaced people near and far

May 23, 2016
Each year, the Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries sponsors the Bridge of Love Offering at the Annual Conference Session. This is a free-will offering available to all churches in the conference. This year, the ...

Closing worship held for St. Paul UMC in Denver

May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22 saw approximately 100 people gather for the closing of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Within the congregation were not only the members and friends of St.Paul's, but retired clergy, clergy actively assigned to ...

Bishop Stanovsky: 'We will not leave divided'

May 20, 2016
On the last day of the 2016 General Conference, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area reminded those attending that “we will not leave divided because God is not finished with us yet!”

General Conference hears report on Sand Creek Massacre

May 19, 2016
On May 18, Mountain Sky Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky was joined by Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of the massacre survivors during a report on Sand Creek. This included Otto Braided Hair, of the Northern Cheyenne, who co-chaired...

United Methodist bishops present a way forward

May 18, 2016
In a rare and historical action, the General Conference body agreed on a motion requesting leadership from the Council of Bishops.

Youth, young adult delegates give Statement of Unity

Youth, young adult delegates give Statement of Unity

May 18, 2016
This statement of unity was read by Ann Jacob, a young adult reserve delegate from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference today, May 18.

A Pastoral Response to 'A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders'

May 17, 2016
We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their suffering and vulnerability have written a love letter to our church at great risk to...

Father and son serve together at General Conference

May 16, 2016
There is something unique about the 2016 General Conference gathering; something that could easily be missed by the average observer on Twitter, or even the average delegate walking by on the floor.

Lack of youth delegates leaves General Conference Commission slot unfilled

May 16, 2016
The lack of youth delegates among the 864 delegates to General Conference 2016 means that for the second time in a row, the commission that runs the denomination’s top legislative assembly won’t have a youth delegate.

Mountain Sky Area delegates elected legislative officers at General Conference

Mountain Sky Area delegates elected legislative officers at General Conference

May 12, 2016
Clergy delegates Bradley Laurvick, of the Rocky Mountain Conference, and Tyler Amundson, of the Yellowstone Conference, were the only members of the Western Jurisdiction elected as legislative officers May 11.

Paul Kottke given Centus Samaritan Award for lifelong work in community

Paul Kottke given Centus Samaritan Award for lifelong work in community

May 09, 2016
On May 5, the Reverend Paul Kottke received the 2016 Centus Samaritan Award for his lifelong work in community projects, including the founding of Denver Urban Ministries (now Denver Urban Matters), co-founding Capitol Hill United...

Peace with Justice Sunday enables young people to lead initiatives

Peace with Justice Sunday enables young people to lead initiatives

May 08, 2016
Supporting Peace with Justice Sunday on May 22 offers opportunities for young people within the Rocky Mountain Conference to lead social justice initiatives within their communities and build relationships globally.

Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Women feel 'A Fresh Wind Blowing'

April 29, 2016
As United Methodist Women (UMW) looks forward to its 150th anniversary in 2019, the organization of more than 800,000 women shows no signs of slowing down. This was evident during the 2016 Western Jurisdiction United Methodist ...

Mountain Sky Area delegates share their hopes for General Conference 2016

April 25, 2016
The Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conference delegations to the 2016 General and Western Jurisdictional conferences are preparing to attend the international event in May, and the Western Jurisdiction gathering in July.

Peace with Justice Sunday funds aid in health care advocacy

Peace with Justice Sunday funds aid in health care advocacy

April 25, 2016
Consistent with the Social Principles and The Book of Resolutions, United Methodists advocate for health care as a human right that must be made available to all.

St. Paul UMC, local family help fund ads for teen crisis phone app

St. Paul UMC, local family help fund ads for teen crisis phone app

April 20, 2016
Lillian Tsosie Jensen was given a $705 check by the Burninghams from St. Paul UMC’s Bucket of Love to go towards helping prevent teen crisis and suicide.

Out of church closings arise new ministries of hope

April 18, 2016
This coming Annual Conference, I will be bringing three petitions for church closures from the Denver Metro District. This is not being done casually. And above all it is not being done simply as an administrative function of a ...

Mission, ministry in Nepal a grassroots effort

April 18, 2016
United Methodist missionary Katherine Parker knows first-hand the power of community when it comes to ministry and disaster response.

Support Peace with Justice Sunday on May 22

Support Peace with Justice Sunday on May 22

April 15, 2016
Together, we spread the gospel of peace and encourage cooperation locally, within the United States, and globally by supporting Peace with Justice Sunday on May 22.

Mountain Sky Area leaders train to be coaches

April 07, 2016
Determining goals, creating action plans, and following through with accountability were some of the objectives participants learned at the CAST 1 Coaching Training from April 5 to 6 at Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood ...

Renovating abandoned houses a focus of Community Fire Protection project

Renovating abandoned houses a focus of Community Fire Protection project

April 04, 2016
Two significant causes of fires in the Northern Cheyenne community are abandoned houses and lack of a defensible space around structures.

Missionary Katherine Parker to visit Rocky Mountain Conference

Missionary Katherine Parker to visit Rocky Mountain Conference

March 28, 2016
Katherine Parker, a missionary with The United Methodist Church currently serving in Nepal, will be visiting the Rocky Mountain Conference from April 4 to 10.

Youth invited to immersion, service trip to Northern Cheyenne community

Youth invited to immersion, service trip to Northern Cheyenne community

March 28, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Conference is planning a conference-wide youth education and service project to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in the summer of 2017.

Soul Repair event explores new ways of doing healing ministry

March 21, 2016
Exploring new ways of doing healing ministry for veterans and others affected by war was the core idea during the Soul Repair Community in Conversation held March 15 at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado.

Interim ministers invited to learn about coaching at annual gathering

March 21, 2016
The Transitional Intentional Ministry Specialists Association of The United Methodist Church will host its annual gathering April 19 to 21 at St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

First mission team to Northern Cheyenne will build fire garage

First mission team to Northern Cheyenne will build fire garage

March 21, 2016
Beginning this summer, volunteer firefighters and other community leaders from Birney on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana will work with United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (VIM) to build a fire garage.

Community Fire Protection project a 2-year partnership with Northern Cheyenne

Community Fire Protection project a 2-year partnership with Northern Cheyenne

March 14, 2016
Increasing firefighting capacity, fire prevention, and relationship building are the focus areas of the Community Fire Protection Partnership over the next two years.

First UMC Windsor hosts event on water, sanitation issues

March 14, 2016
On March 3, Mike Barbee, WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Technical Officer of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), spoke about the desperate need for clean water globally and the consequences of unclean water during the...

Diverse youth leaders gather for annual Leadership Conference

March 07, 2016
For the first time in recent memory, the event drew a diverse group of youth from all three states that make up the conference.

Native American Ministries Sunday to support Northern Cheyenne fire project

March 07, 2016
This year’s Rocky Mountain Conference Native American Ministries Sunday offering will help support the Northern Cheyenne Fire Protection project.

Early bird registration for Creating a Culture of Renewal

Early bird registration for Creating a Culture of Renewal

March 03, 2016
Led by Rebekah Simon-Peter, Creating a Culture of Renewal’s three-track program is an award-winning, proven, and empowering approach to self-awareness, leadership and ministry.

Illinois Wesleyan University choir to make tour stop in Denver

Illinois Wesleyan University choir to make tour stop in Denver

March 02, 2016
The Collegiate Choir from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, will present a freewill concert at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Ave., Denver, Colorado.

2016 Bridge of Love Offering to benefit three projects

February 29, 2016
Our annual Bridge of Love offering sponsored by the Conference Board of Global Ministries at Annual Conference will benefit three programs/agencies that minister with people on the margins.

Legacy Fund aids Tri-Lakes UMC in discipling process

February 22, 2016
In 2013, Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church engaged in a process to discern the church’s vision for the next three years and beyond.

Lip sync event nets $1,500 for Buckhorn Camp scholarships

February 22, 2016
January 30 was a transformative night in the life of Longs Peak United Methodist Church in Longmont, Colorado.

Scholarships available for Academy for Spiritual Formation

February 22, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Conference has scholarships available for a two-year Spiritual Academy (#38), this August in Schuyler, Nebraska.

Bridge of Love Offering raises $16,201 for Ebola recovery

February 12, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries thanks the churches and individuals that contributed so generously to the Bridge of Love Offering at the 2015 Annual Conference in Estes Park.

College students gather for winter retreat at Buckhorn Camp

February 12, 2016
Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, students from three campus ministries in Colorado braved snowy roads and chilly temperatures to gather together at Buckhorn United Methodist Camp Retreat Center.

Mountain Sky churches unite to crush hunger with 300,000-plus food donations

February 08, 2016
The United in Orange Food Drive was an amazing success across our region. The food drive total was 360,664 donations, with more than 140 sites reporting.

Cañon City First UMC celebrates 150th year of ministry

Cañon City First UMC celebrates 150th year of ministry

February 08, 2016
Cañon City First United Methodist Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary and a proclamation was given by the Fremont County Board of County Commissioners.

Funds for One Great Hour of Sharing helps locally, globally

February 05, 2016
One Great Hour of Sharing on March 6 is a tremendous opportunity to support the ministry of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in your community and the world around you.

Legacy Fund applications due March 15

February 01, 2016
The Legacy Fund was created by Annual Conference action to provide “critical funding for projects and encourage ministries that will make a difference and enhance vital congregation.”