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Beyond RMC Events

(Wider church, ecumenical, or events held within the Conference boundaries that are sponsored by other entities)

  • Creating a Culture of Renewal with Rebekah Simon-Peter - Jan. 6 to 8, 2015
  • Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation - Feb. 23 to 25, 2015
  • Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC

Conference Events

  • Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering Endowment Ministry webinars - Jan. 14 and 20, 2015
  • 'Be Still and Know': A Young Adult Winter Retreat - Jan. 16 to 19, 2015
  • Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July 2015
  • Save the Date: Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1, 2015
  • Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3-8, 2015

District Events

  • Wyoming Sub-District Lay Servant Training Courses at Christ UMC Casper - Jan. 23-24
  • Utah/WestCo youth invited to Westside Weekend - March 6 to 8, 2015

Local Church Events

  • Christ Church United Methodist in Denver hosts Potthof Lecture Series with Rev. Jeremy Smith - Jan. 23 to 25, 2015
  • Vital: Absolute Necessities workshop at Spirit of Hope UMC Englewood, Colo. - Jan. 24, 2015
  • Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Feb. 21, 2015

 


Beyond RMC Events

Creating a Culture of Renewal with Rebekah Simon-Peter - Jan. 6 to 8, 2015

BridgeWorks will host a retreat on "Creating a Culture of Renewal" led by Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter from Jan. 6 to 8, 2015 in Denver. The specific site will be announced later. She will lead a six-month accelerated Track 1: Culture and Communication group. Decode hidden messages unintentionally delivered through worship and ministries of the church which reinforce a stuck culture. Work with a trained mentor to turn insight into action. Watch this video to learn more.

Learning takes place through face-to-face retreats, podcasts, paired sharing, collaborative learning, live webinars, hands-on practice in your setting, a mentor for support and accountability, and a workbook designed especially for the experience. Register online or contact Rebekah Simon-Peter for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 307-320-6779.

Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen’s Consultation - Feb. 23 to 25, 2015

The Wisdom of Women: Western Jurisdiction United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Feb. 23 to 25, 2015. Join us for an extraordinary time of creativity and renewal. Our unusual format will include TED-talk-style presentations on ministry ideas that most intrigue you — along with time for community discussion. You’ll have the chance to vote in advance and help decide the topics via the Western Jurisdiction Clergywomen’s Consultation Facebook page. You can also offer to share your ministry wisdom and experience! There will also be yoga classes, massages, Temple Square history tours, shopping, dining out, hiking, museums and naps. Click here for our brochure with more information or follow us on Twitter. Registration is now open. The cost is $50 (hotel not included). Click here to register today.

Wesley Festival Seeks Participants for May 2015 Gala Concert in Washington, DC

The Wesley Festival was founded in 2007 to bring people together through music to support critical missions of The United Methodist Church. Dr. James Ramsey, Director of Music and Arts at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is the event founder and director. The 2015 festival will feature founder James Ramsey, guest conductor Helen Cha-Pyo of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, Adrienne Danrich, Soprano; Kenrick Mervine, Organ; members of the armed forces orchestra; singers from around the world; and invited leaders and dignitaries of the United Methodist Church and the United States. The festival will culminate in a gala concert at Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, benefiting Imagine No Malaria.

The Wesley Festival is designed for choirs and individuals to participate. If you are interested, please visit www.wesleyfestival.org to learn more or contact Dr. James Ramsey, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as soon as possible.

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Conference Events

Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering Endowment Ministry webinars - Jan. 14 and 20, 2015

Boost your church endowment with great marketing tools!

Churches that already have an endowment fund are invited to “jump in” with the current class of Endowment Ministry webinars starting Jan. 14, 2015. Learn how to create a marketing plan, develop materials that encourage endowment and legacy gifts, and establish a timeline for requesting gifts. Call 303-778-6370 to join the action! Registration deadline is Dec. 15.

Your church doesn’t have an endowment?!

A second series of Endowment Ministry Webinars will begin Jan. 20, 2015. Click here to learn how YOUR CHURCH can gain financial strength through an endowment fund. Registration deadline is Dec. 15. For details about these webinars, go to the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation website.

'Be Still and Know': A Young Adult Winter Retreat - Jan. 16 to 19, 2015

The Rocky Mountain Conference is offering a winter retreat called "Be Still and Know" for young adults age 18 to 30-ish at John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colo. It will be a mix of devotions and spiritual exploration. Cost for the weekend is $80 and includes lodging and all meals Saturday and Sunday plus Monday breakfast. Registration will be open Dec. 15. For more information, go to the Young Adult webpage. For questions, email Laurie Day at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Rev. Debra Juarez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Center for Pastoral Effectiveness offers continuing education events - April to July 2015

The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness has scheduled three continuing education resources in 2015 for the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences.

Center – Track l: A resource for clergy who desire to be healthier leaders capable of addressing the natural anxious emotional movements of their church including those difficult to address issues or members. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: April 27 to 29, 2015 - Denver area; First Retreat: May 4 to 6, 2015 – Bozeman area.

Center – Track ll: For those clergy who have attended Track l, this is an important second step in integrating systems thinking into those personal/professional situations. More in-depth study makes the systems understanding from Track l more accessible especially in anxious times. Six three-day retreats spread over 18 months. 14 Continuing Education Units; First Retreat: July 8 to 10, 2015 - Denver area.

Clergy & Spouse Couple Retreat: Co-Leaders Julia Munson LCSW & Bill Selby. Marriage is emotionally challenging for all couples partly because each spouse brings his or her own family of origin to that relationship. One three-day retreat. 3 Continuing Education Units; Retreat schedule for April 21 to 23, 2015 – Denver area

To register or more information, contact Rev. Bill Selby, center mentor, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 303-521-3850.

Save the Date: Generating Generosity Workshop - May 1, 2015

Pastors and lay church leadership, save the date for an exciting workshop on Generating Generosity, featuring guest speaker David Bell. Additional break-out sessions include technological giving options, narrative budget creation and saying thank you, and how to set up a legacy giving program.

Read more about the workshop on this flyer. Bring a group from your church for maximum effectiveness. The venue is St. Andrew's UMC, Highlands Ranch. The workshop is sponsored by the Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Foundation. Information about registration will be available soon. But for now, save May 1, 2015.

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation - May 3 to 8, 2015

The next Five-Day Academy to be held in the Rocky Mountain Conference will be May 3 to 8, 2015 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Sedalia, Colorado. The theme is "Christian Spirituality in an Interfaith World" and the lecturers will include Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Islamic practioners.

The Academy for Spiritual Formation® (Upper Room Ministries) provides a rich environment of grace for deepening the spiritual lives of committed individuals. Both lay and clergy reside in community with others who wish to seek God through a rhythm of study and prayer, rest and exercise, and solitude and relationship. The Five Day Academy is designed around a daily schedule including morning and night prayer, Eucharist celebrations, silence, spiritual community, covenant groups, and thoughtful faculty presentations - a balanced approach for head and heart.

The brochure and application information can be found at http://rmcumc.org/new/leadership-and-learning/spiritual-formation.html.

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District Events

Wyoming Sub-District Lay Servant Training Courses at Christ UMC Casper

Christ UMC Casper will host a follow-on "Advanced" Lay Servant Ministries class called "Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition" from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Prerequisite required: "Accountable Discipleship." Please order your participant book from Cokesbury #978-15791-0954-7. To RSVP, email your name and contact information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Jan. 19. Registration is $10 payable Friday night. A minimum class size of 4 is required.

Utah/WestCo youth invited to Westside Weekend - March 6 to 8, 2015

Youth in 6th- to 12-grade from the Utah and Western Colorado District are invited to experience Westside Weekend at Camp Cedaredge from March 6 to 8, 2015. The theme will be "Made in the Image" and the weekend will include worship, singing and workshops. This year's keynote speaker is Rev. Jerry Herships. The cost for the event is $110. For more information, call Becky Clark at 970-209-6977 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Local Church Events

Teaching the Stories of Our Faith Workshops - Feb. 21, 2015

A Workshop for Those in Ministry with Children

Join Rev. Nani Arning and Rev. Denise Bender for a full day of tips and tools for strengthening your church's ministries with children. Each workshop is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $5. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Download a workshop registration form here.

Topics include:

  • Small Group Dynamics and Community Building for Families
  • Special Needs Ministry - Visible and Unseen Challenges
  • Safe Sanctuaries
  • Developmental Theories and Learning Styles
  • Helping Children Reach a Deeper Spiritual Level
  • Liturgical and Special Seasons

Upcoming workshops:

  • Sandy, Utah - Feb. 21, 2015
  • Lyons, Colo. - TBD
  • Rock Springs, Wyo. - TBD

Christ Church UM in Denver to host Potthoff Lecture Series with Rev. Jeremy Smith - Jan. 23 to 25, 2015

Christ Church United Methodist, 690 Colorado Blvd., in Denver is hosting its annual Potthoff Lecture Series from Jan. 23 to 25, 2015. The event will feature Rev. Jeremy Smith, Minister of Discipleship at FUMC Portland, Ore., and blogger at Hacking Christianity, along with discussions about discipleship. For details about these free events, go to the church's website or email Rev. Eric Strader at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Vital: Absolute Necessities workshop at Spirit of Hope UMC Englewood, Colo. - Jan. 24, 2015

Rev. Jeremy W. Scott, Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Developer, will lead a one-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24 called "Vital: Absolute Necessities" at Spirit of Hope UMC, 3885 S. Broadway in Englewood, Colo., to help you move your church forward. You will be better informed and have a plan to put into action. All are welcome to attend, but space is limited so sign up at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today! This workshop is part of the Whole Church Initiative. For more information, go to www.wholechurchinitiative.org.

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