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2017 Memorial Service: Remembering grounds us and empowers us for the road ahead

June 15, 2017
"We come ... to find shelter and nurture in the arms of beloved community," words from outgoing district superintendent, the Reverend Melanie Rosa as she welcomed the gathered body of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference to the ...

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

United Methodists’ first openly gay bishop ordains first pastor

June 14, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto, The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop, added to her place in history when she ordained her first full elder on June 9 during the Yellowstone Annual (regional) Conference’s meeting.

Western Jurisdiction bishops say Judicial Council unlawfully expanded church law

June 14, 2017
The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops contends the denomination’s top court had exceeded its authority in April when it expanded church law barring LGBTQ persons from seeking ordination as clergy in...

Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

Mountain Sky Area Cabinet offers Digital Devotion

May 22, 2017
This summer, Bishop Karen Oliveto and the Joint Cabinet of the Mountain Sky Area invite you to a simple, 20-minute worship service every Monday through Friday at 9 p.m. starting June 5 and running through July.

Mission u 2017: Covenant Community and Beloved Community

May 19, 2017
Mission u 2017 offers three transformative mission education opportunities to learn, grow and engage in God’s mission in new places and new ways.

Tapestry UMC gives $2,000 to local school to pay off cafeteria costs

Tapestry UMC gives $2,000 to local school to pay off cafeteria costs

May 11, 2017
Tapestry United Methodist Church in Colorado gave $2,000 to a local school to pay off delinquent cafeteria accounts so children won't go hungry throughout the school day. Tapestry encourages all Rocky Mountain Conference churches ...

Center for Pastoral Effectivness supports clergy to be healthy leaders

May 10, 2017
The Center experience is designed to support clergy in being healthier leaders by learning how to be "emotionally connected" to their churches rather than "emotionally enmeshed."

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

A message from Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

May 04, 2017
The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas.

A Different Vehicle: Reflections on the WCA Memphis Gathering

May 01, 2017
Some have seen the WCA as a schismatic group that wants to break away from the UMC. Many members of the WCA see the election of our bishop and other acts of non-conformity in some annual conferences as already schismatic.

WCA – Two: Witnessing the split personality of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

May 01, 2017
I identify this as "WCA – Two" because it was the second of the WCA gatherings, as well my second to attend. But more importantly, I witnessed two very distinct presentations.

A look back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto's election

A look back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto's election

April 24, 2017
For readers who haven’t been following this story that closely, or for those wanting to renew their memories, what follows is a reverse chronological compilation of some of what has come before.

Don't let hatred of other religions become normalized

Don't let hatred of other religions become normalized

April 20, 2017
Our congregation is representative of churchgoers across America. We can hold different opinions. But we also have an obligation to stand up against stereotypes and reject ideas that have no basis in fact. This is crucial to keep ...

An Easter Letter From Bishop Karen Oliveto

An Easter Letter From Bishop Karen Oliveto

April 16, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto wishes the Mountain Sky Area a happy Easter and calls us to live in light of the resurrection.

Bishop Oliveto's Holy Week Letter

Bishop Oliveto's Holy Week Letter

April 10, 2017
Bishop Karen Oliveto shares her experiences from Palm Sunday in Jerusalem and calls the conference to self examination

Members of Yuma UMC make Palm Sunday Alfombras

Members of Yuma UMC make Palm Sunday Alfombras

April 10, 2017
In joyous and creative celebration of Palm and Easter Sundays, residents in certain Central American countries – such as Guatemala, Antigua, and Honduras – make alfombras (or “carpets” in Spanish) made of colored sawdust, fruit, ...

Funds available for local church histories

April 03, 2017
Grants of $300 are available to local churches that are updating or composing a history of the local church.

Bishop Oliveto calls conference to stand in solidarity with Muslim neighbors

Bishop Oliveto calls conference to stand in solidarity with Muslim neighbors

February 03, 2017
On Feb. 3, 2017, Bishop Karen Oliveto released a statement to the Mountain Sky Area of the United Methodist Church, calling on followers of Jesus to stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors.

First UMC Newcastle finds fellowship in food and film

January 10, 2017
What do cornbread, Jimmy Stewart and snow have in common? Faith, Food, and Film at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle, Wyoming.

A Call to Stand Together: Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund

A Call to Stand Together: Mountain Sky Area Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund

December 22, 2016
With the election, consecration, and appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto this summer, the Western Jurisdiction crossed a new threshold in our search to live into being the church we believe God is calling us to be – a church ...

AfterHours Denver to hold Christmas in the Park 2016

AfterHours Denver to hold Christmas in the Park 2016

December 16, 2016
Join AfterHours Denver for Christmas in the Park 2016! As in past years, we will be in Lincoln Park (right in front of the Colorado State Capitol) in Denver, Colorado.

Rethink Church in Denver for Advent campaign

Rethink Church in Denver for Advent campaign

December 05, 2016
The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of Denver from Dec. 15 to 18 to offer the gift of hospitality this Christmas with a warm invitation and a hot cup of cocoa.

Trinity UMC Denver choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall

Trinity UMC Denver choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall

November 21, 2016
Many folks know the punchline to the joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer: “Practice, practice, practice!” And that’s what 50 singers from Trinity United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir and Youth Choir have been ...

Gracia Divina celebrates three years as Hispanic ministry

November 14, 2016
On Oct. 29, Gracia Divina celebrated its third anniversary as a Hispanic ministry of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church. It has also recently become the only standalone Hispanic local church in the ...

Training and coaching opportunity: Worship for the Whole Community

November 11, 2016
Why do people come to worship? What spiritual and human needs does your church’s worship service currently meet? What groups of people in your community are under-represented (or not represented at all) in your congregation? How ...

Preaching Academy: Framing the right questions

November 10, 2016
"Preaching is not about having the right answers, it's about framing the right questions," said the Rev. Dr. Gary Simpson at the third annual Preaching Academy on Nov. 10 at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.

Historic installation service to be held for Rev. Valerie Jackson

Historic installation service to be held for Rev. Valerie Jackson

October 31, 2016
The Reverend Valerie L. Jackson will make history on Sunday, Nov. 6 when she will be installed as the first African-American and first woman senior pastor of University Park United Methodist Church in Denver.

The WCA and the Gospel according to Inigo Montoya

October 26, 2016
I read Paul Kottke’s assessment of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s inaugural October meeting in the latest issue of the weekly Rocky Mountain Conference News and was struck again by the fact that while progressives and ...

Northglenn UMC honors Rev. Ron Hodges for ministry, service

Northglenn UMC honors Rev. Ron Hodges for ministry, service

October 25, 2016
On Sunday, Oct. 23, the leadership and congregation of Northglenn United Methodist Church named the Rev. Ron Hodges as Pastor Emeritus.

A perspective of the Wesleyan Covenant Association gathering

October 24, 2016
On Oct. 7, the Rev. Marv Vose and I attended the Wesleyan Covenant Association's inaugural gathering in Chicago. We went specifically to observe and offer, when possible, a minority perspective. Many have since asked me what my ...

Board of Ordained Ministry seeks to help develop spiritual leaders

October 19, 2016
The Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) is thinking about the various kinds of spiritual leaders. Different people long for more than one kind of spiritual leader as they seek to experience God's blessing and to live into beloved ...

Rocky Mountain UM Foundation offering grants for church finance campaigns

October 19, 2016
The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation is offering grant money to support financial ministry throughout the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Lamar UMC hosts neighborhood Fall Festival

October 17, 2016
Lamar UMC's Whole Church Initiative team rallied the whole church to organize a Fall Festival for the neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 16.

First UMC Colorado Springs gives $218,000 to Urban Peak

September 15, 2016
First UMC Colorado Springs donates $218,000 to Urban Peak, a nonprofit that helps homeless youth with education, health care and employment.

Bishop Karen Oliveto to preach at Park Hill UMC Denver on Sept. 11

Bishop Karen Oliveto to preach at Park Hill UMC Denver on Sept. 11

September 03, 2016
New United Methodist Bishop Karen Oliveto will make her first local preaching appearance as she helps Park Hill United Methodist Church celebrate its 106th anniversary on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Belong Church hosting worship preview for community

September 02, 2016
For nearly a year, the idea of Belong Church has been forming, growing, and becoming more of a reality.

First UMC in Gillette takes a stand against hate

August 30, 2016
Members of First United Methodist Church in Gillette, Wyoming, joined with other individuals from around the state to protest the burning of a Quran that took place in Gillette on Aug. 27.

Mountain View UMC reduces carbon footprint, cuts electricity bills

Mountain View UMC reduces carbon footprint, cuts electricity bills

August 26, 2016
In 2009, Mountain View’s congregation began discussing the idea of installing solar panels on the church building. The goal was to become environmentally responsible while exploring the financial benefits of saving money on ...

Rifle UMC receives $5,000 for Open Cupboard Food Pantry

Rifle UMC receives $5,000 for Open Cupboard Food Pantry

August 25, 2016
The Rifle United Methodist Church received a $5,000 grant from the AV Hunter Trust for their Open Cupboard Food Pantry. The grant has allowed for the Open Cupboard to be expanded by twice its size.

The Land officially becomes nonprofit corporation

The Land officially becomes nonprofit corporation

August 17, 2016
This July, The Land was officially incorporated as a nonprofit and celebrated the award of a $2,500 in-kind marketing donation from Rethink Church.

Lamar UMC connects with community through 'Blessings in a Bag'

August 05, 2016
We had lots of fun getting to know the wonderful children who came each week.

Farewell event celebrates Bishop Elaine Stanovsky's ministry

August 01, 2016
Members of the Rocky Mountain Conference sent their well-wishes and prayers for Bishop Elaine Stanovsky during a farewell celebration July 31 at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

A letter from your Western Jurisdictional Conference delegates

July 22, 2016
July 13 to 16 we met with elected delegates from every conference in the Western U.S. The meeting was spirit-filled with vision of how our United Methodist Church will move forward with Wesley’s vision of grace and an example of ...

Legacy Fund applications due Sept. 15, 2016

July 20, 2016
The Legacy Fund grant application window will close Sept. 15, 2016. The Legacy Fund was created by the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference action in order to provide “critical funding for projects and encourage ministries that will ...

Rawlins Cooperative Parish joins ecumenical service in the park

July 18, 2016
The people of Rawlins Cooperative Parish gathered with two other denominations (Episcopal and Baptist) for a worship service in a local park Sunday, July 17.

Jurisdictional Conference delegates pass Mission Shaped Future Petition

Jurisdictional Conference delegates pass Mission Shaped Future Petition

July 15, 2016
On July 15, delegates to the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference approved the Mission Shaped Future Petition that sought to create a new annual conference out of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Annual Conferences.

Highlands UMC hosts vigil with community, interfaith leaders

July 11, 2016
At the invitation and encouragement of Denver's Mayor Michael Hancock, Highlands United Methodist Church hosted a community vigil for hope and peace Sunday, July 10.

Lamar United Methodist Church offers 'Blessings in a Bag' for students

July 07, 2016
Every Wednesday this July and August, Lamar United Methodist Church's Whole Church Initiative action group sponsors "Blessings in a Bag", which is a canvas bag filled with free, non-perishable food for school-age students.

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.

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...