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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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
October 25, 2016
On Sunday, Oct. 23, the leadership and congregation of Northglenn United Methodist Church named the Rev. Ron Hodges as Pastor Emeritus.
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 ...
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 ...
October 19, 2016
The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation is offering grant money to support financial ministry throughout the Rocky Mountain Conference.
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.
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.
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.
September 02, 2016
For nearly a year, the idea of Belong Church has been forming, growing, and becoming more of a reality.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
August 05, 2016
We had lots of fun getting to know the wonderful children who came each week.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!”
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.”
January 22, 2016
The Mountain Sky Area Joint Cabinet met in Salt Lake City from Jan. 11 to 15 at the Wasatch Episcopal Retreat Center.
January 15, 2016
When the Reverend Jeremy Scott launched the Whole Church Initiative in the summer of 2014, he sought to empower churches to honestly address their vitality and how they are living out their faith.
December 21, 2015
On Sunday, Dec. 20 at Lamar United Methodist Church's Outdoor Live Nativity turned into an impromptu "Blessing of the Animals" when our families brought their pets to be in the manager scene as well.
December 18, 2015
The Grant Review Team of the Conference Board of Discipleship is pleased to announce the awards for Round 4 of the 'Beyond the Walls' Grant Program.
November 16, 2015
Thanks to a generous $250,000 grant awarded from the Legacy Fund, The Land faith community is now scheduled to begin physical development in the spring of 2016.
October 26, 2015
Quoting prominent Christian blogger (and Millennial) Rachel Held Evans, Dr. Childers discouraged ministers from bending ourselves to the tastes and preferences of younger generations to try to make church “cool.”
September 26, 2015
Focusing on people – not projects – was the core idea that nearly 100 leaders of the Rocky Mountain Conference heard during the annual Leadership Summit held Sept. 25 and 26 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Highlands ...