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Yuma UMC youth “adopt” forgotten veterans during the holidays

December 07, 2017
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Yuma UMC youth went to the Yuma Cemetery to lay wreaths that they had decorated themselves at the gravestones of the “forgotten” veterans that didn’t have families or money to pay for a burial.

First UMC Gillette connects with Hispanic community through Thanksgiving food boxes

First UMC Gillette connects with Hispanic community through Thanksgiving food boxes

November 22, 2017
First UMC of Gillette, Wyoming, collects Thanksgiving food boxes for two local elementary schools. With the help of a local Hispanic family, they put together a more traditional Hispanic food box as a new way to show hospitality ...

19th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk

November 20, 2017
The 19th Annual Sand Creek Spiritual Healing Run and Walk commences this week on Thursday, Nov. 23 and will end on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Epworth Foundation distributes thousands of Thanksgiving boxes

November 19, 2017
The Epworth Foundation of Epworth United Methodist Church in Denver gave about 6,500 Thanksgiving boxes to the community Nov. 18 during its 2017 Denver Feed a Family Thanksgiving Distribution.

Wyoming churches team up to collect food for St. Joseph's Food Pantry

November 08, 2017
United Methodist churches in Cheyenne, Wyoming, teamed up recently for the first Annual Gobble Walk in late October and early November.

Missionary Mozart Adevu to visit Rocky Mountain Conference

Missionary Mozart Adevu to visit Rocky Mountain Conference

November 07, 2017
Mozart M. K. Adevu, a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, will be visiting the Rocky Mountain Conference from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.

Terror in Texas: United Methodists Are Called to be Peacemakers

Terror in Texas: United Methodists Are Called to be Peacemakers

November 06, 2017
The United States is once again grappling with another mass shooting. And again, in a place of worship. As heartsick as this makes us, we cannot and must not throw up our hands in defeat. To do nothing to combat the evils of gun ...

Prairie View Circuit members gather to assemble UMCOR buckets

Prairie View Circuit members gather to assemble UMCOR buckets

November 03, 2017
This fall season, we’ve witnessed many storms disrupt the lives of our neighbors along islands and coastal regions. In response to these storms, the congregations from the northside of the Prairie View Circuit gathered supplies ...

Wyoming church spreads message of love with 'God Rocks'

Wyoming church spreads message of love with 'God Rocks'

October 20, 2017
Wheatland United Methodist Church in Wyoming joins grassroots movement of placing painted rocks with messages for people in the community to find. They saw it as a great way to spread goodwill and the message of God’s grace to ...

Local churches collaborate to support neighbors in need

Local churches collaborate to support neighbors in need

October 16, 2017
Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado celebrates the third anniversary of the Village Resource Center - a local cooperative organization supported by six churches in the Greenwood Village area. Participating ...

The Land new faith community gears up for 2018

The Land new faith community gears up for 2018

October 16, 2017
In the midst of celebrating the things that have happened and anticipating the things yet to come, The Land embraces the continuity found in its loving partnership with Hope United Methodist Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Missionary Ken Cruz visits conference churches to educate, advocate

Missionary Ken Cruz visits conference churches to educate, advocate

October 06, 2017
From Sept. 10 to 24, General Board of Global Ministries Missionary Kennedy (Ken) Cruz logged about 1,900 miles visiting churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Terror in Las Vegas: How United Methodists Respond to Violence

Terror in Las Vegas: How United Methodists Respond to Violence

October 02, 2017
In an act of domestic terrorism, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, as country singer Jason Aldean performed.

Bishop Oliveto to be honored at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's first Force for Good Awards

Bishop Oliveto to be honored at Interfaith Alliance of Colorado's first Force for Good Awards

September 29, 2017
The Force for Good Awards celebrates "those who are 'a force for good' in three categories, Congregation, Community and State Legislature." The reception will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Redline Gallery in Denver.

United Methodist Church of Johnstown becomes UMCOR hub

United Methodist Church of Johnstown becomes UMCOR hub

September 11, 2017
The United Methodist Church of Johnstown is now serving as a regional collection and distribution center for UMCOR. Known as a "hub," the church will provide storage for UMCOR kits, trainers to help local churches with purchasing ...

Civil and Human Rights: How The United Methodist Church Advocates

Civil and Human Rights: How The United Methodist Church Advocates

September 08, 2017
As we consider the future of DACA, let us consider: what will enable us to love God and love others more deeply? Let your elected officials hear your voice. A democracy is only as strong as the number of citizens who engage the ...

Hurricane Harvey: What you can do to help

Hurricane Harvey: What you can do to help

August 27, 2017
As Texas and Louisiana continue to feel the impact from Hurricane Harvey, please keep praying for those in the path of the storm. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ready to assist with recovery efforts, but they ...

Broomfield UMC member makes difference one family at a time through CASA

August 18, 2017
As a court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer for the past 11 years, Judy Ackley sees first-hand how CASA support helps strengthen one family at a time.

Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

Charlottesville: The United Methodist Church Responds

August 14, 2017
Violence in Charlottesville reminds us we are called to "action through prayer... and denouncing acts borne out of hatred.

Wyoming churches, camp prepare for solar eclipse next weekend

August 13, 2017
As North America anticipates the total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, churches in the path of totality in Wyoming are preparing to welcome visitors and celebrate this phenomenon.

Rawlins Cooperative Parish engages community with outdoor worship, county fair

Rawlins Cooperative Parish engages community with outdoor worship, county fair

August 08, 2017
Rawlins Cooperative Parish, a multi-denominational church, continues to participate in the community life of Rawlins, Wyoming.

New CEO for Metro Caring named

New CEO for Metro Caring named

August 07, 2017
We are thrilled to introduce you to Metro Caring's new CEO, Teva Sienicki,who will officially begin her tenure on Tuesday, August 15th.

More than 100 people attend first week of Mission u 2017

July 28, 2017
About 102 participants engaged in one or two days of learning, worship and fellowship at St. Andrew UMC on July 21 and 22, and University Park UMC on July 19, kicking off the beginning of Mission 2017.

Denver Urban Matters pursues merger with St. Francis Center

Denver Urban Matters pursues merger with St. Francis Center

July 26, 2017
The DenUM Board of Directors is excited to announce that we have decided to pursue a merger with St. Francis Center. After many discussions about the future of our organization and how best to move forth our mission, it became ...

Local woman, UMC member finds time for changing lives

Local woman, UMC member finds time for changing lives

July 17, 2017
Dionne Haase considered becoming a court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer years ago. Yet, life and work always stood in her way. An equestrian aficionado and music teacher, Dionne certainly had her plate full, but ...

Meet the people of the UMC Missionary Conferences at Mission u 2017

Meet the people of the UMC Missionary Conferences at Mission u 2017

July 03, 2017
“Christian mission” has, at times, focused on lands far away, overlooking people and places which have often been isolated from social and economic opportunities and media attention in the U.S. Over the past century, United ...

Hotchkiss, Paonia UMC volunteers create Bags of Love for children

June 28, 2017
This ministry was inspired by the growing need of children who are displaced due to the poor choices of their parents. Children are removed from their homes at a moment's notice usually during the night. They are given duffel bags...

Our church is struggling – what is the young seeker to do?

May 25, 2017
I have not followed the most recent discussion on human sexuality as closely as I have in the past. Mainly because we have been talking about the same thing in the 33 years of my time in ministry with the conference.

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.

Retired clergy meet to show support for Bishop Oliveto

Retired clergy meet to show support for Bishop Oliveto

May 12, 2017
More than 100 retired United Methodist clergy of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church announced their enthusiastic and unwavering support for Bishop Karen Oliveto and their appreciation for her exceptional ...

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 ...

Mission u 2017: Moving from Earth Day toward climate justice

Mission u 2017: Moving from Earth Day toward climate justice

April 27, 2017
Mission u 2017 offers opportunities to both adults and children to see these threats to humanity and all of God’s good creation in a course on Climate Justice: Call to Hope and Action (adults) and God’s Extravagant Garden ...

First UMC Colorado Springs helps build learning center in Nicaragua

First UMC Colorado Springs helps build learning center in Nicaragua

April 24, 2017
First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs partnered with Just Hope for its third trip to the farming community of Chacreseca, Nicaragua, to complete a learning center for community farm experiments on sustainable farming ...

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

Announcing Mission U 2017 Study Options

Announcing Mission U 2017 Study Options

March 13, 2017
Mission U may not yet be a household name, but you are invited to bring everyone in your household – father, mother, youth, children – to grow in God’s call to us to be in mission, God’s mission. Mission u 2017 offers a choice of ...

Mountain Sky Area leaders to host Lenten daily worship

Mountain Sky Area leaders to host Lenten daily worship

February 27, 2017
This Lent, Bishop Oliveto and the Joint Cabinet of the Mountain Sky Area invite you to a simple, 20 minute, worship service starting 6:30 am every morning, excluding Sundays, through the 40 days of Lent.

Safe refuge and sanctuary in our congregations

Safe refuge and sanctuary in our congregations

February 06, 2017
We at the Rocky Mountain Conference are actively working on a response to the executive orders and will be offering a Sanctuary Movement Training in March. Sanctuary has a long history in our faith and has helped to stop thousands...

Annual 'Have a Heart Reach Out' offering to benefit Global AIDS Fund

Annual 'Have a Heart Reach Out' offering to benefit Global AIDS Fund

January 20, 2017
We invite your church to observe the 2017 February “Mission of the Month” of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference on either Feb. 12 or 19. This month, we look to the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.

Rev. Tong Soo Han helps provide flood relief in North Korea

December 30, 2016
Heavy flooding between the end of August and the beginning of September hit the northern part of North Korea with 138 dead, over 400 missing persons, and more than 140,000 people displaced.

Jeff Hirota named new CEO of Community Foundation Boulder County

Jeff Hirota named new CEO of Community Foundation Boulder County

December 29, 2016
The Community Foundation Boulder County has hired Jeff Hirota as its CEO, effective Jan. 9, 2017. The Rev. Jeff Hirota is a deacon in full connection with the Rocky Mountain Conference.

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.

Metro Caring CEO Rev. Lynne Butler to leave end of year

Metro Caring CEO Rev. Lynne Butler to leave end of year

December 08, 2016
After seven years leading Metro Caring, Lynne Butler is assuming new responsibilities for her family and consulting business and as a result, will be leaving us at year-end.

First UMC Douglas, Wyoming hosts Sand Creek descendants

December 06, 2016
First United Methodist Church in Douglas, Wyoming offered lunch and a resting stop Nov. 23 for Northern Arapaho runners and elders on their way to the Sand Creek Massacre site for the annual Spiritual Healing Run and Walk.

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.

Council President Addresses “Division and Discord”

November 23, 2016
In a pre-holiday, post-election letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, called upon all Christians to “remember who we are” in this time of tension and ...

Bridge of Love 2015 offering helps Sierra Leone recover from Ebola

Bridge of Love 2015 offering helps Sierra Leone recover from Ebola

November 17, 2016
The Bridge of Love Offering in 2015 sponsored by Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries collected $16,201. The offering was taken to support the efforts of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference of The United Methodist ...

Four women receive conference scholarships for education

November 16, 2016
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries has awarded four recipients for the 2016 Marion Reid Scholarships for Women.