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Our smallest eight congregations participating in the Montana-N. Wyoming Conference UCC are absolutely amazing for their community outreach as they put their faith to work. Consider that the combined membership of these eight congregations is less than 200 (average of 25 members), while the combined attendance is 98 (average of 12 for worship).  Sheridan UCC is the only church of the 8 with its own WEB presence.
The outreach of these smallest churches is not just experienced in the volunteering of members but also known in the spirit of generosity practiced by these congregations.  Mission giving reported to the conference for wider-church donations totals over $13,250, and this does not include the many gifts made locally by these churches.
 
Glasgow UCC:  Members use the church’s extra space to collect and store household goods that are given to people in the wider community as needed
 
Froid UCC and Medicine Lake UCC: These are 2 small community churches that are open to everyone in an extended “parish” sort of way.  The members keep involved in community events and special fundraisers when needed.
 
Savage UCC: Community support through special worship services, outreach to those in need, and support to workers in the area from the Bakken oil field.
 
Molt UCC: Puts on benefit meals that provide wider-community fellowship opportunities and scholarships to attend Camp Mimanagish.
 
Ballentine UCC: the church offers its kitchen and fellowship hall and helps with summer lunch program for children in community.
 
Power UCC: Helps with community events such as Baccalaureate and supports the local Senior Citizen Center.
 
Sheridan UCC: Hosts a daily community sit-down lunch.
Sheridan UCC Facebook Page.
 
Look up these congregations on Montana and Wyoming maps and you will note that these churches are in some of our most rural corners of our Conference.  Most of these communities have less than 300 people. Our UCC congregations are the churches in these towns where all are welcome. Is there any question as to the importance and vitality of these congregations to the Montana-N.Wyoming Conference UCC?  There is no denying that these congregations are more than pulling their weight in being the United Church of Christ right where they are.  How might we participate, like they do, in being the church for all in the community?
 


May 14: 
 Central Area clergy cluster, Bethlehem UCC in Worden, 10am - 2pm
May 17:  Glendive UCC opens its 50-year time capsule, Rev. Stewart preaching 
May 18:  Eastern Area clergy cluster, Glendive UCC, 9:30am - 1pm
May 20:  Conference listening session at Big Timber UCC, 6:00pm
May 22 - 25:  Kick Off Camp
May 28th - June 1:  Creative Arts Camp
May 31:  Conference listening session at University UCC Missoula, 2-4pm
May 31:  Sheridan UCC homecoming Sunday11am, Rev. Stewart preaching
May 31:  Buffalo Wy. UCC pastor emeritus recognition for Rev. Bob Miller, 4 pm, Rev. Stewart preaching
Board of Directors, June 12-13, Butte
Conference Annual Meeting, Aug 21st - 23rd, Billings

 

Prayer Concerns 


We keep in our prayers of strength and healing, Rev. Leonard Shaktus, pastor at Plentywood UCC and Volgma and Dagmar ELCA churches.  Len was airlifted to Great Falls for a seriously infected foot.
 

Church delegates, authorized ministers, visitors and guests are invited to gather for our MT-NWy Association and Conference Annual Meeting, to be hosted by First Church of Billings UCC, August 21-23, 2015.  Annual Meeting promises to be an enriching gathering that will show off the ministries of our churches. We will have an informative business meeting of our Association and Conference.  We will name our Identity and Mission, enjoying the fellowship of old and new friends.  The Executive Committee has appointed Rev. Tracy Heilman to head up the ACAM task force.   Thanks to those who completed last month's online survey to select our meeting date.

New Task Forces at Work


A Bylaw Review Task Force has been appointed to bring bylaw revisions to the Association and Conference Annual Meeting.   The task force is looking to revise references to the Partnership, clean up some typos and inconsistencies, and to more clearly define our Association and Conference structure.  Task force members include Tom Mensing, Rev. David Munson, Sherman Oland, and Doug McClelland.

A Human Resources Task Force has been appointed to rewrite the Personnel Policy, establish an evaluation process, and make a recommendation regarding the part-time status of our Conference Minister, Rev. Marc Stewart.  Task force members include those who represented the UCC on the Partnership Human Resources Commission, a Rev. David Munson, Carol Shipley, Gus Byrom, and Tawny Lehman.

Pre-Retirement Webinar


May 14th 10:00 AM Mountain Time.

In recent years, the Pension Boards has greatly expanded its efforts in Member Education, toward the goal of helping members realize the importance of planning throughout their careers for a financially secure retirement. A good time to review your retirement goals is when you are 10-15 years from your planned retirement date. Our Pre-Retirement Seminars are designed to provide members – both clergy and lay – with important information to help make the transition to a new stage in life as easy as possible.

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