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   ENews for August 14

1) Registrations for Conference Annual Meeting are being accepted through August 17, after which meal tickets can not be assured.

2) Create and bring a church display board that highlights the best of what your church or specialized ministry is or does (to set up in display area).

3) Bring a small item or symbol to represent your church life or ministry setting.   (needed for opening worship, Friday 1:30 pm).

4) Email or Send a few church photographs of what your church does best (needed by Wednesday).

5) Copy and read budget, financials, business, reports and other materials available on our WEB site (copy and bring CAM).   
      click on Conference Annual Meeting Link
      then see Download box on left side of CAM page.

6) Volunteers would be most welcome to assist with food serving and dishwashing during CAM meal times, Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner.  Please call or email Breanna at First Church in Billings:  406.245.6477


We are ONE week away from our MT-NWy Association and Conference Annual Meeting.  In preparation for our Saturday “Identity and Vision” process I have been offering “God-Seeds” reflections on each of our six “listening session” learnings.
Among the 6 things we care most about in the MT-NWy Association and Conference:
we are committed to mission outreach.
Wherever there is a church, there has been mission.  Do you remember the presentation Bibles given to Sunday School children?  The maps in the back of my Bible always caught my imagination as I traced the journey routes of Paul’s mission trips throughout Roman Empire.  Can you also imagine a late 1800’s USA map of mission journey routes to various parts of Montana?  

•    Samuel Parker from Massachusetts to the territory in 1835 
•    Jonathan Blanchard from Wheaton Illinois, to the Virginia City in 1864 
•    Delavin Leonard from Salt Lake City to the territory, 
•    Henry Clay Simmons from the Dakota territory, 
•    James Smith to Butte City, 
•    Benjamin Shuart from Minneapolis to start the First Church in Billings in 1882, Sidney Demarest from Wisconsin to Fort Benton in 1882, 
•    Rufus Toby from Cape Cod to Last Chance Gulch in 1883, 
•    William Archibald from Minnesota to Livingston in 1883, 
•    George Rock from Philadelphia to Buffalo Wyoming in 1884, 
•    William Bell from the Dakota Territory in 1886 to start churches in Red Lodge, Great Falls, Big Timber, Castle, Columbus, Laurel, Missoula, Bonner, Wibaux 
•    Alice Barnes in Martinsdale, 
•    James Gregory Burgess from England to the Crow Agency in 1882, 
•    George Powell from Toronto Canada to Montana in 1907 along with Edwin Stickney from New Hampshire,
•    In 1910 the “Montana Band” of newly graduated seminarians from Yale, Hartford and Oberlin, 
•    Between 1908 and 1914 Volga region German heritage congregations founders, including Herman Seil in Laurel and William Shuster in Billings, and others to Worden, Culbertson, Fairfield, Fallon, Friedens, Huntley, Newton, Park City, Plevna, and Watkins,
•    Martin Peterson with his “Missionary Molly” and buggy, sought went from Absarokee to church efforts in Stipeck, Intake, Bloomfield, Burns Creek in 1912 with services in poolrooms with empty beer kegs for seats, ballparks, and a lumber shed,
•    Torrence Phelps organizing a church out of Ekalaka in 1911 traveling by horseback and sleeping in cowboy bunkhouses,
•    Then a lay leader, led from his comfortable East Coast profession to minister in Montana settled in Ekalaka in 1919 to fill in for the new church even though he had no formal seminary training,
•    The depression era “Plateau Pilots,” such as 
•    Ellen Bradley from England to Broadview, and 
•    Walter Spencer from Nebraska to Absarokee, 
•    Charles Sebald from Ohio to Butte, 
•    John Duncan from Chicago traveling the Powder River area 14-point charge on foot out of Coalwood before getting a beat up Model T in which to make church rounds with his as organist and 8 children as congregation.
•    Max Webster from Oberlin to start a wider-area parish based out of Broadus.

At its 30th Annual Meeting in 1913, the Montana Conference of Congregational Church (one of our predecessor Conferences) reported that this was the only Conference to raise its full amount of mission per-capita dues for the ministries of the Home Mission Council, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, the Building Society, and the Sunday School Society.

At its first Montana German Congregational Conference in 1914 (one of our predecessor Conferences) the long-standing tradition began of dedicating the Sunday worship to Missions.

Among the various social mission concerns reported out to the 50th Annual Meeting in 1933: birth control, child labor, military expansion, marriage rights, immigrant issues, organized labor concerns.

Yes, mission goes on!

Our listening-sessions identified “committing to mission outreach” to be one our prominent visions.  No doubt, we tapped into the very roots of our church foundings. From the very beginning, whenever we have come together missions are part of what we are about.

This Word Map shows many of the words heard and recorded at the listening sessions that referred to "committed to mission outreach."  Full sized Word Map posters of our six prominent themes will be on display at our Conference Annual Meeting, August 21-23.
Links to some Mission Outreach in which we participate together as a Conference:

Montana Association of Christians
Wyoming Association of Churches
Intermountain Children Home
CUE: Chicago, United, and Eden Seminary support
Rocky Mountain College
Rocky Mountain Institute for Peace Studies
UCC Global Ministries
UCC Justice Witness Ministries
One Great Hour of Sharing
Neighbors in Need
The Christmas Fund
Strengthen the Church
Our Church's Wider Mission
Our first ordination in 17 years, Rev. Elizabeth Hoy
Trudi Downer and Elaine Black present a Bible and clergy stole to Liz Hoy at her ordination on August 8 at Mayflower UCC. It appears that Liz thought we meant "red sole" when we asked clergy to bring a "red stole."  The ordination was a celebrative event, with an excellent message offered by Rev. Barbara Archer. Rev. Hoy serves First UCC in Manistee, Michigan.
Churches are invited to email a PDF file of their newsletter, or a WEB link for posting on our WEB site.  Go to to read news from:
     Fairfield and Power UCCs 
     Glendive First UCC 
     Columbus Community UCC
     Molt UCC
     Helena Plymouth UCC
     Absarokee Community UCC

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