2016 Yellowstone Annual Conference Recap: June 16

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Episcopal Address

Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky delivered her Episcopal Address on Thursday, June 18, before the afternoon plenary. She spoke about humility and lying prostrate before God, demonstrating prayer through bowing and bending. She then highlighted the mission work of the Yellowstone Annual Conference for the past eight years, including the fruitfulness of the Whole Church Initiative, Blackfeet United Methodist Parish and Act Your Faith. Moreover, Bishop Stanovsky spoke about the relationships they have built with descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre.

Memorial service honors clergy, spouses

Story by the Rev. Gary Geiman, Billings Hope UMC and Huntley UMC; Photo by Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Area

The 2016 Yellowstone Annual Conference meeting in Helena, Montana, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, celebrated its opening worship on Thursday, June 16 by observing a Memorial Service remembering conference pastors and spouses who have died during the past year. Read more

Workshops encourage missional engagement

During the morning of Thursday, June 16, workshops were held on various missional engagements, offering information and practical first steps of doing ministry on the margins. These workshops included a prayer walk by Chicks Know Church, the Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM), Joan Higgins-Smith, a long-time advocate for people in poverty, and Ann Waickma, a retired food bank director and community advocate. For more information about the missional engagement presentation, go to

Tug-o-Love at Missions Picnic raises

The first day of the Yellowstone Annual Conference Session ended with the Missions Picnic at Covenant United Methodist Church. The cookout was held inside because of windy weather, but still featured the Tug-o-Love competition. This year, four teams represented either the University of Montana, Montana State, Rocky Mountain College, or University of Wyoming. The grand total raised by the Tug-o-Love was $4,447.94. Here are the breakdowns by school: Rocky Mountain College - $1,038.65, University of Montana - $1,020.80; Montana State University - $1,113.99; University of Wyoming - $1,274.50.


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