121 South Willson Ave., Bozeman, MT
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“We are called by God to experience, celebrate, and share through our actions the love of God that comes to us in Jesus.”

Bozeman United Methodist Church is a diverse community of Christians who affirm that all persons are made in the image of God, and thus all persons have a sacred worth and dignity. We range across the political spectrum, and we welcome people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, family configurations, economic standing, and mental and physical abilities. Everyone is welcome as we journey together following Jesus.

We All Have a Part to Play as We Restore a Broken Nation

January 20, 2017

On this inauguration day of the 45th president of the United States, may we pause in prayer for President Donald Trump. The mantle of leadership has been placed upon him. Our success as a nation rests on his success as a leader. May God’s spirit be with him, giving him wisdom to lead in difficult times, compassion to lead so the most vulnerable are cared for, grace to withstand conflict and criticism, and vision to bring us together as a country so we live into the highest of values we hold most dear.

We all have a part to play as we restore a broken nation to wholeness. I believe we in the Mountain Sky Area have a unique gift to offer in this moment. In 1992, a group gathered in Aspen, Colorado, in the recognition that the purpose of education is not only to impart knowledge, but also to impart character.

The Aspen Declaration says, in part:

… The present and future well-being of our society requires an involved, caring citizenry with good moral character … People do not automatically develop good moral character; therefore, conscientious efforts must be made to help young people develop the values and abilities necessary for moral decision making and conduct … Effective character education is based on core ethical values which form the foundation of democratic society, in particular, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, justice and fairness, and civic virtue and citizenship.” (www.waarden.org/studie/concepten/history.html)

I believe these values can help us in the living of these days.

Respect: We must respect for our leaders, even when we disagree with them; we must respect others, even when we don’t understand their lives;

Responsibility: We must exhibit responsibility in how we live our lives, knowing that our choices impact the well-being of other people, and creation itself;

Trustworthiness: We must live in ways that communicate to others that they are safe with us; we will protect their dignity and work shoulder-to-shoulder when their lives are threatened;

Caring: We must let love guide all we do;

Justice and Fairness: We must seek to ensure that “justice for all” is not just a slogan, but ingrained in the way we treat each other and make laws;

Civic virtue: We must live in a way that all we do in our personal life enhances community, its well-being and the well-being of others;

Citizenship: We must remain engaged even when we want to walk away. A democracy requires the participation of everyone.

As United Methodists, may we who follow Jesus commit ourselves not only to these values, but to extending the love of God in all we do. In this moment of political change and a new beginning, may our actions mirror the One who calls us to love God and love others as we love ourselves.

Blessings,

Bishop Karen Oliveto

On Sunday Morning

Worship

Worship at 8:30 & 10:30 AM every Sunday.  Worship at BUMC is inter-generational, filled with music, prayers, scripture, sermon, and hope. Both Sunday morning services offer special times for children – a puppet show or children’s sermon.
 
Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of each month.  All welcome to receive communion in the United Methodist Church.
 
Childcare in the BUMC nursery is available for infants, toddlers & children up to 4 years old.
 
If you have questions regarding worship, please contact the Worship Coordinator,

Learning

During the school year BUMC offers Sunday School for all ages from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.  Children participate in a Rotational Style learning experience. Teens meet with leaders for discussion and Bible Study.  Adults are offered a variety of Bible Studies, Sermon Conversation groups, and more.
 
If you would like to teach, lead or help in any way with a study, group discussion, or Sunday School, be sure to call 406.586.5413; or email Kay or Janna, below.
 
Contact kay@bozemanumc.org (Christian Education, Ministry with 6th Grade-Adult) or  janna@bozemanumc.org (Christian Education, Ministry with preK-5th Grade) for more information.

Fellowship

Fellowship happens between services every Sunday in the Narthex and Fireside Room.  During the summer we move the refreshments outdoors and enjoy fellowship at the “picnic table”.
 
Contact misti@bozemanumc.org if you have an interest with helping with refreshments for fellowship time.

On Wednesday Evening

Share a Meal

Join together for dinner in the Friendship Room at 5:15 PM. Dinner is prepared for you – no need to bring anything. Small donations are suggested to cover costs. Come on your own, bring a friend, or family – all are welcome! 

Worship

A short, casual worship service begins at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Pastor Deb leads this warm and engaging time of worship, song, prayer and communion.

Learning

Group book or Bible Studies are open to all from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Please email kay@bozemanumc.org for current topics.

Grow in Your Faith

Sunday School for All Ages

During the school year (from the weekend after Labor Day in September through the weekend before Memorial Day in May), BUMC offers a variety of “Faith Furthering” classes, discussion groups, and studies.
 
Children learn in a hands on setting with excellent teachers and leaders. In their
Sunday School classes they experience God’s Word through a variety of ways: drama, science, activities, and more.
 
We also have opportunities for teens and adults.  Middle School and High School age youth meet with leaders to discuss the Bible, Christianity, the Church, and how it can all work together to help them in every day life.
 
For more information on “Growing Your Faith” contact
kay@bozemanumc.org (Christian Education, Ministry 6th Grade-Adult) or janna@bozemanumc.org
(Christian Education, Ministry preK-5th).

Weekday Study

Also during the school year, opportunities for “Growing Your Faith” are available through classes and small groups. 
 
Nearly every Wednesday, Adult Studies are offered after worship. Pastor Deb leads a class at this time; and we often have guest speakers/leaders.
 
BUMC is a sponsor of the WEBS (Women’s Ecumenical Bible Study) program. WEBS is open to all women in our community, with days and times announced in the fall.
 
Many small groups are active at BUMC: Men’s Breakfast Group meets at Sola Café on Thursday mornings, Mom’s Morning Out meets at the Church on Friday mornings, Widow’s Support Group meets at the church on Wednesdays… For specific times and dates, please see the calendar.
 
For more groups and information, please email kay@bozemanumc.org.
 
 

WOW Team & Youth Group

The WOW Team, BUMC’s youngest Mission team, is for Kindergarten through 5th grade age kids.  They meet on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5:00 PM in the Friendship Room, during the school year to work on mission projects, have fun, and grow!  From selling their toys to raise money for others, to hosting tea parties to honor their elders, this group of youngsters is reaching out and making a difference. Email janna@bozemanumc.org for information.
 
Youth Group meets every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:15 in the Friendship Room. Students 6th-12th grades are invited to share a meal together, sing, hear from the Pastor or other encouraging speaker, and also break out into discussion groups with their peers and leader.  Service projects, mission trips, and weekend retreats are all highlights of Youth Group.  Contact the BUMC Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator, ann@bozemanumc.org for more information.

College Age

An active and thriving campus and young adult ministry (CYAM) meets regularly, every Tuesday night from 6-8:00 PM at the Christus Collegium.  This Tuesday Night Together fellowship, “TNT”, includes dinner, music (with our own amazing band), and some games and discussion.  A student-led bible study, mission trip, and social activities are highlights of this  fun and enriching group.
 
Contact the Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator, ann@bozemanumc.org for more information
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Youth Group

Meet Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:15 in the Friendship Room. UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship) is open to all youth, grades 6-12. Each night we share a meal, sing together, and hear a story from Dave. Afterward we play some awesome games before dividing into discussion groups. Our goal is to provide youth and opportunity to grow in their faith through discussion about Jesus and issues in their lives, make lasting friendships and have a great time! The group also works tougher on a service project each month and we offer many social events throughout the year. Contact: ann@bozemanumc.org
 

WOW Team! Wesley’s Outreach Wednesdays

This is our youngest (K-5th grade) mission team! They meet after school on Wednesdays at 3:45 until 5:00 PM in our church Friendship Room to “do some good for others”.  Following a healthy snack, the boys and girls work on an outreach project ~ from making food for teachers or firefighters, to collecting toys for their annual sale, to raking leaves for a church neighbor ~ making a difference in our church, community and our world!
 

Children’s Choir 2016

We have a Children’s Choir at BUMC!  It will soon be time to begin our rehearsals for the Christmas Children’s Choir!  All children ages 3-12, are welcome to join our joyful noise, and perform at Figgy Pudding and during Advent! Contact ann@bozemanumc.org
 

Vacation Bible School 2017! (VBS)

June 19-23, 2017; Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to Noon (Monday 8:15 AM). Registration starts March 1st for kids, youth assistants and adult volunteers. Volunteers needed in all areas: snacks, art, science, drama, carpentry, registration, t-shirts, setup/cleanup & more! VBS Leadership Team will start meeting in February. Please contact: janna@bozemanumc.org
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College & Young Adult Ministry

BUMC has an active and thriving campus and young adult program that meets regularly during the school year, every Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Christus Collegium near campus. The Tuesday Night Fellowship, TNT, includes dinner, music, with our own amazing band, and some games and discussion with Bobby and Janna Lauver. We offer a student-led Bible Study and many social and mission opportunities throughout the year. Contact ann@bozemanumc.org for more information.
 
Mission Opportunities for YOU:
  • Community Café: Students serve food to families in need on the fourth Friday of every month.
  • Cardboard Box City: Students gather pledges to sleep outside in a cardboard box in order to raise money for Family Promise.
  • Spring Break Mission: Students have traveled to Haiti, Mexico, and San Francisco to work with the poor and homeless in our world. Stay tuned for info on Spring Break Mission 2016!

Connections

Stephen Ministry
BUMC is part of the Stephens Series system of lay caring ministry developed by Stephen Ministries, a nonprofit religious and education organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Stephen Ministers have completed 50 hours of training and are ready to care for others in a confidential, one-on-one Christian based approach to those attending our church as well as individuals in the community who are facing life challenges. Examples of life events that a Stephen Minister may be helpful with include: hospitalization, loss of a loved one, loneliness, divorce, unemployment, birth of a child, and many other life challenges…
 
To request a Stephen Minister, or if you’d like to investigate becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact the BUMC Nurture, Care & Membership Coordinator, kim@bozemanumc.org.
Small Groups
At BUMC we are blessed through worship each week. Together we are able to express our praise and thanksgiving to God, as well as receive Pastoral inspiration on how to live and how we can respond to God’s transforming call. When we join with others from our church community in a small group dedicated to deepening our faith, the experience can be an enriching enhancement to what we learn in worship.
 
Current faith and support group opportunities include: Family Dine, Dine with 9, Stamping & Card Making, Men’s Breakfast Out, Date Night, Mom’s Day Out, Secret Sisters, Divorce Care & Share, Prayer Shawl Group, Widow & Widowers Support Group and more.
 
For more information, please contact ann@bozemanumc.org.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is a community of women who nurture and encourage one another in their spiritual growth and development. We have many small groups that meet for study, fellowship and support; and are always open to starting more groups! 
 
Groups include:
  • Evening Circle
  • Trinity Circle
  • Miriam-Ruth Circle
  • Newly Retired Group
  • Noon Luncheon Group
  • UMW Reading Group
 
For more information on these groups contact bumc@bozemanumc.org and ask about UMW.  And click on: The UMW Voice to read the newsletter.

Servanthood

United Methodists continue to heed the lessons our founder, John Wesley, taught his followers: to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed; being a compassionate presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.
 
We achieve this goal by serving throughout the world in different way. In 2008, church leadership designated four areas of ministry focus for all levels of the church.
  • Ministering with the Poor
  • Improving Global Health
  • Growing Vital Churches
  • Developing Christian Leaders
 
The church also has always been deeply committed to disaster relief and advocacy efforts. It is part of our Wesleyan DNA. All of these efforts to serve God also serve our neighbors and fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
 
To learn more about Servanthood at BUMC, visit the Mission Blog, or email the BUMC Mission Coordinator, cathy@bozemanumc.org.
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What’s Happening at Bozeman United Methodist Church

Click on “Agenda” on the right-hand side of the calendar for a full listing of events by day. This might be an easier way for you to see all that is happening by day! Then click on any event to get more information or details about it.  Always feel free to call the church office with questions, 586-5413.