Join us for Breakfast with Missionaries from Nicaragua

On Thursday, November 9 the Men’s Bible Study group is hosting a pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Room and you are invited!  The guest speakers will be Nan McCurdy and Miguel Mairena, Global Ministries missionaries and Mission Advocates for the Western Jurisdiction.
As missionaries in Nicaragua for 30 years they worked with women and youth on a wide variety of programs including education, women’s health, prevention of violence, external debt and free vs. fair trade.  Read more in the biography below.
Please RSVP to the church office by Nov. 6 so the men have an idea of how many pancakes to prepare. Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. and will be finished by 8:30, but you may leave earlier if you need to.

Nan McCurdy and Miguel Mairena, Global Ministriesmissionaries, are the Mission Advocates for the Western Jurisdiction – eight conferences and twelve states!

Nan McCurdy explains, “You can call on us to preach, teach and share about missionaries and Global Ministries mission programs like UMCOR, Global Health Initiatives, National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, new church initiatives and Global Mission Fellows – a leadership development program and two-year mission service opportunity that allows young adults to take part in mission and social justice ministries in international or domestic contexts. It is an amazing opportunity for young adults to explore

Nan and Miguel try to share God’s love so that everyone they meet hears the message: You are God’s Beloved. They attempt to follow in Christ’s example contributing to the building of God’s “Kin-dom” around us and in us. Serving on Conference task forces like Disaster Response, Disability and Immigration, they bring the missionary perspective. In 2015 they taught the Latin America Study for United Methodist Women at five different Mission U events.

As missionaries in Nicaragua for thirty years, their work involved developing programs with youth and women for: Education, women’s health, economic empowerment, prevention of violence, promotion of gender equity and other human rights, and a youth-run community radio station. They worked with dozens of Volunteer in Mission teams, and educated about topics like US-Nicaragua relations, the Eternal (External) Debt and Free vs Fair Trade. They are currently speaking on the root causes of migration from Central America.

Nan and first husband, missionary Philip Mitchell, worked in pastoral accompaniment in Nicaragua with families that lost loved ones in the US-war in the 1980s. Phil died suddenly after a simple operation in 1991; their children Daniel and Nora were ages one and three. Three years later Nan and Miguel fell in love working with Volunteer in Mission teams through an ecumenical center where they worked; they married in 1995.
Nan served as Peace with Justice Educator for the Baltimore-Washington Conference (1996 -1997).
On return to Nicaragua in 1997 they supported the founding of the Women and Community Association in San Francisco Libre and San Juan de Limay. Nan and Miguel worked with this organization until August 2014.

Miguel, the eighth of eleven children was raised on one of the 36 Solentiname Islands in Nicaragua’s great lake. He was not able to begin primary school until age twenty, but then studied all his life – becoming a lawyer and receiving a Master in Criminal Law at age fifty-six. He also studied at Wesley Seminary. Before his assignment with Women and Community, his work in Nicaragua included development and theology promotion with churches and ecumenical agencies. He loves to encourage people to go back to school at any age!

Quote from GBGM: “Mission Advocates are active missionaries assigned to help annual conferences, districts, and local churches in the United States to understand and participate in global mission”.

BUMC members travel to Angola and El Salvador

Joanne Griffin and Gloria Edwards  being commissioned by Bishop Oliveto at our annual Conference meeting.
Gloria Edwards is joining a team of three other women going to Angola in October.  The group is organized by the Florida Conference, and includes two women from there and two women from the Yellowstone Conference.  
While in Angola they will spend time in Quessia Mission Station, see our friends Ken Koome, Kutela Kutembo (the agriculturalist at Quessua), and Rev. Andre Cassule as well as other pastors in East Angola Conference.  They plan to strengthen the personal connections between our conferences, do some medical work, some agricultural work, and visit churches and pastors in the area.
To offer items of support this team is collecting basic first aid supplies such as gauze pads, tape, Band-Aids in a variety of sizes and Neosporin.
They are also collecting brightly colored girls underwear in sizes 10, 12 and 14 to use for sewing and hygiene classes.
This mission group will be gone about two weeks, and they thank you for your prayers of support.
A team of 10 people from BUMC are traveling to San Salvador, El Salvador in October, too!  This team is headed by John and Vickie Wilkinson, who have worked in the Siloe area for many years.
This group will be working at a school in the city, organizing a job fair to help students see the possibilities available after graduation, and working at a very remote school on an island.
They are collecting basic school supplies to take with them.  Your continued prayer for safety, wisdom, endurance, and good health for the team is much appreciated.
Donations for either trip may be left in the narthex.  There is a giant, grey “school locker” for school supplies for El Salvador, and a red duffle bag for underwear and first aid supplies for Angola.

UMCOR Cleaning and Hygiene Kits for Hurricane Relief

Do you want to DO something to help those affected by the Hurricanes in the south and the fires here in the West?  The United Methodist Church has connections to make that possible.  
There is a great need for UMCOR Cleaning Kits and  Hygiene Kits  You are welcome to donate one item, many of the same thing, or a whole kit.  Please leave all donations in the collection box in the narthex.  All donations are due Sunday, October 1 so they can be shipped to the Salt Lake City Depot in early October.
You may also write a check to BUMC and put “MT” (for wildfires) or “TX” (for hurricanes) in the memo line and drop it in the collection plate.  If you prefer to give electronically the link to the UMCOR site is here.
However you give, know that 100% of your funds will go to disaster relief because overhead costs were covered by UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) donations.
Thank you for your generous support.  A U-Haul trailer of donations from Yellowstone Conference was delivered to the Salt Lake City Depot in early October.  UMCOR reported that over 44,000 cleaning kits were collected – that’s a lot of cleaning supplies and hope to people in need.

Lenten Offerings


This spring our Lenten Offerings are going to support two local projects:

HRDC Homeless Youth Matching Grant Challenge

Project Fresh Start Emergency Fund

The Homeless Youth Home matching grant was discussed at the class on Feb. 22 and was quite well received by those in attendance.  The challenge is to raise $30,000 by June 1, and the funds will be matched by the City of Bozeman.  The HYH provides stable housing while youth develop positive relationships with adults and learn necessary life skills.  The youth served here are between 16 and 19 years old.
Project Fresh Start is the voluntary program at the Gallatin County Detention Center that assists inmates who want to make a new start in society.  Many of them do not have a clean, safe place to live or a job to support them.  The PFS emergency fund is used to help them secure housing, helps with transportation to appointments, etc.  In the last year the PFS recidivism rate has been 10%, which is far below the typical rate.  BUMC has been collecting gently used shoes, boots and winter clothing for them for over a year, and our generosity is greatly appreciated.
Please see the January 2016 blog post for more information.
Donations will be split evenly between these two groups unless specified otherwise.  You may write “Lenten Offering”, Homeless Youth” or “Project Fresh Start” in the memo line of your check.  Thank you very much for supporting people in need in our own community.

A Truck for Kutela

This year 25% of our Christmas Eve offering will go toward a truck for Kutela.  Kutela Katembo is the Agriculturalist at Quessua Mission Station, and he is transforming Quessua.  He is responsible for planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting crops which will support the people that live in Quessua and nearby villages.  He has planted banana trees, fruit trees, many types of vegetables, moringa trees and started a rabbitry and is educating people in nearby villages in how to better grow healthy foods. You can read about his work, and see photos in his latest newsletter.
In order to make his work more efficient and effective, Kutela needs a truck.  It would be used to haul seeds and supplies from Luanda, which is about 6 hours away, to carry equipment, produce and food around the farm, and to visit outlying villages.  Thank you for your support!

Your Support of Angola Pastors is Very Important!

One of the recipients of our Christmas Eve offering will be Angola Pastor Support.  Our conference is committed to providing $50/month to each of the 66 pastors in East Angola Conference.  
This money literally changes lives dramatically.  
Please read the newsletter for a moving story from one of those pastors.  

Responding to Flooding in Louisiana

When you read the numbers, your eyes literally do a double take.  There are 137,000 residents in Livingston Parish and over 105,000 of those residents lost their homes. The devastation in the parish just east of Baton Rouge is unfathomable.

“I don’t think I’ve fully comprehended it. said an emotional Rev. Jackie King. “I’ve seen people arrive here to the church and say, ‘I just spent $90 on cleaning supplies with $90 I don’t have.’ I’ve stood with church members as they stare at their home and silently ask ‘Where do we start?’ as they stand in their driveway absolutely paralyzed.  

-from the Louisiana Conference web page, August 21, 2016  Read More here.
Torrential August rains have caused devastating flooding in Louisiana and the cleanup efforts are just beginning.  In a video on Facebook, Bishop Cynthia Harvey explains that peoples’ lives have been devastated and many people have lost everything. Recovery will require patience as the cleaning and rebuilding will take months or years.  She asks for our prayers as the people of Louisiana deal with the flooding – prayers for patience, position and posture to deal with things now and in the future.  She has seen visions of hope as people help one another, but prayer is a great need.
Financial donations are also welcome, and UMCOR has been on site delivering nearly 3,000 cleanup buckets with another 2,000 ready to be shipped to the most vulnerable places.  Teams are also assembling even more cleanup buckets to meet the demand.  
Louisiana experienced massive flooding earlier this spring, and UMCOR had just approved a long-term disaster-response grant when the latest storms hit, affecting some of the same areas.  Several Methodist churches have been converted to shelters and UMCOR is collaborating with FEMA and other disaster response agencies.
If you want to help, please pray for the people of Louisiana daily.  You may also write a check to BUMC and put “Louisiana” in the memo line and we will forward the funds for you.  If you would like to donate via credit card, please go to the UMCOR donation link
.  At this time only trained teams of volunteers are needed in Louisiana.
To read more about UMCOR’s response, click 
.  A link to Bishop Harvey’s message is on the Bozeman United Methodist Church Facebook page, and there is much more information on the situation in Baton Rouge at


Things are Growing in Quessua!

Kutela Katembo is the agriculturalist at Quessua Mission and he visited BUMC in June 2015.  He moved to Quessua from the Democratic Republic of Congo in December to begin his work of revitalizing Quessua’s farm.  Before the civil war Quessua fed 1000 people including students, orphans, staff and people from the surrounding villages.  All of that agricultural work was destroyed in the war, and landmines were planted in many fields.  Kutela has made great progress in a very short time, planting many types of vegetables with the help of students and orphans, planting a moringa orchard, and starting a rabbit farm.
He recently wrote, “My family and I are doing fine by the grace of the Lord. It is a pleasure for me to always send some news regarding our mission at Quessua Mission. Please find attached our July Newsletter. We Thank you for your support to our agriculture ministry.
You can read the newsletter and see many pictures of his work here:

Kutela Katembo

First moringa harvest

First moringa harvest

Climate Change and the Methodist Church



The Crisis at Hand

In local communities around the globe, from the Pacific islands to Louisiana, Alaska to Liberia, the extreme environmental effects of climate change are inflicting devastating harm. These effects can displace whole populations, affecting the people who are most vulnerable, least powerful, and least responsible for contributing to climate change.
Although The United Methodist Church has long recognized the theological, biblical, and social importance of responsible stewardship of the environment (see Para 160 of the Book of Discipline), as environmental science and environmental justice have evolved, so has the church’s level of awareness and engagement. This growing and shifting awareness is reflected in an array of environmental resolutions adopted and revised by a series of UM General Conferences, including resolutions on global warming and climate change.
One way to learn more about communities battling for climate justice is to participate in a study group engaged in the United Methodist Women’s climate justice simulation experience.  Click here to read more.
Thank you to Sally McConnell and the July 2016 issue of Mission News for this information.

Here’s your chance to help at the Community Showers!

Bozeman United Methodist Church is partnered with several non-profit organizations and churches to operate the Shower Program through the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC).  This Shower Program is offered on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00-11:00 AM to anyone wanting  a free, clean, and safe place to bathe.  Although the Warming Center Shelter is only open during the winter months, the Shower Program operates year-round.  BUMC is responsible for the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. 
Two showers and two restrooms are available for the guests on a first-come basis.  Our guests receive a token for 8 minutes of hot water, and can continue to use the facilities for a total of 20 minutes.   In addition to shower facilities, a sock exchange and day storage are also available.  The number of men and women served per day can vary from 6-12.
Our BUMC team has two trained shower captains and eight volunteers.  We are required to have two people present to open the doors to guests, many of whom enjoy visiting and socializing after their showers.   Our team also operates the laundry facilities at the Warming Center which BUMC helped to purchase.  We encourage you to consider volunteering your time to this local mission and we welcome new volunteers to our mission team.
For more information, please contact our Shower Captain and guest blog author, Dick Pohl at pohl(at)