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.
 
https://www.thehrdc.org/how-we-help/our-community/youth-development/
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.
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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.  
 
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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 http://www.la-umc.org.
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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.
Blessings,
Kutela.
 
You can read the newsletter and see many pictures of his work here:
 
 
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Kutela Katembo

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First moringa harvest



Climate Change and the Methodist Church

 

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

 
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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)bresnan.net.
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Welcome, UMCOR Sunday!

 

 
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This week, during 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore., The United Methodist Church changed the name of One Great Hour of Sharing to “UMCOR Sunday” within the denomination.

“UMCOR Sunday” replaces “One Great Hour of Sharing” within the denomination. The change was approved by the church’s legislating General Conference, meeting May 10 to 20 in Portland. UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee on Relief, a major Protestant humanitarian agency that is part of the General Board of Global Ministries. It was founded more than 75 years ago.

UMCOR’s work of alleviating human suffering around the world includes disaster relief and supplies, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian development. It also relates to the Global Ministries’ unit on health.
 
“One Great Hour of Sharing” is a traditional ecumenical designation for an offering to cover administrative costs for relief and development efforts. It will continue to be used by other denominations.
 
For more information please click here.  This is an excerpt from the May 16, 2016 UMCOR.org web page.
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Beyond the Anchor Cross

 

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A new General Board of Global Ministries missionary series “Beyond the Anchor Cross: Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere,” will highlight the work of United Methodist missionaries from around the globe, through video, photos, and stories, demonstrating the impact of their service to others.

When missionaries are commissioned for service by Global Ministries, an anchor cross is placed around their necks as a reminder that they are firmly grounded in Christ while engaging in God’s mission.

Check out stories highlighting missionaries from everywhere who are serving to everywhere and consider supporting their work. These missionaries include Paul Webster, originally from Wisconsin, serving in Zambia; Katherine Parker, a California native serving in Nepal; and Mary Zigbuo, a career missionary from North Carolina serving in Liberia.

Beyond the Anchor Cross will regularly feature missionaries from around the world.

This information is from the April 27, 2017 edition of ConnectNmission, a publication of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
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“Thanks God!” — Rev. Cassule is visiting Yellowstone Conference

 

Cassule at BUMC

Rev. Cassule shared the story of how he came to be a pastor, and shared his deep faith.

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He also helped serve communion, reinforcing how we are all connected through the church.

Rev. Cassule arrived in Montana on March 31 from Angola, where the temperature hovers around 75 – 80 F.  He brought a strong love for Jesus, a deep desire to serve others and the church, and a compelling style of worship service through his speaking and singing.  At BUMC he shared the story of how he became a pastor, and this story is best told in his own words, which you can hear by
clicking this link.  He will be visiting churches throughout Montana and Wyoming for the next five weeks.
Angola is a west African country that was destroyed by 25 years of civil war, ending in 2002.  Now there is peace in the country and people are returning to the smaller towns and villages, infrastructure and buildings are being repaired, and the Methodist Mission Station at Quessua is coming back to life.  Rev. Cassule serves a rural church outside of Quessua, and they have started an agricultural project to help support the church.  They will soon harvest their first crop of cassava and also grow sweet potatoes and cabbages for sale.  These funds will help rebuild their church building, which was destroyed by rain, and assist members of the church.
The Methodist Church is growing through the hard work of people like Rev. Cassule and many others. He is one of the 65 pastors that receives funds through the East Angola Pastor Support project, and that $50 a month makes a huge impact in their lives, allowing them to send children to school, assist family members in great need, and undertake projects to improve their lives.  They are
very grateful for this support.
If you would like to donate to East Angola Pastor Support click here. To donate to Quessua Mission Station click here.