Time for Giving

        christmas gifts       There are MANY opportunities for giving in the next few weeks:
Clothing for Browning –  Children of all ages in the Blackfeet Parish communities are in need of clothing from the inside out, from socks and underwear to coats, hats, gloves, shoes and boots …. and everything in between.  If you have gently used or new items to donate (new socks and underwear please), bring them to church by Wednesday, November 26th so we can deliver them to Browning Thanksgiving weekend.  Look for the box marked Blackfeet Parish Donations in the Narthex.  Thank you for caring and giving to kids in need!
Gifts for children –  The BUMC Missions team once again invites you to support Bozeman Foster Family children and children living at Intermountain in Helena by providing Christmas gifts they’re hoping for.

BUMC has partnered with Child and Family Services of Bozeman for more than a decade to show our gratitude to the families caring for Bozeman foster children at Christmas.  Each child in those families receives a gift, provided by our BUMC community, from Santa at their annual Christmas dinner.

The Intermountain Campus in Helena  is home to 32 children receiving 2 years of  intensive residential therapy in order to recover from early childhood trauma.  BUMC traditionally supports 8-10 children living on campus in the McTaggart Cottage so each child will have several gifts to open on Christmas Day.  You can sign up to purchase gifts for these children in the Friendship Room on the following Sundays:  November 2nd, 9th and 16th  and 23rd.  Gifts need to be returned to the church office by Wednesday, November 26th. Thank you for your generosity for these children in need of our love and concern. 
Our annual Fall Food Drive begins November 1st.  We are committed to increasing food security across the Gallatin Valley and to serving our neighbors in need.  Who is food insecure in Gallatin County – and why?  Food insecurity is an income issue and poverty is one of the strongest predictors of food insecurity.  1 in 7 Gallatin Valley residents (13.8%) live below the federal poverty level. Your generosity in donating food items during the month of November will help the Food Bank provide food assistance to over 1500 families per month.  Please leave your donations in the grocery cart in the narthex area and we will update you weekly on our progress towards our goal of more than 1,000 pounds of food delivered to the Food Bank by the Thanksgiving holiday.                      
  canned food                                                

Working Together in Browning

The last weekend of September was a busy time around the Browning UMC!  Twenty people from Plains, Paradise, Columbia Falls, Bozeman and Whitefish descended on Browning to work around the parish and meet the new pastor, Calvin Hill, and his wife Sherri.  It was a great weekend!  The group mended fence (the church owns 324 acres), replaced four windows in the annex, put up siding on the backside of the parsonage, scraped and painted the trim and sign on the church and Joanna Griffin (artist) painted new signs for Heart Butte UMC. 
There was lots of laughing, talking, and getting to know new friends, both in the mission group and people who live in Browning.  Some volunteers came and worked for the day, others spent Friday – Sunday on site and slept in the bunkhouse.  All groups had an ‘expert’ with them who explained what needed to be done, provided the tools and the how to.  People who had NO experience with windows, siding, trim, or fencing were doing it and doing it well!  And lots got done.
Thanks to Sally McConnell for organizing this VIM trip and for sharing the follow up information and photos.      
                              Browning sign    Heart Butte sign    replacing windows (2)

The Warming Center Opens November 1st

Warming center
The Warming Center, Bozeman’s seasonal homeless shelter, will open its doors for the fifth year on November 1st.  The Warming Center is operated by the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) and is open nightly from 7 pm to 7 am through the cold winter months.  The center provides a warm, safe place to stay for men, women and families who are experiencing homelessness.  The center is at 2104 Industrial Drive (the old Thompson’s Rental building near Griffin and Rouse).  This is the same building that now houses the Community Showers.
Volunteers are crucial to the operation of the Warming Center.  Trainings are held every Thursday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Warming Center starting in October.  There are three volunteer shifts available:
7 pm – 11 pm
7 pm – 1 am
1 am – 7 am
For more information contact Jaira at 585-4896 or vista@thehrdc.org

Imagine No Malaria Sunday – October 12

mosquito proverb      Your generosity will help Just as a little mosquito can have a big impact, a little money from you can make a huge difference in the life of a person in a community plagued by malaria.  A contribution of $10 can save a life because it provides two full rounds of malaria medication.  The Mission and Social Justice Teams are hosting a Bake Sale on Sunday, October 12 to raise money for the Imagine No Malaria Campaign.  All of the money donated goes directly to Imagine No Malaria.  Donations may be made by check to BUMC with “Imagine No Malaria” on the memo line.
The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria (INM) initiative began with General Conference 2008.  Through INM, UMCOR has distributed 1.9 million anti-malaria bed nets, trained more than 11,000 community health volunteers and established 13 United Methodist health boards, which today guide annual conference health strategy and outreach in 16 African countries.   As of July, 2014 the United Methodist Church has raised more than $62 million toward its $75 million goal.
 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  The INM Bake Sale raised $1300!
Today, United Methodist health workers equipped by Imagine No Malaria to fight malaria are now also fighting Ebola. The same trained and skilled health professionals are on the front lines.  “It is a blessing and a gift that a strengthened infrastructure is in place, thanks to the ministry of Imagine No Malaria,” said the Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of Imagine No Malaria.  “No one dreamed that the church would be called upon in this way.”  Further details are available here.   

Cardboard Box City

cardboardbox1      cardboard box city 2     FPGV  The Cardboard Box City is an annual fundraiser for Family Promise of Gallatin Valley.  Our UMYF group is participating and you can, too!  Join the fun on Friday, October 3rd and spend the night in Bogert Park.  
Individuals of all ages, families, youth groups, sororities, fraternities, civic and faith organizations who collect pledges of $100 or more per box are invited to set up their own decorated cardboard box home for the night starting at 5pm on Friday evening.  Dinner will be served and incredible prizes will be given during the Parade of Boxes. Participants will enjoy an evening of entertainment and a great night out!  A light breakfast will be served in the morning.
All proceeds will benefit our homeless children with families. Call 406/582-7388 with any questions or go to www.familypromisegv.org to register.
Family Promise of Gallatin Valley is a local nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless families get the tools they need to regain their independence – and keep it. Over 80% of the families completing the Family Promise program have successfully attained stable housing, employment, and childcare. 

Community Shower Wish List

HRDC is having a Supply Drive for the new Community Showers at the Warming Center.  BUMC is collecting new or gently used towels and washcloths, but the Showers and Warming Center need many additional things.  You may bring these to the orange collection boxes in the narthex.  If you’d like more information on this project, or how to volunteer, scroll down two entries to the blog entry titled Showers for the Homeless. We still need volunteers to work the first Saturday of each month, contact Dick Pohl for details.  Thank you for your support of this ministry!
– disposable cleaning gloves                            – anti-bacterial wipes
– twin- or full-sized blankets                             – glass cleaner
– hand sanitizer                                                  – toilet bowl cleaner
– trash bags (55 gallon and tall kitchen)          – air fresheners
– paper towels                                                    – disposable cups
– toilet paper                                                       – sleeping bags
– laundry soap                                                     – tents
– bleach                                                                – ear plugs
– surface cleaner                                                 – powdered coffee creamer
bath cleaning supplies

How About a Trip to Browning?

Sally McConnell is organizing a mission trip to the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish (BUMP) in Browning, Montana and it’s open to all members of the Yellowstone Conference.  (That means you can meet friends from out of town while you work there.)  This VIM work team will work Friday, September 26 through Monday, September 29 but you may come for any part of those days.  They’ll stay in the bunkhouse and/or the church and the cost is only $15 a day for food.
Skilled and unskilled people are needed as  the projects include repairing fencing, replacing windows in the annex, repainting the Browning church sign, building a sign for Heart Butte and painting, scraping and painting trim on Browning church and winterizing Heart Butte.  BUMC has sent several Youth and Adult groups to Browning over the years, and it’s always been a very meaningful experience.  Please consider offering your help on this project, and contact Sally to sign up.
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Showers for the Homeless

Showers are coming soon to the Warming Center.  BUMC had a long history of providing showers for the homeless through our Faith Health program, but three years ago that was discontinued as the homeless situation in Bozeman went through some dynamic changes.  HRDC, other non-profit organizations and a variety of churches have worked hard to develop a replacement shower program which will be completed in the next month.
Showers will be available year-round, initially on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  BUMC will host on the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A host team consists of a Shower Captain and 2 to 3 additional volunteers. Training for Captains is Friday, September 5 from 9-4.  Dick Pohl has agreed to be one Captain but we would love to have a couple more.   All host team members will be trained on how to respectfully work with homeless folks, health and safety issues, on-site operations, uniform and consistent enforcement of rules, and additional services offered by HRDC.   Please RSVP to Jen in our office  (586-5413) by Sept. 2 if you’d like to attend.  Volunteer training sessions will be available at a later date.  Hopefully our first work session will be September 6, followed by one on October 4th.
Towels and shower supplies will be provided.  If you can’t work at the showers, you can donate bath towels and washcloths – new or gently used are fine.  Please bring them to the specially marked box in the Narthex.

Three Ways to Help Feed Our Community

The Community Cafe offers free meals for everyone, and many BUMC volunteers have helped serve  dinner there.  The Cafe now has a fully functional commercial kitchen, and is able to cook for other groups, too.  If you can help one day a week with any of the following projects, or for more information, please call Lyra at 587-4225.
The Cafe provides daily hot lunches for LaMotte School, a rural K-8 school near Bear Canyon.  Drivers are needed at 10:30 a.m. to deliver these lunches to the school and/or after 1:30 p.m. to return the leftover food and dishes to the Cafe.  If you can do this on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays each week, it would be greatly appreciated.
This will be the third year the Cafe provides supper at Whittier Elementary School, which is at the corner of 5th and Peach in Bozeman.  Supper is offered in conjunction with their after school care program.  They need people to help with supper Monday – Friday from 4:30 to 5:30.  Duties include picking up food and supplies at the Cafe, serving supper, and returning things back to the Cafe.  The Cafe is only about four blocks away, so transportation time is minimal.
Starting in mid-September there will be opportunities for drivers to deliver Kids Packs to various schools in the Gallatin Valley.  These bags of shelf-stable food are provided for children who would otherwise be hungry over the weekend.

Campus Ministry is Thriving in Montana!

Campus ministry is alive and well and changing lives in Montana!
Campus ministry in Bozeman revolves around a Tuesday night fellowship, called TNT, where students enjoy a homemade dinner, fun and games, discussion and music and prayer.  Throughout the year we offer retreats, bible studies, service projects, a Spring Break mission, and many fun social opportunities. The leadership team includes Janna and Bobby Lauver, Ann Dickensheets and Kath and Brian Crumrine, all from Bozeman UMC.  They have a booth at Catapalooza August 21 and 22 and welcome new students.
The program in Missoula will continue under the direction of Sabrina and Matthew Crum.  They offer dinner and a worship service each Thursday evening, as well as special events throughout the year, and a well-attended Sunday meal and bible study.
Rob Kirby has just completed his first year serving with the United Campus Ministry at MSU Billings.  His programs include fellowship gatherings, Bible Studies and discipleship groups, as well as regular opportunities for worship and for service.
If you know of any students attending MSU, U of M, Rocky or MSU Billings, please contact us so we can welcome your students and help them to become involved in these life-changing ministries!

            Ann Dickensheets (MSU):  ann@bozemanumc.org
            Sabrina Crum (U of M):  sabrinacrumsemail@gmail.com
            Rob Kirby (MSU B):  rkirby@msubillings.edu
            Kim Woeste (Rocky):  kim.woeste@rocky.edu