June 12, 2016 Pastor’s Corner

Dear Friends,

Now that school is out and graduations are over and, with the celebration of Choir Sunday last week, I think we can safely say that summer has – unofficially – begun!   I hope your summer travel plans take you to refreshing and relaxing times.  Enjoy these days – the beauty of Montana, the long days of sunshine, more relaxing schedules, days at the lake and the cooling breezes in the evening.  Breathe it all in and enjoy!  When you are in town, I hope you will join us on Sunday at worship.

Please know that our office hours change in the summers as well.  Beginning June 27, our office hours are 9 – 1 p.m. and we will also be closed every Friday from June 24 – August 5.  That is simply to accommodate some staffing changes.  Of course, though our hours are shorter, if you have need of something, don’t hesitate to call and let us know. We can often accommodate your needs even during a time we are closed.  Your staff will be working hard to manage office duties and determine our ongoing needs during this time of transition.  We are of course working to determine our additional staffing needs as we move into the fall and we will share more information about that soon.

This next week, we are once again welcoming the Annual Conference meeting of our Yellowstone Conference.  Our Bishop will be here as will 200+ delegates from churches throughout Montana and northern Wyoming. We will be doing ‘the work of the Annual Conference’ which includes reviewing petitions, approving a budget, hearing about General Conference and, perhaps most significantly, deciding on the future of our Conference.  There is a proposal that we merge with the Rocky Mountain Conference (Colorado, Southern Wyoming, Utah). We already share a bishop.   As you might imagine, there are lots of ‘pros and cons’ in this proposal and the delegates to the conference will spend time hearing from and discussing the possibilities and problems with the proposal. 

Annual Conference is an open event. You are welcome to stop in for all or part of the meeting.  However, even if you are not interested in attending a meeting you don’t have to be at (!), you might still want to come down to the Cokesbury Bookstore which will be set up in the west end of the Fellowship Hall.  This is literally our own Conference bookstore and you’ll find great books and great buys!  A visit to the bookstore is often my favorite part of Annual Conference!

Whatever you do this week . . . enjoy the wonderful beginnings of summer in Montana!

Grace and peace,

Marianne