I attended the event in Kansas City called UMNext this past week and many of you asked for an update. This was a meeting of progressive and centrists United Methodists in the United States. Around the world, United Methodists are divided on Biblical authority and human sexuality, and Methodist's in the US are just as … Continue reading Reflections on K.C.
Beloved of Bozeman UMC, We write to give you an update on the current situation facing the global United Methodist Church and the BUMC processes during what might feel like an uncertain time. We have met with some of you already and want to remind you if you have questions or struggles, Rev. Amy and … Continue reading What happens now?
This was Rev. Amy's sermon delivered on Feb. 3, 2019. Disclaimer: We know that the world throws us a lot of things we rather just avoid, especially with our kids. The news. Displays at the mall. Grief and sadness. And we get that sometimes we wish the church would be a place of solace from … Continue reading Grace that says things people don’t want to hear…
Childcare in Bozeman is a great need, especially access to childcare that can address school readiness for low-income families, Head Start does just that. BUMC has an opportunity to help these vulnerable families as many of our rooms are only used on Sunday morning or in the evenings, standing empty the rest of the time. … Continue reading New Ministry Partnerships @ BUMC!
My mother recorded Nora sharing her version of the Christmas story a few years ago. May it bring you hope this week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94K_Rv5zTcU
I'm generally a glass is half-full kind of person. I pop out of bed joyful and ready for the day. I'm usually whistling and singing and ready to enjoy the day ahead. So, when something knocks me off my routine of being joyful, it tends to disrupt my start, which disrupts my day, which ends … Continue reading Emotions in the Nativity
I have become more of an introvert since becoming a mother. It’s not that I don’t like my kids. It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that in order to recharge, I have to be alone. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and … Continue reading Fill Your Tired Soul
"Worship is transcendent wonder." Thomas Carlyle We've made some worship shifts over the past few weeks that some have found exciting while others find disruptive. We know there is no way to please everyone, but we at least want you to have an idea of why we've made the changes we've made. First, the hymnals. … Continue reading Worship Shifts
One of the advantages of a pastoral team is the ability for your pastors to be in two places at the same time. As the pastor to community engagement, before the fall schedule got underway, I took advantage of being able to be away from the church on a Sunday morning. As I spend … Continue reading Where in the World Was Rev. Amy Strader?
People in Bozeman ride bikes. The first week we were here, there were so many bikes up and down our street, Nora asked if there was a bike festival. Nope, just people in Bozeman riding their bike. While Eric took to road biking for fun and exercise a few years back, we have made strides to be … Continue reading Let’s Just Ride Our Bikes: The Night I Nearly Passed Out On Kagy Blvd.
In 1761, John Wesley penned these iconic rules for singing in churches. Believe it or not in the 18th Century these hymns were cutting edge. Some were tunes from pub songs (how scandalous). Wesley's rules for singing were pushing back on the status quo of worship for his community. The communities were singing without excitement and … Continue reading Singing in Church!
"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater." But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed." Kahlil Gibran … Continue reading Joy and Sorrow
I did not grow up with a lot of overt physical activity. Sure, I played the requisite recreational soccer and there was that one season of Track and Field as a freshman in high school, but neither pushed me to push myself physically. I dappled going to the gym in college. For a … Continue reading I Love Nia!