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5/22 News and Opportunities

May 26, 2024 9:30 A.M. Summer Worship Service Combined with Christ United Methodist

Farewell to Tyler and Norman


Minister: Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith

Scripture: Exodus 3:13-15

Lay Reader: Dick Kloppel; Ushers: Lila Byers, Noël Walker; Acolyte: Kaeden Dunn; Organist: Tyler Menzales; Choir Director: Jason Webster; Nursery: Mackenzie Noble; Fellowship: Dave and Debbe Rothweiler; Tellers: Ed Venetz, Noël Walker

Join us as we give thanks for the gift of Tyler and Norman’s presence among us as they prepare to enter into the next journey of their life. The service will be live-streamed and a recording of the livestream service will be available on YouTube later in the day.

Best Wishes – Help us send Tyler Menzales off with our love (and a really cool gift!). If you would like to make a contribution to the church’s gift to Tyler as he and Norman move onto the next part of their journey in life, send your donation to the church and indicate “Tyler farewell gift.” (Please keep this a secret and don’t spill the beans to Tyler and Norman.) We’ll have a special send-off for them on May 26th, the final Sunday Tyler will be playing for us.

Christian Education News 

On May 26 we start our Summer Worship Schedule, which we share jointly with Christ United Methodist Church.  Worship time changes to 9:30 A.M.  Nursery care is provided for children through age 5There is no Sunday School during the summer.  Children ages 6+ are invited to attend worship with their families.  Resources for children are available in the Pray Ground area with quiet activities, coloring books and reading material.  Parents are asked to supervise their children if they are using the Pray Ground.  Christ Kid Activity Bags are hanging at the back of the sanctuary and have crayons, activity sheets and a book.  Children can take these to their seats.  See you this summer!

Sunday School + Heifer = World-Wide Help

 Since Easter, Sunday School offering has been dedicated to Heifer International. This is a non-profit organization with a four-star, 96% rating from Charity Navigator. Heifer works to eliminate food insecurity all over the world by providing seeds, animals and clean water to help farmers feed themselves and produce cash crops for personal income. This spring, Sunday School children and teachers donated $60.00 to help others! The money will be used to buy “shares —partial payment toward the total cost—in several animals to maximize the number of families our Sunday School can impact.  Thank you to all the families who donated to our Sunday School offering! Small gifts make mighty changes in our world!

Christian Service News and Opportunities

Match Challenge – The Joint Facilities budget needs our help! This is the budget that pays for all the maintenance and repair of our church building and grounds as well as commonly used equipment (copier, dishwasher, etc.). This budget is supported by both First Congregational UCC and Christ United Methodist congregations.

In order to help balance our FCUCC budget, for two years the Joint Facilities Committee significantly reduced their request for funding. Recently some major unexpected facility expenses arose that totally depleted the Joint Facility funds – leaving virtually no reserves in case of an emergency. To address this situation, CUMC has offered to match any amount we (FCUCC) can contribute to the Joint Facilities budget up to $5000, thus creating a $10,000 emergency reserve. At the May FCUCC Council meeting, your Council made the decision to ask our congregation to consider contributing toward raising $5000 to match the CUMC offer by the end of August. Checks can be written payable to FCUCC with “Joint Facilities” in the memo. Donations can also be made using PayPal through our website. Please prayerfully consider making a donation to this emergency reserve.


First Congregational United Church of Christ will be sponsoring a CPR class, with AED training, at the church on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Classes will run two hours each and are limited to four participants for each time slot unless another member of the church is a CPR Instructor and would like to help teach. Fee is $22.00 to cover the cost of the certification card and training supplies. Class times are 8:00-10:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M., 12:00-2:00 P.M., and 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.  More classes will be added if there is enough interest. For anyone who wants to take the class but June 8 doesn’t work, please sign up and another date/time can be arranged. Sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex. Contact Dale Dallmann at 406-253-4640 with any questions.

Seeking Delegates to the Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference Annual Meeting September 26 – 29 to be held in Billings It seems like a long way off but, like all good things, CAM will be here before we know it. If you’d like to represent your church at this year’s Conference Annual Meeting, let Rev. Lynne, Dick Kloppel or Karen Spencer know. Based on our membership of 233, we are allotted 5 lay delegates.

Fellowship News

Getting to Know You…. First Congregational UCC and Christ UMC Speed-dating Potluck!  Sunday June 9 following worship

As we continue our conversation about our ongoing and future relationship with Christ United Methodist Church, we want to use the summer to get to know one another more as people! What better way to get that started than with a good old church pot-luck. On Sunday, June 9th, we’ll gather after worship for some pot-luck fellowship and speed-dating. Yep. We’ll have some guided time of brief conversations and then shift conversation companions so we’ll have a chance to get to know more people. The conversation should be lively and informative.

Save the Date! – All church intergenerational Summer Fun Day Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 2:00-4:00 P.M.  Fun on the church lawn with water, pizza, popsicles, beverages and more! Plan now to attend this fun and free event!

Save the Date! – Rally Sunday “Garden Party” Sunday, September 8, 2024 after Worship

Join us in the fellowship hall to color a garden banner; make seed paper; make a sunhat; play corn hole; make a dirt dessert; participate in a lemon/spoon race; slice apples and dip in caramel; and eat some delicious food! Plan now to attend in the Fall!

† Calling all graduates!

If you have a graduate in your family whom you would like to acknowledge in the newsletter, please contact the church office with their information.

Other information

Just In CaseFor the safety of staff, the front doors may be locked from time to time during office hours.  If you find this to be the case, please call the office or ring the bell that is outside the front doors.

Upcoming Worship Schedule

June 2     Joint summer worship, 9:30 A.M., Celebration of                              Holy Communion, UCC leadership

June 9     Joint summer worship, 9:30 A.M., Christ UMC                                  leadership, “Getting to Know You Better”                                      potluck and activities

June 16    Joint summer worship, 9:30 A.M., Christ UMC                                  leadership

June 23   Joint summer praise worship, 9:30 A.M., UCC                                   leadership, Baptisms of Aalayah, Angelito and                            Saint Dunn

Coming Up

Monday, May 27-Memorial Day – Office Closed.  Have a safe celebration!

Tuesday, May 28

10:00 A.M.         Sewing Group, FH

12:45 P.M.         Reading at West Elementary

Wednesday, May 29

10:30 A.M.         Diane Young Memorial Service

6:00 P.M.         Youth Group, SS Wing

6:00 P.M.         Handbells, Choir Room

Sunday, June 2

10:45 A.M.         Worship Board, Parlor



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