Sep 27

“Fully Present,” a FREE Advent curriculum for churches is now available!

Last year, Chris reached out to Chaplain Sami and said, “I’ve done Object Lessons for Advent in the past, but how about we write a whole Sunday School or Children’s Activity Time curriculum complete with songs, games, suggested crafts, and snacks?” And, Sami said, “Yes!” And with that conversation, our first comprehensive Advent curriculum, “Our Watchful Waiting,” based on the lectionary passages for Year C (Advent), was born. So this year we follow that successful endeavor by approaching the passages highlighted in Year A for Advent with the theme, “Fully Present.” If you didn’t see last year’s materials, here’s how each lesson is broken down:

The worship/liturgical element is mentioned first, before the lesson, but mainly for reference as to what could be done to tie worship and education together for the children. If you want to simply make these a part of your classroom or children’s education department, that is also an option! The idea is to suggest something fun that will engage the imagination.

The object lesson leads each week, mentioning what needs to be gathered and a suggested script for presentation. This time concludes with a prayer.

A game or activity which builds on the theme introduced in the object lesson follows.

Next comes a song… We’ve looked for songs and lyrics available on YouTube that make them easy to learn. If you are looking to put together a simple Christmas Eve pageant, these songs would be a great addition!

After the song, a snack… also connected to the day’s theme.

Finally, a craft… again, related to the lesson and not too complicated or involved so getting supplies won’t break the budget.

A checklist of sorts has been added to the beginning of this curriculum that will help you think about how you can create a trauma-sensitive environment that will be inclusive of children with special needs related to mental, emotional, and relational wellbeing. The Advent and Christmas season can be especially stressful, and the checklist may just help you as much as the children!

There is a tie-in to Intermountain’s Change for Children program, which involves getting collection cans to send home with the children to gather loose change throughout the season. We hope you will consider participating and sharing the mission of Intermountain with your children and families this Advent.

Change for Children is a great way to reinforce the values of charity and compassion during a season where the world will be encouraging your children to be thinking primarily about themselves and what they want for Christmas. We have cans and prayer cards, as well as a “Coordinator’s Instruction Sheet,” should you choose to bless the children of Intermountain by participating in Change for Children. Let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to send it out to you!

With our sincere appreciation,

The Development Team at Intermountain

500 S. Lamborn Street; Helena, MT 59601   /  phone: 406-457-4804

Chaplain Sami’s email: samit@intermountain.org  and Rev. Chris’ email: chrish@intermountain.org

Sep 26

What a difference a friend makes!

Friendship is a common theme in scripture. The first couple was created for one another because of the need for companionship. The writer of Ecclesiastes bemoans the fate of the friendless, saying, “pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up… if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:10-11) And, in Jesus’ last moments with the disciples he told them, “I no longer call you servants… I have called you friends” (John 15:15).

Friends are there for us when times are difficult and we need someone to be with us in our turmoil. Over the last few years, the need for friendship and companionship has been acutely felt… especially by those children and families experiencing a mental health crisis. Coming to Intermountain (intermountain.org), those in crisis find not only a mental health organization with clinical expertise and excellence in delivery of services, they find compassion and friendship for the journey towards health. They find healing through healthy relationships.

Montana is rightfully proud of Intermountain, and those that have supported the work since its founding in 1909 know they are a part of something special. From the loose change a child gathers in their “Change for Children” can to estate gifts and government grants, the support Intermountain receives makes a difference. But, what does this have to do with friendship? I am glad you asked…

The most valuable and committed supporters Intermountain has are called “Caring Friends.” Caring Friends are our dedicated monthly supporters who understand the value of friendship as expressed tangibly. Following the lead of Jesus Christ, who held up a child as an example of faith and hope in the Kingdom of God, Intermountain’s faith-based Caring Friends have found room in their hearts (and their monthly budget!) to insure that “not one of these little ones should be lost” (Matthew 18:14).

Over the course of a year, a monthly gift that fits your budget can work wonders in the life of a child at Intermountain. For less than a dollar a day, you can provide for the physical, emotional, and educational needs of a child while providing much needed financial stability to the organization as a whole. You become a trusted and faithful friend to us and to those we serve. Ready to be a friend to those Intermountain serves? Do you feel a tug at your heart to join Intermountain as a Caring Friend right now? If so, you can visit intermountain.givingfuel.com/donate and check the box for “Monthly Giving.” [You MUST become a monthly donor, or “Caring Friend” in order to release a very special gift to Intermountain!]

The advantage you have in giving now is that a generous incentive grant has been secured that will gift Intermountain $500 for every new Caring Friend monthly donor of at least $10 per month. What an amazing opportunity to turn $120 into $620… Amen?

Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). We gain a lightness of heart and a joy down deep in our bones when we embrace the value of generosity. We each know what it means to find a true friend in our time of need. Those who are close friends know that they can count on us to be there when times are tough.

So, please consider becoming a “Caring Friend” of the good work that is going on through Montana. I have been a Caring Friend to Intermountain for the last ten years, including them in my monthly giving. I know you won’t regret investing in the lives of the children, youth and families of our state!

Blessings,

Chris Haughee, Church Relations Liaison for Intermountain

Sep 23

What an exciting time to become a Caring Friend!

This fall brings with it a unique opportunity for all of us to stand together and make an impact in ministry that will have lasting effects far beyond 2022! A generous donor has agreed to make a $500 gift to Intermountain for every new Caring Friend that signs up to give at least $10/month to the work of healing through healthy relationships.

Each of our four supporting denominations has jumped on board with this effort, and we have the blessing of General Presbyters, Bishops, Conference Executives and District Superintendents. It is a tremendous encouragement, at the start of this campaign, to see the UCC, PCUSA, ELCA and UMC churches across Montana united in this effort. Beyond these four denominations, I know we can count on many others from a wide variety of traditions to support this effort, and it makes my heart glad.

I hope you will join us in promoting this effort in your congregation and consider signing up yourself to be a Caring Friend!

Click HERE for a bulletin insert that introduces the Caring Friend campaign to your congregation.

Blessings,

Chris Haughee

(proud Caring Friend since 2012)

Here’s the blessed missional math that gets me excited about this effort…

Together, our supporting churches can raise $50,000 for Intermountain!

(100 new Caring Friends @ $10/month or more) X $500 = $50,000

Sep 12

Trauma-Informed Ministry Interview with “The Catch” (9 mins)

Here are the written responses to the interview Chris Haughee had with Erik Cave of the Pacific NW Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The ECC is represented in Montana by two of Intermountain’s supporting Churches: LIFE Covenant and Headwaters Covenant Church, both located in Helena.

Quick Links:

Written Responses:

  • Who are you and what is your work/ministry setting?

My name is Chris Haughee (pronounced “Hoy”), and I am a part-time minister in two settings. First, I work for Intermountain in Church Relations. Intermountain is a family and mental health ministry that has served the children of Montana for 113 years. I served as chaplain to the residential program for 8 years, and since 2012 have served them exclusively in my current role that involves writing, advocacy, training, and friend/fundraising within faith-based settings. Thankfully, I can do most of that work remotely, because the pandemic brought a move for our family to Prosser, Washington. Since that move, I have also served part-time as a pastor for Desert Springs Covenant Church, where we are seeking God’s direction for a ministry post-pandemic, and revitalizing the church’s impact and growth through missional outreach and intentional evangelism. I find that both part-time ministries inform each other, and while there are certainly aspects of ministering in two different states and in two distinct roles that challenge my skills and capacity, it humbles me and keeps me dependent on the Holy Spirit for strength and guidance.

  • Why is trauma-sensitive ministry so important?

Jesus’ ministry was trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive. I am convinced of that! In fact, as part of my doctoral work, I wrote a series of articles under the title, “Was Jesus’ ministry trauma-informed.” That original article has been viewed over 4,000 times on the website pacesconnection.com and my definition for a trauma-informed ministry has been included in countless trainings across the country and world since I first suggested it in 2016. A trauma-informed ministry is one that:

  1. Realizes the widespread impact of trauma–those deeply distressing and emotional experiences that leave lasting effects–and provides practical ministry interventions as well as support for ongoing mental health interventions.
  2. Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in the children, youth, men, and women it ministers to as well as the effects that living with a traumatized individual has on all relationships–marriage, family, work, and social.
  3. Responds to the need within its worshipping community and the needs of its neighbors by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into church and ministry policies, procedures, and ministry practices. And,
  4. Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization that can occur when appropriate recognition and intervention is not wed with compassion and commitment to relationship and supportive structures that destigmatize mental health issues.

Trauma-informed or trauma-sensitive ministry does not demand that we all become mental health experts or therapists! It really isn’t much more complicated than making a commitment to understanding the challenges that have faced the people in your congregation and community and how traumas from their past may affect their receptivity to the gospel and the ministry of the church. I believe that being trauma-sensitive will help us be more effective in ministry and outreach!

My hope and dream is that EVERY ministry in the Covenant could embrace the concepts of a trauma-sensitive approach. I am happy to help any congregation, minister, youth group, or mission outreach that wants to walk through these concepts and see how they would apply to the unique calling God has for them.

  • What can churches and leaders do to grow in trauma-sensitive ministry?

First, exhibit a willingness to learn and grow. Humility is a key first step to leaning into trauma-sensitive ministry. Second, make use of the materials mentioned below and what can be found online. Third, reach out to me or other leaders who have experience in trauma-sensitive ministry. Finally, understand that trauma-sensitive ministry isn’t a program or extension of your ministry… it is a way of viewing your ministry through the lens of trauma and its very real impact on the hearts, minds, and souls of those in your church and community. You may even find healing and restoration for areas of deep hurt and pain in your own life!

  • What resources do you offer and how can our leaders engage with you?

I would encourage everyone to check out the curriculum I wrote called “Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks.” It’s an 8-week Bible study for small groups in trauma-informed ministry and compassionate outreach to individuals with adversity in childhood, available through Amazon, and you can find it HERE: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1733812318/

For the impact of mental health on the individual who longs to be a part of the church, I can think of no better resource than Amy Simpson’s book, Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.

A great “how-to” manual for getting started in mental health ministry is Mental Health and the Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Grcevich, is a trusted friend and colleague.

Those that would be interested in the work and ministry of Intermountain may be interested in the 30-day devotional I wrote called Hope for Healing. Our own Greg Yee endorsed the book, saying, “Chris does a great job standing at the intersection of the text and context; the timeless truths of Scripture and the realities of this time and space God places us. Intermountain provides a unique yet universal window into our human experience. Hope for Healing is engaging and practical, but most of all it invites us to walk closer to Jesus.” It can be found HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Healing-Gods-Work-Places/dp/1733812326

Jun 10

“The trail magic we are missing” by Rev. Sami Pack-Toner

Have you ever experienced trail magic? This term often describes random acts of kindness offered to long-distance hikers. This kindness comes in numerous ways and is expected to follow leave no trace principles. Trail magic can be letters or care packages from home. It can also be from strangers.

Many long-distance hikers report receiving a ride into town or back to the trail, cold drinks, lawn chair in the shade, even a hot shower and a bed for the night. And while the true act of trail magic has no strings attached, the givers often have strings attached to the trails. Many were previous hikers, and they received anonymous support and gifts along their journey. Others intentionally move to towns surrounding trails to spend their summers greeting fellow outdoors people with the kindness they found there.

Trail magic goes beyond just a smile and a candy bar. These acts of kindness go beyond that. Not only does this kind of care offer energy and much-needed calories to the hikers, but it also offers hope. It helps the hard days on the trail become manageable. It is a way of connecting relationally.

In turn, those dusty faces on the trail become a bit of trail magic for the giver, I imagine. The trail magic lies somewhere between reciprocity and altruism.

Trail magic can be found far from the dusty paths across mountains and valleys. For those familiar with Wesleyan theology, the concept of the means of grace is trail magic to me. The means of grace are the ways God offers grace through others and through situations—all in ways to support us and guide us.

As the chaplain for Intermountain Residential, I have rounded a bend on a long hill and discovered a bit of trail magic. It was from former employees and current staff, and it was from the children. Just last week, I was handed an oddly shaped item wrapped in copy paper. The item was cold. I was instructed to not drop it because it was not hard-boiled.

A few weeks ago, I was given some lavender seeds along with specific instructions on how to nurture them. I discovered storage rooms organized exactly how my brain wanted to organize them. I even found a note from a late parishioner who used to work there. The note was not for me, but it filled me with joy to cross her trail another time. For the families who connect with Intermountain, we might be their first stop on their journey. We might be their fifth. Trail magic takes the shape of hard work in family therapy sessions, or a new tool for the parenting tool belt. And, if it would help support and guide a family, I imagine it could also take the shape of a raw egg!

The poignant question we should ask ourselves is what kind of trail magic we have missed, most importantly, the trail magic from children. What are the ways in which God has offered support and guidance with grace—only to be hushed because it is from the chatty child? A child’s engagement and active participation in a community, faith-based or otherwise, is vital for the community’s survival. This is not because the child is the future of that community. The child is the present of that community.

Throughout the scriptures, God led communities through and with young people. When telling the children at Intermountain about this, they were skeptical. Not so much that God had done this, but that God still did this. When I asked, they told me, obviously very humbly, that the world would be in better shape if God was still leading our communities with the guidance young people.

I do not believe God has stopped guiding our communities in this way. I believe we have stopped seeking those young voices and have missed our opportunity to experience the trail magic they can provide. We walk the trail together, young, old, and middle-aged.

Couldn’t we all benefit from the feel for the journey that trail magic brings and the grace we find in one another?

Apr 08

Focus on Your Family’s Mental Health: Battling Anxiety While War Rages

It has escaped no one’s attention that there is a major military conflict going on in Eastern Europe between Russia and Ukraine. Turn on the evening news, listen to the radio, or scroll through your social media news feed, and you’ll see evidence of gross atrocities, senseless violence, and doomsayers suggesting that this is the start of a world war. In the midst of all of this, how do you guard against fear and anxiety and protect your own mental health, as well as that of your children? Intermountain, a national leader in children’s mental health, recently shared their insights and practical suggestions for caregivers.

screencap from ABC article online, “Mental health effects of Ukraine war zone on children.” Emilio Morenatti/AP (https://abcnews.go.com/International/mental-health-effects-ukraine-war-zone-children/story?id=83203801)

First, ascertain where your children are getting their information about the crisis in Ukraine. Is this a subject of discussion in school? Is it something they are seeing in their own social media accounts or conversation they’re having with friends? Crystal Amundson, Intermountain’s Clinical Director in Billings, recounts an interaction with a child who came to her upset because she heard that all the children and families in Ukraine “were being bombed by Putin.” This child was comforted to know that despite the conflict, most children were still safe and able to go to school and be with their families. Limiting the time spent focusing on the conflict and ensuring the information your children are receiving is factual, and not editorial opinion, should be a priority.

ML Rutherford, Intermountain Residential Director of Education in Helena, looks for media that deals with current events and world issues in appropriate terms for children. The resource used at Intermountain School is CNN10. The “10” refers to the number of minutes that the video presentation lasts, and that is more than enough time to cover the basic information without it being overwhelming. This resource does a good job of just presenting the facts and informing children. You can find this resource at cnn.com/cnn10. There are a number of similar podcasts and news aggregate sources that do the same thing for an adult audience if you find that you spend too much time or energy watching the news.

In terms of dealing with the children’s anxiety around the subjects of war or conflict, ML utilizes a foundational principle at intermountain which has been distilled into the mantra “right here, right now.” This tried-and-true strategy helps both you, as the adult, and the child focus on the source of the anxiety and not just accept it uncritically. “Right here, right now” is a reminder to ask yourself, “In this moment, what is it that I can control?” Another helpful question that can reframe our anxiety is, “What does this have to do with me, right here and right now?” And most importantly, “What can I do with these thoughts and feelings I am having in this moment?”

The focus in answering these questions should not be on fixing the problem. Indeed, one of the reasons our anxiety can be so powerful is that often problems are outside our power to “fix.” Instead, make it your goal to find something concrete that you can do together with your child that deals with their immediate distress. Taking three deep breaths, enacting a physical ritual such as using your hands to gather up your thoughts and put them in an imaginary box, or perhaps praying (if this is part of your family’s religious observance) are examples of brief but concrete things that you can do together.

For generalized anxiety due to unrest in our world, Crystal Amundson suggests that using the “Mr. Rogers principle” is helpful. Mr. Rogers is known for suggesting that in any crisis we can find “helpers.” “Helpers” are not exclusively emergency response personnel or those portrayed in the media as heroes but can be extended to those who are doing anything positive in the midst of troubled circumstances, even with seemingly small gestures of goodwill. A young child was relieved to hear Crystal share that area churches were sending medical supplies, sleeping bags, and more to Poland to help the refugees pouring out of Ukraine. The child reflected, “If you’re in a war, sleeping close to God would feel good.” They then talked about ways people could be helpers here in Montana, mostly focused on spreading kindness and non-violence.

Craig Struble, one of Intermountain’s co-occurring therapists, had some insight for older children and for adults. He suggested, much in the same way that Intermountain’s school limits the sources of information to those that are fact-based and not opinion-focused or commentary, we can help one another be critical thinkers when it comes to the information that we are digesting. “Teenagers, who have some ability to think abstractly, can be asked to consider how the sources of various information and opinion might be invested in creating division,” Craig observed. While such division and argumentation might generate social media clicks or greater viewership, it is not helpful in dealing with our anxiety in difficult times! If we are aware of this dynamic, we can be more discerning consumers of information and better equipped to avoid needless confrontation.

All this, of course, should be done in a non-judgmental way that helps to bring people together and encourage further dialogue. It is important to consider that if someone has fed into their own anxiety by digesting materials that confirm their fears and trepidations, they are unlikely to be convinced by those who dismiss their concerns immediately or respond well to someone who seeks to invalidate their sources of information. By exercising compassionate and empathetic listening, we can validate an individual’s feelings without endorsing their point of view or the sources and individuals from whom they are getting their information. Sometimes, the practice of reflective listening is enough to diffuse the anxiety and tension in a given moment, opening the door for healthier dialogue or interactions in the future.

I hope that these insights prove helpful to you in the days ahead. Intermountain is committed to the partnerships that we have in the community and across the state, working together toward stronger relationships built on hope and healing. You can learn more about the work at intermountain.org or by calling 406-442-7920.

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The Reverend Chris Haughee is a licensed minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church and is the Church Relations liaison for Intermountain. An adoptive father to two, Chris is an advocate for greater inclusion of foster and adoptive families in the life and ministry of local congregations. Chris is the author of several devotional books including his latest, Hope for Healing, which is available at Amazon.com or by directly contacting Intermountain at 406-457-4804.

Feb 12

“We Faithfully Follow” – a free Christian Education resource for Lent and Easter

Lent is the traditional time of preparation for Easter, usually evoking images of sacrifice and a special focus on the great lengths to which God went in showing love for his children by sending Jesus to die for their sins and be raised on Easter morning. 

This curriculum was written by Pastor Chris Haughee and Rev. Sami Pack-Toner, chaplain, with the objective of being versatile in use for a number of ministry formats. Children’s church and Sunday school may be the most obvious applications, but we are hoping that we have included enough flexibility in the lessons that they could be adopted for online Zoom lessons, be used in Family worship times, or youth leaders could pick and choose what aspects of the lessons, games, songs and crafts might work for their fellowship groups.

We hope that these lessons are a blessing to you and that you will share them with others. If you would like to partner these lessons with a “Change for Children” change-can drive or a special offering, we would greatly appreciate your assistance in the mission of bring hope and healing to hurting children and their families. Reach out to us for supporting materials, such as prayer cards or posters to advertise your Change for Children effort (and, of course, the Change for Children cans themselves!). Whatever it is that will help you, let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to send it out to you!

(additional resources to interpret the mission of Intermountain for your congregation can be found on the “Resources” and “Videos” pages!)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE 2022 CURRICULUM FOR LENT: WE FAITHFULLY FOLLOW

Oct 04

It’s Here! “Our Watchful Waiting” Advent Curriculum 2021

“Our Watchful Waiting” is Intermountain Ministry’s first comprehensive Advent curriculum that will connect your children to the lectionary readings that are part of the traditional Advent observance, as well as suggestions for how you can get the whole church in on the fun!

Watch the video for a special invitation from Chaplain Sami Pack-Toner!

You can read a little about the materials below, or jump right in and download your free materials HERE:

Here’s an overview of the curriculum, explaining what you will find prepared for each of the four weeks of Advent and Christmas Eve:

The worship/liturgical element is mentioned first, before the lesson, but mainly for reference as to what could be done to tie worship and education together for the children.[1] If you want to simply make these a part of your classroom or children’s education department, that is also an option! The idea is to suggest something fun that will help set the mood and engage young people’s imaginations.

The object lesson leads each week, letting you know the object you need to gather and a suggested script for presenting the lesson to the children. This lesson time concludes with prayer.

Next is a game or activity which builds on the theme introduced in the object lesson.

Next comes a song… an Advent standard, “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” One verse is introduced each week, both the original words as well as some more kid-friendly and lectionary-themed words Chris wrote. If you are using the Candle Lighting Liturgy, you’ll find another point of connection here for the children and their families!

After the song, a snack… also connected to the day’s theme and with suggestions for continuing the conversation on the lesson through this relaxed time together.

Finally, a craft… again, related to the theme for that Sunday and not too complicated or involved so getting supplies won’t break the budget!

There is a tie-in to Intermountain’s Change for Children program, which involves getting collection cans to send home with the children to gather loose change throughout the season. We hope you will consider participating and sharing the mission of Intermountain with your children and families this Advent. It is a great way to reinforce the values of charity and compassion during a season where the world will be encouraging your children to be thinking primarily about themselves and what they want for Christmas. We have cans and prayer cards, as well as a “Coordinator’s Instruction Sheet,” should you choose to bless the children of Intermountain by participating in Change for Children. Let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to send it out to you!

With our sincere appreciation,

The Development Team at Intermountain

500 S. Lamborn Street; Helena, MT 59601   /  phone: 406-457-4804


[1] Also available from Intermountain are Candle Lighting Liturgies for Advent that further make this connection between the children’s experience and worship, and if you want those, just click this link:

Sep 22

Stressed out just thinking about Advent planning? We are here to help…

Does thinking about Advent planning already just stress you out?

If thinking about preparing for Advent already has you stressed out, don’t fear… Chaplain Sami Pack-Toner and Rev. Chris Haughee are here to help!

For the last seven years, Chris has made object lessons available that coincide with the Advent readings for the liturgical readings. This year, with Sami and Chris’ partnership, Intermountain is offering WAY more to help your Advent planning go smoothly and be stress-free. The materials are still being finalized (the draft version is out to a few volunteers to edit, adjust and make it even BETTER!), but here is what you can expect to be available in October:

  1. Candle lighting liturgies, complete with a tie-in to the Hymn, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus!” Chris has even suggested alternative lyrics that will tie-in the weekly readings and children’s lessons. These are FREE as our gift to you.
  2. Suggested (and simple!) worship and liturgical elements that will “tie everything together” from your message to the readings and children’s lesson! These are FREE as our gift to you.
  3. Expanded lesson plans for children’s ministry for each week of Advent and Christmas Eve. This will include a budget-friendly object lesson, song, snack, craft and game. And, you guessed it… these are FREE as our gift to you.
  4. Optional tie-in to Intermountain’s Change for Children (loose-change collection) or a special Christmas Eve offering, which will reinforce the message of Advent and that it is truly “more blessed to give than to receive.” Those churches that choose to include Intermountain in their Advent giving have the option of ordering at cost our 30-day devotional book Hope for Healing for the congregation (comes to $5/copy shipped directly to you, if you request your copies by Nov. 3rd).
  5. Finally, for those churches that have a Chrismon Tree, there is another excellent resource we can provide for you called 25 Symbols of Christmas, a devotional by Rev. Chris Haughee that includes patterns for families to cut out and make their own ornaments for their tree at home! (These can also be provided at cost for $4/book if requested by Nov. 3rd)
  6. Don’t you feel less stressed out just reading that list and knowing that Intermountain could save you countless hours this fall? If you are ready to say “YES!” and allow Sami and Chris to help you this Advent, let us know… reach out to Chris at chrish – at – intermountain.org or call 406-457-4850.

Aug 23

Mission opportunity: A Play-garden for Providence Home

This year Intermountain has again been entered into the Great Fish Challenge through the Whitefish Community Foundation!

The funds raised through this year’s challenge will go towards building a playground and garden, a “play-garden” if you will, for the children at Providence Home in the Flathead Valley. The challenge started on August 5th and runs until September 17th. At last check, Intermountain has already raised $14,000 towards this effort!

The Foundation also does something very cool for the participating non-profits. Every dollar up to $20,000 raised will be matched at a percentage. (It is based on total raised, but in year’s past, we have seen somewhere between $0.50 and $0.60 of every dollar matched.) Our goal for total funds raised including the match is $42,500 to complete the project!

The play-garden project has a wonderful foundation of support from gifts given over the last several years, and it is exciting to see the fundraising goal so close to completion. If you would like to support this effort, ensuring our children at Providence Home have a place to play and recreate while working through their treatment, please visit the Great Fish Challenge and make a gift today! (For a direct link to their giving page for Intermountain visit https://qrgo.page.link/te4UF ).

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at chrish-at-intermountain.org.

Thank you for your continued support,

Rev. Chris Haughee, Church Relations

P.S. For a bulletin insert to share this mission opportunity with your congregation, click the link below.

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