Monthly Archive: December 2015

Dec 29

Your messages of hope for our children

As part of our Christmas appeal for the last two years, we have included a card that has allowed our supporters to include a “message of hope” for the children of Intermountain. These words are passed on to the staff and children who are doing the hard work of healing through building healthier relationships. It is tough …

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Dec 24

Visit from Big Sky Dance Works a big hit!

On December 22nd, our friends from Helena Big Sky Dance Works came to visit us in chapel. Jaime and her dancers shared their talents and some short skits and words of reflection over what they had learned in 2015. Our children and staff fully enjoyed their performance, and especially the “dance circle” at the end …

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Dec 21

Angels point the way! An object lesson for Christmas Eve

Objects needed: An angel ornament, or picture of an angel Theme/Main Idea: Just as the angels announced the good news of Jesus birth to the shepherds, we can tell others about why we really celebrate Christmas. There are plenty of people out there that don’t really know, and we can point them to Jesus! Presentation: …

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Dec 21

Family Based Services and Day Treatment blessed by an AMAZING holiday party!

On December 17th, the wonderful people of Helena First Assembly held a beautiful, festive and amazing holiday party for the children and families served by Intermountain’s home support services and day treatment programs. “Helena First,” as they refer to themselves, is a congregation invested in the well-being of the Helena community, and they were especially interested in blessing …

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Dec 14

“Jumping for Joy!” An object lesson for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Objects needed: A jump rope. Theme/Main Idea: God keeps his promises, and that should cause us to jump for joy! Presentation: “Have you ever been so happy that it was hard to hold it in? Yes? What are some of the reasons you have had to be happy? [let children share] Wow! Those are great …

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Dec 09

Celebrating Hanukkah!

What a blessing it is to partner with Janet Tatz, our very knowledgeable and faithful Jewish Educator at Intermountain. Whenever there is a Jewish child on campus that needs instruction and mentoring in their faith, Janet goes above and beyond to make sure that the spiritual and cultural needs of that child are met. We …

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Dec 08

Where is the fruit? An object lesson for the 3rd week of Advent

Objects needed: A piece of fruit, or several different fruits. Theme/Main Idea: What we do to help others shows that on the inside something has changed. Just as a good tree bears good fruit, we want people to see the “fruit” from our lives and see that it’s because God has changed our hearts! Presentation: …

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Dec 06

John the Baptist and Advent: Preparing the Way, Pointing to Christ

(this post is based on the sermon Chaplain Chris Haughee delivered in worship at Community Protestant Church in West Yellowstone, MT, on Dec. 6th, 2015. Click here to visit the church’s website) Passage: Luke 3:1-6 (ESV), “John the Baptist Prepares the Way” 3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being …

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Dec 03

“Preparing the Way” An object lesson for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Objects needed: A piece of red fabric that could be “rolled out” like a red carpet. Theme/Main Idea: When someone important is coming, we prepare. At certain special events, we “roll out the red carpet,” either figuratively or literally. How are we preparing for Jesus this season? Presentation: “I have a question for you this …

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Dec 02

New Horizons Band returns to chapel for a special holiday concert!

Nancy Trudell, Intermountain Board member, recently coordinated with Chaplain Chris to bring the New Horizons Community Band to chapel for a special holiday concert. The band is made up of 52 community members, from a variety of backgrounds, ages and experience who enjoy playing together. While not all the band members were available on December …

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