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Apr 19

Intermountain moment: when a child engages in self-harm or other scary behaviors

Cutting. Self-harm. It is a phenomenon much more common (it seems) today than twenty-two years ago when I entered children’s and youth ministry. It’s certainly not uncommon behavior in the emotionally disturbed children that Intermountain works with. That’s why I felt it was important to share a little with you from a conversation I had …

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Mar 26

Becoming a church that welcomes ALL children – an Intermountain Moment

The most crucial and necessary first step to becoming a church that welcomes children with emotional disturbance from past trauma is to adopt an attitude of humility. It’s the humility that asks, “What must have happened to that child?” or “I wonder what I might have done to cause this child to react that way?” …

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Feb 21

Special Tea Sweetens Valentine’s Day for Intermountain Girls

Every girl sometimes needs to feel uniquely feminine and special and the young ladies in the Residential program at Intermountain are no exception. That’s why, each year, Intermountain holds a Valentine’s Tea for the girls in the Residential program. The tea is always held on or near Valentine’s Day and this year it was held …

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Aug 23

“Let the Little Children Come” – a message shared at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church; Townsend, MT

The following message was delivered at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church on 8/13/17. I could tell I had settled into the role of Chaplain at Intermountain when the following diagnoses no longer startled me: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Reactive Attachment Disorder of early childhood or infancy; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder-Combined Type; Anxiety Disorder; Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent; Neglect …

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Aug 10

First Presbyterian Church – Butte, Montana comes to campus to provide VBS Day Camp

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This week, Intermountain hosted a dozen volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Butte, Montana and ministry interns from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Missy Henry, although “great with child,” did a great job organizing the volunteers and setting up the week to be successful. The group came and shared a modified version of the VBS curriculum by …

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Nov 16

A thank you to our supporters: FREE ADVENT MATERIALS!!

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By Otets at lb.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16297772 Once again, I would like to make available to you and your church free Advent children’s object lessons! While written primarily for a Children’s Sermon format, these object lessons could be used in a Sunday school setting, youth group, or even as sermon illustrations! Though written as …

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Dec 14

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

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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 08

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

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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

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(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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Nov 26

A Holiday Blessing for FBS from Helena First Assembly!

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This fall the wonderful people of Helena First Assembly approached me to ask how they could connect with all the families Intermountain supports through some of our community-based services. You see, Intermountain serves many more children and families than just those represented by our residential services at 500 S. Lamborn in Helena. Over the past 15 years, especially, …

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