Tag Archive: church

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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Nov 23

“The Branch” An object lesson for the 1st week of Advent

Objects needed: A seedling, branch, or picture of stump/seedling/nursery log Theme/Main Idea: Even when things seem hopeless, God gives us hope. When nothing is left of the tree but the stump, there is still life there… just waiting for the right season to spring up again. Presentation: “How are you this morning, children? Can I …

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Nov 14

Considering Chrismons – a free devotional for you this season

Yes… I know it is still a little early to be thinking of Christmas… BUT, I want to make sure to get these materials into your hands well in advance so you can be prepared for the Christmas season, traditionally known as Advent. A Chrismon is a type of symbol. Chrismons, or “Christ Monograms” are …

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Mar 31

Thanks to Plymouth UCC for a great fundraising book sale!

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With retirement on the horizon, Pastors Dick Weaver and Cathy Barker of Plymouth UCC in Helena needed to cull books from their personal library.  Other members at Plymouth UCC nodded sympathetically and the idea was forged to have a used book sale!  The proceeds were designated for Plymouth and Intermountain.  The date was set well in advance so people …

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Aug 22

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Youth—One of a Kind!

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Youth

The youth of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic church, under the leadership of youth ministers David and Deidre Casey, shared a message of hope and healing through a unique Vacation Bible School day camp at Intermountain’s residential campus in Helena August 11-13th. The theme for the camp was “One of a Kind,” based on …

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Aug 11

14 years of blessing our children – thank you Roberts UMC Youth!

14 Years of Blessing

This August marked the 14th year that amazing youth leader Joanne Stark and her youth group from Roberts United Methodist Church have made the trek to Intermountain’s residential campus in Helena to spend a day doing a fun art project with the children and sought to bless and encourage the children and staff as well. …

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Jul 28

What’s a work and play day? St. Paul’s UMC gives an example

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I have fond memories of summer youth mission trips from my time as a youth pastor and associate pastor. Now, in my role as Intermountain’s chaplain, it is a great joy to host groups that want to support the work of Intermountain with their presence and passion for ministry. In my work with youth, I …

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Mar 25

Faith—Overcoming by the Word of her Testimony

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“By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their witness, they have become victorious…” –Revelation 12:11a (The VOICE translation) Faith* came to me a few months ago and explained that while she didn’t mind coming to chapel every once and a while, what she really wanted was something that would challenge her and …

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