An Easter perspective

Print Article

We are an Easter People and I am thankful for the many ways God shows us the power of the Resurrection in our midst. God is at work in our lives, in the places we find death and decay in ourselves, to restore us. Grace abounds, and some of us experience this more as we fully engage the conversation with God.

The past couple months have given me a broader perspective about how this Resurrection story is playing out right here in Columbia Falls United Methodist Church, as we respond in love and faith with our siblings of the Blackfeet Nation.

Iím so impressed with our communities and the generosity of people within and beyond Northwest Montana. I know weíve processed over 85 volunteers in Columbia Falls alone. I hope that some day, we will be able to put our figures together to highlight our massive mass-care response. Iíve witnessed trailers and personal vehicles packed tight for the trip over Marias Pass in all kinds of weather. Many volunteers have made a second/third trip.

We have made a multitude of ecumenical partners from all theological perspectives, including interfaith friends, as well as secular partners. Some have deployed as UM volunteers for a day or more, others have taken food and firewood to Browning, others are seeking ways to offer financial support for our efforts. Together, we can do more.

I am humbled by the outpouring of support. And, I am thankful for the United Methodist Connection and UMCOR. If I could share with the Council of Bishops, I would say, this is the way forward. There is room for hope, room for reconciliation in the way we encounter one another. My congregation has gone through many changes in the past year, and Iím delighted by those who have stepped up and given full-time hours to this work as volunteers ó all while smiling. They do so with a belief that we can love one another. Bishop Karenís preaching last summer is embodied in their steadfast acts of faith.

As we welcome newcomers and returners alike, Iím recognizing an energetic Holy Spirit at work in our lives. Itís catching on! Our theology of love is alive and well in Northwest Montana!

May you be encouraged in the word of God, embraced by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and in the redeeming love of Christ this Eastertide.

Sending love and light,

Dawn Skerritt

Pastor, Columbia Falls United Methodist Church

Yellowstone Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Many welcome grading of North Fork Road

September 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Lake County Leader Pave the Road? Dust hung over my field at Hay Creek like fog in the evening. The North Fork Road has been improved since I first travelled over the Forest Service one lane road with turnouts. The roa...

Comments

Read More

Legion says thank you

September 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm | Lake County Leader This year at the Heritage Days 8th annual car show, the American Legion served 273 people at the BBQ, raising $1,000. This money will be used for charities. At our last meeting, we voted to send $500...

Comments

Read More

Principal excited about new school year

August 29, 2018 at 7:46 am | Hungry Horse News The first day of the Columbia Falls High School 2018-19 school year is on Thursday and plenty of preparation has already gone into creating another outstanding year. Teachers started work on Monday...

Comments

Read More

History of the Crooked Tree

August 08, 2018 at 8:41 am | Lake County Leader I must respond to your article about the Crooked Tree Motel. I was there before it was a motel (one of the few ďnativesĒ left here). My family rented the first cabin built there in June 1947. It was...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X