"Through the power of Christ, we are learning to live in simplicity, thankfulness, contentment and generosity in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana."
Here are some of the mission efforts of the Stevensville United Methodist Church (SUMC) and other organizations we support.
Each year, Stevi UMC takes part in the Christmas Shoe Box project which gathers gifts for children on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana.
In 2015, our church sent eighty-five boxes filled with Christmas joy to our brothers and sisters in Heart Butte, Browning, and Babb.
LOAVES AND FISHES
Loaves & Fishes is a SUMC ministry that provides food and hope to individuals in the Stevensville area and Ravalli County whose financial circumstances make it difficult to provide for themselves and their families.
The congregation supports community members serving in the military. Emails, cards, and prayers are shared with service men and women around the world. What began as a way of honoring and remembering military personnel has become a way for the congregation to lift up all those who have found a place in our hearts.
During the singing of the first hymn, we invite everyone to come forward and light a candle to remember someone, to give thanks, or as a prayer of intercession.
We have a dedicated group who craft prayer shawls for those identified by the congregation. Joys and sorrows alike are shared by the congregation. When a shawl is to be presented to someone, the shawl is passed through the congregation during worship to be prayed over.
POC: Carole Koval
Our church started this outreach program in 2000. Before then, we held fairly frequent special offerings for some of the organizations listed here, as well as others. Don & Mary Nelson brought the idea of holding a Thank Offering from their former church.
2016 was the 17th year we celebrated the Sunday before Thanksgiving with an outpouring of thanks to God for all our blessings by giving to those who are in real need of help.
Last year, the Missions Committee selected the following twelve projects, which are listed below (websites are shown in green).
The Clothes Closet, 849 Middle Burnt Fork Rd., Stevensville, MT 59870 406-77-5694 or 406-961-4614
POC: Gail Fisher
A community-based transitional home for women with mental illness, teaching them the life skills necessary to regain independence. Volunteer opportunities include driving the women to Riverview House in Missoula for job training, one- on-one mentoring and companionship. Donations of household items and clothing are always welcome.
POC: Dr. Ellyn Jones
Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County
The congregation supports the work of the Habitat for Humanity program through participation in building projects, through financial support and in providing meals for the work crews.
The congregation supports this community organization through weekly collections of food stuffs and through special offerings. On the third Sunday of each month a collection of designated items is taken.
A basic need of life is nourishment, help the less fortunate in our community not only by donating non-perishable food items but also by donating your time to help organize, catalog and distribute goods.
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am to 2:30 p.m. Donations are taken during business hours.