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Adventist Becomes Darby Mayor

Darby, Mont., welcomed a new mayor, Willard “Buck” Titus, on Jan. 1. Titus is the town's first Adventist mayor.

Titus first moved to Darby in 1972 and has been a member of the Darby Church for 30 years. He has been married to his wife, Marilyn, for 46 years and has two children and four grandchildren. After two years in the Army and being discharged, he spent 16 years in the National Guard. He worked for Ravalli County road department and as an outfitter as well. He is now employed by the U.S. Forest Service on the road crew.

Montana Conference Elects New Vice President

January 18, 2018

Montana Conference has a new vice president for administration and finance. Matthew Kirk has accepted the invitation of the conference board of directors and will bring a wide range of ministry and business experience to the role in February.

Kirk comes to the Montana Conference from Turlock, Calif., where he has been the pastor since 2015. He served as an associate pastor at the Bakersfield and Kern River churches in central California from 2012to 2015.

Mount Ellis Students Join Yellowstone Expedition

December 21, 2017 / Michelle Wachter

The Mount Ellis Elementary (Bozeman, Mont.) junior high class spent an educational and fun-filled week in Yellowstone National Park through the federally funded program Yellowstone Expedition. Open to all U.S. schools, several schools are chosen to participate each year through a lottery system.

Teacher Michelle Wachter had applied for a spot in the program for four years without being chosen. Finally a few spots opened in September, so the Mount Ellis kids were able to go in October.

MEA Students Work for Warmth

November 21, 2017 / Michael Lee

Several students and staff from Mount Ellis Academy (MEA) in Bozeman, Mont., recently teamed up with church members from the community to reach out to the local homeless population. Being homeless in Montana is not the easiest. The winter months get bitterly cold, and one can often find homeless men, women and even children standing on a street corner with cardboard signs asking for help.

Hamilton Holds a Prayer Conference

October 17, 2017 / Judy Fowler

Sabbath, Sept. 23, 2017, found the Hamilton Church filled with about 175 members and guests representing 12 Adventist churches from Montana and three from other states. They were all eager participants in the Prayer Conference held by Pavel Goia.

Goia encouraged those in attendance to focus on the God of solutions instead of the problems they face every day. He shared many inspiring stories of how God has intervened in his life in answer to prayer. May we all join him daily on our knees in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Montana Women Enjoy 'From Broken to Beautiful' Women's Retreat

October 15, 2017 / Renee McKey

Ladies from across Montana met at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau, Sept. 8–10, 2017, for the Montana Christian Women's Retreat. Forest fires saturated the skies in dense smoke outside, but inside the fire of the Holy Spirit burned brightly as Tawny Sportsman from Oregon led those present on a journey, “From Broken to Beautiful.”

ACS DR and Kalispell Pathfinders Help Fire Victims

October 12, 2017 / Gabriele Laub

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) and Kalispell Pathfinders collaborated in assembling cooking kits for fire victims in northwest Montana. According to our ACS/ADRA standards, ACS DR team members in Kalispell bought supplies for the kits and the Pathfinders assembled them as part of their disaster ministry honor.