The Montana Conference held its annual pastors’ meeting Jan. 14–17, 2018, in Bozeman, Mont., where strategic planning took place with a focus on revival and transformation. “It is our heart's desire that every member in our conference would experience a significant growth in their prayer life,” says Elden Ramirez, Montana Conference president. “I am convinced that when we come together as a body of believers and seek the Lord in prayer amazing things happen. When revival takes place in our hearts, not only our lives experience transformation but also our churches.
Dec. 30, 2017, was a beautiful day for the Darby and Hamilton churches of Montana as they shared in the joy of the baptism of Darby’s newest member, Nicholas Jahnke.
Jahnke has been going to the Darby Church in which his wife, Melissa, and mother-in-law, Glenda Byrne, grew up and into which his father-in-law, Mike Byrne, was baptized. Jahnke is a wonderful addition to the Darby family and is already a special part of his church by helping his wife with church treasurer duties.
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 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.
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.
“Montana outdoor school at the end of October?” This was a question asked by many as plans and preparations were being made for the annual Montana Conference fifth- and sixth-grade Outdoor School, Oct. 23–26, 2017.
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.
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.