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Out Our Way: The Christmas Chinook - Luke 1:1-10

Out our way winter, can be harsh, but as Charlie often reminded me, it is a small price to pay for the glories of spring, summer and winter on the Hi-Line. And although we do have the infamous “Alberta Clippers” that can drop several feet of...

 

Pastors Corner: What is Advent? Week 1 - Faith; Week 2 - Joy

Having only been an Assembly of God minister, I have never been a part of a religious tradition that celebrates the Advent Season. Nevertheless, because of my contacts over the years with ministers of other denominations within ministerial...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, why we write “Xmas” instead of “Christmas,” the short-hand way, got us curious; so, we stopped at the library. A book of origins explained some of the things we do at Christmas. One reference stated: “If you wonder why...

 

Grief Poem - We Struggle On

This journey’s hard, we’re struggling on since our dear one has left. To come to terms with this life change — it’s hard, we do our best. To suffer is just part of life; it helps build strength and hope; Plus character and endurance, it...

 

Van Orsdel sets Blue Christmas, Christmas Eve services

Press release The Blue Christmas service at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. The traditional Christmas Eve service is Tuesday, Dec. 24, also at 7 p.m....

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes we just seem to get stressed out, and doesn't please You, right? "Marsha" shared how she stays on top of things and is relaxed amid the holiday rush. She called them the "Fou...

 

Pastor's Corner: Christmas is not here yet

It’s not the Christmas season. Liturgically speaking, anyway. For much of the Western Christian tradition, the beginning of December marked the beginning of the season of Advent. As my “high church” minded friends are inclined to remind with...

 

Out Our Way: Keep'em moving - Psalm 22 and Psalm 23

     Out our way, God has many ways to teach those willing to learn. And He uses a great variety of teachers. Sometimes it is in reading the inspired scriptures, sometimes it is to be discovered i...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it's that time of year again; it is time for us to be thankful. We are so busy doing whatever that we just take so many things for granted, so a day has been set aside so that all of...

 

Out Our Way: Giving thanks - 1Chronicles 16:8-36

Out our way, some of the best places are the hardest to find and the most difficult to get to. I have often pitied the folk driving along the lonesome Highway 2 so intent on going somewhere else they...

 

Pastor's Corner: Holiday cheer … and holiday stress

When you think about the picture-perfect holiday season, you probably picture something like cozy layers and nights sitting next to the fire; red cups from Starbucks; holiday music in all the stores; and the family and pets gathered around watching...

 

Out Our Way: Then Comes the Chinook - Isaiah 35: 1 - 6

Out our way, winter comes hard and fast. I do not envy those ranchers who have to go out in minus-40 degree blizzards during calving season to check the cows. Even with a good heater in the pick up,...

 

Pastor's Corner: An attitude of gratitude

Gratitude is an attitude that comes out of the habit of giving thanks.  All through the Psalms, no matter what circumstances David was facing, we read his outpouring of gratitude to God — “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good; his love...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, November is a thankful time. A friend remembered when she was growing up how her grandma always set a huge table for her dear family. "J.L." recalled that Grandma would tell them that...

 

Pastor's Corner: Veterans Day, ChildBridge, and here comes our Community Thanksgiving Service!

Veterans Day: I sure did enjoy the Veterans Day weekend! It started, for me, with a Veterans Recognition Service at the Northern Montana Care Center at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. All of the Havre third graders were in attendance to sing Veterans...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara

You know, Lord, what would we like to thank You for on this day that You have made for us? We're thankful for the many blessings and gifts that You give us, including family and friends. How fun to...

 

Out Our Way: Different cattle, same brand

Out our way, many herds are made up of different breeds of cattle. Up on the Tiger Ridge riding for Big Mike, Charlie and I worked with red Angus, Charolais, occasional blank Angus and quite a few...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, it might be fun to go back in time (but only for a short time) when life moved at a slower pace. We'll leave behind high speed internet, cell phones, telephones, TV, GPS and...

 

Pastor's Corner: Prayer: Are you ready for change?

I remember being in a hospital room with someone I loved very, very much and I was praying — very hard. I was praying that they would be healed; they were much too young to die, but they kept getting sicker and weaker. Why didn’t God listen?...

 

Out Our Way: No more moving! - Revelation 21:1-4

Out our way, I got to enjoy riding the same trails on the Tiger Ridge with Charlie. I always found something new to see and at which to marvel, but there was a sense of being home, for wherever we...

 

Grief Poem - Life With Grief

When we lose one that we have loved, we don't know what to do! We're sad, we grieve, and we have wounds, we need to call on YOU. Raw emotions take time to heal, grief lingers in our hearts. Stress...

 

Hello, God. It's me, Mara.

You know, Lord, sometimes we wonder when we should read Your Word? Is there a certain time to read? Pondering the question of when: should it be morning, evening, mealtime, bedtime, or maybe in time...

 

Pastor's Corner: Remember the day after Halloween

Although this week is predominately known in our society for Halloween and trick-or-treating, many Christians will also be remembering All Saint’s Day, which is observed on Nov. 1. Today, the Feast of All Saints, is a reminder and celebration that...

 

Out Our Way: It's not if but when - Mark 8: 34-37

Out our way, if you decide to cowboy you know the question is not if you re going to get thrown, but when. I was about 60 when Charlie asked if I wanted to try cowboying with him and I thought,...

 

Out Our Way: By their brand you will know them

Out our way, you get to know what cows belong to what herd by the ear tags and brands. Back in the day, when most cattle grazed on open range branding was especially essential as cattle from a variety of ranches mixed together. Come roundup, the...

 

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