Get On The Bus was Fantastic!

Get On The Bus was a Lenten opportunity organized by the Mission Team which offered opportunities for our congregation to learn about four of social justice issues followed by a work weekend.  We had 40 or more people at each Wednesday night discussion, and many more than that participated in the work projects.  Thank you to everyone who attended — and if you couldn’t come, here’s a summary of what went on. It’s also an invitation to participate in next year’s event!
We gathered for soup supper and discussion to learn about four topics.  Participants included BUMC members and people from the Bozeman community.  The topics and speakers were:
1. Homeless Youth  – Anna Edwards from BSD7 and Jeremy Alcoke form HRDC
2. Mental Health – Jenny and Alexina Lockie, Kristine Price; Susanna Darr, and Cassie Jackson 
3. Discrimination – Rabbi Chaim Bruk, Stacey Haugland, Marena Mahto, Connie Brownotter, Leroy Pine and Chante Standenburk
4. Sexual Predation and Electronic Devices – Ashley Mares-Jones and Scott McCormick
Work weekend projects included:
Cleaning and finishing updates in a Tiny House, transitional housing for Family Promise, and two homes for Love INC clients.

Tiny House

Helping Family Promise

The WOW team supplied lunches for workers and packed kibble bags for homeless people with dogs.
TNT collecting items for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank’s Spring for Food drive

Completed projects for Days for Girls

A group made sanitary kits for Days for Girls, which will go to El Salvador.
A team organized the pantry for youth at Bozeman High School.  And there was an additional mini class, Talk Saves Lives.
All of this was capped off by a celebratory taco dinner on Sunday night!
Many, many thanks go to Vickie Wilkinson, chair of the Mission Team, and to Zach Nell, Greg Alff, Jennie Lockie, Janet Winnie, John Wilkinson, Jennifer Heiss, Pastor Deb, Allison Massey, Misti Davis, Janna Lauver, Jeneffer Smith,  and Ann Dickensheets for all their help in making this happen.