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2 -- BLACKFOOT VALLEY DISPATCH Lincoln, MT June 18, 2009 Retirement beckons for Lincoln's Methodist minister Retiring only from the pulpit though, Pastor Guy will continue ministerial duties with disaster relief By Sue Howsmon, BVD Editor Pastor Guy Youngblood, Lincoln Community United Methodist Church's Local Pastor, announced his upcom- ing retirement in May, effec- tive June 30~. June 28e~ will be his last official Sunday in the pulpit of Lincoln's firs com- munity church. Pastor Guy has served the Lincoln com- munity since January 2003. Over the past six-and-a half years, Pastor Guy has contributed to the well-being of Lincoln in a variety of ways in addition to church-related E O. Box 427 Lincoln, MT 59639 (406) 3624975 FAX (406) 362-4171 e-maih bvd2@linctel.net Office located at 216 Stemple Pass, Lincoln, MT, OWNER/GENERAL MANAGER Nyle Howsmon PUBLISHER/EDITOR CO-OWNER Susan Howsmon The Blackfoot Valley Dispatch is an independent, privately owned weekly publication representing the interests of Lincoln and the surrounding com- munities. Subscriptions are sold for a period of one year at the rate of $30.00 throughout Montana, and $35.00 out- side of Montana. Subscriptions are not refundable. Individual copies can be purchased throughout Lincoln at many retail businesses. Deadline for advertising is noon and news deadline is at 5 p.m. on Monday prior to publication. duties. When the fervent need for additional ambulance volunteers became known in Lincoln, both he and his wife Win took the EMT-Basic training to be accepted in the all-volunteer force. Pastor Guy enhanced his training and service to Lincoln by continu- ing his education at a school in Great Falls becoming an EMT-lntermediate. He also served on the Lincoln Com- munity Council in 2006 and 2007 investigating ways to make the re-opening of Parker Medical Clinic a reality. Even though retiring his service as a local pastor, Youngblood feels his var- ied background in the U.S. Air Force, City of Helena Planning Commission, and Disaster Emergency Services Coordinator for Montana has prepared him well for his next career step. He cur- rently serves as president for the Montana chapter of Vol- unteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which he says is turning out to be a full-time job. In times of disaster, he said, VOAD, which is a consortium of non-profit agencies that respond when disaster strikes, interfaces between FEMA and other humanitarian organiza- tions: American Red Cross, church disaster organizations, Montana Food Network, and others. A major focus of VOAD is to coordinate re- sponding agencies eliminating any duplication of efforts. In addition to VOAD, Youngblood is the disaster coordinator for the United Methodist Church's Yellow- stone Conference implement- ing efforts for mass care and L C sta ,s jar, tu- UNf~L T'II~j CLOSe US DoWN myspace com/jamkipktraoke long-term recovery. When disasters occur anywhere in the country, such as recent flooding in North Dakota or in the Gulf coast after Hurricane Ike and Rita, consultants from the United Methodist Church are sent in to deal with many of the social issues "A ma- jority of the consultants are former pastor like myself," he said. "requiring a great deal of time away from home." In times of disaster, the U.S. Government is certainly a presence but it's not the one who put people's lives back together. "It's the non-profits who counsel those impacted, offer services and rebuild the lost homes," he said. Pastor Guy added, "I'm excited to be a part of this with an op- portunity to get things started in Montana that have not been going on here before." Following Pastor Guy's fi- nal Sunday service in Lincoln, a farewell potluck will be held in the church fellowship hall. Everyone is most welcome to attend worship at 10:30 a.m. and/or the potluck beginning at 11:30 a.m. to wish Guy farewell and good luck with his future services. The Lincoln Community United Methodist Church will welcome Pastor Ken Johnson for his first worship service on Sunday, July 5t~. Johnson, who presently serves as the Youth Minister for the Ste- vensville United Methodist Church, will begin in Lincoln two Sundays a month. Lay Minister Sherry Leggett will complement Pastor Johnson rounding out the remaining Sundays that Johnson cannot be here for. The Lincoln church coun- cil, Sherry Leggett and Ken Johnson are committed to leading the church into the future. Johnson, who has a professional music back- ground, hopes to attract young people, young families and past members all back to Sunday worship, and regain the energies of the past for