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Stable Time--A Christmas message from Bishop

Bishop Ough talks about the messiness of Christmas in a message to the people of the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church. "Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger. The Son of God was born in a small, cramped, congested messy place." Watch the video message here.
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Bishop Ough encourages United Methodist to reach out to immigrants

President Barack Obama recently announced, through executive action, that undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States more than five years and who have children who are United States citizens or residents will be able to stay in the United States for the next three years. Bishop Ough encourages United Methodist congregations to educate our congregations and welcome immigrants to our communities and churches.
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Rebecca's Random Thoughts: A Season of the Unexpected

Rev. Rebecca Trefz, Director of Ministries shares how Advent is not about the expected but the unexpected in her latest blog. "We always talk about Advent as being a time of expectancy. Yet, when you think about the Christmas story, it was more of a season of the UNexpected. Mary and Joseph certainly didn’t expect to be parents before they were married—let alone parents of God’s son. A bunch of average shepherds were in no way expecting a visit from a choir of angels as they sat in the field that night."
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A Message from the Bishop

Char and I have just returned from my last official trip to Southeast Asia as the episcopal leader of the United Methodist Missions in Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. During my visit, there were tender goodbyes and some expressions of anxiety about what the future holds. I have grown to love the people of Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. I have deep appreciation and respect for our pastors who serve these missions at great sacrifice and often personal risk of persecution and imprisonment.
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