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Move out of the shadows: Bishop Ough's Ash Wednesday message

Bishop Bruce R. Ough delivers an Ash Wednesday 2017 message entitles, "Moving out of the Shadows". In it, he describes how we, like Nicodemus, harbor our own forms of unwillingness to change, to be born anew, to embrace the resurrection of the Son of God. He says, "Our Lenten journey, the very journey we are entering into, is one of moving out of the darkness of sin and the shadows of doubt into new life in Christ – 'birth from above' – as Jesus said."
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Compass covenant groups developing

Ministry can feel like a roller coaster of exhilaration and exhaustion. The Dakotas Conference clergy are amazing. They delight in the privilege of leading God’s people, and yet nothing is easy about pastoral ministry these days. In the Dakotas Conference, clergy are encouraged to be in a Compass Covenant Link.
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Journey Renewal: A road trip to new beginnings

Journey Renewal is comprised of a flight of churches each year that have been recommended by the cabinet and are ready to start a new lifecycle in their ministry. The revitalization process is a 2-3-year journey. The journey is underway for nine churches: Arthur, Burke, Herrick, Mandan, North Sioux City The Ark, Presho, Kennebec, Reliance and Wahpeton Evergreen. Rev. Rebecca Trefz, director of ministries, describes the first nine months of the "road trip."
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A Message from the Bishop

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Bishop Bruce R. Ough, resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church, released the following statement in a press conference held by the Minnesota Council of Churches, on January 30, 2017, at Hennepin UMC in Minneapolis, MN. "Christ calls us to tear down the walls around our souls that we might live fully and abundantly," said Ough.
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