Recent News

Embrace celebrates summer with 104 baptisms

Thousands of balloons, lots of people and 104 baptisms! This was all part of the Summer Party at Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Attendance and enthusiasm for worship can be a challenge for churches during the summertime. Embrace comes alive with a summer party.
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Area Cabinets spend week in hands-on service

Bishop Bruce R. Ough and the Cabinets from the Dakotas and Minnesota Conferences shared several days last week in hands-on mission service with the Native American community at Spirit Lake Ministry Center in Sheyenne, North Dakota. Read the details, watch video and see photos here.
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Rebecca's Random Thoughts: Taking steps in faith

How often do we pay more attention to our comfort zone than to the desperate need someone has to connect with another person even for just a brief time? I may be an extrovert but my default, in large gatherings, is to find people I know to sit with or visit with. When I find myself in a large group setting or even at the end of the potluck line, it’s as if I revert back to junior high—scanning the room for someone I know rather than SEEING the people God wants me to get to know.
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A Message from the Bishop

My heart is breaking. An unspeakable crime of hatred against one of our sister Methodist congregations—Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina—has shaken me and our nation. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was born in 1816 of racism in the Methodist Episcopal Church and now in 2015, nearly 200 years later, the Mother Emanuel AME congregation is the victim of racist hatred. I join the lament: How long, O Lord, how long?
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