Recent News

Ebola claims life of doctor from Sierra Leone

Bishop Ough sends words of gratitude for Dr. Salia of Sierre Leone who passed away from Ebola. "We mourn the death of Dr. Martin Salia, along with the rest of the global community. We are grateful to God for his sacrificial service in caring for the people of Sierra Leone. Forty percent of the health care in Africa is provided by church-related clinics and hospitals including the UMC’s extensive network of medical facilities and services. I encourage everyone across the Dakotas Conference to give generously to the 2014 Thanksgiving Appeal. One-half of the Thankgiving Appeal will go to help fight the Ebola epidemic."
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Dakota Territory communion set donated to Conference Archives

MITCHELL, SD--The Vermillion United Methodist Church donated to the Dakotas Conference Archives the first communion set used in Dakota Territory by the Rev. Septimus Watson Ingham. Ingham was the first Methodist pastor appointed to serve in Dakota Territory. The set is more than 150 years old. Story by Tom Thaden and Laurie Langland, Dakotas Conference Commission on Archives and History
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Unknown Territory-- Random thoughts from Rebecca

Uftda! The packing continues. Just when you think you’ve made huge headway, it seems as if the remaining pieces start breeding. It seems that the “transitional emotions” tend to ebb and flow as well. What will the new place be like? Will we make friends? Will we like our new neighbors? Will the work be stressful?
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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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