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

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

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    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."
  • Compass covenant groups developing

    Monday, February 20, 2017
    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 group.
  • Bishop Ough does polar plunge for camp scholarships

    Bishop Ough does polar plunge for camp scholarships

    Monday, February 20, 2017
    On Saturday, Bishop Ough went ALL IN for the sake of sending kids to camp! He braved the cold and jumped into the frigid water of Lake Koronis in Paynesville, Minnesota, as onlookers cheered him on. Because of the generosity of dozens of individuals from across the connection, that goal was exceeded; a total of $10,179 was donated for camp scholarships.
  • Perry finds historic Dakotas Methodist newspaper

    Monday, February 20, 2017
    Stephen Perry, project historian for a new history of the Dakotas Conference, has found a partial run of the Methodist Pioneer newspaper at Drew University’s Methodist Library in Madison, New Jersey. The Methodist Pioneer is the only newspaper known to have been published within the bounds of Dakota Territory by any of the conferences that preceded today’s Dakotas Annual Conference.
  • Around the Conference Feb. 20

    Monday, February 20, 2017 | Announcements
    Here's what you need to know from all around the Dakotas Conference. Ed Coates and Adam Weber publish, Sidewalk Prophets in Arlington, Communication Workshop coming up, Lenten study videos ready for download, and more...
  • Elisha Project: Emily’s experience

    Elisha Project: Emily’s experience

    Monday, February 20, 2017
    “I feel so welcomed and supported by this church. They have supported me not only for the Elisha internship but throughout my time at Black Hills State University,” stated Emily Shelton, the 2016 Elisha intern at Spearfish UMC. “Emily was an inspiration for our church,” said Rev. Scott McKirdy. “It is so beneficial to have her perspective and enthusiasm."
  • Fargo The Gathering disbands

    Monday, February 20, 2017
    After three years, the Gathering, a new church start in Fargo, North Dakota has decided to disband. “What happens next is obviously in the hands of God,” said Ben Ingebretson, director of new church plants for the Dakotas-Minnesota Area. “We are grateful for the work of Pastor Cody and all of those who were connected to The Gathering for their work in making disciples.”
  • February 20 issue

    Monday, February 20, 2017 | Mondays @ Dakotas
    Mondays @ Dakotas, Feb.20: Compass Covenant groups, Bishop Ough jumps, The Gathering disbands, Elisha Project, Methodist Pioneer, and more...
  • 2016 conference apportioned giving down slightly

    Monday, February 13, 2017
    One of the unique and defining factors of the United Methodist Church is that we are connectional. Apportioned giving is a term that describes how the money you give to your church each week is divided and distributed throughout the United Methodist Church at the conference and general church levels. Apportioned giving at the general level increased slightly. The Dakotas Conference saw a slight decrease in apportioned giving at the conference and general church level.
  • Tree of Life connection creates giving opportunity for Clark, Henry and Kellerton United Methodists

    Monday, February 13, 2017
    Clark United Methodist Church mission committee members went to Tree of Life in Mission, South Dakota to help sort Christmas gifts in the fall of 2015. While there, the team saw a need for gifts for the White Buffalo Calf Woman Society(WBCWS). WBCWS provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. One year later, lots of Christmas gifts and 55 quilts were collected and delivered.