• The Vital Connection: Episode four - Using Social Media to reach people for Jesus

    Monday, November 13, 2017
    In this 4th episode of the Vital Connection, Jason Smith, creative director for Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, SD, provides some insights about how social media can be a powerful tool in reaching people for Jesus.
  • DAKYOUTH 2017 bring 235 together from the Dakotas

    Monday, November 13, 2017
    The weekend of Nov. 10-12, 2017, over 235 middle and high school youth and their leaders gathered in Aberdeen, SD for the annual statewide DakYouth event. The spirit of enthusiasm filled the gathering as youth reconnected with old friends and made new connections from all over the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Toolkits and #GivingTuesday: Solar Oven Partners Make Giving Easy

    Monday, November 13, 2017
    Do Black Friday commercials give you a headache? Solar Oven Partners(SOP) offers real alternatives to the give-and-get craziness of Christmas commercialization. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is the day when many non-profits focus on end-of-year giving.
  • 5 Things you need to know this week

    Monday, November 13, 2017 | Announcements
    Here are five things you and your church need to know about across our Untied Methodist Dakotas Conference connection: Student Scholarships, Advent Resources, Global Migration Sunday, Lake Poinsett' Christmas Open House, and the 2018 Conference Lenten Study.
  • Local church happenings

    Monday, November 13, 2017 | Announcements
    Mitchell First United Methodist church in Mitchell, SD will be holding an Alternative Gift Fair on Sunday, November 12. More info here. If your local church has an upcoming event, please let us know via e-mail here, and we'll help you publicize it across the connection.
  • November 13 issue

    Monday, November 13, 2017 | Mondays @ Dakotas
    Mondays@ Dakotas: Vital Connections on social media, DAKYouth2017 goes big, SOP provides alternative on #GivingTuesday, and more...
  • Finding our Way in a Time of Uncertainty and Opportunity

    Friday, November 10, 2017
    Our resident bishop, Bruce. R. Ough, in his current role as president of the Council of Bishops, writes with a plea for Christ-like behavior in our contemplation and discussions.
  • Bishop Ough: Praying for Sutherland Springs

    Thursday, November 9, 2017
    "Today, I grieve the horrific violence of the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In this small community, at least 26 people died and 20 others are injured. In the United States, we have assumed safety and comfort as Christians. It is unimaginable to think that going to church could be dangerous."
  • Bishops consider 3 models for church future

    Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Announcements
    Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality - all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ at the core, the bishops this week received an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward that offered three sketches of models that would help ease the impasse in the church, noting that the power of the Holy Spirit trumps and guides all the church’s activities.
  • United Methodists across the Dakotas and Minnesota engage in conversations about A Way Forward

    Monday, November 6, 2017
    More than 1300 United Methodists from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota have been in conversation with Bishop Bruce R. Ough, resident bishop for the Dakotas-Minnesota Area, about the work of the Commission on A Way Forward. Ough held 15 gatherings at local churches in September and October. It was a chance for those attending to share thoughts and ask questions about the church's position regarding homosexuality.