Local church happenings

Posted on November 20, 2017 | Announcements

Share your church's Advent and Christmas photos

We're bringing it back for an encore... your Advent photos were so popular last year, we're doing it again, asking you to send in your new Advent and Christmas photos during the 2017 season. Let your creativity run wild and show us what makes your church's Christmas celebration memorable, unique, or even breathtaking.
Submit your local 2017 Advent photos (or fileshare links) to the staff at the Dakotas Conference Communications office as soon as the preparations and events take place. One way or another, we'll share them all.
Submit 2017 Advent photos here. (By submitting your photos, you agree to allow the Dakotas Conference to use them in any Conference publications.)


Conference Lenten study book announced for local churches
The Dakotas appointive cabinet will present a Lenten study for Lent 2018 around the book "Make a Difference", by Rev. Jim Harnish. Some folks will remember Jim Harnish from the teaching sessions he led at Annual Conference 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD. Your Dakotas cabinet members will again each present a chapter of the book in videos you can share with your congregation.
In Make a Difference, Harnish helps you answer the questions "How can I contribute to God's healing work in this world?"; and "How can I find my place to serve and make a difference?"
Drawing upon biblical wisdom and real stories of real people who have found their place to serve, he provides practical guidance to help every disciple make a difference as a participant in God's transformation of the world.
The book, e-book, and leader's guide are available from Cokesbury.com.


Global Migration Sunday is December 3, 2017

There are 65 million people displaced in the world today. That’s more than at any time since World War II. As United Methodists, we have a long history of walking alongside people impacted by war, violence, economic hardship, persecution, and political unrest. The United Methodist Council of Bishops has backed designating a Sunday (December 3, 2017) for prayers about the global migration crisis and for collecting a special offering to address suffering caused by forced migration. These worship resources support recognition of this Global Migration Sunday.
Additional resources and graphics to support Global Migration Sunday are available from UMCmigration.org .


Social Media Resources for your church
No matter what size your church is, people waiting to be reached by Christ are already connected on social media. That presents a God-sized opportunity, and United Methodist Communications has free tips, techniques, and ideas for engaging people through various social media platforms. We are, after all, a connectional organization, with each other, with small groups, and with Jesus Christ. Don't hide your light under a bushel, let UM Communications show you how they can help you here.