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This Week @ Dakotas | February 27


Fresh Expression Coaching calls | Next one is Feb.29
    Fresh Expression Coaching Calls will take place online Feb. 29, March 21*, April 25, June 27, July 25, and Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m., Central Time. Monthly coaching sessions for Fresh Expressions practitioners and their teams are facilitated by Rev. Michael Beck. Share stories, ideas, and support. *Note the change of date.

DWU chorus and handbell choir to tour upper Midwest
    The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University will sponsor a tour of upper midwest communities in early March.  As part of DWU’s spring break, the Highlanders vocal chorus and the Wesleyan Bells will perform in eight communities, including several UMC churches in the Dakotas, March 1-6. View the schedule.

Confirmation Camp | March 1-2, 2024
    Confirmation Camp at Lake Poinsett is scheduled for March 1-2! Let Rev. Valerie Hummel LaBounty know if you are interested in helping in any capacity. You and your confirmation crew are invited to join! 

Rural Ministry | March 3-5
    Wartburg Seminary invites you to the Rural Ministry Conference on March 3-5, at the Best Western Hotel, Dubuque, Iowa. Rural church leaders, register ASAP for this conference. This year's focus is on creation care at the congregational level. Learn more.


UMCOR Sunday | March 10
    UMCOR Sunday supports the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, so the denomination’s relief arm can respond swiftly to disasters around the world and serve as a source of healing. Resources are available to mark UMCOR Sunday, which is set for March 10 this year. Access resources.

Builders Club | Winter 2024
    The winter Builders Club call is for Prairie View UMC in southwest corner of South Dakota. They are needed repairs to the parsonage. Learn more about this request. Join Builders Club and donate.

AC 2024 Legislation | Due March 22
    All proposals for petitions and resolutions for the Dakotas Annual Conference 31st Session must be submitted electronically, by 5:00 p.m. CDT, on March 22, 2024. Items should be created using the Petitions and Resolutions form. If you have questions about resolutions and petitions, you may contact Rev. Rebecca Trefz by e-mail or by phone here.

AC 2024 | Award Nominations due March 22
    Several awards will be announced at annual conference. Some are chosen by the cabinet, some by CCYM, and some via open nominations. Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards Denman Award for Evangelism, Francis Asbury Award, Streams of Justice, Youthworker Hall of Fame Award, and Youthworker of the Year. Nominations are due by 5 p.m.CDT, March 22,2024. Learn more.

GC Webinar | April 4 and 7
    Join your Dakotas Conference General Conference delegation—Beata Ferris, Kara Heagel, Rev. Sara Nelson, and Rev. Rebecca Trefz on April 4 at 7 p.m., Central Time, 6 p.m., Mountain Time, or April 7 at 2 p.m., Central Time, 1 p.m. Mountain Time, to learn and ask questions about the upcoming 2024 General Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 23-May 4, 2024. Info and registration here.

Mental Health Matters | April 5, 6, 7
    Mark your calendars and come to First UMC in Fargo, N.D. for Mental Health Matters with Brock Morgan. Youth leaders can enjoy dinner and a conversation on April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. CDT. There is a training for parents and professional on Saturday, April 6 at 1-3 p.m.CDT. Pastor Brock Morgan, author of 20 books will hold a question and answer session for everyone on Sunday, April 6 at 11 a.m. Get the details.

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation | April 7-12
    Mark your calendars for a spiritual retreat held right here within the Great Plains that could provide you with an opportunity to learn, worship, and connect—with God, yourself, and others. The Five-Day Academy will be offered shortly after Easter at St. Benedict’s Center in Schuyler, NE. It is a program of Upper Room Ministries led by presenters Elaine A. Heath and Jeanine B. Heath-McGlinn. Learn more.

Register for Camp | April 30 Early Bird deadline
    Summer 2024 camp registration is OPEN! Keep an eye on your mailbox for the NEW 2024 camp brochure! Don’t forget about the Early Bird incentive. Register before April 30 and receive a $5 per night discount. Save even more by bringing a friend with you to camp. Click here for details.

Practical Church Leadership Certificate Program | Apply by May 1
    Apply by May 1 for this year-long, online certificate program designed to increase a pastor's capacity to be an effective church leader and improve skills in financial stewardship and human resources. The program is offered through Dakota Wesleyan University. Get the details.

Long-Term Renewal | Apply by June 1
    The next deadline for the submission of a Long-Term Renewal application along with the related parts (Formational Plan and Pastoral Coverage Grant request) is June 1, 2024. This deadline is for all long-term leaves to be taken after December 1, 2024. Check here for all information related to the updated Renewal Leave and Pastoral Coverage Grant.

AC 2024 | June 6-8, 2024
The 31st session of the Dakotas Annual Conference will be held June 6-8, 2024, in Bismarck, North Dakota. The gathering will include inspiring worship, business, conversations about who and where we are, and celebration of clergy milestones. Drawing on Isaiah 43:1, the theme of this year’s gathering is “Jesus. Redeemer.” We are all called and redeemed by God, who rightfully declares, "You are mine." We will gather as one body at Legacy United Methodist Church and McCabe United Methodist Church. Here are some of the details for our time together: Get the details.


2024 Lenten Study | Chapter 2
    As we journey through the book, Multiplying Love, by Paul Chilcote, Rev. Rebecca Trefz shares a message about Chapter 2, Love is the Highest Gift. More than just a set of beliefs, Jesus offers us a “more excellent way”: love. The Wesleyan way of discipleship is one that is marked by the selfless, sacrificial love of Jesus multiplied through our witness and transformed lives. View chapter 2 resources and video. Access all of the resources.

SPRC Training | View recording
    Diane Owen, Area Director of Clergy Well-being, Dan Bader, District Superintendent, and Rev. Susan Nienaber, Director of Congregational Vitality for the Minnesota Annual Conference, share in this training how to support your pastor's well-being, the role and responsibilities of the SPRC and the SPRC chair, nominating members of SPRC, staffing structures, providing feedback, dealing with conflict and concerns, and the SPRC role in the appointment process. View recording.

Update your Find-a-Church profile
    By updating your profile, you can showcase your church's unique offerings, events and social media presence, making it more accessible and appealing to seekers and existing members. With step-by-step video instructions available, it's a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your church's visibility.

Exploring General Conference | Self-directed online course
    Learn how General Conference works through this self-directed, online course. Share this resource with those who want to learn how delegates are elected to General Conference, their role, and responsibilities; how petitions, the general church budget, and other important matters are decided; and more.


United Methodist Higher Education Foundation scholarships | Apply by March 1
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) awards $2+ million yearly to students, graduate and undergraduate attending UM-related schools. Applications are open through March 1. Apply today.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Scholarships | Apply by March 13
GBHEM Scholarships offers financial aid to United Methodist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Every year, an average of $5.5 million is awarded to help students in the United States and abroad pursue their dreams through higher education. Apply by March 13.

Dakotas Merit Scholarships | Apply by April 1
    The Dakotas Methodist Foundation awards scholarships each year to seminary students showing exceptional promise or achievement in preparation for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. In previous years, nearly $100,000 has been available for distribution. Scholarship amounts are dependent upon the number of applicants and funds available. Priority is given to applicants pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Applications are due by April 1st and applicants are notified of decisions in May.


Jobs Available
    We're hiring! Take a look at the job announcements across the Dakotas Conference. Get the details on jobs available at these Conference churches and organizations.

Benefits and HR Assistant | Dakotas Conference
    The Dakotas Conference Finance and Benefits office is looking for an assistant. This person will assist with various accounting and administrative functions to support the ministries of The United Methodist Church. View a detailed job description.

Facilties Manager | Lake Poinsett Camp and Living Waters Retreat Center
     Lake Poinsett Camp & Living Waters Retreat Center, a ministry of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, is seeking an experienced professional in the area of facility maintenance. The ideal candidate will have a radical hospitality mindset, knowledge of a wide range of maintenance tasks, experience in working with volunteers and staff teams, and an understanding of ministry as a lifestyle. This is a full-time, exempt position that includes salary, on-site housing, benefits, and meals provided when guests are present. Anticipated start date of March 2024, though actual start date can be flexible.  A full job description can be found here.

Children's Music Director | First UMC Sioux Falls
First UMC in Sioux Falls, S.D. is seeking a Children’s Music Director for four-year-olds through fifth grade. If you feel God is leading you to join this team and your skills match the position, please email Luann Berkhof your resume and cover letter. For more information, you can call the church office at 605.336.3652. View a full job description.

Accompanist | Ben Clare UMC
    Ben Clare UMC near Valley Springs, S.D. is looking for a musical accompaniment for 9 a.m. traditional service and special services. The music includes, but is not limited to: hymns, prelude and postlude, offertory, special music. If interested, please send your resume to: Pastor Krista Ducker. Get more details.

Items Available

Free | Choir robes and stoles
    There are 49 choir robes and stoles with the United Methodist logo available at no cost. If you are interested contact the Faith Alive Community Church in Huron, S.D.


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