Meet with Bishop Lanette at one of the 7 gatherings
"I want to be where our people are, hear their hopes and dreams for our conference, and see the places they live, love, and worship,” said Bishop Lanette Plambeck, who began her assignment as resident bishop for the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area on Jan. 1, 2023. That’s precisely what our new bishop hopes to do at a series of upcoming gatherings in each district. Dakotas United Methodists are invited to choose a location and come to meet Bishop Lanette, hear some of her story, worship together, enjoy warm hospitality and good conversation, and leave with a renewed sense of hope for the future. Get the details and register.
Clergy Financial Well-being Webinars | View details
The new year brings new wisdom and goals for financial health and well-being. Mark your calendar and save the dates for these upcoming webinars: Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 25 at noon: Financial Goals/Assessing, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 8 at noon: Clergy Taxes, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 23 at noon: Retirement Readiness for All Ages.
Camp Registration is open
Registration is open for the 2023 camping season! Check out the upcoming camp sessions at www.dakcamps.org. Check at your local United Methodist Church for the 2023 camp flyer arriving soon. See you at camp!
Clergy Candidate Forum | Feb. 14
Rev. Sara McManus, the registrar for the Dakotas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, is hosting a forum for candidates for ministry on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 2 p.m. central time, 1 p.m. mountain time via Zoom. Access the Zoom link here.
Lenten study | Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts and Outlaws
Join Bishop Lanette Plambeck and the Dakotas Conference Cabinet in this six-week study on the Gospel of Luke, emphasizing Luke's unique insights about Jesus. In Luke: Jesus and the Outsiders, Outcasts, and Outlaws, pastor and bestselling author Adam Hamilton explores the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Through Luke's stories, we find Jesus' care and compassion for all as he welcomes sinners and outcasts. As we study Luke and see Jesus' concern for those considered unimportant, we hear an encouraging and inspiring word for our lives today. Read more here.
Scholarships Available for United Methodist Students | Apply by March 1
Applications are now open for scholarships from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Every year, UMHEF awards $2+ million to students planning to attend one of the 100+ UM-related colleges, universities, and seminaries across the country. Don’t let finances get in the way of achieving your dreams of a quality education! Apply by March 1 at https://umhef.org/apply. (Scholarships from UMHEF are separate from those offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.)
Annual Men's Retreat | March 10-11
Men, mark your calendars! Our annual men's retreat will be taking place at Storm Mountain Center on March 10 and 11. Friday evening we will gather to worship, learn, and fellowship with one another. Saturday we will have a work day serving the camp in a variety of ways. Register and get the details.
Discernment Retreat | March 25 and April 29
A discernment retreat is the entry point for those exploring a call to pastoral and lay ministry. Participants are equipped and inspired to serve as a leader in various ministry areas inside and outside your congregation. This Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders in The United Methodist Church. It explores: personal spiritual gifts, servant leadership, each leader's role in developing future leaders, the importance of consistent spiritual practices, the core ministries of leading, caring, and communicating, and much more. Register here.
Dates and time:
Part I: March 25, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. central time; 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. mountain time.
Location: Conference Office, Mitchell, SD, and Zoom
Part II: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. central time; 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. mountain time.
Location: Conference Office, Mitchell, SD, and Zoom
Dakotas Foundation scholarships | Apply today
Several scholarships are awarded to seminary students, clergy, and undergraduate students by the Dakotas Conference and the Dakotas Methodist Foundation including the Merit Scholarship, Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship, United Methodist Dollars for Scholars and endowment scholarships. There are several due dates approaching. Get the details here.
AC Call for Petitions, Resolutions, and award nominations |Due March 31
It is time to gear up for the 2023 Annual Conference. Do you have a resolution, petition, or specific legislation you would like to have considered at the 2023 Dakotas Annual Conference, being held June 8-10, 2023, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota? All proposals for petitions and resolutions for the Dakotas Annual Conference Session must be submitted electronically, by March 31, 2023. Several awards will be announced at annual conference. Some are chosen by the cabinet, some by CCYM, and some via open nominations.
29 ways to engage Black History Month
Black history is everyone’s story. Here are 29 ways you, your family, and your congregation can celebrate and participate in Black History Month. This list was created by the General Commission on Religion and Race. Read more.
Builders Club Winter 2023 | Piedmont Grace UMC
Grace UMC in Piedmont invites everyone to join them on their journey in following Christ and discovering God’s grace. One way they want to do this is by installing a new digital sign that will help invite people to events and church, as well as share God’s love through scripture and messages of hope. Join the Builders Club and donate today.
Watertown First | Children's Ministry Coordinator
Watertown First UMC in Watertown, SD is hiring a Full-Time Children's Ministry Coordinator. See the Watertown First UMC website for more information: https://watertownfirst.church/about/team/now-hiring/
Sioux Falls First | Children's Ministry Director
Sioux Falls First is looking for a Children's Ministry Director. The Children's Ministry Director will be responsible for equipping children from birth-5th grade to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ, so the church will thrive in its mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Apply here.
Sioux Falls First | Facilities Director
Sioux Falls First is looking for a Facilities Director. The Facilities Director will be responsible for the church building, grounds, and day-to-day facility and security needs. Get the details here.