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This Week @ Dakotas | January 11

By: Dakotas Conference Communications

Interfaith Day 2022 | January 13 in Pierre, SD
    On Thursday, January 13, 2022, the South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota will be hosting the Fifth Annual Interfaith Day at the State Capitol in Pierre for the start of the 2022 Legislative Session. Join with faith leaders for a day at the Capitol as we stand in solidarity and pray for peace for everyone who calls South Dakota home. More information here.

Winter Connection | CANCELED
Due to the surge in the COVID-19 Omicron variant and the recent increases in hospitalizations across North Dakota and South Dakota, CCYM feels the safest course is to cancel 2022 Winter Connection. Anyone who has already registered will receive a refund.


Practical Steps for Loan Forgiveness Workshop | January 31
Do you have educational debt? Are you paying attention to the changes coming from the federal government around loan forgiveness and forbearance deadlines? Join the FREE Practical Steps for Loan Forgiveness virtual workshop for clergy and anyone with federal student loans serving the public sector (including churches) Monday, January 31, 1–2 p.m. central time and  12-1 p.m. mopuntain time.. Offered through Lutheran Social Services. More info here

SPRC/PPRC Training | Feb. 7 or 8, 6:30-8:30 CT
    We invite the members of Pastor Parish Relationship committee to join the Dakotas Cabinet in a virtual Pastor Parish Relations Committee (S/PPRC) training event on the evenings of Monday February 7th or Tuesday, February 8th. The training will cover the appointment process, structure and purpose of the S/PPRC, helping and supporting your pastor effectiveness and more, plus a Q&A. Pastors and church offices, please ensure that your S/PPRC chair and committee members  receive this information. Please register here

BOM Candidacy Forum | February 15
Are you unsure of all the steps and what is next on your journey as a candidate for ministry?  Here is your chance to ask questions and get answers! Join a Zoom call with Rev.  Sara McManus, the registrar for the Dakotas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, on Tuesday,  February 15, 2022, at 12pm MT / 1pm CT.  Get the details here

2022 Lenten Study | Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit
    Our relationship with God, who loves us beyond all measure, is a  journey. This Lent (March 2-April 17, 2022), the Bishop and Cabinet invite all Dakotas United Methodists to join an all-Conference Lenten book study. Reknowned author Henri Nouwen understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Spiritual Formation reveals Nouwen’s sage advice on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development. This Lent explore Nouwen’s unparalleled wisdom on how to move from the mind to the heart and live there in the center—the place where God dwells. More info here.

Bible Land Exploration | Departing February 1, 2022
Join Bishop Laurie and Rev. Gary Haller along with others from the Dakotas  and Iowa Annual Conferences on an 11-day Bible Land Exploration, starting at $3,996 from Bismarck and Fargo, ND or Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD, departing on February 1, 2022. Journey to places such as Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Temple Mount, Garden of Gethsemane, Jericho, Bethlehem, Galilee, and much more!

Best of Italy and the Oberammergau Passion Play | Departing on August 15, 2022
Join Bishop Laurie and Rev. Gary Haller along with others from the Dakotas and Iowa Annual Conferences for 12 days in Germany, Austria, and Italy. You'll explore Innsbruck, have the opportunity to see the Oberammergau Passion Play, and spend time in Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome. Pricing starts at $5946  from Bismarck, Fargo, ND,  Rapid City, SD, or Sioux Falls, SD, departing on August 15, 2022.


Church receives bomb threat | Bishop Haller offers prayer
Des Moines Burns UMCBurns United Methodist Church, a historically Black church in DesMoines, Iowa, was threatened by an anonymous phone caller claiming bombs were planted in the building. The church conducted only online services Jan. 9 because of the threat. No bombs were found. Bishop Laurie Haller called for prayer for the congregation and its pastor. Read story and watch video.

Scholarships from United Methodist Higher Education Foundation | Applications open
    The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year between January 1 – March 1, 2022. Students who are members of The United Methodist Church and planning to attend a United Methodist-related school, college, university, or seminary full-time are eligible to apply.

Human Relations Sunday | January 26
    The offering on Human Relations Sunday on Jan. 26, supports ministries of social justice and outreach like the Community Developers, Volunteer Service and Youth Offender Rehabilitation Programs. The 2022 Human Relations Day Pastor and Leader’s Kit.These are digital resources that you can download, print out and insert to help promote this upcoming Sunday. 


Fargo Calvary | Discipleship and Development Pastor/Director
Fargo Calvary is seeking a Director of Discipleship and Development. This position is 15-20 hours per week. Calvary’s Discipleship and Development Ministries include the Calvary Ministry Institute, leadership development program, life/small groups, Bible studies, and life coaching programs (fitness, finance, and marriage). Email a cover letter and resume to View a detailed job description here

Large Projector Screen available
 Steele/Tuttle United Methodist Church in North Dakota has a screen that is electric. The churcht replaced the large screen with a televsion. If any church is interested in the screen they can have it. Call  701-516-7407 for more details. 


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