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This Week @ Dakotas | January 23


NCJ Special Session | Watch live
The North Central Jurisdiction will hold a special session on January 23, 2024, 7 p.m., central time, virtually.  Delegates will consider forming two new episcopal areas: (1) Northern Illinois and Wisconsin and (2) East Ohio and West Ohio. Watch live.

Dynamite Prayer | Week two
During week two of our Dynamite Prayer Initiative we focus on increasing awareness of what you can expect of the power of God's Spirit. How often do you try to accomplish following Jeus using your own human strenght, coming up with your own solutions, and applying your own wisdom and best efforts before finally turning to God?  Access resources.

Fresh Expression Coaching calls | Jan. 25 plus more
    Hop on a Zoom call to connect with others about Fresh Expression. The coaching calls are Jan. 25, Feb. 29, March 28, April 25, June 27, July 25, and Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m., online. Monthly coaching sessions are for Fresh Expressions practitioners and their teams and are facilitated by Rev. Michael Beck. Share stories, ideas, and support. Get the details.

Winter Connection | January 26-27
    Winter Connection is an opportunity for youth to gather, share, worship, and serve others. Our theme for 2024 is "Be Bold, Be Fearless," and our scripture is Deuteronomy 31:6. Winter Connection will be held in Fargo, Mitchell, and Rapid City. Learn more and register.


Clergy Preaching cohort | January start
    Beginning in mid-January a second round of Preaching Cohorts will begin. These groups of 3-4 clergy meet together to help one another become better preachers. We watch and evaluate one another's sermons and give constructive input on what went well, and areas in which the preacher could improve. Each person sets their own goals and areas in which they wish to grow. Contact Rev. Teresa Whetsel if you are interested View participant comments and details.

Breakthrough Ministry Grants | Due January 31
    Breakthrough Ministry Grants are offered to churches and related organizations from the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation and Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Grants will be awarded quarterly as seed money to launch new ministries or expand an existing ministry. Learn more here.

Fresh Expressions National Gathering | Feb. 7-9
    Fresh Expressions National Gathering is Feb. 7-9, in Charlotte, North Carolina. This event is a great opportunity for those interested in cultivating a fresh expression in their community. Bishop Lanette will be there too! Use discount code FXDKMN for $80 off your registration.

Clergy invited to spend time at camp
    As Dakotas United Methodist clergy, you have a special benefit gifted from the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church Board of Pensions. In appreciation of your ministry and acknowledgment that you deserve some time away, you are invited to schedule a personal retreat and/or a family vacation for the members of your immediate household at your favorite Dakotas United Methodist Camp! You may stay up to a total of two weeks each year for FREE at any of the three locations.

2024 Lent Study | Multiplying Love
    Join Bishop Lanette Plambeck and the Dakotas and Minnesota Conference Cabinets this Lent for a video study. Explore the power of the Wesleyan approach to the gospel and a compelling case for the future of The United Methodist Church. 

S.D. Interfaith Day | Feb. 12
    Join faith leaders, for a day at the Capitol as we stand in solidarity and pray for peace for everyone who calls South Dakota home. The annual Interfaith Day at the State Capitol in Pierre for the 2024 Legislative Session is Feb. 15 beginning at 9 a.m. Get the details.

Exploration 2024 | Feb. 16-18
    Exploration, is being held in Orlando, Feb. 16-18. It is a gathering, hosted by The United Methodist Church, that creates sacred space for young adults, ages 18-26, to be in meaningful fellowship, passionate worship, theological reflection, and practical workshops as they discern God's call on their life, how ministry in and with The United Methodist Church might be a part of that call, and what faithful steps they can take in response.

SPRC Training | Feb. 22
    If you have new members to your Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), or have recently received a new pastor, or haven't been through a training in a while, join an online (Zoom) training on February 22, at 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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 at this request. Join Builders Club and donate.

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

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!

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.


29 ways you can participate in Black History Month
February is Black History Month. Whatever your heritage or background, Black history is part of everyone's history. The General Commission on Religion and Race has compiled 29 suggestions to help United Methodists celebrate Black History Month during this leap year. View suggestions.

2024 IRS mileage rate
The IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2024 increases to 67 cents a mile, up 1.5 cents from 2023. Learn more.

Interfaith Clergy Debt Relief Program
    Clergy can borrow up to $20,000 to alleviate high interest debt. This program is made possible through partnership with Wespath as part of their Financial Well-Being Initiative. Learn more.


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.

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 not limited to: hymns, prelude and postlude, offertory, special music. If interested, please send your resume to: Get more details.

Camping Position Opening | Lake Poinsett Facilities Manager
    Lake Poinsett Camp and Living Water Retreat Center 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. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Nicole Anderson at Phone: 605-983-5547. Applications accepted through 2/29/2024.

Discipleship Ministries Coordinator | Evergreen UMC
Evergreen UMC in Wahpeton, N.D., is hiring a Discipleship Ministries Coordinator. Evergreen UMC is looking for a high energy, enthusiastic individual who loves engaging with children, youth and young adults and also is super crazy about Jesus!! Please contact Pastor Kori Lehrkamp or the church office for more information.


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