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This Week @ Dakotas | June 11


AC 2024 wrap-up video
    A lot happened at the 31st session of the Dakotas Annual Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, June 6-8. Watch and share this video. Here are some of the highlights and resources to share with your congregation.

AC Evaluation Survey
    We would love to get your feedback. Tell us what went well. Give us some ideas to make things even better. Please take a moment and complete a short survey here. You can also provide additional questions/ideas for General Conference Follow-Up as well as input for the Wisdom Council.

2024 Miracle Offering
    So far, $34,000 has been collected for the Miracle Offering. Gifts will be divided among these recipients: The 31:8 Project—human trafficking, Abbott House’s Bridges Therapeutic Foster Care, Recovery Ministry, and the Clergy Sustentation Fund. Donations are still being accepted. Access resources.

Scripture Circle Cohort | Begins June 11
The six-week Scripture Circle Facilitator training will be on June 11, 18, 25 and July 16, 23, 30, at 10:30-12 p.m. CDT. The purpose of this cohort is to better equip you to lead a group in a scripture circle style.  To maximize the learning and experience, have a group of 6 to 15 people ready to study with you in your real world that you can practice with. This cohort is going to be capped at 11 people.  Get the details


Fresh Expressions coaching calls | June 27
    Fresh Expressions Coaching Calls will be held June 27, July 25, and Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m., online. Coaching sessions for Fresh Expressions practitioners and teams are facilitated by Rev. Michael Beck. Share stories, ideas, and support. Learn more

Mission U | Register by July 1
    Mission u is a transformative educational event open to women, men, members and non-members of UWFaith and/or the UMC. The event encompasses both Bible-based curriculum and spiritually uplifting and mission-related components. The Southern Site will meet Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14 on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University and the Northern Site gathers Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20 at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D. Register here. Order the study book.

North Central Jurisdiction Conference | July 10-13
    The 2024 North Central Jurisdictional Conference will be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, July 10-13, 2024. Gathering around the theme “Lift Every Voice” participants will explore ways to live humbly, love genuinely, live with a sense of presence and joy amid affliction, united with all of our siblings in Christ. View details.

Clergy Family Getaway | July 1-5
    Clergy, bring your family and join us for a relaxing and rejuvenating time away. Enjoy time at the lake and family fun. This event has limited planned programming, but there will be opportunities for campfires, crafts, games, and more! Get the details.

Investing In Leaders Resource Grant (Student Debt Reduction) | Apply by Aug 1 
    The 2024 application is open until Aug. 1, 2024. First time applicants are considered first. Demonstration of completing personal financial education and working with a financial loan repayment counselor (at least one session) are both required. If you need more information about connecting with a student loan repayment counselor, please contact Area Director of Clergy Well-Being Diane Owen at Learn more.

Impact Fargo: Taking God Seriously | July 28-Aug. 2
    Youth from across Dakotas are invited to a mission event in Fargo, N.D. IMPACT Fargo 2024: Taking God Seriously, is happening July 28-Aug. 2, 2024. Get the details.

DK UM Clergy Women's Retreat | Aug. 11-13
    Join clergy women from across the Dakotas-Minnesota are at Lake Poinsett for a retreat. It will be at Lake Poinsett Camp and Retreat Center. View the details.

Required Quadrennial Clergy Training: Becoming Whole and Holy Leaders | Aug 26-27
    Registration with general information is now available here for appointed clergy and assigned laity serving in pastoral roles in the Dakotas Annual Conference who will be attending BEcoming Whole and Holy Leaders -How our healthy boundaries and ethics move us to wholeness and holiness!, a required quadrennial gathering on August 26 – 27, 2024 in Pierre, SD.

Leadership Institute 2024 | Sept. 25-27
    Remember the incredible energy of last year's Leadership Institute? Want to find out what everyone's talking about? Experience the spirit of connection and growth at this year's conference set for September 25-27, 2024. Registration is now open. Get the details.


Juneteenth | June 19
Juneteenth (officially, “Juneteenth National Independence Day”) is a federal observance in the United States, which commemorates the end of legal enslavement of African Americans. Juneteenth is a reminder that, despite the sins of our past as a church and society, the God of liberation comes always to champion those who struggle against evil and to bring good news, release, and justice. Learn more. Access resources.

100 Days of Prayer | Week 11
    The eleventh week of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area 100 Days of Prayer initiative began Monday, June 10. This week take a moment to ponder how you see the practice of love happening in your daily life. How can each of us be genuine in our love? Access resources for week 11Access all resources.

2023-24 Missional Report
The 2023-24 Missional Report encourages and reminds us, we need not fear, as God is with us. In the past year, United Methodists across the Dakotas have grown in their love of Jesus and shared that love with others. Here are three ways to use the Missional Report to enhance ministry in your church.


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


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