AC 2023 | Highlights to share
A lot happened at the 2023 Dakotas Annual Conference, June 8-10, 2023. Wondering how to condense two and one-half full days of worship, discerning, and celebrating into a succinct report you can bring back to members of your congregation? Here are some highlights to consider sharing.
AC 2023 | Recap video
It's a wrap! Take a look at some of the highlights of three days of worship, learning, discussion, and celebrating. The 30th session of the Dakotas Annual Conference took place June 8-10, 2023 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. View and download video.
Feedback needed | AC evaluation
We would love to have your feedback about the 2023 Dakotas Annual Conference. If you attended as a voting member, watched, or came as a visitor, please share your thoughts with us by completing a short survey. Here is the link to the survey.
Miracle Offering | The Road of Hope
At annual conference $42,000 was collected for the 2023 Miracle Offering: The Road of Hope. In response to the increasing numbers of deaths by suicide, ideation of suicide, and attempts among youth in North and South Dakota, and the mental health crisis in our nation, the 2023 Miracle Offering recipients are the Helpline of South Dakota and FirstLink of North Dakota. We are almost to our goal of $50,000 for the 2023 Miracle Offering. Donations are still be accepted, access resources.
Bring a friend to camp and save $25
For each new camper you or your family member bring to camp, you will receive $25 off the price of your camp. New campers are those who have not been to any Dakotas United Methodist Camps camping event in the past three years. Request the Bring-a-friend discount in your online forms. The discount will be applied when your friend registers. Register here.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Workshop | June 28 and August 25
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Learn more at an information session on Wednesday, June 28 and August 25, 2023. Access details.
#BeUMC t-shirt | Discount through June 30
United Methodist Communications is offering, for a limited time, a special coupon code for members of your annual conference. See the details.
Minnesota Twins Faith Day | July 8
The Minnesota Twins is hosting Faith Day on Saturday, June 8 in collaboration with Praise Alive 2023! Come watch the Twins take on the Baltimore Orioles at 1:10 p.m. with family and friends, while representing your local faith community! Stick around after the game for a postgame program featuring player testimonials, prayer, and live music from Christian rock band Sanctus Real!! Get the details.
Youth 2023 | July 22-29
Middle and high school students are invited to travel with other Dakotas Conference youth to Daytona Beach, Florida, July 22-29, 2023. Join thousands of other youth and their leaders at Youth 2023, at the Daytona Ocean Center and lodging at the Hilton Ocean Front Resort. Check out the cost and further details here.
2023 Mission u
Don’t miss Mission u 2023! United Women in Faith have a commitment to lifelong learning. Mission u is a perfect example of how that commitment is put into action—and not just for ourselves, but to better reflect God’s love to others. This summer, do yourself a favor and attend this three-day learning adventure. Participate in one of three sessions: Southern Site: July 14-16, 2023, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD, access details; Northern Site: July 20-22, 2023, University of Jamestown, Jamestown, ND, access details; Virtual: August 10-12, 2023, on Zoom, access details.
Tree of Life grand opening | July 26
Tree of Life has a new building and a new look. A grand opening is being held on July 26, 2025. If you are coming to the grand opening you can bring any prom attire. It is only with the help of our generous donors that Tree of Life can help the young people of our area schools have that "fairytale" night at their proms!
Called special session | Aug. 15
After consultation with the Dakotas Appointive Cabinet, Bishop Lanette Plambeck has called a special session of the Dakotas Annual Conference for August 15, 2023, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Central Time, 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time. The session will be entirely virtual. This will be the final called conference for disaffiliation in 2023.
National Day of Volunteer Training | September 23, 2023
Fargo First UMC is once again hosting National Day of Volunteer Training through Download Youth Ministry. The date for this year's training is September 23, beginning at 9 a.m. Bring your team to this training. Current pricing is $99.00 for everyone on your team. Prices will go up on May 1. The training will be finished by noon. Fargo First UMC will be providing lunch for all attendees after the training. Please mark your calendars, register, and join us.
Tree of Life says thank you!
Tree of Life thanks all those who stopped to check out our table at Annual Conference. We were gifted with about 45 prom dresses and a pair of pretty shoes. The InterFaith Credit Union is going to invite members to bring prom attire to the Credit Union in Rapid City, where we can periodically pick it up! A huge shout out of thanks to Lee Michael of Michael's Toggery, Mitchell for his generous donation of 30 brand new prom dresses. He is retiring and closing the store, so he graciously shared his wares with the Tree. Feel free to continue to send or bring items to Tree of Life, PO Box 149, Mission SD 57555 or 465 W. 2nd, Mission, SD 57555.
General church says thank you | Video message
This video message is a thank you on behalf of the General Council on Finance and Administration to the Dakotas Annual Conference for paying General Church apportionments in full. Giving is one of the ways we are a ministry with one another. United Methodism is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and the commandment to help your neighbor – not just in your community but for the transformation of the world. These dollars give the ability to fulfill that mission. View the video message.
Africa University says thank you | Video message
Thank you to the leadership and local congregations of the Dakotas Conference for this steadfast and generous investment in your Africa University—“The School of Dreams in the Valley of Hope!" Watch this video message.
Financial Ministry Grant | Growing generous givers
If you are interested in learning more about growing generous givers, starting a study such as Saving Grace, or providing a growth opportunity for key leaders, consider applying for a Financial Ministry Grant of up to $500 to fund your effort. Whatever your method for improving the financial health of your church and embedding the value of generosity into your church culture, some financial support can jumpstart your efforts! Apply for the Financial Ministry Grant using a simple application found here.
Investing In Leaders Resource Grant (Student Debt Reduction) | 2023 application is now open
The 2023 application is now open for the Investing in Leaders Resource Grant, formerly known as Student Debt Reduction Grant. 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 email@example.com. Grant awards up to $5000 are available. Applications are due Aug. 1. Notification of grant awards will occur by Sept. 15. Access application for first-time applicants. Access renewal application if you have applied before.
Clergy Well-Being Grants | Apply now
The 2023 Clergy Well-Being Resource Grant committee is now accepting applications! The Dakotas-Minnesota Area offers our clergy this grant of up to $1,000 for first time applicants and up to $500 for those who received a grant in 2022. Funds could be used for a health coach, spiritual director, gym membership, hiking boots, a creative art experience, a course on resilience or trauma, and more.
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.
Worship Arts Director | Legacy UMC
Legacy is looking for a full-time Worship Arts Director, a person with a visible and contagious love for Jesus lived out in passionate worship. This person should be a good communicator with a creative spirit, possessing the musical ability to lead vocally and instrumentally and the leadership to develop the gifts and talents of a diverse team. See the full job description here.