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This Week @ Dakotas | March 15

By: Dakotas Conference Communications

2022 Lenten Study - Week Three |  From Resentment to Gratitude
    This week we explore the movement of resentment to gratitude as we journey through Henri Nouwen's book, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Holy Spirit. Rev. Kris Mutzenberger states, "We have the choice to live with gratefulness or with spite. We have the choice to see the world and the trouble or to see God despite the world. It’s not to ignore the trouble, or pretend it’s not there, but instead to choose to see God and be grateful in all circumstances." See all the resources here.First Aid for Mental Health Training

First Aid for Mental Health | March 10 & 24
    One in every five Americans experience mental illness each year. The signs of someone struggling with mental health are often subtle, leaving many conditions undetected, undiagnosed and untreated. Wespath is offering First Aid for Mental Health, a two-part live training webinar. This training is free for all UMC clergy and their spouses and congregation members who register. Details here.

Incubator Training | March 23-25
    Join this online, onboarding discovery process to prepare new church planters or those exploring start up/restart church projects. Learn the skills, behaviors, and tools of a church planter. You will make a plan that can be put into action. Get details here


Discernment Retreat | March 26 and April 30
    Are you wondering how God is calling you? Attend the Discernment Retreat on March 26 and April 30, 2022, at the Dakotas Conference Office in Mitchell, South Dakota, or via Zoom. The Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course is a foundational course designed to equip new church leaders and renew current leaders. Details hereUMCOR Sunday is March 27, 2022.

UMCOR Sunday | March 27
   United Methodist Communications has created a variety of resources to help you teach your congregation why we recognize and celebrate UMCOR Sunday, a Special Sunday that is coming up on March 27; 100 percent of your gift to UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) are used to support disaster relief. Get resources here.

Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting | March 28
    Rebecca Trefz and Jeff Pospisil will share some relevant updates regarding the work of the Conference as well as take your questions. Join us on Facebook on March 28 at 3pm Central, 2pm Mountain. Join them March 28 here.

Call for Annual Conference 2022 petitions, resolutions and award nominations | Due April 15
     Do you have a resolution, petition, specific legislation, or award nomination you would like to have considered at the 2022 Dakotas Annual Conference, being held June 9-11, 2022, in Bismarck? All proposals for petitions and resolutions for the Dakotas Annual Conference Session must be submitted electronically, by April 15. Several awards will be announced at annual conference. Some are chosen by the cabinet, some by CCYM, and some via open nominations. Details here.

Practical Church Leadership Course | Application window open
    The Practical Church Leadership certificate program (formerly known as Nonprofit Church Leadership, or NPCL) is a year-long, online graduate certificate program for clergy through Dakota Wesleyan University. The course is designed to increase competencies in leadership. View summaries of past applied projects by pastors in 2019 and in 2020 or view the application to learn more about the program. Applicants will need to ask the leadership team of their church to complete this Endorsement of Participation form. The deadline to submit your application is May 1, 2022. Annual Conference 2022 is June 9-11 in Bismarck, ND

Annual Conference 2022 | June 9-11, 2022
    The 29th session of the Dakotas Annual Conference will be held June 9-11, 2022, in Bismarck, North Dakota. The gathering will include inspiring worship, business, conversations about who and where we are, and celebrating clergy milestones. After two challenging years of being apart we are ready to gather as one body at the Bismarck Event Center. Drawing on Psalm 23 and John 10:10-11, our theme is “Jesus: Healer.” Details here.

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. Info here.


 Lenten reflections | Ardell and Gordon Graner
    Ardell and Gordon Graner, missionaries from the Dakotas, working in the Dominican Republic and supported in part by the Dakotas Conference, have been involved in developing a booklet of Lenten reflections with the theme “Mission Experiences of Compassion, Challenge and Hope.” The reflections are written with love from the ecumenical community around the world, including a variety of missionaries. Get it here.

Camp registration is OPEN | View by camp location below
    Summer 2022 camp registration is open! Check this link to see all the exciting camp offerings at Wesley Acres, Storm Mountain, and Lake Poinsett. Remember the Early Bird Discount? Register before April 30 and receive a discount of $5 off per night. Save even more by bringing a friend with you to camp. Click here for details, or call the camping office at 855-622-1973

Builders Club | Winter 2022 project
    The Dakotas Methodist Foundation's Builders Club has announced their Winter 2022 project. Tolstoy UMC is in need of a new roof, as water is leaking into the Sunday School rooms. The congregation is doing all they can, and hope to make additional improvements to provide a base for their ministry outreach. See how you can help here.


Rapid City First UMC | Contemporary Worship Leader 
   Rapid City First United Methodist Church is seeking applicants for the position of Contemporary Worship Leader. This part-time position is tasked with leading contemporary worship music in a way that is appealing, inviting, engaging and worshipful. We expect the discipleship, musicianship, professionalism and care of this person will continue to help our congregation and music team grow in spirit and in knowledge. See full job description and contact info here.


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