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This Week @ Dakotas | October 26

Pray with us | October 26-November 2
    Holy Lord, Thank You for grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ. We pray for all of God's people but especially these persons.

Breakthrough Ministry Grants | Applications accepted through October 31
Apply for a grant to reach the next person for Jesus. Breakthrough Ministry Grants include outreach ministries, church/school partnerships, young adult/campus ministries, and culture of call. The next grant application deadline is October 31. Get the application and instructions here. For questions about the application process, contact Diane Weller in the Foundation office.

Dakotas Connection Initiative | Rural Ministry Fall Gatherings (Oct. 23- Nov. 14)
    The Dakotas Annual Conference is hosting fall gatherings for rural ministry churches in each of our four districts in the upcoming weeks. These gatherings are part of our million-dollar Dakotas Connection Initiative, a rural ministry grant from the Lilly Endowment. Gatherings are designed to connect with rural churches with the intention of creating innovative and collaborative ways to structure ministry functions to effectively and efficiently allocate ministry resources. Each four-hour session is free of charge, each church attending will receive several resources designed to spur on innovation in rural ministry and a stipend to help offset travel costs. View a  list of the dates, times, locations and register

Start-Up Incubator | October 27-29
    The Start-Up Incubator is an onboarding discovery process to prepare newly appointed church planters or those exploring start up/restart projects (new service or new site). This is an introduction into the skills, behaviors, and tools of a church planter. You will make a plan that can be put into action. This online training will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 9a.m.-2p.m. MDT, Oct. 27-29. Contact Ben Ingebretson with any questions. Register here or contact Gail Johnson.

Soul Fill-up | Wednesdays 8 a.m. MT, 9 a.m. CT
    Soul Fill-up is a mid-week time for church leaders to slow down. Let us pour into your soul and refill your cup during guided scripture reading, prayer, and meditation led by the Higher Ground program's spiritual directors. There is nothing to do or prepare—just set this 30-40 minutes aside for yourself and join us! Click here to join, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. CT, 8:00 a.m. MT.


Financial Foundations webinar | November 8
    Join us for Building Relationships—Telling Your Church Story: Nov. 8, 7-7:45 p.m. CST, 6-6:45pm MST, online. Learn how to tell the story of your church, and how this can help cultivate new donors. This webinar by the Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodist Foundations is for pastors, treasurers, finance committees, and anyone interested in stewardship.

DakYouth AnnouncementDAKYOUTH 2021 | November 12-14
DAKYOUTH,  an event for middle and high school students, is happening November 12-14, 20201, at the Recreating and Culture Center in Aberdenn, South. The theme is “Bent, not Broken.”  The scripture focus is 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are experiencing all kinds of trouble, but we aren’t crushed. We are confused, but we aren’t depressed. We are harassed, but we aren’t abandoned. We are knocked down, but we aren’t knocked out.  Register today.

Feeding the Dakotas Hunger Grants | Applications accepted through November 15
Applications are now being accepted for hunger / feeding grants from funds collected during the 2021 Miracle Offering.  The application deadline is November 15.  Grant awards will be made by November 30.  Grants will be capped at $1,000 per applicant.  Applications must come from a UMC church or organization but can be partnered with local community programs.  Applications are available here.

UMC Student Day | November 28, 2021
Gifts to UMC Student Day fund scholarship programs for promising United Methodist students. This includes programs like the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship. It is a scholarship designated for undergraduates with at least three years of membership in The United Methodist Church. Click here to access resources for UMC Student Day.

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.


Virgin Pulse Benefits | Dr. Shawn Culey Watch video 
     Dr. Shawn Culey shares insights about the Virgin Pulse program (part of our Conference benefits package), and how the five dimensions of well-being are supported by this program. Actively participating in Virgin Pulse can have a positive impact on the lives and ministries of our clergy, staff, and their families.

Health benefits for full-time and three-quarter time clergy | Enroll Nov. 3-18
Starting in 2022 it will be mandatory for all full-time and three-quarter time clergy to be on the conference health insurance unless they opt-out for specified reasons. Annual election for 2022 will be November 3-18, 2021. Annual election for 2022 will be November 3-18, 2021. Get the details here.

Come Home for Christmas | Advent worship resources
     2021 worship series from Discipleship Ministries is "Come Home for Christmas. We are about the longing for the coming kin-dom, where we will study war no more, where people will walk in the light, where joy will be found, and love with be the tie that binds us together. That’s the home for which we long. That’s the invitation this Advent season to your church and the world: “Come home for Christmas.”



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