Mondays @ Dakotas
 July 23, 2012     
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Youth "Camp" in Minot
In Our Hearts
Skilled Workers Needed in Minot
Episcopal Assignments
Dakotas Conference gives to Hope Village
Ice Cream Social Provides Cool Comfort
Last Chance to Buy 2012 Journal
Dakota Marketplace
Pierre Are Mission Fair
Prairie Hills West Ingathering
Pack the Vans
Association Offers Free Workshop

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July 22-28 -- Dakotas Conference Licensing School is going to be held at Living Waters Retreat Center at Lake Poinsett from July 22-28, 2012. Contact Jodi Cataldo, Dakotas Conference Director of Leadership Development at 605-996-6552 or [email protected] for more information.




July 24, 6:30-7:30 PM (CDT)

What Happens When the Rules Don't Work? Critical Thinking and Adult Faith

Participants in this webinar will examine the role of mental models as they pertain to faith and explore how critical thinking comes to the rescue when mental models don't seem to work anymore.

August 1, 7:00 PM  
In concert: Broken Resolve - a contemporary Christian rock band from Sioux Falls - will be at the Kimball Protestant Parish in Kimball, SD. Call 605-778-6410 for more information.  ____________________ 

August 28, 6:30-7:30 PM-- How Adults Learn, Part 1: The Emotional Aspect of Learning. Participants in this webinar will explore how emotions function in ways to increase or shut down learning. Ideas related to developing a positive emotional climate in adult small groups will be included. 

Register here






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Terry Willey, 24, lights a candle for the families and all involved with the Aurora shootings during services at the Grant Avenue United Methodist Church in Aurora, Colo. on Sunday, July 22, 2012, two days after a shooting rampage at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" Batman movie. Photo: Barry Gutierrez / AP

Youth 'camp' in Minot  

Instead of going to the traditional church camp, youth and adult coordinators from Montana, Minnesota, Ohio and South Dakota  help rebuild Minot, ND. They cleaned up parks and several important landmarks in Minot. Photo by Lee Gale.

MINOT - Going to church camp has new meaning to over 200 youth from United Methodist churches across Montana, Minnesota, South Dakota and Ohio. These youth went to camp in Minot, ND to help rebuild the city after a devastating flood during the summer of 2011.


Youth worked with the Minot City Parks Department to help clean up two of the major parks in the city refurbishing assorted parks department buildings, and the community band shell where concerts are frequently held.  They cleaned up and polished two major sites within the parks one being the North Dakota Medal of Honor memorial and a large statue of Teddy Roosevelt on his horse! 


A lot of youth who go to church camp come home tired because of the long nights of campfires, songs and conversations. These youth put in long hours of labor to do wonderful work and be the hands and feet of Christ. What great representatives for the United Methodist Church. 

In our hearts

Rev. Greg Kroger, Bishop's Assistant for Connectional Ministries, Dakotas Conference. File photo.

I want to share with all of you portions of the journey that I have been on the last six weeks. In mid-June I learned that I have esophageal cancer. Further tests indicated that the disease was in a very early stage. My doctor recommended that I seek treatment at a facility equipped with widest range of effective treatment options and experience in dealing with this type of cancer. Following a time of challenging waiting and wondering what would be next, arrangements have been confirmed for me to be seen at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.


Joyceann and I will be in Houston this week and tentatively plan to return home at the end of next week. In the event that I will require more extensive treatment, such as major surgery, our stay will be extended. Rev. Howard Grinager has graciously accepted Bishop Deb's invitation to fill in for me as the need might arise. As I travel this journey I know I am not alone. I have been upheld by many offerings of prayer. The Scriptures powerfully speak hope and peace into my life. I thank the laity and clergy of the Dakotas for their presence as family in my life.   May we all find encouragement to "Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!


Together in Ministry,

Greg Kroger

Much work to be done in Minot as demonstrated by a Mitchell / Yankton UMC work team member recently in Minot. Photo by Bruce Blumer.

Skilled workers needed in Minot


MINOT - There is a critical need for skilled volunteers in Minot, ND. Please recruit a team or sponsor skilled workers to go to Minot. Contact Bob Lower for more information at [email protected] or 701-721-0441.


Bob Lower, Associate Coordinator for Disaster Relief-Minot Area notes, and "The Minot flood recovery effort for rebuilding needs teams of electricians.  A team is a master electrician, two journeymen and up to four apprentices or helpers.  We would like to see churches put together and sponsor teams for a week in the flood area to assist in wiring homes that had all of the electric wires and boxes removed because of the flood.  The need is so great that we will accept individual journeymen or master electricians that can work for three or four days as a team."
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Janelle Jones, Dakotas Conference delegate to the North Central Jurisdiction Conference 2012 in prayer with Bishop Bruce Ough, appointed to Dakotas Minnesota Area. Photo by East Ohio UMC.


Episcopal Assignments by jurisdiction


Click here to view all of the assignments made by the committees on episcopacy in each of the five jurisdictions in the United States. The bishops will begin their assignments for the 2013-16 quadrennium on Sept. 1. 



Listen to the North Central Jurisdiction Episcopacy report.

Dakotas Conference gives to Hope Village 

MINOT -  July 18,2012, the volunteer center Hope Village netted a sizable donation from the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Lee Gale, disaster response coordinator of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church presented Hope Village board of directors a $15,000 donation at the board's weekly meeting.  Bob Lower coordinates the relief operations in Minot for the Methodists. The Dakotas Conference operates out of Mitchell, SD.


Oilfield service company Baker Hughes Inc., also announced plans to provide Hope Village with 50 cold-weather coveralls at estimated retail value of $22,000. The items will go a long way in assisting Hope Village's volunteers stay warm as they continue to rebuild Minot during the winter months.


Hope Village is a multi-denominational cooperative that gives out-of-town volunteer teams a place to stay as they work to rebuild homes that were devastated by Minot's floods last year. The Village can house 160 volunteers on site and plans on moving forward with expansion to host 250 volunteers by spring 2013.


Submitted by Linley Wartenberg, Hope Village

Ice Cream social provides cool comfort

Kimball Protestant Parish in Kimball, SD. offered ice cream to the community while they enjoyed the July 3rd fireworks display from the church parking lot. Over 100 were served!  Pinwheels were also made for the children. Submitted photo.


Last chance to order a 2012 Journal


If you would like to order a print copy of the 2012 Dakotas Conference Journal you must do so by August 1, 2012. The fee is $21.00 contact Sharon Blumer at [email protected] or 605-996-6552. 

Ingathering is Moving to Sioux Falls


Dakota Marketplace, the former Ingathering in Mitchell, will take place at First UMC, 401 S Spring, in Sioux Falls on Saturday, September 22. As in the past, funds raised will support the UM Committee of Relief (UMCOR) World Hunger and Poverty initiative, Heifer International and Dakotas Hunger Projects.


The Conference website has been updated with several documents to help congregations promote Dakota Marketplace. At you'll find a link to a newsletter that outlines lots of details about this new and exciting mission event. A shorter 2-page flyer can be printed and distributed or placed on an information table. If your church shares digital announcements during worship, you'll find some sample slides that can be modified to meet your needs. There's also a link to the sheet for recording all the gifts your church will be bringing to Dakota Marketplace along with the Hunger Grant Application form.


Dakota Marketplace will run from 9 am - 3 pm. Throughout the day, stop in at the craft bazaar, farmer's market, bake sale or browse the mission fair. At 10 am we'll feature a Specialty Live Auction and from 9 am - 1 pm there will be a Silent Auction of gift baskets and handcrafted items. Lunch will be available along with homemade pie and ice cream.


If you'd like to volunteer, contact Cindy Nelson at 351-2818 or [email protected]. For more information go to or check out our Facebook page at 


Note:  No flood buckets are needed at this time.

 No flood buckets are needed at this time.
  Prairie Hills West Ingathering

No Flood Buckets are needed at this time.

Pack the Vans

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 No flood Buckets are needed at this time.

Community Action Learning & Leadership


Are you a leader?

Have you had an idea that would make a difference?

Do you want to help others by working in a team environment?

Do you feel called to make an impact in our community?

Do you want to hear how community leaders answered their call? 


College age and Young Professionals, you are invited to participate in a 10 week program designed specifically to build your leadership skills and provide you with an opportunity to make an impact in our community through a group project.  Class presenters will be community leaders that will share their experience and insights.  


Visit our Website ( to learn more, view application deadlines, and to apply! All of the information is under the "C.A.L.L" tab!

Association Offers Free Regional Workshop In Pierre


Dakotas Conference Communications would love to tell the story of how God is inspiring, energizing, transforming and calling your church to ministry. If you have a story to share, email Dakotas Conference Communications by clicking here by Thursday.  Please submit articles in Microsoft Word format.  Articles should be no longer than 250 words.  Be sure to include the author, any people involved and the time line for publication, up to two weeks.      

Pictures always appreciated! 


Mondays Contact Info Doreen Gosmire Associate Director of Communications 605-996-6552. 


Calendar Contact Info Click here to see the entire Dakotas Conference Calendar.  If you have items you would like to add to the calendar contact Bonnie Carlson.