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MONDAYS @ DAKOTAS                                     February 5, 2013   
                                                                            (The Mondays is late due to the editors absence for conference business)  
Tippers to Tithers
February 15th Deadline to Sign up for Mission Interns and U2 Applicants
Fat Tuesday Flapjack Follies
Nebraska Conference Training Events
Register for the Interpreter
Upcoming Dates for Laity Training
GBOD Offers Free Webinars
Order Your Eco-Palms
One Great Hour of Sharing
Church of the Resurrection Congregational Care Team Training
Fargo Faith Featured in New Book
A Thank You from President Obama
Dust and Ashes
Ready and Waiting! 2013 Camp Registriation
The Rebuild Continues in Minot
The Way 2013 Lenten Video Series
Sign Up for Sidewalk Sonday School
From Tippers to Tithers
Apportioment Payments Reach Highest Level









Tippers to Tithers

Join Paul Nickerson   for  a workshop for clergy and church teams at Frist UMC in Watertown, SD





Deadline for U2 and Mission Intern Applications  

Young adults may now apply for the 2013 class of Mission Interns and US-2s. Feb. 15 is the deadline to submit the application for these long-term mission assignments through the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries   

 Click here for the details 



Fat Tuesday Flapjack Follies

The Sioux Falls First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir combines the pancakes and the celebration on
Shrove Tuesday, February 12, to bring you "Fat Tuesday Flapjack Follies." Pancakes, sausages and beverages will be served in the Fellowship Hall from 4:30-6:30 pm., along with musical entertainment presented by the Chancel Choir, children's choirs, and friends of FUMC.


Nebraska Conference invites all to training events 

Leadership Team Event 

The Nebraska Conference will be held on February 8-9, 2013 in Norfolk, Nebraska and the cost for participation is only $150 for a team consisting of a pastor and up to four lay people.      



5-Day Spiritual Academy  


A Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation held at Schuyler Nebraska April 7-12, 2013.   


Register and receive the Interpreter Free!


In addition to the digital and print subscriptions for lay leaders, pastors are eligible to receive a free personal subscription. Submit your church's full enrollment now.

Click here to enroll  

Upcoming Dates for Lay Servant Ministries Training



MARCH 15-16  Laity Training & Mini-Retreat at Wesley Acres Camp. Hosted by the Jamestown Ministry Team.  Watch for further information.


Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Cando United Methodist Church.   Lay Servant Ministry Class, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, led by Rev. Rick Craig and Lay Pastoral Care Giving led by Rev. Lori Broschat.   OPEN TO ALL.  Followup assignment for those desiring certification for Lay Servant Ministry.  Lunch will be served by the Cando United Church Women.  $35 for the class to be sent to the Conference Office.  Hosted by the Spirit Lake Ministry team 


Click here for a registration form

GBOD offers free webinars to leaders of small groups  



February 19, 6:30-7:30 PM (CST)

Engaging Adults in Service. Participants in this webinar will reflect on the role that engagement in service experiences plays in adult faith formation and will identify ways of increasing the impact of service in individuals' lives, as well as the quality of service to the community. 

Click here to register   


Palm Sunday is March 24 this year. Why not celebrate the triumphal entry of Christ using palm fronds that are fairly traded? Through the Eco-Palm Project, palms bought from harvesters are purchased at a fair price and cut down in a way that protects the environment.

Click here for Details
One Great Hour of Sharing is just weeks away.  Be sure to order your free offering resources for this offering that supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) so that it may respond immediately and effectively to emergencies around the world.    

Please join the Church of the Resurrection's Congregational Care team Thursday, April 11-Saturday April 13 for comprehensive training and networking with other local church leaders in your table groups regarding congregational care best practices and standards.


Winter morning sunrise.  Photo by Jason Currie Olson.  

Fargo Faith featured in new book    

NASHVILLE, TENNESEE --The newest Rethink Church sermon series,"Vital" is based on Rev. Jorge Acevedo's book, "Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World." Fargo Faith United Methodist Church in north Fargo, North Dakota is one of the churches featured in the book by Jorge Acevedo.


"Our doors will close unless we change our focus and ministry toward reaching younger people," states Rev. Kevin Kloster in Vital Churches Changing the Communities and the World.


Go to this link to order or download the book
LEAWOOD, KANSAS -- Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas received this handwritten note from the President Obama about his remarks at the Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington after the Inauguration.


"Rev. Hamilton, Thanks for your wonderful message at the National Cathedral the morning after the Inauguration. It was a useful reminder of what true leadership requires.


Please tell the congregation that we are inspired by all your good works. Yours in Christ, Barack Obama"


Lent begins...

On this journey you will take with you the dust and ashes of your past that have formed you into who you are today.

...You have the dust of the playground of your childhood that helped teach you right from wrong; trust and fairness and friendship.

...You will take the dust from window sills you've looked out of, dresser tops of secrets, closets of clothes that were favorites, basements of darkness and attics of treasures.

...You will take the dust from underneath the beds you've slept in and the dreams you've experienced some of which have come true.

...You will take the dust of the erasers off chalkboards and pencils of words spoken or placed in to verse and conversations that you wished were left unspoken.

...You will take the ashes of campfires at church camps where you found God in nature and nurture from counselors and new friends and the beauty of Gods abundance that created you.

...You've been smudged by ashes of hurt, betrayal, and disappointment from those in your past you trusted and believed in.

...You will take on this 40 day journey the ashes from the hearth of love from your family of origin for without those experiences you wouldn't have grown so strong or as wise.

...So now may the seeds of your soul find a safe mixture of dust and ashes of your past to bury you deep enough these days so that new life might grow now from your roots.

......Roots that will bear fruit in abundance these 40 days and well on into your New Life this Easter and throughout your life!


Enjoy your journey-

Rev. Rick Pittenger

Vermillion United Methodist Church 

We're ready and waiting for you to register for our 2013 summer camps.  Brochures have been sent to the churches and to all former campers. In addition we have a new interactive camping website (www.dakcamps.org) that provides the ability to sort camps by age, date, and/or site.  You will find the welcome letter for each camp with all the information and forms you need located by each camp, just one click away.   We are so excited about our new website and believe it will be much more user friendly.   However, with any new site there are sometimes hiccups along the way so please let us know if something isn't working quite right or could be tweaked to be even better.  Your input is appreciated. 


We are now using Trak1 to perform our background checks.  Volunteers that register online will be directed right to the Trak1 website to complete the disclosure form so there is no delay in getting the background check started.


Summer is just around the corner.  Invite your friends to join you at camp.  We'll see you there!


Becky Holten, Director

Camping and Youth Ministries

MINOT -- The need for volunteers to rebuild houses in Minot, ND is great. Hope Village coordinates jobs and provides housing for rebuild teams. Your help is needed. If you have experience in remodeling your home, you have the skills we need. Teams of 1-2 skilled with 3-4 helpers are ideal. Please pray for those who are in need, those who help and consider volunteering if you are able to.

Contact Bob Lower at  blower@dakotasumc.org or 701- 721-0441 to help out in Minot.


Click here for some bulletin announcements for your church



The Dakotas Conference presents a weekly video series for Lent featuring Bishop Bruce R. Ough and members of the Dakotas Conference Cabinet. A 5 minute video will be available each week for churches and individuals to use throughout Lent. The videos will be based on Rev. Adam Hamilton's book The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. Videos will be posted on the Dakotas Conference website , You Tube  and Vimeo.  


Here is a description of The Way:


Travel with Adam Hamilton as he retraces the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Once again, Hamilton approaches his subject matter with thoughtfulness and wisdom, just as he did with Jesus' crucifixion in 24 Hours That Changed the World and with Jesus' birth in The Journey. Using historical information, archaeological data, and stories of the faith, Hamilton follows in the footsteps of Jesus from his baptism to the temptations to the heart of his ministry, including the people he loved, the parables he taught, the enemies he made, and the healing he brought.



The Way Promotional Video
The Way Promotional Video
2013 Lenten Video Schedule

Book Section



Date Posted


Intro. to Lent

Bishop Ough


Chapter 1

Baptism and Temptation

Rev. Marilyn Spurrell


Chapter 2

The Healing Ministry

Rev. Keith Nelson


Chapter 3

Proclaiming the Kingdom

Rev. Randy Cross


Chapter 4

Calming the Storm

Rev. Roy Caudill


Chapter 5

Sinners, Outcasts & the Poor

Rev. Greg Kroger


Chapter 6

The Final Week

Bishop  Ough






It's time again to think about Sidewalk Sunday School (SWSS). The program is a fast paced Vacation Bible School experience for children of all ages.


There is no charge for SWSS and it is available to churches across the Dakotas. The SWSS team consists of two to three high-energy people that will guide your church shepherds through this 4-day program.  Churches are asked to sponsor the program by hosting in a local park and inviting children from throughout your community. 


This is a great opportunity to have a children's outreach program in your area. If you think that you would like to host the SWSS program, notify Mike and Libby Flowers via email at Childharvest@msn.com. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call them at 701-799-1174.

Sunday, March 3, 2013
3:00-6:00 PM
Watertown First UMC




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The General Council on Finance and Administration reports 20 annual conferences paid 100 percent of their general church apportioned funds in 2012 and overall apportionment payouts reached 90 percent, the highest payout level the general church has reached since 2001.


The North Central Jurisdiction paid 100 % of the general church apportioned funds in 2012. The Dakotas Conference paid 88.6% of the general church apportioned funds in 2012.


Click here to read the full news release


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.




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