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Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - June 9, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - June 9, 2021

Sunday, June 6, 2021 Worship - 2nd Sunday After Pentecost - "Beyond Our Years"

Sunday, June 6, 2021 Worship - 2nd Sunday After Pe...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Sunday, May 30, 2021 - 1st Sunday After Pentecost - "Uncomplicated Love"

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Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, May 2...

Sunday, May 23, 2021 Worship - Pentecost Sunday - "Speak Grace, Listen with Love"

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Kids singing “Kumbaya” and “Jesus Loves Me” for their parents (sorry cannot show the childrens faces) enjoy!

Kids singing “Kumbaya” and “Jesu...

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, May...

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 7th Sunday of Easter - "Our Lot in Life"

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 7th Sunday of Easter - &quo...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Sunday, May9, 2021

Sunday, May9, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, May...

Sunday, May 2, 2021 Worship - 5th Sunday of Easter - "Go to Gaza"

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Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, April...

Sunday, April 25, 2021 Worship - 4th Sunday of Easter - "In the Presence of My Enemies"

Sunday, April 25, 2021 Worship - 4th Sunday of Eas...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - Midweek Prayer & Reconnection

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - Midweek Prayer & R...

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 3rd Sunday of Easter - "One in Heart and Mind"

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 3rd Sunday of Easter - &q...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - April 14, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - April 14, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021 Worship - 2nd Sunday of Easter (Camp Sunday)  - "Finding Balance"

Sunday, April 11, 2021 Worship - 2nd Sunday of Eas...

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection- Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection- Wednesday, Apri...

Sunday, April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday - "Out of the Shadows"

Sunday, April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday - "Out ...

Friday, April 2, 2021 - Good Friday

Friday, April 2, 2021 - Good Friday

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Holy Thursday

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Holy Thursday

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, Mar...

Sunday, March 28, 2021 Worship - Palm Sunday - "Surprise the World: Sent"

Sunday, March 28, 2021 Worship - Palm Sunday - &qu...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - March 24, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - March 24, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021 Worship - 5th Sunday of Lent - "Learn Christ"

Sunday, March 21, 2021 Worship - 5th Sunday of Len...

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection- Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection- Wednesday, Marc...

Sunday, March 14, 2021 Worship - 4th Sunday of Lent - "Surprise the World: Listen"

Sunday, March 14, 2021 Worship - 4th Sunday of Len...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, March...

Sunday, March 7, 2021 Worship - 3rd Sunday of Lent - "Surprise the World: Eat With Others"

Sunday, March 7, 2021 Worship - 3rd Sunday of Lent...

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, March 3, 2021

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Sunday, February 28 Worship - 2nd Sunday of Lent - "Surprise the World: Bless Others"

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Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Midweek Prayer & Reconnection - Wednesday, Feb...

Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1st Sunday of Lent - "Surprise the World: Missional Faith"

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Ash Wednesday Worship - February 17, 2021 - "Love Without Measure"

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Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Sunday, February 14th, 2021 Worship - Transfiguration Sunday - "Jesus Stays"

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Midweek Prayer and Reconnection- February 10, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection- February 10, 2021

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 5th Sunday After Epiphany - "God Keeps the Beat"

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 5th Sunday After Epipha...

Midweek Reconnection and Prayer - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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Sunday, January 31, 2021 Worship - 4th Sunday After Epiphany - "Examples of Love"

Sunday, January 31, 2021 Worship - 4th Sunday Afte...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection - Wednesday, Janua...

Sunday, January 24, 2021 Worship - 3rd Sunday After Epiphany - "Into the Unknown"

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - Midweek Prayer and Reconnection

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Sunday, January 17, 2021 Worship - 2nd Sunday After Epiphany - "Listen, Hear, Speak"

Sunday, January 17, 2021 Worship - 2nd Sunday Afte...

Midweek Prayer and Reconnection- Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Sunday, January 10, 2021 Worship - "Created to Create"

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Theological Reflection ~ January 7, 2021 - Transcript of Reflection and Dakotas UMC Cabinet Statement:

Greetings, Friends:

I post this because, as Christians, it is necessary and essential for us to reflect theologically on events in the world and what it means for our lives. It is part of our theological task as those who long and strive for God's kingdom and believe in the saving, redemptive power of Christ for salvation now and forever. 

The following statement further down in this post came out this morning from our Dakotas Conference cabinet about the events that transpired in Washington D.C. yesterday. For those who are unfamiliar with this event, thousands of people, after attending a rally with our current president, descended on the United States Capitol building and forced themselves inside the building to violently disrupt the democratic process of certifying election results that was happening in the Senate and House of Representatives. 

A woman was killed in the process, many police officers injured, senators and representatives were rushed out and taken to secure locations, and our democracy was shaken. It was a truly disturbing day in the history of our country, and one I will certainly remember. 

Nonviolent protest is a part of our political process and it is absolutely necessary to fight for justice, mercy, and human rights. But when this protest descends into something more sinister where people are harmed and terror ensues, we must not equivocate on its merits. Violence is not the way. 

As Christians, we are called to nonviolence. As Methodists, we are called to do good and do no harm. Moreover, we must remember that we follow and believe in a Savior who was killed because leaders fomented fear and violence into a crowd that then called for his violent crucifixion. Our faith tradition has a history of people being harmed and even killed because others gave into violence. 

We are called to be peacemakers. We are called to be followers of our Savior who rejected violence as a means for the kingdom. Loving one another and loving God is our focus. May God pull us back from the edge and help us reimagine life together. 

God's peace be with you all,

Pastor Jordan Louks
Ethan United Methodist Church

The Dakotas UMC Cabinet's Statement

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
—Matthew 5:1-9 (NRSV)

To our beloved siblings in Christ and our neighbors across the Dakotas:

We believe that as Christ-followers, we are called to a way of life that is non-violent. When we express our hope, our pain, our disagreements, and even our politics in violent ways, it does not reflect the Prince of Peace whose birth we recently celebrated. 

As people called United Methodist, our commitment is to be God’s hope made real for our conference, our country, and our world. Our words and actions should never cause harm or fear.

The crisis at the United States Capitol building saddened, stunned and surprised us. We are reminded that our Christian faith and our nation’s principles call us to a peaceful transition of power. 

In this season of Epiphany, when we remember the journey of the Wise Ones, may we look back on the path that brought us to this point and make the decision to move forward in new ways that do no harm, do intentional good, and display our love for God. 

God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power;
Crown thine ancient church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour.
—Harry Emerson Fosdick

Bishop Laurie Haller, Iowa Area and Dakotas Conference
Rev. Kris Mutzenberger, Northeast District Superintendent
Rev. Joel Winckler, Northwest District Superintendent
Rev. Bob Ruedebusch, Southwest District Superintendent
Rev. Rebecca Trefz, Southeast District Superintendent

Theological Reflection ~ January 7, 2021

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