Author Archives: Nicole Havelka

Complete Yearbook Annual Report by March 6

Why should you complete your church’s annual yearbook information by March 6? Having updated church data in the UCC Data Hub will: Enable visitors and church leaders to find you more easily through Find a Church and Access UCC; Give … Continue reading

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Emails Makes Finding UCC News Easier

The Tri-Conference Ministries staff is now making it easier for you to find the United Church of Christ information that you need most! Starting in February we bring new focus to our weekly emails: eNews email (First Tuesdays) includes  a … Continue reading

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Church Yearbook Reporting 2019

It’s that time of year again! Submit your church’s yearbook information so that your church’s information is up-to-date on the UCC’s Find a Church feature, Access UCC and the annual Yearbook Directory. This information also helps the denomination track trends … Continue reading

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Horse Ministry Embarks on Wounded Knee Ride

Despite the loss of its key leader earlier this year, a group of adults and young people will make the arduous 6-day journey from Bridger, South Dakota to the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre on the annual Wounded … Continue reading

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TCM Creates Community in Ministry, in Grief

No one was quite aware of the significance of Pastor Byron Buffalo’s presentation at the Nebraska Conference United Church of Christ Annual Meeting last June would become. The pastor from Bridger, South Dakota — a very small, Lakota congregation in … Continue reading

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Communication Transitions

Our growing Tri-Conference Ministries (TCM) team is working hard to revamp its communications so that you can be better connected to the news, events and resources important to the life of the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota conferences of the … Continue reading

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2018 Giving Deadline is Dec. 26

We are deeply grateful for your giving to support the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conference United Church of Christ in 2018. You are enabling robust support of local churches and ministries throughout this area. Only a few more weeks … Continue reading

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Rev. Nicole Havelka Joins TCM Team

The Tri-Conference Ministries is thrilled to announce that Rev. Nicole Havelka will immediately join our team as the half-time Minister for Communications. She brings a passion for storytelling, writing and editing skills from her early professional life in journalism, an … Continue reading

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Spinning Bikes in Church and other Creative Solutions

Squirming uncomfortably in the straight-backed chairs in the faux elegance of an expansive convention center meeting room at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod gathering last week, Rev. Phil Hart, a UCC interim conference minister currently serving in Ohio, … Continue reading

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The Discipline of ‘I Can’

“There’s a green one down there by your left knee,” a voice boomed from about 10 or 15 feet below. I craned my neck down to the left, seeing the toe hold I had previously missed and pushed myself a … Continue reading

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