Author Archives: Nicole Havelka

Tell Your Story of Being “Better Together”

Think of a time when you got a warm welcome — maybe especially from someone you didn’t expect to extend it, or at a time when you didn’t think you “deserved” it. Or maybe you’ve got a story of gritting … Continue reading

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IRMS: On this day, we are still here!

By this time, we hope that all of our patrons and supporters are aware that Iowa Religious Media Service (IRMS) will be closing this summer. We were informed in January that support from the Iowa United Methodist Conference would be … Continue reading

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Listening, Gathering and Paying Attention

Grace and peace, dear saints of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences. I pray that whether it is so powerful that you reach for sunglasses or so faint that you squint to seek it — the glorious light and … Continue reading

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SD Youth Crafts Resolution, Heads to UCC General Synod

High School Junior Hunter Rice received unexpected lessons in leadership and church structure during his confirmation program at Custer Community Church in Custer, SD.  Part of the confirmation lessons taught by his pastor, Rev. Dustin Bartlett, included an understanding of … Continue reading

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Recruit South Dakota Youth Delegates NOW!

Send a Youth Delegate to the South Dakota Annual Meeting and get an additional delegate for your church. In 2018, the delegates of the South Dakota Annual Meeting passed a resolution to amend the conference bylaws encouraging youth attendance at … Continue reading

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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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