South Dakota Conference - United Church of Christ
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E-NEWS

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 Knee Memorial Ride Dec. 22-29.

 
Pastor Byron Buffalo, a full-blooded Lakota who was also raised Christian in the Congregational Church (later becoming UCC), began a horse riding ministry for young people because he knew the power horses had to heal.
Share Bethlehem's Light
Churches in the Iowa area and beyond have the opportunity to light their Christmas candles from an unbroken chain of light carried directly from the the oil lamps at the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Staff Holidays 2019
So our staff can rest and rejuvenate, we have set our holiday dates for 2019.
 
Meet New Members of the TCM Team
Over the past few weeks, we have announced the hires of several new staff members. If you haven't had a chance yet to learn more about them in their introductory videos, please watch them now. This is an amazing team that is assembling to serve the churches and ministries in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Introducing the Rev. Samantha Houser
Rev. Samantha Houser, who will be serving from South Dakota and assisting in search and call.
Introducing the Rev. Ellis Arnold
Rev. Ellis Arnold, who will be serving from Iowa and assisting with committees on ministry.

Introduction of the Rev. Darrell Goodwin
Rev. Darrell Goodwin, who will be serving from Nebraska and assisting in search and call.
Giving Deadline Dec. 26
The Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska Conferences United Church of Christ is deeply grateful for your giving.

 
To get credit for your Our Church's Wider Mission Offering and other special offerings for 2018, please send your check or give online by Dec. 26.
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Communications Updates
Though a new web presence is still several months away, we have now updated our Contact Us and Staff pages of our website.
Save the Dates ...
IA Annual Meeting 2018 - edited to fit eNews
SAVE THE DATE:
Tri-Conference Joint Meeting
June 14-16, 2019
Omaha, NE
SAVE THE DATE:
Clergy Boundary Training
Jan. 17, 2019
Zion UCC
Burlington, IA
Introducing the Rev. Nicole Havelka
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 innovative attitude toward digital and social media, and an eye for design.
 
 
 
 
Des Moines Office:
5609 Douglas Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-277-6369
Sioux Falls Office:
3500 S. Phillips Ave, STE 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
605-388-8738
Tri-Conference Ministries UCC Staff:
 Brigit Stevens, Executive Conference Minister
Jonna Jensen, Associate Conference Minister
Diane Leggett, Support
Jo Ordway, Support
Karen Peters, Support
Maps showing the Iowa - Nebraska - South Dakota UCC Conferences -  click here !

 
(For your convenience, here is a special remittance form for Friends of the Conferences.   Click here , print the PDF, send along with your support to Conferences of the UCC, 5609 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310. OR for quicker electronic payments, click  here for IA  and click  here for SD .)  

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