South Dakota Conference - United Church of Christ


"A Day for Sharpening - Telling Our Story"
An ALL DAY event on October 12 
Early Entry Seating at 11:15am for Special Guests
For only $65 , you receive Early Entry Seating at 11:15am , plus morning and afternoon workshops, Marketplace all day, and lunch. If speakers only with general admission seating at noon, you may register for $40 without lunch and workshops.
Special Guest...GLENNON DOYLE
Glennon Doyle is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of LOVE WARRIOR, a 2016 Oprah's Book Club selection, as well as the hilarious New York Times Bestseller CARRY ON, WARRIOR. She is an activist, speaker and founder of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised over fourteen million dollars for women, families and children in crisis. Glennon is also the creator of, an on-line community where millions of readers meet each week to experience her shameless and hilarious essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, mental health, addiction, recovery and connection.
Special Guest...
Rev. Lawrence T. Richardson
Rev. Lawrence Richardson speaks on transgender inclusion, diversity trainings, and travels the country presenting this information to faith-based organizations, governmental, businesses, and non-profit organizations that seek to be more welcoming for LGBTQI and people of color. Author of I KNOW WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE, his book is going to be available for sale and signing October 12.
What's YOUR Story???
Are you a published author?  Do you have a book you wish to share?  We know there are some authors among us in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences.  Tell others YOUR STORY by displaying your published book! 

Location: West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, WDM, IA 50265
(Same location as the Iowa Conference UCC Annual Meeting on October 13.)

(Learn more about timeline and hotel options in the registration.)


Iowa Conference UCC 
The Annual Meeting is an important manifestation of our
common life together in Christ. 
October 13, 2018

Location:  West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Date:  October 13, 2018
Cost:  $30 (FREE childcare available all day - be sure to indicate details on the registration if you are bringing your children.)
Check-in:  9:00am - 10:00am  
Annual Meeting/Worship:  10:00am - 3:00pm  
  • Installation of Rev Brigit Stevens as Iowa Conference Minister. 
  • Ratification of the UCC Constitutional Amendments as voted by the Thirty-First General Synod on July 2 and 3, 2017. 
  • Review/approval of the 2019 Iowa Conference Budget. 
Registration deadline:  September 28 

(Watch ENews for details about "A Day of Sharpening - Telling Our Story" with special guests Glennon Doyle & Rev. Lawrence Richardson happening on October 12, 2018at the same location.  Oct 12 is a separate registration and NOT included within the registration above.)



Thank you GORDON!
Everyone is invited.
Gordon Rankin served South Dakota in 2015 - 2017 as Conference Minister and is now serving Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota as Transitional Associate Conference Minister since January 2018. His future this Fall is to begin his call as the Conference Minister of the New Hampshire UCC Conference. If you wish to join in the celebration of Gordon's ministry and thanksgiving farewell in the Tri-Conference UCC, please mark your calendars as below.  
1) Nebraska UCC Conference is hosting on September 8 from 1-3pm (Central Time) Vine UCC, 
1800 Twin Ridge Road, Lincoln, NE 68506.
A special program is at 2pm (Central Time). If you cannot attend this Farewell Good-Bye, you are welcome to send notes of appreciation for his ministry via email to Sue Shear at
 These will be accumulated and presented to Gordon prior to his last day with the Tri-Conference UCC.
2) On September 29 at 3pm, a worship includes a thanksgiving of Gordon's ministries and wishes for a wonderful future that continues in the United Church of Christ.  This is at the end of the day's Emerging Ministries Summit being held at United Church of Christ, 
107 N Merrill St, Chamberlain, SD 57325
 If you are not attending, you are welcome to send notes of appreciation to Karen Peters at
 All notes will be presented to Gordon.
Good wishes and blessings to Gordon and his family!



      The South Dakota Conference UCC invites you to:

         Emerging Ministries Summit 2018
September 29, 10:30am-3:30pm

"Money and Ministry"

 How we steward our money is a critical aspect of resourcing our congregations for effective ministry. Leaders from the various financial entities associated with the United Church of Christ will join us to discuss best practices for all things at the intersection of money and ministry (stewardship campaigns, investments, giving policies, fiscal management, etc.) This program is designed as a resource for lay leaders (Church Council members, Trustees, Treasurers, etc.) as well as Authorized Ministers.

Date:               September 29, 10:30am-3:30pm

United Church of Christ 
                             107 N Merrill St  Chamberlain, SD 57325

Event:                Saturday, September 29     
                             10:30am             Check-in  
                             11:00am             Tri-Conference News/Keynote Panel
                             12:00pm             Lunch
                              1:00pm              Workshops - Session 1
                              2:00pm              Workshops - Session 2
                              3:00-3:30pm      Closing Worship - This includes thanksgiving for Gordon's ministry and words of farewell.


Registration Cost:     $15/person includes materials/lunch.  FREE childcare.

                             Deadline for registration: September 15, 2018                                    


 Real Faith for Real Life
September 28 5:00pm- September 29 3:00pm 


Were you inspired by the music of Bryan Sirchio at RYE?

Did you miss it and wish you hadn’t? Then join us for our Confirmation Retreat this fall!!

Pastor Joey Feldmann (Fort Dodge) and Bryan
will be co-leading 24 hours focusing on the theme
“Real Life for Real Life.”
Registration will include 3 meals, housing, and all materials.

This is a great way to begin the Confirmation year. Won’t you join us!


Where: Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center 3005 E Ave Montour IA 50173

When: September 28 5:00pm- September 29 3:00pm

Cost: $65

Questions: Email Pastor Joey Feldmann (

or Seth Engelman (



Des Moines Office:
5609 Douglas Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Sioux Falls Office:
3500 S. Phillips Ave, STE 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Tri-Conference Ministries UCC Staff:
 Brigit Stevens, Executive Conference Minister
Jonna Jensen, Associate Conference Minister
Gordon Rankin, Transitional 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 .)