PRAIRIE RIVERS NOTES
Though we are looking at Nativities and singing carols, the Small Membership Church office is thinking about Vacation Bible School!
The Great Plains Conference will once again have college student interns traveling around the Great Plains doing VBS this coming summer. If you would like a team of interns to come to your congregation, download the application for your church. If you know of college students who would be enjoy this learning and leadership opportunity, send them to the student application.
This year’s curriculum is called “Mission Road Trip!” We will explore Paul’s journeys in the Bible and look at our own mission partnerships in the Great Plains: Zimbabwe, Haiti and Nigeria. There will be fun crafts from our partner countries and a live conversation with children in another country!
We'll update www.greatplainsumc.org/vbs when we have more information.
Discipleship Ministries at GBOD is offering grants for Church Vitality. The ministry for which you are seeking the grant must fit one of four areas of focus for the UMC:
Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank will be our keynote as we focus on Wonderful Worship. A pastor and District Superintendent with the United Methodist Church, Dottie is on the leading edge of church transformation and reStarts, including with small membership congregations. She is a speaker, writer, and community leader. Books she has authored include:
As a speaker, Dottie’s voice brings courage and hope to pastors and church leaders around the world. Dottie was raised on the mission field in Mexico, living in Nogales, AZ and helping her parents care for the people in Nogales, Mexico. Dottie knew she was called to do God’s work when she was 8 years old.
Her style of worship is innovative and relaxed. She teaches at conferences that are designed to inspire worship leaders to create more vibrant worship service. Prior to joining the clergy she was a social worker for fifteen years.