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A monthly newsletter from the churches of Burke, Herrick, and Jamison Explore The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations! In 2007, Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Annual Conference penned a book that would significantly change the course of ministry in churches across not only the United Methodist Church but across the world. Bishop Schnase says in his book that there are five practices that churches engage in that signal congregational health, vitality, and fruitfulness. More than that, these five practices also have an individual component as we all seek to grow in personal discipleship. Bishop Schnase writes, “Followers of Christ aspire to grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. They do so by repeating, learning, and deepening their personal practice. In

these practices of Christian Discipleship, the...grace of God becomes visible, real, and life-changing.”

January 2017 In this issue…

come to those breakfasts early Preacher Feature, pg. 1 to work on homework during seminary, and there would be New Website!, Pg. 2 Flo, with a cup of hot, black Mission of the Since his book was released coffee ready to go on the table Month, pg. 2 almost ten years ago, church- the group always sat at. Her hospitality made a huge differes have been putting these Thrive Update, pg. 3 practices into action. Confer- ence to me and continues to ence Boards of Ordained Min- make a huge difference to Journey Renewal those who gather for breakfast. istry have been using the Five News, pg. 4 Practices to train young and Through our worship over newer pastor. Congregations the next month and a half, we’ll Birthdays & Anniverhave been tweaking and keep- also have a chance to explore saries, pg. 4 ing these practices as a part of what God’s word has to say on Fifth Sunday Worship their every-day language. these topics and discover Invitation, pg. 4 Over the next few weeks, we practical, easy, and powerful ways to incorporate these five will be walking through these Especially for practices and look for how five practices through our worYOUth, pg. 5 these practices make the ship. We’ll have time to disgrace of God becomes visible, cuss with one another a time real, and life-changing.” where we have experienced

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one of the five practices either inside the church or outside of the church. As a matter of fact, when I think about hospitality—and more specifically radical hospitality—I think of a woman named Flo who worked at the Fry’n Pan on East 10th Street in Sioux Falls. A men’s breakfast that I attended meets there, and each week Flo was our waitress. I’d

I hope and pray that this series will spark something and enable us to live out the fruitful faith to which God has called us. It’s my prayer that these practices will shape our worship, our mission, and our life together. Grace and peace,


The new web home of the Burke Larger Parish is

www.burkeparishumc.com Check our website for information about everything happening at the churches within our parish. Find our calendar, Mission of the Month information, upcoming bible studies, and more. You can also use our website to let people who aren’t yet a part of us know who we are, what we’re passionate about, and how to find us. You can also join our 6:18 Prayer Ministry on the website and send emails directly to Pastor Clay with prayer requests, information requests, and anything else you might want to know.

The Month of January finds us returning to our Mission Kit of the Month Schedule. Each month we will learn about a All during the month of January, we will be focusing on bedding kits. Bedding kits provide comfort for displaced people.

All items must be new.

Do not wash any of the items as they will then be considered used.

A bedding kit includes:

Linens may be of different colors.

Items may be removed from packaging.

All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items.

2 Flat Sheets (No fitted sheets) 2 Pillowcases

2 Pillows

Packing Notes from UMCOR:


Thrive Update: What our Thrive gifts have been up to in 2016! The Dakotas Annual Conference is thankful for the generous giving of individuals and churches to Thrive: Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, a capital campaign. Over $3.5 million has been pledged to date with more commitments to still come in. Over $1.1 million pledged dollars have been collected. Thrive is a capital campaign to start new churches, strengthen existing churches and raise up the next generation of leaders. Over the next seven years, the gifts to the campaign will enable the conference to: start 10 new churches, assist over 100 churches in revitalizing their ministries and sponsor 70 young people as they enter ministry through internships, scholarships and coaching. “When we began the Thrive: Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow journey at the 2015 annual conference it was with high hopes and great faith that we could, indeed, lean into the bold vision, alive in our hearts, for a growing, vibrant, missional United Methodist Church in the Dakotas,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, resident bishop. “Through Thrive we will equip ourselves and our congregations to reach our children, grandchildren and future generations. “ Here is the seven-year plan:

Seven-year plan expenditures: 10 new churches and/or multi-site ministries ........................................................................ $5,000,000 112 churches strengthened and revitalized through MCCI or Journey Renewal ................ $1,000,000 Leadership development and coaching ................................................................................ $1,000,000 Total seven-year plan expenditures .................................................................................. $7,000,000 Seven-year plan funding sources: Apportioned budgeted amount at $500,000 per year ........................................................... $3,500,000 Thrive .................................................................................................................................... $3,500,000 Total seven-year plan funding ......................................................................................... $7,000,000 2016 has been a busy year under the banner of Thrive! Two of the new church starts are operating. The Bridge Church meets in Box Elder, SD. They’ve started new small groups that are meeting and started worshiping on the 8th of January! Sioux Falls Embrace opened a new campus of their multi-site ministry in the southwestern part of Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls Embrace is a ten-year-old church start in Sioux Falls that now reaches over 4,000 worshipers on a weekly basis. Another exciting story from Embrace is their recent move into the Washington Pavilions for one of their worship services. Clergy Compass Group Training is underway and clergy are coming together for communal learning and accountability through your support. These groups are designed to help clergy learn together about topics that are relevant while also allowing for space to move among groups every year.

Elisha Interns are testing the waters of ministry through internships. One of Pastor Clay’s former youth served as an Elisha Intern at Brookings First United Methodist Church as she’s discerning a call to be a discipleship pastor or a Christian Education Coordinator in her future. What more could God be up to? Stay tuned during 2017! Our participation in the Thrive Campaign as both the Burke and Herrick Churches as Tithe-Goal Partners is making a gigantic and dynamic impact on our conference and on God’s kingdom already. To watch a short, informational video about the Thrive Campaign check out this link: https://vimeo.com/129381125


What’s going on with Journey Renewal? You may remember that earlier this year, the Burke and Herrick Churches elected to be part of a new program through the Dakotas Conference called Journey Renewal. Here’s the latest of what’s been going on with our Journey Renewal Process: Over the past few months, Pastor Clay has been meeting with Rebecca Trefz, the Dakotas Conference as well as the other pastors in the Journey Renewal to discuss our progress on the Journey.

Jan. 1: Jan. 5: Jan. 6: Jan. 7: Jan. 21: Jan. 23:

Jan. 25: Jan. 27: Jan. 28: Jan. 31:

Kathy Fairbanks Tyler VanMetre Susie Karbo Kiley Schonebaum Neil Burkinshaw Blake Jacobsen Lahna Matucha Violet Brumbaugh Holly Mosterd Mike Glover Sally Hakin Shelly Jacobsen David Bauld

Jan. 10: Jan. 28:

Merle & Jolene Nelson Holly & Jason Mosterd

Jan. 24:

So, what are our next steps? Secret Worshippers: Over the next few weeks, keep your eyes peeled for guests among us. Some of the secret worshippers will be Dakotas Conference staff, other clergy, or lay leaders from around the conference.

Comprehensive Self-Study: Very soon Pastor Clay will be calling the Burke UMC Journey Renewal Team together (the folks who went to the initial meeting as well as a few other key leaders) to start working on our Comprehensive Self Study. We’ll be asking and answering questions about our church as a way of holding our church under a big microscope. It’s not intended to shame us or become bragging but rather just help us see things as they are. The Herrick Church is on the tail end of their self-study and will be submitting their work and presenting their work to the Herrick UMC very soon.

Join us at the Herrick UMC for Youth Sunday! 9:00 a.m. Fellowship 10:00 a.m. Worship Sunday, January 29, 2017


ESPECIALLY FOR TH Worship Wednesday for Younger Youth (PS-5th Grade) is back in action! Heroes are everywhere, even in the Bible! Through our time together this spring, we will see how characters from the scripture did heroic things and also how we too are God’s heroes. In our time together, we’ll read stories from scripture, play games, act out skits, put together crafts, and have fun together! Full schedules are available with more information, but here’s the plan for January: Jan. 11: Moses + Games (Moses: Heroes Show Love to their Families) Jan, 18: David (God helps heroes do important things) Jan. 24: Joshua (Heroes know that all things are possible with God) Feb. 1: Daniel (It’s heroic to hang onto faith when it’s not easy!)

Youth Group (6th—12th Grade) started back up on Wednesday, January 4th! During the month of January, our Youth Group will focus on putting together a worship service that will be held on January 31st at the Herrick UMC. Our service will be in partnership with Souper Bowl of Caring, a youth-run organization that seeks to raise funds and awareness of local and global hunger concerns as well as support for organizations seeking to address hunger issues in our local community. Jan. 11: Youth Sunday Planning Jan. 18: Youth Sunday Planning Jan. 25: Youth Sunday Planning

Feb. 1: Game Night Feb. 8: Service Project


Burke Larger Parish of the UMC PO Box 196 Burke, SD 57523 (605) 775-2752 (Parish Office/Burke UMC) pastorclayumc@hotmail.com www.burkeparishumc.com

Connect with Pastor Clay! Office: (605) 775-2752 Cell: (605) 830-1976 E-mail: pastorclayumc@hotmail.com Twitter: @PastorClayUMC

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