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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

January 25, 2023

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • Listening in Small Churches ~ Zoom Sessions
  • Episcopal Church Lenten Resources
  • Pictures from around the Diocese
  • Preaching Support Program

Read on for other announcements and the calendar!

Diocesan Publications

In the Diocese of North Dakota, we have two publications that go out regularly. There is the Prairie, which is our bi-weekly e-newsletter, mailed on Wednesdays. Then there is the Sheaf, which goes out seasonally.

Here are some quick facts to help tell the difference between the Prairie and the Sheaf.

The Prairie

  • Goes out every other week on Wednesday mornings.
  • More focused on timely events.
  • PICTURES! Send in your pictures with a short synopsis.
  • Great way to alert the diocese as to what is going on in your faith community.
  • Only available via our distribution list, and as posts on Facebook and the website.

The Sheaf

  • Goes out seasonally, about six times a year.
  • More in-depth articles, and things you would find in regular newsletters.
  • Focuses on a theme in each edition.
  • Paper copies are mailed to churches and individuals. Electronic copies are available on our website.
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Episcopal Church Lent resources



Click the button below for new and updated resources for individuals, small groups, and congregations, including the following:


  • Lent curriculum, sermons, lesson plans, devotionals, and meditations
  • Lent Madness
  • “Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent” – adult forum sessions with videos
  • “Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community” podcast series
  • Sermons That Work
  • 40-day gratitude challenge
  • Publicity material, bulletin inserts, and more


Pictures from around the Diocese

Cartwright military member being honored

Fresh eggs left on The Rev. Kim Becker's car...your generosity does not go unnoticed!

Thank you note to Cartwright for a food bank donation!

Send your pictures to Jess to be featured in the next Prairie!

New Preaching Program to

Support Parish Clergy

From the Episcopal Preaching Foundation

There is a new program available through the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.

The Preaching Foundation has been awarded a five-year grant of almost $1 million by The Lilly Endowment to develop and pilot test a new preaching feedback model at the parish level for preachers and congregants working together to support excellent preaching.

The purpose of The Preaching Congregation program will be to bring together the clergy and congregation of any parish in a structured process of mutual exchange that brings the congregation into a deeper appreciation of sermon preparation and development and provides the preacher with informed feedback during sermon creation as well as after its deliver.

If this program is of interest, please register for a one-hour informational webinar on Tuesday, January 31 or Tuesday, February 7th at 2:00pm Eastern, to which all interested diocesan and parish participants are invited to attend. Click here to register.

Peter Wild

Executive Director

Episcopal Preaching Foundation


Episcopal Preaching Foundation website

2023 Episcopal Youth Event

July 4-8, 2023

University of Maryland in College Park

We missed the 2020 EYE because of Covid. Now we are ready to gather young people from across The Episcopal Church in Maryland in 2023! Are you interested?

EYE is the Episcopal Youth Event that happens every three years, bringing together high school youth from every region of The Episcopal Church. I have been to seven of these events over the years and they are wonderful opportunities for young people of faith to connect with other young people of faith and experience an event unlike any other. It is an incredibly powerful, fun, and life changing event.

In the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota, we are looking for high school young people and adult chaperones who are interested in being part of the official Diocese of North Dakota delegation to the 2023 EYE. We have funds to support youth and adults who want to be part of this great event. Here is a link to more information about the 2023 EYE.

More importantly, if you are a young person or adult interested in being part of the official North Dakota team attending EYE 2023, please let us know. I plan to be there and would like to see a full, lively, and engaged contingent from North Dakota.

Please, don’t delay. If you are an adult willing to be a chaperon for our delegation and if you are a high school youth interested in being part of EYE 2023, please let me know right away by sending me an email.

I hope we can send a great delegation to this event. Trust me, it is an event you will not soon forget.

All the best,

The Right Rev. Thomas C. Ely, Bishop Provisional

Diocesan Stewardship Share Policy

The Diocesan Stewardship Share (previously known as Our Fair Share) is a commitment by a congregation to give time, talents, and money as an expression of faith and a response to God’s generosity. Click here to find the new policy, which was adopted by Diocesan Council at its November meeting. There is an updated Diocesan Stewardship Share worksheet on the diocesan website in January 2023. For November and December of 2022, please use the current form for Our Fair Share, as you have throughout the past couple years.


As has been the custom, payments from congregations will be due each month by the tenth of the month, for the previous month. Payments shall be accompanied by one completed copy of the Diocesan Stewardship Share Worksheet and one copy of the Treasurer’s Monthly Report.

Diocesan Stewardship Share Worksheet
Click here to register for the Zoom link

School for Ministry

Lay and ordained ministry leaders and potential leaders (we are all leaders!) of all experience levels are encouraged to participate in the School for Ministry, a diocesan learning community for shared leadership. Leaders representing 11 congregations gathered in Bismarck in September to learn about theology, scripture, history, and ministry. These topics will be further developed in 10 Zoom meetings December through April, as detailed below. All are welcome to join these Zoom sessions. Contact Steve Godfrey for the Zoom link. Each session is intended to last about an hour, perhaps a bit longer for questions and conversation. It is not expected that everyone will attend every session. Feel free to pick and choose, though you may want to commit to all of the sessions of any one of the topics. For more information, contact the Rev. Harvey Henderson or the Rev. Steve Godfrey. The next gathering will be April 28-30, 2023, at Maryvale, near Valley City.


Tuesdays, 7:00 pm Central Time:

Feb. 14: Ministry (The Rev. Steve Godfrey & The Rev. Kim Becker)

April 11: Ministry (The Rev. Steve Godfrey & The Rev. Kim Becker)


Thursdays, 7:00 pm Central Time:

Feb. 16: Scripture (The Rev. Harvey Henderson)

March 16: History (The Rev. Dn. John Anderson)

April 20: Scripture (The Rev. Harvey Henderson)

Cycle of Prayer

The Anglican and Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for October through December, is available on the diocesan website, in both PDF and Word versions, so you can include these prayers in your weekly worship. 2023 Quarter 1 is also available on the diocesan website.

If there is an edit needed to the Cycle of Prayer, please email the Diocesan office.

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All times are Central Time

Bishop Tom in North Dakota - February 22-27, 2023

  • January 24-29: Diocesan Minister on Spiritual Retreat
  • January 26: dMST & Finance Check-In; Zoom @ 8:30am
  • February 1: Youth Minister Search Meeting; Zoom @ 5:30pm
  • February 2: Lectio Divina; Zoom @ 7pm
  • February 7: Clergy & Congregational Leader Meeting; Zoom @ 6:30pm
  • February 7: Province VI Small Church Gathering; Zoom @ 7:30pm
  • February 9: dMST & Finance Check-In; Zoom @ 8:30am
  • February 14: School for Ministry [Ministry Track]; Zoom @ 7pm
  • February 16: Reconciliation Committee Meeting; Zoom @ 6:30pm
  • February 16: School for Ministry [Scripture Track]; Zoom @ 7pm
  • February 20: Diocesan Office Closed: President's Day


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