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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

February 22, 2024

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • "Proclaim the Good News" Preaching Workshop
  • NDEF Grant Spring Deadline
  • Province VI Synod Gathering - Save the Date
  • Lenten Studies from the Holy Land

Read on for other announcements and the calendar!

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Just a reminder to send in updates after your congregation's annual meeting. The Diocesan Office keeps track of contact information for Wardens, Treasurers, and Delegates for Diocesan Convention. Questions, please contact Jess in the Diocesan Office ([email protected]).

Join Fr. Jamie Parsley tonight at 7:00 p.m. as he reads from his new book, Salt, at the Frida Nilsen Lounge, Fjelstad Hall, Concordia College, Moorhead.

The Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota

School for Ministry



“Proclaim the Good News”

A workshop for all who may be called to preach.



The Very Rev. Mark Strobel

Dean of Gethsemane Cathedral, Fargo


Saturday, April 13, 2024

10:00am – 3:00pm

Grace Church, Jamestown


The School for Ministry is shifting its focus to providing training for local ministry. This workshop is for lay people and deacons who are preaching or considering a call as preachers in their community.


Dean Strobel has written about preaching and for preachers for the past 25 years.


There is no charge for this workshop.

To register send an email to

Jess at the Diocesan office

or to Steve Godfrey

Please let them know if you have any food restrictions

Dakota Pro Musica:

A Prayer for Ukraine

Dakota Pro Musica has scheduled a performance at St. George’s on Sunday, February 25, at 3 PM.

The Dakota Pro Musica choral ensemble was founded, and is directed, by Dr. Jason Thoms, of St. George's, Bismarck. Jason is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Bismarck State College. A detailed listing of his backgroundand accomplishments can be found on Dakota Pro Musica’s YouTube home page.

Jason created Dakota Pro Music using the professional choral models of some of America's top choral ensembles. Dakota Pro Musica is North Dakota's only fully professional choral ensemble.

Dakota Pro Musica’s goal is to build community through professional concerts and community outreach programming, and selects its choral pieces to honor people from various cultural and religious backgrounds and personal identities.

St. George's Episcopal Memorial Church

601 N 4th Street

Bismarck, ND 58501

NDEF Grants

The North Dakota Episcopal Foundation Spring Grant Cycle is now open to receive new grant applications. 

Grants may be provided for projects including but not exclusive to, evangelism, theological education, youth, campus ministry, and mission outside the Diocese. 

Grant Deadline is April 8, 2024.  Completed grant applications with church vestry approval can be mailed to: John Baird.

For more information go to: where you will find the guidelines and application form.

St. Michael and All Angels, Cartwright | Ash Wednesday Service, evening sun casting rainbow colors on the wall above the altar.

Lenten Studies from the Holy Land    

St. George’s College, Jerusalem, located is an Anglican center for pilgrimage, hospitality and reconciliation. Normally, the college offers a wide variety of study courses throughout the year. Of course, travel to the Holy Land is now constrained, political tensions are high and all courses have been cancelled. However, Dean Richard Sewell and college staff have developed a Lenten Studies film to explore desert themes in the biblical accounts and in the Christian tradition. This film, called A River Through the Desert, can be accessed under offerings on YouTube from St. George’s College, Jerusalem. This film was made in the desert near Jerusalem that was no doubt familiar to Jesus.

The College is also offering a webinar, live from Jerusalem with Dean Richard Sewell and Rev. Rodney Aist on February 26, at 7:00 PM Central Time, which will explore these Lenten themes further and also discuss the situation in Jerusalem and beyond, in this time of conflict and pain. This may be a good opportunity to gather interested persons in your parish for study, reflection and discussion about the situation in the Holy Land. 

The link is noted below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 404 252 9172

Passcode: SGC

Lent Resources


The Episcopal Church has a list of Lent Resources at

Building Faith at Virginia Theological Seminary has a list of resources for Lent at

Episcopal Relief & Development offers Lenten Meditations each year at

Forward Movement, in collaboration with Episcopal Evangelism Society, invites Episcopalians to reflect on their baptismal promises during Lent through a new small group study and corresponding book, Will You? A Lenten Study of Baptismal Promises, available at

Author & Pastor Elizabeth Magill has developed a study called Lent, Poverty, and Christian Theology: What Do You think?, available for use on a sliding scale at

Cycle of Prayer

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

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

February 27-March 5: Bishop Thom at House of Bishops

  • February 22: Commission on Ministry Meeting (Zoom); 7pm
  • February 24: Diocesan Council Meeting (Zoom); 9am
  • March 5: Clergy & Congregational Leaders Meeting (Zoom); 6:30pm
  • March 5: Province VI Small Church Gathering (Zoom); 7:30pm
  • March 7: Diocesan Ministry Support Team Meeting (Zoom); 9am


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Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota


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