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The Episcopal Diocese of

North Dakota

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The Prairie

February 8, 2023

Welcome to our email Newsletter!

A few highlights from this issue:

  • Fr. Hal Weidman's Farewell service
  • Episcopal Church Lenten Resources
  • UTO Update
  • Preaching Support Program

Read on for other announcements and the calendar!

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Fr. Hal and Michelle Weidman's

Last Sunday Service - January 29


Fr. Hal has accepted a new call to become Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Valdosta, Georgia. The people of St. George’s wish Hal and Michelle well in their new journey and cannot thank Hal enough for his faithful leadership. St. George’s has thrived since 2019, when Hal started as a part-time rector for St. George’s and part-time Canon Missioner for the Diocese of North Dakota. In February 2022, Hal received confirmation as a full-time rector from Bishop Ely. On Hal and Michelle’s last Sunday, a special liturgy was held, and Hal recognized the incoming and outgoing Vestry members. Finally, a meal catered by Hal and Michelle’s favorite restaurant, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, was served, and the Piecemakers presented Hal and Michelle with a handmade quilt. There have been many successful initiatives, and St. Georgians are very optimistic about the future. The Vestry looks forward to our February annual retreat led by Steve Godfrey to see how we can make the transition smooth and peaceful.


Until our paths cross again, God Bless you, Hal and Michelle,



Joanne Lassiter, Past Senior Warden

Deacon Beth Lip and The Rev. Hal Weidman

Fr. Hal, Joanne Lassiter, Michelle Weidman

Fr. Hal, Kate Hanlon, Shirel Zillier, Jacinda Simmons

Shirel Zillier, Michelle Weidman, Fr. Hal

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

Email Mary Massad
Email Vanesssa Strobel
Lenten Gratitude Challenge
UTO Website

The Rev. Dr. Richard Tudor

August 29, 2942 - January 20, 2023

The Rev. Dr. Richard B. Tudor died peacefully at home in Wentzville, Missouri on January 20, 2023.

Rich was ordained to the diaconate of the Episcopal Church on June 20,1971 and to the priesthood on May 3,1972, at St. George’s Episcopal Memorial Church.

During a career in parish ministry which spanned thirty-six years, he served as a curate at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Akron Ohio from 1971-1974, Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Williston, North Dakota and Vicar of St. Michael & All Angel's Episcopal Church in Cartwright, North Dakota from 1974-1989. In 1989, he accepted a call to become the rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Florissant, MO, and served there until 2008.

Click here to read the full obituary
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

  • 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
  • February 22: Bishop's Visitation at All Saint's in Valley City [Ash Wednesday]
  • February 23: dMST & Finance Check-In; Zoom @ 8:30am
  • February 24: dMST Meeting; Jamestown @ 10am
  • February 25: Clergy Day; Trinity/Jamestown @ 10:30am
  • February 26: Bishop's Visitation at Grace in Jamestown
  • February 28: Diocesan Council Meeting; Zoom @ 7pm


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Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota


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