The Miller's example of Dakota Baptist values
This past weekend I had the honor of attending Berna Miller's Memorial Service.  In the midst of remembering and celebrating her life, I noted several things about who we are as Dakota Baptists.  I observed that we value the service of others.  We celebrated Berna's and John's service to the Dakotas.  We celebrated the friendship we had with Berna and thanked God for her selfless service.  

I observed how we love each other.  I saw Dakota Baptists hugging each other, embracing John and shedding tears of sadness and yet joy with each other.  I also noticed how John Miller moved around the room greeting everyone, loving on them, encouraging them in the way John is known for.  I thought as I saw and experienced his embrace myself that here is a man who loves much.  I wanted to say, "Wait a minute, John!  We are here to encourage you, to give you the hugs."  However, I quickly realized, "No, this is the John Miller we all know!"  A man who loves much and is much loved!

Our prayers continue with the Miller family, especially with Pastor Allen Thomason, Becky and the boys and the rest of the Miller children.  God's comfort is great and his presence is everlasting.

- Garvon

Reminder: October is Pastor Appreciation Month
Pastor Appreciation Day began out of 1st Timothy 5:17 where it states, "Let the Elders who rule well be counted of double honor, especially those who labor in the Word and Doctrine". NKJV.   This idea became Clergy Appreciation Month in 1992. *
Here are 5 things that you can do to show your Pastor how much you appreciate him
  1. Give him a call and let him know that you appreciate him and are praying for him. (not just on Sunday Morning)
  2. Send him a THANK YOU card from your family to his. (make it personal)
  3. Have your family take him and his family out for a meal. (restaurant of HIS choice)
  4. Give your Pastor a gift card. (someplace that he would love to shop, but does not normally shop)
  5. Help him along with other church members to provide a weekend away. (a place for him and his family that they would enjoy)

  *=information from the internet

2017 Dakota Baptist Gathering Summary
We had a great Baptist Gathering in Pierre, South Dakota at the Ramkota Inn.  While we had 77 registered messengers, we had 100 to 110 in attendance during the sessions.  We heard some great preaching from Mark Phillips, IMB missionary to Niger, and a two-hour presentation from John Mark Clifton concerning Revitalization and Replanting Churches.  Dr. Frank Page brought an encouraging message on Thursday night dn hosted our pastor and church leaders for breakfast the next morning.

We adopted our 2018 budget which raised our Cooperative Program giving 26%.  We adopted our year calendar for 2018 and set our next Baptist Gathering meeting for Sioux Falls in 2018.  We adopted two resolutions: one in memory of Berna Miller and one in appreciation of June Highlan who is retiring from keeping our books for the convention.  The DBC adopted revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws of the convention and recognized new pastors who have come to the Dakotas since our last Baptist Gathering.

Our Executive Director shared an outline for where the DBC is planning to go for the next 2-3 years.  The outline is shared below.

Steve Ford, Jonathan Land, Ernie Nelson and Karen Holmes were re-elected president, vice president, recording secretary and assistant recording secretary respectively.  The nominating committee recommended that Nick Geray and Ann-Maire Caldwell be re-elected for new terms to the Executive Board and that Scott Ristau, Dude Garrett and Jonathan Land be elected to the Board as well.

Our next Baptist Gathering will be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota October 11-12, 2018.

Click above for Executive Director's Outline

See pictures from the 2017 Dakota Baptist Gathering

Click above to view a slideshow of some of the highlights at the 2017 Dakota Baptist Gathering.

Disaster Relief
Go:   Shower/Laundry - Feeding - Prayer Support
Chaplains-  Assessment- Recovery/Mudout
Hurricane Harvey - Texas Response
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Don't neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.
Hebrews 13:16  (HCSB)
Teams are Needed NOW and Weeks Following
Nassau Bay, TX
Need 3-4 volunteers per team
Oct. 7-20  
These dates include 2 days travel coming and going
Oct. 18-31
Oct. 29-Nov. 11
Nov. 9-22
Feeding Team
Liberty, TX
Need 4 volunteers per team
Oct. 21-Nov. 3
These dates include 2 days travel coming and going
Nov. 1-14
Nov. 12-24
Mudout Team
Liberty, TX
Need minimum of 5 volunteers per team
Oct. 28-Nov. 5
These dates include 2 days travel coming and going
Nov. 4-12
Nov. 11-19
Nov. 18-26
Nov. 25-Dec. 3
Dec. 2-10
Chaplains Team
Liberty, TX
Need minimum of 2 volunteers per team
Oct. 28-Nov. 5
These dates include 2 days travel coming and going
Will be placed on unit teams
Nov. 4-12
Nov. 11-19
Nov. 18-26
Nov. 25-Dec. 3
Dec. 2-10
Look at your calendar to see if you can respond in the weeks to come.  Please contact me with your dates and what unit team you want to respond with.
Dave Wedekind         507-258-0373
  • If you would like to make a financial contribution a DONATE button is on MN-WI Baptist Convention website.
  • 100% goes directly to help those affected. 
  • Volunteers with a current ID badge/credentials (trained on any unit) can respond. Check the expiration date on your badge. (Green caps - youth - CANNOT respond out of state.)
  • Please continue to pray that God will use us to His glory.  Pray that our hearts are prepared to minister unconditionally.
  • We've added an additional training event:
    • Saturday, September 30
All Nations Baptist  Church
1715 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City, IA 52246
8:30 Registration
9:00-1:00 Involving Southern Baptists in Disaster Relief (required class)
Then choose one unit training:  Mudout or Feeding
Deployment of Untrained People Volunteering
If you are a church with people asking to go but are not trained and credentialed in disaster relief, nor do they want to be trained at this point, here are some options:
  • Go to the website
    • You can select the dates you want to respond
    • You can register online
  • Go to the website
    • Select the Volunteer Village or press HERE for the link
    • This is to register a group (not individuals)
You can also donate to Harvey, Irma, Maria or all three relief efforts through your local church or through Send Relief.

All we do is for the Glory of God alone!
Dave and Jeanne Wedekind
Disaster Relief Directors
Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention
Baptist Convention of Iowa
Dakota Baptist Convention
519 16th Street SE
Rochester, MN  55904
507-282-3636 - office
507-258-0373 - cell
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see,
so that everyone will praise your heavenly father.

Youth Retreat Just Around the Corner

Attention Youth Leaders,

Time is running out to register for the Youth Retreat on October 19-21 at the 4H camp near Washburn, ND. Registration deadline has been set for October 12, 2017, so you need to register soon. We will be talking about how to live a life a faith in Jesus Christ every day and in every place. We will have worship and a concert from the band We Are Leo; and Sam Swann, director of student ministries for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico will be sharing challenging messages from God's Word. 
There will be good food, lots of fun and time to hang out with friends from around the Dakotas.

Please visit to register for the event. Contact Jeff Musgrave at 701-818-8801 if you have questions or need more information.

Annual Church Profile Reminder

Don't forget to be working on the ACP's! You should have already received a packet with information about how to fill the ACP out and enter it online.  If you have any questions about completing and putting your ACP information up, please call Karen Holmes at 605-228-5609 or email

Advance Midwest
If you were at the Baptist Gathering you heard Jeff Musgrave mention an opportunity for great learning and fellowship coming up in January 2018. Advance Midwest is a regional meeting of pastors and leaders of churches from across the Midwest on January 23-25.
We will take care of your hotel rooms and will also be providing ground transportation to and from Springfield, IL. I want to invite you to come and take part in this unique event. If you would like a sample of what you can expect to experience there, feel free to check out videos from the 2015 event at
Look for more information at and call Jeff Musgrave if you would like to attend. Our deadline to register is November 20th.