Bismarck Calvary United Methodist
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
A United Methodist Congregation



Greater Grand Forks CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)



The Singer's Score

“What Will You Do Next?”
     “What will you do next?” is the   common question students who are about to graduate from college hear as everyone seems to wonder what  they are going to do with their lives.  
     Life Options is a conference designed for Juniors and Seniors where they are    challenged to think about what they might do next.  Over the weekend Roger Hershey spoke, challenging their generation to be a part of finishing the Great Commission no matter what field God might call them into, whether missions or the market place. 
     The conference culminated with  Roger Hershey inviting the students forward to receive the baton in hopes that this will be the generation that finishes the Great Commission.  Since the conference, Jonathan and Carter, seniors at UND, have been processing what it means to surrender their future plans to the Lord, even if that means     giving a year of their life to take to gospel to people around the world. 
     Please pray for these Juniors & Seniors, that God would capture their heart and that they would want to be a part of finishing the Great Commission.  
Pray for the Juniors & Seniors who attended Life Options as they continue to process how God would hve them live life on mission after graduation.
Pray for many students to attend Cru AWinter Conference Minneapolis - Dec. 28-Jan.1.  Pray that God would change hearts and lives of students who attend.

Todd & Kamaya Singer


     Valley City Epworth Serves Hundreds Kids and families came piling in the doors of Epworth UMC in Valley City, North Dakota on Halloween.  The church was a warm, friendly place to get a meal and enjoy indoor trick or treating. Photos courtesy of Epworth UMC Facebook page.
     “It is the largest community thing that happens here at Epworth,” said Rev. Dayne Zachrison. “We noticed that Halloween fell on the same night as our Open Table. So we put the two together and the people just came.”     
     Three years ago, Epworth UMC recognized the need for a community meal.  Resources often run short at the end of the month, and a midweek meal would be a meaningful community gift.  The first volunteers chose the last Tuesday night of the month.  With gifts from inside the church and support from an Ingathering for Hunger grant, Epworth began serving their “Open Table Community Meal” on October 27, 2015.      “The meal is just there for those who want to come and enjoy food and fellowship. There is no donation or offering expected. We fund it with donations of food, discounts and monetary gifts from members of the congregations and the community,” stated Zachrison.     
     Five years ago, Epworth began opening their newly remodeled Gathering Space to an indoor “Trunk or Treat” style event on Halloween night.  Epworth invited families to host and decorate a table, placed luminaries outside their front door, and invited the community inside. That first year, they had seven tables and about 200 people come through the door.  Each year, more families have participated.      This spring, the staff realized that in October, the last Tuesday of the month and Halloween were the same night.      
     “We started talking and realized that this could be great for families,” said Zachison. “In conversations with key volunteers, the church chose to hold both events, and the results were amazing!”     
     On Halloween, the “Open Table” Team and volunteers served barbeques and hot dogs, coleslaw, chips and homemade Rice Krispy® bars.  They served close to 250 meals, which more than doubled the number of those normally served at the meal.     
     The greeters at the front door of the church counted 578 people going through the doors, making this the largest yearly event for Epworth.  With more than 40 volunteers and another 10 families that donated supplies or candy, this has become a significant church-wide community outreach event.     
     Every participant received a card with the details of Epworth’s Christmas Eve programs and the dates for next summer’s Vacation Bible School.  Epworth spread the word through Social Media and word of mouth, and this event has become a community tradition, serving as the first trick or treat stop for a number of small children.     
     Anita Tulp, office coordinator at Epworth, coordinates the meals for the open table. Dawn Thompsen is the Christian Education Director who coordinates the indoor Trunk or Treating.  The two thought the night was such a success that a plan is underway to do the same thing next year.     
     Pastor Dayne Zachrison sees this as a win-win for the community and the church. “It is something that we can do for the community. Families need a place to have dinner and do some trunk or treating.” 





The Open Door Witness, is now available on-line at Please click on that address, or copy and paste it into the address line of your browser. The Open Door Community Center in Bismarck is a special mission project of the Dakotas Conference and is supported by UMC churches in North and South Dakota. Our mission is "Through the Open Door Community Center, children and families receive Christian-based education and support services, enriching them to become responsible members of their families and community."

We welcome your comments and questions about the newsletter, programs and services. Contact me at 701-222-3004 or

Jolene Stading Puhalla, Director of Open Door Community Center.