Bismarck Calvary United Methodist
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A United Methodist Congregation



Greater Grand Forks CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)


July 2017

The Singer's Score

     Over the past summer many things have happened as Todd has been coaching future interns as well as the birth of our beautiful daughter!       Paisley Joy Singer! Born June 29th, weighing 8lbs 13oz  (She seems to eat up a lot of our time right now).
     Over the last 10 days Cru has held there biannual staff conference out in Colorado where  vision is casted and direction is given for the next 2 years in ministry. This is usually one of my favorite things to be at and it is so       encouraging to hear and see how God is a work around the Globe. Here is a  really fun stat from that conference. In the year 2016 over 25 million people were exposed to the gospel just through the campus ministry of Cru! To put that in perspective just imagine the largest city in the world all having the opportunity to hear about the good news of what Christ did for them in just one year! We would like to thank all of you as well because you were all a part of that. God used you to help reach 25 million people with the gospel this year! Praise the Lord!

Pray for the student leaders as they get ready to return to college and that they would excited to meet new students.  Move in day for freshman is the weekend of August 19th.
Pray for us as we are parents now! Pray that God would give us strength and energy to lead as he calls us to lead our daughter.
Pray for our staff team as we prepare for this school year.


Todd & Kamaya Singer



Lay Speaking and Preaching Retreat

     The second annual Lay Speaking and Preaching Retreat will be August 25-27 at Lake Poinsett Camp and Retreat Center. The retreat starts at 6:30 pm on August 25 and ends around 8:30 am CDT on August 27.
     The retreat is open to all who are interested in gaining experience, receiving feedback and practicing speaking and preaching in a safe and nurturing environment. Consider inviting someone you know who may be interested in the event.
     This is also a great opportunity for those seeking to renew their Lay Speaking status or to become a Certified Lay Speaker. Attending this retreat counts as advanced course credits for those seeking to keep maintain certification.


Applications for Grants for Church-School Partnerships

     Are you thinking about starting a church-school partnership? Funds from the 2017 Kids Count Miracle Offering will be awarded through the Breakthrough Ministry Grant application process.

     Breakthrough Ministry Grants are offered to churches and related organizations from the Dakotas United Methodist Foundation and Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Grants will be awarded quarterly. Applications are due on January 31, April 30, July 31 and October 31 every year.  


Potholder bounty unites hands that stitch with hands that bake

(Story by Karen Workman,

     Solar Oven Partners (SOP) Director Marj Evans-de-Carpio attended Annual Conference in Bismarck knowing she’d bring back a few hundred potholders. She had put out a couple of calls and a Monday@Dakotas story with a request for help to protect the hands of cooks as SOP volunteers deliver oven components and teach solar cooking this year.  Karen Collins and her sister, Carleen Cross arrived at the Solar Oven Partners booth with three containers filled with 300 potholders from the United Methodist Church of Faulkton. Wonderful essential gifts for new solar oven cooks in the Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone in West Africa, and soon on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona!

     Throughout the conference, beautiful potholders kept coming from the hands of enthusiastic stitchers. When Marj made one last check after the final plenary session, she was astounded by the new total – a whopping 1,038 potholders gathered during the 4-day gathering!

     Karen Workman, SOP Advisory Council member stated, “Solar Oven Partners encountered the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of people who sew in our churches in the Dakotas Conference! Thank you for your compassionate care of impoverished, newly trained solar oven cooks in the Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, and soon on the Navajo Nation in Arizona.”

     Should supporting churches, UMW groups and solitary sewers keep those potholders coming? Absolutely!





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.