Bismarck Calvary United Methodist
Friday, November 17, 2017
A United Methodist Congregation



Greater Grand Forks CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)



The Singer's Score

Small Groups & Sharing
 As a part of all our small group bible studies in the dorms this year we also wanted to be able to reach out to other students that are in the dorm as well. So as a part of that we host a more formal bible study one week and then the next we will meet and talk about relationships, or success and what defines those. When we have these discussions we have asked students to invite friends to come and be a part of these groups. Last week Megan and  Kevin had their group of seven students invite others and they each brought a friend so they had 14 students join them for the discussion on relationships! Through the discussion they had the opportunity to invite others back to their bible study the next week!  
 Joey a sophomore and I went into the cafeteria to eat and hopefully have a conversation with a student about spiritual things. We loaded up our trays and sat down with a guy named Eric who was a junior that had transferred here from South Dakota. As we were talking to him we learned that he did have a spiritual background but his faith was no longer really a part of his life due to his business in college. So we invited him to join us for our bible study and also to a big outreach event we have planned for next week! Please pray that Eric makes time for the Lord in his life again!   One other thing to bring to your attention is that we have moved now! We are still in Grand Forks but we have a new address: 3263 Lucke Lane E    Your Partners in Ministry,         Grand Forks ND, 58201       
Pray for new students to have soft and open hearts towards God, Spiritual things, and the Gospel.
Pray for our student leaders to and staff to be bold in building relationships and sharing the Gospel.
Pray that students would see their brokenness and surrender their lives to Jesus.
Pray that we would pack the auditorium on campus for our big outreach event "The Maze".

Todd & Kamaya Singer


Conversation with Our Bishop

     Join Bishop Bruce Ough on Sunday, October 1 from 2:30-4:30 pm at Legacy UMC!  Bishop Ough will seek input and has a dialogue on how the United Methodist Church can remain united in the presence of significant cultural, regional and theological differences. 

Bakken Oil Rush reaches out in Watford City and to Victims of Harvey

     “Watford City continues to see phenomenal growth, even with oil at $21.00 a barrel.  The school opened their doors for the year and saw record numbers, over 1,500 students.  These are young families moving here to try to make a living.  We are reaching out in every way we can to help them make it,” said Jim Konsor, Bakken Oil Rush Ministry, Watford City, ND.

     McKenzie County ND, where Watford City is located and more oil rigs drilling than any other county, produces 6.7 million barrels of oil each month.  “The people that are here are coming to stay.  They are bringing their families.  Many of the guys working in the oil industry were living here on their own and now they want to call Watford City their home,” said Jim Konsor. “Meanwhile, oil companies and employers have reduced hours to deal with the downturn in oil prices.  The need continues to be huge for basic items to live and take care of your family.”

     The Bakken Oil Rush Ministry provides clothing and small household items at a nominal fee, as well as spiritual and emotional support. In the last few weeks, Jim and Kathie Konsor, co-directors of the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry, have reached out to hundreds of families through Christmas in July, Summer’s Last Blast sale and Vacation Bible School.

     Christmas in July, a fundraising and toy collection event for the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry community Christmas party was held at Tourist Park in Watford City.  Various community organizations and businesses provided a picnic supper, games and small gifts for the children.  The Konsors provided music to put people in the Christmas spirit.  More than 200 attended and lots of gifts were collected for the Christmas event to be held in December.

     In early August, Vacation Bible School was conducted with an anti-bullying message.  A volunteer team of 24 youth and adults from Sisseton, South Dakota, spent a week in Watford City preparing for VBS as well as the Summer’s Last Blast Sale. The clothing sale was intended to help reduce the inventory of summer clothing items.  All summer clothing items were set up for display and shoppers could purchase a bag of items at $5 per bag.  In addition, a free lunch was prepared and served.   The Konsors said VBS and the Last Blast of Summer sale were a huge success. “More than 30 kids were involved in VBS, 185 meals of hot dogs, chips and dessert served, and 285 bags of clothing left the building! We are grateful for the volunteers who spent the week helping us prepare and serve.  What a terrific week!”

     The success of the two-day sale was continued until the end of the August. This allowed for additional families to get summer clothing items at significantly reduced rates.  The last day of August was set aside as “Blessing Day.”  On “Blessing Day", no items were for sale, they were given away.  The remaining summer clothing items were then packed in a semi-trailer.  These items will be driven to Houston, Texas to a donation center for people affected by tropical storm Harvey.       The Bakken Oil Rush Ministry in Watford City is now busy preparing for winter and the future. “We are open to receive winter clothing, household items, small appliances, bedding and monetary donations,” said the Konsors.  

Ways You can Help

Cash donations are always needed to purchase needed items not in the current inventory.  Cash donations are also needed to help the Konsors secure warehouse property for storage of donations.  To donate to the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry send checks to Account Number 746, Bakken Oil Rush Ministry Dakotas Conference UMC, PO Box 460, Mitchell, SD 57301. Or, donate directly at this link:

New or gently used items that are continually needed include bath towels, men’s winter and work coats sizes XL and up.  There is always a need for hoodies—zipped or pull over sweatshirts for men, women and children—men’s size XL and up are always the most in demand. 





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.