Bismarck Calvary United Methodist
Thursday, October 18, 2018
A United Methodist Congregation



Greater Grand Forks CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)



The Singer's Score

    Three years ago Cody and I were walking down the sidewalk at UND looking for some students to talk to, wondering if they would be    interested in chatting about spiritual things. The sidewalk in the middle of campus is where we met Kevin. As we began to chat with Kevin we learned about some of his background; that the church he grew up in hadn’t really taught him about the gospel. During that conversation we had the            opportunity to share the Gospel with him, telling him about the relationship he could have with God because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Kevin did not have a relationship with the Lord and told us that he wasn’t sure if it was for him. A couple months later Kevin began to attend one of the bible studies on campus and since has surrendered his life over to the Lord.   Now, fast forward three years later to today. Kevin is one of the many faithful student leaders that is helping reach other students on campus. Over that time Kevin has shared his faith, helped lead bible study in a dorm and been a part of our leaders meetings because he desires to be challenged and grow in his faith. We praise the Lord for how He has worked in Kevin’s life so that now Kevin can reach others with the gospel.   We have many student leaders, just like Kevin, on campus that are a part of Cru on the college campus. This past week they have been hard at work praying for, getting to know, and    reaching out to many of the incoming freshmen on campus.   We had over one thousand surveys to follow up from the first week of school and the student leaders have been a huge part of meeting students, loving them, sharing with them about Jesus, and inviting them hang out and have fun.      
Your Partners in the Great Commission, 
Pray for the new students on campus.  that believers would get connected & grow and that nonbelievers who are searching would find someone who knows Jesus that will love them well & tell them about Jesus.
Pray for us and student leaders to reach out to friends and other people we meet.
Pray for God to give us wisdom as we look for opportunities to have spiritual conversations with students.

Todd & Kamaya Singer



We are receiving monthly mission gifts for various projects that we support.


Christian Education

See the CE table on the stairway and in the entry for more information and to sign up for volunteering.


Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe

This ministry is at 220 N 23rd St in Bismarck.  Volunteers are needed.  Scheduling is available at for 2-hour time slots from 8 am to 7:30 pm.


Sunday School

Starts on September 9, 2018 @ 9 am.  3yrs to 5th grade and Men



We have just spruced up our bathroom and kitchen flooring, giving those rooms a much-needed face lift.  We will be doing some painting as well as decorating over the next few months.  Thank you in advance for your gifts to the Building Fund to make this possible.

More Sunday Morning coffee personnel are still needed. 


Break-Through Prayer Initiative

Lacey Nelson and Alisha Mertz have taken the lead of our Prayer Team – thank you ladies.  We are also grateful for those who have begun joining them in the WAR ROOM for prayer.    Beginning on September 9, the time will move to 8:30 am and will continue up to the 10:00 am worship for persons who wish to go in the WAR ROOM.  Please continue to be in prayer for our worship services, the pastor and those participating in the service as well as all people that God will bring to the services, including visitors.  The Prayer Team will also be praying for requests on prayer cards which are available of in the pews.

Children and Youth Cohort

Exciting News!  Through discernment of the Bishop and Cabinet, WE have been selected to participate in this cohort to support, train and guide the children and youth ministry of our church through Steph Caro of Youth Ministry Architects.  This is especially for churches that do not have a paid youth pastor or leader to help us develop a stronger, more vital program that will reach the children and youth in our community.  The cost is just $250 and those who have signed up to participate are: Lacey Nelson, Alisha Mertz, Michele Unrath, plus we may take others along with us at times.



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.