Rooted in God’s Love We Celebrate
One Another!

UCC General Synod is happening NOW and for the first time, I (Pastor Emily) am a SD delegate. This year’s theme is Rooted in Love, and I’d encourage you to check out the many public events and resources online! I will offer an update on Sunday, the day Synod 2021 comes to a close.

One of the great joys of events like UCC General Synod is the reminder of how broad our UCC family truly is. We embody a tiny portion of Christ’s church right here in Pierre, SD, but God is at work in SO MANY PLACES across this beautiful globe.

This awareness is significant to me both as a Christian and as an ordained minister. I cherish connecting our congregation with siblings in the UCC, and I’d be happy to have a conversation with you about the broader scope of the UCC worldwide. It’s a phenomenal and eclectic faith family that holds origin in John 17:21 “That they may all be one.” Unity across difference is compelling spiritual work, especially in a day like ours.

When we stay rooted in love, we remain faithful and fruitful together, even across difference…that’s Christ’s revolutionary love at work!

Calendar at a Glance

Mark your Calendar

July 11-18: UCC General Synod (Pastor Emily is a delegate)
Sun. July 18: 10am Worship
Sun. July 18: 11am Outdoor celebration of Lorena & Taylor’s marriage
Sat. July 24: 10am Freezer Meal Drop-off, church office
Sun. July 25: Holy Communion, ahead of Pastor Emily’s time away
Mon. July 26: 3pm Robert “Bob Nystrom” Memorial Reception- Red Rossa
Sun. Aug 1: Gloria & Jack’s Organ & Piano Duets w/ History of Hymns
Sun. Aug 8: Nance Orsbon will be our guest preacher

Community Connections

Lorena Reichert & Taylor Hamblin are Married!

We are thrilled to celebrate the marriage of Taylor & Lorena this Sunday, July 18th after worship on our front lawn! Linger over cake and refreshments as we congratulate Lorena & Taylor on their wedded bliss!

Bob Nystrom Memorial Reception
Mon. July 26th

Friends & church family are invited to celebrate Bob Nystrom's life with his family Mon. July 26th at 3pm in a private room (w/ patio) at Red Rossa. It will be a casual gathering with photos, music, refreshments, and conversation.

His obituary can be found here

Freezer Meals for Expecting Families!

We have THREE families expecting babies in coming weeks, and we’d like to offer freezer meals to support the early days of transition for each household. Taniya and Aric Bethke, Justin & Lindsey Evans, and Avery Vanden Bos and family will all feel our support in the tangible gift of meals. Create a freezer meal (or two or three!), label with instructions, and simply drop-off at the church on one or both collection days.

TWO DATES to drop off meal(s) at the church office:

Saturday July 24 at 10am
Saturday August 28 at 10am

We will be sure meals are distributed to the households. If you can’t make these dates work but would like to contribute, let Pastor Emily know!

Supporting our Lakota Neighbors

Last Sunday Bree Oatman shared a giving story that involved a request to make good on our commitment to love our indigenous neighbors; To honor the lost lives of Lakota children who died at Carlisle Indian School after having been unjustly separated from their families, leaders of the Rosebud Tribe are arranging a proper burial for nine of their children returning at last to their ancestral home. A collection is being taken to cover the expenses of 9 star quilts and 9 pairs of moccasins for these children. We gave over $200 as a church last Sunday, and more donations are greatly appreciated.

Send checks directly to:
Takala Inajinyo
Attn: Jessica Two Eagle
PO Box 430
Rosebud, SD 57570

Venmo: @jessicatwoeagle

GM Middle School Mentors Needed!

Teammates is a school-based, strengths-based mentoring program founded in 1991 by UNL football coach Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy. Throughout the years, Teammates has positively impacted the lives of thousands.

Would you consider offering one hour a week to build a relationship with a Pierre Middle School student?

Contact Kim at 280-1561 or email

Prayer Requests

Rick & Valerie Rowen
- caring for Rick’s mom, Joyce, in MN who is healing from a health scare with her heart.

Taniya & Aric Bethke- as they welcome baby Luca Orin into their family.

All who continue in ways of grief following the loss of a loved one.

All who journey with cancer and other fear-filled health diagnoses.

We affirm the desire for church members and friends to receive prayer both publicly and privately. Please reach out to Pastor Emily with your prayer requests. “All together, holding on to one another, lifting each other up, we ALL begin to rise in the name of our risen Christ.”

July Celebrations

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Keith Jennings- July 03
David Kietzmann- July 03
Megan Ernst- July 03
Janice Lucas- July 04
Brenda Paul- July 08
Byron Jennings- July 13
Gloria Merriam- July 15
Bjorn Quinn- July 15
Steve Robinson- July 17
Lori Eschen- July 17
Don Stars- July 22
Otto Miles Dowling- July 22
Nicholas Kruse- July 23
Barb Dooley- July 24
Barry Jennings- July 24
Brad Gall- July 24
Glenn Kietzmann- July 25
Mickey Thomsen- July 27
Joni Boub- July 28
Jack Horner- July 29


Rob & Sherri Anderson- July 01
Lenny & Sherilyn Starks- July 08
Rick & Valerie Rowen- July 19
Erwin & Marlys Feller- July 24
Justin & Lindsey Evans- July 25
Randell & Tamara Kintz- July 28

Supporting Our Mission

Financial Report: July 4 & 11

Our mission is entirely funded by member and friend contributions. THANK YOU for your tremendous support.

Weekly offering: $4,549.00
Weekly receipts needed to meet budget: $3,097.93

Love Fund: $20.00

Memorial Fund - Wosepka: $70,000.00

General fund receipts Year-to-Date: $83,283.05
General fund expenses paid Year-to-Date: $80,408.46
Budgeted Expenses Year-to-Date: $86,972.71

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