Updates Spring 2021 - by Rosie Helland
The Food Pantry has been running very smooth this past 6 months. We serve on the average 60-70 families per month. Depending on what we can order from Great Plains depends on how many pounds we are able to give out. They have been very generous with food through USDA by helping with no charge items we order. All we pay is the shipping charges. This has been a great help with the budget for us. We have done some moving around and rearranging of the food pantry which makes it more convenient to fill boxes and easier to stock shelves in our building. Fargo church was very generous to donate another freezer to us so we could order more meat and give out more of a variety of frozen foods. We have changed our hours at the pantry to work one long day the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12-7, so with more hours we distance ourselves and no one has to wait in line. The people who do not work are able to come during the day and the working ones come in the evening. We prefill boxes so we can just have them sign in and then go with their items. It has really worked well this winter so people don’t have to wait outside in the cold or in their cars.
We have had a really good turn out of help to unload the truck on the 3rd Tuesday for our delivery, so we can usually get it all put into the back room for storage or on the shelves. There are usually 8-10 people who are here to help out. We also have 4 of us who work on the day we give it out so we are able to take breaks and still keep the shelves full and boxes made up ahead of time. We have been able to have the clothing pantry open on the same day as the food pantry so they can pick up anything they need from that building also. When we have new items come in, I have 3 people from the church that are willing to come over and put the things out so the items are there for taking. We have had a good supply of winter coats and other winter wear for them to go through. We also have had a good supply of blankets for taking. Thanks to the Grafton Church and Donna’s friend from Grandin the blanket supply has been very good. With so many people out of work it has been a real God send to the people on the reservation.
We have been very fortunate with being able to hold worship services and Sunday School in the church. We have had to cancel and quarantine twice due to members contracting Corona Virus outside the church, but have had no one pass it on from coming to church. Only 6 of our members came down with it and only 2 had to be hospitalized for a short time. We have been holding Lenten Services on Wed. nights, with a soup and sandwich supper at 6 pm and Worship following at 7pm. It has been quite well attended. We have been studying the characters associated with Jesus during his crucifixion. It has prompted the members to ask if we could have a Bible study because they enjoy the midweek service time, and said they will miss getting together. So, we are considering this for fall.
We have not had KICK but have been holding Sunday School for the children that attend church services. The ladies take turns leading and doing projects to decorate the bulletin boards. We had a Halloween Party which was well received. We social distanced the best we could and wore masks and all had a good time. We also showed a movie “The Star” which we showed for the kids before Christmas along with pizza and popcorn. It was a well- attended event and did a gift exchange for Christmas with the kids. No covid was reported after these events.
WINTER WEAR GIVE AWAY
Our winter wear give away was harder this year because we could not use the rec center and had to do it at the church. We had to run it 3 different times in November and we ended up giving out 60 boys outfits and 41 girls outfits. So, we still outfitted 101 in the end but had to run it more often. It worked out ok though because we could social distance this way.
We want to thank all the individuals, organizations, and churches who donated to the Bdecan Ministry Team and our projects at this time. It has made all of our projects possible and has been a real blessing to everyone here at Bdecan. We have kept our pantry’s well stocked and been able to serve many people with hope for another season.
We have also had some good news from Bdecan. Louie and Hilda have become grandparents to a baby girl. She will be baptized on Easter Sunday along with other new babies here at the church. We also had 2 other baptisms this fall which Rev. Thiele, from the Lutheran Mission Church preformed. We also have had 5 men who are regularly attending worship which is an increase of 3. We only had Bob and Louie and now we have decided to try to possibly start a men’s breakfast in the fall on Saturday once a month. We are hoping to attract more for that. We were unable to have mission teams come this past year. We are hoping for vaccinations to happen all around the U.S. so we can look forward to having our friends from Rochester and others back for Bible School and work projects. We are getting vaccinated in this area very quickly so we hope all will be back to normal by fall. Bob and I have ours completed and have been well since we arrived here. Praise the Lord.
ANOTHER PRAYER ANSWERED – CHANGES AT BDECAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, TOKIO, ND
BY DONNA PRESTON - PNP BDECAN MINISTRY TEAM
At the beginning of winter 2019-2020, Joe Obermeyer felt God calling him to discern what may be the next step in his ministry career. He announced to Bdecan Presbyterian Church and Presbytery of Northern Plains Bdecan Ministry Team it was time to move on. I prayed God would help us find the right person to fill his big shoes and continue the ministry at Bdecan Church.
When Joe, myself and Rosie Helland (co-moderator of the Ministry Team) met in January, Rosie told us that her husband, Bob, and her had been praying and would like to take the job as Youth and Outreach Coordinator. After conversation with the Church and Ministry Team, it was confirmed that Rosie and Bob would be the best fit. God had not only answered my prayer but their prayer as well.
June 21st was Joe’s last day at Bdecan and Roise and Bob immediately moved into the manse and started their new position. They helped lead church and met with congregation on June 28th.
Bob and Rosie have been involved with the Ministry Team from the beginning. As members of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Devils Lake, ND., they have been involved with Bdecan Church even before the Ministry Team was formed. Westminster Pres. Church, Webster Chapel, and Minnewauken Pres. Church under the leadership of Pastor Kevin Kaufmann had developed a Parish with Bdecan Church and had been doing ministry for a time before the Ministry Team was formed. In the early years of Joe’s position as Youth and Outreach Coordinator, Rosie and Bob with some other members of Westminster Church ran a food kitchen to feed the people coming to the Bdecan Food Pantry every 3rd Thursday of the month. Bob and Rosie developed relationships with many of the people at Bdecan not only thru the food kitchen but through the many events and meetings the Ministry Team held in partnership with Bdecan Church. They have also served many meals and partnered with many Mission Teams who have come to Bdecan over the last 7 years. Therefore to everyone at the church and on the Ministry Team; Rosie and Bob seemed to be the best fit to be the next Youth and Outreach Coordinators.
I continue to be amazed at how God continues to work and provide for all of the ministry at Bdecan Church. Thanks to all the people who continue to support this ministry in so many ways. Without this support, we wouldn’t be able to do the things we do! God is so good! Thanks for all you do! Blessings!