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Ministry on the Margins Fifth Anniversary Celebration Features Internat'l Speaker, Carol Kent - Nov. 2-3
MINISTRY ON THE MARGINS CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN SPEAKER
On November 4, 2018, Ministry on the Margins will celebrate five years since it’s incorporation. The Ministry is hosting internationally known speaker and author, Carol Kent, with two free conferences as part of the celebration.
Friday, November 2, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Carol and her husband will speak to men and women on When A Loved One is Incarcerated -- Embracing A New Kind of Normal. They speak on a topic that impacts men and women from all walks of life who experience having a loved one in prison and having life flipped upside down. They speak from experience, from hearts that understand what it’s like to navigate a new normal, offering hope and healing from a Biblical perspective.
Saturday, November 3, will be for women from all walks of life. The 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. free conference titled Unquenchable Faith and will include lunch. This will be a time for women to come together, celebrate, and remember: “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times…” Romans 12:11-12.
Both events will be held at CHI St Alexius Health, Boniface Hall. Register at: eventbite.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background on Ministry on the Margins:
Sister Kathleen Atkinson, founder and director of Ministry on the Margins, describes its development as a journey of changed lives; beginning with hers. Seven years ago, Sister Kathleen did something that she had often thought about doing but had never taken action. She picked up the phone, called the chaplain of the ND State Peniteniary, and asked if there was anything she could do as a volunteer at the prison. After the first night in the prison, she returned to her car and wept; knowing that her life was being radically changed but not yet knowing exactly how. Her small offer – and the chaplain’s affirmative response – began a journey that has grown into the movement currently serving over 700 people each week with an average of 70 volunteers.
Ministry on the Margins is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck. It has been nationally recognized for its creative prison ministry, prison reentry ministry, and grass roots service to “those who fall through the cracks, especially during times of transition.” The statistics are phenomenal: a food pantry that distributes 3,000-4,000 pounds of food each week. A free clothing pantry serving hundreds. Prison ministry that includes ND State Penitentiary, Dakota Women’s Correctional Center, James River Correctional Center, and out reach to families of the incarcerated. The Ministry Center, located at 201 N. 24th Street, Bismarck, hosts Heart River Bridges of Hope (for those transitioning from Youth Corrections), Bread of Life Faith Community, and Celebrate Recovery Fellowship.
The focus is simple: changing lives through kindness and compassion.