|Address:||PO BOX 136|
|Average Sunday Attendance:||80|
|Paid Staff:||Pastor Janet Miller|
a Secretary and a treasurer
|Access to Public Transit:||none|
|Congregation Description:||Waubay, S.D. is a rural farming community that is unique in some ways because it also sits on a part of the Native American reservation area (the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyatte tribal reservation). The community is 65% Native American but we have only about five members of our congregation who are Native. We have a high school and grade school in the community and most of the social events are scheduled around it. |
Our congregation worships at 11:00am each Sunday. We are a part of the 4 Winds Partnership Churches so our pastor serves 2 other congregations in Bristol and Butlet South Dakota. She leads worship in all three congregations each Sunday with a schedule of 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am worships. Our Savior's has Sunday School in the fall/winter/spring months that meets at 9:45am. We have active youth and confirmation programs and an active WELCA group. On Sundays we have adult Bible study and we also have a men's group that meets once a month. Our youth lead worship once a month and are very active in our community.
We are beginning to work with the community churches and organizations for a backpack lunch program for our school kids. 70% of our children get free lunches and many are hungry over the weekends and we are attempting to help out. Our congregation is also active in the planning of yearly baccalauriatte services and helping the the library fundraiser events. We are the congregation that most community needs are sent to and we try our best to include all needs in our ministry.
Our Savior's is blessed to have a nice group of young families who are active so Sunday worships are noisy! We are a lake congregation so people here are informal and enjoy trying new things.
The main issue facing our congregations is the economic problems of our people. We are agriculture based and it has been a drought year. Our community experienced flooding last year that left 36 houses underwater and our lift system in danger of collapse so we have gone from one disaster to the other quickly.
Our community has decreased in occupants because of the economy and the flood issues. This follows a long drawn out decrease that all rural South Dakota towns have seen as our young people leave for education and jobs and don't return.
|Congregation Keywords:||rural, farming, drought, flood recovery, fun loving, hard working, flexable, Missional, commuting for work, musical|