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    Ellsworth AFB, SD - Chaplain

    The grace and majesty of God's creation surround us here...the beautiful Black Hills are sacred to Native Americans as a sign that God is in our midst. The Chapel Staff is proud to serve along side you whether here at home or at deployed sites. We minister to military members and their families of all faiths. We invite you to explore the numerous chapel programs that promote spiritual growth and fulfillment. Our goal is to nurture your spiritual commitment and create an environment in which it can grow. We look forward to meeting you and "Serving In Your Midst."

    Roman Catholic:
    Sunday Catholic Mass
    9:30 a.m. at the Black Hills Chapel
    Catholic Religious Education
    Sundays, 11 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. at the Chapel Activity Center
    Daily Mass: Tuesday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Black Hills Chapel

    Sunday Protestant Services:
    Community Service
    11 a.m. at the Freedom Chapel
    Inspirational Gospel Service
    11:15 a.m. at the Black Hills Chapel
    Rock Contemporary Service
    6 p.m. at the Chapel Activity Center

    Baptisms and Marriage
    B7 Infant and adult baptisms are arranged with chaplains on an individual basis and are conducted within his or her denominational guidelines.
    B7 Weddings are arranged in consultation with a chaplain and are conducted after fulfilling requirements for pre-marriage counseling. Contact the Chapel at least three months in advance of your desired date before making any arrangements.

    Protestant Youth of the Chapel (PYOC)
    Leading children and youth to Christ through Bible Study, Fellowship and Activities.
    B7 4-6 grades: Transformers
    POC: Betty Moceri (923-5674)
    B7 7-12 grades: Joshua Generation
    POC: Martin Gomez (390-8088)

    Protestant Singles of the Chapel (PSOC)
    B7 A warm environment where spiritual growth occurs through personal relationships, education, and outreach
    B7 Contact Doyle Spader (787-6846)

    Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC)
    B7 Bible Study and Fellowship
    B7 Special service projects

    Protestant Men of the Chapel (PMOC)
    B7 Activities focus on Spirituality, Education, Social Services, and Recreational fellowship.
    B7 PMOC sponsors monthly prayer breakfast for all base personnel

    Ellsworth AFB Officers' Christian Fellowship (OCF)
    Contact Chaplain Rolf Holmquist (385-4463)

    Baptisms and Marriage
    B7 Baptisms are celebrated on an individual basis with required baptism formation classes conducted as needed. Parents who wish to have their child baptized must attend.
    B7 Couples wishing to be married in the Catholic Church are required to complete their marriage preparation with the priest, conducted on an individual basis. Contact the chapel six months prior to the wedding date.

    Catholic Youth of the Chapel provides high school students monthly socials activities.

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
    B7 The Formal process by which non-baptized adults are received into the RC Church.
    B7 Sessions run Fall until Easter.
    B7 Candidates are referred to the local diocese for formal instruction and have mentors.

    Lay Minister Opportunities
    B7 Lay Eucharistic Ministers
    B7 Lectors
    B7 Ushers
    B7 Altar Servers
    B7 Musicians, Choir Members
    B7 Catechists

    Parish Councils
    Both Protestant and Roman Catholic parishes have coordinating/advisory groups that provide participants opportunities to assume leadership roles and offer a voice in the direction of the base chapel programs. Meetings are held monthly - we welcome your comments and suggestions!

    With the best Chapel Library in the Air Force, the Chapel Resource Center provides interfaith materials for encouraging spiritual growth in the Ellsworth AFB community.

    B7 More than 5,000 books, 700 video tapes, 200 audio tapes.
    B7 Monthly children's reading enrichment program.
    B7 Opportunities for volunteers to learn the workings of a library.

    Program runs Sept. through May
    B7 Second Thursday of each month
    B7 0630 in the Freedom Chapel Annex
    B7 All base personnel are invited

    For information on local Jewish, Muslim, or Eastern Orthodox services or any other Faith Groups, please call the chapel at 385-1598.

    If you need a Chaplain during duty hours, call 385-1598. After duty hours, weekends, or holidays call the Command Post at 385-3800 and ask for the Duty Chaplain.

    Programs run Sept. through May at the Chapel Activities Center

    Protestant: 0930-1030
    B7 Sunday School Ages 3 - Adult
    B7 Children's Church at worship services
    B7 Weekly Bible Studies
    For more information, contact the RE Coordinator (385-6352)

    Roman Catholic: 1100-1215
    B7 CCD 4-year-olds through High School
    B7 Adults
    For more information, contact the RE Coordinator Mary Bowman (385-1670)