2016 Iowa Annual Conference News

‘Fill the Truck’ Makes a Big Difference

‘Fill the Truck’ Makes a Big Difference

6/16/2016

While the 2016 Iowa Annual Conference was taking place earlier this month, in the north parking lot, just across from where the attendees were meeting and enjoying fellowship, a big truck from the Midwest Mission Distribution Center was filling up with donations for disaster relief. “We come here to collect disaster response items, so we can send ...


Needling God Creates Visual Theology

Needling God Creates Visual Theology

6/14/2016

If you’ve ever wondered where some UMC pastors and bishops get the striking, beautiful stoles that they wear as a part of their vestments, Needling God may well be the answer. Needling God is the husband-and-wife team of Ben and Karen Carter-Allen, and they had many of their stoles and scarves on display at the Iowa Annual Conference this year. In...


The Bishop’s Presence was Powerful

The Bishop’s Presence was Powerful

6/14/2016

It’s been over five years since the towns of Nemaha and Varina were badly impacted by an April 2011 tornado. But Rev. Carl Benge remembers well how a visit from Bishop Julius Trimble during that time made a difference to those communities. “It showed them that, for one, that their bishop cared – that the people in Des Moines cared about what had ...


AC2016 Lay Leaders Address

AC2016 Lay Leaders Address

6/8/2016

A generous spirit is necessary for the church to do its work. This was the message of the Laity Address given at the 2016 Annual Conference Session. Lay Leader Margaret Borgen addressed Sunday’s Conference Session, telling the assembly that giving to the church is an elephant in the room members find it hard to talk about, but that it is basic to ...


AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

AC2016 Change a Child’s Story Update

6/6/2016

Clint Twedt-Ball, team member of the Change a Child’s Story team asked Bishop Trimble during 2016 Iowa Annual Conference, “A year ago when we talked, you said that our goal should be to get 100% of the churches on board with Change a Child’s Story. Do you still believe that we can reach that audacious goal of 100% participation?” “Yes!” Bishop ...


AC2016 Conference Artist—Therefore Go

AC2016 Conference Artist—Therefore Go

6/6/2016

Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten addressed the 2016 Iowa Annual Conference a final time on Monday, June 6, 2016 and said that he was preaching on the edge as this was the last time he would be with them in this way. Rev. Lyddon Hatten has retired after 22 years. "Words spoken at the end of a narrative have more weight than those from the middle," he said. ...


AC2016 Teaching Sessions

6/5/2016

More than 400 people attended Teaching Sessions offered at the 2016 Annual Conference Session. Six sessions were presented Sunday evening, covering various aspects of ministry and church finances. The sessions included: Social Media and Web Ministry: “Communicating Faith in the 21st Century” Focused on going beyond simply having a church website ...


AC2016 First Round of Offerings

6/5/2016

The first round of offerings for the 2016 Annual Conference Session were announced Sunday morning, reflecting robust participation. The Clergy Assistance Fund collection taken at Friday night’s Clergy Session was $4109. The Opening Worship offering collected Saturday morning for the Rust College Choir totaled $5445.34. Collection for Camperships...


AC2016 Legislative wrap-up Saturday, June 4, 2016

AC2016 Legislative wrap-up Saturday, June 4, 2016

6/4/2016

The first day of the 2016 Iowa Annual Conference Session saw swift approval of numerous legislative resolutions.   2017 Annual Conference Session dates Saturday, June 10 - Monday, June 12, 2017 were approved, along with 2018 Annual Conference Session dates of June 9-11, 2018. Conference Secretary Nitza Dovenspike was elected, succeeding Patty ...


AC2016 “Our God is Able” - General Conference Report

AC2016 “Our God is Able” - General Conference Report

6/4/2016

Southeast District Superintendent Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren and Southeast District Field Outreach Minister Phil Carver gave a report on the 2016 General Conference at Saturday’s assembly of the 2016 Annual Conference Session. The Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20, with the verse, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” was prevalent...


AC2016 Episcopacy Endorsements

AC2016 Episcopacy Endorsements

6/4/2016

Rev. Barrie Tritle’s Episcopal Endorsement was affirmed nearly unanimously on Saturday evening of the 2016 Annual Conference Session. The First United Methodist Church Iowa City Pastor had received the recommendation as an episcopal candidate of the Iowa Annual Conference’s Jurisdictional Delegation. Four episcopal assignments are due to come open ...


UM Men and the Prayer Line Ministry

UM Men and the Prayer Line Ministry

5/2/2016

There is a lot of business on the docket for the upcoming Annual Conference, but it will also be a time for celebration, fellowship, and prayer. To provide prayerful support during this time, the Iowa Conference United Methodist Men will be manning the Prayer Line, which anyone is welcome to call with their prayer requests. “We are scheduled to ...


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