Storm Recovery

Thurman storm damage

A severe storm caused extensive damage to the Thurman United Methodist church on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Mapleton tornado

Photos of the tornado that struck Mapleton, Iowa, on Saturday, April 8, 2011. (Photos by Brian Milford)

Disaster Response Shower Trailer dedication

The new shower trailer for Iowa Conference Disaster Response was dedicated on March 4, 2012 at the Colfax United Methodist Church. Volunteers from Colfax will build the trailer, stage it, and bring it wherever needed. Images are from the morning worship service and the dedication in the snowy trailer parking area.

Californians travel to Cedar rapids for storms rebuild

A VIM team made up of United Methodists from Livermore and Pleasanton, California traveled to Cedar Rapids to work with Block by Block on flood recovery. They were joined by two from Minnesota who did the cooking and provided other support. Thanks to Living Waters UMC in Marion for hosting the group. The quilts, made by people at Asbury UMC in Livermore, were presented to Dolores weeks and to Charlie Burns, who had 9 of his family members lose their himes in the floods, including his 91 year-old mother who will be receiving the quilt

Block by Block Ribbon Cutting

The Ribbon Cutting celebrating the renovation/rebuilding work done with residents of the first Block by Block community in Cedar Rapids. Bishop Trimble, Clint Twedt-Ball and others involved in the program cut the ceremonial ribbon, visited homes in the neighborhood and stopped by the reopened Taylor School