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New Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation

New Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation

7/21/2016

Bryan Johnson, Site Director of Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp, has accepted the position of Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation for the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He will begin on September 12, 2016.   Bryan graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in ...


Schott urges support for sentencing reform legislation

Schott urges support for sentencing reform legislation

7/21/2016

By Liz Winders The Rev. Lee Schott pastor at Women at the Well spoke about the need for passing federal criminal sentencing reform legislation at a news conference Wednesday with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley from Iowa and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott from South Carolina. Women at the Well is a United Methodist congregation located within the walls of the Iowa...


Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors announces three openings

7/18/2016

Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors is announcing three different openings in our office due to the beginning of a new project based on an award from the federal government through the Iowa Attorney General's Office. This award is from the Victim Services Support Program funds. This project will focus on immigrant victims of crime and begins with the ...


Bishop Trimble assigned to Indiana

Bishop Trimble assigned to Indiana

7/17/2016

Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa’s resident United Methodist bishop since 2008, will become the leader of the Indiana area in September.  The announcement was made during the Consecration Service of the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Saturday, July 16.    Celebrate the ministry of the Bishop and First Lady on Saturday, August 6, ...


Meet Bishop Laurie Haller

Meet Bishop Laurie Haller

7/16/2016

Iowa's new episcopal leader will be Bishop Laurie Haller.  She was elected on ballot 13 at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Thursday, July 14.  Click here to listen to the podcast of a conversation Bishop Haller had with Dr. Art McClanahan Bishop Laurie Haller has served in the Michigan area since 1982.  She was serving as senior...


NCJ2016 Call for Unity in Thursday Worship

NCJ2016 Call for Unity in Thursday Worship

7/14/2016

During a Thursday worship service filled with music from the NCJ praise band, Bishop Hee Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Annual Conference delivered a sermon entitled “Living Together Amidst Diversity”. Though he joked that as a Korean-American, he is “half kimchi and half Wisconsin cheese,” he drew upon personal, historical, and biblical examples and ...


NCJ2016 Episcopal Address by Bishop Kiesey

NCJ2016 Episcopal Address by Bishop Kiesey

7/14/2016

Episcopal Address – ‘Seeking Something Deeper’ The 2016 Episcopal Address moved from pulpit to piano as Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey addressed the chaos and fears experienced by individuals and the church in this day. During the times of disquiet permeating life, “I seek something deeper,” she said. While a lover of words, Kiesey admitted that “I ...


NCJ2016 Update for July 14

NCJ2016 Update for July 14

7/14/2016

NCJ 2016 Summary for Thursday July 14   NCJ elects fourth bishop and says goodbye to four others Thursday at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference was a time of celebrating leadership. Prophetic voices were heard during morning worship and in the afternoon episcopal address. The fourth bishop to be elected was coming to the stage at mid-day. ...


NCJ2016 convenes on July 13

NCJ2016 convenes on July 13

7/7/2016

By Arthur McClanahan   The 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church will convene on July 13 in Peoria, Illinois.  Gathering together under the theme, “Living Together…In Unity…Amid Diversity…for Ministry,” the regional assembly is guided by the scriptural words of Ephesians 4:1-16.   In his welcome letter to the ...


Iowan elected at UMW Assembly

Iowan elected at UMW Assembly

7/6/2016

Just this June, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Women held their quadrennial gathering. Several women from the Iowa Conference attended, and one of them, Linda Blazek Garvin, was even elected to a position with the UMW. “The new Secretary for the North Central Jurisdiction committee is Linda Blazek ...


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