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'Christian Chaos' plays the Iowa State Fair

'Christian Chaos' plays the Iowa State Fair

8/24/2016

“This is our third year playing here,” says Greg Brown, founder and leader of the band Christian Chaos, following their gig at the Iowa State Fair on August 17. “We’ve put together a set list that’s really geared more towards this type of a venue than what we would do at a fundraiser or at a youth rally or something like that.” Click to listen to ...


Trinity Huxley 'excited' community ministry

Trinity Huxley 'excited' community ministry

8/24/2016

“They get things done. When they get the idea, they pursue it and get it taken care of,” says Pastor Rick Baarda of Trinity UMC in Huxley. He’s talking about his church’s ‘Dare To’ teams: Dare to Pray, Dare to Dream, and Dare to Act It’s an idea that his church came up with about a year and a half ago, to take the idea of a dream team to the next ...


Conference Ctr Team helps at food pantry network

Conference Ctr Team helps at food pantry network

8/11/2016

A team of nine from the Iowa Conference Center sorted non-perishable items, checked expiration dates, and packaged items for the shelves at the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry Network warehouse this week.  The visit to DMARC’s distribution center was one of a series of mission events that Conference staff participates in each year.   ...


Central District's 'Sampling Diversity'

Central District's 'Sampling Diversity'

8/10/2016

Sunday afternoon was devoted to “Sampling Diversity” on the Central District of the Iowa Conference.  Hundreds gathered at the Christian Life Center of Ankeny First UMC to sample food, view art, experience cultural dance, sing in multiple languages, talk with each other about diversity, be introduced to the new Superintendent and Field Outreach ...


Maggie Biggs new Conference Treasurer

Maggie Biggs new Conference Treasurer

8/10/2016

Although Maggie Biggs has been helping the Iowa Annual Conference with its finances in various ways for twenty years, on August 1 she took on her most significant role yet as the new Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services for the Conference. “It’s a privilege to serve the Conference in a new way,” says Biggs, who has an accounting degree ...


The House of David

The House of David

8/8/2016

The Manchester United Methodist Church has completed a mission project called The House of David for a local community member with special needs.  Every year, as part of his call to ministry, Rev. Phil Rogers has participated in mission projects around Iowa and other parts of the world. This year, to share these wonderful experiences with his ...


School for Lay Ministry Offering Extended Learning Opportunities

School for Lay Ministry Offering Extended Learning Opportunities

8/3/2016

The SLM Commission is once again excited to offer some Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College this fall.  Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested so please get the word out.  We hope many can take advantage of these opportunities.  If you are interested in attending any of the classes that will be offered, additional ...


Bishop Laurie Haller visits the Iowa Conference Center

Bishop Laurie Haller visits the Iowa Conference Center

8/1/2016

Bishop Laurie Haller, new resident bishop for the state of Iowa, together with her husband, Rev. Gary Haller were able to tour the Iowa United Methodist Conference Center during a visit last week.  "I am honored and so excited about the opportunity to be a part of ministry here with the good people of Iowa," said Bishop Laurie. "I have heard so ...


School for Lay Ministry Classes Beginning Soon…Don’t Miss Out!

School for Lay Ministry Classes Beginning Soon…Don’t Miss Out!

7/26/2016

Dear Friends: Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”   Several years ago dedicated people with great vision initiated the School for Lay Ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference.  Since that beginning in Indianola at Simpson College, the school ...


Glory Sightings

Glory Sightings

7/25/2016

By: Rev. Katharine Yarnell, Field Outreach Minister North Central District   Swaledale UMC lets their bells ring Swaledale United Methodist Church participated in the Healthy Small Church Initiative this year, and Pastor Travis Stevick invited longtime church member, Don Hanson, to preach.  To Hanson, this was a bold step out in faith, and it was...


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