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Registration Open for Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

Registration Open for Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

4/28/2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 27, 2016 – United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather in Houston August 29-31 to celebrate 60 years of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, and 20 years of the full-clergy-membership diaconate for United Methodist deacons. The gathering is the culmination of regional gatherings of ...


Matthew 25 honors Mt. Vernon UMC Church of the Year

Matthew 25 honors Mt. Vernon UMC Church of the Year

4/27/2016

Matthew 25 held their annual Celebration Event on April 5, 2016, in commemoration of a successful year supporting their neighbors and to honor a volunteer, church and corporate partner of the year. This year Mount Vernon United Methodist Church was named Matthew 25 Church of the Year. "It is truly the volunteers that push forward Matthew 25's ...


First-hand view of the destruction in Ecuador

First-hand view of the destruction in Ecuador

4/25/2016

This first-hand account of the devastation in Ecuador was written by my good friend Paul Martel.  His foundation, FIBUSPAM, is on the ground already making a difference.  Their website suggests ways to help in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. - Arthur McClanahan 11:55 on the night of April 21st, 2016 finds me in the 34th hour of my trip ...


An Update from Change a Child's Story

An Update from Change a Child's Story

4/22/2016

Cherie Miner, a member of Grant United Methodist Church, is part of the Bishop’s Poverty to Opportunity Taskforce, which has led to the creation of Change a Child’s Story. This initiative, which has recognized that educating young children is one of the best ways to ultimately keep them out of poverty, is dedicated to providing kids with books and ...


Mapleton community receives books to Change A Child's Story

Mapleton community receives books to Change A Child's Story

4/22/2016

Rev. Jena Manchester, pastor of St. John’s UMC in Mapleton, was collecting books for the Change A Child’s Story initiative to take to the Annual Conference when she started thinking about what those books might be able to do to help people in her own community. “I was praying about what could we do with the books -- how can we change a child’s ...


A Gathering of Colleagues

A Gathering of Colleagues

4/21/2016

“We’re trying to find ways to be better connected to each other and to our churches, and to the world at large. And we’ve got some amazing speakers with some amazing teaching going on. And we’re in the beauty of nature,” says chairperson Rev. Ron Carlson of the annual School for Ministry, taking place at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, ...


2016 Gathering of Senior Pastors of Large Churches

2016 Gathering of Senior Pastors of Large Churches

4/7/2016

Warm smiles, laughter, hallelujahs and amens filled Ankeny First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall as Bishop Julius C. Trimble delivered his robust sermon, “Preaching Good News in a Bad News World.” The crowd of lead and senior pastors of large Iowa United Methodist churches have gathered for a day of fellowship and connection on a chilly ...


Vano Kiboko Remains Imprisoned in the Congo

Vano Kiboko Remains Imprisoned in the Congo

4/3/2016

“He’s still there, and things are up in the air. We don’t know what to expect,” reports Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko regarding his brother, Vano Kiboko, who remains in a military prison in the Congo. The situation is difficult for the entire Kiboko family. “It is painful – emotionally, financially, and psychologically. It’s been tough.” Click here to ...


Ted Lyddon Hatten—For everything there is a season

Ted Lyddon Hatten—For everything there is a season

3/30/2016

To the Iowa Annual Conference,   For everything there is a season, a time for every matter under heaven… a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to speak, and a time to keep silence.   For 22 years it has been my privilege to serve the Iowa Annual Conference as Conference Artist. It has been my aim with this unprecedented opportunity to ...


Trinity/Las Americas serves the community

Trinity/Las Americas serves the community

3/26/2016

Trinity/Las Americas and it’s more than century-old building in Des Moines’ Riverbend neighborhood, was highlighted in a Des Moines Register article.  The piece, written by Michael Morain of the Register staff, focuses on “7 old Iowa churches on their way to new life.”   The focus on Trinity/Las Americas is the final segment of the article written ...


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