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Embrace love: Charlottesville

Embrace love: Charlottesville

8/16/2017

As your congregation gathers for worship this Sunday, congregants may be thinking and talking about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Be prepared to offer words of comfort, share details about the denomination’s stance to affirm all persons as equally valuable, and help church members find resources that will empower them to address ...


World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday

8/16/2017

Soon, we will come together as Christians in celebration of World Communion Sunday.  On this Special Sunday of The United Methodist Church, not only do we celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, but we also come together as United Methodists to lift up underserved students with a special offering.  Our gifts help provide ...


2017 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat

2017 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat

8/15/2017

Peacemaking Circles with Fred Van Liew & Bishop Laurie Haller Preaching Click here to register. The 2017 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat will be held Tuesday, October 3rd at 10 a.m. - Wednesday, October 4th at 3 p.m.at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames, IA. ...


School for Lay Ministry classes begin soon

School for Lay Ministry classes begin soon

8/15/2017

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 has expanded ...


Imagine No Malaria comprehensive report

Imagine No Malaria comprehensive report

8/4/2017

Rev. Gary R. Henderson, Executive Director Imagine No Malaria MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS: Words are inadequate symbols to express the depth of my gratitude and joy as I think about what God has done and is continuing to do through each of us because of Imagine No Malaria. You dared to believe in a God-sized dream and we are witnesses to its ...


Iowa 2017 Five-Day Academy will focus upon Spiritual Leaders Who Last

Iowa 2017 Five-Day Academy will focus upon Spiritual Leaders Who Last

8/1/2017

Planted Beside Still Waters - Leadership That Lasts with Roger Owens and Grace Imathiu Oct. 8-13, 2017 American Martyrs Retreat Center Cedar Falls, Iowa The building up of congregations through program and ministry can take a toll upon church leaders who have either not enriched or just simply sacrificed their own spiritual practices for the sake ...


Altoona UMC mission-minded

Altoona UMC mission-minded

7/26/2017

The Altoona United Methodist Church has a tag line that reads "your place to connect." The church is doing just that by sharing their love and resources with others through missional giving.   “Unlike most United Methodist churches we have a special emphasis on missions,” said Pastor John Gaulke. “We do a Thanksgiving dinner every year and give all...


Bishop Laurie’s Journeys

Bishop Laurie’s Journeys

7/24/2017

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s not a race. This is a ride, where we’ll be with thousands of people, from around the world,” says Bishop Laurie Haller of the one-week journey that she’s readying to take. “RAGBRAI is known internationally as one of the premiere rides in our world for ordinary people like me, who just want to go out and have a ...


Board Exec Committee issues statement

Board Exec Committee issues statement

6/16/2017

The Executive Committee of the Iowa Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has said that “sexual orientation or gender identity” will not be criteria to “deny any candidate’s ability to live up to our United Methodist standards for fitness” for ministry.  The Committee also cited a footnote to paragraph 310 of the Book of Discipline which states, in...


AC2017 Monday's Legislation

AC2017 Monday's Legislation

6/13/2017

Conference Session attendees voted Monday to suspend the rules for the purpose of taking up  ACTION ITEM # 201 Rules of Order - which had been removed from the Consent Calendar on Saturday. A motion was made from the floor for a Budget Amendment to add $60,000 to the Budget for Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa; the Amendment was not supported. ...


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