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Large-Scale Overhaul of Rules of Order Proposed for Annual Conference

Large-Scale Overhaul of Rules of Order Proposed for Annual Conference

4/19/2017

By Robert Lyons* A proposal at this summer’s annual conference would separate the Rules of Order into three documents and shorten it all from its current 144 pages to just 25 pages.   The proposal is the product of countless hours of work done by the Iowa Conference’s Rules of Order Committee over the past year. Committee members were joined by ...


Bishop Laurie runs the Boston Marathon

Bishop Laurie runs the Boston Marathon

4/17/2017

“I am a child of God and God made me to run.  I was born to run,” said Bishop Laurie Haller, one of the entrants in the 2017 Boston Marathon.  “By running in the Boston Marathon,” she added, “and in everything I do, my only goal is to praise God and give thanks.”   Bishop Laurie ran, for the tenth time, in the Patriot’s Day race.  “I’m going to be ...


School for Lay Ministry serves the local church

School for Lay Ministry serves the local church

4/13/2017

Have you ever felt a call to do something more for your local church congregation? Then, according to John Rothlisberger, the School for Lay Ministry (SLM) might be up your alley. “The most important piece (of SLM) is the goal that we would strengthen the understanding and skills of the laity within the church,” he said. “The need is great, and it...


SE Iowa Church offers glimpse of Jesus’ last days

SE Iowa Church offers glimpse of Jesus’ last days

4/13/2017

To be able to walk where Jesus walked during these final days of Holy Week would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One church in the Southeast District is offering the next best thing: an interactive walk through the scenes of Jesus’ last days before the Crucifixion.   On Good Friday, April 14, from 8 am to 8 pm, the Donnellson United Methodist ...


Native American Sunday

Native American Sunday

4/11/2017

Native American Ministries Sunday is April 30, 2017.  This offering is taken the third Sunday of Easter and funds urban ministries with Native Americans, scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist seminaries and annual conference Native American ministries.  One half of the special offering received in April by United Methodist ...


Great Commission Fund monies available for VIM

Great Commission Fund monies available for VIM

4/10/2017

The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19 which gives the “GO” directive to humankind. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19  The Great Commission Fund was established in 1978 under the Board of Global Ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference. Monies are available for the following ministries/mission: Volunteer in ...


Board of Ministry 'has an important thing to do'

Board of Ministry 'has an important thing to do'

4/9/2017

The Board of Ordained Ministry has a “responsibility for every moment when someone senses a call from God,” says Rev. Deborah Stowers, the Board’s chairperson, “until the time when their ministry is recognized, after their death, at the Memorial Service.”   “A group of wonderful people,” she observes, “who have been elected by the Iowa Annual ...


AC 2017 - Creating Difference Makers

AC 2017 - Creating Difference Makers

4/8/2017

Meeting under the banner of “Creating Difference Makers,” lay and clergy will gather for the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference session.  The three-day event will be held at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  The 174th yearly meeting will feature powerful preaching, inspiring singing, informative teaching sessions, vital reporting, and the...


Women at the Well celebrates 10th anniversary

Women at the Well celebrates 10th anniversary

4/5/2017

A large crowd of United Methodists gathered in Ames this past weekend to celebrate 10 years of vital ministry helping forgotten, abused and underprivileged women, Women at the Well. Women at the Well (WATW) is a church congregation within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, east of Des Moines.   Click ...


Bishop invites pastors:

Bishop invites pastors: "take risks.”

4/4/2017

“Be willing to take some risks,” said Bishop Laurie Haller and “reach out to a hurting world with the love of Christ.” Her challenge was to pastors of some of Iowa’s largest churches, who gathered on March 30 at Altoona United Methodist Church. At the same time, she invited the nearly 40 clergy present to “protect your spirits, cultivate ...


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