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Kids helping kids

Kids helping kids

5/25/2017

The United Methodist Church of LeMars in Northwest Iowa has a special kids group. The Kids 4 Christ program is made up of children ages 3 to those in 5th grade. The group recently raised $1,050 to donate to other children through the Children’s Miracle Network. “We don’t want to limit our ministry only within our building,” said Rev. Okitakoyi ...


Iowans for United Methodist Kairos Response

Iowans for United Methodist Kairos Response

5/24/2017

Our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land are pleading for our help and asking the Church to take effective action to end the Israeli occupation and bring about a just peace in the Holy Land. The national United Methodists for Kairos Response group formed in response to this urgent call from Palestinian Christians. First UMC is currently ...


Is your church opening it's doors for RAGBRAI?

Is your church opening it's doors for RAGBRAI?

5/24/2017

RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 45th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Organizers say that this year's ride of 411 miles and 13,078 feet of climb is the third-easiest in RAGBRAI ...


Christ UMC provides 'Huts for Haiti'

Christ UMC provides 'Huts for Haiti'

5/23/2017

By Brian K. Oliver* What do 100 servings of lasagna, an Iowa made grain bin, and a play about a missing Boston cream pie have to do with helping people in Haiti with safe housing?  Everything, if you are at Christ United Methodist Church’s dinner theater to raise funds for the South Tama County Huts for Haiti project. The Huts for Haiti project ...


Invitation to ‘something bigger than ourselves’

Invitation to ‘something bigger than ourselves’

5/23/2017

“We, who are called United Methodists, come together as partners with God and each other claiming a shared mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.”  That belief, shared by the Appointive Cabinet of the Iowa Conference, invites the 767 communities of faith into local, regional, and global shared ministry, that empowers local churches to be “...


AC2017 Teaching Sessions

AC2017 Teaching Sessions

5/15/2017

Nine workshops/teaching sessions are set for Saturday afternoon, beginning at 4:10 pm. They include Faith-based Community Ministry; School for Lay Ministry; EmpowHer; Navigating Your Benefits; Tiny House Homeless Project; Women at the Well Community Reentry Program; Mental Health Support and Advocacy; Immigration and Refugee Services and Making a ...


Cokesbury Unveils New Ministry Resource Center at Annual Conferences

Cokesbury Unveils New Ministry Resource Center at Annual Conferences

5/15/2017

Nashville, TN (May 3, 2017) -- Cokesbury announced today that it is bringing a new consultative retail experience to Annual Conferences this year with the new Cokesbury Ministry Resource Center. Focused on equipping leaders to build disciples, the Ministry Resource Center will offer the opportunity for more personalized consultations with church ...


Get Ready for the Best Week Ever

Get Ready for the Best Week Ever

5/9/2017

By Roxanne Strike Camping season will be here before you know it and for camp goers, it’s going to be the Best Week Ever, said Bryan Johnson, Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation.   “No matter which camp you up for it’s the best week ever,” said Johnson. “There is literally something for everybody.”   Click here for ...


2017 Laity Day with Bishop Laurie

2017 Laity Day with Bishop Laurie

5/4/2017

The 2017 Laity Day with the Bishop provided an opportunity for members of Iowa’s nearly 770 communities of faith to discover new ways to make a difference…in their own lives and in the experiences of others.   Held at First United Methodist Church in Indianola, this year’s event was Bishop Laurie’s first since coming to Iowa in September 2016.  She...


AC2017 Mission Project tackles hunger

AC2017 Mission Project tackles hunger

5/4/2017

Childhood hunger doesn’t just happen in large cities like New York or Los Angeles or in developing countries. It happens in towns of all sizes and in all states. That is the issue Rev. Catie Newman and Rev. Jena Manchester want to highlight with this year’s Annual Conference Bishop’s Special Mission Project.   “We’ve chosen to support ministries ...


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