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Iowa Conf communicators garner awards

Iowa Conf communicators garner awards

3/24/2017

Iowa Conference communicators garner awards   The Communications Ministry Team of the Iowa Conference received  several awards at the 2017 gathering of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  Nods were given to electronic media and The Reporter during the event, held in New Orleans March 22-24.   Best in Class for digital ...


Spring weather brings Spring storms: Tips to stay safe

Spring weather brings Spring storms: Tips to stay safe

3/21/2017

As United Methodists in Iowa are praying and mourning over the storm damage in Muscatine and Seymour on Monday, March 6, the Iowa Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Catie Newman said now is the time to start thinking about spring weather.   “Spring is coming and with spring, comes spring storms,” she said. “It’s a good reminder and a ...


Seymour UMC reaches out after tornado

Seymour UMC reaches out after tornado

3/14/2017

By Arthur McClanahan Seymour United Methodist Church is making a big difference in the southern Iowa community.  “They’ve been a part of the school system, sending volunteers in to read,” said Jamie Houser, the principal of the Seymour Community school.  “We’ve had a really good partnership with the United Methodist Church for several years.  It’s...


Small church, big impact

Small church, big impact

3/14/2017

by Roxanne Strike Sometimes, it’s easy to feel forgotten. Small, rural churches in Iowa can sometimes feel like they’re on the brink of closure, forgotten by their communities. In the US, some communities even feel forgotten, stuck in time as the world flies past them. That feeling is sometimes what brings communities together.   Webster United ...


‘It’s about making a difference’

‘It’s about making a difference’

3/9/2017

by Arthur McClanahan   March 6 was an active weather night across Iowa.  A round of heavy thunderstorms and lightning rolled west to east across the state along with gusts of damaging wind.  Funnel clouds were observed well off the interstate.  Hail struck homes and cars.   Click here to see photos from the Wesley UMC sanctuary Shortly after 10 pm ...


SLI continues to grow

SLI continues to grow

3/9/2017

As the Iowa Conference continues to work through the coaching tips of Spiritual Leadership Inc. (SLI), participants in the program are getting out to the districts to begin grassroots organizing.   “We have been learning about our ministries and where mission and ministry need to get realigned,” said Rev. Lanette Plambeck, Broadway UMC in Council ...


Save a life and create soul-safe communities

Save a life and create soul-safe communities

3/7/2017

Soul Shop™ is coming to Mason City, Iowa from April 26 - 27, 2017 for two important suicide prevention workshops. Click here to download the brochure. Click here to download the poster. Soul Shop training equips leaders of faith communities to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation, whether they are currently considering suicide, ...


Celebrating 10 years with Women at the Well

Celebrating 10 years with Women at the Well

3/6/2017

Women at the Well became an official congregation on February 8, 2007, so they're celebrating TEN years of vital ministry with some special events on April 1-2, 2017 at Collegiate United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation, 2622 Lincoln Way in Ames, Iowa. Please check out the options and join in as you’re able! Saturday, April 1, 2017: 10:00 – ...


Little Free Pantry brought to Iowa City

Little Free Pantry brought to Iowa City

3/6/2017

People around the state have seen the Little Free Libraries at homes and public spaces, allowing the free exchange of books. Recently, a young member of Iowa City’s First United Methodist Church is bringing another “Little Free” concept to the town: the Little Free Pantry.   Jack Ballard is currently a senior at Iowa City High School and a member ...


Creston UMC grows congregation, ministries

Creston UMC grows congregation, ministries

3/3/2017

by Roxanne Strike Creston is a rural town located in the South Central District of the Iowa Conference. In churches of all denominations, rural churches can have trouble with growth, but the Creston First United Methodist Church experienced the opposite. In just a year, the church has had 4 baptisms, 17 new members, created new instrumental ...


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