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Bradford appointed to NE District for 7th year

Bradford appointed to NE District for 7th year

1/19/2017

The Northeast District of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church will see a familiar face in its district office this year. District Superintendent Jackie Bradford was recently reappointed to her position for a seventh year.   “It’s quite an honor to be able to continue for a seventh year,” said Bradford. “There is a continuity to my ...


Still serving at 100 years old!

Still serving at 100 years old!

1/18/2017

by Roxanne Strike Alice Walters has seen more than most in her life. That is especially true of her church in Jefferson, a small town 45 minutes east of Ames. She’s seen members come and go, building renovations and technology bring the church into the 21st century. For her, church is her Jefferson family and she wants to support that family as it...


A Prayer for Dr. King Day from Bishop Laurie

A Prayer for Dr. King Day from Bishop Laurie

1/15/2017

Most gracious and compassionate God, on this day we remember your beloved servant, Martin Luther King Jr. At the heart of Dr. King’s life was his hope that our world would become the Beloved Community, which for him was nothing more than your reign on this earth where all people share equally in its welfare.   As early as 1956, your beloved servant...


Winter storm coming-be prepared

Winter storm coming-be prepared

1/13/2017

A Message from Disaster Preparedness: Winter Storm Advisory January 15, 2017   The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Advisory/Warning beginning this coming Sunday January 15, 2017.  Long range forecasts show a huge front moving across Iowa and Missouri, beginning Sunday afternoon on the western edge of the state and moving east and...


RACE: The POWER of an Illusion

RACE: The POWER of an Illusion

1/5/2017

RACE:  The POWER of an ILLUSION RACIAL EQUITY AWARENESS LEARNING EXCHANGES       WHY Jesus calls us to love God and love neighbor. Racial justice is an ongoing focus of United Methodist Women mission work. We are called to live out the Charter for Racial Justice in our communities. Racial disproportionality and disparity occur in Iowa. WHAT      ...


A Hope for Peace

A Hope for Peace

12/22/2016

By Dr. Arthur McClanahan Christmas is an extraordinary time.  A tide of emotions sweeps over us.  The pace all around us is frenetic.  The sights and sounds and smells have a way of transporting us into a time warp, maybe even like the famous “ghost of Christmas past.” It’s a landmark moment…every year!   It would be easy to get caught in the ...


Calvary UMC living Nativity reflects true meaning of Christmas

Calvary UMC living Nativity reflects true meaning of Christmas

12/22/2016

By Roxanne Strike Since St. Francis of Assisi first displayed a Nativity scene, or crèche, in 1223, these depictions of the Christmas story have been a popular part of the Advent season across the world. United Methodist churches in Iowa have gladly been a part of that tradition for years, often making it an annual tradition.   Calvary United ...


What Christmas means to me

What Christmas means to me

12/22/2016

By Bishop Laurie Haller   A few years ago, when I was preaching at four Christmas Eve worship services, I finally gave voice to the dis-ease I feel every December. When we sang It Came Upon the Midnight Clear right before the sermon, the tears started to flow. “And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low; who toil along the ...


“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed.”

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed.”

12/19/2016

“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.  The Lord is  a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”  —Psalm 9: 7-9             The words of Psalms are often inspirational. This is a passage that inspires the work of Iowa...


Rev. Bradford reappointed NE Superintendent

Rev. Bradford reappointed NE Superintendent

12/19/2016

"I would like you to know that I will be reappointing Jackie Bradford for a seventh year to the Northeast District. Jackie’s broad experience and outstanding leadership skills as current dean of the appointive cabinet have proven to be invaluable as I have begun my ministry as Iowa’s new episcopal leader."  "In addition, the district ...


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