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Dr. Gene Hoy - State Fair veterinarian

Dr. Gene Hoy - State Fair veterinarian

8/26/2016

During the 11 days of the Iowa State Fair, visitors have a chance to see cows, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, and other animals that exemplify farm life when they drop by the Knapp Animal Learning Center. And in charge of the center is Richland UMC member and veterinarian Dr. Gene Hoy, who does everything from checking the animals’ health status to ...


African Cultural Festival set for Aug 27

African Cultural Festival set for Aug 27

8/25/2016

On Saturday, August 27 from 1pm to 4pm, on the spacious and welcoming grounds of Salem United Methodist Church (3715 33rd Avenue Southwest), the people of Cedar Rapids will have an opportunity to take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of multiple African cultures thanks to a partnership of local congregations and ministries, notably African Women ...


Flooding in Louisiana

Flooding in Louisiana

8/25/2016

Last week Louisiana got 25-30 inches of rain in two days, it has caused catastrophic flooding. As we watch the news from Louisiana, the reports just keep getting worse. As of Tuesday, August 23, 2016 it is estimated that over 100,000 people have been displaced by the flooding. UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee On Relief) is already at work and...


'Christian Chaos' plays the Iowa State Fair

'Christian Chaos' plays the Iowa State Fair

8/24/2016

“This is our third year playing here,” says Greg Brown, founder and leader of the band Christian Chaos, following their gig at the Iowa State Fair on August 17. “We’ve put together a set list that’s really geared more towards this type of a venue than what we would do at a fundraiser or at a youth rally or something like that.” Click to listen to ...


Trinity Huxley 'excited' community ministry

Trinity Huxley 'excited' community ministry

8/24/2016

“They get things done. When they get the idea, they pursue it and get it taken care of,” says Pastor Rick Baarda of Trinity UMC in Huxley. He’s talking about his church’s ‘Dare To’ teams: Dare to Pray, Dare to Dream, and Dare to Act It’s an idea that his church came up with about a year and a half ago, to take the idea of a dream team to the next ...


Conference Ctr Team helps at food pantry network

Conference Ctr Team helps at food pantry network

8/11/2016

A team of nine from the Iowa Conference Center sorted non-perishable items, checked expiration dates, and packaged items for the shelves at the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry Network warehouse this week.  The visit to DMARC’s distribution center was one of a series of mission events that Conference staff participates in each year.   ...


Central District's 'Sampling Diversity'

Central District's 'Sampling Diversity'

8/10/2016

Sunday afternoon was devoted to “Sampling Diversity” on the Central District of the Iowa Conference.  Hundreds gathered at the Christian Life Center of Ankeny First UMC to sample food, view art, experience cultural dance, sing in multiple languages, talk with each other about diversity, be introduced to the new Superintendent and Field Outreach ...


Maggie Biggs new Conference Treasurer

Maggie Biggs new Conference Treasurer

8/10/2016

Although Maggie Biggs has been helping the Iowa Annual Conference with its finances in various ways for twenty years, on August 1 she took on her most significant role yet as the new Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services for the Conference. “It’s a privilege to serve the Conference in a new way,” says Biggs, who has an accounting degree ...


The House of David

The House of David

8/8/2016

The Manchester United Methodist Church has completed a mission project called The House of David for a local community member with special needs.  Every year, as part of his call to ministry, Rev. Phil Rogers has participated in mission projects around Iowa and other parts of the world. This year, to share these wonderful experiences with his ...


School for Lay Ministry Offering Extended Learning Opportunities

School for Lay Ministry Offering Extended Learning Opportunities

8/3/2016

The SLM Commission is once again excited to offer some Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College this fall.  Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested so please get the word out.  We hope many can take advantage of these opportunities.  If you are interested in attending any of the classes that will be offered, additional ...


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