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Helping Disaster Survivors

Helping Disaster Survivors

9/20/2017

A Conversation with Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Catie Newman The sheer number of natural disasters in recent weeks has been overwhelming. Hurricanes have wreaked havoc in the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and now Puerto Rico, while wildfires have raged out west. “Everybody really wants to do something to help when we see...


Big changes at UMCOR and for next year's Ingathering

Big changes at UMCOR and for next year's Ingathering

9/19/2017

By Audrey Young, Iowa’s General Secretary for the Iowa Board of Global Ministries It may be a good idea to bring all leftover bulk items for kits to our 2017 Ingathering, rather than holding anything over for 2018, as is the custom of some local churches. “We have been assured UMCOR will accept all of our kits from our 2017 Thanksgiving ...


Dir. of New Faith Communities named

Dir. of New Faith Communities named

9/18/2017

Rev. Bill Poland to become Director of New Faith Communities  Bishop Laurie Haller announced today that she will name the Rev. William W. Poland to the newly-created position of Director of New Faith Communities.  He will begin his new responsibilities on January 1, 2018. “Our first strategic priority in the Iowa Annual Conference,” said Bishop ...


Iowa Conference Center food drive

Iowa Conference Center food drive

9/15/2017

KCCI TV 8 recently ran a report on the dire need for donations for the Des Moines Area Religious Council's food pantries. In the report, it shared that more people than ever are using their food pantries, but they have been experiencing a shortage of donations. Sarai Rice, the executive director of DMARC was quoted as saying, “We will see about 10...


Earn 1 CEU by attending the 2017 Orders Retreat

Earn 1 CEU by attending the 2017 Orders Retreat

9/14/2017

Earn 1 CEU by attending the 2017 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat! Peacemaking Circles with Fred Van Liew & Bishop Laurie Haller Preaching Click here to register. The 2017 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat will be held Tuesday, ...


Urgent need for Clean-Up Buckets and Hygiene Kits

Urgent need for Clean-Up Buckets and Hygiene Kits

9/14/2017

Clean-Up Buckets and Hygiene Kits are Urgently Needed For Disaster response in Florida, Texas, Montana, Idaho, India and Mexico Kits and Buckets can be dropped off at the locations listed and will be shipped to the nearest UMCOR Depot  At this time we are ONLY accepting Clean-up Buckets and Hygiene Kits for shipping. Financial gifts/offerings must ...


Local church data from statistical reports

Local church data from statistical reports

9/13/2017

The General Council on Finance and Administration has a web site—www.umdata.org—that has been collecting data on local churches through their Healthy Church Initiative.  This is a different Healthy Church Initiative program from the one we are using in our annual conference; the GCFA program focused on preparing local church reports based on the ...


Hurricane Irma notice from Bishop Laurie

Hurricane Irma notice from Bishop Laurie

9/6/2017

Dear Friends, As you know, Hurricane Irma is heading toward the Caribbean right now. So soon after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana, Irma may prove to be equally as strong. I am sharing a letter from Bishop Héctor F. Ortiz Vidal of Puerto Rico. Please pray for all those in harm's way. Blessings, Bishop Laurie   Grace and ...


38th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering site information

38th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering site information

9/5/2017

38th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering Saturday - November 4, 2017 Projects supported by Thanksgiving Ingathering donations include: Self-Help International Heifer Project International Church World Service UMCOR-United Methodist Committee on Relief Mobility Worldwide (formerly PET- Personal Energy Transportation) Local food pantries across Iowa  ...


Bishop calls for DACA compassion

Bishop calls for DACA compassion

9/4/2017

Please join me in praying for President Trump, who will be making a decision, perhaps tomorrow, around continuing DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is an immigration policy, founded in 2012, that allows certain children and youth who entered the US as minors to receive a two-year time of deferred action on deportation and a work ...


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