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Altoona UMC mission-minded

Altoona UMC mission-minded

7/26/2017

The Altoona United Methodist Church has a tag line that reads "your place to connect." The church is doing just that by sharing their love and resources with others through missional giving.   “Unlike most United Methodist churches we have a special emphasis on missions,” said Pastor John Gaulke. “We do a Thanksgiving dinner every year and give all...


Bishop Laurie’s Journeys

Bishop Laurie’s Journeys

7/24/2017

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s not a race. This is a ride, where we’ll be with thousands of people, from around the world,” says Bishop Laurie Haller of the one-week journey that she’s readying to take. “RAGBRAI is known internationally as one of the premiere rides in our world for ordinary people like me, who just want to go out and have a ...


Storms report from July 19

Storms report from July 19

7/20/2017

Wednesday night, July 19, 2017,  Storms bounced across Iowa,  The Northeast District has 4 counties with storm damage, Allamakee, Winneshiek, Fayette, and Clayton, with damage to the town of McGregor and surrounding areas. The storm has caused property damage  (Not to the UMC church in McGregor,  Thank-you Jesus)  and one non-life threatening ...


Wednesday storm advice

Wednesday storm advice

6/28/2017

Wednesday evening… Almost ALL of Iowa is currently under A Severe Storm Watch until at least 11:00 pm tonight.This afternoon has already been stormy across Iowa. As of 6:00 pm at least 4 confirmed tornados have touched down, AND we have more than 15 current, severe storm watches. The National Weather Service advises that these storms are very ...


Board Exec Committee issues statement

Board Exec Committee issues statement

6/16/2017

The Executive Committee of the Iowa Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has said that “sexual orientation or gender identity” will not be criteria to “deny any candidate’s ability to live up to our United Methodist standards for fitness” for ministry.  The Committee also cited a footnote to paragraph 310 of the Book of Discipline which states, in...


AC2017 Monday's Legislation

AC2017 Monday's Legislation

6/13/2017

Conference Session attendees voted Monday to suspend the rules for the purpose of taking up  ACTION ITEM # 201 Rules of Order - which had been removed from the Consent Calendar on Saturday. A motion was made from the floor for a Budget Amendment to add $60,000 to the Budget for Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa; the Amendment was not supported. ...


AC2017 Special Offerings

AC2017 Special Offerings

6/13/2017

Several special offerings will be received during the June 10-12 Annual Conference event.   They included: The collection to benefit the Clergy Support Fund taken during the Clergy Session on Saturday netted $4591.02. An offering for Cass Community Ministries was taken during the Retirement Celebration and netted $4753.04 The collection taken at ...


AC2017 Acknowledgement of Diakonos

AC2017 Acknowledgement of Diakonos

6/12/2017

View images from the Monday session of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference. The Diakonos for this year’s Iowan Annual Conference Session were acknowledged during the Monday session. “These young people are not your church children,” Diakonos Coordinator Steve Braudt told the Conference Session. “They are children of God and your brothers and sisters ...


AC2017 Change a Child's Story Celebration

AC2017 Change a Child's Story Celebration

6/12/2017

View images from the Monday session of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference. The Change a Child’s Story ministry was celebrated Monday at the Annual Conference Session. Patty Link is Advocate for Change a Child’s Story and in her address before the Conference Session she called the ministry Task Force to the stage, as well as asked everyone else ...


AC2017 Fixing of Appointments Service

AC2017 Fixing of Appointments Service

6/12/2017

The final day of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference Session opened with the Fixing of Appointments for the 2017-2018 Conference year. Newly appointed pastors were announced for each of the eight Iowa Annual Conference Districts. Bishop Laurie Haller asked for prayers in her opening remarks, especially for those in new appointments. Rev. Jackie ...


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