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AC2016: Looking Back, a Summary

AC2016: Looking Back, a Summary

6/28/2016

By Arthur McClanahan*   The 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference called its communities of faith to “Therefore Go and Make Disciples.”  Meeting at the Iowa Events Center (Des Moines) the 1472 members of the Annual Conference Session– clergy and lay – gathered to worship, renew commitment to mission that transforms the world, affirm the call ...


NCJ: Celebrating Ministry and Electing Bishops

NCJ: Celebrating Ministry and Electing Bishops

6/28/2016

“A Jurisdictional Conference meets every four years, not long after Annual Conference,” explains Bishop Julius Trimble. “In fact, this is the year of conferencing in United Methodism. We had a General Conference in May, and our Annual Conference in June, and in just a few weeks we’ll be gathered in Peoria, Illinois for the North Central ...


Change a Child's Story pairs up with United Way

Change a Child's Story pairs up with United Way

6/27/2016

On June 21, 2016, Change a Child’s Story Initiative paired up with United Way of Central Iowa to host a Literacy Solstice Event.  From sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year the United Way hosted events around Central Iowa to make literacy kits for kids and to read to kids in the Boys and Girls Club.   As part of the Bishop’s ...


NCJ elects four Directors of UMW

NCJ elects four Directors of UMW

6/27/2016

Elections happen every four years in the church and in the nation. All United Methodists know that. There’s campaigning and balloting for Bishops, Senators, and Representatives. But there are other elections that are just as significant though not as high profile. Folks in all five jurisdictions in the U.S gathered in recent weeks to elect ...


NW Detroit Flood “muck-out” teams needed!

NW Detroit Flood “muck-out” teams needed!

6/27/2016

 From Rev. Becky Wilson, Coordinator of The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project of The United Methodist Church. Brethren Disaster Ministries is doing great work on rebuilds and is also trying to assist with muck-outs but is in need of additional volunteers for muck-out teams. Currently the muck-out teams are working on about a dozen homes ...


Vano Kiboko says ‘Je vais bien,’ I am good

Vano Kiboko says ‘Je vais bien,’ I am good

6/26/2016

by Arthur McClanahan and Brooke Pierce* “I am doing very well for now. It’s sure that I am free. I am free from the prison,” states Vano Kiboko in his native French, as his brother Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, Superintendent of the East Central District, translates to English. “I want to thank God and thank all the churches in the USA and all the annual...


‘The Spirit is calling, moving, inviting'

‘The Spirit is calling, moving, inviting'

6/22/2016

by Arthur McClanahan*   “The Spirit is calling, moving, inviting,” said Rev. Anna Blaedel during the 2016 session of the Iowa Annual Conference.  “Be the church.  Now.  Be the body of Christ,” she added.   Rising to a moment of personal privilege, surrounded by colleagues and friends offered a glimpse into her life story and journey of faith.  “I ...


The Church at It’s Best

The Church at It’s Best

6/21/2016

The Church at It’s Best—Reaching Out in Mission Supported by Church and Community Workers For seventeen years the Iowa Annual Conference has supported a Church and Community Worker assigned to Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors. The first person was Judy Kading, then came Allison Brown, followed by Trina Scott Zuor and now Brynne Howard. The ...


Walnut Hills Allotment Garden is Spiritually Nourished Soil

Walnut Hills Allotment Garden is Spiritually Nourished Soil

6/16/2016

Walnut Hills United Methodist Church, located in the western suburbs of Des Moines, sits on top of a tree covered hill on fertile Iowa soil. In the winter of 2015, Clive Community Services approached Walnut Hills looking for land to create an allotment garden for the growing Burmese population in the area. Clive Community Services supports the ...


Bishop's Statement on Orlando Mass Shooting

Bishop's Statement on Orlando Mass Shooting

6/13/2016

As all of you, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightspot in the early hours of Sunday morning.  As President Barack Obama said, “We grieve the brutal murder – horrific massacre – of dozens of innocent people.”   The attack at the Pulse Nightclub targeted members of the LGBTQI community, which heightens the ...


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