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AC2017 Retirement Celebration - Bishop Kiesey

AC2017 Retirement Celebration - Bishop Kiesey

6/10/2017

Click here to view an album of images from the Retirement Celebration “What a joy it is to be here tonight,” Bishop Kiesey told the Iowa Annual Conference Session. She said that being there at the Conference Session felt like coming home. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Bishop Kiesey served in several Iowa churches after her ordination. She was ...


Are You a Difference Maker? - AC2017 Episcopal Address

Are You a Difference Maker? - AC2017 Episcopal Address

6/10/2017

Watch the video of the Episcopal Address. Watch the video played during the Episcopal Address. Bishop Laurie Haller offered the episcopal address Saturday at the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference session, her first since being named bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference. Bishop Laurie spoke to the Conference on the session’s opening day about how abiding ...


Just Resolution is announced

Just Resolution is announced

6/5/2017

A Just Resolution has been achieved to the complaint filed by the Appointive Cabinet against Rev. Anna Blaedel.  All involved have agreed to issue a “statement of invitation to the clergy and laity of the Iowa Annual Conference, as well as the broader United Methodist Church,” expressing the “desire to be of one heart…[to] strive to live lives ...


AC 2017 – Creating Difference-Makers

AC 2017 – Creating Difference-Makers

6/1/2017

Meeting under the banner of “Creating Difference Makers,” lay and clergy will gather for the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference session.  The three-day event will be held at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  The 174th yearly meeting will feature powerful preaching, inspiring singing, informative teaching sessions, vital reporting, and the...


Client stories from Justice For Our Neighbors

Client stories from Justice For Our Neighbors

5/31/2017

These stories are written by JFON staff. All names have been changed to protect confidentiality. Jose Jose came to us after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was unable to pay his private attorney because he was undergoing chemotherapy and unable to work. Due to a misunderstanding with his previous attorney, he had allowed his work authorization to...


Kids helping kids

Kids helping kids

5/25/2017

The United Methodist Church of LeMars in Northwest Iowa has a special kids group. The Kids 4 Christ program is made up of children ages 3 to those in 5th grade. The group recently raised $1,050 to donate to other children through the Children’s Miracle Network. “We don’t want to limit our ministry only within our building,” said Rev. Okitakoyi ...


Iowans for United Methodist Kairos Response

Iowans for United Methodist Kairos Response

5/24/2017

Our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land are pleading for our help and asking the Church to take effective action to end the Israeli occupation and bring about a just peace in the Holy Land. The national United Methodists for Kairos Response group formed in response to this urgent call from Palestinian Christians. First UMC is currently ...


Is your church opening it's doors for RAGBRAI?

Is your church opening it's doors for RAGBRAI?

5/24/2017

RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 45th year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Organizers say that this year's ride of 411 miles and 13,078 feet of climb is the third-easiest in RAGBRAI ...


Christ UMC provides 'Huts for Haiti'

Christ UMC provides 'Huts for Haiti'

5/23/2017

By Brian K. Oliver* What do 100 servings of lasagna, an Iowa made grain bin, and a play about a missing Boston cream pie have to do with helping people in Haiti with safe housing?  Everything, if you are at Christ United Methodist Church’s dinner theater to raise funds for the South Tama County Huts for Haiti project. The Huts for Haiti project ...


Invitation to ‘something bigger than ourselves’

Invitation to ‘something bigger than ourselves’

5/23/2017

“We, who are called United Methodists, come together as partners with God and each other claiming a shared mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.”  That belief, shared by the Appointive Cabinet of the Iowa Conference, invites the 767 communities of faith into local, regional, and global shared ministry, that empowers local churches to be “...


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