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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 ...


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 “...


Get Ready for the Best Week Ever

Get Ready for the Best Week Ever

5/9/2017

By Roxanne Strike Camping season will be here before you know it and for camp goers, it’s going to be the Best Week Ever, said Bryan Johnson, Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation.   “No matter which camp you up for it’s the best week ever,” said Johnson. “There is literally something for everybody.”   Click here for ...


2017 Laity Day with Bishop Laurie

2017 Laity Day with Bishop Laurie

5/4/2017

The 2017 Laity Day with the Bishop provided an opportunity for members of Iowa’s nearly 770 communities of faith to discover new ways to make a difference…in their own lives and in the experiences of others.   Held at First United Methodist Church in Indianola, this year’s event was Bishop Laurie’s first since coming to Iowa in September 2016.  She...


AC2017 Mission Project tackles hunger

AC2017 Mission Project tackles hunger

5/4/2017

Childhood hunger doesn’t just happen in large cities like New York or Los Angeles or in developing countries. It happens in towns of all sizes and in all states. That is the issue Rev. Catie Newman and Rev. Jena Manchester want to highlight with this year’s Annual Conference Bishop’s Special Mission Project.   “We’ve chosen to support ministries ...


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