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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 ...


Changes at Wesley Woods

Changes at Wesley Woods

5/3/2017

The Iowa Annual Conference Camping and Retreat Ministry is seeking an experienced professional to lead and manage Wesley Woods United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center in Indianola, IA. Former Site Director Deke Rider and Equestrian Coordinator Suzanne Rider have recently resigned to pursue other opportunities. “Deke and Su have impacted ...


Ministry groups gather in common purpose

Ministry groups gather in common purpose

5/3/2017

Members of many ministry groups gathered at the Conference Center to affirm their common purpose and commitment to the emerging mission and vision of the Iowa Annual Conference.  The joint session of the operational teams, help on April 24, 2017, provided an opportunity to review the basis of their work together and to experience consensus about ...


Large-Scale Overhaul of Rules of Order Proposed for Annual Conference

Large-Scale Overhaul of Rules of Order Proposed for Annual Conference

4/19/2017

By Robert Lyons* A proposal at this summer’s annual conference would separate the Rules of Order into three documents and shorten it all from its current 144 pages to just 25 pages.   The proposal is the product of countless hours of work done by the Iowa Conference’s Rules of Order Committee over the past year. Committee members were joined by ...


Bishop Laurie runs the Boston Marathon

Bishop Laurie runs the Boston Marathon

4/17/2017

“I am a child of God and God made me to run.  I was born to run,” said Bishop Laurie Haller, one of the entrants in the 2017 Boston Marathon.  “By running in the Boston Marathon,” she added, “and in everything I do, my only goal is to praise God and give thanks.”   Bishop Laurie ran, for the tenth time, in the Patriot’s Day race.  “I’m going to be ...


School for Lay Ministry serves the local church

School for Lay Ministry serves the local church

4/13/2017

Have you ever felt a call to do something more for your local church congregation? Then, according to John Rothlisberger, the School for Lay Ministry (SLM) might be up your alley. “The most important piece (of SLM) is the goal that we would strengthen the understanding and skills of the laity within the church,” he said. “The need is great, and it...


SE Iowa Church offers glimpse of Jesus’ last days

SE Iowa Church offers glimpse of Jesus’ last days

4/13/2017

To be able to walk where Jesus walked during these final days of Holy Week would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One church in the Southeast District is offering the next best thing: an interactive walk through the scenes of Jesus’ last days before the Crucifixion.   On Good Friday, April 14, from 8 am to 8 pm, the Donnellson United Methodist ...


Native American Sunday

Native American Sunday

4/11/2017

Native American Ministries Sunday is April 30, 2017.  This offering is taken the third Sunday of Easter and funds urban ministries with Native Americans, scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist seminaries and annual conference Native American ministries.  One half of the special offering received in April by United Methodist ...


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