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Great Commission Fund monies available for VIM

Great Commission Fund monies available for VIM

4/10/2017

The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19 which gives the “GO” directive to humankind. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19  The Great Commission Fund was established in 1978 under the Board of Global Ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference. Monies are available for the following ministries/mission: Volunteer in ...


Board of Ministry 'has an important thing to do'

Board of Ministry 'has an important thing to do'

4/9/2017

The Board of Ordained Ministry has a “responsibility for every moment when someone senses a call from God,” says Rev. Deborah Stowers, the Board’s chairperson, “until the time when their ministry is recognized, after their death, at the Memorial Service.”   “A group of wonderful people,” she observes, “who have been elected by the Iowa Annual ...


AC 2017 - Creating Difference Makers

AC 2017 - Creating Difference Makers

4/8/2017

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...


Women at the Well celebrates 10th anniversary

Women at the Well celebrates 10th anniversary

4/5/2017

A large crowd of United Methodists gathered in Ames this past weekend to celebrate 10 years of vital ministry helping forgotten, abused and underprivileged women, Women at the Well. Women at the Well (WATW) is a church congregation within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, east of Des Moines.   Click ...


Bishop invites pastors:

Bishop invites pastors: "take risks.”

4/4/2017

“Be willing to take some risks,” said Bishop Laurie Haller and “reach out to a hurting world with the love of Christ.” Her challenge was to pastors of some of Iowa’s largest churches, who gathered on March 30 at Altoona United Methodist Church. At the same time, she invited the nearly 40 clergy present to “protect your spirits, cultivate ...


'Be involved in Christian service'

'Be involved in Christian service'

4/1/2017

“We’ve got to be about inviting people to be disciples of Jesus Christ,” said Joe Kelley, keynote speaker for the annual gathering of Iowa Conference United Methodist Men.  Kelley, a prayer advocate and men’s ministry specialist, spoke on Saturday, April 1, at Altoona United Methodist Church.   Click here to see an album of photos from the UMM ...


Teams work to better conference

Teams work to better conference

3/28/2017

By Robert Lyons* God has many tools at his disposal from inspirational pastors to dedicated congregants, but in the Iowa Conference, his tools are that of two very important committees.   These two committees are the Bishop’s Operational Team and the Bishop’s Appointive Cabinet and members of both serve at the behest of Bishop Laurie. The ...


Iowa Conf communicators garner awards

Iowa Conf communicators garner awards

3/24/2017

Iowa Conference communicators garner awards   The Communications Ministry Team of the Iowa Conference received  several awards at the 2017 gathering of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  Nods were given to electronic media and The Reporter during the event, held in New Orleans March 22-24.   Best in Class for digital ...


Spring weather brings Spring storms: Tips to stay safe

Spring weather brings Spring storms: Tips to stay safe

3/21/2017

As United Methodists in Iowa are praying and mourning over the storm damage in Muscatine and Seymour on Monday, March 6, the Iowa Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Rev. Catie Newman said now is the time to start thinking about spring weather.   “Spring is coming and with spring, comes spring storms,” she said. “It’s a good reminder and a ...


From backpacks to sleeping mats

From backpacks to sleeping mats

3/17/2017

by Roxanne Strike   Sometimes a little creativity can go a long way. The members of Calmar United Methodist Church, near Decorah in northeast Iowa, with the help of other church groups have banded together for the past several years to help their community. But when one community outreach program ended, they group thought of a new way to help those...


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