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Hospitality in our Heartland

Hospitality in our Heartland

11/1/2014
By Melissa Bowe, NJFON Program Manager   Decorah is about 15 miles south of the Minnesota-Iowa border and is the northernmost town in Iowa. It is also the newest clinic location for Iowa-JFON. I had the distinct pleasure of flying to Wisconsin a few weeks ago and driving across farm country to the new clinic to meet and train their volunteers.   One thing was clear from the onset of my visit: legal information for immigrants is in high demand. I don’t know how many of you remember when the “...

2014 Conference Journal

10/30/2014
The 2014 Conference Journal and 2014 Clergy Lay Directory have been posted to the Conference’s website. Click here for the 2014 Journal and other documents that have been posted: To find addresses for clergy and lay please click here for the 2014 Clergy Lay Directory. To obtain the password for this section please send an email request to Jill.Stanton@iaumc.org. If you would prefer to view the Journal on a CD there are a few CDs left for purchase at $10.00 each. If you have questions or need ...

Communications Director receives award; named Vice-President

10/30/2014
Dr. Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference’s Director of Communications, received two awards for the audio archive on the Conference website at the recent meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  The October 2014 gathering, held in Savannah, Georgia, brought together nearly 100 communicators from across the denomination. “Excellent production quality and use of audio for communications and information,” the judges noted about the interviews, podcasts, and recorded ...

Imagine No Malaria Campaign is Nearing Goal to Eliminate Suffering

10/30/2014
Click here to listen to Dr. McClanahan interview Rev. Gary Henderson and Myca Alford The Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church has exciting new resources available to ramp up giving and engagement in an effort to reach the $75,000,000 goal for the Imagine No Malaria Global Health Initiative. The initiative has been ahead of schedule for well over a year and to date is just shy of $64,000,000. Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative of the ...

Imagine No Malaria nearing goal to eliminate suffering

10/27/2014
Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church, and Myca Alford, Senior Marketing Strategist, United Methodoist Communications, talk about the progress toward eliminating suffering from Malaria and how the "on the ground" medical presence has also been engaged in the fight against Ebola, in a conversation with Dr. Arthur McClanahan. Click here to listen to the conversation

Top court affirms Schaefer’s reinstatement as clergy

10/27/2014
The Rev. Frank Schaefer will remain a clergyman in The United Methodist Church. In a ruling made public Oct. 27, the denomination’s top court upheld a June decision by a regional appeals committee to reinstate Schaefer’s ministerial credentials, modifying the penalty imposed upon the Pennsylvania pastor after he was found guilty last November of violating church law by performing a same-sex wedding for his son in 2007. “The Judicial Council upon careful review of the decision of the Northeastern...

A Community of Faith with a Foundation of Love

10/26/2014
Click here to see photos from the anniversary celebration It was October 14, 1989.  A new community of faith met for its first service.  The scripture for the initial sermon mentioned “love” fourteen times.  And that foundation continues to guide mission and ministry. Walnut Hills United Methodist Church celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Those in the overflowing sanctuary spoke with one voice, to a “loving and compassionate God.”  “Today,” they said, “we ...

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

10/26/2014
By Linda Bloom Oct. 22, 2014 |MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UMNS) The question of whether an appeals committee was correct in restoring the clergy credentials of the Rev. Frank Schaefer was argued Wednesday, Oct. 22, before United Methodism’s top court. Schaefer lost his standing in the denomination’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. Church law prohibits clergy from officiating at same-sex weddings....

Ingathering set for November 1

10/21/2014
by Ranee and Gaylen Goettsch* The 35th Thanksgiving Ingathering celebration will be Saturday, November 1. Come celebrate with us at the following sites: Western Iowa Technical Convention Center, Cherokee First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls Asbury United Methodist Church, Webster City Greenfield United Methodist Church, Greenfield Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant Click here for additional information Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be available. Mission presentations, ...

Iowa Wesleyan College names new director of campus ministry and service-learning

10/21/2014
Iowa Wesleyan College is pleased to announce that Reverend Ronald C. Bupp has been appointed as the new Director of Campus Ministry and Service-Learning. From 1982 to 2011, Bupp had a successful career in international sales, marketing and executive management. From 2007 to 2011, he was the President of Repel Holdings Inc. in Marion, Iowa where he developed a comprehensive strategic business plan, an operational financial plan, a market branding strategy, and opened Repel’s first manufacturing ...

What? So what? Now what?

10/14/2014
What do you say in a crisis situation?  How do you tell an exciting story?  What do you want people to do? These and other questions shaped the conversation about effective communications and crisis communications on a Monday afternoon at the Conference Center.  Diane Degnan, Director of Public Information for The United Methodist Church led the coaching session for District Ministry Teams and other key leaders of the Iowa Conference. Degnan, a member of the United Methodist Communications team ...

Design Taskforce: Form to Transform

10/10/2014
By Tim Frasher The Design Taskforce Charter states, “The Conference Design Task force is to advise the Conference regarding a preferred method through which strategy 3b of the Strategic Initiatives of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church as approved at the Annual Meeting in June 2013 will be accomplished.” The Design Taskforce has been hard at work behind the scenes in order to faithfully accomplish our task.  During the first year we studied and sought to understand: the Strategic...

Mission Agency Will Match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

10/10/2014
The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday. Marie Kuch-Stanovsky, who chairs the communication and development committee of Global Ministries’ board of directors, expressed enthusiasm about last year’s record $6.5 million raised online through The Advance on UMC #GivingTuesday. “It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant ...

The Real Problem with Our Kids and Social Media

10/10/2014
By Jeremy Steele* Many of the problems online stem from the same root cause and if we don’t find a work around, we will endanger the long-term welfare of our children.  I know that statement sounds extreme, but I believe that the root problem at the center of all the social media woes people like to blog about (cyber-bullying and the like) is one that is inhibiting our kids'  basic psychosocial development in the years from 10-18.  At these stages, children/teens are developing many fundamental ...

Webcast: Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church

10/10/2014
United Methodists will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments regarding human sexuality and the church during a November 1 webcast. The webcast will be livestreamed from 8 to 10 a.m. Central time. It is the second of three webcasts planned by the Human Sexuality Task Force of the Connectional Table. The table coordinates the general church’s ministries, mission and resources. People will be able to ask questions on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #cttalks during the ...

Pastor Jim Roth Celebrates Life and Longevity through Faith and Fitness

Pastor Jim Roth Celebrates Life and Longevity through Faith and Fitness

10/8/2014
Click here to listen to the conversation with Rev. Jim Roth James H. Roth Jr., pastor of the New London United Methodist Church, will be running his sixth marathon, The Haunted Hustle in Middleton, WI, on October 26, 2014. It will be a celebration of Jim’s transformation through faith and fitness and  also a birthday celebration for his role model and one of the 26 reasons he runs. This marathon coincides with his father’s, James H. Roth Sr.’s, 90th birthday and Jim looks forward to ...

True Vine Ministry Hosts Clergy Spouse Events

10/7/2014
Click here to see photos from the luncheon  Click here to listen to an introduction to True Vine ministry and some of the retired clergy spouses share life experiences, favorite hymns, and cherished scripture Click here to see a video highlighting the stories from the luncheon On Friday October 3, 2014, First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble hosted a luncheon for the retired clergy spouses at WesleyLife’s The Village in Indianola. The luncheon was an event put on by True Vine Ministry ...

Small Church Sets a Big Goal - Sewing 1601 School Bags for African Children

10/5/2014
Click here to view a photo album from a Wednesday night sewing session Click here to see the video interview with Pastor La Tonya Calderon Brenda Core and friends have been doing a lot of sewing lately. Her church, Farmers Chapel UMC, located south of Indianola Iowa, might have less than 50 members but that doesn’t stop them from setting some pretty big goals. They decided to sew 1601 school bags for children in Nigeria as their churches Thanksgiving InGathering project. Right around last ...

Agreement resolves same-sex union complaint

Agreement resolves same-sex union complaint

10/2/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert Oct. 2, 2014 | PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson announced Oct. 2 the resolution of a complaint filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9, 2013, same-sex union of two men. Both the United Methodists who filed the complaint and the pastors involved agreed to the resolution. The move eliminates the possibility of a church trial in this case. The resolution calls for the pastors to acknowledge that they violated rules of...

The Bishop's Journal...

The Bishop's Journal...

10/1/2014
from Bishop Julius Trimble...  Monday September 29… A joint meeting of Methodist border Mission Network and United Methodist immigration Task began as we gathered at the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso. Have you heard of high schools with 95 percent graduation rate or a school where 97 percent of the students are accepted into college? This college prep high school, which has expanded to include 7th and 8th grades, was founded over 100 years ago by a Methodist lay woman who saw the need...

What Do You Think?

9/30/2014
Note: what follows is a synopsis of Rev. Harlan Gillespie's sermon for his Installation service as Superintendent of the North Central District, September 28, 2014, at First UMC, Iowa Falls... With a brief nod to the Bears fans and Packer fans who were part of the gathered community for the Installation service, Rev. Harlan Gillespie, the new Superintendent of the North Central District, asked people, “What do you think?”  Following the call and response of faith experienced by Jesus’ ...

Licensing school to be offered in French and English

9/30/2014
The Licensing school will be offered in French as well as English when it convenes at Iowa Wesleyan College May 10-16, 2015.  The French component is something that has been discussed for several years and with thanks to the Bishop, Cabinet and our French-speaking clergy in the Annual Conference it is becoming a reality! Courses will be team taught in English with French translation, giving everyone a wonderful and enriching cross-cultural experience during our week together for Licensing ...

North Central district welcomes new Superintendent

9/29/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Gillespie's sermon entitled, "What do you think?"  Click here to see a images from the service. Click here to read a synopsis of Rev. Gillespie's sermon, entitled, "What Do You Think?" With joy and an invitation to "Come Long Expected Jesus," Rev. Harlan Gillespie was welcomed to the ministry of the Superintendency of the North Central District of the Iowa Conference.  The service, held at First United Methodist Church, Iowa Falls, included the opportunity to "...

Ventura Cross & Flame Sign Gains a “New Life” at Vida Nueva in Corwith Iowa

9/29/2014
Vida Nueva, the Hispanic ministry in Corwith, Iowa, in the North Central District has exciting news! This summer they were able to install a new roof and sign thanks to a group of volunteers from Clarion, Ventura and Britt United Methodist churches. “We feel so blessed!” During three days of hard work they experienced many blessings. “Pastor Don Morrison and his whole team worked hard pouring concrete for the sidewalk, removing a tree, fixing the roof, and putting up the beautiful Cross and ...

Merry Frederick to Receive Iowa SHARES award

9/27/2014
(Self Help is a long standing conference advance special and Thanksgiving Ingathering project. Dennis Preslicka represents UMM and Richard Neal represents CBGM on the Self Help board.)   Merry Fredrick, former executive director of Self-Help International (SHI), will be the 2014 recipient of the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award.   Fredrick is a Waverly native and only the second winner of this award, established in 2013 by the World Food Prize in honor of former Iowa Governor Robert ...

Thirty gather for Facebook workshop

9/26/2014
  The Communications Ministry Team sponsored a workshop focused on effective and creative uses of Facebook on Friday, September 26.  Sophia Agtarap, Minister of Online Engagement at United Methodist Communications, led the seminar, which was held at the Conference Center.   The thirty participants expressed interested in learning about some of the “nuts and bolts” of Facebook including setting up and linking accounts, demographics, ads on Facebook, and linking to other channels such as ...

Mission service opportunities for young adults 18-30

9/23/2014
Mission Service Opportunities through Generation Transformation Generation Transformation (GT) applications are now available for 2015 young adult mission opportunities. Generation Transformation is an initiative of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries offering service opportunities for young adults ages 18-30. With three different mission tracks to choose from, GT offers a program to fit the mission desires of all who wish to serve. “Generation Transformation is for all who...

Southwest District welcomes ministry team; looks to ‘open doors’

9/22/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Terra Amundson reflect on the Service in a conversation with Dr. Arthur McClanahan Click here to see photos by Rev. Bill Poland The Southwest District welcomed its ministry team on Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014.  The “Service Celebrating the Appointment of the Southwest District Superintendent, Rev. Terra Amundson, and Field Outreach Minister, Rev. Melissa Drake, was held at the Atlantic First United Methodist Church. “I am a person intrigued by doors,” ...

Wesleylife's The Village Transforms the Impression and Experience of Aging

9/18/2014
Click here to see photos from the event Click to see a video of Chad Piper talking about the mission of The Village   By Liz Winders* Rev. Myron Brockmeyer, resident of The Village in Indianola Iowa, woke up one morning praising God that he and his wife, Delpha lived there. He asked God how he should celebrate and commemorate the new fulfilling chapter in their life and he immediately thought of Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble. With an “in” at the Bishop’s office, his daughter Diane ...

‘Courageous and prophetic’ Bishop McLee mourned by thousands

9/17/2014
Bishops Sudarshana Devadhar, left, and Sandra Steiner Ball speak during the funeral service for Bishop Martin McLee, Sept. 15, at Riverside Church in New York City. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga. By Maidstone Mulenga* NEW YORK CITY – In song, dance and words, thousands of mourners, including dozens of bishops, celebrated the life of New York Area Bishop Martin D. McLee during a moving service at the Riverside Church in New York City on Monday, Sept. 15. McLee, 58, died Sept. 6 after an ...

Bishop John Yambasu: United Methodist Efforts to Address Ebola

9/16/2014
  John Yambasu, United Methodist bishop of Sierra Leone, speaks candidly about the current Ebola education and awareness efforts being implemented through UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief). Learn more about the church's response to this healthcare crisis. 

Church members in Liberia afflicted with the Ebola virus

9/16/2014
By Julu Swen Sept. 15, 2014 | MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS)   Two United Methodist pastors and about 18 church members have died and others are have been quarantined because of concerns about the Ebola virus. The deaths are suspected to be Ebola, but have not been medically confirmed.   The Rev. Karyidia Paul Gartor, the Kakata-Farmington River superintendent, said about 18 church members have died of what is believed to be Ebola. Gartor said those deaths included Cooper Daryue and his ...

Retired Bishop Middleton to be assigned to New York Conference

9/16/2014
Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton will be assigned as interim bishop for the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. Bishop Warner Brown, president of the Council of Bishops, announced that the Executive Committee of the council has approved the assignment recommended by the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops. Retired Bishop Neil Irons will continue to serve as interim until Dec. 31. Irons has been serving as interim ...

Disaster Response Update

9/15/2014
September is Preparedness Month TIP of the Week: “What if the power goes out?” The biggest power outage in U.S. history occurred on August 14, 2003, leaving roughly 50 million people without power. Power outages can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important. To prepare for loss of power you should do the following: To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of ...

UMC Market

9/15/2014
New Donation Program! The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church is pleased to present UMCmarket, a tremendously rewarding opportunity to earn money for the Kingdom of God. UMCmarket makes it possible for United Methodist churches to receive donations from retailers every time someone within their congregation makes an online purchase. The best thing is that they don’t need to change anything from how they shop today. This allows us to do together what ...

Services for Bill Appelgate set for September 15

9/12/2014
William “Bill” P. Appelgate, 95, of Story City died September 11, 2014 at Bethany Manor in Story City. Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Sunday, September 14th at Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City.Funeral services will be 11 am, Monday, September 15th at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City. Burial is 1 pm at the Evergreen Cemetery in the Jewell.  Bill was born on February 13, 1919 at home near Toledo, IA to Hiram H. and Helen (McAfee) Appelgate. He was a farmer, a skilled carpenter and ...

Bishop McLee's funeral to be streamed live

9/12/2014
NEW YORK (UMNS) - The Riverside Church will provide a live Internet stream of the funeral service for Bishop Martin D. McLee on Monday, Sept.15. The stream will begin with the prelude music at 10:30 a.m. ET and continue with the service at 11 a.m. To view the feed, go to the New York Annual Conference live stream page.

Church extends support to Atlantic City workers

9/12/2014
By Linda Bloom Sept. 8, 2014|NEW YORK (UMNS) The Rev. Brian Roberts sees a storm headed for Atlantic City, New Jersey, that could inflict just as much damage as Superstorm Sandy did two years ago. This time, the telltale signs are not fierce winds and a churning ocean but an avalanche of pink slips as closing casinos disrupt the local economy. Since January, three casinos —the Atlantic Club, Showboat and Revel — have closed and a fourth, the Trump Plaza, is scheduled to shut its doors on ...

Text messaging can be lifesaving

9/8/2014
By Kathy Gilbert* If you have been without clean water for three days, a text message from a United Methodist pastor that the church’s borehole has been certified as safe to drink is lifesaving. Priscilla Muzerengwa gave that example of how she has used Frontline SMS, a free text-messaging program, in East Zimbabwe. She introduced the program’s inventor, Ken Banks, on the second day of the Game Changers Summit 2014. More than 240 people from nine countries are attending the Sept. 3-5 meeting...

Bishop McLee, ‘champion’ for marginalized people, dies

9/7/2014
Bishop Martin D. McLee, leader of The United Methodist Church’s New York Area, died Sept. 6. He had been on leave of absence due to illness since July. McLee would have been 59 years old Sept. 10.  He was elected bishop in July 2012. Bishop Marcus Matthews, leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and president of the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops, laid his hands on McLee during the consecration service. “Since that day, I have worked closely with Bishop McLee and seen ...

Rev. Rebecca Fisher to become LDM for Evangelism and New Ministry Development

9/5/2014
Bishop Julius C. Trimble has announced the appointment of Reverend Rebecca A. Fisher to the position of Leadership Development Minister for Evangelism and New Ministry Development.  Rev. Fisher is an ordained elder in the Indiana Annual Conference, where she is currently serving the Fairview United Methodist Church of Bloomington, Indiana.  She also has served congregations in Fort Wayne, Wabash, Winona Lake and Gary, Indiana.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia International ...

Storms update

9/2/2014
A quick update,  from the storms Sunday, August 31, 2014... The hardest hit appear to be those in line with Dakota, City, NE, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa and Denison, Iowa ALL three towns and the farms and land in between have reported massive damage to trees, trees and limbs on homes and power lines down, Vickie was in contact with Pastor Alberta in Denison  shortly after the storm and she reported many tree limbs down but all else in Denison seemed "OK" Jena was in contact with Pastor Tim in ...

Farrar UMC celebrates 125 year legacy; commits to caring future

9/1/2014
Click on the name to hear the conversations with Harold Long, Norm McCoy, Shonda Hay, T J Craig, and Warren Nielsen Click to see images from the worship service and celebration By Arthur McClanahan* Farrar United Methodist Church is a faith community with a rich heritage and a solid commitment to the future.  Built on a faith that focused on others it continues its caring outreach to the community…and beyond! Nearly 250 people filled the sanctuary of the church on Sunday, August 24, to ...

The Church Responds to Ebola

8/28/2014
photo by Mide DuBose, UMNS The United Methodist Church and its partners are responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The deadly virus has claimed lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The church effort involves treatment, prevention, communication and public education. The response is a joint effort by West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries and the denomination's general agencies. ...

School for Lay Ministry

8/27/2014
Dear Friends: Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.Several years ago dedicated people with great vision initiated the School for Lay Ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference.  Since that beginning in Indianola at Simpson College, the school has expanded adding campuses at Morningside in Sioux City and at Cornell in Mount Vernon.  The purpose of the school is to prepare people to follow in ...

Celebrating the life of David John Decker

8/21/2014
  David John Decker, lay leader of the Iowa Conference, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Visitation will take place on Sunday evening August 24 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden, NE. (The funeral home is located at 303 E. 2nd Street - Tilden, NE; phone: 402-368-3500). A funeral service at the Peace United Church of Christ (Tilden, NE) Monday August 25, 11:00 am. A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at ...

Sad news about Dave Decker

8/20/2014
    Word was received late today of the sudden death of the Iowa Conference Lay Leader, Dave Decker. Arrangements are pending and will be shared as soon as possible. Please keep Dave’s wife, Karen, and the family in prayer in these sad first moments.

Carma Mohler Fund To Alleviate Hunger

8/19/2014
Carma Mohler Fund To Alleviate Hunger Iowa United Methodist Foundation ...for I was hungry and you gave me food.... Matthew 25:35 Carma Mohler established this fund because she had a passion for feeding the hungry and wanted to alleviate the problem of hunger. The Iowa United Methodist Foundation seeks applications from United Methodist-affiliated groups or nonprofit organizations based in Iowa that are addressing hunger through systemic interventions or programs providing immediate relief ...

A Kairos Moment - Iowans attend conference at Ginghamsburg

8/19/2014
By Eloise Cranke* “Walking with Palestinian Christians” was the title and theme of a recent Conference, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries and the Ginghamsburg UMC, in Tipp City, Ohio.  About 250 United Methodists from annual conferences across the United States, including eight persons from Iowa attended. Leadership for the six plenary sessions and three working groups included several people from Bethlehem, Palestine, as well as leaders from several General Boards, and ...

GCFA web presence moves

8/19/2014
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is committed to providing useful resources and information to local churches, annual conferences and agencies of the Church. To improve the easy accessibility to our resources, GCFA will, effective August 18, 2014, host its new redesigned website within the official website of The United Methodist Church: www.umc.org.  At the new address, www.umc.org/gcfa, you will find the same resources previously found at www.gcfa.org.  Hosted by ...

United Methodist Communications fights Ebola with strategic messaging and technology

8/19/2014
Nashville, Tenn.: Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak have met difficulties due to widespread myths and misinformation about the deadly virus. In collaboration with bishops in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and their communicators, United Methodist Communications has implemented a crisis communications strategy in West Africa aimed at controlling the outbreak, saving lives and comforting those affected by this epidemic. United Methodist Communications is also in contact with bishops in Nigeria ...

Faith and Community Leaders Visiting Unaccompanied Migrant Children

8/18/2014
US and Mexico Faith and Community Leaders Visiting Unaccompanied Migrant Children Temporary Holding Facility in McAllen, TX McAllen, TX - [#theyarechildren] As the Obama Administration prepares to fast-track the deportation of these unaccompanied migrant children against public opinion (Reuters/Ipsos poll), faith and community leaders from both The United States and Mexico will visit a temporary holding facility in McAllen, Texas on Monday, August 18, 2014. The visiting delegation, made up of...

Iowa Course of Study graduates

8/18/2014
  Bob Voels, Judy Wooton, Karen Berg, and Ward Richards, Jr. graduated from the Saint Paul School of Theology Course of Study program on Friday, August 1st. The ceremony was held in the Wesley Covenant Chapel at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.  

Walking where the children walked – Bishop Trimble’s journey to McAllen, Texas

8/18/2014
Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble was among a group of faith and community leaders from both The United States and Mexico who visited a temporary holding facility for unaccompanied migrant children in McAllen, Texas. Here are some of the Bishop’s impressions from August 18… 9:51 am I am standing at the river where refugees, human trafficking, and drug smuggling takes place. We can see Mexico across the river…river border patrol and state troopers are all around. I see the Rio Grand Rio Bravo ...

2014 State Fair achievements and participation

8/7/2014
Iowa United Methodists are present at the 2014 State Fair.  We've heard from a few who will be tbe participating in events and/or be honored.  If you, or your group, will be receiving an award or participating in some way, please let us know (communications@iaumc.org) and we'll update our list... Christian Chaos, the worship band from 1st UMC of Tipton, IA, will be performing from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, August 15 on the Susan Knapp Amphitheater. On Wednesday August 13th at 1:00pm...

Nurses, doctors save lives but lose their own

8/7/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert  Aug. 5, 2014 | KENEMA, Sierra Leone (UMNS) Mbalu Fonnie and Veronica Karoma, sweat beading on their faces, squinted into the hot afternoon sun on June 8 and talked about the panic they were feeling as nurses treating the first confirmed cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone at Kenema Government Hospital. Both Fonnie and Karoma had moved past their panic and were determined to save lives, agreeing that they were called to be at the bedsides of those suffering. “As we work, we ...

Statue of James Harlan comes home to Iowa Wesleyan College

8/7/2014
The historic statue of James Harlan, former U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior, advisor to Abraham Lincoln and president of then-Iowa Wesleyan University, will be unveiled on the Iowa Wesleyan campus in Mount Pleasant, Iowa on Thursday, August 28 at 2 p.m. The Iowa legislature voted to place the statue on permanent loan on the picturesque campus of Iowa Wesleyan College, moving the statue from the U.S. Capitol building where it had been on display in the Hall of Columns since 1910. ...

LDM Coffee Conversations in the Districts

8/6/2014
The Conference team of Leadership Development Ministers has undergone several changes over the last year, including reconfiguration of duties and new staff. Further, it’s been some time since Rev. David Hobbs, LDM of Camping and Christian Formation, was first introduced around the conference. It’s time for a meet-and-greet. Join them at one of the following locations for coffee, conversation and collaboration. Learn more about each LDM’s particular ministry area and have your questions answered...

Serving kids transforms their world at Sheldon UMC

8/4/2014
By Kevin Gingerich* The Sheldon United Methodist Church had a vision last fall of feeding the back-pack children throughout the summer.  We made the vision a reality this summer.  We are feeding about 25 children and 15 adults a warm meal Monday through Friday.  Other churches in our community have come along side us with some financial and volunteer support. We started with hopes people would provide our needs and as a church board willing to fund the project as needed.  We now have over ...

United Methodists, faith leaders arrested

8/1/2014
              By Erik Alsgaard - United Methodist News Service - Photo courtesy Huffington Post via Twitter Luis Orellana, a United Methodist from Des Moines, Iowa, has seen people disappear. It’s the result of people he knows being deported against their will, often breaking apart marriages, families and whole neighborhoods. He was in Washington July 31, to join with hundreds of protesters calling on President Barack Obama to end what they view as inhumane immigration enforcement ...

United Methodists celebrate Imagine No Malaria milestones

7/31/2014
By Kelly Caviness - United Methodist News Service Fourth-grader Gracie Douglas of West Ohio raised enough money at her school to buy 13 mosquito nets to protect families in Africa. Laywoman Barbara Ferguson made a personal donation that pushed the California-Nevada Annual Conference halfway to its fundraising goal in The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. Trailblazers come in all forms in the church’s campaign to eradicate deaths from malaria, and Douglas and Ferguson ...

Border crisis: UMCOM resources for a faithful response

7/31/2014
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me ..." (Matthew 25:35) The Rev. Juan Guerrero, a United Methodist leader in Honduras, knows well the conditions that are driving families in his country to send their children through perilous channels to the U.S. "[A] fellow United Methodist in Ciudad España had to sell his house to pay a network of smugglers who kidnapped one of his children," Guerrero says. "When the boy was released, he described how another boy was killed in his presence while his ...

Born in the Heart of God

7/31/2014
 Vida Nueva, the Hispanic Ministry in Corwith, Iowa, in the North Central District has exciting news!  “We feel so blessed!  This week, God sent us a group of brothers and sisters of the United Methodist Church from Clarion and Ventura and Britt, Iowa, to realize a Missionary Project in our church.  There were three days of hard work and also so many blessings!  Thank you Lord, for all your Love and Your Blessings!  Thank you Pastor Don Morrison and the whole team, who were working hard ...

Freedom School leads to fulfillment of dream

7/31/2014
By Dorothy V. Smith - United Methodist News Service In the summer of 1964, just prior to entering the 8th grade, I attended Freedom School at St. Paul’s C.M.E. Church in McComb, Mississippi. The day always started with us assembling in the church sanctuary and the singing of freedom songs. Following this devotion, we divided into smaller groups and went to our assigned spaces. Our space was under a tree on the church lawn.  This was a new and exciting experience for me. It was during Freedom...

Liberia declares national emergency on Ebola

7/31/2014
MONROVIA, Liberia - United Methodist News Service Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a prominent United Methodist, is now heading the task force for the fight against the Ebola virus, which she has declared a national emergency. E. Julu Swen of the Liberia Annual (regional) Conference has the story.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Heads Ebola Task Force Monrovia, Liberia by E. Julu Swen The President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a prominent United Methodist, is...

Ukraine crisis affects UMC congregations

7/30/2014
Ukraine: In the Midst of Conflict, Relief - umcmission.org Missionary John Calhoun offers an update on the political crisis in the Ukraine and how local United Methodist congregations are bringing relief to families displaced by the conflict. Calhoun serves in Kiev (Kyiv) in ministry with The United Methodist Church in Ukraine.  Dear partner churches and friends, Greetings and peace to you from The United Methodist Church in Ukraine. As you are aware, it has been an extremely difficult week...

12 Iowans to participate in DC Immigration witness

7/30/2014
  By Arthur McClanahan*   A group of twelve people from Iowa will participate in a prayer vigil in support of the children bring held at the U.S. southern border.  The event, to be held in front of the White House, will also call for an end to all deportations, and demand expanded deferred action for all undocumented immigrants.   Hear the related audio   Iowa's group of ten adults and two children, ages 5 and 7, will march with hundreds of others from the United Methodist Building on ...

2016 General Conference Logo Unveiled

7/30/2014
            Nashville, Tenn. - United Methodist Communications The Commission on the General Conference has chosen a logo for the 2016 General Conference.  United Methodist Communications developed the logo to complement the theme of the 2016 General Conference, "Therefore go," which the Commission chose in 2013. Stephanie Henry of the Upper New York Annual Conference chairs the Logo and Theme Committee. The theme is based on the Great Commission set forth in Matthew 28:19-20: “...

Freedom Summer remains vision of hope

7/30/2014
By Bishop C. Joseph Sprague - United Methodist News Service Responding to a request from black Methodist clergy in Mississippi, Dean Bogard Dunn led a small delegation of faculty and students there from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. We whites were asked to join black colleagues in helping to keep public facilities, especially restaurants, desegregated. As a 25-year-old seminarian, student pastor and father of two young children — with my young wife's fearful, and yet, solid ...

UMCOM Game Changers Summit: September 3-5

7/30/2014
                  The Game Changers Summit will add rocket fuel to your mission-based programs. You’ll meet leading thinkers in technology and community development and learn how to leverage the world's growing access to cell towers, Internet and hardware. Simple technology is transforming lives: Printed textbooks in remote village schools are often decades old, but children are getting a modern education thanks to computer labs (sometimes solar-powered). United Methodist ...

Pray for the Children: A message from Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

7/29/2014
I have been watching the news and reading articles and letters that address the humanitarian crisis on the border. Thousands of unaccompanied children are filling facilities along the border and beyond. As I read, I feel helpless. My tendency is to want to DO something. Should I send health kits, clothes, shoes? Something? Then I am reminded of my days at UMCOR when well-intended contributions would arrive after a hurricane or earthquake. We often referred to these contributions as the second ...

Sierra Leone task force targets Ebola

7/29/2014
By Phileas Jusu - United Methodist News Service Sierra Leone's two main faith groups — Christians and Muslims — have formed an alliance to join the fight against Ebola amid increasing infection and death rates from the epidemic in the country. The Religious Leaders Task Force on Ebola, chaired by United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu, was launched July 11 in Freetown and the group’s first regional training took place July 16 in Bo. A solidarity visit to Kailahun, the district that has ...

‘A dream for peace on the Korean Peninsula’

7/29/2014
By Linda Worthington and the Rev. Jacob Lee - United Methodist News Service “Peace for Korea Now!” shouted about 200 people, primarily Korean or Korean Americans, as they marched the mile from Foundry United Methodist Church to Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Saturday. Standing behind a banner that read: Pray to End the War; Reunite Families; and Bring Peace to Korea, the Rev. We Chang of the United Methodist New England Annual (regional) Conference echoed the Rev. Martin Luther...

Ankeny First UMC Launches Mental Health Ministry Team

7/29/2014
          Ankeny First United Methodist Church has launched the Ankeny Mental Health Ministry. In September they will host an eight-week course on depression, as well as a presentation by Joan Becker on paranoid schizophrenia. Recently, Ankeny First United Methodist Church decided to spearhead the development of a Mental Health Ministry Team in Ankeny. They have members from several area churches that have joined in to provide a faith-based collaboration. If you are not already ...

Church at center of border crisis response

7/29/2014
United Methodist News Service First United Methodist Church of Dallas is playing a lead role in the city's interfaith humanitarian response to the immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Dallas Morning News has the story.  Faithful put aside their differences to help migrant youths  By DIANNE SOLÍS and RACHEL SIEGEL - dallasnews.com Piles of Superman underwear sit among the pyramids of protein formula in the atrium of the First United Methodist Church of Dallas. Soon, the stash...

The latest in UMC Foundation offerings

7/28/2014
Are you looking for a Longer-Term Investment for  Your Church’s Endowment or Reserve Funds?   Are you looking to earn income and/or grow your long-term funds and endowments at current market rates while still maintaining the Social Principals of The United Methodist Church?   Since 1981, the Iowa United Methodist Foundation began offering pooled investment options that do just that. We have grown to offer several investment options that can be invested in according to your committee’s ...

Meriam Ibrahim freed from Sudan, coming to U.S.

7/28/2014
Meriam Ibrahim, finally freed from Sudan, meets with Pope Francis Josephine McKenna - Religion News Service Pope Francis met Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman spared a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan, at the Vatican on Thursday (July 24) after she was flown to Rome by the Italian government following a vigorous international campaign to free her. Ibrahim, 27, was accompanied by her husband Daniel Wani and two young children when she met Francis for nearly half an hour at his Santa ...

Call for Congress to address border crisis

7/25/2014
WASHINGTON - United Methodist News Service A wide coalition of faith, human rights and development groups, including the United Methodist Board of Church and Society and the National Council of Churches, called on Congress to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border. The call came in a full-page ad in the July 23 edition of The Hill newspaper. Read more See the ad    

No nos quieren ver - They don’t want to see us

7/25/2014
The latest blogpost from JFON's Judy Kading from the crisis on the border of the southern U.S. Here at the Holding Institute Community Center in Laredo, TX, the volunteers are seeing refugees from Guatemala, crossing the Rio Grande and being apprehended by Border Patrol. The specific refugees seen here are women and their children and rarely a single woman traveling without children or very rarely a single man. No unaccompanied minors are here. I asked one woman why she came with her little ...

Scarcity or abundance?

7/25/2014
Justice For Our Neighbors' Judy Kading is ministering at the southern border, and blogging at Immigrants Speak from the Border A relative who passed years ago, was born during the Depression. She saved many items. In her basement she stored stacks of plastic containers from Dream Whip and other food products. Even though her daughters gifted her with good quality Rubbermaid items, she couldn’t stop keeping those various Cool Whip containers! Have you ever known someone for whom the glass is ...

United Methodist church vitality increases in U.S.

7/25/2014
By Heather Hahn - United Methodist News Service Bryan Burroughs hadn’t darkened a church door in years when his work first brought him to McKendree United Methodist Church to help the congregation refinance its building. He found a warm welcome from the pastors and visited again, this time with his wife and two young daughters. The family has been worshipping at McKendree ever since. On Easter 2012, both he and his wife, Andrea Flores, joined the church by profession of faith, proclaiming ...

Letter to Obama calls for Israel/Palestine action

7/24/2014
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - Eleven faith-based organizations, including the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, sent a letter to President Obama calling for the administration to change its policies to accomplish a lasting end to the hostilities between Israel and Palestine. The U.S. National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches also have called for an end to hostilities in Gaza. Read about the letter Read the World Council of Churches story

Call for next School for Lay Ministry

7/24/2014
Dear Friends: Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Several years ago dedicated people with great vision initiated the School for Lay Ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference.  Since that beginning in Indianola at Simpson College, the school has expanded adding campuses at Morningside in Sioux City and at Cornell in Mount Vernon.  The purpose of the school is to prepare people to follow in ...

U.S. Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children - NY Times

7/24/2014
              A prayer at Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines after a rally in favor of bringing migrants there. Credit Brian C. Frank for The New York Times       By Michael Paulson - nytimes.com After protesters shouting “Go home” turned back busloads of immigrant mothers and children in Murrieta, Calif., a furious Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, sat down at his notepad and drafted a blog post detailing his shame at the episode, ...

Young people approve unity statement

7/24/2014
Manila, Philippines - United Methodist News Service Amid talk of schism resulting from debates over human sexuality, United Methodist young people from around the globe have urged church leaders to "seek solutions that promote our global unity." The Global Young People's Convocation and Legislative Assembly, attended by more than 300, adopted the unity statement. gbod.org United Methodist young people from around the world have urged leaders of the denomination to “seek solutions that ...

Ministry in a Meth Culture

7/23/2014
                    How do we walk with people who are immersed in or working to leave behind a life of drugs?  How do we as pastors keep ourselves healthy when ministering to those who are so unhealthy? If you are wrestling with some of these questions, join us for a conversation and sharing of experiences about ministry and addiction.  We will hear from those working in addiction ministry and from those who are in the midst of this journey. A light lunch will be provided. A ...

Sympathy for those mourning Flight 17

7/22/2014
GENEVA (UMNS) - The World Council of Churches on July 18 expressed sympathy and sorrow to family, friends and colleagues who mourn the deaths of nearly 300 people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Particular mention was made of the estimated one-third of the victims who were traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. "This is a profound tragedy that shocks and worries all of us; but ...

Update: Schaefer case appealed to Judicial Council

7/22/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist News Service The Rev. Christopher L. Fisher, who was counsel for the church in the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, is appealing to The United Methodist Church’s top court to overturn last month’s reinstatement of Schaefer’s ordination credentials. The denomination’s Judicial Council will next meet in October, and the appeal is on the docket. "As counsel for the church of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, I have determined to appeal the June 24 ...

KCCI: Iowans willing to get arrested for deportation protests

7/22/2014
By Laura Nichols - kcci.com The Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church in Des Moines is planning to send a group to the White House soon, and they're prepared to get arrested for civil disobedience. The group, many of them part of the congregation at Trinity, wants all deportations to end. They said deportations shouldn't happen unless the person has committed a violent crime. Dozens gathered in the sanctuary at the church on Monday night to pray and read Bible verses. The groups ...

Commentary: Why Honduran children are coming to U.S.

7/22/2014
By the Rev. Juan Guerrero - TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -United Methodist News Service These days, there is extensive reporting on children crossing the border and entering the United States undocumented. It is said that U.S. immigration services have intercepted in the past year more than 50,000 undocumented children. A few days ago, I was in Texas visiting Methodist communities on the border, both Anglo and Hispanic. I also visited a shelter where I had a chance to talk, see and learn different ...

Immigrants Speak from the Border - A Quiet Week

7/22/2014
By Judy Kading - Justice For Our Neighbors The Holding Institute Community Center has been one of the sites for humanitarian relief for the refugees who come from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and cross the border at Laredo or are bused by the border patrol to Laredo after entering at another point.         The showers have been provided by the Texas Baptist Men and also my the Holding Institute Community Center.  When refugees come from the ...

Immigrants Speak from the Border - Where are the refugees?

7/22/2014
By Judy Kading - Justice For Our Neighbors Sunday, July 20 This past week has seen a significant reduction in the number of refugees coming into Laredo.  At Holding Institute Community Center we have had only about 20 adults all week.  We continue to see mothers with small children.  They still come from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, though few from Guatemala. One young woman from El Salvador said that her reason for leaving was threats from a gang. Her older sisters live in the U.S. ...

Register: Iowans plan D.C. trip to protest deportation policy

7/22/2014
By Matthew Patane - desmoinesregister.com A small group of Iowans will head to Washington, D.C., later this month to protest the Obama administration's deportations of immigrants coming into the U.S. illegally. "If you don't stand up for what you believe in you shouldn't ask anybody else to stand up," said Carla Dawson, one of the 10 Iowans. Members of Iowa's Latino and faith communities held a rally Monday night at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1548 Eight St., to send off Dawson and the ...

State Fair Involvement/Achievement Request

7/21/2014
If you are doing something or receiving an award at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, or know someone who is, or your church group or organization is, please send us the "who, what, where, when" details.  We'd like to let people know across the Conference.  Please take some photos, even cell phone pictures, from at the Fair.  Please email the information and photos to us at: communications@iaumc.org  If you use Instagram to share photos please add the hashtag #iaumc14 to your caption and we'll saved ...

Bishops urge compassion, prayer for border crisis

7/18/2014
Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Washington, D.C.:  In response to the rise in unaccompanied migrant children crossing the U.S. border, the executive committee of the Council of Bishops has called on United Methodists across the connection to “pray, reflect and engage in acts of compassion.” According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been traveling through Mexico and arriving at the Southwest U.S. border in recent months, ...

A new presence in Nogales

7/18/2014
NOGALES, Ariz. (UMNS) - Residents of Nogales are accustomed to the presence of the U.S. Border Patrol, writes the Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank. But having 1,000 children housed in the patrol's facilities there is a startling development.  Read the blog

Arizona church leaders seek ways to help children

7/18/2014
NOGALES, Ariz. (UMNS) -The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, superintendent of the South District of the Desert Southwest Annual (regional) Conference, led a team to Nogales July 14 to learn more about the conditions of unaccompanied migrant children being held in detention centers there. The team was told conditions have improved for the children as they wait at the processing center to be transferred to a relative or sponsor or shelter assigned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ...

A lens-eye view of the civil rights struggle

7/18/2014
The movement in nashville Trained by then Vanderbilt divinity student and later United Methodist pastor, James Lawson, and the Rev. Kelly Miller Smith of First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, a group of students from Nashville’s four black colleges confronted segregation at lunch counters, movie theaters and other public accommodations. The students, trained in nonviolence protest, organized marches, held sit-ins and carried out boycotts of downtown stores. Many of the young leaders including ...

Caregivers need care after traumatic events-Chaplain recalls Sioux City tragedy

7/18/2014
                  The Rev. Gregory Clapper relates his experience as a new Air National Guard chaplain responding to the 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose. *In 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 slammed into a runway near Sioux City and burst into flames. Miraculously, 184 of the 296 passengers survived. The Rev. Gregory S. Clapper was on the scene to comfort the injured and help survivors come to terms with what had happened. He ...

Let the Children Come

7/18/2014
                  The following is a statment from Bishop Alan Scarfe, of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, and Bishop Julius C. Trimble, of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The statement was released July 18 and appeared in the Des Moines Register that same day. The unfolding humanitarian crisis of over 57,000 children fleeing to the United States from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala is bringing the immigration debate and the world-wide refugee crisis ...

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