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New Interim NW District FOM

New Interim NW District FOM

2/12/2015

We are very pleased to announce that Rev. Ryan Christenson will be the new interim Field Outreach Minister for the Northwest District beginning March 1. This will be an interim position while the Annual Conference studies a restructuring plan. Rev. Christenson is currently serving as the pastor of St James United Methodist Church in Sioux City. His...


"Family-friendly" service inspires action

1/28/2015

By: Rev. Dr. Arthur McClanahan Afton United Methodist Church has a “family-friendly” Sunday evening service that, in the words of Pastor Joel Sutton, is “inspiring people to take action.” That second service at Afton, began because families “were coming to me…[who] wanted to worship with their children.” The Sunday gathering, which is “about ...


Bishop Rueben Job—hope during crisis

Bishop Rueben Job—hope during crisis

1/28/2015

By: Elizabeth Winders Rev. Bill Cotton recalls the huge impact Bishop Rueben Job had on the United Methodist churches of Iowa during his time as the Resident Bishop of Iowa.  The year that Rev. Bill Cotton remembers the most is 1984. He was the Superintendent of the Creston District and there was a significant amount of despair in Southern Iowa due...


Grandview UMC and Damka Nigeria—a gospel partnership

Grandview UMC and Damka Nigeria—a gospel partnership

1/28/2015

By: Rev. Dr. Arthur McClanahan A two-year partnership between a United Methodist congregation in Dubuque, Iowa and a remote Nigerian village is a partnership that creates a Gospel connection “in a very real way.” For Pastor Tom Shinkle, and his Grandview’s UMC community, realized dreams—more than 200 children in school classes that didn’t exist a ...


Town hall meetings—a bright future ahead

Town hall meetings—a bright future ahead

1/28/2015

By: Rev. Dr. Arthur McClanahan Treasurer Terry Montgomery led a series of sixteen “town hall meetings” across the Iowa Conference in the concluding months of 2014. The sessions, that also included members of the Design Task Force, offered “a clear sense of a positive future ahead for us with so many people wanting to have success,” he observed. ...


Two Churches Touch Their Community with Blessings

Two Churches Touch Their Community with Blessings

12/23/2014

For over 100 years, the small towns of Slater and Sheldahl in Story County Iowa have hosted a 4th of July celebration. Thousands of people pour into the towns during that weekend to enjoy the huge parade, food, ice cream and fireworks. The Slater and Sheldahl UMC decided to become more visible during the celebration by partnering with a local ...


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