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Golden Valley District Mailing Address - Golden Valley District, PO Box 607, Marion IA 52302-0607
District Office is closed on Fridays

The District Office will be closed on Monday, January 17th for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  -your direct link to the Iowa Conference webpage for the latest news
Last Updated 1/20/2022

Chainsaw Response Team - Bringing Hope to the Heartland
"Got Chainsaws? Want to put that chainsaw in your hands to God's use? Well, then keep reading. The Golden Valley District is actively recruiting and forming chain saw teams for the Golden Valley District. The teams will respond after natural disasters. After being background checked and trained by the Iowa Annual Conference trainer, you will be cleared to deploy at the direction of the conference disaster response coordinators. If interested call or email the Golden Valley District Disaster Response Coordinator for the upcoming training and certification, using the contact information in the brochure."  Chainsaw Response Team Brochure

January 24 - Register for Legislative Advocacy Day
Legislative advocacy has long been a part of the heritage of United Methodists in Iowa. On Monday, January 24, 2022, that tradition will continue with a Legislative Advocacy Day virtually in your homes or churches. Legislative Advocacy Day is sponsored by the Iowa United Methodist Women and the Iowa Conference Legislative Advocacy Team of the Iowa Church and Society Committee.   Read More
January 28 and January 29-  Basic Lay Servant Training
Pictured Rocks District is offering a Basic Lay Servant training and you are invited to attend. This training will be offered as a Hybrid training on Friday, January 28, 2022 - 6:00 PM-9:00 PM & Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 9:00 AM-4:00 PM - Cedar Falls, First UMC, 718 Clay St. Cedar Falls. (You must attend both days to successfully complete the training). For more information and/or to register: Click here.

February 1-   2022-2023 Equitable Compensation Application Deadline
Just received notice the Equitable compensation application is now available through the Conference website. 
Iowa Conference: Equitable Compensation (
If you are applying, don't wait, deadline is no later than February 1st.

February 5- Candidacy Retreat
The Candidacy Retreat has been scheduled. It will be Saturday, February 5th from 10 a.m. - 3:30 pm via zoom. This is a required piece for those in the process to become a certified candidate for ministry and very helpful for anyone discerning a call to ministry. Registration is required. Here is the registration form A zoom link will be sent to all that register as the event gets closer.

February 12- It’s hard to believe, but now is the time to begin preparing for Annual Conference! This year, as we move towards June, there will be three townhalls in the winter/springtime. Each townhall will have a different focus and will address different issues. The second one is Saturday, February 12th, centered around Aligning our Resources. 
More details will be announced as they are available, in the meantime please mark your calendars. To stay up to date
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February 15- In Mission Together (IMT) Reports Due With Recognition given at District Conference
Information and directions found at In Mission Together or IAUMC conference forms.  Reports may be completed & submitted online OR downloaded, completed & emailed/mailed to GVD Missions Secretary Rev. Steven Lamb or 27131 Highway 78, Ollie, Iowa  52576-8657

We ask that your church consider "sharing your story/stories" of your mission relationships and how you do it! Stories submitted in 2022 to Sue Hattel will be shared by our Conference Communications. Exciting 2021 stories may be viewed on the In Mission Together link entitled "In Mission Together News."

To learn more about In Mission Together, click on the IA Conference webpage:

February 28- Statistical Reporting for 2021 Due
As we have done in past years, we are asking all churches, to submit their statistical tables on-line by Monday, February 28th, 2022. Please visit the Statistics page on the conference website for directions.
March 15- Fund Balance Report (Annual Audit) Due
Please submit your Annual Audit/Fund Balance Report Form to Ann at the District Office by email or mail to: PO Box 607, Marion IA 52302-0607.   

2022 Annual Conference

Preliminary details released for the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session
We are excited to announce preliminary details about the 2022 Iowa United Methodist Conference Session, including a brand new location and some additional dates.     Read More


The calculations for the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Apportionments have been completed and the information has been published on the Iowa Conference website under the Finance and Administration, Apportionment Resources page (

Educational Opportunities - Travel with Bishop Laurie in 2022

World Famous Passion Play
Bishop Laurie Hall is leading a group to experience the Best of Italy & Oberammergau Passion Play, August 15-26, 2022. Early registration discounts are available through September 30. For more information contact Len and Diane Eberhart, or 641-990-3861 voice/text.