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This page was last updated on 9/21/2023.

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Matthew 25 Grant Applications - Deadline to submit application is Monday, October 2, 2023!
Matthew 25 Ministries reconcile and transform people, children, youth, adults, and the communities in which they live by the healing of Jesus Christ. All Matthew 25 Ministries are expressions of what it means for us to be the church, the body of Christ, making disciples by the movement of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 25 Grant Application


Fall Laity Day with Bishop Kennetha - Saturday, October 14, 2023 -
Ames, First UMC - (516 Kellogg Ave)    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.     
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and treats, the program begins at 9:30 a.m.
Click HERE for a flyer to post at church.


August 1 - S/PPRC Appointment Advisory Consultation for 2024 were due in the District Office. If you have NOT turned yours in please do so ASAP.


Unified Grants - Deadline to submit application is September 30, 2023!
Each year, the standing committees on Community and Institutional Ministries, Hispanic/Latino Ministries, and Parish Development award grants to various ministries, agencies, programming, and congregations throughout Iowa through the Unified Grant application. 

Unified Grant Application
Click here to view PDF instructions and information for the 2024 Unified Grant application.
Click here to view a PDF of the Unified Grant Timeline.


ISU Wesley Center Foundation News
Find the latest newsletter HERE.
The Wesley Foundation would appreciate if churches could fill out the following form with the best ways to connect with your current or incoming college students:

2023 RVP Lay Servant Trainings
View and Register for the Riverview Park District Lay Servant trainings for 2023 HERE.
  • ADVANCE COURSE: Living Our Beliefs: The UM Way - November 4, 11 and 18, 2023 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Writer's Retreat, A Time Away - Writing Workshop at Camp Welsey Woods - September 15th @ 1pm - 16th @ 1 pm
Tired and Weary of your daily routine? Come join us for a Writer's Retreat, A Time Away, at Camp Wesley Woods. More Information & Registration HERE.


Ankeny First UMC Flourish Women’s Event Oct. 6th,2023 7-9:30PM
The event will include guest speaker & Author Jennifer Dukes Lee, vendor fair, worship, music & More! Register at

Special Iowa Annual Conference Session - November 18, 2023

As announced at the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session in June, the Bishop, in consultation with the Sessions Committee, called a Special Iowa Annual Conference Session for November 18, 2023, for the sole purpose of disaffiliation.  For the timelines and more information about disaffiliation, click HERE.


Iowa UM Volunteers in Mission Committee - Building Connections Work Project
The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee is introducing a new, innovative program that will connect willing hands with church projects. “Building Connections” will allow local churches, who have priority needs but lack the people power to address the issues to seek help, from ready and willing volunteers. 
Find More Information HERE.