Blogs

Muscatine Fiesta

Phil Carver

10/2/2017

On Saturday, Sept 16, 2017, San Pablo United Methodist Church in Muscatine hosted a great fiesta in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day. The gathering attracted nearly 100 people. Participants had a wonderful opportunity to see the Quad City ...


The UMC: Hedgehog or Fox?

Bishop Laurie Haller

10/2/2017

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” This quote is attributed to the 7th century b.c. Greek poet and soldier Archilochus. Archilochus did not provide a background for his reflection, but it is generally accepted today ...


Beloved

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

9/27/2017

When did I learn that I was not enough?  Was it that day in Sunday School when I was happily drawing random multi-colored lines on my paper plate and my teacher said, “Jaymee, why don’t you color pretty like Annie?  You’re just scribbling”?  Was it ...


Great Beginnings Preschool

Phil Carver

9/25/2017

The Columbus Junction United Methodist Church plays host to the Great Beginnings Preschool, which offers quality care and education to children from ages three to five in their community and the surrounding area. Kids from all walks of life share ...


Our Hearts Were Full

Bishop Laurie Haller

9/25/2017

I distinctly remember when Bishop Judy Craig was elected to the episcopacy in 1984 and was assigned to the Michigan Area. As a young pastor who did not grow up in a denomination that permitted women pastors, let alone bishops, I was fascinated by ...


Small things

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

9/19/2017

Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons What if the small things matter more than we imagine? One thing that can drown out racist chants, bagpipes.  If you’re a #Resistance bagpiper you know what to do. (https://twitter.com/RedTRaccoon/status/898887782067...


Greenfield Launches a New Service

Phil Carver

9/18/2017

The Greenfield United Methodist Church launched a new worship service earlier this month. Previously, the church had a service at 9 a.m. followed by a time of fellowship and Sunday school at 10:30. Now they are offering worship at 9 and 11 a.m. with...


Little Balls of Grace

Bishop Laurie Haller

9/18/2017

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Laurie Haller “Here, take one of these milkweed balls. We’re going to throw them in the ditches along the road. Please help us save the monarchs!” We were a few days into RAGBRAI, the annual mega-group bike ride ...


Learning to swim

Jaymee Glenn-Burns

9/12/2017

I was finally old enough for swim lessons.  I loved riding the bus, singing “The Ants Go Marching” and “A Hundred Bottles of Beer” with my friends at the top of our lungs.  Pity the poor bus driver!  I savored the way the sun shimmered on the water ...


Narrative Budget

Phil Carver

9/12/2017

A narrative budget reflecting the ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference for 2018 is now available on our website. This collaboration of the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) and the Communications Ministry Team was recently completed ...


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