2020 Annual Conference Session to be Postponed and Held Electronically
The 2020 session of the Iowa Annual Conference will be postponed due to the current Coronavirus health crisis. Bishop Laurie Haller made the decision with the full support of the Cabinet and the Annual Conference Session Planning Committee.
Preparations are underway for a one-day electronic Annual Conference Legislative Session via the Zoom platform. It will be held later in the summer or in early fall. Secure remote electronic voting by the elected lay members and clergy members of the Iowa Annual Conference will be utilized, again in accord with the Book of Discipline.
“It is our intention to have an electronic town hall pre-Conference session,” reported Rev. Harlan Gillespie, Assistant to Bishop Laurie. “We will share information and also practice how to vote electronically.” Dates are being considered currently.
People who made hotel arrangements for their stay during the previously scheduled Annual Conference session should cancel their reservations prior to May 4 to avoid incurring charges.
Mabaan Flood Relief
As of April 20, 2020 - Bishop Haller and the Cabinet have agreed that the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraiser should be put aside at the present time. With the disruptions of normal activities, financial stress on our economy, and churches unable to meet during the COVID-19 period, many are not able to respond to this fundraiser. READ MORE...
UMW Be Bold Grant for Clergy or Lay Women to Participate in an Educational Event or Class in 2020
The purpose of this grant is for women, both clergy and laywomen, to be able to participate in an educational event or class in the calendar year 2020. It could be used for seminary, the School for Lay Ministry, Mission u, the Preaching Academy, etc. This is not an exhaustive list. We are offering educational grants of up to $500. Download the application here.
UMW Be Bold Grant for Units to Enhance Our Purpose in 2020
Iowa Conference United Methodist Women is offering grants of up to $1,000 to local units for the calendar year 2020. This money is to be used for community projects that will enhance our Purpose. Download the application here.
Deadline for applications to be received is May 15, 2020. Grants will be awarded by June 15. Please answer the following questions and return this form to Connie Dicks, 204 Terrace Road, Des Moines, IA 50312 or email@example.com.