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December 2017

No Room at the Inn Nativity Festival

Friday, December 1, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017
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St. Paul's UMC The Longest Night

Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
The Longest Night service will be held on December 21 at 7:00 pm in the Wesley Center (lower level) of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (1340 3rd Avenue, Cedar Rapids). This service can be a healing balm for those who are mourning the loss of a ...
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St. Paul's UMC Christmas Eve Events

Sunday, December 24, 2017 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
10:30 am | WORSHIP: Celebrate the birth of Christ through scripture and song. Noon-2:00 pm | CHRISTMAS EVE DAY DINNER 2:30 pm | FAMILY WORSHIP: A family-oriented service including an opportunity for children to participate in the story of Jesus’ ...
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Free Community Christmas Eve Day Dinner

Sunday, December 24, 2017 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
St. Paul's Christmas Eve Day Dinner is for EVERYONE – those who are struggling, those who are thankful, those who are lonely, and those in need of good food and conversation. No one eats alone, we are here to sit with you. St. Paul's will host a FREE...
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HCI Next Retreat: Deepening Discipleship Pathways

Friday, January 5, 2018 7:00 PM to Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Location: Lake Okoboji UM Camp and Retreat Center
The theme for the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference is “Creating Difference Makers: inspiring and equipping grace-filled followers of Jesus Christ to make a difference wherever they are.”   Creating, inspiring, equipping and celebrating United Methodist ...
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Webinar: W-2 & Year-End Reporting for Local Churches

Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
In response to many questions we’ve received over the past few weeks, the Conference would like to invite you to attend a live webinar that will go over the information regarding clergy W-2 preparation as well as address any other questions you may ...
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Webinar: W-2 & Year-End Reporting for Local Churches

Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
In response to many questions we’ve received over the past few weeks, the Conference would like to invite you to attend a live webinar that will go over the information regarding clergy W-2 preparation as well as address any other questions you may ...

MLK Jr. Celebration

Monday, January 15, 2018 to 7:30 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
This year at our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration we will gather to consider MLK's legacy, hear his message with fresh ears, and accept his prophetic call to resist injustice in the forms it presents itself as we commit to work for ...
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HCI Next Retreat: Deepening Discipleship Pathways

Friday, January 26, 2018 7:00 PM to Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Location: Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center
The theme for the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference is “Creating Difference Makers: inspiring and equipping grace-filled followers of Jesus Christ to make a difference wherever they are.”   Creating, inspiring, equipping and celebrating United Methodist ...
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Finger Labyrinth Workshop

Saturday, January 27, 2018 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Finger Labyrinth Workshop, January 27 The Mobile Clay Lab from the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio is coming to St. Paul's! We will learn about labyrinths--their history and how to use them. Each participant will make their own finger labyrinth...
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Talking About #MeToo

Monday, January 29, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Altoona United Methodist Church
  Talking About #MeToo What does it look like when we talk about civil issues, with respect and care, inside the church? Women at the Well--the church inside the women's prison in Mitchellville--is hosting a series of conversations about Sexual ...

Talking About #MeToo

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Immanuel United Methodist Church
  Talking About #MeToo What does it look like when we talk about civil issues, with respect and care, inside the church? Women at the Well--the church inside the women's prison in Mitchellville--is hosting a series of conversations about Sexual ...

Transform Your Life & Relationships: How to Live the Nonviolent Journey

Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
12:30-2:30 pm (Free meal 12-12:30 pm), or, 6:00-8:00 pm (childcare provided 6-8 pm). What if you could live a more peaceful life? Learn the power of creative nonviolence to transform your life and personal relationships. A dynamic presenter, Kit ...
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2017 Statistical Reporting Webinar

Monday, February 5, 2018
Greetings! With the 2017 Statistical Reporting season in full swing we are preparing a webinar to walk you through the process of entering statistical data along with a Question and Answer session to help you with questions you may have regarding ...

Talking About #MeToo

Monday, February 5, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Altoona United Methodist Church
  Talking About #MeToo What does it look like when we talk about civil issues, with respect and care, inside the church? Women at the Well--the church inside the women's prison in Mitchellville--is hosting a series of conversations about Sexual ...

Talking About #MeToo

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Immanuel United Methodist Church
  Talking About #MeToo What does it look like when we talk about civil issues, with respect and care, inside the church? Women at the Well--the church inside the women's prison in Mitchellville--is hosting a series of conversations about Sexual ...

Chainsaw Training

Saturday, February 10, 2018
The East Central District of the Iowa UMC is hosting a chainsaw training event on February 10, 2018. This event is open to all current members of a chainsaw team as well as new members. New members will receive the mandatory safety training during ...

Talking About #MeToo

Monday, February 12, 2018 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Altoona United Methodist Church
  Talking About #MeToo What does it look like when we talk about civil issues, with respect and care, inside the church? Women at the Well--the church inside the women's prison in Mitchellville--is hosting a series of conversations about Sexual ...

Talking About #MeToo

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Immanuel United Methodist Church
  Talking About #MeToo What does it look like when we talk about civil issues, with respect and care, inside the church? Women at the Well--the church inside the women's prison in Mitchellville--is hosting a series of conversations about Sexual ...

SC District Bishop Laurie Haller at Chariton, First UMC

Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Bishop Laurie will be at Chariton, First UMC on March 10, 2018 from 9:30 AM-12:00 to discuss the work of The Commission on The Way Forward. Please come and learn, discuss and ask questions about the work of the committee.

SC District Mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Ottumwa, Wesley UMC
Facilitators from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center will be inviting reflection and conversation around the challenges for clergy in setting boundaries during our upcoming quadrennial mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training. Recognizing that ...

South Central District Conference and Pre-Conference

Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Knoxville, First UMC
The South Central District Conference and Pre-Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Knoxville, First UMC beginning at 9:00 am and lasting until 12:00 pm.

South Central Lay Servant Training-Rescheduled

Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
SC District Lay Servant Ministries Training-April 28, 2018-Chartiton, First UMC-This class was originally scheduled for February 10, 2018 but due to weather was postponed until April 28, 2018.   Chariton, First UMC 923 Roland Ave, Chariton, IA 9:00 ...

Hurricane Harvey District Wide Multi- Generational Mission

Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:00 AM to Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Location: Manchester UMC
The Northeast and East Central Districts of the Iowa Conference of the UMC are joining together to travel to Texas as a UMCOR disaster relief team responding to Hurricane Harvey. The mission dates are July 21-29, 2018. The cost is $450.00 per ...

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Monday, August 13, 2018
RACIAL EQUITY AWARENESS LEARNING EXCHANGES *       Jesus calls us to love God and love neighbor. *       Racial justice is an ongoing focus of United Methodist Women mission work. *       We are called to live out the Charter for Racial Justice in ...

Worship in the Park - Lunch - Ice Cream Social

Sunday, August 26, 2018 10:00 PM to 2:00 PM
HEY EVERYBODY LET’S PARTY OUTSIDE!!!!! Sunday, August 26 @ 10:00: We are going to worship, picnic and have The Ice Cream Social in the park. Yes, we are going to worship in our beautiful pavilion. And then we are going to eat together. EVERYONE IS ...

Preachin’ is the ART of Public Speaking

Monday, September 17, 2018 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Atlantic, First UMC
Monday, September 17, 2018 Atlantic, First UMC  (800 Poplar St, Atlantic, IA 50022) 9:00am to 5:00pm .7 CEU’s  event Cost $50 for Clergy or $10 for Laity. Lunch provided. Presenters: Dan Wiebesiek and Andy Rubinking Register by Tuesday, September 4th...

East Central District UMW Annual Meeting

Friday, September 21, 2018 9:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Vinton Wesley United Methodist Church
All United Methodist Women and pastors from across the district are invited to celebrate the year's accomplishments, receive leadership training, and be inspired as BOLD women and men of faith, hope and love in action. Rev. Clint Twedt-Ball will ...

Race: The Power of an Illusion

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
RACIAL EQUITY AWARENESS LEARNING EXCHANGES *       Jesus calls us to love God and love neighbor. *       Racial justice is an ongoing focus of United Methodist Women mission work. *       We are called to live out the Charter for Racial Justice in ...

Annual "FALL" Church Supper

Saturday, November 3, 2018 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Walker UMC
The Walker United Methodist Church, 101 Ely St., Walker, IA will hold its “Annual Fall Supper” on November 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Pork Loin, dressing, mashed potatoes gravy, homemade applesauce and rolls, desserts drinks. Tickets are $8.00 for adults ...

Monroe Uinited Methodist Church Annual Turkey Supper

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Monroe United Methodist Church
The Annual Turkey Supper will be held at the church, 407 N Monroe featuring turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, pie and drink. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for kids 6 and under. Take out is available. Contact the ...

Webinar: W-2 and Year End Reporting for Local Churches

Monday, January 7, 2019 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
For the past few years, the Conference has offered an webinar providing instructions for your W-2 and Year-End Reporting needs.  We would like to invite you again to attend a live webinar that will go over the information regarding clergy W-2 ...

Webinar: W-2 and Year End Reporting for Local Churches

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
For the past few years, the Conference has offered an webinar providing instructions for your W-2 and Year-End Reporting needs.  We would like to invite you again to attend a live webinar that will go over the information regarding clergy W-2 ...

South Central District Connectional Ministries Council

Monday, March 18, 2019 5:00 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC

Central District UMW Day Apart

Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  Hospitality is the theme of the Central District United Methodist Women annual Day Apart from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Burns United Methodist Church, 1909 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Des Moines. All men and women of the ...

South Central District UMW Mission Study

Monday, April 22, 2019 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Ottumwa, First UM Church

Katherine Parker, UMC Missionary currently serving in Nepal

Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00 PM
Location: Leon, Loving Chapel
Sunday, April 28th 2:00 PM Loving Chapel UMC Sanctuary - Leon Katherine Parker, UMC Missionary for 19 years Currently serving in Nepal JOIN US FOR HER PROGRAM ON HER MISSION WORK WITH YOUTH and WOMEN www.umcmission.org

South Central District Conference

Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC

Central District Basic & Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Classes

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Location: Des Moines, Burns United Methodist Church
Basic Class and Advanced Class opportunities. When: Saturday, September 7, 2019 Where: Des Moines, Burns United Methodist Church                   1909 MLK Pkwy                  Des Moines, IA 50314 Click HERE to register. Welcome will begin at ...

South Central District Operational Team

Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Chariton First UMC

Central District Committee on Ministry

Monday, October 7, 2019 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Conference Center-Martin Boehm-Suzanna Wesley

145th Church Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Walker UMC
Please plan to attend the 145th Church Anniversary Celebration at the Walker UMC. Please bring memorabilia, pictures and stories to tell of the past. Brunch will follow the 9 am Worship Service, food provided.

South Central District Operational Team Meeting

Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC

Installation Service for Superintendent Moody Colorado

Sunday, October 27, 2019 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC
2:30 PM- Installation Service for Superintendent Moody Colorado at Chariton, First UMC, 923 Roland Ave, Chariton. Bishop Laurie will be present at this service as well. A time for refreshments and fellowship will follow. 4:00 PM- Bishop Laurie will ...

Greenfield Ingathering

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Click here to find the flyer for the Greenfield Site - Greenfield UMC 108 SW 5th St, Greenfield, IA 50849 OR Mt. Pleasant Site - Iowa Wesleyan University Howe Student Activity Center at Broadway...

Annual UMW Turkey Supper

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to 7:00 PM
Location: Monroe United Methodist Church
UMW Annual Turkey Supper. Features turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, pie and a drink. $5 for six and under, $11 for all others. Serving begins at 5:30.

Mission Rally

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Lyn and Sharon Fogelman Missionaries in Uganda on the South Central District.  Jerusalem UMC More information to follow.

South Central District Connectional Ministries Council

Monday, November 18, 2019 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC

South Central District Conference

Monday, November 18, 2019 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC

Central District Operational Team

Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Central District Committee on Ministry

Monday, December 2, 2019 9:00 AM

No Room at the Inn Nativity Festival

Friday, December 6, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM
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Webinar: W-2 and 1099 Reporting for the Local Church

Monday, January 6, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
For the past few years, the Conference has offered an webinar providing instructions for your W-2 and Year-End Reporting needs.  We would like to invite you again to attend a live webinar that will go over the information regarding clergy W-2 ...

Webinar: W-2 and 1099 Reporting for the Local Church

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
For the past few years, the Conference has offered an webinar providing instructions for your W-2 and Year-End Reporting needs.  We would like to invite you again to attend a live webinar that will go over the information regarding clergy W-2 ...

CANCELLED-South Central District Operational Team

Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC

Vision 2032 II Conversation-South Central District

Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Osceola United Methodist Church
Vision 2032 with Bishop Laurie Haller, South Central District, January 19 Sunday 4:00 PM Osceola UMC. All pastors are required to attend. Please be seated together with your cluster. All chairpersons of District Committees are encouraged to attend.

Central District Parish Development

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Central District Laity Summit

Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Ankeny, First UMC
Central District Laity Summit Saturday February 1st, 2020 Ankeny First UMC Registration closed 1-25-2020, contact Angela Hansen-Abbas. Start 2020 off with other UMC Laity and focus on skills you need to grow your church and your leadership skills. ...

South Central Lay Servant Training

Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Chariton, First UMC 923 Roland Ave. Chariton, IA  "The Four Pages of the Sermon" by Paul Scott Wilson will be taught by Rev. Moody Colorado-book can be purchased on Amazon.com Basic Course will be taught ...
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Map of My Kingdom - play showing at High Prairie UM Church

Saturday, March 14, 2020 2:00 PM
Location: High Prairie UM Church
From poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander and Vandal Theatre   Who's going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony  -- Or have you even stared to think that far ahead?   We ...

Integrated Leadership Workshop

Friday, March 20, 2020 6:00 PM to Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Location: Oakland Community Center
The focus of the workshop is family systems theory and how to be a non-anxious leader in anxious times, a very timely subject for leaders and lay persons in the UMC right now. The workshop is being led by Rev. Bill Selby, Director of the Center for ...

South Central District Committee on Ministry

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Osceola UMC

EC District Women and Youth Day Apart

Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Lovely Lane UM Church
March 28 - East Central United Methodist Women offering Day Apart - RSVP by March 20 Women and Youth across the district are invited for a day of learning, laughter, and growing together on Saturday, March 28 at Cedar Rapids, Lovely Lane UMC. The day...

NCD Lay Servant Trainings

Saturday, April 4, 2020 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Iowa Falls, First UMC
ALL Materials are to be purchased ahead of time by student through Cokesbury on-line,  The UpperRoom bookstore or Amazon. If there are questions, please feel free to contact the District Office (alanna.warren@iaumc.org) or call (515) 832-2784.   ...

Central District Conference

Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Ankeny, First UMC
Central District Conference and Pre-Conference Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Ankeny, First UMC

South Central District Conference

Thursday, April 23, 2020 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Chariton, First UMC
South Central District Conference and Pre-Conference Gathering Thursday, April 23, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Chariton, First UMC

Basic Lay Servant Training

Friday, April 24, 2020 7:00 PM to Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Location: Linn Grove
Basic Lay Servant Training Opportunity - Open to All Districts This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries.  Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the ...
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April 2020 Lay Servant Training

Saturday, April 25, 2020 9:00 AM to Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Location: United Methodist Church of Wilton
Courses offered and books used in the class: Basic - This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant ministries and should be taken first. Participants Book: DR626*978-0-88177-626-3 - $11.00   Embracing Personal Prayer - Explore prayer ...

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