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Report to the UM News Service—AC2018

Report to the UM News Service—AC2018

6/15/2018

2018 Annual Conference Report Worksheet   Name of conference: 2018 Iowa Annual Conference — Creating Difference Makers in New Communities of Faith   Location of conference gathering: Iowa Events Center, Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines, IA   Dates of conference gathering: June 8-11, 2017   Officiating bishop: Bishop Laurie Haller   Guest speakers and ...


Sermon scripts from AC2018

Sermon scripts from AC2018

6/12/2018

Episcopal Address Bishop Laurie Haller, Iowa Area The United Methodist Church Everything to Hope, Little to Fear Ordering Service Bishop Laurie Haller, Iowa Area The United Methodist Church Your Gloria Lives in You Retirement Service Rev. LaTonya Calderon It's Just Another Transition Memorial Service Bishop Bruce R. Ough, ...


Budget Approval—AC2018

Budget Approval—AC2018

6/11/2018

Attendees of the Iowa Annual Conference Session passed the Proposed 2019 Iowa Annual Conference Budget in an 827-39 vote Monday. The 2019 budget has a decrease of $505,925, for a total of $14,288,286.  Conference Treasurer Maggie Biggs had updated the Annual Conference Session on Budget specifics Saturday. In the area of statistics for vital ...


Conversation on a Way Forward—AC2018

Conversation on a Way Forward—AC2018

6/11/2018

A frank discussion on the United Methodist Church’s current struggle over human sexuality took place Sunday afternoon on the dais at the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session. “A Conversation on the Way Forward” drew some of the emotion surrounding the issue to the surface, as a sampling of the Iowa Conference’s General Conference delegates shared ...


Conversations of a Way Forward open mic—AC2018

Conversations of a Way Forward open mic—AC2018

6/11/2018

The Monday gathering of the Annual Conference Session added an hour-long, open-mic Conversation on the Way Forward to give Conference attendees the opportunity for 90-seconds at the microphone to speak. Bishop Laurie announced at the beginning of the hour that its purpose was to expand upon the dialogue from the prior day's discussion, which was a...


Fixing of Appointments—AC2018

Fixing of Appointments—AC2018

6/11/2018

Ministry and mission and transitions in ministry were celebrated Monday at the Iowa Annual Conference Session with the Fixing of Appointments for the 2018-2019 Conference year.  Rev. Harlan Gillespie offered a message for the service drawing from his experience with "A" Mentor's Wise Words." Everyone has a mentor, he said, and early in his ...


Iowa United Methodist Foundation report—AC2018

Iowa United Methodist Foundation report—AC2018

6/11/2018

The Iowa United Methodist Foundation conducted its annual meeting Monday at the 2018 Annual Conference Session.   Executive Director Rev. Katharine Yarnell detailed how approximately $250,000 in interest payments had been saved in the last year for participants in the HELP (Higher Education Loan Program for pastor’s seminary debt) program.   The ...


Laity Address—AC2018

Laity Address—AC2018

6/11/2018

The world needs the United Methodist Church, Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen told Conference members gathered for Sunday’s Laity Session. And she asked those in attendance to consider that it still might be possible for the UMC to give the world a single, united witness.   The thought of people falling away from the church brings her sadness,...


Monday legislation recap—AC2018

Monday legislation recap—AC2018

6/11/2018

The Iowa Annual Conference Session approved the proposed 2019 Iowa Annual Conference Budget with an 827-39 vote Monday. The 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE BALLOT for Conference Nominations was approved Monday with a majority vote. A reconciling motion was made to allow the Journal Staff to make editorial changes to the record of business after the ...


One Matters Discipleship Award—AC2018

One Matters Discipleship Award—AC2018

6/11/2018

The two recipients of the 2018 One Matters award at the Iowa Annual Conference Session were Manchester United Methodist Church and Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Recipients receive a $1K ministry grant. Manchester United Methodist Church successes: The attendance at the Manchester United Methodist Church continues to grow.  Our pastoral ...


Special offerings—AC2018

Special offerings—AC2018

6/11/2018

These are still ‘tentative’ numbers pending cleared checks, etc.:   Retirement Service (Sat Afternoon): Nigerian Students - $6,612.50 New Faith Communities (Sat PM): $7,134.18 Mental Health (Sun AM): $8,539.84 Bishop’s Fit Walk (Sun AM): $575.00 Diakonos (Mon AM): $9,197.67 * The Diakonos will contribute 15% of the offering to the Hunter Williams ...


Keep a Grip on Hope—Memorial service AC2018

Keep a Grip on Hope—Memorial service AC2018

6/10/2018

If we remember amid life’s laments that God's steadfast love and mercies never end, we can still have hope.  This was the message brought by Bishop Bruce Ough to the Memorial Service at the 2018 Annual Conference Session. The lamentations will come in this life, Ough said, but if we remember God’s promise and persevere in sharing Him with the ...


Alignment Team report—AC2018

Alignment Team report—AC2018

6/10/2018

Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle updated the 2018 Annual Conference Session Saturday on the Aligning Resources Team's work for the Healthy Conference Initiative (HCI) component of the Conference's Strategic Priorities. The Iowa Conference has been on a journey towards greater health for the past several years, he explained.  "From the adoption of our ...


Black College Fund report—AC2018

Black College Fund report—AC2018

6/10/2018

Rev. David Glenn-Burns introduced Brittani Levine from Claflin College in South Carolina, saying the recipients of the Black College Funds are the young leaders and voices of our future. Levine gave the Black College Fund report on Sunday afternoon of the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference session.  "I bring you greetings on behalf of Dr. Cynthia Bond ...


Board of Pensions report—AC2018

Board of Pensions report—AC2018

6/10/2018

The 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session Board of Pensions report was given by Dave Peterson, vice-chair of the Board of Pensions and pastor at Clear Lake UMC, Clear Lake, Iowa.   “Assets in our Pension Funds are higher than our liabilities,” Peterson said. “As of January 1, 2017, our liabilities are funded at 105%.”   When the churches pay 15% of ...


Cokesbury report—AC2018

Cokesbury report—AC2018

6/10/2018

Lindsay Drake, board member of The United Methodist Publishing House gave the report from Cokesbury. Brian Milford, President/CEO of the UM Publishing House, Robert Dean, Cokesbury Conference Resource Consultant for the Iowa UMC and Romper the River Otter puppet joined Drake in her presentation.   “Cokesbury can serve you in several ways: online at...


Filling the truck, giving hope

Filling the truck, giving hope

6/10/2018

By Morgan Frideres Midwest Mission is seeing the largest year of donations from Annual Conference attendees in the past three years, according to Stan Lowrey, a volunteer coordinator. The truck, parked in the North lot of the Iowa Event Center, is packed full with donations from across the state.   Lowrey and his wife, Jennie, have been associated...


God is the Potter who molds us—Ordering service AC2018

God is the Potter who molds us—Ordering service AC2018

6/10/2018

God is the potter who continually molds us to reflect his grace, love, and hope, Bishop Laurie Haller told those gathered for Sunday's Ordering of Ministry service.   And it is in being His creation that we can find purpose and the beauty of our individual “Gloria.”   The Iowa Annual Conference ordained five elders at the 2018 Annual Conference ...


Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School graduates—AC2018

Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School graduates—AC2018

6/10/2018

Arnette Pint, Dean of the Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School, was excited to celebrate this year’s graduates Sunday evening at AC2018. The school met from May 12 – 18, 2018 at the Shalom Center in Dubuque, Iowa.  Twenty-nine students attended and graduated, 18 of whom answered the call from the Iowa Annual Conference. They also challenged ...


Iowa UM Camps report—AC2018

Iowa UM Camps report—AC2018

6/10/2018

Bryan Johnson shared with Annual Conference Session attendees Saturday morning about what it means to have an "Adventure of a Lifetime" with the Iowa United Methodist Camp Program.  Drawing from this year's camping theme, Johnson illustrated the fruit born by United Methodist camps, also sharing potential significant changes in the camp program's ...


New Faith Communities report—AC2018

New Faith Communities report—AC2018

6/10/2018

  Rev. Bill Poland reported on New Faith Communities for the Annual Conference Session on Saturday. Poland spoke in his new role as Director of New Communities of Faith, part of the Healthy Conference Initiative (HCI) piece of the Conference's Strategic Priorities.    Poland is working with Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson as the new Director of ...


Rev. Jerry Oakland 'energized' by Annual Conference

Rev. Jerry Oakland 'energized' by Annual Conference

6/10/2018

The following is a transcript of a conversation between Rev. Jerry Oakland, Transitional Director of Connectional Ministries, and Rev. Dr. Art McClanahan, Director of Communications. Art and Jerry talk about the first half of Saturday at Annual Conference 2018, and what conference means to Jerry. The full conversation can be viewed in the video ...


Sunday legislation—AC2018

Sunday legislation—AC2018

6/10/2018

Two editorial amendments to ACTION ITEM #601 pertaining to the Board of Pensions Health Insurance Plan were approved, the amendments for points of clarity. An amendment to ACTION ITEM #601 was passed in a vote of 844-16. ACTION ITEM #601 was approved as amended by an 841-15 vote.         ACTION ITEM #115 was approved in an 870-19 vote. ACTION ITEM ...


Treasurer's report—AC2018

Treasurer's report—AC2018

6/10/2018

There are many things happening in the Iowa Annual Conference, Conference Treasurer Maggie Biggs said in her address before the 2018 Annual Conference Session, "some of them very hopeful, some of them causing anxiety." "But I remind myself that God is working in all our lives to help make our local churches, our conference, and our world a better ...


A holy conferencing, not a kind of arguing conferencing

A holy conferencing, not a kind of arguing conferencing

6/9/2018

Kinnick Driscoll gave the benediction at the close of the AC2018 Episcopal Address. Kinnick—Kid Pastor at Broadway United Methodist Church in Council Bluffs—told Bishop Laurie, "I will pray my very best prayer!" "Dear God, thank you for leading us down the road here. Thank you for our worship day and night. Thank you for making this a holy ...


A new perspective—Workshops AC2018

A new perspective—Workshops AC2018

6/9/2018

Participants broke out into smaller groups for workshops to further explore different topics including mental health, discipleship, Justice For Our Neighbors, benefits and mission education.  Two different workshops discussed mental health—a topic becoming increasingly important.  One workshop gathered people in small circles to have ...


A new way to do missions—Mission Education AC2018

A new way to do missions—Mission Education AC2018

6/9/2018

The team for “In Mission Together,” the Iowa Annual Conference’s new mission model, presented the upcoming changes Saturday morning at the 2018 Annual Conference Session. A group led by Judy Marnin, Iowa's In Mission Together Advocate, explained via a skit and testimonies how the “In Mission Together” model differs from the previous Rainbow ...


Council on Finance and Administration report—AC2018

Council on Finance and Administration report—AC2018

6/9/2018

The concept of Covenant can’t be done half-way, Rev. Jon Disburg, said the during the Saturday installment of the 2018 Annual Conference Session, and it extends to the Conference Budget and apportionments.   The president of the Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) and pastor for Ottumwa First United Methodist Church explained that unpaid ...


Everything to hope, little to fear—Episcopal Address AC2018

Everything to hope, little to fear—Episcopal Address AC2018

6/9/2018

  Kinnick Driscoll from Broadway UMC did the benediction for the Opening Worship and Episcopal Address at AC2018. Read his prayer here. Truly one of God's difference-makers in the making! Watch Bishop Laurie's Episcopal Address Bishop Laurie Haller opened the 2018 Annual Conference Session with an Episcopal Address that challenged the ...


Failing Boldly—Teaching session AC2018

Failing Boldly—Teaching session AC2018

6/9/2018

Church work is hard, Rev. Christian Coon told members of the Iowa Annual Conference Saturday afternoon at the Annual Conference Session. And sometimes via failure when trying new things in church ministry, we can still be an instrument of the Lord  Coon is the co-founder of Urban Village Church in Chicago and author of Failing Boldly: How Falling ...


Saturday Legislation at AC2018

Saturday Legislation at AC2018

6/9/2018

Members in attendance of the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session voted to schedule the two subsequent Annual Conference Sessions; June 8-June 11, 2019, and June 6-June 8, 2020. A vote was taken Saturday morning to suspend the rules for voting on a corrected ballot concerning a Constitutional Amendment from the 2016 General Conference. The results ...


The Recognition of Retirement Service—AC2018

The Recognition of Retirement Service—AC2018

6/9/2018

Retirement is just another transition, Rev. LaTonya Calderon told 2018 retirees at this year’s Annual Conference Session. At first, Calderon had planned to use a theme for her Recognition of Retirement address posing the question to retires of “Where are you going?” But she said after thinking more about it, it was more fitting to convey that this...


Young adults called to ministry

Young adults called to ministry

6/9/2018

By: Morgan Frideres   It’s hard enough being a college student. Many young adults are also exploring their call to ministry in the United Methodist Church—and they need your support.  Lewis Cox, an upcoming junior at Simpson, didn’t realize his call right away.  “I always thought that had to be a burning bush moment or God speaking through a ...


Laity Session kicks off AC2018

Laity Session kicks off AC2018

6/8/2018

The Laity Session kicked off the opening night of 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Friday, promoting inspiration and friendship among lay conference attendees.   “It is so good to be together as the Laity of the United Methodist Church in Iowa,” Iowa Annual Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen told the laity at the Conference.    Those gathered first ...


'Loving God and loving each other'; Conversation with Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie

'Loving God and loving each other'; Conversation with Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie

6/7/2018

In the latest edition of the Conference Conversations Podcast, Rev. Dr. Art McClanahan sat down with Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie. Gillespie is the Dean of the Bishop's Appointive Cabinet and outgoing North Central District Superintendent. He will be beginning his work as Assistant to the Bishop in the fall.   To listen to the full conversation ...


Guidelines for Petitions submitted to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Guidelines for Petitions submitted to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session

6/7/2018

Guidelines for Petitions submitted to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session Related to the Proposals of the Council of Bishops Regarding a “Way Forward” For The United Methodist Church   Persons or groups seeking Iowa Annual Conference endorsement of petitions to the 2019 General Conference must submit the petition in electronic form to the Iowa ...


Can't attend AC2018? Watch it Live instead!

Can't attend AC2018? Watch it Live instead!

6/6/2018

The live-stream of the annual conference session will appear on the home page of the website (www.iaumc.org) on Friday at noon and will continue to be available there for the run of the Conference.  The live-stream will be up for all the hours that the Conference is gathered in plenary session as well as for the laity session on Friday evening ...


Iowa Events Center works to create convenient access to AC2018

Iowa Events Center works to create convenient access to AC2018

6/6/2018

Access to Northeast door will be available during AC2018 Although the Iowa Events Center has closed the sidewalk between the North parking lot and the Northeast door due to construction and repair on the building, access through the Northeast door will be available. For convenient access to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference, the Iowa Events Center ...


Laity Session at AC2018—inspiration and friendship

Laity Session at AC2018—inspiration and friendship

6/6/2018

Laity Session will be Friday, June 8 beginning at 7:00 p.m. This will be a time to meet friends old and new, be inspired, learn, sing and pray together.  The evening will begin with a special presentation from Bishop Laurie. Look forward to hearing her words of inspiration and grace, meeting the Board of Laity, and congratulating the new ...


Treasurer Maggie Biggs looking forward to Annual Conference

Treasurer Maggie Biggs looking forward to Annual Conference

6/6/2018

The following is a transcript of the Iowa Conference Conversations Podcast featuring Maggie Biggs, Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, and Communications Director Rev. Dr. Art McClanahan. Art:  Maggie Biggs is the Iowa Annual Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services. Maggie this third Annual  ...


Bishop Laurie on preparing for Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie on preparing for Annual Conference

6/5/2018

Communications Director Rev. Arthur McClanahan sat down with Bishop Laurie Haller during her preparations for Annual Conference. The following is a transcript of their conversation together. If you wish to join Bishop Laurie in her spiritual preparations before the conference begins, you may use the scriptures for the Retirement Service, Memorial ...


Annual Conference 2018 begins Friday night

Annual Conference 2018 begins Friday night

6/4/2018

The 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session begins Friday night. Gathering under the banner of “Creating Difference Makers – In New Communities of Faith,” the 175th Iowa Annual Conference feature a teaching session by Rev. Christian Coon, Lead Pastor of the Urban Village United Methodist Church in Chicago, worship sermons by Rev. LaTonya Calderon ...


Rev. Bob Burkhart reflects on the Annual Conference

Rev. Bob Burkhart reflects on the Annual Conference

6/4/2018

Why do we have annual conference? I spoke with Rev. Bob Burkhart, Interim Assistant to the Bishop for Administration to ask him that very question, along with what can we expect and what it means to him. Here’s our conversation… -Dr. Arthur McClanahan   Art: The 2018 Annual Conference begins this Friday. What is an annual conference? Bob: Annual ...


Retiree Reflections

Retiree Reflections

5/29/2018

  Some of the 2018 retiring clergy reflect on their time in ministry. A Retirement Celebration will be held during Annual Conference on Saturday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Iowa Events Center. The service will be led by Rev. LaTonya Calderon with an offering giving to Nigerian Students studying at Iowa colleges.     Barbara Krueger "My road to...


Statement from Bishop Laurie about the Called 2019 General Conference and the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference

Statement from Bishop Laurie about the Called 2019 General Conference and the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference

5/29/2018

May 29, 2018 Dear Friends, You may have heard that our United Methodist Judicial Council met last week. Their purpose was to consider a request from the Council of Bishops for a declaratory decision on whether petitions inconsistent with the Bishops’ own report could be considered at the Special General Conference, set for Feb. 23-26, 2019, in ...


New Way to be current at AC2018

New Way to be current at AC2018

5/25/2018

The Communications Office is excited to announce a new feature to make this year's annual conference easier to navigate: the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Sched App. The Sched App (short for schedule) contains everything you need to know about AC2018, from workshops and meal break events to worship times and offerings. You can even create your own ...


AC2018 - Creating Difference Makers in New Communities of Faith

AC2018 - Creating Difference Makers in New Communities of Faith

3/3/2018

Creating Difference Makers in New Communities of Faith is the theme for the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference session where lay and clergy will gather for the three-day event will be held at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The 175th annual yearly meeting will feature powerful preaching, inspiring singing, informative teaching sessions, ...