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The pandemic changed VBS but it remains “wonderful and amazing”

The pandemic changed VBS but it remains “wonderful and amazing”

7/30/2021
Last summer if you walked into almost any Iowa United Methodist Church it would have been silent. This summer, the music, laughter, and games are back with Vacation Bible School.   Churches had to make some changes this year by distancing groups, extra cleaning, and moving activities outside.   “We did miss last year due to the pandemic, but this year was truly Spirit-led as things fell back into place very quickly and smoothly,” said Pastor Darin Feikema of St Charles Parish. “VBS was designed ...

DMPCC: Group for Religious Professionals Transitioning into Retirement

DMPCC: Group for Religious Professionals Transitioning into Retirement

7/29/2021
VIRTUAL GROUP VIA ZOOM REGISTER BY AUGUST 24 REGISTER AT https://dmpcc.org/onthebrink/     PROGRAM Retiring from active religious and spiritual leadership evokes many emotions–dread, joy, fear, anxiety, excitement…Questions arise: “How will I find meaning and purpose?” “What is my call now?”  “How do I adapt to all of the changes that aging brings?”  “How do I share my spiritual gifts while maintaining healthy boundaries?”   Utilizing Parker Palmer’s book, “On the Brink of Everything:  Grace,...

DMPCC: Pastoral Care Specialist Program

DMPCC: Pastoral Care Specialist Program

7/29/2021
Pastoral Care Specialist Program IN-PERSON CLASS REGISTER BUY SEPTEMBER 1 This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.   Learn more at: htt...

Abiding in Exile - Bad Bread 07/29/2021

Abiding in Exile - Bad Bread 07/29/2021

7/26/2021
  With today’s post, we welcome Nathaniel Mason to our Exile Project writers’ team! Nate is an LLP serving Booneville and Maple Grove United Methodist Churches on the west edge of the Des Moines metro. You might remember Nate from his time as the Leadership Development Minister for Young Adult and Generational Ministries (2013-2015) for the Iowa Annual Conference. When not engaged in ministry, Nate is busy pursuing his other callings of cooking and being a fun dad to his two young children. ...

Mission Education Team update

Mission Education Team update

7/26/2021
The Mission Education Committee has a new leader in Sue Hattel of Dubuque. Sue will serve as the chair of this committee and as the Iowa Conference Secretary for Global Ministries. She had held this position about 12 years ago so with her interest in mission is willing to assume this role again. Sue is a laywoman who attends St. Luke’s UMC in her home city. The contact information for Sue is: shattel220@aol.com, 563-599-4497. In Mission Together (IMT) is the new mission focus of the Iowa ...

Jason Moore event offered encouragement, ideas

Jason Moore event offered encouragement, ideas

7/23/2021
The Offices of Clergy and Congregational Excellence hosted Jason Moore's two-day workshop, "Worship in the Post Pandemic World." About 80-100 individuals and church groups joined during the two-day event. "I am thankful for the workshops with Jason Moore, who brought his insight, engagement, and experience as a seasoned professional with worship, hospitality, and online ministry," said Rev. Ryan Christenson, Associate Director for Congregational Excellence. "His four workshops over two days ...

Abiding in Exile - Unfamiliar Terrain 07/22/2021

Abiding in Exile - Unfamiliar Terrain 07/22/2021

7/21/2021
By: Nan Smith Unfamiliar Terrain I can still remember the reply I was given, when I first pitched my wilderness trip idea to the pastor of the church.  I said “how about you and I take a canoe trip with high school girls into the wilderness lakes and woods of northern Minnesota?”  She quipped back that maybe she better bring the Book of Worship just in case some of us didn’t make it back out and we needed a service. Heading into the wilderness isn’t for the faint of heart, but intentionally ...

Abiding in Exile - 07/15/21 - The Mystery of God

Abiding in Exile - 07/15/21 - The Mystery of God

7/15/2021
Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon   The Mystery of God Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon Something you probably do not know about me is that I love murder mysteries. While my daughter Laurel and son in law Kenny were staying with me before they moved to California in June, we watched Knives Out on Amazon Prime. It’s a great who-dun-it that takes place in a big mansion and Detective Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig with a Kentucky accent) must sort out all the family members and staff while ...

AC2021 Ordering of Ministry Service

AC2021 Ordering of Ministry Service

7/12/2021
At this year's Ordering of Ministry Service, held at Ankeny First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center on July 10, Bishop Laurie Haller ordained eight elders, commissioned two provisional members, commissioned one deaconess, recognized two transfers of membership, and two Course of Study graduates. Newly Ordained Elders: Christopher Eric Childs Lucas Stephen Richard Fillmore Jennifer Lynn Hibben Mark Richard Johnson Jaeseong Lee Ryan Mohan Russell Trevor Joe Vaughn, and Brian Edward ...

New Riverview Park District Administrative Assistant Hired

New Riverview Park District Administrative Assistant Hired

7/9/2021
The Iowa Annual Conference is happy to announce that Amy Keenan has been hired as the new Riverview Park District Administrative Assistant.  Keenan began her work with the conference in mid-June. Previously, she served as the Administrative Assistant and Financial Coordinator at the Grinnell United Methodist Church for four years. "I grew up in Kellogg and have been a member of the Kellogg United Methodist Church my whole life," she said. "I am married to Brandon Keenan and we have three ...

Simpson becomes nation’s third college to align with Reconciling Ministries Network

Simpson becomes nation’s third college to align with Reconciling Ministries Network

7/9/2021
Simpson becomes nation’s third college to align with Reconciling Ministries Network United Methodist-affiliated college asserts commitment to diversity and inclusion   INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Simpson College Board of Trustees on May 14, 2021, voted to affiliate the College with Reconciling Ministries Network, a nonprofit organization seeking the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in both the policy and practices of the United Methodist Church. The decision to ...

Abiding in Exile - Post-Pandemic Perceived Rejection 07/08/2021

Abiding in Exile - Post-Pandemic Perceived Rejection 07/08/2021

7/7/2021
By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott   I wonder if your body is as confused as mine has been, of late, about what to do with itself around other human beings.    Some of you are probably avoiding the confusion by maintaining a pretty rigid “no-touch” zone, even now. And some of you are thinking, “What? Those worries are so 2020!”    For the rest of us, confusion reigns.    Take, for instance, the question of handshakes. Do you or don’t you take that other person’s offered hand, or extend your own? After ...

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN

7/1/2021
 July 1, 2021   To: The Elected Delegates of the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church   From: The North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops   On the matter of a special session of the North Central Jurisdiction   In accordance with ¶521.1 and ¶521.3 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021 in Fort Wayne, ...

Abiding in Exile - 07/01/2021 - That Still Point

Abiding in Exile - 07/01/2021 - That Still Point

7/1/2021
That Still Point By: Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon With today’s post, we welcome Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon to the writing team for Abiding in Exile. Many of you know Mary from her twenty years of service through the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling. She now serves as senior pastor at Collegiate UMC and Wesley Foundation in Ames. A more complete bio and photo is available at our writer page. When I lived in California, many years ago now, a friend of mine took several people out on a sailboat. We...

A pastoral letter for the Fourth of July 2021

A pastoral letter for the Fourth of July 2021

7/1/2021
A Pastoral Letter for the Fourth of July 2021 To the saints in Iowa:  Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Fourth of July holiday marks the time when summer moves into high gear in the U.S. Families go on vacation, outdoor activities beckon, and we connect with neighbors and friends. As we give thanks for the freedom and privileges that many of us enjoy in America, we also acknowledge that millions of people in our country and around the world do not even have the...

Health-Full Minute: Well-Being Programs for our Ministry Personnel

Health-Full Minute: Well-Being Programs for our Ministry Personnel

6/29/2021
Written by Kae Tritle, RN, Conference Wellness Coordinator As we move into a new conference year, I would like to high-light our Well-Being programs that are available to our clergy, spouses, and conference employees.  Virgin Pulse Activity Program  Virgin Pulse is available to conference employees, all clergy and their spouses. It is a web-based activity program that helps you earn rewards for enhancing your fitness and overall wellness through the digital tracking of physical activities, ...

Funeral Service Details for Rev. Herbert Edward Palmer

Funeral Service Details for Rev. Herbert Edward Palmer

6/28/2021
Please keep Bishop Gregory V. & Mrs. Cynthia Palmer and their family in your prayers as they mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Rev. Herbert E. Palmer, our former Bishop’s father. From the Council of Bishops: IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS "May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace." Psalm 29:11   We continue to hold Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and his family in our thoughts and prayers upon the passing of his father, the Reverend Herbert Edward Palmer....

Remembering Lucille Morgan Wilson

Remembering Lucille Morgan Wilson

6/28/2021
Lucille Elizabeth Morgan Wilson, 95, passed away June 21, 2021 at Bright Kavanagh House in Des Moines, Iowa. Many will remember her from her 35 years of service to the Iowa Annual Conference, and others from her 74-year membership of Wesley United Methodist Church where she held several positions. Lucille was the recipient of the Interfaith Service Award by the Des Moines Area Religious Council in 1996. She earned numerous awards in various state and national poetry competitions and had several...

Iowa Annual Conference AC2021 Report

Iowa Annual Conference AC2021 Report

6/25/2021
"It’s been quite a year and a half, hasn’t it? Never could you and I have imagined what our life would be like on June 5, 2021," said Bishop Laurie Haller in her Episcopal Address and Opening Worship on the first day of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church's 2021 annual session.   Bishop Laurie went on to recall her and everyone's naivete in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, "What have we learned over the past fifteen months? If nothing else, we are more convinced ...

Hope delivered to South Sudanese Mabaan

Hope delivered to South Sudanese Mabaan

6/24/2021
Story submitted by Beverly Nolte. Photos and video by Pastor Aaron Limmo. The Greater Mabaan Community led by Idris Kegi, reviewed the Flood Relief Report submitted by Pastor Aaron Limmo who returned from Juba, South Sudan on May 25, 2021. The Iowa Conference had raised $27,347 to assist villagers in Mabaan County, located in Upper Nile State which suffered from yearly flooding. An Iowa flood relief committee had started fund raising efforts in 2019 but were stymied by the COVID pandemic in ...

People of God Campaign Invites Members to #BeUMC

People of God Campaign Invites Members to #BeUMC

6/24/2021
United Methodist Communications FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2021  Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist Communications, in collaboration with other denominational leaders, is building on the People of God campaign, launched in 2020. The addition of a new hashtag and call-to-action – #BeUMC – invites church members to embody the church’s values, embrace its aspirations, and remain with The United Methodist Church even in difficult times. The People of God campaign celebrates key attributes that ...

Abiding in Exile - 06/23/2021 - Florida in July

Abiding in Exile - 06/23/2021 - Florida in July

6/23/2021
Florida in July By: Nan Smith I am taking a little time away this summer. I have been asked to join my daughter and her family for a week of vacation. Our destination is a beach, specifically a beach in Florida, in southern Florida, in July. At this point, I’m guessing that all of you are wishing you were taking this very same trip!  Actually, every person I have mentioned this vacation to has responded in a similar manner. Something like - “Really? Florida? July? You know it’s going to be hot!”...

#StillinMission featuring Rev. Doug Williams

#StillinMission featuring Rev. Doug Williams

6/18/2021
Rev. Douglas Williams, a former clergyman from the Iowa Conference, has been serving as a United Methodist Missionary in Argentina. Williams has many friends and supporting churches in Iowa and was here in 2018 for itineration. Due to Covid-19 and the travel bans, he has been unable to return to visit his supporting churches.  Now there is an opportunity to meet with him in a program from Global Ministries called “#StillinMission.” These are monthly episodes that feature United Methodist ...

2021 MLK Waterloo Freedom Bus Tour

2021 MLK Waterloo Freedom Bus Tour

6/18/2021
Waterloo Freedom Bus TourSM Presenting Sponsor ALLEN COLLEGE  November 8 - 12, 2021 Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma Cost $399/person Please make checks/money orders out to MLK New Jerusalem  with MLK Freedom Bus Tour in the memo line For more information and registration for the trip, please contact Shelly Burch or Abraham L Funchess at 319-291-4441 Participants engage in a week-long journey exploring iconic human and civil rights spaces in Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery, and ...

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

6/18/2021
On May 25 Pastor Aaron Limmo returned from South Sudan. His task was to receive the $27,347  raised by Iowa United Methodists for flood relief. During the traumatic time of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the generosity of Iowans these funds were given to help humanitarian efforts.  In 2019 the Indian Ocean Dipole caused severe flooding in the Upper Nile State area where Mabaan County is located. The Iowa Mabaan Community asked the Iowa Conference UMC to help address flood relief efforts. ...

North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Grants

North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Grants

6/18/2021
The NCJ Mission Council is once again opening its grant process. The information and grant applications can be found on the NCJ website by clicking here. Agencies and groups are encouraged to investigate and apply for a grant. All applications should be completed by September 1, 2021. If you have questions, email Jim Searls, the NCJ Communications Coordinator, at ncjumc@gmail.com. 

Juneteenth National Independence Day

Juneteenth National Independence Day

6/17/2021
President Joe Biden signed legislation into law on Thursday, June 17, 2021, officially marking June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, which will now be a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.   Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration marking the end of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended...

Abiding in Exile - The Bittersweet Dream of an Immigrant Family in America  06/17/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Bittersweet Dream of an Immigrant Family in America 06/17/2021

6/16/2021
This week’s reflection is a guest post from Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon, Conference Superintendent for the Central/Riverview Park District since 2016. We are grateful for his reflections, especially in light of recent violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—the news of which can seem to erase the details of individual experience. The Bittersweet Dream of an Immigrant Family in America By: Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon I grew up in South Korea. My wife, Anne, and I, as students, came to San ...

Board of Pensions Report - AC2021

Board of Pensions Report - AC2021

6/15/2021
Board of Pensions Report Script Dave Peterson Today, as we reflect on 2020 and look forward to the coming year, I’ll share information regarding:    PENSION/RETIREMENT Utilization of the Board of Pension COVID Assistance Programs The Board of Pension funding report for the pension and retirement plans  HEALTH INSURANCE/WELL-BEING A look back on the 2020 health insurance and what we can reasonably expect for 2022 A Wellness Report highlighting the Naturally Slim pilot program of 2020 ...

Recognition of Campus Ministries - AC2021

Recognition of Campus Ministries - AC2021

6/15/2021
During the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session, Bishop Laurie Haller recognized the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, Rev. Julie Poulson, the board's new chairperson, for taking a very active leadership of the board during the past year.  "I am proud of our United Methodist campus ministries. They each have a long and very effective legacy of spiritual care for their campus for students, staff, and faculty," said Bishop Laurie. Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten directs the Wesley Foundation ...

Legislative Report - AC2021

Legislative Report - AC2021

6/14/2021
During the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference, only two items were removed from the action calendars, items 101 and 211. Rev. Carolyn Bitner proposed an amendment to Action item #101 so that the location of the annual conference session is recommended at least two years in advance when feasible. This was approved as amended by the body. Rev. Lee Schott made an amendment for Action Item #211. “In 2004 action by the Annual Conference Session created this pool of funding to support hands-on ministry and...

Treasurer's & Council on Finance and Administration Reports - AC2021

Treasurer's & Council on Finance and Administration Reports - AC2021

6/13/2021
Treasurer's Report Script Maggie Bigg: Good morning! My name is Maggie Biggs and I am the Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services for the Iowa Annual Conference. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning.    Today I’d like to present some information on how the Conference ended the year 2020 in terms of income and expenses as well as how our local churches did in contributing to our connectional community.    I’ll go over the annual statistical data, update you on the Conference’s PPP ...

Resolutions for the Closed Churches - AC2021

Resolutions for the Closed Churches - AC2021

6/11/2021
Bishop Laurie Haller offered a prayer before the Resolutions for Closed Churches were read and affirmed at the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference's final day, saying, "O God, as in your great goodness you have blessed the many ministries carried on by these congregations in their buildings, so now, and in the days and years to come, we pray that you may greatly bless your many ministries in your ongoing Church. Bless those persons who have worshipped in these Church's buildings and will now be ...

Abiding in Exile - On Not Getting What You Deserve 06/10/2021

Abiding in Exile - On Not Getting What You Deserve 06/10/2021

6/10/2021
By Katie Kennedy On Not Getting What You Deserve? This may come as a shock to you, but I’m not always right. It’s certainly always a shock to me. It reminds me of when Abraham Lincoln disagreed with Ulysses S. Grant’s tactics for taking Vicksburg, the fortress on the Mississippi that would be key to a Union victory in the Civil War. Grant took full responsibility for whatever happened but said he was going forward with his plan. After he took Vicksburg, Lincoln wrote him a short letter that has ...

Bishop’s Operational Team and Reimagining CCMC Report - AC2021

Bishop’s Operational Team and Reimagining CCMC Report - AC2021

6/10/2021
Bishop's Operational Team Report Script Barrie Tritle: This Pandemic year has brought us all challenges we never imagined and has called us all to focus on being adaptive in our ministry and to truly become inventive in how we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Adaptive issues which the conference faces, have been the focus of our team since our inception.  Looking back to the 2017 Dream Team report to the Annual Conference we find an outline and explanation for the need of the conference ...

The Memorial Service - AC2021

The Memorial Service - AC2021

6/10/2021
  Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT) After this, I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne     and from the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before ...

Antiracism Task Force Team Report - AC2021

Antiracism Task Force Team Report - AC2021

6/9/2021
Video Transcript: Hello, My name is Lanette Plambeck and I am your Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence here in the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. And I am Lisa Steel Director of Ministerial Service & Journal Editor. In a few moments, you will hear reflections from members of the Iowa Conference Antiracism Team regarding our charge given at our formation last summer, which has guided our work this past year. Much of this work has been held within our group as we grew ...

Bishop Laurie's Message for Laity Session - AC2021

Bishop Laurie's Message for Laity Session - AC2021

6/9/2021
Bishop Laurie's Sermon Script from Laity Session: Grace and peace to each one of you. I am honored to be able to share a few words of encouragement at the beginning of your annual Laity Session at the Annual Conference. Let’s pray. Dear God, we are at the start of another annual conference, and we thank you for the privilege of being able to participate virtually. We are grateful for those who have taught us how to connect with one another electronically, and we rejoice in the new and ...

The Episcopal Address - AC2021

The Episcopal Address - AC2021

6/9/2021
"It’s been quite a year and a half, hasn’t it? Never could you and I have imagined what our life would be like on June 5, 2021," said Bishop Laurie Haller in her Episcopal Address and Opening Worship on the first day of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church's 2021 annual session. Full Worship Service | Episcopal Address | Episcopal Address Script | Worship Bulletin Bishop Laurie went on to recall her and everyone's naivete in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying, "...

The Recognition of Retirement Service - AC2021

The Recognition of Retirement Service - AC2021

6/9/2021
"When I got the call asking me to preach the retirement worship service, I immediately began asking God, 'What is the word that you have for us today?'" said Rev. Julie Poulsen on June 5, 2021, during the Recognition of Retirement Service. "I thought, and I prayed, and I waited, and soon the words came to me. 'Thank you for loving my people.' I was a little surprised that it was thank you!" Retirement Service to download   | Retirement Service Worship Bulletin Poulsen joins the retirement ...

AC2021 Episcopal Address and Opening Worship

AC2021 Episcopal Address and Opening Worship

6/4/2021
AC2021 Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Full Worship Service Episcopal Address Episcopal Address Script Worship Bulletin

Abiding in Exile - No More Helping 06/03/2021

Abiding in Exile - No More Helping 06/03/2021

6/3/2021
By Lee Roorda Schott  No More Helpin I’ve about had it with people trying to help me through this “unprecedented time.”   I first felt this way in March and April of 2020, when it seemed like every other e-mail was trying to describe the heavy impact of the pandemic, or to help me through its ravages. I was invited to sign up for webinars that would offer mental health support, and others designed for clergy like me who were trying to adapt to the new online world, and to every other changed ...

Important 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Zoom and Voting Credential Emails

Important 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Zoom and Voting Credential Emails

6/1/2021
Dear Members of The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church,   Zoom Webinar Link and Passcode Email All members of the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session have been emailed a confirmation titled, “Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Legislative Session, Pre-Conference Orientation Sessions, and Town Hall Confirmation.”  It contains directions, a link, and a passcode to join the Zoom Webinar. This link is the one you will use for the Pre-Conference Orientations, Town Hall, and the Iowa ...

A Prayer for the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference

A Prayer for the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference

6/1/2021
O Creator and Redeemer God, in a few days we will gather in your presence and as your faithful disciples at the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference. In 1744, your servants John and Charles Wesley first met with a few clergy to consider how they should proceed to save their own souls and those who heard them. They quickly agreed to invite the lay preachers who were in the house to join them. 277 years later, ever-renewing God, you are still bringing us together as United Methodists every year — all ...

Prayer Request for Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado, District Superintendent of the Pictured Rocks District

Prayer Request for Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado, District Superintendent of the Pictured Rocks District

5/27/2021
Dear Friends in Christ,   I write to you today with a prayer request. Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado, District Superintendent of the Pictured Rocks District, is schedule for triple bypass surgery tomorrow. Please keep Moody, son John, and his extended family in your prayers as he undergoes this procedure and for his recovery. Moody is a faithful and exuberant servant of God. He offers his entire self to the ministry and mission of Jesus Christ to which he has been called. Pray with me, as I pray:   ...

Abiding in Exile - Imagine 05/27/2021

Abiding in Exile - Imagine 05/27/2021

5/27/2021
By Nan Smith Imagine Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.  1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 (NRSV)   I remember it was a chilly November day, the clouds hanging heavy in the sky, looking like they would break into rain or snow at a moment’s notice. We were picking our way through a harvested cornfield filled with stubble and clods of soil.  It was tough walking. We stopped on the crest of a hill, gazing down at the land below - harvested ...

Watch the May 23 Town Hall Meeting

Watch the May 23 Town Hall Meeting

5/27/2021
Watch the full Town Hall meeting from May 23, 2021 for important updates about this year's Annual Conference legislation and reports.    

Abiding in Exile - The Forgiveness Process 05/20/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Forgiveness Process 05/20/2021

5/20/2021
By Eric Rucker The Forgiveness Process I was commuting to work the other day, listening to worship music, and to my surprise I started to cry. I’m not a frequent crier, so you can imagine how surprised I was that my crying continued through the whole drive; and then continued during my therapy session that afternoon; and then continued on my commute home that evening!    Tears are sometimes a mysterious thing, and it’s often hard for me to reduce the explanation of my tears to one feeling or ...

2021 Iowa Annual Conference Virtual Town Hall Meeting

2021 Iowa Annual Conference Virtual Town Hall Meeting

5/19/2021
The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference (IAC) Virtual Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday, May 23, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It will be held by Zoom Webinar. Lay and clergy members for the Town Hall will use the same login as the 2021 IAC Session, which will be emailed to you before the session. The Town Hall will be livestreamed and recorded for all local churches and members to watch and be informed.    The purpose of the Town Hall is for boards, agencies, and committees to share important information ...

United Methodist Women Connection for May 2021

United Methodist Women Connection for May 2021

5/19/2021
Vol. XXXI, No. 2     |     May 2021   Subscribe today to receive quarterly news from the Iowa UMW 2021 District Officers 2021 Iowa Mission Today Report Form President Words Matter I have been working hard as your President these past five months on communication. My goal is that all communication that comes out from the United Methodist Women in Iowa is guided with our Purpose in mind. That our communication be open, available to all, honest but respectful and framed in “Knowing God”. I...

AC2021 Nominations and Conference Ballot

AC2021 Nominations and Conference Ballot

5/19/2021
Persons interested in being nominated for open positions (listed on the right side of the ballot), need to submit the LEADERSHIP POOL FORM by May 29, 2021, or email barb.oakland@iaumc.org. District nominations teams will consider the nomination and add new information for the June 5, 2021 ballot. Nominations reflect only open positions as of July 1, 2021  Proposed Nominations from the floor for REPLACEMENT NOMINEES need to be cleared with the Conference Nominations Coordinating Committee by ...

Pray for Pastor Olivia Fabros and her son, Siegfried

Pray for Pastor Olivia Fabros and her son, Siegfried

5/14/2021
Friends in Christ,   We recently received word from Rev. Olivia Fabros that her son, Siegfried, is scheduled for surgery on May 21. With the time zone difference, the surgery will most likely begin on Thursday, May 20 CDT.   Her son’s heart condition has been described as a valvular disease including severe mitral regurgitation, prolapsed posterior mitral value.    You may remember that Pastor Olivia shared with us on May 8 that Siegfried was flown to the Southern Philippines Medical Center in ...

Bishop Laurie’s 2021 Iowa Annual Conference’s Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Service available for download on Saturday, June 5

Bishop Laurie’s 2021 Iowa Annual Conference’s Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Service available for download on Saturday, June 5

5/14/2021
Bishop Laurie’s 2021 Iowa Annual Conference’s Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Service will be available to download and use in your church after the service concludes on Saturday, June 5. You can choose to download the entire worship service or only the Episcopal Address portion video.    Please subscribe to the AC2021 Updates if you would like to receive an email on Saturday, June 5 that will have links to download the videos by clicking here: https://iaumc-email.brtapp.com/subscribe.   ...

Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7 pm

Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7 pm

5/14/2021
Iowa United Methodist Board of Laity invites all laity (not just AC members) to the Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (Music begins at 6:45.)   You will hear an inspiring message from Bishop Laurie Haller. A Conference Update will be followed by a live Q&A session with Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, incoming Assistant to the Bishop. Email your questions about what is new or changing in the conference to mmpetkewec@gmail.com OR cjnicklay@gmail.com  ...

The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual

The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual

5/14/2021
The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual (PCM) is now available for download at https://www.iaumc.org/pcm. Consistent with recent years, you will notice the PCM is much smaller and includes hyperlinks that direct you to resources on our website.   The ministry plans for Conference Missions – Programming Agencies are found on pages 21 through 44. At end of each ministry is the budget approved by the Conference Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC). This is a hyperlink and by ...

UMW Program Advisory Group held first meeting of quadrennium

UMW Program Advisory Group held first meeting of quadrennium

5/14/2021
The 2021-2024 United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group gathered via Zoom for its first annual meeting on March 11-13, 2021. This global gathering included Rita Carter representing the Iowa conference. The group members met for orientation and preparing for their work throughout the next four years. The program advisory group studies issues and prepares recommendations to the national board regarding mission priorities, mission education work, and program guidance for United Methodist Women....

Iowa Conference Re-entry team update after CDC eases guidelines for Americans fully vaccinated from COVID-19

Iowa Conference Re-entry team update after CDC eases guidelines for Americans fully vaccinated from COVID-19

5/13/2021
On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased their indoor mask-wearing guidelines for Americans who are fully vaccinated from COVID-19. A summary of the recent change said that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”    “Church leadership should determine their best...

Mabaan Flood Relief Update

Mabaan Flood Relief Update

5/13/2021
By Beverly Nolte Pastor Aaron Limmo traveled to Juba, South Sudan on Saturday, May 1, and was met by two trusted Mabaan friends who have been part of the flood relief team. Due to testing positive twice for covid, Maya Dinga was unable to travel.  With funds received through Dahabshiil on Monday, May 3, Limmo indicates that they were able to purchase items such as tents, mosquito nets, food, and charcoal while in Juba which was then sent up to Mabaan county. Due to heavy rains, they were delayed...

Annual Conference 2021 Special Offerings

Annual Conference 2021 Special Offerings

5/12/2021
CLERGY ASSISTANT FUND A special fund has been set up to assist clergy with direct financial support from the Clergy Assistance fund when a desperate need does arise. For many years, this fund has been the dedicated offering during the Clergy Session of the Iowa Annual Conferences which is only held once a year. “The Clergy Sustentation Fund is a means to tangibly care for our clergy and families in a time of need.  Your gifts become signs of hope and grace in difficult times,” said Rev. Terra ...

Abiding in Exile - The Extra Mile 05/13/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Extra Mile 05/13/2021

5/11/2021
By Priscilla Joel The Extra Mile If you happen to talk to anyone who knows me well, they would tell you that patience is not a virtue I have. It is not uncommon for me to deliver birthday and Christmas presents to my loved ones a day or two early because I am just that excited and not patient enough to wait for the right time. You may have heard the saying, “The last mile is the longest.” Whether it’s the physical metric of a mile at the end of a marathon, or the metaphorical end of a ...

Rev. LaTonya P. Calderon to become Part-time Associate Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence (ACLE) for the Iowa Conference

Rev. LaTonya P. Calderon to become Part-time Associate Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence (ACLE) for the Iowa Conference

5/10/2021
It is with great celebration we announce Rev. LaTonya P. Calderon as Part-time Associate Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence (ACLE) for the Iowa Conference. Beginning July 1, 2021, LaTonya will be serving ¾ time at Windsor Heights UMC and ¼ time in this conference role. As Associate Director, LaTonya will be a strategic partner alongside Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, who, on July 1, will become the Assistant to the Bishop while also maintaining her role and responsibilities as Director of...

Submission of Resolutions for Consideration by the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Submission of Resolutions for Consideration by the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session

5/7/2021
2021 would usually be a “resolutions year,” meaning that an Iowa Conference clergy person, lay member of a local UMC, or a local church or churches may submit resolutions to be considered by the Iowa Annual Conference Session for inclusion in the Iowa Conference Book of Resolutions.  No submissions of proposed resolutions for inclusion into the IAC Book of Resolutions were received by the December 2020 due date, as noted in the 2019 Iowa Annual Conference Book of Resolutions [link], pages 6-9.  ...

Abiding in Exile - Muscle Memory 05/06/2021

Abiding in Exile - Muscle Memory 05/06/2021

5/5/2021
By Rev Lee Roorda Schott Muscle Memory This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. --John 15.12-13 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. --1 John 4.7                                     I sat down at my piano this week for the first time in a while. A few pieces of old music were sitting there, with Debussy’s Golliwog’s ...

Why Racial Justice

Why Racial Justice

5/4/2021
10-11:30 a.m. CST, Sat., May 22 via Zoom  As Iowa United Methodist Women explore Racial Justice, we asked Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. to lead this event. His presentation is: America is Changing: #StayWoke The session will challenge the audience to examine and explore issues related to bias, privilege, supremacy and #BecomingAntiRacism.  Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference (WPC). In 2014 Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute (TPI) which engages ...

Abiding in Exile - Shifting Terrain 04/30/2021

Abiding in Exile - Shifting Terrain 04/30/2021

4/30/2021
By Nan Smith Shifting Terrain When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  John 20:19 (NRSV) I have always experienced joy when canoeing in the Boundary Water Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. It is a wilderness made up of lakes and forest. I have led newbies into this wilderness, have paddled the area with groups of close ...

UMC Bishops end 5-day meeting; clarify key decisions

UMC Bishops end 5-day meeting; clarify key decisions

4/30/2021
Dear Friends in the Iowa/Annual Conference, The Council of Bishops met virtually for five days this week to pray, worship, listen to one another, and discern God’s continued call to vital ministry and mission in The United Methodist Church. I encourage you to read the attached press release. I had the privilege of preaching to my episcopal colleagues on Wednesday morning, using the text from Colossians 1:24-2:7. In the midst of these difficult times, God is working in a mighty way through the ...

An Annual Conference 2021 update from Bishop Laurie

An Annual Conference 2021 update from Bishop Laurie

4/29/2021
To the Lay and Clergy Members of The Iowa Annual Conference, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I write this on a beautiful spring day, with warm breezes, not a cloud in the sky, and trees and shrubs beginning to bloom. Spring also reminds me that it’s time to prepare for Annual Conference, which I have attended for forty years. Annual Conference has always been a time to reconnect with friends, experience inspiring worship, and celebrate the commissioning and ...

Vida Nueva continues ministry in a new location

Vida Nueva continues ministry in a new location

4/29/2021
Transcript: God bless you.     I am Pastor Rubén Mendoza of the Vida Nueva [New Life United Methodist] Church in the north central part of Iowa.  I’ve been working here for two and a half years by the grace of God.  And we’ve had many blessings during this time.     I want to tell you first about the most recent blessing which is changing our worship site from Corwith to Kanawha.  This has been a great blessing because all the people that form a part of the church are closer to the worship ...

Fe y Esperanza embracing the future of its ministry

Fe y Esperanza embracing the future of its ministry

4/22/2021
Transcript: Hi my name is Humberto Gonzalez, and I am the pastor of Fe y Esperanza, which is a Hispanic church that meets in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and we belong to the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. I am very thankful to be part of this ministry. What we've been doing through this difficult time of pandemic that has impacted a lot of people, is that we started using more the online platforms, and we've been worshipping for a little bit through Facebook and then using Zoom ...

Abiding in Exile - Baby Steps 04/22/2021

Abiding in Exile - Baby Steps 04/22/2021

4/21/2021
By: Eric Rucker Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side.” - John 20:27   Jesus was dead for three days - exiled from life. And his disciples were likewise exiled during that time - their teacher and Lord was dead, and the movement for which they had given everything appeared finished. They hid in a locked room together, afraid.   The nature of Jesus’ return from exile - and the disciples’ subsequent return to faith - are notable. The...

Worship in The Post Pandemic World with Jason Moore

Worship in The Post Pandemic World with Jason Moore

4/21/2021
Worship and ministry have radically shifted in this COVID-19 age, yet we hear a call to go back to “normal.” Returning to exactly how things were in the past may not be possible, so you might ask yourself, "How do we, as the church, refocus our efforts and embrace the changes in healthy ways?"  The Iowa Conference's Office of Congregational Excellence, along with the Office of Clergy and Leadership Excellence, invite you to attend four upcoming webinars presented by Jason Moore July 12-13 that ...

Lean on Christ: Statement on the Chauvin verdict from Bishop Laurie

Lean on Christ: Statement on the Chauvin verdict from Bishop Laurie

4/20/2021
The effect of righteousness will be peace and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever. Isaiah 32:17, NRVS    The words of Isaiah are on my heart as I search my soul for peace and understanding during this time of deadly tensions, the COVID-19 pandemic, political divisiveness, and racism. This afternoon we heard the announcement of the conviction of Derek Chauvin on all counts in the death of George Floyd.      The tragic, racially charged, and unnecessary death of Floyd at the ...

Discipleship Ministries offers virtual tools to support your disciple-making journey

Discipleship Ministries offers virtual tools to support your disciple-making journey

4/19/2021
Tools to Support Your Disciple-Making Journey Discipleship Ministries serve the church to connect leaders with needed resourcing and training that supports spiritual formation. Below you’ll find high-quality resources for supporting your disciple-making process – everything from online discipleship to helpful webinars and new offerings from The Upper Room. Introducing the #SeeAllThePeople Books & Resources: FREE INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP RESOURCES Tools for creating and strengthening your ...

Iowa UM Camps present plans for on-site ministry in 2021

Iowa UM Camps present plans for on-site ministry in 2021

4/16/2021
In 2020, Okoboji and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps suspended on-site programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, this upcoming summer, plans are in place to have youth on-site so they can learn about Jesus Christ and make new friends.  “Sharing Christ with young people at camp is what we do best. We are thrilled to welcome back youth and adults to camp,” said Bryan Johnson, Director of Camps and Retreats.  The Iowa Camps Team consulted with the American Camp Association and the ...

El Pueblo de Dios welcoming new people to the Kingdom of God

El Pueblo de Dios welcoming new people to the Kingdom of God

4/15/2021
Transcript: I am Pastor Rosa María Rodríguez from the El Pueblo de Dios [The People of God United Methodist] Church in Osceola.     Today I want to share with you what we are doing in this ministry.  Our focus is always carrying the Gospel, taking the Good News.  We are reaching more people for Christ. At this time we are participating in a project of a “fruitful morning.”  Of course, we are also teaching, discipling, preparing new leaders to reach out and disciple others.   We have our ...

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries gear up for summer programming

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries gear up for summer programming

4/15/2021
Greetings! I’m Cherie Miner, director of Mobile United Methodist Missionaries – or MUMM as we’re known. Since 1997, our ministry has served in rural southern Iowa in a variety of capacities, including disaster relief, mission trips, church camp, vacation Bible school and after-school programs. We do this through the support of your District Askings, apportionments and donations. So first let me say, “Thank you.”   MUMM’s goals overall are to: Coordinate rural ministry on a district-wide ...

Abiding in Exile - The Key to Humanity’s Survival 04/15/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Key to Humanity’s Survival 04/15/2021

4/13/2021
By: Priscilla Joel We have wandered through many unknowns the past several months, and as the title of this devotional series would inform you, it has often felt like we’ve been exiled. Exiled from each other, exiled from the outside world and maybe even exiled from freedoms we used to enjoy. As more and more people are receiving their vaccine each day, I have been reflecting on all the rules we have had to follow (and continue to) to keep ourselves and each other safe throughout this pandemic. ...

Enthusiasm grows for Circuit Ministry—an interview with Paul Wilcox, Transitional Superintendent

Enthusiasm grows for Circuit Ministry—an interview with Paul Wilcox, Transitional Superintendent

4/13/2021
As Circuit Ministry training continues every month in the Iowa Conference, enthusiasm and ministry are growing alongside it.   “From clergy and laity, I see enthusiasm for elements of the circuit that they've been looking for in their professional and personal lives,” said Transitional Superintendent Rev. Paul Wilcox.   Circuit Ministry at its core has two elements: Leadership Development and Missional Accountability, which are elements that “meet and feed the vocational part of us, the ...

Join virtual conversation with missionaries from around the world

Join virtual conversation with missionaries from around the world

4/12/2021
Despite the pandemic, United Methodist missionaries remain deeply engaged in work around the world. Normally, many of them “itinerate” each year to visit the churches and individuals that support them in ministry. COVID-19 has stopped most travel, but that doesn’t mean the missionaries aren’t available to meet virtually because they are #STILLINMISSION. Each month, UMC Global Ministries hostS four missionaries in a conversation with laity and clergy throughout the church to share the joys and ...

Move your body into Spring

Move your body into Spring

4/12/2021
Submitted by Kae Tritle, RN Well-Being Coordinator   Now that warmer weather has arrived, we all have the itch to get outside and become active. We want to shake off the winter blahs, enjoy the sunshine and get our bodies in shape. Most people believe that being in shape and fit is someone who is thin and athletic and can run for miles and miles. What fitness really means is your heart, lungs, and muscles have the ability to function effectively and efficiently. God designed our bodies to be ...

The Drake Wesley Foundation aims to offer a mature, stabilizing, spiritual presence to their community

The Drake Wesley Foundation aims to offer a mature, stabilizing, spiritual presence to their community

4/12/2021
For many decades, the Wesley Foundation at Drake University has been a ministry of the United Methodist Church of Iowa. Early adulthood is a season of life fraught with risk and rich with opportunity. It has been our aim to offer a mature, stabilizing, spiritual presence to the Drake University community. The Wesley House has been a beacon of radical hospitality and deep inclusion.  Investing in the spiritual and intellectual lives of young adults in higher education has been a hallmark of the ...

Iowa Conference renaming districts to honor the legacy of camping program

Iowa Conference renaming districts to honor the legacy of camping program

4/9/2021
As the Iowa Annual Conference transitions from eight districts to five, the districts will be renamed to honor the legacy of the Iowa United Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Camp and Retreat Centers. The discernment of the new district names began in March 2020, and a small task force was officially named by the Bishop in March 2021. The new district names will be in effect on July 1, 2021. Central District will become the Riverview Park District Northeast District will become the ...

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

4/8/2021
The Iowa Conference Communications Office is assembling a list of ways you can continue socially engage in worship while practicing physical distancing. We will update this story with new streamed services as they become available. To submit a service time, please fill out this form with your church name, service time and a link to where the service is found online, Facebook, YouTube, television or radio station. Services won't be listed if URLs are not made available.   Thinking of starting to...

Abiding in Exile - The Cool Earth Beneath Your Feet 04/08/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Cool Earth Beneath Your Feet 04/08/2021

4/6/2021
By Rev. Jonathan Heifner This week we are sharing a guest post from Rev. Jonathan Heifner. A member of our writing team remembered Jonathan preaching about how we abide with creation. You’ll be blessed by his good words at just the time when nature itself is inviting us out of our closed-in spaces with warmth, new growth, and green shoots.  [God to Job]: Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?     Can you establish their rule on the earth? “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,  so that a...

Journey to South Sudan for Mabaan Flood Relief Rescheduled

Journey to South Sudan for Mabaan Flood Relief Rescheduled

4/5/2021
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Originally scheduled for December 19, 2020, Pastor Aaron Limmo and Maya Dinga were prepared to travel to South Sudan to purchase humanitarian items for those affected by the Indian Ocean Dipole floods in 2019. Word from South Sudan two days prior to departure told of in-fighting among tribal groups in Mabaan County where they were to visit. The decision to postpone the trip was made. Now, after indications of stability and peace efforts, the men have rescheduled ...

COVID-19 Reentry Team update: Holy Week

COVID-19 Reentry Team update: Holy Week

3/31/2021
COVID-19 Update - Holy Week As you prepare your local church for worship (virtual and in-person) and traditional gatherings this Holy Week, we encourage you to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their recommendation is for vaccinated and non-vaccinated people alike. All are encouraged to avoid medium and large gatherings. If you are participating in an in-person worship service, all are asked to mask, practice social distancing and engage in hand-washing ...

Campus ministries at Cornell College

Campus ministries at Cornell College

3/31/2021
Rev. Dr. Catherine Quehl-Engel, Chaplain of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and member of the Iowa Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries offers this video highlighting the importance of campus ministries and how it has impacted the spiritual life of Cornell students.  For more information on Cornell College's campus ministries, visit their website.  

Disaster Ministries Spring update - Be Aware and Be Prepared

Disaster Ministries Spring update - Be Aware and Be Prepared

3/31/2021
As we move into the spring storm season, the Disaster Response Committee would like to share some resources to help everyone in Iowa. A brochure is now available with ways the committee can respond and a list of the District Response Coordinators. Please download and use as needed. The National Weather Service is advising that we can expect more severe storms in 2021. While we can't be prepared for everything that might happen, it's a good time to make some basic preparations. BE AWARE and ...

Iowa Conference EAP supports clergy, lay staff and their families through partnership with Employee & Family Resources

Iowa Conference EAP supports clergy, lay staff and their families through partnership with Employee & Family Resources

3/31/2021
Are you considering counseling for an issue that keeps you from reaching your full potential or an issue with which your family is struggling to cope? Employee & Family Resources (EFR) can help.  The Employee Assistance Program of the Iowa Conference seeks to support the clergy, Conference lay staff and their families through their partnership with Employee & Family Resources. EFR offers counseling services to covered individuals and their families in a safe and confidential setting. Their ...

From the Office of Bishop Laurie: Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

From the Office of Bishop Laurie: Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

3/30/2021
Dear clergy sisters and brothers of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and all members of the Iowa Conference,  I am writing to you during this Holy Week with a word of encouragement and hope. I give thanks for the amazing ministry that each one of you has in the Iowa Annual Conference. Your deep faith and your fervent desire to share the love of Jesus with all of God’s children is making a difference in communities across the state. At the same time, I lament with you the increasing violence we...

Abiding in Exile - ReMemberIng 04/01/2021

Abiding in Exile - ReMemberIng 04/01/2021

3/30/2021
By Rev. Lee Roorda Schott Over the weekend, in the tedium of working on taxes, I had gone online for details from my bank records from last year. I scrolled through the months and came to last March and was astonished at the tears that came out of nowhere. It wasn’t about the numbers! It was grief I didn’t expect to be waiting for me in that particular spot. Bumping into those last weeks that were “normal” brought up a flood of memories, of so much that happened then, and since.   That ...

Iowa clergy leans on scripture when revealing her  family's vulnerability and son’s desperate need

Iowa clergy leans on scripture when revealing her family's vulnerability and son’s desperate need

3/30/2021
Rev. Oliva Fabros often reflects on Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This verse eases her worries as she waits for news of her son's health and desperately needed surgery.    Fabros learned recently that her 32-year-old son, Siegfried, was diagnosed with a severe heart ailment requiring immediate attention. The cost of the surgery is beyond what Fabros can afford or raise on her own. With her immediate and church family's encouragement, she revealed her ...

Iowa Conference Center visitor and COVID-19 guidelines

Iowa Conference Center visitor and COVID-19 guidelines

3/30/2021
The Iowa Conference Leadership Team continues to meet, carefully consider and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affects the conference building's usage in Des Moines.  Staff and visitors need to continue to maintain COVID-19 masking, distancing, and hygiene protocols. Building usage for gatherings in the building will continue to have event modifications, mitigations, and protective behaviors until COVID-19 in the community is very low. The Leadership Team expects these modifications ...

Iowa United Methodist Camps announces 2021 Annual Campaign results

Iowa United Methodist Camps announces 2021 Annual Campaign results

3/30/2021
In preparation for having youth on-site in summer 2021, Iowa United Methodist Camps completed their second Annual Campaign at the end of February. This year over 100 volunteers campaigned for one month on behalf of the Okoboji and Wesley Woods United Methodist youth camping program.  As apportionment funding through the IAUMC continues to shift, Iowa United Methodist Camps are shifting as well to continue sharing Christ with kids. The Annual Campaign is a big part of that model as a primary ...

Urgent appeal to assist an Iowa clergy member's son

Urgent appeal to assist an Iowa clergy member's son

3/26/2021
Update: Online donations have closed but check contributions can be sent to The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church, 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA, 50321. Please indicate “Fabros Health Fund” in the memo line. Monetary donations to individuals are not tax-deductible. Dear Iowa United Methodists,   The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist recently sent a letter to Iowa clergy concerning Rev. Olivia Fabros. She is a pastor in Iowa of the Lacey, Beacon, and Eddyville United...

Abiding in Exile - Returning from exile with faithfulness 03/25/2021

Abiding in Exile - Returning from exile with faithfulness 03/25/2021

3/25/2021
By Eric Rucker “Then King Solomon conscripted slave labor (to build the Temple).” (1 Kings 9:21)   I’m noticing myself starting to relax, to take an exhale. There is an easing of tension in my body as I anticipate our society begin to leave exile. I know that the pandemic is not “over,” but with the vaccines released, and some of our most vulnerable people receiving shots, I have begun to hope.    But I’ve felt a certain sadness as I have relaxed. Because I’ve noticed that my relaxation has ...

AC2021 to be held virtually from June 4-6

AC2021 to be held virtually from June 4-6

3/25/2021
The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference session themed, "Connected in Christ: Watching Over One Another in Love," will be held virtually through Zoom Webinar from June 4-6. Plans continue to evolve as Bishop Laurie and the Sessions Committee move forward with planning the event.     Registration All members will be automatically registered. Pastors who haven't submitted the name(s) of their Lay and Equalization Member(s), please submit those as soon as possible to your District Administrative Assistant ...

A community on earth as it is in heaven

A community on earth as it is in heaven

3/24/2021
Members of the Antiracism Leadership Team will be contributing personal narratives in a series of articles about the importance of helping The Iowa Annual Conference to become fully antiracist at all levels of ministry. By: Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence and member of the Antiracism Leadership Team As United Methodists, our baptismal vow calls us to “resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.” As members of Christ’s...

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