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Bishop's statement on family separation

Bishop's statement on family separation

6/15/2018
Dear Friends, Last week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops joined other faith organizations in issuing a statement asking the United States government to end its policy of separating immigrant families. The statement includes these words, “Recently, the U.S. Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our ...

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 memorable points or quotes by speakers: Bishop Laurie Haller opened the 2018 Annual Conference Session with an Episcopal Address that challenged the ...

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, Dakotas-Minnesota Area The United Methodist Church Keep a Grip on Hope

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 congregations, she'd reported that average worship attendance has continued to drop, though slowing somewhat in its decline. Evangelism has had a ...

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 their thoughts, positions, and also some fears over the outcome of the decision to be taken up at the Special Session of the General Conference in ...

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 panel discussion among several General Conference delegates. The bishop expressed the importance of Conference members also having a voice in the ...

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 ministry, he encountered one who conveyed to him that what the people in the church need is a pastor, someone who would teach them to love God and people. ...

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 next application deadline is September 1, and applications can be found at www.iumf.org.      Building Fund Trust Certificates were showing at: 1 year –...

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, she said, as does the thought of the church splitting over the homosexual issue, but God is not done with the UMC.   Watch the Lay Leader's Address ...

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 adjournment of Annual Conference. The motion passed with a simple majority.  Resolutions for Closing of Local Churches were passed Monday.  The Churches ...

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 messages strive to make the scriptures relevant and have reignited a spirit of joy in our midst.  We are practicing radical hospitality and have seen new...

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 memorial. * This was the highest Diakonos offering to date. Thank you everyone!

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 world, we won’t lose hope.    Watch the Memorial Service | Watch Bishop Bruce Ough's sermon Seventeen clergy members and 21 clergy spouses were ...

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 strategic priorities to the approval of the mission, vision and Conference goal," Tritle said, "Operational Teams across the state have worked diligently ...

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 Hopson, Assistant General Secretary for The Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns," Levine began. "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. ...

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 the pastor’s salary for those serving half-time and more, it is going to the current expenses, which are on-going pension liability, life insurance, ...

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 Cokesbury.com, by phone, or with a visit from one our Community Resource Consultants,” said Drake. “We invite you to stop by the Ministry Resource ...

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 with Midwest Mission since 2005, and this is the couple’s third year at Iowa’s Annual Conference.    Fill the Midwest Missions Truck from Iowa ...

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 Session, also commissioning six for the work of an elder, and recognizing six others as Course of Study graduates.    See more images from the Ordering ...

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 students from CAL-PAC, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Annual Conferences.  Successfully completing from the Iowa Annual Conference were:   ...

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 future. Johnson began with a photo of him as an adolescent around the time he first attended an Iowa United Methodist Camp, saying God became real to...

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 Congregational Excellence, and Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, the new Director of Clergy & Leadership Excellence.   “We’re working to build a team that will continue ...

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 below. Art: Reverend Jerry Oakland is the Transitional Director of Connectional Ministries. Jerry, we're just now in the first half of the first day of ...

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 #131 was passed in an 858-36 vote ACTION ITEM #405 was approved in a 770-122 vote. An amendment to ACTION ITEM #412 was passed in an 817-52 vote. ...

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 place for all," she added. Biggs said it doesn't seem possible that she was standing before the Annual Conference Session describing the financial ...

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 conferencing, not a kind of arguing conferencing. Help us to recognize you more and to show courage when making decisions about the church. Thank you for ...

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 conversations that prepared participants to lead similar conversations in their local churches.  The other workshop held a panel with mental health clinicians ...

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 Covenant—most notably a new one-page form. A common theme conveyed through humor throughout the presentation was the task of completing Rainbow Covenant ...

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 apportionments are a reality, and because the notion of covenant is integral to the mission of the United Methodist Church, the CFA takes this into ...

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 Conference to wade into uncharted territory with hope instead of fear and to also find a way to remain united in the midst diversity in the church.   See an ...

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 Down in Ministry Can Be the Start of Rising Up. He told attendees of the plenary teaching session that ministry successes might not always be obvious ...

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 of the vote were not shared with the Annual Conference Session, as these are being tabulated nationwide, and thus will be sent in to the General ...

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 is just one more transition in the life of a pastor.   Watch the Retirement Service | Watch Rev. LaTonya Calderon's sermon |  The pastor for ...

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 thunderstorm, but that’s just not my story,” Cox said.      Instead, he saw a progressive call, noticing how his gifts, passions and talents best serve...

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 sang, “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place” led by Phil Carver, SE District Field Outreach Minister, followed by Borgen’s introduction of ...

'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 between Harlan and Art, click here. Art: Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie is the dean of the Bishop's Appointive Cabinet and is concluding his tenure as the ...

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 Annual Conference Secretary by 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2018. Petitions may only originate with or be sponsored by individuals who are members of,...

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 (beginning at 7 pm). The clergy session will not be streamed. When the session breaks for the workshops on Saturday afternoon (at 4 pm) the stream will ...

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 will close the traffic lane on 3rd Street closest to the East side of the building to allow pedestrians and golf carts to use this lane to enter through...

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 certified Lay Speakers and School for Lay Ministry graduates.  New this year, will be a once in a lifetime chance to hear the Board of Laity perform their ...

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  Conference coming up to present the treasurer's report and the statistics to the yearly gathering. It's two days ahead of time now. How are you looking forward...

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 Service, and Ordering Service. They are: Numbers 8:23-26; John 9:1-7; Psalm 23; Lamentations 3:19-24; John 6:32-40; and Isaiah 64:1-9. Art: Bishop ...

Tornado season is upon us

Tornado season is upon us

6/5/2018
Tornado season is typically June through October for the Midwest states but tornados can, and have, struck in Iowa in every month of the year. Storms in Iowa can develop suddenly and move with great speed.     Hurricane season has also arrived and it usually lasts from June through November. We have already had our first named storm—Alberto, a sub-tropical storm—that brought heavy rain to the Gulf Coast, the Florida Keys, Alabama and Mississippi. Rain and wind from Alberto reached all the way to...

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 (Retirement Service), Bishop Bruce Ough (Memorial Service), and Iowa’s Resident Bishop, Bishop Laurie Haller (Ordering of Ministry). Complete information ...

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 Conference is a long tradition, going back to Rev. John Wesley, (the founder of the Methodist experience). In Wesley’s time it was clergy coming ...

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 becoming a pastor began by serving as secretary for my local church. My pastor recommended my services to the District Superintendent, which led 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 St. Louis. (Click here to read the Bishops’ proposal.)              The following is the summary of Decision 1360 of the Judicial Council: “The purpose...

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 agenda to quickly look up the things that are most important to you. Sched also has links to important documents like the Pre-Conference Manual, ...

Building Relationships to End Poverty

Building Relationships to End Poverty

5/24/2018
Food pantries, free clinics, and education opportunities are just a few of the things the congregation of Greenfield United Methodist Church has its hands in after a Rural Poverty Workshop held in November 2017 at the church. It has joined forces with other churches, the school, and local Crisis Intervention and Community Action services to begin relationship building with those struggling in the community.   “Many people in our community have been transformed in their thinking toward those who ...

Concerning Middle-East Violence

Concerning Middle-East Violence

5/18/2018
(This letter is from Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society) This week, we grieve the fear, horror, terror, violence, bloodshed, and death of children, youth, women, and men in Gaza. Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 on Monday, Gaza Health Ministry said. (US News) I have led many groups of Christian, Muslim and Jewish students, faculty members and staff to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. We ...

Iowa JFON Luncheon during AC2018

Iowa JFON Luncheon during AC2018

5/18/2018
Enjoy great ethnic food from members of Trinity Las Americas. Get to know our Iowa JFON's staff and board members. Saturday, June 9, 2018, Noon - 1:30 p.m. Learn more about Iowa JFON and our current projects.

Pastoral Letter about Santa Fe shooting

Pastoral Letter about Santa Fe shooting

5/18/2018
Once again, our hearts are broken by the violence at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, this morning, where ten people were killed and another ten were wounded. In the midst of unspeakable horror, we lament along with the psalmist.   I cry out to you from the depths, Lord my Lord, listen to my voice!     Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! If you kept track of sins, Lord,     my Lord, who would stand a chance? But forgiveness is with you;     that’s why you are honored. I ...

What We Believe: Immigration

What We Believe: Immigration

5/11/2018
What We Believe: United Methodist Perspectives on Immigration in the United States Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2) “Welcoming the Migrant to the US” is a hallmark of United Methodist communities of faith, according to the 2016 Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church. “Throughout Scripture,” document 3281 notes, “the people of God are called to love sojourners in our midst, treating them ...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie

5/5/2018
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP LAURIE   May 5, 2018   Dear Laity and Clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference,   Grace and peace! I am writing to you with an update from the Council of Bishops around the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. I am deeply grateful for your interest in and prayers for the Commission and for your presence at seven district gatherings around the state in March and April. As many of you know, the 2016 General Conference voted to form a special Commission to help us ...

Disaster Response — prepare yourself and help you neighbor

Disaster Response — prepare yourself and help you neighbor

5/1/2018
Hurricanes. Flooding. Active aggressors. God watches over us, but disaster happens, and we need to be prepared and ready to help those around us. Here’s the latest on United Methodists helping in times of disaster, and what to do when disaster strikes.   UMC Helping in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico   United Methodists’ recovery efforts are ongoing in two Texas conferences (Texas Conference and Rio Texas Conference), Florida and Puerto Rico. It will take an estimated 10 to 12 years until ...

Calling all singers!

Calling all singers!

4/17/2018
CONFERENCE CHOIR Calling all singers! The Memorial Service (scheduled for Sunday, June 10 at 4:00) will host a Conference Choir!  All singers are invited and encouraged to participate—regardless of whether you are a member of Annual Conference. You will be responsible for securing your own octavos and practicing ahead of the conference rehearsals.  The choir will offer two anthems:  Shepherd Me, O God - Haugen (Gia Publications #G-295) and Hymn of Promise - Sleeth/arr. Ferguson (Hope ...

Camp Hope 2018

Camp Hope 2018

4/10/2018
Camp Hope, a camp for children and youth with family members who are or have been incarcerated, is happening again this summer at Wesley Woods Camp and Pictured Rocks Camp. This three-day camp focuses on having fun in a safe space where campers can just be kids, and also learn about Christ's love for them. The Camp Hope team knows the difference that this program makes in the lives of its campers, so a Camp Hope experience is completely covered through scholarships. The Board of Church and ...

Native American Sunday

Native American Sunday

4/3/2018
One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. The special offering supports Native American outreach within annual conferences and across the United States and provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans. When you give generously on Native American Ministries Sunday, you equip seminary students who will honor ...

Disciples See God. Everywhere.

Disciples See God. Everywhere.

3/29/2018
Iowa United Methodists: if you need more ideas for designing your Discipleship Process, contact a Field Outreach Minister. From: Bread and Wisdom seeking the Way of Jesus By: Jaymee Glenn-Burns, NE District Field Outreach Minister Seeking better ways to make disciples, I find myself asking, “What does a disciple look like?” “How do I know a disciple when I see one?” Of course, there are many answers to these questions. One answer is that disciples see God everywhere, in the good times and the ...

"God bless this holy place and all who enter here"

3/23/2018
Psalm 127:1 Unless it is the Lord who builds the house, the builder’s work is pointless. Unless it is the Lord who protects the city, the guard on duty is pointless.   “You are the ones who are building the house, you are the ones who are protecting those who are defenseless, and God blesses you for your ministry here,” read Bishop Laurie Haller at the blessing celebrating the new office of Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) on March 15, 2018.   “We think that all means all, and that all ...

IA Conf. communicators receive awards

IA Conf. communicators receive awards

3/20/2018
The Communications Ministry Team of the Iowa Conference was recognized for its work during the awards gala of the 2018 gathering of the United Methodist Association of Communicators.  The event, held in Philadelphia, brought together denominational communicators from across the country as well as Nigerian Episcopal Area communicator, Rev. Ande Emmanuel.  (Ande was ordained as an Elder in the UMC during an Iowa Annual Conference session.)   Associate Director of Communications, Liz Winders, ...

Johnson, Plambeck named directors

Johnson, Plambeck named directors

3/20/2018
In a move to align resources and talent in the Iowa Annual Conference, Bishop Laurie Haller has appointed Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson as the Director of Congregational Excellence, and Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as the Director for Clergy and Leadership Excellence.   Johnson, the South Central District Field Outreach Minister since 2013, has effectively served congregations in Iowa through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI).   “I can’t wait to work collaborative with the other directors, the cabinet, ...

curious.church

curious.church

3/19/2018
This year, from October 9-12 Iowa will serve as host to the National Christians Engaged in Faith Formation Conference called ‘curious.church’ (www.curious.church). The Conference will offer a diverse lineup of educational opportunities with workshops, keynotes and worship all highlighted. The conference will also feature authors and speakers Brian McLaren, John Roberto and Mary Scifres as well as United Methodist Bishops Laurie Haller from Iowa, Cynthia Fierro Harvey from Louisiana and Tracy ...

Destruction allows new growth

Destruction allows new growth

3/19/2018
By: Morgan Frideres, Spring 2018 Intern, Simpson College A tornado destroyed part of the sanctuary at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine in March 2017, causing $1 million of damages to the building and destroying the 5200 pipe Casavant organ.   This didn’t destroy the congregation’s spirit, though. Although it was inconvenient, Board of Trustees chair Greg Wall said they took advantage of the situation.   “We seized the opportunity with the church being in disarray and we made a ...

Justice For Our Neighbors quarterly newsletter

Justice For Our Neighbors quarterly newsletter

3/15/2018
Click to read the March 2018 JFON newsletter.

Polk City U.M. Church embarks on mission trip to Puerto Rico

Polk City U.M. Church embarks on mission trip to Puerto Rico

3/6/2018
In response to the devastation that was caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 15 Iowans are preparing to leave Thursday for Puerto Rico to help a United Methodist church rebuild.   The volunteers include high-schoolers through retirees, and not just United Methodists.   “We were able to get a good group of people from many denominations from all across the state of Iowa,” said the group’s leader, Reverend Hugh Stone. “We have a student at Simpson College, some retired doctors, a retired nurse, ...

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, vital reporting, and the reconnection of fellow United Methodists from across the state.   Following Lay and Clergy sessions that will be held on ...

The little church that CAN

The little church that CAN

3/3/2018
By: Morgan Frideres, Spring 2018 Intern, Simpson College Prole, IA – Linn Grove United Methodist Church in Prole, Iowa is home to a congregation of around only 40 regular worshipers, but they’ve proven their slogan as the “little church that CAN.” Their small congregation raised $5,580 for Heifer International to purchase animals for families in poverty.   Heifer International’s expression is “Passing on the Gift,” according to their website. The purchase of animals brings sustainable ...

Active aggressor training and resources

Active aggressor training and resources

3/2/2018
There is no way that we can be prepared for everything that “could” happen but we can discuss and be ready for many things. In 2017, a total of 108 fatalities happened in places of worship in the United States. So far in 2018, we have 18 confirmed occurrences of guns in school with two of these resulting in fatalities. There is no “one” training or plan that will work for every church or community. Catie Newman, IAUMC Disaster Response Coordinator has compiled some resources to start the ...

DMPCC offers opportunities for clergy and laity

DMPCC offers opportunities for clergy and laity

3/2/2018
The Daring Way.™ Show Up. Be Seen. Live Brave.™  The Daring Way™ is a one-day workshop based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown. Participants can take this opportunity to learn how to show up, be seen and live brave in the challenging arenas of life. In this workshop we will learn about how to understand shame and move through shame towards wholeheartedness. Through experiential learning, we will explore key components of Dr. Brené Brown's research regarding shame, vulnerability and wholehearted ...

Bishops receive 2

Bishops receive 2 "sketches" for Way Forward

2/28/2018
  DALLAS -  What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches that were presented to the bishops at their ...

Conference Alignment: Next Steps

Conference Alignment: Next Steps

2/26/2018
The Iowa Conference has been on a journey towards greater health for the past several years. From the adoption of our strategic priorities in 2014 to the approval of the Conference mission and vision in 2016, operational teams across the state have worked diligently to align our systems and structure to create and support vital communities of faith and transformational leaders. The healthy process implemented through these operational teams has equipped our leaders and our local churches to ...

Gallo Seagren appointed to SE District for seventh year

Gallo Seagren appointed to SE District for seventh year

2/20/2018
Bishop Laurie Haller has announced that she will be appointing the Rev. Dr. Lilian Gallo Seagren to serve to serve as Superintendent of the Southeast District for the for another year, beginning July 1, 2018. This will be Superintendent Gallo Seagren’s seventh year leading the District. Since transferring to the Iowa Conference from Northeast Philippines in 1999, Dr. Gallo Seagren has served communities of faith in Hamburg; Guthrie Center-Bowman Chapel; and Waterloo, Kimball Avenue, prior to ...

JFON Staff Attorney or Fully Accredited Representative

JFON Staff Attorney or Fully Accredited Representative

2/20/2018
Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (Iowa JFON) is a non-profit organization and a mission of the United Methodist Church. Our mission is to welcome immigrants and refugees of all faiths into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. Iowa JFON seeks a highly motivated, self-directed professional to join their team as a Staff Attorney or Fully Accredited Representative. Iowa JFON provides legal clinics in 7 different locations ...

Bishop's Statement about Florida tragedy

Bishop's Statement about Florida tragedy

2/15/2018
On the afternoon of Ash Wednesday, seventeen students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida were killed by alleged gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who used a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. This was the eighth school shooting in the US in 2018, and we are only 47 days into the year.   Our American love affair with guns and the challenge of passing gun legislation is well portrayed by the sign on the United Methodist Building in Washington D.C., which is the ...

Lenten Message from the Council of Bishops

Lenten Message from the Council of Bishops

2/14/2018
Dear Friends, On behalf of the entire Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I greet you as we enter the Lenten Season – a season of reflection and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant resurrection on Easter. The pattern of our Lenten journey was set by Jesus during his 40 days of solitude, fasting, prayer and testing in the Judean desert. This was an essential period of preparation for Jesus’ public ministry. But, the goal of our Lenten journey was revealed by Jesus...

Scholarships offered for 2018 UMEIT:USA and NWCU events

Scholarships offered for 2018 UMEIT:USA and NWCU events

2/7/2018
WASHINGTON -The Council of Bishops is offering scholarships for young adults (age 21-35) to attend the 2018 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT:USA) and the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) this Spring.   UMEIT:USA is the annual training in the United States for United Methodists engaged in ecumenical and inter-religious ministry through the church. The NWCU is an opportunity for Christians who care about ecumenical and inter-religious ministry to learn and ...

Tiny church—big impact

Tiny church—big impact

2/7/2018
A small church continues to have a big impact in Bolan, Iowa and surrounding communities because of the motivation and drive of a congregation that is half made up of folks over eighty-years-old.  On Sunday, October 15, 2017, a “Special Recognition” Day was held during the Bolan Trinity United Methodist Churches morning worship service to honor those members who are in their eighties and nineties. Those in their eighties are: Duane and Betty Anderson; Jacie Erdmann; Roger and June Erdmann; ...

2018 Marks the beginning of a Jubilee for United Methodists.

2018 Marks the beginning of a Jubilee for United Methodists.

1/30/2018
By: Rev. Fred Day, General Secretary General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) Fifty years ago, Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Bishop Rueben H. Mueller and Methodist Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke joined hands over a table laden with symbols—the Bible, hymnals, books of Discipline and a 307-page "Plan of Union." 1,300 delegates and 10,000 visitors met in Dallas, Texas on April 23, 1968 proclaiming the formation of the newly-constituted United Methodist Church. 10.3 million Methodists and ...

Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

1/30/2018
The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving conflict. Below is the statement from Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter: Mission and the Way Forward in the Season after the Epiphany At the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward, the members were asked to share three words that...

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

1/27/2018
Volunteers are needed to participate in a Mission Trip to Puerto Rico from March 9 - 17, 2018—$1600/person In response to the devastation that was caused when back to back hurricanes slammed Puerto Rico, a mission trip has been organized by Rev. Hugh Stone from March 9 - 17 that will help repair a church just outside of San Juan.  Travel, lodging and meals are all included. The volunteers will be staying in a Methodist church in San Juan.  Please contact Rev. Stone at (641) 414-4876 or ...

The New Tax Law and Church Budgets

The New Tax Law and Church Budgets

1/23/2018
How will the new tax law (TCJA – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) affect church budgets? First, what probably WON’T change.   Gifts to the church from people’s wills and estates probably won’t change.  Most people include a gift to the church in their will because they love the mission and ministry that is happening, and they want to leave a legacy that will survive their time on earth. Now is a great time to start or rejuvenate your church’s Endowment, and be able to receive bequests. Second, what ...

Rev. Paul Wilcox to become Northeast Superintendent

Rev. Paul Wilcox to become Northeast Superintendent

1/22/2018
  Bishop Laurie Haller has announced that Rev. Paul Wilcox will become the Superintendent of the Northeast District. He succeeds Rev. Jackie Bradford, who has served the district since 2011.  “The Iowa Annual Conference has eight districts, each led by a Superintendent who works with me to appoint the very best clergy to our congregations,” said Bishop Laurie Haller. The superintendents are the chief missional strategists for the districts, developing programs of mission and ...

UMW priorities a focus at the 2018 Legislative Advocacy Day

UMW priorities a focus at the 2018 Legislative Advocacy Day

1/19/2018
Close to thirty people gathered at Wesley United Methodist Church on E. 12th Street in Des Moines on Thursday morning January 17th to participate in the 2018 Legislative Advocacy Day which was hosted by the Iowa United Methodist Women.   Marty Ryan, a lobbyist for the Justice Reform Consortium, a prison advocacy group lead the orientation before the group of Methodist’s headed to the Iowa State Capitol.   During session, the Legislative Team, who are all volunteers, met with legislators and ...

Advocacy Day Jan 18

Advocacy Day Jan 18

1/17/2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:30 am - 3:15 pm Wesley United Methodist Church 800 E. 12th St, Des Moines Advocacy Day Includes: Visit to the Iowa State Capitol Building Gourmet Soup and Salad Buffet with Homemade Pie Conversations with State Legislators from 11:30 - 1:00 at Wesley UMC Presentations on UMC Priority Issues #1 Maternal/Child Health and #2 Criminalization of Communities of Color This is event is open to United Methodist Women, Officers and Social Action Coordinators; United Methodist...

2018 Camp registration is now open

2018 Camp registration is now open

1/12/2018
Camp registration for the 2018 season is officially open! Come join us at Lake Okoboji, Pictured Rocks, or Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Centers for an Adventure of a Lifetime! Registration information can be found at www.iaumc.org/camps, or by calling the camp registrar at 1-800-765-1651.   Camp Ambassador Packets will be mailed to churches soon, so watch your mailboxes! These guides help you promote camps at your church with a start-to-finish program including recommended Bible verses and ...

‘It’s been my privilege to serve four bishops’

‘It’s been my privilege to serve four bishops’

1/10/2018
On New Year’s Day, Rev. J. Robert Burkhart began as interim Assistant to the Bishop for Administration, a position that he will hold until September 1st, when Rev. Harlan Gillespie steps in. The role is nothing new to Rev. Burkhart—in fact this is his third “go around” in it. “The role has really changed over the years and probably grown a lot,” he says. “But it’s been my privilege to serve with four bishops.” Not only has the job title experienced slight variations over the years, but the ...

Walk to Emmaus builds faithful leaders

Walk to Emmaus builds faithful leaders

1/10/2018
The Walk to Emmaus is a lay-driven weekend experience that’s about spiritual renewal and formation, and Jeff Anderson and Dick Pipho are two of its biggest proponents within the Iowa Conference. “It’s an opportunity to meet Christ in a new way, as revealed through other voyagers,” says Dick, who explains that participants “spend three days with pilgrims who come through the walk, a series of talks, and group activities and so on.” But first, it may help to recall what the Walk to Emmaus derives...

Carlson to become NW Superintendent

Carlson to become NW Superintendent

1/8/2018
Bishop Laurie Haller has announced her intention to name Rev. Ronald L. Carlson to the Appointive Cabinet, beginning July 1, 2018.   “The Iowa Annual Conference has eight districts, each led by a Superintendent who works with me to appoint the very best clergy to our congregations,” said Bishop Laurie.  “The superintendents are the chief missional strategists for the districts, developing programs of mission and ministry that extend the witness of Christ into the world.  In addition, the ...

School for Ministry ends

School for Ministry ends

1/5/2018
The School for Ministry, the multi-day experience of worship, enrichment and resourcing, and renewal, has come to an end.  The commission voted, on November 16, 2017, to officially end its existence. For many years the school for ministry has been the continuing education choice for many United Methodist clergy in the state of Iowa. Over the years it has had an array of highly qualified faculty members, was held top-notch facilities and offered the best value possible for clergy of the Iowa ...

2017 Ingathering presents mission opportunity

2017 Ingathering presents mission opportunity

1/2/2018
Just a month after another successful Thanksgiving Ingathering for Iowa United Methodists, the Ingathering’s state coordinator, Mary Davis, sat down along with treasurer Marilyn Jensen and Greenfield site co-chair Jim Tussey to talk about the event. Marilyn reported that donations this year amounted to “about $985,000 dollars’ worth of both cash and in-kind gifts. Which, the in-kind is kits that are donated. So just short of a million dollars’ worth of giving for Thanksgiving Ingathering. And ...

Coaches ‘very encouraged, hopeful’

Coaches ‘very encouraged, hopeful’

1/2/2018
For two years, the Iowa Conference has been taking part in the Healthy Conference Initiative process with the coaching guidance of Greg Survant and Christin Nevins from Spiritual Leadership Incorporated (SLI). It is now a critical juncture in the process, as the coaches lessen their roles and the teams that they have been working with are charged with stepping up to the plate. “Iowa was very astute in recognizing that the problems facing the conference and all the churches is what’s known as an...

DMARC food pantry network – Iowa Annual Conference volunteers

DMARC food pantry network – Iowa Annual Conference volunteers

1/2/2018
The issue of hunger continues to touch Des Moines-area residents across all demographics, as demonstrated by statistics from the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s (DMARC) Food Pantry Network. In Fiscal Year 2016-2017, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted more than 48,000 unique individuals and nearly 20,000 unique households, as well as distributed more than 1.8 million food items. November is always the DMARC Food Pantry’s highest volume month, said Luke Elzinga, DMARC’s communications ...

Meet JFON's new director, Sol Varisco-Santini

Meet JFON's new director, Sol Varisco-Santini

1/2/2018
A ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference, Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) has been in operation for more than 18 years now. Now, for the first time ever, the organization has hired a paid executive director. “When I saw the position was available, I was very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful team,” says Sol Varisco-Santini, who is now leading a small but dedicated group of immigrant lawyers, paralegals, and an intake specialist. Iowa JFON’s first executive director ...

Your Foundation is growing!

Your Foundation is growing!

1/2/2018
The Iowa United Methodist Foundation is growing again this year. Not only your investments and funds at the Foundation, but also with new faces around the office. Kevin Gowdy retired as Director Emeritus at the end of 2017, after several decades at the helm. He will be working on his Gowdy Christmas Tree farm in Melbourne, and enjoying his children’s high school years. He will work with his wife Laurie, a Financial Advisor with Thrivent Financial Services in Marshalltown and Baxter. He has had ...

Happy Holidays for JFON

Happy Holidays for JFON

12/27/2017
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High School student starts a choir

High School student starts a choir

12/27/2017
Katie Palmer is a difference maker at the West Chester United Methodist Church. When she was a sophomore in high school, she had the idea to start a children’s chime choir. She presented a proposal to the Administrative Council of the church, complete with PowerPoint slides, to ask them to buy the chimes. She sent letters to all the parents in the community who had children in kindergarten through the fifth grade to invite them to participate in the chime choir. Only two of the first dozen kids ...

Mabaan Children's Christmas Program

12/18/2017
Mabaan Children's Christmas Program Like any Sunday School Christmas program, the South Sudanese Congregation children were front and center to present their program for their parents and special guest, Bishop Laurie Haller on Sunday, December 17. The kids from ages 3 y/o to 10 y/o were from the Mabaan peoples group. The usual speaking parts of welcome, explanation about the Advent candle and songs filled the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church in downtown Des Moines. The smaller ...

With Singleness of Heart and Action

With Singleness of Heart and Action

12/14/2017
FROM NATIONAL JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS With Singleness of Heart and Action Iowa JFON’s first executive director continues the fight for justice In May 2008, Sol Varisco was working with Catholic Charities of Iowa. An Argentine immigrant teacher who had studied at Iowa State University, Sol was in charge of coordinating a state-wide emergency response for an immigration raid they all suspected would soon be coming. “The Bush administration had already approved a lot of money for raids,” she ...

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