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‘The Resurrection is Still with Us’

‘The Resurrection is Still with Us’

4/3/2020
“We’ve got to acknowledge that this is Holy Week, and that it’s going to be different, but that we’re still going to go through it together.”  That’s how Rev. Nate Nims, Senior Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines describes the sacred journey from Palm Sunday to Easter.    “It feels very different, very different,” Nims said, “especially with such a liturgical week and a week that is so connected to being together.” For example, “It’s very odd not to have that fully immersive ...

Be Bold grants for women in ministry

Be Bold grants for women in ministry

4/3/2020
UMW Be Bold Grant for Clergy or Lay Women to Participate in an Educational Event or Class in 2020 The purpose of this grant is for women, both clergy and laywomen, to be able to participate in an educational event or class in the calendar year 2020. It could be used for seminary, the School for Lay Ministry, Mission u, the Preaching Academy, etc. This is not an exhaustive list. We are offering educational grants of up to $500. Download the application here. UMW Be Bold Grant for Units to ...

Good Idea webinars for April 7 and April 9 focus on caring for our neighbors and best practices for funerals

Good Idea webinars for April 7 and April 9 focus on caring for our neighbors and best practices for funerals

4/3/2020
Caring for Our Neighbors Looking for ways to connect with your neighbors and be in ministry during this age of social distancing? Looking for some ideas how to show you care? Perhaps you have some ideas to share. If so, please join us for our Good Idea Webinar titled: Caring for Our Neighbors on Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Our guests will be the staff of Ames, Collegiate United Methodist Church. Join us using this link: https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCNeighbors    Our host will be Rev. Dr. ...

The CARES Act may save your church during COVID-19

The CARES Act may save your church during COVID-19

4/3/2020
From Discipleship Ministries Church Leaders, When Congress passed legislation to help ease the health and economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our country, they also included $349 billion dollars to assist small businesses, including non-profits and churches. The “Phase Three” bill - the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) – included a $349 billion loan program available to small businesses, including churches and other 501(3)(c) non-profits, to ...

Would your church like to begin receiving online gifts?

Would your church like to begin receiving online gifts?

4/3/2020
Looking for a way for your church members and friends to offer their financial support to your congregation during the current health crisis?    The Iowa Annual Conference has set up a way to make an online donation. A link can be created on the Conference website. Your church name would be included in a a drop-down list. The donor could leave a comment for you if they have specific instructions to the church.     Each time a gift is received for your church, you will receive an automatic email ...

A Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding Drive-In-Worship guidelines

A Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding Drive-In-Worship guidelines

4/2/2020
Dear Friends,    I want you to know how very grateful I am for the way in which you have been providing creative, vital worship in your communities during this time when in-house corporate worship is prohibited. One way in which some of our congregations are serving their communities is through drive-in worship. Because of questions that have been raised about the appropriateness of drive-in worship, the Iowa Annual Conference has been in contact with the Governor’s office about guidelines for ...

"Faith & Finances in Difficult Times" Good Idea Webinar

4/1/2020
As a church leader are you worried about the financial impact of Covid-19 on your congregation? Are you wondering about best practices for giving when passing a plate is not possible? If so join us for a Good Idea Webinar on Faith & Finances in Difficult Times with guest presenter Rev. Dr. Katharine Yarnell, Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation. Join us using this link https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCFaithAndFinances   Katharine will be presenting some best practices for 15-20 minutes ...

Cabinet letter to the churches of Iowa Annual Conference

Cabinet letter to the churches of Iowa Annual Conference

4/1/2020
Beloved Churches of the Iowa Annual Conference, You are loved, redeemed, called, and commissioned to live and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, not despite the COVID-19, pandemic, but because of it!  Never has the witness of the Church been more needed than during this difficult time of social isolation.  Our Churches have been delivering meals to hungry school children, curbside food pantries on our front lawns, drive-in worship services, online sermons and daily devotions, caring phone ...

Change in refund policy for Iowa United Methodist camps

Change in refund policy for Iowa United Methodist camps

4/1/2020
In light of concerns around COVID-19 in summer 2020, Lake Okoboji and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps have agreed to modify their refund policy for the upcoming camp season so that parents, families, and churches can register for camp WORRY FREE!  This year, all registrants are allowed the opportunity for a full refund, including deposit, for any registration up to two weeks prior to a camp event at Lake Okoboji or Wesley Woods. If camp is in your summer plans, we hope this helps put your ...

Payroll Protection letter to conference

Payroll Protection letter to conference

4/1/2020
Friends in Christ,   The Paycheck Protection Act that was recently passed by Congress has included non-profit organizations, such as churches.    We encourage you to look into this program and see how it best fits your local church. Please make sure your Finance Committee, Trustees, and Administrative Council (Church Council) review the program. Your local church’s legal counsel would also provide sound advice for you.    This is a “loan to grant” program, meaning that the loan may be become a ...

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

4/1/2020
Updated Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m. 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 resources as they become available. To submit a service time, please email courtney@iaumc.org with your church name, service time and a link to where the service is found online, television station or radio station.   Thinking of starting to livestream? Ask The UMC can ...

Caring Connections for April 1, 2020

Caring Connections for April 1, 2020

3/31/2020
God's Love is Faithful from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for April 1, 2020 Good Afternoon, Iowa! It’s Wednesday, April 1, and this is Caring Connections which is also April Fools Day. I’d like to read a few verses from Psalm 18, one of lectionary passages for Palm Sunday     Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,     because his faithful love lasts forever. 2 Let Israel say it:     “God’s faithful love lasts forever!” 21 I thank you because you ...

Chaplaincy program for clergy off the ground in all eight districts

Chaplaincy program for clergy off the ground in all eight districts

3/31/2020
A chaplaincy program has been established in each district of the Iowa Conference as a way clergy can care for one another during these unprecedented times. Rev. Terra Amundson, Dean of the Appointive Cabinet and Southwest District Superintended, hopes this can be a new way of being moving forward.   “We are in a very strange time and we have pastors that all of a sudden have to figure out how to do ministry in a different way than our normal day by day,” Amundson said. “When we're suddenly ...

Eight district websites merge to four co-district webpages

Eight district websites merge to four co-district webpages

3/31/2020
Beginning April 1, 2020, our eight district websites will become four co-district webpages.    This decision was made because the Iowa Annual Conference has closed the district offices and transitioned from eight district administrative assistances (DAAs) to four. The merging of the web pages will help to streamline the work of the DAAs and reduce website hosting expenses.   Please bookmark your district in your web browser to make accessing them easier. You can also access them from here:  http...

Holy Week message from Bishop Laurie

Holy Week message from Bishop Laurie

3/31/2020
God's Love Never Ends from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo.   Listen to the Bishop Laurie's message for Holy Week 2020 Grace to you and peace on this Palm Sunday. Lament is a common word that we are using in these days to describe our coronavirus world. Lament in the Bible has always been a deep expression of grief and sorrow for someone who has died or for something that is gone. In the midst of the deadly effects of the virus and our attempts to stop its spread, we lament all that we have ...

Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School cancelled with new alternative

Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School cancelled with new alternative

3/31/2020
Licensing School, as previously offered and planned for this year, is cancelled, with a new alternative already in place.   Licensing School will be offered in an entirely new format, thanks to COVID-19.  We will send out frequent updates to students enrolled, their mentors and district support, as the format and timeline are still in development at Emory University/Candler School of Theology.   We will be using the online school that Emory/Candler is rapidly pulling together. Registration ...

Iowa Conference Center closed through April 16

Iowa Conference Center closed through April 16

3/31/2020
In light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and the recommendations to limit our social interaction to prevent the spread of the virus, the Iowa Annual Conference Center will be closed until and including April 16, 2020.  Conference staff will be working remotely during that time.    Staff can be reached either by calling their direct extension or by calling the main number, 515-974-8900, listening for the directory prompt, accessing the staff person’s extension, and leaving a message. ...

A letter to clergy from Bishop Laurie regarding Holy Communion and Palm Sunday Great Thanksgiving

A letter to clergy from Bishop Laurie regarding Holy Communion and Palm Sunday Great Thanksgiving

3/30/2020
To the Clergy of The Iowa Annual Conference,    These days marked by the pandemic of Covid-19 are confusing, scary and isolating. As I have been in prayer for our beloved Conference, I have been reflecting on Holy Communion and the way that we, as the body of Christ, experience that sacrament as a means of sustaining and saving grace. In this time of social distancing, we are one body physically separated into many parts, but we remain spiritually united as “one with each other, one with Christ ...

Emotional well being

Emotional well being

3/30/2020
By: Kae Tritle, RN, Iowa Annual Conference Wellness Coordinator We are living in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis that has elicited a variety of emotions. For the majority of us, our usual safe and comforting routines, places, and people have changed. Change usually triggers a grief response. Many of us are experiencing the following stages:   Shock and denial: Is Covid-19 real or could it affect me or my family members? Bargaining or negotiation: What will you do or won’t do in ...

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/30 - 4/5

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/30 - 4/5

3/30/2020
The 40-day season of Lent began on February 26 and Bishop Laurie, clergy, and friends of The Iowa Annual Conference have written short devotionals for each day to help us journey through this season together.  If you would like to receive these daily in an email, subscribe here. They will also be published in the News and will be included in our Weekly 360 e-news each Friday during Lent.  Monday, March 30, 2020 Scripture: On the first day of the week, as we gathered together for a meal, Paul ...

Mrs. Virginia Schoenbohm Clymer, widow of Bishop Wayne Clymer, died March 21, 2020

Mrs. Virginia Schoenbohm Clymer, widow of Bishop Wayne Clymer, died March 21, 2020

3/30/2020
Mrs. Virginia Schoenbohm Clymer, widow of Bishop Wayne Clymer, died March 21, 2020 at age 96. Bishop Wayne Clymer died in 2013. Bishop Clymer was ordained in the early 1940s and served as an elder with the Evangelical United Brethren Church prior to the merger that formed The United Methodist Church in 1968. He served churches in New York, was a professor and president of Evangelical Theological Seminary in Illinois, and served as president of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). ...

The United Methodist Publishing House grants temporary permission for UM Book of Worship content

The United Methodist Publishing House grants temporary permission for UM Book of Worship content

3/30/2020
Nashville, March, 2020 – The outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and the resulting cancellation of group gatherings has led many United Methodist churches to plan online virtual worship experiences.   To assure that local churches have the resources they need, the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) announced that it is granting permission to use and post online selected contents from the United MethodistBook of Worship (BOW) as congregations care for their members during the international ...

Trump tightens procedures for migrants trying to gain asylum

Trump tightens procedures for migrants trying to gain asylum

3/27/2020
By: Karlene Neal Jose had risked his life trying to cross the border illegally with his mother. Finally he was given a chance to tell a judge his story. The judge asked Jose three questions: What’s your nationality? Why did you leave your country?  Why can’t you go back?  The judge accepted his explanation and granted him protection from deportation. (Just a tiny fraction of migrants, less than 1%, have been able to get a hearing.)  But the immigration officers ordered him to go back to Mexico ...

A Pastoral Care letter to Iowa Clergy

A Pastoral Care letter to Iowa Clergy

3/25/2020
Dear Clergy Colleagues,   I want to thank you for the outstanding spiritual leadership that you have been providing for your congregations over these last weeks, as we have all learned to live in a new way in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Even though you cannot be physically present with your parishioners on Sunday morning, you are learning new ways to worship, provide spiritual nurture, and proclaim the good news.  I understand that there has been some chatter on social media among Iowa ...

Caring Connections for March 25, 2020

Caring Connections for March 25, 2020

3/25/2020
Caring Connections - March 25, 2020 from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Bishop Laurie Haller offers words of encouragement to bolster caring connections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  She shares four stories of churches building relationships and making a difference.  “May God bless each one of you,” she prays, “and keep you safe.”   Listen to Caring Connections from Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Good afternoon, Iowa! This is the first installment of Wednesday Words of Encouragement as...

NEW! Webinars and unscripted conversations available for clergy and laity

NEW! Webinars and unscripted conversations available for clergy and laity

3/25/2020
Good Idea Webinars and opportunities for Unscripted Expressions of Encouragement and Support will begin this week for laity and clergy of the Iowa Conference. Reverend Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence, describes the twice-weekly webinars and the unscripted expressions that will provide opportunities to share concerns and hopes in our current uncertain times. Listen to the Iowa Conference Conversations Podcast here. "It came about because, like all of us, the people in ...

Pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12 noon, March 25

Pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12 noon, March 25

3/24/2020
People across the world are being urged to join together in prayer to “rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic.”  The invitation, issued by the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church echoes a call from Pope Francis, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), and other religious leaders.   Specifically, the call is to pray The Lord’s Prayer at 12 noon.  The one prayer, offered in many voices, will happen at that hour in various time zones,...

Status update for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session

Status update for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session

3/24/2020
Friends and Co-workers in Christ,  As the days and weeks unfold, we will know more about whether the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session will or will not be held as planned on the first weekend of June. As you know, the timing of everything in our lives, including our conferencing, depends on the spread/containment/regression of the pandemic and making sure everyone is safe and well.    There have been a few questions raised about the status of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session as well as...

General Conference to move to 2021

General Conference to move to 2021

3/23/2020
Commission on the General Conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2020  Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date. After hearing recommendations from Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference, and discussion of possible alternatives, the Commission made a ...

‘Hope is Never Going to Be Canceled’

‘Hope is Never Going to Be Canceled’

3/20/2020
“Hope is never going to be canceled.”  That’s the clear message of Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle, lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. Through its compassionate outreach in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis and the online worship presence, the congregation is actively sharing that positive assurance    On March 17, he was interviewed by Katie Kay and a colleague from BBC World News.  He was asked about the online presence of the church.  “It was a great opportunity to share ...

Council on Finance and Administration votes to put Contingency Plan into effect

Council on Finance and Administration votes to put Contingency Plan into effect

3/20/2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Iowa Annual Conference:   On March 12, 2020, the Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) voted to put in effect the Contingency Plan. Developed in 2017, it calls for the Conference Treasurer to authorize payment of expenses in priority order. All Conference boards, agencies, and departments are to cease spending as much as possible so that only priority operating items are paid such as mortgage and lease payments, utilities, insurance, salaries and benefits,...

New video resource – Caring Connections with Bishop Laurie

New video resource – Caring Connections with Bishop Laurie

3/20/2020
Bishop Laurie and conference leaders are starting a short video series sharing how our connection is still strong even if we are not physically connected. It will begin on Wednesday at 2:00 pm. You can watch them on Facebook (@iowaumchuch) or follow us on Vimeo (@iowaannualconference) or bookmark this page that will have all Caring Connections videos. In addition, the Caring Connections podcast will soon be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and five other sites. In the ...

Chuck Knows Church: Things We Can Do

Chuck Knows Church: Things We Can Do

3/19/2020
Chuck Knows Church is back! He’s teaming up with #SeeAllThePeople to share a few simple ideas that your church can do to help your community during this time of crisis. During these uncertain times, we may feel isolated from one another and experiencing a sense of aloneness, but we can still provide community in Christ and fellowship in the spirit. Watch as Chuck shows us how our congregations can turn isolation into engagement with our community.     EPISODE 1: MAKE A CALL   EPISODE 2: ...

A note from Bishop Laurie and the Appointive Cabinet

A note from Bishop Laurie and the Appointive Cabinet

3/18/2020
FROM BISHOP LAURIE AND THE APPOINTIVE CABINET Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ. We write to you to encourage and support you in this time marked by coronavirus warnings, quarantines, social distancing and even the cancelation of March Madness! Our world has undergone major changes in the last few days and weeks. Our governor has declared a state of emergency and prohibited all social gatherings of greater than 10 people including spiritual and religious...

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

3/18/2020
Dear friends, I am writing to let you know that the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference was notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center today that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, because of the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, the Executive Committee announced that the General Conference scheduled for May 5-15, 2020, will be postponed and new dates will be selected at some point.   Of primary concern now in our state, country, ...

Health-Full coping strategies for COVID-19

Health-Full coping strategies for COVID-19

3/17/2020
Written by: Kae Tritle, RN, Wellness Coordinator   “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7   We are all coping with the real effects of the Coronavirus in our world; from being intentional about hand-washing to changes in our travel plans to our social gatherings, meetings and classes canceled. We need to use the sound mind that God has given us to be appropriate and prudent about who and where we are in contact with others. Use ...

Taking your worship online: A guide for beginners and everyone else

Taking your worship online: A guide for beginners and everyone else

3/17/2020
By Jeremy Steele SPECIAL FROM ResourceUMC/MYCOM - "The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 highlights the need for worship alternatives like livestreaming. “There’s cause for prayer and bereavement care,” Jeremy Smith wrote recently, “but also [the need] for preparation [among] faith communities to continue to function amidst public health concerns — and indeed assist in the effort to contain this virus’ spread.” This article was fast-tracked to walk you through the planning needed to serve members ...

COVID-19 Lockdown: Creating Live-streamed Worship in 3 Days

COVID-19 Lockdown: Creating Live-streamed Worship in 3 Days

3/16/2020
The following is shared from HACKING CHRISTIANITY by Rev. Jeremy Smith.  Visit his blog at hackingchristianity.net  We're grateful for his insights and creativity MARCH 9, 2020 BY UMJEREMY 15 COMMENTS I pastor a church under COVID-19 restrictions. This is how we worshipped online with only 3 days prep.  Last week, I wrote “I pastor a church near a COVID-19 outbreak. Here’s what churches can do” after a meeting with the Public Health department of Seattle’s region. I detailed several ways how...

Be prepared, stay connected, and receive God's peace

Be prepared, stay connected, and receive God's peace

3/14/2020
March 14, 2020   Dear Clergy Colleagues,   As it has become clear, the Coronavirus will get worse before it gets better. That has entailed changes in our everyday life and work, as we all seek to avoid exposure and infection with the virus.   I know that it is now Saturday evening and Sunday’s a’coming. However, the rapidly evolving face of the Coronavirus Pandemic means that continual reevaluation of safety procedures is necessary. I am making several recommendations for those of you who are ...

Bishop Laurie responds to Council of Bishops letter to postpone General Conference 2020

Bishop Laurie responds to Council of Bishops letter to postpone General Conference 2020

3/13/2020
Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has decided to ask for a postponement of the 2020 General Conference due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is not known yet when the General Conference, currently scheduled for Minneapolis in May, will be rescheduled. We know that many important decisions need to be made at General Conference. Our primary concern, however, is the health and welfare of our delegates and those who ...

Canceled - Spring Orders and Fellowship: Connecting with those we disagree with

Canceled - Spring Orders and Fellowship: Connecting with those we disagree with

3/12/2020
This event has been canceled. Due to travel bans our presenters, Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School, and the Rev. Dr. Susan Pendleton Jones of the North Carolina Conference’s Church Transformation Ministries are unable to be here to present. Your registration will be carried over to the Fall 2020 event which will be October 19 & 20 where Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School, and the Rev. Dr. Susan Pendleton Jones of the North Carolina Conference’s Church ...

Iowa Conference cancels events for March and April due to COVID-19

Iowa Conference cancels events for March and April due to COVID-19

3/12/2020
DES MOINES, IA (March 12, 2020) – With fourteen cases of COVID-19 reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health (as of March 11) and an additional 126 being monitored, the Iowa Annual Conference is canceling or postponing all upcoming events for the months of March and April 2020. The evolving situation is being closely monitored and information will be updated frequently.  “This is an extremely difficult decision,” said Bishop Laurie Haller. “Nevertheless, our concern is first and foremost ...

Applications available for Harry Denman Award

Applications available for Harry Denman Award

3/10/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards honor United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism – expressed in Word (what), Sign (why) and Deed (how) – brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year Annual Conferences join The Foundation for Evangelism to recognize one youth, one clergy, and one lay person in ...

Camp Lake Okoboji hires new Program Director

Camp Lake Okoboji hires new Program Director

3/10/2020
It is an exciting week as we welcome Phil Bargfrede as the Program Coordinator at Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center (LOUMC).  Phil, and his wife Theresa, are moving to Spirit Lake from Grimes, Iowa where Phil served as the Children’s Director at Grimes United Methodist Church for ten years. Phil was also a member of the Iowa Board of Camps, a volunteer-based team working to better Iowa UMC Camping Ministries.  Phil is passionate about youth ministry because, “…it is not ...

Karen Lampe Congregational Care Training

Karen Lampe Congregational Care Training

3/10/2020
Congregational Care, for both clergy and lay members, can be intimidating. The needs are many and can be overwhelming. Nationally renowned expert, Rev. Karen Lampe, will lead a 2-day Congregational Care Ministry Workshop, September 11 & 12, 2020 at the Iowa Annual Conference Center that will teach churches how to organize their care ministries and train participants to provide compassionate care for people experiencing a variety of life crises.  Rev. Karen Lampe served as the Executive Pastor ...

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/16 - 3/22

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/16 - 3/22

3/10/2020
The 40-day season of Lent began on February 26 and Bishop Laurie, clergy, and friends of The Iowa Annual Conference have written short devotionals for each day to help us journey through this season together.  If you would like to receive these daily in an email, subscribe here. They will also be published in the News and will be included in our Weekly 360 e-news each Friday during Lent.  Monday, March 16, 2020 Scripture: Now, dear friends, I am requesting that we love each other. It’s not as ...

Take the next step—attend the Iowa UMC Licensing School

Take the next step—attend the Iowa UMC Licensing School

3/10/2020
The 2020 Iowa Licensing School will be May 19-May 26 at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA. The registration deadline for the school is April 20th. All assignments will need to be completed and submitted by May 1st. Additional information including registration and assignments can be found at https://www.iaumc.org/iowalicensingschool. Licensing school, followed by the Course of Study or seminary, provides the foundation for ministry to become a pastor. By attending The Iowa United ...

Iowa Conference Camping – a life-changing experience

Iowa Conference Camping – a life-changing experience

3/9/2020
Before you know it, summer will be here, and with it, an opportunity for kids of all ages to enjoy the unique experience that only an Iowa United Methodist camp can bring. Naturally that includes fun stuff like swimming, hiking, canoeing, archery, and crafts – but there’s so much more to it.  Click here to listen to the Iowa Conference Conversations podcast with Bryan Johnson  “We have three core values,” states Bryan Johnson, Director of Camping and Christian Formation.  “We want to make sure ...

Laity Day with Bishop Laurie is April 4

Laity Day with Bishop Laurie is April 4

3/6/2020
Laity Day with Bishop Laurie will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ames, First UMC (516 Kellogg Ave., Ames, IA.) The program will begin at 9:50 a.m. At Laity Day you can look forward to a full day of learning and activities that will include Bishop Laurie’s presentations, worship, missional topics, lunch and closing communion. There will also be displays helpful to local church leaders. Registration is free but important in planning for meals and materials.  ...

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/9 - 3/15

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/9 - 3/15

3/6/2020
The 40-day season of Lent began on February 26 and Bishop Laurie, clergy, and friends of The Iowa Annual Conference have written short devotionals for each day to help us journey through this season together.  If you would like to receive these daily in an email, subscribe here. They will also be published in the News and will be included in our Weekly 360 e-news each Friday during Lent.  Monday, March 9, 2020 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,     who walk in obedience to him. You will eat ...

It’s about relationships

It’s about relationships

3/5/2020
Submitted by Linda Rowe*   A group of 11 Davis County residents led by Clayton Eakins returned once again to the area of El Negrito, Honduras, for a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip in January. Team members were: Eakins, Steve and Donna Olinger, Linda Rowe, Butch Priester, Steve Davidson, Penny Warren, Julie Griffin, Marisela Sanchez, Lynn Roberts, and Mary Jo Johnson.   “Sitting outside in a church service the last night we were there, I looked around at all that has happened...

March 2020 Disaster Response Update

March 2020 Disaster Response Update

3/4/2020
The images from Tennessee strike close to home. Many of us want to help.  The best way at this time is with prayers and financial donations through UMCOR Special Advance #901670. After the affected communities have had time to access the damage, to account for all their residents and to make the communities secure, there will be opportunities to “go and help.” PLEASE DO NOT simply go at this time. There are currently many opportunities to help all over the country. Since January 2020 we have had...

A Future with Hope for the Iowa Annual Conference

A Future with Hope for the Iowa Annual Conference

3/2/2020
Over the past several years, we have been discerning a new future for The United Methodist Church in Iowa. In order to better address the adaptive challenges of the Iowa Annual Conference and our call to reach out to our communities with grace and hope, we have been developing a significant structural realignment of resources, both human and financial. Our goal is to be better equipped to lead, equip, and serve in a rapidly changing world.    Clergy and laity from across the Conference were ...

Letter from Rev. Heeheon Jeon: Mabaan Flood Relief

3/2/2020
The South Sudan is the newest nation in the world but has struggled as a fledgling country due to fighting among their leadership. The Mabaan speaking ethnic group occupies Mabaan County of the Northern Upper Nile State. In July 2019, heavy rainfall from a weather phenomenon called the Indian Ocean Dipole flooded the war-torn county and an estimated 420,000 people have been displaced.

Letter from Rev. Moody Colorado: Mabaan Flood Relief

3/2/2020
The South Sudan is the newest nation in the world but has struggled as a fledgling country due to fighting among their leadership. The Mabaan speaking ethnic group occupies Mabaan County of the Northern Upper Nile State. In July 2019, heavy rainfall from a weather phenomenon called the Indian Ocean Dipole flooded the war-torn county and an estimated 420,000 people have been displaced.

Rev. Melissa Drake to be New Superintendent

Rev. Melissa Drake to be New Superintendent

3/2/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller has announced that Rev. Melissa Drake will become one of the Superintendents effective July 1, 2020.  She will serve the southwest region, which comprises the current Southwest District and some adjacent areas of the current Northwest District. Rev. Drake will follow Rev. Terra Amundson, who concludes her tenure on the Appointive Cabinet this year, having served most recently as the Dean of that group. She becomes lead pastor of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in ...

Bishop urges congregations to be prepared, be calm

Bishop urges congregations to be prepared, be calm

2/28/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller is urging Iowa United Methodist congregations to be prepared as reports of the spread of the coronavirus (also known as “COVID-19”) makes the news.    “Let’s all be calm here in Iowa,” Bishop Laurie said, “even as we receive reports of the spread of the coronavirus disease in regions across the world. We pray for recovery for those who have fallen ill.  We also pray for the medical teams who are working to contain the outbreak.”   It’s suggested that leaders of Iowa United ...

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/2 - 3/8

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 3/2 - 3/8

2/28/2020
The 40-day season of Lent began on February 26 and Bishop Laurie, clergy, and friends of The Iowa Annual Conference have written short devotionals for each day to help us journey through this season together.  If you would like to receive these daily in an email, subscribe here. They will also be published in the News and will be included in our Weekly 360 e-news each Friday during Lent.  Monday, March 2, 2020 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, how he had killed all Baal’s prophets ...

Bishop Laurie announces Mabaan Flood Relief conference-wide fundraiser

Bishop Laurie announces Mabaan Flood Relief conference-wide fundraiser

2/27/2020
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day—on that day all the springs of the deep sea erupted, and the windows in the skies opened. It rained on the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:11-12 CEB) The story of Noah has always intrigued me. How did Noah decide which animals got to ride in the ark and which ones were left behind? What must it have been like to ride in the ark for forty days and nights? God wiped away every living thing that ...

Doing ministry  from  the  ground up

Doing ministry  from  the ground up

2/27/2020
“We’re living in times different than ever before. Some would call it unprecedented times,” says Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle, “And because of that, we need to think differently and strategically.”  Rev. Tritle, who serves as lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, is also the convener of the Bishop’s Operational Team, which was formerly known as the Healthy Conference Initiative. “We’re serving the bishop as an advisory council group that helps to think about ways to help this ...

The Arco Iris

The Arco Iris

2/25/2020
Submitted by Beverly Nolte From Bloomfield to Wilton, Moscow to Manning, fifteen Iowa United Methodists left wintry Iowa for tropical Costa Rica on a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission work experience. “Rich Coast” is situated between Nicaragua and Panama, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Known as “Ticos” their land has a variety of exotic flora, fauna, rainforests, and volcanoes. Scarlet macaws, frigate birds, flashing butterflies and howler monkeys are caught on camera in many ...

Becoming a movement again through circuit ministry

Becoming a movement again through circuit ministry

2/24/2020
In response to a changing world, the Iowa Annual Conference is in the process of going through some major structural shifts right now. One of the biggest changes in the works is the adoption of a circuit model that is designed to bring clergy and lay leaders together for missional accountability and to provide a sense of connection between each other and with the conference.  If the idea of circuits sounds a bit old-fashioned to your ear, that’s because it’s a concept that was originally ...

Iowa clergywomen contribute to

Iowa clergywomen contribute to "Speaking Truth"

2/21/2020
In September 2018, young clergywomen from across the United Methodist Church came together to write the devotional book We Pray With Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead.  The editors were excited to partner with Abingdon Press and additional clergywomen to publish a companion devotional Speaking Truth: Women Raising Their Voices in Prayer, released February 18, 2020. Among the 92 contributors to Speaking Truth are five Iowa Annual Conference clergywomen: Rev. Mara LeHew Bailey, Rev. ...

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 2/26 - 3/1

Lent 2020 Daily Devotions: 2/26 - 3/1

2/21/2020
The 40-day season of Lent begins on February 26 and Bishop Laurie, clergy, and friends of The Iowa Annual Conference have written short devotionals for each day to help us journey through this season together.  If you would like to receive these daily in an email, subscribe here. They will also be published in the News and will be included in our Weekly 360 e-news each Friday during Lent.  Wednesday, February 26, 2020 I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so ...

St. Paul's United Methodist Church receives national spotlight

St. Paul's United Methodist Church receives national spotlight

2/21/2020
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids was recently featured as a “modern landmark” in the Winter 2019 issue of Sacred Places – The Magazine of Partners for Sacred Places.  Built in 1913 and designed by renown architect Louis Sullivan, the church was chosen by Partners for Sacred Places in 2017 to participate in the National Fund for Sacred Places program. This prestigious program administered by Partners in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation ...

New at AC2020—Option Technologies provides virtual voting through your smart phone or tablet

New at AC2020—Option Technologies provides virtual voting through your smart phone or tablet

2/20/2020
Option Technologies Inc. (OTI) has provided electronic voting support for the Iowa Annual Conference since 2007. New at the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference, OTI will be providing Virtual Voting (VVoter) through a web browser on your smart device. Most iOS, Android or Windows phones or tablets purchased since 2016 should be compatible. Here is a list of VVoter web browsers that are compatible and how to find the version you are using. Voting pads will also be available for those who do not have or ...

The School for Practical Ministry will feature Bishop Laurie Haller, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore and Iowa UMC workshop leaders

The School for Practical Ministry will feature Bishop Laurie Haller, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore and Iowa UMC workshop leaders

2/19/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller, resident bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference, will be the featured speaker on the opening day of the 2020 Iowa School for Practical Ministry. The event registration is now open and is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at the Altoona United Methodist Church.   Register here.  Download the brochure. Bishop Laurie will talk about "The Dark Side of Ministry: Lessons in Self-Care" where she will discuss the importance of taking care of our mind, body and ...

"Wandering Into Grace" available to order today

2/18/2020
"Last week my office at the Conference Center was so cold that I had to move elsewhere to work. I thought it was due to the intense cold and wind chill until someone finally checked the thermostat and discovered that the heat wasn’t working!" said Bishop Laurie. "It reminded me of the night before my daughter Talitha and I crested the Larkya Pass in Nepal at 17,060 feet. Sleeping in a small stone hut with no heat and the wind howling all around us, we soon realized that we had to get creative in...

MUMM available to assist with Vacation Bible School in a Southeast, South Central or Southwest district

MUMM available to assist with Vacation Bible School in a Southeast, South Central or Southwest district

2/18/2020
You might think, “We don’t have kids at our church!” They are there and they need you. Even if only two or three kids, they still need you and their parents might, too.   Brian Dembowczyk writes in Gospel Centered Kids Ministry, "Theologically, functionally, and missionally, kids are an essential part of the church today. Right now." Are they a part of your church? Vacation Bible School (VBS) is one way to reach out to serve kids.    Let Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) know if you’...

Iowa U.M. Camps Campaign enters its third week

Iowa U.M. Camps Campaign enters its third week

2/17/2020
The first-ever Iowa United Methodist Camps Annual Campaign is in its third week with positive results. “We are thrilled that people are saying yes to outdoor youth ministry,” says Duane Daby, campaign chair. “For young people camping is so often the catalyst for faith formation and discipleship. The Iowa Board of Camps and Retreats is positioning itself to thrive not just this year, but future years.” Through the first two full weeks of the campaign over 150 people have made pledges to either ...

Fresh Expressions—taking the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves

Fresh Expressions—taking the church Jesus loves closer to the people Jesus loves

2/16/2020
Over ninety people gathered at First United Methodist Church in Ankeny on Saturday, February 15, for the first Iowa Fresh Expressions Vision Day.  The gathering, clergy and lay, came to discover what it means to be the church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through Fresh Expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for their region, community, or neighborhood. Presenters were Matt Lake, Lead Pastor of the ...

Candidacy Retreat an

Candidacy Retreat an "opportunity to connect" with others in process

2/12/2020
Candidates for ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference participated in a retreat as part of their candidacy process on Saturday, February 1 at the Conference Center.   Recently redesigned, the Candidacy Retreat is required for all candidates in process, but it is also an opportunity for those considering their call to ministry to speak with others in process or in positions of leadership.   “It’s a place of discernment where we focus on the steps of the candidacy process among other avenues of ...

Connectional Table Offers Live Webinar on U.S. Regional Conference Legislation

Connectional Table Offers Live Webinar on U.S. Regional Conference Legislation

2/11/2020
The Connectional Table The United Methodist Church   For Immediate Release February 11, 2020   Connectional Table Offers Live Webinar "Five Things to Know About U.S. Regional Conference before GC 2020" Chicago, IL – On February 20, 2020, the Connectional Table (CT) will host a live 1.5-hour webinar entitled "Five Things to Know About United States Regional Conference (USRC) before GC 2020."  The webinar will address questions and concerns about the URSC legislation that the Connectional Table ...

Consider a Lenten Journey by Wandering Into Grace

Consider a Lenten Journey by Wandering Into Grace

2/10/2020
Looking for a meaningful Lenten journey?  For yourself?  For a group in your faith community?   Consider Bishop Laurie Haller’s new book, Wandering Into Grace: A Journey of Discovery and Hope for your personal devotion or small-group study.   “Wandering is a way of life for those who seek to create a world where grace leads us into new ways of seeing, serving, leading, and reaching out,”  Bishop Laurie writes.   Her 2018 trekking trip to Nepal is chronicled in the book in six chapters.  Each has...

Opportunity to Experience the World Methodist Council

Opportunity to Experience the World Methodist Council

2/10/2020
Would you like to be the Iowa Conference representative to the World Methodist Council?  Bishop Laurie Haller is extending an invitation to become one of Iowa’s two Council members.   The World Methodist Council finds its origins in a conference held in London, England at Wesley’s Chapel in 1881 where some 400 delegates from 30 Methodist bodies around the world gathered in an Ecumenical Methodist Conference. The WMC website reports, “In 1931 a decision was made to organize a Council – a new ...

Office furniture available at the Iowa Conference Center

Office furniture available at the Iowa Conference Center

2/7/2020
A collection of office furniture has accumulated at the Iowa Annual Conference center after the closure of the district offices. We will be open to the public the following dates for people to come take a look and take whatever they want. It is the responsibility of those taking the furniture to remove and haul the furniture from the conference center to its new home. A donation to the IAUMC is appreciated. Checks can be made payable to the Iowa Annual Conference, with "furniture" in the memo ...

Vision 2032 conversations continue at district pre-conference gatherings

Vision 2032 conversations continue at district pre-conference gatherings

2/7/2020
The Vision 2032 conversations in January were well attended across the Conference. Many thanks to the host churches and pastors and for everyone’s engagement. Specific proposals based upon the conversations held last fall were presented during the January conversations. These proposal may become action items for this year’s Annual Conference Session that could significantly change our work and life together in Iowa as United Methodists. You are encouraged to read them and comment on them. You ...

Bishop Laurie Haller Wanders Into Grace

Bishop Laurie Haller Wanders Into Grace

2/6/2020
“I’ve always been a writer. Ever since I was a child, I would write about significant things in my life,” shares Iowa Conference Bishop Laurie Haller, recalling her early chronicle of a two-week trip out west with her family. Her father, who worked in a commercial printing factory, even put her writings about the trip together into a little book for her.   Now, some years later, Bishop Laurie is seeing the chronicle of her July 2018 trip, an arduous trek in Nepal with her daughter Talitha, ...

Iowa delegates reflect of Pre-General Conference briefing

Iowa delegates reflect of Pre-General Conference briefing

2/6/2020
John Rothlisberger and Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, two General Conference delegates, traveled to Nashville for a briefing about the plans that will be presented to the worldwide decision-making body of The United Methodist Church in May.   For Plambeck there is “a call to do what feels faithful [which] is a good outcome.”  “A lot of the potentials seem to be coming together into this upcoming General Conference that aren’t dissimilar to what I've experienced prior to this, but seem like things ...

Peace with Justice Scholarship Essay contest 2020

Peace with Justice Scholarship Essay contest 2020

2/5/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference Board of Church and Society Peace with Justice Scholarship Essay Contest is now open. This contest is available to students who are high school juniors or seniors during the current school year and who live in Iowa or attend an Iowa high school. The applicant need not be a member of a United Methodist Church nor any other religious organization.  "This scholarship is funded through the Peace with Justice special offerings. Through this essay contest, we hope to ...

Iowa UM Advocacy Day – will we go to the other side?

Iowa UM Advocacy Day – will we go to the other side?

2/3/2020
By: Conference UMW Leadership Team On Thursday, January 30, Iowa Conference United Methodist Women (UMW) partnered with the Board of Church and Society to host the Conference United Methodist Advocacy Day. This year’s event was packed with conversation and information.    Gathering at Wesley United Methodist Church near the state Capitol, approximately 48 people arrived to share opening devotions by Conference UMW Social Action Coordinator Deb Streff.  Streff shared the story of her friend ...

Laity Summit offers new training for leaders

Laity Summit offers new training for leaders

2/3/2020
All districts in Iowa were challenged to hold Laity Summits in 2020, and the Central District was the first to hold this new opportunity.   About 30 people joined together at Ankeny First UM Church’s Uptown Campus to listen to speakers, worship together and brainstorm new ways that their local churches could partner together in mission.   “Our goal is to build up the network of our laity,” Central District Lay-Leader Angela Hansen-Abbas said. “God is still God and church is still church, and I’m...

Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries launches its first Annual Campaign in February

Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries launches its first Annual Campaign in February

1/31/2020
“At the end of the week there’s a 99% chance that you’ll be crying because it’s so fun that you won’t want to leave” — Rodney, 9 years old, talking about his time at the Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp The Iowa Board of Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries (BOCCRM) is thrilled to launch its first Annual Campaign in beginning in February to support Iowa United Methodist Camps. This annual campaign is a direct fundraising campaign that will support Wesley Woods and Lake Okoboji United ...

One Day

One Day "Shaping the Prayers of the People" Class at Cornell College

1/29/2020
On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the School for Lay Ministry is offering a one-day Advanced Class on prayer at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. This class is intended to empower and equip laypeople and clergy alike to offer heartfelt, informed, thoughtful, and appropriate prayers on behalf of the people of God. The required text book, Shaping the Prayers of the People by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher is available at Cokesbury or Barnes and Noble.  As Wells says, Interceding in public worship ...

Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation Raises $48,950 to Pay Off Meal Debt at Ames Community School District

Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation Raises $48,950 to Pay Off Meal Debt at Ames Community School District

1/28/2020
Press release from Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation AMES, IA Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation is excited to announce that, due to the generosity of its members and the wider community, $48,950 was raised last month to help pay down the school meal debt at Ames Community School District (ACSD). The church donated the $48,950 to ACSD to help fight food insecurity in Ames and support all students in the district. An estimated 575 Ames families’ ...

North Central Jurisdiction Recommends Electing One Bishop in 2020 and Forms a Task Force to Study Episcopal Leadership

North Central Jurisdiction Recommends Electing One Bishop in 2020 and Forms a Task Force to Study Episcopal Leadership

1/28/2020
Press Release from the College of Bishop, North Central Jurisdiction CHICAGO, ILLINOIS In a meeting last week in Chicago, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops have proposed to only elect one bishop during the NCJ Quadrennial Meeting, July 15-18 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two groups have agreed to form a task force to make recommendations on episcopal leadership for the jurisdiction over the next four years. In late August 2019, David...

Second day of Pre-General Conference briefing decidedly more personal

Second day of Pre-General Conference briefing decidedly more personal

1/24/2020
The second day of the briefing for the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church was filled with personal stories and a focus upon the ways that the church makes a difference in people’s lives.  While a portion of the time of the gathering for the nearly 500 delegates and communicators dealt with details of how the May General Conference will work in Minneapolis, much of the conversation was directed toward the care and attention to the needs of persons around the world and how the ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie Haller

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie Haller

1/23/2020
To the Saints of God in Iowa, Grace and peace! As we experience snow and bitter cold in Iowa, I am reminded of the graciousness and warmth of spirit that I witness in every corner of our state. In the midst of uncertainty and anxiety about the future of The United Methodist Church, you are engaged in transformative ministries in your local communities and around the world that are changing hearts and saving lives. I'd like to share some thoughts about our Conference’s Vision 2032 that will have ...

Delegates, Communicators gather for Pre-General Conference briefing

Delegates, Communicators gather for Pre-General Conference briefing

1/23/2020
Delegates and communicators from across the United Methodist connection gathered in Nashville for the 2020 pre-General Conference briefing. Representatives from the denomimnation’s boards and agencies resourced the nearly 500 domestic and international church representatives. The event began with worship on Thursday morning, January 23. General Conference worship leader, Raymond Trapp gathered those present into a community striving to know God, which is the Psalm 46 theme of the quadrennial ...

In Mission Together (former Rainbow Covenant) reporting due February 15

In Mission Together (former Rainbow Covenant) reporting due February 15

1/22/2020
The time has come to turn in your first IN MISSION TOGETHER missions reporting form for your church. This replaces the Rainbow Covenant form and it’s a new way of reporting. We hope you’ve attended one of the many explanation and training meetings that have been held around the Conference. You’ll be reporting both your GIVING and your SERVING information.   The new In Mission Together report form that replaces Rainbow Covenant is here.   In Mission Together encourages United Methodist Churches ...

Proposed Circuit Model for churches unveiled at Vision 2032 Part II Sessions

Proposed Circuit Model for churches unveiled at Vision 2032 Part II Sessions

1/21/2020
"We encourage every local pastor, lay person and member to attend one of the conversations this weekend. What we are talking about will impact the church right now and in the very near future." After considering all suggestions from the first round of the Vision 2032 series last fall, the Bishop's Operational Team has proposed that a few changes be made to make the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church a stronger conference beginning as early as this year. One of those changes ...

Take Noisy Offering to benefit MUMM

Take Noisy Offering to benefit MUMM

1/21/2020
Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) has been working within the Iowa Annual Conference for 22 years with a  mission to make disciples of Christ in rural Iowa. In that time, they’ve helped communities recover from disasters and rebuild; offered Bible studies, camp and Vacation Bible School (VBS); helped families with basic needs and shared God’s love through everything they do. Currently, they serve in the Southeast, South Central and Southwest districts. MUMM has been largely supported ...

Updated information about Vision 2032 Meetings

Updated information about Vision 2032 Meetings

1/21/2020
The last weekend of Vision 2032 Part II meetings are happening January 25-26 in five different districts. Please make time to attend one of the sessions as some of the proposals we heard from you during Part I will take effect as early as 2020-2021. We need your input moving forward to better shape the future of the Iowa Conference. Please note: The Conference Office will be sending two separate teams Saturday, January 25. Below are the team leads for each event. East Central District - 10:00 am...

Dr. Mary Bellon to become Collegiate UMC Senior Pastor

Dr. Mary Bellon to become Collegiate UMC Senior Pastor

1/15/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller has announced that Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon will become the next Senior Pastor of Collegiate UMC in Ames. Her appointment becomes effective on July 1, 2020.   For the past nineteen years Dr. Bellon has been the Director of the Office of Pastoral Care (OPCC) and Counseling of the Iowa Annual Conference. In that role she has offered care to clergy, ministerial professionals, and their families. She has worked with congregations and has led workshops and study abroad ...

New responsibilities for CCMC staff member

New responsibilities for CCMC staff member

1/15/2020
Dear Friends, It is my pleasure to share with you that Felicia Coe is the new Associate Director and Project Coordinator for the Iowa Annual Conference Sessions and Iowa Conference Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC). Felicia has been with the Conference staff for eight years. Her new responsibilities expand upon her previous work by developing, coordinating, and executing the production plan for annual conference sessions in consultation with the Sessions Committee along with the production ...

Vision 2032 II conversations begin January 11th

Vision 2032 II conversations begin January 11th

1/15/2020
You are invited to Vision 2032 II a follow-up conversation on what was heard during the Fall of 2019 at Vision 2032: All In Visioning Sessions with Bishop Laurie. It will begin with introductory remarks from Bishop Laurie and continue with ideas on plans for the Iowa Annual Conference to move forward in mission and ministry. Your participation is encouraged and you will be able to share in dialogue with those presenting. During the Fall of 2019, Vision 2032: All In gatherings were held ...

Panel offers peek behind scenes of separation plan

Panel offers peek behind scenes of separation plan

1/14/2020
By Kathy L. Gilbert Jan. 10, 2020 | UM News It was love of The United Methodist Church that brought 16 — sometimes hostile — people to a point of agreement for a path forward for the worldwide church. Even though the agreement is to split, participants still talked about loving each other in a livestreamed discussion Jan. 13 to explain how the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation was formed. “We started with quite a bit of tension and, really, hostility in the room,” said ...

The passing of Bishop Michael Coyner

The passing of Bishop Michael Coyner

1/9/2020
For Immediate Release Wednesday, January 08, 2020   Bishop Michael Coyner dies Bishop Michael Coyner, former retired Bishop of Indiana Area, died today January 8, 2020.  Bishop Coyner had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer that had spread to his liver.  Mike Coyner is originally from Anderson, Indiana. He received his B.A. from Purdue University, his M. Div. from Duke Divinity School, and his Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School. He has also received honorary doctorates from ...

Church of the Resurrection offers conference on hospitality

Church of the Resurrection offers conference on hospitality

1/8/2020
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection will host The Art of Hospitality Conference April 23 – 24, 2020. The conference takes place at Church of the Resurrection’s Leawood, KS Campus and focuses on the ministry of welcome and intentional hospitality. Participants will learn key principles and methods key to becoming an outwardly focused church, including: attracting visitors, effective follow-up and volunteer training. Featured Speakers, Executive Director Debi Nixon and Senior ...

Iowa United Methodist Camps inaugural giving campaign begins February 1, 2020

Iowa United Methodist Camps inaugural giving campaign begins February 1, 2020

1/8/2020
See the 2020 Camping Catalog United Methodist Camps are at an important time here in Iowa. They are envisioning a loss of funding through the Conference via apportionment funds. Although losing all of their funding through the church can be seen as an intimidating challenge, they find themselves excited about the possibilities this opens up for them. Starting in February of 2020, they will be holding their inaugural Campaign to raise funds to support Iowa United Methodist Camps! In order for ...

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