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Annual Conference 2021 equalization information

Annual Conference 2021 equalization information

1/15/2021
Each charge receives one lay member to the Iowa Annual Conference.    A charge served by more than one clergyperson is assigned an additional lay member for each additional appointed clergy. However, additional persons appointed to a charge who are from another annual conference, another denomination, are supervised and/or certified laypersons, or who are Temporary Pulpit Supply are not considered clergy for purposes of equalization and will not be in the total clergy count for that charge.    ...

Applications now being accepted for UMW grants

Applications now being accepted for UMW grants

1/15/2021
United Methodist Women are again offering grants to women in ministry, both laity and clergy, as well as local UMW units. These grants are possible through a generous gift from the Barbara Csomay estate. Barbara lived out our Purpose and had a heart for education of women. In 2020 we were able to give over $42,000 in grants. Many of those grants were in response to urgent needs due to the Covid Pandemic. In 2021 we will give preference to new projects/programs that reflect our Purpose to serve ...

Does global warming affect migration?

Does global warming affect migration?

1/15/2021
by Karlene Neal, Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees   An article recently published by the New York Times Magazine, in cooperation with ProPublica, describes the connection between global warming and people's migration. The authors used climate and economic-development data to examine scenarios.   For most of human history, mankind has lived within a surprisingly narrow range of temperatures where there is abundant food production. This zone seems to be moving northward, and drought ...

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Committee hosts Zoom event

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Committee hosts Zoom event

1/15/2021
The Iowa Annual Conference Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry (TIIM) standing committee is hosting a new Time for Renewal series of Zoom events. The next one is on January 27, 2021, from 10:00 am to 11: 30 am. It is open to all TIIMs graduates as well as any other clergy who might wish to join. The topic is titled "Happy New Year? Taking Time to Bask in Epiphany Light". The presenter is Rev. Karen Dungan, who is an Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference, a trained coach, certified Spiritual...

Vision 2032: Conversations on Local Church and Conference Finances

Vision 2032: Conversations on Local Church and Conference Finances

1/15/2021
As a follow-up to Bishop Laurie’s Epiphany Address, there will be Conversations on Local Church and Conference Finances. Bishop Laurie has prepared an opening devotion, “Sowing Seeds of Generosity” in which she describes her personal journey of faith relating to financial stewardship. Conference Treasurer Maggie Biggs and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration Chairperson Norlan Hinke will also present reports on the status of the giving of our local churches to Apportionments. ...

Abiding in Exile - We Contain Multitudes 01/14/2021

Abiding in Exile - We Contain Multitudes 01/14/2021

1/14/2021
By Lee Roorda Schott I just noticed that I haven’t been napping on Sunday afternoons.  This is surprising because I’ve always been a dedicated observer of S.A.I.N.T.: Sunday Afternoon Is Nap Time. I’d get home from worship and whatever else was part of the morning, and I’d be out. But I’m not, now. Now I find myself changing my clothes and then pondering options. A walk with my husband, or the “crafternoon” we shared recently. Folding the laundry. Some reading, or some Netflix.  I’m not certain ...

Are you exploring a call to ministry?

Are you exploring a call to ministry?

1/13/2021
The candidacy retreat which is a requirement of the candidacy process is an opportunity to further discern your call to ministry, learn more about the process, meet others on the journey, hear from those serving in different types of ministry and have a chance to ask questions. The next candidacy retreat will be Saturday, February 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom.    Register Now →

Updates on United Methodist Missionaries related to Iowa

Updates on United Methodist Missionaries related to Iowa

1/13/2021
From Rev. Doug Williams serving in Mendoza, Argentina The Albert Schweitzer School finished the school year on Dec. 8 with in-person final classes as ordered by the governor of the province. Our churches are still only worshipping virtually through Mendoza had a gathering in the plaza in front of the church to sing Christmas songs. In San Juan, we had a special gathering Saturday in the sanctuary to record the Sunday service at which we presented Maria Milagros who was born during our lockdown. ...

2021 Virtual Advocacy Day is Jan 25

2021 Virtual Advocacy Day is Jan 25

1/8/2021
Be an at-home advocate for the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day! Monday, January 25, 2021 RSVP to the Facebook event for updates and invite your friends! Learn more about the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day by signing up for Action Alerts. You will receive e-mails during the 2021 Legislative session about: Bills introduced into Legislature When to contact your Legislators Tips for Lobbying and Advocating Click here to subscribe.  

Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love

Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love

1/8/2021
Epiphany Address Transcript: WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE   January 4, 2021, Bishop Laurie Haller Epiphany Address                                                                               Iowa Annual Conference     Bishop Laurie Haller:   Good evening, friends. Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am deeply grateful that you have chosen to participate in this time of reflection and celebration of where we have been as United Methodists in Iowa and how ...

A Statement from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Iowa Annual Conference Appointive Cabinet

A Statement from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Iowa Annual Conference Appointive Cabinet

1/6/2021
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in ...

Abiding in Exile - Tempered 01/07/2021

Abiding in Exile - Tempered 01/07/2021

1/5/2021
By Nan Smith “Isaiah 43:2 (CEB) 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;     when through the rivers, they won’t sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you won’t be scorched and flame won’t burn you.   When the shot was fired, the wolf pups scattered in all directions and the mother wolf fell to the ground. For Aldo Leopold, a conservation officer in the 1950s, it was business as usual. He was just doing his job – systematically removing the top predators in the White ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie and the Appointive Cabinet - COVID-19 Update

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie and the Appointive Cabinet - COVID-19 Update

1/5/2021
To the clergy and congregations of the Iowa Annual Conference:   We would like to thank you for your faithful response to the November 18th directive from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet that paused in-person worship and church activities through January 10th. You may recall this decision was made in response to worsening COVID-19 positivity rates across the state and the profound pressures being placed on our healthcare systems and frontline workers. We deeply appreciate the ...

Abiding in Exile - The Ritual of Grief 12/31/2020

Abiding in Exile - The Ritual of Grief 12/31/2020

12/29/2020
By Eric Rucker “How can we sing the songs of the Lord in a foreign land?” – Psalm 137    “My tears have become my food, day and night!” – Psalm 42   I haven't been doing well.    And I don't mean that in the causal sense, like I experienced five minutes of indigestion or an hour of moodiness. I mean it's been several weeks of heaviness in my heart. I’ve found myself unable to muster a compassionate response to those whom I love. Challenges that in another season I could navigate with nimbleness ...

Destroyed Nativity reminds Woodbine UMC of the 'simplicity of Christmas'

Destroyed Nativity reminds Woodbine UMC of the 'simplicity of Christmas'

12/29/2020
Pastor Regina Harrison was finishing up a long day in the Woodbine First United Methodist Church office when she heard the winter wind howling and sleet hitting the church’s windows. She decided it was time to pack up her things and head home. Little did she know, there was more work to be done that night.   “I grew up in the south and have been through hurricanes, and it literally sounded like a hurricane out there,” Harrison said. “The wind was blowing about 50 miles per hour, and it was well ...

Ministry reports for the January 4th Epiphany Address

Ministry reports for the January 4th Epiphany Address

12/28/2020
All clergy and laypersons in the Iowa Conference are invited to Bishop Laurie’s Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love, Livestreamed on Monday evening, January 4, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The address will be recorded for future viewing.   The address is based upon the Gospel Lesson for the Epiphany of Jesus Christ, Matthew 2:1-12. She intends to offer both a word of hope for the New Year and share reports on the formation of Circuit Ministry, church finances, a process for ...

Abiding in Exile - What do we do while we wait? 12/24/2020

Abiding in Exile - What do we do while we wait? 12/24/2020

12/23/2020
By Priscilla Joel December 24, 2020 We all finally received some encouraging news a couple of weeks ago. A COVID-19 vaccine had approved by the FDA. Finally, a glimmer of hope after a long, seemingly endless stretch of darkness. This does not necessarily mean our fears and anxieties disappear, nor does it mean we should stop practicing vigilance to keep ourselves and our communities safe. There is still much to be done before we can live in a mask-less, social world once again. So, what do we do...

A Pastoral Message from Bishop Laurie

A Pastoral Message from Bishop Laurie

12/23/2020
As many of you know, changes in episcopal supervision in the North Central Jurisdiction were announced last summer because of the postponement of both the 2020 General Conference and the North Central Jurisdictional Conference due to COVID-19. Because Bishop Bruce Ough is retiring from the Dakotas-Minnesota Conference on December 31, 2020, and will be serving part-time as the Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops, I was asked to assume episcopal oversight of the Dakotas Annual Conference...

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

12/19/2020
The Iowa Conference Communications Office is assembling a list of ways you can continue socially engage in worship while practicing physical distancing. We will update this story with new streamed services as they become available. To submit a service time, please fill out this form with your church name, service time and a link to where the service is found online, Facebook, YouTube, television or radio station. Services won't be listed if URLs are not made available.   Thinking of starting to...

Bishop Laurie Haller’s Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love

Bishop Laurie Haller’s Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love

12/18/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller invites all clergy and laypersons in the Iowa Conference to an Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love.   The address will be Livestreamed on Monday evening, January 4, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The address will be recorded for future viewing.   The address is based upon the Gospel Lesson for the Epiphany of Jesus Christ, Matthew 2:1-12. She intends to offer both a word of hope for the New Year and will share with you several initiatives designed to address ...

Circuits Ministries update through 2020

Circuits Ministries update through 2020

12/18/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference’s newest set of Lay and Clergy Circuit Leaders began their first round of training on September 26, 2020. And currently, all nine of the newly formed circuits have started meeting together. The Appointive Cabinet formed the Circuit Transition Team to facilitate the formation and implementation of Circuit Ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference. The team members are Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence; Ryan Christenson, Associate Director of ...

Abiding in Exile - The Timely Discipline of Showing Up 12/17/2020

Abiding in Exile - The Timely Discipline of Showing Up 12/17/2020

12/17/2020
By Lee Roorda Schott   December 17, 2020 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.                                      --Jeremiah 29.5-7 ...

Bishop Laurie announces the retirement of Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie and the appointment realignments of Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck and Rev. Bill Poland

Bishop Laurie announces the retirement of Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie and the appointment realignments of Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck and Rev. Bill Poland

12/15/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller announces the retirement of Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries effective July 1, 2021.  “I have had the great honor of working with Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie over the past three years,” said Bishop Laurie Haller. “During a very challenging time in The United Methodist Church, Harlan has provided outstanding and steady leadership in all of his appointments. Harlan made it a practice to connect regularly with ...

Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Bishop Laurie Haller

Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Bishop Laurie Haller

12/15/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller invites you to join her on a journey to renew our collective practices of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness as we begin a new Christian year.    In the message for the First Sunday of Advent, Bishop Laurie remarks, “What is it that holds us together as people called United Methodists? It is a set of spiritual practices that center around the membership vows we take.”   During Bishop Laurie’s Vision 2032 Conversations, many of you said that we needed to regain a ...

Maaban Travel Plans Changed

Maaban Travel Plans Changed

12/15/2020
Word was received by the traveler, Maya Dinga, on the evening of December 16, 2020, that South Sudanese Opposition Rebels had attacked Mabaan Defend Forces/civilians in Upper Nile State which includes Mabaan County. According to the report, there were many casualties, with people losing and fleeing their homes, crops being burned, and general unrest. The advice from Security Personnel was to cancel the trip for Dinga and Pastor Aaron Limmo, who planned to travel to South Sudan on Saturday, ...

UMC Bishops call for optimism and hope in 2021

UMC Bishops call for optimism and hope in 2021

12/15/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Despite the trials and tribulations of 2020 brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, bishops in The United Methodist Church are calling on United Methodists and other people of faith to be optimistic about 2021 and to trust that God will make things better in the coming year.  In the 2020 Advent letter released today, the bishops urged people of faith to continue to have love, joy, hope and peace, especially during the season of Advent, which is a time of anticipation and longing in...

Are we complacent or complicit with systems of racial injustice?

Are we complacent or complicit with systems of racial injustice?

12/14/2020
By: Nitza Dovenspike, member of the Iowa Annual Conference Anti-racism Leadership Team Complicity is defined as an involvement in a crime or something that is wrong. The word is sometimes confused with complacent which is more about going along with the current situation, the status quo. Perhaps complacent is a softer adjective or noun the complicit. And it may be difficult for us to see ourselves as complicit in doing harm.     One of the goals for the work of the Iowa Annual Conference ...

Abiding in Exile - Ashes 12/10/2020

Abiding in Exile - Ashes 12/10/2020

12/9/2020
By Nan Smith December 10, 2020 Scripture: Isaiah 61: 1-3a “1The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,    because the Lord has anointed me; God has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,    to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives,    and release to the prisoners; 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,    and the day of vengeance of our God;    to comfort all who mourn; 3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion—    to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil...

A letter of encouragement from the Covid-19 Re-Entry & Response Team

A letter of encouragement from the Covid-19 Re-Entry & Response Team

12/3/2020
In a letter to the people of Philippi, the Apostle Paul writes:   “Be glad in the Lord always…Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)   There is a lot to be anxious about these days. We are worried about the health of our community and the stress upon our hospital systems. Our...

Save the date for the 2021 Annual Conference Session. June 4-6th 2021

Save the date for the 2021 Annual Conference Session. June 4-6th 2021

12/3/2020
After careful consideration and consultation we’ve made the difficult decision to move forward with a virtual conference for the 2021 session. Production of the annual conference session involves countless staff and volunteers and begins several months prior to the event. With all the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic a virtual conference allows us to begin planning while honoring our commitment to Do Not Harm. Be sure to subscribe to receive AC2021 Updates and to stay up to date ...

A Blue Christmas Worship Service for churches to use during the Christmas season

A Blue Christmas Worship Service for churches to use during the Christmas season

12/1/2020
As a gift to our pastors and churches during the Christmas season, we are creating a Blue Christmas Worship Service for use in your online church messages, to share with members, or on your social media channels.   We know that not everyone is experiencing joy and excitement during the Christmas season. Dealing with the isolation of a global pandemic, job losses, COVID-19 infections, deaths of loved ones, divorces, the political and religious divisions all contribute to feelings of pain and ...

Abiding in Exile - Running with Horses 12/3/2020

Abiding in Exile - Running with Horses 12/3/2020

11/30/2020
By Eric Rucker December 3, 2020 “Jeremiah, if you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you, how will you run with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5)   As the catastrophe of the Babylonian exile approached, Jeremiah lamented to God – about the people’s self-centeredness, about Israel’s disregard for vulnerable people and the land. Jeremiah was fed up with it all. And then God spoke to Jeremiah this question:    “If you have raced with foot-runners and they have wearied you, how will you run ...

Christmas Eve candle light service alternative for all

Christmas Eve candle light service alternative for all

11/30/2020
The West Des Moines UMC's worship committee is inviting you to participate in an at-home candlelight service on Christmas Eve. In addition to their online worship services planned for the evening of Christmas Eve, at 9:00 pm they are asking people to light a candle and step out their front doors, and wish their neighbors Merry Christmas.  They have prepared the attached invitation (word doc.) that people can give to their neighbors ahead of time. This is a great way for us to share Christ with ...

GBHEM 2020 Scholarship applications open December 15

GBHEM 2020 Scholarship applications open December 15

11/30/2020
GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships provides millions of dollars in scholarships to students every year. Finances should never be a barrier to answering your calling in life. GBHEM is here to help as you follow the educational path that’s right for you.     Scholarship Application Opens: December 15th – March 24th Explore the Scholarships page to find more information on: Eligibility List of available scholarships How to apply Grants and fellowships Frequently asked scholarship questions

UMC's spiritual giant, the Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner, is remembered

UMC's spiritual giant, the Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner, is remembered

11/30/2020
"Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner was a spiritual giant in the Iowa Annual Conference. As the founder and director of the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Dr. Sonner was a fierce advocate for the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of countless clergy," said Bishop Laurie Haller. "Larry was also highly respected across the United Methodist connection and was not afraid to speak out on behalf of the least, the last, and the lost, regardless of the consequences. Our hearts are filled with ...

A message of thanks from Bishop Laurie

A message of thanks from Bishop Laurie

11/25/2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Thanksgiving is a very meaningful holiday for me because I was born on Thanksgiving Day. Perhaps this is why I’ve always considered gratitude to be part of my DNA. I am so grateful that my parents shared the love of Jesus with me from a very early age and am thankful to God for the opportunities I have had to live out my faith over many years. Psalm 95 is my song of gratitude to God O come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock...

$3,000 needed to complete Mabaan fundraising effort

$3,000 needed to complete Mabaan fundraising effort

11/24/2020
Our final goal for the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraiser is $25,000.  We are within $3,000 of the goal and have another 10 days to reach it!  Can we do it?  Absolutely!  With your help, that of your local church, Mission, Wills, and Bequest or Foundation committees, this goal is within our reach!!! The fundraiser has been ongoing since the fall of 2019. It has been hampered by COVID-19 and the Derecho that tore through Iowa. We United Methodists are faithful and generous in support of our local ...

Abiding in Exile - An Unprecedented Way of Life 11/26/2020

Abiding in Exile - An Unprecedented Way of Life 11/26/2020

11/24/2020
By Priscilla Joel November 26, 2020 When you think of the word “Wilderness,” what comes to mind? I tend to associate the word with my personal adventures outside. Someplace secluded, uninhabited and vast. Someplace that makes my boots muddy and my brow glisten with sweat. That type of wilderness I enjoy. It feels good to escape from the confines of my apartment, and spend some time running or hiking in places where the Wi-Fi is weak.   But there is another side, another purpose, to wilderness ...

Simpson College offers pre-recorded Lessons and Carols

Simpson College offers pre-recorded Lessons and Carols

11/24/2020
Simpson College, one of our United Methodist-affiliated colleges in Iowa, is pre-recording their annual Lessons and Carols service this year. It is abbreviated from their traditional service of nine lessons and will include three lessons that move thematically from hope/preparing the way (Isaiah 40), to the promise of justice (Mary's song in Luke) and light (John 1). It will include four carols and four choral pieces. The final product will be 45-55 minutes so that it could be used as a worship...

UMC bishops honor, remember Rev. Dr. McClain

UMC bishops honor, remember Rev. Dr. McClain

11/24/2020
For immediate Release November 24, 2020   WASHINGTON, D. C – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is honoring and remembering the legacy of the Rev. Dr. William Bobby McClain, a distinguished scholar, pastor, advocate and educator who died on November 18, 2020 at age 82. COB President Bishop Cynthia Harvey sent a condolences letter on behalf of the COB to Mrs. Jo Ann McClain, widow of Rev. Dr. McClain.  In the letter, the bishops thanked the Rev. Dr. McClain for his dedication ...

You can now order an Iowa Conference

You can now order an Iowa Conference "Do No Harm" mask

11/24/2020
If you would like to order an Iowa Conference "Do No Harm" mask, we have set up a group order through Custom Ink. The order form will be open for 15 days or until December 8. You can order, pay, and ship directly to your address. To keep costs low, we have designed these on navy blue fabric with white imprinting. Place your orders here. When using Custom Ink, the way it works is to get the printing completed; we need to order a minimum of 36 total masks. After that quantity is reached, the order...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding her Worship Directive

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding her Worship Directive

11/20/2020
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we approach Christ the King Sunday, I am reflecting on how this marks the end of the Christian year. Alongside the Thanksgiving holiday, this last Sunday of the liturgical year encourages us to pause and be thankful for the blessings we have known, even in the midst of this most troubling time.  As you know, COVID-19 infections remain high in Iowa. In Governor Reynolds’ daily briefing ...

Abiding in Exile - A pocket full of hope 11/19/2020

Abiding in Exile - A pocket full of hope 11/19/2020

11/20/2020
By Nan Smith November 19, 2020 Scripture: Romans 15: 13  “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,     so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”   Reflection: It was my first year, in my first appointment, when I visited a married couple: retired farmers still living on their farmstead.  The day was one of those arctic blasts from Canada and the winds were bitterly cold with temperatures well below zero.  So, there we were, sipping tea at their ...

Denison First UMC plays an integral part in providing for the food insecure during the pandemic and beyond

Denison First UMC plays an integral part in providing for the food insecure during the pandemic and beyond

11/20/2020
Denison First United Methodist Church provided much-needed organization, hundreds of volunteers, physical and monetary donations to the Crawford Cares drive-up food distribution program when a massive increase in need became apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crawford Cares is a Facebook-based organization that acts as a message board to connect volunteers to community members who may be less self-reliant in Crawford County, Iowa.   After the Denison Community School District closed their ...

Important new pandemic guidance from Bishop Laurie and the Iowa Conference Appointive Cabinet

Important new pandemic guidance from Bishop Laurie and the Iowa Conference Appointive Cabinet

11/18/2020
November 18, 2020 For immediate release   Important new pandemic guidance from Bishop Laurie and the Iowa Conference Appointive Cabinet   In light of worsening Covid-19 positivity rates, the crisis faced by our healthcare systems, and out of an abundance of caution and love for our neighbor, Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet is directing clergy and churches to cease in-person indoor worship and church activities through and including January 10, 2021. The Appointive Cabinet met ...

Give to the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraising campaign until November 30

Give to the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraising campaign until November 30

11/18/2020
It has been over one year since the Iowa Conference was asked by the South Sudanese Mabaan community in Iowa to assist with funds to address the Indian Ocean Dipole of 2019. This severe flooding devastated hundreds of villagers’ homes and crops in Upper Nile State, especially Mabaan County.   As Iowans, we know flooding with those affected knowing about waiting for help to come. The Mabaan have been waiting for over a year. At this time our funds will address the priority needs that have not ...

2021-2022 Open Churches

2021-2022 Open Churches

11/14/2020
November 14, 2020   Dear Clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference,   As we have for several years, the Iowa Appointive Cabinet (Cabinet) is posting open church/charge appointments where announced, and approved retirements are known. Our intention is to invite you to prayerfully discern if you have the gifts and graces to serve in any of these communities and churches. You will note that each open church appointment will list three to five clear missional needs identified by the District ...

Bruna Farat Kakale prepares to begin mission in French Guiana

Bruna Farat Kakale prepares to begin mission in French Guiana

11/13/2020
By: Beverly Nolte United Methodist Missionary from Iowa, Douglas Williams continues his ministries in Argentina during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Several missionaries heavily supported by Iowa churches are Katherine Parker (Nepal), Dr. Emmanuel and Florence Mefor (Zimbabwe) and Jane Kies (Zimbabwe). Larry Kies (Zimbabwe) recently retired and now serves as adjunct professor at Africa University. Global Ministries continues commissioning new missionaries to be from “everywhere to everywhere!” One ...

November 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update to the IAUMC

November 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update to the IAUMC

11/11/2020
In support of Governor Kim Reynolds’ Public Health Proclamation on November 10, 2020, the input that we are getting from health professionals, and the awareness that our Iowa hospitals are reaching or are at capacity to accept new patients, the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church has made the prayerful and careful decision to mandate masks/face coverings for all gatherings. This includes all in-person local church worship, meetings, and groups occurring in United Methodist Churches ...

Women at the Well offers courses on Reentry and Restorative Justice

Women at the Well offers courses on Reentry and Restorative Justice

11/11/2020
The following training courses are prerequisites for practicing ministry with Women at the Well (W@W) as we walk with people and their families through the justice system. More advanced training courses will be offered as our program expands. Classes are offered through donations to W@W. All training will be held through Zoom at this time. Registration information listed after each class description. Reentry Training Sunday, November 22, 2020, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Saturday, January 9, 2021, 1:30-4:00...

Abiding in Exile - Unspeakable History 11/12/2020

Abiding in Exile - Unspeakable History 11/12/2020

11/10/2020
By Lee Roorda Schott November 12, 2020 In September, as we approached the six-month mark since the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. I was certain my Facebook news feed would be full of people’s reflections on all that had happened during that time. It had been half a year. So many things disrupted—still—and a challenging flu season and colder months upon us. I was curious to see what my friends would say, and I toyed with what I might add.   But that didn’t happen. Crickets.   A ...

The 2021 School for Lay Ministry registration is open

The 2021 School for Lay Ministry registration is open

11/10/2020
The School for Lay Ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is a three-year program to facilitate the growth of Iowa United Methodist Churches and their Christian ministry by providing an alternative, supplemental source of educated leadership to local congregations and communities.   The School for Lay Ministry identifies, trains, and nurtures laypersons who meet entrance criteria and desires to serve in, through, and beyond the church in various ministries. These ...

November addendum to the 3-2-1 Reentry Plan

November addendum to the 3-2-1 Reentry Plan

11/6/2020
The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church offers this November addendum to the3-2-1 Reentry Plan. This addendum was developed in consultation with the Extended Cabinet of the Iowa United Methodist Conference and in review of reports by leading epidemiologists in Iowa, analysis of updates from medical researchers and public health organizations across the state and nation, and in discernment of resources provided by the major coronavirus outlets including the White House Coronavirus Task...

Abiding in Exile - God Has left the Temple 11/6/2020

Abiding in Exile - God Has left the Temple 11/6/2020

11/6/2020
By Eric Rucker November 6, 2020 Ezekiel 10:18: “Then the glory of the LORD went out from the threshold of the Temple.”    This is perhaps the most shocking statement in all of the Hebrew Scriptures. The prophet Ezekiel is telling the exiled Israelites: God has left the Temple! The Temple in Jerusalem was synonymous with God’s presence. Basically, “Temple = God.” Subsequently, “Destroyed Temple = Destroyed God.” We cannot imagine the disorientation these people faced, seeing their worship place ...

2021 Resolutions now being received

2021 Resolutions now being received

11/6/2020
The Annual Conference Resolutions Committee is now accepting Resolutions for consideration at the 2021 Annual Conference Session. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2020. Please email resolutions@iaumc.org with any questions.    Click here for the  Procedures for  Submitting Resolutions instructions Click here for the Resolution proposal form

2021 Special Sundays Pew Cards are HERE!

2021 Special Sundays Pew Cards are HERE!

11/6/2020
Please find attached the NEW 2021 Special Sundays Digital Pew Cards to be posted on all your media outlets.    The Connectional Giving Team has created new resources to allow us to be even better stewards of the church’s money. We have created one envelope that represents ALL Six Special Sundays with offering, and a pew card for each Special Sunday to promote and teach members about the importance of giving.   Listed below are the links to each Pastor’s Kit in a new format. Please link each pew ...

Resilience—riding the storms of life

Resilience—riding the storms of life

11/6/2020
Kae Tritle, RN—Wellness Coordinator   Life’s storms are still with us and all around us. We are still recovering from natural disasters: hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and the derecho. We are still coping with the implications of COVID-19—continued social distancing, use of technology for virtual school, work meetings, worship, and maintenance of family/friend contacts, health precautions, employment issues, and financial impacts. We are so weary of all of the changes, precautions, and how to do...

Thank You from Bishop Laurie

Thank You from Bishop Laurie

11/5/2020
To my beloved pastoral leaders of the Iowa Annual Conference, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I was reading the lectionary passages for this Sunday, I was struck by the words of Psalm 78.  Listen, my people, to my teaching;     tilt your ears toward the words of my mouth. 2   I will open my mouth with a proverb.      I’ll declare riddles from days long gone— 3        ones that we’ve heard and learned about,         ones that our ancestors told us. 4   We won’t...

Mabaan Flood funds come in

Mabaan Flood funds come in

11/4/2020
We want to thank you for the over $1,000 that has been raised for the Mabaan Flood Relief during October. Individuals, churches, and foundations have donated monetary gifts to help address humanitarian needs related to the 2019 Indian Ocean Dipole floods in northern South Sudan. This fundraising will continue through November 30, 2020, with a goal of $25,000. Word has just come from the Mabaan County residents that for a second year flooding has taken place in the same area of South Sudan ...

Abiding in Exile - The Stories That Shape Us 10/29/2020

Abiding in Exile - The Stories That Shape Us 10/29/2020

10/29/2020
by Rev. Nan Smith October 29, 2020 Scripture: Acts 2: 7-11 (NRSV) “Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them ...

All-Saint's Day message from Bishop Laurie Haller

All-Saint's Day message from Bishop Laurie Haller

10/29/2020
Video Transcript All-Saint's Sunday – November 1, 2020 Grace and peace to each one of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On the first Sunday of November, many of our churches observe All-Saint's Sunday. As we honor the lives of our loved ones who have died over this past year, we also remember those around the world who have died of COVID-19, over one million, one hundred and twenty-seven thousand children, youth, women, and men. We grieve the loss of every life, each one ...

Council of Bishops November 2020 meeting will feature live-streamed opening session

Council of Bishops November 2020 meeting will feature live-streamed opening session

10/29/2020
For Immediate Release            Wednesday, October 28, 2020 United Methodist Bishops meet to discuss church future, epidemic crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 2-5 in the midst of a pandemic, racial unrest, denominational and political anxiety.   The more than 120 bishops serving in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America will meet virtually due to the pandemic travel restrictions. They will explore, discern, and act upon ways to...

Alert to Churches with BSA Charters

Alert to Churches with BSA Charters

10/28/2020
ALL LOCAL CHURCHES:  If your congregation has ever had a charter with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)  — troop, pack, or crew — please read this important alert from Conference Treasurer, Maggie Biggs. The deadline for action is November 16, 2020. Please read through all the materials (documents are linked below) and then if you have questions, email her at mbiggs@iaumc.org.     Important Documents IAC Cover Sheet and Instructions Line by Line Instruction Sheet for Filling Out Proof of Claim IAC...

Africa U launches a new Virtual AU Worship Service that celebrates our global mission story

Africa U launches a new Virtual AU Worship Service that celebrates our global mission story

10/27/2020
To the clergy and laity of the Iowa Annual Conference,            Many of you know that our United Methodist Africa University plays a critical role in higher education not only in Zimbabwe but on the entire continent of Africa. Out of gratitude for the support that AU receives from around the UM connection, including Iowa, Africa University has produced a full worship service that they wish to share with us. Knowing that COVID-19 safety precautions have made worship planning a challenge, I hope...

GCORR releases racial justice Advent package

GCORR releases racial justice Advent package

10/27/2020
Advent is a time for church leaders to guide their congregation through a soul-enriching time of reflection, lamentation, anticipation and renewal. We are excited to announce a new 5-week Advent resource, Seeking Jesus, The Advent of Justice and Peace. This study includes: Sermon starters Lectionary texts Suggested hymns Children’s messages & activities To deepen the meaning and messages in these activities, GCORR invites you to become co-creators with God of a world where … Racial...

General Conference Commission Names Study Team

General Conference Commission Names Study Team

10/27/2020
Commission on the General Conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2020 The Commission on the General Conference has named a Technology Study Team to explore the implications of options for accommodating full participation at General Conference including, but not limited to, the possibility of utilizing technology and online voting. The Commission made the decision to create the study team in response to a request from a group of young delegates to consider alternative methods of ...

Last minute important Mission Ingathering information

Last minute important Mission Ingathering information

10/23/2020
It is less than 3 weeks until the 41st Annual Mission Ingathering, and here are your last-minute instructions.   Please plan to bring a car or truckload of kits (and money) to one of the five Ingathering sites on Saturday, November 7.  We are looking for you, and many needy people are counting on you for help in this difficult year.  Know that all your efforts are appreciated. All kits are to be in boxes and sealed shut. There should only be one type of kit in each box, and the boxes are to be ...

Graettinger UMC boosts giving with a

Graettinger UMC boosts giving with a "Show me the Plate" curbside offering service

10/22/2020
Members of Graettinger United Methodist Church in Northwest Iowa have lived up to the town's motto of "small town, big heart" during the coronavirus pandemic. When Treasurer Denise Tindall came up with an idea to boost the church's weekly giving by going door to door with a "show me the plate" curbside offering, faithful members found it their hearts to give extra to their small yet beloved church.   "Financially, things have never been fantastic," said Lana Williams, pastor of the dual point ...

Abiding in Exile - More Than I Can Handle 10/22/2020

Abiding in Exile - More Than I Can Handle 10/22/2020

10/20/2020
by Priscilla Joel October 22, 2020 You might have heard the phrase, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” I certainly have. I’ve read it in devotionals, seen it on posters, and heard it from my friends. But since the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted our lives, I’m not so sure if any of us believe that phrase anymore. Sometimes, it is nice to be able to do my work from the comfort of my home, but sometimes, I feel like I’ve got more to juggle now than ever.    One of the most difficult ...

Iowa UMC Mabaan Flood Relief— A Gift of God's Hope

Iowa UMC Mabaan Flood Relief— A Gift of God's Hope

10/19/2020
  The Greater Mabaan Community asked the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist to help address humanitarian needs related to the 2019 Indian Ocean Dipole flooding in northern South Sudan, especially in Mabaan County where hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and many lost everything. Today, they continue to be in dire need of life-saving assistance including food, shelter, clean water, nutritional supplies, mosquito nets, and basic hygiene items to help prevent water-borne diseases....

Abiding in Exile - Accept the Anxiety of Feeling In Suspense 10/15/2020

Abiding in Exile - Accept the Anxiety of Feeling In Suspense 10/15/2020

10/15/2020
by Eric Rucker October 15, 2020 Last week I found myself driving straight into oncoming traffic, having turned the wrong way down a one-way street. Don’t worry, I’m ok, just embarrassed. There is no geographical explanation for this error. I’ve driven that neighborhood on my way to work hundreds of times. But it’s like my auto-pilot function stopped working. The directions for my life that were once intuitive are so no longer.   This feeling of dislocation is not limited to my morning commutes. ...

Let us introduce you to Rust College

Let us introduce you to Rust College

10/15/2020
Rust College is the oldest of 11 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) related to the United Methodist Church. The Iowa Annual Conference has had a special relationship of encouragement and support with Rust College for many years and would like to introduce or reintroduce the Iowa United Methodist family to why Rust is so unique.      Rust is located in northern Mississippi and serves a student body where a significant percentage of students are the first in their families to ...

Wesley Woods Festival kicks off an exciting fall season

Wesley Woods Festival kicks off an exciting fall season

10/15/2020
Wesley Woods United Methodist Camp in Indianola, IA is continuing to impact lives in the name of Christ this fall season. October 17, 2020, from 1-4 pm is the annual Fall Festival at camp, and Gracie Green, the Program Coordinator at Wesley Woods, is excited to host youth and families.    “It’s going to be so great having people back on grounds in this new way,” says Gracie. “With COVID-19 we have been looking for different ways to be flexible while still keeping people safe. The Fall Festival ...

Fire destroys Gladbrook Chapel in rural Marshall County

Fire destroys Gladbrook Chapel in rural Marshall County

10/13/2020
Sadly, we report that an accidental fire destroyed Gladbrook Chapel in Marshall County on the afternoon of October 12, 2020.  No one was injured and firefighters stayed on the scene until the fire was completely contained to ensure it didn't spread to corn and bean fields nearby. Please pray for the pastor and members of Gladbrook Chapel as they mourn and recover from such a difficult loss. For more in-depth coverage, please go to WHO13 or KWWL.

Faith and Democracy statement calling on all people of the UMC to support voter registration and encourage voting

Faith and Democracy statement calling on all people of the UMC to support voter registration and encourage voting

10/12/2020
For Immediate Release Monday, October 12, 2020   WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Methodist bishops based in the United States today issued a statement on Faith and Democracy, calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to support voter registration and encourage people to vote in the November 3 elections.   Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey made it clear that the statement is not a statement of or from the Council of Bishops but is a conciliar statement by United ...

An introduction to Abiding in Exile

An introduction to Abiding in Exile

10/9/2020
A NEW weekly e-newsletter to support the mental health and wellness of lay and clergy leaders living through the pandemic.

An introduction to Abiding in Exile

An introduction to Abiding in Exile

10/9/2020
A NEW weekly e-newsletter to support the mental health and wellness of lay and clergy leaders living through the pandemic.

Bible Land Exploration Tour with the Bishop Laurie and Gary Haller

Bible Land Exploration Tour with the Bishop Laurie and Gary Haller

10/9/2020
As many of you know, my husband Gary and I will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from February 2-12, 2021. We have led a number of trips to Israel over the years and never tire of “walking where Jesus walked.” Every disciple of Jesus Christ should have the opportunity to experience a pilgrimage to Israel. Because of Covid-19, travel to Israel has been temporarily halted. However, our travel company, Educational Opportunities, has been working tirelessly with Israeli authorities to ...

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office welcomes Nancy Agan as Senior Staff Accountant

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office welcomes Nancy Agan as Senior Staff Accountant

10/9/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference welcomes Nancy Agan as a new team member of the Treasurer’s Office. Agan is filling the position of Senior Staff Accountant vacated by Emily Graber when she was promoted to Assistant Treasurer/Controller at Tim Horsch’s retirement.  Nancy Agan has had a duo career working in both Accounting and Information Technology (IT). Her accounting career began working with Principal Financial Group. After that, she entered the IT side by entering a program at Principal to learn...

Abiding in Exile - The “Pandemic Era

Abiding in Exile - The “Pandemic Era" 10/8/2020

10/8/2020
by Rev. Lee Roorda Schott October 8, 2020 Read: Jeremiah 29.4-14 I had been referring to the pandemic like it wasn’t going to last long. I’d say, “We just have to persevere through this strange time of Coronavirus.” I’d close an e-mail with words like, “I hope you’re managing OK through this COVID-19 season.” I didn’t let myself think of all this as more than a blip. An interruption. An anomaly that we’d look back at and say, “Wow, that was weird, wasn’t it?” Then maybe a month ago—when all this...

A Letter from Bishop Laurie about World Communion Sunday

A Letter from Bishop Laurie about World Communion Sunday

10/1/2020
Dear Friends, This coming Sunday, October 4, is World Communion Sunday. It has always been one of the most special days of the year for me. Sharing in the sacrament of holy communion with Christian believers around the world is a visible reminder that we all one human family in Christ Jesus and are called to make a difference wherever we are. Serving the sacrament this year, however, will be very different because of COVID-19. It is possible to participate in Holy Communion, but special ...

Mabaan Flood Relief Plan

Mabaan Flood Relief Plan

10/1/2020
Last fall (2019) the Greater Mabaan Community asked the Iowa Conference to help address humanitarian needs related to the Indian Ocean Dipole flooding in northern South Sudan, especially in Mabaan County. The Bishop and Cabinet responded positively so a committee was formed and fundraising began.  We are now at the point of concluding this fundraiser. Two Iowa Mabaan men, Maya Dinga and Pastor Aaron Limmo, are planning to travel to Khartoum, Sudan on December 19, 2020. They will cross the ...

Iowa United Methodist Conference Re-Entry Update - October 2020

Iowa United Methodist Conference Re-Entry Update - October 2020

9/30/2020
The Crisis Operations Team provides this third iteration of the Conference Re-Entry Plan to deliver updated resources, guidance, and support for clergy and lay leadership of the Iowa Conference (IAUMC) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This tool provides best practices we have identified from webinars, interviews, and publications presented by CDC,[1] Iowa Department of Public Health,[2] local public health officials, medical agencies, scientists, other critical partners (i.e., HVAC officials, ...

The Fall 2020 Orders & Fellowship event features Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School

The Fall 2020 Orders & Fellowship event features Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, Dean of Duke Divinity School

9/30/2020
The Fall 2020 Orders & Fellowship event will be from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday, October 19th & 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th. Below is the focus of this event with the event being on zoom with some small group opportunity. As you register you may opt to pay $30 for the event or $45 which includes a $15 donation for Derecho relief. Register here.  Our country grows more polarized and divided every day: in how we think, the words we use, our political system, and much more. Instead of ...

New Hope UMC thankful for pastor and congregation during pandemic

New Hope UMC thankful for pastor and congregation during pandemic

9/23/2020
Submitted by Nancy Monthei, Office Administrator of Des Moines New Hope United Methodist Church New Hope UMC in Des Moines didn’t let the pandemic slow down its outreach to the community or connection with its congregation. The church continued to monetarily support the Urbandale Food Pantry and the Johnston Partnership in its community. New Hope also provides a monthly meal for Central Iowa Shelter and Services. Meal volunteers are more creative with the meal preparations and taken new ...

School for Lay Ministry is being re-organized

School for Lay Ministry is being re-organized

9/22/2020
School for Lay Ministry is being re-organized to better meet the needs of laity throughout the Iowa Conference.  We believe because laity minister every day in every place, education and training is vital.  We will continue to offer a three-year program.  The classes will be on-line, one day, and throughout the year.  Specific dates are not available at this time, but the first class will be offered in January of 2021. Each year will include the Basic Lay Servant class in Jan.  Year one will ...

A Cabinet response to the escalation of hate crimes and violence in Iowa

A Cabinet response to the escalation of hate crimes and violence in Iowa

9/20/2020
Siblings in Christ of the Iowa Annual Conference:   In recent weeks, we have seen the escalation of hate crimes and violence across Iowa. In the small community of Stuart, a family discovered racial epithets spray-painted on their home. Near the college town of Grinnell, authorities are investigating an apparent homicide after witnesses discovered the body of Michael Williams, a Black man, burning in a Jasper county ditch. Too frequently, we receive reports from laity and clergy around our state...

AC2020 wrap up and AC2021 save the date

AC2020 wrap up and AC2021 save the date

9/20/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference Session for 2021 is scheduled for June 4-6, 2021. It has not been determined if this will be a virtual or in-person event. Please mark your calendars and save those dates.  The 2020 Session of Iowa Annual Conference Report   The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church (IAUMC) was determined to provide the safest experience for its members and staff. For that reason, the majority of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference (AC2020) sessions were Zoom Webinars.   ...

Circuit ministry training begins for clergy and lay leaders

Circuit ministry training begins for clergy and lay leaders

9/20/2020
On September 26, a Circuit Clergy Leader and Circuit Lay Leader Training will be the first step to engage more fully in our mission to inspire, equip, and connect our communities of faith to cultivate world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.    This training begins the circuit ministry development, rolling out for all Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist churches (IAUMC) in 2021. Each circuit is made up of 10-12 churches and will be co-led by this circuit team of two.     “We heard ...

Rural pastor comes alongside parishioners after derecho

Rural pastor comes alongside parishioners after derecho

9/18/2020
This is the final installment of a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  On August 10, 2020, a derecho damaged an area nearly 800 miles wide throughout the Midwest, with the highest winds recorded at over 140 miles per hour in and around the Cedar Rapids area.  Barns and sheds had been torn open and exposed to the elements. Silos ...

Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

9/16/2020
This is the sixth in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  A typical year of confirmation turned upside down for Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids after quarantine and the derecho on August 10. That didn’t stop Rev. Scott Meador from completing the year with a celebration.   “We started back in the fall of 2019 ...

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

9/16/2020
This is the fifth in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  Bishop Laurie Haller and Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie visited Salem UMC in Van Horne, Iowa on Friday, August 28 on their tour of derecho damaged churches. Rev. Leonard “Doc” Ranson and the Trustees chair, gave them a tour of the church’s beautiful ...

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

9/12/2020
On August 30, 2020, over 100 people gathered at Grace Fellowship, a United Methodist Congregation for Ottumwa to celebrate the end of their capital campaign, Growing Forward as Grace, and to dedicate their new building by offering a pledge to God and encircling the building with prayer.   “We started the prayer facing towards the building and praying for the ministry God's going to do here in this space and then we had everyone turn around and pray out into the world that Jesus is sending us,” ...

After the derecho, Shueyville UMC identifies ministry opportunities and develops stronger relationships

After the derecho, Shueyville UMC identifies ministry opportunities and develops stronger relationships

9/10/2020
This is the fourth in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  The derecho storm that tore through Iowa on August 10 became the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that members and volunteers at Shueyville United Methodist Church could come together and work in their community. “The derecho was oddly what we needed," said ...

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

9/9/2020
Dear Retired Clergy and Spouses, The 2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses will not be held in September.  As you know, the timing of everything in our lives, including gathering in groups, depends on the spread/containment/regression of the coronavirus pandemic and making sure everyone is safe and well. Due to the continued spread in Iowa, we have decided it is best to cancel this event and encourage you to reach out through phone calls, facetime or notes to your fellow retirees and...

Answered prayers lead New Hartford UMC to create a

Answered prayers lead New Hartford UMC to create a "Viral" Bible school

9/9/2020
Submitted by Sandy Becker, New Hartford United Methodist Church Lay Leader and Christian Education Coordinator The New Hartford United Methodist Church is a typical rural small church in Iowa. In 2019, New Hartford's population dropped 5.4% from 2010, which has continued since the 1980s. Nevertheless, members of the New Hartford UMC are making every effort to make disciples by serving the community and spreading the gospel. Then we came across the COVID-19 pandemic. We made the very difficult...

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

9/9/2020
A message from the Simpson Youth Academy Hello friends - As your communities embark upon uncharted territory, doing ministry with youth in the context of COVID-19, SYA wants to support you in your efforts. We are therefore pleased to share with you a FREE 30-MINUTE VIDEO recording of four of our gifted SYA alumni and staff reflecting upon faith and leadership in this challenging time. This panel was recorded during our recent youth leaders training. (Note that the first 60 seconds are spotty ...

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

9/9/2020
Tim Horsch, Controller and Assistant Treasurer, will be retiring this fall from the Iowa Annual Conference. Tim has been on the staff of the Conference since December 2016. “Tim has brought a talent for enhanced reporting for investments and cash flow analysis as well as consistently providing excellent financial reporting to boards and agencies within the Conference. I have most appreciated Tim for his friendship and easy-going style; he’s a very important member of our team and Conference,” ...

Walking where Jesus walked!

Walking where Jesus walked!

9/9/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller is leading a trip to the Holy Land next year, February 2-12, 2021.   An informational Zoom gathering will be held Sunday, October 4, at 3:00 p.m. CST for all persons registered.   If you are interested in hearing more and would like to join the informational gathering, please send your email to the Eberhart's by Sept. 30.   Tom Smith from Educational Opportunities will be on the call to provide up to date information about travel to Israel. The “Bible Land Exploration” ...

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