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Disaster Response Winter preparedness tips

Disaster Response Winter preparedness tips

10/25/2021
October 25, 2021   The forecast for Iowa for the next 10 days includes the possibility of snow. This is a good time to take a few minutes and get prepared so that you are not caught off guard.     Heimo from the “Last Alaskans” says “it’s not the cold that will kill you,  it’s not being prepared for the cold that will kill you.”   Personal: Dress in layers to keep warm. Keep your hands and head covered. Check on your Neighbors during and after winter storms. For Your Home:   Have a plan for ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Doug Cue

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Doug Cue

10/22/2021
Rev. Doug Cue District Superintendent of the Golden Valley District I have served local churches for 36 years. Three of those years was in the Kansas East Conference, the remainder has been here in Iowa. The past 28 months has been in the role of the Golden Valley District Superintendent. I have served multi point charges, rural settings, large churches, and provided interim leadership. I have always practiced, emphasized, and modeled authentic relationship. I don’t build barriers…I build ...

A Blessing for All Saints Day

A Blessing for All Saints Day

10/22/2021
Transcript: Grace and peace to each one of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As many of you know, All Saints Day is on November 1, but many of us are observing All Saints Day today, which, coincidentally, is Halloween, October 31. On All Saints Sunday, we honor the lives of our loved ones who have died over this past year. At the same time, we also remember those around the world who have been affected by COVID. As of September 17, there have been a total of 227,054,671 ...

Advent and Christmas resources

Advent and Christmas resources

10/22/2021
The Episcopal Office of the Iowa Annual Conference will be sharing devotionals this year for every Sunday in Advent and Christmas. On December 12, a full worship service for pastoral leaders and worship teams to use on or after Sunday, December 26 will also be available. This will be a full-service to download and be divided up into separate segments. These will be emailed to all clergy and churches and shared in the Iowa Weekly 360 e-newsletter.  If you are looking for additional Advent and ...

How you can help Afghan refugees coming to Iowa

How you can help Afghan refugees coming to Iowa

10/22/2021
Karlene Neal, Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees, who is on the Iowa Conference's Board of Global Ministries shares that more than 1000 refugees are expected to be coming to Iowa during the coming year. They will be coming as humanitarian parolees and their needs are great because they have had to leave everything behind and flee. "They're just people that unfortunately, their home countries are unsafe for them," Kerri True-Funk, director of USCRI in Des Moines, said. "They are coming here to...

Mission Ingathering is Saturday, November 6

Mission Ingathering is Saturday, November 6

10/22/2021
Churches have been working hard to put together kits for the 42nd Annual Mission Ingathering held on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The purpose of the Ingathering is to show the love of Christ to the world people by ministering to their needs. Our times have changed. The methods and means may change. The work of being "in mission" continues. For more information about the 2021 Mission Ingathering, go to www.iaumc.org/ingathering. Ingathering 2020 brought many changes, and some of those are ...

The Fall Orders event a breath of fresh air for Iowa clergy

The Fall Orders event a breath of fresh air for Iowa clergy

10/22/2021
The Fall 2021 Orders of Elders & Deacons and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members event was held October 14 from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Big Creek State Park. The Orders events intend to draw people closer to God and one another by offering an enriching experience. Offered this fall were various activities, including painting, photography, candle making, fishing, and hiking.   The base for these activities is options that the canceled Flourishing Clergy Project (Book of Discipline ...

Abiding in Exile - Fall is Finally Here, Be Prepared! 10/21/2021

Abiding in Exile - Fall is Finally Here, Be Prepared! 10/21/2021

10/21/2021
By Nate Mason Part of me absolutely loves Fall.  This year it sure took its sweet time getting here!  Now it has arrived in all of it’s Fall-ish glory.  My mind goes to the first song I ever learned on the guitar, a White Stripes song “I can tell that We are gonna be Friends”   Fall is here, hear the yell Back to school, ring the bell Brand new shoes, walking blues Climb the fence, books and pens I can tell that we are going to be friends Yes I can tell that we are going to be friends[1]   Doesn...

Registration for the 2022 School for Lay Ministry is now open

Registration for the 2022 School for Lay Ministry is now open

10/21/2021
This has been an extremely challenging time for the church and for each one of us. There has been loss, change, and challenges for each one and for our churches.   We are the people of Good News! We have learned how to be more creative with our time and our gifts than we ever would have assumed. We can be part of the healing and return to joy. One of the ways is to become informed, encouraged, and inspired laity through School for Lay Ministry (SLM). Now, more than ever, we need people who ...

Iowa duo Dan and Karla hit the charts with new single

Iowa duo Dan and Karla hit the charts with new single "Faith Sees Best in the Dark"

10/19/2021
One Sunday night, Dan Tritle and Karla Oleson Tritle were watching 60 minutes. During one of the interviews someone said, “Faith sees best in the dark.” Karla looked at Dan, told him there was something to that, and the wheels started turning.   “Two days later, he comes out of our music room with the skeleton version of the song,” said Karla. “When he’s hitting a wall, I usually come in and we work together to finish.”   “The phrase just struck us hard,” said Dan. “Everything seems to have a ...

New pastor leads the development of Iowa UMC's latest community of faith—Nourished

New pastor leads the development of Iowa UMC's latest community of faith—Nourished

10/19/2021
Rev. Kristina Roth-Klinck, who splits her time equally between being an Associate Pastor at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and Nourished, one of Iowa United Methodist Churches newest communities of faith, was interested in creative ways to do church differently even before going to seminary.  Growing up as a pastor's kid (Rev. Jim Roth is her father), going to both small and large churches, and knowing how expensive it is for upkeep on older churches that sit empty most of the week, ...

Online certification opportunities to begin in January

Online certification opportunities to begin in January

10/19/2021
For Immediate Release Oct. 19, 2021 — A new cycle of online ministry certification courses is set to begin on January 17, 2022, at BeADisciple.com. BeADisciple.com is part of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College and has offered quality online educational experiences with roots in Wesleyan theology since 2006.  Church leaders and interested persons can begin progress toward certification in 10 different disciplines— Christian education, children's ministry, youth ministry, women...

NCJ Mission Council asks all United Methodists to prayerfully support the Nov 10-11 virtual conference

NCJ Mission Council asks all United Methodists to prayerfully support the Nov 10-11 virtual conference

10/18/2021
Mission Council: Press Release For Immediate Release The Mission Council of the North Central Jurisdiction is calling on all United Methodists in the jurisdiction to prayerfully support the November 10-11 virtual jurisdictional conference. Beginning November 1 and each day until November 11 pause at 10:11 AM and pray the following prayer: Long version: Psalm 22:21 ~ For all to get along well with God and be at peace; that something good will come to your people, Almighty God; we pray for the ...

Minnesota PAUMCS Invites you to their Fall Workshop

Minnesota PAUMCS Invites you to their Fall Workshop

10/15/2021
Do you wonder why the pastor is emailing you for help? Do you want to have open doors but worry about who might walk in? Do you want to do things the ‘right way” but barely have enough people to do things at all? Are you sharing your building space with other congregations or non-profit groups and worry about security?   This virtual workshop is for you!   Safeguard Your Church Strategies for Cyber, Procedural, and Personal Safety Monday, October 25, 2021, from 9 am-4 pm   Sessions include -  ...

Abiding in Exile - Blessed Community 10/14/2021

Abiding in Exile - Blessed Community 10/14/2021

10/14/2021
By Nan Smith Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful. —Colossians 3: 14-15, NRSV So, I am excited about this upcoming weekend because I will be going on retreat with a dear group of women friends. This group started as a church book study, but quickly morphed into something much deeper and meaningful. Granted, members of this ...

Thank you Clergy - a note from Bishop Laurie

Thank you Clergy - a note from Bishop Laurie

10/14/2021
Video Transcript: Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  On behalf of all of the local churches in the Iowa and Dakotas Annual Conferences, I want to thank you for your support and encouragement of your clergy. It is not an easy calling to be a pastor, particularly during this time of COVID, when our clergy have had to continually reinvent themselves in ministry in order to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ and stay connected with their ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Melissa Drake

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Melissa Drake

10/12/2021
Rev. Melissa Drake District Superintendent of the Aldersgate District Growing up as a Southwest Iowa farm kid during the 80’s and the early 90’s, we were told by everyone – our teachers, the governor, our parents – that with our good Iowa education and our farm-kid work ethic, we could grow up to go anywhere and be successful at everything. So, along with most of my generation born out of the farm crisis, I wanted to go anywhere but here; to do anything but this. Seminary took me to Madison, New...

On the Way Back Together - 4 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 4 of 6

10/12/2021
 This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.     We’ve all heard the instructions from a whole line of folks including the airline attendant and the self-help guru, “Put your own oxygen mask on first.”  If you’re out of oxygen, energy, the desire to keep moving, it is not possible to walk with anyone else on any kind of journey, literal or figurative.  As hard as it is to admit we’ve disconnected from God and others, it’s ...

The 2021 Iowa Conference Journal is now available

The 2021 Iowa Conference Journal is now available

10/12/2021
The 2021 Iowa Conference Journal, Clergy-Laity Directory, and Book of Resolutions are now available at www.iaumc.org/Journal. If you have forgotten the login information for the Clergy Lay Address Directory, please email Lisa Steel. If you would like a printed copy, it can be purchased directly through Lulu Publishing. 

UMC leaders share important information for churches sponsoring Scout troops

UMC leaders share important information for churches sponsoring Scout troops

10/12/2021
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2021 United Methodist churches that have sponsored Boy Scout troops can expect to receive a “disclosure statement package” from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) regarding its pending bankruptcy proceeding in the near future. The mailing seeks to summarize for chartered organizations how the BSA’s proposed plan of reorganization will affect those organizations’ legal rights with respect to ...

Update on the North Central Jurisdiction Special Session, November 2021

Update on the North Central Jurisdiction Special Session, November 2021

10/12/2021
One month ago, the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops made the difficult decision to move from an in-person special session of the jurisdictional conference to a virtual gathering. The College of Bishops also decided to pare down the agenda to focus on three critical areas: the work of dismantling racism, the future United Methodist Church, and the role and deployment of episcopal leadership within the jurisdiction. "We are grateful to the College of Bishops for the additional work ...

Organist and chancel choir director serves church for nearly sixty years

Organist and chancel choir director serves church for nearly sixty years

10/8/2021
After nearly 60 years, Dr. Carl Bleyle is stepping down as organist and chancel choir director at Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation in Ames, Iowa. A Recognition Service will be held at the church on October 17 at 11 a.m.   In the spring of 1962, Bleyle received a job description from a friend for a position at Iowa State University as a teacher for Organ and Piano for the fall semester. The end of the position description reads, "May turn into a fine job. Church work ...

Abiding in Exile - Releasing the Day  10/07/2021

Abiding in Exile - Releasing the Day 10/07/2021

10/5/2021
By Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon Oftentimes in the busy life of ministry, I find it hard to go to sleep when the clock stares at me, reminding me it’s time now, to rest. In my years as a pastoral counselor, I listened to many people who had that problem too. It’s like our minds gather the conversations, events, plans, disruptions and ideas, and spin them around and around endlessly. Mindfulness helps, but not always. Listening to quiet music helps, but not always. I bet that you could add other ...

Soul Nurturing Travel with Bishop Laurie & Gary Haller

Soul Nurturing Travel with Bishop Laurie & Gary Haller

10/5/2021
Have you been thinking about a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Laurie and Gary Haller? Israel is open to international travelers. Educational Opportunities has had groups travel there since May. Explore the Lands of the Bible tour departs February 1, 2022. Click this link for details and registration. It will be important to register by November 1 to avoid any late registrations fees. "I invite you to join me for this unique Bible Land Exploration that will bring the Bible and this ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon

10/5/2021
Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon District Superintendent of the Riverview Park District I would like to begin with my deepest respect and gratitude for leaders like you for your faithfulness and resilience in such a time as this. We are living in a critical time as the United Methodist Church. While we acknowledge the theological divisions on human sexuality in our worldwide denomination, I truly believe that we may come together as the body of Christ to live out the same mission of Jesus Christ for the ...

Bishop Laurie to BSA Chartering Churches and the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Laurie to BSA Chartering Churches and the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church

10/5/2021
To Chartering Churches and the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church,   Sometimes there is a need to change a practice to achieve desired results. Today, those working on the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy and resolving more than 5,200 abuse claims since 1940 against United Methodist congregations are recommending a modification in how UM congregations charter with Scout troops and Cub packs.   Several months ago, it was recommended that congregations pause the rechartering process ...

Facilitated training helps churches communicate during seasons of change

Facilitated training helps churches communicate during seasons of change

10/5/2021
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information For Immediate Release  October 5, 2021   Nashville, Tennessee –United Methodist Communications’ Training Team is launching the first in a new series of four-week facilitated online courses. The Communicating During Seasons of Change course will run from October 18th through November 12th, 2021. Webinar sessions will take place each Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00-2:00pm CT with weekly supplemental work. Registration is open through ...

ThreeHouse Wesley Foundation builds lasting friendships and provides a safe space for students

ThreeHouse Wesley Foundation builds lasting friendships and provides a safe space for students

10/5/2021
The Iowa Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry chairperson Julie Poulsen has been able to visit each of our campus ministries through online meetings hoping to build a bridge between the Conference and the campus ministries. Rev. Bill Poland, Conference Director of New Communities of Faith and Director of Connectional Ministries, also visits when he is available. When visiting, they learn that each campus chaplaincy program is unique, fits the Gospel message to that particular...

United Methodist Publishing House Safeguards Pensions & Announces New Address

United Methodist Publishing House Safeguards Pensions & Announces New Address

10/4/2021
$84 million in defined benefit pension plans transferred to Wespath Benefits and Investments.

The General Board of Global Ministries marks September 30 as a day to remember native Americans as victims of US schools

The General Board of Global Ministries marks September 30 as a day to remember native Americans as victims of US schools

10/1/2021
From The General Board of Global Ministries Additional Resources • Native American/Indigenous Ministries of The United Methodist Church • Native American Sunday • Impact on Iowa Native Americans • The History of Native American Boarding Schools • Federal Investigation Seeks to Uncover the History • Souix Tribe Host Prayer Services • Caravan Stops in Iowa with Remains of Native American students United Methodist leaders decry church sponsorship of U.S. abusive “Indian boarding schools” and ...

Abiding in Exile - Fetishizing Our Sadness 09/30/2021

Abiding in Exile - Fetishizing Our Sadness 09/30/2021

9/30/2021
By Rev. Lee Roorda Schott I did the math and realized we’re eighteen months in. By now we’re well into the season we thought would be post-pandemic. But the news reminds us otherwise, with continued daily news of hospitalization levels, boosters, the latest status of the masking wars, and more. A lot of conversations that begin “How are you doing?” are really asking, still, “How are you surviving this pandemic?,” and the return to school, and the endlessness of it all.   The pandemic malaise ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson

9/29/2021
Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson Director of Congregational Excellence I believe we are stronger united than we are divided and in a future filled with hope for the church. In other words, I believe our best days are not behind us! As the Director of Congregational Excellence of the Iowa Annual Conference, my purpose is to make God’s hope for the world real by preparing churches to multiply – that is, to reach new people for Christ! To that end, I work with congregations of all sizes, shapes, and ...

Coping with Weariness of Heart and Soul

Coping with Weariness of Heart and Soul

9/29/2021
By: Kae Tritle, RN Well-being Coordinator    It has been a long 18 months since the pandemic changed all of our lives. Now that life and society are beginning to recover, and we are still dealing with the consequences of those changes and the effects of the pandemic. As our schools and churches come back together, we are excited to connect with each other and to be in each other’s presence.  Part of our health-fullness is to be in relationship with each other and to interact with one another. ...

On the Way Back Together - 3 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 3 of 6

9/29/2021
 This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.   RECONNECTING WITH GOD     “…but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 NRSV   In Wesley’s Explanatory Notes[1] concerning Isaiah 40:31, John Wesley reminds us of two things: Wait – That the LORD is relied upon. Renew – They shall grow ...

Bishop Laurie pastoral letter responding to sentencing

Bishop Laurie pastoral letter responding to sentencing

9/27/2021
Dear Friends in Christ,   Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (CEB)   I am writing to address an unpleasant and uncomfortable topic: fraud and embezzlement in one of our beloved churches in the Iowa Conference.    Melissa Noland, who was formerly employed as a financial records keeper by First United Methodist Church in Mason City, was charged with felony wire fraud after ...

On the Way Back Together - 2 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 2 of 6

9/24/2021
This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.   On the Way Back Together - part 2 of 6   This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.     Here we are, deep in what has become an extended liminal space; a space where we are on the threshold of what comes next, even when we aren’t sure what the “next” will become.  In 2003 Richard Rohr shared these thoughts on ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Ron Carlson

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Ron Carlson

9/23/2021
Rev. Ron Carlson Dean of the Appointive Cabinet & Superintendent Camp Clear Lake District As Dean of the 2021-2022 Appointive Cabinet, I have been asked several times about who really makes up our team. Folks are wanting to know who we are, not by name and location per se, but who we are in our theological understandings, how we are providing ministry and support in what is now five Districts, and where we stand on possible separation as a denomination. As a result of the wonderings that are ...

Abiding in Exile - Differability 09/23/2021

Abiding in Exile - Differability 09/23/2021

9/23/2021
By Nate Mason Recently I preached on the Book of Judges.  Before prepping for my sermon, I cannot remember the last time I dove into that particular book of the Bible. Most of us Mainline Protestants stay safely in the Gospels while occasionally venturing into the Epistles or Acts, but I was in the mood for something different. Since I’m still in the honey-moon phase of my new appointment, my congregations let me get away with it. I had forgotten how much I love the story of Deborah![i] Deborah ...

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

9/22/2021
By Heather Hahn Sept. 2, 2021 | UM News Key points: A United Methodist leadership body calls denomination to address COVID-19 vaccine inequities as a “missional priority.” The Connectional Table’s action aims to strengthen United Methodist efforts already under way to get shots in arms.  Church leaders also hope to relieve fears and counter misinformation about the vaccines. A United Methodist leadership body declared increasing vaccinations against COVID-19 a denomination-wide “missional ...

Midwest Mission disaster supply drive extended to October 3

Midwest Mission disaster supply drive extended to October 3

9/21/2021
Midwest Mission Distribution Center is coordinating a supply drive for the most requested items following recent disasters in Haiti and Louisiana. Relief supplies have already been sent to both locations, but Midwest Mission is committed to at least one more shipment at the beginning of October.  The personnel in the hardest-hit locations in Haiti and Louisiana have very specific requests for what items are needed now. Items will be collected through October 3 at three collection sites ...

Prepare to welcome Afghan allies and friends

Prepare to welcome Afghan allies and friends

9/21/2021
According to a Des Moines Register article on September 16, 2021, Iowa should expect to receive nearly 700 Afghan evacuees in the first wave of resettlements. To help communities to prepare, Church World Service is hosting a webinar on September 30 on Welcoming Afghan Allies and Friends. UMCOR’s trusted partner in refugee and asylum care, Church World Service is one of nine resettlement agencies sanctioned by the Department of State.    Church World Service (CWS) is hosting a call for clergy and...

Special Session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to be held virtually

Special Session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference to be held virtually

9/21/2021
In an early June 2021 announcement from the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, plans were to have an in-person Special Session of the North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference in November of 2021. Recently, because of the surge of the COVID-19 Delta variant, plans are now to meet virtually November 11-12, 2021.   “In the two months since then, COVID-19 has roared back, fueled by the Delta variant, a variant of the virus that is more communicable than previous versions of the ...

Drake Wesley Foundation continues with a passion for discipling young adults

Drake Wesley Foundation continues with a passion for discipling young adults

9/20/2021
The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries’ mission is to equip young adults to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ toward becoming spiritual leaders who will transform the church and the world through the Wesley Foundations at the United Methodist (UM) campus ministries on selected non-UM-related campuses. They are at Drake University, Iowa State University, The University of Northern Iowa, and The University of Iowa. The Wesley Foundation at Drake University has recently undergone a lot...

Former Iowan named Louisiana UMC Missional Engagement and Outreach

Former Iowan named Louisiana UMC Missional Engagement and Outreach

9/20/2021
Hurricanes and other natural disasters have smacked the state of Louisiana with powerful winds and heavy rain causing flooding, loss of homes, businesses, infrastructure, and livelihood. At the same time, many Iowans pray for rain as we experience drought conditions over much of our state.  The Louisiana United Methodist Conference has a new staff person for disaster response who happens to have lived and worked in Coon Rapids, Iowa! Some may remember William (Bill) Howell, Jr. and his wife, ...

Learn about being Ignited for Justice at UMW's Iowa Conference Annual Meeting featuring Flora Lee

Learn about being Ignited for Justice at UMW's Iowa Conference Annual Meeting featuring Flora Lee

9/20/2021
The Iowa Conference’s United Methodist Women will host their annual meeting on Zoom Livestream or in-person at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Coffee and registration will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. This year’s theme is Ignited for Justice. It will feature a video drama called “Grace Notes,” and notable speakers are Flora Lee from Sioux City, Iowa, and Sue Ritts, from Shesler Hall. Registration ends September 24, ...

Abiding in Exile - Discombobulation 09/16/21

Abiding in Exile - Discombobulation 09/16/21

9/16/2021
By: Nan Smith Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14: 27 NRSV So, I am now the proud owner of a three-month-old golden retriever puppy.  He is filled with energy and a fascination with the newness of the world that is around him.  Because of him, I am once again becoming acquainted with the wonders of seeing the day break. He carries such a sense of anticipation and ...

Conference Connectional Ministries Council Fall Retreat will work on redevelopment and refocus

Conference Connectional Ministries Council Fall Retreat will work on redevelopment and refocus

9/16/2021
Living into one of The Iowa Annual Conference’s strategic priorities of Directing our Resources to Our Common Goals, the Conference Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC) will gather and work on redeveloping its team and refocusing on the Iowa Conference’s mission (inspire, equip and connect) and vision (faithful leadership, fruitful communities, and fire-filled people) at their September 25, 2021 Fall Retreat.   “We are just starting to organize into two teams which will make up the two pillars...

Developing Digital Faith Communities with Cathy Townley

Developing Digital Faith Communities with Cathy Townley

9/15/2021
The Congregational Excellence team invites you to join two webinars to continue learning about Developing Online Faith Communities. The webinars will be hosted by Cathy Townley, who has years of experience coaching churches through the digital age. Developing Online Faith Communities - two-part webinar. Get some basics on what’s involved in developing a digital campus, and why you should want to. In addition, the Congregational Excellence team and Townley are offering:   Launching New Faith ...

Parish Development's

Parish Development's "On the Way Back Together" six part series on relationship building

9/15/2021
This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.   On the Way Back Together - part 1 of 6   Each faith community is different from what they were in March of 2020. Some have gained members and embraced a different look for worship and how they connect with their faith community. A number have lost members and wonder what tomorrow brings. Some would just really like for things to consistently be the same.  Yet others are somewhere ...

Pastoral Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11/2001

Pastoral Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11/2001

9/10/2021
Every year on September 11, we remember. We remember exactly where we were. We remember how our eyes were glued to the TV as the horror of the attacks unfolded in New York City, and we remember the depth of our despair. At the time I was in Arizona, visiting my parents, and the day is indelibly imprinted in my memory. Fear, tears, numbness, shock, even shaking my fist at God. How could 2,996 people perish this way? As we still wrestle with the reality of the evil of these attacks and the grief ...

Abiding in Exile - 09/09/2021 - Moments of Encounter

Abiding in Exile - 09/09/2021 - Moments of Encounter

9/9/2021
Moments of Encounter By: Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon For the spiritual pilgrim, particularly as the journey unfolds, there are presented and taken more and more moments of encounter that move us into liminal space. These snapshots of time may be brief, or, if one is removing themselves for retreat, even longer. The liminal, or that in-between space of what is and what is becoming, often captures the domain of spiritual exile in a unique way. It evokes the sense of being apart or separated for a ...

UM Communications: United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York

UM Communications: United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York

9/9/2021
Years after the events of 9/11 shook New York City, Church members from the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, Church of the Village, and Christ Church United Methodist churches talk about how the local congregations comforted neighbors, stocked food pantries, and offered counseling. Martha Chapman states, “People’s need for care and community was exposed, and a place that we could find it was inside the doors of the church. This is where they came home.”  

2022 Apportionment calculations published

2022 Apportionment calculations published

9/3/2021
The calculations for the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Apportionments have been completed and the information has been published on the Iowa Conference website under the Finance and Administration, Apportionment Resources page (https://www.iaumc.org/ApportionmentResources) This includes the 2022 Apportionments by Church, 2022 Apportionment Calculation Report by Church (Includes Districk Asking), and 2022 Apportionment Fund Breakdown (with Pie Charts). The 2022 Apportionment Budget for the Iowa ...

Abiding in Exile - Mining the Negative Space 09/02/2021

Abiding in Exile - Mining the Negative Space 09/02/2021

9/2/2021
By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott I’m just back from a much-needed vacation that included four days on the road between here and southwest Colorado. Playing the alphabet game to pass the time, I was helped by the many FedEx trucks. And while logging the sometimes elusive “F,” I found myself marveling again at the arrow in their logo. You know about that, right? It’s been there all along, but I didn’t see it until someone pointed it out. You have to look at the white space between the E and the X. See ...

Equalization information for the 2022 annual conference session

Equalization information for the 2022 annual conference session

9/2/2021
Equalization for 2022 Annual Conference Each charge receives one lay member to Annual Conference.   A charge served by more than one clergyperson is assigned an additional lay member for each additional appointed clergy.  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 ...

Jordan, Quehl-Engel win GBHEM Francis Asbury Award

Jordan, Quehl-Engel win GBHEM Francis Asbury Award

9/2/2021
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry — For release Sept. 2, 2021 The Reverend Gerald C. Liu, PhD, Director of Collegiate Ministries, Initiatives, and Belonging and ordained elder of the Mississippi Annual Conference is pleased to announce ten Francis Asbury Award winners for the 2020 – 21 academic year on behalf of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and the Annual Conferences who have supported them. The award recognizes and encourages outstanding support of ...

Disaster Response Update: Hurricane Ida and August Iowa Storms

Disaster Response Update: Hurricane Ida and August Iowa Storms

8/31/2021
Hurricane Ida Hurricane Ida landed just west of New Orleans, LA, and moved east up the Gulf Coast causing damage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Thousands of people are without power, water and shelter. Currently, authorities are accessing the situation and Power Companies, the national Gard, and Local Municipalities are making things safe. UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief) is already at work. The UMCOR-Sager Brown warehouse and grounds were not in the direct path of the ...

For Immediate Release — The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Responds to the Boy Scouts of American Bankruptcy Case

For Immediate Release — The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Responds to the Boy Scouts of American Bankruptcy Case

8/26/2021
For Immediate Release August 26, 2021 THE IOWA ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH RESPONDS TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA BANKRUPTCY CASE Des Moines, Iowa: The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is overwhelmed with potential liability exposure from sexual assault allegations nationwide. The BSA has filed for bankruptcy protection. Under both of the proposed plans that the BSA has suggested as a way to continue after the bankruptcy, they are leaving their Chartered Organizations out on a ...

Abiding in Exile - Beloved Space 08/26/2021

Abiding in Exile - Beloved Space 08/26/2021

8/26/2021
By: Pastor Nate Mason I am a proud Dork Dad, and one of my favorite Dork Dad activities is reading Ms. Marvel comics to my four-year-old daughter, Lily.  For those of you who are more productive with your reading time, there is a new Ms. Marvel character.  Kamala Khan is a sixteen-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants who gets shape changing superpowers. The comics teach inspiring lessons about life and the experience of the modern American Muslim. Lily loves it almost as much as I do.   One...

Re: Boy Scout Units Chartered by Local United Methodist Churches

Re: Boy Scout Units Chartered by Local United Methodist Churches

8/24/2021
Dear Iowa United Methodists:  We write this letter with heavy hearts.  The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is overwhelmed with potential liability exposure from sexual assault allegations nationwide. The BSA has filed for bankruptcy protection. Under both of the proposed plans that the BSA has suggested as a way to continue after the bankruptcy, they are leaving their Chartered Organizations out on a limb by themselves. The Chartered Organizations are the local churches, schools, and civic groups ...

Abiding in Exile - 08/20/2021 - First Love

Abiding in Exile - 08/20/2021 - First Love

8/20/2021
First Love By: Nan Smith “But I have this against you: you have let go of the love you had at first. 5 So remember the high point from which you have fallen. Change your hearts and lives and do the things you did at first. If you don’t, I’m coming to you. I will move your lampstand from its place if you don’t change your hearts and lives.”  — Revelation 2:4-5 (Common English Bible)   This fall, our church will be celebrating 50 years of being Hope United Methodist Church. The beauty of ...

United Methodist Women Connection for August 2021

United Methodist Women Connection for August 2021

8/18/2021
Vol. XXXI, No. 3     |     August 2021 2021   Subscribe today to receive quarterly news from the Iowa UMW 2021 District Officers 2021 Iowa Mission Today Report Form President Growing Pains: Where Have You Felt Them This Year? When I was younger, as I grew, there were times that my muscles or bones would hurt.  My dad always told me, “Those are growing pains, Gladys Kay.” He would continue to tell me my body was learning how to handle its new shape, weight, or height (not that I am tall ...

Update regarding the delayed General Conference 2020

Update regarding the delayed General Conference 2020

8/12/2021
With a little over one year before the delayed General Conference 2020, the Iowa Conference Communications office reached out to Heather Hahn, UM News assistant editor, asking what important information can we share with Iowa about the delayed 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. General Conference 2020 is scheduled for August 29 through September 6, 2022. “First, I’ll just say that the legislation in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate remains unchanged. But because the ...

And update and thank you from the Fabros family

And update and thank you from the Fabros family

8/11/2021
After a delay in late March due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, Siegfried Fabros finally was able to be admitted to the hospital for surgery. “My son is back at our place [in the Philippines] and being monitored by his doctor," said Pastor Olivia Fabros of Lacey, Beacon and Eddyville United Methodist Churches. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for the prayers and financial help. God bless.” Fabros learned earlier in the year that her 32-year-old son, Siegfried, ...

The next Wondrhealth Class (formally Naturally Slim)

The next Wondrhealth Class (formally Naturally Slim)

8/10/2021
Announcing an opportunity to participate in WondrHealth (formally Natura)(y Slim), a health-full eating/activity and behavioral skills program for improving well-being and weight. This all-digital health-fullness program is being offered to our clergy and their spouses who are currently participating in our health plan.  With the Wondrhealth program, you have the opportunity to learn how to lose weight and improve your health while eating your favorite foods—at NO FINANCIAL COST. We are ...

Abiding in Exile - Noah and God  08/12/2021

Abiding in Exile - Noah and God 08/12/2021

8/10/2021
By: Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon Perhaps no one did exile in quite the same way as Noah: first, as the laughing stock of his community or thought simply crazy as he built his boat; and then on the seas, hidden within the ark with his family and the community of animals as it rained and rained and rained. Finally, he stood alone with his family in a new land. In the poem below, I attempt to capture Noah’s conversation with God and himself as he rides the long, persistent storm and finds dry land. I ...

Reflections on the Olympics: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie

Reflections on the Olympics: A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie

8/9/2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The Olympics ended yesterday. What a joy it was for millions of people across the globe to watch the best athletes in the world compete for the gold. I was able to find time most days to admire the tenacity and commitment of each one of these athletes to their particular sport. Their stories have been inspiring! Over the years, I have been especially interested in how world-class athletes address performance anxiety, the knowledge that every time they make a ...

A community coffee group and garden ministry provide mission partnerships with local communities

A community coffee group and garden ministry provide mission partnerships with local communities

8/6/2021
In the fall of 2017, a store in Floyd, Iowa, closed that had been a local gathering spot for people to have coffee, refreshments, do puzzles, play cards, and just socialize. Members of Floyd, Grace United Methodist Church realized that many of those people who came to coffee would miss the socialization time it had provided.   “They were elderly people, recently widowed, those who couldn’t drive out of town or had experienced the loss of family. They enjoy these times together,” said Wynona ...

Abiding in Exile - The Fickle Weight of “Exile” 08/05/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Fickle Weight of “Exile” 08/05/2021

8/5/2021
By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott I remember Bishop Julius Trimble standing before a room of incarcerated women some years ago, speaking of the 23rd Psalm. He came to those words, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” and he paused there.   Looking out at those women, whose lives he knew contained so much of pain and death and distance, he said these words I’ll never forget. “Trouble is, it’s not just ‘through,’ is it? As if that valley is an easy walk.”    He held his left ...

An update for church communities on masking during the rise of the Delta variant

An update for church communities on masking during the rise of the Delta variant

8/4/2021
Dear Beloved, We pray for your health and the healing of our nation as the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant is causing strain on hospitals and healthcare facilities. As schools begin to reopen, we also pray for children who have not reached vaccination age. To maximize protection against the Delta variant, the Iowa Conference COVID-19 Re-entry Team encourages you to follow the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) guidance for fully vaccinated people. The CDC recommends that "everyone wear a mask...

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

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

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

Abiding in Exile - Bad Bread 07/29/2021

Abiding in Exile - Bad Bread 07/29/2021

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

Mission Education Team update

Mission Education Team update

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

Jason Moore event offered encouragement, ideas

Jason Moore event offered encouragement, ideas

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

Abiding in Exile - Unfamiliar Terrain 07/22/2021

Abiding in Exile - Unfamiliar Terrain 07/22/2021

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

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

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

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

AC2021 Ordering of Ministry Service

AC2021 Ordering of Ministry Service

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

New Riverview Park District Administrative Assistant Hired

New Riverview Park District Administrative Assistant Hired

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A pastoral letter for the Fourth of July 2021

A pastoral letter for the Fourth of July 2021

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

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

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

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

Funeral Service Details for Rev. Herbert Edward Palmer

Funeral Service Details for Rev. Herbert Edward Palmer

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

Remembering Lucille Morgan Wilson

Remembering Lucille Morgan Wilson

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

Iowa Annual Conference AC2021 Report

Iowa Annual Conference AC2021 Report

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

Hope delivered to South Sudanese Mabaan

Hope delivered to South Sudanese Mabaan

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

People of God Campaign Invites Members to #BeUMC

People of God Campaign Invites Members to #BeUMC

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

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

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

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

#StillinMission featuring Rev. Doug Williams

#StillinMission featuring Rev. Doug Williams

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

2021 MLK Waterloo Freedom Bus Tour

2021 MLK Waterloo Freedom Bus Tour

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

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

Mabaan Flood Relief Report

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

North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Grants

North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council Grants

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

Juneteenth National Independence Day

Juneteenth National Independence Day

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

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

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

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

Board of Pensions Report - AC2021

Board of Pensions Report - AC2021

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

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