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Advent 2022 Devotion - First Sunday in Advent

Advent 2022 Devotion - First Sunday in Advent

12/2/2022
November 27, 2022 By: Rev. William Poland, Interim Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries    Read: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 Come, house of Jacob, let’s walk by the Lord’s light. —Isaiah 2:5 CEB        The invitation to walk in the light is at the heart of our passages today from Isaiah and Romans, along with the warning to pay attention to the time in Romans and Matthew’s Gospel. Both themes are important for us to remember as we enter Advent and...

From Exile to Hope: December 1, 2022

From Exile to Hope: December 1, 2022

11/30/2022
Openness By: Nan Smith So there were fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen generations from the exile to Babylon to the Christ. (Matthew 1:17 CEB)   There is a hiking trail that follows a river that I have walked upon since I was a wee one. A place so familiar, that my feet just know the right way to go without me having to really think about it. It is a terrain that has been etched into my very being. I know what to ...

Memo for Preachers - December 4, 2022

Memo for Preachers - December 4, 2022

11/29/2022
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers December 4, 2022 Second Sunday of Advent - Year A Isaiah 11:1-10 By Rev. Mara Bailey, Simpson College Chaplain Can peace be so simple? The week before Thanksgiving our daughter had her third grade music concert. The theme was based on the book “If Kids Ran the World” by Leo and Diane Dillon. In between each ...

From Exile to Hope: November 24, 2022

From Exile to Hope: November 24, 2022

11/24/2022
Sharing life, beyond words By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon This is a bit of poem about how sometimes we know each other more in our shared silences and quiet observations of one another than we do in the ongoing chatter.  How that can be a deeply held way of knowing. How that can remind us of how God’s great silence wraps us in abiding love together through time.   Sharing Life, Beyond Words   Everyday there is wanting to tell you the story that cannot be spoken, and to ask about your ...

Bishop Laurie Haller's Thanksgiving Message - Thankful to be

Bishop Laurie Haller's Thanksgiving Message - Thankful to be "Thankless"

11/23/2022
  #BeUMC honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church. No matter the challenges we face, God is with us, and we continue to have opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! The campaign calls us to embrace our Wesleyan heritage and envision a promising future. Every day offers a chance to live into our mission and to strive to #BeUMC - to be the church our communities so desperately need. “Let's not get tired of doing ...

Celebrating Bishop Lanette Plambeck’s ministry in Iowa and plans for ministry transitions

Celebrating Bishop Lanette Plambeck’s ministry in Iowa and plans for ministry transitions

11/18/2022
The Iowa Annual Conference is celebrating Bishop Lanette Plambeck’s election to the episcopal office of bishop and assignment to the Minnesota/Dakotas Conference by asking you to send your congratulations, memories, and thank you notes to The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church at 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50321. They will be collected and given to her before she moves. As Bishop Plambeck transitions to the Minnesota/Dakotas episcopal area, Rev. William Poland ...

Memo for Preachers - November 27, 2022

Memo for Preachers - November 27, 2022

11/17/2022
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers November, 27, 2022 First Sunday of Advent - Year A Isaiah 2:1-5 • Psalm 122 • Romans 13:11-14 • Matthew 24:36-44 By Paul I. Burrow Transformational Waiting Recently I took my wife to the Emergency Room so that she could get a blood test that they weren’t able to do in the doctor’s office.  Because it was “...

From Exile to Hope: November 17, 2022

From Exile to Hope: November 17, 2022

11/17/2022
Welcome, welcome, welcome By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott In this week when we’ve experienced our first snowfall of the coming winter, a friend posted a meme on Facebook that included this sentiment:    If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow.  —@mindfulfitness    It’s not hard for me to find joy in snow (yes, I’m one of those people), but those words immediately made me think of the carbon steel skillets my husband insists on ...

Health-full Minute: Grieving as Self-Care

Health-full Minute: Grieving as Self-Care

11/17/2022
By Kae Tritle, RN Well-Being Coordinator   Life this fall seems to be back to normal—stores, churches, schools and businesses are open and operating as usual. We are attending sporting events, plays, concerts and other social events. We are gathering with our friends and family in each other’s homes and restaurants. Fewer people are sick with COVID-19. But life isn’t quite the same as it was before the pandemic. We are still being careful with whom we get close. There has been a dramatic shift ...

Ride RAGBRAI with the #BeUMC team

Ride RAGBRAI with the #BeUMC team

11/15/2022
Get registered today for RAGBRAI L and join our official #BeUMC team. More details to come, but don't wait to sign up and start training! Register here!  

Mission update from Bruna Farat Kakale

Mission update from Bruna Farat Kakale

11/14/2022
MISSION NEWS FROM BRUNA FARAT KAKALE Dear Partners in Mission,  Arriving at my United Methodist Missionary assignment on October 24, 2021 in Costa Rica, the song To God be the Glory comes to mind as I share this article with you. My presence in the land of tourism, pineapples, bananas and coffee, with my husband Nouhou and daughter, Hadassa, is indeed a reason to praise God.   Challenges have been many in this year as we work with the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA) in ...

Memo for Preachers - November 20, 2022

Memo for Preachers - November 20, 2022

11/11/2022
Memo for Preachers November, 20 2022 24th Sunday after Pentecost - Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday Luke 23:33-43 By Rosa María Rodríguez  Today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:33-43 says: “When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.” Jesus was not the only one who died that day.  Two thieves accompanied him in his death.  Apparently, the thieves were guilty.  In addition, they could have...

Politics leads to disappointment (duh)

Politics leads to disappointment (duh)

11/9/2022
By: Pastor Nathaniel Mason November is traditionally a time when Americans intentionally practice gratitude, so every second Wednesday for the past 10 years I have been grateful that I have woken up a little extra refreshed. Before getting into ministry, I was a political organizer. I did everything from college campus organizing, base organizing, all the way up to Regional Field Director. I promise you that this is the most physically and emotionally draining work that you can do. I’m sure you ...

Hope United Methodist Church in Marshalltown is raising funds to support Ukrainian refugees in Iowa

Hope United Methodist Church in Marshalltown is raising funds to support Ukrainian refugees in Iowa

11/9/2022
With support from the community, Hope UMC in Marshalltown currently leads a project for Ukrainian refugee resettlement. Supporting the Ukrainian refugees is a robust ecumenical project in partnership with St. Henry's Catholic Church and others who are resettling Ukrainian refugees in Marshall County. We welcomed a family of six from Ukraine in September 2022, two more families of six and seven arrived in October 2022, and two more families (each of three people) will arrive before the end of the...

44th Annual Mission Ingathering receives over $500,000 in value of donations

44th Annual Mission Ingathering receives over $500,000 in value of donations

11/8/2022
The 44th Iowa United Methodist Conference Ingathering for Mission will certainly make an impact! At five sites on November 5, we received 11,500+ school bags filled with supplies, 6,450 personal dignity kits (health supplies), layettes, and other kits that will be sent via Midwest Mission all around the globe. Cash donations for Church World Service blankets and other mission programs like Heifer Project and Self-Help also were received. Over $500,000 total value received in just one day — ...

Bishop Laurie’s Retirement Celebration -  Dec. 4 at 3pm

Bishop Laurie’s Retirement Celebration - Dec. 4 at 3pm

11/7/2022
Making A Difference A Retirement Celebration Honoring Bishop Laurie Haller Sunday, December 4, 3:00pm First United Methodist Church 1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines, Iowa United Methodists and ecumenical friends across Iowa are invited to celebrate the ministry of Iowa Bishop Laurie Haller as she prepares to retire at the end of 2022.   Bishop Laurie was elected to the Episcopacy in the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church on July 14, 2016. Prior to her election as a Bishop and...

Missionary Katherine Parker itinerant in Iowa begins June 2023

Missionary Katherine Parker itinerant in Iowa begins June 2023

11/7/2022
Serving as a United Methodist missionary in Nepal, Katherine Parker is supported by several Iowa churches. Parker serves as a Health Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal with a focus on water, sanitation, and hygiene-WASH, maternal and child health, and adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights. These assignments require her to trek into many isolated, rural villages where she meets with local groups to discuss plans for addressing these various concerns.  Katherine has been approved...

Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai Assigned to the Iowa Area

Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai Assigned to the Iowa Area

11/5/2022
By Rev. Cindy Gregorson Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai has been assigned as the resident bishop for the Iowa Area, effective Jan. 1, 2023. She was elected to the episcopacy at the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Before her election, she served as the chief connectional ministries officer of the Connectional Table for the United Methodist Church since 2018. Bishop Bigham-Tsai, has served as a district superintendent in the Michigan Annual Conference and as a local church pastor in ...

Pray with Your Vote

Pray with Your Vote

11/5/2022
  At the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session, Gun Violence Resolution #704 was passed. The resolution asks Iowa United Methodists to “oppose and vote to defeat the ‘Iowa Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” amendment.’” Then in August, the Council of Bishops unanimously affirmed a statement addressing gun violence. To stop the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers to God and contact their elected leaders. This is the third in...

The Episcopal 22-10

The Episcopal 22-10

11/5/2022
By Rev. Cindy M. Gregorson I confess that as a former delegate to jurisdictional conference I often categorized the election of bishops to something akin to horse trading. More political than spiritual in nature, it seemed to me. But the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference was noticeably different. It all started, according to one of the candidates, Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown, about six weeks previously. Rev. Brown had seen a video created by the Western Jurisdiction administrative ...

Stand Up With The Good News – Bishop Trimble’s Opening Worship

Stand Up With The Good News – Bishop Trimble’s Opening Worship

11/4/2022
By Liz Winders, Director of Communications, Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church FORT WAYNE, IN — Bishop Julius C. Trimble told the North Central Jurisdiction Conference, “The Good News is for everybody…[it’s] an inclusive message that breaks the chains of oppression and exclusion” in his sermon for the Friday, Nov. 4 morning worship service.  The morning worship opened with a word and dance performance by students from The Art Leadership Center (ALC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The...

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference

11/4/2022
Commission on the General Conference The United Methodist Church FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2022 Nashville, Tenn.: The Commission on the General Conference announced today that the 2024 United Methodist General Conference will be held April 23 – May 3, 2024, at Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  “The Commission selected Charlotte as the site that best met our varied needs. We believe that delegates and attendees will be pleased with all the city has to offer,” ...

Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough honored—recognized for service

Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough honored—recognized for service

11/3/2022
JAMES DEATON, Content Editor Nov. 3, 2022 | FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Thursday afternoon, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) formally honored three retiring bishops—Bishop Sally Dyck, Bishop Laurie Haller, and Bishop Bruce Ough—during a moving celebration of ministry filled with gratitude and love. This official recognition service had been postponed because of the delayed NCJ Conference, originally scheduled for 2020. Both Bishop Dyck and Bishop Ough retired in 2020 and took staff positions ...

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

11/3/2022
By Rev. Cindy Gregorson FORT WAYNE, Indiana—Bishop David Alan Bard, president of the College of Bishops, launched into his episcopal address declaring that we find ourselves in odd space. We are in an odd space historically, politically and denominationally. We are on the precipice of mid-term elections in the United States where deep polarization and mistrust of our election system is undermining democracy that leave us ill-prepared to meet the challenges of climate change, gun violence, ...

Mercy Sustains - Bishop Tracy Malone at NCJ

Mercy Sustains - Bishop Tracy Malone at NCJ

11/3/2022
By Liz Winders, director of communications, Iowa Annual Conference of the UMC FORT WAYNE— On day two of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church, opening worship began with praising God. Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church’s Pastor Danira Parra opened with prayer and reflection centered around the Native American Spirit Drum.  Tracy Malone, resident bishop of the Ohio East Area, began her sermon preaching from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. “We are ...

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

11/3/2022
By Lisa Wink is director of communications for the Wisconsin Conference. The Rev. Dan Schwerin, assistant to the bishop for the Wisconsin Conference, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church’s North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates elected Schwerin on November 3 at the jurisdiction’s meeting in the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the sixth ballot. He received 100 votes out of 166 valid ballots cast. He needed 100 to be elected. (60% of valid...

From Exile to Hope: November 3, 2022

From Exile to Hope: November 3, 2022

11/2/2022
Vote  By: Rev. Cindy Hickman Next Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. Please vote. This is the last edition of “Abiding” before the election, and I feel compelled to encourage you to vote. We have a lot to vote about: the economy, Ukraine, Russia, threats to democracy, racism, women’s bodies and health, climate change, mental health, public education, gun ownership and gun violence. We are even voting about access to voting and voter rights.  No one of us has all the answers, but in a democracy, ...

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship NCJ

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship NCJ

11/2/2022
By Doreen Gosmire, director of communications, Dakotas UMC   FORT WAYNE— Bishop Julius Trimble opened the North Central Jurisdiction, honoring the indigenous people of Indiana.   “As we gather in the presence of God. We honor the indigenous people who settled in the Fort Wayne area and who went here before us. With deep respect, we honor the people of the Shawnee, Miami, Wea, Potawatomi, Delaware, Wyandot, Kickapoo, Piankashaw, and Chickasaw nations,” said Bishop Trimble. More than 600 gathered...

NCJ elects Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as Bishop

NCJ elects Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as Bishop

11/2/2022
Bishop Lanette Plambeck was elected on the third ballot at the 2022 North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Wednesday, November 2. She received 102 votes of the 167 ballots cast. She needed 101 to be elected (60% of valid votes.) The North Central Jurisdiction consists of 167 delegates, an equal number of United Methodist clergy and laity, from the nine states forming the North Central Jurisdiction. The assignments of bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction for the next two years will be ...

Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

11/2/2022
By Doreen Gosmire, director of communications, Dakotas UMC BISMARCK, N. D. — Rev. Art Scanson, a retired elder of the Dakotas Conference, has found a ministry in woodworking. Scanson has handcrafted more than 20 crosiers for bishops in the North Central Jurisdiction and some bishops in other locations. "I have been making the crosiers for the North Central Jurisdiction since 2000. Every bishop elected in the North Central Jurisdiction receives one," said Scanson. "It is something I can do and ...

Ten NCJ candidates introduced to delegates at the Episcopal Forum

Ten NCJ candidates introduced to delegates at the Episcopal Forum

11/2/2022
The North Central Jurisdictional Conference delegates and episcopal candidates landed in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to gather under the theme of We Press On (Philippians 4:13). Iowa's episcopal candidate is Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck.  Voting clergy delegates from Iowa are Rev. Katie Dawson, Rev. Lanette Plambeck, Rev. LaTonya Calderon, Rev. Chad Jennings, Rev. Nate Nims, Rev. Frederick Lewis, Rev. Josh Steward, Rev. Melissa Warren, Rev. Barrie Tritle, Rev. Amy Johnson, Rev. Matt German, and Rev. ...

Memo for Preachers - November 6, 2022

Memo for Preachers - November 6, 2022

11/1/2022
Why don’t we talk more about heaven? November 6, 2022 Text: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17; Luke 20:27-38 By: Rev. Katie Dawson One of my congregation members recently asked me: Why don’t we talk more about heaven? I think one reason is there is a lot we don’t know about the life that awaits us. We have metaphor and imagery in our scripture and we have a strong sense of being present with God, but I can’t answer any concrete questions about what comes next. ...

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

11/1/2022
By Karla Hovde   Nov. 1, 2022   This week, delegates from every United Methodist conference in the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will gather in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to elect new bishops and hold important conversations about how to build a more just and inclusive church. Among them will be about 20 young adults who have been elected as delegates by their conferences. These young adults share a common motivation to represent the voices of the youngest generations within the United Methodist ...

Iowa Falls First UMC serves its 100,000 community meal

Iowa Falls First UMC serves its 100,000 community meal

10/31/2022
By: Liz Winders, Director of Communications When a background in food service, hungry children, and a church turns into serving over 100,000 community meals, you know God has a hand in making it happen. On the evening of October 15, First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls, Iowa, served 527 meals, the largest amount they have ever done, and celebrated serving 100,000 meals to their community.   In 2011, Lyn Evans wanted to ensure her kids got a meal before confirmation class and youth group ...

Minshall retires after nearly thirty years of service for the Iowa Annual Conference

Minshall retires after nearly thirty years of service for the Iowa Annual Conference

10/31/2022
Roland Minshall, formally the Iowa Annual Conference Director of Information and Technology and Statistician, gave support and protected systems for nearly three decades. Minshall retired on October 7, 2022, after 27 years with the Conference.   “I think one of my proudest achievements is that in all the time I was at the conference, we never had a cybersecurity incident,” said Minshall.   For his first seven or so years, he solely supported approximately 80 computer systems, including the ...

From Exile to Hope: October 27, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 27, 2022

10/27/2022
How the Contemplative Prayer Group Goes By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon I have taken to writing a poem for my contribution to From Exile to Hope. This time the poem emerged from my biweekly contemplative prayer group. I have been meeting in this circle on Zoom since the lockdown began. My college roommate, who is my chosen sister, invited me to this group which includes people from all over the United States. Amongst us are a Lutheran pastor, two United Methodist pastors, an Episcopal ...

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference to Elect New Bishop for Iowa

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference to Elect New Bishop for Iowa

10/27/2022
Written by James Deaton, Content Editor, the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church, and adapted for Iowa. We Press On is the theme of the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (NCJ), which will convene in person from November 2 – 5 in Fort Wayne, IN, to elect bishops and report on mission and ministry.    Watch the NCJ Livestream here. Iowa Conference’s endorsed candidate, Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, is on the ballot along with nine other candidates. Delegates ...

Impacting Lives Around the World from Right at Home

Impacting Lives Around the World from Right at Home

10/26/2022
Reprinted with permission from Midwest Mission. This is Lois.   One of her bucket list items was to serve at and visit Midwest Mission. During the week of October 10, Lois, 93 3/4 years old, got to check off that item, serving with complete joy throughout the week.   Although this was Lois’ first trip to serve at Midwest Mission, she has been serving with Midwest Mission for a long time. Lois and her granddaughter use their God-given talents to make sewn items for Midwest Mission kits.    “My ...

Iowa Annual Conference Landscape Survey for Pastors and Lay Leaders

Iowa Annual Conference Landscape Survey for Pastors and Lay Leaders

10/26/2022
The IAUMC will invite pastors and lay leaders to take an extensive survey called the Landscape Survey (like the Congregational Assessment Tool) to get a sense of our health as an annual conference, help prepare for our new bishop, and set conference priorities for the coming years. Watch for the link to be emailed the week of October 31.  

The 2022 Journal is now available

The 2022 Journal is now available

10/26/2022
The 2022 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. 

Memo for Preachers - October 30, 2022

Memo for Preachers - October 30, 2022

10/25/2022
Memo for Preachers October 30, 2022 - 21st Sunday after Pentecost Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 • Psalm 119:137-144  2nd Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 • Luke 19:1-10 By Rev. Bob Dean I can't wait! If I’m in a hurry, a red traffic light can seem to last forever. If the car ahead of me doesn’t move when it turns green, I’m tempted to give voice (well, horn) to my irritation. Usually I don’t. Usually. I should practice patience during those times, because today’s passages all deal in some way with waiting – ...

From Exile to Hope: October 20, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 20, 2022

10/20/2022
The silence in between By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott A funny thing is happening to me, on the way from exile to hope.    That’s the space we’re in right now, isn’t it? The first “normal” school year since the start of the pandemic, without mask battles and extra protocols, is well underway. We’re past the worst of that long sense of heaviness, and dread, and every tiniest thing being extra complicated. Maybe we’re starting to imagine that there really can be hope, on the other side of all this.   ...

Building Connections — connecting willing hands with church projects

Building Connections — connecting willing hands with church projects

10/20/2022
The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee (UMVIM) introduces a new, innovative program called Building Connections. This program will connect experienced volunteers with churches in need of repairs.  For example, a small church in Southwest Iowa with an aging congregation and an average worship attendance of eighteen desperately needs renovation. The outside of the building needs to be repainted, the carpet replaced, the kitchen remodeled, the sanctuary wallpaper removed, and the...

Simpson Youth Academy continues its mission

Simpson Youth Academy continues its mission

10/19/2022
The Simson Youth Academy (SYA) continues to gather, nurture, and send high school students as young adult disciples of Christ! SYA’s newest cohort of twenty-five youth gathered to live, learn, worship, serve, and reflect together during the June summer residency.   At the Simpson Youth Academy, we believe that young people have power and gifts that are essential for the healing of the world, not just in the distant future but now. Grounded in the Christian tradition and utilizing resources from ...

Memo for Preachers - October 23, 2022

Memo for Preachers - October 23, 2022

10/18/2022
Memo for Preachers October 23, 2022 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2nd Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 By Rev. Martha Dalton Ward Praying with a sideward glance A number of years ago, a pastor friend of mine said you’ll find two basic types of people in church – repentant sinners and unrepentant sinners. To reflect on which type you might be, consider this week’s Gospel text in Luke 18:9-14 - the story Jesus tells about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The Pharisee, ...

Opposition to Unjust Theology Regarding the Holy Land Task Force Members Needed

Opposition to Unjust Theology Regarding the Holy Land Task Force Members Needed

10/18/2022
At the 2022 Annual Conference, a resolution regarding Opposition to Unjust Theology Regarding the Holy Land was passed.  This resolution called for the establishment of a task force to identify the biblical and theological reasons for opposing Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people and then submit a report to the 2023 Annual Conference with recommendations for action. We are looking for both clergy and laity to serve on this team. The United Methodist Church has previously spoken out on ...

The 2022 Ingathering is November 5

The 2022 Ingathering is November 5

10/18/2022
Forty-two years ago, the Iowa Annual Conference began what has become a magnificent tradition - Ingathering. As October 2022 comes to a close, it’s time to get all the kits completed, counted, and boxed up. Make sure to label the outside with your church name and number and the contents, tape them closed, and ask your pastor to bless them in worship. Celebrate, and congratulate yourselves. What a difference you’re making right now!  On November 5, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., volunteers will be ...

You are invited to the 2022 Memorial Service

You are invited to the 2022 Memorial Service

10/17/2022
The AC2022 Memorial Service to honor those before us will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. at Des Moines New Hope United Methodist Church located at 4525 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA. Bishop Laurie Haller will give the message and the service will include music by the quartet Sweet Harmony.  This service will not be livestreamed but it will be recorded and posted at https://www.iaumc.org/ac2022-memorial-service soon after. Please, RSVP if you plan to attend by clicking here. The ...

From Exile to Hope: October 13, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 13, 2022

10/13/2022
What's the most important part of the church? By: Rev. Cindy Hickman   What do you think is the most important part of your church?  I hope your first response was “the people, of course!” You’re right, but today I want to focus on the church building, the physical space where we worship.  What do you think is the most important part? The pulpit? Maybe, although we preachers might want to check our egos if that was our initial response. Not every sermon we have preached has been fabulous ...

Memo for Preachers - October 16, 2022

Memo for Preachers - October 16, 2022

10/11/2022
Memo for Preachers October 16, 2022 - 19th Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104  • Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121  • 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5  • Luke 18:1-8* By Rev. Mara Bailey Wrestling with faith Doubt and faith have a curious relationship.     Is having questions and doubt an indicator of a lack of faith? Does having faith mean that you will no longer doubt? When you became a Christian, or began to recognize it as an important element in your life, did you think it was a ...

From Exile to Hope: October 6, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 6, 2022

10/6/2022
Forgiveness By: Pastor Nate Mason   So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” Luke 17:3-5   I’m not usually a lectionary preacher.  For simplicity of planning, I’m falling back on the Revised Common Lectionary until I take my three-month vacation ...

Hurricane Fiona and Ian support update

Hurricane Fiona and Ian support update

10/6/2022
Last week, Bishop Laurie Haller urged the Iowa Conference to support the United Methodist Committee on Relief's (UMCOR) U.S. Disaster Fund to help survivors of Hurricane Ian. Here is an update on how to also support survivors of Hurricane Fiona. Reminder: Do not self-deploy to go help. First responders and UMCOR will assess the situation and let us know when it is safe to deploy recovery groups. For more information on how you or your church can get involved, visit our Disaster Ministries page....

Mental Health and Responsible Firearm Laws

Mental Health and Responsible Firearm Laws

10/6/2022
  At the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session, Gun Violence Resolution #704 was passed. The resolution asks Iowa United Methodists to “oppose and vote to defeat the ‘Iowa Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” amendment.’” Then in August, the Council of Bishops unanimously affirmed a statement addressing gun violence. To stop the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers to God and contact their elected leaders. This is the third ...

Speaking Up About the Prevention of Gun Violence

Speaking Up About the Prevention of Gun Violence

10/5/2022
  At the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session, Gun Violence Resolution #704 was passed. The resolution asks Iowa United Methodists to "oppose and vote to defeat the 'Iowa Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” amendment.'" Then in August, the Council of Bishops unanimously affirmed a statement addressing gun violence. To stop the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers to God and contact their elected leaders. This is the second ...

Midwest Mission Asks for Supplies to Help with Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

Midwest Mission Asks for Supplies to Help with Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

10/4/2022
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Midwest Mission, located just outside Chatham, IL, is working to provide disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Ian. “Our Cleaning Kit supplies have been depleted. After sending relief to 14 US disasters this year, including the most recent flooding in Kentucky and St. Louis, we need help replenishing so we can get supplies to our partners who are ready to deploy the requested supplies,” says Executive Director Chantel Corrie.  “While we typically have 3,000 ...

Invitation from Bishop Laurie to support hurricane relief

Invitation from Bishop Laurie to support hurricane relief

9/29/2022
Update October 6, 2022: Bishop Laurie adds new relief information for Hurricane Fiona and Ian Invitation to Support Hurricane Relief   Iowa Annual Conference  September 29, 2022   Dear Friends, The words of the prophet Isaiah are haunting today as we lift in constant prayer our brothers and sisters who are in harm’s way because of Hurricane Ian.  “Lord, you are my God.  I will exalt you; I will praise your name,     for you have done wonderful things,  planned long ago, faithful and sure.  ...

I know who holds the future // Yo Sé Quién Tiene el Futuro

I know who holds the future // Yo Sé Quién Tiene el Futuro

9/29/2022
Want the Memo for Preachers in your inbox? Click the button to subscribe.   Subscribe → Memo for Preachers Subscribe to the Memo for Preachers October 9, 2022 - 18th Sunday after Pentecost Jeremiah 29:1-14; Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 By Paul I. Burrow I know who holds the future Toward the end of the school year last Spring, I was asked to give a message for the local Baccalaureate service. I hadn’t been to a Baccalaureate service since the one I spoke at when I ...

Board of Trustees set timeline for Special Called Annual Conference in November 2023

Board of Trustees set timeline for Special Called Annual Conference in November 2023

9/28/2022
As announced at the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session in June, the Bishop, in consultation with the Sessions Committee, called a Special Iowa Annual Conference Session for November 18, 2023, for the sole purpose of disaffiliation. In part, this Session is to give local churches sufficient time and accurate information as they discern their future in the UMC. For the timelines and more information about disaffiliation, click here.

From Exile to Hope: September 29, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 29, 2022

9/27/2022
Beauty By: Rev. Nan Smith   A couple of weeks ago I returned from visiting my adult son in Maryland.  He is a young professional who has just purchased his first house.  It has been a big step for him.  The house he bought is a great house — a colonial, with four bedrooms, that is in an established neighborhood, complete with mature trees and a large yard. He is very excited to be a new homeowner. Plus, his home comes with a definite bonus!  Uniquely his own. His house is home to a whole bunch ...

66-year Dedication to Music Ministry Warms Many Souls

66-year Dedication to Music Ministry Warms Many Souls

9/27/2022
The first time Pat Fluhrer played the organ was when she was a newly married 19-year-old who knew she could contribute to the West St. Charles United Methodist Church’s Sunday service through her music. Now, 66 years later, she has played the organ for not only the Sunday services but countless weddings, funerals, adult and children’s choirs, and Christmas Eve services.  On September 25, 2022, Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado, Pictured Rocks District Superintendent, honored Fluhrer's dedication by ...

Peace in the World is Our Responsibility

Peace in the World is Our Responsibility

9/27/2022
Dr. Kesho Scott, the main speaker at the International Day of Peace celebration at Cowles Commons in Des Moines, used the United Nations theme for 2022, “End Racism—Bring Peace,” to remind the crowd that peace in the world is everyone’s responsibility.    The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace, with a mission to help lead the ecumenical and interfaith communities in raising prayers and voices to end the war, marks the 20th year as the host. Many Iowa United Methodists sponsor this event. See ...

UMC bishops seek donations for Puerto Rico in wake of hurricane

UMC bishops seek donations for Puerto Rico in wake of hurricane

9/27/2022
WASHINGTON ­– The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is appealing for donations to assist the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation left on the island by Hurricane Fiona last week. The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico sent a letter to the COB asking for help and donations. In the letter of appeal, Bishop Lizzette Gabriel Montalvo said: “our beloved brothers and sisters from different locations, we kindly ask for support on this journey in which once again...

A Mission Journey at Lake Charles, LA

A Mission Journey at Lake Charles, LA

9/26/2022
Submitted by: Beverly Nolte, Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Co-Coordinator Kathy Martin, of Sioux City, is the team leader of the September 24-October 2, 2022 work trip. She is joined by Boyd Crees of Goldfield and Bruce Dykstra of Ventura, who will join another work group at Lake Charles. Their focus is to work on homes damaged by two hurricanes and flooding in the Lake Charles, LA area. Working with the Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, they will be housed in the St. ...

African Festival of Hope “Experience Africa from America”

African Festival of Hope “Experience Africa from America”

9/26/2022
Submitted by: Janice Edson, Lay Leader, Republic Community Church  Now the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. — Romans 15:13 (KJV). Everyone who participated in any way in the African Festival of Hope on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Nashua United Methodist Church experienced an abundance of hope through the Power of the Holy Spirit! The African Festival of Hope was full of joy and peace as the room ...

AC2023 Equalization Numbers Now Available

AC2023 Equalization Numbers Now Available

9/21/2022
Equalization information for the 2023 Iowa Annual Conference is now available on the 2023 Iowa Annual Conference website. The number of lay members for churches and districts is updated every year. If you have questions, please email Nitza Dovenspike, Iowa Annual Conference Session secretary.  

Annual Conferences to Raise Funds for Survivor Trust Fund

Annual Conferences to Raise Funds for Survivor Trust Fund

9/21/2022
A bankruptcy judge on September 8, 2022, granted the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approval of its $2.5 billion reorganization plan, which will allow the organization to settle tens of thousands of sexual abuse claims. As a part of the settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, The United Methodist Church agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive contributions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), insurance companies and ...

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Blog Post: The Heart of God

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Blog Post: The Heart of God

9/21/2022
I remember learning something a couple of years ago when I was helping to interview candidates for worship leader for General Conference.   A choral director shared with us that when a choir first comes together, every person’s heart beats at a different rate – and at their own unique rhythm.  But after a while, after focusing their thoughts and voices on the music, after singing together in the harmonies that bring out the beauty of the piece, those individual hearts begin to synchronize … ...

The vision for the future of the Iowa United Methodist Church most notably includes a HOME FOR EVERYONE

The vision for the future of the Iowa United Methodist Church most notably includes a HOME FOR EVERYONE

9/21/2022
This summer, your church may have been approached by people representing a new traditionalist Methodist denomination called the Global Methodist Church or representatives from the Wesley Covenant Association, who may have insinuated that your church should be in a hurry to discern its future. But there is NO HURRY for your church to rush through discernment.   Churches have until December 31, 2023, to complete the disaffiliation process (including an annual conference vote being held in ...

From Exile to Hope: September 22, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 22, 2022

9/20/2022
Looking By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon So often we search for God without looking; we stumble on little sayings, we keep talking as though in the middle of a particularly long sentence God will appear, will show up.   But I have found that it is when we show up that God appears, and when we are present to each other the breath of the Holy Spirit rises and falls between us, and maybe you or I said a thing or maybe we didn’t.   Just yesterday we were walking and I saw how the leaves were ...

Laity Day with the new Bishop will be in April 2023

Laity Day with the new Bishop will be in April 2023

9/20/2022
Laity Day with the Bishop, long planned for October 8, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for April 2023.   The Board of Laity’s decision was prompted by Bishop Laurie’s suggestion that such a change would allow our newly assigned Bishop to use that event to begin to become acquainted with the Laity of the Conference.   “Although we are sad not to have another Laity Day with Bishop Laurie, we are respectful of her thinking. We will also find other occasions to express our thanks and ...

Religion and Race Announces New Grant Cycle Funding Initiatives that Transform the UMC and the World

Religion and Race Announces New Grant Cycle Funding Initiatives that Transform the UMC and the World

9/20/2022
September 20, 2022 CONTACT: Jeehye Kim Pak, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing 202-495-2949 jpak@gcorr.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON – The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is proud to announce a new cycle of the CORR Action Fund (CAF) grant program that will support creative initiatives that will transform the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the world. The 2022-2023 grant program will provide up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase ...

New UMVIM forms help gather data to make mission experiences successful

New UMVIM forms help gather data to make mission experiences successful

9/19/2022
Two new informational forms are now available for completion from the Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission committee.  The first form is the UMVIM Volunteer in Mission Volunteer Personal Data Form. This form is for individuals who have been on mission journeys and are available to continue their participation. Having the contact, experience, and skill information will help in recruiting needed persons to fill mission teams as necessary.  The second form is a Mission Report Form to be ...

Walking: Good for Body and Soul

Walking: Good for Body and Soul

9/18/2022
By Kae Tritle, RN Well-being Coordinator   Iowa fall weather is here: sunny days with lower humidity and crisp mornings that beckons us to be outside. One of my favorite activities in this weather is walking. It is inexpensive, requires minimal equipment, and can be done almost anywhere.    Benefits of walking include increased circulation, endurance, balance, and the maintenance of metabolism, muscle, and joint function. Research has also noted that physical activity done outside is good for ...

From Exile to Hope: September 15, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 15, 2022

9/15/2022
Day one on the job, two years in By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott   I heard a hopeful word recently. It was in a podcast about church leadership, where these two guys told me, “Welcome to your first day on the job!”    They were talking to me, because I’m among the many of us who began ministry at our current churches in 2020. You might have arrived in your place earlier or later, but you, too, can get in on this hopefulness.   The message I found hopeful went like this: When we look at what we’ve ...

Advocate for responsible firearm laws in Iowa

Advocate for responsible firearm laws in Iowa

9/12/2022
Submitted by: Rev. Katie Dawson, Lead Pastor, Immanuel United Methodist Church, Des Moines, IA I grew up on a family farm just outside of Cedar Rapids and my dad and uncles would often hunt in the timber for deer and other animals in season.  While I didn’t join them, I knew their shotguns were a tool that put food on our table and filled the deep freeze in our basement.  Rarely, if ever, were they utilized for protection or defense from a wild animal.  But always, they were tools that demanded...

Council on Finance and Administration seeks new members

Council on Finance and Administration seeks new members

9/12/2022
With the delay of General Conference, any new members of the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) need to be appointed by the Bishop for an interim period.  The Council is seeking interested persons who might be willing to serve for these two years with the possibility of being elected to a full four-year term in 2024.  If you are one who could offer your skills and talents to this important conference agency, please submit a Leadership Pool form indicating your willingness to serve.  You...

From Exile to Hope: September 8, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 8, 2022

9/8/2022
Nate was right!   By: Rev. Cindy Hickman   Last week Nate Mason wrote a great piece about change and transition. Honestly, it was like hearing a good sermon that keeps coming to mind days later. (If you haven’t read it, you can find it here.) Nate wrote about change and transition. Change is facing a new situation. Nate’s daughter is going to kindergarten, a new situation. Change might be heading off to college or taking a new job or getting married or ending a marriage. I retired a year ago ...

Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 – offered in three Iowa locations this fall – register today!

Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 – offered in three Iowa locations this fall – register today!

9/8/2022
Conflict happens.    It is a reality in every church and every relationship—even when they ARE healthy! Being equipped with the skills to respond to and resolve conflict more effectively happens when you have a plan and the expectation that there is a way through it.    The Iowa Conference’s Office of Congregational Excellence offers three Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 workshops across Iowa that will help you form a plan and manage your expectations through Biblically grounded ...

School supply backpack give away connects a church to its community

School supply backpack give away connects a church to its community

9/8/2022
This summer, the Lake View United Methodist Church began a successful new ministry giving 83 school supply-filled backpacks to preschool through 6th-grade students in their community.   “Our church works with the food pantry that’s located here in town. We knew that the need for donations to the food pantry kept going up and up. And if the needs at the food pantry are up, the needs are also obviously up in other areas of people’s lives,” said Deanna Berry, member of Lake View UMC.    Inflation ...

Bishop Laurie updates her blog - Leading from the Heart

Bishop Laurie updates her blog - Leading from the Heart

9/6/2022
Dear Friends, My heart is full. As most of you know, I have been on Medical Leave since April 1, 2022, recovering from a shattered wrist and concussion. I am beginning to participate in meetings and will formally return to active ministry on October 1. At the end of 2022, I plan to retire. In the meantime, I hope to remain as connected as possible to the congregations and ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference. One way in which I can do that is by resuming my weekly blog, Leading from the ...

Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace presents the International Day of Peace celebration at Cowles Commons in Des Moines

Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace presents the International Day of Peace celebration at Cowles Commons in Des Moines

9/6/2022
For 20 years, the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace has worked toward its mission to help lead the ecumenical and interfaith communities in raising prayers and voices to end the war and will continue its mission by sponsoring and planning this year’s International Day of Peace celebration on September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowles Commons.   “End Racism—Bring Peace” is this year’s theme for the United Nations International Day of Peace. Dr. Kesho Scott will be the keynote speaker, and musical ...

Important conversations made easier with UMC presentation slide deck

Important conversations made easier with UMC presentation slide deck

9/6/2022
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information Nashville, Tennessee – As a denomination, it’s important that pastors, church staff, and members have a common understanding of the core background of The United Methodist Church. The new “We are the church. Together” resource from United Methodist Communications helps congregations root into shared beliefs, history, mission, and ministry to stand strong and face the future — together.  The organized Google slides presentation aids ...

Meal packing event makes 38,400 meals at Ankeny First's Christian Life Center

Meal packing event makes 38,400 meals at Ankeny First's Christian Life Center

9/6/2022
The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) aims to pack 8,400 rice meal bags that will feed 50,400 people in Ukraine, and is on the road packing meals at various locations throughout the midwest. Ankeny First United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center (CLC) hosted an event on August 27 where volunteers assembled 6,400 meal packs, getting them closer to their goal. The Ankeny event was open to anyone wanting to participate in a hands-on mission event. More than 175 individuals stopped ...

New ID card for immigrants

New ID card for immigrants

9/6/2022
By: Karlene Neal, Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Global Ministries U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) faces an unprecedented influx of migrants at the border. The majority are turned back to their native countries, but those who might be eligible for asylum in the U.S. are processed and released into the U.S. pending a hearing on their application. ICE is developing a new ID card for migrants to facilitate this long application process.   This card is called a “...

Church’s little free pantry, garden, and garage sale inspire the need to open a thrift store in Delhi, Iowa

Church’s little free pantry, garden, and garage sale inspire the need to open a thrift store in Delhi, Iowa

9/5/2022
From a small garden to a Main Street thrift store, the Delhi United Methodist Church members own the mission and call that God gave them and live it faithfully in their community. It all started a few years ago when the Delhi United Methodist Church stepped up in faith and partnered with the local high school agriculture and Future Farmers of America program to put in a 50 by 50-foot community garden on church property to help feed the food insecure in Delaware County. After the summer ended, ...

Episcopal Elections and Iowa: Delegation endorses Plambeck as episcopal candidate

Episcopal Elections and Iowa: Delegation endorses Plambeck as episcopal candidate

9/5/2022
Submitted by the Iowa Conference Delegation With the announcement of Bishop Laurie's retirement at the end of the year, your General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegates thought it might be helpful to share what that means for episcopal leadership from our perspective.    The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will meet the first week in November to elect new episcopal leadership to serve our jurisdiction. We currently have ten folks who have put their names forward, including our very own ...

St. Paul's in Cedar Rapids partners with their community to host Peace Camp teaching young children antiracism

St. Paul's in Cedar Rapids partners with their community to host Peace Camp teaching young children antiracism

9/5/2022
Talented artist Emijah Jones designed the logo for Peace Camp. She is studying graphic design at the University of Northern Iowa this fall. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids fostered partnerships to bring a community member’s dream of an antiracism camp for young children into reality.   “I kept circling back to the idea that the church has to be a force for liberation in the world; otherwise, we’re not doing what we should be,” said Rev. Jonathan Heifner, Associate Pastor of ...

A Call to Prayer and Action in Response to Gun Violence

A Call to Prayer and Action in Response to Gun Violence

9/2/2022
To address the crisis of gun violence in the U.S. and around the world, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers and contact their elected leaders. The Council of Bishops released a letter to the wider church Sept. 1. Read the letter below. Read story from the United Methodist News Service Read Council of Bishops letter (PDF) Read press release from the Council of Bishops A Call to Prayer and Action in Response to Gun Violence  “Thou shall not kill.” -Exodus 20:13  We are ...

From Exile to Hope: September 1, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 1, 2022

8/30/2022
Happy New (School) Year everyone!   By: Pastor Nate Mason pastor.nate.mason@gmail.com “Ch-ch-ch-Changes/Turn and face the strange”                                      -David Bowie   I always felt like the school year affected me in my personal and professional life, even when I wasn’t directly doing school related things.  Church programming, even for adults, tends to reflect the school year, youth ministry is built to be a mirror to its secular counterpart, and church attendance mimics school ...

Announcement from Bishop Laurie Haller

Announcement from Bishop Laurie Haller

8/29/2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Iowa Annual Conference,   Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As summer concludes and students prepare to return to school, I rejoice in anticipation of the coming of fall as well as the changing seasons of life.  As you are aware, I have been on a six-month medical leave since April 1, 2022. On February 16, I fell on black ice while running outside and sustained a significant concussion as well as a fractured wrist. Over the course ...

Midwest Mission Responds to Disaster Relief in Kentucky, Three Shipments Out

Midwest Mission Responds to Disaster Relief in Kentucky, Three Shipments Out

8/27/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Contact Lisa Rigoni, Development Manager Office: 217.483.7911 Cell: 217-553-6781  Lisa@midwestmission.org   Midwest Mission, located just outside Chatham, IL continues to answer the call to help with disaster relief in flooded areas of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky. After receiving requests for help from three Kentucky organizations in the middle of the disaster declared areas, Midwest Mission went into action and will continue to send disaster ...

From Exile to Hope: August 25, 2022

From Exile to Hope: August 25, 2022

8/24/2022
Ramblings By: Rev. Nan Smith I have a friend, an engineering professor, who when he retired took to kayaking the waters in a city park located north of Ames. Ada Hayden Heritage Park, so named for Ada Hayden, a past curator of the Iowa State Herbarium. She was instrumental in preserving specimens of the tallgrass prairie habitat. It is a sparkling gem of a park. My friend built his own wooden kayak – a beautiful work of craftsmanship and when he retired, he spent his days on the waters. It was...

UMC bishops welcome Judicial Council’s clarification of church disaffiliation process

UMC bishops welcome Judicial Council’s clarification of church disaffiliation process

8/24/2022
COUNCIL OF BISHOPS PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 24, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops expresses gratitude for the Judicial Council’s ruling that clarified that Paragraph 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline is not a process of church disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church but is rather a supplementary procedure for the purpose of deeding church property as permitted by other paragraphs of the Discipline in limited situations.  In May this year, the bishops requested a declaratory ...

August 2022 UWF Connection

August 2022 UWF Connection

8/21/2022
To read the August 2022 UMW Connection, click here.

Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula officially installed as new Camp Clear Lake District Superintendent

Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula officially installed as new Camp Clear Lake District Superintendent

8/19/2022
Written by Rev. Ryan Christenson “I feel the spirit of Pentecost with us this afternoon!” shared Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula, during the August 14 installation service, celebrating the start of his ministry as District Superintendent of the Camp Clear Lake district of The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. View an album of images from the service “Because you are part of the Church, God has a mission for each one of us … The transformation of the world begins with the recognition of ...

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries Bless a Community

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries Bless a Community

8/18/2022
During the first week of August, the Adel United Methodist Church hosted a successful Ecumenical Community Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) assistance.   Mobile United Methodist Missionaries is a ministry of the Iowa Conference serving the Aldersgate, Golden Valley, and Riverview Park Districts of the United Methodist Church, making disciples in rural Iowa.   “MUMM provided all the tools to make the VBS a complete success: organization, flyer ...

My Church is Being Led to Disaffiliate from The UMC, but I Want to #BeUMC - What Can I Do?

My Church is Being Led to Disaffiliate from The UMC, but I Want to #BeUMC - What Can I Do?

8/18/2022
You might be hearing from laity across the Iowa Annual Conference who wish to #BeUMC, but their church seems to be guided toward disaffiliation by church leadership. The Central Texas Conference has compiled some ideas for advocating for your church to remain in The United Methodist Church, and the Iowa Conference would like to share. The following #BeUMC information is available for downloading, printing, and sharing by clicking here. If your church does vote to disaffiliate and you wish to ...

From Exile to Hope: August 18, 2022

From Exile to Hope: August 18, 2022

8/18/2022
Abiding in the distant country By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon As Abiding in Exile moves to Abiding in Hope, I drew back to a sermon that I preached on the Prodigal Son in February 2022.  It reminded me of circumstances we sometimes find ourselves in and the question of hope.  So, I have edited my sermon for this essay in my hope that some of you reading this may resonate.    I believe it was Charles Dickens who once said that the story of the Prodigal Son was the most exquisite in all of ...

Dynamic Discussion Series at Jubilee UMC Freedom Center

Dynamic Discussion Series at Jubilee UMC Freedom Center

8/18/2022
Dynamic discussion and study of Jemar Tisby's "How To Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice" will be held weekly at the Jubilee United Methodist Church and Freedom Center from August 11 through October 13. Participants will engage in embodied participation as we grapple with the "fierce urgency of now." Primary facilitators will be Kathy Kratchmer and Abraham L. Funchess, Jr. While possession of the book is not necessary for participation in this weekly ...

Grants Available to Strengthen Ethnic Local Churches

Grants Available to Strengthen Ethnic Local Churches

8/18/2022
Discipleship Ministries is offering Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants, which provides funding to support the ethnic local church through leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship, and spiritual formation as it engages in developing disciple-making systems inside the church walls and in the community.    Applications are due September 10, 2022.   Two grants per jurisdiction, of up to $10,000 each, are available. Please click the link below to see the eligibility ...

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