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A message of thanks from Bishop Laurie

A message of thanks from Bishop Laurie

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

$3,000 needed to complete Mabaan fundraising effort

$3,000 needed to complete Mabaan fundraising effort

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

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

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

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

Simpson College offers pre-recorded Lessons and Carols

Simpson College offers pre-recorded Lessons and Carols

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

You can now order an Iowa Conference

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

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

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding her Worship Directive

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding her Worship Directive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Bishop Laurie Haller

Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Bishop Laurie Haller

11/19/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller invites you to join her on a journey to renew our collective practices of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness as we begin a new Christian year.    In the message for the First Sunday of Advent, Bishop Laurie remarks, “What is it that holds us together as people called United Methodists? It is a set of spiritual practices that center around the membership vows we take.”   During Bishop Laurie’s Vision 2032 Conversations, many of you said that we needed to regain a ...

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

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

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

Give to the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraising campaign until November 30

Give to the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraising campaign until November 30

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

2021-2022 Open Churches

2021-2022 Open Churches

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

Bruna Farat Kakale prepares to begin mission in French Guiana

Bruna Farat Kakale prepares to begin mission in French Guiana

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

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Committee hosts Zoom event

Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Committee hosts Zoom event

11/13/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry (TIIM) standing committee is hosting a new Time for Renewal series of Zoom events. The next one is on November 24, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11: 30 am. It is open to all TIIMs graduates as well as any other clergy who might wish to join. The topic is titled "Bread that Satisfies: Comfort Food for COVID and Beyond". The presenter is Rev. Karen Dungan, who is an Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference, a trained coach, certified ...

November 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update to the IAUMC

November 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update to the IAUMC

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

Women at the Well offers courses on Reentry and Restorative Justice

Women at the Well offers courses on Reentry and Restorative Justice

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

Abiding in Exile - Unspeakable History 11/12/2020

Abiding in Exile - Unspeakable History 11/12/2020

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

The 2021 School for Lay Ministry registration is open

The 2021 School for Lay Ministry registration is open

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

November addendum to the 3-2-1 Reentry Plan

November addendum to the 3-2-1 Reentry Plan

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

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

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

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

2021 Resolutions now being received

2021 Resolutions now being received

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

2021 Special Sundays Pew Cards are HERE!

2021 Special Sundays Pew Cards are HERE!

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

Resilience—riding the storms of life

Resilience—riding the storms of life

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

Thank You from Bishop Laurie

Thank You from Bishop Laurie

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

Mabaan Flood funds come in

Mabaan Flood funds come in

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

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

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

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

All-Saint's Day message from Bishop Laurie Haller

All-Saint's Day message from Bishop Laurie Haller

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

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

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

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

Alert to Churches with BSA Charters

Alert to Churches with BSA Charters

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

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

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

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

GCORR releases racial justice Advent package

GCORR releases racial justice Advent package

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

General Conference Commission Names Study Team

General Conference Commission Names Study Team

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

Last minute important Mission Ingathering information

Last minute important Mission Ingathering information

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

Graettinger UMC boosts giving with a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let us introduce you to Rust College

Let us introduce you to Rust College

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

Wesley Woods Festival kicks off an exciting fall season

Wesley Woods Festival kicks off an exciting fall season

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

Fire destroys Gladbrook Chapel in rural Marshall County

Fire destroys Gladbrook Chapel in rural Marshall County

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

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

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

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

An introduction to Abiding in Exile

An introduction to Abiding in Exile

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

Bible Land Exploration Tour with the Bishop Laurie and Gary Haller

Bible Land Exploration Tour with the Bishop Laurie and Gary Haller

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

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

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

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

Abiding in Exile - The “Pandemic Era

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

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

A Letter from Bishop Laurie about World Communion Sunday

A Letter from Bishop Laurie about World Communion Sunday

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

Mabaan Flood Relief Plan

Mabaan Flood Relief Plan

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

Iowa United Methodist Conference Re-Entry Update - October 2020

Iowa United Methodist Conference Re-Entry Update - October 2020

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

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

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

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

New Hope UMC thankful for pastor and congregation during pandemic

New Hope UMC thankful for pastor and congregation during pandemic

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

School for Lay Ministry is being re-organized

School for Lay Ministry is being re-organized

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

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

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

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

AC2020 wrap up and AC2021 save the date

AC2020 wrap up and AC2021 save the date

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

Circuit ministry training begins for clergy and lay leaders

Circuit ministry training begins for clergy and lay leaders

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

Rural pastor comes alongside parishioners after derecho

Rural pastor comes alongside parishioners after derecho

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

Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

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

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

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

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

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

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

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

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

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

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

Answered prayers lead New Hartford UMC to create a

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

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

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

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

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

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

Walking where Jesus walked!

Walking where Jesus walked!

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

Invitation to fill open conference committee positions

Invitation to fill open conference committee positions

9/8/2020
Submitted by Barb Oakland, Conference Nominations Committee INVITATION FROM CONFERENCE NOMINATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL NOMINEES   Thank you for the input and suggestions regarding the Conference Nominations Committee report and election at our July Virtual Annual Conference Session. We are pleased to have been able to offer 55 nominees for election to various Conference Agencies where there were openings. We feel confident that these new members will bring important talents and skills to our ...

Monroe UM Church donates 1000 face masks

Monroe UM Church donates 1000 face masks

9/8/2020
Submitted by Van Dickens, Monroe United Methodist Church “We are a friendly, faithful, loving family dedicated to sharing God’s love with our neighbor.” The Nurture and Outreach Committee of the Monroe United Methodist Church began Operation Face Mask on April 13 with the goal of providing free face masks to the community. We began by offering sewing kits with directions, fabric, elastic, etc., so individuals could make their own face masks. We also had no-sew kits with directions, fabric, ...

UM Global AIDS Committee Set to Host Free Webinar Series

UM Global AIDS Committee Set to Host Free Webinar Series

9/8/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2020 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has announced plans to host a series of educational webinars that will be made available at Facebook.com/UMCglobalaidsfund and archived on their website. The webinar series will be held during the following months: October 2020, November 2020, February 2021, April 2021 and June 2021. These webinars will serve to educate, support and advocate for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The webinars will...

A Quilter's Heart for Missions

A Quilter's Heart for Missions

9/6/2020
Submitted by Linda Porter The women of Archer United Methodist Church met September 2, 2020, for the first time since March, 2020. A portion of our program was devoted to our activities we had accomplished during the pandemic. One of our dear members, nonagenarian Betty Johnson, crafted several quilts which she had lovingly stitched throughout the spring and summer. She graciously decided to donate each baby quilt, doing so in her typical quiet and unassuming manner, by giving them to another ...

Matthew 25 Hub provides for their community after the derecho

Matthew 25 Hub provides for their community after the derecho

9/5/2020
This is the third in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  The Matthew 25 Hub building in Cedar Rapids Iowa sustained major damage from the derecho disaster that blew through the region on August 10, 2020. The roof was badly damaged, and the inside experienced major water damage, estimating at least 3 months until the building ...

A note from Bishop Laurie Haller - September 2020

A note from Bishop Laurie Haller - September 2020

9/4/2020
Transcription: To the saints in Iowa, Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the beginning of September, and the summer season is coming to a close. My prayer is that you have found creative ways to renew and refresh your spirit in the midst of a world that is in a very different place this year, with a convergence of many challenges.  COVID-19 continues to affect us in Iowa, and our schools, colleges, and universities have had to make very difficult ...

Church Reentry Frequently Asked Questions

Church Reentry Frequently Asked Questions

9/4/2020
1. What about clergy with pre-existing conditions? Will we be required to go back to public ministry? Please have a conversation with your District Superintendent and your SPRC. We do not want any clergy or laity who are high risk to be made even more vulnerable. Laity who are comfortable returning to public worship can lead the service. Lay leaders, worship leaders, and others are encouraged to be part of this planning. Preachers could use Facebook, zoom, skype, bluejeans, or other formats to ...

Next week's Good Idea Webinar — Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Next week's Good Idea Webinar — Hospitality Beyond the Screen

9/4/2020
The Thursday, September 10th Good Idea Webinar will be focusing on how to extend hospitality beyond our computer screens.  We know how to do hospitality in a normal season, but the question that will be addressed in this webinar is, "How do we extend hospitality that links our online worship to our in-person worship?" Join us to learn how to include and welcome the people we have reached in our online worship when we are able to return to in-person worship. April Buske joins us for a Good Idea...

September 4, 2020—Disaster Response Derecho Update

September 4, 2020—Disaster Response Derecho Update

9/4/2020
The August 10 Derecho Storm has devastated more than 150 communities and over 8,000 homes in Iowa. We have State Disaster Declarations for 27 counties and Federal Disaster Declarations for 11 counties. (More are in the application process.)    Many church buildings, parsonages homes, and businesses were damaged, some severely. Please consider reaching out to those brothers and sisters with notes, texts, calls, and prayers. If your buildings were damaged and you have not spoken with your DS or ...

With a little nudge from God, Monique Shore turns her children's message into a book

With a little nudge from God, Monique Shore turns her children's message into a book

9/4/2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Grinnell United Methodist Church's Lay Leader, Monique Shore, would share her children’s message in person to the youth during church. When it was her turn last May during their new online worship, she created a video and a children’s story that addresses the emotional struggles everyone is experiencing because of the pandemic. She then took it one step further. Her message is now a book with proceeds going to support multiple mission projects at her church. As ...

Caring Connections for September 3 - A Conversation with Rev. Melissa Drake

Caring Connections for September 3 - A Conversation with Rev. Melissa Drake

9/3/2020
Bishop Laurie talks with Rev. Melissa Drake about what it's like to work in her home district in Southwest Iowa. Drake is the newest addition to the Appointive Cabinet.    

New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

9/3/2020
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2020  Nashville, Tennessee – A new advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church urges people to find hope together amid the challenges posed by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial tensions.   “It's been a year like no other. You're not the only one trying to make sense of it all. The people of The United Methodist Church believe that when we turn to God's love, we can find ...

After the derecho destroyed so much, the cross remained undamaged at Christ Community Church

After the derecho destroyed so much, the cross remained undamaged at Christ Community Church

9/2/2020
This is the second in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  See a gallery of images from Christ Community United Methodist Church.   On August 10, 2020, a derecho damaged an area nearly 800 miles wide throughout the Midwest with the highest winds recorded at over 140 miles per hour in the Cedar Rapids area. Christ Community United...

West Des Moines UMC rings the bell to remember lives lost to COVID-19

West Des Moines UMC rings the bell to remember lives lost to COVID-19

9/1/2020
On August 23, 2020, West Des Moines United Methodist Church rang its bell 1,030 times to remember Iowans who have died during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We pray for God to heal our broken world.   Read the Des Moines Register Iowa Columnist Courtney Crowder's coverage of the event. See a gallery of images on Flickr.

Willing volunteers power the Chainsaw Ministry Team following Iowa derecho

Willing volunteers power the Chainsaw Ministry Team following Iowa derecho

9/1/2020
This is the first in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  It is estimated that the city of Cedar Rapids lost 50 percent of its tree canopy as a result of the August 10, 2020 derecho. The derecho, with wind gusts of over 140 mph, devasted much of the city and surrounding areas. Since day one of the disaster, the Iowa United ...

Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Update

Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Update

8/29/2020
Representatives from the Greater Mabaan Community and the Iowa Annual Conference United Methodist Church met on Saturday, August 15, 2020, to discuss future plans for the Mabaan Flood Relief.  In reviewing the current status of the Mabaan fundraiser, the Iowa Conference has raised $13,363 and the Mabaan community $5,000. The plan is for at least one Iowa Mabaan, Maya Dinga, with the possibility of a second Iowa Mabaan, to travel to Juba, South Sudan the first few days in December with a stay of ...

Caring Connections for August 26 - A Conversation with Rev. Moody Colorado

Caring Connections for August 26 - A Conversation with Rev. Moody Colorado

8/26/2020
Bishop Laurie chats with Northeast District Superintendent Rev. Moody Colorado. Originally from the Philippines, Moody talks about how his family ended up in Iowa and how "there is a hymn for everything" he needs.  

Mission Ingathering 2020 is a go!

Mission Ingathering 2020 is a go!

8/21/2020
To all Iowa UM pastors, treasurers, and UMW chairs from the Mission Ingathering Task Force, Please share this important information with your Mission Chairperson and others interested in Mission Ingathering. Thank you so much. Watch for more updates.    Mission Ingathering will look different this year due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, but our purpose of showing the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs will carry on. The Mission Ingathering Task Force met ...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

8/21/2020
August 21, 2020 To the saints of God in the Iowa Annual Conference, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Where did the summer go? It’s getting toward the end of August, and our children and youth have already begun or are about to return to school in a variety of configurations due to COVID-19. After the conclusion of our Iowa Annual Conference Clergy and Laity Sessions, the Legislative Session, two Orders services, and several town hall meetings, we have all needed ...

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

8/20/2020
The August 10 Derecho Storm has devastated more than 150 communities and over 8,000 homes in Iowa.    Many church buildings and parsonages were damaged, some severely. Please consider reaching out to those brothers and sisters with notes, texts, calls, and prayers. If your buildings were damaged and you have not spoken with your District Superintendent or with Pastor Catie Newman, the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, please do so. They can help.  Churches (please, only churches at this ...

Faith and Finances in Difficult Times

Faith and Finances in Difficult Times

8/17/2020
Rev. Ron Carlson, Northwest District Superintendent hosted the fourth episode of the Good Idea Webinars on April 2, 2020. The guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Katharine Yarnell the Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation. She shared her insights and ideas around faith and finances during difficult times.    Yarnell shared three main points:  ·       Start with following Jesus. ·       Why do we give?   ·       How should we give?   Start with Following Jesus “As we turn to our faith...

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

8/16/2020
The August 10, 2020, derecho storm has devastated more than 150 communities in Iowa.     The United Methodist Chainsaw Teams have been out since day one and will continue. In addition, chainsaw crews from other conferences are responding.  If you want to volunteer to help the Chainsaw Crews in the Cedar Rapids Area with hauling brush and clean-up. Please meet at the Hiawatha City Hall Parking Lot, Monday, August 17, 2020 at 9:00 am. Please wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, eye ...

Back to School Partnerships

Back to School Partnerships

8/14/2020
Sharon Dentlinger, Superintendent of the Interstate 35 Community School District; Julie Robinson, Principal in the Iowa City Community School District; and Carl Turner, retired Superintendent of the Storm Lake Community School District were the featured presenters at the August 6, 2020, Good Idea Webinar on Back to School Partnerships.   Rev. Ron Carlson, Northwest District Superintendent hosted and opened the webinar asking the panelists how they thought United Methodist churches could best ...

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

8/14/2020
A new streamlined process for obtaining grants from the Mission Council has been adopted.   Two classes of applications will be created.  Class One will be ongoing projects that can be funded over the next quadrennium. These groups will only need to submit a single application that explains the mission and needs for the next four year period.   An agency in this group needs to complete the initial application, click here.  This application will be due September 15, 2020. If you are granted the...

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

8/14/2020
The Mission Ingathering Committee has determined that this year’s events will be held at all five traditional sites. However, Ingathering will look very different this year because of risks related to the COVID-19 virus.  As usual, each site will collect greatly needed kits and monetary donations from churches and individuals. All other traditional parts of Ingathering (worship, lunch, education, bazaar, youth overnight, quilt, and woodcarving auctions) will not occur this year. Each site will ...

The storms of life

The storms of life

8/14/2020
By Kae Tritle, RN Well-being Coordinator   In the past few months and particularly this past week, we have been pounded by several storms; literally, emotionally, physically, relationally, and spiritually. Our lives and our emotions have been pummeled with several issues; mostly related to the impact of the COVID-19 virus including jobs, health, schools for our children, loss of in-person connections, loss of spiritual connections, financial effects, community diversity issues, and now the brunt...

Bishop Laurie and Rev. Catie Newman provide a derecho disaster update

Bishop Laurie and Rev. Catie Newman provide a derecho disaster update

8/13/2020
Dear Friends,   Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I write this as thousands of Iowans are in the process of recovering from the dangerous thunderstorm complex or “derecho” that barreled through our state on Monday with up to 100 miles per hour winds.      As of Wednesday evening, major damage has been done across the state and 277,000 Iowans are still without power. The damage has included some United Methodist churches and parsonages. In addition, according to ...

"Thanks be to God for the life, death, and resurrection of our beloved Bill."

8/10/2020
“Bill Cotton was a spiritual giant in the Iowa Annual Conference. A tireless advocate for the least, the last, and the lost, Bill led by example. Bill’s weekly Memo for Preachers was a source of inspiration for countless clergy over many years and will be continued by those he mentored and encouraged. In a conversation we had just weeks before he died, Bill said with his typical humor, ‘I’m not afraid. I just never got it all done!’” said Bishop Laurie Haller. "Thanks be to God for the life, ...

Iowa City First UMC partners with local school to provide care packages

Iowa City First UMC partners with local school to provide care packages

8/9/2020
First UMC in Iowa City responded to the COVID-19 situation by forming a partnership with their neighborhood. Working with Horace Mann School Principal, Julie Robertson, the church provided rent assistance, food gift cards, and quarantine care packages to families in the neighborhood connected to the school.  “I spoke about this project in our Livestream worship and many families have responded with donations to help with this ministry,” said Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle.  One person who is an ...

On the Go Masks is GCFA’s newest ministry partner

On the Go Masks is GCFA’s newest ministry partner

8/9/2020
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Connectional Relations Team is pleased to announce that On the Go Masks (OTG) has been vetted and approved as a ministry partner. The Connectional Relations Team researches and vets companies that can provide needed services to help local churches and other United Methodist entities in their respective ministry of administration.    As a ministry partner, On the Go Masks is offering an exclusive program for the purchase of ...

Silver Creek UMC is

Silver Creek UMC is "Chalk-Full" of positive vides during COVID-19

8/9/2020
In May 2020, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Creek UMC near Galva, Iowa sought to bring a little joy into the lives of their community by encouraging youth to decorate their sidewalks by passing out the sidewalk chalk.  They were able to collect around $70 dollars and a couple of 24 packs of chalk. They delivered the chalk to homes in the community, left baggies on the front step, or for those in the country in their mailboxes.  “We also handed them out to kids that were out ...

AC2020 Laity Session—Helping Ourselves and Others to be Mentally Healthy in a Time of Stress

AC2020 Laity Session—Helping Ourselves and Others to be Mentally Healthy in a Time of Stress

8/7/2020
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference’s Laity Session was held virtually through a Zoom Webinar on Sunday, August 2, 2020. Over two-hundred people participated in the gathering and there have been over 700 Facebook visits. The session included a message from Bishop Laurie Haller, a celebration of the graduates of the School for Lay Ministry and newly Certified Lay Ministers, a Mental Health panel with Q&A, a reading of Rev. Bill Cotton’s last essay, “8-minutes, 46 Seconds”, and a recording of Shawn ...

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

8/7/2020
On Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Broadway United Methodist Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa was the second of two Ordering of Ministry services being held in person and live-streamed as part of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference.    The service began with the Recognition of Common Ministry and the Reaffirmation of Baptism.   Bishop Laurie Haller was the preacher and her sermon was based on a reading from Acts 8:26-40.    “Today we are here because there are those among us who have felt God’s nudging to ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie - Caring for the Health and Well-Being of All

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie - Caring for the Health and Well-Being of All

8/5/2020
Dear Friends,    August is upon us, and for many here in Iowa it seems as if the summer is just beginning because our annual conference events are just concluding. For the first time in our history, the Iowa Annual Conference was conducted entirely online, and the Laity Session took place Sunday afternoon. To all those who led us through this monumental effort, I am deeply grateful. COVID-19 has affected every corner of our world, yet we continue to find new and unique ways to worship, learn, ...

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

8/5/2020
Tim Horsch, Controller, and Assistant Treasurer will be retiring this fall from the Iowa Annual Conference. Tim has been on the staff of the Conference since December of 2016. “Tim has brought a talent for enhanced reporting for investments and cash flow analysis as well as consistently providing excellent financial reporting to boards and agencies within the Conference. I have most appreciated Tim for his friendship and easy-going style; he’s a very important member of our team and Conference,...

A Conversation on Race with two young leaders of the Iowa Conference

A Conversation on Race with two young leaders of the Iowa Conference

7/30/2020
Believe. Serve. Grow.   "We aim to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture their faith development, and to equip young leaders." - Young People's Ministries of The United Methodist Church.  On Monday, July 27th, Madeline St. Clair and Grace Kiboko – two young leaders of the Iowa Conference – joined Bishop Laurie Haller, members of the Appointive Cabinet and a “live audience” of their family and friends for a conversation on race. Watch the conversation with ...

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