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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 go to support multiple mission projects at her church. As the ...

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 ...

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

7/29/2020
By: Beverly Nolte, Chair Iowa Conference Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raising Committee At this time last year (2019), South Sudan was in the throes of a severe, steady weather phenomenon that flooded the White Nile River displacing over 420,000 people who lost their livestock, crops, homes, and villages. The Mabaan-speaking South Sudanese, who worship in Des Moines, Storm Lake, and Omaha, asked the Iowa Annual Conference to assist them in disaster relief. A positive response was immediate from ...

Crowded camps next to the border

Crowded camps next to the border

7/29/2020
July 15, 2020 by Karlene Neal https://www.borderreport.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2019/08/Matamoros-Women-tent-082219.jpg?w=900   There are more than 2000 would-be migrants living in Mexico along the border in tents. They are very crowded and often have families.  Mexico is trying to be a good host but supplies such as safe water, food, medicines, and adequate toilets are limited.  Avoiding coronavirus is extremely difficult. They are awaiting permission to speak to an immigration judge ...

New cohort for youth ministry training begins soon

New cohort for youth ministry training begins soon

7/28/2020
The Institute for Discipleship and Youth Ministry Institute are partnering to offer a Certification in Youth Ministry that is designed to equip lay people who work with youth in local churches – both paid staff and volunteer. Four 6-week courses and one 12-week practicum provide solid instruction and best practice in topics ranging from teaching the Bible to understanding adolescent development, with youth ministry veterans providing all-online content and coaching from start to finish. ...

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

7/28/2020
Property Matter – Resolution for the Closing of the Gilman United Methodist Church   WHEREAS the Gilman United Methodist Church located in Marshall County was founded in 1898 and has a long and proud history; and  WHEREAS the church conference of the Gilman United Methodist Church voted on June 26, 2020, to close the church; and  WHEREAS the district superintendent, in consultation with the local church, has recommended the closing of the Gilman United Methodist Church and transfer of membership...

AC2020 Legislation

AC2020 Legislation

7/28/2020
During the Iowa Annual Conference 2020 Legislative Session, a majority of the AC2020 Pre-Conference Manual passed as it was written.    The Session started by approving the working agenda, the electronic voting requirements, attendance, limiting debate to two speeches for and two against and sticking to the items in the Pre-Conference Manual and then if time permitted, the body would begin working on other items.   Action Calendar 1 (Rules of Order and Plan of Organization) - approved as is. ...

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

7/22/2020
Rev. Barrie Tritle, Chair of the Bishops Operational Team (BOT) and Pastor at Iowa City First United Methodist Church presented the BOT report to the Iowa Conference at the AC2020 Legislative Session.   “Last Fall Bishop Laurie led us out into the Conference to ask the question, ‘What would our Conference look like if we could start over designing it around our strategic priorities, our mission, and our vision in today’s context?’” said Tritle.   The listening sessions (called Vision 2032) were ...

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

7/22/2020
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Session Board of Pensions (BOP) report was given by Dave Peterson, Chair for the Conference Board of Pension and pastor at Clear Lake UMC, Clear Lake, Iowa.   “Needless to say that we are in uncharted waters as we continue through 2020 and looking forward to 2021. The BOP has been active throughout the COVID-19 Crisis and continues to monitor the situation regarding our pension plan’s investments and also discerning what steps we can take to help relieve the local...

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

7/22/2020
The Iowa United Methodist Foundation held its annual meeting at the 2020 Annual Conference Legislative Session. The report was presented by Rev. Dr. Katharine Yarnell the Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation.  “First of all, I want to share our sincere prayers for the health and wellbeing of all and pray that God will grant us wisdom healing, and strength. Also, in light of the postpone 2020 General Conference decisions, we wanted to remind you that your investments are ...

Caring Connections for July 22, 2020 — A Conversation with Rev. Ron Carlson

Caring Connections for July 22, 2020 — A Conversation with Rev. Ron Carlson

7/22/2020
Caring Connections with Bishop Laurie Haller - A Conversation with Ron Carlson from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo.  

"The antidote to fear" – Opening Worship of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference virtual Legislative Session

7/21/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller called the 2020 Iowa Annual virtual Legislative session to order and began by saying, “None of us could have dreamed a year ago that we would be meeting this way. In the midst of COVID-19, we are learning a new way to do Holy conferencing. I trust that we will help one another with the technology, that we will be patient with one another, and that we will see God at work through the new thing that God is doing with us and the decisions that we need to make.”   Rev. Dr. Jaye ...

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child” - a presentation from the Iowa UMC Black Minister Caucus

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child” - a presentation from the Iowa UMC Black Minister Caucus

7/21/2020
Bishop Laurie introduced ​The UMC Black Ministers Caucus presentation saying, “We need our church to say something. We need our church to do something. I give thanks to the Iowa United Methodist black minister caucus for the advocacy. Thank you for the Anti-Racism Task Force that we have begun here in the Iowa Annual Conference.  Pastor Cephas Z.K. Davis of the Des Moines Easton Place United Methodist Church and chair of the Black Ministers Caucus of the Iowa Annual Conference began the ...

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

7/21/2020
Maggie Biggs, Iowa Annual Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services presented the Treasurer’s Report at the Iowa Annual Conference’s Legislative Session.   Biggs shared statistical information about the Iowa Annual Conference, the 2021 Budget, and highlights from various components within the budget, a breakdown of apportionment receipts, and recent actions by the Council on Finance and Administration.   Biggs shared the following statistics: Worship (average attendance to ...

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

7/20/2020
July 20, 2020 This past Saturday we conducted a historic annual conference here in Iowa. For the first time, our legislative session met virtually because the COVID-19 Pandemic prevented our ability to meet in person. We also completed our business in one day.  Clergy and lay delegates, I want to thank you for your patience in attending the virtual town hall meetings so that you were not only well informed about legislation but learned how to vote electronically. And thank you for ...

Next two Good Idea Webinars: Hospitality Beyond the Screen and Back-to-School Partnerships

Next two Good Idea Webinars: Hospitality Beyond the Screen and Back-to-School Partnerships

7/20/2020
7/23/20 | 23 - Hospitality Beyond the Screen We know how to do hospitality in a normal season, but what does hospitality that links our online worship to our online worship? How will we include and welcome those many people we have reached in our online worship now that we are considering returning to in person worship? Join us for a Good Idea Webinar hosted By Rev. Melissa Drake, Superintendent of the SW Region. Join us on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/99033983214), dial in at +1 301 715 8592 with ...

AC2020 Special Offerings:

AC2020 Special Offerings: "Global Health—Seeking Health and Wholeness for All"

7/17/2020
Mabaan Flood Relief Donate → Floods in South Sudan have demolished housing, destroyed cropland, killed livestock, contaminated drinking water, and taken out roads. We have hundreds of Mabaan living in Iowa, across the country, and in Canada. They are asking for our help to send relief to Mabaan County, South Sudan. Knowing the devastation floods have brought to our own state, please express your support for the Mabaan! Over the years some of the Mabaans have been relocated to the United States ...

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

7/17/2020
Bishop Laurie offers this prayer for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church's 2020 Legislative Session. O Creator and Redeemer God, In a few days, we will gather in your presence and as your faithful disciples at the Legislation Session of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference. In 1744, your servants John and Charles Wesley first met with a few clergy to consider how they should proceed to save their own souls and those who heard them. They quickly agreed to invite the lay ...

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

7/17/2020
The Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore my brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for a person and his or her family to leave one’s homeland, start a fledgling congregation in a country with significant language and cultural differences and still remain determined and faithful to what God has called him or ...

Supreme Court ruling on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Supreme Court ruling on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

7/17/2020
7/17/2020 By: Karlene Neal President Trump tried again to deport the young people (so called Dreamers) who were brought illegally into the US when they were still children. They have lived in the United States all their lives. President Obama, through Executive Order, gave 650,000 of these young, undocumented immigrants permission to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. President Trump tried to reverse Obama’s action through the courts. The Supreme Court blocked Trump’s action, ...

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

7/17/2020
The final Nominations Ballot is available on the website: https://www.iaumc.org/ac2020reports Proposed Nominations from the floor for REPLACEMENT NOMINEES need to be cleared with the Conference Nominations Coordinating Committee by sending an email to barb.oakland@iaumc.org by 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020. You must include the name of the potential nominee, the position for which the substitute name is being offered, and assurance that you have consulted with the proposed nominee. You ...

What’s to Prevent Us?

What’s to Prevent Us?

7/13/2020
On Saturday, July 11, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa was the first 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 offer ...

Bishop Laurie and husband Gary invite you to join them on the 2021 Pilgrimage to Israel

Bishop Laurie and husband Gary invite you to join them on the 2021 Pilgrimage to Israel

7/9/2020
My husband Gary and I will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel from February 2-12 in 2021. We have an amazing itinerary, which includes the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Jericho, Yad Veshem (the Holocaust Museum), The Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, the Upper Room, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden Tomb, and the Dome of the Rock.   You will also the opportunity to extend your trip for a few days ...

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

7/9/2020
7/23/20 - Hospitality Beyond the Screen  We know how to do hospitality in a normal season, but what does hospitality that links our online worship to our online worship? How will we include and welcome those many people we have reached in our online worship now that we are considering returning to in-person worship? Join us for a Good Idea Webinar hosted By Rev. Melissa Drake, Superintendent of the SW Region. Join us on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/99033983214), dial in at +1 301 715 8592 with ...

Ordering of Ministry livestreamed service on Saturday, July 11 at 2 pm

Ordering of Ministry livestreamed service on Saturday, July 11 at 2 pm

7/9/2020
The first Ordering of Ministry with those who will be ordained, commissioned, and recognized as Course of Study graduates service will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 pm at Cedar Falls First UMC. This will be live-streamed. Attendance has been limited to the participants, their families, and Conference leadership presiding and supporting the services. Service for the Ordering of Ministry Iowa Annual Conference UMC  at First UMC Cedar Falls Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm Livesteam from ...

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

7/9/2020
Liz Winders is the new Director of Communications for the Iowa Annual Conference. After the retirement of Dr. Arthur McClanahan, she began her role on July 1, 2020. A five-year employee of the Iowa Annual Conference, Liz has worked in the Communications office as the Associate Director since March of 2015.  “Art’s retirement left big shoes to fill in our department. He was not only a leader, teacher, and mentor but a very good friend,” said Winders. “2020 has already seen it’s set of challenges ...

Bishop Laurie forms Anti-Racism Leadership Team with a charge of creating a pathway toward a fully anti-racist conference

Bishop Laurie forms Anti-Racism Leadership Team with a charge of creating a pathway toward a fully anti-racist conference

7/8/2020
Colleagues in Christ,   As we continue to witness and experience the sin of racism in our society and our church, I have requested the formation of an Anti-Racism Leadership Team in the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. I see this team as a critical component for the work of becoming fully anti-racist at all levels of ministry in the Iowa Conference. Because we live in a culture that is so resistant to and uncomfortable with discussions of racism, I feel it is imperative to create ...

College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction announce interim leadership for 2021

College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction announce interim leadership for 2021

7/7/2020
Today the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops announces the plan proposed to and approved by the Council of Bishops for episcopal leadership for 2021 in light of the vocational retirements of Bishops Sally Dyck and Bruce Ough (¶408.2b), and the inability to gather and engage in episcopal elections during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The retirements of Bishops Dyck and Ough have been approved by the NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy and become effective January 1, 2021. To serve the ...

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

7/7/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that Bishop Bruce Ough and Bishop Sally Dyck will become the new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer of the Council effective September 1, 2020.  Both were elected at the 2019 November meeting of the Council. Bishop Ough will be succeeding Bishop Marcus Matthews as Executive Secretary while Bishop Dyck will be taking over the ecumenical portfolio from Bishop B. Michael Watson.  The Executive...

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

7/4/2020
Due to the care and concern for the safety of our ministry partners, vendors, and staff, the Leadership Team of the Iowa Conference has developed a long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building in Des Moines.  Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, staff can receive visitors and group meetings may resume under the following guidelines:   Visitors will be allowed in the building by appointment only during our designated visitor days - Tuesday and Thursday of each week.   Visitors with an ...

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides "virtual visits" during summer 2020 itineration

7/2/2020
Larry Kies, a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries and an Iowa native who serves as technical advisor to the Africa University Farm in Zimbabwe, Africa and was scheduled to present at the Teaching Session at the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2020 and to visit supporting churches in Iowa during the summer of 2020. Both have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel bans but with the support of Global Ministries, Kies will be able to "Virtually Visit...

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

7/2/2020
The Bishop's 5k/Fit Walk has been around for many years, usually taking place on Sunday morning during Annual Conference. Our Annual Conference has gone virtual and so has the Fit Walk/Run! Our theme is MOVE WITH A PURPOSE. We are encouraging one another to move our bodies to the glory of God and move in ministry with the purpose of joining the Holy Spirit in doing new and amazing things in Iowa and beyond. The healthier we are, the more energy we can put to this mission! How does a virtual ...

2021 Summer Camp Registration is now open!

2021 Summer Camp Registration is now open!

7/1/2020
To pick your camp, download the 2021 Summer Camp Brochure and register today for an adventure of a lifetime!  

July 1, 2020 Update to the Iowa Annual Conference upcoming events

July 1, 2020 Update to the Iowa Annual Conference upcoming events

7/1/2020
Members of Annual Conference—be sure to do these four things in preparation for annual conference session  1. To attend, you MUST register in advance. 2.  Zoom webinar: look for confirmation email message from AC Support  3.  VVoter: look for email message from Roland Minshall2@iaumc.org  4. 2020 Pre-Conference Manual - pdf     2020 Pre-Conference Manual Addendum (Healthy Conference Initiative: Bishop’s Operational Team’s Report to the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference - pdf For assistance locating ...

Status and Reentry letter from the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Operations Team

Status and Reentry letter from the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Operations Team

7/1/2020
Greetings friends, and Peace in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ.   We of the Appointive Cabinet and the Crisis Response Team continue to hold you, the laity and clergy, of the Iowa Conference in our hearts and prayers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you undoubtably know there has been an uptake in the number of cases here, in Iowa, and around the nation. Many of you have expressed concern for your churches and for the safety of members as some of our congregations begin to gather again for ...

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

6/30/2020
A Preliminary Ballot is available at www.iaumc.org/ac2020 under AC2020 Reports and Presentations. Please look over this document carefully in the next several days as we head towards the AC2020 Legislative Session.    You will note that there are open positions for which interested persons are invited to submit a Leadership Pool Form which is linked on the ballot.  Persons interested in serving in one of the open positions need to submit a Leadership Pool Form no later than July 8, 2020, so ...

Don't miss the next two Good Idea Webinars: Staff Teams in the Covid-Age and Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Don't miss the next two Good Idea Webinars: Staff Teams in the Covid-Age and Hospitality Beyond the Screen

6/25/2020
7/9/20 - Staff Teams in the Covid-Age The pandemic has shaken even the steadiest, highest-performing teams.  How do you navigate staffing and social distancing, performance goals and evaluation, or even the personal stresses of illness, finances, and family?  Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck and Rev. Ryan Christenson will share their insights and advice, and you are invited to share your experiences and best practices.  Lanette serves as Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence for the Iowa Annual ...

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