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Press Release - Installation Service for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church’s newest Bishop

Press Release - Installation Service for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church’s newest Bishop

1/31/2023
Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Liz Winders Director of Communications (515) 974-8907 liz.winders@iaumc.org For Immediate Release Installation Service for the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church’s newest Bishop  January 31, 2023, Des Moines, IA —Bishop Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai’s installation service will be on February 19, 2023, at Ames, Collegiate United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation at 3:00 p.m. There will be a reception following the service.   ...

Your light shall break forth — Nacerá tu luz

Your light shall break forth — Nacerá tu luz

1/30/2023
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers Feb 5, 2023 — Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 581-9a (9b012); Psalm 112:1-9 (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13016); Matthew 5:13-20 By Rev. Jim Purdue Your light shall break forth The theme of light permeates three of the four lessons for this Sunday, and it forms the background of the Pauline lesson: ...

From Exile to Hope - January 26, 2023

From Exile to Hope - January 26, 2023

1/25/2023
By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon This last week I received the ashes I ordered as well as a cruet for our new campus minister Lewis Cox.  I also put together our Ash Wednesday service for Feb. 22.  As I was doing all of this preparing, I came across a poem I wrote for Ash Wednesday a few years ago. I had been driving somewhere and I heard a program on NPR talking about a company in Illinois or Indiana, one of those states, who were turning human cremains into diamonds that people could wear...

Memo for Preachers - January 29, 2023

Memo for Preachers - January 29, 2023

1/24/2023
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers Memo for Preachers: January 29th, 2023 (4th Sunday after the Epiphany) Micah 6:1-8  | Psalm 15  |1 Corinthians 1:18-31  | Matthew 5:1-12 By: Rev. Mara Bailey    “Who is God Calling, and How Shall They Come?” The lectionary texts for this fourth Sunday after the Epiphany seem to focus on a lot of “who’s” and “...

Biden’s border policy

Biden’s border policy

1/24/2023
By Karlene Neal, Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Global Ministries A recent surge of immigrants at the southern border of the United States has presented both Mexico and the United States with serious problems. In 2022 U.S. authorities stopped 2.8 million would-be immigrants at its southern border.  As a result, Biden announced some of his toughest sanctions yet: only 30,000 will be allowed in total each month from Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti, and Cuba, provided they do not pass ...

Bishop Kennetha asks for prayers

Bishop Kennetha asks for prayers

1/23/2023
It is with great sadness that we have heard of the shooting that happened at “Starts Right Here,” an educational mentorship organization that helps at-risk youth in Des Moines.    Two students were killed, and the founder of the program, Will Holmes, was seriously injured. Please hold the families of these children, their classmates and friends, and the teachers and administrators of the program in prayer. Please also pray for Mr. Holmes and for those who are caring for him.    As United ...

Bishop Bigham-Tsai announces Cabinet transitions in 2023

Bishop Bigham-Tsai announces Cabinet transitions in 2023

1/19/2023
Rev. Doug Cue Bishop Bigham-Tsai has announced her intention to appoint Rev. Doug Cue as the pastor at Newton First United Methodist Church beginning on July 1, 2023. Cue was appointed to serve as the Golden Valley District Superintendent in July of 2019. "I have only known Rev. Cue a short time, but it has been a joy working with him. He has a heart for the local church and a heart for Jesus," said Bigham-Tsai. "I am grateful for the excellent leadership he has provided for the Golden Valley ...

From Exile to Hope: Culture and hospitality matter

From Exile to Hope: Culture and hospitality matter

1/17/2023
A year of... By: Pastor Nate Mason New Toys   I got a new toy for Christmas: The Wok: Recipes and Techniques by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. This cookbook is great! It has recipes from all across the Asian world: various regions of China, South Korea, Thailand, and so many other countries that I had to google when I read the recipe. This new toy pushed me to spend a Saturday afternoon exploring the various Asian groceries in the greater Des Moines area.   These various cooking styles are just so ...

5 resources to help you advertise Special Sunday giving

5 resources to help you advertise Special Sunday giving

1/17/2023
As you get ready for another year of worship and giving planning, don't forget to publicize The United Methodist Church Special Sundays. Here is a list of resources for your church. A video to share during worship or on social media. UMC Giving partnered with UM Communications to create a simple video all about giving and Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church. "Together, we do more." A PDF calendar of Special Sunday Dates. This calendar includes short descriptions of each of the ...

The Power of the Cross - Memo for Preachers

The Power of the Cross - Memo for Preachers

1/16/2023
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers January 22, 2023 Third Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23 By Rev. Paul I. Burrow The power of the cross In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul makes what had to be a strange reference at the time.  “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim ...

Bishop Bigham-Tsai jump-starts getting to know the Iowa Conference through onboarding

Bishop Bigham-Tsai jump-starts getting to know the Iowa Conference through onboarding

1/13/2023
Rev. Karen Horan led Bishop Bigham-Tsai, members of her extended cabinet, and 33 Iowa pastors through an onboarding process on January 9 and 10, 2023. Because Bishop Bigham-Tsai began leading Iowa in January instead of September, using onboarding with an outside consultant can help fast-track her understanding of the Iowa Conference and its leaders.   Onboarding has been adapted for ministry settings by Claire Bowen, a human resource specialist and longtime member of Peachtree Road United ...

The Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—Love and Serve Humanity

The Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—Love and Serve Humanity

1/13/2023
By Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson   When I was rostered as a teaching artist with the Iowa Arts Council, one of my programs centered around the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I was dismayed when asking students what they knew about him the number of times I heard “he was the one who freed the slaves.”    The third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service, is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—a "day on, not a day off." King believed life's most persistent and ...

From Exile to Hope: January 12, 2022

From Exile to Hope: January 12, 2022

1/12/2023
A year of... By: Cindy Hickman A few weeks ago, I was sitting at the pharmacy waiting for a vaccination. A woman sat down in line behind me, and a man joined in line behind her. I’ve stopped calling people “elderly” since I have begun to feel little “elderly” myself, but we all probably fit that label. We joked a bit about being brave as we waited to get our shots. The woman opened up a conversation by turning to the man and asking if he had always lived in this community. No, he and his wife ...

Are you exploring a call to ministry?

Are you exploring a call to ministry?

1/10/2023
The Candidacy Retreat, a requirement of the candidacy process, is an opportunity to further discern your call to ministry, learn more about the process, meet others on the journey, hear from those serving in different ministries and have a chance to ask questions. The next Candidacy Retreat will be Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Please learn more and register here.

Memo for Preachers - January 15, 2023

Memo for Preachers - January 15, 2023

1/9/2023
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers January 15, 2023 Second Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 49:1-7 By Rosa María Rodríguez A Holy Calling Jesus, from his birth, was called by the Lord.  “Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away!  The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.” This ...

Chairs of the Orders & Fellowship invite elders, deacons, local pastors, and associate members to their 2023 Spring Orders and Fellowship event

Chairs of the Orders & Fellowship invite elders, deacons, local pastors, and associate members to their 2023 Spring Orders and Fellowship event

1/6/2023
Iowa ACEs 360 will present at the 2023 Spring event, which will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2023. They are a coalition that provides research, tools, and a network that will help guide those in attendance on taking informed actions to help individuals heal from trauma and thrive. It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines. Iowa ACEs 360 research problems, test solutions, identify best practices and advocate for system changes to address incredibly ...

From Exile to Hope: January 5, 2022

From Exile to Hope: January 5, 2022

1/4/2023
The Jeweled Tears By: Nan Smith Over this past weekend, I put Christmas away for another year and I must say I was more than ready to do that. I share this with you because, this year, Christmas has been very hard for me. You see my 98-year-old mother passed away at the end of October and so this was my first Christmas without her loving presence. I found that all the traditions I celebrated with family were chock full of so many memories of her and Christmas’ past. I found in this time of ...

Coping with emotional turmoil

Coping with emotional turmoil

1/4/2023
By: Kae Tritle, RN; Well-Being Coordinator   January seems to be the month when we all take a collective sigh of relief and catch our breath.  All of the Christmas hustle and bustle has finished, and the spring events have yet to be planned.  Because January is the first month of the calendar year, it seems to be a month of beginnings.       But, there can’t be beginnings without endings. Over the past year, external events or experiences may have impacted or greatly changed our lives, disabling...

Tell us your

Tell us your "In Mission Together" glory sightings and report on your hard work

1/3/2023
In Mission Together is looking forward to reading, celebrating, and sharing your In Mission stories of 2022. As you compile your mission accomplishments for the past year for the In Mission Together Reporting (due February 15), consider a simple write-up of your In Mission activity (along with photos if available) or video for posting and submit to Sue Hattel, Conference Mission Education Chair (shattel220@aol.com). Your stories may be submitted throughout the year!                              ...

From Exile to Hope: December 29, 2022

From Exile to Hope: December 29, 2022

12/29/2022
Epiphany By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon? Enlightenment has always been gradual for me -  I remember what happened, for example, after my children were born, how I came to know who I was now: each day a little more room in my heart, in my knowing, as they grew, as their aliveness gathered something more: to grip, to smile, to turn over, to crawl, to walk, to speak. It was all this gathering that taught me:    Enlightenment is gradual like the sun rising even if you just suddenly see it and...

From Exile to Hope: December 22, 2022

From Exile to Hope: December 22, 2022

12/21/2022
This Year's Gifts By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott  As I look ahead to the gifts I’ll give and those I’ll open on Christmas morning, it occurs to me that I’ve already received some gifts I’m savoring. This year, 2022, for all its challenges, has brought me some gifts that have been unexpected and sweet. I wonder if that might be true for you, too. I’ll share a few of mine. Maybe my reflection will prompt you to think, too, about gifts this year has brought you and yours.   Returning to something like ...

Advent 2022 Devotion - Christmas Day

Advent 2022 Devotion - Christmas Day

12/21/2022
Merry Christmas By Rev. Ronald Carlson Jr. Dean of the Cabinet and District Superintendent of Riverview Park District  “Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them.” - Luke 2:18 (CEB) In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists. 2 This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria. 3 Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled. 4 Since Joseph belonged to David’s house and family line, he went ...

Advent 2022 Devotion - Christmas Eve

Advent 2022 Devotion - Christmas Eve

12/21/2022
Christmas Eve By Rev. Ronald Carlson Jr. Dean of the Cabinet and District Superintendent of Riverview Park District  Read Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-14 Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lord’s angel stood before them, the Lord’s glory shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.” (Luke 2:8-9 CEB) Birth stories are important in our family. Every year ...

Iowa Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries Thrive under Johnson's leadership

Iowa Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries Thrive under Johnson's leadership

12/21/2022
After 20 years in the camping program, the Iowa Conference announces the resignation of Bryan Johnson. Johnson has served as the Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries since 2016. His last day will be December 30, 2022. “My first position with Iowa United Methodist Camps was as a Summer Staff member in 2002,” said Johnson. “I’ve been blessed to serve as a seasonal staff member, Program Coordinator, Site Director, and now as the Director of Camps for Iowa. So much of who I am today is a ...

Memo for Preachers - December 24 and 25, 2022

Memo for Preachers - December 24 and 25, 2022

12/20/2022
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers December 24 and 25, 2022 By Rev. Bob Dean (retired elder)  The back-to-back Christmas Eve and Sunday falls periodically and creates a challenge each time. Do you focus on one, or offer both? My experience, and of most pastors I’ve talked with, experience a large attendance at Christmas Eve service(s) and a ...

Christmas Worship from the Episcopal Office

Christmas Worship from the Episcopal Office

12/18/2022
Dear Church Leader, The Episcopal Office of the Iowa Annual Conference has created a full worship service for pastoral leaders and worship teams to use for Christmas. This worship service has been planned for your inspiration and encouragement while providing a moment of rest for our local church leaders. Merry Christmas! Bishop Laurie and the Appointive Cabinet View on our website Bulletin Video - Mp4 with Captions Video - Mp4 without Captions Audio - Mp3

Advent 2022 Devotion - Fourth Sunday in Advent

Advent 2022 Devotion - Fourth Sunday in Advent

12/18/2022
What's In a Name? By Rev Dr. Jaye Johnson Director of Congregational Excellence &  Interim Director of New Communities of Faith  My full complete name is Jaye J Johnson. The initial J is my full middle name, so I do not put a period behind it. I tried to convince Amy that our first boy should be called Jaye J Johnson, Jr. but Amy thought that was just one too many J's for any kid. Amy has some relatives, and the boys in that family are named William. There is William Black, William Black Jr., ...

For those on the IAUMC health plan beginning in January 2023—Wondrhealth

For those on the IAUMC health plan beginning in January 2023—Wondrhealth

12/18/2022
By: Kae Tritle, RN—Wellness Coordinator Here is an opportunity for becoming the YOU that you are meant to be!  Introducing Wondrhealth, a health-full eating/activity and behavioral skills program for improving well-being and weight. This all-digital health-fullness program is being offered to clergy, conference employees and their spouses who are currently participating in our health plan. With the Wondrhealth program, we’re giving you the opportunity to learn how to lose weight and improve ...

From Exile to Hope: December 15, 2022

From Exile to Hope: December 15, 2022

12/13/2022
My Christmas List By: Rev. Cindy Hickman I want BIG GIFTS this Christmas. That may sound selfish and greedy. If you are one of the people obliged to give me a Christmas present, you may be wondering what you are in for. A Caribbean cruise? A luxurious car with a big red bow sitting in the driveway on the morning of the 25th? Let me explain.  These big gifts I am hoping for are not the kind of gifts we can buy with money. I once heard a pastor say: “You can’t outgive God.” I think that’s true. ...

The School for Lay Ministry not only provides you with an education it impacts your life

The School for Lay Ministry not only provides you with an education it impacts your life

12/13/2022
The School for Lay Ministry (SLM) is more than a 12-course program to inspire, equip and encourage lay people; it is an education in worship planning, congregational care, doctrine and history, that will benefit not only you and your local church but will impact your life.   You can enroll in the complete SLM program or take only classes that interest you.   SLM is the basis to become Certified Lay Speaker, Certified Lay Servant, and Certified Lay Minister, and by completing SLM classes, you can...

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Young Adult internship program is now receiving applications

The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Young Adult internship program is now receiving applications

12/13/2022
ViaFaith McCullough is currently an ImpactOK2 Resident in the Oklahoma Annual Conference. She reflects on how the GBCS Ethnic Young Adult Internship helped her to live out her faith boldly. Read her Reflection. Church and Society’s internships are designed for people interested in educating, advocating and connecting in the intersection of faith and social justice. The Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) internship program is designed for young justice seekers wanting to unpack their faith and identity ...

Memo for Preachers - December 18, 2022

Memo for Preachers - December 18, 2022

12/12/2022
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers December 18, 2022 Fourth Sunday of Advent - Year A Matthew 1:18-25 By Rev. Dr. Gary Armstrong God is with us Some images relative to the Advent/Christmas story are fixed in my mind because of numerous repetitions through the years. They relate the birth narratives of Jesus and how the story has been part of ...

Just Peace book study begins in January

Just Peace book study begins in January

12/12/2022
A new book study, “Just Peace,” will begin on January 17th and will last four weeks. It is a very inspiring book about a very gifted young boy with a terminal illness. His goal in life was to find peace within himself and peace in the world. One of his greatest desires was to meet Jimmy Carter, who he considered the ambassador of peace in the world. Well, he did meet Jimmy, and together they wrote the book. Dates: Tuesday, January 17, 24, and 31, and February 7. Virtual meeting from 6:00 – 7:30...

Remembering Rev. Dr. Lyle Lieder — Bishop Deb Kiesey's father

Remembering Rev. Dr. Lyle Lieder — Bishop Deb Kiesey's father

12/12/2022
The Rev. Dr. Lyle William Lieder, currently of Rochester, Minnesota, died on Tuesday,  December 6, 2022, of old age. His wife of 78 years and their four remaining children were by his side singing to him as he took his last breath. He was 100 years old.   He was born on March 22, 1922, to Virginia and Harry Lieder on their farm near Millersburg, Minnesota. He was the oldest of three children and was a beloved son, nephew and brother.  He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where ...

The 2022 In Mission Together form is now available for completion

The 2022 In Mission Together form is now available for completion

12/12/2022
In Mission Together (IMT) encourages United Methodist Churches to prayerfully support the United Methodist Church's mission on a local, conference, national, and international level through giving, and sharing in a relationship, to fulfill Matthew 25, “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me” and Matthew 28, “Go into all the world and make disciples.” In Mission Together involves building relationships in shared ministries with people, programs, and/or projects. Partnering may ...

Advent 2022 Devotion - Third Sunday in Advent

Advent 2022 Devotion - Third Sunday in Advent

12/9/2022
Mary’s Hymn Advent Devotion for 12/11/2022 Rev. Melissa Drake, Aldersgate District Superintendent  Mary’s Magnificat, her hymn of praise, is one of the original eight hymns of the ancient Christian church. It has been foundational for Christian worship for centuries: meant to be sung or prayed every day, working its way into the spirit and down into the very bones of disciples as the very essence of the kind of work that God is up to. It is the longest speech any woman has in the New Testament. ...

Iowa United Methodist Church’s newest bishop makes her first visit to Iowa

Iowa United Methodist Church’s newest bishop makes her first visit to Iowa

12/8/2022
Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, her husband Kee, and her son Kamden made a quick trip to Iowa on December 6-7, 2022, before she begins residency in January 2023. During their visit, they toured the episcopal residence, visited high schools, met the appointed cabinet, and attended a farewell Christmas celebration hosted by Bishop Laurie and Rev. Gary Haller at the Iowa Conference Center.   Bishop Kennetha is already falling in love with Iowa after touring Des Moines, saying it reminds her a lot of ...

Bishop Laurie Haller asks at her retirement service,

Bishop Laurie Haller asks at her retirement service, "Do you have room?"

12/8/2022
“What I learned over the course of my ministry is that I embrace all of the various caucus groups in our conference and denomination. I understand that we don’t all see eye to eye around various theological issues. And I’m not bothered by the variety of beliefs held by United Methodists because that’s the glory of the big tent that is United Methodism,” said Bishop Laurie Haller at her Celebration of Retirement Service on December 4, 2022. See a gallery of images from the celebration.  |  Watch...

From Exile to Hope: December 8, 2022

From Exile to Hope: December 8, 2022

12/8/2022
How the Grinch can just take Christmas… Please… By: Pastor Nate Mason The older I get, the more I identify with the Grinch. I mean the old school, Dr. Suess original or even the 1966 TV movie featuring Boris Karloff. The modern incarnations of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carey or Benedict Cumberbatch versions) try to make the Grinch a tragic character to make him seem relatable. I find that completely unnecessary. The OG Grinch didn’t like Christmas. I get it. All the Who girls and...

Bishop Laurie's Appointive Cabinet's Letter of Open Churches 2023

Bishop Laurie's Appointive Cabinet's Letter of Open Churches 2023

12/6/2022
Dear Clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference, As we have for a number of years, the Appointive Cabinet is posting open churches where announced and approved retirements or leaves of absence are known. Our intention is to invite you to prayerfully discern whether you have the gifts and graces to serve in any of these communities and churches. You will note that each open appointment will list three to five clear missional needs identified by the district superintendent in consultation with the ...

Advent 2022 Devotion - Second Sunday in Advent

Advent 2022 Devotion - Second Sunday in Advent

12/4/2022
December 4, 2022 By: Rev. Doug Cue, Golden Valley District Superintendent   Read: Isaiah 11:1-10,  Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord   If you listen, you can hear it. No…it’s not the sound of the holiday Muzak pumping through the store speakers. No…it’s not the sound of the “hustle and bustle”…or the urgency and preference and unawareness all rolled up into one. Nor is it the conscious and verbal sighs that sneak past our lips as they find ...

Advent 2022 Devotion - First Sunday in Advent

Advent 2022 Devotion - First Sunday in Advent

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

From Exile to Hope: December 1, 2022

From Exile to Hope: December 1, 2022

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

Memo for Preachers - December 11, 2022

Memo for Preachers - December 11, 2022

11/30/2022
Would you like to write for the Memo? We are looking for new writers and would love to have you join the team. Please email Rev. Bob Dean and include a writing example.  Memo for Preachers December 11, 2022 Third Sunday of Advent - Year A Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:47-55, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11? By Martha Dalton Ward Active Waiting Waiting is hard – especially in Advent.   I admit it’s somewhat easier now than when I was an impatient child wondering when Christmas would ever come so I could ...

UWF November 2022 Connection Newsletter

UWF November 2022 Connection Newsletter

11/30/2022
To read the November 2022 UMW Connection, click here.

Memo for Preachers - December 4, 2022

Memo for Preachers - December 4, 2022

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

From Exile to Hope: November 24, 2022

From Exile to Hope: November 24, 2022

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

Bishop Laurie Haller's Thanksgiving Message - Thankful to be

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

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

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

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

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

Memo for Preachers - November 27, 2022

Memo for Preachers - November 27, 2022

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

From Exile to Hope: November 17, 2022

From Exile to Hope: November 17, 2022

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

Health-full Minute: Grieving as Self-Care

Health-full Minute: Grieving as Self-Care

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

Ride RAGBRAI with the #BeUMC team

Ride RAGBRAI with the #BeUMC team

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

Mission update from Bruna Farat Kakale

Mission update from Bruna Farat Kakale

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

Memo for Preachers - November 20, 2022

Memo for Preachers - November 20, 2022

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

Politics leads to disappointment (duh)

Politics leads to disappointment (duh)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missionary Katherine Parker itinerant in Iowa begins June 2023

Missionary Katherine Parker itinerant in Iowa begins June 2023

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

Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai Assigned to the Iowa Area

Bishop Kennetha Bigham-Tsai Assigned to the Iowa Area

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

Pray with Your Vote

Pray with Your Vote

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

The Episcopal 22-10

The Episcopal 22-10

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

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

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

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

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference

United Methodists to Meet in Charlotte for Worldwide Conference

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

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

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

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

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

Episcopal Address: We are in Odd Space

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

Mercy Sustains - Bishop Tracy Malone at NCJ

Mercy Sustains - Bishop Tracy Malone at NCJ

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

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

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

From Exile to Hope: November 3, 2022

From Exile to Hope: November 3, 2022

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

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship NCJ

Can these dry bones live? Opening worship NCJ

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

NCJ elects Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as Bishop

NCJ elects Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as Bishop

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

Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

Scanson crafts crosiers for bishops

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

Ten NCJ candidates introduced to delegates at the Episcopal Forum

Ten NCJ candidates introduced to delegates at the Episcopal Forum

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

Memo for Preachers - November 6, 2022

Memo for Preachers - November 6, 2022

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

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

Meet some of the youngest delegates to NCJ 2022

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

Iowa Falls First UMC serves its 100,000 community meal

Iowa Falls First UMC serves its 100,000 community meal

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

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

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

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

From Exile to Hope: October 27, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 27, 2022

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

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference to Elect New Bishop for Iowa

The North Central Jurisdictional Conference to Elect New Bishop for Iowa

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

Impacting Lives Around the World from Right at Home

Impacting Lives Around the World from Right at Home

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

Iowa Annual Conference Landscape Survey for Pastors and Lay Leaders

Iowa Annual Conference Landscape Survey for Pastors and Lay Leaders

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

The 2022 Journal is now available

The 2022 Journal is now available

10/26/2022
The 2022 Iowa Conference Journal, Clergy-Laity Directory, and Book of Resolutions are now available at www.iaumc.org/Journal. If you have forgotten the login information for the Clergy Lay Address Directory, please email Lisa Steel. If you would like a printed copy, it can be purchased directly through Lulu Publishing. 

Memo for Preachers - October 30, 2022

Memo for Preachers - October 30, 2022

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

From Exile to Hope: October 20, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 20, 2022

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

Building Connections — connecting willing hands with church projects

Building Connections — connecting willing hands with church projects

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

Simpson Youth Academy continues its mission

Simpson Youth Academy continues its mission

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

Memo for Preachers - October 23, 2022

Memo for Preachers - October 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

The 2022 Ingathering is November 5

The 2022 Ingathering is November 5

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

You are invited to the 2022 Memorial Service

You are invited to the 2022 Memorial Service

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

From Exile to Hope: October 13, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 13, 2022

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

Memo for Preachers - October 16, 2022

Memo for Preachers - October 16, 2022

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

From Exile to Hope: October 6, 2022

From Exile to Hope: October 6, 2022

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

Hurricane Fiona and Ian support update

Hurricane Fiona and Ian support update

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

Mental Health and Responsible Firearm Laws

Mental Health and Responsible Firearm Laws

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

Speaking Up About the Prevention of Gun Violence

Speaking Up About the Prevention of Gun Violence

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

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

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

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

Invitation from Bishop Laurie to support hurricane relief

Invitation from Bishop Laurie to support hurricane relief

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

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

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

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

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