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Actively making peace

Actively making peace

11/30/2021
By Rev. Ron Carlson, District Superintendent of the Clear Lake Camp District Peace is often thought of as being free from disturbance, or as a state of tranquility. When we talk about biblical peace, we are often talking about the Hebrew word for peace: Shalom. Shalom goes far beyond a simple definition, shalom is, in essence, a slice of heaven. Shalom is the ideal, it’s a return to God’s original creation, untouched by sin. A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on...

Test by Roland

11/29/2021
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FAQs - Vision for the Future

FAQs - Vision for the Future

11/24/2021
FAQs - Vision for the Future Will our congregation need to take a vote on this plan after January 1, 2022? This plan does not require a congregational vote. It does make space for congregational leadership and clergy leadership to make decisions together about hosting same gender weddings in the church space. If this is not a pressing ministry decision of your congregation, no decision needs to be made at this time. We encourage every local church to do the ministry God is calling you to do, ...

Hope: A Sense of Community

Hope: A Sense of Community

11/24/2021
By Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon, Superintendent Riverview Park District For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has ...

Abiding in Exile - Music 11/24/21

Abiding in Exile - Music 11/24/21

11/23/2021
By Nate Mason Growing up, I used to pretend that I had refined musical tastes and would justify all my musical selections by citing critical acclaim, social/musical significance, or technical ability.  Now that I’ve grown to be less insecure, I can admit my musical tastes are pretty much random and arbitrary.  On my most played list in Pandora I have everything from classic b-sides from The Who to video game theme songs. My wife is not thrilled about our two-year-old bouncing around the house ...

Leading Now and Into the Future – Our Vision

Leading Now and Into the Future – Our Vision

11/23/2021
So No One or Nothing May be Lost Are you a collector? Are you a pack rat? Do you save every card sent to you, every magazine you’ve ever received? Do you refuse to bring anything to your church Rummage Sale, because, after all, you never know when you might need it? Do you carefully store leftover food in the refrigerator until, three months later, you smell something funky, reach your hand into the far corners of the fridge, and unearth that old chicken casserole, slimy turkey, moldy cheese, or...

Thanksgiving Devotion

Thanksgiving Devotion

11/19/2021
Written by Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence In one of my small groups, there has been much conversation around recipes for Thanksgiving and the foods people are most looking forward to this year. There was debate about main features (turkey, duck, goose, ham, lasagna, prime rib) and side dishes (green bean casserole, candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, Jiffy corn casserole, coleslaw, baked beans, deviled eggs). We talked ...

Global Mission Fellows program application is open for young adults

Global Mission Fellows program application is open for young adults

11/18/2021
Global Mission Fellows are young adults, ages 20–30, who are committed to serve in social justice ministries for two years. They enter into new communities, understanding their challenges and assets through relationships and with the long-term goal to overcome systemic oppression. Fellows partner with community organizations to address a variety of issues, including migration/immigration, education, public health and poverty.  The application for those interested in serving in the U.S. opened ...

Be in mission with UMC missionary Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé

Be in mission with UMC missionary Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé

11/17/2021
Your opportunity to serve with a United Methodist missionary can become a reality! A Brazilian, Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé, now serves as a United Methodist missionary in Siquirres, Costa Rica. She is one of the newest assigned missionaries serving with Global Ministries. Kakalé is asking YOU and YOUR CHURCH to financially and prayerfully share in her mission work. Accepting Jesus Christ as a child, Kakalé vowed to follow Jesus faithfully with a desire to become a missionary. This ...

Please pray for Dean Deng’s family and members of the Mabaan South Sudanese UMC

Please pray for Dean Deng’s family and members of the Mabaan South Sudanese UMC

11/17/2021
Some of you may know the tragic incident last Sunday that one of the victims of the shooting in Des Moines was an 18-year-old young man whose family is members of the Mabaan South Sudanese United Methodist Church. His name was Dean Deng. The family and the whole church family are devastated by the loss of their beloved son. I would like to ask you to prayerfully surround them with love and support, as they seek healing, peace, and comfort. The Mabaan people are coming from across the country to ...

2022-2023 Bishop's Letter of Open Churches

2022-2023 Bishop's Letter of Open Churches

11/16/2021
November 16, 2021   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 ...

Union County UMC Actively Helping Kids Get Beds

Union County UMC Actively Helping Kids Get Beds

11/16/2021
Submitted by Debra Goerndt, In Mission Together, and John Walsh, Chapter President Sleep in Heavenly Peace Union County Sleep In Heavenly Peace is a registered non-profit organization providing beds for children ages 3 - 17 who are sleeping on the floor, couch, or other uncomfortable situations. The Union County Chapter of SHP was organized in March of 2021. To date, the chapter has built 50 beds and delivered 10. A list of 20 children are waiting for the chapter to receive delivery of ...

NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

NCJ delegates name commitment to anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ inclusion

11/12/2021
By Christa Meland, director of communications, Minnesota Conference • NCJ Delegate Covenant • Statement from the Council of Bishop's Narrative for Continuing the UMC • "A Call To Grace" - An open letter to all United Methodists At a virtual North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference this week, delegates elected by their respective annual conferences created and overwhelmingly approved a covenant naming their commitment to anti-racism work and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Approximately 250 delegates ...

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by one

NCJ delegates talk anti-racism and future, vote to reduce bishops by one

11/12/2021
When Rev. Ron Bell was in high school, his father became superintendent of the Eastern District of the Delaware Annual Conference. As their family was moving into the superintendents’ big, beautiful parsonage in Eastern Maryland, the entire local police department surrounded the house with guns drawn and told Bell and his father to get on the ground with their hands behind their heads. Why? “Because a little white girl across the street saw black folk in her neighborhood,” said Bell, who serves ...

Preliminary details released for the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Preliminary details released for the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session

11/12/2021
We are excited to announce preliminary details about the 2022 Iowa United Methodist Conference Session, including a brand new location and some additional dates.    The 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session will be held in a hybrid format on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. The session will take place in person at a new venue in West Des Moines and will also be offered virtually for those who choose to participate that way.   The 2022 session will be held at the MidAmerican Energy RecPlex ...

Abiding in Exile - Sammmm – Peabody, Peabody, Peabody 11/11/2021

Abiding in Exile - Sammmm – Peabody, Peabody, Peabody 11/11/2021

11/11/2021
By Nan Smith 4 “But I have said these things to you so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them.  I didn’t say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I go away to the one who sent me. None of you ask me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Yet because I have said these things to you, you are filled with sorrow.”  —John 16: 4-6 (Common English Bible)   Long ago, as an ISU student taking my first class on bird identification, we had our first...

A reflection and prayer for Veterans Day

A reflection and prayer for Veterans Day

11/11/2021
Suggested Readings Isaiah 45:22-25; Psalm 20; Matthew 13:24-30 Moment of Reflection Today is Veteran's Day, a day when we recognize and give thanks for the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the armed forces. These men and women and their families endure hardship, separation, and sometimes loss for the sake of keeping peace and fighting for justice around the world. Servicemen and women work to assist and build up communities and suffering populations around the ...

Bishops agree on narrative for the continuing United Methodist Church

Bishops agree on narrative for the continuing United Methodist Church

11/9/2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops ended its Fall meeting on Friday having spent time in worship, plenary and covenant groups as they seek God’s guidance to lead The United Methodist Church. The worship services were coordinated by Bishops Sharma Lewis and Lawson Bryan, and were led by Bishops Harald Rückert, David Bard and LaTrelle Easterling. The bishops, from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, overwhelmingly approved a narrative that provides a framework and begins to paint a ...

Consider a preaching visit from Pastor Paul Witmer, lead pastor for Women at the Well

Consider a preaching visit from Pastor Paul Witmer, lead pastor for Women at the Well

11/9/2021
Hello, Friends and Partners of Women at the Well! My name is Jenna Isely and I am privileged enough to be the new Administrative Assistant for Women at the Well.   We are excited to open the preaching calendar for 2022 and would like to invite you to consider a preaching visit from Pastor Paul Witmer, lead pastor for Women at the Well. If you would like to secure a date, please email me at WomenAtTheWell@iaumc.org and I will be happy to schedule your visit. In February of 2022, we will ...

Iowa Camps in “relationship season” – an open letter from the Director of Camps and Retreats

Iowa Camps in “relationship season” – an open letter from the Director of Camps and Retreats

11/9/2021
Dear Friends and Colleagues in Ministry, What an exciting time of year it is! As the weather begins to turn colder and Christmas decorations begin to pop up my heart is filled with gratitude for the amazing people that I have had the opportunity to partner with at the Iowa Annual Conference. Being your colleague is a joy and one that neither I nor the Iowa Camps Team takes for granted.  In 2019 Iowa United Methodist Camps started off on a journey to sustain itself apart from apportionment ...

New Sexual Ethics resource from GCSRW

New Sexual Ethics resource from GCSRW

11/9/2021
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) has partnered with United Methodist Communications to bring their UM Sexual Ethics website over to ResourceUMC. This collaboration has allowed this crucial website to be more user-friendly. You can visit the new site at umsexualethics.org.  Along with the UM Sexual Ethics re-launch, GCSRW has released a new sexual ethics resource entitled Do No More Harm to assist those navigating the complexities of the complaint process in a more ...

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11/9/2021
How to use Google Chrome browser in another language On your computer, open Chrome. At the top right, click More. Settings. At the bottom, click Advanced. Under 'Languages', click Language. Next to the language that you'd like to use, click More. Click Display Google Chrome in this language. Restart Chrome to apply the changes. How to use Microsoft Edge browser in another language Go to Settings and more > Settings. Select Languages from the Settings list. To add a language to the list of ...

Special Alert: Bishop Haller to continue to serve Iowa and the Dakotas in 2022

Special Alert: Bishop Haller to continue to serve Iowa and the Dakotas in 2022

11/8/2021
The United Methodist Council of Bishops on Friday, Nov. 5 approved a plan for episcopal oversight in the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) that includes Bishop Laurie Haller continuing to serve as interim bishop for the Dakotas Conference in 2022. She will also continue to serve as resident bishop for the Iowa Conference. Here is the press release the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops sent out: At the November, 5, 2021 meeting of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist, the ...

At Simpson, Chaplain Rev. Mara Bailey ministers to a busy young generation

At Simpson, Chaplain Rev. Mara Bailey ministers to a busy young generation

11/8/2021
By: Rev. Julia E. F. Poulsen, chair, Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry An innovative and compassionate ministry is being led at Simpson College by Rev. Mara Bailey who is also a graduate of Simpson. Bailey is proud of her United Methodist heritage and training and helps Simpson College to maintain that connection to the United Methodist Church (UMC). Simpson has historically sent many of its students off to seminaries after college graduation. Bailey named four current Iowa United ...

11/04/21 - Important BSA Bankruptcy Update

11/04/21 - Important BSA Bankruptcy Update

11/4/2021
Topic: Boy Scout Bankruptcy - If you/your church is a Charter Organization and have received a packet from Boy Scouts of America regarding their bankruptcy – please follow this procedure: If you received an Opt Out Form - Do Not Opt Out – Do Nothing Now. Shred/Destroy/Marker Out this page in the packet. (Likely Page 10). Wait for direction that will be coming from General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) later this month. If you received a Ballot – Do Nothing Now. Hold the ballot as...

Advent and Christmas resources

Advent and Christmas resources

11/4/2021
The Episcopal Office of the Iowa Annual Conference will be sharing devotionals this year for every Sunday in Advent and Christmas. On December 12, a full worship service for pastoral leaders and worship teams to use on or after Sunday, December 26 will also be available. This will be a full-service to download and be divided up into separate segments. These will be emailed to all clergy and churches and shared in the Iowa Weekly 360 e-newsletter.  Worship Planning New! Council of Bishops ...

Bishop Laurie presents

Bishop Laurie presents "The Future of the UMC" at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference on Nov. 10

11/4/2021
In September of 2021, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) College of Bishops decided to hold a special session of the NCJ virtually rather than in-person and pare down the schedule to focus on three critical areas: the work of dismantling racism, the future United Methodist Church, and the role and deployment of episcopal leadership within the jurisdiction. The “Building Beloved Community” session will be livestreamed from here. Bookmark this page in your browser so you can navigate to it ...

New staff for Midwest Mission Distribution Center

New staff for Midwest Mission Distribution Center

11/4/2021
Midwest Mission Hires Danille Curtis to Serve Iowa  Pawnee, Illinois – Danille Curtis joins Midwest Mission Distribution Center as the Iowa Coordinator. She and Kent, her husband, members of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, Iowa, have hosted the permanent Iowa Collection Site for Midwest Mission during the past year. They have also volunteered, along with their children, at the Midwest Mission Distribution Center campus in Springfield, Ill. on several occasions.  Curtis started ...

On the Way Back Together - 6 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 6 of 6

11/4/2021
This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.     Well, here we are, number six of six. Did you notice it took more than six weeks to get through that? It would seem that life happens in the midst of our conversations, resources, ministries, and deadlines. Who would have thought? In our sometimes urgency to reconnect to the relationships that have waned, we neglect the ebb and flow of life. This is a gentle reminder that in ...

Waverly Trinity UMC women's jail ministry exemplifies how United Methodists are In Mission Together

Waverly Trinity UMC women's jail ministry exemplifies how United Methodists are In Mission Together

11/4/2021
This story is brought to you by the In Mission Together team who encourages United Methodist Churches to prayerfully support United Methodist mission on the local, conference, national, and international levels, through giving, and shared relationships, 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.”) Waverly’s Trinity United Methodist Church has been partnering for several years with the Bremer ...

Ways to support United Methodist Ministries this Giving Tuesday

Ways to support United Methodist Ministries this Giving Tuesday

11/4/2021
Giving Tuesday is almost here, but where should you give your time or resources if you want to support United Methodist Ministries? The Iowa Conference has three ideas. 1. Give Local Talk with your pastor or your missions committee to see where your local United Methodist Church needs donations the most. You might find that they need volunteers for a meal coming up, or that they need to purchase coats for the homeless or school children in your neighborhood. This could be a one-time gift or ...

Abiding in Exile - The Aroma of Christ 11/4/2021

Abiding in Exile - The Aroma of Christ 11/4/2021

11/3/2021
By Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon   Earlier in October I went to Maine to visit my son who moved to Portland during the pandemic. With my husband and son, I spent an amazing day hiking in Acadia National Park climbing Norumbega Mountain. At the top we could see the Atlantic Ocean, and the scent of the fall foliage mingled with the salt air. It was exhilarating.  I believe that this day will live with me the rest of my life: to have climbed the rigorous trail to the top and stand there with my son ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Bill Poland

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Bill Poland

11/3/2021
Rev. Bill Poland Director of New Communities of Faith and Director of Connectional Ministries I begin by saying that I love God and I love you. I love you because, I do not believe there is any way to love God without loving you. I certainly don’t believe I can follow Jesus without loving you.  Wesleyan heritage emphasizes the practical nature of theology that defines holiness as going on to be perfected in love, our love of God and one another.  Theologically, I define myself as a practical ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck

11/3/2021
Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Clergy & Leadership Excellence While majoring in Religious Studies and Political Science at Morningside, I was given the opportunity to intern at churches, nonprofits and public agencies connected in some way to The United Methodist Church. Unexpectedly, this former Presbyterian found my sense of Spiritual Home as a Wesleyan as I was discipled into a faith of personal piety and social holiness. Three decades later I remain because...

Bishops urged to embrace more loving way

Bishops urged to embrace more loving way

11/3/2021
Bishops urged to embrace more loving way, By Heather Hahn, UM News Key points:  As plans for denominational separation ramp up, bishops start their fall meeting with a focus on the continuing United Methodist Church. Council of Bishops President Cynthia Fierro Harvey said she envisions a future United Methodist Church where all will have a home.  The bishops also discussed the continued need for anti-racism work. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey has some advice for United Methodists feeling ...

Important update from the In Mission Together team

Important update from the In Mission Together team

11/3/2021
In Mission Together (IMT) is the new Iowa Conference mission focus, taking the place of the Rainbow Covenant. IMT celebrates building relationships with people/programs/projects while prayerfully doing mission together at the local, conference, national and international levels. Partnering and volunteering helps us to better understand each other as we share time, talent and presence together in missions. By being faithful givers of financial resources and in-kind giving, we continue to provide...

Ministry Action Plan strategy leads to a decrease in short-term appointments

Ministry Action Plan strategy leads to a decrease in short-term appointments

11/3/2021
As a result of a strategy implemented by the Iowa Annual Conference's Appointive Cabinet, the number of short-term pastoral appointments has decreased radically over the last three years and continues to improve. The percent of full-time appointments that have turned over within three years has gone from 27% to 13% and continues to decline. "The cabinet has always strived to appoint the best pastoral fit for every congregation," said Rev. Ron Carlson, Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. "We are ...

10/29/2021 - Important BSA Bankruptcy Update – Receipt of Disclosure Statement Package

10/29/2021 - Important BSA Bankruptcy Update – Receipt of Disclosure Statement Package

10/29/2021
Some local churches and charter organizations have received Disclosure Statement Packages from the Boy Scouts of America. Soon, The General Council of Finance & Administration of The United Methodist Church will provide resources to the Conference to assist local churches through this process. If your church does not receive the Packet, you can safely ignore this update. If you do receive the packet, do not take any action at this time. In the coming days, many United Methodist churches will ...

New Facebook group created for local church communicators in Iowa

New Facebook group created for local church communicators in Iowa

10/28/2021
A new Facebook group has been created by the Communications Engagement Team of the Iowa Conference to encourage conversation between local church communicators across the state. The page's goal is to be "a place where conversations about church audio, video, social media and more can be discussed. We are a community where church members involved with their congregation's communications efforts can brainstorm and share resources with one another." It is open to both clergy and laity with an ...

On the Way Back Together - 5 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 5 of 6

10/28/2021
This six-part series and additional resources are provided through the work of Iowa Conference Parish Development.         It certainly feels like we have been up, down, and all-around during the last couple of years.  Some relationships have been strengthened or made, but others have been diminished or torn apart. Our relationships with others seem to have mainly taken one of only two paths; made/strengthened or lost. While perhaps there were some who hovered on the edges, there appears to have...

Abiding in Exile - Nobody Cares 10/28/2021

Abiding in Exile - Nobody Cares 10/28/2021

10/27/2021
By Lee Roorda Schott Growing up, I never liked my haircut. My bangs (required because of my high forehead) were always crooked, or too short. Once I got my long hair cut short in the fifth grade—in a then-fashionable “shag,” and later a Dorothy Hamill “wedge”—I was never satisfied. Literally every time, I’d complain to my mom about yet another terrible haircut. And always, after reassuring me that it looked great, she would say, “Don’t worry about it, honey. No one else is thinking about your ...

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado

10/27/2021
Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado District Superintendent of the Pictured Rocks District “Here I Stand and Testify” If you think that this world is a moody world, wait till you hear about the moody District Superintendent (DS). Bullied and laughed at in school in the Philippines for a strange name, I knew from childhood that life was not going to be easy for me. Fact is, my Dad was an enlisted soldier during World World II under General Douglas McArthur, who commanded the US Armed Forces in the Far East. ...

Ingathering continues it's mission on Nov. 6th

Ingathering continues it's mission on Nov. 6th

10/27/2021
Remember that old Gospel song, “Bringing in the Sheaves”? That may have been the inspiration for our Mission Ingathering, born November 1, 1980, at Westmar College. Trailers filled with boxes of school kits and personal dignity kits have replaced the piles of corn, live animals, and quilts of four decades ago. We now have five sites and fill trailers at each location! Changes? Yes. But the purpose remains the same: to show the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs.  ...

United Methodist Bishops meet to discuss church future, elect new officers

United Methodist Bishops meet to discuss church future, elect new officers

10/27/2021
For Immediate Release Wednesday, October 27, 2021   United Methodist Bishops meet to discuss church future, elect new officers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Facing the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 2-5 to discuss the future of the continuing United Methodist Church, elect new officers and address other timely topics.   The more than 100 bishops from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America will be in attendance during the Zoom ...

Disaster Response Winter preparedness tips

Disaster Response Winter preparedness tips

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

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Doug Cue

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Doug Cue

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

A Blessing for All Saints Day

A Blessing for All Saints Day

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

How you can help Afghan refugees coming to Iowa

How you can help Afghan refugees coming to Iowa

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

Mission Ingathering is Saturday, November 6

Mission Ingathering is Saturday, November 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration for the 2022 School for Lay Ministry is now open

Registration for the 2022 School for Lay Ministry is now open

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

Iowa duo Dan and Karla hit the charts with new single

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

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

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

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

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

Online certification opportunities to begin in January

Online certification opportunities to begin in January

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

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

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

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

Minnesota PAUMCS Invites you to their Fall Workshop

Minnesota PAUMCS Invites you to their Fall Workshop

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

Abiding in Exile - Blessed Community 10/14/2021

Abiding in Exile - Blessed Community 10/14/2021

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

Thank you Clergy - a note from Bishop Laurie

Thank you Clergy - a note from Bishop Laurie

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

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Melissa Drake

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Melissa Drake

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

On the Way Back Together - 4 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 4 of 6

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

The 2021 Iowa Conference Journal is now available

The 2021 Iowa Conference Journal is now available

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

UMC leaders share important information for churches sponsoring Scout troops

UMC leaders share important information for churches sponsoring Scout troops

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

Update on the North Central Jurisdiction Special Session, November 2021

Update on the North Central Jurisdiction Special Session, November 2021

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

Organist and chancel choir director serves church for nearly sixty years

Organist and chancel choir director serves church for nearly sixty years

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

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

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

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

Soul Nurturing Travel with Bishop Laurie & Gary Haller

Soul Nurturing Travel with Bishop Laurie & Gary Haller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilitated training helps churches communicate during seasons of change

Facilitated training helps churches communicate during seasons of change

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

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

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

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

United Methodist Publishing House Safeguards Pensions & Announces New Address

United Methodist Publishing House Safeguards Pensions & Announces New Address

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coping with Weariness of Heart and Soul

Coping with Weariness of Heart and Soul

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

On the Way Back Together - 3 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 3 of 6

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

Bishop Laurie pastoral letter responding to sentencing

Bishop Laurie pastoral letter responding to sentencing

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

On the Way Back Together - 2 of 6

On the Way Back Together - 2 of 6

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

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Ron Carlson

Leading Now and Into the Future - Rev. Ron Carlson

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

Abiding in Exile - Differability 09/23/2021

Abiding in Exile - Differability 09/23/2021

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

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

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

Midwest Mission disaster supply drive extended to October 3

Midwest Mission disaster supply drive extended to October 3

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

Prepare to welcome Afghan allies and friends

Prepare to welcome Afghan allies and friends

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

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

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

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

Drake Wesley Foundation continues with a passion for discipling young adults

Drake Wesley Foundation continues with a passion for discipling young adults

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

Former Iowan named Louisiana UMC Missional Engagement and Outreach

Former Iowan named Louisiana UMC Missional Engagement and Outreach

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

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

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

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

Abiding in Exile - Discombobulation 09/16/21

Abiding in Exile - Discombobulation 09/16/21

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

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

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

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

Developing Digital Faith Communities with Cathy Townley

Developing Digital Faith Communities with Cathy Townley

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

Parish Development's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2022 Apportionment calculations published

2022 Apportionment calculations published

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

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

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

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

Equalization information for the 2022 annual conference session

Equalization information for the 2022 annual conference session

9/2/2021
Equalization for 2022 Annual Conference Each charge receives one lay member to Annual Conference.   A charge served by more than one clergyperson is assigned an additional lay member for each additional appointed clergy.  Persons appointed to a charge who are from another annual conference, another denomination, are supervised and/or certified laypersons, or who are Temporary Pulpit Supply are not considered clergy for purposes of equalization and will not be in the total clergy count for that ...

Jordan, Quehl-Engel win GBHEM Francis Asbury Award

Jordan, Quehl-Engel win GBHEM Francis Asbury Award

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

Disaster Response Update: Hurricane Ida and August Iowa Storms

Disaster Response Update: Hurricane Ida and August Iowa Storms

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

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