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Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

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

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

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

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

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

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

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

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

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

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

Answered prayers lead New Hartford UMC to create a

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

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

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

SYA Alumni release Youth Leaders Training

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

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

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

Walking where Jesus walked!

Walking where Jesus walked!

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

Invitation to fill open conference committee positions

Invitation to fill open conference committee positions

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

Monroe UM Church donates 1000 face masks

Monroe UM Church donates 1000 face masks

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

UM Global AIDS Committee Set to Host Free Webinar Series

UM Global AIDS Committee Set to Host Free Webinar Series

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

A Quilter's Heart for Missions

A Quilter's Heart for Missions

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

Matthew 25 Hub provides for their community after the derecho

Matthew 25 Hub provides for their community after the derecho

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

A note from Bishop Laurie Haller - September 2020

A note from Bishop Laurie Haller - September 2020

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

Church Reentry Frequently Asked Questions

Church Reentry Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

September 4, 2020—Disaster Response Derecho Update

September 4, 2020—Disaster Response Derecho Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

New United Methodist advertising campaign encourages hope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willing volunteers power the Chainsaw Ministry Team following Iowa derecho

Willing volunteers power the Chainsaw Ministry Team following Iowa derecho

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

Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Update

Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Update

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

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

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

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

Mission Ingathering 2020 is a go!

Mission Ingathering 2020 is a go!

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

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

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

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

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

Faith and Finances in Difficult Times

Faith and Finances in Difficult Times

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

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

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

Back to School Partnerships

Back to School Partnerships

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

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

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

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

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

The storms of life

The storms of life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the Go Masks is GCFA’s newest ministry partner

On the Go Masks is GCFA’s newest ministry partner

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

Silver Creek UMC is

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

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

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

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

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

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

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

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

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

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

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

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

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

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

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

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

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

Crowded camps next to the border

Crowded camps next to the border

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

New cohort for youth ministry training begins soon

New cohort for youth ministry training begins soon

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

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

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

AC2020 Legislation

AC2020 Legislation

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

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

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

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

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

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

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

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

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

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

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

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

AC2020 Special Offerings:

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

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

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

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

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

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

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

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

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

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

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

What’s to Prevent Us?

What’s to Prevent Us?

7/13/2020
On Saturday, July 11, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa was the first of two Ordering of Ministry services being held in person and live-streamed as part of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference.    The service began with the Recognition of Common Ministry and the Reaffirmation of Baptism.   Bishop Laurie Haller was the preacher and her sermon was based on a reading from Acts 8:26-40.    “Today we are here because there are those among us who have felt God’s nudging to offer ...

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

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

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

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

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

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

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

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

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

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

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

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

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides

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

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

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

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

2021 Summer Camp Registration is now open!

2021 Summer Camp Registration is now open!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

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

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

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

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

Caring Connections for June 24, 2020—A Conversation with Rev. Carol Kress

Caring Connections for June 24, 2020—A Conversation with Rev. Carol Kress

6/24/2020
A Conversation with Rev. Carol Kress from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Bishop Laurie Haller's conversation with Rev. Carol Kress, who has served as the Superintendent of the North Central District of the Iowa Annual Conference.  Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for June 17, 2020  

Important Message from Bishop Laurie: To mask or not to mask, that is the question

Important Message from Bishop Laurie: To mask or not to mask, that is the question

6/23/2020
From Bishop Laurie to the Clergy and Laity of the Iowa Annual Conference: I want to thank you for your faithfulness over these last months as we have had to learn a new way of being the church as a result of COVID-19. We have now entered a new phase where we are considering re-entry plans for in-person worship in our local churches. One of the questions we hear often is whether we have to wear masks to worship.  Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, who is our Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence ...

Iowa Conference Center closed until July 5

Iowa Conference Center closed until July 5

6/23/2020
In light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and the recommendations to limit our social interaction to prevent the spread of the virus, the Iowa Annual Conference Center will be closed until July 5, 2020.  Conference staff will be working remotely during that time.    Staff can be reached either by calling their direct extension or by calling the main number, 515-974-8900, listening for the directory prompt, accessing the staff person’s extension, and leaving a message.    The ...

Storm Lake Mabaan help family and friends in South Sudan

Storm Lake Mabaan help family and friends in South Sudan

6/23/2020
Submitted by Rev. Phil Webb Pastor at Storm Lake United Methodist Church Member, Iowa Conference Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raiser Committee On the beautiful shores of Storm Lake, there is a community by the same name, rich in cultural and racial diversity. More recent arrivals that add to this wonderful city are people who have come here from the country of South Sudan. Many work at the two meat processing plants in town. Most of the 300+ South Sudanese in Storm Lake are from the Mabaan tribe, ...

District Superintendent Supervisory Assignments

District Superintendent Supervisory Assignments

6/19/2020
Dear Beloved Leaders of Iowa Annual Conference,   Greetings with the love and grace of Jesus Christ!   We want to express our special thanks and gratitude for your tireless work and creativity in this challenging time. We are so grateful for our connectional shared ministry that has never been halted but rather been further strengthened to enhance the disciple-making mission, while acknowledging that we have been journeying through the extraordinary time brought by the unprecedented coronavirus ...

June 25 Good Idea Webinar is a Re-Entry Plan Revisit - Everything Other Than Indoor Worship

June 25 Good Idea Webinar is a Re-Entry Plan Revisit - Everything Other Than Indoor Worship

6/19/2020
The June 25 Good Idea Webinar is titled, Re-Entry Revisit: Everything Other Than Indoor Worship.  While our last re-entry webinar fielded mostly indoor worship questions, church life includes so much more. Bring your questions about service, small groups, leadership, discipleship, and outdoor worship for this season of navigating the “yellow phase”.   Join the conversation for the Good Idea Webinar on June 25th at 2:00 PM. Our guest will be Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Director of Clergy and ...

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

6/19/2020
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2020  Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S. The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and ...

Caring Connections for June 17, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Dr. Arthur McClanahan as he retires

Caring Connections for June 17, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Dr. Arthur McClanahan as he retires

6/17/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller interviews Dr. Arthur McClanahan in this episode of CaringConnections.  McClanahan is retiring as the Iowa Annual Conference's Director of Communications after 15 years.  An ordained United Methodist clergyperson who has served congregations in New York and Connecticut, he believes that communications is all about making connections, telling the Story and helping people to find their place in The Story.  Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for June 17, 2020  

The bells ring at Wilton UMC to mourn and remember COVID-19 victims

The bells ring at Wilton UMC to mourn and remember COVID-19 victims

6/17/2020
After three Sundays of online worship in March and watching the Iowa COVID-19 death toll continue to rise, Pastor Steve Braudt wanted to help his congregation and community face the size of this pandemic.    “In this situation, I wanted something physical to do in response,” he said. “Ringing the bell at noon seemed an ideal way to physically, emotionally, and spiritually respond to this unfolding crisis.”   As of today, He has rung the bell at Wilton United Methodist Church just over 14,000 ...

Conversations on race first step to making change in the Iowa Annual Conference

Conversations on race first step to making change in the Iowa Annual Conference

6/15/2020
Almost 190 people listened live on Facebook as Bishop Laurie hosted a Conversation on Race with members of our Iowa United Methodist Conference family. This conversation is the first in a series of events intended to help all of us to see, listen and learn from our black brothers and sisters in Christ.   Rev. LaTonya Calderon, Rev. Abraham Funchess, Grace Kiboko, Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula, and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson shared their personal experiences with being black in America and the Iowa ...

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Commitment to Antiracism

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Commitment to Antiracism

6/15/2020
For Immediate Release June 12, 2020   For Christ is our peace… he has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. -Ephesians 2:14   The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 has rocked our nation and world and pierced us to the core.  The video image seared into our minds, hearts and souls is horrific, terrifying, disgusting and outrageous.  While we’ve each made commitments and statements in our respective areas along ...

Update on Mabaan fundraising effort

Update on Mabaan fundraising effort

6/12/2020
Submitted by Beverly Nolte, Chair, Iowa Conference Mabaan Fund Raising Committee It was June 2016 when Central District Superintendent Dave Weesner asked me to help find housing to relocate a South Sudanese pastor to Des Moines. The family, Aaron Limmo and Helen Lieti, along with their family of four, were to be the new pastor of a fast-growing Mabaan speaking Christian group in Des Moines with a smattering of Mabaans in Storm Lake and Omaha. The family arrived in August 2016 which began my ...

Bishop Laurie invites you to watch on Facebook Live

Bishop Laurie invites you to watch on Facebook Live "A Conversation on Race"

6/10/2020
Bishop Laurie will host a conversation with members of our United Methodist family in the Iowa Connection. Speakers include Rev. LaTonya Calderon, Rev. Abraham Funchess, Grace Kiboko, Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula, and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson who will each share in this time of listening and learning. This conversation is the first in a series of events intended to help all of us to see, listen, and learn from our Black brothers and sisters in Christ. This will be a conversation intended to ...

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

6/10/2020
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual is now available for download at https://www.iaumc.org/pcm.   The Iowa Annual Conference is moving away from printing after the body voted on a paperless conference. This year you will notice the the PCM is much smaller and includes hyperlinks that direct you to resources on our website.   The ministry plans have been summarized for your convenience. Full ministry plans will be available at https://www.iaumc.org/pcm for those who are ...

United Methodist Bishops: Act now to end racism and white supremacy

United Methodist Bishops: Act now to end racism and white supremacy

6/8/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of police killings of unarmed Black people, the bishops of The United Methodist Church today called on all United Methodists to act now by using their voices, pens, feet and hearts to end racism.    In a statement released by Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the bishops are urging every United Methodist to reclaim their baptismal vows to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.    “We ask every...

June 11 Good Idea Webinar will be about the Circuit Ministry Model

June 11 Good Idea Webinar will be about the Circuit Ministry Model

6/5/2020
Do you have questions about circuit ministry? Have you heard about this new model the conference is moving toward but are unsure about what it means for you? If so please join us for our next Good Idea Webinar on June 11 at 2:00 PM.  Our guests will be Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference and Rev. Paul Wilcox, District Superintendent of the Northeast District who will talk about the circuit ministry model, the role of the circuit leader, ...

Paycheck Protection Program to Help Sustain Ministries

Paycheck Protection Program to Help Sustain Ministries

6/5/2020
For quite some time, the United Methodist churches in Iowa have experienced the same trends found in most, if not all, mainline denominations: aging members, decreasing worship attendance, and declining revenue. In recent years, our Iowa churches have also felt the fallout from the natural disasters across our state, and now we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. In order to address immediate operational needs stemming from COVID-19, a Crisis Operations Team consisting of leadership across...

A Statement on Racism and Nonviolence from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet

A Statement on Racism and Nonviolence from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet

6/4/2020
Dear faithful leaders of the Iowa Annual Conference, Amid our nation’s deep grief over the loss of so many American lives from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are witnessing that another fatal virus of systemic racism is taking away precious lives and human dignity. George Floyd’s outcry, “I can’t breathe,” at his last moment, haunts the whole American public. His senseless death puts us in trauma and moral injury because it reveals deeply rooted racial bigotries in the history of our country. It ...

Caring Connections for June 3, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Rev. Terra about being SW District Superintendent

Caring Connections for June 3, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Rev. Terra about being SW District Superintendent

6/3/2020
Bishop Laurie interviews Rev. Terra about being SW District Superintendent from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Bishop Laurie Haller invites Rev. Terra Amundson, Superintendent of the Southwest District, to reflect upon her time as the spiritual leader of that region of the Iowa Annual Conference in this week’s episode of Caring Connections.  Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for June 3, 2020  

Bishop Laurie's Statement on Protests in Des Moines

Bishop Laurie's Statement on Protests in Des Moines

5/30/2020
You are no doubt aware of the tragic death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday at the hands of a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s throat for at least eight minutes, causing him to die. This happened despite protests from onlookers that his life was in jeopardy.    Floyd’s death has had a worldwide impact as we continue to wrestle with racism in the United States and has sparked protests and riots in Minneapolis as well as in other cities around the ...

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