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A mission journey begins with a trained team leader

A mission journey begins with a trained team leader

7/1/2022
If you or your church/district/circuit is planning a mission outreach venture and need trained leadership, the Iowa Conference United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee is offering a free team leader training event on Friday, July 22 from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Tammy Kuntz, the North Central Jurisdiction UMVIM coordinator, will be the instructor. Kuntz will guide participants in preparation BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the mission journey. A focus will be on ways to deepen the spiritual aspect of the ...

Abiding in Exile 6/30/2022

Abiding in Exile 6/30/2022

6/30/2022
When we no longer know what to do By Rev. Lee Roorda Schott Stuck with a push-pin on the board behind my computer, I have this poem by Wendell Berry:   Our Real Work It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.   I read this, and I think, has Wendell Berry been watching me? Because “no longer ...

UMC bishops bemoan US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion

UMC bishops bemoan US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion

6/25/2022
June 25, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church says the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade has denied the sacred worth of women who face “the tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion.”   In a statement released today by COB President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, the bishops said the decision serves to create a further divide between persons of privilege who have the means to seek necessary health ...

Immanuel UMC receives Governor's Volunteer Award for their service to Bidwell Riverside and Hawthorne Hill

Immanuel UMC receives Governor's Volunteer Award for their service to Bidwell Riverside and Hawthorne Hill

6/24/2022
Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held on June 21. They were nominated for their service by Bidwell Riverside and Hawthorne Hill. On Immanuel's Facebook page they offered a huge thank you to the volunteers who made milk and juice deliveries, helped to fund furniture for the shelter, made gallons upon gallons of applesauce, delivered bread, and have...

What makes you proud to #BeUMC?

What makes you proud to #BeUMC?

6/23/2022
  #BeUMC honors the core values that connect the people of The United Methodist Church (The UMC). This grassroots campaign, built upon powerful stories of congregations and people living their faith, celebrates what draws us to The UMC and what we aspire to be. Every day offers a chance to live into our mission and to strive to #BeUMC — to be the church our communities so desperately need. This grassroots effort is built upon powerful stories of congregations and people living their faith, and ...

North Central Jurisdictional Episcopal Elections

North Central Jurisdictional Episcopal Elections

6/22/2022
Jurisdictional Conferences have been scheduled for November 2-5. The North Central Jurisdictional Conference will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During this conference, we will be electing Episcopal leaders for the 2022-24 completion of this quadrennium. Any Elder in full connection is eligible to be elected as a bishop. If you are discerning a call to this ministry, the Iowa Conference delegation would love to be in conversation. You can reach out to Rev. Katie Dawson , Rev. LaTonya Calderon...

Abiding in Exile 6/23/2022

Abiding in Exile 6/23/2022

6/21/2022
A conversation with Emily St. James By Pastor Nate Mason For this week I'm doing something a little bit different. I'm doing a follow-up to my last piece by doing an interview with Emily St. James, a trans journalist, co-founder of the trans-inclusive style-guide for literature and journalism, and my old friend.  She has some very helpful tips on ways the church can connect with marginalized communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y8iHFGTReE&t=1s   Subscribe to Abiding In Exile ? ...

Iowa Fire Departments donate used equipment to Guatemala, El Salvador

Iowa Fire Departments donate used equipment to Guatemala, El Salvador

6/21/2022
About 24 pallets of turnout gear, helmets, hoses, air packs, masks and more were donated to Midwest Mission Distribution Center by fire departments across the state. Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Pastor Catie Newman reached out to Rev. Keith Pitts when she heard about the need to send equipment to El Salvador and Guatemala. Pitts, who pastors Delhi and Buck Creek United Methodist Churches, is also an EMT, rescue diver and firefighter for the Delhi Fire Department.  "The equipment ...

IRS Increases Mileage Rates for 2022

IRS Increases Mileage Rates for 2022

6/21/2022
The Internal Revenue Service issued an increase for the remainder of 2022 in the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.   Beginning on July 1, 2022, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 62.5 cents per mile for business miles driven 22 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes 14 cents per mile driven for charitable ...

Abiding in Exile 6/16/2022

Abiding in Exile 6/16/2022

6/16/2022
Wonder By Pastor Nan Smith Sing to God; sing praises to the Lord; dwell on all God’s wondrous works. Psalm 105:2 (CEB) The meeting ran long, very long. At the time, I was working as a naturalist for Story County Conservation and as a favor to a good friend had agreed to do a naturalist program for the children of the families she worked with. She said “I need to have a short, I mean really short meeting with the parents. I promise it won’t last more than 5 minutes.” One should always be wary of...

GCUMM shares a new path forward for Scouting ministry

GCUMM shares a new path forward for Scouting ministry

6/14/2022
Men’s & Scouting Ministries: General Commission on United Methodist Men FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 14, 2022 Nashville, TN – The long-anticipated wait is coming to an end as a new era of Scouting ministry in The United Methodist Church makes its way forward. A highly skilled team of chancellors, insurance risk advisors, and UMC leaders have forged a path through a difficult landscape to provide a safer way for Scouting ministry to continue within local United Methodist churches. After months of ...

Volunteer in Mission team leader training

Volunteer in Mission team leader training

6/10/2022
Are you planning a work trip for your youth? Thinking of taking a team on a work journey? Want to be involved as a Volunteer in Mission but need a team leader? Here’s the solution.     Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training is scheduled to meet your need, on Friday, July 22 (from 9 AM to 5 PM), at the Iowa Conference Center in Des Moines.  The Team Leader Training will provide you (and your church) with all the information and tools needed to participate in and lead a hands-on ...

A farewell to the Riverview Park District from Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon

A farewell to the Riverview Park District from Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon

6/9/2022
Dear my beloved leaders at the Riverview Park District,  I am so grateful that I have had an opportunity to know you and to work with you as your district superintendent for last six years. My yes to God’s call in ministry has brought incredible joys and hopes because of your presence and witnesses. I will never forget every moment that I have walked closely with each of you in my daily prayer, and in meetings, and in all those ministries we’ve been together.  When I moved in Des Moines in 2016,...

Artwork at AC2022 asks us to 'plug in' to God in a new way

Artwork at AC2022 asks us to 'plug in' to God in a new way

6/9/2022
By Amy Johnson, Pastor of Osceola United Methodist Church Why does hope matter? Can't we just continue onward with faith in God and assurance of salvation? What is so special about having hope?   If you give me a moment of personal privilege, I would like to share a witness about the power of hope in one life. An amazing friend taught me long ago that the only vulnerability anyone is authorized to share is their own, and the Bishop once laid hands on me while demanding, "take thou authority." ...

Legislation and Monitoring Report from AC2022

Legislation and Monitoring Report from AC2022

6/9/2022
The 2022 Annual Conference acted on several pieces of legislation during its session. Everything can be found in the Pre-conference Manual. Below the legislation you will find the Conference Monitoring Report. Legislation Section 1 Action Item #101 (p. 18) - Amend Standing Item #24 Fund Balances and Conference Unrestricted Reserves Passed 629-62 to remove line 40. Action Item #103 (p. 23) - Amend Plan of Organization 2115.75 Plan of Organization change Passed 616-72 to add new descriptive...

Rewatch all of Annual Conference 2022

Rewatch all of Annual Conference 2022

6/9/2022
Full videos from Annual Conference 2022 are below and split into half-days. Click here to see the agenda for each day. Saturday Morning Saturday Afternoon Sunday Morning Sunday Afternoon  

Abiding in Exile 6/09/2022

Abiding in Exile 6/09/2022

6/8/2022
  By Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon This poem was written for the Trauma Summit that was held in 2009 in the collaborated Orders Event with  the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling. We read it in unison. I wrote it as a homage to the way I had come to experience Iowa and its people. While we find ourselves divided in so many ways – in our politics, in our theologies, and perhaps, for many, within their own minds – I still lean into the sense of place that has gathered human beings here ...

Called and Claimed for Hope - Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Retirement

Called and Claimed for Hope - Service of Ordination, Commissioning and Retirement

6/8/2022
View photos from the service View the full service View Bishop Kiesey's sermon  |  Read Bishop Kiesey's sermon View the Pentecost Singers  

Opening Worship and Episcopal Address,

Opening Worship and Episcopal Address, "Hope is a good thing"

6/4/2022
The 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session is being presided over by Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey (retired bishop for Michigan and Iowa resident) and Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble (Indiana's resident bishop, formerly Iowa's), while Iowa resident bishop Laurie Haller is on medical leave. Bishop Kiesey called the session to order at 9:00 am on June 4, 2022.  The Waukee United Methodist Church Worship band provided fun and uplifting music, and youth Paul Anthony Conner of Burns United Methodist Church...

Laity Session kicks off Annual Conference 2022

Laity Session kicks off Annual Conference 2022

6/3/2022
The Laity Session once again kicked off Annual Conference 2022 in its first hybrid format.   One of the highlights is celebrating new Certified Lay Ministers and School for Lay Ministry graduates.   “Congratulations is not a big enough word for the milestone we mark with you today,” said Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen. You heard a call, you responded, you followed through on a long path. We are confident that God will use each one of you in a wonderful way.” See an album of images from ...

Abiding in Exile 6/01/2022

Abiding in Exile 6/01/2022

6/1/2022
  By Rev. Cindy Hickman This week we are sharing another guest post from Rev. Cindy Hickman, back after her good words a couple of months ago. She wrote this essay a few weeks ago—before the tragic shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and so many other places. We hope her encouragement will soak deep into your spirit.   A pep talk for us church folk I want to give you a pep talk. (I need to hear a pep talk, so I thought maybe you did too.) These are wild times, for sure. Climate worries; the pandemic; ...

Celebration of Ordination Anniversaries

Celebration of Ordination Anniversaries

5/27/2022
At clergy session every year Ordination anniversaries are recognized. We applaud and thank the following clergy for their service to local churches, the conference and the world. Please join in thanking these individuals for their service to the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ordination anniversaries are as of when the individual obtained their final ordination status. 1947 – 75 years Lyle William Lieder 1952—70 years Robert P. Robinson 1957—65 years Lloyd Edward ...

Iowa United Women in Faith Celebrate New Name and Recommit to Love in Action

Iowa United Women in Faith Celebrate New Name and Recommit to Love in Action

5/25/2022
Submitted by Barb Oakland, Mission Coordinator for Education & Interpretation, Iowa Conference United Women in Faith Twenty-eight Iowa women joined nearly 2,000 other United Women in Faith members for a weekend in Orlando, experiencing the first quadrennial Assembly of the newly named organization (formerly United Methodist Women). In addition, thirteen Iowa women participated along with 1,000 others in the first ever virtual component for the event.   Enthusiastic music provided by an ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Deborah Kiesey regarding the Texas school shooting

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Deborah Kiesey regarding the Texas school shooting

5/24/2022
“How long, O Lord, how long?”  Once again we grieve the senseless loss of life from violence. At present, we've learned 18 children and one teacher lost their lives when a gunman entered an elementary school in Texas and opened fire.  As our hearts are broken, we can hardly imagine the overwhelming pain of those families whose children went to school on an ordinary May morning, and who now would never come home.  We have seen this violence too often.  We have cried for loves that would never ...

Diane Brockmeyer retires after working for and supporting The United Methodist Church for more than three decades

Diane Brockmeyer retires after working for and supporting The United Methodist Church for more than three decades

5/21/2022
After 30 years of faithful service, Diane Brockmeyer transitioned to retirement on May 6, 2022.  Brockmeyer has been an integral part of the Iowa Conference and her contributions to our organization will always be valued and remembered. Her hard work, commitment, and dedication have been priceless over the years. She will be greatly missed!   Brockmeyer's career working for The United Methodist Church began in 1971 when she started as a secretary at Cedar Falls, St. Timothy's UMC. She also ...

Larry and Jane Kies will be visiting their supporting churches in Iowa May to September

Larry and Jane Kies will be visiting their supporting churches in Iowa May to September

5/20/2022
The Iowa Conference is excited to announce that Larry and Jane Kies will be visiting their supporting churches in Iowa from May 22 to September 11. An Iowan, Larry retired in 2020 and Jane will retire in September 2022. As agricultural and educational missionaries, the Kies have faithfully served at Africa University for 22 years, and other locations before that. (Churches in parenthesis are to be invited to event at named church. Other churches or individuals can make contact with host church ...

May 2022 UWF Connection

May 2022 UWF Connection

5/17/2022
To read the May 2022 UMW Connection, click here.

GCORR responds and resources the Church around Buffalo shooting

GCORR responds and resources the Church around Buffalo shooting

5/17/2022
The General Commission on Religion and Race is horrified and devastated by the recent shooting in Buffalo, NY. The white supremacist shooter acted with a violent and racist agenda against the Black community. This act of terrorism is a direct result of white supremacy and is unfortunately all too common in America. We grieve the victims of this senseless killing and stand in solidarity with the Black community of Buffalo and the United States. All our church and community leaders must act to ...

Carroll FUMC dismantles old bleachers and builds new desks for students across the world

Carroll FUMC dismantles old bleachers and builds new desks for students across the world

5/16/2022
Submitted by Carroll First United Methodist Church In the summer of 2021, a dozen members from Carroll First United Methodist Church and one from Glidden United Methodist Church traveled to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Pawnee, Illinois. Six members of our group worked on projects there creating desks out of old bleacher wood the center received from schools. These very compact and durable desks are then shipped all over the world to help students in struggling countries. A ...

Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission ready to jump back into action

Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission ready to jump back into action

5/16/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte, UMVIM Co-Chairperson  The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee (UMVIM) has been restarted to offer assistance in making your mission work journey successful!. The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee has all the information you need to successfully prepare, plan and pursue any mission experience. With a vote pending, Sandy Ashley and Beverly Nolte will serve as co-chairpersons through July 1, 2023. ​Phil Rogers is a liaison with ...

More than $345,000 raised for Iowa United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers

More than $345,000 raised for Iowa United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers

5/16/2022
More than 100 volunteers and staff worked together on the phones this spring to raise over $345,000 for Iowa United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers. This is the third year that the ministry has held a successful capital campaign.   “We're grateful for all the campaigners who made phone calls and in-person visits,” said Camp Registrar Shannon Bardole-Foley. “We’re extremely grateful to all the folks who made a gift and care so much about camps and getting kids to camp. We're just very grateful...

Margaret Biggs retiring, Emily Graber named Interim Treasurer

Margaret Biggs retiring, Emily Graber named Interim Treasurer

5/13/2022
The Iowa Annual Conference announces the retirement of our beloved and much appreciated Conference Treasurer, Maggie Biggs on August 5, 2022. It is difficult if not impossible to sum up her achievements over 26 years of dedicated service!   Maggie will always be remembered as a hardworking, committed, and friendly co-worker and leader. Maggie’s hard work, commitment, and dedication have been priceless over the years. She will be greatly missed.   Please help us thank Maggie for her hard work ...

Preliminary Ballot for AC2022 available now

Preliminary Ballot for AC2022 available now

5/13/2022
Here is a link to a Preliminary Ballot for nominees to serve on our Conference Level agencies for 2022-2026. There are some openings for which interested candidates are still being sought. Please take a careful look at the Preliminary ballot and submit the appropriate Leadership Pool Form to indicate interest in serving. An updated ballot will be available in the week prior to the Annual Conference session. For questions, please contact Barb Oakland at barb.oakland@iaumc.org or 563-542-3583. 

United Women in Faith announce Climate Action Fellowship for BIPOC youth

United Women in Faith announce Climate Action Fellowship for BIPOC youth

5/13/2022
United Women in Faith is excited to announce the 2022 Faithful Climate Action Fellowship. This is a wondeful opportunity for young Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to grow as climate activists and connect with other young people of faith working on climate issues across the country.    If you are not a young person or do not meet other application criteria, would you help spread the word and encourage young people in your network to apply?     Are you or do you know a young person who is...

Abiding in Exile 5/12/2022

Abiding in Exile 5/12/2022

5/12/2022
  By: Nan Smith 1 John 4: 16: So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.  God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them. As I move towards retirement, there have been so many memories flooding my mind from my time of serving as a pastor. Just recently, there was a married couple where the husband suffered a massive heart attack. The EMT’s were able to get a heartbeat and he was airlifted to the hospital’s cardiac critical care. He was in pretty ...

AC2022 Session Members Update

AC2022 Session Members Update

5/11/2022
Now that the 2022 Annual Conference is only a few weeks away, this year’s sessions planning team wanted to update members on their preparations.   The Laity Session will kick off the weekend beginning Friday, June 3 at 7:00 pm. (Music begins at 6:45.) The Board of Laity’s goal for the session is to have an evening of worship and inspiration, celebration, practical information about laity related projects and to build friendship among lay conference attendees. There will be a report from the ...

Iowa Conference United Women in Faith awards four major grants

Iowa Conference United Women in Faith awards four major grants

5/10/2022
Written by Nancy Stockade, Iowa Conference United Women in Faith Iowa Conference United Women in Faith has awarded $200,000 in major grants —  $50,000 each to Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill in Des Moines, Shesler Hall in Sioux City and Iowa United Methodist Church Camp and Retreat Ministries. The grants are made possible by major funds from the estate of Barbara Csomay (SO-may) that were designated to Iowa Conference United Methodist Women (now United Women in Faith). Csomay, a ...

In Mission Together Update from the Pictured Rocks District

In Mission Together Update from the Pictured Rocks District

5/9/2022
Palo UMC The food pantry in the Palo United Methodist Church was set up by Mike and Laura Wood the fall of 2020 with assistance from HACAP.  When Mike died unexpectedly in the spring of 2021, volunteers from the church took over the managing of the food pantry. HACAP was instrumental in assisting us to continue the food pantry. We met with HACAP staff to learn how to order food items from HACAP, how to pick up ordered items and the various regulations associated with running a food pantry. ...

Observing Juneteenth: An Invitation for Faith Leaders and Clergy

Observing Juneteenth: An Invitation for Faith Leaders and Clergy

5/6/2022
LIVING THE STORY OF FREEDOM Observing Juneteenth: An Invitation for Faith Leaders and Clergy   Juneteenth happens each June, but what is it? What is its origin, history, and purpose? How can faith leaders incorporate Juneteenth into sacred worship and gatherings in their communities of faith?    Faithful Voices for Racial Justice, a project of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, invites every faith community across Iowa to join in unity with other Iowa congregations and communities to observe ...

Participate in the Iowa Juneteenth Gospel Celebration Choir

Participate in the Iowa Juneteenth Gospel Celebration Choir

5/6/2022
A community choir is coming together for the Iowa Juneteenth Gospel Celebration on Sunday, June 12, and we hope you'll help get the word out to your choir, your friends, your family. The first rehearsal was energizing and inspiring, and you have three more opportunities to join in, on Fridays at 7:00 pm on May 13, May 27, and June 10 at Faith Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. in Valley Junction. Please consider it even if you can't make all the rehearsals or even the performance; you will be blessed by ...

Employment opportunities at Iowa UM Camps

Employment opportunities at Iowa UM Camps

5/5/2022
Are you looking for a summer job that gives you plenty of time outdoors, great fun with new friends, and an opportunity to impact the lives of children and youth? Apply for a camp job! If you are 18 years old or older and want to have the best summer of your life, we want to talk to you! Summer staff serve in areas of cabin leadership, activity leading, kitchen, multimedia and maintenance support. All seasonal staff receive salary, room, board and additional certifications!” Lake Okoboji ...

Praise for Pentecost Project

Praise for Pentecost Project

5/5/2022
Submitted by Teryl Cartwright, Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church Churches and congregants are invited to join in on Praise for Pentecost by praying to God in a new language. "This is something we could all do in our churches and locations together, just like we have a World Communion Day, a National Day of Prayer, or virtual choirs," said Teryl Cartwright of the Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church. "This could be in a church service, a posted video, a ...

Abiding in Exile 5/5/2022

Abiding in Exile 5/5/2022

5/3/2022
Matthew 6 By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon Consider the lilies of the field their color drenched in a daily  sun wash: sweet sounds of aliveness –   no promise other than to reach, reach and hold the moment of wind-warmed heat from the sky light above and loamy earth under root.   Jesus says to consider and so that  holiest Spirit teaches of bird flight where no prayer lingers alone,   lifting life instead upward into cloudless  echoes across the sacred opening - thinly between this earth ...

Simpson Youth Academy celebrates their growth

Simpson Youth Academy celebrates their growth

5/3/2022
The Simpson Youth Academy scholars have been busy over the last five months! They have gathered for a winter retreat, led a number of worship services for local churches, and implemented community projects in our local schools, churches, and communities. This cohort is now concluding their program year together. As a way to celebrate these amazing young leaders, and to say thank you to all of you - our programs allies - they've created a graduation video. Click below to celebrate memories and ...

United Methodist Men announces new resources and brand

United Methodist Men announces new resources and brand

5/3/2022
Nashville, TN - April 4th, 2022 - The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) is introducing a “modern way” of doing men’s ministry. Greg Arnold, General Secretary & CEO, said we are approaching men’s and scouting ministry with a much larger and more modern vision. The Commission has re-imaged how men’s and scouting ministry can be effectively offered, packaged, and distributed to the church and world around us. Launching a new program and brand, “United Men’s Ministry”, along with ...

Abiding in Exile 4/28/2022

Abiding in Exile 4/28/2022

4/29/2022
By: Lee Roorda Schott Returning to God, Again I led a frenzied meeting a month ago. People came, and we got done what we had set out to do. But I hurried people through it. There was no overt talk of seeking God’s will. I’m not sure we even prayed. I had the sense that we needed to make some decisions on upcoming events and initiatives, and we did. But was God in it?   As the meeting ended I noticed a grittiness in my spirit. I knew immediately how far I was from God, in leading that meeting. I ...

Cultivate Hope Corner Store brings neighbors together and provides convenient and healthy food

Cultivate Hope Corner Store brings neighbors together and provides convenient and healthy food

4/29/2022
Matthew 25's mission is to empower people to transform neighborhoods as it envisions a thriving, connected community where people are valued and talents are multiplied; where neighborhood families have access to safe, affordable housing and healthy food; and where youth are empowered through reading and the creative arts. See how they #BeUMC. By: Liz Winders, Director of Communications On Wednesday, April 27, Matthew 25’s Cultivate Hope Corner Store drew crowds on its grand opening day. The new...

Circuit 4 of the Riverview Park District gets creative during Holy Week

Circuit 4 of the Riverview Park District gets creative during Holy Week

4/26/2022
Circuit 4 of the Riverview Park District has been brainstorming ideas on how to get their churches introduced and working with each other.  "Pastor Dani Musselman has been leading our circuit to find ways that we could be in ministry with one another and she came up with the idea to do devotions during Holy Week as a way of introducing the circuit churches to one another," said Pastor Nate Nims of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines. Musselman, who is the pastor of Centennial United ...

2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session Well-Being Activities

2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session Well-Being Activities

4/25/2022
2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session Well-Being Activities  Contact: Kae Tritle, RN, Well-being Coordinator at bktritle@msn.com The Wellness Screening Event at the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference Session is open to conference employees, and all clergy and spouses. This includes all local pastors, part-time pastors, commissioned, probationary, extension and retired clergy, elders, deacons, and ministry candidates even if you aren’t on the conference insurance.   When: Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 6:00 ...

IUMF offering financial management course Saving Grace

IUMF offering financial management course Saving Grace

4/22/2022
The Foundation is once again offering the ground-breaking financial management course Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being. We have posted all ten classes on our website. Pastors, you can watch these pre-recorded lectures at your convenience to earn 1 CEU credit. Hurry - we have extended the deadline but the lectures will only be available through May! The class is also available to anyone hoping to learn successful money management strategies - it's a great tool for Finance Committees ...

Bishop Julius Trimble to preside over the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session

Bishop Julius Trimble to preside over the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session

4/20/2022
The Iowa Annual Conference 2022 Session planning team is pleased to announce Bishop Julius Trimble, resident bishop of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, and the former resident bishop of Iowa, will be the presiding bishop over the Iowa Annual Conference in June.  Bishop Trimble will be preaching the Opening worship on Saturday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. and will preside over the plenary sessions for June 4 and June 5. Bishop Deb Kiesey who is the interim bishop while Bishop ...

Easter greetings from UMC missionary, Bruna Farat Kakale

Easter greetings from UMC missionary, Bruna Farat Kakale

4/20/2022
Bruna Farat Kakale sends the following update while serving three churches in Cost Rica. During the Lenten season, we had weekday and weekend activities. Every Wednesday and Thursday, we went to a church to hold a special service where we discussed the importance of following in the footsteps of the Lord, denying oneself, giving, forgiving, and understanding the sacrifice of Jesus for humanity. This time with the churches reminded me why God called us and why we are taking the gospel from one ...

Health-full minute: go for a walk

Health-full minute: go for a walk

4/20/2022
By Kae Tritle, RN Well-Being Coordinator   Spring is finally here, and the weather beckons us to be outside. One of the easiest and healthiest changes you can make is to increase your physical activity by taking regular walks. Some of us have gotten in the habit of wearing digital fitness devices, which keep count of all the steps we take during the day. I have found that when I’m confined to my office and computer, I only take 2,000-3,000 steps per day or less. But when I get outside for a ...

Abiding in Exile 4/21/2022

Abiding in Exile 4/21/2022

4/19/2022
Sacred Invitation By: Nate Mason   How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? This question is a variation of Thomas Aquinas’s reflections found in Suma Theologica. In the centuries since, the premise of the question has been mocked for its abstract faux intellectualism, but the question was meant to inspire wonder and awe. How can the servants of the Lord achieve such wondrous works with only the Spirit? Let me pose an updated question for reflection: How can a half-time pastor serve ...

24-hour prayer vigil held for Iowa Churches

24-hour prayer vigil held for Iowa Churches

4/18/2022
A 24-hour prayer vigil was held last week for the people, the leaders, and the hope-seekers of the Iowa United Methodist churches as Easter approached. During this vigil, each 30-minute pray-er was given 15-16 churches from Ackley to Zearing. "In a time of silent prayer driving down the road, I 'felt' prompted surround the people in prayer," said Associate Director for Congregational Excellence Rev. Ryan Christenson. "In particular, I know so many folks show up at Easter who wouldn’t usually be...

Abiding in Exile 4/14/2022

Abiding in Exile 4/14/2022

4/12/2022
Howling By: Nan Smith   Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8: 26 (NRSV) I was having a bad week. You know the kind of week where there were pressures coming from all sorts of directions, all demanding my immediate attention; a week where the expectations were many and none seemed to be being met completely. I knew I was going to drop the ball somewhere and let others ...

April is Disaster Preparedness Month

April is Disaster Preparedness Month

4/12/2022
There is no way to prepare for everything that could potentially happen to you or around you. Our suggestion is to spend some time thinking and talking about what you need to do for yourself, your family, your congregation and make a plan from there.   Many resources exist to help you. There are many good books on preparing for disaster and the internet has thousands of options. From all the things that we have read and seen, our best suggestions are below. Disaster Preparedness Tips TALK   ...

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Easter Message - Words Are Not Enough

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Easter Message - Words Are Not Enough

4/11/2022
WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey Easter 2022 Brad told me once about an Easter sermon he heard in his home church when he was young. This minister wasn’t a particularly great preacher, but he gave the only Easter sermon Brad said he could remember (except for mine, of course!). On Easter Sunday, when the pastor got up to preach, he confessed he couldn’t come up with a sermon for Easter. After thought and prayer, it seemed words were too trite and too overused. He couldn’t find ...

Builder's Call gifts support two of Iowa's newest UMC communities of faith

Builder's Call gifts support two of Iowa's newest UMC communities of faith

4/11/2022
United Methodist Builders have been an important part of developing churches across the Iowa Annual Conference. United Methodist Builders have helped new congregations buy land or build their first church facility. United Methodist Builders have provided funds to help established congregations update their facilities or build new additions. Grace Ottumwa United Methodist Church, one of the two recipient churches who will receive Builder's Call funds, is the vital merger of three United ...

Monthly Manna Meal: A project of Union Park United Methodist Church

Monthly Manna Meal: A project of Union Park United Methodist Church

4/11/2022
Written by Sarah Adams, Communications & Office Coordinator — Iowa United Methodist Foundation Union Park UMC has a vision of providing manna as God does in the book of Exodus; they want to alleviate hunger in their community and beyond. One way they do this is through a manna meal, a dinner provided once per month to anyone who comes to the church and requests it. The project started small in the beginning of 2020, but at its height reached over 340 meals, and now averages around 150 meals each...

Financial donations and volunteers needed for Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice immigration clinics

Financial donations and volunteers needed for Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice immigration clinics

4/8/2022
A large number of Afghan citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan recently and given “Temporary Protection Status" here in the U.S. Some of them have been sent to Iowa. Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice (IMMJ), previously Justice for Our Neighbors and American Friends Service Committee will be responsible for providing legal help for these new residents.  This temporary protection is great news for people who were evacuated from Afghanistan and have recently arrived in Iowa. It also means ...

Application for Diakonos to serve at AC2022 now open

Application for Diakonos to serve at AC2022 now open

4/6/2022
Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger than the local church? Have you ever wanted to serve your church brothers and sisters in Christ? This opportunity might be for you! The Diakonos (Greek for a servant) Leadership Development program application is open for 12 high schoolers from around the state to assist during the Iowa Annual Conference 2022 session from June 3 – 5.  Diakonos will help deliver communications, directions, aide and assist those attending, learn about the ...

In Mission Together update from the Riverview Park District

In Mission Together update from the Riverview Park District

4/6/2022
New Hope UMC — Des Moines New Hope partnered with the Filipino American Society in Iowa to provide the facility and volunteer support for free COVID vaccinations for the Asian and Immigrant Communities in Polk County.  Interpreters were available from the Asian Coalition to explain, answer questions and provide emotional support to participants. Vaccinations were given by a group of volunteer pharmacists. Organized by the Mission Committee, church volunteers staffed the intake table, the ...

Updated information on hotel reservations for AC2022

Updated information on hotel reservations for AC2022

4/6/2022
Iowa Annual Conference attendees are strongly encouraged to reserve your hotel room as soon as possible, as reservation deadlines are nearing. Any leftover rooms in the conference reserved blocks will be released at that time. Many people are still waiting to see what happens with the COVID-19 pandemic and have not made a decision at this time, however, most hotels blocks have a 24 hour cancelation policy. You can view the hotel information here. Attendees may also change Conference ...

Lenten Devotion -  Palm Sunday - April 10, 2022

Lenten Devotion - Palm Sunday - April 10, 2022

4/5/2022
Subscribe to Lenten Devotions "Letting God do God Things"  Palm Sunday - April 10, 2022 Luke 28:19-40 (CEB) Rev. Ron Carlson Conference Superintendent, Camp Clear Lake District Luke 28:19-40 (CEB) 28 After Jesus said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. 30 He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ever ...

Barnum Equestrian Center receives $36,850 grant for programming at Wesley Woods Camp

Barnum Equestrian Center receives $36,850 grant for programming at Wesley Woods Camp

4/5/2022
Submitted by Laura Hutler, Barnum Team Leader - Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center In mid-February, the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association (UMCRM) received word that it was granted one million dollars to distribute to United Methodist Camps & Retreat Ministries in the U.S. The goal of the gift was to enable individual sites and ministries to take one significant step in the 2022 calendar year toward long-term impact and sustainability. The staff received word on March 24...

Welcome Bishop Kiesey

Welcome Bishop Kiesey

4/5/2022
On April 4, 2022, the North Central Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops announced a change in episcopal leadership for the Dakotas and Iowa Conferences.  On February 16, Bishop Laurie Haller fell on ice while running, fracturing her right wrist and knocked unconscious. She is on medical leave. Working with the NCJ College of Bishops, the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops approved Bishop Deborah Kiesey to provide episcopal leadership for the Iowa and Dakotas Conferences during Bishop ...

Abiding in Exile 4/07/2022

Abiding in Exile 4/07/2022

4/4/2022
We are Called to Listen By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon   “He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God ...

2022 MLK Freedom Bus Tour

2022 MLK Freedom Bus Tour

4/4/2022
2022 MLK Freedom Bus Tour - November 14-18 Presenting Sponsor:  MLK New Jerusalem   Costs:  $399/person (covers costs of travel, hotel stay, and museum admissions). Food not included. Payment deadline Oct. 1, 2022.   Participants engage in a week-long journey exploring iconic human and civil rights spaces in Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma. In addition to museums in most of the cities, we also visit the Lorraine Motel in Memphis; the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park in ...

Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission committee seeks new coordinator, members

Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission committee seeks new coordinator, members

4/4/2022
The Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission committee is seeking a new coordinator and members. People who have participated in disaster cleanup, traveled on a work trip, or have a desire to volunteer and want to get involved in meaningful Christian service are invited to apply. This year, the committee's goal is to schedule a team leader training, share information about U.S. and international work projects, and share about insurance coverage for team members. Meetings are three times a ...

Abiding in Exile 3/31/2022

Abiding in Exile 3/31/2022

4/1/2022
The Complicated Whether and How of Touching By: Lee Roorda Schott When the CDC changed its metrics and eased its masking and distancing guidelines in February, the leaders at the church I serve promptly pivoted to “masks optional.” As that first worship service approached, I kept remembering details that could suddenly be adjusted. We removed the “Xs” that had, for a year, blocked off every other row in our sanctuary. We took down signs about distancing. We announced that we would again be ...

Lenten Devotion - Fifth Sunday in Lent - April 3, 2022

Lenten Devotion - Fifth Sunday in Lent - April 3, 2022

4/1/2022
Subscribe to Lenten Devotions "A SEASON OF ANTICIPATORY HOPE"  Fifth Sunday in Lent - April 3, 2022 John 12:1-8 Rev Dr. Heecheon Jeon Conference Superintendent, Riverview Park District John 12:1-8 12:1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' ...

Algona First United Methodist Church packages of 61,000 meals in one day

Algona First United Methodist Church packages of 61,000 meals in one day

4/1/2022
The Mission Committee at Algona First United Methodist Church planned, coordinated, and hosted a Food Packaging event that took place on November 14, 2021. Approximately 200 volunteers came together to help package meals during two shifts. To offset the cost of the food needed to hold the event, Algona First held fundraisers, including cupcake sales from Scratch cupcakery, peach sales from a produce company in Colorado called Palisade Produce, and sales from a pork supper. They feel blessed as...

Circuit 5 Dallas County renamed to Circuit LOAM

Circuit 5 Dallas County renamed to Circuit LOAM

4/1/2022
The Circuit 5 Dallas County covenant group, comprised of Joshua Steward, Catherine Stokes, Ron Yarnell, William Deskin, Sandra Cannon, Beth Mary Harbaugh, Nancy Hanaman, and Elizabeth Bell has changed the name of their Circuit group. Since last June, this core group has been meeting to strengthen one another's ministry and to fulfill the expectations of our Circuit Covenant. As the group has grown together, they have been discerning their own unique identity as a group of pastors and laity. ...

Larry and Jane Kies will be visiting their supporting churches in Iowa in May and June

Larry and Jane Kies will be visiting their supporting churches in Iowa in May and June

4/1/2022
The Iowa Conference is excited to announce that Larry and Jane Kies will be visiting their supporting churches in Iowa from May 22 to June 22. An Iowan, Larry retired in 2020 and Jane will retire in September 2022. As agricultural and educational missionaries, the Kies have faithfully served at Africa University for 21 years, and other locations before that. Global Ministries is not itinerating missionaries due to travel bans and COVID cautionary issues but has given permission for the Kies to...

Announcement from the NCJ College of Bishops regarding episcopal leadership for the Dakotas and Iowa Conferences

Announcement from the NCJ College of Bishops regarding episcopal leadership for the Dakotas and Iowa Conferences

3/30/2022
Dear Friends in Christ in the North Central Jurisdiction:   I greet you in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the peace and power of the Holy Spirit.   As many of you are already aware, on the morning of February 16, Bishop Laurie Haller fell on ice while running, fracturing her right wrist, and being knocked unconscious.  Her concussive symptoms have persisted, leading Bishop Haller to make the difficult decision to request a leave from her responsibilities as bishop.   ...

Commission continues planning for postponed 2020 General Conference

Commission continues planning for postponed 2020 General Conference

3/29/2022
Commission on the General Conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2022 Commission continues planning for postponed 2020 General Conference Nashville, Tenn.: Meeting on March 28, the Commission on the General Conference continued the work of preparing for the postponed 2020 General Conference. At their previous meeting, the Commission discussed the need to proactively look for possible solutions that could help avoid delays in 2024 should unforeseen circumstances occur or persist. The ...

Communications Learning Week helps participants develop their skills

Communications Learning Week helps participants develop their skills

3/29/2022
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information For Immediate Release  March 29, 2022 Communications Learning Week helps participants develop their skills Nashville, Tennessee – United Methodist Communication (UMCom) has announced a week-long ecumenical training opportunity launching this spring for anyone in ministry seeking to enhance their communications skills. Communications Learning Week: Taking the Next Step will be held May 9-13, 2022 and is designed with busy schedules in ...

How to submit virtual display and sponsorship information for AC2022

How to submit virtual display and sponsorship information for AC2022

3/28/2022
The 2022 Iowa Annual Conference will have a virtual display booth area on its website this year. Organizations are invited to submit information here. Cost to outside organizations is $35, and free for Iowa Conference ministries. Organizations and ministries may also submit video sponsorships to be played during the virtual conference session. Videos should be 2 minutes or less in length, submitted as mp4 files, and be ready to play - the conference does not provide editing services. Due to the...

Abiding in Exile 3/24/2022

Abiding in Exile 3/24/2022

3/25/2022
Abiding in Exile Week of March 24th By Nate Mason   We do things wrong all the time, and that’s ok.  Our lives are full of busy and important things, so sometimes we shlub over the little details because we lack the bandwidth to give it proper attention.  For example, most of us probably use Q-tips the wrong way.  At least, I always have, and still do!  Apparently, we are only supposed to clean the outer ear and not venture into the ear canal.  Our bodies naturally clean that part out through ...

AC2022 Retirement service has been moved to the Elijah/Elisha Service of Word & Table on June 5

AC2022 Retirement service has been moved to the Elijah/Elisha Service of Word & Table on June 5

3/25/2022
The Retirement Service that was scheduled for Thursday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m. has now been rescheduled to be included in the Ordering of Ministry Service on June 5 at 9:00 a.m. (note earlier start time) This change was made after retirees raised concerns that the original date and time would limit the possibility that family, friends, and parishioners could be present. In development is an Elijah/Elisha service of Word & Table that will include the recognition of those retiring and be a part of ...

Waukee United Methodist Church breaks ground for new ministry center

Waukee United Methodist Church breaks ground for new ministry center

3/25/2022
It was a cold and blustery day, but the warmth of the Waukee United Methodist Church’s congregation filled spirits during the groundbreaking of its new building project.   School was just getting out at the junior high building nearby, and children were being dropped off by buses in the neighborhood across the street as church members dug the first shovelfuls of dirt on a project that has been 15 years in the making.   In 2006, the church purchased 27 acres with the plan of selling 17 acres to ...

Lenten Devotion - Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 27, 2022

Lenten Devotion - Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 27, 2022

3/24/2022
Subscribe to Lenten Devotions "THE TENSION OF BEING LOST AND BEING FOUND"  Fourth Sunday in Lent - March 27, 2022 Luke 15 Rev Dr. Moody Colorado Conference Superintendent, Pictured Rocks District The background of this devotion is Luke 15, usually given the title, “Prodigal Son.” Today, I’d like to remind us of the concept of the tension of being lost and being found by using Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.  Paul said, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who ...

Mission Group returns to Honduras after two year hiatus due to pandemic

Mission Group returns to Honduras after two year hiatus due to pandemic

3/21/2022
Submitted by Linda Rowe After two years of not being able to travel due to the pandemic, it was a real blessing for Clayton Eakins and fellow Davis County missionaries to renew their relationships in Honduras in January. They were welcomed by children of the church in El Negrito with signs that said “Never stop coming to see us." Great relationships have been formed by going to the same communities seven times now. In the past there were some large construction projects, but this year they ...

Delegates urge hope for denomination's future

Delegates urge hope for denomination's future

3/18/2022
By Heather Hahn March 18, 2022 | UM News Key points: Denominational division has been the hot topic since the announcement of General Conference’s postponement to 2024.  More than 275 General Conference delegates and other church leaders have signed an open letter sharing their commitments to strengthening The United Methodist Church. “We look forward to a bright and exciting future together,” the letter concludes.  Since the postponement of General Conference to 2024, much of the news has ...

Want to help provide items needed for refugees getting settled in Iowa?

Want to help provide items needed for refugees getting settled in Iowa?

3/18/2022
Karlene Neal, Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Global Ministries, shares that the Des Moines Refugee Support organization has a page on Amazon which lists many items needed for new residents in Iowa. Her understanding is that when the order is placed, it is sent to the organization which has a collection center in Des Moines.  The Amazon Wish List contains everyday household and personal items to help immigrants get settled in Iowa. Your generosity welcomes and shows how Iowan ...

Lenten Devotion - Third Sunday in Lent - March 20, 2022

Lenten Devotion - Third Sunday in Lent - March 20, 2022

3/17/2022
Subscribe to Lenten Devotions "IT'S THE ROOT - NOT THE FRUIT"  Third Sunday in Lent - March 20, 2022 Luke 13:1-9 By Rev. Doug Cue, Conference Superintendent, Golden Valley District Yeah…that’s me, the owner of the vineyard. I am the guy walking around the garden with a chain saw. I’ve got a simple one word solution for fruitless fig trees….      "Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?” Fig trees exist for one reason…to produce figs…period.   I’ve got to admit…sometimes the ...

Abiding in Exile 3/17/2022

Abiding in Exile 3/17/2022

3/17/2022
Paralysis Week of March 17- Abiding in Exile- Nan Smith Hope in the LORD!    Be strong!       Let your heart take courage!       Hope in the LORD! Psalm 27: 14 (CEB) Of late, I have been feeling particularly overwhelmed by the tragic happenings in our world.  I find that my emotions are many and difficult to process.  I have appreciated the beautiful prayers and poems that have been written by so many that gives voice to the pain and suffering unfolding around us.  I also give thanks for the ...

Update from Bishop Laurie on her recovery

Update from Bishop Laurie on her recovery

3/17/2022
March 17, 2022 “The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” —Psalm 27:1   Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Iowa Annual Conference,   Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I write this midway through this second week of Lent, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to come alongside you in vital ministry. Every day I am filled with wonder at the many ways in which you let your light shine by embodying and sharing the love of Jesus not only in...

Going Beyond Food Pantries - Spring 2022 Orders & Fellowship Event

Going Beyond Food Pantries - Spring 2022 Orders & Fellowship Event

3/17/2022
WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM WHERE: Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310 Register today. LOCATION UPDATE: The event will now be held at Immanuel UMC, 2300 49th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310. Learn and engage in transformational ways with those in poverty going beyond food pantries. Rev. Brian Combs is a graduate of NC State and Emory University.  While no degree was awarded, his most formative education came from attending integrated public schools, ...

Midwest Missions will be at AC2022 so you can

Midwest Missions will be at AC2022 so you can "Fill The Truck"

3/17/2022
Midwest Missions is sending their truck to the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session on June 4-5 for drive-up and drop-off donations to "Fill The Truck!" Specific items they are asking for are donations of gently used non-electric tools, liquid dish soap, liquid laundry detergent, and liquid all-purpose cleaners. They will also be accepting any other donations they normally accept. Midwest Missions has a list of those items and kits on their website. In addition to the Midwest Missions' Fill the...

Legislative Action Alert #6

Legislative Action Alert #6

3/15/2022
The deadline for Passage of Key Bills  is Friday,  March 18, 2022 EDUCATION BILLS House Study Bill 672 - AGAINST - Creates Vouchers for Private Schools         HSB 672  “A bill for an act relating to education, including establishing a student first scholarship program and a student first enrollment supplement fund, requiring the boards of directors of school districts to publish certain specified information, modifying provisions related to required social studies instruction, open enrollment, ...

New AC2022 Town Hall on Saturday, April 2, 2022

New AC2022 Town Hall on Saturday, April 2, 2022

3/10/2022
The March 19 AC2022 Town Hall meeting has been postponed until the fall of this year to facilitate a fourth Town Hall to respond to the delay of the General Conference until 2024. We will send a new Zoom registration for the fall Town Hall. The new Town Hall will be via Zoom on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 9:00 – 10:00 AM. Current information from the North Central Jurisdiction will be presented and time to respond to questions. Please register here. The rationale for postponing is so Bishop ...

Abiding in Exile 3/10/2022

Abiding in Exile 3/10/2022

3/10/2022
Ukraine Week of March 10, 2022 - Rev. Dr. Mary L. Bellon   They are walking. It is snowing. Around them the earth lies shattered and the bridge they climb is broken. A bomb has fallen here - a bomb from the Principalities.    When did You say, “I saw Satan fall like lightening”? Did You see this now and before?  - how you said to us “I have given you the power to tread on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the enemy’s power” Look then:   There is a train carrying children across the border...

Self-care as a spiritual practice

Self-care as a spiritual practice

3/10/2022
Kae Tritle, RN Well-Being Coordinator   We have come through the darkness of winter and the angst of the omicron surge. Many of us are ready for spring and the rebirth of Easter. But to get to Easter, we need to travel through Lent. Lent is usually a time of spiritual reflection, focusing on our relationship with God and walking with Jesus in preparation for Easter.     As we move through this season of Lent, I would like to remind you that we are wholistic beings, more than the sum of our ...

Ruthven UMC's Community Garden Ministry produces Smile Sacks Mission Project

Ruthven UMC's Community Garden Ministry produces Smile Sacks Mission Project

3/9/2022
By: Liz Winders, Director of Communications What started as delivering a few sacks of fresh garden potatoes has now expanded into Ruthven United Methodist Church’s (RUMC) Smile Sack Mission Project by providing food to over thirty-five households in their community.   The city of Ruthven has a low-lying piece of property donated years ago by a generous family. RUMC church workers have turned a couple of plots of this Iowa “north edge of the town” field into potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, ...

Lenten Devotion - Second Sunday in Lent - March 13, 2022

Lenten Devotion - Second Sunday in Lent - March 13, 2022

3/8/2022
Subscribe to Lenten Devotions "STANDING ON THE PROMISES"  Second Sunday in Lent - March 13, 2022 Genesis 15:1-12, 17=18 By Rev. Melissa Drake, Conference Superintendent, Aldersgate District As much as I like to think that I am a fun, spontaneous, go with the flow kind of person, at my core, I’m just your average first-born child. Fun and go with the flow, only if everything else is in control. Spontaneous and flexible, but only if my regular habits aren’t disturbed. Reasonable ...

Bishops seek ruling on whether an annual conference can leave UMC

Bishops seek ruling on whether an annual conference can leave UMC

3/8/2022
PRESS RELEASE March 8, 2022   WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is requesting a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on whether an annual conference can separate from the denomination under the provision of the Book of Discipline.  During a special meeting COB held via Zoom and through electronic balloting, the bishops approved a request to ask the church’s top court to address six questions:               Question 1: May an annual conference of...

Bishop Laurie and Appointive Cabinet offer prayers following High school deadly shooting

Bishop Laurie and Appointive Cabinet offer prayers following High school deadly shooting

3/7/2022
Dear friends,  Tonight we reach out to enact a conference-wide call to prayer and action following the tragic news of today's shooting on the grounds of East High School in Des Moines.  We mourn with and pray for the families and friends of the 15-year-old boy who did not survive his injuries and for the 16-year-old and 18-year-old girls who remain in critical condition. We pray for the students, teachers and administrators of East High noting the traumatizing effect of fear. We pray for the ...

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