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2013 Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

3/5/2013
'Laity Day schedule' and the 'vision for remote sites' are below.   2013 Laity Day with Bishop Trimble Saturday, April 6, 2013 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hampton United Methodist Church, Hampton, Iowa   THEME: WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO BE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST? SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: MATTHEW 28:16-20 (The Great Commission) For Laity Day 2013 the Bishop would like to talk about the great commission and discuss with us what it looks like to be a witness in today’s world as a disciple of ...

Statewide Pancake Breakfast for Imagine No Malaria

2/27/2013
Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria.  Did you know that pancakes can help change that statistic?   As United Methodists, we are working together to stop the mosquito in its tracks and to save lives.  So in honor of World Malaria Day (April 25) World Malaria Day we are putting together a Statewide Pancake Breakfast! We want to invite everyone in Iowa to join us for a plate of flapjacks and make a difference in the process.   We hope that your local church will sign up to be one of ...

Preachers announced for the 2013 Annual Conference Session

2/25/2013
  The preachers for the 2013 session of the Iowa Annual Conference have been announced.  Two are Bishops from other conferences in addition to Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble and Rev. Robert Burkhart. Bishop J. Michael Lowry is the Resident Bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.  He will speak to the Clergy Session on Friday, June 7 as well as the guest preacher for the Opening Worship Service on Saturday morning, June 8.  “Bishop Mike Lowry is the spiritual ...

New Church starts total 684 in last 4 years, surpassing goal

2/21/2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Feb. 21, 2013 /GBOD/ – Church planters established 684 new United Methodist Churches in the United States during 2008-2012, surpassing the denomination’s new church development goal for the quadrennium by 34. “We want to celebrate the work that our planters, developers, superintendents and bishops have done to plant these 684 new churches,” said the Rev. Candace M. Lewis, Executive Director of New Church Starts (Path1), a division of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD). ...

Peace essay contest

2/15/2013
The Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church is conducting a peace essay contest and will present three $500 scholarships.  The contest is open to students who are high school junior or seniors during the current school year (2012-2013) and who live in Iowa or attend an Iowa high school.  Students need not be members of an United Methodist Church or any other religious body.  The topic for this years contest is "The Best Response For Our Government When It Sees Human Rights ...

LENT: Meaningful Ritual vs. Mindless Routine

2/12/2013
This is the first in a three-part series of Lenten articles written by Linda Woodson Stout, a graduate of the Iowa School for Lay Ministry, class of 2006. To read the second article, please click here.   Meaningful Ritual vs.  Mindless Routine When does hitting my spiritual stride cross over to developing a spiritual rut? Within the repeating rhythm of time, I wrestle with the dynamic balance between familiar comforts and the fresh excitement accomplishing new challenges. I find I need the ...

Sacred Chaos-A Retreat for Renewal

2/2/2013
A Retreat of Renewal for Religious Leaders in Transition… The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Institute for the Practice of Ministry is offering a unique opportunity for clergy.  Sacred Chaos is a spiritual journey retreat for religious leaders in transition. It seeks to assist in the spiritual and emotional renewal of these leaders as they traverse some of their most difficult life passages, i.e., retirement, divorce, mid-life, burnout, etc., as well as to encourage and support them in ...

Iowa one of 20 Conferences paying 100% general church apportionments in 2012

2/1/2013
The Iowa Annual Conference was one of twenty annual conferences that paid 100 percent of their general church apportioned funds in 2012.   The North Central Jurisdiction increased from 89.76% in 2011 to 95.77% in 2012.  The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) reports that   overall apportionment payouts reached 90%, the highest payout level the general Church has reached since 2001. The conferences paying 100 percent, in addition to Iowa, are Alaska, Baltimore-Washington, ...

Iowa Conference Vision Statement being developed

1/25/2013
By Phil Carver* “Bless God in the great congregation,” Psalm 68:26 proclaims. Since ancient days faithful people have come together (congregated) to honor God through worship and service. As United Methodist Iowans we have embraced a mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are developing a vision statement, a picture of what we hope to more fully become that recognizes the importance of coming together to achieve our mission. Consider this vision: ...

UM Student Day Merit Scholarship application

1/25/2013
The 2013 Iowa United Methodist Student Day Merit Scholarship criteria and applications are now available on the Youth & Young Adult Ministries page.   Three Iowa United Methodist students were awarded 2012 Merit Scholarships in the amount of $1000 each.  Generous giving by Iowa United Methodists through the Student Day offering on the 4th Sunday in November make these scholarships possible.  The 2013 Merit Scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2013.

2013 School for Ministry

1/23/2013
Announcing the 2013 Iowa United Methodist School for Ministry: Christian Identity in a Multi-faith World with Brian D. McLaren & Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath April 2-4, 2013 Registration Begins February 1st REGISTRATION: Two ways to register: 1) Online – http://www.iowaschoolforministry.org 2) By Mail – Go to the website and print off the registration form. Early bird registration must be received or postmarked by Monday, March 18, 2013 to receive registration at: $250 for Clergy or Laity $200 ...

Field Outreach Minister sought for South Central District

1/23/2013
The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is searching for a Field Outreach Minister to serve in the South Central District of the Conference. Each Field Outreach Minister (FOM) works cooperatively with the District Ministry Team in order to promote effective ministry and to encourage congregations to pursue the United Methodist mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The responsibilities assigned to the Field Outreach Minister focus ...

United Methodists to receive discounts at Staples

1/23/2013
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has entered into an agreement with Staples, one of the world’s largest office products companies to provide preferred pricing and discounts on purchases. Staples Advantage is the business-to-business purchasing program available to churches, district offices, annual conferences, jurisdictions, general agencies, and other United Methodist related institutions. Given the rising costs of copies, office/cleaning supplies and other services, ...

Joint statement on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

1/22/2013
On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade A joint statement from United Methodist Women and General Board of Church & Society  On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, some individuals, organizations and churches are celebrating, while others are protesting. Like many other topics of deep social concern, the church is divided on the issue of abortion. Our Book of Discipline (2012) speaks to the official position of the United Methodist Church by stating, “We recognize tragic conflicts of life ...

Rev. Paul Smith to become South Central Superintendent

1/14/2013
Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble has announced that the Rev. Paul Smith will become Conference Superintendent for the South Central District, beginning July 1, 2013. He will succeed the Rev. Bill Poland who will become Assistant to the Bishop for Administration on that same date. Rev. Smith has served as the Field Outreach Minister for the South Central District since 2007. Prior to that time he served Chariton, Christ-Norwood-Pleasant Prairie; Faith United Parish: Cincinnati-Jerome-Mystic-Numa-Un...

Field Outreach Minister Sought for SW and NC Districts

1/11/2013
The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is searching for Field Outreach Ministers to serve in the Southwest District and the North Central District of the Conference. Each Field Outreach Minister (FOM) works cooperatively with the District Ministry Team in order to promote effective ministry and to encourage congregations to pursue the United Methodist mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The responsibilities assigned to the Field...

Paul Test News Article

Paul Test News Article

10/1/2010
Here is a caption for an image that is floated to the right. All is well and things are also great. Th’art nesh thee nay lad soft lad wacken thi sen up t’foot o’ our stairs. Nay lad where’s tha bin. Th’art nesh thee a pint ‘o mild any rooad t’foot o’ our stairs. Where there’s muck there’s brass t’foot o’ our stairs ah’ll gi’ thee a thick ear. Ah’ll learn thi tintintin tell thi summat for nowt soft lad mardy bum. Chuffin’ nora ah’ll box thi ears soft lad ee by gum tell thi summat for nowt ah’ll...

A Story with a Happy Ending

Laura* was a 13-year-old girl in Mexico when a 30-year-old man befriended her and promised her a house, work and school in Los Angeles. He said he just wanted to help her to be able to help support her mother and younger sisters in Mexico. Instead he kept her locked up in his Los Angeles apartment for two years, raped her, and forced her to cook and clean for him. One day she finally convinced him to allow her to go to the store for groceries. Although she did not speak a word of English, and ...

Brynne Howard is Valuable Resource for Community Meeting

Brynne Howard is Valuable Resource for Community Meeting

Justice for Our Neighbors attorneys spend the majority of their time with clients.   Another aspect of their value to the immigrant community and to the religious community is serving as resources for advocacy.  In northwest Iowa on June 14 a day of panels on topics related to immigration was held at Our Place Multicultural Center in Storm Lake.  JFON’s Brynne Howard, Esq. was invited to participate in a panel on the DACA program.  (Above at right: Brynne Howard explains immigration issue to ...

Finally, Martha* is a Citizen

Martha, who is originally from Kenya, came to Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors after her citizenship application had been pending for almost two years. She filed her application when she lived in Ohio. At her first citizenship interview, the officer did not believe she met the requirement that she live in Ohio 90 days prior to filing her application for citizenship. Her application was denied for this very minor reason.  Martha’s previous attorney filed an appeal with evidence that she did meet ...

Joy Moore Explains Her Work with Iowa JFON

  One of our priorities at Iowa JFON is the representation of abused immigrants, one of the most vulnerable and exploited populations in our midst.  Since November 2013, we have been able to increase our capacity to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a grant from the Department of Justice, opening more than 60 new cases in 7 months and providing advice and counsel to several others who lacked a remedy under the law.  It has been my honor to be able to advocate for these ...

Justice for Our Neighbors Depends on the Whole Church Community

Justice for Our Neighbors Depends on the Whole Church Community

A successful lunch during the Iowa Annual Conference  gathered supporters of Iowa Justice for  Our Neighbors  and members and friends of the Conference Board of Global Ministries.  A record crowd of 100 folks came to Trinity United Methodist Church where Las Americas Comunidad de Fe and Amor y Paz members prepared some excellent Latino fare.  Many thank-you’s to all of the JFON volunteers who helped with the food preparation, the serving, the program and the clean-up. Two JFON attorneys spoke ...

Preparing the Best Case for Hadia

Hadia* is a current client who was referred to our Domestic Violence Project by a non-profit agency working with victims of violence in rural Iowa.  Hadia had married her U.S. citizen husband in her home country and their time together there was idyllic, complete with the joyful news of a new baby.  Her husband returned to the U.S. so he could send for them, and Hadia and her young son immigrated legally. But after she came to the U.S. the relationship became a nightmare.  She experienced ...

We Couldn’t Do the Ministry Without You

The generosity of the donation at the Iowa Annual Conference is another reminder that Justice for Our Neighbors couldn’t minister to refugees and immigrants without the over-whelming support of faithful United Methodists here in Iowa.   The collection of  $5,766.00 during the Ordering of Ministry Service is humbling, but motivating as well.   What a good feeling to know that our volunteers who give their time and energy and prayers are supported by the Iowa Annual Conference members in this ...

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