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66-year Dedication to Music Ministry Warms Many Souls

66-year Dedication to Music Ministry Warms Many Souls

9/27/2022
The first time Pat Fluhrer played the organ was when she was a newly married 19-year-old who knew she could contribute to the West St. Charles United Methodist Church’s Sunday service through her music. Now, 66 years later, she has played the organ for not only the Sunday services but countless weddings, funerals, adult and children’s choirs, and Christmas Eve services.  On September 25, 2022, Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado, Pictured Rocks District Superintendent, honored Fluhrer's dedication by ...

Peace in the World is Our Responsibility

Peace in the World is Our Responsibility

9/27/2022
Dr. Kesho Scott, the main speaker at the International Day of Peace celebration at Cowles Commons in Des Moines, used the United Nations theme for 2022, “End Racism—Bring Peace,” to remind the crowd that peace in the world is everyone’s responsibility.    The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace, with a mission to help lead the ecumenical and interfaith communities in raising prayers and voices to end the war, marks the 20th year as the host. Many Iowa United Methodists sponsor this event. See ...

UMC bishops seek donations for Puerto Rico in wake of hurricane

UMC bishops seek donations for Puerto Rico in wake of hurricane

9/27/2022
WASHINGTON ­– The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is appealing for donations to assist the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation left on the island by Hurricane Fiona last week. The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico sent a letter to the COB asking for help and donations. In the letter of appeal, Bishop Lizzette Gabriel Montalvo said: “our beloved brothers and sisters from different locations, we kindly ask for support on this journey in which once again...

A Mission Journey at Lake Charles, LA

A Mission Journey at Lake Charles, LA

9/26/2022
Submitted by: Beverly Nolte, Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Co-Coordinator Kathy Martin, of Sioux City, is the team leader of the September 24-October 2, 2022 work trip. She is joined by Boyd Crees of Goldfield and Bruce Dykstra of Ventura, who will join another work group at Lake Charles. Their focus is to work on homes damaged by two hurricanes and flooding in the Lake Charles, LA area. Working with the Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, they will be housed in the St. ...

African Festival of Hope “Experience Africa from America”

African Festival of Hope “Experience Africa from America”

9/26/2022
Submitted by: Janice Edson, Lay Leader, Republic Community Church  Now the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. — Romans 15:13 (KJV). Everyone who participated in any way in the African Festival of Hope on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Nashua United Methodist Church experienced an abundance of hope through the Power of the Holy Spirit! The African Festival of Hope was full of joy and peace as the room ...

AC2023 Equalization Numbers Now Available

AC2023 Equalization Numbers Now Available

9/21/2022
Equalization information for the 2023 Iowa Annual Conference is now available on the 2023 Iowa Annual Conference website. The number of lay members for churches and districts is updated every year. If you have questions, please email Nitza Dovenspike, Iowa Annual Conference Session secretary.  

Annual Conferences to Raise Funds for Survivor Trust Fund

Annual Conferences to Raise Funds for Survivor Trust Fund

9/21/2022
A bankruptcy judge on September 8, 2022, granted the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approval of its $2.5 billion reorganization plan, which will allow the organization to settle tens of thousands of sexual abuse claims. As a part of the settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, The United Methodist Church agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive contributions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), insurance companies and ...

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Blog Post: The Heart of God

Bishop Deb Kiesey's Blog Post: The Heart of God

9/21/2022
I remember learning something a couple of years ago when I was helping to interview candidates for worship leader for General Conference.   A choral director shared with us that when a choir first comes together, every person’s heart beats at a different rate – and at their own unique rhythm.  But after a while, after focusing their thoughts and voices on the music, after singing together in the harmonies that bring out the beauty of the piece, those individual hearts begin to synchronize … ...

The vision for the future of the Iowa United Methodist Church most notably includes a HOME FOR EVERYONE

The vision for the future of the Iowa United Methodist Church most notably includes a HOME FOR EVERYONE

9/21/2022
This summer, your church may have been approached by people representing a new traditionalist Methodist denomination called the Global Methodist Church or representatives from the Wesley Covenant Association, who may have insinuated that your church should be in a hurry to discern its future. But there is NO HURRY for your church to rush through discernment.   Churches have until December 31, 2023, to complete the disaffiliation process (including an annual conference vote being held in ...

From Exile to Hope: September 22, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 22, 2022

9/20/2022
Looking By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon So often we search for God without looking; we stumble on little sayings, we keep talking as though in the middle of a particularly long sentence God will appear, will show up.   But I have found that it is when we show up that God appears, and when we are present to each other the breath of the Holy Spirit rises and falls between us, and maybe you or I said a thing or maybe we didn’t.   Just yesterday we were walking and I saw how the leaves were ...

Laity Day with the new Bishop will be in April 2023

Laity Day with the new Bishop will be in April 2023

9/20/2022
Laity Day with the Bishop, long planned for October 8, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for April 2023.   The Board of Laity’s decision was prompted by Bishop Laurie’s suggestion that such a change would allow our newly assigned Bishop to use that event to begin to become acquainted with the Laity of the Conference.   “Although we are sad not to have another Laity Day with Bishop Laurie, we are respectful of her thinking. We will also find other occasions to express our thanks and ...

Religion and Race Announces New Grant Cycle Funding Initiatives that Transform the UMC and the World

Religion and Race Announces New Grant Cycle Funding Initiatives that Transform the UMC and the World

9/20/2022
September 20, 2022 CONTACT: Jeehye Kim Pak, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing 202-495-2949 jpak@gcorr.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON – The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is proud to announce a new cycle of the CORR Action Fund (CAF) grant program that will support creative initiatives that will transform the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the world. The 2022-2023 grant program will provide up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase ...

New UMVIM forms help gather data to make mission experiences successful

New UMVIM forms help gather data to make mission experiences successful

9/19/2022
Two new informational forms are now available for completion from the Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission committee.  The first form is the UMVIM Volunteer in Mission Volunteer Personal Data Form. This form is for individuals who have been on mission journeys and are available to continue their participation. Having the contact, experience, and skill information will help in recruiting needed persons to fill mission teams as necessary.  The second form is a Mission Report Form to be ...

Walking: Good for Body and Soul

Walking: Good for Body and Soul

9/18/2022
By Kae Tritle, RN Well-being Coordinator   Iowa fall weather is here: sunny days with lower humidity and crisp mornings that beckons us to be outside. One of my favorite activities in this weather is walking. It is inexpensive, requires minimal equipment, and can be done almost anywhere.    Benefits of walking include increased circulation, endurance, balance, and the maintenance of metabolism, muscle, and joint function. Research has also noted that physical activity done outside is good for ...

From Exile to Hope: September 15, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 15, 2022

9/15/2022
Day one on the job, two years in By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott   I heard a hopeful word recently. It was in a podcast about church leadership, where these two guys told me, “Welcome to your first day on the job!”    They were talking to me, because I’m among the many of us who began ministry at our current churches in 2020. You might have arrived in your place earlier or later, but you, too, can get in on this hopefulness.   The message I found hopeful went like this: When we look at what we’ve ...

Advocate for responsible firearm laws in Iowa

Advocate for responsible firearm laws in Iowa

9/12/2022
Submitted by: Rev. Katie Dawson, Lead Pastor, Immanuel United Methodist Church, Des Moines, IA I grew up on a family farm just outside of Cedar Rapids and my dad and uncles would often hunt in the timber for deer and other animals in season.  While I didn’t join them, I knew their shotguns were a tool that put food on our table and filled the deep freeze in our basement.  Rarely, if ever, were they utilized for protection or defense from a wild animal.  But always, they were tools that demanded...

Council on Finance and Administration seeks new members

Council on Finance and Administration seeks new members

9/12/2022
With the delay of General Conference, any new members of the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) need to be appointed by the Bishop for an interim period.  The Council is seeking interested persons who might be willing to serve for these two years with the possibility of being elected to a full four-year term in 2024.  If you are one who could offer your skills and talents to this important conference agency, please submit a Leadership Pool form indicating your willingness to serve.  You...

From Exile to Hope: September 8, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 8, 2022

9/8/2022
Nate was right!   By: Rev. Cindy Hickman   Last week Nate Mason wrote a great piece about change and transition. Honestly, it was like hearing a good sermon that keeps coming to mind days later. (If you haven’t read it, you can find it here.) Nate wrote about change and transition. Change is facing a new situation. Nate’s daughter is going to kindergarten, a new situation. Change might be heading off to college or taking a new job or getting married or ending a marriage. I retired a year ago ...

Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 – offered in three Iowa locations this fall – register today!

Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 – offered in three Iowa locations this fall – register today!

9/8/2022
Conflict happens.    It is a reality in every church and every relationship—even when they ARE healthy! Being equipped with the skills to respond to and resolve conflict more effectively happens when you have a plan and the expectation that there is a way through it.    The Iowa Conference’s Office of Congregational Excellence offers three Introduction to Conflict Transformation, Part 1 workshops across Iowa that will help you form a plan and manage your expectations through Biblically grounded ...

School supply backpack give away connects a church to its community

School supply backpack give away connects a church to its community

9/8/2022
This summer, the Lake View United Methodist Church began a successful new ministry giving 83 school supply-filled backpacks to preschool through 6th-grade students in their community.   “Our church works with the food pantry that’s located here in town. We knew that the need for donations to the food pantry kept going up and up. And if the needs at the food pantry are up, the needs are also obviously up in other areas of people’s lives,” said Deanna Berry, member of Lake View UMC.    Inflation ...

Bishop Laurie updates her blog - Leading from the Heart

Bishop Laurie updates her blog - Leading from the Heart

9/6/2022
Dear Friends, My heart is full. As most of you know, I have been on Medical Leave since April 1, 2022, recovering from a shattered wrist and concussion. I am beginning to participate in meetings and will formally return to active ministry on October 1. At the end of 2022, I plan to retire. In the meantime, I hope to remain as connected as possible to the congregations and ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference. One way in which I can do that is by resuming my weekly blog, Leading from the ...

Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace presents the International Day of Peace celebration at Cowles Commons in Des Moines

Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace presents the International Day of Peace celebration at Cowles Commons in Des Moines

9/6/2022
For 20 years, the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace has worked toward its mission to help lead the ecumenical and interfaith communities in raising prayers and voices to end the war and will continue its mission by sponsoring and planning this year’s International Day of Peace celebration on September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Cowles Commons.   “End Racism—Bring Peace” is this year’s theme for the United Nations International Day of Peace. Dr. Kesho Scott will be the keynote speaker, and musical ...

Important conversations made easier with UMC presentation slide deck

Important conversations made easier with UMC presentation slide deck

9/6/2022
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information Nashville, Tennessee – As a denomination, it’s important that pastors, church staff, and members have a common understanding of the core background of The United Methodist Church. The new “We are the church. Together” resource from United Methodist Communications helps congregations root into shared beliefs, history, mission, and ministry to stand strong and face the future — together.  The organized Google slides presentation aids ...

Meal packing event makes 38,400 meals at Ankeny First's Christian Life Center

Meal packing event makes 38,400 meals at Ankeny First's Christian Life Center

9/6/2022
The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) aims to pack 8,400 rice meal bags that will feed 50,400 people in Ukraine, and is on the road packing meals at various locations throughout the midwest. Ankeny First United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center (CLC) hosted an event on August 27 where volunteers assembled 6,400 meal packs, getting them closer to their goal. The Ankeny event was open to anyone wanting to participate in a hands-on mission event. More than 175 individuals stopped ...

New ID card for immigrants

New ID card for immigrants

9/6/2022
By: Karlene Neal, Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees, Board of Global Ministries U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) faces an unprecedented influx of migrants at the border. The majority are turned back to their native countries, but those who might be eligible for asylum in the U.S. are processed and released into the U.S. pending a hearing on their application. ICE is developing a new ID card for migrants to facilitate this long application process.   This card is called a “...

Church’s little free pantry, garden, and garage sale inspire the need to open a thrift store in Delhi, Iowa

Church’s little free pantry, garden, and garage sale inspire the need to open a thrift store in Delhi, Iowa

9/5/2022
From a small garden to a Main Street thrift store, the Delhi United Methodist Church members own the mission and call that God gave them and live it faithfully in their community. It all started a few years ago when the Delhi United Methodist Church stepped up in faith and partnered with the local high school agriculture and Future Farmers of America program to put in a 50 by 50-foot community garden on church property to help feed the food insecure in Delaware County. After the summer ended, ...

Episcopal Elections and Iowa: Delegation endorses Plambeck as episcopal candidate

Episcopal Elections and Iowa: Delegation endorses Plambeck as episcopal candidate

9/5/2022
Submitted by the Iowa Conference Delegation With the announcement of Bishop Laurie's retirement at the end of the year, your General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegates thought it might be helpful to share what that means for episcopal leadership from our perspective.    The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will meet the first week in November to elect new episcopal leadership to serve our jurisdiction. We currently have ten folks who have put their names forward, including our very own ...

St. Paul's in Cedar Rapids partners with their community to host Peace Camp teaching young children antiracism

St. Paul's in Cedar Rapids partners with their community to host Peace Camp teaching young children antiracism

9/5/2022
Talented artist Emijah Jones designed the logo for Peace Camp. She is studying graphic design at the University of Northern Iowa this fall. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids fostered partnerships to bring a community member’s dream of an antiracism camp for young children into reality.   “I kept circling back to the idea that the church has to be a force for liberation in the world; otherwise, we’re not doing what we should be,” said Rev. Jonathan Heifner, Associate Pastor of ...

A Call to Prayer and Action in Response to Gun Violence

A Call to Prayer and Action in Response to Gun Violence

9/2/2022
To address the crisis of gun violence in the U.S. and around the world, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers and contact their elected leaders. The Council of Bishops released a letter to the wider church Sept. 1. Read the letter below. Read story from the United Methodist News Service Read Council of Bishops letter (PDF) Read press release from the Council of Bishops A Call to Prayer and Action in Response to Gun Violence  “Thou shall not kill.” -Exodus 20:13  We are ...

From Exile to Hope: September 1, 2022

From Exile to Hope: September 1, 2022

8/30/2022
Happy New (School) Year everyone!   By: Pastor Nate Mason pastor.nate.mason@gmail.com “Ch-ch-ch-Changes/Turn and face the strange”                                      -David Bowie   I always felt like the school year affected me in my personal and professional life, even when I wasn’t directly doing school related things.  Church programming, even for adults, tends to reflect the school year, youth ministry is built to be a mirror to its secular counterpart, and church attendance mimics school ...

Announcement from Bishop Laurie Haller

Announcement from Bishop Laurie Haller

8/29/2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Iowa Annual Conference,   Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As summer concludes and students prepare to return to school, I rejoice in anticipation of the coming of fall as well as the changing seasons of life.  As you are aware, I have been on a six-month medical leave since April 1, 2022. On February 16, I fell on black ice while running outside and sustained a significant concussion as well as a fractured wrist. Over the course ...

Midwest Mission Responds to Disaster Relief in Kentucky, Three Shipments Out

Midwest Mission Responds to Disaster Relief in Kentucky, Three Shipments Out

8/27/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Contact Lisa Rigoni, Development Manager Office: 217.483.7911 Cell: 217-553-6781  Lisa@midwestmission.org   Midwest Mission, located just outside Chatham, IL continues to answer the call to help with disaster relief in flooded areas of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky. After receiving requests for help from three Kentucky organizations in the middle of the disaster declared areas, Midwest Mission went into action and will continue to send disaster ...

From Exile to Hope: August 25, 2022

From Exile to Hope: August 25, 2022

8/24/2022
Ramblings By: Rev. Nan Smith I have a friend, an engineering professor, who when he retired took to kayaking the waters in a city park located north of Ames. Ada Hayden Heritage Park, so named for Ada Hayden, a past curator of the Iowa State Herbarium. She was instrumental in preserving specimens of the tallgrass prairie habitat. It is a sparkling gem of a park. My friend built his own wooden kayak – a beautiful work of craftsmanship and when he retired, he spent his days on the waters. It was...

UMC bishops welcome Judicial Council’s clarification of church disaffiliation process

UMC bishops welcome Judicial Council’s clarification of church disaffiliation process

8/24/2022
COUNCIL OF BISHOPS PRESS RELEASE AUGUST 24, 2022 WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops expresses gratitude for the Judicial Council’s ruling that clarified that Paragraph 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline is not a process of church disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church but is rather a supplementary procedure for the purpose of deeding church property as permitted by other paragraphs of the Discipline in limited situations.  In May this year, the bishops requested a declaratory ...

August 2022 UWF Connection

August 2022 UWF Connection

8/21/2022
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Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula officially installed as new Camp Clear Lake District Superintendent

Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula officially installed as new Camp Clear Lake District Superintendent

8/19/2022
Written by Rev. Ryan Christenson “I feel the spirit of Pentecost with us this afternoon!” shared Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula, during the August 14 installation service, celebrating the start of his ministry as District Superintendent of the Camp Clear Lake district of The Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. View an album of images from the service “Because you are part of the Church, God has a mission for each one of us … The transformation of the world begins with the recognition of ...

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries Bless a Community

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries Bless a Community

8/18/2022
During the first week of August, the Adel United Methodist Church hosted a successful Ecumenical Community Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) assistance.   Mobile United Methodist Missionaries is a ministry of the Iowa Conference serving the Aldersgate, Golden Valley, and Riverview Park Districts of the United Methodist Church, making disciples in rural Iowa.   “MUMM provided all the tools to make the VBS a complete success: organization, flyer ...

My Church is Being Led to Disaffiliate from The UMC, but I Want to #BeUMC - What Can I Do?

My Church is Being Led to Disaffiliate from The UMC, but I Want to #BeUMC - What Can I Do?

8/18/2022
You might be hearing from laity across the Iowa Annual Conference who wish to #BeUMC, but their church seems to be guided toward disaffiliation by church leadership. The Central Texas Conference has compiled some ideas for advocating for your church to remain in The United Methodist Church, and the Iowa Conference would like to share. The following #BeUMC information is available for downloading, printing, and sharing by clicking here. If your church does vote to disaffiliate and you wish to ...

From Exile to Hope: August 18, 2022

From Exile to Hope: August 18, 2022

8/18/2022
Abiding in the distant country By: Rev. Dr. Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon As Abiding in Exile moves to Abiding in Hope, I drew back to a sermon that I preached on the Prodigal Son in February 2022.  It reminded me of circumstances we sometimes find ourselves in and the question of hope.  So, I have edited my sermon for this essay in my hope that some of you reading this may resonate.    I believe it was Charles Dickens who once said that the story of the Prodigal Son was the most exquisite in all of ...

Dynamic Discussion Series at Jubilee UMC Freedom Center

Dynamic Discussion Series at Jubilee UMC Freedom Center

8/18/2022
Dynamic discussion and study of Jemar Tisby's "How To Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice" will be held weekly at the Jubilee United Methodist Church and Freedom Center from August 11 through October 13. Participants will engage in embodied participation as we grapple with the "fierce urgency of now." Primary facilitators will be Kathy Kratchmer and Abraham L. Funchess, Jr. While possession of the book is not necessary for participation in this weekly ...

Grants Available to Strengthen Ethnic Local Churches

Grants Available to Strengthen Ethnic Local Churches

8/18/2022
Discipleship Ministries is offering Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants, which provides funding to support the ethnic local church through leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship, and spiritual formation as it engages in developing disciple-making systems inside the church walls and in the community.    Applications are due September 10, 2022.   Two grants per jurisdiction, of up to $10,000 each, are available. Please click the link below to see the eligibility ...

Challenges, Discouragements, Victories, Conquests, Frustrations and JOY!

Challenges, Discouragements, Victories, Conquests, Frustrations and JOY!

8/16/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Bruna Farat, serving as a United Methodist Church missionary in Costa Rica, has just celebrated her commissioning as a missionary in June with leaders of Global Ministries. Her family, husband Nouhou and two-year-old daughter, Hadassa, moved to Costa Rica nine months ago from Brazil where she was born, grew up and served in various ministry roles.    Working with three small rural churches she has faced many challenges but is thanking God for each of the churches and ...

From Exile to Hope: August 11, 2022

From Exile to Hope: August 11, 2022

8/12/2022
From Exile to Hope By: Rev. Lee Roorda Schott  revlas333@gmail.com   We’re transitioning, in this weekly missive. We’re going to try moving through exile in order to lean into hope.   For the last two years, we’ve been Abiding in Exile. That’s the title we chose, six months after the pandemic began, for this series of posts that has contained lament, truth, poetry, prayer, history, social commentary, and more.  We chose this theme thinking of the Biblical stories of exile and wondering if they ...

New Hampton First UMC helps ease childcare deficit in their community

New Hampton First UMC helps ease childcare deficit in their community

8/9/2022
A partnership with Little Sprouts Children’s Center and First United Methodist Church in New Hampton has recently eased a childcare deficit for a small Northeast Iowa community.   Almost every community in Iowa struggles with affordable childcare, particularly renovating a suitable space or building a new daycare, which is cost prohibitive. The New Hampton First United Methodist Church has a large building with an education wing and a parking lot that, until recently, mainly sat empty.   “The ...

NCJ Committee on Episcopacy recommends Episcopal Election

NCJ Committee on Episcopacy recommends Episcopal Election

8/8/2022
 Press Release  NCJCOE Episcopal Recommendation  August 8, 2022  The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 2-5, 2022 with the theme We Press On. This Jurisdictional Conference will gather delegates (lay and clergy) from across Illinois (Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers), Indiana, Iowa, Ohio (East Ohio and West Ohio), Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin for a momentous time filled with worship and collective discernment ...

Add local church help wanted ads to our classifieds

Add local church help wanted ads to our classifieds

8/5/2022
Are you a local church looking to fill staff for Fall programming and other open positions? We have an easy way to post those to our classified ads that are advertised in our Weekly 360 e-newsletter.  Our classified ads are listed in a tiny link at the bottom of each week's e-newsletter, yet that link is one of the most visited links on our website! So don't overlook a chance to advertise for local church staff by simply clicking here. Fill out the form and be as thorough as possible.  If you ...

Disaster response for flooding in Kentucky

Disaster response for flooding in Kentucky

8/5/2022
Disasters have taken a heavy toll on the country’s southern tier. Most recently in the form of a massive and widespread flood in Kentucky. As the pictures of flooded homes and communities in Kentucky come across our televisions and newsfeeds, our hearts go out.  “In the early days of a disaster, we really encourage people to help by donating funds and praying for one another,” Newman said. “Like many of you, my first instinct is to pack the car and go help, but please don’t.”     In the days ...

Discerning a Call to Ministry? Attend the virtual candidacy retreat

Discerning a Call to Ministry? Attend the virtual candidacy retreat

8/5/2022
Are you exploring a call to ministry? The candidacy retreat, a requirement of the candidacy process, is an opportunity to discern your call to ministry further, learn more about the process, meet others on the journey, hear from those serving in different types of ministry and have a chance to ask questions. The next candidacy retreat will be Saturday, October 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Please learn more and register by clicking ...

Ida Grove First UMC serves 1,007 meals to RAGBRAI cyclists

Ida Grove First UMC serves 1,007 meals to RAGBRAI cyclists

8/4/2022
Thousands of bike riders from all over the country and the world rode right past the Ida Grove First United Methodist Church. The congregation took its moment in the spotlight to shine and share some true United Methodist hospitality, serving 1,007 meals to RAGBRAI riders.   RAGBRAI, Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is in its 49th season and highlights the state’s towns each July. It is an “epic eight-day rolling festival of bicycles, music, food, camaraderie, and community. It ...

Second UMVIM trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana, planned

Second UMVIM trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana, planned

8/4/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte, Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Co-Coordinator If you're planning a fall trip, consider participating in one of these work experiences sponsored by Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) in an area devastated by hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes. The first work trip to disaster-stricken Lake Charles, LA, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022. Contact Kathy Martin (retired clergy, former chaplain at Morningside, and ...

Abiding in Exile 8/4/2022

Abiding in Exile 8/4/2022

8/2/2022
Considering our losses By Cindy Hickman A wise friend once told me that if we want to understand someone, we should consider what that person has lost. Right now, at least to me, the world seems pretty confusing. This seems like a good time to take my friend’s advice and consider our losses. I asked my Facebook friends to describe what they lost during the pandemic. They poured out their hearts. Here’s what they said:   They lost their health. I lost my taste, and it changes my perspective on ...

Small church collects 285 boxes of cereal for donation

Small church collects 285 boxes of cereal for donation

8/2/2022
Submitted by Dianne Eppert In May, members of Marion Street United Methodist Church in Boone accepted a challenge from their pastor Angie Cunigan to collect 100 boxes of cereal to donate. The challenge came from her sermon on John 21:1-14 when Jesus prepared breakfast on the shore following his Resurrection. Not only was that goal reached but it exceeded expectations. A total of 285 boxes of cereal were placed around the sanctuary just like dominos. It was exciting to watch the boxes tumble ...

UMC portion of Boy Scouts' bankruptcy ruling approved

UMC portion of Boy Scouts' bankruptcy ruling approved

8/1/2022
UMC portion of Boy Scouts' bankruptcy ruling approved United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2022 A 281-page ruling last Friday in the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) bankruptcy proceedings indicates that most of the reorganization plan meets the criteria of bankruptcy law and is constitutional. The ruling approves the United Methodist portion of the settlement, but there are several more matters the BSA must address for the plan to be ...

Now is a good time to shop for Ingathering school supply kit essentials

Now is a good time to shop for Ingathering school supply kit essentials

7/30/2022
Back-to-school is also a great time to shop for Ingathering school kit supplies. The 42nd Annual Mission Ingathering will be on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Start now filling those kits!  School Supply Kits include: 3 Notebooks - 1 subject spiral 8”x 10 1/2” 1 Ruler - 12” long with metric 6 Pencils - unsharpened 1 Pencil Sharpener 1 Eraser - 2” or larger 1 Box 12 Colored Pencils 1 Box 24 Crayons 1 Pair of Student Scissors 1 One Handle Cloth Bag * Place all items in the cloth bag or a plastic ...

Storm Lake UMC B.L.E.S.S. Ministry gives school supplies to hundreds of students

Storm Lake UMC B.L.E.S.S. Ministry gives school supplies to hundreds of students

7/29/2022
Storm Lake United Methodist Church is preparing for its 7th Annual School Supply Giveaway on August 13 and expects to serve about 600 children and youth through its B.L.E.S.S. ministry. It’s estimated that over the seven years, the church has served 2,073 students in the area and beyond.   The B.L.E.S.S. Ministry, which stands for Bless & Love Everyone School Supplies, was started after former Storm Lake UMC Pastor Matt Miller made a comment to lay member and volunteer Sarah Low in the office.  ...

UMCOR and CWS launch new menstrual hygiene kits

UMCOR and CWS launch new menstrual hygiene kits

7/28/2022
July 26, 2022 | ATLANTA For release: IMMEDIATE  Media Contact: Dan Curran for Global Ministries/UMCOR 770-658-9586 dancurran@curranpr.com  The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Church World Service (CWS) today launched a new joint menstrual hygiene kit initiative to provide essential health and dignity products to vulnerable communities across the U.S. The kits will be purchased and assembled by volunteers and supporters, and then distributed by UMCOR and CWS programs. The joint ...

Mission opportunity before YOUTH 2023

Mission opportunity before YOUTH 2023

7/25/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Youth and youth leaders are invited to YOUTH 2023 and missional opportunities! Every four years since the early 1990s, Discipleship Ministries, an agency of the United Methodist Church, has organized a youth event held at various locations around the country. These events provide youth and adult leaders inspirational worship, Bible study, service opportunities and fellowship time. YOUTH 2023 will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida from July 25-28, 2023, and is open ...

United Methodist Communications to Host Podcast-a-thon

United Methodist Communications to Host Podcast-a-thon

7/25/2022
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2022  Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist Communications has announced plans for the inaugural United Methodist Podcast-a-thon event to take place on August 2, 2022. The day-long event will showcase eight podcasts from the United Methodist general agencies delivered via Facebook Live on the ResourceUMC Facebook page. “One of the wonderful aspects of podcasting relates to the independence of the medium: ...

United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training

United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training

7/25/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Twenty persons attended the United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training event held on Friday, July 22. Tammy Kuntz, the North Central UMVIM, was the instructor for the all-day meeting. Participants learned the how’s, why’s and what’s of team leadership to prepare for mission journeys in the United States and around the world.  All work groups, whether youth, adults or intergenerational need a trained and trusted leader who offers a successful ...

Installation Service for District Superintendent Rev. Michel Lundula

Installation Service for District Superintendent Rev. Michel Lundula

7/21/2022
We would like to invite you to attend the installation service for Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula as the District Superintendent for the Camp Clear Lake District on Sunday, August 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Storm Lake United Methodist Church - 211 E 3rd St. Storm Lake, IA 50588. A reception will be held following the service. We will also be taking an offering to support the ministry of Lake Okoboji Camp and Retreat Center. If you cannot make the service but would like to give, visit our website. Please ...

Abiding in Exile 7/21/2022

Abiding in Exile 7/21/2022

7/19/2022
The importance of wonder and awe By Nate Mason      Image: Webb’s First Deep Field Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI The heavens keep telling the wonders of God,  and the skies declare what he has done. Each day informs the following day;  each night announces to the next.  They don't speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice.  Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world. Psalm 19:1-4 (CEB)   Have you taken the time to check out the newly released images...

Abiding in Exile 7/14/2022

Abiding in Exile 7/14/2022

7/13/2022
Here are two poems that capture moments, one in morning, one in night. It is in the moments that we live our lives; it is in the moments that we are aware of life within life, God within life, God with us, God with the world.  By Mary Lautzenhiser Bellon    The Morning Walk   My shoes were drenched where I left them in the yard   so I walked barefoot   over the smooth stones and the long folding grass, then,   the sharp edge of the trellis cut my ankle   when I leaned in to breathe the early day...

Disaffiliation Information from Wespath: Video and Podcast Explain Pension Withdrawal Liability Payment

Disaffiliation Information from Wespath: Video and Podcast Explain Pension Withdrawal Liability Payment

7/8/2022
Submitted by Wespath In a new video, Wespath's Martin Bauer and Dale Jones offer easy-to-understand answers to the complex, multi-layered questions related to pension plan funding and the withdrawal liability payment. Understanding the nuances of long-term pension funding is critical as some local churches and UMC clergy consider disaffiliation. We encourage you to watch this video and share it with others in your conference. This 18-minute video addresses these and other questions: Are the ...

New BSA/UMC affiliation and facilities use agreements

New BSA/UMC affiliation and facilities use agreements

7/8/2022
United Methodist leaders and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have reached an agreement about new Affiliation and Facility Use Agreements between congregations, scouting units and the BSA.  Over the last year, leaders of The United Methodist Church engaged in the Boy Scouts of America reorganization because of sexual abuse in scouting programs over the last 80 years. United Methodist Leaders and the BSA each have worked toward ending sexual abuse and the number of cases have decreased ...

School for Lay Ministry has a new associate dean and is now a two-year program

School for Lay Ministry has a new associate dean and is now a two-year program

7/8/2022
By: Marsha Gerot, chair of the School for Lay Ministry Kate Kitzman, a recent School for Lay Ministry (SLM) graduate, has been appointed Associate Dean to SLM. Kate has over fifteen years of experience serving in ministry and church leadership. She specializes in vocational discernment and development through a theological lens. She has held this position for the past year and has proven to be effective and to be a blessing to SLM. Kate will serve as Dean starting in January of 2023. John ...

Supreme Court reverses

Supreme Court reverses "Wait in Mexico" policy

7/8/2022
By: Karlene Neal, Conference Advocate for Immigrants and Refugees In 2017 President Trump signed an executive order requiring migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico until their scheduled hearings. This order was part of President Trump’s attempt to deal with the large numbers of migrants seeking entry into the U.S. Other steps taken by President Trump were building a wall, banning migrants from countries with majority-Muslim populations, rescinding the DACA program (undocumented ...

Abiding in Exile 7/7/2022

Abiding in Exile 7/7/2022

7/7/2022
This week we welcome Rev. Cindy Hickman to our regular team of Exile writers. You’ve met her already as a guest writer. Welcome, Cindy! "C'mon" By Rev. Cindy Hickman The Holy Spirit offers a daily invitation. “C’mon. I have something to show you. Come and see with your eyes, your heart, your soul." A few days ago, my husband and I were visiting New Orleans. One evening we walked to Café Du Monde, famous in the French Quarter for beignets, puff pastry covered in powdered sugar. We picked up our ...

Join the Iowa UMVIM work trip to Louisiana in September

Join the Iowa UMVIM work trip to Louisiana in September

7/7/2022
The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee (UMVIM) is planning a disaster response work trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana from September 24 - October 2, 2022. Over the past few years, the Southwest Louisiana area has been hit hard by a series of natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornados, flooding, and extreme cold. Residents were only beginning to recover from one disaster when the next one struck, and hundreds of people are still in need of assistance and hope. Bill Howell, ...

2021 State of The United Methodist Church Report

2021 State of The United Methodist Church Report

7/6/2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2022 The United Methodist Church Releases 2021 State of the Church Report Nashville, Tenn.: The United Methodist Church has released the 2021 State of the Church Report, which centers around the theme of claiming our identity. Beginning with Jesus' question to Peter in Matthew 16, "Who do you say that I am?" the question is posed to the UMC, "Who do we say that we are?" as the church seeks to affirm the basis of their identity in faith and service to Christ. “This ...

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 ...

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