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NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

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

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

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

The storms of life

The storms of life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the Go Masks is GCFA’s newest ministry partner

On the Go Masks is GCFA’s newest ministry partner

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

Silver Creek UMC is

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

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

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

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

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

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

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

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

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

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

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

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

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

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

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

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

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

Crowded camps next to the border

Crowded camps next to the border

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

New cohort for youth ministry training begins soon

New cohort for youth ministry training begins soon

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

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

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

AC2020 Legislation

AC2020 Legislation

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

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

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

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

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

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

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

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

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

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

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

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

AC2020 Special Offerings:

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

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

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

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

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

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

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

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

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

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

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

What’s to Prevent Us?

What’s to Prevent Us?

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

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

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

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

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

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

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

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

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

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

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

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

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

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides

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

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

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

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

2021 Summer Camp Registration is now open!

2021 Summer Camp Registration is now open!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Storm Lake Mabaan help family and friends in South Sudan

Storm Lake Mabaan help family and friends in South Sudan

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

District Superintendent Supervisory Assignments

District Superintendent Supervisory Assignments

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

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

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

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

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Commitment to Antiracism

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Commitment to Antiracism

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

Update on Mabaan fundraising effort

Update on Mabaan fundraising effort

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

Bishop Laurie invites you to watch on Facebook Live

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

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

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

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

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paycheck Protection Program to Help Sustain Ministries

Paycheck Protection Program to Help Sustain Ministries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Laurie's Statement on Protests in Des Moines

Bishop Laurie's Statement on Protests in Des Moines

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

Iowa Annual Conference and Clergy Session Update

Iowa Annual Conference and Clergy Session Update

5/29/2020
Dear 2020 Iowa Annual Conference members,   We thank you for your continued dedication and ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, we are discovering new ways to continue our ministry and work together.   As the COVID-19 health crisis unfolds, special arrangements have been made so that the lay and clergy members of the Iowa Annual Conference have the opportunity to meet and conference for the discernment of those actions that are necessary for local churches, pastors, and the ...

Next week the Good Idea Webinars move to Zoom

Next week the Good Idea Webinars move to Zoom

5/29/2020
Beginning next week, the Good Idea Webinars will be moving to Zoom. On Monday, June 1, the Unscripted Time of Encouragement and Support will have a special invitation for folks wanting to talk about caring for our health care workers. Join the conversation on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95263025913), or dial in at +1 301 715 8592 with meeting ID 952 6302 5913 Thursday, June 4, Good Idea Webinar will be focused on the Iowa Conference Re-Entry Plan featuring Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck. Join the webinar...

Second Clergy Session Rehearsal—Tuesday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Second Clergy Session Rehearsal—Tuesday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m.

5/29/2020
We would like to invite all clergy members of the Iowa Conference to attend a second Clergy Session Zoom Webinar and VVoter rehearsal on Tuesday, June 2nd at 9:30 a.m.  Instructions We understand that working with technology can be challenging, which is why it is important for you to attend this rehearsal. We have compiled a detailed set of instructions and troubleshooting tips. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need of assistance.  Detailed instructions and tips Email ...

Letter from Bishop Laurie: Reentry Update and Resources

Letter from Bishop Laurie: Reentry Update and Resources

5/27/2020
Beloved of God,     I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. In just a few short days we will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday. The Greek word pentecoste means "fiftieth day" and marks the time when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem, marking the birth of the church. For many of us, the “fiftieth day” also marks our time away from in-person worship since the disruption in all areas of our lives caused by this global pandemic....

North Central Jurisdiction announce plans for episcopal leadership

North Central Jurisdiction announce plans for episcopal leadership

5/27/2020
  Yesterday, two announcements were made regarding significant events in The United Methodist Church.   The Commission on the General Conference announced the postponed 2020 General Conference will be held August 29–September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.   The Council of Bishops followed that with the announcement that the postponed jurisdictional conferences in the United States will be held November 10–12, 2021.   Today, each of the jurisdictions in the ...

Bishop:

Bishop: "Refrain from in-house worship through May 31"

5/22/2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ in the Iowa Annual Conference, As you may have heard, President Donald Trump announced this morning that he is designating all places of worship, including churches, synagogues, and mosques, as “essential,” saying he wants them to “open right now.” He said, “We want our churches and our places of faith and worship, we want them to open.” We all agree that our houses of worship play a critical role in our life here in the United States. However, we also have ...

Communications Team receives awards of excellence

Communications Team receives awards of excellence

5/22/2020
The Iowa Conference Communications Ministry Team received three awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators UMAC).  The presentation celebration, held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 health crisis, highlighted the work of communicators across the country and an international partner.  The Communications Ministry Team - Arthur McClanahan, Liz Winders, and Courtney Levin - received a first-place award in the News Article, Annual Conference/Local Church Division for ...

Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan

Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan

5/22/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Operations Team is providing this Re-Entry Plan for the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. This plan is guided by John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules, which provides a message and methodology of how to approach our strategic and compassionate plan to care for our churches and communities through COVID-19. Wesley’s rules have been placed within a stoplight framework to guide us as we move through a graduated 3-Level reentry process from red to yellow to...

Iowa United Methodist Camps announce summer ministry plans

Iowa United Methodist Camps announce summer ministry plans

5/22/2020
Registration for Backyard Camp can be found at www.iaumc.org/camps. The Summer of 2020 is just around the corner and with it comes opportunities to connect in different ways than ever before. Iowa United Methodist Camps are proud to announce “Backyard Camp”, a one-of-a-kind summer program offering from the combined staff at Wesley Woods and Okoboji United Methodist Camps.  Bryan Johnson, Director of Camps and Retreats says “connection with friends old and new is one of the best parts of the ...

Iowa Conference clergy converse on congregation reentry

Iowa Conference clergy converse on congregation reentry

5/21/2020
About 400 Iowa Conference clergypersons joined a Zoom meeting focused on reentry plans for Iowa United Methodist congregations addressing the concerns surrounding reentry into churches during and after the COVID-19 crisis.    “Have you ever heard the words, ‘We’ve never done this before,’?” asked Bishop Laurie Haller during her opening devotion. “No, we haven’t done this before, but this evening we’re doing something new. We’re gathering as clergy in a way we have never gathered before.” Watch...

Remember the Mabaan

Remember the Mabaan

5/20/2020
Amidst a pandemic, tragedies which seem smaller in scope are often overlooked. The Mabaan of South Sudan are in danger of being forgotten by their country and the world. Let’s be sure they aren’t forgotten by their friends in Iowa, the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I empathize with the Mabaan. Visiting Sudan in 2009 on a UMW Mission Study trip was in some ways like coming home. My husband Joe and I had spent two years in Ghana in the Peace Corps, and although our time in...

Letter from Bishop Laurie and Cabinet regarding Iowa's Agriculture challenges

Letter from Bishop Laurie and Cabinet regarding Iowa's Agriculture challenges

5/19/2020
Greetings in the name of the Risen Christ!   Here in the great state of Iowa, we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation. COVID-19 and a challenging farm economy have combined to form an unparalleled convergence of grief, injury, and anxiety in our state, particularly in agriculture and agriculture-related communities.    The purpose of this letter is to help our pastors and lay leadership better identify, name, and support those affected in and near our churches.   We continue to hear of ...

Is your church doing something creative as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak

Is your church doing something creative as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak

5/15/2020
Churches of all sizes from all parts of Iowa are coming up with unique ideas such as sidewalk chalk drawing, giving away quarantine care bags, making and giving away masks and so much more. We would like to hear your stories! If your church is doing something you are proud of and would like to share, or if you know a UMC that is, please email jaye.johnson@iaumc.org with details and include a few pictures. We will be assembling a video for the virtual AC2020 to highlight the spirit and response...

May 19 All-Clergy Zoom Meeting to Discuss Re-entry Plans

May 19 All-Clergy Zoom Meeting to Discuss Re-entry Plans

5/15/2020
Dear Clergy Colleagues,   As you may be aware, Governor Kim Reynolds announced this morning that she is relaxing COVID-19 restrictions in all 99 counties in order to open the state and boost the economy. Effective Friday May 15, she will be lifting mandated closures on barber shops and salons. Also included in the relaxed restrictions are restaurant dining areas, libraries, racetracks, and fitness centers in all counties. It is important to remember that current restrictions related to capacity ...

Next webinar topics are: What’s Up With Camps, and Stewardship in a Covid-19 World

Next webinar topics are: What’s Up With Camps, and Stewardship in a Covid-19 World

5/15/2020
5/21/20: What’s Up With Camps?  @ 2 p.m. Bryan Johnson, Director of Camping and Christian Formation for the Iowa Annual Conference will be sharing what is going on with camps this summer. It was announced at the end of April there will be no onsite camping at Wesley Woods or Camp Okoboji this summer. Join us using this link https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCCamp. The host will be Rev. Ron Carson, District Superintendent of the Northwest District.  The webinars will be recorded and posted here www.iaumc.o...

UMC Bishops call for justice in wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s death

UMC Bishops call for justice in wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s death

5/14/2020
For Immediate Release Thursday, May 14, 2020 WASHINGTON, D. C. -  The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for justice and the eradication of racism and white supremacy in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia.  In a statement released today and signed by Council of Bishops President Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the leaders of the church joined the General Commission on Religion and Race and the General Board of Church and Society in...

Caring Connections for May 13, 2020—

Caring Connections for May 13, 2020—"God Isn't Far Away from Any of Us"

5/13/2020
"God Isn't Far Away from Any of Us" from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for May 13, 2020 Grace and peace in the name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a beautiful time of year spring is here in Iowa! As I sit in my home office at my computer and look out the window, I see many children playing in their front yards or choosing teams to compete at basketball, and it reminds me that even in the midst of COVID-19 life goes on. God continues to ...

Asumana Marafa becomes second Nigeria Student to Iowa to graduate from Morningside College

Asumana Marafa becomes second Nigeria Student to Iowa to graduate from Morningside College

5/11/2020
Nigerian student, Asumana Marafa, recently graduated (ceremony postponed until 8/8/2020) from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Asumana is the second Nigerian student to attend and graduate from this Iowa United Methodist Church-related college.  Marafa was born in Bambur, Taraba State, Nigeria, and the youngest of four siblings. After losing her mother and father, she lived with her cousin while growing up. During her 2012-2013 high school year, she was an exchange student of the ...

Health-full Minute—being nutritionally smart

Health-full Minute—being nutritionally smart

5/11/2020
By: Kae Tritle, RN Wellness Coordinator As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have emotionally moved through various phases; denial, panic, crisis, and now a sense of long-term coping. We are beginning to realize that this situation is going to continue for a while. The word “marathon” is being used for the next phase of the Covid-19 response. As we have experienced the impact of COVID-19 upon our daily lives, an area that is part of our emotional response is what we put into our...

Colfax UMC asked to 'up the ante' to help community

Colfax UMC asked to 'up the ante' to help community

5/8/2020
12 families, including 19 children, aren't going hungry over the weekend because of the generosity of the people of the Colfax United Methodist Church and other congregations in the community.   “We just knew there was a need, and we’ll take care of that need for as long as it needs to be,” said Rev. Terry Pollard of the Colfax United Methodist Church.   Listen to a conversation with Rev. Terry Pollard about the ecumenical outreach. Colfax has a backpack program, spearheaded by the Christian ...

Statement by GCORR and GBCS on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Statement by GCORR and GBCS on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

5/8/2020
How long, O Lord, how long? The February killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, is another incident that torchlights the darkest moments of our history. The recurrence of these killings, coupled with the fact that justice is seldom served, is a strong indication of how deeply entrenched racism is in our society’s systems and beliefs. Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher, Philando Castile, Samuel DuBose, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and Walter Scott are few of the many ...

Denominational Leaders remain united urging Iowa congregations to refrain from in-person gatherings  despite visit to Iowa from Vice President on Friday

Denominational Leaders remain united urging Iowa congregations to refrain from in-person gatherings despite visit to Iowa from Vice President on Friday

5/7/2020
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release May 7, 2020 Denominational Leaders remain united urging Iowa congregations to refrain from in-person gatherings despite visit to Iowa from Vice President on Friday   On April 28, twenty-one denominational leaders from ten denominations from across Iowa issued a joint statement regarding Governor Kim Reynolds' proclamation on April 27 to allow congregations to gather in-person despite the continued spread of COVID-19. The joint statement urged congregations to...

UPDATED: Denominational Leaders Unite: Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings

UPDATED: Denominational Leaders Unite: Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings

5/7/2020
May 7, 2020 Denominational Leaders Remain United:  Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings   As church denominational leaders, representing more than 1.2 million Christians throughout the state of Iowa, we are grateful for the opportunity provided by the upcoming visit of Vice President Mike Pence to re-issue and recommit to our position regarding in-person gatherings of faith communities, whether for worship or group ministries.    With one voice, we want to assure the Vice ...

Caring Connections for May 6, 2020—

Caring Connections for May 6, 2020—"Our Complete Trust in God"

5/6/2020
Our Complete Trust in God from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Caring Connections with Bishop Laurie from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for May 6, 2020 Grace and peace to each one of you. This week I have been pondering Psalm 31, which is one of the lectionary lessons of this week. The Psalmist writes:  I take refuge in you, Lord.     Please never let me be put to shame.         Rescue me by your righteousness! 2 Listen closely to me!     Deliver me ...

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President

5/5/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area has made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to be president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.  She is also the first woman of color to lead the more than 128 active and retired bishops of the one of the largest denominations in the world. Bishop Harvey assumed the mantle of office last week as the active and retired bishops from around the globe gathered in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1...

Prayers for conference leadership

Prayers for conference leadership

5/5/2020
Dear Iowa Conference Family,   We would ask that you hold several of our Iowa Conference Leadership team members in your prayers as many of them have lost loved ones during this difficult time. We pray also for you, as we are sure many of you have also experienced loss in this time of quarantine and aren’t able to be with family. We lift up our prayers to the Lord. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.   Rev. Dr. Kiboko Kiboko, East Central District Superintendent   One of Kiboko’s nephews ...

Creative way to boost local church giving and social media engagement — #IGiveUMC

Creative way to boost local church giving and social media engagement — #IGiveUMC

5/4/2020
Looking for a creative way to boost local church giving and social media engagement? #IGiveUMC is your answer. This new campaign inspires United Methodists, and others, to make donations to local United Methodist churches in honor/memory of someone who’s made a difference to them. Then, donors will post on social media about their honoree and their gift, along with a request for others to make a donation of their own. #IGiveUMC will focus on these celebrations during the spring of 2020. ...

Iowa African UMC pastors encourage support for Mabaan Flood Relief

Iowa African UMC pastors encourage support for Mabaan Flood Relief

5/4/2020
As pastors of African descendent serving churches in the Iowa Conference, we are concerned for our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ whose families and friends have experienced heavy rains causing drastic flooding. The five plus months that they lived in water was devastating and caused much despair. Thank God these Mabaan Christians have reached out to the Iowa Conference to help them bring hope to those affected by the flooding. The Mabaan communities of faith worship with us in ...

Iowa Conference UMW Awarding Grants

Iowa Conference UMW Awarding Grants

5/4/2020
Iowa Conference United Methodist Women has awarded Be Bold grants to several local units to be used for community projects that will enhance the Purpose of UMW. The grants were made possible by a planned gift to Iowa Conference UMW from the late Barbara Csomay of Kanawha. She was a retired music teacher and marching band instructor, and a member of Kanawha United Methodist Church. The grants were to be awarded later in 2020, but are being awarded on a shortened timetable to help meet the needs...

Fill the Truck 2020

Fill the Truck 2020

5/1/2020
We WILL be “Filling the Truck” for Midwest Missions in June 2020. Just a little different this year. Drop off dates and locations will be announced soon. For information, contact Pastor Catie Newman at Disaster.response@iaumc.org or 712-899-4067 phone or text.  The ongoing mission outreach at Midwest Missions continues and is busier than ever! In addition to Hygiene Kits, Student Desks and Sewing Machines (both pedal and electric) Midwest Missions has requested: Flannel, “PLU” (waterproof) and...

Worship Service for use during three day renewal leave

Worship Service for use during three day renewal leave

4/30/2020
Dear Iowa United Methodist Clergy, Worship Leaders, Lay Leaders, and Staff, Bishop Laurie recently shared, “For the past five weeks, our clergy and laity have been working tirelessly to provide vital worship, pastoral care, and hope for our local churches in the Iowa Annual Conference. I also know that many of our clergy, church staff, and worship teams are utterly exhausted in mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I am requiring those teams to find three days back-to-back between now and Pentecost...

2020 Summer Camp announcement

2020 Summer Camp announcement

4/29/2020
To supporters of the Iowa United Methodist Camping Ministry: The Iowa United Methodist Camping Ministry has adopted core values which guide our values, principles and decision making. Our first core value is to “ensure guests feel safe, secure and loved”. As a result, today we are announcing that due to ongoing concerns regarding the safety and health of our campers, families and staff due to COVID-19 we will be cancelling all summer programs at Okoboji and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps ...

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