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East Central welcomes new Superintendent

East Central welcomes new Superintendent

9/30/2015
Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko was welcomed as the new Conference Superintendent for the East Central District in a worship service on Sunday, September 27.  With prayer and music nearly two hundred people gathered in the sanctuary of Marion First United Methodist Church to mark the beginning of a new ministry. Click here to see images of the Celebration Service  https://www.flickr.com/photos/iowaconference/albums/72157656945759094  Common commitment was expressed through the opening prayer – “Eternal ...

Fall Retirees gathering focuses on spirituality

Fall Retirees gathering focuses on spirituality

9/30/2015
Dr. Mary Fraser “Spirituality in Retirement” was the focus of the Fall 2015 Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses.  The event, which was held at New Hope United Methodist Church, Des Moines, featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Mary Fraser, the Iowa Conference’s Director of Pastoral Care. Rev. Bill Poland, Assistant to the Bishop for Administration, kicked off the day offering his personal welcome as well as extending greetings from Bishop Julius C. Trimble who is currently away on renewal...

Just Move It!

Just Move It!

9/28/2015
By: Kae Tritle, RN Wellness Coordinator  Exercise! Most of us still cringe at the prospect of doing activities that involve running, jumping, sweating, huffing and puffing. Actually, our physical bodies are made for moving. As a one cartoon states:  TV Voice: “Next up on the news: something that is guaranteed to burn fat, tone muscles, beautify skin, improve memory, reduce stress, boost brain functioning, enhance your love life, reduce the risk of almost any disease, and make you look and feel ...

Thrive UMC 5K gathers community, helps homeless youth

Thrive UMC 5K gathers community, helps homeless youth

9/28/2015
  Three hundred runners and walkers made their way around a 5k (3.3 mile) course in West Des Moines to help homeless youth in the Greater Des Moines area.  The Food Truck 5k was also an opportunity to gather a community on a picture-perfect early fall afternoon. Rev. Jennifer Hibben, one of Thrive’s pastors, told the crowd, “We’re out here doing a great fun 5k to benefit the community, to benefit the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, and to give these awesome food trucks a great venue to see their ...

Trinity’s ELL program changes lives

Trinity’s ELL program changes lives

9/28/2015
“I started to learn English when I came to this country,” says Merced Cruz. “But then after I have my children, I couldn’t go anyplace because no one provided childcare. This church was the first place that offered that, so that was magnificent for me.” Merced was one of a few people who participated in the ESL (English as a Second Language) program at Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines back when it first began. But for various reasons, the others gradually dropped out until it was ...

Number of bishops may be reduced

Number of bishops may be reduced

9/24/2015
By: Kay DeMoss, Michigan Area UMC Senior Writer & Content Editor Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), has notified the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictional leadership that the number of bishops representing those areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers. The Michigan Area, currently comprised of the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences is part of the North Central Jurisdiction. GCFA, responding to responsibilities and membership ...

The Board of Pensions announces enhancements to program

9/22/2015
The Board of Pensions cares about our clergy and their family’s health and well-being. We are excited to announce some enhancements to our already established program.  2015 Iowa Conference Wellness Program Wellness Reward!  1) A visit to your Dr. = $250    A Dr. visit for either an annual physical or management of a health condition will qualify—documentation from Wellmark through claims data.  2) Participation in Virgin Pulse Healthmiles pedometer program = $250     Be active in the Virgin ...

September 2015 School Teachers for Nigeria

9/3/2015
What’s happening?  Davidson Adams’ wife Ruth and children Destiny, Divine and Beverly Joy are now settled into WITCC campus housing at 4701 Stone Ave., Apt. F4, Sioux City, IA 51106. They are ecstatic to be a family again! Davidson will be taking on-line classes to get his Bachelor’s Degree.  Ishaya David arrived back from Nigeria safely and purchased a second hand car for use during his internship while at Simpson College.  Paul Johnson starts his senior year at Morningside College where he is ...

front•piece for September 2015

8/31/2015
By: Rev. Dr. Aurthur McClanahan Director of Communication, Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church A new year begins.  Wait! What?  It’s September, not January. What do you mean a new year? Yes, I know, the days of 2015 have flown right by and two-thirds of the calendar pages are now paper airplanes, scratch pads for grocery lists, or even book markers (if you’re not a Kindle consumer!). Debates about when to being the school year have faded into silence in legislative halls, no ...

Conference moves to replace Bishop’s residence

8/27/2015
Conference moves to replace Bishop’s residence   Within the next two months the Conference will replace the Bishop’s residence.  The collaborative efforts of the conference Board of Trustees, Committee on the Episcopacy, and Council on Finance and Administration will secure a different home for our episcopal family.   The current residence, in Norwalk, has experienced repeated water problems over the years – it was built and occupied in 2007 – and the difficulties have escalated in recent ...

Register Now for Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection

8/20/2015
Over the past 15 years, more than 20,000 leaders have returned to their congregations and communities ready to "Go and Lead" with impact, vitality, excellence, passion and boldness after participating at Leadership Institute. This year's Leadership Institute takes place at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, Oct. 1-2 (Pre-Institute Sept. 30). Bring your ministry leaders to the largest mainline church training event, bringing together clergy, church staff and volunteers who share a ...

The 2015 Iowa Conference Journal is now available

The 2015 Iowa Conference Journal is now available

8/20/2015
The 2015 Iowa Conference Journal, Clergy lay Address Directory, Book of Resolutions and Post Conference Manual are now available at www.iaumc.org/Journal. If you have forgotten the log in information for the Clergy Lay Address Directory, please contact Jill Stanton at jill.stanton@iaumc.org.

Katharine Yarnell's “Get Your Money’s Worth: Stories Drive Apportionments”

Katharine Yarnell's “Get Your Money’s Worth: Stories Drive Apportionments”

8/18/2015
Katharine Yarnell, the Field Outreach Minister in the North Central District, is a featured author in the current edition of the Circuit Rider magazine. Her article, “Get Your Money’s Worth: Stories Drive Apportionments,” is written for pastors and other leaders of local churches. She describes “two rules of thumb [that] apply to teaching financial stewardship.” First, include numbers with a narrative. Tell the story of ministry in conjunction with the dollar figures in budget proposals. Second,...

Beans to Mission: An Uplifting story

Beans to Mission: An Uplifting story

8/14/2015
From beans to mission: the story of an extroverted church   Evangelism can come in many different forms – some of them quite surprising. For Grand View United Methodist Church in Dubuque, one of those unusual methods of evangelism is in the form of a bratwurst booth at the Dubuque County Fair. “We think that Jesus may not run the brat booth, but he would probably hang out there with the people,” says Reverend Tom Shinkle. “The Brat Haus that we run is not a money-making operation. We’re in the ...

Doing something in response to domestic abuse

Doing something in response to domestic abuse

8/14/2015
The Iowa Conference recently held a two-day workshop on domestic violence awareness sponsored by United Methodist Women, in partnership with United Methodist Men, the Inelda Gonzalez Initiative for Domestic Violence, and the FaithTrust Institute. Click to hear the conversation with the workshop presenters UMW sought the help of the FaithTrust Institute in conducting these trainings because of the organization’s expertise in the area of domestic abuse. Danielle Hill, a program manager at the ...

Iowa United Methodist's participate in the 2015 Iowa State Fair

Iowa United Methodist's participate in the 2015 Iowa State Fair

8/14/2015
Iowa United Methodists are present at the 2015 State Fair.  We've heard from a few who will be participating in events and/or be honored.  If you, or your group, will be receiving an award or participating in some way, please let us know (communications@iaumc.org) and we'll update our list... West Des Moines UMC is operating it’s food stand for the 66th consecutive year at the Iowa State Fair.  Started In 1949, the WDMUMC stand is the only remaining permanent church operated food stand along ...

Guinn receives Ball award from MFSA

Guinn receives Ball award from MFSA

8/11/2015
Rev. Chet Guinn received The Ball Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action at Gather at the River on August 7, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. The award is named after Lee and Mae Ball who were never content to remain within the walls of a Church building because they knew they could only find Jesus in the company of the poor and oppressed. They engaged those who were "spiritual, but not religious" long before the Church had words to describe such a belief. And so today, the Methodist ...

Thrive’s Food Truck 5K to support Homeless Youth Center

Thrive’s Food Truck 5K to support Homeless Youth Center

8/10/2015
Do you love 5K runs? Do you love food trucks? Do you love to help a good cause? Then you’re in luck, because on Saturday, September 26 at the Valley View Aquatic Center in West Des Moines, all three come together in one great event with The Food Truck 5K. “It’s a 5 ‘o’ clock race, so it’s going to start in the evening. Right before dinner you get a run in, then you get to eat right afterwards,” explains Rev. Jennifer Hibben of Thrive UMC, which is hosting the event. She also notes that “This is...

August 2015 School Teacher for Nigeria

8/4/2015
ON THE MOVE… Ishaya David, a junior at Simpson College, will arrive back in Iowa on August 11 after having visited his mother, brothers and baby niece in Nigeria! The family of Davidson Adams, who recently graduated from WITCC in Sioux City, has been granted a visa to come to the U.S.  He is so excited to finally be able to have his family with him after two years of separation.  So, wife Ruth, boys Destiny and Divine, along with daughter Beverly, will arrive in Omaha on August 16.  They will ...

Three Iowans Graduate from St Paul School of Theology Course of Study

Three Iowans Graduate from St Paul School of Theology Course of Study

8/4/2015
On Thursday, July 30th three individuals from Iowa were among the eighteen that graduated from the St Paul School of Theology Course of Study. The graduation ceremony was held at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Course of Study is a series of 20 courses which consist of courses ranging from the Bible to Transformative Leadership to Ethics for licensed local pastors. Completing this coursework is a wonderful accomplishment that enriches the lives of these individuals and the ...

School for Lay Ministry Classes Begin this Fall at Three Campuses

School for Lay Ministry Classes Begin this Fall at Three Campuses

8/3/2015
Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Several years ago dedicated people with great vision initiated the School for Lay Ministry in the Iowa Annual Conference. Since that beginning in Indianola at Simpson College, the school has expanded adding campuses at Morningside in Sioux City and at Cornell in Mount Vernon. In 2014 a Spanish language class was added at Simpson. The purpose of the ...

Self-Care: Becoming a Transformed Disciple

Self-Care: Becoming a Transformed Disciple

7/22/2015
By: Kae Tritle, RN,  Wellness Coordinator Healthy, well-functioning bodies are often taken for granted—until something happens; an inconvenient infection, a gradual awareness of changing bodily functions or a sudden event—such as a car accident or an unexpected injury that leaves our physical body partially functioning.   Other aspects of our lives also affect our physical health—worry and stress, changes in our finances, relationships, family and work responsibilities, illness within our ...

Ames, Calvary United Methodist Church Healthy Church Initiative – “The Parking Sticker Story”

7/9/2015
Calvary United Methodist Church in Ames has been working faithfully through the Healthy Church Initiative process, and it is bearing fruit!  Having finished the Leadership Development training, and preparing for a Consultation on September 25-27, 2015, they are reaching out to the community in a creative way! With the major street in front of their church being closed for months for repair, the residents in that neighbourhood had no place to park their cars.  Ames, Calvary reached out in love, ...

Justice for Our Neighbors Brings Burmese Refugee Couple Together

7/6/2015
Ram Ling* is the first client I met when I came to JFON.  He was a Burmese refugee who had fled from Burma to Malaysia in 2006, and was allowed to come to the United States as a refugee in 2007.  When he left Burma, he had left behind a young wife, Ma Hup, with whom he was very much in love.  But Ram did not understand the immigration laws of the United States.  He did not realize that he could have applied to have his wife join him here immediately after his arrival.  Instead, he thought that ...

July 2015 School Teacher for Nigeria Update

7/1/2015
July 2015 School Teacher for Nigeria Update Across the Atlantic Ocean and into Frankfurt, a second flight from Germany across the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert and into Abuja where the Iowa group of seven landed on June 12. After an overnight in Nigeria’s new capital, we boarded Med-View Airline for an hour flight to Yola then  a three hour drive to Jalingo, headquarters of  the UMC of Nigeria, and the church guesthouse where we fell into bed…exhausted. Life starts early in Nigeria so with...

Lending a Hand—A $5,000 Matching Grant for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors

Lending a Hand—A $5,000 Matching Grant for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors

7/1/2015
 Lending a hand to someone is a good feeling.  Maybe you helped with something as simple as carrying a bunch of sacks or boxes from the car to the church.   Maybe you said “yes” when asked to help at VBS  or to be on a committee renovating the kitchen.  Lending a hand can be a small or a large gesture, but it’s a way to feel good and to accomplish a task, a way to help another person and to show that you care. Here at Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors we need you to lend a hand to help us meet an ...

Bishop Trimble celebrates Worship with summer campers at Wesley Wood’s Camp and Retreat Center

Bishop Trimble celebrates Worship with summer campers at Wesley Wood’s Camp and Retreat Center

6/30/2015
By Pastor David Hobbs, LDM Camping & Christian Formation Over 200 youth and staff celebrated worship at Iowa UMC’s Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center with a surprise speaker at the weekly ‘Resurrection’ Worship Service.  On Friday, June 26 at Wesley Wood’s beautiful outdoor worship area, Bishop Trimble and Wesley Wood’s Site Director, Deke Rider helped lead the celebration worship that ends all of the Wesley Wood’s week-long camps.  It was a powerful testimony of the Holy Spirit as there ...

front*piece — Something happened that I almost missed

6/26/2015
Something extraordinary happened in the closing hours of the 2015 annual conference session.  I almost missed it.  I’m glad I didn’t…because it gave me hope! When we all arrived at the Iowa Events Center we came as individuals.  Or as groups.  We came with pre-formed opinions.  We came solicited, or soliciting, votes for action items, resolutions, and persons who will represent us at the regional and worldwide conferences next year. We clearly came “not of one mind.” We had our votes – one as ...

Claiming his words

6/25/2015
When Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten, who has served as Conference Artist for some 22 years, gave a statement early in the Annual Conference weekend, his primary focus was engaging the attendees in an interactive experience that invited everyone to consider a series of questions related to a visual artwork he had created for the Conference. However, towards the end of his remarks, as Rev. Lyddon Hatten briefly addressed some of the church body’s difference of opinion on questions of human sexuality, he ...

No One Should Live Like This

6/17/2015
(From Iowa JFON Attorney April Palma’s June 6, 2015, Staff Report to the Justice for Our Neighbors Standing Committee of the  Conference Board of Global Ministries.  ALL names have been changed to protect identities of clients and others.) Sandra is a 17 year old from El Salvador.  Last summer her parents sent her away from their home with instructions not to return because they could no longer support her.  Growing up Sandra was physically abused by her mother.  Her mother has severe anxiety ...

Short and Sweet and a Matching Grant

6/17/2015
Our visitor from National Justice for Our Neighbors, a ministry receiving grants from UMCOR, came to annual conference bearing gifts.   Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director in the national office that supports our Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, announced a matching grant of up to $5,000 starting on July 1.   Rob was with us less than 24 hours, but was able to meet with four different groups to tell the story of the valuable work of this ministry that has long been associated with UMCOR, the ...

The Quality of Mercy

6/17/2015
(From Iowa JFON Attorney Ann Naffier’s June 6, 2015 Staff Report to the Justice for Our Neighbors Standing Committee of the  Conference Board of Global Ministries.) Betty was born in Honduras, but came to the U.S. with her mother when she was just three years old.  Betty grew up in Iowa, graduated from high school, and started her own family here, but she was undocumented.  Like many undocumented, she resorted to using false documents to work in order to support her family.  Unfortunately, she ...

Fighting poverty with kid's books and quality time

Fighting poverty with kid's books and quality time

6/11/2015
“We estimate that there are  8,947 fourth graders reading below grade level and there were 80,000 under the age of 10 that are behind in reading,” reveals Clint Twedt-Ball of the Poverty to Opportunity Task Force, an initiative that aims to reach out to every one of those kids on behalf of the United Methodist Church. Clint was just at the 2015 Annual Conference session, where he presented the task force’s intentions to attendees. “[We] announced that our goal as Iowa United Methodists is ...

Conference approves leaner 2016 budget

6/10/2015
The 2016 budget of the Iowa Conference will be significantly smaller than the 2015 budget.  The new financial plan is 7.52% smaller than the one in effect in the prior year.    In the course of the consideration an amendment was proposed that would have limited support for the general church apportionments to the actual percentage received.  (A reserve is included in the budget to bring the Iowa Conference total support for general church apportionments up to 100 percent.)  A second amendment ...

Conference expresses support for Connectional Table

6/10/2015
The 2015 Iowa Annual Conference session expressed its support of the United Methodist Church’s Connectional Table proposal to the 2016 General Conference that the denomination take a more open stance on homosexuality.     Action Item 106 was a resolution that said, in part, “whereas this change ends Church trials over homosexuality, and it retains the authority of the annual conference to discern suitability for ordination, and whereas Bishops retain authority for appointments, and whereas ...

Increasing church vitality is focus of breakfast session

Increasing church vitality is focus of breakfast session

6/10/2015
Breakfast session focus on increasing church vitality   Nearly 60 people gathered to focus on “Tools for Increasing Your Church's Vitality.” Sponsored by the Communications Ministry Team of the Iowa Conference, the Monday morning breakfast session featured Caitlin Congdon, Manager, the Training & Development of United Methodist Communications.   “Tools for Increasing Your Church’s Vitality” is aimed at increasing the understanding of what makes a vital congregation and why that’s important, as ...

Letting Our Light Shine

Letting Our Light Shine

6/10/2015
Adam Hamilton and Conference Director of Communications, Art McClanahan, had a conversation between his second and third teaching sessions at the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference session. Rev. Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of the Kansas-based Church of the Resurrection, the largest United Methodist Church in the whole country. This year he joins us here at the Iowa Annual Conference to offer a series of teaching sessions on leadership, preaching, and missional outreach to inspire Iowa’s own ...

“How do you make a disciple?” is focus of Tuesday Bible Study

“How do you make a disciple?” is focus of Tuesday Bible Study

6/9/2015
Listening to the Conference for four days, Rev. Rebecca Fisher, LDM Evangelism & New Ministry Development was led to ask, “How do you make a disciple?”   She posed the question during the Tuesday morning Bible study of the 2015 annual conference session   Fisher began with a prayer, “God, open our eyes and ears so that we can see clearly and hear you and our hearts and minds to your Spirit.”   She chose to teach about Matthew 28:16-20, the scripture for the 2015 Annual Conference.    “Now the ...

Conference elects delegates

Conference elects delegates

6/9/2015
Iowa Conference elected its delegates and alternates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference and North Central Jurisdictional Conference in the course of twelve ballots.   The 2016 General Conference  will be held May 10– 20 in Portland, Oregon.  Six clergy and six laity will represent Iowa at the every-four-years worldwide gathering.   Clergy delegates are: Lilian Gallo Seagren, Katie Dawson, Brian Milford, Barrie Tritle, Diane Wasson Eberhart, and Thomas Shinkle.  Lay Delegates are: ...

Iowa commitment to Imagine No Malaria celebrated

Iowa commitment to Imagine No Malaria celebrated

6/9/2015
“I have an incredible story of celebration for our church that you, members of the Iowa Conference have shaped,” said Sheri Atland, campaign director of Imagine No Malaria. “Today, together, our grassroots actions are uniting and informing the people of our church and beyond our doors to the communities that we serve.”   In 2014, the Iowa Annual Conference celebrated surpassing their goal of giving $2 million dollars. It has continued to grow and today donations top $2.1 million dollars that are...

Balloting continues for General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations

6/8/2015
Balloting continued for lay and clergy representatives to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.   Ballot 6: Results of the sixth ballot were announced on Monday morning.  John Rothlisberger was elected, becoming the fourth member of the laity delegation. No one was elected on the clergy ballot.   Ballot 7: Two clergy were elected – Brian Milford and Barrie Tritle.  No one was elected on the laity ballot.   Ballot 8: results: Darci Rubenking was elected by the laity.  No clergy were ...

Board of Pensions report on medical insurance for pastors

Board of Pensions report on medical insurance for pastors

6/8/2015
Rev. Dr. Beverlee Bell made a presentation to the Iowa Annual Conference on Action Item #400, Board of Pension and Health Benefits “Medical insurance is the big news,” said Rev. Bell “and the future of insuring pastors.” She gave a report on the history of health insurance provided by the Iowa Annual Conference.  For several years the Iowa Annual Conference was self insured, one-third of the premium paid for by the pastor and two-thirds paid for by the church.  In the 1990’s the Conference was ...

Conference and “hundreds of volunteers” celebrate 25 year Iowa Nigeria Partnership

Conference and “hundreds of volunteers” celebrate 25 year Iowa Nigeria Partnership

6/8/2015
In one of the most rousing ministry celebrations seen in recent memory in the Iowa Annual Conference, a great dancing processing brought offerings to celebrate the twenty-five years of the Iowa Nigeria Partnership (INP).   “Partners in projects and friends” gave praise for what Bishop Trimble called “one of the longest running partnerships in the church.”   In 1989 four Iowans traveled to Nigeria in response to the invitation of the Great Commission.  According to Beverly Nolte, “Our goals were ...

Iowa Conference donates more than $3 million to Heifer International

Iowa Conference donates more than $3 million to Heifer International

6/8/2015
Iowa United Methodists have given more than $3 million to the efforts of Heifer International in recent years.  As of 2014 the generous support has helped thousands of families and their communities to move beyond hunger. And Cindy Sellers Roach reported that that doesn’t include donations made my your congregations directly to Heifer. Roach, Community Engagement Manager for Iowa, joined Heifer International in 1997 as a teenager and learned quickly about the good Heifer Ranch was doing, calling...

Leading Beyond the Walls—final teaching sessions by Adam Hamilton

Leading Beyond the Walls—final teaching sessions by Adam Hamilton

6/8/2015
The second teaching session by Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS focused on ideas for effective worship and preaching where he asked the Iowa Conference to think about how you engage people in worship.   Rev. Hamilton started off explaining the components of “preaching that connects” and the “characteristics of effective preaching.” He suggested preparing worship that is thoughtful and well planned with intension.    Create worship that is exuberant,...

Monday News

6/8/2015
Greetings from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "We are in this together with you," said Dr. Lallene Rector, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  Rector encouraged all churches to help young people discerning their call to ministry. "This is what we're working on. Helping our students become effective leaders, working for the well-being of all persons and for a sustainable environment, and people who are committed to helping the least of these. ...

Renowned pastor tells Annual Conference – Radiate possibility, focus on people and be ready for change

Renowned pastor tells Annual Conference – Radiate possibility, focus on people and be ready for change

6/8/2015
Annual Conference Session attendees were treated to a leadership revival at the Sunday night session of the Conference.  Pastor and author Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS was invited to present his three-session program “Leading Beyond the Walls” at this year’s Conference. “Part of what we’re in need of is a revival,” he said before embarking upon Session One. Rev. Hamilton first discussed the statistics indicating young millennials today becoming ...

2016 General Conference Election Results

2016 General Conference Election Results

6/7/2015
2015 Iowa Annual Conference Annual Session attendees elected three delegates to General Conference delegation in 2016 at the Saturday, June 6 session.   In the first round of balloting, no clergy member was elected, and Southeast District Field Outreach Minister Phil Carver was elected for the laity.   In clergy ballot 2, Southeast District Superintendent Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren was elected. Also, in the second laity ballot, former Conference Lay Leader Norma Morrison was elected.   A third ...

Conference Artist’s Statement

Conference Artist’s Statement

6/7/2015
“My work as a visual artist depends on your willingness to see,” explained Conference Artist Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten as he thanked the Annual Conference attendees for participating in the artistic process with him. “It is a conscious act on your part.” An artist, teacher, and theologian, Rev. Lyddon Hatten likes to work in a field known as “visual homiletics,” in which he uses visual art as a way of deepening our encounter with both the gospel and with each other. For Annual Conference, he has ...

First Day of 2015 Annual Conference Legislative Action

6/7/2015
The first day of the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference Session saw legislative action on four sections of resolutions. The full text of resolutions is available on the Iowa Annual Conference website HERE.     In Section 1, there was no action taken on #101 - Welfare. # 102 – Divesting from Companies That Support the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories, and #103 – Rescind 2014 #105 Response to General Conference Inaction, were declared out of order. #104 – Support for an Increase in Family ...

The Good Dad

The Good Dad

6/7/2015
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. These famous words from John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist Church, have been a clarion call for generations of people, inspiring them to go out into the world and do more. Frank Camp, clinic volunteer and board chair for Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors, is one who answered that call.  Frank, an attorney ...

"Go forth and tell a story in love and in joy" opens Laity session

6/6/2015
First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble opened the Laity Session at the 2015 Annual Conference Session with prayer and words of encouragement for lay members of the Conference. “I am excited and enthusiastic about the kingdom of God,” she told those in attendance, “and because of that I am also excited about his kingdom people.” She greeted the Conference in peace on behalf Bishop Julius Trimble as well, who could not be at the Laity Session. Mrs. Trimble encouraged the faithful to put on the ...

The Laity Session filled with prayer, song, recognition and remembrance

The Laity Session filled with prayer, song, recognition and remembrance

6/6/2015
The Laity Session of the 2015 Annual Conference Session filled Saturday morning with prayer, song, laity recognition and remembrance before the Conference’s formal opening. After gathering music led by Southeast Field Outreach Minister Phil Carver and Leadership Development Minister Coleen McRoberts, Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen called the laity to worship, and First Lady Racelder Grandberry Trimble welcomed them with prayer and words of encouragement. Bridges 2 Harmony Roosevelt High ...

2015 annual conference session begins

2015 annual conference session begins

6/5/2015
A discussion about the work of the Design Task Force and proposed changes to clergy health benefits began the 172 session of the Iowa Conference.  Nearly four hundred people an orientation session at the Iowa Events Center, the site of the 2015 annual conference.   Bishop Julius C. Trimble, the resident United Methodist Bishop for Iowa declcared, “when the Conference is officially called to order tomorrow we will be United Methodists in Iowa for all the world to see as we worship, celebrate, ...

Bishop looks forward to annual conference

Bishop looks forward to annual conference

6/4/2015
Bishop Julius C. Trimble is "excited and enthusiastic" as he looks forward to the 2015 Iowa annual conference session.  He hopes that people will come "looking forward to great worship, an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends."  In short, Bishop Trimble thinks "it will be a great annual conference." Click here to listen to the conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan

Bishop's book now available

Bishop's book now available

6/4/2015
Stop by the Treasurer's Office to purchase your copy of A Faithful Church and a Healthy World.  A Faithful Church and a Healthy World is a collection of reflections and poems by Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Resident Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference. Bishop Trimble engages the reader in issues including our call to be Christian disciples in a church we love, creating a world of peace and justice, caring for the earth that is the Lord's, and living a healthy life full of love for one another....

New mobile app debuts

New mobile app debuts

6/4/2015
The Iowa Conference has a new mobile app - just in time for the opening of the 2015 annual conference session. Designed in conjunction with Doxieworks of Belleview, WA, the new mobile app is available in Apple's app store for iOS as well as for Android phones.  Look for IA United Methodist Conference or scan the qr code. The app contains a special section for the 2015 annual conference that contains quick links to the agenda, the live stream, latest conference news, images from the conference,...

June School Teacher for Nigeria Update

6/1/2015
Rev. Yahuda Zailani graduates from Africa University on June 13 at 9 AM in Mutare, Zimbabwe.  He leaves to return to Nigeria on June 14 where he will resume his staff position at Banyam Theological Seminary.   Here is his last e-mail:  “I bring you greetings. The final result is out; so far I have made a CGPA of 3.32 in my final grade.  I really thank God for his goodness and mercies over my life. I was aiming at 3.5 but this is God's doing, I am grateful to you and all the IOWANS.  My mind is ...

New System to Recognize Speakers at AC

New System to Recognize Speakers at AC

6/1/2015
Attendees of the Annual Conference will be focused on many weighty matters that the church is facing. But it’s the job of people like Roland Minshall, the Conference’s Manager of Information Technology (IT), to guide many of the small but important technical details that help those gathering for the Conference to more easily do their work. One such detail is the system that has will be in place at Hy-Vee Hall for Q&A during the plenary sessions of the Conference. Over the years, a few different...

June School Teacher for Nigeria Update

5/31/2015
It happened!  Yes, Rev. Danjuma Juji received his visa from the U.S. Embassy on May 5 and was on a flight to attend his graduation at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. on May 9. What a thrill for him to be part of the processional down the aisle in Washington Cathedral to receive his Doctoral degree. This event will long be treasured by Danjuma. We still need $500 to help cover his travel costs. As always monies may be sent through your local church to the Conference Treasurer ...

Twenty-two graduate from licensing school

Twenty-two graduate from licensing school

5/19/2015
By Deborah Coble Wise*   Twenty-two certified candidates for ministry from the Iowa, Northern Illinois, Missouri and the Wisconsin Annual Conferences gathered May 10-16, 2015, for The Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School.  The school, held on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, operates under guidelines provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.   The students took part in an intensive week of study and practice to prepare them for service as ...

Jesse’s Future

5/6/2015
Ann Naffier, one of our staff attorneys for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, writes about a recent imimgrant client. Ann travels to the United Methodist Church in Decorah and in Columbus Junction, to Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids and to Wesley United Methodist Church in Ottumwa. Ann shared this story at the Laity Day on April 25, 2015, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Des Moines.

New conversation plan for General Conference

New conversation plan for General Conference

5/3/2015
Portland, Ore.: The Commission on the General Conference gave the go-ahead for an alternative process of discernment for dealing with legislative petitions that may benefit from discussion in small groups.  The process would have to be voted on and approved by delegates at the 2016 General Conference in order to take effect. The Commission plans to request that this process be used for dealing with petitions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity at the 2016 General Conference, but it...

Bishops call for sentencing reform

Bishops call for sentencing reform

5/1/2015
Bishop Julius C. Trimble was one of three local bishops who called upon Sen. Charles Grassley calling for sentencing reform that affects persons incarcerated in federal prison for non-violent drug offenses.  Joined by Lutheran Bishop Michael Burk, of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, the three bishops were "among 130 of Iowa's faith leaders who last week signed a ...

May School Teacher for Nigeria Update

4/30/2015
In May:  Rev. Uzajja Dauda, in a Master’s Degree program at Africa University, heads for Nigeria on May 9  to do his internship.  Rev. Danjuma Juji, Faculty member at Banyam Theological Seminary, will graduate on May 11 with a Doctor’s of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary IF he is granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy. Prayers needed! Adams Davidson will graduate from WITCC in Sioux City on May 15 with an Associate Degree in Networking Administration. If you want to send him a greeting his ...

Preparing for storm season

Preparing for storm season

4/28/2015
Summer is coming soon, and in Iowa that means there is an increased likelihood of natural disasters. Wind, hail, floods, and fires all pose a potential threat this time of year, so it’s good to be prepared in the event of a storm or other incident involving the elements. To ensure that Iowans are ready for such an emergency, a new disaster preparedness initiative will be introduced at Annual Conference this year. The program addresses the basic questions that you should be asking yourself so ...

Living Grace Matters

4/16/2015
  Living Grace Matters is a project launching next month called Living Grace showcasing young UM videographers.  Sponsored by the AFTE scholars program, Greg Jones , Laceye Warner , Bishop Scott Jones and others , this is a video competition for young adults, 18 – 30, inviting them to tell stories of journey, community, and reconciliation in 3-minute videos.      Why Living Grace? The full website launches May 18, and a temporary landing page featuring this video which explains the program ...

Sending petitions General Conference & more

Sending petitions General Conference & more

4/16/2015
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church wide programs for the next four years. The 2016 meeting will have 864 delegates from around the world and will take place May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Submitting petitions...

Touching Lives - NJFON April Update

4/7/2015
Read the National Justice For Our Neighbors - April 2015 Update

April School Teacher for Nigeria Update

3/31/2015
On the move: Yahuda Zailani completes his Master’s Degree program in early May, graduates June 7 from Africa University and returns back to Nigeria, his family and his position as a theological professor at Banyam Theological Seminary on June 8.   He had to print his dissertation for 4 faculty members, would like to purchase a Kindle loaded with theological books for his teaching, rent a cap/gown for graduation and have expense money for travel back to Bambur once he returns to Nigeria.   Uzajja...

Client Story from Brynne Howard for the March 28, 2015 JFON committee meeting

3/30/2015
In 2011, JFON helped a teacher from Guatemala, Raymundo* obtain withholding of removal (a form of relief similar to asylum) based on persecution he feared due to his active membership in a teacher’s union.   In 2014, Raymundo contacted JFON again because his 14 year-old daughter, Gloria* was detained on the border.  She had entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor – making the perilous journey from Guatemala to the USA alone.  She left Guatemala after she was twice threatened with ...

Volunteers needed for General Conference

Volunteers needed for General Conference

3/30/2015
Volunteers needed for General Conference Nashville, Tenn.: Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: 28 recorders, 10 channel “B” identifiers and 20 verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and ...

Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

3/23/2015
LAITY DAY with BISHOP TRIMBLE Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Aldersgate UMC, 3600 75th St, Urbandale, IA 50322-3096 Click here to watch the live stream of Laity Day with the Bishop Bishop Trimble will have two topics, Five Marks of a Methodist, based on a new book of the same title by Steve Harper, and in the afternoon, Poverty to Opportunity.  Bishop Trimble is eager for dialogue and questions from laity and there will be time allowed for that. There will be worship, communion ...

Support helps JFON ‘Give a Child a Chance’

Support helps JFON ‘Give a Child a Chance’

3/18/2015
Click here to see images from the JFON 'Give a Child a Chance" event Generous support at a January event is making it possible for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors to “Give a Child a Chance.”  More than 100 people gathered on January 28, 2015, to support JFON, which “is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.”   Frank Camp, JFON’s Board chairperson, called the outpouring ...

500 Dresses For Girls in Nigeria

500 Dresses For Girls in Nigeria

3/17/2015
There are a million ways to make a difference in the world, if you only have the desire and the will to do it. In the case of sixth-grader Hannah Curtis, it just took some pillowcases, a sewing machine, and determination. Listen to Hannah talk about making 500 dresses Click here to see additional images of Hannah and the pillowcase dresses  Hannah loves to sew. And not long ago, when she and her mother were trying to think of a good project to work on, they discovered that many girls in ...

Connecting

Connecting

3/14/2015
Click to listen to the conversation with Rev. Francisco Cañas Click to see Thursday's images. Click to see Friday's images. Click to see Saturday's images. Connecting.    That’s what nearly two hundred United Methodist lay and clergy, including six bishops, did for the three days of the Third National Consultation on Hispanic/Latino Ministry.  The event, which was held at Duke Divinity School, featured three keynote presentations and responses, lively worship, a lifetime achievement ...

April Palma joins JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015

April Palma joins JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015

3/12/2015
April Palma joined JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015. April grew up near Denver, CO and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs in 2011. She received her law degree from Drake Law School in 2014. During Law school April clerked for Iowa Legal Aid and represented individuals in the Tax Clinic. April is licensed to practice law in Iowa and is fluent in Spanish.   April lives in Clive  and when not ...

Life Changing Camp Celebrates 100 Years

Life Changing Camp Celebrates 100 Years

3/12/2015
Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center is celebrating 100 years in 2015 and they have produced a video to commemorate. Click here to view - http://okobojicamp.com/ Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp is a gem in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes vacationland. They are open year round for summer camp opportunities, school groups and youth functions. In addition, they are ready to host retreat for families, businesses, individuals and non-profits. If you are looking for a life-changing camp ...

‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

3/4/2015
Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD. The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. Bias, General Secretary (chief executive) of Discipleship Ministries.   “The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more clearly communicate ...

Colleen McRoberts concludes LDM service

3/4/2015
Colleen McRoberts is moving on from her position as Leadership Development Minister (LDM) for Social Justice and Mission.  She concludes her service with the Iowa Conference at the end of March   “Colleen has shared with me that she is feeling a clear call to take leadership in forming an alternative Christian community,” said Rev. Karen Dungan, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries.  “Her resignation from the LDM position will allow her the time to discern the direction of this ...

March School Teacher for Nigeria Update

2/28/2015
      March 2015 School Teachers for Nigeria We’re CELEBRATNG!  Yes, after a 25 year partnership with the UMC in Nigeria, we Iowans will celebrate on Monday, June 8 at our Annual Conference in Des Moines. If not a delegate to this event, YOU are invited to join us at 8:30 AM for the opening African worship service and then the celebration presentation.  Plan to stroll through the Nigerian Picture Walk, visit the village hut and see the farm and cooking wares and then attend the celebration ...

Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministries ‘show that we care’

Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministries ‘show that we care’

2/27/2015
For Rev. Catie Newman, Iowa Conference’s Disaster Preparedness and Response ministries “show that we care.”  As important as it is to deal with fallen trees after a tornado or help remove water from basements after a flood, the act of “simply being there means so much; it means that people know that they’re not alone, that they’re cared for.” “There are really two parts of what we do,” Rev. Newman said.  “The first is preparedness, helping people to know what to do, in advance.  The second is ...

A Sermon, Socks and Underwear

A Sermon, Socks and Underwear

2/24/2015
At Aldersgate UMC in Urbandale, a city of some 40,000 people located in the Des Moines metro area, the Advent season came alive in a special way this past year when members of the congregation were called on to bring desperately needed gifts to the local homeless in Des Moines. Aldersgate Lead Pastor Jon Bailey likes to work with the church’s worship committee to find ways to connect the congregation to each sermon series in a tangible way. “The series was supposed to be about focusing on the ...

Imagine No Malaria Recognized as Superhero at Global Meeting

Imagine No Malaria Recognized as Superhero at Global Meeting

2/24/2015
Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of The United Methodist Church to prevent and treat malaria, has received a Superhero Award from the Rotarians Action Group on Malaria. The award was given during the recent annual meeting of the Alliance for Malaria Prevention in Geneva. Imagine No Malaria, the only faith-based organization represented among the award recipients, was recognized for its grassroots efforts in reaching rural and hard to reach areas with its prevention methods. Dr. Olusimbo Ige, ...

Immigration Ministry Reunites Families

2/24/2015
A Marshalltown woman faced a family crisis a few years ago when doctors explained that her 5-year-old had a life expectancy of only six years. She had a full-time job on the production line of the local Swift plant, so she had a steady income to care for family needs. The father was the primary caregiver for their house-bound child with the support of a nurse who was assigned to the child for four hours each day.   Given the extreme circumstances of their child’s health, the couple was managing ...

United Methodist Women Recognizes Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors with Grant

2/23/2015
The logo of the United Methodist Women not only bears the cross and flame and the name of the organization, but also the words “FAITH—HOPE—LOVE IN ACTION.” How much difference those two little words “in action” make to an organization of Christian women!!     As an inheritor of the Wesley DNA and as an inheritor of the dedication of generations of women of several denominations who joined together to support mission for women, children and youth, the UMW has long been concerned about society’s ...

Bishop calls for ‘involved, empowered citizens’

Bishop calls for ‘involved, empowered citizens’

2/19/2015
Bishop Julius C. Trimble called upon Iowa’s legislators to promote a healthy society and thriving state that is “characterized by citizens who are involved, educated and empowered.”    Click here to watch a video of the Bishop's keynote  Speaking at the annual Legislative Advocacy Day he thanked the legislators for their service to the State.  In addition he encouraged them saying the mandate to share the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is consistent with that of State Representative ...

'Ashes to Go'

'Ashes to Go'

2/18/2015
It’s an unlikely place for church.  A coffee shop.  Espressos and lattes.  Hot chocolates and smoothies.  Muffins and oversized cookies.   And ashes.   Immanuel United Methodist Church brought church to the people.  Ash Wednesday was happening in the midst of the tables, soft chairs and a blazing fireplace.     Rev. Katie Dawson, Immanuel’s Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor Todd Treese were at a table marked with a purple stole.  A sign offered, simply, “ashes and prayers.”  Cards offered ...

‘Bringing the Church to the People’

‘Bringing the Church to the People’

2/18/2015
The church was brought to the people on Ash Wednesday by four United Methodist clergy.  In their white albs they headed out through the Des Moines Skywalk system, at noon, to offer pray and the imposition of ashes.   “The Holy Spirit seems to be moving us here today,” Rev. Martha Ward observed, thinking about what some called “ashes to go.”  “It was similar to what John Wesley did when he got outside the church,” Rev. Bob Ward noted, adding “it feels right in our tradition.”   Click to listen to...

De-Scarify Audits for the Local Church webinar set for February 24

De-Scarify Audits for the Local Church webinar set for February 24

2/18/2015
An audit can be a scary thing.  At the very least, an audit is a huge piece of work.   The Finance team of the Iowa Conference is out to help with that!   Terry Montgomery, Conference Treasurer, and Emily Graber, Senior Staff Accountant, will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday, February 24 aimed at presenting a strategy to help congregations to De-Scarify Audits for the Local Church. Click here to learn more about the webinar and register   The Book of Discipline requires every church,, to have...

Ministry Cabinet experiences ‘the Spirit moving’

Ministry Cabinet experiences ‘the Spirit moving’

2/13/2015
“I feel the Spirit moving,” Bishop Julius Trimble said in the course of the most recent meeting of the Ministry Cabinet.  “We’re connected to a power that’s inexhaustible” concurred Rev. Rebecca Fisher, Leadership Development Minister for Evangelism and New Ministries.   The focus on emerging communities of faith, a conversation that included members of the Parish Development Committee, was “a helpful dialogue” noted Rev. Bruce Wittern, the Committee’s chairperson.  “I’m excited,” he added, ...

Paper cranes at Ames First UMC symbols of 'God's love and peace'

Paper cranes at Ames First UMC symbols of 'God's love and peace'

2/4/2015
More than 500 cranes hang along the exterior of the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Ames.  Filled with personal words, the origami cranes offer a visible witness of the hopes of many in that community of faith.   “We did the peace cranes a year ago,” Rev Fred Lewis, Ames First’s Pastor, recalled.  “We wanted to do something visible,” he added, to "reflect a heartfelt desire for peace.”   The pieces of paper that were folded into the cranes “were handed out on a Sunday morning ...

Ministry orders and fellowship gather – ‘we responded to God’s call’

Ministry orders and fellowship gather – ‘we responded to God’s call’

2/3/2015
"We are here because at one time or another we responded to God's call" said Pastor John Brockschink as the winter meeting of the orders of Elders and Deacons and Fellowship of Licensed Local Pastors began.  The twice-yearly gathering of ministry leaders was held at First United Methodist Church in Ames.   Bishop Julius Trimble called it “a privilege” to be in ministry with persons in the Iowa Conference and affirmed the Elders, Deacons, and Licensed Local Pastors noting, "we do worshipful work....

February School Teacher for Nigeria Update

1/31/2015
  Do you ever wonder about the Nigerian United Methodist students that the Iowa Conference supports at school here in Iowa?  What their background is? About their families they leave in Nigeria? Here is the story of Adams Davidson, a junior at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City.  I write with a humble heart to express my profound gratitude and to say a big THANK YOU to the entire United Methodist family in Iowa for their support toward my education. The Iowa Nigeria ...

Just Resolution announced

1/30/2015
A Just Resolution has been achieved in the complaint against the Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner.  It was announced by Bishop Julius C. Trimble in a Pastoral Letter on January 29, 2015.  “This Just Resolution,” he said, “is an attempt to honor our disciplinary process, maintain accountability, and seek a deeper, more prayerful, listening to each other and, most of all, to God.”   A formal complaint was filed by the Appointive Cabinet - the Superintendents of the Iowa Conference - after Dr. Sonner ...

Pastor seeks help freeing brother in Congo

Pastor seeks help freeing brother in Congo

1/30/2015
The Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, pastor of Norwalk United Methodist Church in Norwalk, Iowa, is working for the release of his brother from prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Text of the Just Resolution

1/30/2015
A just resolution in the matter of a formal complaint filed against Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner.   Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church January 28, 2015   As Conference Superintendents, we are an extension of the Office of the Bishop.  With humility, we affirm the General Rules of Order and the Discipline of The United Methodist Church, and our responsibility to faithfully work with Dr. Sonner and Bishop Trimble for a just resolution in this matter.    The Appointive Cabinet willingly ...

Join us for the Best. Week. Ever! 2015 Iowa UMC summer camp fun is on the way!

Join us for the Best. Week. Ever! 2015 Iowa UMC summer camp fun is on the way!

1/28/2015
By: David Hobbs Iowa United Methodist Camps and Retreats have impacted thousands of lives over the years with the same marked purpose; to share the love of Jesus Christ so lives are changed.   This year we rejoice and commemorate a wonderful milestone—our Iowa United Methodist Okoboji Camp and Retreat Center Celebrates 100 years of programming.  Okoboji’s very first camp meeting was held in 1915, 100 years ago, on the grounds of Okoboji United Methodist Camp.  Since that moment Iowa United ...

Council of Bishops Executive Committee meets

1/23/2015
The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church held its annual January meeting on the 13th and 14th in Dallas, Texas. They shared devotions, heard reports and took actions on a number of items in their quest to lead the church in "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." THE GLOBAL NATURE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH was celebrated as preparations are being made for the next COB meeting in Berlin, Germany, May 1-7, 2015. ...

Estherville UMC helps Hispanic family after their home is destroyed by fire

1/23/2015
The Estherville UMC has found a way to serve the needy and cross the racial barrier in their local community. On January 7, 2015 Martha Vasquez dropped three of her young children off at daycare and drove to work early in the morning to a factory in nearby Swea City, IA. She left two sons ages 14 and 9 at home to get ready for school knowing due to the frigid temperatures school would be late, if not cancelled. Approximately 7:00 a.m. the boys awoke to smoke in their 2nd floor apartment and ran ...

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