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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 ...

Margaret Borgen, Conference Lay Leader, looks to strengthen ‘bond of Christian faith’

Margaret Borgen, Conference Lay Leader, looks to strengthen ‘bond of Christian faith’

1/15/2015
Margaret Borgen is the new Lay Leader of the Iowa Conference.  In that role she looks to strengthen “the bond of our Christian faith.”   Margaret became the Conference Lay Leader following the untimely death of Dave Decker last fall.  “I never expected to be in this role,” she said, “because Dave loved this role and I know he would have stayed in it as long as our Discipline allows.”  Noting that, “We were very different people,” she added, “we just go along so well and I think we learned a lot ...

Bishop Rueben P. Job has died

1/3/2015
Word was received late Saturday afternoon, January 3, 2015, of the death of Bishop Rueben P. Job.   Bishop Job was the Resident Bishop of the Iowa Conference from 1984 until 1992.   A prolific author, Bishop Job is well-known for his book, Three Simple Rules: A Welseyan Way of Living.   Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa Conference’s current Bishop, said, “We lift the Rueben Job family in our prayers. A long faithful journey has come to an end.in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Death is not ...

January School Teacher for Nigeria Update

1/1/2015
  As we move into January in Nigeria, schools will resume classes after the Christmas break whether Jan. 5 or 12th. For Yahuda Zailani and Uzajja Dauda, Banyam Theological Seminary faculty studying at Africa University, they have had a month break so were assigned jobs on the campus in exchange for room and meals.  Yahuda went to the home of a Zimbabwean classmate while Uzajja and other international students went to Harare to spend Christmas day.   With the assistance from Iowa churches and ...

New Conference Website Video Tour

New Conference Website Video Tour

12/10/2014
On Wednesday December 10th the Iowa Conference will debut a new look for the Conference website at http://www.iaumc.org.  To help you learn about navigating through the new site we have produced a short video tour which may be accessed at   https://iaumc.s3.amazonaws.com/NewWebsite.mp4

‘Our mandate is clear’

12/9/2014
By Dr. Arthur McClanahan*   “Our mandate is pretty clear,” said Bishop Julius Trimble of the Iowa Conference, “when it comes to loving and welcoming the migrant, the stranger, our neighbor.”  That assessment came following days when "we heard stories of hope and incredible resilience.”   Bishop Trimble offered his reflections while sitting in the airport in Stuttgart Germany following the Global Migration Consultation that brought together some forty persons from around the world for the four ...

Global Migration Consultation - Day two

12/6/2014
By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* Day two of the Global Migration Consultation began with a reminder to care for the “immigrants [who] live in your land with you” (Leviticus 19.34, CEB) and concluded with the beginnings of several commitments to make that biblical imperative a current-day reality.  Along the way migration trends were discussed, experiences were shared and sub-groups of the forty people present at the Freudenstadt , Germany gathering began working on three particular concerns. Rev. David...

Bishop Trimble ‘inspired’ by United Methodist Church in Mexico

12/5/2014
Click here to listen to the conversation with Bishop Trimble Click to see photos from day 2 of the Global Migration Consultation By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa’s resident United Methodist Bishop, is inspired “particularly [by] our Methodist sisters and brothers in Mexico.”  His reflection, after the second day of a four-day Global Migration Consultation in Freudenstadt, Germany, included an affirmation of “both our opportunity as United Methodists in Iowa, and, ...

Care for the migrant to focus on ‘action of hope’

Care for the migrant to focus on ‘action of hope’

12/5/2014
Click here to listen to Bishop Felipe de Jesus Ruiz Aguilar  By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* The Methodist Church in Mexico is committed to hope and according to Bishop Felipe de Jesus Ruiz “it’s more than a word of hope,” it’s an “action of hope. “A national project is being initiated,” he said, “to accompany the routes of migrants.“  The “fundamental element,” he adds, is to “offer a place where they can communicate with family members who are left behind in their native countries.” Some twenty ...

‘Migration will revitalize the church”; Global Consultation convenes in Germany

12/4/2014
Click here to listen to the interview with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner Click here to listen to the interview with GBGM General Secretary Thomas Kemper Click here to see images from the first day of the Consultation By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* “Migration will bring renewal to the Church, said one of the participants at a first-of-its-kind Global Migration Consultation.  The event, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Germany and the General Board of Global Ministries, is bringing together ...

UMC #GivingTuesday Shows the Strength of a Denomination United

12/3/2014
United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement and leverage donations. More than 770 projects and missionaries received more 8,700 gifts through UMC #GivingTuesday. The response was global with donors from...

On Race and Hope – A Community Valuing All People

On Race and Hope – A Community Valuing All People

11/26/2014
By Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble Note: These words from Bishop Julius C. Trimble were shared as part of a lecture at Cornell College Mt. Vernon Iowa, November 11,2014. He shares them as an offering for constructive conversation and as lament and hope as we seek a more excellent way in light of Protest and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. When it comes to the subject of race, racism, and American tribalism, I am a harbinger of hope, a trafficker of love. However I do believe we suffer more as a ...

A Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

11/24/2014
President Barack Obama announced executive action to remedy protracted inaction on immigration reform on Thursday night November 20. This good news was indeed a word of Mercy pointing toward a focus on hope and not fear. In our President’s words, “Mass deportation is impossible and contrary to our character.” President Obama echoed scripture that is foundational to our call for comprehensive Immigration Reform. - “You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners, for you yourselves were once ...

Book of Worship Resources Now Available Online at No Cost

Book of Worship Resources Now Available Online at No Cost

11/24/2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 24, 2014  /Discipleship Ministries/  – Many worship elements included in The United Methodist Book of Worship are now available online at no cost for use by congregations and other worshiping or church-related educational communities. The resources are being provided by Discipleship Ministries under a special arrangement with The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH), said Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources at Discipleship Ministries. “This makes ...

Town-Hall meetings - “Healthy discussion is very good for us”

Town-Hall meetings - “Healthy discussion is very good for us”

11/24/2014
Click here to listen to Terry Montgomery discuss the Town Hall meeting Click here to see images from the Town Hall meeting at Valley UMC, West Des Moines “Healthy discussion is very good for us,” is Terry Montgomery’s assessment of the series of Town Hall meetings that’s underway.  The Dubuque session, to be held on Monday, November 24, begins the second-half of the 16 gatherings. (Click here for the complete list  of locations, dates, and times.) “We’ve been happy with the attendance so far…...

United Methodists praise president’s immigration order

11/24/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert and Sam Hodges Nov. 21, 2014 |NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) President Barack Obama’s immigration plan offers “a word of mercy and a measure of justice,” saidUnited Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño, co-chair of the denomination’s interagency task force onimmigration reform. The plan means undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years and have children who are U.S. citizens or residents “can now come out of the shadows,” said Carcaño, episcopal leader ...

What is the United Methodist Church doing in the midst of the humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States?

11/20/2014
Where is God in the midst of the suffering that impels children and single mothers with babies and toddlers to risk a difficult journey from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras to arrive in the U.S.?  How can Christians understand the fear of violence and poverty that motivates unaccompanied children or teens, mothers with small children to leave their homes?  See the National Justice for Our Neighbors website for articles to help United Methodists look at the humans behind the statistics that we...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Julius C. Trimble

11/19/2014
A formal complaint has been filed against Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner, alleging, “practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings…performing same-sex wedding ceremonies.” [2012 Book of Discipline ¶ 2702.1(b)] The Appointive Cabinet, in accordance with ¶ 363.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline, filed the formal complaint when it became aware of his actions. At the time of a consultation with the Bishop, the Appointive Cabinet entered into a time of prayer and...

2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference elections and petitions

2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference elections and petitions

11/17/2014
GENERAL AND JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE ELECTION GENERAL CONFERENCE PETITIONS   At the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference, the lay and clergy members will be electing delegates to the 2016 General Conference, North Central Jurisdictional Conference, and reserves to those delegations.   As the chief legislative arm of the church, the General Conference meets every four years to determine program emphases and budgets and to review church law and the church’s position on matters of social justice. It is the...

Retirees renew friendships – ‘It’s good to be together!’

11/17/2014
Click here to see images from the Retirees and spouses gathering Click here to listen to Rev. Neill Cross describe 'what it's like to be a retiree.' Click here to listen to Rev. Bob Burkhart talk about 'feeling connected for a while' through the Retirees and spouses gatherings “It’s good to be together,” said Rev. Dennis Tevis of the 2014 fall Retirees’ gathering.  “It’s important to the retirees to get to see their friends and have time to sit and talk to them and catch up,” added Jo ...

Shared ministries of the UMC that transform the world

11/14/2014
Want to learn more about the shared ministries of The United Methodist Church?  Interested in discovering the World Service Fund is at the heart of our denomination-wide ministry, underwriting Christian mission and ministry around the world?  Did you know that through the generous gifts of  United Methodists Africa University offers post-secondary education for students through colleges of agriculture and natural resources, management and administration, theology, education, health sciences, ...

Thrive Lives Like Jesus

Thrive Lives Like Jesus

11/14/2014
Click to listen to Jeremy Poland talk about Thrive in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan Click here to watch the Thrive promo video By Liz Winders* Pastor Jeremy Poland has the energy it takes to show a new community of faith how to live like Jesus. He says that Thrive is a place where people can enjoy community, ask questions, and explore who they are and what they value so they can come together as a church, serve and change the community they live in. Jeremy is one of the pastors at ...

Same-sex marriage complaint against Michigan pastors resolved

11/13/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert Nov. 12, 2014 | (UMNS) Two United Methodist pastors in Michigan will not go to trial for officiating at same-sex unions, Bishop Deborah Kiesey announced. Kiesey would not comment on terms of the just resolution, citing the denomination’s lawbook thatcomplaint procedures are private and confidential. The complainants have not made their identities public and have not issued statements about the decision. Kiesey, leader of the Michigan Area which includes the Detroit and West ...

Seven New Missionaries to be Commissioned

11/13/2014
On Sunday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. EST, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries will commission seven new missionaries for service around the world. The new missionaries come from South Korea, the United States, Paraguay and the Philippines and will be serving in Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, the United States and Taiwan. Please keep them in prayer as they complete three weeks of training in Quito, Ecuador, and prepare to be commissioned. Bishop Silvio Cevallos of the ...

Creating a Culture of Renewal: Culture & Communication

11/12/2014
Continuing education seminar January through May 2015 In this five month accelerated course, you’ll decode hidden messages unintentionally delivered through worship and ministries of the church, which reinforce a stuck culture. Work with a trained mentor to turn insight into action. Empower a congregational leadership team with new hope and awareness.  Opening retreat  on Thursday, January 15 – Saturday, January 17, noon to noon.   Closing retreat Thursday, May 28 to Saturday, May 30, noon to ...

Saving a Life at Christmas - Imagine No Malaria

11/12/2014
If you are still looking for a mission focus this Christmas, or a way to transform the meaning of Advent, help us imagine a world without malaria. The Advent Toolkit includes posters, social media graphics, worship resources for each Sunday in Advent and sermon starters. There is also a wonderful video that helps us together imagine how we can make a difference and make history happen. These resources will help prepare your congregation for a special Christmas Eve mission offering that will ...

Bishops: Pray for us amid sexuality debate

11/11/2014
By Heather HahnNov. 7, 2014 | OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) The bishops of The United Methodist Church said in a statement addressing the denomination’s human sexuality debate that “our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the church.” The Council of Bishops issued the statement Nov. 7 after hours of closed-door discussions on the subject throughout their meeting this week. They asked that United Methodists pray for their leaders and one another. They reiterated their consecration ...

Health expert: United Methodists saving millions

11/6/2014
By Heather Hahn Nov. 4, 2014 | OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) United Methodist generosity and creativity in the fight against malaria are saving millions of people’s lives, a world-known expert on tropical diseases told the denomination’s bishops. “I have heard about the work that your congregations, particularly your young people, have been doing — the level of creativity, energy and commitment — to save the lives of millions of children and women in Africa,” said Dr. Christoph Benn. He is the director ...

Iowa Conference is ‘World Transforming;’ New Focus to be Children and Poverty

11/6/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Robert Burkhart talk about the focus on children and poverty in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan Through individual and community generosity, the Iowa Conference is making a difference.  The support of Imagine No Malaria and an upcoming focus on children and poverty is “world transforming.” There was a “grand celebration” at the 2014 Iowa Annual Conference session at the announcement that the Conference has exceeded the goal of raising $2 million for Imagine...

Town Hall meetings ‘designed for feedback’

11/5/2014
Listen to Terry Montgomery, Iowa Conference Treasurer, talk about the upcoming Town Hall meetings, set to begin on November 11. The first of a series of “town hall” meetings across the Iowa Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 11. (Click here for the schedule of the meetings.) According to Conference Treasurer, Terry Montgomery, “These sessions are going to be designed for feedback.”  “These “town hall” meetings haven’t normally been on the calendar,” Montgomery said.  “I’m going ...

Council of Bishops Announces Constitutional Amendments Voting Results

11/4/2014
The Council of Bishops announced today that all four amendments to The United Methodist Church’s constitution approved by the 2012 General Conference received the required majority of votes to be ratified by annual conferences.  A two-thirds majority vote of General Conference delegates is required to amend the Constitution of The United Methodist Church. The amendments must also be ratified by annual conferences by a two-thirds affirmative vote. The vote results are reported to the Council of ...

Design Task Force proposes to “form to transform”

11/4/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Tim Frasher describe the work of the Design Task Force “What we’ve been trying to do is form the Conference structure so that it can transform,” Rev. Tim Frasher, chair of the Design Task Force (DTF).  That work, from the group established by the 2013 Annual Conference session to propose a staffing model supporting the Strategic Priorities, will be part of a series of information gathering and sharing sessions. (click here for the complete list of dates and ...

LET the children come

LET the children come

11/4/2014
Rebecca Fisher LDM for Evangelism and New Ministry Development "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" Matthew 19:14 On Sunday October 19, 2014, I attended Thrive which is a new church located in West Des Moines led by Jeremy Poland and Jennifer Hibben. Jeremy preached a message entitled, “Live Like Jesus.” He shared the importance of growing beyond Believing In Jesus to Living Like Jesus. He recognized in ...

Hospitality in our Heartland

Hospitality in our Heartland

11/1/2014
By Melissa Bowe, NJFON Program Manager   Decorah is about 15 miles south of the Minnesota-Iowa border and is the northernmost town in Iowa. It is also the newest clinic location for Iowa-JFON. I had the distinct pleasure of flying to Wisconsin a few weeks ago and driving across farm country to the new clinic to meet and train their volunteers.   One thing was clear from the onset of my visit: legal information for immigrants is in high demand. I don’t know how many of you remember when the “...

2014 Conference Journal

10/30/2014
The 2014 Conference Journal and 2014 Clergy Lay Directory have been posted to the Conference’s website. Click here for the 2014 Journal and other documents that have been posted: To find addresses for clergy and lay please click here for the 2014 Clergy Lay Directory. To obtain the password for this section please send an email request to Jill.Stanton@iaumc.org. If you would prefer to view the Journal on a CD there are a few CDs left for purchase at $10.00 each. If you have questions or need ...

Communications Director receives award; named Vice-President

10/30/2014
Dr. Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference’s Director of Communications, received two awards for the audio archive on the Conference website at the recent meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  The October 2014 gathering, held in Savannah, Georgia, brought together nearly 100 communicators from across the denomination. “Excellent production quality and use of audio for communications and information,” the judges noted about the interviews, podcasts, and recorded ...

Imagine No Malaria Campaign is Nearing Goal to Eliminate Suffering

10/30/2014
Click here to listen to Dr. McClanahan interview Rev. Gary Henderson and Myca Alford The Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church has exciting new resources available to ramp up giving and engagement in an effort to reach the $75,000,000 goal for the Imagine No Malaria Global Health Initiative. The initiative has been ahead of schedule for well over a year and to date is just shy of $64,000,000. Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative of the ...

Imagine No Malaria nearing goal to eliminate suffering

10/27/2014
Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church, and Myca Alford, Senior Marketing Strategist, United Methodoist Communications, talk about the progress toward eliminating suffering from Malaria and how the "on the ground" medical presence has also been engaged in the fight against Ebola, in a conversation with Dr. Arthur McClanahan. Click here to listen to the conversation

Top court affirms Schaefer’s reinstatement as clergy

10/27/2014
The Rev. Frank Schaefer will remain a clergyman in The United Methodist Church. In a ruling made public Oct. 27, the denomination’s top court upheld a June decision by a regional appeals committee to reinstate Schaefer’s ministerial credentials, modifying the penalty imposed upon the Pennsylvania pastor after he was found guilty last November of violating church law by performing a same-sex wedding for his son in 2007. “The Judicial Council upon careful review of the decision of the Northeastern...

A Community of Faith with a Foundation of Love

10/26/2014
Click here to see photos from the anniversary celebration It was October 14, 1989.  A new community of faith met for its first service.  The scripture for the initial sermon mentioned “love” fourteen times.  And that foundation continues to guide mission and ministry. Walnut Hills United Methodist Church celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Those in the overflowing sanctuary spoke with one voice, to a “loving and compassionate God.”  “Today,” they said, “we ...

Judicial Council hears arguments on Schaefer case

10/26/2014
By Linda Bloom Oct. 22, 2014 |MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UMNS) The question of whether an appeals committee was correct in restoring the clergy credentials of the Rev. Frank Schaefer was argued Wednesday, Oct. 22, before United Methodism’s top court. Schaefer lost his standing in the denomination’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after being found guilty in a church trial last November of performing a same-sex wedding ceremony for his son. Church law prohibits clergy from officiating at same-sex weddings....

Ingathering set for November 1

10/21/2014
by Ranee and Gaylen Goettsch* The 35th Thanksgiving Ingathering celebration will be Saturday, November 1. Come celebrate with us at the following sites: Western Iowa Technical Convention Center, Cherokee First United Methodist Church, Cedar Falls Asbury United Methodist Church, Webster City Greenfield United Methodist Church, Greenfield Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant Click here for additional information Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Coffee and rolls will be available. Mission presentations, ...

Iowa Wesleyan College names new director of campus ministry and service-learning

10/21/2014
Iowa Wesleyan College is pleased to announce that Reverend Ronald C. Bupp has been appointed as the new Director of Campus Ministry and Service-Learning. From 1982 to 2011, Bupp had a successful career in international sales, marketing and executive management. From 2007 to 2011, he was the President of Repel Holdings Inc. in Marion, Iowa where he developed a comprehensive strategic business plan, an operational financial plan, a market branding strategy, and opened Repel’s first manufacturing ...

What? So what? Now what?

10/14/2014
What do you say in a crisis situation?  How do you tell an exciting story?  What do you want people to do? These and other questions shaped the conversation about effective communications and crisis communications on a Monday afternoon at the Conference Center.  Diane Degnan, Director of Public Information for The United Methodist Church led the coaching session for District Ministry Teams and other key leaders of the Iowa Conference. Degnan, a member of the United Methodist Communications team ...

Design Taskforce: Form to Transform

10/10/2014
By Tim Frasher The Design Taskforce Charter states, “The Conference Design Task force is to advise the Conference regarding a preferred method through which strategy 3b of the Strategic Initiatives of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church as approved at the Annual Meeting in June 2013 will be accomplished.” The Design Taskforce has been hard at work behind the scenes in order to faithfully accomplish our task.  During the first year we studied and sought to understand: the Strategic...

Mission Agency Will Match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

10/10/2014
The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries announced that on Dec. 2, 2014, it will match up to $1 million in gifts made online to any project through The Advance as part of UMC #GivingTuesday. Marie Kuch-Stanovsky, who chairs the communication and development committee of Global Ministries’ board of directors, expressed enthusiasm about last year’s record $6.5 million raised online through The Advance on UMC #GivingTuesday. “It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant ...

The Real Problem with Our Kids and Social Media

10/10/2014
By Jeremy Steele* Many of the problems online stem from the same root cause and if we don’t find a work around, we will endanger the long-term welfare of our children.  I know that statement sounds extreme, but I believe that the root problem at the center of all the social media woes people like to blog about (cyber-bullying and the like) is one that is inhibiting our kids'  basic psychosocial development in the years from 10-18.  At these stages, children/teens are developing many fundamental ...

Webcast: Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church

10/10/2014
United Methodists will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments regarding human sexuality and the church during a November 1 webcast. The webcast will be livestreamed from 8 to 10 a.m. Central time. It is the second of three webcasts planned by the Human Sexuality Task Force of the Connectional Table. The table coordinates the general church’s ministries, mission and resources. People will be able to ask questions on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #cttalks during the ...

Pastor Jim Roth Celebrates Life and Longevity through Faith and Fitness

Pastor Jim Roth Celebrates Life and Longevity through Faith and Fitness

10/8/2014
Click here to listen to the conversation with Rev. Jim Roth James H. Roth Jr., pastor of the New London United Methodist Church, will be running his sixth marathon, The Haunted Hustle in Middleton, WI, on October 26, 2014. It will be a celebration of Jim’s transformation through faith and fitness and  also a birthday celebration for his role model and one of the 26 reasons he runs. This marathon coincides with his father’s, James H. Roth Sr.’s, 90th birthday and Jim looks forward to ...

True Vine Ministry Hosts Clergy Spouse Events

10/7/2014
Click here to see photos from the luncheon  Click here to listen to an introduction to True Vine ministry and some of the retired clergy spouses share life experiences, favorite hymns, and cherished scripture Click here to see a video highlighting the stories from the luncheon On Friday October 3, 2014, First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble hosted a luncheon for the retired clergy spouses at WesleyLife’s The Village in Indianola. The luncheon was an event put on by True Vine Ministry ...

Small Church Sets a Big Goal - Sewing 1601 School Bags for African Children

10/5/2014
Click here to view a photo album from a Wednesday night sewing session Click here to see the video interview with Pastor La Tonya Calderon Brenda Core and friends have been doing a lot of sewing lately. Her church, Farmers Chapel UMC, located south of Indianola Iowa, might have less than 50 members but that doesn’t stop them from setting some pretty big goals. They decided to sew 1601 school bags for children in Nigeria as their churches Thanksgiving InGathering project. Right around last ...

Agreement resolves same-sex union complaint

Agreement resolves same-sex union complaint

10/2/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert Oct. 2, 2014 | PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson announced Oct. 2 the resolution of a complaint filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who officiated at the Nov. 9, 2013, same-sex union of two men. Both the United Methodists who filed the complaint and the pastors involved agreed to the resolution. The move eliminates the possibility of a church trial in this case. The resolution calls for the pastors to acknowledge that they violated rules of...

The Bishop's Journal...

The Bishop's Journal...

10/1/2014
from Bishop Julius Trimble...  Monday September 29… A joint meeting of Methodist border Mission Network and United Methodist immigration Task began as we gathered at the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso. Have you heard of high schools with 95 percent graduation rate or a school where 97 percent of the students are accepted into college? This college prep high school, which has expanded to include 7th and 8th grades, was founded over 100 years ago by a Methodist lay woman who saw the need...

What Do You Think?

9/30/2014
Note: what follows is a synopsis of Rev. Harlan Gillespie's sermon for his Installation service as Superintendent of the North Central District, September 28, 2014, at First UMC, Iowa Falls... With a brief nod to the Bears fans and Packer fans who were part of the gathered community for the Installation service, Rev. Harlan Gillespie, the new Superintendent of the North Central District, asked people, “What do you think?”  Following the call and response of faith experienced by Jesus’ ...

Licensing school to be offered in French and English

9/30/2014
The Licensing school will be offered in French as well as English when it convenes at Iowa Wesleyan College May 10-16, 2015.  The French component is something that has been discussed for several years and with thanks to the Bishop, Cabinet and our French-speaking clergy in the Annual Conference it is becoming a reality! Courses will be team taught in English with French translation, giving everyone a wonderful and enriching cross-cultural experience during our week together for Licensing ...

North Central district welcomes new Superintendent

9/29/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Gillespie's sermon entitled, "What do you think?"  Click here to see a images from the service. Click here to read a synopsis of Rev. Gillespie's sermon, entitled, "What Do You Think?" With joy and an invitation to "Come Long Expected Jesus," Rev. Harlan Gillespie was welcomed to the ministry of the Superintendency of the North Central District of the Iowa Conference.  The service, held at First United Methodist Church, Iowa Falls, included the opportunity to "...

Ventura Cross & Flame Sign Gains a “New Life” at Vida Nueva in Corwith Iowa

9/29/2014
Vida Nueva, the Hispanic ministry in Corwith, Iowa, in the North Central District has exciting news! This summer they were able to install a new roof and sign thanks to a group of volunteers from Clarion, Ventura and Britt United Methodist churches. “We feel so blessed!” During three days of hard work they experienced many blessings. “Pastor Don Morrison and his whole team worked hard pouring concrete for the sidewalk, removing a tree, fixing the roof, and putting up the beautiful Cross and ...

Merry Frederick to Receive Iowa SHARES award

9/27/2014
(Self Help is a long standing conference advance special and Thanksgiving Ingathering project. Dennis Preslicka represents UMM and Richard Neal represents CBGM on the Self Help board.)   Merry Fredrick, former executive director of Self-Help International (SHI), will be the 2014 recipient of the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award.   Fredrick is a Waverly native and only the second winner of this award, established in 2013 by the World Food Prize in honor of former Iowa Governor Robert ...

Thirty gather for Facebook workshop

9/26/2014
  The Communications Ministry Team sponsored a workshop focused on effective and creative uses of Facebook on Friday, September 26.  Sophia Agtarap, Minister of Online Engagement at United Methodist Communications, led the seminar, which was held at the Conference Center.   The thirty participants expressed interested in learning about some of the “nuts and bolts” of Facebook including setting up and linking accounts, demographics, ads on Facebook, and linking to other channels such as ...

Mission service opportunities for young adults 18-30

9/23/2014
Mission Service Opportunities through Generation Transformation Generation Transformation (GT) applications are now available for 2015 young adult mission opportunities. Generation Transformation is an initiative of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries offering service opportunities for young adults ages 18-30. With three different mission tracks to choose from, GT offers a program to fit the mission desires of all who wish to serve. “Generation Transformation is for all who...

Southwest District welcomes ministry team; looks to ‘open doors’

9/22/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Terra Amundson reflect on the Service in a conversation with Dr. Arthur McClanahan Click here to see photos by Rev. Bill Poland The Southwest District welcomed its ministry team on Sunday afternoon, September 14, 2014.  The “Service Celebrating the Appointment of the Southwest District Superintendent, Rev. Terra Amundson, and Field Outreach Minister, Rev. Melissa Drake, was held at the Atlantic First United Methodist Church. “I am a person intrigued by doors,” ...

Wesleylife's The Village Transforms the Impression and Experience of Aging

9/18/2014
Click here to see photos from the event Click to see a video of Chad Piper talking about the mission of The Village   By Liz Winders* Rev. Myron Brockmeyer, resident of The Village in Indianola Iowa, woke up one morning praising God that he and his wife, Delpha lived there. He asked God how he should celebrate and commemorate the new fulfilling chapter in their life and he immediately thought of Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble. With an “in” at the Bishop’s office, his daughter Diane ...

‘Courageous and prophetic’ Bishop McLee mourned by thousands

9/17/2014
Bishops Sudarshana Devadhar, left, and Sandra Steiner Ball speak during the funeral service for Bishop Martin McLee, Sept. 15, at Riverside Church in New York City. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga. By Maidstone Mulenga* NEW YORK CITY – In song, dance and words, thousands of mourners, including dozens of bishops, celebrated the life of New York Area Bishop Martin D. McLee during a moving service at the Riverside Church in New York City on Monday, Sept. 15. McLee, 58, died Sept. 6 after an ...

Bishop John Yambasu: United Methodist Efforts to Address Ebola

9/16/2014
  John Yambasu, United Methodist bishop of Sierra Leone, speaks candidly about the current Ebola education and awareness efforts being implemented through UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief). Learn more about the church's response to this healthcare crisis. 

Church members in Liberia afflicted with the Ebola virus

9/16/2014
By Julu Swen Sept. 15, 2014 | MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS)   Two United Methodist pastors and about 18 church members have died and others are have been quarantined because of concerns about the Ebola virus. The deaths are suspected to be Ebola, but have not been medically confirmed.   The Rev. Karyidia Paul Gartor, the Kakata-Farmington River superintendent, said about 18 church members have died of what is believed to be Ebola. Gartor said those deaths included Cooper Daryue and his ...

Retired Bishop Middleton to be assigned to New York Conference

9/16/2014
Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton will be assigned as interim bishop for the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. Bishop Warner Brown, president of the Council of Bishops, announced that the Executive Committee of the council has approved the assignment recommended by the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops. Retired Bishop Neil Irons will continue to serve as interim until Dec. 31. Irons has been serving as interim ...

Disaster Response Update

9/15/2014
September is Preparedness Month TIP of the Week: “What if the power goes out?” The biggest power outage in U.S. history occurred on August 14, 2003, leaving roughly 50 million people without power. Power outages can happen anywhere, and to anyone, so being prepared is important. To prepare for loss of power you should do the following: To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of ...

UMC Market

9/15/2014
New Donation Program! The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church is pleased to present UMCmarket, a tremendously rewarding opportunity to earn money for the Kingdom of God. UMCmarket makes it possible for United Methodist churches to receive donations from retailers every time someone within their congregation makes an online purchase. The best thing is that they don’t need to change anything from how they shop today. This allows us to do together what ...

Services for Bill Appelgate set for September 15

9/12/2014
William “Bill” P. Appelgate, 95, of Story City died September 11, 2014 at Bethany Manor in Story City. Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Sunday, September 14th at Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City.Funeral services will be 11 am, Monday, September 15th at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City. Burial is 1 pm at the Evergreen Cemetery in the Jewell.  Bill was born on February 13, 1919 at home near Toledo, IA to Hiram H. and Helen (McAfee) Appelgate. He was a farmer, a skilled carpenter and ...

Bishop McLee's funeral to be streamed live

9/12/2014
NEW YORK (UMNS) - The Riverside Church will provide a live Internet stream of the funeral service for Bishop Martin D. McLee on Monday, Sept.15. The stream will begin with the prelude music at 10:30 a.m. ET and continue with the service at 11 a.m. To view the feed, go to the New York Annual Conference live stream page.

Church extends support to Atlantic City workers

9/12/2014
By Linda Bloom Sept. 8, 2014|NEW YORK (UMNS) The Rev. Brian Roberts sees a storm headed for Atlantic City, New Jersey, that could inflict just as much damage as Superstorm Sandy did two years ago. This time, the telltale signs are not fierce winds and a churning ocean but an avalanche of pink slips as closing casinos disrupt the local economy. Since January, three casinos —the Atlantic Club, Showboat and Revel — have closed and a fourth, the Trump Plaza, is scheduled to shut its doors on ...

Text messaging can be lifesaving

9/8/2014
By Kathy Gilbert* If you have been without clean water for three days, a text message from a United Methodist pastor that the church’s borehole has been certified as safe to drink is lifesaving. Priscilla Muzerengwa gave that example of how she has used Frontline SMS, a free text-messaging program, in East Zimbabwe. She introduced the program’s inventor, Ken Banks, on the second day of the Game Changers Summit 2014. More than 240 people from nine countries are attending the Sept. 3-5 meeting...

Bishop McLee, ‘champion’ for marginalized people, dies

9/7/2014
Bishop Martin D. McLee, leader of The United Methodist Church’s New York Area, died Sept. 6. He had been on leave of absence due to illness since July. McLee would have been 59 years old Sept. 10.  He was elected bishop in July 2012. Bishop Marcus Matthews, leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and president of the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops, laid his hands on McLee during the consecration service. “Since that day, I have worked closely with Bishop McLee and seen ...

Rev. Rebecca Fisher to become LDM for Evangelism and New Ministry Development

9/5/2014
Bishop Julius C. Trimble has announced the appointment of Reverend Rebecca A. Fisher to the position of Leadership Development Minister for Evangelism and New Ministry Development.  Rev. Fisher is an ordained elder in the Indiana Annual Conference, where she is currently serving the Fairview United Methodist Church of Bloomington, Indiana.  She also has served congregations in Fort Wayne, Wabash, Winona Lake and Gary, Indiana.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia International ...

Storms update

9/2/2014
A quick update,  from the storms Sunday, August 31, 2014... The hardest hit appear to be those in line with Dakota, City, NE, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa and Denison, Iowa ALL three towns and the farms and land in between have reported massive damage to trees, trees and limbs on homes and power lines down, Vickie was in contact with Pastor Alberta in Denison  shortly after the storm and she reported many tree limbs down but all else in Denison seemed "OK" Jena was in contact with Pastor Tim in ...

Farrar UMC celebrates 125 year legacy; commits to caring future

9/1/2014
Click on the name to hear the conversations with Harold Long, Norm McCoy, Shonda Hay, T J Craig, and Warren Nielsen Click to see images from the worship service and celebration By Arthur McClanahan* Farrar United Methodist Church is a faith community with a rich heritage and a solid commitment to the future.  Built on a faith that focused on others it continues its caring outreach to the community…and beyond! Nearly 250 people filled the sanctuary of the church on Sunday, August 24, to ...

The Church Responds to Ebola

8/28/2014
photo by Mide DuBose, UMNS The United Methodist Church and its partners are responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The deadly virus has claimed lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The church effort involves treatment, prevention, communication and public education. The response is a joint effort by West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries and the denomination's general agencies. ...

School for Lay Ministry

8/27/2014
Dear Friends: 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.  The purpose of the school is to prepare people to follow in ...

Celebrating the life of David John Decker

8/21/2014
  David John Decker, lay leader of the Iowa Conference, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Visitation will take place on Sunday evening August 24 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden, NE. (The funeral home is located at 303 E. 2nd Street - Tilden, NE; phone: 402-368-3500). A funeral service at the Peace United Church of Christ (Tilden, NE) Monday August 25, 11:00 am. A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at ...

Sad news about Dave Decker

8/20/2014
    Word was received late today of the sudden death of the Iowa Conference Lay Leader, Dave Decker. Arrangements are pending and will be shared as soon as possible. Please keep Dave’s wife, Karen, and the family in prayer in these sad first moments.

Carma Mohler Fund To Alleviate Hunger

8/19/2014
Carma Mohler Fund To Alleviate Hunger Iowa United Methodist Foundation ...for I was hungry and you gave me food.... Matthew 25:35 Carma Mohler established this fund because she had a passion for feeding the hungry and wanted to alleviate the problem of hunger. The Iowa United Methodist Foundation seeks applications from United Methodist-affiliated groups or nonprofit organizations based in Iowa that are addressing hunger through systemic interventions or programs providing immediate relief ...

A Kairos Moment - Iowans attend conference at Ginghamsburg

8/19/2014
By Eloise Cranke* “Walking with Palestinian Christians” was the title and theme of a recent Conference, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries and the Ginghamsburg UMC, in Tipp City, Ohio.  About 250 United Methodists from annual conferences across the United States, including eight persons from Iowa attended. Leadership for the six plenary sessions and three working groups included several people from Bethlehem, Palestine, as well as leaders from several General Boards, and ...

GCFA web presence moves

8/19/2014
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is committed to providing useful resources and information to local churches, annual conferences and agencies of the Church. To improve the easy accessibility to our resources, GCFA will, effective August 18, 2014, host its new redesigned website within the official website of The United Methodist Church: www.umc.org.  At the new address, www.umc.org/gcfa, you will find the same resources previously found at www.gcfa.org.  Hosted by ...

United Methodist Communications fights Ebola with strategic messaging and technology

8/19/2014
Nashville, Tenn.: Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak have met difficulties due to widespread myths and misinformation about the deadly virus. In collaboration with bishops in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and their communicators, United Methodist Communications has implemented a crisis communications strategy in West Africa aimed at controlling the outbreak, saving lives and comforting those affected by this epidemic. United Methodist Communications is also in contact with bishops in Nigeria ...

Faith and Community Leaders Visiting Unaccompanied Migrant Children

8/18/2014
US and Mexico Faith and Community Leaders Visiting Unaccompanied Migrant Children Temporary Holding Facility in McAllen, TX McAllen, TX - [#theyarechildren] As the Obama Administration prepares to fast-track the deportation of these unaccompanied migrant children against public opinion (Reuters/Ipsos poll), faith and community leaders from both The United States and Mexico will visit a temporary holding facility in McAllen, Texas on Monday, August 18, 2014. The visiting delegation, made up of...

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