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Rev. Paul Shultz remembered as a friend to all

6/7/2014
  Rose Blank, chair of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, opened the presentation of the Higher Education and Campus Ministry award by introducing Marsha  Acord, Acting Director at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Iowa, along with Taylor  Gould, a Communications and Social Media intern at the Wesley Foundation.   The Francis Asbury Award was awarded to Rev. Paul Shultz, who passed away in January 2014,  for his outstanding service the last 15 years as...

Treasurer promises balance and communication

6/7/2014
  “I work for you, I represent you,” said newly-elected Conference Treasurer Terry Montgomery at the start of the Treasurer’s Report at the 2014 Annual Conference Session on Saturday morning, June7. “The budget should be lavishly communicated,” Montgomery said Twelve pre-conference budget presentations took place during the spring throughout the Conference, he said. Montgomery spoke of struggling to present the budget in a way people could understand, offering the example of how when he ...

We Are Family – Bishop Trimble’s Episcopal Address

6/7/2014
  “Do you know why we are here,” asked Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble as he began his Episcopal  Address to the 2014 Iowa Annual Conference. “We are here because Jesus is Lord!”   This is our annual Christian Conference, our big family meeting in Iowa, he said.   Bishop Trimble told the Conference, “We are here because we are family; and when we gather  as a family, God is always with us, stirring our imagination, moving our hearts and freeing our  lives from the bondage of our sins and ...

Hamilton: Church homosexuality law needs ‘local option’

6/6/2014
The Rev. Adam Hamilton leads the 18,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., and reaches many others through best-selling books about Christian faith. At the 2012 General Conference, he and the Rev. Mike Slaughter, of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio, offered “agree to disagree” legislation on the issue of homosexuality. Though that effort failed, Hamilton continues to push for official, practical recognition of the church’s division on the issue — and for...

Multi- Staff Training Event

6/5/2014
            Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.  At the UM Conference Center 2301 Rittenhouse Street Des Moines, IA We are encouraging all multi-staff churches to attend this event.  *Staff can be unpaid volunteers who the pastor works with on a regular basis. Your church can be large, medium, or small. Being part of a multi-staff church has its own opportunities and struggles. Sometimes Pastors find themselves more as a boss than a pastor and need to learn how to be ...

Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low

6/5/2014
    umc.org Poll: Making disciples tops United Methodists’ priorities; sexuality ranks low More than 90 percent of members say church shouldn’t split over issue NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A new poll of United Methodists in the United States shows that issues related to human sexuality rank significantly lower than other concerns, and members want the church to engage on this issue and bring a positive perspective to the discussion.   Creating disciples of Christ, spiritual growth and youth ...

Christian Hip-hop Artist Tedashii to Headline GO ON Tour Events

6/4/2014
GO ON Tour, a worship concert featuring Christian hip-hop artist Tedashii and speakers from next year's national United Methodist youth event YOUTH 2015, will visit each of the church's U.S. jurisdictions this fall. The 10-city tour, which begins Sept. 13 at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, will afford youth an opportunity to experience event-style worship, hear a national level performer and featured speaker and be among the first groups able to register for YOUTH 2015, an event for youth...

Camp Has Begun!

6/4/2014
                    This last weekend (May 31/Jun 1) was our kickoff for both Pictured Rocks and Wesley Woods (Okoboji’s will be June 13) and both went really well.   It was a blast with so many young people and their families on hand, and the excitement kept going all through the time they were there.   There were awesome activities and times of sharing and great food, and even moms and dads had great fun. In fact we had people we had never seen before, which is great.  Now you ...

Volunteers arm communities against malaria

6/4/2014
              By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist News Service In a small, cramped schoolroom, in the chiefdom of Kakua, scores of dedicated volunteers are sitting elbow to elbow learning how to fight a deadly foe that creeps into their homes in the dead of night, often taking the lives of children under 5. Armed with that knowledge, on June 5 they will start swarming every household within the 15 districts and capital city of Bo, handing out vouchers for insecticide-treated bed ...

June 2014 School Teachers for Nigeria

6/3/2014
              June 9 was the date the Iowa team of 15 persons were to embark on the annual trip to Nigeria.  But Nigeria had been in the press with stories of bombings, kidnapping of 250+ girls, burning churches and causing turmoil in villages located in northern Nigeria.  Nigeria is the size of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa with a majority of Muslims living in the northern states which border Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Mali.  It is in this area that the militant ...

Updated: North Georgia clergy, laity take stand against schism

6/3/2014
By Heather Hahn - United Methodist News Service Editor's note: This story was updated June 3 to include the most recent number of signers and comments from the Rev. Steve Wood, a North Georgia pastor who did not sign the covenant. As talk of splitting The United Methodist Church reaches a fever pitch, a theologically diverse group of clergy and lay members of the North Georgia Annual (regional) Conference are signing a covenant calling for unity. “While our disagreements are significant, we...

Work to eradicate malaria deaths starts with God

6/3/2014
                          By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist News Service The morning light washed over the grey concrete walls and through the large white, wrought iron-covered window behind the altar of Charles Davies Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 1. At 9 a.m., the soft light touched the faces of the Rev. Mabel Ann Kainyonde and the Rev. Georginia E.M. Maligi, sitting at the front of the church patiently waiting for Sunday services to begin at 10 a.m. ...

Bishop Trimble joins new Iowa Wesleyan president for inauguration

6/2/2014
Dr. Steven E. Titus was inaugurated as the 29th president of Iowa Wesleyan College on April 4.  The ceremony took place in the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel Auditorium, Mount Pleasant. A reception followed in the Howe Student Activity Center on campus. Bishop Julius Trimble was in attendance, participated in the ceremony and spoke at the inauguration.  Dr. Titus was named President of Iowa Wesleyan College by the Board of Trustees in May of 2013. He assumed office on July 1, 2013. His ...

'We belong together as the Body of Christ'

5/31/2014
Rev. Bill Poland is in his first year as Assistant to the Bishop for Administration, and thus his first year in that role for the Annual Conference Session as well. He admits that this comes with at least a “slight case of nerves.” “I’ll share that I have a little bit of anxiety because I’m in my first year in this role for this Annual Conference,” said Rev. Bill Poland.  “But it’s always a good experience when we gather people together from across the conference to come together as the Annual...

Measuring Our Work at the End of May, 2014: Hospitality and a Better Future

Measuring Our Work at the End of May, 2014: Hospitality and a Better Future

5/31/2014
At Lovely Lane UMC in Cedar Rapids many volunteers, including college students, sit with JFON clients while waiting for their consultation with Ann Naffier, JFON attorney for this legal clinic site

Same-gender debate rekindles schism talk

5/30/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert and Heather Hahn - United Methodost News Service The latest talk of “an amicable split” along progressive and conservative lines is not new for The United Methodist Church. Russell E. Richey documents the church’s historic divisions in a 1999 book, “Questions for the Twenty First Century Church.” The Rev. Robert Williams, top executive of the Commission on Archives and History, recommends Richey’s chapter “Is Division a New Threat to the Denomination?” as one of the best ...

Cokesbury offers new ways to engage your congregation in Bible study – Check it out at Annual Conference

5/30/2014
              Covenant, a new Bible study from Cokesbury, will have a special preview at the 2014 Annual Conference Session “Our new in-depth adult Bible study Covenant has 24 videos by scholars which discuss their understandings of the scripture based on the theme of Covenant,” said Gary Anderson, Community Resource Consultant for Cokesbury. “This new study is similar to that of Disciple, but in a flexible format of 3 units of 8 sessions each.” Annual Conference Session attendees ...

Fruitfulness in Ministry - Coming to your Conference

5/30/2014
              There is a new requirement for candidates for ordination – a Fruitfulness Project Below is the project of one of this year's ordinands, B. Tubaugh. Faith and Fitness Fridays In the Fall of2012 a group of young mothers from the church and community approached me with an idea for ministry and outreach. They wanted to create a group where children could be active and learn about God. It combined two of their passions, both of which they knew I shared: spreading the ...

Two new ministry offerings

5/30/2014
*Intentional Interim Ministry Training* begins in September 2014 The Institute for the Practice of Ministry at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Is pleased to offer Intentional Interim Ministry training to pastors: - who are mature in ministry, whose leadership skills are proven, who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short- term basis (six months to three years), who are able to do ministry under pressure and...

Register: Ninety-seven Iowa faith leaders ask White House to cut carbon emissions

5/29/2014
William Petroski - desmoinesregister.com Ninety-seven Iowa faith leaders have signed a letter sent to the White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in support of the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution at American electrical generating plans. The Iowans include Bishop Richard Pates of Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Bishop Alan Scarfe of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, Bishop Julius Trimble of the Iowa Area of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Phil Barrett, ...

Two New Farmers Markets Open in Des Moines

5/28/2014
Lutheran Services in Iowa's Global Greens Farmers' Market and Oakridge Neighborhood Farmers Market are open this summer, adding two new farmers markets to the greater Des Moines area. LSI Global Greens Farmers' Market is held on Saturdays, June through September, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LSI Refugee Connection Center, 3200 University Ave in Des Moines. The market vendors are former refugees reconnecting with the land through LSI's Global Greens agricultural programs. Purchases help ...

Annual March for Peace and Justice

5/28/2014
              Monday, June 09 12 p.m. Hy-Vee Hall This year's March will begin at 12:10 p.m., on Monday, June 9. It will start at the south side of Hy-Vee Hall and proceed to Hansen Triangle, corner of Watson Powell, Jr. and 2nd Ave. This year's theme is, "Imagine: Bridges, Not Walls."  Sponsors of the March include MFSA, the Board of Church and Society, the Board of Global Ministries, COSROW, the committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and Do No Harm. ...

Methodism growing in Cambodia

5/28/2014
Cambodia Consultation brings together wide-ranging group to hear updates on ministry By Neill Caldwell - vaumc.org Representatives from around the world gathered May 1-3 to talk about the growing Methodist mission in Cambodia.The United Methodist Church is one of five denominations working in the Southeast Asia nation of 16 million that is still recovering from the 1977-79 genocide that wiped out millions, mostly the educated and professional. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, not far from ...

Methodists urge peacemaking through education

5/28/2014
                During the opening convocation for the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities, students from North America and Japan prepare for the processional. The association’s 2014 conference is being held in Hiroshima, Japan. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications By Barbara Dunlap-Berg - umc.org Against a backdrop of gleaming, 21st century buildings and bustling commerce, Methodist scholars are recalling the world’s first ...

People in pews and big donors net millions to fight malaria

5/28/2014
                  By Edwin Acevedo* - umc.org As the Imagine No Malaria campaign enters its home stretch, United Methodists can look with satisfaction at $60 million already raised in gifts and pledges, and with hope and confidence toward surpassing the $75 million goal by the end of 2015. Most of the money raised has been from grassroots efforts like bake sales, car washes and children donating birthday money. "Now, gifts of $1 million are coming in, and there are opportunities ...

Hampton church students open Clean Up Closet to provide hygiene products to needy residents

5/27/2014
              Pastor Corby Johnson stands in the Clean Up Closet in the Hampton, Iowa, United Methodist Church on Thursday May 15, 2014. The Clean Up Closet was the idea of confirmation students and is available to Hampton families. (AP Photo/Globe Gazette, Laura Bird) By LAURA BIRD -  Globe Gazette - therepublic.com Needy families in the Hampton area have a new resource for hygiene and cleaning products, thanks to a group of confirmation students at Hampton United Methodist Church. ...

Group calls for amicable split of UMC

5/23/2014
                  By Sam Hodges - United Methodist News Service A group of United Methodist pastors and theologians is calling for an amicable split of the denomination, saying differences over homosexuality and other issues are irreconcilable. The group describes itself as traditionalist and says its ranks include more than 80 members, including pastors of some of the larger United Methodist congregations. “Are we not at a point where we can acknowledge, after years of dialogue ...

Church groups get $49,315 in Peace with Justice grants

5/22/2014
umc-gbcs.org The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has awarded grants totaling $49,315 to 14 Peace with Justice ministries around the world. The grants are awarded in conjunction with the denomination’s Peace with Justice Sunday, which witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world. Half of the Special Sunday offering is retained in annual conferences to fund local peace with justice programs. Half is remitted to the General Board of Church &...

All ages helping to cross the finish line with Imagine No Malaria

5/21/2014
      With just under $100,000 left to raise, there are opportunities for Iowans of all ages to help us cross the finish line and save lives!  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL We have some FREE additions to some of the most popular VBS curriculum's available this summer, like Weird Animals and Workshop of Wonders. Add a devotional, a video clip, or other resources in order to promote Imagine No Malaria as the mission project with your children. Look for YOUR VBS materials here!  YOUTH - STRIKE ...

National Council of Churches holds Christian unity gathering in D.C.

5/21/2014
National Council of Churches agenda reset at Christian Unity Gathering in Washington Washington, May 20, 2014 – In their first national meeting in more than three years, National Council of Churches’ member communions and partners came together in Washington May 19-20 in their first Christian Unity Gathering. More than 200 persons celebrated the rejuvenation of the NCC in an event filled with worship, music, bible study, and a discussion of crucial national issues on which members will focus ...

‘Peacemaking Circle’ could replace protester trials

5/20/2014
By the Right Rev. Alan Scarfe, the Rev. Julius C. Trimble, David Hurd and the Rev. Russell Melby and 37 other signers - Des Moines Register On St. Patrick’s Day, nearly 200 people gathered at the gates of the Iowa Air National Guard base in Des Moines to protest the use of drones by our country. Seven crossed the line and were arrested. Each was charged with trespassing, a simple misdemeanor. A trial has been scheduled for June 23 in Polk County court. If convicted, they could be sentenced to...

Here's how to #changetheworld

5/20/2014
United Methodist News Service Thousands of United Methodists rolled up their sleeves over the weekend to address the needs of their neighbors locally and globally. Many shared their activities via social media outlets. May 17-18 marked the fifth annual Change the World event — a denomination-wide effort encouraging local congregations to show that God is at work in communities. United Methodists go outside the walls of their sanctuaries and help others in their neighborhoods by doing ...

Iowa UMC Camp and Retreat’s—the place to be this summer—it’s time to register for Camp!

5/20/2014
By David Hobbs, LDM for Camping & Christian Formation Wow, I can hardly believe it, but school is almost out and we’re busily getting ready for our summer camping program. It is an exciting time for us as we make preparations for all of those campers to come and share in an awesome Christ-filled camp experience. We’ve even had some of our first summer college staffers show up to camp for our staff training programs. We’ve had some successful work days too at each of our camps and we’re ...

National Council of Churches condemns the death sentence of Sudanese woman sentenced to die for marrying a Christian

5/20/2014
nationalcouncilofchurches.us Officers of the National Council of Churches today condemned “in the strongest possible words” the death sentence in Sudan for a woman whose only crime was to marry a Christian man. The sentence of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag is also reproached by the U.S. government, American Baptist Churches USA, and many other churches and religious groups. Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the NCC, said the sentencing of Ishag for associating with Christians “is ...

ACTION ALERT - The Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Legislative Advocacy Team

5/19/2014
Dear Action Team Members, There are two appropriations on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature which we have supported but which in the past he has line-itemed vetoed.  It is important NOW to contact the governor and his staff to encourage his signing these two appropriations into law.   The first is $2,000,000 for LIHEAP (low income home energy assistance program) through the community action agencies, and the second is $7,000,000 to provide mental health services for children and ...

Tips for UM students in a competitive job market

5/19/2014
By Natalie Bannon - umc.org What to do after college: 5 tips for students in a competitive job market With the job market at a competitive level, it’s important for students to find creative ways to prepare for the real world. So, after you’ve shed the cap and gown, what’s next? “Career centers at United Methodist-related colleges and universities can help pave the road ahead for a smoother journey,” said Gerald D. Lord, Associate General Secretary in the Division of Higher Education of the ...

Grants available for ethnic social justice ministries

5/19/2014
Aug. 10 is the deadline to apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). The grants are to strengthen ethnic minority local churches through education, advocacy or leadership development as they engage in social justice. GBCS has distributed nearly $800,000 to ethnic minority ministries in the past four years. To qualify for grant consideration, applicants must be either: a United Methodist local church, district, annual ...

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5/19/2014
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“Imagine: A Faithful Church – A Healthy World”

5/19/2014
            “Imagine: A Faithful Church – A Healthy World” is the theme of the 2014 Annual session of the Iowa Conference.  This 172st gathering of laity and clergy will formally open on Saturday, June 7, at 9:30 am and is scheduled to adjourn on Monday, June 9, at 4:00 pm.  The Annual Conference session will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The Annual Conference will feature an opening Bible study by Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble and the preaching of Rev. Brian Milford ...

First Fruits

5/19/2014
By Scott Hibben, LDM for Evangelism and New Ministry  Mac and I are downstairs in his basement right after he got home from school, playing with his Legos. At age seven my grandson has become an expert at Legos and all the various genre they portray (Star Wars, Ninjago, Chima, Lord of the Rings, you name it); so much so that he has converted the family pool table into his “Lego Kingdom”, with piles of figures and blocks and all his creations. We’re playing “zombie”, with some sort of figure, ...

Marking the 60th anniversary of Brown decision

5/19/2014
Commentary by the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell - umc.org I was 20 and a junior at North Carolina A&T State University, a historically black university, on May 17, 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court announced its landmark decision in Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kan. I had grown up moving from city to city with my Methodist-preacher father, my mother and my three sisters. Each time, I attended the racially segregated schools in those cities. From first grade in Winston-Salem, N.C., to...

Thank you for supporting Africa University through your conference remittance to the Africa University Fund apportionment in 2013!

5/19/2014
Please encourage your church to post this thank-you card on your local church website and/or Facebook page.  Click HERE for the image file.    

Nominations sought for evangelist award

5/15/2014
2014 Distinguished Evangelist The Foundation for Evangelism is seeking nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church Award.   With this honor, the Foundation celebrates a United Methodist clergy or lay person whose personal ministry in evangelism is recognized throughout the denomination. The 2014 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church will join others such as Adam Hamilton, Shane Bishop, Jorge Acevedo, Charles Anderson, and Mark Beeson as ...

Peace with Justice Sunday, June 15

5/15/2014
Help spread gospel of peace, encourage cooperation umc-gbcs.org Thanks to a 2012 Peace with Justice grant from the General Board of Church & Society, the Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone, Columbus, Ohio, is changing the culture of conflict and gang violence. After a teenager named Luke was convicted of armed robbery, he was released from juvenile detention into the custody of the Rev. Eugene Brundige. A volunteer with the Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone, Brundige arranged a meeting between Luke and ...

720+ faith leaders sign letter to Congress — so far

5/15/2014
Urge support of Smarter Sentencing Act by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action - umc-gbcs.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 720 faith leaders have signed a letter to Congress urging passage of the Smarter Sentencing Act to reduce mass incarceration. The federal prison system has grown more than 500% over the past 30 years, pointed out Bill Mefford, director of Civil & Human Rights at the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). He said 50% of those in federal prison now ...

5 key millennial research findings churches should know

5/14/2014
Young adults are tech-savvy, politically independent, optimistic and racially diverse, according to new, comprehensive research about the millennial generation (currently ages 18-33). Knowing who millennials are is an incredible tool in helping reach them with the message of Jesus. Let's dig into findings and discover how this new data can help you reach this generation. 1. Digital Natives These individuals have grown up with the Internet in their pocket, social media in their friendships ...

Eastern Seaboard Conferences seeking volunteers for Hurricane Sandy recovery

5/14/2014
Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts have NOT been completed. The sheer magnitude of the destruction that devastated so many areas at the end of October 2012 means that professional contractors and volunteers still have thousands waiting for help. Work is often slowed when the next step depends on an inspection from municipal departments struggling to keep up with demand.   As often happens with disasters, time passes, some relief and recovery agencies move on to other emergencies, funds are ...

Summer Lay Servant Ministry Workshop

5/14/2014
July 18-19, Harlan United Methodist Church, Offered by Southwest District  JUMP IN AND GET YOUR FEET WET! JOIN US IN EQUIPPING OURSELVES TO SERVE GOD & OTHERS! We are excited to announce a summertime weekend of sharing & learning!   Our district is offering an opportunity to join with other laity in various workshops on JULY 18-19, 2014 at the Harlan United Methodist Church.  We will be offering the following workshops:             • Basic Lay Servant Ministry             • Discovering Your...

Agency wants bishop to account for use of funds

5/12/2014
By Heather Hahn – United Methodist News Service The United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration issued a press release noting that progress was made this week on the review of the use of theological education funds sent to the denomination’s West Angola Episcopal Area. Bishop Michael Coyner, the finance agency's president, called a meeting with West Angola Bishop Gaspar Domingos “very productive.” The Board of Higher Education and Ministry will provide a further update to ...

Call for a faithful church, healthy world at annual session

5/12/2014
              “Imagine: A Faithful Church – A Healthy World” is the theme of the 2014 Annual session of the Iowa Conference.  This 172st gathering of laity and clergy will formally open on Saturday, June 7, at 9:30 am and is scheduled to adjourn on Monday, June 9, at 4:00 pm.  The Annual Conference session will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The Annual Conference will feature an opening Bible study by Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble and the preaching of Rev. Brian ...

Conference Disaster Response Ministers take action in the aftermath of Iowa Mother's Day storms

5/12/2014
              Severe storms raged across Iowa on May 11 in numerous bands, some in the afternoon and others later after dark. Five tornadoes associated with the storms are being reported according to Iowa Conference Disaster Coordinator Rev. Catie Newman. Two tornadoes touched down in Guthrie County in west central Iowa, one in Panora and another at nearby at Lake Panorama. “There is a lot of damage to houses,” Rev. Newman said of the area. “Lots of wind, tree limbs and power lines ...

The Boko Haram and the Nigerian United Methodist Church

5/12/2014
              By the Iowa Nigeria Partnership- The country of Nigeria has been in the press with stories of bombings, kidnapping of 250+ girls, burning churches and causing turmoil in villages located in northern Nigeria.  Nigeria is the size of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa with a majority of Muslims living in the northern states which border Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Mali.  It is in this area that the militant group known as Boko Haram, whose name means “...

United Methodist Missionaries to be Commissioned at Annual Conferences

5/12/2014
              From the General Board of Global Ministries- Please pray for these 15 United Methodist missionaries and their families who are preparing for service. They are attending a three-week training program and will be blessed during worship at the General Board of Global Ministries on May 14. They will be commissioned individually at various annual conferences this spring.             * Heather Bishop (West Ohio Annual Conference)             * Young Chuel Cho (New York ...

Christian leaders say Middle East Christians must not be forgotten

5/9/2014
By Adelle M. Banks - Religion News Service Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox leaders joined forces on Wednesday (May 7) to call for an end to the silence over persecuted Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq and Syria. “What we are seeing here is ecumenical cleansing,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who called the region “the unsafest place in the world for Christians.” “It’s an ecumenical cleansing that is forcing people who are Christians, by ...

"We're So Proud"

5/8/2014
On Friday, April 18 2014, one of Justice For Our Neighbor’s own stood before a federal judge and took the oath of US citizenship. Grisell Herrera, born in Havana, Cuba, has been the Office Manager with JFON since December 2009. In that role, Grisell spends much of her time interacting with clients. JFON Attorney Brynne Howard describes Grisell as “exceptionally conscientious and detailed, welcoming, gracious and the kind of person who – on daily basis - goes out of her way to assist people.” ...

Jesus would want us to share with Cuba

5/7/2014
Letter to the Editor - DesMoines Register - May 5, 2014 In response to Lyle Horman’s question “What kind of church would visit Cuba, anyway? [“Writer Missed Seeing Reality of Cuban Life,” April 24]: I would like to answer: the United Methodist Church. I visited Cuba with a United Methodist group from Iowa seven years ago. We worshipped in Cuban Methodist churches and helped repair a Methodist parsonage. We met the bishop of the Methodist church of Cuba and discussed the state of the church in...

Paine College president asks for prayers after campus shootings

5/7/2014
By Heather Hahn and Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist News Service The president of United Methodist-related Paine College in Augusta, Ga., is asking for prayers after campus shootings this week that resulted in one student in the hospital and another in police custody.  “The investigation is still ongoing,” said George C. Bradley, the college’s president. “Without all the information, we are taking every precaution. Safety is the primary concern. We’re in communication and we’re working ...

April showers bring May flowers and campers!

5/7/2014
Don't forget to sign up for your favorite Iowa UMC camp!                    By David Hobbs, LDM, Camping and Christian Formation Wow!  Its spring time and the weather is a changing, plus there will be flowers coming soon, and that also means IA UMC summer Camps is getting ready for summer camp!  If you haven’t registered yet, please give us a call and we’ll tell you about all the fun you can have at camp and we’ll get you signed up, plus you don’t even have to be United ...

Concern mounts over abduction of Nigerian girls

5/7/2014
United Methodist News Service As the crisis over the abduction of several hundred Nigerian schoolgirls continued, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit sent a letter to Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan encouraging "swift and peaceful" action to bring the students home. The World Methodist Council also expressed concern. "We believe that every human being is born with a God-given dignity, and a fundamental right to an education," it stated. Read the World Council of Churches letter

Register for Strike Out Malaria

5/7/2014
                6th-12th grade youth from across the state are gathering to celebrate all we have and will do to save lives from malaria June 7 @ 5 p.m. - June 8 @ 11 a.m. FOR ONLY $40 A PERSON: the donation of $10 to help save a life tickets to the I-Cubs game with a few youth able to participate in games between innings concert by Manic Drive supper at the game and breakfast the next morning a Strike Out Malaria t-shirt overnight activities on the outfield – including ...

World Methodist Council Statement on the Mass Abduction in Nigeria

5/7/2014
                worldmethodistcouncil.org Twenty days ago, an estimated 234 girls between 16 and 18 years old were taken from a school in northeastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants called Boko Haram. Boko Haram was founded in Northeastern Nigeria and has been very active, and very violent, since 2009. The name translates, literally, as “Western education is sinful.” This mass abduction has recently began to make news outside of Nigeria, and now is drawing attention to a ...

Preparedness, training: key to tornado response

5/5/2014
By Linda Unger United Methodist annual conference disaster response personnel are at work providing damage and needs assessments and spiritual and emotional care with residents in states hit hard by two straight days of powerful tornadoes and severe weather. Greg Forrester, US Disaster Response executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), praised the work of the conferences during the emergency phase of relief operations after dozens of tornadoes rampaged across a total of...

Imagine No Malaria to Distribute Nets in Sierra Leone

4/29/2014
umc.org On April 25, 2014, on World Malaria Day, Imagine No Malaria moved forward with plans to distribute nearly 400,000 life-saving insecticide-treated bed nets in the Bo District of Sierra Leone on June 5, 2014. Trained volunteers will be distributing nets door-to-door, as well as educating people how to use and maintain them properly. The distribution in Bo is in conjunction with the Sierra Leone national plan to distribute more than three million bed nets nationwide as part of an ...

Men give 200 devotional books to first responders following mudslide

4/29/2014
              Alan Lish of Arlington United Church presents Strength for Service books to Kevin Griffee of the Vancouver Fire Dept.; Steve Westlake, Eastside Fire and Rescue in Issaquah; and Brian Hyatt of the Monroe Fire Dept. Capt. Ron Adams, Monroe Fire Dept.; and Steve Mason, Snohomish County Fire District, kneel  in front. gcumm.org ARLINGTON, Wash.--Arlington United Church’s Men’s group distributed 200 Strength for Service to God and Community daily devotional books to first ...

United Methodists respond to deadly tornadoes

4/29/2014
                Ida Rose (right) receives a hug from Sheri Mathews, Spiritual and Emotional Care Team supervisor for the Arkansas Conference Disaster Response Team. Rose is an early response team member, but on April 28 she was at the severely damaged home of her son and his family, who live in the River Plantation neighborhood in Maumelle, Ark. Photo by Amy Forbus, Arkansas United Methodist By Sam Hodges - United Methodist News Service Deadly tornadoes that swept through the upper ...

Break the Cycle

4/25/2014
                From inmiowa.org Pastor Todd Hartsock, who serves churches in Swea City and Titonka, is going to be riding RAGBRAI for Imagine No Malaria. He wants to invite you to help join him in this work…  even if you don’t actually pedal a bike! To help inspire him along the way, pledge to support him for each mile of the journey.  All of the money raised will go towards the work of Imagine No Malaria through the Iowa Annual Conference. Pastor Todd writes:  “In past years, as ...

Calling all youth leaders in Iowa

4/25/2014
Strike Out Malaria overnight at Principal Ballpark in Des Moines June 7-8 is getting close. The event is to celebrate the impact 6th-12th graders are having in ending malaria in Africa through our Conference support of Imagine No Malaria.  The cost is $40 for early registration before May 19. After that, the registration will be $45. Registration information  and forms are on our website www.inmiowa.org/strikeout  It is simple for churches to register their youth. You register your church ...

Mary Joy and Jerre Stead give $1 million gift to Imagine No Malaria

4/25/2014
Mary Joy and Jerre Stead have given a $1 million gift to Imagine No Malaria.  They recently donated $500,000 to both the Iowa and Rocky Mountain Annual Conferences to support the United Methodist initiative to raise $75 million to fight Malaria in Africa. “This is an example of what we like to invest in, because it makes such a difference for so many people,” Jerre Stead said during an interview on the eve of World Malaria Day.  “Five or six years ago Bill Gates and I were talking about the ...

Villagers testify to Imagine No Malaria’s impact on lives

4/25/2014
            A Commentary by Gary R. Henderson* BO, Sierra Leone - umc.org "We have not had one case of malaria in my family since we started using the nets.” Wow! These words spoken by a village elder in Bo. Sierra Leone, reminded me of the old-fashioned testimonies I would hear as a boy growing up in the church. People were quick to give an account of the hope that was in them.  Everybody wanted to testify. Listening to the village elder, I was reminded that our work with malaria ...

Bishops offer comfort after ferry disaster

4/22/2014
                    United Methodist bishops are offering prayer and comfort after Sewol, the ferry pictured, sank off the coast of South Korea. Photo courtesy of Korean Coast Guard/ Wikipedia Commons. By Heather Hahn and the Rev. Jacob Lee - United Methodist News Service United Methodist bishops — including three Korean Americans — have extended prayers, words of comfort and the hope of Easter following last week’s ferry tragedy in South Korea. The Sewol ferry with 476 ...

UMCOR Board Approves Philippines, Haiti, and US Grants

4/22/2014
                      Jason Reyes begins rebuilding his home following Typhoon Haiyan in Dagami, Philippines. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. By Linda Unger - umcor.org April 14, 2014—The board of directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved on Friday more than $5 million in grants in support of relief and development work in the Philippines, Haiti and the United States, reaffirming UMCOR’s mission of “mutuality, empowerment and sustainability.” UMCOR ...

Laity Day focuses on faith and discipleship

4/18/2014
Click here for a photo gallery of Laity Day Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble joined with Laity across Iowa for the third annual Laity Day with the Bishop to talk about faith, discipleship, and the church.  The event, held at Grace UMC in Des Moines, was also live streamed to several locations across the Conference. According to Dave Decker, the Iowa Conference Lay Leader, there were about 200 people at all the sites.  “Even though there were a few 'technical challenges,' people were able to ask ...

Bishops address Ukraine crisis

4/17/2014
United Methodist News Service - Bishop Eduard Khegay of the Eurasia Area and Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Area have issued an Easter pastoral letter, touching on the political crisis in Ukraine. Pastoral Letter from bishop Eduard Khegay and bishop Christian Alsted Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil.1:2)  In a time of turmoil and unrest in Ukraine and other European countries we write to You, the people called Methodists in the ...

Iowa Annual Conference Session News

4/16/2014
Iowa Annual Conference Session News The 2014 Iowa Annual Conference opens Saturday, June 7, 9:30 am at the Iowa Events Center Hy-Vee Hall, in Des Moines. Clergy session will be Friday, June 6, 4 pm, at First UMC, Des Moines. The theme is “Imagine: A Faithful Church – A Healthy World” with a celebration of our Imagine No Malaria emphasis. Speakers and preachers include: Bishop Julius C. Trimble, presiding bishop; Dave Decker, conference lay leader; Bishop Linda Lee, Bishop in Residence, ...

Iowa Christian Educators: Reminder to register for the 2014 Iowa UMC CEF spring workshop and meeting May 2-3

4/16/2014
Click here to watch the small groups:Big Ministry promo video CEF Spring Workshop and Meeting The Iowa Christian Educators Fellowship Spring Workshop and Meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Please note the change in dates. The schedule was changed so that CEF members can participate in the small groups: Big Ministry conference featuring keynote speaker Tony Miltenberger, Pastor of Next Step and Life Groups at Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio. Ginghamsburg Church is where ...

Rev. Scott Hibben to become Ankeny lead pastor

4/16/2014
Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble has announced that the Rev. Scott Hibben will be appointed Lead Pastor of Ankeny First United Methodist Church, beginning July 1, 2014. Rev. Hibben is currently the Leadership Development Minister for Evangelism and New Ministry Development.   In that role he has played a primary role in leading the Healthy Church Initiative; worked with the Standing Committees on Parish Development and Hispanic/Latino Ministries; coached congregations and pastors as they have ...

United Methodists prepare for annual conferences

4/16/2014
By Rich Peck - United Methodist News Service United Methodists in Africa, Europe, the Philippines and the United States are preparing for regional legislative meetings, called annual conferences. During the gatherings, usually lasting four days, clergy and laity elected by local churches will establish 2015 budgets, receive reports, consider resolutions regarding social justice issues, present awards, deal with property issues, and recognize retiring clergy. Sessions nearly always include ...

United Methodists killed in shooting spree at Jewish centers

4/15/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist Communications The deaths of three innocent people — two United Methodists and a Catholic — on Palm Sunday and the eve of Passover are a painful reminder of the sin and tragedy in the world, said President Barack Obama, during the White House's annual Easter prayer breakfast held April 14. The April 13 shooting rampage outside two Jewish centers in Overland Park, near Kansas City, has been classified officially as a “hate crime.” Reat Underwood, 14, and...

Ancient traditions still influence Easter

4/15/2014
                      "The association (of Easter) with baptism is ancient and is deeply connected with the development of Lent" as a period of intense preparation for baptism, says the Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards.  Photo courtesy The Methodist Church in Cuba. umc.org Christians journeying through Holy Week may be surprised to learn how some Easter traditions have evolved over the centuries. How did Easter get its name? Why are baptisms often included in services that day? What ...

Imagine No Malaria Iowa: 54 days … only $195,180 remaining …

4/15/2014
With just 54 days left to Annual Conference, you can help us EXCEED our goals for Imagine No Malaria: If you have donations in your church accounts, don't wait until Annual Conference to bring them in. Mail them today with your monthly remittance forms   Join the 39 churches and one entire district (East Central) who are doing something for the Statewide Pancake Feast   "Count Your Blessings" in the merry month of May. If you didn't participate in the Lenten giving calendar, this is short...

Mother’s faith offers comfort after Kansas City shootings

4/15/2014
                    Will Corporon, left, and Mindy Corporon, talk to reporters at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection after their father Dr. William Corporon, 69, and nephew and son, Reat Underwood, 14, were killed April 13. A third woman was killed by the same gunman. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist News Service United Methodist Mindy Corporon said she believes her son and father are in heaven after...

United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 85

4/15/2014
                      By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist Communications James Lloyd Knox, a retired United Methodist bishop who was known as a champion of mission, died at age 85 on April 13. He served the denomination in various capacities and locations, but is well-remembered for his work in his native Florida. Bishop Ken Carter, leader of the Florida Annual (regional) Conference, said, “The history of the conference could not be told apart from his ministry.” Two ...

Easter features from United Methodist Communications

4/12/2014
United Methodist Communications has produced several features and other pieces of content for use related to Easter. These are being or will be featured on umc.org, umc.org/videos, umc.org/news and www.interpretermagazine.org. April 10 Easter Totem Pole UMTV (at umc.org/videos) - Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest area in North America often passed knowledge on through totem poles. These carvings in cedar tell stories as books do. United Methodist Pastor David Fison spent years ...

Legislative Advocacy Team Action Alert

4/12/2014
ACTION ALERT Number Three April 11, 2014 The Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Legislative Advocacy Team End of the Legislative Session Actions HUMAN TRAFFICKING Thank You for all you did to help get strong, positive Human Trafficking Legislation passed this year.   Through strong bi-partisan support and helpful initiatives from both the House and the Senate, Human Trafficking laws for Iowa were strengthened and those who are the victims of human trafficking were ...

United Methodists raise 80 percent of malaria goal

4/12/2014
Imagine No Malaria counts $60 million in donations and uncountable blessings umc.org Imagine No Malaria announced April 10 that United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million by 2015. In the past year alone, the people of The United Methodist Church have made contributions and pledges of more than $28 million, boosting the total raised to more than $60 million. In the coming weeks, five annual (regional) conferences will launch fundraising ...

"We do not teach justice by being unjust"

4/11/2014
Penalties must be appropriate to crime, social justice agency head tells senators by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action                  The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe (fourth from left), chief executive of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society, was among persons who participated in a discussion of mandatory-minimum sentencing conducted by U.S. Senate Democracts. Others who spoke (from left) are David LaBahn, president, Assn. of Prosecuting Attorneys; Laura ...

Laity Day 2014

4/11/2014
Laity Day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12, at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Church in Des Moines.  The entire event will be livestreamed. Click here on April 12 to connect to the livestream.  Click on Laity Day 2014 image, top row, left, for Laity Day.  It will appear at 8:30 am on April 12. (Streaming available only on laptops/desktops; not compatible with tablets and smartphones due to Microsoft Silverlight limitations.) Bishop Trimble will refer to his blogpost, ...

Social justice agency sets legislative priorities

4/11/2014
2014 legislative priorities Social justice agency announces congressional advocacy agenda by Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action on April 08, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has set its 2014 legislative priorities for the U.S. Congress. The priorities include several issues in the headlines recently, such as immigration reform and health security. There are also holdovers from 2013, such as combating human trafficking and fully ...

Help us help Uzajja unlock the potential of Christ in Nigeria

4/10/2014
                      From the Iowa Nigeria Partnership A Win - Win - Win - Win situation if we help Uzajja further his education at Africa University, the cause of Christ wins four ways: Enhance learning at BTS; Allow seminarians to benefit from new educational programs; Better trained pastors for UMC in Nigeria; and Support Africa University. Here’s what we need: financial assistance to send Uzajja to Africa U for a 2-year Masters program Tuition/school Fees $6,500 per year. ...

Navy Chaplain Jennifer Bowden Serves in Washington Mudslide Disaster

4/10/2014
                    ngumc.org The recent devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., took its toll on rescue workers who have diligently searched for survivors underneath a square-mile of debris and muck, which in some parts was 30 to 40 feet deep. Amoung those workers is Lieutenant commander Rev. Jennifer Bowden, Command Chaplain, and a United Methodist who served at Dunwoody UMC during seminary at Candler School of Theology and afterward under full appointment.  The mudslide claimed ...

United Methodists join weekend action to stop deportations

4/10/2014
                      By Kathy L. Gilbert - United Methodist News Service During the weekend of April 5-6, many prayers were said for immigrant families torn apart by deportations and those praying are hoping President Barack Obama is listening. United Methodists joined with other faith groups and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network in a weekend of action to ask for temporary suspension of deportations, which will soon reach 2 million. Three other denominations — ...

USAID and ZunZuneo

4/9/2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The news that the United States Agency for International Development surreptitiously sponsored a text messaging service in Cuba created a storm of criticism. The fallout has implications for other humanitarian organizations as well. The Rev. Larry Hollon, top staff executive of United Methodist Communications, explains: April 8, 2014 - larryhollon.com The news that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) surreptitiously sponsored a text ...

Worshipers turn to church after Fort Hood shooting

4/9/2014
By Kevin Schwaller - kxan.com KILLEEN, Texas (KXAN) — Some members of the community around Fort Hood are coping with last week’s shooting by turning to their church. Flags line the entrance of the First United Methodist Church of Killeen. Four ribbons hang on the front sign. Each ribbon represents one of the dead, including the shooter. Rev. Jeff Miller, senior pastor of the church, lit four candles at the beginning of the service Sunday and a bell rang four times. “A lot of people, they ...

See how UMC camps change lives

4/9/2014
        By Rev. David Hobbs, LDM, Camping and Christian Formation  Wow, can you believe it, we are starting to get wonderful warmth out there now, and it’s starting to feel more like summer, and that gets me to thinking about camps.  In the last month I have shared some wonderful testimonies throughout the Conference about folks who have been involved with Iowa UMC Camps over the years, and this week I’m going to do the same. In the last few articles have been some really neat stories ...

"A New Calling: Spiritual Second Careers," an interfaith special, set for Sunday, April 13 on CBS

4/8/2014
                              From religioncommunicators.org Mike McCurry, plenary speaker at RCC 2008, featured in broadcast "A New Calling: Spiritual Second Careers," a CBS Interfaith Special that explores the phenomenon of mature adults moving from successful secular careers into the world of religion, will be broadcast Sunday, April 13, on the CBS Television Network (check local listings). The broadcast asks why a successful professional in a secular career chooses to ...

Black caucus commits to increase advocacy

4/8/2014
                    At right, the Rev. Cedrick Bridgeforth, chair of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, addresses the caucus about plans for its future. From left, sitting, are the Rev. Danita R. Anderson, the group's secretary, and Deborah Bell, vice chair. Photo by Bill Fulton, WAFB Photo   By Heather Hahn -  United Methodist News Service Expect to hear more in the next three years from The United Methodist Church’s black caucus on issues that affect the denomination and ...

United Methodists doing amazing work in Zimbabwe

4/8/2014
By Vicki Brown - gbhem.org Schools, pastoral counseling, hospitals and children’s homes are all part of the outreach United Methodists are doing in Zimbabwe—work that took center stage during two days of the visit to Africa University by staff and directors of the UM Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Staff and members of the agency’s Board of Directors visited and talked with doctors, teachers, children and volunteers at the Old UMC Mutare Mission Center, which houses Hartzell Schools, ...

KCCI: 'Enough is enough!' Iowa groups call for help for families

4/7/2014
                  KCCI photo DES MOINES, Iowa — By Marcus McIntosh -  kcci.com Groups held a rally outside the Polk County Courthouse Friday calling for an end to deportations. The rally was part of the national Not1more Deportation campaign. "We are saying enough is enough.  We need to stop deportations and pass a humane and comprehensive immigration reform that is sensible to our country that keeps our borders safe," said Sandra Sanchez of American Friends Service Committee. ...

Letters from U.S. Presidents

4/7/2014
DALLAS - United Methodist News Service An exhibit featuring letters and White House invitations sent to Methodists from men who were, had been or once would be president of the United States continues through May 9 at Bridwell Library, part of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.  The dates of the documents range from 1854 to 1957. See images from the exhibit

Eugene Fracek invites understanding and relationship building with Indians

4/5/2014
Click to hear the interview with Eugene Fracek Click to see images from the gathering Eugene Fracek was the keynote speaker for the Iowa Methodist Federation for Social Action spring 2014 meeting.   He grew up on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, became the Indian Resource Teacher for the Rapid City School District, served as Indian Education Director for the State of South Dakota, for nearly two decades was an elementary school principal in Des Moines, and now teaches classes ...

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