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AC2020 wrap up and AC2021 save the date

AC2020 wrap up and AC2021 save the date

9/20/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference Session for 2021 is scheduled for June 4-6, 2021. It has not been determined if this will be a virtual or in-person event. Please mark your calendars and save those dates.  The 2020 Session of Iowa Annual Conference Report   The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church (IAUMC) was determined to provide the safest experience for its members and staff. For that reason, the majority of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference (AC2020) sessions were Zoom Webinars.   ...

Invitation to fill open conference committee positions

Invitation to fill open conference committee positions

9/8/2020
Submitted by Barb Oakland, Conference Nominations Committee INVITATION FROM CONFERENCE NOMINATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL NOMINEES   Thank you for the input and suggestions regarding the Conference Nominations Committee report and election at our July Virtual Annual Conference Session. We are pleased to have been able to offer 55 nominees for election to various Conference Agencies where there were openings. We feel confident that these new members will bring important talents and skills to our ...

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

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

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

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

AC2020 Ordering of Ministry Service West

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

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

AC2020 Commemoration of Closed Churches

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

AC2020 Legislation

AC2020 Legislation

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

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

AC2020 - Bishop's Operational Team report

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

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

AC2020 - Board of Pensions report

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

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

AC2020 - The Iowa United Methodist Foundation report

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

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

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

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

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

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

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

AC2020 – Treasurer’s Report

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

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie Reflects on the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

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

AC2020 Special Offerings:

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

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

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

Bishop Laurie's prayer for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference

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

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

The final Nominations Ballot is now available

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

What’s to Prevent Us?

What’s to Prevent Us?

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

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

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

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

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides

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

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

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

Move With Purpose Bishop's Virtual Fit Walk 5K

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

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

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

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

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

Important information regarding the AC2020 Nominations Ballot and Elections

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

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

The 2020 IAUMC Pre-Conference Manual is now available

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

Iowa Annual Conference and Clergy Session Update

Iowa Annual Conference and Clergy Session Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Annual Conference Session to be Postponed and Held Electronically

2020 Annual Conference Session to be Postponed and Held Electronically

4/16/2020
The 2020 session of the Iowa Annual Conference will be postponed due to the current Coronavirus health crisis. Bishop Laurie Haller made the decision with the full support of the Cabinet and the Annual Conference Session Planning Committee.    Preparations are underway for a one-day electronic Annual Conference Legislative Session via the Zoom platform. It will be held later in the summer or in early fall. Secure remote electronic voting by the elected lay members and clergy members of the Iowa ...

Status update for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session

Status update for the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session

3/24/2020
Friends and Co-workers in Christ,  As the days and weeks unfold, we will know more about whether the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session will or will not be held as planned on the first weekend of June. As you know, the timing of everything in our lives, including our conferencing, depends on the spread/containment/regression of the pandemic and making sure everyone is safe and well.    There have been a few questions raised about the status of the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference session as well as...

Becoming a movement again through circuit ministry

Becoming a movement again through circuit ministry

2/24/2020
In response to a changing world, the Iowa Annual Conference is in the process of going through some major structural shifts right now. One of the biggest changes in the works is the adoption of a circuit model that is designed to bring clergy and lay leaders together for missional accountability and to provide a sense of connection between each other and with the conference.  If the idea of circuits sounds a bit old-fashioned to your ear, that’s because it’s a concept that was originally ...

New at AC2020—Option Technologies provides virtual voting through your smart phone or tablet

New at AC2020—Option Technologies provides virtual voting through your smart phone or tablet

2/20/2020
Option Technologies Inc. (OTI) has provided electronic voting support for the Iowa Annual Conference since 2007. New at the 2020 Iowa Annual Conference, OTI will be providing Virtual Voting (VVoter) through a web browser on your smart device. Most iOS, Android or Windows phones or tablets purchased since 2016 should be compatible. Here is a list of VVoter web browsers that are compatible and how to find the version you are using. Voting pads will also be available for those who do not have or ...

2020 Iowa Annual Conference Session Information is now available online!

2020 Iowa Annual Conference Session Information is now available online!

12/5/2019
Please take note of the following changes and updates. You can follow the links for more detailed information. To receive future updates regarding Annual Conference planning subscribe here. Information will be updated on at www.iaumc.org/ac2020 as it unfolds. - Shorter Conference - Friday June 5th – Sunday June 7th  The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference will begin early Friday afternoon, June 5 and close late Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2020. This change responds to one of the more often named ...

AC2020 Global Health Initiative

AC2020 Global Health Initiative

11/25/2019
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference will be focusing on Global Health: Seeking Health and Wholeness for All. We are excited to share about three very deserving groups who are making a difference in the lives of others here in Iowa and around the world.   Iowa Mission of Mercy is a large scale, two-day community dental clinic where dental professionals and general volunteers donate their time to provide free oral health care to individuals who face barriers to receiving dental care. The clinic moves...

Annual Conference 2020 planning continues

Annual Conference 2020 planning continues

11/21/2019
The Sessions Committee met today to discuss details for Annual Conference 2020.  Creating Difference Makers in Global Health: Seeking Health and Wholeness for All was confirmed as the theme for Annual Conference 2020. Conference offerings will relate to the theme of global health, and Lunch and Learns will be held focusing on this theme. Larry and Jane Kies, Iowa missionaries working with Africa University on a sustainable farm, will lead the Teaching Session. According to the Board of Global...