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Bishop offers prayer for Texas tragedy

Bishop offers prayer for Texas tragedy

11/6/2017
Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the deaths yesterday of 26 children, women, and men at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Twenty others were wounded, many critically, in the largest mass shooting in Texas history. Children lost parents, multiple members of extended families were killed, and the 14-year-old daughter of the pastor died at the hands of shooter Devin Patrick Kelley. Four percent of the town’s population was killed in the shooting. In the midst of this senseless and ...

Iowa Conference Conversations podcast

Iowa Conference Conversations podcast

10/17/2017
Iowa Conference Conversations podcast is now available on both iTunes and Google Play music.  “Thanks to the extraordinary work of Wil Ranney, ‘Conversations’ will be more widely available and something you can subscribe to,” said Dr. Arthur McClanahan, the Conference’s Director of Communications. Some 63 “Conversations” are posted, as of October 17, 2018.  The episodes range from brief three-minute dialogues to ten-minute interviews, to a few extended conversations and presentations.  Most ...

AC2017 Laity Address

AC2017 Laity Address

6/11/2017
The Laity Address for the 2017 Annual Conference Session opened with the hymn O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing.   Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen told 2017 Annual Conference Session attendees in her address that John Wesley’s writing on being altogether Christian has relevance to the Conference Session goal of being difference makers.   “The Almost Christian sermon is a very long sermon in which Wesley ultimately asks rhetorically “What it is to be 'altogether a Christian?'” Borgen said. ...

Mission accomplished

Mission accomplished

4/24/2017
By: Lynn Calvert, Iowa Conference UMW President It all started with an idea….a dream really. How to get women and youth of all ages to participate in an ACTION project, to understand that United Methodist Women are relevant at all ages, to learn from each other and appreciate all of God’s gifts to each of us.  To demonstrate Faith, Hope and Love in Action!! The plan became clear to offer an Intergenerational Mission Trip in 2017 for individuals in 6th grade and older.  On March 11, 2017, a ...

Iowa Conf communicators garner awards

Iowa Conf communicators garner awards

3/24/2017
Iowa Conference communicators garner awards   The Communications Ministry Team of the Iowa Conference received  several awards at the 2017 gathering of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  Nods were given to electronic media and The Reporter during the event, held in New Orleans March 22-24.   Best in Class for digital publications was presented to Liz Winders and Dr. Art McClanahan for The Reporter.  It also received a first place certificate for the Division A, Category B...

'IRMS connects churches with resources'

'IRMS connects churches with resources'

2/15/2017
IRMS Marks 31 years of service   Iowa Religious Media Services, an ecumenical resource cooperative, marked 31 yeas of service to communities of faith across Iowa during its annual meeting.  “Connecting the Dots” was the theme of the event held at the Iowa Conference Center on February 15.   Click to see an album of images from the IRMS gathering Bishop Laurie Haller was among the denominational leaders who signed the covenant of support for IRMS, which provides a “comprehensive, ecumenical ...

'Everyone has a story'- I'm here to tell it

'Everyone has a story'- I'm here to tell it

1/31/2017
The Iowa Conference is home to 780 congregations, 170,000 members, and countless stories of all types of ministry. Roxanne Strike is here to tell those stories.   Roxanne joined the Iowa Conference’s Communications Team as the features writer and social media strategist late in 2016 and has been an invaluable team member ever since. While she’s relatively new to the Iowa Conference’s Communications Team, she’s anything but new to the United Methodist Church.   Click here to listen to the ...

'A Critical Moment for the Bishops' to speak'

'A Critical Moment for the Bishops' to speak'

5/20/2016
“I think we saw this as a historic moment and a critical moment for the bishops to speak to the church and to the world and to our General Conference,” says Bishop Julius Trimble of the request that came from the plenary floor of the General Conference asking the Council of Bishops to offer a statement about leadership, unity, and the future of the church, following a great deal of debate over legislation on the issue of human sexuality. Click here to listen to the podcast with Bishop Trimble ...

GC2016: Connectional Church Raised Me

GC2016: Connectional Church Raised Me

5/17/2016
“I am in Portland because I believe God has called me for this time,” asserts Lindsay Drake, who is a second reserve lay member of the Iowa delegation to the General Conference and one of the younger people at the conference. “We may be the minority here, but we are well represented and we all have a voice. I am encouraged by the number of young people that feel called to be here.” Young, Dedicated, and Ready to Serve One of the earliest events that she attended at this General Conference was ...

Share Your Video Stories

Share Your Video Stories

12/7/2015
Share the exciting things that are happening in your congregation and the ways you’re making a difference in your community.  Send the video you’ve posted on YouTube on on a social media site and we’ll add them to the new Your Video Stories library.  You’ll inspire others and may just help them to discover new ways to have a terrific impact.   Here are a few topics/themes that you might want to consider in your video storytelling: Community service New ways to reach your community Missions New...

Presence and Partnership mark Town Hall conversation

Presence and Partnership mark Town Hall conversation

11/6/2015
An expressed desire to be able to interact with Conference leaders and people in mission and being partners in ministry marked the conversation at the second of the fall 2015 “town hall” meetings.   A modest sized group of more than a dozen lay and clergy gathered at Eldridge United Methodist Church for the Thursday evening “town hall,” which was the second in the series of 10 scheduled for November. Conference Treasurer Terry Montgomery and Director of Communications Dr. Art McClanahan, lay and...