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A Cabinet response to the escalation of hate crimes and violence in Iowa

A Cabinet response to the escalation of hate crimes and violence in Iowa

9/20/2020
Siblings in Christ of the Iowa Annual Conference:   In recent weeks, we have seen the escalation of hate crimes and violence across Iowa. In the small community of Stuart, a family discovered racial epithets spray-painted on their home. Near the college town of Grinnell, authorities are investigating an apparent homicide after witnesses discovered the body of Michael Williams, a Black man, burning in a Jasper county ditch. Too frequently, we receive reports from laity and clergy around our state...

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.   ...

Circuit ministry training begins for clergy and lay leaders

Circuit ministry training begins for clergy and lay leaders

9/20/2020
On September 26, a Circuit Clergy Leader and Circuit Lay Leader Training will be the first step to engage more fully in our mission to inspire, equip, and connect our communities of faith to cultivate world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.    This training begins the circuit ministry development, rolling out for all Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist churches (IAUMC) in 2021. Each circuit is made up of 10-12 churches and will be co-led by this circuit team of two.     “We heard ...

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

Salem United Methodist Church in Van Horne plays a pivotal role

9/16/2020
This is the fifth in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  Bishop Laurie Haller and Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Harlan Gillespie visited Salem UMC in Van Horne, Iowa on Friday, August 28 on their tour of derecho damaged churches. Rev. Leonard “Doc” Ranson and the Trustees chair, gave them a tour of the church’s beautiful ...

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

Grace Fellowship — a new community of faith

9/12/2020
On August 30, 2020, over 100 people gathered at Grace Fellowship, a United Methodist Congregation for Ottumwa to celebrate the end of their capital campaign, Growing Forward as Grace, and to dedicate their new building by offering a pledge to God and encircling the building with prayer.   “We started the prayer facing towards the building and praying for the ministry God's going to do here in this space and then we had everyone turn around and pray out into the world that Jesus is sending us,” ...

After the derecho, Shueyville UMC identifies ministry opportunities and develops stronger relationships

After the derecho, Shueyville UMC identifies ministry opportunities and develops stronger relationships

9/10/2020
This is the fourth in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  The derecho storm that tore through Iowa on August 10 became the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that members and volunteers at Shueyville United Methodist Church could come together and work in their community. “The derecho was oddly what we needed," said ...

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses has been cancelled

9/9/2020
Dear Retired Clergy and Spouses, The 2020 Fall Gathering of Retired Clergy and Spouses will not be held in September.  As you know, the timing of everything in our lives, including gathering in groups, depends on the spread/containment/regression of the coronavirus pandemic and making sure everyone is safe and well. Due to the continued spread in Iowa, we have decided it is best to cancel this event and encourage you to reach out through phone calls, facetime or notes to your fellow retirees and...

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

Transitions in Iowa Conference Treasurer's Office

9/9/2020
Tim Horsch, Controller and Assistant Treasurer, will be retiring this fall from the Iowa Annual Conference. Tim has been on the staff of the Conference since December 2016. “Tim has brought a talent for enhanced reporting for investments and cash flow analysis as well as consistently providing excellent financial reporting to boards and agencies within the Conference. I have most appreciated Tim for his friendship and easy-going style; he’s a very important member of our team and Conference,” ...

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 ...

Matthew 25 Hub provides for their community after the derecho

Matthew 25 Hub provides for their community after the derecho

9/5/2020
This is the third in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  The Matthew 25 Hub building in Cedar Rapids Iowa sustained major damage from the derecho disaster that blew through the region on August 10, 2020. The roof was badly damaged, and the inside experienced major water damage, estimating at least 3 months until the building ...

A note from Bishop Laurie Haller - September 2020

A note from Bishop Laurie Haller - September 2020

9/4/2020
Transcription: To the saints in Iowa, Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the beginning of September, and the summer season is coming to a close. My prayer is that you have found creative ways to renew and refresh your spirit in the midst of a world that is in a very different place this year, with a convergence of many challenges.  COVID-19 continues to affect us in Iowa, and our schools, colleges, and universities have had to make very difficult ...

Church Reentry Frequently Asked Questions

Church Reentry Frequently Asked Questions

9/4/2020
1. What about clergy with pre-existing conditions? Will we be required to go back to public ministry? Please have a conversation with your District Superintendent and your SPRC. We do not want any clergy or laity who are high risk to be made even more vulnerable. Laity who are comfortable returning to public worship can lead the service. Lay leaders, worship leaders, and others are encouraged to be part of this planning. Preachers could use Facebook, zoom, skype, bluejeans, or other formats to ...

Next week's Good Idea Webinar — Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Next week's Good Idea Webinar — Hospitality Beyond the Screen

9/4/2020
The Thursday, September 10th Good Idea Webinar will be focusing on how to extend hospitality beyond our computer screens.  We know how to do hospitality in a normal season, but the question that will be addressed in this webinar is, "How do we extend hospitality that links our online worship to our in-person worship?" Join us to learn how to include and welcome the people we have reached in our online worship when we are able to return to in-person worship. April Buske joins us for a Good Idea...

With a little nudge from God, Monique Shore turns her children's message into a book

With a little nudge from God, Monique Shore turns her children's message into a book

9/4/2020
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Grinnell United Methodist Church's Lay Leader, Monique Shore, would share her children’s message in person to the youth during church. When it was her turn last May during their new online worship, she created a video and a children’s story that addresses the emotional struggles everyone is experiencing because of the pandemic. She then took it one step further. Her message is now a book with proceeds go to support multiple mission projects at her church. As the ...

After the derecho destroyed so much, the cross remained undamaged at Christ Community Church

After the derecho destroyed so much, the cross remained undamaged at Christ Community Church

9/2/2020
This is the second in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  See a gallery of images from Christ Community United Methodist Church.   On August 10, 2020, a derecho damaged an area nearly 800 miles wide throughout the Midwest with the highest winds recorded at over 140 miles per hour in the Cedar Rapids area. Christ Community United...

West Des Moines UMC rings the bell to remember lives lost to COVID-19

West Des Moines UMC rings the bell to remember lives lost to COVID-19

9/1/2020
On August 23, 2020, West Des Moines United Methodist Church rang its bell 1,030 times to remember Iowans who have died during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We pray for God to heal our broken world.   Read the Des Moines Register Iowa Columnist Courtney Crowder's coverage of the event. See a gallery of images on Flickr.

Willing volunteers power the Chainsaw Ministry Team following Iowa derecho

Willing volunteers power the Chainsaw Ministry Team following Iowa derecho

9/1/2020
This is the first in a series of Faith In Action reports on how churches, ministries, and people from the Iowa United Methodist Church are making a difference and changing lives following the derecho disaster in August 2020.  It is estimated that the city of Cedar Rapids lost 50 percent of its tree canopy as a result of the August 10, 2020 derecho. The derecho, with wind gusts of over 140 mph, devasted much of the city and surrounding areas. Since day one of the disaster, the Iowa United ...

Mission Ingathering 2020 is a go!

Mission Ingathering 2020 is a go!

8/21/2020
To all Iowa UM pastors, treasurers, and UMW chairs from the Mission Ingathering Task Force, Please share this important information with your Mission Chairperson and others interested in Mission Ingathering. Thank you so much. Watch for more updates.    Mission Ingathering will look different this year due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, but our purpose of showing the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs will carry on. The Mission Ingathering Task Force met ...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding IAUMC's Missional Direction

8/21/2020
August 21, 2020 To the saints of God in the Iowa Annual Conference, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Where did the summer go? It’s getting toward the end of August, and our children and youth have already begun or are about to return to school in a variety of configurations due to COVID-19. After the conclusion of our Iowa Annual Conference Clergy and Laity Sessions, the Legislative Session, two Orders services, and several town hall meetings, we have all needed ...

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

8/20/2020
The August 10 Derecho Storm has devastated more than 150 communities and over 8,000 homes in Iowa.    Many church buildings and parsonages were damaged, some severely. Please consider reaching out to those brothers and sisters with notes, texts, calls, and prayers. If your buildings were damaged and you have not spoken with your District Superintendent or with Pastor Catie Newman, the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, please do so. They can help.  Churches (please, only churches at this ...

Faith and Finances in Difficult Times

Faith and Finances in Difficult Times

8/17/2020
Rev. Ron Carlson, Northwest District Superintendent hosted the fourth episode of the Good Idea Webinars on April 2, 2020. The guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Katharine Yarnell the Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation. She shared her insights and ideas around faith and finances during difficult times.    Yarnell shared three main points:  ·       Start with following Jesus. ·       Why do we give?   ·       How should we give?   Start with Following Jesus “As we turn to our faith...

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

Important Disaster Ministries Update - Crews and Donations Needed

8/16/2020
The August 10, 2020, derecho storm has devastated more than 150 communities in Iowa.     The United Methodist Chainsaw Teams have been out since day one and will continue. In addition, chainsaw crews from other conferences are responding.  If you want to volunteer to help the Chainsaw Crews in the Cedar Rapids Area with hauling brush and clean-up. Please meet at the Hiawatha City Hall Parking Lot, Monday, August 17, 2020 at 9:00 am. Please wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, eye ...

Back to School Partnerships

Back to School Partnerships

8/14/2020
Sharon Dentlinger, Superintendent of the Interstate 35 Community School District; Julie Robinson, Principal in the Iowa City Community School District; and Carl Turner, retired Superintendent of the Storm Lake Community School District were the featured presenters at the August 6, 2020, Good Idea Webinar on Back to School Partnerships.   Rev. Ron Carlson, Northwest District Superintendent hosted and opened the webinar asking the panelists how they thought United Methodist churches could best ...

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

NCJ Mission Council adopts new grant process

8/14/2020
A new streamlined process for obtaining grants from the Mission Council has been adopted.   Two classes of applications will be created.  Class One will be ongoing projects that can be funded over the next quadrennium. These groups will only need to submit a single application that explains the mission and needs for the next four year period.   An agency in this group needs to complete the initial application, click here.  This application will be due September 15, 2020. If you are granted the...

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

The 2020 Mission Ingathering continues with alterations

8/14/2020
The Mission Ingathering Committee has determined that this year’s events will be held at all five traditional sites. However, Ingathering will look very different this year because of risks related to the COVID-19 virus.  As usual, each site will collect greatly needed kits and monetary donations from churches and individuals. All other traditional parts of Ingathering (worship, lunch, education, bazaar, youth overnight, quilt, and woodcarving auctions) will not occur this year. Each site will ...

The storms of life

The storms of life

8/14/2020
By Kae Tritle, RN Well-being Coordinator   In the past few months and particularly this past week, we have been pounded by several storms; literally, emotionally, physically, relationally, and spiritually. Our lives and our emotions have been pummeled with several issues; mostly related to the impact of the COVID-19 virus including jobs, health, schools for our children, loss of in-person connections, loss of spiritual connections, financial effects, community diversity issues, and now the brunt...

Bishop Laurie and Rev. Catie Newman provide a derecho disaster update

Bishop Laurie and Rev. Catie Newman provide a derecho disaster update

8/13/2020
Dear Friends,   Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I write this as thousands of Iowans are in the process of recovering from the dangerous thunderstorm complex or “derecho” that barreled through our state on Monday with up to 100 miles per hour winds.      As of Wednesday evening, major damage has been done across the state and 277,000 Iowans are still without power. The damage has included some United Methodist churches and parsonages. In addition, according to ...

"Thanks be to God for the life, death, and resurrection of our beloved Bill."

8/10/2020
“Bill Cotton was a spiritual giant in the Iowa Annual Conference. A tireless advocate for the least, the last, and the lost, Bill led by example. Bill’s weekly Memo for Preachers was a source of inspiration for countless clergy over many years and will be continued by those he mentored and encouraged. In a conversation we had just weeks before he died, Bill said with his typical humor, ‘I’m not afraid. I just never got it all done!’” said Bishop Laurie Haller. "Thanks be to God for the life, ...

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 ...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie - Caring for the Health and Well-Being of All

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie - Caring for the Health and Well-Being of All

8/5/2020
Dear Friends,    August is upon us, and for many here in Iowa it seems as if the summer is just beginning because our annual conference events are just concluding. For the first time in our history, the Iowa Annual Conference was conducted entirely online, and the Laity Session took place Sunday afternoon. To all those who led us through this monumental effort, I am deeply grateful. COVID-19 has affected every corner of our world, yet we continue to find new and unique ways to worship, learn, ...

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

Iowa Conference Treasurer's office transitions and job opening

8/5/2020
Tim Horsch, Controller, and Assistant Treasurer will be retiring this fall from the Iowa Annual Conference. Tim has been on the staff of the Conference since December of 2016. “Tim has brought a talent for enhanced reporting for investments and cash flow analysis as well as consistently providing excellent financial reporting to boards and agencies within the Conference. I have most appreciated Tim for his friendship and easy-going style; he’s a very important member of our team and Conference,...

A Conversation on Race with two young leaders of the Iowa Conference

A Conversation on Race with two young leaders of the Iowa Conference

7/30/2020
Believe. Serve. Grow.   "We aim to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture their faith development, and to equip young leaders." - Young People's Ministries of The United Methodist Church.  On Monday, July 27th, Madeline St. Clair and Grace Kiboko – two young leaders of the Iowa Conference – joined Bishop Laurie Haller, members of the Appointive Cabinet and a “live audience” of their family and friends for a conversation on race. Watch the conversation with ...

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

A double whammy…the Mabaan flood and COVID-19

7/29/2020
By: Beverly Nolte, Chair Iowa Conference Mabaan Flood Relief Fund Raising Committee At this time last year (2019), South Sudan was in the throes of a severe, steady weather phenomenon that flooded the White Nile River displacing over 420,000 people who lost their livestock, crops, homes, and villages. The Mabaan-speaking South Sudanese, who worship in Des Moines, Storm Lake, and Omaha, asked the Iowa Annual Conference to assist them in disaster relief. A positive response was immediate from ...

Crowded camps next to the border

Crowded camps next to the border

7/29/2020
July 15, 2020 by Karlene Neal https://www.borderreport.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2019/08/Matamoros-Women-tent-082219.jpg?w=900   There are more than 2000 would-be migrants living in Mexico along the border in tents. They are very crowded and often have families.  Mexico is trying to be a good host but supplies such as safe water, food, medicines, and adequate toilets are limited.  Avoiding coronavirus is extremely difficult. They are awaiting permission to speak to an immigration judge ...

Next two Good Idea Webinars: Hospitality Beyond the Screen and Back-to-School Partnerships

Next two Good Idea Webinars: Hospitality Beyond the Screen and Back-to-School Partnerships

7/20/2020
7/23/20 | 23 - Hospitality Beyond the Screen We know how to do hospitality in a normal season, but what does hospitality that links our online worship to our online worship? How will we include and welcome those many people we have reached in our online worship now that we are considering returning to in person worship? Join us for a Good Idea Webinar hosted By Rev. Melissa Drake, Superintendent of the SW Region. Join us on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/99033983214), dial in at +1 301 715 8592 with ...

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

Getting to Know Pastor Limmo, South Sudanese Mabaan speaking pastor

7/17/2020
The Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore my brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”  I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for a person and his or her family to leave one’s homeland, start a fledgling congregation in a country with significant language and cultural differences and still remain determined and faithful to what God has called him or ...

Supreme Court ruling on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Supreme Court ruling on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

7/17/2020
7/17/2020 By: Karlene Neal President Trump tried again to deport the young people (so called Dreamers) who were brought illegally into the US when they were still children. They have lived in the United States all their lives. President Obama, through Executive Order, gave 650,000 of these young, undocumented immigrants permission to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. President Trump tried to reverse Obama’s action through the courts. The Supreme Court blocked Trump’s action, ...

Bishop Laurie and husband Gary invite you to join them on the 2021 Pilgrimage to Israel

Bishop Laurie and husband Gary invite you to join them on the 2021 Pilgrimage to Israel

7/9/2020
My husband Gary and I will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel from February 2-12 in 2021. We have an amazing itinerary, which includes the Sea of Galilee, Mt. Carmel, Megiddo, Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, Qumran, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Jericho, Yad Veshem (the Holocaust Museum), The Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, the Upper Room, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden Tomb, and the Dome of the Rock.   You will also the opportunity to extend your trip for a few days ...

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Next Good Idea Webinar: Hospitality Beyond the Screen

7/9/2020
7/23/20 - Hospitality Beyond the Screen  We know how to do hospitality in a normal season, but what does hospitality that links our online worship to our online worship? How will we include and welcome those many people we have reached in our online worship now that we are considering returning to in-person worship? Join us for a Good Idea Webinar hosted By Rev. Melissa Drake, Superintendent of the SW Region. Join us on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/99033983214), dial in at +1 301 715 8592 with ...

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

Winders and Levin begin new roles in Communications

7/9/2020
Liz Winders is the new Director of Communications for the Iowa Annual Conference. After the retirement of Dr. Arthur McClanahan, she began her role on July 1, 2020. A five-year employee of the Iowa Annual Conference, Liz has worked in the Communications office as the Associate Director since March of 2015.  “Art’s retirement left big shoes to fill in our department. He was not only a leader, teacher, and mentor but a very good friend,” said Winders. “2020 has already seen it’s set of challenges ...

Bishop Laurie forms Anti-Racism Leadership Team with a charge of creating a pathway toward a fully anti-racist conference

Bishop Laurie forms Anti-Racism Leadership Team with a charge of creating a pathway toward a fully anti-racist conference

7/8/2020
Colleagues in Christ,   As we continue to witness and experience the sin of racism in our society and our church, I have requested the formation of an Anti-Racism Leadership Team in the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. I see this team as a critical component for the work of becoming fully anti-racist at all levels of ministry in the Iowa Conference. Because we live in a culture that is so resistant to and uncomfortable with discussions of racism, I feel it is imperative to create ...

College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction announce interim leadership for 2021

College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction announce interim leadership for 2021

7/7/2020
Today the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops announces the plan proposed to and approved by the Council of Bishops for episcopal leadership for 2021 in light of the vocational retirements of Bishops Sally Dyck and Bruce Ough (¶408.2b), and the inability to gather and engage in episcopal elections during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  The retirements of Bishops Dyck and Ough have been approved by the NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy and become effective January 1, 2021. To serve the ...

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

UMC Bishops welcome new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer

7/7/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that Bishop Bruce Ough and Bishop Sally Dyck will become the new Executive Secretary and Ecumenical Officer of the Council effective September 1, 2020.  Both were elected at the 2019 November meeting of the Council. Bishop Ough will be succeeding Bishop Marcus Matthews as Executive Secretary while Bishop Dyck will be taking over the ecumenical portfolio from Bishop B. Michael Watson.  The Executive...

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

Long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building

7/4/2020
Due to the care and concern for the safety of our ministry partners, vendors, and staff, the Leadership Team of the Iowa Conference has developed a long-term plan for usage of the Conference Center building in Des Moines.  Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, staff can receive visitors and group meetings may resume under the following guidelines:   Visitors will be allowed in the building by appointment only during our designated visitor days - Tuesday and Thursday of each week.   Visitors with an ...

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 ...

Status and Reentry letter from the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Operations Team

Status and Reentry letter from the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Operations Team

7/1/2020
Greetings friends, and Peace in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ.   We of the Appointive Cabinet and the Crisis Response Team continue to hold you, the laity and clergy, of the Iowa Conference in our hearts and prayers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you undoubtably know there has been an uptake in the number of cases here, in Iowa, and around the nation. Many of you have expressed concern for your churches and for the safety of members as some of our congregations begin to gather again for ...

Don't miss the next two Good Idea Webinars: Staff Teams in the Covid-Age and Hospitality Beyond the Screen

Don't miss the next two Good Idea Webinars: Staff Teams in the Covid-Age and Hospitality Beyond the Screen

6/25/2020
7/9/20 - Staff Teams in the Covid-Age The pandemic has shaken even the steadiest, highest-performing teams.  How do you navigate staffing and social distancing, performance goals and evaluation, or even the personal stresses of illness, finances, and family?  Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck and Rev. Ryan Christenson will share their insights and advice, and you are invited to share your experiences and best practices.  Lanette serves as Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence for the Iowa Annual ...

Caring Connections for June 24, 2020—A Conversation with Rev. Carol Kress

Caring Connections for June 24, 2020—A Conversation with Rev. Carol Kress

6/24/2020
A Conversation with Rev. Carol Kress from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Bishop Laurie Haller's conversation with Rev. Carol Kress, who has served as the Superintendent of the North Central District of the Iowa Annual Conference.  Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for June 17, 2020  

Important Message from Bishop Laurie: To mask or not to mask, that is the question

Important Message from Bishop Laurie: To mask or not to mask, that is the question

6/23/2020
From Bishop Laurie to the Clergy and Laity of the Iowa Annual Conference: I want to thank you for your faithfulness over these last months as we have had to learn a new way of being the church as a result of COVID-19. We have now entered a new phase where we are considering re-entry plans for in-person worship in our local churches. One of the questions we hear often is whether we have to wear masks to worship.  Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, who is our Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence ...

Iowa Conference Center closed until July 5

Iowa Conference Center closed until July 5

6/23/2020
In light of the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and the recommendations to limit our social interaction to prevent the spread of the virus, the Iowa Annual Conference Center will be closed until July 5, 2020.  Conference staff will be working remotely during that time.    Staff can be reached either by calling their direct extension or by calling the main number, 515-974-8900, listening for the directory prompt, accessing the staff person’s extension, and leaving a message.    The ...

District Superintendent Supervisory Assignments

District Superintendent Supervisory Assignments

6/19/2020
Dear Beloved Leaders of Iowa Annual Conference,   Greetings with the love and grace of Jesus Christ!   We want to express our special thanks and gratitude for your tireless work and creativity in this challenging time. We are so grateful for our connectional shared ministry that has never been halted but rather been further strengthened to enhance the disciple-making mission, while acknowledging that we have been journeying through the extraordinary time brought by the unprecedented coronavirus ...

June 25 Good Idea Webinar is a Re-Entry Plan Revisit - Everything Other Than Indoor Worship

June 25 Good Idea Webinar is a Re-Entry Plan Revisit - Everything Other Than Indoor Worship

6/19/2020
The June 25 Good Idea Webinar is titled, Re-Entry Revisit: Everything Other Than Indoor Worship.  While our last re-entry webinar fielded mostly indoor worship questions, church life includes so much more. Bring your questions about service, small groups, leadership, discipleship, and outdoor worship for this season of navigating the “yellow phase”.   Join the conversation for the Good Idea Webinar on June 25th at 2:00 PM. Our guest will be Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Director of Clergy and ...

Caring Connections for June 17, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Dr. Arthur McClanahan as he retires

Caring Connections for June 17, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Dr. Arthur McClanahan as he retires

6/17/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller interviews Dr. Arthur McClanahan in this episode of CaringConnections.  McClanahan is retiring as the Iowa Annual Conference's Director of Communications after 15 years.  An ordained United Methodist clergyperson who has served congregations in New York and Connecticut, he believes that communications is all about making connections, telling the Story and helping people to find their place in The Story.  Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for June 17, 2020  

The bells ring at Wilton UMC to mourn and remember COVID-19 victims

The bells ring at Wilton UMC to mourn and remember COVID-19 victims

6/17/2020
After three Sundays of online worship in March and watching the Iowa COVID-19 death toll continue to rise, Pastor Steve Braudt wanted to help his congregation and community face the size of this pandemic.    “In this situation, I wanted something physical to do in response,” he said. “Ringing the bell at noon seemed an ideal way to physically, emotionally, and spiritually respond to this unfolding crisis.”   As of today, He has rung the bell at Wilton United Methodist Church just over 14,000 ...

Conversations on race first step to making change in the Iowa Annual Conference

Conversations on race first step to making change in the Iowa Annual Conference

6/15/2020
Almost 190 people listened live on Facebook as Bishop Laurie hosted a Conversation on Race with members of our Iowa United Methodist Conference family. This conversation is the first in a series of events intended to help all of us to see, listen and learn from our black brothers and sisters in Christ.   Rev. LaTonya Calderon, Rev. Abraham Funchess, Grace Kiboko, Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula, and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson shared their personal experiences with being black in America and the Iowa ...

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Commitment to Antiracism

North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Commitment to Antiracism

6/15/2020
For Immediate Release June 12, 2020   For Christ is our peace… he has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. -Ephesians 2:14   The killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 has rocked our nation and world and pierced us to the core.  The video image seared into our minds, hearts and souls is horrific, terrifying, disgusting and outrageous.  While we’ve each made commitments and statements in our respective areas along ...

Bishop Laurie invites you to watch on Facebook Live

Bishop Laurie invites you to watch on Facebook Live "A Conversation on Race"

6/10/2020
Bishop Laurie will host a conversation with members of our United Methodist family in the Iowa Connection. Speakers include Rev. LaTonya Calderon, Rev. Abraham Funchess, Grace Kiboko, Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula, and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Thompson who will each share in this time of listening and learning. This conversation is the first in a series of events intended to help all of us to see, listen, and learn from our Black brothers and sisters in Christ. This will be a conversation intended to ...

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 ...

United Methodist Bishops: Act now to end racism and white supremacy

United Methodist Bishops: Act now to end racism and white supremacy

6/8/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of police killings of unarmed Black people, the bishops of The United Methodist Church today called on all United Methodists to act now by using their voices, pens, feet and hearts to end racism.    In a statement released by Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the bishops are urging every United Methodist to reclaim their baptismal vows to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.    “We ask every...

June 11 Good Idea Webinar will be about the Circuit Ministry Model

June 11 Good Idea Webinar will be about the Circuit Ministry Model

6/5/2020
Do you have questions about circuit ministry? Have you heard about this new model the conference is moving toward but are unsure about what it means for you? If so please join us for our next Good Idea Webinar on June 11 at 2:00 PM.  Our guests will be Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference and Rev. Paul Wilcox, District Superintendent of the Northeast District who will talk about the circuit ministry model, the role of the circuit leader, ...

Paycheck Protection Program to Help Sustain Ministries

Paycheck Protection Program to Help Sustain Ministries

6/5/2020
For quite some time, the United Methodist churches in Iowa have experienced the same trends found in most, if not all, mainline denominations: aging members, decreasing worship attendance, and declining revenue. In recent years, our Iowa churches have also felt the fallout from the natural disasters across our state, and now we are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. In order to address immediate operational needs stemming from COVID-19, a Crisis Operations Team consisting of leadership across...

A Statement on Racism and Nonviolence from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet

A Statement on Racism and Nonviolence from Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet

6/4/2020
Dear faithful leaders of the Iowa Annual Conference, Amid our nation’s deep grief over the loss of so many American lives from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are witnessing that another fatal virus of systemic racism is taking away precious lives and human dignity. George Floyd’s outcry, “I can’t breathe,” at his last moment, haunts the whole American public. His senseless death puts us in trauma and moral injury because it reveals deeply rooted racial bigotries in the history of our country. It ...

Caring Connections for June 3, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Rev. Terra about being SW District Superintendent

Caring Connections for June 3, 2020—Bishop Laurie interviews Rev. Terra about being SW District Superintendent

6/3/2020
Bishop Laurie interviews Rev. Terra about being SW District Superintendent from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Bishop Laurie Haller invites Rev. Terra Amundson, Superintendent of the Southwest District, to reflect upon her time as the spiritual leader of that region of the Iowa Annual Conference in this week’s episode of Caring Connections.  Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for June 3, 2020  

Bishop Laurie's Statement on Protests in Des Moines

Bishop Laurie's Statement on Protests in Des Moines

5/30/2020
You are no doubt aware of the tragic death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday at the hands of a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s throat for at least eight minutes, causing him to die. This happened despite protests from onlookers that his life was in jeopardy.    Floyd’s death has had a worldwide impact as we continue to wrestle with racism in the United States and has sparked protests and riots in Minneapolis as well as in other cities around the ...

Next week the Good Idea Webinars move to Zoom

Next week the Good Idea Webinars move to Zoom

5/29/2020
Beginning next week, the Good Idea Webinars will be moving to Zoom. On Monday, June 1, the Unscripted Time of Encouragement and Support will have a special invitation for folks wanting to talk about caring for our health care workers. Join the conversation on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95263025913), or dial in at +1 301 715 8592 with meeting ID 952 6302 5913 Thursday, June 4, Good Idea Webinar will be focused on the Iowa Conference Re-Entry Plan featuring Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck. Join the webinar...

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 ...

Letter from Bishop Laurie: Reentry Update and Resources

Letter from Bishop Laurie: Reentry Update and Resources

5/27/2020
Beloved of God,     I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. In just a few short days we will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday. The Greek word pentecoste means "fiftieth day" and marks the time when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and others assembled in Jerusalem, marking the birth of the church. For many of us, the “fiftieth day” also marks our time away from in-person worship since the disruption in all areas of our lives caused by this global pandemic....

North Central Jurisdiction announce plans for episcopal leadership

North Central Jurisdiction announce plans for episcopal leadership

5/27/2020
  Yesterday, two announcements were made regarding significant events in The United Methodist Church.   The Commission on the General Conference announced the postponed 2020 General Conference will be held August 29–September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.   The Council of Bishops followed that with the announcement that the postponed jurisdictional conferences in the United States will be held November 10–12, 2021.   Today, each of the jurisdictions in the ...

Bishop:

Bishop: "Refrain from in-house worship through May 31"

5/22/2020
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ in the Iowa Annual Conference, As you may have heard, President Donald Trump announced this morning that he is designating all places of worship, including churches, synagogues, and mosques, as “essential,” saying he wants them to “open right now.” He said, “We want our churches and our places of faith and worship, we want them to open.” We all agree that our houses of worship play a critical role in our life here in the United States. However, we also have ...

Communications Team receives awards of excellence

Communications Team receives awards of excellence

5/22/2020
The Iowa Conference Communications Ministry Team received three awards from the United Methodist Association of Communicators UMAC).  The presentation celebration, held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 health crisis, highlighted the work of communicators across the country and an international partner.  The Communications Ministry Team - Arthur McClanahan, Liz Winders, and Courtney Levin - received a first-place award in the News Article, Annual Conference/Local Church Division for ...

Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan

Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan

5/22/2020
The Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Operations Team is providing this Re-Entry Plan for the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. This plan is guided by John Wesley’s Three Simple Rules, which provides a message and methodology of how to approach our strategic and compassionate plan to care for our churches and communities through COVID-19. Wesley’s rules have been placed within a stoplight framework to guide us as we move through a graduated 3-Level reentry process from red to yellow to...

Iowa United Methodist Camps announce summer ministry plans

Iowa United Methodist Camps announce summer ministry plans

5/22/2020
Registration for Backyard Camp can be found at www.iaumc.org/camps. The Summer of 2020 is just around the corner and with it comes opportunities to connect in different ways than ever before. Iowa United Methodist Camps are proud to announce “Backyard Camp”, a one-of-a-kind summer program offering from the combined staff at Wesley Woods and Okoboji United Methodist Camps.  Bryan Johnson, Director of Camps and Retreats says “connection with friends old and new is one of the best parts of the ...

Iowa Conference clergy converse on congregation reentry

Iowa Conference clergy converse on congregation reentry

5/21/2020
About 400 Iowa Conference clergypersons joined a Zoom meeting focused on reentry plans for Iowa United Methodist congregations addressing the concerns surrounding reentry into churches during and after the COVID-19 crisis.    “Have you ever heard the words, ‘We’ve never done this before,’?” asked Bishop Laurie Haller during her opening devotion. “No, we haven’t done this before, but this evening we’re doing something new. We’re gathering as clergy in a way we have never gathered before.” Watch...

Remember the Mabaan

Remember the Mabaan

5/20/2020
Amidst a pandemic, tragedies which seem smaller in scope are often overlooked. The Mabaan of South Sudan are in danger of being forgotten by their country and the world. Let’s be sure they aren’t forgotten by their friends in Iowa, the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I empathize with the Mabaan. Visiting Sudan in 2009 on a UMW Mission Study trip was in some ways like coming home. My husband Joe and I had spent two years in Ghana in the Peace Corps, and although our time in...

Letter from Bishop Laurie and Cabinet regarding Iowa's Agriculture challenges

Letter from Bishop Laurie and Cabinet regarding Iowa's Agriculture challenges

5/19/2020
Greetings in the name of the Risen Christ!   Here in the great state of Iowa, we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation. COVID-19 and a challenging farm economy have combined to form an unparalleled convergence of grief, injury, and anxiety in our state, particularly in agriculture and agriculture-related communities.    The purpose of this letter is to help our pastors and lay leadership better identify, name, and support those affected in and near our churches.   We continue to hear of ...

Next webinar topics are: What’s Up With Camps, and Stewardship in a Covid-19 World

Next webinar topics are: What’s Up With Camps, and Stewardship in a Covid-19 World

5/15/2020
5/21/20: What’s Up With Camps?  @ 2 p.m. Bryan Johnson, Director of Camping and Christian Formation for the Iowa Annual Conference will be sharing what is going on with camps this summer. It was announced at the end of April there will be no onsite camping at Wesley Woods or Camp Okoboji this summer. Join us using this link https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCCamp. The host will be Rev. Ron Carson, District Superintendent of the Northwest District.  The webinars will be recorded and posted here www.iaumc.o...

UMC Bishops call for justice in wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s death

UMC Bishops call for justice in wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s death

5/14/2020
For Immediate Release Thursday, May 14, 2020 WASHINGTON, D. C. -  The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for justice and the eradication of racism and white supremacy in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia.  In a statement released today and signed by Council of Bishops President Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the leaders of the church joined the General Commission on Religion and Race and the General Board of Church and Society in...

Caring Connections for May 13, 2020—

Caring Connections for May 13, 2020—"God Isn't Far Away from Any of Us"

5/13/2020
"God Isn't Far Away from Any of Us" from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for May 13, 2020 Grace and peace in the name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What a beautiful time of year spring is here in Iowa! As I sit in my home office at my computer and look out the window, I see many children playing in their front yards or choosing teams to compete at basketball, and it reminds me that even in the midst of COVID-19 life goes on. God continues to ...

Asumana Marafa becomes second Nigeria Student to Iowa to graduate from Morningside College

Asumana Marafa becomes second Nigeria Student to Iowa to graduate from Morningside College

5/11/2020
Nigerian student, Asumana Marafa, recently graduated (ceremony postponed until 8/8/2020) from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Asumana is the second Nigerian student to attend and graduate from this Iowa United Methodist Church-related college.  Marafa was born in Bambur, Taraba State, Nigeria, and the youngest of four siblings. After losing her mother and father, she lived with her cousin while growing up. During her 2012-2013 high school year, she was an exchange student of the ...

Health-full Minute—being nutritionally smart

Health-full Minute—being nutritionally smart

5/11/2020
By: Kae Tritle, RN Wellness Coordinator As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have emotionally moved through various phases; denial, panic, crisis, and now a sense of long-term coping. We are beginning to realize that this situation is going to continue for a while. The word “marathon” is being used for the next phase of the Covid-19 response. As we have experienced the impact of COVID-19 upon our daily lives, an area that is part of our emotional response is what we put into our...

UPDATED: Denominational Leaders Unite: Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings

UPDATED: Denominational Leaders Unite: Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings

5/7/2020
May 7, 2020 Denominational Leaders Remain United:  Congregations should refrain from in-person gatherings   As church denominational leaders, representing more than 1.2 million Christians throughout the state of Iowa, we are grateful for the opportunity provided by the upcoming visit of Vice President Mike Pence to re-issue and recommit to our position regarding in-person gatherings of faith communities, whether for worship or group ministries.    With one voice, we want to assure the Vice ...

Caring Connections for May 6, 2020—

Caring Connections for May 6, 2020—"Our Complete Trust in God"

5/6/2020
Our Complete Trust in God from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Caring Connections with Bishop Laurie from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for May 6, 2020 Grace and peace to each one of you. This week I have been pondering Psalm 31, which is one of the lectionary lessons of this week. The Psalmist writes:  I take refuge in you, Lord.     Please never let me be put to shame.         Rescue me by your righteousness! 2 Listen closely to me!     Deliver me ...

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President

5/5/2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area has made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to be president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.  She is also the first woman of color to lead the more than 128 active and retired bishops of the one of the largest denominations in the world. Bishop Harvey assumed the mantle of office last week as the active and retired bishops from around the globe gathered in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1...

Prayers for conference leadership

Prayers for conference leadership

5/5/2020
Dear Iowa Conference Family,   We would ask that you hold several of our Iowa Conference Leadership team members in your prayers as many of them have lost loved ones during this difficult time. We pray also for you, as we are sure many of you have also experienced loss in this time of quarantine and aren’t able to be with family. We lift up our prayers to the Lord. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.   Rev. Dr. Kiboko Kiboko, East Central District Superintendent   One of Kiboko’s nephews ...

Creative way to boost local church giving and social media engagement — #IGiveUMC

Creative way to boost local church giving and social media engagement — #IGiveUMC

5/4/2020
Looking for a creative way to boost local church giving and social media engagement? #IGiveUMC is your answer. This new campaign inspires United Methodists, and others, to make donations to local United Methodist churches in honor/memory of someone who’s made a difference to them. Then, donors will post on social media about their honoree and their gift, along with a request for others to make a donation of their own. #IGiveUMC will focus on these celebrations during the spring of 2020. ...

Iowa African UMC pastors encourage support for Mabaan Flood Relief

Iowa African UMC pastors encourage support for Mabaan Flood Relief

5/4/2020
As pastors of African descendent serving churches in the Iowa Conference, we are concerned for our South Sudanese brothers and sisters in Christ whose families and friends have experienced heavy rains causing drastic flooding. The five plus months that they lived in water was devastating and caused much despair. Thank God these Mabaan Christians have reached out to the Iowa Conference to help them bring hope to those affected by the flooding. The Mabaan communities of faith worship with us in ...

Iowa Conference UMW Awarding Grants

Iowa Conference UMW Awarding Grants

5/4/2020
Iowa Conference United Methodist Women has awarded Be Bold grants to several local units to be used for community projects that will enhance the Purpose of UMW. The grants were made possible by a planned gift to Iowa Conference UMW from the late Barbara Csomay of Kanawha. She was a retired music teacher and marching band instructor, and a member of Kanawha United Methodist Church. The grants were to be awarded later in 2020, but are being awarded on a shortened timetable to help meet the needs...

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

5/1/2020
Updated Friday, May 1 The Iowa Conference Communications Office is assembling a list of ways you can continue socially engage in worship while practicing physical distancing. We will update this story with new resources as they become available. To submit a service time, please email courtney@iaumc.org with your church name, service time and a link to where the service is found online, television station or radio station.   Thinking of starting to livestream? Ask The UMC can help you jump the ...

Worship Service for use during three day renewal leave

Worship Service for use during three day renewal leave

4/30/2020
Dear Iowa United Methodist Clergy, Worship Leaders, Lay Leaders, and Staff, Bishop Laurie recently shared, “For the past five weeks, our clergy and laity have been working tirelessly to provide vital worship, pastoral care, and hope for our local churches in the Iowa Annual Conference. I also know that many of our clergy, church staff, and worship teams are utterly exhausted in mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I am requiring those teams to find three days back-to-back between now and Pentecost...

Caring Connections for April 29, 2020—

Caring Connections for April 29, 2020—"Keep on Caring"

4/29/2020
Caring Connections with Bishop Laurie from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for April 29, 2020 Grace and peace! We are almost into May, and it is a joy to see our world coming back to life as the trees and flowers burst forth in color. At the same time, we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Schools will be closed for the rest of the school year, and I have asked all of our United Methodist congregations to continue virtual worship through the ...

Bishop

Bishop "strongly recommends" no in-person worship before June 1

4/27/2020
Dear Friends, In light of the expectation that positive cases of COVID-19 will peak in Iowa in the next few weeks, I am strongly encouraging all United Methodist churches in Iowa to refrain from in-person worship until June 1, when I will reassess. I am going beyond the Governor’s recommendations despite my previously stated intention of following Governor Reynolds' guidelines around worship.  My reasoning is that our first priority as disciples of Jesus Christ is to protect those who are most...

An important message from Bishop Laurie: Three-day renewal leave required for clergy, church staffs and worship teams

An important message from Bishop Laurie: Three-day renewal leave required for clergy, church staffs and worship teams

4/23/2020
For the past five weeks, our clergy and laity have been working tirelessly to provide vital worship, pastoral care, and hope for our local churches in the Iowa Annual Conference. I also know that many of our clergy, church staff, and worship teams are utterly exhausted in mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I am requiring those teams to find three days back-to-back between now and Pentecost Sunday, May 31, to experience rest, renewal, and sabbath. That means no work on those three days. To make ...

Caring Connections for April 22, 2020—

Caring Connections for April 22, 2020—"Learning New Ways of Being the Church"

4/22/2020
Learning New Ways of Being the Church from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo.   Listen to Caring Connections Podcast for April 22, 2020 Grace and peace in the name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our congregations in Iowa continue to amaze me by their creativity and determination to be the hands, feet, voice, and heart of Jesus in their communities and around the world. I know that we are all weary of staying home, being inside, and not being able to participate in our normal ...

Tentative General Conference dates publicized

Tentative General Conference dates publicized

4/21/2020
By Heather Hahn April 21, 2020 | UM News   After the pandemic-caused postponement, the new prospective dates for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference are Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2021. The Council of Bishops disclosed the proposed dates, including a Council of Bishops meeting starting Aug. 26, in an email to its members and other church leaders. The proposed dates also were discussed among delegates of at least one jurisdictional conference in late March. General Conference organizers have ...

Health-Full Moment

Health-Full Moment

4/20/2020
By Kae Tritle, RN Wellness Coordinator   The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted our usual life routines. While some people are essential workers for the hospitals, grocery/gas stores, police, fire and EMT departments, many of us are now social distancing, self-isolating, working, schooling, and shopping from home. A cartoon currently circulating is a person talking to a dog “Now I know why you get so excited about car rides!” Please be mindful of and pray for the essential workers. ...

Mabaan Flood Relief fundraiser put aside at the present time

Mabaan Flood Relief fundraiser put aside at the present time

4/20/2020
Bishop Haller and the Cabinet have agreed that the Mabaan Flood Relief fundraiser should be put aside at the present time. With the disruptions of normal activities, financial stress on our economy, and churches unable to meet during the COVID-19 period, many are not able to respond to this fundraiser.   The Mabaan speaking tribal group number in the hundreds here in Des Moines. Their home country/county was ravaged by a 6-month long flood which destroyed their livelihood and homes. The Iowa ...

Support Peace with Justice on June 7

Support Peace with Justice on June 7

4/20/2020
On Sunday, June 7, you have the opportunity to support peace with justice through the Peace with Justice Offering. Now more than ever, your support will make a difference.  As funding for missions is moving more towards local church support and away from apportionments, this offering becomes the primary means of support for your Board of Church and Society. If you value work to live out the United Methodist Social Principles, please provide a generous gift.   How does the Board of Church and ...

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko appointment to Storm Lake UMC adjusts Circuit Formation team

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko appointment to Storm Lake UMC adjusts Circuit Formation team

4/17/2020
Bishop Laurie Haller is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko to the Storm Lake United Methodist Church effective September 1, 2020. Rev. Kiboko has served as the East Central District Superintendent since July 1, 2015 demonstrating a missional mindset and an international understanding of ministry. He is an excellent preacher and has a strong heart for Jesus Christ and for all people. Among other missional considerations, Rev. Kiboko’s effectiveness in cross-cultural ...

The 2020 Iowa Licensing School will be online through Emory

The 2020 Iowa Licensing School will be online through Emory

4/17/2020
. This is open to this enrolled in the candidacy process in the Iowa Annual Conference. You must have DS & dCOM approval in order to attend. In order to register, complete this basic registration form https://iaumc-reg.brtapp.com/LicensingSchool2020, upon completion of that you will received the advanced registration form and need to submit a $100 deposit.   You must register by Monday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m. The Licensing School will begin on Monday, April 27.  There will be video lectures, ...

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