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School supply backpack give away connects a church to its community

School supply backpack give away connects a church to its community

9/8/2022
This summer, the Lake View United Methodist Church began a successful new ministry giving 83 school supply-filled backpacks to preschool through 6th-grade students in their community.   “Our church works with the food pantry that’s located here in town. We knew that the need for donations to the food pantry kept going up and up. And if the needs at the food pantry are up, the needs are also obviously up in other areas of people’s lives,” said Deanna Berry, member of Lake View UMC.    Inflation ...

New Facebook group created for local church communicators in Iowa

New Facebook group created for local church communicators in Iowa

10/28/2021
A new Facebook group has been created by the Communications Engagement Team of the Iowa Conference to encourage conversation between local church communicators across the state. The page's goal is to be "a place where conversations about church audio, video, social media and more can be discussed. We are a community where church members involved with their congregation's communications efforts can brainstorm and share resources with one another." It is open to both clergy and laity with an ...

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

Streamed Services: Staying socially connected during COVID-19

4/8/2021
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 streamed services as they become available. To submit a service time, please fill out this form with your church name, service time and a link to where the service is found online, Facebook, YouTube, television or radio station. Services won't be listed if URLs are not made available.   Thinking of starting to...

2021 Special Sundays Pew Cards are HERE!

2021 Special Sundays Pew Cards are HERE!

11/6/2020
Please find attached the NEW 2021 Special Sundays Digital Pew Cards to be posted on all your media outlets.    The Connectional Giving Team has created new resources to allow us to be even better stewards of the church’s money. We have created one envelope that represents ALL Six Special Sundays with offering, and a pew card for each Special Sunday to promote and teach members about the importance of giving.   Listed below are the links to each Pastor’s Kit in a new format. Please link each pew ...

CCMC seeking Vice-Chair for 2019-2020 program

CCMC seeking Vice-Chair for 2019-2020 program

9/24/2019
The Conference Connectional Ministries Council is looking for a Vice-Chair for 2019-2020 program year who would be willing to become the Chair of the Council in July of 2020.  While the position could be open to anyone in the Iowa Annual Conference, female laypersons are strongly encouraged to serve in order to maintain a good rotation of leadership.   The Council normally meets 2-3 times per year and is responsible for overseeing the program ministries in the Annual Conference. The Chair of the...

Building Beloved Clergy Community

Building Beloved Clergy Community

5/3/2018
A beloved community was in full bloom at the spring Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members Gathering on April 26, 2018. Clergy gathered at Ames First United Methodist Church to address the common anxiety in the Iowa Conference around the upcoming General Conference sessions.   “Today is an opportunity to be together, take a deep breath, and address our common anxiety about where our church is right now,” said Rev. Scott Lothe, an Orders planning ...

Team focuses on building relationships

Team focuses on building relationships

10/23/2017
The 10-member Faithful Stewardship Team, which meets monthly and has gathered together four times so far, is fully into the process known as ‘loving, learning, and leading’. The team’s convener, Rev. Ron Carlson, says, “Our coaches, Betty Stone and Karen Kirkpatrick, have been leading us and guiding us as we’ve learned about each other and tried to get a feel for what was going on – a lot of the preparatory work, developing our team, understanding who we are and what assumptions we operate with....

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