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Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

Derecho doesn't delay confirmation at Lovely Lane UMC

9/16/2020
This is the sixth 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.  A typical year of confirmation turned upside down for Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids after quarantine and the derecho on August 10. That didn’t stop Rev. Scott Meador from completing the year with a celebration.   “We started back in the fall of 2019 ...

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 ...

Chaplaincy program for clergy off the ground in all eight districts

Chaplaincy program for clergy off the ground in all eight districts

3/31/2020
A chaplaincy program has been established in each district of the Iowa Conference as a way clergy can care for one another during these unprecedented times. Rev. Terra Amundson, Dean of the Appointive Cabinet and Southwest District Superintended, hopes this can be a new way of being moving forward.   “We are in a very strange time and we have pastors that all of a sudden have to figure out how to do ministry in a different way than our normal day by day,” Amundson said. “When we're suddenly ...

Eight district websites merge to four co-district webpages

Eight district websites merge to four co-district webpages

3/31/2020
Beginning April 1, 2020, our eight district websites will become four co-district webpages.    This decision was made because the Iowa Annual Conference has closed the district offices and transitioned from eight district administrative assistances (DAAs) to four. The merging of the web pages will help to streamline the work of the DAAs and reduce website hosting expenses.   Please bookmark your district in your web browser to make accessing them easier. You can also access them from here:  http...

St. Paul's United Methodist Church receives national spotlight

St. Paul's United Methodist Church receives national spotlight

2/21/2020
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids was recently featured as a “modern landmark” in the Winter 2019 issue of Sacred Places – The Magazine of Partners for Sacred Places.  Built in 1913 and designed by renown architect Louis Sullivan, the church was chosen by Partners for Sacred Places in 2017 to participate in the National Fund for Sacred Places program. This prestigious program administered by Partners in collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation ...

Vision 2032 II conversations begin January 11th

Vision 2032 II conversations begin January 11th

1/15/2020
You are invited to Vision 2032 II a follow-up conversation on what was heard during the Fall of 2019 at Vision 2032: All In Visioning Sessions with Bishop Laurie. It will begin with introductory remarks from Bishop Laurie and continue with ideas on plans for the Iowa Annual Conference to move forward in mission and ministry. Your participation is encouraged and you will be able to share in dialogue with those presenting. During the Fall of 2019, Vision 2032: All In gatherings were held ...

District Office Transitions

District Office Transitions

11/8/2019
Friends in Christ,    I give thanks to God for your faithful and effective ministries led by the Holy Spirit for the sake of Jesus Christ. You continue to find ways each day to share the love of God in Jesus Christ with your neighbors here and around the world encouraging growth in discipleship.    By December 30th of this year, the physical office spaces that have been used for district superintendents and district administrative assistants will be closed. This transition is taking place to ...

What Happens After Happily Ever After?

What Happens After Happily Ever After?

10/21/2019
Tom Boomershine, a United Methodist pastor for over 20 years, is fortunate to have a marriage that gets noticed. “My lovely wife and I had people asking all the time, ‘You two really look happy–how do you do that?’” And while he and his wife Winter are indeed very happy, and love to spend as much time as they possibly can together, they have seen many couples around them struggle.  So Tom decided to put what he’s learned about marriage into a new book, After Ever After: Finding and Keeping the ...

Pastor and author Lillian Daniel falls in love with Dubuque

Pastor and author Lillian Daniel falls in love with Dubuque

10/7/2019
Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, a graduate of Yale Divinity School, has worked as an adjunct professor and is the author of several books, but she considers herself “a parish pastor first.” She is currently the senior pastor of First Congregational Church in Dubuque, but it was a long and windy road that brought her to Iowa. From the suburbs to the city and back Rev. Daniel began as an associate pastor in Cheshire, Connecticut, which was a large, thriving suburban church. “I was there for three years ...

Pictured Rocks UMC Camp and Retreat Center closes

Pictured Rocks UMC Camp and Retreat Center closes

8/26/2019
Former campers, employees, camp counselors, board members, and supporters gathered on the grounds of Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center for the Deconsecrating Service held on August 25, 2019.  Speaking about the history of Pictured Rocks, Camp Director Gabe Dorrell said, “The reality came to fruition in 1961 when the first campers enjoyed camp here in this sacred space. History goes with us. When we leave this place, the relationships that have been built, that have been ...

A New Way to Support Camping

A New Way to Support Camping

5/15/2019
A New Way to Support Camping Iowa United Methodist Camps are excited to launch the Kindling Club, a new way to ensure the sustainability of camping across the state for the next generation of youth and adults. Okoboji, Pictured Rocks and Wesley Woods United Methodist Camps have impacted hundreds of thousands of lives over the past 100+ years. Many people, myself included, look at their time at camp as the single most formational faith experience of their lives. If you weren’t already aware,...

FAQs about Pictured Rocks Camp

FAQs about Pictured Rocks Camp

5/15/2019
The status of Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp has been a topic of conversation at the Pre-District Conferences around the state. To help provide clarity on the current status, answers to the following Frequently Asked Questions are provided below. Q: What is the status of Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp? A: The Board of Camps has voted to recommend a sale of Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp to Camp Courageous. The Board of Camps cannot execute a sale as it is the property of the ...