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Building Relationships to End Poverty

Building Relationships to End Poverty

5/24/2018
Food pantries, free clinics, and education opportunities are just a few of the things the congregation of Greenfield United Methodist Church has its hands in after a Rural Poverty Workshop held in November 2017 at the church. It has joined forces with other churches, the school, and local Crisis Intervention and Community Action services to begin relationship building with those struggling in the community.   “Many people in our community have been transformed in their thinking toward those who ...

Marion Methodist Builds for the Future

Marion Methodist Builds for the Future

5/11/2018
The late spring snows haven’t stopped construction on the new 32,000 square-foot facility for Marion First United Methodist Church. Set to open on Father’s Day Sunday – June 17, the new building is being built in a rapidly-growing section of the town and will address the many needs of the growing congregation. “The first and primary decision was that we believed Marion First U.M. Church needed to be within Marion,” said Pastor Mike Morgan. “We picked this location because that’s where all the ...

United to help others in Puerto Rico

United to help others in Puerto Rico

5/11/2018
“Imagine caring for a family, a business, a church, or a school without steady water or electricity. There are people all over Puerto Rico that still have no running water or electricity. There was much work that needed to be done where power tools or machines were needed. None were available and would not be available for months.” – Mary Cowdrey, member of Marshalltown First United Methodist Church.    Iglesia Metodista Villa Fontana, a large church in a suburb of San Jaun, Puerto Rico, ...

ISU students make a difference

ISU students make a difference

5/1/2018
Collegiate Wesley United Methodist Church has developed a relationship with the Emergency Residence Project, a homeless shelter in Ames, to help homeless children be more successful in their lives. Iowa State University students gather each Wednesday night to help kids with anything from practicing math problems to musical instruments.   “Getting to know the kids is really, really great, and so is getting to know the other students helping in the program,” said Anna Bilek, a sophomore studying ...

Meet the Advocacy Team

Meet the Advocacy Team

4/27/2018
A full interview with members from the Legislative Advocacy Team can be heard on the Conference Conversations Podcast. The Legislative Advocacy Team brings the Iowa United Methodist voice to the legislative process at the state capitol. Volunteers share the United Methodist positions and concerns with the legislators and to oppose or support specific bills.   “We are involved with social justice issues,” said Reverend Brian Carter. “There is an effect of these bills on individuals and Iowans, ...

"God bless this holy place and all who enter here"

3/23/2018
Psalm 127:1 Unless it is the Lord who builds the house, the builder’s work is pointless. Unless it is the Lord who protects the city, the guard on duty is pointless.   “You are the ones who are building the house, you are the ones who are protecting those who are defenseless, and God blesses you for your ministry here,” read Bishop Laurie Haller at the blessing celebrating the new office of Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) on March 15, 2018.   “We think that all means all, and that all ...

Johnson, Plambeck named directors

Johnson, Plambeck named directors

3/20/2018
In a move to align resources and talent in the Iowa Annual Conference, Bishop Laurie Haller has appointed Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson as the Director of Congregational Excellence, and Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck as the Director for Clergy and Leadership Excellence.   Johnson, the South Central District Field Outreach Minister since 2013, has effectively served congregations in Iowa through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI).   “I can’t wait to work collaborative with the other directors, the cabinet, ...

Polk City U.M. Church embarks on mission trip to Puerto Rico

Polk City U.M. Church embarks on mission trip to Puerto Rico

3/6/2018
In response to the devastation that was caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 15 Iowans are preparing to leave Thursday for Puerto Rico to help a United Methodist church rebuild.   The volunteers include high-schoolers through retirees, and not just United Methodists.   “We were able to get a good group of people from many denominations from all across the state of Iowa,” said the group’s leader, Reverend Hugh Stone. “We have a student at Simpson College, some retired doctors, a retired nurse, ...

The little church that CAN

The little church that CAN

3/3/2018
By: Morgan Frideres, Spring 2018 Intern, Simpson College Prole, IA – Linn Grove United Methodist Church in Prole, Iowa is home to a congregation of around only 40 regular worshipers, but they’ve proven their slogan as the “little church that CAN.” Their small congregation raised $5,580 for Heifer International to purchase animals for families in poverty.   Heifer International’s expression is “Passing on the Gift,” according to their website. The purchase of animals brings sustainable ...

Tiny church—big impact

Tiny church—big impact

2/7/2018
A small church continues to have a big impact in Bolan, Iowa and surrounding communities because of the motivation and drive of a congregation that is half made up of folks over eighty-years-old.  On Sunday, October 15, 2017, a “Special Recognition” Day was held during the Bolan Trinity United Methodist Churches morning worship service to honor those members who are in their eighties and nineties. Those in their eighties are: Duane and Betty Anderson; Jacie Erdmann; Roger and June Erdmann; ...

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

Puerto Rico Mission Trip

1/27/2018
Volunteers are needed to participate in a Mission Trip to Puerto Rico from March 9 - 17, 2018—$1600/person In response to the devastation that was caused when back to back hurricanes slammed Puerto Rico, a mission trip has been organized by Rev. Hugh Stone from March 9 - 17 that will help repair a church just outside of San Juan.  Travel, lodging and meals are all included. The volunteers will be staying in a Methodist church in San Juan.  Please contact Rev. Stone at (641) 414-4876 or ...

PET renamed Mobility Worldwide

PET renamed Mobility Worldwide

10/16/2017
Pastor Audrey Young shares how the Personal Energy Transportation (PET) got its start in Iowa and how they are made, delivered and received.

Wesley in Muscatine recovers and grows together after tornado

Wesley in Muscatine recovers and grows together after tornado

10/7/2017
By Katie Roquet Worshiping and ministering while there is a construction zone filling your main sanctuary is certainly a challenge. Here at Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine, we were hit by an EF2 tornado on March 6th, 2017. The damage it left behind was significant, destroying our beautiful Casavant pipe organ, damaging much of our chancel area, leaving a gaping hole in the roof, and causing minor damage in many other areas of our main church building and our Family Life Center. ...

Clean-up buckets on the way to help

Clean-up buckets on the way to help

10/6/2017
On Monday, October 2, Addison Gaskin and Barbara Hartsock, two drivers for the family-run Weinrich Trucking business, stood in the parking lot of Altoona United Methodist Church, waiting to have their rig filled with nearly 400 clean-up buckets, plus boxes full of hygiene kits, that volunteers had assembled to help hurricane victims.  (Later in the day, more than 300 additional clean-up buckets were collected from First United Methodist Church in Marion.)  “It’s 53 foot long, and it’s about 8, ...

Waterloo Kimball receives award

Waterloo Kimball receives award

10/2/2017
Waterloo Kimball UMC has received The State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award for their Partner in Education program with Orange Elementary School where they had 16 reading buddies during the 2016-17 school year who read over 400 hours. They also have volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Eye of the Needle and the local hospitals. Congratulations Waterlook Kimball, that's how you show the world that the United Methodist Church is filled with Difference Makers!