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Mobile United Methodist Missionaries Bless a Community

Mobile United Methodist Missionaries Bless a Community

8/18/2022
During the first week of August, the Adel United Methodist Church hosted a successful Ecumenical Community Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) assistance.   Mobile United Methodist Missionaries is a ministry of the Iowa Conference serving the Aldersgate, Golden Valley, and Riverview Park Districts of the United Methodist Church, making disciples in rural Iowa.   “MUMM provided all the tools to make the VBS a complete success: organization, flyer ...

The pandemic changed VBS but it remains “wonderful and amazing”

The pandemic changed VBS but it remains “wonderful and amazing”

7/30/2021
Last summer if you walked into almost any Iowa United Methodist Church it would have been silent. This summer, the music, laughter, and games are back with Vacation Bible School.   Churches had to make some changes this year by distancing groups, extra cleaning, and moving activities outside.   “We did miss last year due to the pandemic, but this year was truly Spirit-led as things fell back into place very quickly and smoothly,” said Pastor Darin Feikema of St Charles Parish. “VBS was designed ...

Meeting Needs; Meeting the Community

Meeting Needs; Meeting the Community

11/7/2017
By: Amy Johnson New Virginia United Methodist Church has found a new way to meet new needs in its community. As the resources in Warren County become more and more centralized in Indianola, it became clear through interviews with the schools and community leaders that local resources are scarce. This led to several ministries in the past, such as the Winter Coat drive and support to keep the local food pantry open. As of September, though, it has led to an even wider ministry in Southwest ...

Celebrating traditions at Santiago UMC

Celebrating traditions at Santiago UMC

9/28/2017
While the farmers are harvesting crops in the fields around it, the children are gathered inside the small country church assembling over two dozen school kits for Ingathering and rehearsing a song for the church's 125th Anniversary celebration Sunday, October 1. Santiago UMC has invited the public to an open house from 1 to 4 PM with historic displays, homemade desserts, and ice cream. A free-will offering will be received for an upper level handicapped accessible project. At 2 PM former ...

Conversations about mental health

Conversations about mental health

9/26/2017
By Monique Shore Mental health issues touch the lives of many in our pews and in our communities. And yet, even in what should be the safety of our family of faith, it can be difficult for individuals to share these burdens. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Iowa consistently ranks at the bottom of all states for mental health programs and services.  Inadequate mental health services are a contributing factor to nearly every issue our society struggles with - health care, ...

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