African Festival of Hope “Experience Africa from America”

African Festival of Hope “Experience Africa from America”

Submitted by: Janice Edson, Lay Leader, Republic Community Church  Now the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. — Romans 15:13 (KJV). Everyone who participated in any way in the African Festival of Hope on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at the Nashua United Methodist Church experienced an abundance of hope through the Power of the Holy Spirit! The African Festival of Hope was full of joy and peace as the room ...

United Methodist Communications to Host Podcast-a-thon

United Methodist Communications to Host Podcast-a-thon

United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2022  Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist Communications has announced plans for the inaugural United Methodist Podcast-a-thon event to take place on August 2, 2022. The day-long event will showcase eight podcasts from the United Methodist general agencies delivered via Facebook Live on the ResourceUMC Facebook page. “One of the wonderful aspects of podcasting relates to the independence of the medium: ...

Africa U launches a new Virtual AU Worship Service that celebrates our global mission story

Africa U launches a new Virtual AU Worship Service that celebrates our global mission story

To the clergy and laity of the Iowa Annual Conference,            Many of you know that our United Methodist Africa University plays a critical role in higher education not only in Zimbabwe but on the entire continent of Africa. Out of gratitude for the support that AU receives from around the UM connection, including Iowa, Africa University has produced a full worship service that they wish to share with us. Knowing that COVID-19 safety precautions have made worship planning a challenge, I hope...

Rev. Jim Morris: Called to serve and preserve

Rev. Jim Morris: Called to serve and preserve

“I would remind people of what I consider one of the truisms of being a human being: if you don’t know where you’re coming from, you are not going to know where you’re going. Our history informs our future, very much,” says Rev. Jim Morris, who believes that this is why it’s important to maintain an awareness of the heritage and history of the Methodist movement. A retired United Methodist pastor of the Iowa Conference, Rev. Morris was recently presented with the Distinguished Service Award from...

Coming alongside others in care

Coming alongside others in care

Written by Rev. Nan Smith, Pastor at Marshalltown Hope UMC  On Thursday afternoon, July 19, when an F3 tornado roared through Marshalltown, the United Methodist Women here at Marshalltown Hope were putting the final touches on their annual fundraiser — a rummage sale set to open the next day. As our church had suffered no damage because of the storm, the women went ahead and opened the doors on Friday. However, as the reports began to roll in that morning about the extent of the tornado damage,...

63 years of Christmas sharing

63 years of Christmas sharing

Bidwell Riverside Center has started to solicit help in making their 63rd year of sharing the most impactful yet. We’re seeking toys for all ages to make this year a success and bring joy to even more children.  Learn more about the Bidwell Riverside Center Toy Drive Most needed items include: Toys, stocking stuffers, books, hats & gloves, stuffed animals, $10 and $20 gift cards to Walmart, Target, and other grocery stores. Donated items can be dropped off in our administrative office located ...

Advent through Christmas—Coming Home Worship Series

Advent through Christmas—Coming Home Worship Series

In the United States, Christmastime and thoughts of home just go together. “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” are two of the most popular holiday songs, year after year. Christmas movies and television shows regularly feature stories of people going to their family home or extended family home over the holidays. Among the rituals we create for this darkest time of the year in the Northern hemisphere, perhaps the majority of them are associated with ...

Conversations about mental health

Conversations about mental health

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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