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Caring Connections for September 3 - A Conversation with Rev. Melissa Drake

Caring Connections for September 3 - A Conversation with Rev. Melissa Drake

9/3/2020
Bishop Laurie talks with Rev. Melissa Drake about what it's like to work in her home district in Southwest Iowa. Drake is the newest addition to the Appointive Cabinet.    

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...

MUMM available to assist with Vacation Bible School in a Southeast, South Central or Southwest district

MUMM available to assist with Vacation Bible School in a Southeast, South Central or Southwest district

2/18/2020
You might think, “We don’t have kids at our church!” They are there and they need you. Even if only two or three kids, they still need you and their parents might, too.   Brian Dembowczyk writes in Gospel Centered Kids Ministry, "Theologically, functionally, and missionally, kids are an essential part of the church today. Right now." Are they a part of your church? Vacation Bible School (VBS) is one way to reach out to serve kids.    Let Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) know if you’...

Take Noisy Offering to benefit MUMM

Take Noisy Offering to benefit MUMM

1/21/2020
Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) has been working within the Iowa Annual Conference for 22 years with a  mission to make disciples of Christ in rural Iowa. In that time, they’ve helped communities recover from disasters and rebuild; offered Bible studies, camp and Vacation Bible School (VBS); helped families with basic needs and shared God’s love through everything they do. Currently, they serve in the Southeast, South Central and Southwest districts. MUMM has been largely supported ...

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 ...

Hamburg UMC receives $30,000 from Iowa Disaster Ministries

Hamburg UMC receives $30,000 from Iowa Disaster Ministries

11/8/2019
Prayer for Continued Recovery in Hamburg, Iowa from Iowa Annual Conference on Vimeo. Prayers, hard work, and donations have poured into Hamburg, Iowa since the spring floods, and United Methodists were able to give church members some extra encouragement this week. Through giving across the connection, $30,000 from the Iowa Disaster Ministries Advance Special #223 was gifted to the church community for recovery.   “We came to support you, to love you, to care for you,” said Pastor Catie ...

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,...