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Ingathering continues tradition of compassion and connection

Ingathering continues tradition of compassion and connection

11/3/2018
Ingathering continues tradition of compassion and connection By Arthur McClanahan   Thanksgiving Ingathering 2018 continued the tradition of making a difference both locally and globally.  Marking its 39th year, the five-site experience enabled Iowa’s United Methodist faith communities to “share from our abundance…acting justly and reflecting our desire to serve God.” Click here to watch a video report (2:44) Combining the enthusiasm and energy of youth with a faith-nurtured understanding that ...

2017 Ingathering presents mission opportunity

2017 Ingathering presents mission opportunity

1/2/2018
Just a month after another successful Thanksgiving Ingathering for Iowa United Methodists, the Ingathering’s state coordinator, Mary Davis, sat down along with treasurer Marilyn Jensen and Greenfield site co-chair Jim Tussey to talk about the event. Marilyn reported that donations this year amounted to “about $985,000 dollars’ worth of both cash and in-kind gifts. Which, the in-kind is kits that are donated. So just short of a million dollars’ worth of giving for Thanksgiving Ingathering. And ...

Northwest District works together at the Cherokee Ingathering

Northwest District works together at the Cherokee Ingathering

11/7/2016
Click here to see a photo album from the 2016 Thanksgiving Ingathering. Several volunteers of all ages woke early on a Saturday to help package donations brought from about 100 churches across Northwest Iowa. School Kits, Flood Buckets, Layette Kits and more were assembled and loaded onto a truck for transportation to a depot in Louisiana. “We have the Iowa Nigeria Partnership truck and UMCOR that we load, and it all goes down to a big depot in Louisiana,” said Veronica Timmerman, who has been ...

Thanksgiving Ingathering tops $1m goal

Thanksgiving Ingathering tops $1m goal

12/7/2015
The 2015 Thanksgiving Ingathering brought together more than $1 million in cash/checks, in-kind contributions, and special activities.  The report, presented Friday, December 4, at the Ingathering committee meeting, detailed the number of kits, sweaters and cartons of books destined for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the Iowa Nigeria Partnership (INP).  In addition, the financial support raised for related missions was tallied.   The 36th annual Thanksgiving Ingathering was...

Blessed are the children

Blessed are the children

11/9/2015
Cathi Griswold, co-chair of the North Central Thanksgiving Ingathering for the Webster City site remembers participating in the Ingathering as a child growing up in the United Methodist Church. When asked if she and her husband, Scott, along with another couple, Gary and Nicole Chamnes, would take the lead with the project three years ago, she didn't hesitate because she knew that thousands of lives would be changed in Iowa and afar. On November 7, 2015, Asbury United Methodist Church hosted the...

Blessed by 'generous hearts'

Blessed by 'generous hearts'

11/8/2015
 It was a crisp, fall morning. The crops were in.  The leaves were down.  Steam rose from still lakes.   Faithful United Methodists at five sites – Cherokee, Webster City, Cedar Falls, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenfield – gathered, ready to receive kits for the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership, United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR), crafts, quilts to be auctioned, and donations to Heifer Project International, Self-Help International, Church World Service , THE PET Project, and district hunger related ...