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5K helps 'end the stigma' of mental health

5K helps 'end the stigma' of mental health

9/26/2018
Photos from the End the Stigma Mental Health Awareness 5K and Forum on Sept. 15, 2018 in Carlisle. When Linda Benton went to Annual Conference in 2018 as a lay delegate, she didn’t expect to walk away with a mission from God.   “I attended one of the workshops about mental health, and God put a bug in my ear,” she said. “I just thought, ‘Linda, you’ve got to do something with this.’”   She came back to her church in Carlisle intending to host a forum about the stigma surrounding ...

Coming alongside others in care

Coming alongside others in care

9/25/2018
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,...

The Four Areas of Focus

The Four Areas of Focus

8/28/2017
The Four Areas of Focus express the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. Narrowing our focus to these four areas allows churches to use their resources effectively as they live out God’s vision for the church. Engaging in Ministry with the Poor Christ calls us to be in ministry with the poor and marginalized. Our emphasis is on “with” – standing with those who are regarded as “the least of these,” listening to them, understanding their needs and aspirations, and ...

Hopkins Grove UMC has history of perseverance

Hopkins Grove UMC has history of perseverance

2/8/2017
Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church is a small Iowa church, tucked away in rural Madrid. It sits off the beaten path, but drive by it and there’s no mistaking those bright red doors and small rural cemetery. Despite its rural location, Hopkins Grove has a long history of helping its community and perseverance through times of hardship and plenty.   “It’s got a rich history with it's ups and downs,” said Pastor Craig Ferguson. “The church has given all sorts of things that are community ...

'Ashes to Go'

'Ashes to Go'

2/18/2015
It’s an unlikely place for church.  A coffee shop.  Espressos and lattes.  Hot chocolates and smoothies.  Muffins and oversized cookies.   And ashes.   Immanuel United Methodist Church brought church to the people.  Ash Wednesday was happening in the midst of the tables, soft chairs and a blazing fireplace.     Rev. Katie Dawson, Immanuel’s Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor Todd Treese were at a table marked with a purple stole.  A sign offered, simply, “ashes and prayers.”  Cards offered ...

Ministry orders and fellowship gather – ‘we responded to God’s call’

Ministry orders and fellowship gather – ‘we responded to God’s call’

2/3/2015
"We are here because at one time or another we responded to God's call" said Pastor John Brockschink as the winter meeting of the orders of Elders and Deacons and Fellowship of Licensed Local Pastors began.  The twice-yearly gathering of ministry leaders was held at First United Methodist Church in Ames.   Bishop Julius Trimble called it “a privilege” to be in ministry with persons in the Iowa Conference and affirmed the Elders, Deacons, and Licensed Local Pastors noting, "we do worshipful work....