Good Idea webinars are a series of interactive presentations designed to address issues and concerns of pastors and laity during the COVID-19 crisis. Good Idea webinars are a joint effort of the Office of Congregational Excellence, Office of Clergy Leadership and Excellence, the Cabinet, and lay leaders of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Please join the conversations!
Wondering about best practices for funerals during the Covid-19 outbreak? Looking for some ideas? Have some ideas to share? If so join us for a Good Ideas Webinar titled Best Practices for Funerals: A Conversation with A Funeral Director using this link https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCFunerals
Our guest will be funeral director Marty Riekin owner of Riekin Veith in Oakland, IA and Rieken & Duhn in Griswold, IA. Marty grew up in Griswold, IA where he graduated from Griswold High School in 1993. He attended South Dakota State University and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science. Marty attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, IL and graduated in 1998. He worked at several different funeral homes before he and his wife Kristy purchased Vieth Funeral Home from Alan and Suzanne Vieth in 2001. They purchased the Duhn Funeral Home in 2012. Marty and Kristy have five children: Kyler, Keaten, Kort, Kasper, and Maelie.
Our host will be Rev. Melissa Drake who is currently Associate for Congregational Excellence and is the incoming Superintendent of the Southwest District.
Ministry Ideas for Laity - As United Methodists we believe in the priesthood of all believers. We believe that all people are called to ministry through baptism and not just our clergy. Wondering how lay people might be engaged in ministry given the Covid-19 outbreak? Want to know more about how you might make a difference? Have some ideas to share? Please join us for a Good Idea Webinar on Ministry Ideas for Laity using this link https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCIdeasForLaity
Our guests will be Lynn Calvert and Angela Hansen-Abbas. Lynn is well known as one of the Deans for the School for Lay Ministry and is an active leader in the United Methodist Women. Angela is the lay leader in the central district and has been actively engaged in local, district and conference ministry. Our host will be Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck the Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference. Lanette resources the Iowa Conference board of laity and has a passion for helping laity name, claim, and use their God-given talent for ministry.
(note this is an addition to the weekly pattern)
God is With Us: Care of self, Congregation & Community through Trauma, Grief and Fear - How many times have you heard “the world will never be the same?” Or watched the news and been horrified by the growing number of Covid-19 cases? Have you wondered what the long-term impact of grief might be on the wellbeing of your congregation and community? If so join us for a Good Idea Webinar titled “God is With Us: Care of self, Congregation & Community through Trauma, Grief and Fear.” Our guest will be United States Air National Guard Chaplain Rev. Dr. Steve Peters. Join us (at a special time) on Wednesday, April 15 at 2 p.m. using this link: https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCGodWithUs
Chaplain Peters will be speaking to us on moral injury, trauma response, and grief as experienced with his deployment caring for fallen military heroes. He will help us explore what this might teach us about dealing with the grief our communities are experiencing. Chaplain Peters is assigned to the 185th Air Recovery Wing and was commissioned in 2008. Before going full-time with the Air Guard, he pastored Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Prior to moving to Fort Dodge, Chaplain Peters served St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, Ankeny 1st United Methodist Church and Bedford/Gravity United Methodist churches. He is a graduate of Newton High School, Central College, Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta Georgia and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.
Our host will be Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Director of Clergy & Leadership Excellence. Before entering seminary Plambeck was certified as a grief counselor and is currently working on a certificate for Spiritual Direction.
Fighting Isolation During Social Distancing - Struggling with social distancing? Lonely? Missing people? Want ways to avoid feeling down? Do you have some ideas to share that have worked for you? If so join us for a Good Idea Webinar focusing on Fighting Isolation During Social Distancing with guest presenter Rev. Dr. Mary Bellon, Phd. Mary is the Director of the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling for the Iowa Annual Conference. Using this link: https://tinyurl.com/IAUMCIsolation
Dr. Bellon’s ministry provides confidential counseling and consultation for clergy and ministerial professionals and their families. She teaches about ethics and care and nurture at the School for Lay Ministry and in the Course of Study and provides consultation and support at the School for Ministry. She leads staff days apart and district support days for groups desiring coaching and leadership development. Dr. Bellon employs a range of mental health techniques, such as mindfulness, humor, spirituality and listening, to help people strengthen personal practices of wellness, contemplation, and relaxation. Her ministry also gives people opportunities to address issues from spiritual growth, depression or burn out to anxiety or concerns with family relationships. Our host will be Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference.