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A Faithful Church and a Healthy World

A Faithful Church and a Healthy World

6/17/2015

Bishop Trimble's book is now available to purchase online. A Faithful Church and a Healthy World is a collection of reflections and poems by Bishop Julius C. Trimble. This book engages the reader in issues including our call to be Christian disciples in a church we love, creating a world of peace and justice, caring for the earth that is the Lord'...


Conference embraces loving God's children

Conference embraces loving God's children

6/8/2015

By: Courtney Glienke Sometimes, when you are living in a rough situation or going through a rough time, you need a good story to take you away, to give you power, to help you dream about changing your own story. The Iowa Conference hopes to help thousands of children do just that through a reading initiative called Change a Child’s Story. “We have...


Acknowledging the hurt is necessary in working toward unity – Laity Address

Acknowledging the hurt is necessary in working toward unity – Laity Address

6/7/2015

The Iowa Annual Conference’s Lay Leader spoke candidly about the predominant dividing issue within the Methodist church today in her laity address during the 2015 Annual Conference Session, offering suggestions on working toward unity. “God gives us each minute of our life and gave us Jesus to follow,” Margaret Borgen said, first sharing an ...


Discipleship comes in different languages and forms of love – Retirement service

Discipleship comes in different languages and forms of love – Retirement service

6/7/2015

God’s invitation for his disciples to follow him is not new, Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren told the retiring clergy celebrated at the 2015 Annual Conference Session retirement recognition service. They were summoned after the resurrection to love, she said. “Peter and the others were invited to relive this “Follow me” with an invitation to love,” Rev. ...


Message for ministers - Love the people, don’t spend time on hopelessness

Message for ministers - Love the people, don’t spend time on hopelessness

6/7/2015

The Iowa Annual Conference celebrated 21 individuals in their next level of ministry at the 2015 Annual Conference Session with the Service for the Ordering of Ministry. Click here to see images from the service The Reverend Rodger C. Prois, Bishop of the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offered the ecumenical ...


Conference memorial service: On behalf of a grateful church, thank you

Conference memorial service: On behalf of a grateful church, thank you

6/6/2015

The Service of Gathering and Remembrance at the 2015 Annual Conference Session was one of gratitude toward those who passed away this year, and also a call for those who remain to look beyond death. The hymn Give Me Jesus brought the faithful to worship for the service, followed by Bishop Julius Trimble reciting Words of Grace from Scripture, Matt....


Episcopal Address—Have you received your invitation?

Episcopal Address—Have you received your invitation?

6/6/2015

Have you received your invitation? “Jesus has extended to us an invitation,” Bishop Julius Trimble told Iowa Annual Conference Session attendees at the outset of his episcopal address. “Jesus invites us to come close and then go out,” he said. “RSVP saying yes is not always easy, but absolutely necessary, if we profess Jesus Christ as our savior ...


Late Conference Lay Leader remembered as “unabashedly United Methodist” with a great love for Jesus

Late Conference Lay Leader remembered as “unabashedly United Methodist” with a great love for Jesus

6/6/2015

The remembrance of late Conference Lay Leader David Decker was a “bittersweet part” of the Laity Session at the 2015 Annual Conference, Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen said at the Saturday morning session. “It’s sad because Dave Decker is not here with us,” she stated. “It’s sweet, because we smile with every memory.” Conference lay members ...


Treasurer's report—financial health of Conference has made marked increase

Treasurer's report—financial health of Conference has made marked increase

6/6/2015

The financial health of the Iowa Annual Conference has made a marked increase in the last year, according to the Treasurer’s Report at the 2015 Annual Conference Session. Conference Treasurer Terry Montgomery gave his report along with presenting a working budget to Conference Session attendees, emphasizing the substantial oversight undergone by ...


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