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Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

3/23/2015

LAITY DAY with BISHOP TRIMBLE   Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Aldersgate UMC, Urbandale, IA    Bishop Trimble will have two topics, Five Marks of a Methodist, based on a new book of the same title by Steve Harper, and in the afternoon, Poverty to Opportunity.  Bishop Trimble is eager for dialogue and questions from laity and there ...


Impact of Special Sunday giving

Impact of Special Sunday giving

3/17/2015

There is good news to share with you about United Methodist Special Sunday giving in 2014. Overall, contributions increased 8.1 percent! Five of the six Special Sundays showed growth – a fact that brings joy to my heart! Last year, United Methodists across the connection gave nearly $5.3 million to six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings. ...


IRMS - Your Local Church Library

IRMS - Your Local Church Library

2/27/2015

In the age of the internet, the idea of being able to call up a reference librarian for an informed recommendation or to get assistance in finding a needed resource sounds like something out of a bygone era. What you might not know is that an organization called Iowa Religious Media Services (IRMS), located in Urbandale, specializes in providing ...


New Interim NW District FOM

New Interim NW District FOM

2/12/2015

We are very pleased to announce that Rev. Ryan Christenson will be the new interim Field Outreach Minister for the Northwest District beginning March 1. This will be an interim position while the Annual Conference studies a restructuring plan. Rev. Christenson is currently serving as the pastor of St James United Methodist Church in Sioux City. His...


"Family-friendly" service inspires action

1/28/2015

By: Rev. Dr. Arthur McClanahan Afton United Methodist Church has a “family-friendly” Sunday evening service that, in the words of Pastor Joel Sutton, is “inspiring people to take action.” That second service at Afton, began because families “were coming to me…[who] wanted to worship with their children.” The Sunday gathering, which is “about ...


Bishop Rueben Job—hope during crisis

Bishop Rueben Job—hope during crisis

1/28/2015

By: Elizabeth Winders Rev. Bill Cotton recalls the huge impact Bishop Rueben Job had on the United Methodist churches of Iowa during his time as the Resident Bishop of Iowa.  The year that Rev. Bill Cotton remembers the most is 1984. He was the Superintendent of the Creston District and there was a significant amount of despair in Southern Iowa due...


Grandview UMC and Damka Nigeria—a gospel partnership

Grandview UMC and Damka Nigeria—a gospel partnership

1/28/2015

By: Rev. Dr. Arthur McClanahan A two-year partnership between a United Methodist congregation in Dubuque, Iowa and a remote Nigerian village is a partnership that creates a Gospel connection “in a very real way.” For Pastor Tom Shinkle, and his Grandview’s UMC community, realized dreams—more than 200 children in school classes that didn’t exist a ...


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