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Wilmot Library Dedication, Nigeria 2010

Photos from the Wilmot Library Dedication, taken by Dr. Arthur L. McClanahan, who accompanied the group to Nigeria this year.

Urban Plunge

Urban Plunge Photos of Iowa groups

Tornado's impact on Varina

A tornado roared through Varina, Iowa, on Saturday, April 9, 2011. (are by Heather Monthei)

Tornado damage in Mapleton

Tornado damage in Mapleton, Iowa, on April 9, 2011, as recorded by Trish Burket, Iowa Conference Disaster Response Coordinator when she visited the area to coordinate the Conference response.

Thanksgiving Ingathering 2010 images from Webster City

The 2010 Thanksgiving Ingathering was held on Saturday, November 6. It was held at five locatons across the Conference. These images are from the Wester City site

Storm Strikes Eldora

A destructive hail storm stuck Eldora on Sunday, August 9. 2009. baseball-sized hail broke windows, demolished cars, damaged roofs, tore siding off homes and devastated crops. Ten windows were broken in the Eldora parsonage. Stained glass windows on two sides of the sanctuary were broken ; water soaked the carpeting. Virtually every building in the town of 3,500 was impacted.


School for Ministry Opening session

Images from the opening session of the 2011 School for Ministry, entitled, "Rethink Church." Sheltered Reality brought the drum ministry. Rev. Dr. J. Robert Burkhart, Sr., was the preacher for the opening worship service that included the celebration of Holy Communion. (Photos by Dr. Arthur McClanahan)

RX Consultation

Walnut Hills UMC, Urbandale IA May 7-9, 2010

Retirees Fall Gathering

The 2011 fall Retirees gathering was held on Tuesday, September 27, at New Hope United Methodist Church, Des Moines. Dan Kaercher, retired editor of Midwest Living Magazine and host of IPTV series, was the guest speaker

Rethink Church event at Grinnell UMC

A Rethink Church event was held on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. Nearly 70 laity and clergy from the central part of the state gathered to learn more about new ways of being the church and begin to plan how to move their faith communities out into the world.

Reception for Ron and Ruth Anne Petrak

Ron and Ruth Anne Petrak were honored at a reception at the Episcopal residents on April 7, 2011. The event was held to celebrate their 13 year leadership of Educational Opportunities tours in and for the Iowa Conference. (Photos by Brian Milford)

Prayer...is About Relationship II True Vine Ministry 2011 Fall Gathering...

PET Given to Nigerian Lady, Summer 2010

Photos of a Nigerian lady being gifted a PET, her first attempts at "driving" it and the joy associated with the gift that shows on her fact. Photos were taken by Dr. Arthur L. McClanahan, who accompanied the group to Nigeria.

Prayer service supports Sisters on 9 state tour

A Prayer Service to support Sisters as they begin their nine state tour was held on June 17, 2012 at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Des Moines. Dozens of Iowa United Methodists were present to pray for the encourage the Nuns who embarked on a mission to meet the needs of poor and vulnerable people and advocate for fair federal budgets.

Peace March at Annual Conference 2010

Peace March at Annual Conference 2010

Path of Peace Sculpture Dedication

September 24, 2012 DMACC Urban Campus, Des Moines

Orders Event, January 11, 2010

Photos from the Orders Event held at Indianola First UMC. Bishop Sally Dyck, Minnesota Annual Conference, was the keynote speaker for this event.

Orders & Fellowship gathering

The Orders and Fellowship met on January 30, 2012, at Marshalltown First UMC. Rev. Sean McRoberts and Rev. Mary Ann Moman presented an overview of the Study of Ministry that will be presented to the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Nolte Communications Center

renovated classrooms and new furnishings at the Beverly Nolte Communications Center, Bambur, Nigeria

Newborn Baby in Iowa Layette Photos

Nigeria 2010 - a newborn baby is immediately wrapped up in a layette sent by someone in Iowa. Photos show your gifts at work in Nigeria, taken by Dr. Arthur L. McClanahan, who accompanied the group to Nigeria.

No Room at The Inn

Nativity Scenes set up each year at Valley UMC. Donations received this year went to Habitat for Humanity. Photographed by Darci Hartman.


Miller UMC and Amor y Paz

Miller United Methodist Church held it's final service in its 114 year history on Sunday, June 10, 2012 and celebrated the beginning of a new chapter of ministry in that location by giving the church to the Hispanic-Latino outreach of Las Americas Comunidad de Fe. The new faith community, to be called Amor y Paz - Love and Peace, will begin worshipping in July

Methodist West Hospital Dedication

Bishop Julius C. Trimble offered the Blessing for the new Methodist West hospital during the Dedication ceremony, held on Sunday, October 18, 2009.


Images from the Mapleton community, several weeks after the April 9, 2011 tornado. (Photos by Heather Monthei)

Iowa sends Health Kits for Haiti

Congregations from around the state put together a total of 4,331 Health Kits 146 Layette Kits 50 School Bags We partnered with a trucking company from Nebraska to get these to Sager Brown for distribution in Haiti.

Immigration March in Des Moines

June 2010 Immigration March in Des Moines Photos by Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck

Images from Annual Conference, June 8, 2010

Images from Annual Conference, June 8, 2010

Images from Annual Conference, June 7, 2010

Images from Annual Conference, June 7, 2010

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Images from Annual Conference, 060610

Images from Annual Conference 060510

Images from Annual Conference 060510

Healthy Initiative walk

Members of the Conference Center staff participated in the Healthy Initiative walk on Friday, October 7, 2011

Health Care Letter Writing at Trinity

Members of Trinity UMC in Des Moines gathered after worship on August 30, 2009, to write letters in support of health care legislation to Iowa's two Senators and to Representative Leonard Boswell. Bishop and Mrs. Trimble were at Trinity/Las Americas for worship and joined in the letter writing.

Graduates and Awards Celebration 2010

Graduates and Awards Celebration 2010

Gabe and Michael's trip to Washington

Gabe San Elias and Michael Hardat recently went to Washington DC for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. (Photos courtesy of Nathan Kirstein)

Fall 2010 Retirees Event

Fall 2010 Retirees Event

Fall 2009 Orders Event at New Hope UMC

Fall 2009 Orders Event at New Hope UMC

Dr. Eric Law's Bible study

Dr. Eric Law presented a Bible study on Acts 2.1-18, describing a small group method and discussing his concept of RESPECT

Confirmation Tours through the Conference Center

Photos of groups who have participated in tours at the Conference Center

Chapel windows dedication

The stained glass windows in the Chapel of the Conference Center were dedicated in a service on Thursday, May 17, 2012. The windows are a gift from Rev. Kennet and Gayle Royar. Dr. Charles Smith, Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble, Rev.Ted Lyddon Hatten and other members of the Conference leadership participated in the dedication service that was also attended by members of the Ministry Cabinet and Conference Center staff.

Burns Celebrates first Sunday in its New Home

The Burns faith community celebrated its first Sunday in its new home on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011. Burns moved to the former Gatchel UMC building on Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway in Des Moines. Representatives from the former Gatchel congregation welcomed the Burns community, including celebrating Burns' acceptance and use of Gatchel's altar cross. Conference Superintendent Rev. David Weesner, of the Central District, represented Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble. Former Burns clergy were present for the service. Dr. Willy Mafuta is the Burns pastor. (Photos by Dr. Arthur McClanahan)

Bloomfield Iowa School Bags gifted to Village in Nigeria

Photos of school bags sent from Bloomfield Iowa to a school in a village in Nigeria. Dr. Arthur L. McClanahan took the photos in the Summer of 2010 showing that the gifts collected at the annual Thanksgiving Ingathering do make a difference in the lives of people in other areas of the world.

Bloomfield Groundbreaking - August 15, 2009

Bloomfield United Methodist Church (Central District) broke ground on Saturday, August 15, 2009 for its new addition. The work, set to be completed by November, includes construction of a new fellowship hall, classrooms, office space, a redesign of the current sanctuary, and expanded parking. Rev. Cindy Hickman is the Pastor.

Block by Block's First Home

Photos of the first home purchased by the Block by Block program in Cedar Rapids.

Block by Block Announcement

Photos from the Block by Block press conference on July 28, 2009. Photos of the initial block are also included.

Bill Mefford Speaks at MFSA Event

MFSA Fall 2010 Event

Bishop Trimble visits Seeds of Faith UMC

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble, Iowa's Resident Bishop, visited Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, Iowa, on Sunday, April 17, 2011. (Photos by Heather Monthei.)

Be Encouraged Mission Day 2010

Be Encouraged Mission Day 2010

Annual Retirees Gathering - September 29, 2009

Retired clergy and spouses gathered at New Hope United Methodist Church, Des Moines, for their annual fall gathering. Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble was the preacher for the morning worship. Mrs. Racelder Grandberry-Trimble spoke to the group asking. "What's In A Name?" Betty Palmer addressed pension and health care concerns. Rev. Bob Burkhart called the gathering to order. The "Singing Gourmet" was the chef for and sang during the lunchtime.

Annual Conference 2010 Set Up Day

Images of Hy-Vee Hall, and the set up process in preparation for Annual Conference

Annes Report from the Holy Land

Anne Lippincott's Facebook posts from the Holy Land and photos courtesy of her husband Steve Braudt.

AMOS Issues Assembly

The 2010 Issues Assembly for AMOS - A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, was held on Sunday, October 24, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, Des Moines.

2011 Thanksgiving Ingathering

Cedar Falls First United Methodist Church was one of the five sites for the 2011 Thanksgiving Ingathering of the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. It took place on Saturday, November 5.

2010 Youth Strike for Christ

Photos from Youth Strike for Christ, Des Moines Convention Center, February 5-7, 2010

2010 UMAC UMCom and Imagine No Malaria

Rev. Larry Hollon and Bishop Thomas Bickerton discussed the role of communications in the church and the Imagine No Malaria efforts that have had a dramatic impact

2010 UMAC presentations

Jennifer Rodia, of the Rethink Church team and Eric Halverson from Our Church Videos, made presentations on Wednesday, 20 October 2010

2010 UMAC outdoor worship

The 2010 meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators began with an outdoor worship serivce on Tuesday October 19, 2010. Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., let the gathering, held on the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco.

2010 UMAC business meeting

2010 UMAC awards program

2010 UMAC - Dr. Eric Law keynote

Rev. Dr. Eric Law was the keynote speaker for the opening session of the 2010 meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators.

2010 UMAC "How to talk IT"

An IT/UMAC conversation, THursday, 21 October

2010 Trip to Nigeria - Photos

Photos of the 20 Year Celebration of the Iowa Nigeria Partnership, taken by Dr. Arthur L. McClanahan, who travelled with the team this year.

2010 Retiree Celebration at Annual Conference

2010 Retiree Celebration at Annual Conference

2010 Ordering of Ministry Celebration

2010 Ordering of Ministry Celebration at Annual Conference

2010 Nigeria Trip - Unloading the Sea Container

Images of the Iowans and Nigerian people unloading the Sea Container sent by the Iowa United Methodist Church.

2010 Iowa State Fair

Photos from around the state fair and of visitors and volunteers at the UMC booth. Photos of displays where United Methodist Members items have been exhibited are also shown here.

2010 Flooding in Colfax

Photos from August 18, 2010 of the floodwaters in Colfax

2010 Advocacy Day

2010 Advocacy Day at the Iowa Capitol

2009 United Methodists in competition at the Iowa State Fair

Photos of entries in various competitions at the Iowa State Fair, all from United Methodist's around the state.

2009 Iowa State Fair

Photos from the Iowa State Fair, of visitors and volunteers at the IAUMC booth.

2009 Iowa Nigeria Partnership

Photos from the group that travelled to Nigeria in 2009

2009 Healthy Relations Workshop

Photos from the October 13, 2009 Healthy Relations Workshop

101020-Brick River Breakfast at UMAC

Barbara Eastman presented an overview of the services of Brick River, the web provider for UMAC, at a breakfast Brick River sponsored.