Updates

Announcements

Save the Dates - Pre-Charge Conference Clergy Gatherings
In light of the new format of fall charge conferences, four clergy gatherings have been scheduled.  Please mark these dates on your calendars.  
-  July 24th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm:    October 1st Charge Conference Group
-  July 25th, 10:00 am - noon: October 8th Charge Conference Group
-  July 26th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm:    October 15th Charge Conference Group
-  July 27th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm:    October 22nd Charge Conference Group

Not sure what group you're in? Visit the 2017 Charge Conferences page to find out.  Each of these gatherings will meet at the Conference Center.

2017 Fall Charge Conference Schedule (Updated!)
Please click here to find your assigned date and location. If you were scheduled for the 10/22/17 charge conference, please note that the date has been changed to 10/29/17.  Please contact Wendy in the District Office if you have a conflict. 
Bishop Laurie's Bible Land Exploration - January 9-18, 2018
Click here to read your invitation from Heecheon.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Want to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills?  Ready for Transformation in Your Ministry and Your Church? 
Rebekah Simon-Peter is bringing the Creating a Culture of Renewal Program to Iowa.  This program is designed to develop skills in leaders to accelerate church vitality and disrupt church decline.  This is a nine-month program running from September through May.  It begins with a three-day retreat and continues throughout the year with monthly webinars, a monthly mentor phone call, readings throughout the year, and culminates in a closing retreat in May.  The Iowa Conference Parish Development Committee and the East Central District Leadership Development Committee are making this accessible and affordable by covering 60% of the costs.  Attendees pay just $800 or $100 per month.  The program is limited to 12-15 people.  Registration is filling up—do not delay.  For more information contact Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck at 515-974-8918 (follow the prompts to leave a message in Naomi Sea Young's voicemail box) or by email by clicking here.

Save these Dates:  Fall Order's Retreat - October 3-4, 2017
Click here for more information.
Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
The Center's Leadership and Spiritual Life programs offer opportunities for individuals, faith communities, pastors, professionals, and others who seek to enhance career goals, deepen spiritual lives, serve in various forms of ministry both within and outside of institutional structures.  For more information, visit their website or upcoming events page.
"We Are Called!" - 2017 United Methodist Women's Mission U
Ask anyone who's attended: it's a wonderful experience to spend a couple of days learning, singing, worshiping, and eating delicious food with United Methodist Women from around Iowa.  You are called!  Please answer!  Click here for more information.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

2017-2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering
Click here for more information about this year's Thanksgiving Ingathering.
Iowa UM Legislative Advocacy Team  Available for Pulpit Supply and Summer Teach-Ins
The Advocacy Team will be available to provide free summer pulpit supply and/or Sunday education presentations.  Click here for more information.
Justice For Our Neighbors
Click here for JFON's June newsletter.
2018 Unified Grant Applications
The 2018 Unified Grant information and application forms can be found at the bottom of the Connectional Ministries page of the Conference website (here).
Classifieds
If you know someone who might be interested in children's ministry, please direct them to our Classifieds page.
Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in serving the youth of central Iowa?  Check out the Thanksgiving Ingathering listing on our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Local Events

Conference Calendar
Please check out the many events listed on the Events Calendar on the Conference website. (You may filter the list by clicking on the various buttons at the top of the page.)