2017 Another Set of Eyes Clergy Evaluation - Due May 1st
All clergy appointed to the local church and their S/PPRCs are to complete this evaluation form and return it to the District Office by May 1st.  This includes those clergy who are retiring or moving this year.
Mark Your Calendar - Save the Dates - May 21st-27th, 2017
The Iowa Annual Conference has been asked to cover the work of the Commission on A Way Forward of the United Methodist Church.  This Commission is working to find the way forward for the United Methodist Church on the issue of sexuality.  You can find more information here.  The Praying Our Way Forward team is putting together resources for that week and is encouraging every individual, church, district, small group...to find a way to help cover this Commission with prayer during the week of May 21-27, 2017.  Watch for more information.  Questions?  Contact Rev. Leila Disburg.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Basic Lay Servant Ministries Course - May 12th-13th, at Hope UMC in Marshalltown
Click here for more information and how to register.
"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

The Great Commission Fund
The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19, which gives the "GO" directive to humankind.  The Great Commission Fund was established in 1978, under the Board of Global Ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference.  Monies are available for the following ministries/missions:

-  Volunteer in Mission (in US and overseas)
-  Innovative minority ministry
-  Ethnic minority ministry
-  District, Conference, and UMW mission outreach
-  Short-term missioners

The fund does not assist with capital improvements, new staff positions, personal attendance at a mission conference, continuing education, or community programs which do not promote the mission of the Iowa Annual Conference.  For more information and/or an application form for Great Commission Funds, please contact Beverly Nolte by email or 515-266-4186.

Volunteer Opportunities
Can you drive a golf cart?  Visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information on this hospitality service needed at Annual Conference.

Local Events

Conference Calendar
Don't forget to check out the other events listed on the Conference Calendar.
United Methodist Women's 44th Annual Salad Luncheon - April 27th, 11 am - 1 pm, at First UMC in Marshalltown
There will be a variety of vegetable, meat, and fruit salads, as well as deviled eggs and assorted mini muffins and rolls.  Tickets are $8 from any UMW member or at the door.  Carry outs are welcome.  We will also have sweet treats available for purchase.  Come enjoy the food and fellowship.  All proceeds go towards local, regional, and global missions.  First UMC is located at 202 West Main Street in Marshalltown.
Rummage Sale - April 27th - 29th, at New Hope UMC in Des Moines
Hundreds of items: household, jewelry, children's, clothing, garden, collectibles, holiday, plus yummy food.
Thursday: noon - 6 pm, Friday: 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am - noon.  New Hope UMC is located at 4525 Beaver Avenue in Des Moines.
Central District United Methodist Women Mission Study: Climate Justice - April 29th,
8:30 am - 2 pm, at Polk City UMC

Climate justice focuses on transforming every person into a steward of the Earth's resources.
A sacred trust was given to humans to care for what God created.  United Methodist Women acknowledges the connecdtion between the overdependence on fossil fuels from developing countries and its effect on the poor, women, and children who bear the burden of starvation, disease, sickness, unemployment and death because of global warming. Learn more at the UMW mission study, open to everyone. Bring a salad to share for lunch. RSVP to Nancy Stockdale by clicking here.

Chicken Noodle Supper - April 29th, 4:30-6:30 pm, at Center Chapel UMC
Dessert will be angel food cake from scratch with strawberries.  Center Chapel is located five miles west of Indianola on Hwy 92.

Maple Grove United Methodist Women's Annual Chicken Dinner - April 29th, 5:30 - 7 pm,
at  the Old St. Boniface Hall in Waukee

Tickets are required:  Adults-$10, Children 5-11 years old-$5.  Your choice of white or dark chicken, vegetables, coleslaw, potatoes/gravy, rolls, pie, and beverage.  Also a Silent Auction from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.  THE SALT & LIGHT Retro Band will be playing for your enjoyment during your dining experience.  Come join us!  Contact Judi for tickets at 515-770-4225. Old St. Boniface Hall is located at 445 Maple Street in Waukee.
"Gospel Without Borders" Viewing - May 2nd, 6:30 pm, at Aldersgate UMC, in Urbandale
"Gospel Without Borders" is a documentary produced by www.ethicsdaily.com that highlights immigrant stories.  Manuel Catalan, a member of Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church tells his story of coming to Iowa to escape civil war in El Salvador in the documentary. Rev. Barb Dinnen, pastor at Trinity Las Americas UMC, will offer her reflections on our immigrant neighbors.  Click here for an informational flyer. The event is sponsored by Aldersgate UMC's Caring for Our Immigrant Neighbors (COIN).  Aldersgate UMC is located at 3600 75th Street in Urbandale.
Iowa Christians Engaged in Faith Formation Spring Workshop - May 4th, 9 am - 2 pm, at Norwalk UMC
A chance to gather together and share ideas, needs, wishlists, and more! For more information, and to register, visit their website here.  All are invited!

Homecoming Weekend - June 2nd-3rd, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
All former Camp staff are invited to attend the festivities of the Summer Kick-Off by coming a day early and joining in a time of fellowship.  All former staff are welcome, with special emphasis on those serving in years ending with a 7 (i.e. '67, '77, '87, '97, '07).  Arrive any time after 4 pm. Limited overnight lodging is available. Call 515-961-4523 to reserve by May 1st..  Dinner: Packout Hot Dog Roast/S'mores Kit will be available - reserve ahead ($5/person). Saturday: Breakfast on your own. 10 am - Clergy Coffee. Noon: Sandwich Bar Lunch (free-will offering)

Summer Kick-Off - June 3rd at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
Events begin at 1 pm. Bring the whole family to start the summer off with a bang! Enjoy games and camp activities, including inflatables, canoeing, archery, high ropes, zip line/rock wall, swimming, a slip-n-slide, horseback rides, wagon tours, and more.  There will be a BBQ dinner from 4:30 - 6 pm (free will donation) and a silent auction supporting camperships.  The day will close with a worship service led by our 2017 Summer Staff and the announcement of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.  Questions?  Call 515-961-4523.
Ministry Safety & Security Seminar - June 15th, 9 am - 4 pm, at Lutheran Church of Hope, in West Des Moines
Are you prepared to protect your people and your ministry?  As public gathering places, churches are susceptible to a variety of safety and security situations: medical emergencies, spillover from domestic violence, active shooters and extreme violence, potential child sexual abuse. This one-day course can show you how to recognize threats, build a safety and security team, deal with difficult people and situations, and protect your people from harm.  The seminar is free and includes lunch. For more information, and to register, click here.
9th Annual Men at the Woods - June 17th, 8:30 am, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
This is a free day for boys and men of all ages to come together at camp for fellowship.  Activity choices will include fishing, wagon rides, archery, swimming, the mini-blob with trampoline, the iceberg, horse rides, inflatables, pontoon excursions, and more.  Watch the Camp website and May newsletter for more details.  The day will finish with worship and a hog roasted in the ground!