Updates

Announcements

Clergy Benefit Open Enrollment Meeting - October 19th, 1-4 pm
Click here to read the letter from Human Resources.  We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall at Ankeny First UMC's Uptown Campus, located at 206 SW Walnut Street.

2017 Fall Charge Conferences
Please click here to find your assigned date and location. Please contact the District Office if you have a conflict.

Charge Conference forms can be found on the Church Dashboards.

- The 2017 Central District Charge Conference Minutes template is available to download
   on the Central District Downloads page, here.

Please also remember that you will need to nominate and vote on your lay member(s) to the 2018 Annual Conference at your charge conference.  Please be diligent in obtaining these nominations prior to your scheduled date.

2018 Annual Conference Equalization Member Information
You can find the 2018 AC Equalization Member information here.

Retired and Extension Clergy
Here is a link to the reports that you need to submit to the Episcopal Office.

Clergy - Save the Date!!!
Quadrennial mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training in the Central District:

-  February 22nd at Des Moines, New Hope UMC
       OR
-  February 24th at Grinnell UMC

You are required to attend one of these two trainings.  Registration information will be available in early January.  If you cannot make one of these dates work, you must request permission from the District Superintendent to attend the training in another district.  Questions? Contact the District Office.

Retired Clergy - If you anticipate an appointment in the local church in either a part-time or an interim capacity, you will need to take this training. Please plan accordingly.

Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith

Commission on Race and Religion Workshop - November 17th, 10 am - 3 pm, at the Iowa United Methodist Conference Center
Open to all Iowa United Methodist clergy and laity.  Together, we will explore cross-cultural/cross-racial blessings and challenges. Click here for more information and to register.
HCI Next Retreat - January 26th-28th, 2018, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
This retreat is designed for all churches who are looking for an intentional weekend to continue to develop and deepen their Discipleship Pathway.  Open to all churches (even those who have not formally participated in HCI), this will be a weekend of spiritual renewal, worship, workshops on best practices, peer learning and connection with other churches, and hands-on coaching from the FOM team.  For more information, and to register, click here.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Seminary Scholarship for 2017-2018
Please click here for more information regarding this scholarship and click here for the scholarship application form. Application deadline is November 15th.

Central District Fall Laity Gatherings
Mark your calendar and plan to attend one of these gatherings.  Load up your car with others in your congregation and come ready to join other United Methodists as we join together to Make a Difference and become and build Disciples for Christ.  Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck, the Central District Field Outreach Minister, will be speaking on Social Justice and related issues.  Click here for a flyer to post in your church.  Click here to contact Angela Hansen-Abbas, Central District Lay Leader, with questions..

Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training - November 18th, 8 am - 6 pm,
at New Hope UMC in Des Moines

Join Barb Mather the Basic Lay Servant course or Angela Hansen-Abbas and Rev. Nan Smith for the "Spiritual Gifts" Advanced Course.  One day only!  No registration fee. Click here for more information and to register.
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.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Apportionment Resources
Looking for some resources to show where your Apportionment giving goes?  Check out these two:

Narrative Budget

"Together We Do More" Videos

2018 District Askings - PLEASE NOTE!!!
The corrected 2018 Central District Askings figures are now posted.  Please click here to view your church's suggested giving amount. 

2017-2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering
Click here for more information about the Thanksgiving Ingathering.  For specific information regarding the Greenfield site, please click here.

Please note:  The 2017 Youth Lock-In Director is Bobbeye Schubert (319-481-9016 or schubebo@gmail.com).

Global Migration Sunday - December 3rd
"The United Methodist Church has planned a day of prayer and a special offering to raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees."  Check out the resources here.
Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in serving the youth of central Iowa?  Check out the listings 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.)