Updates

Announcements

Central District Office - Holiday Closings
The Central District Office will be closed from December 14th through January 1st.  Should you need to reach the Conference Superintendent during this time, please either email him directly (heecheon.jeon@iaumc.org) or call the office and follow the prompts to leave him a voicemail.  (Voicemails left on the general Central District line will not be received until January 2nd.) The Weekly Update will return on January 3rd.

The Conference Center will be closed to the public from December 24th through January 1st and will resume regular business hours on January 2nd.  

Save the Date - Budget Team Listening Sessions 
The Budget Team has scheduled listening sessions around the Conference to gain feedback regarding their recent recommendations (available
here).   

The dates and locations are:
*  January 13th, 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm, at North Liberty UMC
*  January 20th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, at Carroll, First UMC
*  January 26th, 10:30 am - 12 noon, at Ames, First UMC

We ask that you carefully read through each one of the recommendations, make a list of your questions/comments, and plan now to attend one of the sessions.  

Reminder: Inclement Weather Closing Policy
For inclement weather closings, the Conference Center follows the schedule of the Des Moines Public School system and closes when the schools are not in session due to weather.  If you have scheduled a meeting at the Conference Center on such a day, please be prepared to contact your attendees with closing information.

General Conference Special Session 2019
Pre-registration for guests and observers is now open.  Click here for more information.

Praying Our Way Forward
Click here for information on Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward.

District At Large Members to the 2019 Annual Conference
The Central District Nominations Committee is looking for two youth (12-18 yr old) to serve as members to the Annual Conference beginning in 2019.  The term is for as long as the youth remains in the age bracket.

We also have three openings for laity to serve four-year terms as District At Large Members to the Annual Conference, beginning in 2019.  

Please contact Beverly Nolte, Committee Chair, at 515-266-4186 or beverly.nolte@gmail.com, if you're interested.

Bishop Laurie's District Fundraising Challenge for the Africa University Kitchen 
The challenge has been made - each district to raise $5,000 by Annual Conference for the new kitchen at Africa University.  Read about it here.  When submitting donations to this project, please use "Project #402: Africa University Kitchen".   Come on, Central District!  Let's DO THIS!!!  We're better together!

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Opportunities
Click here for information on upcoming classes and events.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Missions
Click here to read December's Mission news.

2019 Central District Askings
The 2019 Central District Askings information is available here.  Thank you for supporting Central District ministries by including them in your 2019 budgets!

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.)