Updates

Announcements

2019 Statistical Report Collection-Due February 14th

Letters were mailed/emailed to all church Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairs, and church Secretaries/Office Managers the week of December 2nd, 2019 regarding the collection of Statistical Information from local churches for calendar year 2019. Please watch for this letter and keep it on hand as it contains vital information regarding the access to the Ezra system for reporting your information. The submission deadline for this year is Friday, February 14th, 2020. If you are not the person entering this information, please pass this letter along to whomever will be doing the on-line entry of the data.
 

Fund Balance Report-Due March 1st

REMINDER-The Fund Balance Report for each church is due in to the District Office by March 1, 2020.  The form can be found HERE.  Please make sure to send a copy to Rev. Dr. Heecheon Jeon and to Sue Booth at sue.booth@iaumc.org .

June 5-7, 2020 Annual Conference Dates

The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference is being planned to begin early Friday afternoon, June 5 and close late Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2020. This change responds to one of the more often named requests in annual conference evaluations, which asked that the length of the annual conference session be shortened. This change will have the effect of reducing expenses incurred by Annual Conference lay and clergy members and their local churches and lowering the cost to hold the Annual Conference Session, something that is funded through Conference Apportionments.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Basic Lay Servant Training Opportunity

This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

An opportunity to attend The Introduction to Lay Ministry: The Basic Course at Linn Grove UMC.  See details and register HERE

Rebuilding the Connection

Spring 2020 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Event

Tuesday, March 24 at 10 a.m. through Wednesday, March 25th at 3 p.m.

Ankeny, First UMC Christian Life Center-710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, IA 50021

Registration fee is $45 and includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Childcare is available but must be requested by Tuesday, March 10th.

Online Registration

Printable Registration

All clergy should attend this event.

Peace with Justice Scholarship Essay contest 2020

The Iowa Annual Conference Board of Church and Society Peace with Justice Scholarship Essay Contest is now open. This contest is available to students who are high school juniors or seniors during the current school year and who live in Iowa or attend an Iowa high school.  See more HERE.

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Opportunities

Click here for information on upcoming classes and events.

MUMMS Noisy Offering

We tell our VBS and camp kids that even they can make a difference in the world through their daily actions from the smile they give another to sharing stories. And so, we’re asking you to consider letting the children in your church help lead the way with a month of Noisy Offerings to benefit MUMM. Any funds raised will be a blessing that helps keep MUMM on the road serving here in Iowa. These donations can be sent to the Iowa Annual Conference Advance Special #311. See flyer HERE.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Mabaan Flood Relief

The Mabaan speaking people group from the South Sudan, who worship at First UMC in downtown DSM, have asked the Iowa Conference to help their country people who have experienced a severe flood. An Iowa Committee has been formed to address their request with Bishop Haller and the cabinet in support.  You may go to this SITE for more information. 

In Mission Together Reminder:

The new In Mission Together helps us look at doing mission in relationship with others. It replaces the Rainbow Covenant.  More information HERE

Volunteer Opportunities
Check out the current opportunities here.

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.)