Updates

Announcements

2018 Statistical Report Deadline - Due February 14, 2019 (TODAY)
The deadline for submission of your 2018 statistical information is TODAY.  This is two weeks earlier than last  year.  Reports must be entered on-line by midnight or postmarked on that day to avoid a penalty.  The reason for the change is due to denominational timing requirements.  For more details, visit
www.iaumc.org/stats.  Contact Roland Minshall, Conference Statistician, with any questions you have at roland.minshall@iaumc.org.
2018 Rainbow Covenant Reports - Due February 15, 2019
Kay Oliver, the Central District Rainbow Covenant Coordinator, would prefer to have the 2018 forms MAILED to her at 5460 Greenwood Avenue, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327.  Questions?  Feel free to contact Kay by phone at 515-266-1791.
Praying Together for the Special Session of General Conference
Bishop Haller invites all churches to pray the unison prayer she's written during worship on February 17th.  Click here for more information and the prayer.
2018 Fund Balance Report - Due March 1st
The 2017-2020 Fund Balance Report form can be found on the Forms page of the Conference website, here.
Post General Conference Debriefing Session - March 16th (CORRECTED DATE), 1:30 pm, at New Hope UMC in
Des Moines

Bishop Haller will debrief and answer questions about the 2019 General Conference.
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.
2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences
Nominations for the General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2020 are available and due April 15th.  Click here for more information and the nomination form.

Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith

Discipleship Pathways Retreat - March 2nd, 10 am - 4 pm, at Ankeny First UMC
Learn the elements of a discipleship pathway process, begin to make first steps on implementing a pathway.  Click here for more information and how to register.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Central District Retired Clergy Gathering - February 11th
Please join us at the Pizza Ranch (4954 86th Street, Urbandale) at 11:30 am.  Clara Bergan (Donor Relations Manager) of the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity will be our speaker.
Mental Health First Aid Training - February 14th, 8 am - 4:30 pm, at Deep River UMC
For more information and to register, click here.
Des Moines Area Christian Educators Lunch - February 28th
All persons involved in spiritual formation/Christian Education ministries are invited to lunch on Thursday, February 28th, at 11:30 am, at Einstein Bagels on Mills Civic Parkway.  If you plan to attend, please email Diane Wasson Eberhart at diane@whumc.org.
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Opportunities
Click here for information on upcoming classes and events.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Heart of the House - Central District Fundraiser
In response to the Bishop's challenge, our goal is to raise $5,000 toward furnishing a kitchen for the Ubuntu Retreat Center at Africa University.  To date, we are at $2,600! Make checks payable to "IAUMC" and note "Project 402: Africa University Kitchen" on the memo line and send to the Iowa Methodist Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, IA 50321. Click here for details and a poster for printing. 
Thanksgiving Ingathering Hunger Grant Applications - Due February 15th
Following the 2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering, each district was given $2,000 for Hunger Grants.  If your church is involved with a hunger project, you may apply for a portion of these funds.  Please complete the application form and submit it prior to February 15th.  Click here for the application form.
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
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.)