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Announcements

PLEASE NOTE MAILING ADDRESS CHANGE

PLEASE put into your address book that effective immediately the Central District mail should be sent to the following address:  PO Box 282, Osceola, IA 50213-0282 

2019 Professional Interview Schedule - Self Profile forms are due one week before your Interview

The fall professional interview schedule has been posted here

2019 Charge Conference Schedule
The fall charge conference schedule has been posted here

MFSA's Fall Statewide Gathering:

MFSA’s Fall Statewide Gathering will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 9:45 AM.  It will be held at Trinity Las Americas UMC, 1548 8th Street, in Des Moines.  The keynote speaker will be Ann Naffier, attorney with JFON, who will speak about immigration, the situation on the border and the work of JFON.  Devotions will be led by Rev. Emily Ewing, Social Justice Pastor at Trinity Las Americas.  Lunch will be provided for a free will offering.  The plenary, which follows will include the election of officers for the Executive Committee for 2020.

Des Moines Area Hunger Hike

Join the 51st annual Des Moines Area Hunger Hike on October 13th at 1:30 pm at the World Food Prize (old public library building in Des Moines).  Over the last twenty-five years, this 3-mile walk around downtown Des Moines has raised over $1,000,000 to help assuage hunger. Half the money stays local and half the money goes around our nation and world.  Less than 4% of funds raised go toward required insurance and city fees, publicity and postage expense; while more than 96% goes directly to alleviating hunger. A wide variety of service agencies apply for and receive the money. Contact the Hunger Hike Board at 515-984-6274. Check out their website at http://dsmhungerhike.weebly.com/

November 15 - Deadline for Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Scholarship Fund
Adora Jones was a member of Salem UM Church in Cedar Rapids and set up this trust to help seminary students from the State of Iowa with expenses associated with their seminary studies. The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,500 and will be distributed by the end of the calendar year, for second semester expenses. The application materials must be received by November 15, 2019 to be considered.

Scholarship Application Form and Information

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.

Ingathering

Join United Methodists in a day of Fun, Fellowship, Christian Education and Celebration! See flyer here

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

Thank you so much for your generosity in supporting high school students through the Simpson Youth Academy!

 

This grant enables young people to be part of our learning community at a critical juncture in their lives, giving them tools for Christian leadership and vocational discernment. Your investment in these young people will not only make a difference now. The seeds we plant today will grow as these youth become strong clergy and lay leaders for the future church too. We are grateful for your support and look forward to partnering with you in this ministry!

 

Blessings, 

Eric Rucker, MDiv

Director, Simpson Youth Academy

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.)