Updates

Announcements

Central District Office Holiday Hours
The Central District Office will be closed from December 18th through January 1st.  Should you need to reach the District Superintendent and/or Field Outreach Minister during this time, please either email them directly or call the office and follow the prompts the leave a voicemail. (Please note: messages left on the main office line will not be received until January 2nd.)

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

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. (Registration closes on December 20th.)

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

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.

NOTE:  Now accepting applications for the 2018-2010 PrairieFire program.  Click here for details.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Mission Moment
Click here to read December's "Mission Moment".

2018-2019 Equitable Compensation
Click here for information regarding the 2018-2019 Equitable Compensation application year.  The deadline for submission to the District Office is January 11, 2018.

Thanksgiving Ingathering Hunger Funds Grant Applications Available
As part of the Thanksgiving Ingathering held each year on the first Saturday of November, United Methodists gather at the five sites across Iowa to collect cash, kits, quilts for auction, and other items for missions in Iowa and across the world.  A portion of the resulting and undesignated funds (income from quilts, for example) is returned to the eight districts to disburse as grants to combat hunger in our local communities.  There is a modest sum of money available for use in the Central District.

If your church is involved with a hunger project, you may apply for a portion of the available funds for that hunger-related project (such as a food pantry, sharing garden, or meal program).  Remember, all money must be used for food or hunger-related programs.  Please pass this notice along to anyone who might be interested in applying for these funds.  The deadline for application is February 15, 2018.  Funds will be distributed by the end of March.

To apply , please click here for the application.

2018 District Askings
Please click here to view your church's suggested giving amount. 
Classifieds
Check them out, 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.)