Big changes for 2019 Ingathering

Big changes for 2019 Ingathering

published 2/1/2019
The 40th Annual Mission Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Reverend Eric Schubert, Greenfield UMC Pastor, spoke at the December task force meeting about what Ingathering says versus what it does. As a result, there is now a new vision: To show God's love in a practical way so people can meet Jesus Christ; a new mission: Mission Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address humanitarian problems locally and around the world, including hunger, poverty, and disaster; and a new purpose: To show the love of Christ to the world's people by ministering to their needs. To align with the new statements, the name was changed from Thanksgiving Ingathering to Mission Ingathering. The 2019 book will include these changes.

Due to the many changes at the UMCOR Sager Brown warehouse, Chantel Corrie, the director of Midwest Mission Distribution Center, was invited to the meeting to discuss having kits sent there for processing. Following discussion, a decision was made to send the items brought to Ingathering to Midwest Mission which opened for ministry in 2000. The Board of Directors is made up of two delegates from each conference of the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and up to three delegates from neighboring conferences.

Midwest Mission collects, makes, assembles, and restores supplies for humanitarian and disaster relief. The work is done by volunteers who come from all over the U.S. to serve. The 30,000 square-foot facility is located on a 10-acre campus 4 miles south of Springfield, Illinois. It is the second largest of the cooperating depots in the UMCOR Relief Supply Network, and partners with Food for the Poor, Franciscan Mission Warehouse, Christians in Mission, and U.S. South Command donating supplies to humanitarian aid missions.  

Click here to download the 2019 Ingathering book.  |  Click here to go to Midwest Mission kits and patterns.

District Fundraising Challenge

District Fundraising Challenge

published 11/12/2018


 Several weeks ago, a group of eleven clergy and laity from Iowa visited Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. Africa University (AU) was founded in 1992 as a United Methodist-related university and draws students from countries all over the African continent. Several of our Iowa clergy are graduates of AU.

We stayed at the Ubuntu Retreat Centre, which was completed several years ago and was funded by United Methodists in the West Michigan (now Michigan) Conference. The Ubuntu Centre houses visiting professors, mission teams, AU board members, conference attendees, and other visitors. 

Upon our arrival, our team noticed that the room designated as the kitchen in the Ubuntu Centre was not finished, which means that all meals have to be transported from the main university kitchen to the Ubuntu Centre. We were so impressed and blessed by our time at Africa University and the hospitality of the Ubuntu Centre that we decided to challenge our eight districts in Iowa to help raise money to furnish the kitchen at an estimated cost of $40,000. We are inviting each district to raise $5,000 by the time of the Iowa Annual Conference in June. We will then offer our gifts together at one of our worship services. 

Please feel free to be creative in your fundraising! To begin our challenge, Gary and I have donated $1,000, which will be split across the eight districts. Thank you for your continuing support for AU.
Bishop Laurie and Rev. Gary Haller
Rev. Darline Balm-Demmel
Rev. Ron and Beth Carlson
Rev. Lilian Gallo-Seagren
Rev. Kiboko Kiboko 
Rev. Carol Kress
Rev. Ben Wedeking
Rev. Paul and Rev. Gayle Wilcox