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September 10, 2017 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM At the Stone Shelter in Red Haw State Park outside of Chariton we will have a reception and all the “fittings” to have an ice cream sundae and to have a chance to talk with Bishop Laurie Haller.

October 3, 2017 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Registration is due to the District Office by September 26th.                                                 Ken Willard: Creating a Discipleship Pathway in Your Church

October 3 10:00 am-October 4 3:00 pm Collegiate UMC/Wesley Foundation Ames, IA.                                                                2017 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Retreat


Are you interested in serving at the Conference level?

We have these district openings:

Christian Unity

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Rules of Order

Conference connection ministry council, planning and research.


JFON-Justice for Our Neighbors
At Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), we work on behalf of the Iowa Annual Conference United Methodist Churches to transform the lives of immigrant and refugee families with high quality immigration legal services that are free to our low income clients in the tradition of UMCOR, the agency which started JFON here in Iowa 17 years ago. 

See more and read newsletters here 


"Something Bigger Than Ourselves" - A Statement from the Appointive Cabinet

Please click here to read this statement.




38th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering site information

38th Annual Thanksgiving Ingathering site information

published 10/12/2017

38th Annual
Thanksgiving Ingathering

Saturday - November 4, 2017

Projects supported by Thanksgiving Ingathering donations include:

Click here for more information about the Thanksgiving InGathering.

NO cash, NO checks, and NO Remittance forms in the kit boxes.
Make checks payable to THANKSGIVING INGATHERING.

Any UMCOR Clean-up buckets and Hygiene Kits that didn't go on the shipments for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response will go on trailers that will be at all of the In-Gathering sites. Hurricane Harvey disaster response information from September 2, 2017, click here.

Site Information:


Iowa Wesleyan College
Howe Student Activity Center
Broadway & North Main Streets
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Judy Brotherton, Chair, 563-264-5372, judyb@machlink.com
Lucas Van Tol, Treasurer, 319-621-1933, l.d.vantol@gmail.com
Jason Collier, Youth Event, 563.343.3390, jwcyouth@gmail.com

8:00 - 9:30 am: Check-in of bazaar and auction items
8:00 - 10:00 am: Check-in of kits outside Student Activity Center
9:00 - 11:00 am: Bazaar and mission displays open, coffee and rolls available
10:45 am: Praise Band Music
11:15 am: Celebration and Communion – music by IWU music students
12:30 pm: Professionally-called quilt auction

Lunch is available in the Iowa Wesleyan cafeteria beginning at 11:00 am. The cafeteria is located on the upper level of the Student Union.


Asbury United Methodist Church
921 Des Moines St.
Webster City, Iowa

Scott & Cathi Griswold, Chairs, 515-543-8165, griz@wccta.net
Tami Hejlik, Treasurer, 515-571-7858, tamera_hejlik@yahoo.com
Jennifer Peterson, Youth Retreat contact, 515-832-5369 (Asbury Church)

Friday evening: Youth Retreat, grades 6-12. Join us for fellowship, swimming, and games at Fuller Hall. Food, fun, and rewarding hard work Saturday morning. Watch District newsletter for information or contact Asbury UMC.

8:00 - 10:30 am: Registration, check-in kits, funds and in-kind gifts Coffee and rolls available
SORRY, NO LATE KITS – the truck leaves at 11:00 am
8:30 am: Mission displays open outside the sanctuary
10:30 am: Worship Service
11:45 am: Luncheon


First United Methodist Church
718 Clay Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Jan Benson, Chair, jbenson@cfu.net, 319-268-9111
Kris Rash, ckrash105@aol.com, 319-984-5608
Chuck Norman, Youth Event, loveisthelaw134@gmail.com, 319-230-9489

7:30 - 10:30 am: Check-in kits, quilts, bazaar, and bake sale items
         Fellowship time with coffee and rolls
         VOUCHER room open
NOTE: All kits must be turned in by 10:30. The truck leaves promptly at 11:00.
8:30 - 10:00 am: Self-guided tours of kit packing area
          Mission Presentations in library
9:00 - 12:30 pm: Bazaar in Parlor
10:00 - 11:00 am: Worship with Communion, various mission speakers
11:00 - 2:45 pm: Hot meat sandwich lunch ($6-adults; $3-age 5-12, under 5 free)
1:00 pm: Quilt auction-large & baby quilts, wall hangings, table runners


Western Iowa Technical Convention Center
200 Victory Drive (Highway 59, across from McDonalds)
Cherokee, Iowa

Arlene Roemmich, Site Chair, 712-446-3352, aroem@midlands.net
Sally Wilkie, Site Chair, 712-437-2519, sswilkie@netins.net
Pam Mitchell, Treasurer, 712-256-0001, psmitch@cableone.net
Judi Calhoon, Youth Retreat Contact, 712-732-0812, judi.calhoon@iaumc.org

8:00 - 10:00 am: Check-in of kits, quilts, bazaar items (NO FOOD ITEMS)    
          Coffee and rolls
7:30 - 10:30 am: Loading trucks
8:00 - 12:15 pm: Silent quilt and woodcraft auction
10:00 am: Program
11:30 am: Lunch
12:30 pm: Live quilt auction


Greenfield United Methodist Church
108 SW 5th St. or PO Box 92 641-743-2715 
Greenfield, Iowa

Jim McIntosh, Co-Chair, bubbajr@iowatelecom.net, 641-347-8863
Jim Tussey, Co-Chair, jim_w_tuss@yahoo.com, 641-782-8704 
Marilyn Jensen, Treasurer, Rmjensen40@gmail.com, 641-745-2923
Crystal Ellis, Youth Retreat Coordinator, chefcellis@msn.com, 515-981-4252

Youth Retreat registration 7 to 8 pm Friday. Please return registration forms so we can plan. Please send at least one adult per 10 youth; both a male & female adult, if both youth are in your group. Registration fee is $10 for grades 7-12. 

8:00 am: Kits, Bazaar, and Auction Check-in begins
8:30 am: Handmade Rolls & Coffee
9:00 am: Handmade Items & Baked Goods Bazaar begins
9:05 am: Mission Project Talks begin
10:30 am: Worship Service with CWS speaker, Chantal Boyd
(Lunch begins immediately following worship)
1:00 pm: Quilt Auction

Make checks payable to Thanksgiving Ingathering. Churches sending “CASH ONLY” (no kits) to the Greenfield Ingathering are requested to mail checks early the week of November 4th to Marilyn Jensen, Site Treasurer, 2706 Fallow Ave., Fontanelle, IA 50846.

Retreat lays fresh foundation

Retreat lays fresh foundation

published 9/13/2017
On September 8 and 9, a group of Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church leaders gathered at Honey Creek Resort in Moravia, Iowa to spend time reflecting and recreating together as a team. The mission of the Leadership Team Collaboration was to engage leadership staff in discernment and planning that builds trust and enables completion of important tasks while other healthy conference processes are underway.
In attendance were Bishop Laurie Haller; Bill Poland, Assistant to the Bishop for Administration; Karen Dungan, Assistant to the Bishop  for Connectional Ministries; Joni Mardesen, Director of Human Resources and Conference Benefits Officer; Maggie Biggs, Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services; Liz Winders, Associate Director of Communications; Bruce Wittern, Chair of the Standing Committee on Parish Development; Margaret Borgen, Iowa Conference Lay Leader; Dr. Mary Bellon, Director of the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Bryan Johnson, Leadership Development Minister for Camping and Christian Formation; all of the District Superintendents and Field Outreach Ministers.
Bishop Laurie opened with devotions on Friday afternoon using scripture from 2 Kings 6:8-23. In the story, Elisha thwarts an attack on Israel by the army of the King of Aram. When the king of Israel saw that they were surrounded by the army of Aram, he asked Elisha, “Father, shall I kill them? Shall I kill them?” Elisha answered, “’No! Did you capture with your sword and your bow those whom you want to kill? Set food and water before them so that may eat and drink, and let them go to their master.’ So he prepared for them a great feast; after they ate and drank, he sent them on their way, and they went to their master. And Arameans no longer came raiding into the land of Israel.” Elisha knew that the solution was in allowing God to lead them. Bishop Laurie’s emphasis was that now is the time to be adaptive in our leadership so we, with God’s help, can lead the change that is needed and invite all people to the table.
Revs. Bill and Sheri Daylong led the group on both days during times of contemplative worship and prayer that allowed everyone time to breathe and rest in God’s presence.
Bryan Johnson facilitated the group in a fun afternoon of reconnecting and “getting-to-know-you” activities using games and small prizes. Each activity was simple and showed attendees ways they can become more effective leaders by using icebreakers and creative games for small and large groups at the conference and in churches.
Saturday morning began with a time of centering and prayers and then Joni Mardesen and Karen Dungan moved into discussing the issues and tasks at hand.
The first topic was the Field Outreach Ministry team, now that it consists of six members instead of eight, and how to restructure that in the coming months. This included discussing how the Healthy Church Initiative process and churches will be affected by the restructuring of the FOMs. The group used the Six Thinking Hats method, developed by Edward De Bono, to help move quickly through the discussion. One of the benefits named in the group discussion was that ultimately leaving two FOM positions vacant has given the conference the opportunity to rethink and restructure that position.
The next topic discussed was the Director of New Faith Communities Director position that is currently being advertised. Joni Mardesen shared how the interviews were going and talked about how the newly created position would be structured.
Lastly, the group went over ways to integrate the Wildly Important Goal (WIG) conference-wide—that every church in the Iowa Annual Conference will develop a process for intentionally forming disciples of Jesus Christ by the year 2020. Ideas were formed on communication strategies for the WIG and looking into how other conferences carry out their goals.
The retreat concluded with communion and prayers led by Bill and Sheri. Collectively, as leaders in the Iowa Annual Conference there is plenty of challenging work yet to be done. The retreat laid a fresh foundation on how to work together as a team to accomplish the conference’s mission and vision.