Newsletters-South Central Lamplighter

The Blackwood Brothers Concert

July 15, 2017. Please see the flyer and information on the South Central calendar here.


On Sunday, September 10, 2017, we will have an opportunity for clergy and laity to come to meet and visit with Bishop Laurie Haller. 

At the Stone Shelter in Red Haw State Park outside of Chariton from 2-4 pm, we will have a reception and all the “fittings” to have an ice cream sundae and to have a chance to talk with the Bishop.  Please add this to your calendar.

Creating a Discipleship Pathway for Your Church

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Chariton, First UMC 10 am - 2:30 pm. Please see the flyer and more information on the South Central calendar here. Registration is a MUST by the deadline of September 26 please see the flyer for details.

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 

Iowa United Methodist Legislative Advocacy Team

Available for pulpit supply and summer teach-ins. Read more here.

Special Mission Moment

New Iowa Advance Special to view the publication from the Mission Education Committee click here

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

Classes Begin this Fall at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center!

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"We Are Called!" - 2017 United Methodist Women's Mission U

Ask anyone who's attended: it's a wonderful experience to spend a couple of days learning, singing, worshiping, and eating delicious food with United Methodist Women from around Iowa.  You are called!  Please answer!  Click here for more information.

Spiritual Leadership Incorporated

As the Iowa Conference continues to work through the coaching tips of Spiritual Leadership Inc. (SLI), participants in the program are getting out to the districts to begin grassroots organizing.  

“We have been learning about our ministries and where mission and ministry need to get realigned,” said Rev. Lanette Plambeck, Broadway UMC in Council Bluffs. “We have been learning, leading and loving together.”   Plambeck is part of the Bishop’s Operational Team.

The Bishop’s Operational Team consists of the Bishop, two assistants to the bishop, the conference treasurer, the communications director, the human resources director, two clergy and two lay leaders. It focuses on looking at the processes in the conference and strategically aligns what it’s doing with focusing on creating new faith communities and renewing congregations. 

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Iowa UMC Clergy Women's Convocation

Sunday, November 12, 6pm-Tuesday, November 14, 11am

First United Methodist Church of Ames

Bishop Laurie Haller preaching: "The Annunciation: Celebrating our Call"