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Save the Date:

August 20, 2018

Pastoral Interviews start-to see the schedule click HERE

September 22, 2018

South Central District UMW Annual Meeting-Ellston UMC-Gathering at 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

September 23, 2018

Charge Conferences start-to see the schedule click HERE

October 1, 2018

South Central District Mental Health First Aid Training-Ottumwa, First UMC

October 6, 2018

Iowa Conference UMW Annual Meeting-Knoxville, First UMC-9:00 am-2:30 pm

October 7, 2018

Bishop Laurie Haller will be on the South Central District at Knoxville, First UMC

October 27, 2018

Advanced Lay Servant class "The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation" at Russell UMC

October 27, 2018

Mission Education Workshop-Osceola UMC-9:00 am-12:00 pm for Mission Chairs and Mission Committee Members

November 3, 2018

Basic Lay Servant class at Russell UMC

January 5, 2019

Lay Servant Interviews to be held at Chariton, First UMC

South Central United Methodist Women Annual Meeting
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ellston UMC, 101 Sherman St, Ellston, IA 50074

Coffee gathering 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Annual Meeting 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with Communion following

Iowa Conference United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

October 6, 2018 -Knoxville, First UMC 313 East Montgomery Street, Knoxville, IA

Registration and Coffee               9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Meeting                                            9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:   Rev. Harlan Gillespie, Assistant to the Bishop of the Iowa Conference


Active Shooter Training/Resources-Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

There is no way that we can be prepared for everything that "could" happen.  We can discuss and be ready for many things.  In 2017 a total of 108 fatalities happened in places of worship, in the United States.

There is no "one" training or Plan that will work for every church/community.  Here are some resources, others are available online, through your insurance agency and through your local law enforcement agencies.

Click HERE to read more about these resources.

Evangelism and New Ministry Development

Our method to developing new ministry is an indigenous approach to the mission field. By using this approach, we aim to:

  • Participate in God's plan to reach people with the message of Christ.
  • Model and teach what Christ has commanded—to Love God and Love People.

In doing so, we envision grace-filled (favored by God), healthy, vibrant communities of faith all over Iowa from North, South, East, and West!

New ministry development includes both brand new ministries and those birthed from existing ministries.

See more HERE.

Mental Health First Aid Training

South Central District Mental Health First Aid Training

Monday, October 1, 2018 at Ottumwa First UMC in Ottumwa, Iowa

202 E. 4th St
Ottumwa, IA 

Questions:  Kathi Mitchell at

For more information and other sites please see information HERE.


For a brochure and registration form, click on this link on the Conference Website: local United Methodist Women also have the information. 

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.  Be BOLD!  Come to Mission u!

Curious.Church Conference

October 9th-12th, in Des Moines
Where curious people engaged in faith formation go to connect, learn, worship, and discover.  Featured speakers include Brian McLaren, John Roberto, Mary Scifres, Bishop Laurie Haller, Bishop Cynthia Ferraro Harvey, and Bishop Tracey Smith Malone.  Check out the details and register, HERE.


Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities

To see a schedule of upcoming trainings and workshops: go to: or call 515-274-4006.
Fall Day Apart Workshop


Mission Moments

Click HERE

Ingathering Information for Greenfield Site

To see the Greenfield Site Ingathering Poster click HERE

 Ingathering Information for Mt. Pleasant Site

We have some new information for those attending the Mt. Pleasant site of the Thanksgiving Ingathering.

To see the information click HERE