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SC District Lay Servant Ministries Training-February 10, 2018-Chartiton, First UMC

Chariton, First UMC 923 Roland Ave, Chariton, IA

9:00 AM-5:00PM
Registration is $30.00 payable online. Deadline is February 2, 2018. 

Basic Course-Foundational course for all other courses.  This course is the first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant and must be completed.

Text: Lay Servant Ministries Participant’s Book by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

Advanced Course-This course focuses on preparing  participants for effective missional engagement within their communities and beyond. It’s goal is to help participants have a better understanding of and develop a more holistic approach to participating in God’s mission for the world.

Text: A Mission Journey A Handbook for Volunteers by Douglas Ruffle

Bishop Laurie Haller at Chariton, First UMC-March 10, 2018

Bishop Laurie will be at Chariton, First UMC on March 10, 2018 from 9:00 AM-12:00 to discuss the work of The Commission on The Way Forward.

Please come and learn, discuss and ask questions about the work of the committee.

SC District Mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training 2018-April 14, 2018

Facilitators from the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center will be inviting reflection and conversation around the challenges for clergy in setting boundaries during our upcoming quadrennial mandatory Boundary and Ethics Training. Recognizing that laity are important partners in establishing healthy boundaries, we are asking that each charge bring their chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee or a lay leader to the training.  You will be required to attend.

Registration will be available approximately February 1st.

SC District 2018 District Conference

District Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Albia, Trinity UMC 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Spring 2018 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members

Will be held Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Ames, First UMC 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2018 Annual Conference Hotel List-You can book your room now!

Annual Conference 2018 will be held on June 9-11 with Clergy and Laity Sessions on Friday evening, June 8. Hotel registration is now open. Use the following link to access the list of hotels for which we were given group rates: 2018 Annual Conference Hotel Information. Grandview dorm housing will be available at a later date in 2018. If you have any questions regarding hotel accommodations, please contact Sara Carlson at

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.

Equipping Ourselves And Others As Transformational Leaders

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. It is an opportunity for education and mutual guidance and support in developing spiritual awareness and life-sustaining spiritual practices.

The 2018 - 2020 class will start in September 2018.

We invite you to consider if this program is right for you.  Come to an informational open house at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.  Visit with PrairieFire staff alongside current and past participants. We encourage those who are interested in applying to attend one of these opportunities

·  Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

·  Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

You may also contact Diane McClanahan, the Center's Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life and co-director of PraireFire, to discuss your discernment process:, tel: 515-251-6667.

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 1st 2018.


School for Lay Ministry

The SLM Commission is offering an Extended Learning Opportunities at Cornell College in January.  Classes are open to all clergy, laity or anyone interested so please get the word out.  We hope many can take advantage of these opportunities.  If you are interested in attending this class, additional details and the registration form is posted on the SLM Website within the purple SLM at Cornell College box.  If you are interested in attending and need assistance or have questions, please contact Barb Mann at or 515-974-8905.  We hope to see you there!

January 13, 2018
Steve Streff, Laity-St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapid

Students should find the required book interesting and beneficial to understand ethical discussions.  
Please see additional details on the SLM Website within the purple SLM at Cornell College box. 

Directing Our Resources To Common Goals

Mission Moment

Click here to read November'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.