Lamplighter News

Weekly News:

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar

June 10-12– Annual Conference– Laity and Clergy Sessions will be on Saturday

July 15 - The Blackwood Brothers - Warren Cultural Center sponsored by Macksburg-Hebron UMC

Are you interested in serving at the Conference level?

We have these district openings:

Christian Unity

Higher Education

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. 

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

Please click here to read this statement.

2017 Annual Conference - June 10th-12th

If you plan to stay in Des Moines for Annual Conference, it is advised that you reserve your hotel room early. Click here for the current listing.

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Special Mission Moment

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

2017 Another Set of Eyes Clergy Evaluation

Due May 1st.  All clergy appointed to the local church and their SPRC’s are to complete this evaluation form

The Great Commission Fund-Board of Global Ministries

The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19 which gives the “GO” directive to humankind.

The Great Commission Fund was established in 1978 under the Board of Global Ministries of the Iowa Annual Conference. Monies are available for the following ministries/mission:

       * Volunteer in Mission (in U.S. and overseas)

  • Innovative ministry
  • Ethnic minority ministry
  • District, Conference and UMW mission outeach
  • Short term missioners

The fund does not assist with capital improvements, new staff positions, personal attendance at a mission conference, continuing education, community programs which do not promote the mission of the Iowa Anual Conference.

For more information and/or application form for Great Commission Funds, contact Beverly Nolte, 515 266 4186,

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.

Homecoming Weekend - June 2nd-3rd, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
All former Camp staff are invited to attend the festivities of the Summer Kick-Off by coming a day early and joining in a time of fellowship.  All former staff are welcome, with special emphasis on those serving in years ending with a 7 (i.e. '67, '77, '87, '97, '07).  Arrive any time after 4 pm. Limited overnight lodging is available. Call 515-961-4523 to reserve by May 1st..  Dinner: Packout Hot Dog Roast/S'mores Kit will be available - reserve ahead ($5/person). Saturday: Breakfast on your own. 10 am - Clergy Coffee. Noon: Sandwich Bar Lunch (free-will offering)

Summer Kick-Off - June 3rd at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
Events begin at 1 pm. Bring the whole family to start the summer off with a bang! Enjoy games and camp activities, including inflatables, canoeing, archery, high ropes, zip line/rock wall, swimming, a slip-n-slide, horseback rides, wagon tours, and more.  There will be a BBQ dinner from 4:30 - 6 pm (free will donation) and a silent auction supporting camperships.  The day will close with a worship service led by our 2017 Summer Staff and the announcement of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.  Questions?  Call 515-961-4523.

9th Annual Men at the Woods - June 17th, 8:30 am, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
This is a free day for boys and men of all ages to come together at camp for fellowship.  Activity choices will include fishing, wagon rides, archery, swimming, the mini-blob with trampoline, the iceberg, horse rides, inflatables, pontoon excursions, and more.  Watch the Camp website and May newsletter for more details.  The day will finish with worship and a hog roasted in the ground!

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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Conference Calendar

We are discontinuing the detailed "Local Events" section of the Update.  If you would like to post a local event, please use your Church Dashboard or the Events Calendar on the Conference website.  You may submit your own item by clicking the button on the top right of the Events Calendar page.  If you have difficulty, please contact the District Office for assistance.