2017 Rainbow Covenant Reports - Due February 15th
All churches of the Iowa Annual Conference are encouraged to complete the annual Rainbow Covenant form, even if they did not make First Mile last year. All of the congregations are involved in missions through various avenues and they are worthy of being made known. Rainbow Covenant seeks to help churches to develop an international approach to missional giving. Travel the road to the rainbow and remember that each mile means service with more of God's people. Remember, too, that each color of the rainbow represents a different aspect of mission. A road and a rainbow help us keep track of where we are and where we're going in mission giving. Completed forms are due February 15th.
2017 Statistical Reporting
Click here for information on the 2017 Statistical Reports. Statistical Reports are due February 28th.
Bishop Laurie Haller at Chariton, First UMC-March 10, 2018
Bishop Laurie will be at Chariton, First UMC on March 10, 2018 9:30am to 12:00 to discuss the work of The Commission on The Way Forward.
Bishop Laurie Haller and members of the Iowa Conference General Church Delegation will lead a special presentation and conversation about the Commission on the Way Forward proposals. These proposals address the way(s) in which we might maintain church unity concerning human sexuality issues.
Other sites dates, times, and locations:
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.
Evangelism and New Ministry Development
Active Shooter Preparedness Training - February 17th, 1 pm, at the Conference Center
Please click here for more information.
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: email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-974-8905. We hope to see you there!
Rainbow Covenant Forms are due each year by February 15th. Click here for more information.
Thanksgiving Ingathering Booklets
One copy of the Ingathering booklet was mailed to all churches on January 29. Pastors, please give the booklets to your mission leaders. Additional copies are available on the conference and district websites. Please note the UMCOR changes.
Jim Tussey, Greenfield Ingathering site co-chair