South Central Lamplighter

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Statistical Reporting

Statistical reporting is due on Feb. 14, 2019 this year and not the end of Feb. 

Mark your calendars as this date is very important.  Letters have been sent to all Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairpersons and Church Secretaries.  If you did not receive this letter you can go to the web page of: 

2018 Fund Balance Report - Due March 1st
The 2017-2020 Fund Balance Report form can be found on the Forms page of the Conference website, here.

Rev. Moody Colorado appointed Superintendent of SC District

Bishop Laurie Haller announced that Rev. Colorado’s new appointment will begin on July 1, 2019. “I am delighted that Rev. Moody Colorado will be joining the appointive cabinet as the superintendent of the South Central District,” she said. She noted that Rev. Colorado, his wife, Elizabeth, and son John moved from the Philippines to Iowa is presently serving at Wellman, Asbury and West Chester United Methodist Churches.  Please make sure to welcome Rev. Colorado.

Changes to Thanksgiving Ingathering in 2019

The 40th Annual Mission Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Reverend Eric Schubert, Greenfield UMC Pastor, spoke at the December task force meeting about what Ingathering says versus what it does. As a result, there is now a new vision: To show God's love in a practical way so people can meet Jesus Christ; a new mission: Mission Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address humanitarian problems locally and around the world, including hunger, poverty, and disaster; and a new purpose: To show the love of Christ to the world's people by ministering to their needs. To align with the new statements, the name was changed from Thanksgiving Ingathering to Mission Ingathering. The 2019 book will include these changes.  Click here to find out more.

Click here to download the 2019 Ingathering book.  |  Click here to go to Midwest Mission kits and patterns.

Creating World Transforming Communities of Faith:

Discipleship Pathways Retreat Opportunity

Learn the elements of a discipleship pathway process, begin to make first steps on implementing a pathway.  Click here for more information and how to register.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders:

General Conference Special Session 2019

Pre-Registration for guests and observers is now open. Go to: for more information.

Looking for VBS help? MUMM can help

MUMM is working on its calendar for Summer 2019. If you’re a church in Southwest, South Central or Southeast district, looking for help, let us know. 

We’re also sharing our VBS plans at three VBS Fairs in February and March. Preview the 2019 Cokesbury To Mars & Beyond VBS curriculum with puppet and DVD, crafts and science experiments.

Mark your calendars to attend one:
2-3:30 p.m., Sun. Feb. 24 at Chariton First UMC
2-3:30 p.m., Sun. March 3 at Atlantic First UMC
2-3:30 p.m., Sun. March 24 at Mount Pleasant First UMC
Free-will donation to help defray costs

Rev. Bob Dean, Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant for the Iowa Annual Conference, can offer discounts and free shipping on VBS materials to churches that attend any MUMMs VBS Fair! (He will only be with us at the Mount Pleasant Fair, but those at other locations can contact him at bdean@cokesbury.comor 515-318-8981.)

Enjoy fellowship with MUMM staff and others to ask questions and share experiences over coffee and cookies. Get your VBS plans launched!

Iowa Licensing School

The 2019 Iowa Licensing School will be May 16-May 24 at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA.  The registration deadline for the school is April 20th.  All assignments will need to be completed and submitted by May 1st.

For more information go to: or contact Registrar Lisa Steel ( or 515-974-8939) or Dean of the School Arnette Pint ( with questions.

Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities

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


Directing Our Resources to Common Goals:

Thanksgiving Ingathering Hunger Grant Applications - Due February 15th
Following the 2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering, each district was given $2,000 for Hunger Grants.  If your church is involved with a hunger project, you may apply for a portion of these funds.  Please complete the application form and submit it prior to February 15th.  Click here to get the application.

District Fund Raising Challenge

As you know the Iowa Conference has been a long time supporter of African University.  Students from all over the African continent comes to get a quality education.  Several of our very own Iowa clergy are graduates of African University.  


In response to the Bishop's challenge of $40,000 dollars total,  to help complete the kitchen in the Ubuntu Centre.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 toward furnishing a kitchen for the Ubuntu Retreat Center at Africa University.  Make checks payable to "IAUMC" and note "Project 402: Africa University Kitchen" on the memo line and send to the Iowa Methodist Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, IA 50321.


Would you please convey this challenge to each of your churches and begin to gather the gifts so that at the open worship at Annual Conference, we can get enough money to complete the kitchen!