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REMINDER: Another Set of Eyes was Due May 1st

The "Another Set of Eyes" form is now available on the Conference Forms page here.

Golf Cart Drivers Needed for Annual Conference

Volunteers are needed at Annual Conference on June 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th, to drive golf carts transporting people with physical challenges to and from Hy-Vee Hall to the parking lots.  If you, or someone you know, would be willing to help with this important hospitality service, please contact Eldon Nolte (515-360-3109). 

YOUTH 2019 - National Gathering for United Methodist Youth July 10-14, 2019

Youth 2019 is for all UM Youth (grades 6-12) and their leaders.

Join thousands for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.

For more information: Click HERE
SUMMER MISSION U July 21-23, 2019 |  FALL MISSION U October 18-20, 2019
For more information and/or to register: Click HERE

Changes to Thanksgiving Ingathering in 2019

The 40th Annual Mission Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019.
Click here to find out more.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders:

Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities

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


Iowa Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

For laity and clergy. Here is the flyer for you to share.

Creation’s Invitation to Holy Ground: Weaving God’s Love and Justice in Community

with Ray Buckley and Susan MacKenzie

September 29-October 4, 2019, Shalom Spirituality Center Dubuque, Iowa


A New Way of Doing Mission:  In Mission Together

During 2018, you’ve donated to projects that will count on the Rainbow Covenant form in January or February 2019. Then, reporting on 2019 giving will use a new program called In Mission Together, to be submitted in 2020.

The In Mission Together approach from the General Board features:

                        Being vs. Doing

                        Long-term vs. Short-Term

                        Shared empowerment

What do these terms mean, and how do they apply to our mission work?

“Being with” rather than “Doing for”

Just showing up to build something for others doesn’t build relationships.  We need to sit with people, ask about their situation, learn their names, understand their circumstances, build their trust.  The “doing” part has to wait until the transformative power of “being” together as the body of Christ empowers the partnership to move forward with a shared vision.

“Long-term” rather than “Short-term”

The short-term approach is appropriate for relief efforts, but once a community is functioning, we need to shift to developmental programs that focus on building local capacity and fostering self-sufficiency.  Engaging members of the local community to learn what their assets are help them to help themselves for the long term.

“Shared Empowerment”

Encouraging local leaders to take ownership of a solution is the most empowering act anyone can engage in.  It benefits both parties, so that each is honored and appreciated.  It takes time, but it rewards all those involved.  Questions?

Contact Beth Odor, Chair, Mission Education Committee,

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals:

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!