Newsletters-South Central Lamplighter

Save the Date:

August 15, 2018 

Matthew 25 Grant Applications are due in the District Office. To obtain an application click HERE

August 21, 2018

Pastoral Interviews start-to see the schedule click HERE

September 23, 2018

Charge Conferences start-to see the schedule click HERE

October 1, 2018

South Central District Mental Health First Aid Training-Ottumwa First UMC in Ottumwa, IA

October 7, 2018

Bishop Laurie Haller will be on the South Central District at Knoxville, First UMC


Creating World Transforming Communities Of Faith

Active Shooter Training/Resources-Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

There is no way that we can be prepared for everything that "could" happen.  We can discuss and be ready for many things.  In 2017 a total of 108 fatalities happened in places of worship, in the United States.

There is no "one" training or Plan that will work for every church/community.  Here are some resources, others are available online, through your insurance agency and through your local law enforcement agencies.

Click HERE to read more about these resources.

Evangelism and New Ministry Development

Our method to developing new ministry is an indigenous approach to the mission field. By using this approach, we aim to:

  • Participate in God's plan to reach people with the message of Christ.
  • Model and teach what Christ has commanded—to Love God and Love People.

In doing so, we envision grace-filled (favored by God), healthy, vibrant communities of faith all over Iowa from North, South, East, and West!

New ministry development includes both brand new ministries and those birthed from existing ministries.

See more HERE.

Equipping Ourselves And Others As Transformational Leaders

Mental Health First Aid Training

South Central District Mental Health First Aid Training

Monday, October 1, 2018 at Ottumwa First UMC in Ottumwa, Iowa
202 E. 4th St
Ottumwa, IA 

Questions: Kathi Mitchell at


The Bishop’s Mental Health Task Force invites you to join in the journey to fulfill one aspect of the resolution brought to the floor of Annual Conference 2017, #9342 Mental Illness, found on page 33 of the Iowa Conference Book of Resolutions.  That aspect is to make available Mental Health First Aid training in each of the eight Districts of the Iowa Annual Conference  

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance  abuse challenge.  The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.  As the Bishop calls us to be Difference Makers – anyone anywhere can be the one to make the difference in the life of someone with a mental health or substance use challenge – IF they know what to do and say. For more information and other sites please see information HERE.

Camp Registration for summer 2018 is now open!

For more information go to 


“Being BOLD for Christ!”  That’s the theme of this year’s United Methodist Women Mission u, and we invite Iowa women, men, youth, and children to share in a spiritual study on “Embracing Wholeness,” or your choice of study of the social issue “What About Our Money?  A Faith Response,” or the geographical study of the Missionary Conferences of the U.S.  Mission u qualifies for CEUs for pastors or professionals. 

We have two dates from which you may choose:  Summer Mission u, July 15-17, Sunday afternoon 2:30 p.m. to Tuesday afternoon; or Fall Mission u, October 19-21, Friday afternoon 3:30 p.m. to Sunday afternoon.  Both are held at Iowa Valley Community College in Marshalltown, with several reasonably-priced hotels nearby for the two overnights.

In the summer, we have schools for children and youth, studying “Money Matters!”  In the fall, Korean classes will be held.  This year our classes for Latinas will travel around to gatherings of Hispanic women. 

For a brochure and registration form, click on this link on the Conference Website: local United Methodist Women also have the information. 

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.  Be BOLD!  Come to Mission u!

Missionaries Retire

Rev. James Perdue retired as of June 30, 2018.

Mr. Mark Stransky will retire on August 31, 2018.

Please encourage local churches who have supported them in the past to continue to covenant and support another Iowa-related missionary.  Doug Williams is our newest missionary. He will be itinerating in Iowa in August and September.  If you want to have him come visit your church or district, contact Bev Nolte. 

All Iowa-related missionaries are listed in the Rainbow Covenant Book on the conference website.

Pastor Audrey Westendorf Young  

Mission Round Up in Williams Bay, WI

If you would like to register for the Mission Round Up scheduled for August 9-12 at Wesley Woods in Williams Bay, WI.  It will be a great time of mission-themed fellowship, learning and sharing.  Use the links below to get more information and to register on-line.

List of sessions and presenters



Curious.Church Conference

CEF ( is a professional association for people in faith formation roles, whether as volunteers or as full-time. Most of the members are United Methodist. This year, we will celebrate our 50th anniversary during the event. CEF was originally started at the General Board of Discipleship to connect people in Christian education positions, and our core audience continues to be people like Christian educators, children’s ministers, and Directors of Discipleship.

Curious.Church will be held October 9-12, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa at the Marriott Downtown Hotel. In addition to nearly 100 workshops, the conference will feature:

  • Brian McLaren, a popular author and speaker
  • John Roberto, one of the foremost experts on intergenerational faith formation
  • Mary Scifres, a worship and leadership author, speaker, teacher and coach
  • Three United Methodist Bishops – Bishop Haller (Iowa), Bishop Fierro Harvey (Louisiana), and Bishop Smith Malone (East Ohio)
  • Carrie Newcomer, a popular Christian musician

Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling Opportunities

Opportunities offered by the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling:
Summer Hiking
Fall Day Apart Workshop

Directing Our Resources To Common Goals

Mission Moments

Click HERE

 Ingathering Information for Mt. Pleasant Site

We have some new information for those attending the Mt. Pleasant site of the Thanksgiving Ingathering.

To see the information click HERE