Connecting and Empowering


Calendar Dates - Details will be shared as they become available
Sunday, April 29 - District Conference, Marion, Living Water UMC - details below
Sunday, May 6 - Pre-Annual Conference (will now be separate time from District Conference) - details below
July 21-29th - NE and EC Districts Mission Work Camp to Rio Texas - details below

Another Set of Eyes - Due May 1st
Please Note: this form was updated 1-30-2018. If you downloaded the form prior to this date you need to download and print the current form. You will find new information under the "Wildly Important Goal". All clergy appointed to the local church and the S/PPRCs are required to complete this evaluation form and return to the District Office by May 1st. This also includes those clergy who are retiring or moving this year. This form is located on the Conference website under 'Forms' or by clicking on available online.

2018 Annual Conference -

Annual Conference will be held June 9-11 with Clergy and Laity Sessions on Friday evening, June 8.

Pre-Conference Manuals: Click here to order your printed copy.

Fill The Truck: Click here for this year's details.

Hotel List

Grand View Dorm Housing Registration

Diakonos Needed
Do you have a youth leader in your church? Do you have a youth that is finishing grade 8-12? Would they like to fellowship, work, worship and have fun with other United Methodist youth from around the Iowa Conference? Have you shared with them the opportunity to serve as a Diakonos servant at the 2018 Annual Conference? Please click here for the application
If you have questions, please contact Pastor Steve Braudt at
Applications are due April 23rd

April 26th - Spring 2018 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Event
Thursday, April 26th from 10 AM to 3 PM; First UM Church, 516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames IA 50010. Information can be found on the Conference website; ( and on the Clergy Orders & Fellowship page ( Online Registration or Printable Registration

April 29th - EC District Conference and Celebration - 2 PM - Marion, Living Water UMC
District Conference will be held at Living Water UMC, 1155 Grand Ave, Marion IA. We will have a time of celebration, vision casting and business of the East Central District.

May 6th - Pre-Annual Conference Session - 3 PM - 4:30 PM - Marion, Living Water UMC
The Pre-Annual Conference Session will be held at Living Water UMC, 1155 Grand Ave, Marion IA. The focus of this gathering is the presentation and conversation about the upcoming Iowa Annual Conference.  All are welcome to attend; if you are attending Annual Conference, you should attend.

May 12-18th - The Iowa Licensing School will be May 12-18 at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque. Additional information is posted on the Conference website at Go Preach, the prerequisite will be offered March 16-17 at the Conference Center. It is encouraged that those attending Licensing School would take that Go Preach Course as it will be taught in the perspective that the individuals will be preaching every week and will allow them to connect with others that will be attending Licensing School. There is a printable registration form or a link to an online registration on the Licensing School website.

July 21-29th - Hope for Harvey 2018
Senior High to Senior Citizen North East and East Central Districts of the Iowa Annual Conference Mission Work
Camp, July 21-29th to the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church to help survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Click HERE for the UPDATED Hope for Harvey 2018 information packet. Please print it off and have it available for your church. Email or call Rev. Keith Pitts, East Central Disaster Response Coordinator with any questions; (319)361-4255 (Cell) or (319)363-2058 (Office);

Directing Our Resources To Common Goals

Discipleship Pathway Processes
Here is a link to the slides used at the Discipleship Pathway Day Apart on February 1,!Ageazcp5AwPRhAryx69cpmRvzRkr. (If you have not registered before on OneDrive, you may do so for free to access the file.) Please let Phil Carver, (, know if you have any questions about the material or if you would like further support in working on your church’s pathway.

2018 District Askings
Please click here to view your church's suggested giving amount 

Mission Moment
Click here to read the April Mission Moment.

Local Events

Saturday, April 21 – Climate Justice Workshop – Cedar Rapids St. Paul’s UMC – 9:00 – 2:30

“Faith Climate Action Week” happens the week before Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Learn more by attending our St. Paul’s Climate Justice Workshop on Saturday, April 21. Rev. Dick Clark from Des Moines will offer information and suggestions for ways we can help reverse the devastating effects of climate change around our world. Pre-registration is appreciated by signing up at the Connection Centers or calling the church office – 319-363-2058. The day’s schedule:  9:00 coffee/ 9:30 morning session/ 11:30 lunch/ 12:15 -2:30 afternoon session. Join us for the full day if possible – half the day if that works better for you. Plan on lunch either way. (free will offering)

Saturday, April 28 - UMW Spa Day – Dubuque Grand View UMC – 10:00 – 2:30

All East Central District United Methodist Women and friends are invited for a fun day of pampering and renewing. Enjoy nail polishing, hand scrubs, coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles, line dancing, song fest, quilt tying, devotions, and a specially prepared spring luncheon. $10.00 payable at the door. Please contact Wava Terry at 563-581-5113 or Karen Weiland at 815-747-6856 for advance registration by April 25.

Wednesday, May 9 - Women Clergy Spiritual Spa Day – Lisbon UMC – 9:30 – 2:00

Did you know we have 50 women clergy in the East Central District?! Join your spiritual sisters in a day planned for renewal of your body and spirit. Some of your colleagues trained in Spiritual Direction will lead you through the session you select for the day.  The following activities are planned:

  • Coffee and Tea Bar
  • Salad Luncheon
  • Make Your Soul’s Story Collage
  • Paint a Finger Labyrinth
  • Prayer Room
  • Take a Soul Walk with a Soul Sister or By Yourself
  • Clergy only Sharing & Reflection Time
  • Lay women only Sharing & Reflection Time

Please contact Wendy Johnson at 319-551-1428 for advance registration by May 5 if possible. More information available by contacting Pastor Karen Nelson at

Join Rev. Jerry and Barbara Oakland – The Legacy of John Wesley and the Protestant Movement in England
Registrations and down payments need to be received between now and June 15.
Rev. Jerry and Barb Oakland invite you to join them and Pastor Paul & Dorothea Wood on a trip to England next fall!  Depart from your local airport on Friday, September 28 and spend an amazing week in John Wesley’s England. Arrive home on Saturday, October 6. Contact Barb Oakland at 319-377-5977 or for more information. Educational Opportunities sponsors this UM tour – Tour HE18   092818   Code D   ID 28297 Check it out!! We’d love to have you join us!

Saturday, June 23 - Food-Faith-Climate Workshop: Connecting the Dots – Iowa City First UMC – 9:30 – 11:30

“Climate change is related to our food choices. At every meal we can make a real difference that ensures a more climate-friendly food system.”

The workshop is presented by Sarah Paulos from Iowa Interfaith Power and Light and is free to participants thanks to a grant from Iowa City Partnership Climate Action Fund. Pre-registration is required at Click on “Upcoming Events.”