Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering


The District Office is closed until Monday, Oct. 22. I will have limited access to emails until I return to the office. If you have an emergency and need to speak with a District Administrative Assistant; Sue Booth in the South Central District Office will help you. Call her at 641-342-1644 or email her at

Kiboko is out of the country. If you have an emergency and need to reach a District Superintendent, please contact the South Central District Office and ask for Superintendent, Paul Smith or email him at

Also, when attempting to contact Kiboko by email, an old message is being sent back stating he is gone until May, this is not correct - he will be back in a couple of weeks.

Thank you. Ann


Agenda is available; 2018+CHARGE+CONFERENCE+AGENDA.pdf

Charge Conference Minutes template is available, 2018+Charge+Conference+Minutes.doc

Lay Member to Annual Conference, the equalization information for 2019 has been published on the conference website:


Having trouble locating your charge conference reports?
The on-line reports are located on the church dashboard. This link will get you to the church dashboard; If you do not recall your username or password, let Ann in the District Office know.

All reports/forms needing signatures are located on the conference forms page and should be sent to the District Office the day after your charge conference. The reports can be scanned and emailed to Charge Conference Reports

Dedication Service
First UM Church in North Liberty will host a Dedication Service, as well as an open house on Sunday, October 21. The Dedication Service will be held at 2 PM, with tours beginning at 3:30 PM. The church has been involved in an expansion and renovation project over the past 12 months, which has included a new sanctuary, children's education and adult classroom wings and extensive renovation of existing space. The public is invited to attend. The church is located at 85 N. Jones Blvd, North Liberty.
Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Developed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Resources for a faithful response.
Download the kit HERE
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website - click HERE

Fall 2018 Orders and Fellowship Event - October 30th, 9:30 am - 4 pm, at First UMC in Marshalltown
Click here for more information and to register.

Simpson Youth Academy
At the Simpson Youth Academy we believe that young people have power and gifts that are essential for the healing of the world, not just in the distant future, but now. Grounded in the Christian tradition and utilizing resources from the United Methodist Church, we are an ecumenical community of youth and adult mentors who explore deep theological questions and take action, in order to equip youth to live into their vocations as agents of peace and justice in the church and world. A flyer and information about summer residency is available, 2018+Youth+Academy+Brochure.pdf 

SAVE THE DATE - Wednesday, November 14
Sharon Center UM Church of rural Kalona is offering QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer - suicide awareness and prevention - training Wednesday, November 14; 1-4:30 PM at Sharon Center. This training will be specifically focused for Spiritual Leaders in the rural community whose agricultural community is dealing with growing stress and apprehension. The training will be offered free through a partnership of Sharon Center UMC, East Central District Iowa Annual Conference, Crisis Center of Iowa City, Iowa Center for Ag Safety, and the School of Public Health University of Iowa. Statistical Background and Relevance will also be discussed.

Registration and additional information will be available as we near this date. This is a 'save the date announcement'.

Basic Lay Servant Training 2018 - Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
Click HERE for details and registration.

2019 Iowa Licensing School - May 16-24th - Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA
Here is a link where the registration form, brochure, basic information, emergency contact form, and assignments
. The deadline for registration is April 20th and all assignments will need to be submitted by May 1st. Individuals are encouraged to start working on assignments as soon as possible and get registered. They do not have to be a certified candidate to register, but they do need to be a certified candidate to attend. In addition to English, our Licensing School is also offered in French. Contact Lisa Steel ( or Dean of the School, Rev. Arnette Pint ( with any questions.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

True Vine Ministry- Clergy Spouses
Saturday, October 27 - Norwalk UM Church, 1801 Sunset Dr., Norwalk IA; 10 AM to 3:00 PM
Our lives can become consumed by the myriad demands of our families and our partner's ministry, yet each of us has our own calling that we may not take the time to hear. 
Presentations from Diane McClanahan, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center and Mark Ciesla, Wespath Benefits and Investments. Click here for details and register information

Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Seminary Scholarship Applications Now Available
Are you a seminary student from Iowa?  Check out this scholarship opportunity! Please click here for more information and here for the scholarship application form.

Discipleship Pathway Processes
For the slides used at a Discipleship Pathway training held on February 1st, click!Ageazcp5AwPRhAryx69cpmRvzRkr.
to watch the video that was produced and used at District Conference, click;
Phil Carver, ( is available to answer your questions or help you in working on your church's pathway.

Thanksgiving InGathering 2018
There have  been some changes to kits this year.  Please click here for specific details or here to go to the UMCOR site.

Praying Our Way Forward
Click here for information on Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward.
Local Events
October 13 - United Methodist Women's Holiday Fair - 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Grand View UM Church, 3342 John Wesley Drive, Dubuque
There will be handmade crafts, baked goods, books & puzzles, Grandma's Attic (a wide variety of gently used items), lunch and our famous fried bread! This is a fun day filled with great food and unique finds!
Lunch served 11 AM to 1 PM: Chili, chicken noodle, and ham & bean soup, turkey & dressing sandwiches, sliced turkey, hot dogs, sloppy joe's, desserts, coffee & milk.
For more information please contact Betty at:
October 13 - Bazaar and Soup Luncheon - 8 AM to 3 PM
Buffalo UM Church, 1000 30th St, NE., Cedar Rapids
November 3 - Fall Auction - 5 PM
Center Grove UM Church, 3140 Brunskill Rd, Dubuque