Connecting and Empowering the EC District

Connecting and Empowering the EC District

Updated 10/14/2019

(previously referred to as Professional Interview)
All Conversations with Kiboko will be held at the District Office, 1193 Grand Ave, Marion

You are asked this year, to have your profile completed the beginning of the month you meet with Kiboko.

  • Conversation in October? Please submit no later than Tuesday, October 1.

Please remember to do a final submit when you have completed your clergy profile. This will tell me it's ready for Kiboko.

2019 Charge Conferences - are asked to be completed by November 4th
A schedule is being updated as dates become known. You can see a current schedule, a suggested agenda and a list of forms and where to find them, by clicking; Church Conference Information
Charge Conferences are to be completed by Monday, November 4, 2019. All paperwork should be emailed to me no later than Tuesday, November 5th. Thank you.

2020 Apportionments are available. To read the letter from Maggie Biggs, Conference Treasurer and review your church share please CLICK HERE.

Preschool - Child Care Director
Lovely Lane UM Church in Cedar Rapids is looking for a preschool - child care director. This is a full-time position with benefits for our 2-site program that works with about 250 children. An early childhood education or child development degree, in addition to business experience is preferred. Individual must pass a background check. Send your resume and contact information to and put 'childcare director' in the subject line.
October 14 - West Branch UM Women Guest Night - 6:00 PM
You are invited to West Branch UM Church, 203 N Downey St., West Branch I, for a salad supper and learn about Matthew 25 ministry. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Clint Twedt-Ball, Co-founder of the mission Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids, IA. A salad supper will be served at 6:00 pm; program will begin at 7:00 pm. Gifts for Matthew 25 will be accepted. Questions, call (319) 643-5489.

October 17 - Worship and Fellowship for Church Leaders - Marion Methodist - 11 AM to 1 PM
We could make it complicated but let's not. United Methodists love to worship and love to have fellowship. So, we are throwing together an opportunity for both. So, here is the invite.

Church leaders, staff and pastors are invited to come on October 17th from 11 AM to 1 PM to Marion Methodist, 5050 REC Dr. in Marion. Scott Meador will bring the message and a number of East Central UM's will lead our praise time.

Worship will begin at 11 AM and be followed by a low cost - no fuss - lunch. Cost for lunch is $6 and while there will be food at the fellowship, the fellowship is not the food. United Methodists are good at worship and fellowship, please come.

October 26 - Clergy Spouse Fall Retreat-The Cup of Life - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cedar Falls First UMC, 718 Clay St., Cedar Falls 50613
You deserve a few hours away to connect with others on the journey, to reflect on your life, and to fill your soul. Come and enjoy some alone time and some group time. There will be sharing and reflection. Musical movement and creative activities. Not to mention morning snacks and lunch! Register today.

October 26 - Bertram UM Church Annual Fall Community Dinner - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Bertram UM Church will host their fall 2019 community dinner at the Bertram Township Hall. Dinner is served from 5 to 7 pm and includes chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, side dishes, homemade pies and other desserts, and drinks. For those who prefer, take-out dinners are available.
Dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children under 6 are admitted free, and everyone is welcome. All proceeds support the church's ongoing work in the community. Questions, call (319) 365-8077.

October 27 - Your Will, Your Way - West Branch UM Church - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE workshop! You will come away with an outline and checklist for preparing to plan or update your will. There will also be a brief look at different ways your congregation can plan for long-term financial health. Katharine Yarnell, Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation, has 14 years of experience with Financial Stewardship and Estate Planning. For more information, please email or call 515-974-8928. Check out for more information about the Foundation's services.

November 2 - Fall Auction - Dubuque, Center Grove UM Church - 5:00 PM
Crafts, Holiday Items, Baked Goods, Farm Fresh Meats, Candies, Jams, and more! Food available starting at 5 PM.
Center Grove is located at 3140 Brunskill Rd., Dubuque. Questions? Call 563-582-8157.

November 2 & 3 - Mission Ingathering
The Mt. Pleasant site is looking for youth and adults to help with the kit packing. If we have lots of help, it won't take very long to do. We need you from around 8:00 a.m. to around 11:00 a.m. Perks include hot chocolate, probably some leftover Halloween candy and a free box lunch. You will also be meeting other youth from across the two districts and will be helping to provide necessary items for needy people here in the United States and around the world. Questions-contact Jason Collier at or 563-343-3390.

November 15 - Deadline for Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Scholarship Fund
Adora Jones was a member of Salem UM Church in Cedar Rapids and set up this trust to help seminary students from the State of Iowa with expenses associated with their seminary studies. The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,500 and will be distributed by the end of the calendar year, for second semester expenses. The application materials must be received by November 15, 2019 to be considered.

Scholarship Application Form

Trust Scholarship Fund

June 5-7, 2020 Annual Conference Dates
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference is being planned to begin early Friday afternoon, June 5 and close late Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2020. This change responds to one of the more often named requests in annual conference evaluations, which asked that the length of the annual conference session be shortened. This change will have the effect of reducing expenses incurred by Annual Conference lay and clergy members and their local churches and lowering the cost to hold the Annual Conference Session, something that is funded through Conference Apportionments.