Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering


Bishop's A Way Forward Fall Gatherings 
Salem UM Church, 3725 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids will host Sunday, September 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. If you can't make it, you are welcome to attend another location.
2018 Fall Gatherings –

·    Southeast – September 23 | Washington UMC | 1:30 – 3:00 pm

·    East Central – September 23 | Cedar Rapids, Salem UMC - 4:30 – 6:00 pm

·    South Central – October 7 | Knoxville, First UMC | 2:30 – 4:00 pm

·    Southwest – October 8 | afternoon/evening 

·    North Central – October 27 | Webster City, Asbury UMC | 10:00 - 11:30 am

·    Northwest – October 28 | Spencer, Grace UMC | 2:30 - 4:00 pm

·    Northeast – November 18 | Cedar Falls, First | afternoon

·    Central – December 2 | Ankeny, First’s Christian Life Center | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Click here for information on Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward.

Pastoral Interview Schedule and Forms
You can find your pastoral interview forms on your "People Dashboard". To learn more about the People Dashboard click this link;
The schedule is found at this link;

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Saturday, August 18 - Bishop's Initiative on Mental Health - 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM 
Buffalo UM Church, 1000 30th St NE, Cedar Rapids IA 52402-4135 is hosting the Mental Health First Aid training clinic. This link will give you information about the training and how to register, 

The Rev. Douglas E. Williams is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as pastor and Volunteer-In-Mission promoter of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina, based in Buenos Aires. Doug was pastor at Coralville UMC prior to his going to missionary service. He will be back in Iowa August 20 and will be here a month. While here he will be sharing his story with area churches; Shueyville, Coralville, Solon, Cedar Rapids, Trinity-St. James, Iowa City, First and Wellman. He has a few open dates; Fridays, Aug. 24; Aug. 31 in the evening; Sept. 7 and Sept. 14 and Saturdays, Sept. 1; Sept. 8 and Sept. 15. If your church would like to prepare an event where he can share his mission story please contact Beverly Nolte, Missionary Itineration Secretary at  or 515-266-4186.

Doug's bio can be found at

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals
2019 Matthew 25 Grant Application - now available
The application is available by clicking here and due in the District Office no later than September 15, 2018. Please note the cover sheet added this year showing the due date and where to either mail or email your application.

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.

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

Mission Moment
Click here to read the July Mission Moment.

Ingathering - Mt. Pleasant Site
Click here to read updated information

Local Events

Pictured Rocks Camp has a new website - check it out.