Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering

Updated 4/18/2019

Check out the 'Classified' page for employment opportunities, for sale items and free items

Vinton, Wesley UMC has several items looking for a new home, contact Pam Miller (319) 343-1334 if you are interested in the any of the following; The Book of Life-Edition 9; The Interpreter's Bible (multiple volume set); Interpreter's Dictionary; copies of several different versions of the Holy Bible; and Braille Bible.

2019 Ministry Apportionments
Letter from Maggie Biggs, Conference Treasurer & Director of Administrative Services
2019 Apportionments for East Central District
Church Employee Handbook
An email was sent to all churches and clergy asking if you had an Employee Handbook in place and if it included a harassment policy. If you have an Employee Handbook, please forward a copy to the District Office. If you don't have one and would like one to review and follow in setting up one for your church, let the District Office know. This handbook is different from your Safe Sanctuary Policy.
Heart of the House - District Fundraising Challenge
Districts have been challenged to raise funds for a kitchen at the Ubuntu Retreat Centre at Africa University. Several weeks ago, a group of eleven clergy and ... READ MORE

If you would like to contribute to the Ubuntu Retreat Center Kitchen Project at Africa University, please make checks payable to IAUMC and note "Project 402: Africa University Kitchen" on the memo line and bring with you to Annual Conference and give to Kiboko. 
April 26 & 27th - Clothing Give-Away - Cedar Rapids, St. Mark's UMC (4700 Johnson Ave NW) 10 AM to 2 PM Donations Accepted beginning April 1; (319) 396-6361
April 28 - District Conference and Pre-Annual Conference - Living Water UMC
District Conference will be from 2:30 - 4: 00 pm. If you are a chair of a district committee, please remember to submit a written report for the year 2018.
Pre-Annual Conference will be from 4:15 - 5:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. If you will be attending Annual Conference this year, please plan to attend. Information covering Annual Conference will be shared.
Living Water is located at 1155 Grand Ave, Marion.

May 1 - Due Date for "Another Set of Eyes"
The "Another Set of Eyes" form is now available on the Conference or District "Forms" pages, HERE

May 4 - Mental Health First Aid - Lovely Lane UM Church - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The training is provided by the AbbeHealth Affiliates and is open to the public. Cost if FREE - lunch is not provided. To register: email - Brochure available

Lovely Lane is located at 2424 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids

May 4 - World Vision Global 6K Walk for Water
On Saturday, May 4 some local citizens will set out on a walk through the Iowa countryside. But their minds will be focused on other people, walking thousands of miles away - just to get a drink of water. Members of the Bertram UM Church are encouraging others to join them for the World Vision Global 6K for Water. The fundraiser walkers will stride the Sac and Fox Trail near the Indian Creek Nature Center beginning at 9 AM. Plans call for an out-and-back route west from the "barn parking lot" on Otis Road SE.

The Bertram group's walk is part of a world-wide effort to raise funds and awareness of the need for safe, accessible drinking water around the globe. In addition to participants from Bertram, there are 6K sites in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the U.K. and throughout the United States.

Bertram Pastor Jen Zoller says the walk distance itself carries a message. "Six kilometers is also about 3.7 miles. That is the average distance people - usually women and girls - walk to fetch water for their families and homes in the developing world," Zoller said. "Often, that walk is dangerous. Children miss school, and the water they get is often dirty."

Every $50 registrations in the Global 6K for Water provides clean water to one person. Bertram participants hope to improve water supplies for two dozen or more people with their pledges. The Bertram group welcomes interested neighbors and other church groups to join them in the May 4 walk. More information is available from Jen Zoller at To find out more about the Global 6K for Water go to

May 16-24 - Iowa Licensing School - Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque IA
Here is link for the registration form, brochure, basic information, emergency contact form, and assignments Deadline to register is April 20 and all assignments will need to be submitted by May 1st. Contact Lisa Steel ( or Dean of the School, Rev. Arnette Pint ( with any questions.

June 8 - 11 - Annual Conference 2019
Clergy and Laity Sessions on Friday evening, June 7.
Hotel registration is open. Please be sure to book your hotel room as soon as possible, as there are several events scheduled in Des Moines the same weekend as our conference.
Please use the following link to access the list of hotels for which we were given group rates:

2019 Annual Conference Hotel Information
Grand View dorm housing information will be available at a later date in 2019.

July 21-23 - Summer Mission u - and October 18-20 - Fall Mission u
Brochure & registration form at 
September 29-October 4 - IA Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation for Laity and Clergy
Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St, Dubuque IA. Registration deadline is September 19.
Brochure along with registration form