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The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 767 congregations and nearly 158,000 United Methodists across the state of Iowa. This is our story!

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The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 767 congregations and nearly 158,000 United Methodists across the state of Iowa. This is our story!

    Grimes Storehouse feeds the whole person

    Grimes Storehouse feeds the whole person

    The Grimes Storehouse is a caring place that cares for the whole person, through food, including perishables, vegetables, and meat, and supplies, relationships and friendships, and prayer. A ministry of the Grimes United Methodist Church, and collaborative effort with friends and business in the community, the Storehouse is "just the beginning" of what Pastor Ben Wedeking sees a God-inspired mission vision.

    • 8 min
    One Starry Night Helps Christmas Come Alive

    One Starry Night Helps Christmas Come Alive

    The Christmas journey becomes complete for many who experience One Starry Night at Grimes United Methodist Church. To be immersed in the announcement of the angel, witness the struggle of Mary and Joseph and the Christ Child, to learn from the humble adoration of the shepherds is as personally rewarding for Phil Bargfrede, Grimes UMC's Director of Children's Ministry after nine years as it is for the first-time guest or even those who return from other parts of the state to the wonder and amazement of One Starry Night.

    • 27 min
    Reaching out to eliminate Ames school meal debt

    Reaching out to eliminate Ames school meal debt

    Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation is committed to eliminating school meal debt in Ames by raising $47,000 through its Advent-Christmas offerings. This will help some 575 families move toward greater food security. An initiative of the congregation's Sending to Serve cluster, and in collaboration with anonymously-given gifts, the campaign is involving the Collegiate Wesley community, Iowa State students, and others. Rev. Jen Hibben, Associate Pastor for Collegiate UMC and Campus Pastor for the Wesley Center, Lauren Loonsfoot, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries for Collegiate UMC and Associate Campus Minister for the Wesley Center, Jodi Smith-Risdal, Sending to Serve Chair, and Amanda Winters, Sending to Serve at Large Member and Assistant in Children, Youth and Family Ministries, join Dr. Art McClanahan in a conversation about reaching out as an act of mercy and justice.

    • 16 min
    Fresh Expressions - Creating New Faithful Communities

    Fresh Expressions - Creating New Faithful Communities

    Fresh Expressions is a new way of taking the church to the people. Rev. Bill Poland, Director of New Communities of Faith for the Iowa Conference, talks about the impact of this people-centered, mission-focused experience. Learn more about a Fresh Expressions Vision Day, set for February 15, 2020, at https://www.iaumc.org/freshexpressions

    • 17 min
    Prayerful preacher leads the South Central District

    Prayerful preacher leads the South Central District

    Coming from a long line of United Methodist pastors, Rev. Dr. Moody Colorado is the new superintendent of the South Central District of the Iowa Conference. A prayerful preacher, he looks to build strong relationships with United Methodists of the district's faith communities.

    • 27 min
    Rev. Doug Cue...'relationship builder'

    Rev. Doug Cue...'relationship builder'

    Seeing himself primarily as a relationship builder, Rev. Doug Cue is a "what you see is what you get" pastor to the people of the southeast district as the new role as superintendent. He looks to help connect people and to their own faith-fulfilling ministries.

    • 19 min

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