Connecting and Empowering

The East Central District office is closed on Fridays. Should you need to reach Rev. Kiboko, District Superintendent please email him directly or call the office and leave a voice message on his extension by pressing 1 when asked. You must leave your message on Kiboko's extension otherwise your message will not be received until Ann returns to the office.


Message from Bishop Laurie

Mission Moment
Click here to view July's "Mission Moment".

2018 Matthew 25 Grant - The ministry of the church is to be about caring for "the least of these," the most vulnerable, marginalized or neglected members of our communities. Local churches and local ministry action teams should engage in the many hands-on ministries which propel us as the body of Christ toward the Kingdom of God. The Matthew 25 initiative is designed to encourage new outreach ministries to the poor and marginalized in our communities. Matthew 25 Grant applications are due in the District Office by September 15.
An application available by clicking on 2018 Matthew 25.

Save these Dates:
Fall Order's Retreat - October 3-4, 2017 - Click here for more information.
East Central Clergy Ethics Workshop - October 19 (Springville UMC) or October 21 (Marion, Christ Community) - clergy will select the date that works best for their schedule. Details will be provided as they become available.

Opportunity to Visit England in 2018
Have you wished to visit England and learn a little more about the history of John Wesley? To visit Epworth and follow in the legacy of John Wesley? Now there is an opportunity to combine a vacation in England with and exploration of the Protestant Movement. Pastor Paul Wood is going to going to lead a tour into England, using his local knowledge of the many places to be visited. The tour will taken in London, Epworth, Bristol, Bath and many others. There will be a time for learning and fun. The dates are September 28, 2018 to October 6, 2018. The cost is $3,896 which is all inclusive of flights, hotels, entrance fees, etc. For more information contact Pastor Paul via email at Blessings and hope to see you on the plane. Pastor Paul


August 8 - East Central District UMW Mission Study Day - Prairie Chapel UMC - 9 AM to 2:30 PM
Mission u is coming to you on August 8! Those of us who attended the summer Mission u session are excited to share with more of you the amazing experience we had in learning about our three Missionary Conferences in the United States - the Alaska UM Conference, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, and the Red Bird Missionary Conference. You can get this same learning experience for FREE by attending our East Central District Mission Study Day on Tuesday, August 8. Just load up your car and bring a salad to share for lunch and you'll be in for a wonderful day of learning and sharing. The Revs. Leila nd Jon Disburg, now from Ottumwa but former pastors in the Alaska Conference for 5 years, will bring their personal experience to the study. If you have access to the study book, bring it along. Join us for this very special day! Send your numbers to Deb Streff by August 1 so we'll know how many we can plan on seeing that day.
Prairie Chapel UMC is located at 1817 Prairie Chapel Rd, Marion IA. For a flyer and  to register, (RSVP by August 1) click here.
Barb Oakland, President, EC District UMW

September 1-2~ Basic and Advanced Lay Servant Training- Anamosa, First UM Church

Both classes will be held at Anamosa, First UMC on Friday, September 1 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday, September 2 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Cost is the purchase of the book and a donation will be collected for the noon meal at the church on Saturday. Lodging and other meals are on your own. Registration for classes can be found by clicking on the class you wish to attend; Basic Lay Servant or Advanced Lay Servant.

October 20-22 - Fall Mission u - UM Women

"We are Called!" That's the theme of this year's United Methodist Women Mission u, and we're "calling" on women, men, youth, and children to share in a spiritual Covenant for Community, or your choice of study of the Missionary Conferences of the U.S., or Climate Justice. These events qualify for CEUs for pastors or professionals.
Fall Mission u, October 20-22, Friday afternoon 3:30 PM to Sunday afternoon; held at Iowa Valley Community College in Marshalltown, with several reasonably-priced hotels nearby for the overnight.
For a brochure and registration form, click on this link on the Conference website: Your local United Methodist Women also have the information.

November 12 (6:00 PM) - November 14 (11:00 AM) - Iowa UMC Clergy Women's Convocation - First UMC of Ames
Advent Spirit Come! Bishop Laurie Haller preaching - "The Annunciation: Celebrating our Call" Click here for schedule and details.
Women can register at; search for IA UMC Clergywomen Convocation.


August 12~ Ice Cream Supper- Cedar Rapids, Buffalo UM Church - 4:00 to 7:00 PM
1000 30th Street NE, Cedar Rapids IA (319) 378-4258. Come and enjoy Sloppy Joe's, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Beverage, Pie or Cake and Ice Cream; Adults: $7; Children 12 and under: $2.50; Children 5 and under are free.

Asbury House
A newly remodeled suite is currently available at Asbury House, 378 27th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids. Totaling 680 square feet, this unit features a bedroom with a full bathroom en suite, and four closets. Also available is a bedroom apartment (560 square feet) and a double efficiency apartment (400 square feet). Each unit includes a kitchenette with a stove top and refrigerator. Heat, water, Wifi, and a noon meal 6 days a week prepared by our in-house cook are included in the rent. Air conditioners are provided in each unit and cable TV is available at an additional but reduced cost. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please contact Mary at 319-366-6670 for a tour. (7/18)