Connecting and Empowering

Disaster Response
The East Central District Disaster Response Coordinator is Pastor Keith Pitts. You can reach him by email here or by phone at (319) 361-4255. Click here to read the "Update from Disaster Response" on how you can help.

Charge Conference forms can be found on the Church Dashboard
If you need a refresher, you can find the Church Dashboard User's Guide, HERE. Please plan to submit your forms online two weeks prior to your charge conference. No schedule has been set, as in the past, a presiding elder will be assigned to a church. They will contact the pastor to schedule the date and time that works best. Please remember that you will need to nominate and vote on your member(s) to the
018 Annual Conference at your charge conference. Please be diligent in obtaining these nominations prior to your charge conference.
The 2017 East Central District Charge Conference Minutes template is available to download by clicking here.

2018 Iowa Annual Conference Hotel List
Annual Conference 2018 will be held on June 9-11, with Clergy and Laity Sessions on Friday evening, June 8.
Hotel registration for Annual Conference 2018 is now 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: 2018 Annual Conference Hotel Information

Grandview dorm housing information will be available at a later date in 2018.

If you have any questions regarding hotel accommodations, please contact Sara Carlson at


September 23~ Annual Meeting East Central District United Methodist Women - Clinton First UMC - 9 AM Registration
Click here for lunch registration form. We are Called is the theme; keynote presentation: Social Justice. 621 South 3rd St. Clinton IA

October 3-4 ~ Fall Order's Retreat at Collegiate UM Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames
Peacemaking Circles with Fred Van Liew and Bishop Laurie Haller Preaching. Click
here for more information. Registration is now live. Basic details and the link where you can find an online registration form and a printable registration

Fall Retreats at Pictured Rocks UM Camp and Retreat Center -
October 7 - October 8 - 3rd-5th Grade - Registration Deadline is Monday, October 2nd

October 27 - 29 - 6th-8th Grade - Registration Deadline is Monday, October 23rd
Call the camp at 319-465-4194 for registration details or check out their website:

October 19 or 21: Boundary and Ethics Training for Clergy
Recognizing that laity are important partners in establishing healthy boundaries, we are asking that each charge bring their chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee or a lay leader to the training. There will be two trainings held in our district and clergy are required to attend one of the two. The trainings will be held on October 19 at Springville UMC (169 Broadway, Springville) and October 21 at Christ Community UMC (3000 Alburnett Road, Marion) from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Please click here to register. Please register by October 9 so that we will have an accurate meal count for each session.

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.

December 20 Deadline to Register for HCI Next Retreat: Deepening Discipleship Pathways

HCI Next Retreat - January 26th-28th, 2018, at Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center
This retreat is designed for all churches who are looking for an intentional weekend to continue to develop and deepen their Discipleship Pathway. Open to all churches (even those who have not formally participated in HCI), this will be a weekend of spiritual renewal, worship, workshops on best practices, peer learning and connection with other churches, and hands-on coaching from the FOM team. For more information, and to register, click here.

Click here for the Prayers for Lay Leadership calendar for September. Thank you laity .......Through our roles in the Iowa Conference, we recognize the need for and importance of laity. Please join us in praying that all lay members will be encouraged to use their gifts to continue to be and to become difference makers in our Conference.


September 24 - Chuck Wagon Dinner - Grand Mound, St. Paul's UMC - 4:00 to 7:00 PM
911 Clinton St, Grand Mound; Maid Rites, salads, drinks, desserts and good fellowship.

November 11 - Food Faith Climate Connecting the Dots - Cedar Rapids, St. Paul's UM Church - 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Climate change is related to our food choices. Food-Faith-Climate: Connecting the Dots, a program of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, invites us to be part of the solution. Click on Calendar Page for details. Registration required at