Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering


Vacation Time: Ann will be out of the office, October 11-12 and October 15-17. 
Charge Conference Information
Charge Conference Minutes template is available, 2018+Charge+Conference+Minutes.doc

Lay Member to Annual Conference, the equalization information for 2019 has been published on the conference website:

Bishop's A Way Forward Fall Gatherings
Bishop Laurie Haller will be leading a round table discussion about the Council of Bishop's proposal to the General Conference in February 2019. This is part of the 2nd phase of the Commission on a Way Forward. This is highly encouraged for all clergy and laity to attend. 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.

  • Southeast - Sept. 23 - Washington UMC - 1:30 to 3:00 PM
  • South Central - Oct. 7 - Knoxville, First UMC - 2:30 to 4:00 PM
  • North Central - Oct. 27 - Webster City, Asbury UMC - 10:00 to 11:30 AM
  • Northwest - Oct. 28 - Spencer, Grace UMC - 2:30 to 4:00 PM
  • Northeast - Nov. 18 - Cedar Falls, First UMC - afternoon
  • Central - Dec. 2 - Ankeny, First's Christian Life Center - 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

September 21 - United Methodist Women and Pastors (men and women) Meeting - 9 AM
All United Methodist Women and pastors from across the district are invited to celebrate the year's accomplishments, receive leadership training, and be inspired as BOLD women and men of faith, hope and love in action. Rev. Clint-Twedt-Ball will bring the keynote address focusing on the problem of Economic Injustice. We meet at the Vinton, Wesley UMC, 516 Second Ave, Vinton IA. A flyer is available from this link; 2018+Sept+21+UMW+flyer.pdf

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

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.

Thanksgiving InGathering 2018
There have  been some changes to kits this year.  Please click here for specific details or here to go to the UMCOR site.

Local Events

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

Sound Equipment for Sale
Christ Community Church in Marion has various pieces of sound equipment they would like to sell. Photos, specs & pricing available upon request. Contact Dick Grimm at or call the church, 319-373-1955, to set a time to stop by. For a list of the equipment click;