Connecting and Empowering

Connecting and Empowering

Updated 3/25/2019

Click here for the February 2019 issue of Treasurer's Notes. 

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

Two positions just posted: Music Director and Organist at Coralville United Methodist Church

2019 Ministry Apportionments
Letter from Maggie Biggs, Conference Treasurer & Director of Administrative Services
2019 Apportionments for East Central District
March 28 & 29 - School for Practical Ministry - Altoona UM Church (602 5th Ave SW, Altoona IA
The School for Practical Ministry will be March 28 & 29. The purpose of the School for Practical Ministry is to provide down-to-earth teaching that can be used by clergy and lay people in the local church. This event is approved by the Iowa BoOM for 1.0 CEU and CEU's are equivalent to a 10 hour class for Lay Servants and Lay Speakers. Please see the brochure for more information. Click here for the brochure.
April 6 - Roast Beef Supper Fund Raiser - Clover Ridge UM Church - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Clover Ridge UMC, 125 5th St North (just off Highway 151), Walford IA
Sutton's Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, corn or green beans, homemade kolache and drink (chicken strips meal available also). Cost $11; children's meal age 12 and under, $6. Win a door prize. 
Profits to the Clover Ridge UM Church Trustees Property Maintenance and Improvement Fund.

April 9 - Spring 2019 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons & the Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members Event - 10 AM - 3 PM at First UMC in Ames

General Conference has left our Conference frayed. How do we talk about this together? Where are we now? How do we relate to this decision? No matter where we are, we need to be healthy. This time will allow us to invest in our spiritual and relational connection. Full-time clergy are expected to attend. Part-time clergy are encouraged to attend. Childcare will be provided. Register HERE.

April 15 - St. Paul's Seminary Scholarship - Deadline - application must be postmarked by April 15
St. Paul's UMC Foundation has a $2,500 Seminary Scholarship to be awarded in the following order: 1) to a member of St. Paul's UM Church, Cedar Rapids or; 2) to a member of another church in the East Central (or successor) District of the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, or; 3) a member of any other church in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
The descriptive information and application forms are available on the St. Paul's UMC website,, or anyone interested can e-mail Jerry Oakland at

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 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 

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