Connecting and Empowering

Welcome Baby Hansen
Congratulations to Pastor Josh (Central City UMC) and Audrey Hansen on the birth of their son, Elijah Paul Hansen, Oct. 26, 2017. Elijah joins his two sisters, Margaret and Virginia.

Calendar Date to Add:

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Bishop Laurie to meet with clergy and laity

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – District Conference and Pre-Annual Conference Meeting

East Central District Office - Holiday Closings
The Office will be closed November 20th-24th. Should you need to reach the Superintendent during that time, please email him directly or leave a voicemail for him by calling the office and pushing extension 1 when prompted to leave your message. If you leave a general message, it will not be received until Monday, November 27.


Church Conference forms are located on your Church Dashboard
If you need a refresher, you can find the Church Dashboard User's Guide, HERE. Conferences reports that need to be printed for signatures can be found by clicking on 2017 Charge Conference Reports
2017 East Central District Church Conference Minutes template - download by clicking here.
2018 Annual Conference Equalization Member Information - click here
Please remember that you will need to nominate and vote on your member(s) to the 2018 Annual Conference at your church conference. Please be diligent in obtaining these nominations prior to your church conference.

Church Conference Schedule - click here.
Retired and Extension Clergy - Here is a link to the reports that you need to submit to the Episcopal Office.

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



Mission Moment - Click here to read November's Mission Moment.

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.

November 15 is the deadline to submit - Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust Scholarship Fund - The Adora S. Jones Ministerial Trust has been established by a lovely lady, who was a school teacher and a member of Salem UM Church in Cedar Rapids. Applicants must have been an IA resident prior to college entry, must be enrolled in seminary and actively pursuing studies toward preaching the Gospel. Awards will be from $500 to $1,500 each, depending on the amount available, the number of applicants, their qualifications, and given at the discretion of the trust administration. Awards will be made in December 2017. Read More and application available.... 

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.


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