2017 Iowa Annual Conference Session News

 

Board Exec Committee issues statement

Board Exec Committee issues statement

6/16/2017

The Executive Committee of the Iowa Conference Board of Ordained Ministry has said that “sexual orientation or gender identity” will not be criteria to “deny any candidate’s ability to live up to our United Methodist standards for fitness” for ministry.  The Committee also cited a footnote to paragraph 310 of the Book of Discipline which states, in...


AC2017 Monday's Legislation

AC2017 Monday's Legislation

6/13/2017

Conference Session attendees voted Monday to suspend the rules for the purpose of taking up  ACTION ITEM # 201 Rules of Order - which had been removed from the Consent Calendar on Saturday. A motion was made from the floor for a Budget Amendment to add $60,000 to the Budget for Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa; the Amendment was not supported. ...


AC2017 Special Offerings

AC2017 Special Offerings

6/13/2017

Several special offerings will be received during the June 10-12 Annual Conference event.   They included: The collection to benefit the Clergy Support Fund taken during the Clergy Session on Saturday netted $4591.02. An offering for Cass Community Ministries was taken during the Retirement Celebration and netted $4753.04 The collection taken at ...


AC2017 Acknowledgement of Diakonos

AC2017 Acknowledgement of Diakonos

6/12/2017

View images from the Monday session of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference. The Diakonos for this year’s Iowan Annual Conference Session were acknowledged during the Monday session. “These young people are not your church children,” Diakonos Coordinator Steve Braudt told the Conference Session. “They are children of God and your brothers and sisters ...


AC2017 Change a Child's Story Celebration

AC2017 Change a Child's Story Celebration

6/12/2017

View images from the Monday session of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference. The Change a Child’s Story ministry was celebrated Monday at the Annual Conference Session. Patty Link is Advocate for Change a Child’s Story and in her address before the Conference Session she called the ministry Task Force to the stage, as well as asked everyone else ...


AC2017 Fixing of Appointments Service

AC2017 Fixing of Appointments Service

6/12/2017

The final day of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference Session opened with the Fixing of Appointments for the 2017-2018 Conference year. Newly appointed pastors were announced for each of the eight Iowa Annual Conference Districts. Bishop Laurie Haller asked for prayers in her opening remarks, especially for those in new appointments. Rev. Jackie ...


AC2017 IUMF Annual Membership Meeting

AC2017 IUMF Annual Membership Meeting

6/12/2017

President-elect for the Iowa Annual Methodist Foundation Board of Directors Kris Manning called the Foundation’s annual meeting to order on Monday afternoon during the Annual Conference Session.   Manning ran down Foundation assets as of the end of 2016 for the Annual Conference Session.   The balance on January 1, 2016, was $34,999,682. The New ...


AC2017 One Matters Discipleship Award

AC2017 One Matters Discipleship Award

6/12/2017

The two recipients of the 2017 One Matters award at the Iowa Annual Conference were Polk City United Methodist Church and the two-point charge of Graettinger and Terril United Methodist Churches. Graettinger and Terril United Methodist Churches The Graettinger and Terril United Methodist Churches are experiencing a time of revitalization. They are...


AC2017 Peacemaking Circle Training

AC2017 Peacemaking Circle Training

6/12/2017

Annual Conference Session attendees had the opportunity to take part in Peacemaking Circle Training on the Annual Conference Session’s final morning. The Peacemaking training has been conducted in three Conference sites involving six Districts over the last several months with more sessions planned. The training is facilitated by attorney and ...


AC2017 Healthy Conference Vision Report

AC2017 Healthy Conference Vision Report

6/11/2017

Rev. Barrie Tritle presented on the Healthy Conference Initiative on Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Annual Conference Session, offering a brief history of the initiative and an update on its progress towards alignment of the Conference around its Vison, Mission, and Strategic Priorities.  The hope is for the work of this team to assist the ...


AC2017 Laity Address

AC2017 Laity Address

6/11/2017

The Laity Address for the 2017 Annual Conference Session opened with the hymn O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing.   Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen told 2017 Annual Conference Session attendees in her address that John Wesley’s writing on being altogether Christian has relevance to the Conference Session goal of being difference makers.   “The...


AC2017 Legislative Action

AC2017 Legislative Action

6/11/2017

The following legislative action took place Sunday at the Annual Conference Session. The action items can be accessed in the 2017 Pre-Conference Manual, with Section III amendments linked on the Conference homepage. Further additional items and corrections are available HERE. Information on the Rules of Order changes is available HERE.   The 2018...


AC2017 Service of Ordering of Ministry - “Will You Bear the Cross or Just Wear It?

AC2017 Service of Ordering of Ministry - “Will You Bear the Cross or Just Wear It?"

6/11/2017

View images from the Service of Ordering of Ministry Bishop Laurie Haller preached for the Ordering of Ministry service on Sunday morning during the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference Session, asking the faithful present, “Will you bear the cross or just wear it? The service saw 16 United Methodist individuals commissioned, ordained or recognized. The ...


AC2017 Service of Remembering

AC2017 Service of Remembering

6/11/2017

View images from the Service of Remembering. The Memorial Celebration for the 2017 Annual Conference Session honored 49 departed souls. The Annual Conference Session theme of “Creating Difference Makers” related directly to that afternoon’s celebration, Rev. Brian Milford told the gathering in his sermon for the service. “Celebrating the lives of...


AC2017 Board of Pensions Annual Meeting

AC2017 Board of Pensions Annual Meeting

6/10/2017

Board of Pensions Chair Beverlee Bell told Annual Conference Session attendees at the Board’s meeting during the Conference that Pensions assets were higher than labilities. This news met with applause from those at the Conference Session.   As of January, they were 122.7%, she said, though the Board would like that to be at 130%.   “But we ...


AC2017 Celebration of Ministry — Graduates & Award Recipients

AC2017 Celebration of Ministry — Graduates & Award Recipients

6/10/2017

View an album of images from the awards banquet At the Celebration of Ministry awards banquet, 39 people from the School for Lay Ministry were awarded for their 2017 graduation. From Cornell College where Lynn Calvert is the dean, the graduates were: Margaret Adams, Uyntha Duncan, Patty Ferrel, Steven Grace, Jessica Lake, Eileen McPherson, Sue ...


AC2017 EmpowHer gives women entrepreneurs a leg-up

AC2017 EmpowHer gives women entrepreneurs a leg-up

6/10/2017

On day one of the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference, attendees had the choice of attending nine workshops following the afternoon session. Attendees were given a glimpse into the United Methodist Organization EmpowHer.   EmpowHer was started in association with the Iowa Nigeria Partnership (INP). EmpowHer follows a microfinance model, where ...


AC2017 Laity Session

AC2017 Laity Session

6/10/2017

View an album of images from the 2017 Laity Session on Flickr Bishop Laurie Haller opened the Laity Session on the first day of the 2017 Annual Conference Session, telling the laity, “We are partners together.” The bishop addressed lay persons of the Iowa Annual Conference before leaving to attend the Clergy Session, saying first she’s always it ...


AC2017 Nine Breakout Teaching Workshops

AC2017 Nine Breakout Teaching Workshops

6/10/2017

Nine workshops and teaching sessions were presented on Saturday afternoon.   Approximately 900 took advantage of the offerings that included Faith-based Community Ministry; School for Lay Ministry; EmpowHer; Navigating Your Benefits; Tiny House Homeless Project; Women at the Well Community Reentry Program; Mental Health Support and Advocacy; ...


AC2017 Plenary Teaching Session with Faith Fowler

AC2017 Plenary Teaching Session with Faith Fowler

6/10/2017

Rev. Faith Fowler offered the Plenary Teaching Session address Saturday at the Iowa Annual Conference Session, weaving humor, grit and moving, real-world excerpts from her ministry. Rev. Fowler has been the Senior Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) since 1994. The ...


AC2017 Presentation of Working Budget &Treasurer’s Report

AC2017 Presentation of Working Budget &Treasurer’s Report

6/10/2017

Maggie Biggs presented the Treasurer’s Report and 2018 working budget on Saturday at the Annual Conference Session. Biggs was officially approved as Conference Treasurer by a voice vote in advance of her the presentation.   She detailed for Session attendees the Iowa Annual Conference and budget process, statistical data, the 2018 working budget, ...


AC2017 Retirement Celebration - Bishop Kiesey

AC2017 Retirement Celebration - Bishop Kiesey

6/10/2017

Click here to view an album of images from the Retirement Celebration “What a joy it is to be here tonight,” Bishop Kiesey told the Iowa Annual Conference Session. She said that being there at the Conference Session felt like coming home. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Bishop Kiesey served in several Iowa churches after her ordination. She was ...


Are You a Difference Maker? - AC2017 Episcopal Address

Are You a Difference Maker? - AC2017 Episcopal Address

6/10/2017

Watch the video of the Episcopal Address. Watch the video played during the Episcopal Address. Bishop Laurie Haller offered the episcopal address Saturday at the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference session, her first since being named bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference. Bishop Laurie spoke to the Conference on the session’s opening day about how abiding ...


AC 2017 – Creating Difference-Makers

AC 2017 – Creating Difference-Makers

6/1/2017

Meeting under the banner of “Creating Difference Makers,” lay and clergy will gather for the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference session.  The three-day event will be held at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  The 174th yearly meeting will feature powerful preaching, inspiring singing, informative teaching sessions, vital reporting, and the...


AC2017 Mission Project tackles hunger

AC2017 Mission Project tackles hunger

5/4/2017

Childhood hunger doesn’t just happen in large cities like New York or Los Angeles or in developing countries. It happens in towns of all sizes and in all states. That is the issue Rev. Catie Newman and Rev. Jena Manchester want to highlight with this year’s Annual Conference Bishop’s Special Mission Project.   “We’ve chosen to support ministries ...


Large-Scale Overhaul of Rules of Order Proposed for Annual Conference

Large-Scale Overhaul of Rules of Order Proposed for Annual Conference

4/19/2017

By Robert Lyons* A proposal at this summer’s annual conference would separate the Rules of Order into three documents and shorten it all from its current 144 pages to just 25 pages.   The proposal is the product of countless hours of work done by the Iowa Conference’s Rules of Order Committee over the past year. Committee members were joined by ...


Board of Ministry 'has an important thing to do'

Board of Ministry 'has an important thing to do'

4/9/2017

The Board of Ordained Ministry has a “responsibility for every moment when someone senses a call from God,” says Rev. Deborah Stowers, the Board’s chairperson, “until the time when their ministry is recognized, after their death, at the Memorial Service.”   “A group of wonderful people,” she observes, “who have been elected by the Iowa Annual ...


AC 2017 - Creating Difference Makers

AC 2017 - Creating Difference Makers

4/8/2017

Meeting under the banner of “Creating Difference Makers,” lay and clergy will gather for the 2017 Iowa Annual Conference session.  The three-day event will be held at the Iowa Events Center/Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  The 174th yearly meeting will feature powerful preaching, inspiring singing, informative teaching sessions, vital reporting, and the...


Be a Diakonos or a Youth Delegate at AC2017

Be a Diakonos or a Youth Delegate at AC2017

2/1/2017

Greetings Iowa United Methodist Youth and the people who love and support them!  Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger than the local church? Have you ever wanted to serve your church brothers and sisters in Christ? We have two opportunities for you!  The first is called the Diakonos (Greek for servant) Leadership Development ...