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AC2021 Ordering of Ministry Service

AC2021 Ordering of Ministry Service

7/12/2021

At this year's Ordering of Ministry Service, held at Ankeny First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center on July 10, Bishop Laurie Haller ordained eight elders, commissioned two provisional members, commissioned one deaconess, recognized two transfers of membership, and two Course of Study graduates. Newly Ordained Elders: Christopher Eric...


Iowa Annual Conference AC2021 Report

Iowa Annual Conference AC2021 Report

6/25/2021

"It’s been quite a year and a half, hasn’t it? Never could you and I have imagined what our life would be like on June 5, 2021," said Bishop Laurie Haller in her Episcopal Address and Opening Worship on the first day of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church's 2021 annual session.   Bishop Laurie went on to recall her and everyone's ...


25th Anniversary of the Order of Deacon video - AC2021

25th Anniversary of the Order of Deacon video - AC2021

6/16/2021

 


Delegation Report Video - AC2021

Delegation Report Video - AC2021

6/16/2021

 


Board of Pensions Report - AC2021

Board of Pensions Report - AC2021

6/15/2021

Board of Pensions Report Script Dave Peterson Today, as we reflect on 2020 and look forward to the coming year, I’ll share information regarding:    PENSION/RETIREMENT Utilization of the Board of Pension COVID Assistance Programs The Board of Pension funding report for the pension and retirement plans  HEALTH INSURANCE/WELL-BEING A look back ...


Recognition of Campus Ministries - AC2021

Recognition of Campus Ministries - AC2021

6/15/2021

During the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session, Bishop Laurie Haller recognized the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, Rev. Julie Poulson, the board's new chairperson, for taking a very active leadership of the board during the past year.  "I am proud of our United Methodist campus ministries. They each have a long and very effective ...


Legislative Report - AC2021

Legislative Report - AC2021

6/14/2021

During the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference, only two items were removed from the action calendars, items 101 and 211. Rev. Carolyn Bitner proposed an amendment to Action item #101 so that the location of the annual conference session is recommended at least two years in advance when feasible. This was approved as amended by the body. Rev. Lee Schott ...


Treasurer's & Council on Finance and Administration Reports - AC2021

Treasurer's & Council on Finance and Administration Reports - AC2021

6/13/2021

Treasurer's Report Script Maggie Bigg: Good morning! My name is Maggie Biggs and I am the Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services for the Iowa Annual Conference. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning.    Today I’d like to present some information on how the Conference ended the year 2020 in terms of income and expenses as well as how ...


Resolutions for the Closed Churches - AC2021

Resolutions for the Closed Churches - AC2021

6/11/2021

Bishop Laurie Haller offered a prayer before the Resolutions for Closed Churches were read and affirmed at the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference's final day, saying, "O God, as in your great goodness you have blessed the many ministries carried on by these congregations in their buildings, so now, and in the days and years to come, we pray that you may ...


Bishop’s Operational Team and Reimagining CCMC Report - AC2021

Bishop’s Operational Team and Reimagining CCMC Report - AC2021

6/10/2021

Bishop's Operational Team Report Script Barrie Tritle: This Pandemic year has brought us all challenges we never imagined and has called us all to focus on being adaptive in our ministry and to truly become inventive in how we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Adaptive issues which the conference faces, have been the focus of our team since ...


The Memorial Service - AC2021

The Memorial Service - AC2021

6/10/2021

  Revelation 7:9-12 (NLT) After this, I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the ...


Antiracism Task Force Team Report - AC2021

Antiracism Task Force Team Report - AC2021

6/9/2021

Video Transcript: Hello, My name is Lanette Plambeck and I am your Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence here in the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church. And I am Lisa Steel Director of Ministerial Service & Journal Editor. In a few moments, you will hear reflections from members of the Iowa Conference Antiracism Team regarding ...


Bishop Laurie's Message for Laity Session - AC2021

Bishop Laurie's Message for Laity Session - AC2021

6/9/2021

Bishop Laurie's Sermon Script from Laity Session: Grace and peace to each one of you. I am honored to be able to share a few words of encouragement at the beginning of your annual Laity Session at the Annual Conference. Let’s pray. Dear God, we are at the start of another annual conference, and we thank you for the privilege of being able to ...


The Episcopal Address - AC2021

The Episcopal Address - AC2021

6/9/2021

"It’s been quite a year and a half, hasn’t it? Never could you and I have imagined what our life would be like on June 5, 2021," said Bishop Laurie Haller in her Episcopal Address and Opening Worship on the first day of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church's 2021 annual session. Full Worship Service | Episcopal Address | Episcopal...


The Recognition of Retirement Service - AC2021

The Recognition of Retirement Service - AC2021

6/9/2021

"When I got the call asking me to preach the retirement worship service, I immediately began asking God, 'What is the word that you have for us today?'" said Rev. Julie Poulsen on June 5, 2021, during the Recognition of Retirement Service. "I thought, and I prayed, and I waited, and soon the words came to me. 'Thank you for loving my people.' I ...


AC2021 Episcopal Address and Opening Worship

AC2021 Episcopal Address and Opening Worship

6/4/2021

AC2021 Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Full Worship Service Episcopal Address Episcopal Address Script Worship Bulletin


Important 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Zoom and Voting Credential Emails

Important 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Zoom and Voting Credential Emails

6/1/2021

Dear Members of The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church,   Zoom Webinar Link and Passcode Email All members of the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session have been emailed a confirmation titled, “Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Legislative Session, Pre-Conference Orientation Sessions, and Town Hall Confirmation.”  It contains directions,...


A Prayer for the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference

A Prayer for the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference

6/1/2021

O Creator and Redeemer God, in a few days we will gather in your presence and as your faithful disciples at the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference. In 1744, your servants John and Charles Wesley first met with a few clergy to consider how they should proceed to save their own souls and those who heard them. They quickly agreed to invite the lay preachers ...


Watch the May 23 Town Hall Meeting

Watch the May 23 Town Hall Meeting

5/27/2021

Watch the full Town Hall meeting from May 23, 2021 for important updates about this year's Annual Conference legislation and reports.    


2021 Iowa Annual Conference Virtual Town Hall Meeting

2021 Iowa Annual Conference Virtual Town Hall Meeting

5/19/2021

The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference (IAC) Virtual Town Hall Meeting is set for Sunday, May 23, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It will be held by Zoom Webinar. Lay and clergy members for the Town Hall will use the same login as the 2021 IAC Session, which will be emailed to you before the session. The Town Hall will be livestreamed and recorded for all local ...


AC2021 Nominations and Conference Ballot

AC2021 Nominations and Conference Ballot

5/19/2021

Persons interested in being nominated for open positions (listed on the right side of the ballot), need to submit the LEADERSHIP POOL FORM by May 29, 2021, or email barb.oakland@iaumc.org. District nominations teams will consider the nomination and add new information for the June 5, 2021 ballot. Nominations reflect only open positions as of July ...


Bishop Laurie’s 2021 Iowa Annual Conference’s Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Service available for download on Saturday, June 5

Bishop Laurie’s 2021 Iowa Annual Conference’s Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Service available for download on Saturday, June 5

5/14/2021

Bishop Laurie’s 2021 Iowa Annual Conference’s Episcopal Address and Opening Worship Service will be available to download and use in your church after the service concludes on Saturday, June 5. You can choose to download the entire worship service or only the Episcopal Address portion video.    Please subscribe to the AC2021 Updates if you would ...


Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7 pm

Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7 pm

5/14/2021

Iowa United Methodist Board of Laity invites all laity (not just AC members) to the Iowa Annual Conference 2021 Laity Session Livestream on Friday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (Music begins at 6:45.)   You will hear an inspiring message from Bishop Laurie Haller. A Conference Update will be followed by a live Q&A session with Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, ...


The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual

The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual

5/14/2021

The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Pre-Conference Manual (PCM) is now available for download at https://www.iaumc.org/pcm. Consistent with recent years, you will notice the PCM is much smaller and includes hyperlinks that direct you to resources on our website.   The ministry plans for Conference Missions – Programming Agencies are found on pages 21 ...


Annual Conference 2021 Special Offerings

Annual Conference 2021 Special Offerings

5/12/2021

CLERGY ASSISTANT FUND A special fund has been set up to assist clergy with direct financial support from the Clergy Assistance fund when a desperate need does arise. For many years, this fund has been the dedicated offering during the Clergy Session of the Iowa Annual Conferences which is only held once a year. “The Clergy Sustentation Fund is a ...


Submission of Resolutions for Consideration by the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Submission of Resolutions for Consideration by the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference Session

5/7/2021

2021 would usually be a “resolutions year,” meaning that an Iowa Conference clergy person, lay member of a local UMC, or a local church or churches may submit resolutions to be considered by the Iowa Annual Conference Session for inclusion in the Iowa Conference Book of Resolutions.  No submissions of proposed resolutions for inclusion into the IAC...


An Annual Conference 2021 update from Bishop Laurie

An Annual Conference 2021 update from Bishop Laurie

4/29/2021

To the Lay and Clergy Members of The Iowa Annual Conference, Grace and peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I write this on a beautiful spring day, with warm breezes, not a cloud in the sky, and trees and shrubs beginning to bloom. Spring also reminds me that it’s time to prepare for Annual Conference, which I have attended for ...


Discipleship Ministries offers virtual tools to support your disciple-making journey

Discipleship Ministries offers virtual tools to support your disciple-making journey

4/19/2021

Tools to Support Your Disciple-Making Journey Discipleship Ministries serve the church to connect leaders with needed resourcing and training that supports spiritual formation. Below you’ll find high-quality resources for supporting your disciple-making process – everything from online discipleship to helpful webinars and new offerings from The ...


AC2021 to be held virtually from June 4-6

AC2021 to be held virtually from June 4-6

3/25/2021

The 2021 Iowa Annual Conference session themed, "Connected in Christ: Watching Over One Another in Love," will be held virtually through Zoom Webinar from June 4-6. Plans continue to evolve as Bishop Laurie and the Sessions Committee move forward with planning the event.     Registration All members will be automatically registered. Pastors who ...


Annual Conference 2021 important information and dates

Annual Conference 2021 important information and dates

2/5/2021

Lay members and clergy persons will gather for the 178th Iowa Annual Conference session from June 4-6th, 2021. Similar to 2020, much of the 2021 Iowa Annual Conference will be held virtually through the Zoom Webinar platform.    Clergy Session will be held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 4, and Laity Session will be held the same day at 7:00 p.m.    ...


Save the date for the 2021 Annual Conference Session. June 4-6th 2021

Save the date for the 2021 Annual Conference Session. June 4-6th 2021

12/3/2020

After careful consideration and consultation we’ve made the difficult decision to move forward with a virtual conference for the 2021 session. Production of the annual conference session involves countless staff and volunteers and begins several months prior to the event. With all the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic a virtual ...


2021 Resolutions now being received

2021 Resolutions now being received

11/6/2020

The Annual Conference Resolutions Committee is now accepting Resolutions for consideration at the 2021 Annual Conference Session. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2020. Please email resolutions@iaumc.org with any questions.    Click here for the  Procedures for  Submitting Resolutions instructions Click here for the Resolution proposal ...