THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU Again to all who reported 2016 Yearbook!
Drumroll...we totaled 127 churches
Ackley, St John's UCC
Hubbard, Zion UCC
Akron, New Horizons UCC
Humboldt, Congregational UCC
Algona, First Congregational
Indianola, Crossroads UCC
Alleman, Salem UCC
Iowa City, Congregational UCC
Ames, United Church of Christ Congregational
Iowa City, Faith UCC
Anamosa, First Congregational UCC
Iowa Falls, First Congregational UCC
Anita, UCC Congregational
Kahoka, St Paul UCC
Ankeny, Ankeny UCC
Keokuk, St Paul UCC
Atlantic, United Church of Christ
Keosauqua, Congregational UCC
Baxter, Bethany UCC
Kingsley, Congregational UCC
Baxter, Congregational UCC
Klemme, Immanuel Reformed UCC
Belle Plaine, First Congregational UCC
Lake View, First Congregational UCC
Belmond, UCC Congregational
Larchwood, United Church of Christ
Bennett, Peace Church of Christ United
Latimer, Immanuel UCC
Blairsburg, UCC Congregational
Le Mars, Presbyterian UCC
Blencoe, United Church of Christ
Lewis, United Congregational-Methodist
Burlington, St Luke UCC
Lincoln, Salem Church of Lincoln
Burlington, Zion UCC
Lowden, Zion UCC
Calumet, Zion UCC
Madrid, St Paul's UCC
Castana, Community UCC
Manchester, Community Congregational UCC
Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls United Church of Christ
Manson, UCC Congregational
Cedar Falls, St Paul's UCC
Maquoketa, United Church of Christ
Cedar Rapids, First Congregational UCC
Marengo, Trinity UCC
Central City, United Church of Christ
Mason City, First Congregational UCC
Charles City, First Congregational
Massena, St Peter's UCC
Clarence, St John's UCC
Melbourne, St John UCC
Clarion, Congregational UCC
Milford, Union Memorial UCC
Clarksville, First UCC Pleasant Valley
Minden, The United Church of Christ
Clarksville, Immanuel UCC
Mitchellville, First Congregational
Council Bluffs, First Congregational
Monticello, Peace UCC
Council Bluffs, St John's UCC
Monticello, United Church Monticello
Creston, United Church of Christ
Muscatine, Faith UCC
Cromwell, Congregational UCC
Nashua, St John's UCC
Danville, Congregational UCC
New Hampton, Congregational UCC
Davenport, Edwards Congregational UCC
Newton, Congregational UCC
Davenport, Faith UCC
Olds, Olds UCC
Davenport, The Table
Orchard, First Congregational UCC
DeWitt, First Congregational UCC
Osage, United Church of Christ
Decorah, Congregational UCC
Oskaloosa, St Paul Congregational UCC
Denmark, Denmark Congregational UCC
Ottumwa, Plymouth Congregational Church UCC
Denver, St Paul UCC
Primghar, United Church of Primghar
Des Moines, Plymouth Congregational UCC
Red Oak, First Congregational UCC
Donnellson, St Paul's UCC
Reinbeck, Union Congregational UCC
Dubuque, First Congregational UCC
Rowan, United Church (UMC-UCC)
Dubuque, Immanuel Congregational UCC
Ryan, Golden Congregational
Dubuque, Summit Congregational UCC
Schleswig, United Church of Christ
Eagle Grove, United Church of Christ
Shenandoah, Congregational UCC
Earlville, United Parish
Sherrill, United Church of Christ
Elkader, Peace UCC
Sibley, UCC Congregational
Fort Dodge, First Congregational UCC
Sioux City, First Congregational UCC
Fort Madison, St John UCC
Sioux Rapids, First United Church
Fredericksburg, Peace UCC
Tipton, First UCC
Geneva, St Peter's UCC
Traer, Ripley UCC
Gladbrook, Peace UCC
Tripoli, Faith UCC
Glenwood, First Congregational UCC
Urbandale, Urbandale UCC
Green Island, First Congregational Green Island
Walnut, Peace UCC
Grinnell, UCC Congregational
Waterloo, First Congregational
Griswold, St John's UCC
Waukon, Zion UCC
Hamburg, United Trinity Church
Webster City, First Congregational UCC
Hampton, First Congregational UCC
Wheatland, St Paul's UCC
Harlan, Congregational UCC
Whiting, First Congregational UCC
Hartley, Trinity UCC
Wilton, Grace UCC
Hawarden, Associated Church
Winthrop, Church of Christ United
Hiawatha, Hope UCC
We so appreciate your gathering of data and entering it in the Yearbook.  This helps more than you realize in providing accurate statistics for the state of Iowa - 1) in reports of Conferences nationwide; 2) for futuristic planning of current churches or planting new local churches; and 3) for encouraging new pastors to want Iowa as their home.   

Our prayers are with the family....


Rev Jane C Sabean passed away on September 19, 2016.  She served at Sibley UCC Congregational from April 1995-September 2000.  Our prayers are with her family who upheld their mother's wishes of staying at home for her passing.



Future Funding Leadership...

Scholarships for Funding Future Leadership are available! The applications were sent out to all Iowa members-in-discernment and their advisors and are also available on the conference website by clicking here. Completed applications need to be returned to the conference office by Friday, March 17. Awards will be announced on Thursday, April 27.  


If your church participated in the special offering for Funding Future Leadership, please send all funds to the conference office by Friday, March 10. The oversight committee needs all the money turned in by this date. Any money received after March 10 will be saved and given out the following year instead. 


                 2017 RAGBRAI
                          July 23-29
                     411.4 mile ride
Deadline for registration = April 1
Read all instructions at the RAGBRAI website prior to registration.  Online link to register is below:
UCC has a team forming for this exciting ride across Northern Iowa.  For details, read more here AND, the UCC team has a cap of 20 bikers.  SO, register/pay very quickly!!!!!!!  Plus, send an email to  if you register/pay for UCC team.


April 9, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa

* Gather in parking lot, Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove at 3pm.
*Proceed to First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave for worship at 3:30pm.
*A procession, led by a donkey, is followed by a prayer service for peace at First Christian Church where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke in 1959. The prayer service will include a reenactment of Dr. King's sermon delivered at Riverside Church 50 years ago in April by award-winning local actor, Aaron Smith. The call of the service will be to end racism, militarism and materialism, to recommit ourselves to the cause of peace and to move toward what Dr. King called the Beloved Community.
*More info:  contact Carmen Lampe Zeitler, 515.210.4400 or
       2017 OCWM Goal = $845,000

            Where are we now? 12.8%


How can you DONATE?  Click picture(s) below!

what's up in Iowa...
...Mar 12 = Daylight Saving Time begins.  Remember to spring ahead with UCC!
...Mar 26 = Special Offering - One Great Hour of Sharing.  Read more here.
...Apr 1 = deadline for RAGBRAI - UCC team info above!
...Apr 14 = office closed in observance of Good Friday.
...Apr 16 = Easter Sunday.
...Apr 29 at 9am = Central Association Spring Meeting registration followed by meeting.  More details web calendar.
...Apr 29 = Northwestern Association Spring Meeting.  Details on web calendar.
...May 7 = Southeastern Association Spring Meeting.  Details coming on web calendar.
IF you do not receive the ENews through your email source every single week, then it maybe has been filtered out through your IT/email source.  Past newsletters are stored on our website, so you are welcome to go to the following link to always be able to read prior ENews:
Training Workshops

Date:  March 30 with 8:30am registration and 9am-3:30pm program
Location:  St John's UCC, 320 9th Ave, Clarence 52216
Fee:  $30/person for members in good standing of Eastern Iowa Association.  All others = $50.

Upon approval from your Committee on Ministry (COM), boundary training offered by other denominations may be accepted.
Reminder: Ministers who have taken boundary training - in places other than with Iowa Conference COM - need to provide a certificate or proof of attendance. This is filed at the Conference office, and the date of completion and document are forwarded to your COM to complete the requirement for good standing.
what's up in wider UCC...
...Mar 10 = Rise with Standing Rock in Washington, DC.  More details here. 
...Mar 31 = W.I.S.E. by UCC for Mental Health at First Congregational UCC, Omaha.  Mark calendars and more plans soon!  Keep informed on web calendar.
...Apr 21-24 = 2017 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference, Washington DC. Theme is "Confronting Chaos, Forging Community".  Keynotes = national co-chair of the Women's Mark on Washington and a leader in the Black Live Matter movement Tamika Mallory and UCC General Minister/President John Dorhauer who will deliver message on white privilege.  Read the above links to learn how to attend.
...Apr 27 from noon-4:15pm = Spiritual Services Dept at University of Iowa is hosting a CE opportunity for area clergy entitled "Death with Dignity:  Empowering Choices".  More info on web calendar
...July 9-12 = UCCMA Boston hosted by United Church of Christ Musicians Association.  More details on web calendar.

Your commitment to faith-inspired welcoming and advocacy for refugees in the USA is especially important in these uncertain times.  "Refugee Accompaniment" is a newsletter created and stored in the national setting at the following link:
In our prayers this week
1. Colwell, UCC, Pastor Debra Lincoln
2. Conesville, Grace UCC, Pastor William Dyar
3. Council Bluffs, 1st Congregational UCC, Pastor James Goodenberger
4. Council Bluffs, St Johns UCC, Pastor Anthony Portero Paff
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