Ways to Help in Flooded Areas
UCC Disaster Ministries and partner organizations continue to call on individuals and churches to donate time and money to the ongoing flood recovery in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. UCC Disaster Ministries has already awarded $15,000 in Solidarity Grants to churches in Iowa and Nebraska who are working to serve affected communities. UCC Disaster Ministries specializes in long-term recovery, so continue to watch for ways that you can help in the weeks, months and years ahead. An immediate need has been identified especially in Glenwood, IA.

Learn More about what is already being done throughout the area.
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IRMS: On this day, we are still here!
by Sharon Strohmaier
Executive Director
Iowa Religion Media Services

By this time, we hope that all of our patrons and supporters are aware that [Des Moines-based] Iowa Religious Media Service (IRMS) will be closing this summer. We were informed in January that support from the Iowa United Methodist Conference would be ending after the first quarter of this year. Based on projected income, our board of directors determined that we will be able to stay open through June 30, and then wrap up all the details of the business. Please know that through June 30, IRMS is still your full-service resource center, and there are literally thousands of program resources available to you, our longtime friends.
Churches in the News ...
Newton (IA) Congregational UCC hosts program to teach young people empathy.
Congregational UCC, Purdum, NE, hosts lunches as way to build community.
Vermillion (SD) United Church of Christ-Congregational extends welcome by changing to all-gender bathroom signs.
Staff Blog ...
Listening, Gathering and Paying Attention
By Rev. Jonna Jensen, associate conference minister

Executive Conference Minister Brigit Stevens has named the specialized portion of my new ministry portfolio “curator of culture of call.” I’ll be listening and gathering stories and paying attention to how the followers of Jesus in the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ are experiencing themselves as called by God to particular ways of being and doing.

As you used your own voice to say yes to your baptismal vows at confirmation or as you joined your congregation, your “yes” was a yes to a call. We are each and all called to use the gifts God has given us for ministry in the service of others.

How do we experience our calls? How do we talk about them? How do we put them in motion? How do we feed and fuel them? How do we strengthen and stretch them?
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UCC leader offers prayers, words of grief and solidarity following Congregation Chabad shooting
By Rev. Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister
UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries

On the last day of Passover (Pesach), we once again are reminded of the virulent effect of hatred unleashed. We are reminded that words are not inanimate. We are reminded that words have power and hateful words are can fuel deadly actions. On this day that should be a day of holy celebration for our Jewish kindred, once again, we issue words that are too many, and yet not enough to shield our kindred from hatred made lethal upon gathered communities of faith.
Summer Communities of Service
Young adults 19 years and older can apply to be part of intentional Christian community that develops faith and hones leadership during a UCC Summer Community of Service.
UCC Disabilities Ministries Awards
The United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM) has a tradition of presenting awards at the biennial General Synod. The UCCDM Awards recognize the contributions of congregations, other church settings, and individuals who have contributed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the church.