April 27, 2020
IOWA NEWS
Letter from Bishop Laurie regarding Governor Kim...

Dear Friends, In light of the expectation that positive cases of COVID-19 will peak in Iowa in the next few weeks, I am strongly encouraging all United Methodist churches in Iowa to refrain from in-person worship until June 1, when I will reassess.

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Let Us Keep Praying for Each Other

Like many states, Iowa has had a rough time with COVID-19. We saw a spike in the last several weeks when hundreds of meatpacking workers in Iowa tested positive for COVID-19. This resulted in some Midwest processing plants significantly slowing...

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GC2021 Young People's Request for Reconsideration of Dates

Dear members on the Commission on the General Conference, We pray that each of you and your beloveds are healthy and safe. On April 21, 2020, the United Methodist News published an article with proposed dates for the postponed General Conference.

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Judicial Council members' terms extended until 2021 |...

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the Judicial Council will continue to serve the church until our successors are duly elected under the provisions of paragraph 2605 of the...

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UMC Bishops to meet in virtual gathering; welcome new...

The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will gather in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1 to celebrate new leadership and to discuss plans for episcopal supervision brought on by the disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global...

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The Connectional Table Unveils New Website | ResourceUMC

The Connectional Table The United Methodist Church For Immediate Release April 27, 2020 Chicago, IL - The Connectional Table (CT) of The United Methodist Church has launched UMCCT.org a new website in a user-friendly platform designed to provide...

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Would your church like to begin receiving online gifts?

Looking for a way for your church members and friends to offer their financial support to your congregation during the current health crisis? The Iowa Annual Conference has set up a way to make an online donation. A link can be created on the...

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Remote Group Spiritual Direction for Caring Professionals on Zoom
These are stressful, uncertain times, and caring professionals are working hard to find new ways to respond to the needs of others in this changing context. To care well for those we serve, we have to tend to our own well-being. This group will offer opportunities for encouragement and support as we practice listening well to ourselves, one another and the Sacred. It is open to those engaged in supporting others, including faith leaders, chaplains, spiritual directors and mental health professionals. All spiritual perspectives are welcome. 
 
To include those who have been financially impacted by this crisis, this group is being offered for a self-selected fee ($0-$180 for 6 sessions or $0-$30/session) based on your available resources. Group meetings will take place through Zoom video conference on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:30, beginning May 1. The group will meet weekly for the first three sessions and then decide together to meet weekly or biweekly for the remaining three. 
Please contact Andrea Severson at:   aseverson@dmpcc.org
or Christine Dietz at:  cdietz@dmpcc.org  for more information.
RESOURCES
Watch Bishop Laurie's introduction of her new book  Wandering into Grace
Bishop Laurie Haller’s new book,  Wandering into Grace  is an excellent Lent study. Discussion questions for each chapter are included.