November 9, 2018
The Church I Long For Is ...

It was a profound and holy moment. At the end of our orders gathering last Tuesday, we were asked to fill in the blank, "The church I long for is ..." Prayerfully and humbly, 170 clergy voices around...

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Mexican bishops urge better treatment of migrants |...

Be "water and manna in the desert" to migrants, six Mexican bishops exhort in a statement.

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United Methodist focuses on others with disabilities |...

Over the past five years, Raphael Bareyi has helped distribute more than 100 wheelchairs in impoverished communities throughout Zimbabwe.

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Ingathering continues tradition of compassion and connection

Ingathering continues tradition of compassion and connection By Arthur McClanahan Thanksgiving Ingathering 2018 continued the tradition of making a ...

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Together We Do More!
You see it every day – the pressing needs of a broken world.

What pastor, what local congregation hasn’t wished to serve more, love more, and bring healing to more people ? The need can be overwhelming...

Treasurers Notes November 2018

TREASURER'S NOTES November 2018 Margaret (Maggie) Biggs, Conference Treasurer/Director of Admin Services

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November 11 - Native American Heritage Month (November)...

Native American Heritage Month gives United Methodists an opportunity to reach out to our indigenous brothers and sisters.

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Starting December 2 and running through Christmas Day, you will receive a daily devotional written by a member of the Conference Staff.
Special session pre-registration now available

Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online.

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Conversations on the Way Forward Gatherings
Bishop Laurie along with General Conference Delegates will be visiting the Northeast District on November 18 and Central District on December 2. They will be present to worship, answer questions, and be in dialogue together around the pros and cons of each of the three COWF plans.

Northeast District on November 18 at Cedar Falls, First  from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Central District on December 2 at Ankeny First’s Christian Life Center (710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, IA) from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

If you have been unable to attend any of the Conversations On A Way Forward Gatherings, please watch this video recording from the Knoxville gathering .
The Simpson College Madrigal Dinner

The Madrigal Dinner immerses audiences in a world bathed in the light of hundreds of candles and resplendent with brocades, tapestries, and herald flags. Set in Elizabethan England at the turn of the Sixteenth Century, the event features a lively Mummers Play, strolling ballad singers, familiar carols, madrigals in several languages, and Renaissance instruments. Audiences are thrilled by the traditional Boar’s Head and Wassail ceremonies and a visit from a very important royal guest.

The Madrigal Dinner is held in the Great Hall on the Simpson College campus on November 30 and December 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm both nights. Single tickets range from $35-$50 and can be purchased at  or by calling the Simpson College Music Office at 515-961-1637 starting November 8, 2018 at 10:00 am. Performances recommended for ages 6 and up.

A traditional start to the Central Iowa Christmas season, the Madrigal Dinner began in 1962 under the direction of Dr. Robert Larsen. Now under the direction of its second director, Mr. Zach Rohlwing, the Madrigal Singers perform locally in Des Moines, around the state of Iowa, and every other year on an international tour.