Save the Date — January 4

Bishop Laurie Haller invites all clergy and laypersons in the Iowa Conference to an Epiphany Address: Watching Over One Another in Love.  The address will be Livestreamed on Monday, January 4, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The address is based upon the Gospel Lesson for the Epiphany of Jesus Christ, Matthew 2:1-12.  She intends to offer both a word of hope for the New Year and will share with you several initiatives designed to address areas of our life together as a church.

Included in these initiatives will be reports on the formation of Circuit Ministry, church finances, a process for reimagining the Conference Connectional Ministries Council, UM Camping and Retreat Ministries, and ways of caring for our clergy. 

Following her address, there will be a time for questions and answers using the email address:


Bishop Laurie Haller’s Conversations

on the Ministry of Local Church and Conference Finances

As a follow up to Bishop Laurie Haller’s Epiphany Address, she will be hosting virtual conversations on the ministry of local church and conference finances.

Saturday, January 23 at 9:00 a.m. – Livestream
Saturday, January 23 at 10:30 a.m. – Livestream
Saturday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m. – Livestream

Saturday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. – Livestream

These conversations are for all local church pastors and lay members of local churches, especially for lay members who are key leaders in their churches. 

The health of our local churches is directly related to the financial health of the members and friends of our congregations.  In the same way, the health of the Iowa Conference’s financial ministry is directly related to the financial health of local churches.  When it comes to the ministry of Jesus Christ, we are all in it together. 

Bishop Laurie will provide an opening devotion for the conversations before leaders from the Conference Council on Finance and Administration provide information and invite questions and comments through the email,

All of these upcoming events will also be Livestreamed to the Iowa UM Church Facebook page

We have decided to discontinue dine-in service at the Community Meal starting Wednesday November 11th. With the increase in community spread of the Corona virus in Hardin County, we feel this would be the best thing to do at this time. We will continue to do delivery and carry out meals at this time. Carry out meals will be available from 5 to 6:30. Our goal is to keep everyone safe. Thanks again for being flexible while we try to navigate through this crazy time.