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What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Feb 19, 2020

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, meaning “lengthen” and refers to the lengthening days of spring. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry. Read story

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Pews & Kids Chairs

Feb 17, 2020

In the cleaning of Wesley Hall after the new furnaces were put in we have realized we have several pews stored in different areas that are no longer being used. If you would like to purchase one of the extra pews the cost is $200 per pew. We also have an overabundance of children's chairs on the 3rd floor of Wesley Hall (3rd floor only). These are FREE and come in 3 to 4 different sizes. If you are interested in either the pews or chairs please come in to take a look or call the church office for questions, 712-246-2081. You must haul the pews or chairs yourself.

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Fat Tuesday Dinner & Entertainment

Feb 17, 2020

Join us for Fat Tuesday dinner and entertainment on February 25th.. This is a fundraiser for local missions & ministries. All proceeds will be used to bless the Shenandoah community. $15 per person & kids 10 & under eat free.•Take out orders begin at 4:30 p.m.•Dinner & Entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m. Serving Gumbo JambalayaRed BeansRice Side SaladFrench BreadPulled Pork sandwiches for kids.

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2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ACTION ALERT #3 -- February 15, 2020

Feb 17, 2020

2020 Legislative Alert #3... Find out more

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Connectional Table offers live webinar on U.S. Regional Conference legislation

Feb 12, 2020

On February 20, 2020, the Connectional Table (CT) will host a live 1.5-hour webinar entitled "Five Things to Know About U.S. Regional Conference (USRC) before GC 2020." Read more

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UMHEF Accepting Applications for Scholarships

Feb 10, 2020

United Methodist students are invited to apply for scholarships from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF). Every year, UMHEF awards more than $2 million in scholarships to UM students attending United Methodist-related colleges, universities, and seminaries. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. Read more

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Pre-General Conference presentations

Feb 06, 2020

Pre-General Conference presentations are now available. Click here

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Happy 100th birthday to Methodist Scouting

Feb 05, 2020

Join us next week, February 16th as we honor our scouts during worship service. Scouting was officially recognized by the Methodist Episcopal Church in February 1920. Read more

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Church’s prayers and concern for discipleship of children, increase adult discipleship

Feb 05, 2020

“At our prayer meetings, we began to pray for little children to come, just as Jesus said,” Rev. Kim said. “’ Let the children come to me.’ If Jesus said it, we should, too. Read more

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Foretaste of what’s on the table at GC2020

Jan 28, 2020

What form The United Methodist Church takes next will remain unclear until the 2020 General Conference meets this spring. Read more

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Conference Vision 2032

Jan 25, 2020

I'd like to share some thoughts about our Conference’s Vision 2032 that will have an impact both now and beyond, as well as some observations about a proposal for the future of the UMC that will come before the General Conference in May. Read more

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2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ACTION ALERT #2 -- January 23, 2020

Jan 23, 2020

In this issue... •United Methodist Advocacy Day: Thursday, January 30, 2020, •Moral Mondays Iowa: Learn more about important bills that are being considered with expert leaders. Moral Mondays is a coalition of 25 progressive groups at the capital. •Mental Health Advocacy Day: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 •Funding Mental Health: Comparing Governor’s proposed budget and National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa Chapter’s information about amount needed to fully fund mental health services for children and adults. •Current Bills in the Legislature •Advocacy ABC's •How to Contact Legislators Find out more about these topics by clicking here.

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Christians should practice ‘unusual kindness’

Jan 21, 2020

“They showed us unusual kindness” is the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a 112-year ecumenical tradition seeking to encourage Christians to overcome divisiveness.The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is Jan.18-25. Read more

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What did Wesley Practice and Preach About Money

Jan 17, 2020

We know John Wesley brought revival to 18th-century England and started the Methodist Movement. We know him as a great preacher and a greater organizer. But few of us realize that Wesley made enormous sums from preaching--the sale of his writings made him one of England's wealthiest men. If you google John Wesley's Net Worth, the calculation over his lifetime is $50M in dollars. In an age when a single man could live comfortably on 30 pounds a year, his annual income reached 1,400. With such an income he had the opportunities to put his ideas on money into practice. What did he say about money? And what did he do with his own? Read more

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Panel offers peek behind scenes of separation plan

Jan 09, 2020

It was love of The United Methodist Church that brought 16 — sometimes hostile — people to a point of agreement for a path forward for the worldwide church. Read more

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GCFA Continues Work in Preparation for General Conference 2020

Jan 09, 2020

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has the responsibility of proposing a quadrennial budget to fund ministries of The United Methodist Church. Preparing the budget includes analyzing all petitions that have financial implications for the Church. Read more

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Comparing plans headed to GC2020

Jan 09, 2020

This summary compares proposals from various groups, in alphabetical order, about the structure of The UMC. It does not include proposals from individuals. Further details are in the documents and legislation. All proposals will be open for amendments at General Conference and may be subject to Judicial Council review. Updated on 1/7/2020. Read more

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A Primer on UMC Assets: Who Owns Them?

Jan 08, 2020

There has been a lot of discussion about the “assets” of The United Methodist Church-related to the possibility of a division within the church. What will happen to those assets has become a topic of debate, with varying proposals part of the different plans. Read more

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Resistance to Traditional Plan accelerates

Jan 07, 2020

Across the United States, some United Methodist churches kicked off the year with worship services and other events aimed at showing solidarity with LGBTQ Christians. Read more

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UM News to interview protocol developers

Jan 07, 2020

A live-streamed panel discussion with members of the team that developed a new proposal for The United Methodist Church’s future is set for Monday, Jan. 13. Learn more

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2020 Listening Session

Jan 07, 2020

During the fall of 2019, gatherings called Vision 2032: All In - A Visioning Session with Bishop Laurie were held throughout the state in order to discern how to build a future together as the Iowa Annual Conference. After sharing my vision for 2032, we divided into small groups in order to dream and hope together. The year 2032 comes from a presentation I gave at the Church of the Resurrection’s Leadership Institute in September 2019. Read more

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Diverse leaders’ group offers separation plan

Jan 07, 2020

A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The separating group would get $25 million in United Methodist funds and would keep its local church properties. Read more

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Reaction aplenty to separation plan

Jan 07, 2020

United Methodists of various perspectives are reacting to a major new plan for getting past the denomination’s long struggle over how inclusive to be of LGBTQ persons — one that calls for traditionalists separating and forming their own church group. Read more

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Letter from Bishop Laurie Haller

Jan 03, 2020

See the most recent letter from Bishop Laurie Haller by clicking here.

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How do we understand Epiphany?

Dec 30, 2019

How do we understand Epiphany? Read More

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As GC2020 nears, fewer keep to the sidelines

Dec 11, 2019

In the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate, fewer United Methodists are keeping to the sidelines. Read more

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Online Services - Building Bridges

Dec 10, 2019

There are needs to be met by continuing to offer online streaming so others can participate in our church service. Read more

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Webinar Series - Dementia and the Church

Nov 22, 2019

More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. An estimated 5.8 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and that number is climbing. How can churches respond? How can churches equip caregivers? What can churches do to be more welcoming of those with dementia? For more details please click here.

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Learn About United Methodist Loans and Scholarships

Nov 18, 2019

One of the major obstacles to students who are preparing for their calling at a college or university is a lack of financial resources. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is here to connect you with the resources you need to claim and flourish in your calling through higher education. Read more...

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What are the church’s views on cremation, organ donation?

Nov 12, 2019

The Bible does not speak about cremation vs. burial but usually assumes that bodies will be buried. Read more about cremation and organ donation by clicking here.

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Faithful Giving in a Time of Change

Nov 07, 2019

“Faithful Giving in a Time of Change,” a roundtable discussion of connectional giving in The United Methodist Church, features panelists who work with giving and budgets at all levels of the denomination. Complete article here.

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New United Methodist Ad Campaign Addresses Loneliness

Oct 30, 2019

Nashville, Tennessee – The United Methodist Church has launched the “Not the Only One” advertising campaign to help offer encouragement through the community. Research continues to emphasize people are experiencing a growing sense of loneliness. In fact, nearly half of Americans feel alone or left out, and it’s taking a mental and physical toll on them. Read more

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Curriculum is Key in Sunday Schools

Oct 07, 2019

How important is the curriculum in Sunday Schools? Read more

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Just A Minute

Oct 02, 2019

"Take just a minute and refresh...Perfect for a morning pause or a midafternoon rest. Click on a subject and open your heart."Crashing, Joy, Kindness, They See You, Convictions, Love to Laugh, Waiting on God, Are You Dwindling, Are You Listening, He Loves Us, In Need Of A Friend, Quit Worrying, Say You're Sorry,

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Subscribe to United Methodist Now: Inspiration for Daily Living

Aug 29, 2019

United Methodist Now is a biweekly e-newsletter for church members to highlight examples of Christian living, share inspirational messages, and focus on what it means to be part of our connection. To subscribe click here.

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Iowa Conference Newletters & Announcements Sign-Up

Aug 11, 2019

You can choose from 14 different newsletters & announcements to be sent right to your email from the Iowa Conference UMC. Just click here and make your selection(s).

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Understanding Salvation

May 23, 2019

Ask The UMC: Are we saved if accepting God’s grace happens gradually, not in one moment?United Methodists understand that people have different experiences of awakening and turning to God. Some may have a sudden, powerful experience. For others, it’s more gradual.Here’s how our official document on baptism, By Water and the Spirit, explains it: Click here to read the entire article.

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