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
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.
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.
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
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
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
•How to Contact Legislators
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“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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...
“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.
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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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.