Updates

Announcements

Lay Members to the 2019 Annual Conference
Pastors - have you submitted the names of your Lay and Equalization Member(s) to Annual Conference to the District Office yet?  If you have not, please do so without delay, as laity registration has already been emailed out.  Thank you!
Central District DCMC Meeting - April 1st, 3-5 pm
The Central District Connectional Ministries Council will meet on Monday, April 1st, from 3-5 pm, at the Conference Center to prepare  business moving forward to District Conference.  You can find a list of DCMC members here.
2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Nominations - Due April 15th
Nominations for the General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2020 are available and due April 15th.  Click here for more information and the nomination form.
"Another Set of Eyes" - Due May 1st
The "Another Set of Eyes" form is now available on the Conference or District "Forms" page, here.
Central District Conference & Pre-Annual Conference Gathering - May 6th, 6 pm, at Aldersgate UMC in Urbandale
All clergy and Lay Members to Annual Conference should plan to attend.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Des Moines Area Christian Educators Lunch - March 26th
All Central District educators are invited to come to lunch on Tuesday, March 26th, at 12:30 pm, at Einstein Bagels (5901 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines.  Please email Diane Wasson Eberhart at diane@whumc.org if you plan to attend.
Laity Day with Bishop Laurie - April 6th,  9 am - 3:30 pm, at Collegiate UMC in Ames
Join other laity from across the Iowa Conference. Bishop Laurie will lead us in reflecting on 2019 Special General Conference as we look to the future.  Lay delegates to General Conference have been invited to share their experience.   There will also be a missional topic, music, worship, and time for conversation and learning from peers.  Register here.
Central District Retired Clergy Gathering -  April 8th
Please join us at the Pizza Ranch (4954 86th Street, Urbandale) at 11:30 am.  Paul Wilson, owner of Ye Olde Guitar Shoppe, will present a brief history of the guitar as utilized in secular and religious music.
Spring 2019 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons,  & the Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members Event - April 9th, 10 am - 3 pm, at First UMC in Ames
General Conference has left our Conference frayed.  How do we talk about this together?  Where are we now? How do we relate to this decision? No matter where we are, we need to be healthy.  This time will allow us to invest in our spiritual and relational connection.  Full-time clergy are expected to attend.  Part-time clergy are encouraged to attend.  Childcare will be provided.  Register here.
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Opportunities
Click here for information on upcoming classes and events.

Directing Our Resources to Common Goals

Heart of the House - Central District Fundraiser
In response to the Bishop's challenge, our goal is to raise $5,000 toward furnishing a kitchen for the Ubuntu Retreat Center at Africa University.  We have not yet reached our goal! Make checks payable to "IAUMC" and note "Project 402: Africa University Kitchen" on the memo line and send to the Iowa Methodist Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, IA 50321. 
2019 Central District Askings
The 2019 Central District Askings information is available here.  Thank you for supporting Central District ministries by including them in your 2019 budgets!

Volunteer Opportunities
Check out the current opportunities here.

Local Events

Conference Calendar
Please check out the many events listed on the Events Calendar on the Conference website. (You may filter the list by clicking on the various buttons at the top of the page.)