Updates

Announcements

Save the Date - Budget Team Listening Sessions 
The Budget Team has scheduled listening sessions around the Conference to gain feedback regarding their recent recommendations (available
here).   

The dates and locations are:
*  January 20th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, at Carroll, First UMC
*  January 26th, 10:30 am - 12 noon, at Ames, First UMC

We ask that you carefully read through each one of the recommendations, make a list of your questions/comments, and plan now to attend one of the sessions.  

General Conference Special Session 2019
Pre-registration for guests and observers is now open.  Early registration is available through January 31st. Click here for more information.
2018 Statistical Report Deadline - February 14, 2019
The deadline for submission of your 2018 statistical information is Thursday, February 14, 2019.  This is two weeks earlier than last  year.  Reports must be entered on-line by midnight or postmarked on that day to avoid a penalty.  The reason for the change is due to denominational timing requirements.  For more details, visit www.iaumc.org/stats.  Contact Roland Minshall, Conference Statistician, with any questions you have at roland.minshall@iaumc.org.
2018 Fund Balance Report - Due March 1st
The 2017-2020 Fund Balance Report form can be found on the Forms page of the Conference website, here.
Reminder: Inclement Weather Closing Policy
For inclement weather closings, the Conference Center follows the schedule of the Des Moines Public School system and closes when the schools are not in session due to weather.  If you have scheduled a meeting at the Conference Center on such a day, please be prepared to contact your attendees with closing information.

Equipping Ourselves and Others as Transformational Leaders

Central District Educators Lunch - January 22nd
All area church educators are invited to lunch at 12:30 pm at the Einstein Bagels on Mills Civic Parkway.  Please RSVP to Diane Wasson Eberhart at diane@whumc.org if you plan to attend this time of sharing.
Central District Retired Clergy Gathering - February 11th
Please join us at the Pizza Ranch (4954 86th Street, Urbandale) at 11:30 am.  Clara Bergan (Donor Relations Manager) of the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity will be our speaker.
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.  To date, we are at $1,600! 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. Click here for details and a poster for printing. 
United Methodist Advocacy Day - January 28th
Educational information and discussion is planned for the morning.  Following lunch (free will offering), travel to the Capitol to visit with House and Senate leaders.  For more details, click here.  To register to attend, please contact Rita Carter at 515-979-0605.
Thanksgiving Ingathering Hunger Grant Applications - Due February 15th
Following the 2018 Thanksgiving Ingathering, each district was given $2,000 for Hunger Grants.  If your church is involved with a hunger project, you may apply for a portion of these funds.  Please complete the application form and submit it prior to February 15th.  Click here for the application form.
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.)