North Central District Crossroads

April 4, 2019

 
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - LAITY DAY WITH BISHOP LAURIE
Ames, Collegiate UMC - 2622 Lincoln Way, Ames
This event will be held from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Click HERE for more information
 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - SPRING 2019 ORDER OF ELDERS, ORDER OF DEACONS & THE FELLOWSHIP OF LOCAL PASTORS & ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
Ames, First UMC - 516 Kellogg Ave., Ames
This event will be held from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
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 at, we need to be healthy. This time will allow us to Invest in our spiritual and relational connection as the Order of Elders, Order of Deacons and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members.  Full time clergy are expected to attend and part time clergy are encouraged to attend. Childcare will be provided. For more information or to register: Click HERE
The cost is $25 and lunch is provided. Contact Lisa Steel at lisa.larson@iaumc.org or 515-974-8939 with questions.
 
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT BASIC & ADVANCED LAY SERVANT TRAINING
Story City, Grace UMC - (624 Elm Ave)
This will be a one day event held from 8 AM-6 PM
For more information and Registration: Click HERE - REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 14th, 2019
North Central District Lay Servant Chairs: Lavonne Hoover: lkhoover@mchsi.com   515-368-2050 and Lorene Dykstra: lwdykstra@yahoo.com  641-210-5619
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - "ANOTHER SET OF EYES" - Due in District Office
The "Another Set of Eyes" document can be found on the Forms page on the Iowa Annual Conference website
 
Saturday, MAY 4, 2019 - NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE & PRE ANNUAL CONFERENCE GATHERING
BELMOND UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - (1019 1st St. SE)
A Time for Fellowship: 9 AM-9:45 AM - District Conference & Pre-Annual Gathering: 10 AM-NOON
Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are attending 2019 IAC Session - please plan to attend.
REMINDER to District Committee Chairs: Please remember to submit a written report for the year 2018 to the District Office (alanna.warren@iaumc.org).
 
May 16-24, 2019 - IOWA LICENSING SCHOOL 2019
This event will be held at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, IA. The registration deadline for the school is April 20th.  All assignments will need to be completed and submitted by May 1st.
For more information go to: https://www.iaumc.org/iowalicensingschool or contact Registrar Lisa Steel (lisa.larson@iaumc.org or 515-974-8939) or Dean of the School Arnette Pint (pastorarnette@msn.com) with questions.
 
June 8-11, 2019 - IOWA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019
Clergy & Laity Session will be held Friday evening, June 7, 2019
To find more IAC 2019 information: Click HERE
PLEASE NOTE: Registrations were sent out to Lay Members to AC, District At Large, Equalization members, and Retired Clergy.  Registration deadline is April 15th.  If there are any questions in regard to registration - please contact the District Office (alanna.warren@iaumc.org)
 
July 10-14, 2019 - YOUTH 2019 - National Gathering for United Methodist Youth
Youth 2019 is for all UM Youth (grades 6-12) and their leaders.
Join thousands for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.
For more information: Click HERE
 
July 21-23, 2019 - SUMMER MISSION U  |  October 18-20, 2019 - FALL MISSION U
For more information and/or to register: Click HERE
 
July 18-21, 2019 - MEN'S SUMMER WALK TO EMMAUS - Humboldt, IA
July 25-28, 2019 - WOMEN's SUMMER WALK TO EMMAUS - Humboldt, IA
For more information on the Walk to Emmaus and other Iowa Emmaus Events: Click HERE
For more information on Iowa Chrysalis and upcoming Chrysalis events: Click HERE
 
September 29-October 4, 2019 - IOWA FIVE-DAY ACADEMY for SPIRITUAL FORMATION - For Laity & Clergy
A Five-Day Academy will be held at Shalom Spirituality Center, Dubuque, Iowa, from the afternoon of Sunday, September 29 until the afternoon of Friday, October 4, 2019. Ray Buckley and Susan MacKenzie will be our presenters, and Rose Blank is retreat leader. Others on the leadership team are Anita Bane, Christine Bruhn, Lyn Hopkins, and Terry Plocher.  For more information and/or to register: Click HERE
 
DISTRICT FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE -  AFRICA UNIVERSITY UBUNTU RETREAT CENTRE 
For more information: Click HERE
 
REMINDER: ***2018 FUND BALANCE REPORT was due in the District office by March 1st. If your congregation has not yet turned this document in - please do so ASAP. 
 
HCI (HEALTHY CHURCH INITIATIVE)
Have you been to a doctor lately?
Most of us know that if you feel sick or otherwise under the weather, you go to the doctor. But we are also told to see a doctor for regular (yearly) wellness check ups, as well, instead of just waiting until something is wrong. Well that same lesson applies to churches, too -- which are also living, breathing organisms.
So that's what we have been doing these winter months at the Rockwell and Swaledale United Methodist Churches -- using a variety of “tests” from the Healthy Church Initiative, Bill Easum, George Bullard and others sources. Simply put, we've been measuring the health of these churches and recommending some possible SMART Goals for them to strive after.
Scott Hibben, retired Iowa UM pastor and former Leadership Development Minister for Evangelism and New Ministry for the Iowa Conference has been working with Pastor Travis Stevick and his congregations for this purpose. Incorporating self-studies, MissionInsite demographics, focus groups interviews, worship participation and a Saturday workshop we have helped each of the congregations to identify 3-5 SMART Goals that speak to the strengths and concerns of each church. Over the next few weeks these Goals will be presented to everyone in these churches for them to reflect and pray over, then vote to see if they will act on them. If accepted, possible coaching will be available to them to live out.
Any church can use this model on their own, or perhaps in partnership with other churches. For more possibilities, check with Carol Kress, Travis Stevick, or Scott Hibben.