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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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Church exit plan already in effect, court says

Nov 07, 2019

Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of the special General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled. Read more.

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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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Ask The UMC: What is The United Methodist Church’s view of Halloween?

Oct 28, 2019

Did you know that Halloween began as a church holiday, or holy day? Find out more...

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All Saints Day: A holy day John Wesley loved

Oct 28, 2019

November 1 is All Saints Day, a sometimes-overlooked holy day in United Methodist congregations. It is not nearly as well known as the day before, All Hallows’ (Saints’) Eve, better known as Halloween, but is far more important in the life of the church. Read more by clicking here.

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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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Preventing a United Methodist Berlin Wall

Oct 02, 2019

As the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, I am concerned that history might be repeating itself again. Read Bishop Eduard Khegay's article by clicking here.

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Oct 02, 2019

Will the 2020 United Methodist General Conference bring everyone back to the table or will the delegates go off in their own corners to divide the church? 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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15 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor

Sep 30, 2019

As many congregations recognize Pastor Appreciation Month, October is a great time to lift up our pastors in prayer. But how do you pray for a pastor? These tips will help you get started. Read this article and others by clicking here.

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What Does It Mean To Be A United Methodist?

Sep 10, 2019

What does it mean to be a member? Read more

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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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Group Drafts Separation Plan for Denomination

Aug 14, 2019

The United Methodist Church’s conflict over homosexuality is irreconcilable and calls for amicable separation into different denominations, according to a 12-person group of centrists, traditionalists and progressives that began meeting in late June. Read more 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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Tips For Being A Discerning Church

Jun 20, 2019

Discernment is a helpful tool for churches facing change. Taking the time for spiritual discernment may not come naturally to churches accustomed to quick and predictable decision-making. Philip J. Brooks offers ways to start the process. To read the article please click here.

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The 5 Church Performance Measures that Matter

May 23, 2019

Modern church leaders face a unique set of challenges. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, recently commissioned research to identify those challenges and help leaders overcome them. Click here to read the entire article.

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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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