Learning New Ways of Being the Church
"We are learning new ways of being the church virtually," says Bishop Laurie Haller in this week's episode of Caring Connections. "Not only is worship now online, but prayer groups, Bible studies, covenant groups, and youth groups are all meeting online. And many people have committed to calling individuals in their congregations, especially the elderly, just to keep in touch. In the past six weeks, thousands of people in our state have discovered The United Methodist Church through you."
2020 District Conference Message from Bishop Laurie
Bishop Laurie Haller's message to the 2020 District Conferences of the Iowa Annual Conference.
09 - Good Idea Webinars - Fighting Isolation During Social Distancing with Rev Dr Mary Bellon
Fighting Isolation During Social Distancing - Struggling with social distancing? Lonely? Missing people? Want ways to avoid feeling down? Do you have some ideas to share that have worked for you? This episode of Good Idea focuses on Fighting Isolation During Social Distancing. The guest presenter is Rev. Dr. Mary Bellon, PhD. Mary is the Director of the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling for the Iowa Annual Conference. Dr. Bellon’s ministry provides confidential counseling and consultation for clergy and ministerial professionals and their families. She teaches about ethics and care and nurture at the School for Lay Ministry and in the Course of Study and provides consultation and support at the School for Ministry. She leads staff days apart and district support days for groups desiring coaching and leadership development. Dr. Bellon employs a range of mental health techniques, such as mindfulness, humor, spirituality and listening, to help people strengthen personal practices of wellness, contemplation, and relaxation. Her ministry also gives people opportunities to address issues from spiritual growth, depression or burn out to anxiety or concerns with family relationships. The host is Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, Director of Congregational Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference.
08 - Good Idea Webinars - Care of Self, Congregation, and Community Through Grief and Fear
How many times have you heard “the world will never be the same” or watched the news and been horrified by the growing number of Covid-19 cases? Have you wondered what the long-term impact of Covid-19 might be on the wellbeing of your congregation and community? United States Air National Guard Chaplain Rev. Dr. Steve Peters will lead a conversation entitled, “God is With Us: Care of Self, Congregation & Community through Trauma, Grief and Fear.” It will focus on moral injury, trauma response, and grief as experienced with his deployment with Angel Flights and what that might teach us about dealing with the grief our communities are experiencing. Chaplain Peters is assigned to the 185th Air Recovery Wing and was commissioned in 2008. Before going full-time with the Air Guard, he pastored Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He is a graduate of Newton High School, Newton, Iowa; Central College, Pella, Iowa; and Candler School of Theology, Atlanta Georgia and Wesley Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to Fort Dodge, Chaplain Peters served St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ankeny 1st United Methodist Church and Bedford/Gravity United Methodist churches, all in Iowa. Our host will be Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Director of Clergy & Leadership Excellence.
07 - Good Idea Webinars - Ministry Ideas for Laity
As United Methodists we believe in the priesthood of all believers. We believe that all people are called to ministry through baptism and not just our clergy. Wondering how lay people might be engaged in ministry given the Covid-19 outbreak? Want to know more about how you might make a difference? Have some ideas to share? Our guests are Lynn Calvert and Angela Hansen-Abbas. Lynn is well known as one of the Deans for the School for Lay Ministry and is an active leader of the United Methodist Women. Angela is the lay leader in the central district and has been actively engaged in local, district and conference ministry. Our host will be Rev. Dr. Lanette Plambeck the Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence for the Iowa Annual Conference. The Good Idea Webinars are a joint effort of the Office of Congregational Excellence, Office of Leadership and Clergy Excellence, the cabinet, lay leaders Lynn Calvert and Angela Hansen-Abbas and the Communications team.
"Thank You for Jesus"
"The power of the Holy Spirit moved across the state of Iowa, our country, and our world on Easter Sunday. Moving from the depths of despair on Good Friday to celebrating the joy of new life in Christ that Jesus offers to each one of us, we renew our commitment to being the voice, hands, feet, and heart of our risen Lord in this coronavirus world...one the most beautiful moments of Easter came when I was live-streaming the early worship service at Broadway United Methodist Church in Council Bluffs. At the end of the children’s time, the one child who was present because of social distancing, gave this prayer, “Dear God, thank you for this church. Thank you for this special day. Thank you for Jesus. Amen.”