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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcement: In consideration of the health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the IA, NE, and SD Conferences and the national setting of the UCC recommend that in-person, large group events be canceled and postponed for the time being. If you make any changes to your event please contact Aidan Spencer at aidan@ucctcm.org. At the recommendation of UCC HR, your conference staff may not be attending events in their regular capacity for their own health and the health of others.

For more information and Conference support through this time, look at our COVID-19 resources.

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Fill out the Submit an Event Form to share an event or program for the wider Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota Conferences of the United Church of Christ.

NOTE: Please consider the timing and size of the event in relation to the current pandemic.

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Sep
1
Tue
NE – KAMP KALEO Summer Camps – May -July
Sep 1 all-day
Smile for Jesus
Sep 1 all-day

PLEASE take some pictures and send them to us in .jpg format.  We want to tell your story on our website picture scroll.  Be sure to have anyone in the pictures sign-off on picture releases.

Sep
7
Mon
Labor Day – Office Closed
Sep 7 all-day
Sep
9
Wed
Creating God’s Kingdom on Earth: Re-imagining a Better World After COVID-19 @ Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96425536868
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As part of the United Church of Christ’s Our Faith Our Vote campaign, Plymouth UCC in Des Moines is holding a series of educational Zoom webinars on “Creating God’s Kingdom on Earth”. Speakers will re-imagine a better world – for economic security, the environment, public safety, and for  welcoming migrants and refugees.

Webinars are scheduled on Zoom from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 9 through October 7. Follow this link to join each of the webinars https://zoom.us/j/96425536868. No preregistration is needed. All are welcome!

  • September 9 – Reimagining a Better World After COVID-19 – Lessons Learned from the Great Depression. Speakers: Sheena Thomas and George Dorsey, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy leaders.
  • September 16 – Re-imagining an America with Economic Security. Speakers: Natalie Robinson and Ayisha Al-Hassan, Co-Chairs of the Iowa Poor People’s Campaign.
  • September 23 – Re-imagining a World that Cares for Creation. Speaker: Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice.
  • September 30 – Re-imagining an America that Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees. Speakers: Noel Anderson, UCC National Immigration Collaborative and National Grassroots Coordinator, Church World Service and Alejandro Ortiz, Community Organizer, American Friends Service Committee.
  • October 7 – Re-imagining Public safety. Speaker: Erin Lain, J.D., Ph. D., Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Law, Drake University.
Sep
10
Thu
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Couseling Center
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.

Dates and Time: 12 noon – 3 p.m. monthly, every second Thursday beginning September 2019 and ending June 2021 (No class July and August)

Tuition: $650 for each of the two years, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee. To discuss a payment plan option for tuition, please contact Diane McClanahan, the Center’s Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life.

Sep
12
Sat
CCAM Meeting @ Iowa Conference UCC
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

2nd Saturday (every month) at Iowa Conference Office; 9:00am-2:00pm; Contact is Ellis Arnold at ellis@ucctcm.org.

Sep
16
Wed
Creating God’s Kingdom on Earth: Re-imagining an America with Economic Security @ Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96425536868
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As part of the United Church of Christ’s Our Faith Our Vote campaign, Plymouth UCC in Des Moines is holding a series of educational Zoom webinars on “Creating God’s Kingdom on Earth”. This is the second webinar in the series. Speakers will re-imagine a better world – for economic security, the environment, public safety, and for  welcoming migrants and refugees.

Webinars are scheduled on Zoom from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 9 through October 7. Follow this link to join each of the webinars https://zoom.us/j/96425536868. No preregistration is needed. All are welcome!

  • September 9 – Reimagining a Better World After COVID-19 – Lessons Learned from the Great Depression. Speakers: Sheena Thomas and George Dorsey, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy leaders.
  • September 16 – Re-imagining an America with Economic Security. Speakers: Natalie Robinson and Ayisha Al-Hassan, Co-Chairs of the Iowa Poor People’s Campaign.
  • September 23 – Re-imagining a World that Cares for Creation. Speaker: Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice.
  • September 30 – Re-imagining an America that Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees. Speakers: Noel Anderson, UCC National Immigration Collaborative and National Grassroots Coordinator, Church World Service and Alejandro Ortiz, Community Organizer, American Friends Service Committee.
  • October 7 – Re-imagining Public safety. Speaker: Erin Lain, J.D., Ph. D., Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Law, Drake University.
Sep
17
Thu
Preaching from the Inside Out: The Adventure of Preaching Without a Manuscript @ Zoom
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Start date: September 17th, 2020
Length: Six weeks, one session per week from 1:00pm-2:30pm
Platform: All sessions will be held online
Cost: $200, contact Samantha Houser for scholarship information at samantha@ucctcm.org
Registration: Click here to register!
NOTE: This counts towards Continuing Education for ministers in our conferences!

Preaching without a manuscript, without nailing every word into place ahead of time, is an invitation to sound our voices down to their depths, into that place where our authentic expression lies. We tap our insides for the internal authority that dwells there, allowing us to speak our truth in conversation with text and context. We each learn our own natural ways of organizing spoken material and freed of furniture or papers, we can embody our message, with all of who we are, more fully, among those who are gathered with us. When we preach without a manuscript, we risk entering with boldness into the flow of Spirit. We also tend to give our imagination more room to stretch. As a result, our sermons are less likely to resemble a lecture and more likely to be a living engagement between speaker and congregation, an engagement that begins with the preacher’s words and ends in the hearts and actions of the hearers.

Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell taught adjunct at Eden Seminary and Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis in several seasons over a period of seventeen years. She earned a Doctor of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology and did her doctoral work on internal authority for preaching. Her home base is in Chicago, and she currently pastors a small church, is a spiritual director and writer, and frequently serves as a program, workshop, and retreat leader.

A word from the instructor, Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell: “People who inquire about Preaching from the Inside Out sometimes doubt their capacity to preach without words scripted on paper ahead of time. I remind them of how often they are asked a theological or spiritual question informally that they answer on the spot without writing out what they have to say on paper first. Preaching from the Inside Out introduces various strategies for preachers to organize material that they can remember for delivery and that listeners can remember for embodiment of the preached word in their daily lives. During the course, there are two preaching opportunities for each class member. Preaching from the Inside Out relies on my spiritual writing practice called Wild With Words. Participants develop a preacher’s journal utilizing this writing practice to dive into their unscripted depths where the sound of their genuine voice lies. Wild With Words is consistently effective in keeping our word flow open. And finally, preachers also explore and enter into some of the specifics of who they are through a series of short interlocking reflective papers. The two texts for the course are Charlotte’s Web by E. W. White and How Then Shall We Live by Wayne Muller. When our preaching lives rise from the bedrock of who we are within, as Spirit stirs among us, what is called out is a fuller response from our listeners. Preaching from the Inside Out is collaborative and creative. It builds community while setting loose the courage for all to speak transforming truth. It values far more the conversation than the perfect words.”

Sep
20
Sun
Eastern Iowa Association Fall Meeting @ Zoom
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Eastern Association for the Annual Fall Meeting wherein we’ll celebrate the ministry of the last year and look forward to the coming year as we hear about what is coming up, elect officers, and bless our new leaders. We’ll close time together with worship before signing off.

We hope to see you on Zoom. Simply click the link below, phone in, or download the Zoom App on your smart phone and enter the meeting ID to join.

All documents for the meeting are available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13-FdV_1i_xgkGa_p6cDZCfQnXLbyy05G?usp=sharing

Questions? Contact Association Moderator, Dick Steele, riverwatch16@mediacombb.net.

Zoom Information:

Topic: Eastern Iowa Annual Meeting

Time: Sep 20, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 836 9570 1889
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Sep
23
Wed
Creating God’s Kingdom on Earth: Re-imagining a World that Cares for Creation @ Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/9642553686
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As part of the United Church of Christ’s Our Faith Our Vote campaign, Plymouth UCC in Des Moines is holding a series of educational Zoom webinars on “Creating God’s Kingdom on Earth”. This is the third webinar in the series. Speakers will re-imagine a better world – for economic security, the environment, public safety, and for  welcoming migrants and refugees.

Webinars are scheduled on Zoom from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 9 through October 7. Follow this link to join each of the webinars https://zoom.us/j/96425536868. No preregistration is needed. All are welcome!

  • September 9 – Reimagining a Better World After COVID-19 – Lessons Learned from the Great Depression. Speakers: Sheena Thomas and George Dorsey, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy leaders.
  • September 16 – Re-imagining an America with Economic Security. Speakers: Natalie Robinson and Ayisha Al-Hassan, Co-Chairs of the Iowa Poor People’s Campaign.
  • September 23 – Re-imagining a World that Cares for Creation. Speaker: Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice.
  • September 30 – Re-imagining an America that Welcomes Immigrants and Refugees. Speakers: Noel Anderson, UCC National Immigration Collaborative and National Grassroots Coordinator, Church World Service and Alejandro Ortiz, Community Organizer, American Friends Service Committee.
  • October 7 – Re-imagining Public safety. Speaker: Erin Lain, J.D., Ph. D., Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Law, Drake University.