Connecting and Empowering the SE District

Updated 1/23/2020

I will be on vacation the week of Monday, January 27. I will be back Monday, February 3. If you need to reach Doug, please email or call him directly. He can be reached at 319-382-0621 or Thank you. Ann
2020 Apportionments are available. To read a letter from Maggie Biggs, Conference Treasurer CLICK HERE and to review your church share please CLICK HERE.

Vision 2032 Round Two Conversations - Locations and Times
You are invited to a second round of district gatherings in January, where Bishop Laurie will share introductory remarks, and present a plan for the Iowa Annual Conference to move forward in mission and ministry for the sake of the gospel. You are invited to attend whatever session is most convenient for you.

East Central District - Saturday, January 25 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Shueyville

Southeast District - Saturday, January 25 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Washington

Northwest District - Saturday, January 25 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am - Sioux City Grace

Southwest District - Saturday, January 25 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Council Bluffs Broadway

Due to the change, the plan is to send two teams, one to the East and one to the West. Bishop Laurie's schedule will continue as planned on January 25 with her traveling to the East Central and Southeast Districts.

Central District - Sunday, January 26 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Walnut Hills

February 1 - Candidacy Retreat - Conference Center - 10 AM - 4 PM - 2301 Rittenhouse St, Des Moines

All that are considering ministry are encouraged to attend and those that are in the candidacy process that have not yet attended a retreat are required to attend.

Registration link:

Please contact Ann Trimble-Ray at with questions.

February 14 - Submission deadline for 2019 Statistical Report Collection
Letters were mailed/emailed to all church Pastors, Treasurers, Finance Chairs, and church Secretaries/Office Managers the week of December 2nd, 2019 regarding the collection of Statistical Information from local churches for calendar year 2019. Please watch for this letter and keep it on hand as it contains vital information regarding the access to the Ezra system for reporting your information. The submission deadline for this year is Friday, February 14th, 2020. If you are not the person entering this information, please pass this letter along to whomever will be doing the on-line entry of the data.
February 15 - In Mission Together (former Rainbow Covenant) reporting due
Details available In Mission Together
February 15 - Deadline for Ingathering Hunger Grant Application
Ingathering Hunger Grant Application
Each district in the Iowa Conference has been given $4,000 to be used in that district for grants to various hunger projects. The only stipulations are the money is used in the district and the money is used only for hunger causes. Please fill out the application and return to Judy Brotherton, Southeast District Ingathering Representative. Her address is 2512 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine IA 52761 or email to Be sure to include the contact information for the person filling out the application. Deadline is February 15; applications received after that date cannot be considered. Getting the application in before February 15 is much appreciated. New projects not connected with a United Methodist Church will need to fill out a W-9 form if the organization has not received Hunger Grants in the past; contact Judy for this form.

March 1 - Fund Balance Report Due
The report can be found on the Conference website under Forms or use this direct link;

2017-2020 Fund Balance Report- (Audit Form) DUE MARCH 1st

This report can be scanned and sent to me at; I do not need a hard copy of the report.

April 25 & 26 - Spring Lay Servant Training - Wilton UMC
Registrations due April 6 - Flyer and Registration.
Courses being offered: Basic; Embracing Personal Prayer; Preaching; and UM Heritage: Living our UM Beliefs

June 5-7 - 2020 Annual Conference Dates
The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference is being planned to begin early Friday afternoon, June 5 and close late Sunday afternoon, June 7, 2020. This change responds to one of the more often named requests in annual conference evaluations, which asked that the length of the annual conference session be shortened. This change will have the effect of reducing expenses incurred by Annual Conference lay and clergy members and their local churches and lowering the cost to hold the Annual Conference Session, something that is funded through Conference Apportionments. Follow updates through the Conference website: Annual Conference 2020 Planning
July 18 & 19 - Summer Lay Servant Training - Details to be Announced