News from the Northwest

We are trying something new in the Northwest District.  We will no longer be publishing Letters from the Lakeshore.  We will be posting information on this page as it becomes available.  You will want to check back to this page frequently to see any updates.  When important information comes up, we will continue to send emails to those signed up for the newsletter list and it will be posted on Facebook.
updated February 15, 2019





Training for One Board Model

Monday, March 25
10 am to 2 pm
Sheldon UMC (506 8th St, Sheldon, IA 51201)


Learn more about the using the One Board Model in your local church.  Director of Congregational Excellence, Jaye Johnson, will be conducting the training .

All Clergy and Laity are welcome!!  Lunch will be served on site for a free-will offering. 

Please register by Monday, March 18.



Ubuntu Kitchen Fundraiser

I am writing to make a small request of the churches in the Northwest District. Last fall, my wife Beth and I were part of a delegation from our conference that went to Africa University in Zimbabwe. As part of our stay we were able to stay in the Ubuntu Center, an on-campus visitor housing location. Our own Bishop Laurie with the help of her friends in Michigan and across the connection raised the majority of the funds needed to build this great place for people to stay when they are on campus.  The Ubuntu Center is a jewel on the campus.

As in most building projects, funds did not cover all the needs at the Center. A kitchen was cut from the plans for this reason. With no kitchen, our delicious meals were brought in across the campus to be served in the Ubuntu Center. Hospitality is one of the core values at Africa University, and this process greatly saddens them, and they are looking forward to the day they can have a restaurant quality kitchen on site. To that end, our delegation has decided to raise the money needed to fund this kitchen.  The goal for the Northwest District is $5000.

With our special General Conference slated to conclude the end of February, I would like us to show our unity for the missions and ministries of the greater church by receiving a Fund the Kitchen at the Ubuntu Center offering on March 3, 2019. No matter the result of the conference we can all act together to help Africa University in this way. Together we can do much more than any one of us could do individually.

Make checks payable to "IAUMC" and note "Project 402: Africa University Kitchen" on the memo line and send to the Iowa Methodist Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, IA 50321.


I Am Because We Are

Ron Carlson, District Superintendent

Stouffer Trust Scholarships and Grants

The 2019-2020 Scholarships and Grants applications are now available online.  Due date will be MARCH 15.  Please visit here to find the applications and more information

Lay Servant Training

Saturday, April 6

8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Early United Methodist Church

Classes will be Basic, Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity) and Accountable Discipleship.  The cost will be $20 per person.  It will need to be paid online at the time of registration.  



2019 District Conference

Sunday, April 28

Spencer, Grace United Methodist Church

time TBD

Ron's Blog

District Superintendent Ron Carlson would like to invite all to read his blog.  It can be found here