News from the Southwest

We are trying something new in the Southwest District.  We will no longer be publishing a monthly newsletter.  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 October 14, 2019


Global Health

The 2020 Iowa Annual Conference will be focusing on Global Health and we are excited to share about two very deserving groups who are making a difference in the lives of others, here in Iowa and around the world.

Iowa Mission of Mercy is a large scale, two-day community dental clinic where dental professionals and general volunteers donate their time to provide free oral health care to individuals who face barriers to receiving dental care.  The clinic moves to different areas of the state each year.  In 2019, the clinic was in Davenport and in 2020, it will be in Des Moines.

As United Methodists, we are committed to creating abundant health for all- a global connection striving for mental, physical and spiritual well-being.  Lifesaving health ministries are enriching the lives of people around the world, from South America to Africa, from India to the Philippines and the US.  This means a prosthetic solution in Sierra Leone, personal transportation Zambia and shade and fresh water in Brazil.

We hope you will and your churches will consider raising money for the Global Health Initiative.  This could be through a Christmas or Easter offering, a special collection, a fundraiser or any other creative way.  Money can be sent directly to the Iowa Annual Conference and please designate the 2020 Global Health.  The offerings will be split between the two organizations.


Clergy Spouse Fall Retreat

October 26

Clergy Spouse

Fall Retreat

The Cup of Life

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Cedar Falls First UMC, 718 Clay St., Cedar Falls 50613

You deserve a few hours away to connect with others on the journey, to reflect on your life, and to fill your soul. Come and enjoy some alone time and some group time. There will be sharing and reflection. Musical movement and creative activities. Not to mention morning snacks and lunch! Register today.

Ingathering at the Greenfield Site

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Greenfield United Methodist Church (

Click here for a flyer to share with your church

Ingathering at the Cherokee Site

Saturday, November 2nd,2019 
Cherokee, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (531 W Main Street, Cherokee, IA 51012)


There will be a Bake Sale, Silent Quilt Auction and a Live quilt Auction
                           10:00     Program  
                           11:30     Lunch   (Soup, Sandwich, and Cookie    $8.00)
                            12:30    Live Quilt Auction     

Also we are looking for someone to Chair the Ingathering Committee. next year.  The current chairmen is just plain BURNOUT.  It’s not a real hard job.   If you have anyone in your Church that like Mission Work this is for them. You can call Sally Wilkie  for any questions you might have. 712-437-2519.  They could sure use some new blood and new ideas.

Youth Ingathering Lock-In for the Cherokee Site


The Youth Ingathering Lock-in will be held at Aurelia United Methodist Church, November 1.  I’m asking that participants begin arriving by 7 p.m.  Please bring some snacks for later in the evening and either water or 2 liter sodas of your choice.


Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., November 2.  Transporting to St. Paul’s in Cherokee should begin by 7:30. 


Please advise me of the anticipated number of youth and adults attending as well as any food allergies of which we need to be aware.


Robin Thomas    

contact Robin for more information

Lay Servant Training

There will be an advanced training class on Saturday, November 2 and also November 16 will have Basic Training and an advanced class.   Check out the District Calendar on the homepage for more information and registration forms.

Charge Conference and Professional Interviews

All information about charge conferences and professional interviews may be found on their respective pages.  Please check out the dates NOW!  Just a reminder that Pastors will be responsible for changing their dates with someone for both interviews and charge conferences and then notifying the District Office.