-GUMC Worship Services will now be Live Streamed on Sunday's at 10:30AM until further notice. You may go to www.facebook.com/grinnellumc to view our worship. Bulletins, inserts, and prayer list can be found under the watch and read tab on this website for Sunday's Worship.
-Meet the NEW PASTOR for GUMC
Pastor Eric grew up United Methodist with his two younger brothers on a farm outside of Britt, IA where his parents still live. He graduated from Luther College with a Music Education degree and directed high school choirs for 12 years. While teaching, Eric met his wife Bobbye, also a Luther grad, who grew up in New Mexico. In the Spring of 2008, the Holy Spirit told Eric it was time to become a pastor. Eric served as the student pastor of two country churches in North Carolina while attending Duke Divinity School full time. Upon graduation the family moved to Greenfield, Iowa, where Eric has been the pastor for the last 6 ½ years. Eric and Bobbye have 4 children – Catherine (7th grade), Anna (6th grade), Ella (4th grade), and Paul (1st grade). Their family is very active in their church, school, and community and have felt blessed to live in Greenfield for so long. They look forward to the new opportunities and ministries God has for them at Grinnell UMC and in the Grinnell community.
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-t.a.g. & Senior High Cancelled Until Further Notice
We will be following the school calendar adjustment due to COVID-19 for the TGIW schedule. At this time, TGIW will resume on April 15th. If there are any changes I will keep you informed. Please email, text or call me with any questions or concerns. Keep track of those jelly beans! 😊 Enjoy your children and Easter and I look forward to seeing everyone again on the 15th! Until then, be safe, be healthy and God Bless! If you have questions please email or call 641-990-0044.
The Lenten Offering for 2020 will serve the following needs. Local: SEG (Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell) - SEG is a non-profit microfinance organization in the town of Grinnell, Iowa, USA. SEG seeks to strengthen the economic well-being of those who are impacted by the forces of poverty, or who lack access to traditional financial institutions. National: UMCOR - UMCOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, relief supplies and more. International: Mutambara Mission Hospital - Mutambara Mission Hospital is a 120 bed facility located in Eastern Zimbabwe. It serves a population of over 140,000 people with 1 doctor. The hospital offers comprehensive health programs that include preventive, curative, rehabilitative, as well as nurse education. The hospital is in urgent need of funds to replace solar batteries to operate lights and machines during daily power failures.
-Apocalypse Study is Cancelled Until Further Notice
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has decided to ask for a postponement of the 2020 General Conference due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is not known yet when the General Conference, currently scheduled for Minneapolis in May, will be rescheduled. We know that many important decisions need to be made at General Conference. Our primary concern, however, is the health and welfare of our delegates and those who serve us as well as the ability of all of our Central Conference delegates to be present. Please continue to join me in prayer for all those around the world who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Blessings, Bishop Laurie
-Conference Center Closed
Our Administrative Team made the decision today to close the Conference Center beginning tomorrow, until the end of the month, after which we will reevaluate the situation. This creates social distancing and is a safety precaution for visitors as well as our conference employees, who will be working from home. If you need to reach a staff person in the next several weeks, please call 515-974-8900 and follow the prompts to reach the extension you are trying to reach. You can also access the staff directory on the conference website to find staff email.
-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.