Letter from Bishop Laurie Haller from May 9, 2019

Lovely Lane UMC Folks,

In an effort to continue to keep the congregation informed about matters related to the General Council 2019 and Judicial Council decisions, I am sharing Bishop Laurie Haller’s letter below. There are 2 links in the letter (and also at the end of the letter). 

We continue to be in prayer for our denomination AND are continuing to do ministry at Lovely Lane UMC as we always have–by welcoming and including all people regardless of sexual orientation. 

The Iowa Annual Conference will convene in Des Moines for the Annual Meeting June 7-11. At this conference we will likely hear more about what is happening in the Iowa Conference. We will also be voting for the delegates to represent Iowa at the General Conference 2020.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastors Scott Meador and Jenny Seylar


May 9, 2019

Dear Friends in the Iowa Annual Conference,

The Council of Bishops completed their spring meeting this morning, and I would like to share with you two documents. The first is a press release that summarizes the content of our discussions. The second document, “A Common Word from the Council of Bishops,” shares the collective heart of the Council as well as a pastoral and prophetic word. May God’s grace fill you with hope and joy as you continue to share the love of Jesus and make a difference in your communities, the state of Iowa, and the world.  

Bishop Laurie
Come ye that love the Lord, and let your joys be known,
Join in a song with sweet accord, Join in a song with sweet accord.
And thus surround the throne, and thus surround the throne.
We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion; the beautiful city of God.

Council of Bishops Press Release May 9, 2019

A Common Word from the Council of Bishops

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