Change A Child’s Story

One million books and one million hours for the at-risk and poverty-stricken children of Iowa – that is the goal of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church as part of the Bishop’s Poverty to Opportunity. We hope to accomplish this by June 2017. That means a lot of work but through this initiative, we hope to make a significant inroad in the fight against poverty. It is vitally important that children be reading on grade level by third grade otherwise, at this point they begin to fall further and further behind.ID-10075961
Did you know one factor in determining future prison beds is the number of children not reading at grade-level by third grade? I find that a horrifying measurement. We are asking every Methodist member to prayerfully consider and accept the challenge of being a reading partner with an at-risk child. It is one-hour per week commitment. One hour a week to divert a child from a future of poverty and/or possible prison.
Is that so much to ask? One hour a week, just one….please prayerfully consider how you might fulfill this pledge. You also just might make a new friend. There will be upcoming opportunities listed in upcoming newsletters or speak to Brenda Mayer (319-936-8118). For more information go to Poverty to Opportunity at


Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

Saturday, April 25 9:30 am—3:00 pm

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Urbandale, IA

Bishop Trimble will discuss Five Marks of a Methodist, based on a new book of the same title by Steve Harper in the morning.  His topic in the afternoon will be Poverty to Opportunity. Bishop Trimble is eager to spend time in dialogue and answering questions from laity.

The day will include inspirational worship, communion and music.

Three additional special presentations about exciting ministries wilol include:

Women at the Well (prison congregation) with Reverend Lee Schott

Justice for Our Neighbors (legal help for immigrants) with JFON attorneys Brynne Howard and Ann Naffler

Human Trafficking with Teresa Downing, United Methodist Women resource person and Iowa State University faculty.

The Cokesbury bookstore will have a display.  All books purchased or ordered that day will have a 30% discount plus free shipping. Morning coffee and lunch at noon will provide time for fellowship and the sharing of ideas.

To facilitate planning, please preregister online. There will be an incentive for all who register in advance.  No registration fee required, free will offerings accepted.

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