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Dear Friends,

I invite you to join me in two ways to deepen your walk with God during the season of Lent, 2017.

First, daily devotions have been written for your use every day, beginning with Ash Wednesday, March 1, and concluding with Easter Sunday, April 16. I hope that these devotions will enrich your days and enable you to engage in the daily discipline of scripture and inspirational reading. You can download the devotions by clicking here.

Each devotion has been written with care and love by a lay or clergy person in the Iowa Annual Conference and after you subscribe, it will be sent to you every day by our Communications Department. 

Secondly, you are invited to join me in a Lenten study. I will be teaching these studies on six consecutive Wednesday's from 12:05 - 12:45 pm beginning on March 1 at the Iowa Conference Center. The book I will be using is by Rob Fuquay, The God We Can Know: Exploring the "I Am" Sayings of Jesus or you can just have your Bible handy. If you live in the Des Moines area, you are welcome to join me in person at the Iowa Conference Center. If you live out of town, please join me by Live Stream that will be available to watch on

Please feel free to forward these Lenten studies to your family and friends. May your faith and your desire to serve be strengthened through these Lenten readings.

God Bless You,

Bishop Laurie 

From the Office of the Bishop of The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church