College Relations Team – This team supports and communicates with college students, as well as promotes the Iowa United Methodist college Scholarship program. They update addresses of all college students at the beginning of each school year. The team sends seasonal notes and/or gift cards three times per year to remind the students that their church family at home is thinking of them. Birthday letters and graduation letters (as appropriate) add personalization in support of our college students. These letters are signed by the pastors, the program ministry staff and chairperson of College Relations committee. Committee members raise funds, in addition to the funding provided through regular church budget, to support this ministry. (Examples: By hosting fellowship coffee; and each spring, encouraging church members to sponsor a student by donating a gift card and signing a note to be sent during “finals” week.) Meetings and work sessions are held on an on-call basis, approximately five times per year.