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Synod Center for Ministry Closed--Staff Retreat 
Monday & Tuesday
December 14-15

Event Registrations

Jan. 24, 2016
Windsor Heights

Feb. 21, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
As John the Baptist was fearless and persistent in proclaiming the coming Messiah, we pray that we, too, may be eager and bold in our witness of the good news with our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
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Synod News
CTIM on hiatus
Called Together in Mission (CTIM) is an event with a long and rich history in the life of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Providing resources for congregations and leaders throughout the synod, this annual gathering has typically been held in early March.

CTIM will not be held in 2016. We are thinking of this as something of a “sabbatical” for the event - an intentional break in order to reassess goals while renewing our approach to providing resources to and for one another. As life throughout the church continues to evolve, we are determined to be responsive in ways that best serve congregations as we live out God’s mission together, in the name of Jesus.

As we take this break, we give thanks to the people of First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids for so graciously hosting us throughout the years. Stay tuned for what comes next.
Prison Ministry
Free Indeed is a new ministry taking shape at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, a men’s state prison located in Anamosa, eastern Iowa. A congregation under development in the Southeastern Iowa Synod this ministry seeks to be a congregation within the walls of the prison. Following the Prison Congregations of America model this ministry is currently in development and looking for partners within our synod. To learn more and request someone to speak to you congregation or community group visit the webpage or email Rev. Gloria Dovre
December insert available
The December insert to The Lutheran magazine from the synod is available online for download. Read an Advent greeting from Bishop Burk, see how a a congregation is involving members by having pigs in their services and more. Download the PDF
Churchwide News
Bishop Eaton issues letter to Muslim-American community
In a Dec. 11 letter to the Muslim-American community, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, said, "I am writing on behalf of many Christians in this country who wish to share a word of solidarity, love and hope with you in these difficult days."

"In our love for you, our Muslim neighbors, we are distressed by the ways in which you are being forced to bear the fears held by many in our nation," Eaton wrote. "Therefore, we renew our commitment to find even more effective ways to protect and defend you from words and actions that assault your safety and well-being. We believe God calls us to resist what is divisive, discriminatory, xenophobic, racist or violent, and we want you to look to us as allies and friends."

The full text of the letter follows:

 "Grace and peace to you. I am writing on behalf of many Christians in this country who wish to share a word of solidarity, love and hope with you in these difficult days.

"In this season of Advent, we, your Christian neighbors, are preparing to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who commanded that "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … [and] you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31, NRSV). Read the rest of the letter...
Grace Gathering
August 10-13, 2016
A celebration of 500th anniversary of the reformation in conjunction with the ELCA Churchwide Assembly 
Click the video below to see the invitation from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton or see more on the Gathering website.  
Looking to Volunteer Following a Domestic Disaster?
If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer with a disaster relief effort, visit Scroll down to the link “Disaster Volunteer Opportunities.” There will be contact information available as requests for assistance come in. Contact information is provided at each area is listed. According to Pr. Mike Stadie at Lutheran Disaster Response, there is a special effort to seek volunteers to work in New Jersey. If you have further questions, Pr. Stadie is willing to visit with interested people. You may call him at

Monetary gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response continue to be needed, as well.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2016 
Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17:21). All over the world, hearts are touched and Christians come together in worship to pray for their unity. Now is the time to plan an ecumenical worship service in your community. Download materials at the World Council of Churches’ website.
2016 Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center leadership  development programs
Organic Ministry, Cultivating Soil and Soul,  This ten-month class meets the first Monday each month at Taproot Garden in Norwalk, Iowa for light farm work, personal retreat time, and group discussion of assigned readings.   March to Dec. 2016. Read More. Register now.
Intentional Interim Ministry, a six month, three phase training program.  
Phase I:  February 22nd-25th - includes 32 hours of instruction at the Center.  
Phase II:  February 25th-September 26th - four hours of mentoring within ministry settings.  
Phase III:  September 26th-28th – participants return to the DMPCC for an additional 20 hours of training that includes case studies from Phase II.
Read More. Register now.
Leadership in the Church, four afternoon classes including Organizational Dynamics, Leadership in the Midst of Conflict, Leading through Change, and Mindful Leadership, Meets the last Thursday afternoon each month from Feb - May, 2016. Read More. Register now. 
From the Sanctuary to the Street: Empowering Congregations to Connect Faith and Life.  Meets the first and third Thursday afternoons, April - May, 2016.  Read More. Register now. 
PrairieFire, a two-year program of spiritual renewal and formation, September 2016 to May 2018. Read More. Apply now.
For further information on any of these Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center programs, contact Diane McClanahan at 515-251-6667 or
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