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Synod Book Club - Nov. 19
Join others from around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for online discussions on books related to our shared ministry. All discussions will include an introduction and a time to discuss the book with a small group of people from around the synod via video conference. The second book club discussion will be November 19 on Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church. 
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Churchwide News 
Seasons of Doubt 
When serving as a parish pastor, I would sometimes be asked if it was possible to be a faithful Christian and also doubt. Could one be a disciple and also question? 

Parishioners would be hesitant to ask for fear that they would face judgment—Divine and mine. Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our heads that doubt has no part of faith, that questions are disloyal, and that anguish and even anger are an offense to God. 

We think of the heroes of the Bible, strong and steadfast. We consider the lives of the saints and martyrs as they stood resolute in the face of death. Surely these heroes, saints and martyrs must be models of faith. Our doubts and questions reveal how short we have fallen. Continue reading...
Plan Ahead for Lent 2020
 ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will continue in 2020. Together, we’ll experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration. This year, ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will focus on hope. Even in challenging times, we believe in God, and we hope in the work God is doing in the world. Visit to download or order additional copies of these resources, and get started on your planning today.
Portico Updates -Annual enrollment ends Nov 13
Annual Enrollment for plan members will have from Oct. 29- Nov. 13 to make your selections. Sign into MyPortico to learn more.
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We Refuse to Be Enemies
Daoud Nassar, director of the Tent of Nations, located on the Nassar family farm in the West Bank, which has become an international peace center will be speaking about his story and work. The tour encompasses several stops in southeastern Iowa. Learn more
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Veterans Day: Remember people who have served or are currently serving in the military, and give thanks for their service and sacrifices. Pray for military chaplains, caregivers, congregational and synod programs, and special ministries that care for veterans and their families.
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