Churchwide News
2016 Churchwide Assembly
Members of the ELCA will gathered in assembly last week in New Orleans. Meeting under the theme "Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God's Grace in Action." Click the button below to see releases about actions taken at the Assembly. For videos, photos, and more click here. 
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God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday
On Sunday, September 11th the ELCA will engage in a day of service and love. If your congregation is still looking for a way to serve, many congregations across the church are commemorating the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by showing their love and support through service to their local fire or law enforcement departments. Some ideas include a sprucing up of property, hosting a cookout and neighborhood gathering, and working to build community.

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Upcoming Events

Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 18-20, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.  The theme will be “Drawn to the Light of God: What we can Learn about Discipleship, Leadership and Witness from the Gospel of John” Our speaker for this year’s event will be Dr. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. 
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Practice Discipleship
Join us for our first Practice Discipleship offering August 27 at Faith Lutheran in Clive 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as we engage in Wondering Through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer, led by our Southeastern Iowa Synod Practice Discipleship coach, Sonja Gerstenberger. Training is FREE! 

August 27 – Wondering through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Ave.
Clive, IA
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You're Invited
Cedar River Theological Education Forum 
You are invited to join your colleagues at the Cedar River Theological Forum this Fall. Learning, fellowship, communication in Christ are all on the agenda. We meet the second Thursday of each month September through May in Cedar Rapids. The new season starts Thursday September 8th. Cost is $110 for all 9 sessions. 
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Do New Labor Laws Impact Your Congregation? 
Chances are, the answer to this question is yes. You are invited to participate in a life webcast which will get at the new labor laws and how they impact your congregation. Hosted by the Southwest Minnesota Synod this forum will utilize the legal expertise of several prominent attorneys from the Midwest.
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Continuing Education Opportunity: Making the Irrelevant Church Relevant
October 16-18, 2016
Prairiewoods, Hiawatha IA
Our society sees church as irrelevant but pastors know that church can be the foundation that nurtures, inspires, and transforms. Empowering Communication (What is Empowering Communication?) is key to developing healthy relationships and healthy churches.
This workshop will give progressive pastors a roadmap for moving Jesus’ life and teaching out of the Bible and into the Church. In this retreat you will gain skills that deepen connection with yourself, the divine, and others. 
To Register: (Programs, Calendar)
For inquiries contact Leslie Ritter-Jenkins, 
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Young Adult in Global Mission
My name is Ashley Rosa and I am a recent graduate of Wartburg College where I studied Religion: Youth and Family Ministry, Spanish, and Writing. This fall I am embarking on a wonderful adventure through the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. I am so excited that I have accepted a call to serve in Cambodia and work with university students in the capitol through the Lutheran Church in Cambodia. When I return from my year as a YAGM, I will be attending seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to pursue a Masters of Divinity. All of these are such phenomenal opportunities that I am so ready to begin! If you would be interested in being a part of my journey, through moral or financial support, feel free to contact me at or visit my fundraising page. Thank you for your time and possible support of my journey! -Ashley Rosa
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Sept. 18-20
Davenport, IA
Refugees and immigrants in the world continue to seek safe, welcoming communities in which to live, work, form new relationships and become self-sufficient. We pray God will safeguard their journeys and provoke us to be active in welcoming, supporting and advocating for all who are displaced by war, national instability, poverty or persecution.
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Churchwide Assembly
The ELCA Churchwide Assembly met on behalf the entire church in New Orleans last week. Over the course of the assembly, voting members worshiped together, heard reports on the work of churchwide officers, leaders and units. Considered resolutions, elected leaders, adopted a budget and conducted other church business. 

God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday
Join other Lutherans for the nationwide day of service that will be held on Sunday, September 11 this year. Many congregations are commemorating the 15th anniversary of the 2001 September 11 attacks. 

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