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Confronting Racism Webcast
Wednesday, Aug. 6
8 p.m. 

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Sept. 27-29
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA 

Multiple dates and locations
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The gifts of creation, natural resources and all forms of life have sustained and fascinated us from the beginning of time. We ask God to stir our sense of wonder, help us act responsibly with concern for the present and future, and live with mindful gratitude.
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Upcoming Administration Workshop
Creating your Church Budget – For Church Treasurers and Finance Committees
Budgets are critical to any church’s success.  Budgets not only allocate resources, authorize action, and provide boundaries and benchmarks; they help tell your congregation’s mission story.  Join treasurers and business administrations from across the synod to learn from each other and gather new ideas. 

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30)
Location: Memorial Lutheran, Nevada 
701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa 515-382-6509

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30) Location: Synod Center for Ministry, IC
2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 319-338-1273

  • Leadership role of the treasurer and finance committees in the budgeting process
  • Purposeful, positive leadership and a non-anxious presence for financial leaders
  • Mission focused budgets
  • Planning for the unexpected
Questions: Contact Kathy Smith, Southeastern Iowa Synod,

This workshop is provided at no cost for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Register online
Churchwide News

Bishop Eaton's August column: There is no curtain obscuring plots
​By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

At a Conference of Bishops meeting a few years after the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, bishops shared some of the most outrageous suspicions they had heard about the churchwide office.

One bishop said a woman from his synod was convinced that churchwide staff performed animal sacrifices in the Lutheran Center. This, of course, is untrue. Building management would never allow it.

While this might be one of the most outlandish accusations leveled against your churchwide staff, it’s not an isolated or infrequent occurrence. After nearly two years as presiding bishop, it still amazes me that members of this church are convinced we are capable of and, in fact, carry out the most Machiavellian schemes. At present three examples come to mind: the conversation about our sacramental practice, our deliberation about unifying the three word and service rosters into one, and the entrance rite into this possible unified roster. I’ve been told that decisions have already been made by churchwide staff about these issues and that any conversation is just a charade. Higgins Road strikes again. Read the rest...

Confronting racism live webcast with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William Horne II.
This live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT). Through its social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – ELCA members have expressed this church’s calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

The statement is grounded in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God’s “yes” to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.
“Talking about race and racism is hard work for most of us,” says Horne. “Our Christian witness compels us to confront our sinfulness in all forms from within and outside of ourselves. It is more beneficial if we do it together.”
In several public statements, Eaton has called for deep conversations about racism and racial justice, particularly in response to several events in the United States. Read more and link to webcast.

The ELCA Malaria campaign, stories from the Pare Diocese
Pastor Andrea Senkoro received malaria prevention and treatment training in 2010 when at the Mwanga Parish. He was Northern District Pastor at that time. From there, he went to Usangi Parish. He has served Bonde la Ruvu Parish since January 2014, replacing Pastor Mmwiri who is furthering his studies at Makumira University near Arusha

As district pastor, he encourages the other pastors in his district to talk about malaria in their congregations; malaria is included on the agenda for district pastor meetings. Pastor Senkoro wraps malaria education into comprehensive wellness programming he provides his congregants, including proper sanitation, safe water handling, economic capacity and malaria. Read the rest...
Synod Events
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 27-29, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.  The theme will be “Being Public in the Name of Jesus.”  A speaker for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was previously announced that Jeremy Myers would also be a speaker but he has had to withdraw. Another speaker will be announced as soon as possible.
Here is a short description of the theme: “Christendom is waning and that might be a good thing! The love of Christ frees us to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods. But our neighbors aren’t coming to church all that much anymore. So the locus of work might need to shift from the sanctuary to the public square. Together we will explore ways to make this move into the public square as congregations and as leaders.” We will not be providing childcare for the 2015 Fall Theological Conference. Mobility and dietary restrictions will be accommodated to best of of our abilities. Register online
You're Invited

Upcoming Five-Day Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Human Relations (HR) Workshop
This workshop focuses on emotional intelligence and human relations skills for church professionals in Iowa at Pilgrim Heights Conference Center in Montour, IA, August 24-28, 2015.  This workshop delves deeply into those "people" skills that are so vital to congregational leadership. Clergy that have a hard time developing significant relationships with their congregants will have a hard time offering leadership to their congregations. Learn more and register...
Right Next Door: Beyond the Walls of Church and Neighbor
The goal of the conference is to inspire, equip and empower ministry back in local communities with neighbors like the ones people have discovered in prison.  Those local neighbors have often been hidden or overlooked, and churches sometimes feel “walled-off” from these populations.  What if, instead, we came together—right in our hometowns—at the well of Christ’s mercy?  We have a hunch that we will discover neighbors, sisters, brothers, friends, and all our lives will be enriched as we enter into relationship with one another. All are invited to this event. 

When: October 16 – 17, 2015
Where: Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Ankeny
Cost: $50 until 8/15 ($75 after 8/15)

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