Synod News
Turning Point: Fostering Congregational Vitality
Turning Point: Fostering Greater Congregational Vitality is an 18-month guided learning process in which six to ten congregations from across the Southeastern Iowa Synod will engage together in listening, learning, and experimenting within their congregations and communities. This process includes both a financial commitment and the commitment of a learning team who will work the process from beginning to end. There will be an online information session on October 16 for those that are interested.
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Thursday Webinars
The webinar series will provide online learning opportunities for congregation members and their leaders on a variety of topics. There are currently six scheduled through May of 2019. These free webinars occur on Thursdays over the lunch hour. All are welcome, please share with others who may be interested in learning more about ministry from leaders in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. 

Can’t make the time or date? Webinars will be recorded and stored for 60 days and linked on this page. Space is limited, early registration is recommended.
See dates, topics, and sign up online
Fall Theological Conference Presentations online

The slides of both of Dr. Bill Withers presentations and President Louis Johnson's presentation are available for download as a PDF. Get the slides

Churchwide News
So Now What?
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran Magazine
This month marks the 501st anniversary of the Reformation. Last year it was all Reformation all the time. It was our year! 

News, media and the public paid attention. Hundreds of Reformation-themed events took place. Documentaries were produced and joyful liturgies with our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters were held. I have lost track of the number of “Flat Luther” photos that were taken. We walked with a spring in our step. We read Martin Luther’s Small Catechism together. Even Lutherans in parts of the U.S. where Lutherans are not dense were noticed! 

But the spotlight has dimmed, the public and the media have turned their eye to other things. Reformation 500 swag has taken up residence in the backs of closets and the bottoms of file drawers. And, I’d wager, our Small Catechisms sit alone and unopened on shelves and apps. This really is Oct. 32. 
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Conference of Bishops statement on East Jerusalem hospitals
In early September, members of the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) were saddened and dismayed to hear reports that the U.S. government was planning to discontinue financial assistance to Augusta Victoria Hospital and five other East Jerusalem hospitals. 

We appreciate and strongly affirm ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's Sept. 6 letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, calling for the "release of $25 million of U.S. FY 2017 funding that will help to ensure that there is no interruption in the treatment of Palestinians at the East Jerusalem hospitals, especially the most vulnerable cancer and kidney patients referred to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) from Gaza and the West Bank."
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2018 Advent Resource Packet from ELCA World Hunger
The new Resource Packet includes samples of the newest and most popular resources to share with your congregation! Included is an Advent Study full of new weekly devotions, Advent calendars to brighten up your home or congregation with a daily reminder of the reason for the season, and a Congregational Action Guide with ideas and activities for use in your congregation. Order your packet for free, while supplies last.
Upcoming Events
Boundaries Workshop 
There will be a boundaries workshop offered in November.
Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from the Integral Psychology Center, Madison, WI.

It is recommended that pastors and deacons take a boundaries training every three to five years.

November 15 - Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, IL (shared event with Northern IL Synod)

November 16 - St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Des Moines
Register for Moline event
Register for Des Moines event
Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering
The Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a networking event on Thursday, November 1from 9:30-1:45 in Iowa City. Time together will include introductions, network announcements, a presentation by Pastor Rodney Bluml and ministry-specific networking time. This event is free with a $5 donation for lunch. 
Learn more and register online
You're Invited
Confirmation Renewal at Lutheran Lakeside
In partnership with Memorial Lutheran Church Lutheran, Lakeside camp is offering a Confirmation Renewal Retreat for students in central Iowa. All confirmation students and friends are welcome to attend this 2-day event that will include bible studies, worship, games, food, fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. $15 per student meals included. February 15-16, 2019 from 6PM-4PM Learn more
LSTC Seminary Sampler
Are you considering a call to public ministry?
Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find yourself wondering any of the above or beyond, you're invited to considering coming to one of the Seminary Samplers this Fall and find your place at LSTC.

Register online for either the multi-day Seminary Sampler, Saturday, October 20th through Monday, October 22nd,
or for the Seminary Sampler Night on Wednesday, November 14th. Housing and meals are provided! Travel stipends and childcare are available. Or if none of the Seminary Sampler dates works for you, contact us to schedule an individual visit! Learn more
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The story of creation in Genesis imparts a sense of importance and purpose for relationships and community. Give thanks for relationships and communities that provide support, encouragement, hope and joy, and hold us accountable to one another; ask God to help us rebuild relationships that are strained or broken and to grant us wisdom and patience for working through conflicts in our communities and congregations.
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Stewardship Snippet

Oct. 14, 2018
Mark 10:24b, 25 – Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God."

When he talks about money, Jesus frequently uses words of warning. Why does wealth hinder rich people from entering the Kingdom of God? How are you managing? How can we, as steward-disciples, do better?
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