Synod News
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 boundaries training every three to five years. The office of the bishop will not offer this training again for at least two years. Boundaries training can be taken from a variety of other providers. 

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
Churchwide News
2019 Annual Enrollment

Between Oct 31 and Nov 14, visit the newly redesigned myPortico, review your benefits, consider what’s changed in your life (think health changes, prescription drugs, salary changes, tuition, retirement, weddings, babies, divorce), and make your 2019 selections.


to find a personalized view of your benefit options. Or call the Customer Care Center, 800.352.2876, for assistance.

Veterans’ Day, Sunday, November 11

Veteran’s Day Resources are available at under “Congregational Resources.”

Sundays and Seasons also provides worship ideas.  A valuable resource congregations are able to provide is the ELCA Prayer Book for the Armed Services. It is $8.00 and available at These can be shipped to service members stationed internationally.  Thank you for remembering our military personnel and veterans!

ELCA presiding bishop responds to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I write to you with a broken heart – for the lives lost, wounded, and shattered by horrific hatred and violence at Tree of Life Congregation this morning. We join our Jewish neighbors and enter into mourning for all that has been lost. In our grief, God is our comfort. "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18).

From Pittsburgh to Portland, and around the world, Jews are living in fear. Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Public acts of hatred and bigotry against Jews are commonplace. As Christians, and particularly as Lutherans, we deplore and reject this bigotry. "We recognize in anti-Semitism a contradiction and affront to the Gospel, a violation of our hope and calling, and we pledge this church to oppose the deadly working of such bigotry, both within our own circles and in the society around us" (1994 Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community). 
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Upcoming Events
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. 
See the schedule and RSVP online
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.

Now accepting applications.If your congregation has been considering applying for Turning Point but need more information? You can check out the recorded informational session on ur website or contact Pastor Erika Uthe: 319-338-1273 or

Applications due by December 1
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You're Invited
Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp
The Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp is a collaboration between Drake University’s Comparison Project and the Des Moines Area Religious Council. High school students from across the religious spectrum take part in worship experiences at a number of diverse faith communities, learn skills for interfaith leadership, build relationships with one another, and create a digital storytelling project about their own life of faith. The camp is offered at no expense to students, and each student is awarded a stipend for their participation. Up to 20 students will be accepted, with the application period beginning in January of 2019. If you would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Trone Garriott, Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement for DMARC,
Intercultural Skills Training
On Monday, November 19th, Ewalu is offering a powerful event for leaders: the Equity and Intercultural Skills Workshop, led by guest presenter Stacy Kitahata. Stacy serves as the Program Director at The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship in Seattle. She has an impressive history of leadership within the ELCA. Stacy offers new insights to challenge us and help us grow into greater awareness and stronger connection among cultures. She will also be at Ewalu prior to this event as a leader in the national LVC training. 

This workshop runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. There is no cost for the event; a "free will offering" is welcome. To RSVP, please call the Ewalu office at 563-933-4700 or email . Participation is limited to just 20 people. More information can be found on the event website. Or see the Facebook event page.
See the event flyer
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
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 Ask God to guide our discernment and voting in elections across our nation and that our decisions will reflect wisdom in choosing skilled, just and compassionate leaders committed to serving all people, especially the poor and those who are often disregarded in our society
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Stewardship Snippet

Nov. Nov. 11, 2018 
Mark 12:43 –
Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in
more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.”

One measure of a gift’s true value is the capacity of the one who gives it. What do the gifts you now offer
God in time, talent and treasure really cost you? How might you prayerfully improve?
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