Synod News
Candidates Approved
At the June 9, 2017, candidacy committee meeting, four people were approved to be rostered ministers in the ELCA. Those approved for assignment and call as ministers of Word and Sacrament are Lynn Banderob, Rodney Bluml, Chad Brown, and Keyla Christenson. This synod continues to raise up quality leaders to serve on the rosters of this church for which the whole church is grateful. It is important for all of us to encourage folks to consider candidacy for rostered leadership in this church.

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Candidacy Information
Synod Assembly Summary of Actions
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the synod, met May 19-20, 2017 at Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines. The assembly gathered under the theme, "God so Loves the World."

Bishop Michael L. Burk invited the assembly to join in singing "All Are Welcome" and then led the Order for Opening of an Assembly. He declared the thirtieth Southeastern Iowa Assembly to be open at 10:08 am on Friday, July 19, 2017.

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Summary of Actions
Churchwide News
ELCA Youth Gathering Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer must agree to follow the terms of a volunteer code of conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. There are four volunteer categories: local volunteers, community life, gathering volunteer corps, and servant companions. The responsibilities vary, and all volunteers (except local volunteers) must commit to being in Houston for one week. Volunteers arrive on Monday, June 25, 2018 and depart Sunday, July 1, 2018. 

Apply at the link below!
Volunteer Application
Upcoming Events
God's Work, Our Hands Sunday
"God's work. Our hands."  Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life - flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017! For more resources please click the button below.

You're Invited
Become a Pastoral Care Specialist
Classes begin this fall at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. For more information click the button below.
More Information
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Pray that in all we do we are not driven by fear, rather we live with the assurance that God loves and values us and has given us important life-giving good news to share.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows." -Matthew 10:29-31

All things on God's green earth are accounted for, from the sparrow to the hair on your head (which may be more for some than others!). As people who treasure things, we can certainly understand keeping account of our belongings. What would it look like to think of our things as God's? How might we keep accounting differently if we live into the promise that God Loves us, sent Christ to be with us, and now entrusts us with the ministry to love and care for God's world?

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