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Sept. 27-29
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA 

Multiple dates and locations
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In a time when it is easy to divide neighbor against neighbor and harden our hearts against each other, we pray that God will soften our hearts and teach us to live in community as forgiven and loved children of God.
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An Evening with the Bishop
All are welcome as congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod gather for an evening meal and to share stories of life and ministry. Bishop Burk will share his own thoughts and hopes for our life together as church, and facilitate conversation about how our connections to one another in Christ can bring to expression a bold and hopeful witness to our communities and to the whole world…all in the name of Jesus.

Sunday Sept. 20
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
West Des Moines, IA

Sunday November 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA

Future Dates...
Sunday February 21, 2016
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA

Sunday February 28, 2016
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Cedar Rapids, IA

Churchwide News
Apply for an ELCA Hunger Grant
Once a month, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, Iowa, posts a sign out by the road: “Free meal this Saturday 11 to 1.” As many as 95 parishioners, neighbors and friends gather for conversation, connection, and a great meal prepared and served by members of the congregation – and supported by an ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant. Applications for 2015 grants are now being accepted from congregations and synods seeking to creatively educate and mobilize people to address the root causes of and solutions to hunger. Click here to learn how to apply.
New mission in South Sudan calls for peace and reconciliation
The new mission seeks to raise $1.2 million to establish the Evangelical Lutheran Church Africa Mission in South Sudan. Working with local leaders and partners, including ELCA Sudanese congregations, the Episcopal Church of Sudan and the South Sudan Council of Churches, this initiative supports the emerging Lutheran church in training leaders for outreach and contributes to efforts underway to foster peace and reconciliation between those of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. “South Sudan: A New Church for a New Nation” is a priority of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.
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.” Our speakers for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Pr. Jason Chesnut from Baltimore, Maryland, and the founder of “The Slate Project.” About this year’s 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.​

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 administrators 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
You're Invited
Online Course for Everyone and the Life of Faith Initiative at Wartburg Seminary
An eight-week online course, "The Gathered–Scattered Church: Releasing God’s People for Ministry in the World,” will explore the power of being sent in God’s name into all the activities and relationships of our everyday lives. Led by our own, Pr. Dwight DuBois, the course is primarily intended for members, but pastors are welcome as well. The course will use parts of Pastor DuBois’ soon-to-be-published book, The Scattering: Imagining a Church that Connects Faith and Life.” Groups receive a discount (so please consider running this announcement in your bulletin/newsletter). See more about this and other on-line courses here:​ More info and register online
Leadership and Anxiety in the Church
The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is pleased to host, nationally renowned expert in family systems theory and conflict resolution, Richard Blackburn, for a a one-day workshop,  Leadership and Anxiety in the Church.  The event will take place at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines on November 5, 2015. 
This seminar examines the challenges presented by the rising levels of anxiety in many churches today.  Participants will look at the role that self-differentiation leadership can play in calming anxiety.  Pastors, church leaders, pastor parish committees, and judicatory leaders will examine anxiety and ways to reduce it through the lens of the family systems theory.
Richard Blackburn is the executive director of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, where he has served since 1984. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church and has led hundreds of workshops on conflict transformation and mediation skills. 
Right Next Door Conference: Beyond the Walls of Church and Neighbor - October 16th-17th
You are invited to join in the Right Next Door Conference!  Women at the Well, a United Methodist congregation inside the walls of the women's prison in Mitchellville, is partnering with Prison Congregations of America and the Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church to host a weekend of presentations and workshops designed to inspire, equip, and empower churches to connect with folks we might have missed.  The Right Next Door conference will include presentations by noted speakers, including our keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.  Judith Roberts, the ELCA Director for Racial Justice Ministries, will be bringing the message at our opening worship. The Conference will also include various workshops addressing prison ministry, advocacy, mental illness, domestic violence, addiction, how to reduce barriers in your home church, and more.  For more information, a schedule of events, and to register, visit
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