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November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
 As brothers and sisters in Christ who know no borders or boundaries to our compassion, we pray that God will strengthen our resolve to care for immigrants and refugees seeking safety, selfsufficiency and places of hope. ​More prayers...  
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Wayne Zion Lutheran Church has some offering plates, candelabras, and hymn boards for donation to another congregation that may be in need of them. 
Contact Call Kelly Helgens at 319-465-4834 or email
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Young Adults in Global Mission: Part II
This year there are three Young Adults in Global Mission serving around the world from the Southeastern Iowa Synod. This week we bring you part two as we feature our second Young Adult in Global Mission. 

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world.

Haley Toresdahl  grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa as a member of Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, Windsor Heights. She attended Roanoke College in Salem, VA; graduating in December of  2014. She is serving in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia  
While in Cambodia Haley will be working with an NGO called Life With Dignity on various community based projects that may include water, nutrition, and good governance. She will also be teaching English at a local secondary school (grades 7-9). See more and read the rest about Haley's year of service and ministry. 
Synod Blog: Hunger and Iowa 
by Pastor Paul Ostrem
Every weekday morning in Iowa more than 92,000 children get ready and leave their homes without eating.  When they arrive at school they are fed breakfast through their school’s participation in Federal Nutrition Program.  At lunchtime almost 379,000 Iowa children will receive lunch through the national School Lunch Program.  These children are receiving nourishment that they might not otherwise receive, fueling their minds and bodies for learning.  Nearly one in five households in the U.S. benefits from our government’s feeding and nutrition programs.  Hunger is a real concern for many Iowans who cannot make ends meet.

Concern about hunger extends beyond Iowa to the global community.  This month people from around the world will gather in Des Moines in celebration of the World Food Prize.  They will discuss hunger issues facing our global community; topics like global food security, cutting edge agricultural techniques, and international efforts to feed those most vulnerable on our planet; perhaps most importantly they will educate and inspire youth.  As an anti-hunger synod, we take note of their efforts and do all we can to continue to feed the world. Read the rest of this post...
Annual Portico Selections
All congregations must make selections, regardless of their employees benefits. 
Oct. 5 – 30: Employers select one ELCA-Primary health benefit option to provide in 2016. If you help to shape your organization’s budget, you’ll want to be part of this conversation. Ask the person who’s registered on EmployerLink for a copy of your organization’s Custom Comparison Report to understand your organization’s 2016 costs.
Churchwide News
New Group Study Guide on Criminal Justice Social Statement 
​“Called to Hear” is the new study guide to the ELCA social statement on criminal justice. The guide is designed to spark interest in ministry around criminal justice concerns and introduce participants to “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries,” the 2013 ELCA social statement.

The five study guide sessions introduce the key points of the social statement. The guide and statement acknowledge both the strengths and problems in the criminal justice system and present a call to action as people of faith to care and respond.

Through stories and selected facts, the sessions introduce the wide range of people who have been impacted by the system, including victims and their families, prisoners, lawyers and officers. It confronts openly and thoughtfully the problem of racism and bias in the system leading straight to God’s messages regarding justice. The final two sessions of the study put all the pieces together by inviting participants to think about and determine what individual or congregational actions can share God’s vision of love and justice.

Each session is anchored with an eight-minute video presentation by members of the ELCA Task Force on Criminal Justice, who tell their story and share key ideas. Leadership is straightforward because the leader’s guide and handout includes easy-to-use quizzes, Bible study suggestions and group activities.  For more info and the guide click here
Campus Ministry Programs Address Racism
​Striving in its mission to engage academic populations in the principles of discipleship and relationship-building according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, ELCA Campus Ministry programs are working to help campus communities address racism.

“Lutheran Campus Ministry has a long and rich history of addressing important social issues,” said the Rev. Don Romsa, program director for ELCA Campus Ministry. “This same tradition lives on today as Lutheran Campus Ministry staff work with students, faculty, staff, administrators and ecumenical partners to tackle the reality of racism at every level of our society.”

Romsa emphasized that programs developed by ELCA Campus Ministry staff are not only for university students, but are often designed for and received by the entire campus community.

The Rev. Jared Carson, pastor of Peace Lutheran and Lutheran Campus Ministry at New Mexico State University, is planning a campus viewing of “Confronting Racism,” the ELCA’s Aug. 6 webcast aimed at advancing racial justice. He said that watching the webcast is in response to the June 17 shootings in Charleston, S.C., and “the invitation of Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton to make confronting racism a priority of the ELCA.”

Carson said his commitment to talk more about race and racism is tied to his connection with the Rev. Clementa Pinckey, one of nine people killed in the shootings at Mother Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church in Charleston. Carson and Pinckney were classmates at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C., one of eight ELCA seminaries. Continue reading...
Synod Events
Sunday Soup
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. Please bring a can of soup or offering for ELCA World Hunger and local food pantries. 

Sunday November 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA
Children and Youth Ministry Network Fall Gathering
​The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a gathering on Thursday November 5, 2015. We're excited to welcome guest speaker Leif Kehrwald of Vibrant Faith via teleconference. This is a free event, lunch will be provided. For more information contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Eric Carlson,

Children's Ministry Resource Day
The day will offer worship, workshops on safety policies and education milestones, and a panel discussion with the members of the Children’s Ministry Working Group.
The first bi-annual resource day is a perfect time to connect with other church volunteers/workers and learn a few things to take back to your own congregations. Breakout sessions include Educational Standards - making curriculum work for you, Safety Policies - how to get started, and ending the afternoon with a Q & A Panel and short worship service. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., the event will start at 10 a.m., and  will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
This is a free event for volunteers, helpers, and staff involved with children's ministry within the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, November 14
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

You're Invited
Vote to End Hunger
You are invited to participate in the “Vote to End Hunger” ecumenical rally at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Grand View University in Des Moines. The event is sponsored by Bread for the World and the Iowa Catholic Conference. The purpose of the rally is to make hunger a priority issue in the presidential campaign. Speakers will include Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. Elected officials and candidates are invited. Supporters of the event include the Northeast and Southeast Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. To sign up for the free event go to
7th and Final Hope for the Hungry Conference
The final Hope for the Hungry Conference will be held November 7 from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. The conference topics include, current hunger issues, current work to alleviate hunger, volunteering to alleviate hunger. The conference will include panel discussions and a keynote address by Matthew Russell of Drake University.

Registration is $40 (before Oct. 23) and more information can be found at

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