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The House I Live In-Film
​October 13
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA

Candidacy Committee
October 16
​Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA
Event Registrations
November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
We remember in our prayers, with joy and hope, the first class of International Women Leaders pursuing higher education this fall with scholarships through The Campaign for the ELCA.
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Synod News
Young Adults in Global Mission
This year there are three Young Adults in Global Mission serving around the world from the Southeastern Iowa Synod. We’ll be doing a three-part series on each of these young leaders so we can be in prayer for them as they minister in different contexts.

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.

A year of service through the Young Adults in Global Mission program invites young adults to become the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, providing critical support to ministries and projects in communities of need. It also invites volunteers into a journey of self-reflection, providing space to consider their sense of identity, God’s work in the world, and their place within it all. See more and read about one of our synod's Young Adults in Global Mission
Retired Pastor Publishes Sermons
Dr. Roland Zimany, retired pastor of Luther Memorial Church, Des Moines, has published a 255-page book of 51 sermons entitled Sermons with Insight, with an appendix, “Who Wrote the Bible?,” which is a talk he gave twice at CTIM. “There are excellent sermons in this collection.  Many that need to be heard and read time and again,” according to Marc Jolley, Director of Mercer University Press. 

William H. Willimon of Duke Divinity School said, “Roland Zimany is a theologically well-formed, biblically adept, gifted communicator of the Christian faith.  The sermons and lectures in this book are not only substantial but also engaging...” Published by First Edition Design Publishing, the book is available in paperback and e-book form.  All of the material may be used without attribution.
Churchwide News
Flooding in the Carolinas
T​he Carolinas have endured catastrophic rainfall that has shattered records and left unprecedented scenes of flooding in its wake. The hardest-hit areas stretch from Columbia, in the middle of South Carolina, all the way to the coast. The flooding has led to the death of more than a dozen people, tens of thousands are without power, major highways and interstates have been closed, and homes have been completely destroyed.

Lutheran Disaster Response will work to bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to those who have been affected by the floodwaters. In the days, weeks and months ahead we will continue to work with our partners on the ground, helping to restore communities. Your gifts will help address the unmet needs of those impacted by the flooding, and together we stand ready to provide assistance for long-term recovery efforts. Read more and see action steps.
In the wake of recent gun violence in our nation we are republishing a letter released by the Conference of Bishops on this topic, which also includes links to those interested in learning more. 

A Pastoral Letter from the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
A Pastoral Letter on Violence adopted by the ELCA Conference of Bishops, March 4, 2013

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Every faithful caregiver who sits with victims of violence knows what we know – as God's church, we are called to reduce violence and should, in most cases, restrain ourselves from using violence. Whether or not statistics show that overall violence has declined in recent years, every person wounded or killed is a precious child of God.

As bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we lament the tragedy of gun violence in our country. We are grieved by the way violence threatens and destroys life. We affirm the current soul searching and shared striving to find a way to a better future.

While the church grapples with this call to reduce violence and make our communities safer, we recognize that before God we are neither more righteous because we have guns nor are we more righteous when we favor significant restrictions. Brokenness and sin are not somehow outside of us. Even the best of us are capable of great evil. As people of God we begin by confessing our own brokenness – revealed in both our actions and our failure to act. We trust that God will set us free and renew us in our life's work to love our neighbors. Read rest of this letter and see more resources...
Synod Events
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

Save the Date: Love Like Jesus
Love Like Jesus is an event for High School students. 

Save the Date: Confest 
Confest an event for confirmation students.

You're Invited

Hope Leadership Conference
Strong Christian leaders are essential to the positive growth of teams, churches, organizations, communities… and the world! We invite you to join us for a conference where together we will help prepare church leaders to more effectively reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ!  Join us for the 2015 Hope Leadership Conference! Bishop Michael Burk will be presenting at this event. 

        Thursday, Oct. 22, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm & Friday, Oct. 23,         2015, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

        Pre-conference: Oct. 21, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
        at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA​
Rise Up Together Tour
Agape*, Rachel Kurtz and Joe Davis will be performing at two southeastern Iowa congregations this fall. These dynamic performers were all part of the 2015 Youth Gathering in Detroit and are playing shows on October 16, in Cedar Rapids and October 17, in Clive. Download the flyer for more information.
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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