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

November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
We remember ethnic and language specific ministries that proclaim the gospel in a diverse world and encourage new leaders for God’s work in the world.
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Annual Portico Selections
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.

Nov. 2 – 30: Members make decisions about your ELCA benefits. Once you know your employer-provided health benefit option, you’ll decide whether to enroll in that option, buy up to a different option, or waive ELCA health benefits by providing proof of other valid health coverage. You’ll also make choices about tax-advantaged accounts, your ELCA retirement account, and life insurance.
Stories of Faith in Action 
This resource is provided to help you share the great work that we are doing together through the ministries of the ELCA – to help share that through the ELCA, we are participating in telling about Jesus’ love in these cities and towns. In Jesus name, we are involved in God’s mission across the United States and around the world!
Through the Southeastern Iowa Synod, we are able to supply each congregation with a few copies of this magazine for just the cost of shipping. If you'd like some copies for your congregation please call Lori Uhl at 319-338-127 or email For more information on this resource and how it can used click here. To download the Giving magazine another stewardship resource click here. 
Churchwide News
What is ‘Lutheran’?
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in The Lutheran
For the past two years, I’ve organized my work around these four emphases: we are church, we are Lutheran, we are church together and we are church for the sake of the world.

I want to spend a little time thinking with you about what it means to be Lutheran in the 21st century. What do we mean when we say we are Lutheran? The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast upon us, and this month, as in every October, we will observe Reformation Sunday.

Maybe a good place to start is to ask why it’s important and helpful to have a Lutheran identity. Some would say that denominations and denominational loyalty are things of the past. There is some truth to this, especially if our denomination is defined by ethnicity and culture and our loyalty is primarily to the denomination and not to our Lord.

There was a campaign during the 1980’s church growth movement to get rid of any denominational markers whatsoever. The stolid St. Paul Lutheran Church on the corner was supposed to be renamed something like “The Church at Pheasant Run.” How evocative! How cool! How vaguely woodsy! A simple name change would accomplish two things at once: stop scaring the denominationally averse away and attract tons of people. It didn’t. Continue reading...
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

The House I Live In.
Tuesday afternoon, October 13, 1pm – 4pm at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry.  Join us for a showing of the award winning documentary, The House I Live In, which examines how the drug war in America has helped establish the largest prison-industrial system in the world, contributing to the incarceration of 2.3 million men and women and is responsible for untold collateral damage to the lives of countless individuals and families, with a particularly destructive impact on black America.
The film examines the magnitude of the crisis at hand, its origins and its racial, economic and political dimensions.  For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, $1 trillion dollars in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. The House I Live In captures stories of those on the front lines, including stories from Iowa, and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war.

America has at last begun to take the first meaningful steps toward reform. The film promotes public awareness of the problem while encouraging new and innovative pathways to domestic drug policy reform, overcoming racial disparity, and movement toward restorative justice and rehabilitation.  Plan to stay for conversation following the film. 

To register for this free event, click here.   
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
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

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.

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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