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Sept. 27-29
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA 

Multiple dates and locations
Remember in Prayer
Trusting in God for our daily needs, we pray for a spirit of generosity that moves us to share freely our resources and care for our neighbors in need.

For children and volunteers at Elim Lutheran Church in Marshalltown and Bethany Lutheran Church in West Branch as they hold VBS activities this week. 

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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.”  A speaker for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was previously announced that Jeremy Myers would also be a speaker but he has had to withdraw. Another speaker will be announced as soon as possible.
Here is a short description of the 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.” We will not be providing childcare for the 2015 Fall Theological Conference. Mobility and dietary restrictions will be accommodated to best of of our abilities. Register online
Churchwide News

Confronting racism live webcast with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. 
Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).

Through its social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – ELCA members have expressed this church’s calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people.

The statement is grounded in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God’s “yes” to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.

“Talking about race and racism is hard work for most of us,” says Horne. “Our Christian witness compels us to confront our sinfulness in all forms from within and outside of ourselves. It is more beneficial if we do it together.”

In several public statements, Eaton has called for deep conversations about racism and racial justice, particularly in response to several events in the United States. Read more and link to webcast.
ELCA members to meet in Atlanta for Worship Jubilee
Gathering under the theme “Called to be a Living Voice,” members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will meet in Atlanta July 19-23 for the ELCA Worship Jubilee and the biennial conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

“One of the gifts of this event is it offers an opportunity for people to truly share their voice, to share who they are as a Lutheran Christian in their own specific way. But to do it by collaborating with brothers and sisters you have never even met,” said the Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, ELCA director for worship.

According to Scott Weidler, ELCA program director for worship, the event theme includes three components that will help shape the week’s events: vocation, reformation and mission. He said the first focuses on “Martin Luther’s understanding of vocation, especially because it’s the part of the week that’s specifically designed for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, which is about the vocation of the church musician.”

Weidler said the focus on reformation is two-fold, helping members prepare for the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, as well as providing avenues to consider the ongoing reformation and explore how God is calling the church today. Read more
Synod Events
Budget Workshop for Church Treasurers and Finance Committees
Southeastern Iowa Synod is offering a budget workshop on the following topics; The leadership role of the treasurer and finance committees in the budgeting process, purposeful, positive leadership and a non-anxious presence, mission focused budgets and planning for the unexpected.

This workshop is provided two times at two locations: 

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30)
Memorial Lutheran, Nevada 

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30) 
Synod Center for Ministry, Iowa City

The workshop is provided at no cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Questions: Contact Kathy Smith, 319-338-1273,
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Right Next Door: Beyond the Walls of Church and Neighbor
The goal of the conference is to inspire, equip and empower ministry back in local communities with neighbors like the ones people have discovered in prison.  Those local neighbors have often been hidden or overlooked, and churches sometimes feel “walled-off” from these populations.  What if, instead, we came together—right in our hometowns—at the well of Christ’s mercy?  We have a hunch that we will discover neighbors, sisters, brothers, friends, and all our lives will be enriched as we enter into relationship with one another. All are invited to this event. 

When: October 16 – 17, 2015
Where: Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Ankeny
Cost: $50 until 8/15 ($75 after 8/15)

Building a Stewardship House: Tools for a Strong Foundation of Generosity
Southeastern and Southwestern Minnesota Synods are presenting a live-stream stewardship event on August 27th.This “TED*talk style” presentations—*TED = “ideas worth spreading”--18 minute talks. will feature three speakers, Adam Copeland, Catherine Malotky and David Anfinson. Bishops Jon Anderson and Steve Delzer will offer introduction and closing comments.  Feedback and questions will be available to the online community in each 30 minute block (6:30-8:45 CDT)
You are invited to participate. Because our overall vision is “growing generosity in persons and congregations” we will model “crowdfunding” --covered in one of the Adam Copeland talks!  To model “crowdfunding” we are offering this event via a “free-will online giving” method after the online registration. In other words, there is no “cost’ to participate. You will receive the “link” with registration. If someone likes the mission and “wants to give” we believe they will give, and even give generously, to support the mission, ie, crowdfunding! Isn’t that what we want all giving to be to support God’s Mission in the world? Click here for more information and registration. 
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