Synod News
Turning Point: Fostering Congregational Vitality
Turning Point: Fostering Greater Congregational Vitality is an 18-month guided learning process in which six to ten congregations from across the Southeastern Iowa Synod will engage together in listening, learning, and experimenting within their congregations and communities. This process includes both a financial commitment and the commitment of a learning team who will work the process from beginning to end. There will be an online information session on October 16 for those that are interested.
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Thursday Webinars
The webinar series will provide online learning opportunities for congregation members and their leaders on a variety of topics. There are currently six scheduled through May of 2019. These free webinars occur on Thursdays over the lunch hour. All are welcome, please share with others who may be interested in learning more about ministry from leaders in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. 

Can’t make the time or date? Webinars will be recorded and stored for 60 days and linked on this page. Space is limited, early registration is recommended.
See dates, topics, and sign up online
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Churchwide News
Young Adult Discernment Retreat
The first national Young Adult Discernment Retreat Nov 16-18 in Asheville, NC hosted by Young Adult Ministries and Seminaries of the ELCA. (No, you don’t have to be headed to seminary!) This event is FREE (save for a $50 registration fee to hold your place) and will fill up quickly.
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Advocacy Alert: Hospitals in East Jerusalem funding crisis 
Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, needs your urgent help. Owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), it is the main cancer and kidney center serving Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. 

AVH and five other East Jerusalem hospitals rely on funding each year from the United States and the European Union to cover approximately half the costs of patients referred to these hospitals. Currently, the AVH is owed over $38 million of a total of $80 million to the six East Jerusalem hospitals. However, several media reported on Sept. 7 that $25 million in 2017 U.S. government funding that was designated for AVH and the other East Jerusalem hospitals would not be released. Approximately half of the $25 million would be for AVH. The large amount owed to AVH is due to the high cost of cancer medications. It is especially urgent that this action be challenged in order to ensure ongoing treatment and to avoid putting cancer patients in jeopardy.
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2018 Advent Resource Packet from ELCA World Hunger
The new Resource Packet includes samples of the newest and most popular resources to share with your congregation! Included is an Advent Study full of new weekly devotions, Advent calendars to brighten up your home or congregation with a daily reminder of the reason for the season, and a Congregational Action Guide with ideas and activities for use in your congregation. Order your packet for free, while supplies last.
Upcoming Events
Save the Date: Boundaries Workshop 
There will be a boundaries workshop offered in November.
Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from the Integral Psychology Center, Madison, WI.

It is recommended that pastors and deacons take a boundaries training every three to five years.

November 15 - Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, IL (shared event with Northern IL Synod)

November 16 - St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Des Moines
Register for Moline event
Register for Des Moines event
Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering
The Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a networking event on Thursday, November 1from 9:30-1:45 in Iowa City. Time together will include introductions, network announcements, A presentation by Pastor Rodney Bluml and ministry-specific networking time. This event is free with a $5 donation for lunch. 
Learn more and register online
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Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary announces new Spiritual Direction Certification Program Lutheran Men in
Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition; however, it has largely stayed rooted in the Roman, Eastern, and Anglican community. Somehow, it fell off the Protestant “radar” for far too long.

Over the last few decades our candidacy committees have seen the value in spiritual direction and are increasingly suggesting that our seminary candidates participate in spiritual direction. This trend matches a growing desire within Protestantism to embrace this ancient tradition again.
In search of spiritual directors, we Protestants have turned largely to our wonderful brothers and sisters in the non-Protestant traditions. They have served us well.
We would like to begin to raise up new generations of Protestant (and Lutheran!) spiritual directors. With this sense of calling, we are offering our Spiritual Direction Certification Program. Learn more
Lutheran Men in Mission: One Year to Live Retreat
Lutheran Men in Mission’s One Year To Live (OYTL) retreat will be held at Camp Shaw-Wa-Na-See near Manteno, Illinois, October 26-28, 2018. This is a men's retreat for Men of all ages yearn for real friendships and a closer relationship with Christ. This 45-hour experience is not for the faint of heart!

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 Pray the Holy Spirit continues to reveal to us the value and meaning of accompaniment – walking together with Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith sisters and brothers around the world.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet

Sept. 23, 2018
James 4:1-2 – Those conflicts and disputes among you … do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts.
James puts his finger on the pulse of human misery. We drive ourselves crazy by craving the things we don’t have and envying those who have more than we do! Spiritual maturity and practicing steward/discipleship help bring us sanity.
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