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Bishop Election: Bishop Video Series
In order to assist the people of the Southeastern Iowa Synod to prepare for the election of a bishop in 2020, the Synod Ministry Profile Committee has created a description of the current status of ministry in and around this synod, noting in particular opportunities, challenges, and pressure points. This profile is intended to be a brief introduction to the synod's current ministry for all who are interested.
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Synod Book Club
Join others from around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for online discussions on books related to our shared ministry. All discussions will include an introduction and a time to discuss the book with a small group of people from around the synod via video conference. The first book discussion on Dear Church by Lenny Duncan will be October 21. All are welcome.
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Turning Point: Congregational Vitality
Turning Point is an 18-month guided learning process for congregations in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. The process focuses on congregational vitality using a variety of in-person learning labs, online check-ins, and assignments based in the local community. A learning team from each congregation will commit to the process.An informational meeting for those interested will be held Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 pm via Zoom videoconference. Questions? Contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
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Churchwide News 
Bishop Eaton issues a pastoral message on racism and white supremacy
Centered in Christ, the 2019 Churchwide Assembly was significant in many ways: worship, thoughtful deliberation and prayer led to the adoption of memorials and resolutions that will shape this church for years to come. Among these decisions, this church was called to address the deadly power of racism and white supremacy. Martin Luther's clear exposition of the gospel — that God justifies, that we are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus, and that grace is a gift — not only makes it possible to engage in this work but gives us a framework in which to do it. Continue reading... 
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Upcoming Events
Fall Network Gathering 
Join the Southeastern Iowa Children and Youth Ministry network for their Fall Network Gathering. These gathering days are to make connections with people in children/youth ministries and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod. Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome.

Thursday, November 7
9:30 am -2:00 pm
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
Free (lunch donation $5 payable at the door)
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You're Invited
Finding congregational vitality by focusing on daily life
What does it mean to structure a congregation around equipping the saints for ministry in daily life? Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has done it. An immersion will provide insight into the rationale for focusing on equipping the saints for ministry in daily life, the challenges that can be expected, and the congregational revitalization that will emerge.
When: 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 8, through lunch on Wednesday. There are a few seats left. Don’t delay, sign up today.
Cost: $20.

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Continuing Ed Camp at Lutheran Lakeside 
 Lutheran Lakeside is offering a week-long continuing education event for clergy, retired clergy, students, and their families.
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CROP Walk 50th Anniversary
This year is the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement, CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. Across the
country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks. Learn the location of these events and more about the 50th anniversary online
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Give praise and glory to God that through our worship and liturgy we will be reminded of the promises spoken at our baptisms, the forgiveness and new life we receive through the washing with water and the word of God, and the call we receive to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness — as individuals and communities of faith. 
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