Synod News
Day of Service photos and stories
We want to hear and share your stories and see your photos! Did your congregation participate in "God's Work. Our Hands." day of service? Send your stories and photos to Val Harlynn, associate for communications,
The Bishop's Shirt: Part 2

Churchwide News 
Lutheran Disaster Response is communicating with the Florida-Bahamas Synod, the South Carolina Synod, the North Carolina Synod, Lutheran Services Carolinas, and other partners, who are assessing the immediate needs and initiating a response. While the extent of the damage is not yet known, we will accompany impacted communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery. This is our commitment as a church. 

See updates from the Florida-Bahamas Synod, including a bulletin insert and updates from Bishop Suarez.

2020 Portico rate changes
Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being.
Learn more
Upcoming Events
Join Bishop Burk for conversations about actions at the churchwide assembly
Join Bishop Burk for a conversation about the actions taken by the recent ELCA Churchwide Assembly.
September 11
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady St, Davenport, IA 52803
No RSVP needed
2019 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme Faith Formation as Shared Mission. The last day to book rooms at the group rate the Sheraton West Des Moines is September 8. Registration closes on September 18.
More information and registration
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)
More information and RSVP
You're Invited
Cedar River Theological Forum (Cedar Rapids)
Pastors, interns, spouses, colleagues in ministry are invited to the Cedar River Theological Forum. They meet the second Thursday of each month, September through May from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.,

Coffee at 9:00, devotions and program 9:30 – 11:45
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids

$135. for all nine sessions. Retired - $65
New sessions begin Thursday, September 12

  • September 12, Imam Hassan Selim, from Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids Topic: He will share his experiences with the Arab Spring and more.
  • October 10, Dr. Caryn Riswold, Professor of Religion, Wartburg College. Topic: Lutheran(d) Feminist Intersectional Theology
  • November 14, Dr. Chris Hoklatubbe, Assistant Professor of Religion, Cornell College Topic: Gospel of Matthew for Year A
Thrivent Prepare Enrich Training 
Church leaders are invited to join the Thrivent Member Network – Greater Iowa at a training to become Prepare Enrich Facilitators at a special reduced cost brought to you by facilitator Cindy Welsher and the Thrivent Member Network - Greater Iowa region!

Facilitators work with dating, engaged or married couples, helping to identify their relationship strengths, gain understanding about the underlying dynamics that influence communication, and offer guidance in the development of skills to improve growth areas. Facilitators work with couples one-on-one, in small groups, at retreats, through marriage mentor programs, in church-wide formats and in many other settings.

Sat, September 28, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Cornerstone Family Church
3114 Southwest 61st Street
Des Moines, IA 50321

RSVP by September 1.
More information and registration
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As members of the body of Christ we are like “trees planted by streams of water,” sustained in all that we do, nurtured to bear fruits of the Spirit and strengthened to follow the word and ways of God. Pray that we are not shy about inviting others to have faith in God’s redeeming love through Christ and enjoying the life-enriching blessings of being in a community of faith.
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