Synod News
Pre-Holy Week Worship 
Pastors and deacons are invited to a service of Holy Communion on Thursday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City. This yearly gathering is for the sake of nourishing the servants who regularly offer nourishment to the people of God. The service of Holy Communion will include the affirmation of vocational promises by pastors and deacons.

Time with colleagues also provides nourishment. So please consider remaining after worship for lunch at Christ the King. Lunch will be provided (free will donation). No RSVP is necessary.
People of faith have a calling to find solutions to global climate change
By Bishop Michael Burk 

For the longest time, human beings have assumed that what was good for us would be good for the planet. It is increasingly clear that it works the other way around. What is good for the world is good for human beings. And as people of faith, we are called to care for our common home. Continue reading...
Free Congregational Stewardship Resources 
Generosity 365 – is an online resource from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, which provides an annual stewardship campaign, monthly Bible studies, worship resources, small group studies, and stewardship resources for youth and children. The office of the Bishop will provide a no-cost subscription to any congregation that requests one. Questions? Contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
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Churchwide News 
All Created Things
God’s entire divine nature is wholly and entirely in all creatures, more deeply, more inwardly, more present than the creature is to itself (Martin Luther).

I am formed by the Lutheran movement, so I tend to look for law and gospel, judgment and promise in everything. This quote from Luther is no exception. It does speak a word of judgment and, at the same time, a word of promise that brings hope.

First the law. “God’s divine nature is … more present than the creature is to itself.” There is a tendency, especially in Western culture, for humans to see themselves as distinct from the creation.  This positioning of human creatures as separate from the creation causes harm to the creation. We become the actors and creation is acted upon. The rest of creation becomes a commodity to be used as humankind sees fit. This has had dire consequences for our planet, the atmosphere around it and even space, which is now littered with our cast-off machinery. Continue reading...
Upcoming Events
Bread for the World Offering of Letters Advocacy Training 
In partnership with Bread for the World and the Office of the Bishop, there will be advocacy training on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City.

Learn how to get your faith community involved in the coordinated Offering of Letters. It will be conducted by Bread for the World's midwest senior regional organizer, Rev. Russ Melby, and Steve Panther.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE of charge, but please RSVP to Cristina Barkalow, by Apr. 21

This event will also be available live online via webinar. Register to participate virtually
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Synod Assembly 
Information and registration are available online for the 2019 Synod Assembly to be held May 10-11, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. See the webpage for registration, lodging information, information on submitting resolutions, and more. 
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Cedar Rapids Theological Forum
PLEASE NOTE this date has been changed
On April 25, 2019,  Dr. Walter Sundberg, Emeritus Professor of History at Luther Seminary, will present "God and the Devil in Luther's Theology" at the Cedar Rapids Theological Forum that meets at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The Forum begins with coffee and worship at 9 AM followed by Dr. Sundberg's lecture.  
Palm Sunday Procession and Service for Peace: Des Moines
This annual observance will be held on Sunday, April 14th. At 2:45 PM we will gather at the south patio and lawn at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., in Des Moines. The Procession, led by two donkeys,  and services will be held at 3:30 PM. It will express a vision of peace and justice and a position against war. The theme is "To Love and Defend our Sacred Earth."  Matt Russell, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, will be the keynote speaker.
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Give thanks for the coming of spring, with its stirring of new life, its blossoms and flowers, and its lengthening days filled with light. Pray for those who are suffering, feeling hopeless or experiencing depression, that their spirits will be lifted and refreshed by the changing season, the care and encouragement of others and the newness we have in Christ.
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