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Jan 18, 2016
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City 

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Love Like Jesus
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Des Moines
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Remembering the ways in which we have fallen short of our promises and commitments, we come to God in prayer each day trusting in the forgiveness and newness God has promised us in our baptism and through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ.
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Racial Justice in the 21st Century-Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us the opportunity to remember how far we have come as a country, and paves the way for work and ministry in the future. 
Out time together begins around the baptismal font, and takes us on the baptismal journey of daily dying and rising to new life through the process of examining old learnings and coming to new understanding and action. 

This Martin Luther King Day, take time to live the spirit of the day.  Emulate King’s dedication to racial justice and community development by joining us January 18 at the Synod Center of Ministry for a day of conversation and interactive activities.
  • Consider the impact of past and current policies.
  •  Learn more about ourselves and explore how personal histories influence opinions and attitudes.
  • Work with other leaders to develop strategies that apply to your life and community. See the flyer for more information or register online.
Candidates Approved
At recent candidacy committee meetings, several people were approved to be rostered leaders in the ELCA. Those approved for assignment and call as ministers of Word and Sacrament were Laura Laughlin, Joe Daiker, Dione Miller, and Barb Jones. Jodi Schuman was also approved for assignment and call as an Associate in Ministry.  This synod continues to raise up quality leaders to serve on the rosters of this church for which the whole Church is grateful.
Churchwide News
Putting the pieces together
by Elizabeth Eaton
This article originally appeared in The Lutheran 
It has been just more than two years since I began this call. I’m often asked what has been the greatest surprise. Certainly the amount of travel has been a surprise, but the greatest has been the complexity and scope of the ELCA. As bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod, I had a pretty good grasp of the ministries in its 20 counties, but now my territory includes all of the counties in all of the states and the Caribbean, along with international partnerships.

This church does a lot. All over the world. All of the time. At your churchwide office, spreadsheets track the progress of the six goals we set for ourselves in the 2013-2016 operational plan. This just tracks the work of churchwide staff, not that of congregations, synods, social ministry organizations, colleges and universities, seminaries, conciliar relationships, camps, campus ministries, separately incorporated ministries, federal chaplaincies and missionary personnel.

At its November 2015 meeting, the ELCA Church Council received the report of the Theological Education Advisory 
Council. One of the striking revelations in this report was the number of ways we deliver theological education in the ELCA. We do this through seminaries, of course, but also through colleges and universities, lay schools, certificate programs, synodical schools and congregational schools. Read the rest...
New Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services Resource

This free resource called "My Neighbor Is Muslim," a remarkable seven part study guide for use by local congregations or other discussion groups. This resource was developed by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and written by professors at Luther College and Luther Seminary and for use in Minnesota. LIRS is honored to be able to launch a national version of this resource for wider use. Download "My Neighbor Is Muslim" or order free hard copies here. This resource is valuable for dialogue and engagement in welcoming refugees and new neighbors. 
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Ewalu Lenten Retreat
Ewalu is holding a new retreat for pastors and lay leaders to prepare for the season of Lent. Refresh and Prepare: a Lenten Retreat for Leaders will be Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2016 at the Ewalu Stone Center. The event will feature presenter/musician, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, whose work includes writing music for the Psalms and creating a variety of worship liturgies and congregational resources. 

More information and registration is available on their website or at this Facebook event page
Vote to End Hunger January House Meetings 
Vote to End Hunger is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030. We believe that it will take the combined public and political will to do this and are working together to elevate the issue of hunger with candidates during the 2016 election cycle. Read an invitation from Rev. Russ Melby and Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott to hold "house meetings" to discuss hunger issues and advocacy or go to to learn more. 
Iowa Interfaith Exchange
The Iowa Interfaith Exchange Sunday Jan. 31 is a gathering of people from all faiths and belief systems, coming together to find our commonalities and share our differences. The theme of our inaugural event is Exploring Our Religious Landscape. Regular admission is $25, students pay only $10.

We will be joined by keynote speaker Peter Manseau, author of One Nation, Under Gods, which examines the history of the United States from the perspective of religious minorities. American culture has been significantly influenced by non-Christian religions, and Manseau will explore historical figures that helped shape the course of our nation’s spiritual life. Download the flyer here to see more information
Psalms & Spirituals with the National Lutheran Choir
Join the National Lutheran Choir led by artistic director and organist, David Cherwien, for a unique blend of choral music, spoken reflections and congregational hymnody. Experience the artistry of the National Lutheran Choir as they perform songs of faith, and join together in singing well-known – and perhaps new – hymns with the choir!
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7PM
First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA 50010
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