Synod News
Grand View University Receives Nearly $1 Million Grant
Grand View University has received a grant of $996,038 to help establish The Moses Project. It is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry. 

The Moses Project at Grand View is designed to provide a professional development program for rural pastors who are in the early stages of their careers. The purpose is to build resilient clergy by connecting them with mentors and exemplars who will guide them through the challenges they encounter in the early years of rural ministry. Continue reading...
Thursday Webinars
Join us on Thursday, October 25 for the first webinar, "Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ," presented by Bishop Michael Burk. 

The webinar series will provide online learning opportunities for congregation members and their leaders on a variety of topics. 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. 
Learn more and register online
Churchwide News
It’s time to enter your organization’s 2019 health benefit option
Congregations and organizations who sponsor employees through Portico: Please choose the ELCA-Primary health benefits option you will offer for 2019 and enter it on EmployerLink before Oct. 26. You must do this even if you want to continue your current option, your plan members waive ELCA-Primary health benefits, or your plan members are eligible for ELCA Medicare-Primary coverage. There’s information to help your organization make its selection on EmployerLink — or call the Customer Care Center, 800.352.2876, for assistance.
Hurricane Michael Relief
The latest storm, Hurricane Michael, hit our neighbors in the Gulf with dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. Lutheran Disaster Response is monitoring Hurricane Michael's effects and is coordinating its response with Lutheran Services Florida, the Florida-Bahamas Synod, as well as our partners and affiliates in other potentially impacted areas. Gifts designated for "Hurricane response" will be used 100% for direct response to those impacted by this hurricane season.  
Give online
Upcoming Events
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. 
See the schedule and RSVP online
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.
Learn more
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
You're Invited
Rally for Immigration Reform in Iowa City
Join other community members in a Rally for Immigration Reform on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the UI Pentacrest. This rally is a peaceful, non- partisan gathering to HEAR stories from Iowans most impacted by negative immigration laws and to LEARN what action we can all take.
Specific location: The University of Iowa Pentacrest at the
intersection of Iowa Ave. and Clinton St. Spanish language
and sign language interpretation will be provided at the event.
See the event flyer
Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp
The Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp is a collaboration between Drake University’s Comparison Project and the Des Moines Area Religious Council. High school students from across the religious spectrum take part in worship experiences at a number of diverse faith communities, learn skills for interfaith leadership, build relationships with one another, and create a digital storytelling project about their own life of faith. The camp is offered at no expense to students, and each student is awarded a stipend for their participation. Up to 20 students will be accepted, with the application period beginning in January of 2019. If you would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Trone Garriott, Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement for DMARC,
Intercultural Skills Training
On Monday, November 19th, Ewalu is offering a powerful event for leaders: the Equity and Intercultural Skills Workshop, led by guest presenter Stacy Kitahata. Stacy serves as the Program Director at The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship in Seattle. She has an impressive history of leadership within the ELCA. Stacy offers new insights to challenge us and help us grow into greater awareness and stronger connection among cultures. She will also be at Ewalu prior to this event as a leader in the national LVC training. 

This workshop runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. There is no cost for the event; a "free will offering" is welcome. To RSVP, please call the Ewalu office at 563-933-4700 or email . Participation is limited to just 20 people. More information can be found on the event website. Or see the Facebook event page.
See the event flyer
Confirmation Renewal at Lutheran Lakeside
In partnership with Memorial Lutheran Church Lutheran, Lakeside camp is offering a Confirmation Renewal Retreat for students in central Iowa. All confirmation students and friends are welcome to attend this 2-day event that will include bible studies, worship, games, food, fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. $15 per student meals included. February 15-16, 2019 from 6PM-4PM Learn more
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Pray for those who are running for public office and upcoming elections that what we stand for and decide reflects concern for the well-being of all communities and people, justice and care for people dealing with poverty, hunger and the need for health care; give thanks for the work of the ELCA Advocacy program, the ELCAvotes initiative and all those who have joined in these efforts.
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Stewardship Snippet

Oct. 28, 2018
Mark 10:51 – Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again."

The blind man articulates the faithful prayer of all steward-disciples. We want to see! Help us see the world around us through eyes of God’s love and mercy.
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