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ELCA Youth Gathering 
July 15-19
Detroit, MI
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Remember in Prayer
This week we pray for the thousands of young people participating in the ELCA Youth Gathering, for God’s Spirit to stir their faith and help them discover their call to serve locally and globally.​

Pray for volunteers, staff, and kids at St. Paul Lutheran in Martensdale and First Augustana at Lockridge as both are holding VBS events this week. 
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Southeastern Iowa Synod Attends ELCA Youth Gathering

Over 700 youth and adults from The Southeastern Iowa Synod will join 30,000 others for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit July 15-19. The ELCA Youth Gathering exists to accompany young people in their faith journey to claim their baptismal identity and articulate their faith in Jesus Christ. Through interactive learning, service, bible study, and mass gatherings at Ford Field, the Gathering helps young people understand that to know Jesus through his death is to know Jesus as the fullness of God’s love, and that they are called, through their baptism, to follow Jesus’ way of the cross.  

You can live stream events from Detroit. Click here to read the Program Director for Youth Ministry Paul Amlin's blog on reasons to live-stream and some ideas for doing so. Find the live-stream links here during the gathering. 

Want to follow along on social media and connect? Use the #RiseUpELCA and #RiseUpSEIA to stay in touch with others. 

Keep our young people in prayer as they experience the good news of Jesus Christ in and through the Gathering.
Quarterly bulletin insert: Mission Link available
The summer edition of Southeastern Iowa Synod's bulletin insert is available. This edition focuses on hunger ministries locally, throughout the synod, and worldwide. The Mission Link is available in full-size of half-size high quality PDF. Download the full-page here and the half-page here
Churchwide News
ELCA receives federal charter to open credit union
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was granted a federal charter July 7 to create the ELCA Federal Credit Union. The new credit union will provide products and services to the denomination's 3.8 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations and employees of the ELCA's 65 synods and churchwide organization. The credit union joins the three existing financial services ministries of the ELCA.

The charter was granted to the ELCA through the Office of Consumer Protection of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) – an independent federal agency created by Congress to regulate, charter and supervise federal credit unions. See more...
ELCA Advocacy news: Smarter Sentencing Act
ELCA Advocacy took action earlier this month to support The Smarter Sentencing Act, now in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as part of our ongoing effort to address mass incarceration and racial justice in our communities. The bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act makes modest reforms to our justice system by alleviating overcrowding in our prisons, restoring the ability of federal judges to determine fairer and more realistic sentences, and creating more transparency about how federal laws and regulations are applied.  Learn more
You're Invited
Dewitt Academy for Theological Education
All are welcome to attend the lecture series hosted by the Dewitt United Church of Christ. The next session, “Parables for Leaders” by Dr. Dan Ebener of St. Ambrose University. Participants will discern the wisdom of the parables of Jesus and apply the message to today’s church leaders and church leadership. Dr. Ebener will explore several parables in their context of first century Palestine and the synoptic gospels. The discussion will use interactive teaching methods. Dr. Ebener is author of Blessings for Leaders: Beatitude Wisdom for Leaders. 

Sat Aug 15, 2015
DeWitt’s United Church of Christ
520 East 11th Street
DeWitt, Iowa
$75 per person. Groups of 4 or more from a single congregation will be charged $50 each. Lunch is included.

Future seminars include:
The Hebrew Prophets: Guardians of the Common Good: Sat., Sep 12, 2015
Dr. Clint McCann, Eden Theological Seminary
Battle Over the Bible: Conflict in the Holy Land: Sat., Oct 17, 2015
Dr. James Bailey, Professor Emeritus Wartburg Theological Seminary

Mental Health First Aid: Sat., Nov 14, 2015
University of Iowa Center for Child Health Improvement & Innovation

​For questions or registration, contact Dianne Prichard at
Pastoral Care Specialist Course in Des Moines
This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.  Second Thursday of each month from Noon-3pm, beginning September 2015 and ending June 2017 No class July and August. 

Tuition:  $600 for each of the two years
To Register:  Contact the Center at: (515) 274-4006or OR Register online 
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2015 / $25 to reserve class space
For additional information contact: Diane McClanahan at: or (515) 251-6667

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