Synod News
An Evening to End Hunger: a conversation with David Beckman

The Southeastern Iowa Synod is hosting a special event featuring David Beckman, President of Bread for the World and a World Food Prize Laureate. The event will be held during the week of the World Food Prize on Wednesday evening, October 18, 2017, at St. James Lutheran Church, 5665 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  All are invited to attend, to hear stories about and to be encouraged to feed hungry people here in Iowa and beyond.

Our LEAD journey

By Pastor Carrie Lewis Laplante

When the opportunity to participate in the LEAD process arose last fall, it seemed to be a gift dropped into our congregation. I had just recently begun my call as Senior Pastor, and the people of Faith Lutheran were looking for some sort of strategic planning or visioning for the future. There was excitement about the possibilities of what church could be.

As we began to learn more about the LEAD process and the fact that it was less about strategic planning and more about listening for where the passion of the congregation could meet the needs of the community, many of us got excited  while others became apprehensive. This concept was new and different and quite frankly, a little bit scary. We were really good at technical change to fix problems, but we were less adept at adaptive change and determining why God might have put us in this place at this time.

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Churchwide News
It's Not Too Late to Order Stewardship Resources
It's not too late to order resources for your congregation's fall stewardship emphasis. Peruse our newest theme--Live Generously--and our 18 other themes from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center.
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Upcoming Events

Hope Leadership Conference
One New Idea Away from Transformation

Thursday, Oct. 12 & Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
An opportunity for ministry leaders, pastors, staff and volunteers to learn together through large group presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions. Leaders are also invited to join us for the first part of the conference, Wednesday, Oct. 11, focused on faith in the workplace.
More information and registration

Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod and The Center for Progressive Renewal for 12 months of becoming a better leader. Throughout the year there will be five in-person and online learning times simultaneously at Faith Lutheran Church - Clive and St. John Lutheran Church - Ely. Gather at 9 a.m. and learn from 9:30-11:30 a.m. An hour will be spent watching an online webinar together and end with an hour or more live question and answer session simultaneously in both locations

  • October 19: Preaching Advent
  • November 16: Boundaries with people who have no boundaries
  • January 4: Preaching Lent
  • March 8: Team Building: Challenges of incorporating young adults to your leadership team
  • April 26: Prioritizing Ministry: don't get swamped with the small stuff

Can't make one or two? Don't worry, with a one-time registration fee of $135 per person, you will have access to all five webinars for a whole year to share with your congregation's leadership teams.

Questions? Contact Pastor Erika Uthe at or call the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry with any questions at 319-338-1273.
Register online
You're Invited
Evening Prayer service for Lutherans and Catholics Together
Special guests include Bishop Denis Madden, Bishop Michael Burk, Bishop Richard Pates. 

St. John's Lutheran Church-Des Moines
October 22
4 p.m. 
Save the Date: Reformation Hymn Festival
The River Bend Conference is hosting a Reformation Hymn Festival, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, on Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Davenport. 

This event will include a piece sung by the joint choir, compiled by the area church choirs, led by John Hurty of Augustana College.  Please mark you calendar and join us for the Reformation celebration. For questions or more information contact
Stacy Christianson at or Karen Ullestad at
Ecumenical Stewardship Center Conference
Generosity Next takes place November 29 - December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. It explores how current culture informs faithful stewardship and generous giving.

This year's topic is Stewardship & Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?  Engage with keynote speakers Steve Manskar and Anne Burkholder as we explore John Wesley's well-known sermons about money and their relevance for generous stewards of the 21st century.

• Connect with others who share a passion for faithful stewardship and generous giving
• Be inspired through meaningful worship, insightful presentations, and thoughtful conversation
• Become better equipped to lead others in their discipleship journeys of becoming faithful stewards and generous givers

Cedar Rapids area 500th Anniversary

Landmark Worship Service Among Catholics and Lutherans Following a worldwide initiative, Catholics and Lutherans in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area will gather for a landmark common worship at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. The service will start at Immaculate Conception. Halfway through participants will walk across the street and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments following.

Augustana College-Rock Island Reformation Events

Quad Cities church and community members are invited to a Three-part discussion series on the 

The Freedom of a Christian by Martin Luther

 These sessions will take place on Wednesdays – October 11, 18, 25  11.30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

in the Wilson Faculty Center, adjacent to the new Brunner Theatr

A soup and sandwich lunch will be offered free of charge to participants. Please notify Connie Huntley at to let us know how many to plan on for lunch.


Discussions of this very famous statement by Martin Luther will be led by Augustana Chaplains Kristen Glass Perez and Richard Priggie, and by Dr. Jason Mahn, director of Augustana’s new Presidential Center for Faith and Learning.

It would be best to read the statement before joining the discussion.  It is not long, and there is an excellent new study edition by Timothy Wengert which you can purchase from or elsewhere.

Plan to attend also a Four-part book discussion on Radical Lutherans, Lutheran Radicals, ed. Jason Mahn  (Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2017).

Mondays – Nov. 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4,  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Faculty Center  

Free food and drinks will be served

Each week the group will discuss a chapter of the book, so reading in advance is suggested. Discussions will be led by the book’s author, Dr. Mahn. Books can be purchased on Amazon or in The Augustana College Bookstore. Reservations are also requested for this second book discussion, again by emailing

Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty area 500th Anniversary events

The following events are planned for ELCA churches to highlight the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

Date TBD - at Holy Trinity (North Liberty), screening of the film, "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World"

Oct 15 - 4pm at St Mary's Catholic Church (Iowa City), Ecumenical service with area ELCA churches and Roman Catholic congregations

Oct 21 - Table Talk with Martin and Katie at Zion (Iowa City), will include a German meal and a discussion

Oct 22 - Worship with Martin and Katie at Zion (Iowa City) at 8:15 or 10:45 and stay for a discussion after the last service

Oct 22 - 9:15 a.m. -- artist, Diego Lasansky, creator of the "Junker Jorg" prints, will speak on Oct 22, 9:15 a.m. at GDLC (Iowa City) during Adult Forum, to describe his printmaking process and the inspiration for the print. "Junker Jorg" is the alias used by Martin Luther when he was in hiding at Wartburg Castle in 1521.

Oct 29 - 9:15 a.m. - Prof. Glenn Ehrstine will speak at GDLC (Iowa City) during Adult Forum about "Luther vs. the Pope in the Reformation Media Campaign." The words and images used by both sides were designed to get an emotional response from the public.

For more information on any of these events contact Chris Schlotfelt:

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View the Synod Calendar Online

Hope Leadership Conference: October 11-13, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

An Evening to End Hunger: October 18, St. James Lutheran Church, Johnston

Incite: October 19, multiple locations, online and in-person.

Children/Youth Ministry Network: November 2, Synod Center for Ministry, Iowa City
God, our refuge and strength, we pray for all affected by the shootings in Las Vegas and we grieve over violence in our world. Heal the injured, comfort those who mourn and strengthen those providing aid. Through our struggle and confusion, empower us to work for justice and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
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October 8
Stewardship Resources: 

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. ~Philippians 3:12

Stewardship is a living thing. There is always room for growth that we can press toward. Stewardship is our response to being made Christ’s own in our baptism. What stewardship goal are you working toward?

See the full month of Bulletin Resources on Stewarship

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