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Children and Youth Network Fall Gathering 
Nov. 5
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

Sunday Soup: Evening with the Bishop
Nov. 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA
Event Registrations
November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
For everything God has entrusted to our care – our time, talents and resources – we give thanks and ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance in using all we have to God’s glory in service to our neighbor and the sharing of the gospel. ​More prayers...  
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Vote to End Hunger
You are invited to participate in the “Vote to End Hunger” ecumenical rally at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Grand View University in Des Moines. The event is sponsored by Bread for the World and the Iowa Catholic Conference. The purpose of the rally is to make hunger a priority issue in the presidential campaign. Speakers will include Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. Elected officials and candidates are invited. Supporters of the event include the Northeast and Southeast Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. To sign up for the free event go to
ELCA World Hunger Lenten Resources
Watch your mailboxes in mid-November for the 2016 ELCA Word Hunger Lenten resource packet. 2016 is The Campaign for the ELCA's year of emphasis on ELCA World Hunger. A special Lenten initiative to raise $2 million by Easter Sunday with other Lutherans across the nation. Watch for those resources and together we'll make a difference in the struggle against hunger and poverty. 

Quarterly bulletin insert: Mission Link available
The autumn edition of Southeastern Iowa Synod's bulletin insert is available. This edition focuses on giving and support of the church. 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

Coming to grips with happiness
By. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
This article originally appeared in the The Lutheran

In her book Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World, Barbara Ehrenreich wrote about the relentless pressure she faced to be upbeat while undergoing treatment for cancer. Any lapse in positive attitude would give aid and comfort to the cancer cells attacking her body and she would somehow be responsible for the failure of her treatment. Positive thinking leads to positive results that inexorably lead to happiness!

The pursuit of happiness in American culture has become an obsession. Discomfort, unease and disease are to be avoided if possible and dealt with firmly with the aid of the appropriate analgesic—medical, emotional, social or religious—if necessary. Tension in relationships or within oneself isn’t to be tolerated. Relief becomes the greater good. Read the rest of the article...
Walk for Water Campaign Doubles Goal
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our youth and the generous support of many, ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water fundraising challenge of $500,000 was met – and now it will be doubled!

To date, more than $500,000 has been received in support of this effort, and thanks to a generous family in the ELCA, $500,000 will be matched – totaling more than $1 million in gifts for ELCA World Hunger-supported water projects.

Your gifts are making a difference! By supporting water-related projects, together, we are helping to create healthier families and stronger economies through projects that provide clean drinking water through spring boxes and boreholes, support for irrigation systems, education about sanitation in rural villages, and so much more, in 36 countries around the world. Thank you! Engage your community with a do-it-yourself experience download the PDF.
Watch the celebration video by clicking the image below
Lutheran Malaria Program in Uganda 
Michael and Ester are two of the trained volunteers working with the Lutheran malaria program in Katakwi subcounty in Katakwi District, Uganda. Read their stories about the Lutheran Malaria campaign...
Synod Events
Treasurers' Workshop and Luncheon - November 17, 2015
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
2635 Northgate Drive
Iowa City, IA 

Join Jodi Schuman, Synod Treasurer, and Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, for conversation about year-end financial reporting and responsibilities. Topics include: W-2, W-3, 1099, 1096, Congregation Reports, Mission Intent Forms, Portico reports, audits, and anything else you would like to discuss. Followed by lunch and fellowship. This is a free event for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. If you'd like to attend please RSVP here by November 13.
Sunday Soup
An Evening with the Bishop

All are welcome as congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod gather for an evening meal and to share stories of life and ministry. Bishop Burk will share his own thoughts and hopes for our life together as church, and facilitate conversation about how our connections to one another in Christ can bring to expression a bold and hopeful witness to our communities and to the whole world…all in the name of Jesus. Please bring a can of soup or offering for ELCA World Hunger and local food pantries. 

Sunday November 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA
Children and Youth Ministry Network Fall Gathering
​The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a gathering on Thursday November 5, 2015. We're excited to welcome guest speaker Leif Kehrwald of Vibrant Faith via teleconference. This is a free event, lunch will be provided. For more information contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Eric Carlson,

Children's Ministry Resource Day
The day will offer worship, workshops on safety policies and education milestones, and a panel discussion with the members of the Children’s Ministry Working Group.
The first bi-annual resource day is a perfect time to connect with other church volunteers/workers and learn a few things to take back to your own congregations. Breakout sessions include Educational Standards - making curriculum work for you, Safety Policies - how to get started, and ending the afternoon with a Q & A Panel and short worship service. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., the event will start at 10 a.m., and  will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
This is a free event for volunteers, helpers, and staff involved with children's ministry within the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, November 14
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

You're Invited
Christmas at Augustana
Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College during the holiday season. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and rostered leaders, with one guest, to join us. 

This year, Christmas at Augustana will have just two performance times: Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As special guests, you will receive free tickets to attend the 2 p.m. performance in Centennial Hall, followed by a dessert reception in the Wilson Center that’s sure to be full of laughter, socializing and the holiday spirit. 

Should you wish to bring additional guests, the cost of the performance is $20 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens (60+) and $10 for children and students. 

Please RSVP by November 30 by emailing Connie Huntley or by mailing the completed form to Augustana College–Campus Ministries, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. 
Click here to download registration form.
Hans Peterson to play in Cedar Rapids
Hans Peterson (member of Dakota Road) will be performing in concert. For all Ages, Confirmation youth and families especially welcome! 

Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 PM.
First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
Free sponsored by the Cedar River Conference
For more information contact Pr. Randy Kasch, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Cedar Rapids, 319-396-2641.
2014-2015 Young Adult in Global Mission (YAGM) to share about experiences
JD Engelhardt, son of Chaplain Marcus and Joanne Engelhardt, will share experiences of his year as a volunteer in Madagascar onNovember 22 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (2600 E. Euclid Ave., Des Moines). His presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. downstairs in the fellowship hall. There will be a lunch provided for all at 11:45AM following the 10:30AM worship service. For more information contact Pr. Janelle Osbeck at or call 515-265-2865
7th and Final Hope for the Hungry Conference
The final Hope for the Hungry Conference will be held November 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. The conference topics include, current hunger issues, current work to alleviate hunger, volunteering to alleviate hunger. The conference will include panel discussions and a keynote address by Matthew Russell of Drake University.

Registration and more information can be found at

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