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Abundant summer crops and harvests are a wonder and blessing. We give thanks to God for the food that sustains us and the people who plant, grow, harvest, prepare and share it for the well-being of all people.
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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
Unglamorous yet vital
by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
This article originally appeared in The Lutheran. 
A church in the Northeastern Ohio Synod describes itself as a “50/50” congregation. It gives away half of offerings received. A significant portion goes to mission support, but the congregation also supports local projects and ministries. I visited this congregation on the day it was bringing in offerings for a special appeal. One by one, somber parishioners came forward and placed their offerings in a basket before the altar.

Farther back in the congregation I noticed a girl, maybe 5  years old, sitting on her father’s lap. She squirmed and wriggled until he gave her his offering and set her loose. She came tearing down the aisle, check held high, looking for all the world as if she had won the lottery. As she returned to her seat, I pointed out the joy of giving this little girl embodied. Someone from the congregation quipped, “It’s not her money.” I waited for a minute and then said, “No, it’s her Father’s money.” Read the rest
Presiding Bishop offers letter on Supreme Court marriage ruling

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offered a pastoral letter June 30 to the 3.8 million members of the denomination in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples may now exercise the right to marry. The full text of the statement follows:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of the crucified and risen Christ.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision announcing the right of same-gender couples to have equal access to marriage. For many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this decision is a welcome sign of hope and a time for celebration. Other members of this church do not agree with the court's decision and remain deeply concerned because of their understanding of Scripture.

This decision affects each of us, some profoundly, and we are not of one mind. Let us continue to accompany one another with prayer, love and mutual respect as we reflect on this new reality and remember Paul's words in 1 Corinthians about the enduring power of God's love. Read the rest
You're Invited
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


Inter-religious prayer vigil in Cedar Rapids
There has been a rise in number of incidents related to gun violence. The number of of "shots fired" incidents in Cedar Rapids has risen from 7 in 2006 to 96 in 2014. 

We will recognize the loss and grief caused by this violence and move toward change by walking together to an inter-religious prayer vigil. On Sunday, July 12, 2015 gather at 8:00PM and walk to vigil service at 8:30PM in Cedar Rapids. Click here for exact locations and more information.

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