Synod News
People of faith have a calling to find solutions to global climate change
By Bishop Michael Burk 

For the longest time, human beings have assumed that what was good for us would be good for the planet. It is increasingly clear that it works the other way around. What is good for the world is good for human beings. And as people of faith, we are called to care for our common home.

The determination to enter into a deeper relationship with creation is not a new calling. The spirit of equity among all people and the respect, even reverence, for an earth that sustains us is a fundamental gift from God.
In her 2018 Earth Day Statement, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, writes, “The present moment is a critical and urgent one, filled with both challenge and opportunity to act as individuals, citizens, leaders and communities of faith in solidarity with God’s good creation and in hope for our shared future.” Continue reading...
Explosion Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington 
Please pray for Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington. There was an explosion in the building on Saturday, March 16. Though initially, it appears the most serious damage is in the boiler room and the office area directly above, the full extent of the damage is still being assessed. Pray with thanksgiving that no one was injured and no one was in the building at the time. Pray for the people of Trinity and Pastor Ryan Cosgrove as they continue to assess the situation and the damage.
Free Congregational Stewardship Resources 
Generosity 365 – is an online resource from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, which provides an annual stewardship campaign, monthly Bible studies, worship resources, small group studies, and stewardship resources for youth and children. The office of the Bishop will provide a no-cost subscription to any congregation that requests one. Questions? Contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
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Churchwide News 
Lutheran Disaster Response responds to U.S. Flooding
Heavy rainfall has caused rapid snowmelt that has resulted in major flooding across at least four states. Lutheran Disaster Response is responding to this emergency through congregations, synods and our affiliates across Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri.
Upcoming Events
Thursday Webinars
Join us online as we learn from a case study on new ways to connect with your neighbors as a congregation. All are welcome.
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Bread for the World Offering of Letters Advocacy Training 
In partnership with Bread for the World and the Office of the Bishop, there will be advocacy training on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City.

Learn how to get your faith community involved in the coordinated Offering of Letters. It will be conducted by Bread for the World's midwest senior regional organizer, Rev. Russ Melby, and Steve Panther.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE of charge, but please RSVP to Cristina Barkalow, by Apr. 21

This event will also be available live online via webinar. Register to participate virtually
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Synod Assembly 
Information and registration are available online for the 2019 Synod Assembly to be held May 10-11, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. See the webpage for registration, lodging information, information on submitting resolutions, and more. 
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Cedar Rapids Theological Forum
PLEASE NOTE this date has been changed
On April 25, 2019,  Dr. Walter Sundberg, Emeritus Professor of History at Luther Seminary, will present "God and the Devil in Luther's Theology" at the Cedar Rapids Theological Forum that meets at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The Forum begins with coffee and worship at 9 AM followed by Dr. Sundberg's lecture.  
Palm Sunday Procession and Service for Peace: Des Moines
This annual observance will be held on Sunday, April 14th. At 2:45 PM we will gather at the south patio and lawn at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., in Des Moines. The Procession, led by two donkeys,  and services will be held at 3:30 PM. It will express a vision of peace and justice and a position against war. The theme is "To Love and Defend our Sacred Earth."  Matt Russell, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, will be the keynote speaker.
Christ Hold Fast Event Des Moines
Christ Hold Fast city event  with Grand View University at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, April 13th. The theme is The Hard Sayings of Jesus. This is a one day free event. Learn more and RSVP
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 Pray that the Holy Spirit will teach us anew what it means to be humble, loving, hopeful and engaged with the world for the well-being of our neighbor.
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