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Midnight Stillness
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article appears in the December issue of Living Lutheran
On Christmas Eve, there always comes a time when everything is finally still. Once all the preparations and decorations, extra choir rehearsals and Christmas pageants, shopping and holiday parties have been completed, peace descends.

For me, that time always came after the 11 p.m. candlelight service. After the congregation went home, after I turned off the lights and locked the doors, as my daughters and I drove home through the dark and quiet streets, I would then settle into silence. Once home and after my husband and children went to bed, I could continue in that Christmas Eve stillness and reflect on the mystery of Advent and Christmas.

Advent—a season of expectation. God is up to something. We are urged to watch and wait. “Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’” (Isaiah 40:9). “At midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him’” (Matthew 25:6).
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Upcoming Events
Save the Date - Administrator's Network
Generosity Project – Developing a theological narrative and framework for generosity through your congregation’s financial reports. Facilitator Karen Kretschmann, Associate for Generosity, Delaware Maryland Synod
Thursday, January 23, 2020 (9:30 – 12:00)

Safety at your Worship Center – Protecting your congregation Thursday, February 13, 2020 (9:00 – 12:00)
John Aunan, Risk Control Specialist for Church Mutual Insurance will facilitate a two-part workshop on reducing risk. The focus will be on common property hazards and best practices for assessing the physical security of your building; as well as ALICE Intruder Mitigation which provides individuals with preparedness response and skills in the event of an aggressive intruder situation.

Both meetings will be held at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, 2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245 and are provided at no cost for congregations of the
Southeastern Iowa Synod. Early registration is encouraged.

Questions? contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Southeastern Iowa Synod,, 319-338-1273
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Several job opportunities posted 
Visit the synod's website to see new position listings. This includes a church musician, program coordinator in infant and maternal health, and full-time chaplaincy. See more
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 Pause each day to reflect prayerfully on the symbols, traditions and practices — ancient and new — that we see and experience throughout Advent and Christmas. Give thanks for everything that centers our attention on the good news of Jesus Christ, deepens our faith as loved and redeemed children of God, and inspires and guides our baptismal journey.
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