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May 29-30, 2015
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God acts first, loves first, gives first

Consumerism looks a bit different from a faith perspective. That is to say that faithful consumers in an economy like ours are positioned to think about the acquisition of goods and services in terms beyond affordability or desire or even our own need.

Acquiring something, whether by purchase or by some other form of “give-and-take,” becomes a value proposition because of the potential for good that comes as a result of the exchange.

Our perspective is shaped by the unusual nature of God’s own economy. It is a relational arrangement whereby we are always on the receiving end. There are no back-and-forth transactions, no “give-and-take.” That is, there is nothing you or I do that will result in God doing something in return. God always acts first. God loves first. God gives first. And we are always the receivers, the beneficiaries, even when we are not aware. 

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ELCA provides $500,000 for emergency aid in Nepal
In an effort to continue meeting the needs of earthquake survivors in Nepal, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have allocated $500,000 to support ELCA partners there engaged in relief and emergency assistance.

The funds were sent through this church's Lutheran Disaster Response to ACT Alliance – $200,000 allocated to The Lutheran World Federation based in Geneva, $200,000 to Lutheran World Relief based in Baltimore, and $100,000 to the United Mission to Nepal.

Active in Nepal since 1984, The Lutheran World Federation began an immediate large-scale emergency response in and around Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. The earthquake's epicenter was approximately 50 miles northwest of the city. As of May 4, the confirmed death toll is more than 7,270 people. The Lutheran World Federation is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition. The ELCA is the only U.S. member church of the communion. Continue Reading...
ELCA Hunger: Education
There's two ways ELCA World Hunger supports education.  First, we provide programming for individuals, congregations, and other groups to learn more about the root causes of hunger and what the church can do to address hunger and poverty.  Second, we also support education toward sustainable development, as in programs in communities that provide basic education and job training.  In this post, we are looking at the first kind of education.

What causes hunger?  What is the difference between hunger and food insecurity?  How can communities respond to hunger together?  How does our faith call us to respond to all needs, including hunger?  These are just a few of the questions Hunger Education explores – and at least attempts to answer.  On the one hand, this means keeping up with current research.  For example, did you know that the once-popular term "food deserts" might not be the best way to describe the relationship between food availability and obesity?  Based on a USDA report, many people are turning to the term "food swamps" instead.  Keeping up with changes like this can be time-consuming.  But if we are going to respond to hunger effectively, we have to know what factors are involved. Read the rest...
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2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

We are used to praying “in the name of Jesus.” But what does it mean to live and serve “in the name of Jesus?” Join us for the 2015 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we worship, sing, share stories of our faith, and act… In the Name of Jesus.

Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

Registration is now open. Learn more at
Upcoming administration workshops
Administration and finance are important to the health of your congregation. Having a firm grasp on your congregation’s finances will have a positive impact on your local ministry; as well as the ministries that we do together as the ELCA. And understanding your congregation’s tax and reporting responsibilities will ensure that you remain in good standing as a non-profit corporation.   ​

The Southeastern Iowa Synod is offering four workshops to help with administration and finance in your congregation. These workshops are provided at no cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.  Pre-registration is encouraged. See the full list of dates and times.  ​

For questions, or to register contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration,, 319-338-1273.
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The Summer Institute in Spirituality and the Arts
Presented by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Tuesday-Friday, June 23-26, 2015. Workshop topics are 1) Hearing the Story—Engaging the Audience―tell stories that are heard2) Visual Storytelling—reveal your soul’s story using a variety of paper art, 3) Weaving Your Story—literally weave your story on a loom; 4) Breathing New Life into Worship—a multi-disciplined approach for a more vibrant worship experience; and 5) Memoir: Writing Your Spiritual Journey—write your unique story through memoir. There will be a Monday evening (June 22) kick off with The Theater of Public Policy and a Friday night closing celebration with Mu Performing Arts. Learn more and register
Become a Pastoral Care specialist
Description: 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. 

New Day and Time: Second Thursday of each month 
Noon - 3 pm, 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) 274-4006 or OR Register online
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2015 / $25 to reserve class space. For additional information contact: Diane McClanahan at: or (515) 251-6667
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