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Sept. 27-29
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA 

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Synod Blog: Our Synod’s Greatest Resources
by Pastor Eric Carlson

I had a great conversation with a friend in Detroit this summer during my participation in the ELCA Youth Gathering. My friend serves on the staff of another synod and we often compare notes and learn from each other. This friend asked me, “What are some of the greatest resources in your synod?” At first, my mind went to the resources provided by the Office of the Bishop…all the support “we” provide for congregations and their leaders. But as I started to list a few of those resources (for which I am grateful), I saw one of the youth directors from our synod walking with her crew on the other side of the street, and without hesitation, I pointed to her and said to my friend, “She is one of our greatest resources.”

I am humbled by and thank God for the caliber of those who serve as non-rostered staff or volunteers in our congregations. Read the rest of the article...
Bi-annual synod newsletter now available

The summer 2015 issue of the Southeastern Iowa Synod's new bi-annual newsletter is here!  This new publication is geared toward sharing stories of our life and faith together in the name of Jesus. 
Churchwide News

ELCA to join AME Church Sept. 6 for prayer, commitment to end racism
In response to a statement and call to action from the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has pledged the 3.8 million-member ELCA to participate Sept. 6 in "Confession, Repentance and Commitment to End Racism Sunday."

The AME Church, together with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, are calling "every church, temple, mosque and faith communion" to "confess and repent from the sin of racism" Sept. 6 during their respective worship. Faith leaders worldwide are being asked to preach about racism and engage as "people of faith to end racism."

"We received the AME Bishops statement and call to action," wrote Eaton in a letter to AME Church leaders. "I pledge to you that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will participate, and I will invite our bishops, pastors, and leaders to reach out to ecumenical and inter-religious partners to encourage them to do so as well, and to consider possible ways of joining together," she wrote.

ELCA worship resources for Sept. 6 are available at To encourage participation and continued conversation about racism, Eaton shared these resources in an Aug. 25 email to ELCA rostered leaders. More information and worship resources
"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday Day of Service
Sunday, September 13 join other Lutherans nationwide for a day of service. Last year congregations in the Southeastern Iowa Synod stocked food banks, cleaned up highways, made quilts, packed care packages, and so much more. Download resources like bulletin inserts, posters, and more to promote the event in your congregation. Send photos and stories from the day to Val Harlynn,, we'll be collecting everyone's stories to share on the synod's website and in E-News. See more and download resources...
Synod Events
Children's Ministry Resource Day
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 congregation.

Saturday, November 14
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 27-29, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.  The theme will be “Being Public in the Name of Jesus.” Our speakers for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Pr. Jason Chesnut from Baltimore, Maryland, and the founder of “The Slate Project.” About this year’s theme; christendom is waning and that might be a good thing! The love of Christ frees us to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods. But our neighbors aren’t coming to church all that much anymore. So the locus of work might need to shift from the sanctuary to the public square. Together we will explore ways to make this move into the public square as congregations and as leaders.​

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.

Sunday Sept. 20
St. Mark Lutheran Church
West Des Moines, IA
Sunday November 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA

Upcoming Administration Workshop
Creating your Church Budget – For Church Treasurers and Finance Committees
Budgets are critical to any church’s success.  Budgets not only allocate resources, authorize action, and provide boundaries and benchmarks; they help tell your congregation’s mission story.  Join treasurers and business administrators from across the synod to learn from each other and gather new ideas. 
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30)
Location: Memorial Lutheran, Nevada 
701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa 515-382-6509

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30)
Location: Synod Center for Ministry, IC
2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 319-338-1273

  • Leadership role of the treasurer and finance committees in the budgeting process
  • Purposeful, positive leadership and a non-anxious presence for financial leaders
  • Mission focused budgets
  • Planning for the unexpected
Questions: Contact Kathy Smith, Southeastern Iowa Synod,

This workshop is provided at no cost for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Register online
You're Invited
Online Course for Everyone and the Life of Faith Initiative at Wartburg Seminary
An eight-week online course, "The Gathered–Scattered Church: Releasing God’s People for Ministry in the World,” will explore the power of being sent in God’s name into all the activities and relationships of our everyday lives. Led by our own, Pr. Dwight DuBois, the course is primarily intended for members, but pastors are welcome as well. The course will use parts of Pastor DuBois’ soon-to-be-published book, The Scattering: Imagining a Church that Connects Faith and Life.” Groups receive a discount (so please consider running this announcement in your bulletin/newsletter). See more about this and other on-line courses here:​ More info and register online
Hope Leadership Conference
Strong Christian leaders are essential to the positive growth of teams, churches, organizations, communities… and the world! We invite you to join us for a conference where together we will help prepare church leaders to more effectively reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ!  Join us for the 2015 Hope Leadership Conference! Bishop Michael Burk will be presenting at this event. 

​    Thursday, Oct. 22, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm & Friday, Oct. 23, 2015,         8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Pre-conference: Oct. 21, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA

Right Next Door Conference: Beyond the Walls of Church and Neighbor - October 16th-17th
You are invited to join in the Right Next Door Conference!  Women at the Well, a United Methodist congregation inside the walls of the women's prison in Mitchellville, is partnering with Prison Congregations of America and the Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church to host a weekend of presentations and workshops designed to inspire, equip, and empower churches to connect with folks we might have missed.  The Right Next Door conference will include presentations by noted speakers, including our keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.  Judith Roberts, the ELCA Director for Racial Justice Ministries, will be bringing the message at our opening worship. The Conference will also include various workshops addressing prison ministry, advocacy, mental illness, domestic violence, addiction, how to reduce barriers in your home church, and more.  For more information, a schedule of events, and to register, visit
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