Synod News
New Parking Process for Clergy at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Beginning October 1, UIHC will have a new process for Clergy to receive validation for parking. Please review the attachment as it outlines the protocol. 

Review the new procedures
September Living Lutheran Synod Insert

The September edition of the synod insert of Lutheran Living magazine is now available. In this edition there is an article by Bishop Michael Burk on our call to ministry and signs of vitality for congregations. There is also a list of upcoming events and a recap of the 2018 Synod Assembly. 

Download the insert
Upcoming Events
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference for rostered ministers and congregational program staff will be held September 23-25, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. We will gather around the theme “Leadership and Innovation” with Dr. Bill Withers from Wartburg College, Waverly; the Rev. Michael Hurst from Des Moines; and the Rev. Louise Johnson from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque.
More information and registration
Save the Date: Boundaries Workshop 
There will be a boundaries workshop offered in November.
Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from the Integral Psychology Center, Madison, WI.

It is recommended that pastors and deacons take a boundaries training every three to five years.

November 15 - Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, IL (shared event with Northern IL Synod)

November 16 - St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Des Moines
Register for Moline event
Register for Des Moines event
The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has written a draft as a step toward the development of a social statement that will be considered by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Draft social statements are a means to invite everyone to participate in the process toward the creation of an official statement. Learn more and read the draft online.

There will be two hearings around this statement in the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

Saturday, September 22, 2018 
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive  
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport  
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
You're Invited
Join LSI for a luncheon to welcome our newest neighbors and celebrate their contributions to our communities on September 27, 12-1:00 pm at the Valley Community Center in West Des Moines.  Questions? Contact Nancy Strutzenberg,
Learn more
Trends in Rural Ministry at EWALU
Join other ELCA leaders, both rostered and lay, for this day-long event on October 18, to understand and respond to the challenges - and unique opportunities - in smaller and rural congregations. 

The presenter, Rev. Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen, serves as the Director for Small Town and Rural Ministry at Wartburg Seminary. His wife, Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen, is also very experienced in the field as the senior pastor at a 4-point parish (ELCA) in Northeastern Iowa. 

There is no cost for attending. Lunch is also included. 
Learn more
Bread for the World Sunday
Bread for the World Sunday is Oct. 21, or another can be celebrated another weekend this fall and join others in our commitment to ending hunger. Your celebration can be as simple as including prayers for people struggling with hunger during a worship service. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children’s message, and other activities to ending hunger in God’s world. 

Free resources — including Rev. Amy Reumann’s Gospel commentary, Rev. John Crossin’s litany, a Bread for the World Sunday poster, and bulletin inserts in English, Spanish-language, and those for African-American/Pan-African traditions are all available — order or download online now. 
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 Give thanks to God for the season of fall with its new beginnings, abundant harvests that feed the hungry and rhythms of change in nature that move us to reflect on God with awe and praise.
More prayers
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet

Sept. 16, 2018 
Mark 8:35 – [Jesus taught,] “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?”
Jesus debunks the prevalent lie that the more we accumulate, the happier and more secure we will be. Steward/disciples learn that when we give ourselves fully to God, we save our lives and find true joy.
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