Synod News
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.
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Domestic Hunger Grant Applications
ELCA World Hunger is pleased to announce the 2019 Domestic Hunger Grant applications are available now. To learn more about Domestic Hunger Grants and the new ELCA Grantmaker system, attend a webinar that will review granting priorities and cover the basics of applying on July 19th at 7 p.m. 
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Upcoming Events
Save the Date: Retired Ministers' Gathering
Join Bishop Burk and retired pastors, deacons, and spouses Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Christ the King Lutheran Church
325 Mormon Trek Blvd.
Iowa City
Registration 9:30 am
Worship 10:15 am Conversation and luncheon to follow
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 5
By phone 319-338-1273 or by email
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Fighting Hunger and Child Development event
You're invited to an event from the nation’s leading experts on the importance of childhood nutrition & factors that affect children’s brain development! Hosted by the NE-IA Kiwanis District at the Airport Holiday Inn & Convention Center (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA), Saturday, August 11, you will have the opportunity to attend one or both presentations by esteemed speakers Roger Thurow and Wil Blechman, M.D. A unique & interactive experience, you will also have the option to attend small breakout sessions facilitated by Roger Thurow & Wil Blechman, M.D.  See more
Clergy Roundtable
St. Paul Lutheran Church and Family Resources will host a session for area clergy on how to best respond when someone discloses sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.

Clergy Roundtable: Start by Believing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at St.
Paul Lutheran, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. Elaine Olson, a spiritual director and retired pastor; Alexandria Bruozis, Family Resources sexual abuse advocate; and Jessica Slover, Family Resources sexual abuse therapist, will present. This interfaith roundtable is free, but please register online.

The hope is that clergy from all faith traditions will gain a better understanding of how to communicate with people who come to seek comfort and support in the face of abuse. It is clear that women, men, and children who disclose abuse are not always greeted with healthy responses that better lead to healing. An uninformed response can worsen trauma. Olson will lead a discussion on spiritual aspects and obligations of caring for people who are abused. Bruozis and Slover will focus on the simple but powerful messages of the Start by Believing campaign. 

Questions? Contact Ann McGlynn, director of communication, St. Paul Lutheran, at or 563-326-3547.
Register online
Lutheran Student Center (UNI) Jr. High Lock-in

Join others at the Middle School Lock-In (open to students in your middle school ministry and the grades you consider to be middle school) is sponsored by the partnership of the Lutheran Student Center at UNI in Cedar Falls and the Northeastern Iowa Synod (ELCA) on October 12-13. This year there will be a focus on the ELCA World Hunger – Global Farm Challenge. 

More info and forms

ALOA: Lutherhostel

ALOA, an inter-Lutheran ministry for older adults presents its
Ironwood Springs Lutherhostel
September 24-28, 2018
Miracle Lodge Retreat & Conference Center
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Stewartville, Minnesota

Join ALOA for a time of learning, reflecting and connecting with others! Dr. Robert Holst will present The Wonderful Witness of Women in the Gospel of John. James Coe will lead music and devotions, bringing a Biblical perspective to worship and singing.

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