Synod News

Synod Deans

Welcome to our new Synod Deans who met at the Synod Center for ministry last week. They are Pastors Dan Solomon, Jealaine Marple, Dan Kuckuck, Ryan Cosgrove, Beth Wartick, and Elaine Olson. 

Fall Theological Conference Presentations online

The slides of both of Dr. Bill Withers presentations and President Louis Johnson's presentation are available for download as a PDF. Get the slides

Churchwide News
It’s time to enter your organization’s 2019 health benefit option
Congregations and organizations who sponsor employees through Portico: Please choose the ELCA-Primary health benefits option you will offer for 2019 and enter it on EmployerLink before Oct. 26. You must do this even if you want to continue your current option, your plan members waive ELCA-Primary health benefits, or your plan members are eligible for ELCA Medicare-Primary coverage. There’s information to help your organization make its selection on EmployerLink — or call the Customer Care Center, 800.352.2876, for assistance.
Hurricane Michael Relief
The latest storm, Hurricane Michael, hit our neighbors in the Gulf with dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. Lutheran Disaster Response is monitoring Hurricane Michael's effects and is coordinating its response with Lutheran Services Florida, the Florida-Bahamas Synod, as well as our partners and affiliates in other potentially impacted areas. Gifts designated for "Hurricane response" will be used 100% for direct response to those impacted by this hurricane season.  
Give online
Upcoming Events
Turning Point: Fostering Congregational Vitality
Turning Point: Fostering Greater Congregational Vitality is an 18-month guided learning process in which six to ten congregations from across the Southeastern Iowa Synod will engage together in listening, learning, and experimenting within their congregations and communities. This process includes both a financial commitment and the commitment of a learning team who will work the process from beginning to end. There will be an online information session on October 16 for those that are interested.
Learn more
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
Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering
The Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a networking event on Thursday, November 1from 9:30-1:45 in Iowa City. Time together will include introductions, network announcements, a presentation by Pastor Rodney Bluml and ministry-specific networking time. This event is free with a $5 donation for lunch. 
Learn more and register online
Thursday Webinars
The webinar series will provide online learning opportunities for congregation members and their leaders on a variety of topics. There are currently six scheduled through May of 2019. These free webinars occur on Thursdays over the lunch hour. All are welcome, please share with others who may be interested in learning more about ministry from leaders in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. 

Can’t make the time or date? Webinars will be recorded and stored for 60 days and linked on this page. Space is limited, early registration is recommended.
See dates, topics, and sign up online
You're Invited
Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp
The Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp is a collaboration between Drake University’s Comparison Project and the Des Moines Area Religious Council. High school students from across the religious spectrum take part in worship experiences at a number of diverse faith communities, learn skills for interfaith leadership, build relationships with one another, and create a digital storytelling project about their own life of faith. The camp is offered at no expense to students, and each student is awarded a stipend for their participation. Up to 20 students will be accepted, with the application period beginning in January of 2019. If you would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Trone Garriott, Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement for DMARC,
Intercultural Skills Training
On Monday, November 19th, Ewalu is offering a powerful event for leaders: the Equity and Intercultural Skills Workshop, led by guest presenter Stacy Kitahata. Stacy serves as the Program Director at The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship in Seattle. She has an impressive history of leadership within the ELCA. Stacy offers new insights to challenge us and help us grow into greater awareness and stronger connection among cultures. She will also be at Ewalu prior to this event as a leader in the national LVC training. 

This workshop runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is provided. There is no cost for the event; a "free will offering" is welcome. To RSVP, please call the Ewalu office at 563-933-4700 or email . Participation is limited to just 20 people. More information can be found on the event website. Or see the Facebook event page.
See the event flyer
Confirmation Renewal at Lutheran Lakeside
In partnership with Memorial Lutheran Church Lutheran, Lakeside camp is offering a Confirmation Renewal Retreat for students in central Iowa. All confirmation students and friends are welcome to attend this 2-day event that will include bible studies, worship, games, food, fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. $15 per student meals included. February 15-16, 2019 from 6PM-4PM Learn more
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Ask God to bless the numerous ways in which our congregations, ministries, members, synods, churchwide programs, organizations and ecumenical partners work together to care for our neighbors and spread the good news and hope of Jesus Christ.
More prayers
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet

Oct. 21, 2018
Mark 10:42-44 – Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
Jesus gives us a reality that’s topsy-turvy from what we know! We achieve greatness by serving others? Why is this so hard? What kind of heart-transformation does it require?
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