Synod News
Living Lutheran Insert: Digital Edition
In the March edition, Bishop Burk discusses congregational vitality. Information about the bag popping up around the Southeastern Iowa Synod and upcoming events. 
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Letter from Bishop Burk on transition in the Office of the Bishop

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Daily Devotions for Lent    
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Churchwide News 
An Invitation
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran Magazine
Is “Lutheran spirituality” an oxymoron? When we consider Martin Luther and the early reformers, we think of great theologians, prolific writers and musicians. We are well aware of Luther’s earthy language and direct communication. But spirituality? Luther as mystic? Not so much. And yet, Luther was a deeply spiritual person who also cared for the spiritual well-being of his parishioners.

Luther was a monk before he was a college professor and reformer. By his own account, he out-monked everyone in his monastery. He took his vows seriously. He longed for God. He wrestled with God. He argued with God. Well before he came to an understanding of grace, Luther nevertheless knew that his life was found in God. He was spiritual and religious. Continue reading...
Upcoming Events
Synod Assembly 
Information and registration are available online for the 2019 Synod Assembly to be held May 10-11, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. See the webpage for registration, lodging information, information on submitting resolutions, and more. 
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Cedar Rapids Theological Forum
On April 11, 2019,  Dr. Walter Sundberg, Emeritus Professor of History at Luther Seminary, will present "God and the Devil in Luther's Theology" at the Cedar Rapids Theological Forum that meets at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The Forum begins with coffee and worship at 9 AM followed by Dr. Sundberg's lecture.  
Palm Sunday Procession and Service for Peace: Des Moines
This annual observance will be held on Sunday, April 14th. At 2:45 PM we will gather at the south patio and lawn at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., in Des Moines. The Procession, led by two donkeys,  and services will be held at 3:30 PM. It will express a vision of peace and justice and a position against war. The theme is "To Love and Defend our Sacred Earth."  Matt Russell, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, will be the keynote speaker.
Campus Ministry at Grand View 
Check out the new video about campus ministry and new ministry initiatives at Grand View University. 

Interfaith Youth Leader Camp

The Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp will take place July 17-21, 2019 and is now accepting applications from rising High School Juniors, rising Seniors, and 2019 graduates. An effort of the Des Moines Area Religious Council and the Comparison Project at Drake University, the camp brings together high school students from diverse backgrounds to explore the religious landscape of Des Moines. Each student creates a digital story telling project about their own faith that will be shared at a public screening on the last day of the camp. The camp is free of charge for participants and each student will receive an honorarium for taking part. For more information please contact Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement for DMARC Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott,

Online applications are available here:

To view last year’s digital projects, click here:

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Christ Hold Fast Event Des Moines
Christ Hold Fast city event  with Grand View University at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, April 13th. The theme is The Hard Sayings of Jesus. This is a one day free event. Learn more and RSVP

Drake University’s Ray Society presents “The Most Segregated Hour of the Week,” an adult community learning course featuring Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott a Lutheran Minister and DMARC Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement, Rev. Travis Stanley of Norwalk Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Rev. Dave Swinton of Grace United Methodist in Des Moines. This four-session course (April 3, 10, 17, 24) will delve into the history of racism in three predominantly white Christian denominations, lifting up stories of frustration, progress, and new possibilities.  

Those who register for the $50 membership in the Ray Society for spring semester get one free course! Find the catalogue and registration information here:

For more information about the course contact Sarah Trone Garriott at

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We believe God calls the church – corporately and individually – to care for God’s creation, pursue justice, care for people in need and seek peace. Pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire, embolden and guide us in doing God’s work in the world. 
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