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Racial Justice in the 21st Century
Jan 18, 2016
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City 

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Jan 18, 2016
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City 

Jan. 24, 2016
Windsor Heights

Feb. 21, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
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 We pray that the world may know God’s love is steadfast and true, a dependable refuge for all people in every circumstance.
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Staff Transition
Since early 2009 we have been blessed by the service of the Rev. Gloria Keiser Dovre, who has served as Assistant to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical Mission. Her leadership in this role has strengthened connections throughout the synod.

Gloria has decided to transition back to congregation-based ministry. Her hope is to serve under call on a part-time basis so that she can devote more time to the artistic aspects of her ministry, for which she is well known. She will complete her service in the Office of the Bishop at the end of January. Please join us in thanking Gloria for her service and wishing her well.

Though based in the synod, the position Gloria is leaving is an extension of ELCA Churchwide ministries and is funded through the Churchwide Organization. Bishop Burk will work closely with leaders in the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit at the Lutheran Center to determine how best to configure responsibilities and fill this important opening.
Congregational Mission Support Forms and Annual Report Covers
Each year as congregations set their ministry spending plan, the synod is also planning financial commitments on behalf of all congregations of the synod. To help with this planning, congregations are asked to please submit a mission support form at the beginning of the year. Congregations can submit the form online or in pdf format and can be accessed on the Synod's website. If you have questions please call the Synod Center for Ministry at 319-338-1273 or email Kathy Smith at or go to our website here.
Rostered Leaders Reports to Synod Bishop
Each year, rostered leaders are asked to complete a Rostered Leader Report to the Bishop and submit the form to the synodical bishop. For more information, and instructions click here. Forms are to be submitted by February 15, 2016.   If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Jordan at 319.338.1273 or
Churchwide News
Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning
ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., will continue their conversation on racism – a violation of God’s intention for humanity – in another live webcast Jan. 14, 2016, at 8 p.m. (CST). Eaton and Horne will be joined by other ELCA members who bring various perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. As with the previous webcast, this one will be grounded by two commitments. One is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence this good news brings to set us free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination. See more...
New Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services Resource
This free resource called "My Neighbor Is Muslim," a remarkable seven part study guide for use by local congregations or other discussion groups. This resource was developed by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and written by professors at Luther College and Luther Seminary and for use in Minnesota. LIRS is honored to be able to launch a national version of this resource for wider use. Download "My Neighbor Is Muslim" or order free hard copies here. This resource is valuable for dialogue and engagement in welcoming refugees and new neighbors. 
Synod Events
Racial Justice in the 21st Century-Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us the opportunity to remember how far we have come as a country, and paves the way for work and ministry in the future. 
Out time together begins around the baptismal font, and takes us on the baptismal journey of daily dying and rising to new life through the process of examining old learnings and coming to new understanding and action. 

This Martin Luther King Day, take time to live the spirit of the day.  Emulate King’s dedication to racial justice and community development by joining us January 18 at the Synod Center of Ministry for a day of conversation and interactive activities.
  • Consider the impact of past and current policies.
  •  Learn more about ourselves and explore how personal histories influence opinions and attitudes.
  • Work with other leaders to develop strategies that apply to your life and community. See the flyer for more information or register online.
A synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. Cost: $10 per person. 
Churchwide Focus: Walk For Water Project
Same Event – Two Locations, 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, January 24
Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
Des Moines
Sunday, February 2
St. John’s Lutheran Church
More info and register online
You're Invited
Lutheran Day on the Hill
On February 17, join LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill in Des Moines! This day is essential for giving voice to those who are not heard, for seeking social justice and for empowering people to exercise their right and responsibility to be part of the legislative process. Lunch will be provided and there is a free shuttle bus from Iowa City. Click here for a schedule of the day, registration and more information.
Ewalu Lenten Retreat
Ewalu is holding a new retreat for pastors and lay leaders to prepare for the season of Lent. Refresh and Prepare: a Lenten Retreat for Leaders will be Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2016 at the Ewalu Stone Center. The event will feature presenter/musician, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, whose work includes writing music for the Psalms and creating a variety of worship liturgies and congregational resources. 

More information and registration is available on their website or at this Facebook event page
Psalms & Spirituals with the National Lutheran Choir
Join the National Lutheran Choir led by artistic director and organist, David Cherwien, for a unique blend of choral music, spoken reflections and congregational hymnody. Experience the artistry of the National Lutheran Choir as they perform songs of faith, and join together in singing well-known – and perhaps new – hymns with the choir!
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7PM
First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA 50010
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