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Sept 18-20
Davenport, IA

Remember in Prayer
James, the Apostle James, a son of Zebedee, is remembered for his humanness and martyrdom as a follower of Jesus. We pray that we too, imperfect as we are, will trust in God’s mercy and be fearless in sharing the gospel and serving our neighbor in the name of Jesus Christ. More prayers...  
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Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 18-20, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.  The theme will be “Drawn to the Light of God: What we can Learn about Discipleship, Leadership and Witness from the Gospel of John” Our speaker for this year’s event will be Dr. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. See the schedule, learn more about the speaker, and register online...
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Bishop
The Southeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is seeking a professional administrative assistant and receptionist to work in the Office of the Bishop. This person will have responsibility for creating a climate of hospitality and courtesy for guests visiting the office and for those contacting the office by phone; will serve as registrar for synod events including synod assembly, rostered leader events, and youth events; and provide skilled administrative support for the office.    

Ability to work in a confidential setting and proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel are required. This position is 20 hours per week and includes benefits. 

To request an application or more information contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, at
News from Our Companions in Tanzania
This past week, steps were taken in a special assembly that effectively divided our companion synod, the Pare Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania into two dioceses. We were aware that this extraordinary transition was being planned.

Though significantly smaller now, the Pare Diocese continues to function and will convene an Extra-ordinary General Assembly in December to make the necessary changes to governing documents and strategic decision making in light of this change.

Churchwide News
Bishop Eaton issues statement on police shootings
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has released a statement in response to the shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas that killed eight police officers.
Eaton's statement follows:
 My soul is bereft of peace: I have forgotten what happiness is. (Lamentations 3:17)

Too often in the past months we have been stunned by violence. Last Sunday in Baton Rouge, La., and earlier this month in Dallas, police were the target. Many in our congregations serve in law enforcement. These are our brothers and sisters, children of God who dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe, who risk their lives for strangers.

Acts of violence, at home and abroad, are all too frequent. Each is evidence of a broken world. Lutherans understand this and believe that the state has the authority and obligation to protect its citizens. Good government and peace are among the things we ask for when we pray "Give us today our daily bread."

Not all citizens have the same experience with law enforcement. We are working on that as a nation and a church. But the targeting and assassination of police officers is a threat to all of us. Nothing is solved by this violence. Continue reading...
You're Invited
Continuing Education Opportunity: Making the Irrelevant Church Relevant
October 16-18, 2016
Prairiewoods, Hiawatha IA
Our society sees church as irrelevant but pastors know that church can be the foundation that nurtures, inspires, and transforms. Empowering Communication (What is Empowering Communication?) is key to developing healthy relationships and healthy churches.

This workshop will give progressive pastors a roadmap for moving Jesus’ life and teaching out of the Bible and into the Church. In this retreat you will gain skills that deepen connection with yourself, the divine, and others. 

To Register: (Programs, Calendar)
For inquiries contact Leslie Ritter-Jenkins, 

Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore at Your Congregation
Reasons to host:
  • Prepare for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation: Educate your church on the history of the Reformation, Martin Luther’s writings, and their impact on Christianity today.
  • Get free resources and free shipping: Augsburg Fortress will send you a free shipment of over 15 books and display materials prior to the date you select to host your Bookstore. These 17 books are yours to keep for FREE after hosting your Bookstore for two weeks between September 11, 2016 – November 13, 2016.
  • Special savings for your congregation: Your church members receive up to 50% off AND free shipping on the curated selection of books for purchase at the Bookstore! 
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