Synod News
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 boundaries training every three to five years. The office of the bishop will not offer this training again for at least two years. Boundaries training can be taken from a variety of other providers. 

November 15 - Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, IL (shared event with Northern IL Synod)

November 16 - St. Mark Lutheran Church, West Des Moines
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Churchwide News
Complete your Live Well Challenge
Don’t leave money on the table – Portico plan members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits have until Nov. 30 to complete Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. These wellness dollars help you pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical, mental health, and dental costs. Note that if your doctor is submitting the biometrics form to Quest, it must be sent by Nov. 15. Learn more at
2019 Annual Enrollment

Between Oct 31 and Nov 14, visit the newly redesigned myPortico, review your benefits, consider what’s changed in your life (think health changes, prescription drugs, salary changes, tuition, retirement, weddings, babies, divorce), and make your 2019 selections.


to find a personalized view of your benefit options. Or call the Customer Care Center, 800.352.2876, for assistance.

In the wilderness
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in the November issue of Living Lutheran Magazine
In the Hebrew Bible the book of Numbers is called “In the Wilderness.” It starts with great hope. God delivered God’s people from Egypt, from bitter slavery, grinding toil and infanticide. What a delivery! The entire people—ancients, infants and everyone in between—escaped from one of the world’s superpowers, walked dry-shod through the sea and went on a 40-year journey to the land the Lord had promised them.

Beginnings are filled with expectation. There is excitement and a sense that everything is possible. Think about the first day of school, a vacation, new job, one’s honeymoon or the first day of a child’s life. It was no different for the Israelites. The first chapters recount the enumeration of the tribes of Israel—hence the title, Numbers. This description is of the mustering of the people as they strode into the future. This was the beginning of an adventure! This part ends with God commanding Moses to make two silver trumpets. The entire journey would be heralded by the clear ringing of silver trumpets.
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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.

Now accepting applications.If your congregation has been considering applying for Turning Point but need more information? You can check out the recorded informational session on ur website or contact Pastor Erika Uthe: 319-338-1273 or

Applications due by December 1
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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,
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 guide our discernment and voting in elections across our nation and that our decisions will reflect wisdom in choosing skilled, just and compassionate leaders committed to serving all people, especially the poor and those who are often disregarded in our society
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Stewardship Snippet

Nov. 18, 2018
Psalm 16:11 –
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand
are pleasures forevermore.

As we grow in spiritual maturity, steward/disciples learn ever more deeply the difference between the
fleeting, shallow happiness the world offers and the rich, satisfying joy and pleasures of our life in God.
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