Synod News
Grand Canyon Synod-Bishop Installation
Our partners in the Grand Canyon Synod will be installing a new Bishop, Rev. Deborah Hutterer on September 8 in Phoenix. Pray for Bishop-Elect Hutterer and our partners in the Grand Canyon Synod as they start this new term. For more information visit the Grand Canyon Synod website.
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference for rostered ministers and congregational program staff will be held September 23-25, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. We will gather around the theme “Leadership and Innovation” with Dr. Bill Withers from Wartburg College, Waverly; the Rev. Michael Hurst from Des Moines; and the Rev. Louise Johnson from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque. The last day to book hotel rooms at the group rate is September 9. 
More information and registration
Churchwide news 
ELCA job openings
The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. Responsibilities include leading and managing a robust fundraising program to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors of current and planned gifts and managing the business relationships with ministry partner organizations through onsite visits. See more

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries; seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in programs and strategies for evangelical outreach. See more
Upcoming Events
Save the Date: 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
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The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has written a draft as a step toward the development of a social statement that will be considered by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Draft social statements are a means to invite everyone to participate in the process toward the creation of an official statement. Learn more and read the draft online.

There will be two hearings around this statement in the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

Saturday, September 22, 2018 
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive  
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport  
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
You're Invited
Trends in Rural Ministry at EWALU
Join other ELCA leaders, both rostered and lay, for this day-long event on October 18, to understand and respond to the challenges - and unique opportunities - in smaller and rural congregations. 

The presenter, Rev. Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen, serves as the Director for Small Town and Rural Ministry at Wartburg Seminary. His wife, Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen, is also very experienced in the field as the senior pastor at a 4-point parish (ELCA) in Northeastern Iowa. 

There is no cost for attending. Lunch is also included. 
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Bread for the World Sunday
Bread for the World Sunday is Oct. 21, or another can be celebrated another weekend this fall and join others in our commitment to ending hunger. Your celebration can be as simple as including prayers for people struggling with hunger during a worship service. Or you may wish to devote your sermon, children’s message, and other activities to ending hunger in God’s world. 

Free resources — including Rev. Amy Reumann’s Gospel commentary, Rev. John Crossin’s litany, a Bread for the World Sunday poster, and bulletin inserts in English, Spanish-language, and those for African-American/Pan-African traditions are all available — order or download online now. 
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Walking Together Through Our Sacred Creation: 2018 Season of Creation Series,
September 1 through October 4, in Des Moines
The Season of Creation is an international movement that encourages people of faith to consider our creation, to give thanks for its gifts, and take action to protect it.

All are invited to attend the 2018 series of free presentations on the 2018 theme, Walking Together Through Our Sacred Creation. This is the third year that faith communities across the Des Moines Metro Area have participated in the Season of Creation, sponsored in Des Moines by the Interfaith Green Coalition and Iowa Interfaith Power and Light. For more information go to or
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Pray that our actions and thoughts are guided daily by Scripture, God’s ways, the teachings and example of Jesus, the influence of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the Spirit of God at work in and among us
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet

Sept. 9, 2018

James 2:15 – If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?

For many of us who have more than we need, it’s very hard to follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves. The questions steward/disciples have to ask prayerfully are “How generous am I, really? Is God calling me to be more generous?”

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