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Jan. 24, 2016
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Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
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As Paul valued the work of the Christians in Philippi, we also give thanks for our many partners and companion churches and pray that we encourage and complement one another in doing God’s work together in the world.
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December insert available
The December insert to The Lutheran magazine from the synod is available online for download. Read an Advent greeting from Bishop Burk, see how a a congregation is involving members by having pigs in their services and more. Download the PDF
Churchwide News
The unsettled season of Advent
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton 
This article originally appeared in The Lutheran

Advent. We were just here it seems. It’s a season of preparation and anticipation. It can become exhausting and relentless. The commercial run-up to Christmas has certainly gotten longer. Sometime right after Labor Day the holiday displays appear in stores, ads pop up on our laptops and hand-held electronic devices, and carols creep into Muzak. And the annual holiday worship war between pastors and people will be waged over whether to sing Christmas carols in church during Advent. I will not weigh in on that epic debate in this column.

Instead, I want us to consider the deep and holy longing that is part of this season. It is significant that the words of the prophets and the yearning of Israel in exile are so prominent in the lessons appointed for Advent. The people longed for the Lord to come, to act, to redeem them, to take them home. Their exile in Babylon was no longer harsh. Many had made good lives, raised children and settled in. But it wasn’t quite right. They were physically present in Babylon, but their hearts were not there. Read the rest...
Advocacy: Resources about refugees
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee services has provided resources and articles concerning the ongoing refugee dialogue. 


Looking to Volunteer Following a Domestic Disaster?
If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer with a disaster relief effort, visit Scroll down to the link “Disaster Volunteer Opportunities.” There will be contact information available as requests for assistance come in. Contact information is provided at each area is listed. According to Pr. Mike Stadie at Lutheran Disaster Response, there is a special effort to seek volunteers to work in New Jersey. If you have further questions, Pr. Stadie is willing to visit with interested people. You may call him at

Monetary gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response continue to be needed, as well.
You're Invited
Pre-Retirement Seminar – January 25, 2016 at LSTC
Get Answers to Retirement Planning Questions.  This Pre-retirement seminar is hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young planner, who answers your questions about retirement planning, such as:

•How much money will I really need in retirement?
•How can I avoid common retirement traps?
•How can I protect my assets to ensure the money is there when I need it?
•How can I create lifetime income?
•What steps can I take to ensure a smooth transition into retirement?
The seminar is most relevant to people age 50-plus or who are within 15 years of retirement. It's designed to show retirement in a whole new light.
Time: All seminars are day-long events that run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person, $70 per couple, which includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks
Date:  Monday, January 25, 2016
Location:  Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
2016 Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center leadership  development programs
Organic Ministry, Cultivating Soil and Soul,  This ten-month class meets the first Monday each month at Taproot Garden in Norwalk, Iowa for light farm work, personal retreat time, and group discussion of assigned readings.   March to Dec. 2016. Read More. Register now.
Intentional Interim Ministry, a six month, three phase training program.  
Phase I:  February 22nd-25th - includes 32 hours of instruction at the Center.  
Phase II:  February 25th-September 26th - four hours of mentoring within ministry settings.  
Phase III:  September 26th-28th – participants return to the DMPCC for an additional 20 hours of training that includes case studies from Phase II.
Read More. Register now.
Leadership in the Church, four afternoon classes including Organizational Dynamics, Leadership in the Midst of Conflict, Leading through Change, and Mindful Leadership, Meets the last Thursday afternoon each month from Feb - May, 2016. Read More. Register now. 
From the Sanctuary to the Street: Empowering Congregations to Connect Faith and Life.  Meets the first and third Thursday afternoons, April - May, 2016.  Read More. Register now. 
PrairieFire, a two-year program of spiritual renewal and formation, September 2016 to May 2018. Read More. Apply now.
For further information on any of these Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center programs, contact Diane McClanahan at 515-251-6667 or
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