Synod News
2016 Churchwide Assembly

Dear Friends,
Please join me in offering thanks to and for the voting members to the 2016 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from this synod. The advance preparation, the commitment of time, and the long hours associated with all the activities related to the assembly itself, require generosity and stamina from every participant. Just as the assembly took time to thank Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and all of the staff and volunteers that contributed to a wonderful and consequential event, all voting members from every corner of this church deserve our thanks. The Southeastern Iowa Synod was particularly well served by the faithful individuals listed below.

Marta Bauer              Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Vinton
Doug Beckman         Faith Lutheran Church, Burlington
Deanne Bennett        Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lost Nation
Suah Borsay             First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
Minna Bothwell         Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, Des Moines
Mike Buck                 Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines
Kristine Dohrmann    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Knoxville
Paul Finger                St. Peter&St. Paul/St. John's Lutheran                                     Church, Monticello/Hopkinton
Patrick Fish               Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church,
                                    Cedar Rapids
Katelyn Howe           Elvira Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton
Lotegeluaki Lengai   Messiah Lutheran Church, Burlington
Gemechisa Mosa     St. John’s Lutheran Church, Des Moines
Noah Niermann        St. John's Lutheran Church, Des Moines
Jose Rodriguez        Faith Lutheran Church, Clive
Kathryn Roys            St. John Lutheran Church, Grinnell
Jodi Schuman          Memorial Lutheran Church, Nevada
Timothy Smith          Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Liberty
Isaac Stich               Redeemer Lutheran Church, Indianola

Look for reflections from members of this group of (mostly) first-time participants in next week's eNews.

Bishop Michael Burk
Churchwide News

A Proclivity for Paradox
This article originally appeared in the August issue of Living Lutheran 
By Elizabeth A. Eaton

Wow, Lutherans love paradox! Law and gospel. Saint and sinner. Free and bound. David Swartling,
former ELCA secretary, often noted that we are a “both and church” in an “either or world.”

This proclivity for paradox, or at least the recognition that this is part of the Lutheran tradition, was often cited as a strength during the churchwide conversation phase of Called Forward Together in Christ.

For four months synod assemblies, synod councils, the Conference of Bishops, the ELCA Church Council, ELCA ethnic associations, churchwide staff, the Faith Formation Network, individuals, agencies and institutions have been praying and considering together what might be God’s priorities for the ELCA. It has been an engaged and energetic process. 
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Gulf Coast Flooding
Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit the Gulf Coast region, starting earlier this spring.
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Upcoming Events

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. 
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Practice Discipleship
Join us for our first Practice Discipleship offering August 27 at Faith Lutheran in Clive 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as we engage in Wondering Through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer, led by our Southeastern Iowa Synod Practice Discipleship coach, Sonja Gerstenberger. Training is FREE! 

August 27 – Wondering through Service Learning and Wondering in Prayer
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
10395 University Ave.
Clive, IA
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You're Invited
Cedar River Theological Education Forum 
You are invited to join your colleagues at the Cedar River Theological Forum this Fall. Learning, fellowship, communication in Christ are all on the agenda. We meet the second Thursday of each month September through May in Cedar Rapids. The new season starts Thursday September 8th. Cost is $110 for all 9 sessions. 
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500th Anniversary of the Reformation
 Lutheran Lutheran and Catholic communities will meet for a series of gatherings that will bring us together to share a meal, pray, serve and discuss the progress we have made. These events held will be held on Thursday evenings over the next several months and all are welcome. 
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Jr. High Lock-In at UNI
The Middle School Lock-In (open to students in your middle school ministry and the grades you consider to be middle school) is sponsored by the partnership of the Lutheran Student Center at UNI in Cedar Falls and the Northeastern Iowa Synod Lutheran Youth Organization. It will be held October 14-15thThe registration deadline is September 30th. This year, each student will receive a t-shirt if registered by September 30th. Shirts are for youth only; we will have a special gift for the adults attending. The cost for the event is $35 per youth for congregations whose registrations are received (including payment) by September 30th. After September 30th, the cost of the event will be $45. You or other adults are welcome to accompany your youth at the lock-in free of charge.
More information and registration
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
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Sept. 18-20
Davenport, IA
We ask God to help us be faithful followers, students and servants of Jesus Christ, bold in our faith and willing to go wherever God sends or leads us in the world, even into our own neighborhoods.
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Lutheran Disaster Response
Floods in the Gulf Coast area and fires in California have displaced thousands of people. Lutheran Disaster Response has set up funds to respond. If you'd like to help donations can be made online and are used in full (100%) toward disaster response. 

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