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Children and Youth Network Fall Gathering 
Nov. 5
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

Event Registrations
November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
As we continue to struggle with violence in our communities, we ask for God’s mercy and healing and for new wisdom and insight for finding lasting solutions and peace. ​More prayers...  
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Synod News
Young Adults in Global Mission: Part III
This year there are three Young Adults in Global Mission serving around the world from the Southeastern Iowa Synod. This week we bring you part three as we feature our third Young Adult in Global Mission. 

The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program invites ELCA young adults ages 21-29 into a transformative, year-long journey in international service. As they offer themselves in service, ELCA young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. They share in the journeys of companion churches and organizations in one of nine countries around the world.

Originally from Kalona, Meridyth attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport while she was a student at St. Ambrose University in the Quad Cities.  She graduated with a degree in nursing in May of 2015.

This year she is serving in Tulear, Madagascar working as a maternity nurse in a Lutheran hospital. She’ll also be serving alongside a local congregation, participating in choirs and helping with English language clubs. See more and read the rest about Meridyth's year of service and ministry. 
Annual Portico Selections
All congregations must make selections, regardless of their employees benefits. 
Oct. 5 – 30: Employers select one ELCA-Primary health benefit option to provide in 2016. If you help to shape your organization’s budget, you’ll want to be part of this conversation. Ask the person who’s registered on EmployerLink for a copy of your organization’s Custom Comparison Report to understand your organization’s 2016 costs.

Quarterly bulletin insert: Mission Link available
The autumn edition of Southeastern Iowa Synod's bulletin insert is available. This edition focuses on giving and support of the church. The Mission Link is available in full-size of half-size high quality PDF. Download the full-page here and the half-page here. 
Churchwide News
ELCA members offer support for those impacted by California wildfires
Some members of the ELCA affected by wildfires in Northern California said that their faith, family and friends sustained them during a difficult time.

"God and my faith and my family and friends got me through," said Craig Waters, a member of Galilee Lutheran Church in Kelseyville, Calif., who lost his home in Anderson Springs, a community near Middletown. He said about 180 of the 200 homes in his neighborhood were destroyed.

"The neighborhood is wiped out but the spirit is still there. There is definitely a resurrection feeling. All of our stuff is gone, everything is wiped out, but it hasn't killed the spirit," said Waters, whose family has been in the community for several generations. 

Two fires, which started days apart in September, burned more than 200 square miles and are estimated to have caused almost $2 billion in damage. Six people died and thousands of people evacuated from their homes. Read the rest...
Peace Not Walls: Violence cannot solve conflict. 
"The ACT Palestine forum (an ecumenical alliance, including the Lutheran World Federation) has issued a statement voicing deep concern "about the loss of life and human suffering we experience across Palestine and in Israel these days," in view of recent violence in Palestine and Israel, and especially around the city of Jerusalem.

The forum strongly condemns violent acts such as "the killing of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians, use of excessive force by Israeli police and army against protesters, extra judicial killings, collective punishment in the form of severe restrictions of movement, closure of Palestinian neighborhoods and punitive home demolitions in East Jerusalem."

It is composed of local churches and church-related development and humanitarian organizations including The Lutheran World Federation.

"We are convinced that violence cannot solve the conflict," the statement reads. The signatories, including the LWF member church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and the LWF local office in Jerusalem, call upon the international community to open negotiations "that will bring an end to the Israeli occupation" and to take measures for the protection of civilians. Read the rest of the statement here...
Synod Events
Sunday Soup
An Evening with the Bishop

All are welcome as congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod gather for an evening meal and to share stories of life and ministry. Bishop Burk will share his own thoughts and hopes for our life together as church, and facilitate conversation about how our connections to one another in Christ can bring to expression a bold and hopeful witness to our communities and to the whole world…all in the name of Jesus. Please bring a can of soup or offering for ELCA World Hunger and local food pantries. 

Sunday November 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA
Children and Youth Ministry Network Fall Gathering
​The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a gathering on Thursday November 5, 2015. We're excited to welcome guest speaker Leif Kehrwald of Vibrant Faith via teleconference. This is a free event, lunch will be provided. For more information contact Assistant to the Bishop, Pastor Eric Carlson,

Children's Ministry Resource Day
The day will offer worship, workshops on safety policies and education milestones, and a panel discussion with the members of the Children’s Ministry Working Group.
The first bi-annual resource day is a perfect time to connect with other church volunteers/workers and learn a few things to take back to your own congregations. Breakout sessions include Educational Standards - making curriculum work for you, Safety Policies - how to get started, and ending the afternoon with a Q & A Panel and short worship service. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., the event will start at 10 a.m., and  will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
This is a free event for volunteers, helpers, and staff involved with children's ministry within the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, November 14
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

You're Invited
Vote to End Hunger
You are invited to participate in the “Vote to End Hunger” ecumenical rally at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Grand View University in Des Moines. The event is sponsored by Bread for the World and the Iowa Catholic Conference. The purpose of the rally is to make hunger a priority issue in the presidential campaign. Speakers will include Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and the Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. Elected officials and candidates are invited. Supporters of the event include the Northeast and Southeast Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. To sign up for the free event go to
7th and Final Hope for the Hungry Conference
The final Hope for the Hungry Conference will be held November 7 from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. The conference topics include, current hunger issues, current work to alleviate hunger, volunteering to alleviate hunger. The conference will include panel discussions and a keynote address by Matthew Russell of Drake University.

Registration is $40 (before Oct. 23) and more information can be found at

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