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ELCA Youth Gathering 
July 15-19
Detroit, MI
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Planning teams are making final preparations for the Youth Gathering in Detroit. We pray for their good work and the success of the Gathering

​Kids and volunteers at St. Stephen, Windsor Heights and First Lutheran in Cedar Rapids who are all doing VBS programs this week.

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ELCA leaders express grief over shooting
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), released a statement June 18 in response to a shooting where nine people were killed at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C. Local authorities are calling the killing racially motivated.

"It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this … the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism," said Eaton.

Two of the victims – the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and the Rev. Daniel Simmons of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston – were graduates of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, an institution of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. The Columbia, S.C.-based seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries; Lenoir-Rhyne is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities.

"The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy. One of our own is alleged to have shot and killed two who adopted us as their own," said Eaton. Read the rest...
2015 ELCA World Hunger Education & Networking Grants - apply now! 
The ELCA World Hunger Education and Networking grants program is designed to support local programs in ELCA congregations, groups and/or synods. The grant opportunity encourages ELCA congregation, groups and/or synods to think creatively about educating, mobilizing, and expanding their networks to increase awareness of the root causes of and solutions to hunger.

Education grants can be used for events, educational programs or the development of shareable resources. For networking proposals, congregation-based and synod-based hunger leader events and trainings will be prioritized.

We are looking for proposals submitted by a non-profit charitable organization classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service, or organization that operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3). More information
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Online course and the Life of Faith Initiative at Wartburg Seminary
Wartburg Seminary offers courses for all the baptized online. One of them, The Gathered-Scattered Church: Releasing God’s People for Ministry in the World ties into the recently adopted Life of Faith initiative. You can take the course as an individual; if you have a small group from your congregation you get a discount. Register soon. "Seating" is limited. See more and register
Job Opportunities
Communications Ministry Associate: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny, is seeking a creative, self-motivated, person to coordinate, design, and administer its on-line, web, and in-house communications. The person should have experience with Microsoft Office products, Adobe products...see the posting

Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator: St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Davenport is seeking a Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator – Part time 5-10 Hours per week...see the posting

Pre-School Director/Head Teacher: ​St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Davenport Iowa is seeking a Pre-School Director/Head Teacher. Part time (25 hours/week Monday-Friday) beginning Aug. 15, 2015...see the posting

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