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Synod Center for Ministry Closed
January 1
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Jan. 24, 2016
Windsor Heights

Feb. 21, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
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 With humility, we ask God to help us walk in the light of Jesus and bear faithful witness to the gospel every day and through every aspect of life and human endeavor.
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Racial Justice in the 21st Century-Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day provides us the opportunity to remember how far we have come as a country, and paves the way for work and ministry in the future. 
Out time together begins around the baptismal font, and takes us on the baptismal journey of daily dying and rising to new life through the process of examining old learnings and coming to new understanding and action. 

This Martin Luther King Day, take time to live the spirit of the day.  Emulate King’s dedication to racial justice and community development by joining us January 18 at the Synod Center of Ministry for a day of conversation and interactive activities.
  • Consider the impact of past and current policies.
  •  Learn more about ourselves and explore how personal histories influence opinions and attitudes.
  • Work with other leaders to develop strategies that apply to your life and community.

CTIM on hiatus
Called Together in Mission (CTIM) is an event with a long and rich history in the life of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Providing resources for congregations and leaders throughout the synod, this annual gathering has typically been held in early March.

CTIM will not be held in 2016. We are thinking of this as something of a “sabbatical” for the event - an intentional break in order to reassess goals while renewing our approach to providing resources to and for one another. As life throughout the church continues to evolve, we are determined to be responsive in ways that best serve congregations as we live out God’s mission together, in the name of Jesus.

As we take this break, we give thanks to the people of First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids for so graciously hosting us throughout the years. Stay tuned for what comes next.
Churchwide News
New Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services Resource

This free resource called "My Neighbor Is Muslim," a remarkable seven part study guide for use by local congregations or other discussion groups. This resource was developed by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and written by professors at Luther College and Luther Seminary and for use in Minnesota. LIRS is honored to be able to launch a national version of this resource for wider use. Download "My Neighbor Is Muslim" or order free hard copies here. This resource is valuable for dialogue and engagement in welcoming refugees and new neighbors. 
You're Invited
Vote to End Hunger January House Meetings 
Vote to End Hunger is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030. We believe that it will take the combined public and political will to do this and are working together to elevate the issue of hunger with candidates during the 2016 election cycle. Read an invitation from Rev. Russ Melby and Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott to hold "house meetings" to discuss hunger issues and advocacy or go to to learn more. 
Iowa Interfaith Exchange
The Iowa Interfaith Exchange Sunday Jan. 31 is a gathering of people from all faiths and belief systems, coming together to find our commonalities and share our differences. The theme of our inaugural event is Exploring Our Religious Landscape. Regular admission is $25, students pay only $10.

We will be joined by keynote speaker Peter Manseau, author of One Nation, Under Gods, which examines the history of the United States from the perspective of religious minorities. American culture has been significantly influenced by non-Christian religions, and Manseau will explore historical figures that helped shape the course of our nation’s spiritual life. Download the flyer here to see more information

Highpatheticals in Concert-Date Updated
The band will be performing at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clinton at 7PM Friday, January 15, 2016 as a fundraiser for L'Arche. 

The HighPatheticals, “Lutheranism’s greatest Rock N Roll party band since Luther nailed it,” was founded at Wartburg Seminary in the mid -2000s. Paul Amlin, Paul Baglyos, Scott Stolberg, and Duane Larson are reuniting as the original quartet   and will perform classic Rock n' Roll and Blues tunes from the 60s forward. Food and drink, T-Shirts and more will also be available to support the cause. Suggested donation of $10 at the door, opens at 6. Come listen and dance! Enjoy fun for a most worthy non-profit ministry!   
 St. Paul Lutheran Church is at 715 S. 3rd. St., Clinton, IA 563-242-4102.;
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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