Synod News
Explosion Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington 
Please pray for Trinity Lutheran Church in Burlington. There was an explosion in the building on Saturday morning, March 16. Though initially, it appears the most serious damage is in the boiler room and the office area directly above, the full extent of the damage is still being assessed. Pray with thanksgiving that no one was injured and no one was in the building at the time. Pray for the people of Trinity and Pastor Ryan Cosgrove as they continue to assess the situation and the damage.
Free Congregational Stewardship Resources 
Generosity 365 – is an online resource from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, which provides an annual stewardship campaign, monthly Bible studies, worship resources, small group studies, and stewardship resources for youth and children. The office of the Bishop will provide a no-cost subscription to any congregation that requests one. Questions? Contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
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Living Lutheran Insert: Digital Edition
In the March edition, Bishop Burk discusses congregational vitality. Information about the bag popping up around the Southeastern Iowa Synod and upcoming events. 
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It's not too late! You can still receive daily devotions for Lent    
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Churchwide News 
Presiding Bishop offers pastoral message on New Zealand mosque shootings
Dear Church,

Today we awoke to the devastating news of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We join in mourning for the people who were killed and wounded, for their families, for the first responders and grief counselors, and for all whose lives have been shattered today. We know that God is present in the midst of their suffering.

We know that our own Muslim neighbors here in the U.S. are also experiencing grief and fear. Many will wonder whether it is safe to attend Friday prayers today. These are not the kinds of questions that any of us should have to ask ourselves as we seek to live out our religious commitments.
Yet, devastatingly, this is also a reality that binds us together as people of faith. As I wrote last November in the wake of the Tree of Life shooting: “Hate-filled violence knows no bounds – whether a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, a Christian church in Charleston, a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh” – and now these mosques in New Zealand. Continue reading...
An Invitation
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran Magazine
Is “Lutheran spirituality” an oxymoron? When we consider Martin Luther and the early reformers, we think of great theologians, prolific writers and musicians. We are well aware of Luther’s earthy language and direct communication. But spirituality? Luther as mystic? Not so much. And yet, Luther was a deeply spiritual person who also cared for the spiritual well-being of his parishioners. Continue reading...
Upcoming Events
Bread for the World Offering of Letters Advocacy Training 
Bread for the World’s 2019 Offering of Letters campaign is urging Congress to increase support and funding for global nutrition. Despite progress in ending global hunger, 45% of all childhood deaths are related to nutrition. The first 1000 days from conception to the second birthday set the physical, cognitive, and immune system foundation for a person’s life. Nutrition is the most cost-effective investment to drive global health and prosperity.

In partnership with Bread for the World and the Office of the Bishop, there will be advocacy training on Thursday, April 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m at the Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City.

Learn how to get your faith community involved in the coordinated Offering of Letters. It will be conducted by Bread for the World's midwest senior regional organizer, Rev. Russ Melby, and Steve Panther.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE of charge, but please RSVP to Cristina Barkalow, by Apr. 21
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Synod Assembly 
Information and registration are available online for the 2019 Synod Assembly to be held May 10-11, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. See the webpage for registration, lodging information, information on submitting resolutions, and more. 
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Cedar Rapids Theological Forum
PLEASE NOTE this date has been changed
On April 25, 2019,  Dr. Walter Sundberg, Emeritus Professor of History at Luther Seminary, will present "God and the Devil in Luther's Theology" at the Cedar Rapids Theological Forum that meets at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The Forum begins with coffee and worship at 9 AM followed by Dr. Sundberg's lecture.  
Palm Sunday Procession and Service for Peace: Des Moines
This annual observance will be held on Sunday, April 14th. At 2:45 PM we will gather at the south patio and lawn at Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., in Des Moines. The Procession, led by two donkeys,  and services will be held at 3:30 PM. It will express a vision of peace and justice and a position against war. The theme is "To Love and Defend our Sacred Earth."  Matt Russell, Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, will be the keynote speaker.
Campus Ministry at Grand View 
Check out the new video about campus ministry and new ministry initiatives at Grand View University. 

Christ Hold Fast Event Des Moines
Christ Hold Fast city event  with Grand View University at Luther Memorial Church in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, April 13th. The theme is The Hard Sayings of Jesus. This is a one day free event. Learn more and RSVP

Drake University’s Ray Society presents “The Most Segregated Hour of the Week,” an adult community learning course featuring Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott a Lutheran Minister and DMARC Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement, Rev. Travis Stanley of Norwalk Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Rev. Dave Swinton of Grace United Methodist in Des Moines. This four-session course (April 3, 10, 17, 24) will delve into the history of racism in three predominantly white Christian denominations, lifting up stories of frustration, progress, and new possibilities.  

Those who register for the $50 membership in the Ray Society for spring semester get one free course! Find the catalogue and registration information here:

For more information about the course contact Sarah Trone Garriott at

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Give thanks for the beginning of spring, with its newness, hope and increasing light, and reflect with wonder and awe on God’s creation.
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