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Advent Greeting from Bishop Burk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Save the Date: Rostered Women Retreat
Women's Retreat for Rostered Ministers
February 10- February
11 3pm-3pm
Stone Center at EWALU
Registration details to come!
 
 
 
 
 
ConFEST
ConFESt is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. This is an event for confirmation students and their leaders. 

This event occurs at two locations, 

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Zion Lutheran Church, Muscatine
1:00 – 6:00 pm
 
 
Get flyer and register online
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You're Invited
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place January 18 - 25, 2019. This year’s theme finds its origins in Deuteronomy. “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (see Deuteronomy 16:20) was chosen for its powerful message of promoting truth, equality and unity. The Week of Prayer has been observed since 1908. 

Resources for individuals, congregations, and communities are available on the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute website — geii.org.
 
 
 
 
 

NEXUS Institute at Grand View University

The NEXUS Institute is a free, week-long, on-campus institute that brings together 10th-12th grade students from around the country to dig deep into theology with Christian professors and speakers. This institute, which students must fill out an application to attend, helps students think theologically, live in Christian community with our college mentors, and consider their call in ministry. This year’s theme is…

Jesus: Old, New, & Now.
We want to bring up future Christian leaders who understand the gospel and live its truths. We will dive deep into the Old and New Testaments to see the gospel at work, and we will learn how to carry the gospel NOW!
How much does NEXUS cost?
FREE! NEXUS is part of the High School Youth Theological Institutes and is made possible through a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation. The only cost to you is the cost of transportation to Des Moines (should a student need financial assistance for travel costs, please contact us ASAP).

How do my youth sign up?
We are currently recruiting for summer 2019 (one week: June 23-28 [week two is already reserved]). Our deadline is April 1st, however, we have a limited number of spots, so sign up soon!
Youth can apply here
 
 
Learn more
 
 
 

Canoeing the Mountains: Leadership Development Workshop 

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, for a two-day workshop on January 24-25, 2019. 
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
13600 Technology Drive
Eden Prairie, MN

Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, will help us reframe our leadership for the sake of the church today. Rather than seeing graphs of decline or propaganda of a hopeful church, we will acknowledge the challenge of our time and hear stories of resurrection and hope from real leaders doing the work of Christian ministry. Change is inevitable. But how we respond to it matters. Don’t miss this opportunity to see signs of vital, creative ministry in our era of rapid change.
 
 
Learn more and register
 
 
 
Addressing Suicide in Our Communities and Congregations
A Collaborative Conference for Behavioral Health Professionals and Clergy

Monday, January 7th, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium, 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

We are honored to present a conference for behavioral health providers and clergy to collaborate in addressing suicide with those in our communities and congregations.

The vision for hosting this collaborative conference is to provide behavioral health professionals and clergy a foundation of confidence and comfort in discussing suicide with members of their communities and congregations who have lost someone to suicide, are experiencing suicidal ideation, or know someone who is.

Gain a foundation of confidence and comfort in discussing suicide with members of your communities and congregations who have lost someone to suicide or are facing suicidal ideation.
 
 
 
 
Addressing Suicide in Our Communities and Congregations
A Collaborative Conference for Behavioral Health Professionals and Clergy

Monday, January 7th, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium, 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

We are honored to present a conference for behavioral health providers and clergy to collaborate in addressing suicide with those in our communities and congregations.

The vision for hosting this collaborative conference is to provide behavioral health professionals and clergy a foundation of confidence and comfort in discussing suicide with members of their communities and congregations who have lost someone to suicide, are experiencing suicidal ideation, or know someone who is.

Gain a foundation of confidence and comfort in discussing suicide with members of your communities and congregations who have lost someone to suicide or are facing suicidal ideation.
 
 
 
 
Addressing Suicide in Our Communities and Congregations
A Collaborative Conference for Behavioral Health Professionals and Clergy

Monday, January 7th, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium, 450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

We are honored to present a conference for behavioral health providers and clergy to collaborate in addressing suicide with those in our communities and congregations.

The vision for hosting this collaborative conference is to provide behavioral health professionals and clergy a foundation of confidence and comfort in discussing suicide with members of their communities and congregations who have lost someone to suicide, are experiencing suicidal ideation, or know someone who is.

Gain a foundation of confidence and comfort in discussing suicide with members of your communities and congregations who have lost someone to suicide or are facing suicidal ideation.
 
 
Learn more and register
 
 
 
Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp
The Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp is a collaboration between Drake University’s Comparison Project and the Des Moines Area Religious Council. High school students from across the religious spectrum take part in worship experiences at a number of diverse faith communities, learn skills for interfaith leadership, build relationships with one another, and create a digital storytelling project about their own life of faith. The camp is offered at no expense to students, and each student is awarded a stipend for their participation. Up to 20 students will be accepted, with the application period beginning in January of 2019. If you would like to learn more, please contact Sarah Trone Garriott, Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement for DMARC, stronegarriott@dmarcunited.org.
 
 
 
 
DONATE TODAY!
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
 
 
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 24-25
Synod Center for Ministry Closed

January 1
Synod Center for Ministry 
Closed




 
 
 
 
 
Prayers
 Pray for the recovery and well-being of those affected by recent hurricanes, flooding, wildfires and other natural disasters, especially for families, people living in poverty, older adults and communities with scarce resources.
 
 
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