Synod News
2019 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme Faith Formation as Shared Mission. The last day to book rooms at the group rate the Sheraton West Des Moines is September 8. Registration closes on September 18.
More information and registration
Retired Ministers' Gathering
This year’s gathering of retired pastors, deacons, and spouses will be our last time as a group with Bishop Michael Burk while he is still our bishop.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Christ the King Lutheran Church
325 Mormon Trek Blvd., Iowa City
Registration 9:30 am
Worship 10:15 am

Conversation and luncheon to follow
Please RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 10
By phone 319-338-1273 or by email
The Bishop's Shirt
Churchwide News 
Tools to add advocacy to your Day of Service
This Sept. 8, we look forward to the annual ELCA “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday day of service. For the last several years, participating congregations and engaged ministries on this day have sent thousands of messages to their members of Congress, pairing public witness and issue discernment with service activities.

There are many ways to engage advocacy in service to our neighbor.
Get the resources
ELCA sanctuary denomination
ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted Aug. 7 to approve a memorial that affirms the denomination's long-standing commitment to migrants and refugees and declares the ELCA a sanctuary church body. 

What does it mean to be a sanctuary denomination? We publicly state that walking alongside refugees and immigrants is a matter of faith. Learn more about what sanctuary means for you and your congregation
See the talking points
2020 Portico rate changes
Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being.
Learn more
You're Invited
Lenny Duncan, author of Dear Church -Iowa City 
Speaker and Activist Pastor Lenny Duncan will speak
September 9
7 pm 
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Iowa City

Fortress Press recently released his book Dear Church which offers a bold new vision for the future of the ELCA and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. He challenges the Church to take on the forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic justice.
Learn more
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Pray that we will respect and affirm how God calls and equips children and youth to share the gospel, serve as leaders and examples in the church, and do God’s work in the world together with people of all ages and abilities
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