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Climate Change Statement Released
Iowa Interfaith Power and Light released a statement climate change on Wednesday, November 14 at an interfaith prayer service with over 50 people. They had more than a 60% increase in the number of religious leaders signing this year’s statement over previous years. 

More information on this statement including bulletin inserts, a video of it being read aloud, examples letters to the editor and more can be found on the Iowa Interfaith Power and Light website. 
See the statement and get resources
Nov. 29, Thursday Webinars: How do we do something new? 
Join us online on Thursday, November 29 to hear examples and get tips on trying something new in your congregation or community. Hosted by Rev. Marjorie Funk-Pihl, from the Southwest California Synod. 

Webinars are only 45 minutes and are recorded so they can be shared later. Registration is recommended as spots are limited.  
Learn more and register online
Churchwide News
Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day
The ELCA is invited to join the global community on Dec. 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day. This is a day for a time of remembrance, awareness, and commitment to action, especially in our calling to a strong and faithful response that’s set forward in the ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS. Go to for World AIDS Day resources, including a bulletin insert, worship resources and a video message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
In the wilderness
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in the November issue of Living Lutheran Magazine
In the Hebrew Bible the book of Numbers is called “In the Wilderness.” It starts with great hope. God delivered God’s people from Egypt, from bitter slavery, grinding toil and infanticide. What a delivery! The entire people—ancients, infants and everyone in between—escaped from one of the world’s superpowers, walked dry-shod through the sea and went on a 40-year journey to the land the Lord had promised them.

Beginnings are filled with expectation. There is excitement and a sense that everything is possible. Think about the first day of school, a vacation, new job, one’s honeymoon or the first day of a child’s life. It was no different for the Israelites. The first chapters recount the enumeration of the tribes of Israel—hence the title, Numbers. This description is of the mustering of the people as they strode into the future. This was the beginning of an adventure! This part ends with God commanding Moses to make two silver trumpets. The entire journey would be heralded by the clear ringing of silver trumpets.
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Upcoming Events
ConFESt is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community.

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
Turning Point: Fostering Congregational Vitality
Turning Point: Fostering Greater Congregational Vitality is an 18-month guided learning process in which six to ten congregations from across the Southeastern Iowa Synod will engage together in listening, learning, and experimenting within their congregations and communities. This process includes both a financial commitment and the commitment of a learning team who will work the process from beginning to end.

Now accepting applications.If your congregation has been considering applying for Turning Point but need more information? You can check out the recorded informational session on ur website or contact Pastor Erika Uthe: 319-338-1273 or

Applications due by December 1
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You're Invited
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,
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Remember in prayer immigrants and refugees fleeing violence and dire circumstances to seek safety, peace and new opportunities; pray for those who, in spite of the personal risks and daunting challenges they face, return home with hope and determination to rebuild their lives and communities.
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