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Synod Blog: Returning from Sabbatical
by Pr. Eric Carlson

sab·bat·i·cal \sə-ˈba-ti-kəl\
: a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. (Merriam-Webster)
I know it is cliché to use a dictionary definition to begin this reflection, but Merriam-Webster’s definition does accurately describe the way I first prepared for the sabbatical of which I was granted this past summer. However, as I concluded my three-month sabbatical on August 15, I soon realized this time provided me an opportunity to “step away” from the daily tasks of the work I am called to in the Office of the Bishop, and “step into” a different rhythm which allowed me to rest, renew, reflect and reframe my vocational calling.
For me, the idea of “rest” is an interesting concept. I am not one for lounging, I do not nap, and it is challenging for me to be in one place for very long. I like to keep moving and keep active. Though I had visions of long summer days on our back patio with my stack of books and a tall glass of lemonade, my “rest” came from stepping away from the daily routines to create space for other life-giving activities. As my family’s schedule shifted into summer mode, this allowed me to focus on time with my wife, our two teenage children, and friends. So I experienced “rest” by putting away the laptop, the calendar and taking a break from all social media. And yes…I did read a book or two. 
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Staff Departure
Val Harlynn has served as Associate for Communications for the Southeastern Iowa Synod since May, 2015. She joined the Office of the Bishop in August, 2014 as the Communications Assistant. Her work has transformed the approach to our renewed web presence, our use of social media, and she has led the development of materials for Forward Together: The Campaign for the Southeastern Iowa Synod.  

Val is moving to Milwaukee, WI to join her spouse who is pursuing graduate work. Her last day on the staff of the Southeastern Iowa Synod will be September 9, 2016.

Please join us in giving thanks for Val’s ministry on behalf of the Southeastern Iowa Synod
Associate for Communication, Office of the Bishop
The Southeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is seeking a communications professional to work in the Office of the Bishop, located in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Associate for Communications will create and implement a strategy to ensure timely, effective, and informative communication between the Office of the Bishop and ministry partners and other target audiences within and beyond the Southeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA. This position is 40+ hours per week and includes benefits.

A detailed job description and employment application can be found at the synod website. Questions may be directed to Pr. Eric Carlson,

Application Deadline: September 20, 2016

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Upcoming Events
Retired Leaders Luncheon
Retired ministers and their spouses are invited to join us for lunch at Tuesday, September 13 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City for lunch and worship. Registration begins at 9:30 and worship begins at 10:15. Lunch to follow. RSVP to Lorraine Jordan by emailing or call 319-338-1273

Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 18-20, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport.  The theme will be “Drawn to the Light of God: What we can Learn about Discipleship, Leadership and Witness from the Gospel of John” Our speaker for this year’s event will be Dr. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. 
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You're Invited
Cedar River Theological Education Forum 
You are invited to join your colleagues at the Cedar River Theological Forum this Fall. Learning, fellowship, communication in Christ are all on the agenda. We meet the second Thursday of each month September through May in Cedar Rapids. The new season starts Thursday September 8th. Cost is $110 for all 9 sessions. 
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500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Lutheran Lutheran and Catholic communities will meet for a series of gatherings that will bring us together to share a meal, pray, serve and discuss the progress we have made. These events held will be held on Thursday evenings over the next several months and all are welcome. 
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Jr. High Lock-In at UNI
The Middle School Lock-In (open to students in your middle school ministry and the grades you consider to be middle school) is sponsored by the partnership of the Lutheran Student Center at UNI in Cedar Falls and the Northeastern Iowa Synod Lutheran Youth Organization. It will be held October 14-15thThe registration deadline is September 30th. This year, each student will receive a t-shirt if registered by September 30th. Shirts are for youth only; we will have a special gift for the adults attending. The cost for the event is $35 per youth for congregations whose registrations are received (including payment) by September 30th. After September 30th, the cost of the event will be $45. You or other adults are welcome to accompany your youth at the lock-in free of charge.
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Sept. 18-20
Davenport, IA

Children's Ministry Resource Day
Oct. 8
Cedar Rapids, IA

As congregations prepare programs for fall, we ask God to bless their planning and leadership. We pray their efforts and creativity will encourage people of all ages in their faith and touch the hearts of those who yet seek or hunger for the good news found in Jesus Christ.
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Lutheran Disaster Response
Floods in the Gulf Coast area and fires in California have displaced thousands of people. Lutheran Disaster Response has set up funds to respond. If you'd like to help donations can be made online and are used in full (100%) toward disaster response. 
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