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Treasurers' Workshop and Luncheon
November 17
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City


 
 
 
 
 
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We continue to pray for the welcoming and settling of refugees in Europe and elsewhere. We ask God for the strength and wisdom to meet this human crisis with compassion and respectful solutions. ​More prayers...  
 
 
 
 
 
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Portico Enrollment Period Open
Nov. 2 – 30: Members make decisions about your ELCA benefits. Once you know your employer-provided health benefit option, you’ll decide whether to enroll in that option, buy up to a different option, or waive ELCA health benefits by providing proof of other valid health coverage. You’ll also make choices about tax-advantaged accounts, your ELCA retirement account, and life insurance.
 
 
 
 
 
Fillable Mission Support plan available
These forms are to help guide your congregation as you begin planning for 2016. As you discuss your mission support commitment for the coming year,
please consider what portion of your congregation’s weekly offerings will be shared with the synod and churchwide ministries beyond your congregation. Click here to download the PDF
 
 
 
 
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What you can do to help with the refugee crisis 
The refugee crisis in Europe has been in the news for a while and will continue as resettlement can take a long time. There are many ways that you can help Syrian refugees, and there are many refugees of all nationalities who are facing similar circumstances and have already been resettled in the US.
 
What you can do now:
  • Visit the Syrian Crisis page on the LIRS to learn more about the plights of Syrian refugees at http://lirs.org/syria/.
  • If you would like to donate, please go to www.lirs.org/supportsyria. You can support Syrian refugees who have lost everything by making a donation to LIRS today.  (Gifts may also be given through Lutheran Disaster Response – marked Syrian Crisis.)
  • Hold a refugee Sunday. This is an event where a Church uses one Sunday service to discuss the plights of refugees and engage your congregation on this issue. You can find the guide, which includes a bible study, liturgy, sermon notes, etc. at www.refugeesunday.lirs.org. 
  • Sign up to receive the Stand for Welcome newsletter which gives you access to resources and tools that will help you stay informed, educate others, and receive timely calls to action.
  • Reach out to local partners to see what programs they are currently running to assist refugees. Lutheran Services in Iowa, based out of Des Moines partners with LIRS. You can find more information about them at http://lsiowa.org/ , or by calling 515-274-4946.  (Their work is with refugees who are already here and continue to become integrated into communities.)
 
What refugees need most are friends and supporters for families already here and in need of assistance. People to drive them to doctor’s appointments, coach them in English, and help them adapt to American culture.
 
 
 
 
 
ELCA seminaries explore shared learning exchange
More than 70 representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) eight seminaries convened in Chicago Nov. 1 for a two-day session to envision what a "common learning exchange" could mean for the church's theological education network.

The unprecedented meeting of seminary presidents, board representatives, faculty and staff focused on the feasibility of the seminaries, each with a unique history, operating model and culture, to join in a common project to deliver a richer learning experience to current students and rostered leaders and broader ELCA audiences.

The convener of the meeting, the Rev. James R. Nieman, president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), serves as chair of the conference of seminary presidents and chief administrative officers. In opening remarks, Nieman said, "It is not an overstatement to say that this is a historic event. Never before has there been such a gathering of delegations from all ELCA seminaries seeking to rethink the future of theological education in our church." Read more...
 
 
 
 
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Christmas at Augustana
Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College during the holiday season. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and rostered leaders, with one guest, to join us. 

This year, Christmas at Augustana will have just two performance times: Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As special guests, you will receive free tickets to attend the 2 p.m. performance in Centennial Hall, followed by a dessert reception in the Wilson Center that’s sure to be full of laughter, socializing and the holiday spirit. 

Should you wish to bring additional guests, the cost of the performance is $20 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens (60+) and $10 for children and students. 

Please RSVP by November 30 by emailing Connie Huntley atconniehuntley@augustana.edu or by mailing the completed form to Augustana College–Campus Ministries, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. 
Click here to download registration form.
 
 
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