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Synod Survey for 2020 Bishop Election
In 2020 the Southeastern Iowa Synod will elect a new bishop. The Synod Ministry Profile Committee, appointed by the Synod Council, is conducting a survey to better understand the ministry setting of this synod. The results of this survey will be used in the formation of the synod’s ministry site profile which will be made available to everyone in the synod. This profile will be used in the call process and the election of a new bishop at the 2020 Synod Assembly. There are several resources available to share this survey with your congregation. 
 
 
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Advocating for Childhood Nutrition
On June 25th, several people from the Southeastern Iowa Synod in partnership with others involved in activism with Bread for the World were able to meet with staff from Senators Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst’s offices in Cedar Rapids. They asked for both Iowa senators to co-sponsor Senate Resolution 260; The Collins-Coons resolution (S.Res. 260.) They also discussed an increase in the 2020 global health fund’s budget for nutrition from $145 million to $250 million.

You can help ensure that more children and mothers receive adequate nutrition during their first 1,000 days. Ask congress to act on this S. Res 260 and its counterpart in the house of representatives, H. Res 189. Write your representatives through the Bread for the World website.
 
 
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Churchwide News 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We belong to the truth
by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran
“Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or “No, No’ ” (Matthew 5:37).

When I was a girl, dinner table discussions in our family were lively. We could state our position on an issue, but then we had to be ready to back up our argument with facts. In that pre-Google time, the World Book Encyclopedia was often our source. Out came the dark blue volumes. Their very weight and color brought gravitas. One’s presentation could be critiqued, but not the facts—they were printed in the World Book Encyclopedia after all!

Those were simpler times, or maybe I was just more naïve. Now we live in the era of “truthiness” and “fake news” and “alternative facts.” One prominent attorney declared in an interview: “Truth is not truth.” I was stunned when I heard that, but even more stunned when I realized he had a point.
 
 
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ELCA 2018 Year in Review
Watch the annual review of our work together as the ELCA. This video was presented at Synod Assembly and is available for download to share with your community. 
 
 
 
 
 
Worship 101: Study Guide
Worship is at the center of the Christian faith and though its practices might vary, there are four essential components of worship that are still found in Christian churches throughout the world today: gathering, word, meal, and sending. The June cover story of “Living Lutheran” explores what kinds of gathering, word, meal and sending “count” as Lutheran worship as it covers the whats, hows and whys of worship. Read the article and participate in discussion with a corresponding study guide.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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Pastoral Care Specialist Program 
September 12, 2019 - June 10, 2021

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains, spiritual directors and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care and receive support, encouragement, and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
Prayers
Pray for our church to be determined and tireless in advocating for common-sense gun laws and actions that will help prevent gun violence. Pray that our communities of faith might remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence, attend to grieving families and friends, and bring hope and healing to survivors experiencing fear, anger, anxiety, depression and other lingering symptoms of trauma.
 
 
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In 2020 the Southeastern Iowa Synod will elect a new bishop. The Synod Ministry Profile Committee, appointed by the Synod Council, is conducting a survey to better understand the ministry setting of this synod. The results of this survey will be used in the formation of the synod’s ministry site profile which will be made available to everyone in the synod. This profile will be used in the call process and the election of a new bishop at the 2020 Synod Assembly which will be held May 1-3, 2020.


You can help by taking the 15-minute survey online

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SynodProfile

The survey will be open for responses from July 8 until August 9.

 
 
 
 
 
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