Synod News
Join Bishop Burk for worship, lunch, and conversation with other pastors, deacons and ministry staff. That same evening Bishop Burk will gather with elected leaders in congregations for fellowship and conversation. 
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Join Bishop Burk for an evening on conversation and fellowship with other elected leaders in congregations. In the morning of that same day, Bishop Burk will gather with pastors, deacons and ministry staff for worship and conversation.
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Synod Assembly: videos and bulletin insert now available online
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Save the Date: Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference for rostered ministers and congregational program staff will be held September 23-25, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. We will gather around the theme “Leadership and Innovation” with Dr. Bill Withers from Wartburg College, Waverly; the Rev. Michael Hurst from Des Moines; and the Rev. Louise Johnson from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque. Registration information will be available in early July.
Churchwide News
ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation
Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth A. Eaton, has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations.
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Domestic Hunger Grant Applications
ELCA World Hunger is pleased to announce the 2019 Domestic Hunger Grant application will open soon! Beginning in June, you will be able to learn more about the grants and how to apply by visiting the link below. Applications will be available June 12-August 13.
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You're Invited
First 1,000 days presentation
The 2017 Synod Assembly passed a resolution on the first 1,000 days initiative. You're invited to an event from the nation’s leading experts on the importance of childhood nutrition & factors that affect children’s brain development! Hosted by the NE-IA Kiwanis District at the Airport Holiday Inn & Convention Center (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA), Saturday, August 11, you will have the opportunity to attend one or both presentations by esteemed speakers Roger Thurow and Wil Blechman, M.D. A unique & interactive experience, you will also have the option to attend small breakout sessions facilitated by Roger Thurow & Wil Blechman, M.D.  See more
Lutheran Student Center (UNI) Jr. High Lock-in

Join others at 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 (ELCA) on October 12-13. This year there will be a focus on the ELCA World Hunger – Global Farm Challenge. 

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Continuing Education: Bridgebuilder Training
This training is for leaders to work with congregations that are stuck or in conflict. Based on systems theory it is designed to help congregations to move forward in their ministry. The training is scheduled at Luther Seminary August 27-29.  For more information visit   
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 Vacation Bible schools, day camps and outdoor ministries share the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ with children and youth in neighborhoods and communities across the country. Pray for the Spirit to inspire and equip leaders, volunteers and outdoor ministry staff in their work with young people, that their impact will be deep and enlivening.
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