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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. 
 
 
Get resources and take the survey
 
 
 
 
 
 
Churchwide News 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Churchwide Assembly 
The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment. The fifteenth assembly will meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 5-10, 2019 under the theme “We are church.” 

Over the course of the assembly, voting members: 
Hear reports and review the work of churchwide officers, leaders, and units, participate in plenaries, discussions, Bible studies, and worship while deliberating the work of the church.

Watch the Live Stream at the Center for Ministry
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for ministry will be open to all, with coffee available, for anyone who wishes to watch the live stream of the Churchwide Assembly during its plenary sessions that take place during office hours Monday-Friday. You can also watch the live stream on your own device here.
 
 
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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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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.
 
 
Registration is now open
 
 
 
 
 
 
You're Invited
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finding congregational vitality by focusing on daily life, immersion experience
What does it mean to structure a congregation around equipping the saints for ministry in daily life? Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has done it. An immersion will provide insight into the rationale for focusing on equipping the saints for ministry in daily life, the challenges that can be expected, and the congregational revitalization that will emerge.

October 8 -  October 9
St. Louis Park, MN (Minneapolis area)
Cost $20
Registration cap is 30 participants so early registration is recommended
 
 
Learn more and register
 
 
 
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.
 
 
Learn more and register
 
 
 
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 that we will be moved by God’s love and impartiality to extend hospitality and acceptance to our neighbor, especially those who are in need, are strangers to us or are disregarded by society.
 
 
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FOR THE BULLETIN
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

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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