Synod News
​Reflections on Churchwide Assembly
By Bishop Michael Burk
I served as a voting member to the 1997 Churchwide Assembly. Because of my work as ELCA Director for Worship, and since then, as bishop, I have attended all nine of the assemblies that followed. All of them had high points and low points. Some have been more contentious than others.

The 2016 gathering in New Orleans (August 8-13) was exceptional in that it seems to have left most, if not all participants lled with hope for the future of this church. This is no small thing, given the
challenges facing churches these days, including the ELCA. But voting members and visitors alike seem to agree with Presiding Bishop Eaton when she insists that “the church is not’s
changing,” and God is calling us forward together in Christ. 
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Fall Newsletter
This edition features reflections by the Bishop Burk and voting members on the churchwide assembly, a summary of the Synod Assembly, information on hunger ministries and more.
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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
Children's Ministry Fall Resource Day
Gain skills, knowledge and resources as you meet with church professionals and volunteers from around the synod who specialize in children’s ministry. Saturday, October 8th, 9:30AM-2:15PM at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Cost is $12, lunch is included. 
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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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Inter-faith events on God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday
St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids invites you to this year's “God's Work. Our Hands” Sunday which falls on September 11. This is also the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Believing that “God’s Work. Our Hands” includes building bridges between faiths in order to care for those most in need in the communities where we are neighbors, St. Stephen’s has planned the following events.

Saturday, September 10 from 9:00am-1:00pm – Together with members from the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, we will gather at Waypoint/Madge Phillips Center Shelter to paint and clean.  We will also donate personal hygiene products.

Sunday, September 11 at 7:00pm - Imam Hassan Selim, and other leaders of the Inter-Religious Council of Linn County will come together at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 610 31 st St SE, for a prayer service to remember the victims of 9/11 and pray together for our faith communities.  The service will be followed
by coffee and dessert. This event is open to the public. For more information contact Pr. Ritva Williams by email or call 319-693-2087
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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Reformation Tour in Germany
The Rev. Dr. Ritva Williams of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa would like to invite you to join a Reformation tour to Germany from May 30 - June 9, 2017 with an optional extension to Prague. This tour features sites imperative to the Reformation or to Martin Luther's life, alongside a broader context of Germany past, present and future. For the tour cost and a full tour description visit the link below.

All are welcome.
Questions? Contact Sarah Nolte at

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Sept. 18-20
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Children's Ministry Resource Day
Oct. 8
Cedar Rapids, IA

 We ask God to bless the labors of those who work to sustain their families and contribute to their communities, and we pray for new opportunities, fair wages and a sense of value for people who are seeking employment.
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