Synod News
Synod Assembly
Information and registration are available online for the 2019 Synod Assembly to be held May 10-11, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. See the webpage for registration, lodging information, information on submitting resolutions, and more. 
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Daily Devotions for Lent    
Sign up to receive a daily devotion every day of the Lenten season. Focused on the theme of the upcoming Synod Assembly ONE Bread. One Body. They will also be available as a PDF download at the beginning of Lent.

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Churchwide News 
A New Question
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran Magazine
What is to be done? Our congregations are growing older and smaller. At least 40 percent of our congregations have an average weekly worship attendance of 50 or less. ELCA membership decreases by 70,000 people a year, or roughly the loss of a synod per year. Clergy retirements outnumber new candidates for ministry. Financial pressures and building maintenance create stress. There is a dearth of people in their 20s and 30s in our pews. How do we change this? How do we reverse the trends?
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Upcoming Events
Children and Youth Network Meeting
The Children & Youth Ministry Network meeting will be on Thursday, March 7th in Grinnell. Join other staff and volunteers who work with children and youth in their communities. Sign up to share a favorite best practice/resource/event with others.
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Bread for the World 2019 Offering of Letters
Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters campaign engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress.

People write letters, usually as a group, and present them as an offering to God before mailing them to Congress. Hundreds of Offerings of Letters are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God’s justice and mercy. They have, and continue to have, a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress. Learn more about this year's topic and how to be involved. 

Rural Ministry Conference at Wartburg Theological Seminary
Building Resilience Among Leaders & Communities
Where leaders in rural communities and congregations gather to gain insight and inspiration, to network and neighbor that our ministries might be empowered. This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. March 3-5. See more
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Lift up thanks and praise for our life with God, a life filled with promise, hope and blessings that nourish us each and every day; a life and relationship that God desires for all people.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet
Feb. 24, 2019 
Genesis 45:15 – And Joseph kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers
talked with him.

Meeting them years after they had sold him into slavery, Joseph now greets his brothers with love,
forgiveness, assistance and restoration. A great model for loving relationships! What loving relationships
need your forgiveness and restoration?
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