Synod News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ELCA Youth Gathering Evaluation Meeting
Adult leaders who attended the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering are invited to meet with Molly Beck Dean, the Director of the Gathering, for a face-to-face evaluation meeting. Your feedback will have an impact on future Gatherings.

Wednesday, August 15
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
 
 
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Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames featured in Living Lutheran
Bethesda Lutheran Church was featured for their partnership to bridge ecumenical and racial divisions in their community. 
 
 
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Tornado recovery
Bishop Michael Burk and Pastor Paul Ostrem recently visited Marshalltown to assess the damage from the tornado that struck the community on July 19. The impact is extensive, with significant damage to buildings and the businesses they housed  in the downtown area, a direct hit to the Lennox plant (a major employer in the community), and the devastation of neighborhoods housing much of the immigrant community that has settled in Marshalltown as well as community members with limited financial resources. Over 500 homes were damaged.

What is needed most from people interested in helping through the ELCA are funds that can be directed to assist the most vulnerable in the community. You can give online to tornado relief. Or you can send a check to the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry. When sending a gift, please mark it for “Tornado Relief.”
 
 
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Churchwide news 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are the branches
By Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, this article originally appeared the August edition of Living Lutheran
Is it possible to be Lutheran
and an ecumenist? Of course,
the answer is yes. The ELCA
has continued the work of our
predecessor churches—the
Association of Evangelical
Lutheran Churches, the
American Lutheran Church,
and the Lutheran Church in
America—all of which engaged in dialogues with
other denominations. When the ELCA was born,
its DNA included the will toward unity. The 1991
Churchwide Assembly adopted “A Declaration of
Ecumenical Commitment: A Policy Statement of
the ELCA”—we were barely 4 years old.

Where did this impulse come from and why is it
so deeply important to us?
 
 
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Portico updates
Annual Enrollment season is already approaching. In mid-August, Portico will be emailing you information about 2019 rates, specific dates, and a link to your 2019 Custom Comparison Report! Here’s a quick overview:

September — When your organization decides which health benefit option to offer
October — When you enter that selection on EmployerLink
November — When sponsored members make benefit selections on myPortico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
#inthisTogether- Pastors, Deacons, and Ministry Staff
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. See dates and locations
 
 
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#inthisTogether- Elected Leaders in Congregations
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. No RSVP is needed. Learn more
 
 
 
 
 
Save the Date: Boundaries Workshop 
There will be a boundaries workshop offered in November.
Workshops will be lead by Arden Mahlberg, Ph.D., from the Integral Psychology Center, Madison, WI.

It is recommended that pastors and deacons take a boundaries training every three to five years. More information and registration coming soon. 

November 15 - East side of the synod
November 16 - West side of the synod
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
More information and registration
 
 
DONATE TODAY!
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
 
 
 
View the Synod Calendar Online
 
 
 
Youth Gathering
Evaluation Meeting
Iowa City

 
 
 
 
 
Prayers
Pray for humility and courage to be imitators of God and put aside anger, bitterness, slander, dishonesty and cruelty, and be – as urged in Ephesians – kind, tenderhearted and forgiving of one another as God in Christ has been for us. 
 
 
More prayers
 
 
 
QUICK LINKS
 
 
 
 
 
FOR THE BULLETIN
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

The office of the bishop is monitoring the effects of the tornados that hit Marshalltown on July 19.


The impact is extensive, with significant damage to buildings and the businesses they housed  in the downtown area, a direct hit to the Lennox plant (a major employer in the community), and the devastation of neighborhoods housing much of the immigrant community that has settled in Marshalltown as well as community members with limited financial resources. Over 500 homes were damaged. This storm has lasting implications for the entire Marshalltown community and their economic base.


What is needed most from people interested in helping through the ELCA are funds that can be directed to assist the most vulnerable in the community. You can give online through seiasynod.org or you can send a check to the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry. When sending a gift, please mark it for “Tornado Relief.”

 
 
 
 
 
Announcements that appear in this newsletter may be copied and reproduced by congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod in whole or in part without permission. Please credit authors if they are credited within this newsletter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
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