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Remember in Prayer
We ask God to forgive us when we stray from God’s truth and ways, that we will stay on paths of humility, love and justice. More prayers...  
Communion Set Needed 
Usangi Leadership and Training College in the Pare Diocese in Tanzania is in need of communion-ware with glass glasses. A set that a congregation is no longer using is fine. If interested in donating or learning more contact Mary Jo Maass by phone 319-750-1660 or by email 
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Resources, videos, and statements on racial protests and violence
In the wake nationwide protests and events in the past week, there is a page of resources, including a pre-recorded service of prayer and lament, a video from Bishop Eaton and a variety of resources to use in your congregation. Stay tuned for more information from churchwide and our synod in the coming days and weeks.  
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Watch Bishop Eaton's call to be present by clicking the video image above. 
Your VBS Stories and Information
Photo courtesy Grace Lutheran Church Des Moines
Tired faces. Dragging feet. Sense of fulfillment simultaneously mixed with complete exhaustion. These are just some of the symptoms you might be suffering if you have experienced what is commonly known as VBS. On the other hand, there is the wonderful gift of sharing God's love with kids - many of whom don't otherwise share in the ministries of our congregations.

It is indeed VBS season which got us wondering - What does VBS looks like from a synod level? How many kids does our synod impact each summer? What sorts of stories stand out? What ministries are supported? If your congregation participates in a VBS ministry, please email Pastor Erika Uthe with pictures, stats, and stories so that we can put a comprehensive picture together. 
Churchwide News
What is means to be Lutheran 
By Elizabeth A. Eaton, this article first appeared in Living Lutheran
Lutherans don’t often garner much media attention. In this country we don’t make up a big segment of the population. When groups of Lutherans began arriving on these shores in the 18th and 19th centuries, they tended to stay in their nationality and language groups and didn’t assimilate completely into the surrounding culture. We kept to ourselves and so went relatively unnoticed. Lutherans, with some exceptions, weren’t part of the political or economic elite. There are both benefits and problems because of this. More later.

Our state of relative obscurity is about to change. In 16 months we’ll mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For a brief time a spotlight will be turned on Lutherans in this country and around the world. Documentaries will be produced and aired, seminars will be held and, particularly if Oct. 31, 2017, is a slow news day, the media is going to seek us out and ask us to explain ourselves. When the local newspaper, radio or TV station comes knocking on our door, what are we going to say?

In our churchwide conversation about priorities for the ELCA (, we have been asking what it means to be Lutheran. We aren’t as good as we could be about giving a clear answer to that question. We speak about grace, about our work in advocacy, about the relief and development work we do, about our inclusiveness and diversity—though I believe these last two are more aspirational than actual—about our ecumenical and interreligious dialogues and relationships. These are true and beautiful and important. They are not exclusively Lutheran. Continue reading...
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Help Hope Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids in Their Response in West Virginia
In the fall of 2015, Hope Lutheran Church of Cedar Rapids committed to do a Mission Trip to assist in an impoverished area of the Appalachian Mountains. They have been planning their mission to Ronceverte, WV for July 31, 2016. While the trip was originally to help the area in general ways (e.g., electrical and construction, community service), since the floods of last week the scope of the Mission has changed dramatically. Greenbriar County was particularly hard hit, causing the destruction of infrastructure and homes.  Schools, hospitals, and community facilities were completely flooded and are filled with mud and debris.  As of June 27 the county reported 17 deaths as a result of the flood and that death toll continues to rise. The full extent of the devastation is still unknown, as it cannot be assessed until the water recedes.

Clearly the need for assistance in the area has increased hundred-fold. Resources originally obligated by the local community are now being dedicated to flood recovery and are strained.  Hope Lutheran is continuing its fundraising efforts to provide more assistance, but the need is so great is so many areas. While the focus of the Mission was to do specialty projects, it now includes many other tasks as well, such as "mucking" out flooded buildings.  The team would appreciate everyone pray to see if they are led to join the Mission so we can provide more hands for the various tasks.  Also appreciated would be consideration to making donations.  The funds donated will go directly to the flood victims through a local congregation.

If anyone is able to join the team on this Mission, please contact Debi Clark at319-533-1891 or Kris at Hope Lutheran Church at 319-365-3105. Your presence and assistance would be welcomed and appreciated!  Monetary donations can be sent to Hope at 2736 Bowling Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA  52404.

Both Hope and the victims of Greenbriar County, WV, appreciate all assistance and thank you for your continued prayers at this difficult time.
One Year to Live Men's Retreat 
September 16-18, 2016 
Poynette, WI

This is an experience for men where hearts and souls can be strengthened by the call of Christ. It is sponsored by Lutheran Men in Mission.  Over 300 men have attended OYTL's in Wisconsin since 2009.  Many have found it to be a spiritual and life impacting experience, different from any other retreats or conferences they have attended. Commitment to attend from Friday 5:30pm to closing on Sunday at 3:00pm is required.

One Year to Live Retreat video testimonies, promotional, scholarship and registration information is available at  Events/One Year to Live page.   Space is limited. Register ASAP to ensure your spot.  The $175 registration fee includes lodging, meals and retreat materials. There are discounts for early registrations, younger men and seminarians.  
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jim Schieble, call or text (920) 763-3433. 
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