Synod News
The Generosity Project-A new approach to stewardship 
Imagine this scene playing out in your fellowship hall: people from age two to 95 sharing M&Ms together, Scripture story read by the fourth-grader and acted out by everyone, caring conversations between children and adults who aren’t related, God’s Spirit imprinting generosity on hearts.

This was exactly the scene on Saturday, September 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine where about 30 people from four congregations ranging in age from two to 81 gathered to experience The Generosity Project (TGP).
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Synod Insert -Leadership
In the four-page synod insert Bishop Burk shares about leadership. Pastor Uthe, director for evangelical mission, writes about change and leadership. Download to share in your newsletter or as a bulletin insert. 
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Bishop Election: Bishop Video Series
In order to assist the people of the Southeastern Iowa Synod to prepare for the election of a bishop in 2020, the Synod Ministry Profile Committee has created a description of the current status of ministry in and around this synod, noting in particular opportunities, challenges, and pressure points. This profile is intended to be a brief introduction to the synod's current ministry for all who are interested.
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Synod Book Club
Join others from around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for online discussions on books related to our shared ministry. All discussions will include an introduction and a time to discuss the book with a small group of people from around the synod via video conference. The first book discussion on Dear Church by Lenny Duncan will be October 21. All are welcome.
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Turning Point: Congregational Vitality
Turning Point is an 18-month guided learning process for congregations in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. The process focuses on congregational vitality using a variety of in-person learning labs, online check-ins, and assignments based in the local community. A learning team from each congregation will commit to the process.An informational meeting for those interested will be held Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 pm via Zoom videoconference. Questions? Contact Rev. Erika Uthe,
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The Bishop's Shirt
Churchwide News 
We are to be bold
by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran
This church had a meeting in August. We gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We were filled with anticipation and excitement—what would unfold during the assembly? How would we be inspired by worship and Bible study? How would we be challenged? What new insight into the work of the church would we receive?  

It turned out to be quite a week. The assembly adopted a social statement, “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action”; offered an apology to people of African descent; adopted a resolution setting aside June 17 as a day of repentance to commemorate the Emanuel 9; moved forward on our work toward authentic diversity; declared the ELCA a sanctuary denomination; adopted a policy statement, “A Declaration of Inter-religious Commitment”; celebrated the successful completion of our first-ever comprehensive campaign; began the celebration of 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely; elected Deacon Sue Rothmeyer as secretary; passed a budget; and much more. Continue reading...
Bishop Eaton issues a pastoral message on racism and white supremacy
Centered in Christ, the 2019 Churchwide Assembly was significant in many ways: worship, thoughtful deliberation and prayer led to the adoption of memorials and resolutions that will shape this church for years to come. Among these decisions, this church was called to address the deadly power of racism and white supremacy. Martin Luther's clear exposition of the gospel — that God justifies, that we are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus, and that grace is a gift — not only makes it possible to engage in this work but gives us a framework in which to do it. Continue reading... 
Upcoming Events
Fall Network Gathering 
Join the Southeastern Iowa Children and Youth Ministry network for their Fall Network Gathering. These gathering days are to make connections with people in children/youth ministries and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod. Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome.

Thursday, November 7
9:30 am -2:00 pm
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
Free (lunch donation $5 payable at the door)
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Seminary Sampler at LSTC

For those who have been thinking about public ministry and/or seminary. For those who should be considering public ministry and/or seminary. For those interested in exploring more

October 19-21 and February 22-24

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Sit in on classes, tour campus, meet current students, faculty, and staff, and Go Deeper into what life is like as a seminary at LSTC.

Register online at Check us out on Facebook. Travel stipends are available. Housing and meals will be provided. Child care available upon request.

Continuing Ed Camp at Lutheran Lakeside 
 Lutheran Lakeside is offering a week-long continuing education event for clergy, retired clergy, students, and their families.
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Christmas at Augustana College
Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and deacons with one guest, to join us.

This year, Christmas at Augustana will be performed on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00. As special guests, we would like to offer you two (2) free tickets for you and a guest to attend either performance. 

Presale for tickets are available now. Go to to order tickets. Enter the code ChristmasELCA to receive your two complimentary tickets.

You also may call the Augustana Ticket Office at 309-794-7306 to order. Additional tickets may be purchased at the same time at the normal price online or by calling the Ticket Office.

Tickets for Christmas at Augustana tend to sell quickly, so order soon. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available as the performance date grows closer.
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 Pray for the people of Puerto Rico, that their hope will be renewed and sustained; that they will have good, just governance and smooth transitions between political leaders; and that they will experience progress in their economic recovery and their long-term recovery from Hurricane Maria. Ask God to bless the ministry, service and witness of the Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América Sinodo del Caribe (Caribbean Synod), its leaders and its congregations.
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St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport has around 50 extra chairs available for other congregations or organizations that need them. If you are interested contact Matt Spencer, or 563-326-3547
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