Synod News
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Bishop's Shirt: Part 2


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Churchwide News 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tools to add advocacy to your Day of Service
This Sept. 8, we look forward to the annual ELCA “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday day of service. For the last several years, participating congregations and engaged ministries on this day have sent thousands of messages to their members of Congress, pairing public witness and issue discernment with service activities.

There are many ways to engage advocacy in service to our neighbor.
 
 
Get the resources
 
 
 
ELCA sanctuary denomination
ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted Aug. 7 to approve a memorial that affirms the denomination's long-standing commitment to migrants and refugees and declares the ELCA a sanctuary church body. 

What does it mean to be a sanctuary denomination? We publicly state that walking alongside refugees and immigrants is a matter of faith. Learn more about what sanctuary means for you and your congregation
 
 
See the talking points
 
 
 
2020 Portico rate changes
Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being.
 
 
Learn more
 
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Join Bishop Burk for conversations about actions at the churchwide assembly
Join Bishop Burk for a conversation about the actions taken by the recent ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

September 5
10:30 a.m.- noon
Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church,
720 Edgewood Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

September 11
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
2136 Brady St, Davenport, IA 52803

No RSVP needed

 
 
 
 
 
2019 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme Faith Formation as Shared Mission. The last day to book rooms at the group rate the Sheraton West Des Moines is September 8. Registration closes on September 18.
 
 
More information and registration
 
 
 
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)
 
 
More information and RSVP
 
 
 
 
 
 
You're Invited
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lenny Duncan, author of Dear Church -Iowa City 
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Speaker and Activist Pastor Lenny Duncan will speak
September 9
7 pm 
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Iowa City

Fortress Press recently released his book Dear Church which offers a bold new vision for the future of the ELCA and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. He challenges the Church to take on the forces of this world that act against God: whiteness, misogyny, nationalism, homophobia, and economic justice.
 
 
Learn more
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
 
 
 
Prayers
Give thanks to God for our early-learning centers, K-12 schools, lay schools for ministry, colleges and universities, and seminaries, and for the significant role they serve in faith formation, education and equipping leaders throughout life. 
 
 
More prayers
 
 
 
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FOR THE BULLETIN
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