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Invitation to Prayer Day 5

Thursday, November 10, 2011

On this anniversary of Martin Luther’s birthday we invite your prayers for our global church, its leaders and all the people who are shown the love of Christ through the various ministries we support.

ELCA – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is comprised of 10,000 congregations in 65 geographically based Synods across the United States. The ELCA provides training for church leaders, supports missionaries overseas, coordinates relief efforts domestically and abroad and represents all of its members in the global Christian community.

Southeastern Iowa Synod – The Southeastern Iowa Synod works with the over 200 ELCA congregations of southeastern Iowa. Synod staff work with congregations to connect them with qualified pastors, coordinate work with ministry partners and to provide resources for local congregations.

Wartburg Seminary – Located in Dubuque, Wartburg Seminary is one of several seminaries of the ELCA. Wartburg provides education for pastoral, diaconal and youth leaders for congregations across the country.

A Conversation about Immigration

“Toward Compassionate, Just, and Wise Immigration Reform” is a social policy resolution adopted by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at its November 2009 meeting. This synod’s Commission for Church in Society will be hosting a conversation about immigration and this social policy resolution on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at The

Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry in Iowa City, IA, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Registration will be limited to fifty people. A $6.00 donation is requested to defray the cost of the lunch.

Presenters for this event include Dr. Mark Grey from the University of Northern Iowa and the New Iowans Center; Victor Thasiah from the ELCA Department of Studies and who worked on developing the social policy resolution; Doris Knight, Iowa Executive Director of Justice for Our Neighbors and long-time advocate surrounding issues of immigration; Jill Stuecker from Lutheran Services in Iowa Refugee Program; and another person yet to be confirmed.

Registration Register for the event by calling or e-mailing the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry and providing your name and phone number to Paula Casper:

Phone:  319-338-1273

Please register by March 12, 2011.

Read the text of the resolution here: ELCA Social Policy Resolution on Immigration Reform

Called Together in Mission

Plan now to attend the 2011 Called Together in Mission (CTIM) on March 12, 2011 at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, IA.
This year, CTIM welcomes The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart, the Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship, Dean of the Chapel at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Dr. Stewart’s keynote will be followed by a Bible study he is preparing based on Psalm 104. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops on subjects ranging from expressing one’s faith through the arts to learning about what are the best resources to use for youth ministries.
Registration includes a keynote address and Bible study in the morning and then individual workshops in the afternoon. The workshops cover a variety of topics related to the work and ministry of congregational life. CTIM is a great event for every member of the congregation.
For more information about the workshops and schedule, please view the on-line CTIM 2011 book
Register online here Workshops are available on a first come first served basis.