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…

On August 5th, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), began its 15th triennial churchwide assembly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This gathering met under the theme “We Are Church” to worship, vote on matters of governance and policy, and be church together for the sake of the world. A number of actions were taken by the…

On June 25th, several people from the Southeastern Iowa Synod in partnership with others involved in activism with Bread for the World were able to meet with staff from Senators Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst’s offices in Cedar Rapids. Their meeting focused on global childhood nutrition, specifically getting children and expecting mothers vital nutrition…

The special guest speaker of the 2019 Synod Assembly, Wendy Davidson, who is the President of US Speciality Channels, Kellog North America presented Bishop Michael Burk with four specially printed boxes of Corn Flakes as a gift. The boxes were “sold” during the Saturday morning plenary session of the assembly. The going rate for the…

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. They write about this theme, “Faith formation is the mission of the church. It is a…

By Rev. Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop Zach Schmidt from Bread for the World led a training event at the Synod Center for Ministry on April 25, for BFW’s 2019 Offering of Letters to Congress.  The theme and emphasis for this year’s effort is, “Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow.” In 2017, the synod assembly adopted…

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