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Dean's Meeting
Tuesday, March 3
Synod Center for Ministry

Event Registrations

March 14, 2015

Breathe-Renewal Event
April 13-14, 2015

Companions in Christ
April 18, 2015

A Framework for Understanding Poverty
April 18, 2015

Synod Assembly
May 29-30, 2015
Remember in Prayer
Water is a gift, a necessity for life for humanity and creation. We pray for relief and creative solutions during the drought being experienced in the western part of the United States, and in areas of Central America and Africa. More prayers... 
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2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

We are used to praying “in the name of Jesus.” But what does it mean to live and serve “in the name of Jesus?” Join us for the 2015 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we worship, sing, share stories of our faith, and act… In the Name of Jesus. 

Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

Registration is now open. Learn more at
Lent Reflection Series
See Bishop Burk's invitation to join in the observance of Lent below.
Check Facebook, Twitter (#SEIAlent) and our website for daily reflections during Lent. This is a quick resource for individuals and congregations for study, contemplation, and prayer around three faith practices; fasting, praying, and giving. 
Rise up Together in Detroit!
Registration for the ELCA Youth Gathering July 15-19, 2015 in Detroit is open through May 15, 2015. You are invited to attend one of three opportunities to hear from our Southeast Iowa Synod Gathering coordinator, Ellen Rothweiler. Join Ellen for one of the informational meetings scheduled in March and May. Learn more here.
Faith & The Future: A Message of Hope
Bishop Burk was recently a guest on an episode of Surviving Bad. The topic of the show was Faith & The Future: A Message of Hope. You can watch the episode online to hear Bishop Burk's thoughts on how the local church and faith community offers a safe place for all people.
Congregational Mission Support Forms
There is still time to submit your mission support form. Each year as congregations set their ministry spending plan, the synod is also planning financial commitments on behalf of all congregations of the synod. Congregations are asked to please submit the form online or in pdf format. The form can be accessed on the Synod's website. If you have questions please call the Synod Center for Ministry at 319-338-1273 or email Kathy Smith at or go to our website here.

Congregational Reports (Forms A/C) are also available and due to our Churchwide partners. Have your congregation ID and password ready, then continue to
Churchwide News
Kenya: Empowering women for success
Through a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya, an ELCA companion church, educational seminars are helping women start small businesses and expand their roles in their communities, congregations and families. See more.
Holy Land: ELCA presiding bishop visits companion church
In mid-January, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton led a delegation to the Holy Land. She met with political and religious leaders in the region and with members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, an ELCA companion church. Read more.

Members of the Southeastern Iowa Synod are taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land Sept. 11-25, 2015. Learn more here.
Synod Events
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Is poverty a problem in your community? Interested in helping but you don't know where to start? 

The first step to helping make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty is to understand the obstacles they encounter everyday. This insight can help provide the support others need to break the cycle of generational poverty.

To learn more about the effects of living in poverty and what you can do to help, attend A Framework for Understanding Poverty on Saturday, April 18 in Marshalltown, IA. Using Ruby Payne’s  book, Bridges out of Poverty, as a reference this 7-hour course is designed to give participants insight into the challenges that people face to improve their lives.

This event is sponsored by the Southeastern Iowa Synod and the Marshall County ELCA Hunger Ministries Team. Click here for more information and to register.
Called Together in Mission: People of the Spirit 
This year, CTIM is excited to welcome Dr. Troy Troftgruben, assistant professor at Wartburg Theological Seminary, as the keynote speaker. Troy will engage and inspire conference participants around the topic - what it means to be people of the Spirit. Join us on March 14th for a day that will leave you with a fresh understanding of our identity as children of God, led by the Spirit. Workshop information and registration is available at
Companions in Christ
Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration
All are welcome to attend the Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration on Saturday, April 18 at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive. Participants will learn about the companion relationship between the Pare Diocese and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Along with Bishop Michael Burk, the keynote speakers for this year’s event are Bishop Charles Mjema and Pastor Nahana Mjema of the Pare Diocese. More information and registration can be found at
Breathe: A Renewal Event
In the Southeastern Iowa Synod, we are intentional about health and wholeness among leaders and entire communities of faith. We are called to bring our best selves to the mission of Jesus Christ. Rostered leaders and ministry program staff are invited for a two-day retreat April 13-14. The primary goal of this event is for participants to relax, refresh, and breathe. Find more information here
You're Invited
Luther Academy of the Rockies, June 22-July 2
We invite you to join us in the beautiful Colorado mountains for Luther Academy of the Rockies, Wartburg Theological Seminary's premier Learning for Life educational program for rostered leaders and their families. The daily rhythm of worship, mornings filled with insightful scholarly lectures and forums, afternoon free time to explore the incredible scenery, and evening fellowship opportunities will structure our time together. Learn more.
The Summit, April 13-15
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp would like to invite you to the Summit. The Summit is a retreat for anyone working professionally in ministry with youth, young adults, children, and families. Designed as a time of personal renewal, professional development, continuing education, and networking with other Youth Directors, Pastors, and Christian Educators. Our Guest Speaker is Rozella White who is the Program Director for Young Adult Ministry for the ELCA. Learn More
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