Synod News
Chad Brown Ordination
Chad Brown will be ordained at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny at 1:30 PM, Sunday, February 18. All rostered ministers are invited to process. The color of the day is red. 

Chad has been called to serve Peace Lutheran Church, Pella, Iowa. 
The Water and The Witness
The Office of the Bishop has started receiving great photos and videos of buckets in action. Don't have a bucket yet? Get one before they're gone.  

The Water and The Witness is the theme for the upcoming 2018 Synod Assembly. We hope you will join us in supporting water-related ministries of the ELCA with your commitment of at least $500, we will supply you with a bucket.

Buckets are available to any group or individual that will commit to raising or contributing at least $500 toward a special offering at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, May 18-19. ALL of that offering will support water ministries of the ELCA.
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Lent 2018 devotions 
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Churchwide News
ELCA presiding bishop to participate in rally to end racism
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. The event, organized by the National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA, will bring together many ELCA members from across the country. The ELCA is a founding member of the council. All are invited to join Bishop Eaton at the event.
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A valentine from God
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, this article originally appeared in Living Lutheran
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry” (Love Story).

“Forgiveness guaranteed. Repentance optional” (sign in front of a Lutheran church).

This year Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same date. It seems like an odd pairing—Ash Wednesday, a day of solemn repentance and honest reckoning of our brokenness, and Valentine’s Day, a lighthearted celebration of love. Do we fast and pray and commit to rigorous spiritual disciplines, or do we dive in to Champagne and chocolate? Is it a day of contrition or of abandon? Do we abstain or do we indulge?
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Upcoming Events
2018 Synod Assembly
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.
Synod Assembly Registration is now available online.
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Nurturing Hope in Bethlehem and the West Bank
A Day with The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Friday, February 23, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA

$25 Registration Fee includes lunch
Free-Will Offering will be received for Bright Stars of Bethlehem. The day will include keynote presentations from The Rev. Dr. Raheb, workshops and worship.
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Join others from congregations around the Southeastern Iowa Synod for a day of workshops given by real people making a difference in their community. Get ideas. Be inspired. Renew the church.

February 24, 2018

9 a.m.-2:30 p.m 

First Lutheran Church - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cost: $25 per person with discounts for groups of 4 or more from the same congregation. For more information contact Rev. Erika Uthe, 
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We pray with humility and repentance as we begin our journey through Lent that, even in our imperfection and weakness, we never lose sight of the good news that God’s love and mercy are unwavering and that our lives are made new and whole through our baptism into Christ’s life, death and resurrection.
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