Synod News
Annual Reports and Forms 
There are a number of annual reports and forms that need to be submitted by individuals or congregations by February 15th. These reports help the synod and ELCA churchwide organization plan for the future. Thank you for care in filling these forms and submitting them. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact the Office of the Bishop, 319-338-1273 or email Kathy Smith, 
Mission Support Intent Forms
Mission Support Intent forms are due to the Office of the Bishop by February 15th. Forms can be filled out online or by fillable PDf and mailed or emailed. For questions contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Learn more and get the form

Congregation Annual Reports 
Congregation Annual Reports Forms A and C for the year ending December 31, 2019, are to be completed by February 15 and filed online at The forms were mailed to each congregation at the end of December and include your ID and password for online submission. The online site will be active in mid-January. 

Rostered Minister Annual Report to the Bishop  
Each year, pastors and deacons are asked to complete a Rostered Minister Report to the Bishop and submit the form to the synodical bishop. To access the forms and see instructions click here
The Bishop's Shirt 
Learn more about the ELCA social message on mental health:
Now available a six-week Lent resource for your congregation that includes worship resources, and reflections under the 2020 synod theme, "With a New Song." 

You can also subscribe to the Lenten Daily devotions. One short reflection delivered to your email inbox every morning throughout Lent. 
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Churchwide News 
Bishop Eaton issues pastoral message on Iran conflict
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9). 

The current crisis between the United States and Iran is worrisome for many of us in our church, in our nation and in the world. Our country and Iran need urgently to find ways to resolve our differences through a de-escalation of the current crisis, using diplomacy and other peaceful means.

Armed conflict and war are always tragic for those directly involved and often as well for civilians, who also may suffer under punitive sanctions. These situations are evidence of broken relationships.   
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ELCA World Hunger Lenten Resources
This Lent, you’re invited to join with fellow supporters to study, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation, and restoration. Resources include a devotional calendar, weekly study, coin jar wrappers and more!
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Upcoming Events
January 16th - Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer 
Join others from around the synod for a short discussion on the book. This book about purpose and vocation is for everyone. Learn more from the summary on the author's website. 
“Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” With this searching question, Parker Palmer begins an insightful and moving meditation on finding one's true calling.
Let Your Life Speak is an openhearted gift to anyone who seeks to live authentically. The book's title is a time-honored Quaker admonition, usually taken to mean “Let the highest truths and values guide everything you do.” But Palmer reinterprets those words, drawing on his own search for selfhood. “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it,” he writes, “listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”

January 16th, 7:30 pm, all are welcome. 
Register online
Stewardship and Giving Practices for Our Congregations​​​​​​​
Thursday, January 23
9:30 am 12:00 pm

Financial statements are more than spreadsheets and numbers. They are spiritual tools that transform our congregation’s ministry. We will spend time exploring God’s stories of generosity, tackle questions on how we shift from the mindset of scarcity to an expectation of sufficiency, and help us reimagine our expectations of what an ‘asset’ looks like. We will also explore ways to share a narrative spending plan as part of our annual budget process.  Karen Johnson Kretschmann serves as the Associate for Generosity for the  Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA, where she is delighted to work with congregations, members, partner ministries and colleagues to develop stewardship and giving best practices

Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, 2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245
No cost for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

Questions? contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Southeastern Iowa Synod,, 319-338-1273
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Safety at your Worship Center
Thursday, February 13
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
John Aunan, Risk Control Specialist for Church Mutual Insurance will facilitate a two-part workshop on reducing risk. The focus will be on common property hazards and best practices for assessing the physical security of your building; as well as ALICE Intruder Mitigation which provides individuals with preparedness response and skills in the event of an aggressive intruder situation.

Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, 2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245
No cost for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

Questions? contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Southeastern Iowa Synod,, 319-338-1273
Register online

Join Lutherans from all over Iowa on February 25 for a rousing morning of advocacy training, then speak directly with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol in the afternoon. Whether you’re an advocacy pro or you’ve never talked with a legislator, you’ll gain new insights on important Iowa issues and faith-grounded outreach to our policymakers. This event is presented by Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three Iowa Synods of the ELCA. Registration online now
Gridshock Documentary Screening-Tipton  
January 19, 2-4 pm
January 21, 6:30-8:30

Trinity Lutheran in Tipton is hosting screenings of the film Gridshock, a documentary about sex trafficking in Iowa. The film will be followed by a discussion. All are welcome, but 16-17-year-olds need to be accompanied by their parent, and younger children are not advised to watch due to the nature of the film. Contact Beth Wartick,, for more information.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 
Individuals, congregations, and neighbors are invited to join in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25. The 2020 theme is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2). Annually, leaders of faith communities throughout the world gather together to arrive at the theme for the annual celebration of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year the theme finds its origins in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 27:18-28:10).
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Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
Submit your congregation's 2020 Mission Intent Form
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 Pray for the leaders of every nation, including our own, that they will heal long-standing and recent rifts, pursue just and peaceful agreements and solutions for the well-being of the people they serve, and share resources to relieve hunger and poverty everywhere, without concern for profit or gain for any single nation.
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