Support the mission
and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa
Synod by making a donation using our
Synod Calendar

Synod Council Meeting
Sept. 12
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

Retiree Luncheon
Sept. 15
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Iowa City
Event Registrations

Sept. 27-29
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA 

Multiple dates and locations

November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
Our concern for our children doesn’t end at home. We pray that parents, teachers and communities work together effectively to make schools and classrooms physically and emotionally safe environments for learning.
Quick Links
Synod News
Definitely-Abled Sunday 2015
Guest written by Carrie Gubsch for Mosaic and Rejoicing Spirits

On Sunday, Sept. 20, congregations across the Southeastern Iowa Synod will work to break down the intentional and unintentional barriers that prevent our brothers and sisters with intellectual and developmental disabilities from becoming active participants and leaders in our faith communities.

This Sunday, designated as “Definitely-Abled Sunday” in a resolution passed by the 2014 Southeastern Iowa Synod assembly, provides congregations the opportunity to recognize the unique gifts and talents that each person is given by God as well as to lift of up the struggles and concerns of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

The church and the world need the gifts people with disabilities have and are. We are not whole without them. Unfortunately, welcoming people with disabilities has not always been the norm in our faith communities.

Mosaic, an ELCA ministry that partners with people with intellectual disabilities to create a meaningful life, in a caring community, giving voice to their needs, is honored to be a part of this day. We encourage congregations to embrace and involve people with intellectual disabilities as co-laborers in the work of the gospel. Continue reading the rest of this article and find resources for your congregation.
Children's Ministry Resource Day
The day will offer worship, workshops on safety policies and education milestones, and a panel discussion with the members of the Children’s Ministry Working Group.

The first bi-annual resource day is a perfect time to connect with other church volunteers/workers and learn a few things to take back to your own congregations. Breakout sessions include Educational Standards - making curriculum work for you, Safety Policies - how to get started, and ending the afternoon with a Q & A Panel and short worship service. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., the event will start at 10 a.m., and  will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

This is a free event for volunteers, helpers, and staff involved with children's ministry within the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, November 14
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

Bi-annual synod newsletter now available

The summer 2015 issue of the Southeastern Iowa Synod's new bi-annual newsletter is here!  This new publication is geared toward sharing stories of our life and faith together in the name of Jesus. 
Churchwide News

If God is enough
By Elizabeth A. Eaton
This article originally appeared in The Lutheran

From time to time I am invited to celebrate congregational anniversaries. It’s wonderful to see the church in action and to meet members from all across the country.

It is also interesting to see the variety of sizes and architectural styles our buildings come in. Looking at building additions in churches is like studying growth rings in a tree—one can see the periods of rapid growth and contraction. Often the first unit was built one or two centuries ago, the expansion of the sanctuary constructed when the original one was outgrown, and the education wing added in the late 1950s or ’60s. I have seen dozens of churches like this and recall that my last parish had a similar growth pattern.

Very often, however, the membership of these congregations has shrunk. A sanctuary built to seat 400 now only sees 50 on a Sunday. Sunday school rooms and gymnasiums that rang with the sound of children are now empty or, in more enterprising congregations, are rented out to community groups and social service organizations.

In these congregations the anniversary celebration is bittersweet—for one glorious Sunday the sanctuary is filled with current and former members and their children and grandchildren, stories of the congregation’s heyday are shared, there is energy and enthusiasm and then everyone goes home. Next Sunday the 50 hearty souls who are the remnant will gather in a now more obviously empty sanctuary. Read the rest...
Synod Events
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 27-29, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.  The theme will be “Being Public in the Name of Jesus.” Our speakers for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Pr. Jason Chesnut from Baltimore, Maryland, and the founder of “The Slate Project.” About this year’s theme; christendom is waning and that might be a good thing! The love of Christ frees us to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods. But our neighbors aren’t coming to church all that much anymore. So the locus of work might need to shift from the sanctuary to the public square. Together we will explore ways to make this move into the public square as congregations and as leaders.​

Sunday Soup
An Evening with the Bishop
All are welcome as congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod gather for an evening meal and to share stories of life and ministry. Bishop Burk will share his own thoughts and hopes for our life together as church, and facilitate conversation about how our connections to one another in Christ can bring to expression a bold and hopeful witness to our communities and to the whole world…all in the name of Jesus.

Sunday Sept. 20
St. Mark Lutheran Church
West Des Moines, IA
Sunday November 8
Faith Lutheran Church
Eldridge, IA

Upcoming Administration Workshop
Creating your Church Budget – For Church Treasurers and Finance Committees
Budgets are critical to any church’s success.  Budgets not only allocate resources, authorize action, and provide boundaries and benchmarks; they help tell your congregation’s mission story.  Join treasurers and business administrators from across the synod to learn from each other and gather new ideas. 
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30)
Location: Memorial Lutheran, Nevada 
701 11th Street, Nevada, Iowa 515-382-6509

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 (9:00 – 11:30)
Location: Synod Center for Ministry, IC
2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 319-338-1273

  • Leadership role of the treasurer and finance committees in the budgeting process
  • Purposeful, positive leadership and a non-anxious presence for financial leaders
  • Mission focused budgets
  • Planning for the unexpected
Questions: Contact Kathy Smith, Southeastern Iowa Synod,

This workshop is provided at no cost for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Register online
You're Invited
Rise Up Together Tour
Agape*, Rachel Kurtz and Joe Davis will be performing at two southeastern Iowa congregations this fall. These dynamic performers were all part of the 2015 Youth Gathering in Detroit and are playing shows on October 16, in Cedar Rapids and October 17, in Clive. Download the flyer for more information.
Hope Leadership Conference
Strong Christian leaders are essential to the positive growth of teams, churches, organizations, communities… and the world! We invite you to join us for a conference where together we will help prepare church leaders to more effectively reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ!  Join us for the 2015 Hope Leadership Conference! Bishop Michael Burk will be presenting at this event. 

​    Thursday, Oct. 22, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm & Friday, Oct. 23, 2015,         8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Pre-conference: Oct. 21, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, IA

Cedar River Theological Forum in Cedar Rapids

The Cedar River Conference monthly theological forum September-May on the 2nd Thursday of every month at St. Andrew Lutheran 4420 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids.

The first meeting is September 10th and the speaker is Louise Johnson, President of Wartburg Theological Seminary. 
The schedule of the presentation:
9:00 Fellowship and refreshments
9:30 Devotions
9:50 Welcome and Introductions
10:00 Presentation begins
10:45 Break
11:00 Presentation continues
12:00 Closing

​For more information contact
Pastor Trish Decker​
Right Next Door Conference: Beyond the Walls of Church and Neighbor - October 16th-17th
You are invited to join in the Right Next Door Conference!  Women at the Well, a United Methodist congregation inside the walls of the women's prison in Mitchellville, is partnering with Prison Congregations of America and the Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church to host a weekend of presentations and workshops designed to inspire, equip, and empower churches to connect with folks we might have missed.  The Right Next Door conference will include presentations by noted speakers, including our keynote speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking.  Judith Roberts, the ELCA Director for Racial Justice Ministries, will be bringing the message at our opening worship. The Conference will also include various workshops addressing prison ministry, advocacy, mental illness, domestic violence, addiction, how to reduce barriers in your home church, and more.  For more information, a schedule of events, and to register, visit
Join our mailing list
2635 Northgate Dr
Iowa City, IA 52245

319-338-1273 phone
319-351-8677 fax