Synod News
Save the Date: Lutheran Day on the Hill
Thursday, February 8
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Training session at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church with Keynote Speaker, Rev. Amy Reumann, Director ELCA Advocacy

This free event, sponsored by LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA, is open to anyone who wants to learn more about citizen advocacy.
Learn more and register
Resources for Lent 2018
The office of the Bishop has prepared resources for Lent as a way to more fully engage the synod assembly theme. Resources include:
  • worship planning resources
  • faith formation resources-engaging water projects
  • daily devotionals

We invite your congregation to take part in these activities during Lent. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Erika Uthe, Assistant to the Bishop,
Get the resources
Churchwide News
It's time to start your 2018 Live Well Challenge

If you have ELCA-Primary health coverage through Portico, this year's Live Well Challenge invites you to a deeper understanding of your own physical and financial health. In 2018, you (and your spouse, if you both have ELCA-Primary health benefits) can gain personalized insights to inspire next steps that are right for you — and earn up to $400 wellness dollars — as you:

  • Assess your health in a new way through personalized biometric screening

  • Strengthen your financial confidence by conducting an annual review of your retirement plan and building other healthy habits around money
Upcoming Events
conFEST 2018
conFEST is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. For confirmation students and leaders. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the Five Gifts of Discipleship and how to live these out in their lives. 

1– 6 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

$10 per person
Register online
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.
Learn more and register online
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, 
Register online
You're Invited
"Scandihoovian Dinner" in Cedar Rapids
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 610 31st Street SE, Cedar Rapids is sponsoring a "Scandihoovian Dinner" on Saturday, January 27. Two seatings: 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child 8 years of age and under. To purchase tickets, visit or call 319-364-2637
Rural Ministry Conference-Wartburg Theological Seminary
Cooperating Congregations in Ministry: Where leaders in rural communities and congregations gather to gain insight and inspiration, to network and neighbor that our ministries might be empowered. This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. March 4-6, Dubuque. Learn more online​​​​​​​
Cedar Rapids Concert: Hans Peterson and Nelson Morlock

Live at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

153 Cherry Hill Rd. NW

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

Free will offering

More info?

LSTC Seminary Sampler

Seminary Sampler this Spring at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Register online for either our multi-day Seminary Sampler, Saturday, February 24th through Monday, February 26th, or for one of our Seminary Sampler Nights on Monday, March 19th or Tuesday, April, 18th.

Whether it’s for an evening or several days, you will get a taste for life as a seminary student and as a member of the LSTC community. Housing and meals are provided! Travel stipends and childcare are available.

Visit to register.

Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
View the Synod Calendar Online
Mission Support Intent for 2018 

Upcoming Events

February 8

ConFEST Ankeny 
February 11

February 23

February 24
We ask God to bless the ongoing work of reconciliation and healing among Christians and other faiths and to stay focused in our striving for unity for the sake of the world.
More prayers
Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Daily Lent Devotions
Sign up for daily lenten devotions delivered to your inbox. These are written by leaders in our synod and are for everyone. Visit to sign up. 

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