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Feb. 21, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
God chose Paul and turned him from a life of violence to a life of service and proclaiming the gospel. On this Conversion of Paul day, we ask God to remind us that all things are possible through Christ and to not give up on or withhold the good news from people who test our patience or faith. 
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Lutheran Day on the Hill
On February 17, join LSI and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill in Des Moines! This day is essential for giving voice to those who are not heard, for seeking social justice and for empowering people to exercise their right and responsibility to be part of the legislative process. Lunch will be provided and there is a free shuttle bus from Iowa City. Click here for a schedule of the day, registration and more information.
MissionLink Bulletin Insert Available
The winter 2016 edition of Mission Link, the synod's quarterly bulletin insert is available for download and distribution. Any questions contact Val Harlynn, Associate for Communication at  
Correction to instructions for 2014 (last year’s) W-2s.
Changes resulting from the Federal Affordable Health Care Act have been challenging for many organizations.

We recently became aware that instructions for completing employee’s 2014 W-2s included information that was incorrect.  On Portico’s website, and subsequently included in information sent to congregations, instructions stated that ‘the fair market value of health benefits paid by an employer for anyone in the health plan who is not a tax dependent as qualified by the IRS, must be included as wages for employment and income tax withholding purposes – if those family members are not considered tax dependents of the employee. If any of your employees have dependents with ELCA health benefits ask if the family members qualify as tax dependents.  If they don’t you will need to report the fair market value of health benefits for the dependents as additional taxable income for the employee.’  This information was incorrect.
Please contact your tax professional if you have questions or become aware that forms were completed incorrectly.  The synod center for ministry does not provide tax advice.  However, if you are aware of any W-2’s that were filed incorrectly as a result of this information, please contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, at the synod office.  The company that provided the original information has offered to assist with expenses incurred as a result of the incorrect information. 
Churchwide News
Congregational Resources for Lent around World Hunger and Poverty
In 2016, ELCA World Hunger is extending an invitation to our congregations: Lift up the life-changing work of ELCA World Hunger through new levels of giving - spiritually, intellectually and financially - starting with Lent.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, and extending through the season of Lent, congregations across the ELCA will join together to raise $2 million to benefit the ministries of ELCA World Hunger. This support will enable crucial work to get underway and help us kick-start our year-of-emphasis.

Order resources from ELCA World Hunger full of activities, tools, and ideas for engaging your congregation is issues of hunger and poverty during the Lenten season. Order online or download resources.
Synod Events
A synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. Cost: $10 per person. 
Churchwide Focus: Walk For Water Project

Sunday, February 21
1:00 – 6:00 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church
More info and register online
You're Invited
Lutheran Day on the Hill: Host a letter Writing Event!
Not everyone can make it to Lutheran Day on the Hill (February 17th)--but think about the impact it would make if each of our participants showed up with a stack of letters from the people back home! With very little effort your congregation could gather 25-50 letters. When combined with the letters from other SEIA Synod congregations it will all add up to a significant witness on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need.
Host an in-person or virtual letter writing event. 
You’ll find the resources you need here.
A fillable sample letter is available for you to use here.
Electronic copies of letters may be sent to by February 15th. Hard copies can be delivered on the day of the event or mailed to LSI ahead of time. We would like to be able to present a copy of each letter to the leaders of the House and Senate, so please make 2 additional copies of your letters and bring them along with you to the event.
Together we can raise awareness about issues of poverty and justice in our state! 
For more information please contact

Installation of Campus Pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa
Installation of Pastor Sarah Goettsch
Thursday, February 18 
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Iowa City
5:30 potluck
7:00 worship service
8:30 coffee reception at Lutheran Campus Ministry
St. Olaf Choir to Perform in Iowa City and Des Moines 
The choir will be in Des Moines on Jan. 29 and Iowa City on Feb 13. See links for times, location and more information. 
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