Synod News
There's Still Time
Dear advocates and ministry partners

Our representatives in Washington are hearing our voices. Thank you for taking a stand with LSI and advocating for the protection of Medicaid.

As you may know, the U.S. Senate has delayed the vote for a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite the delay, the Senate still plans to move forward with the Better Care Reconciliation Acts (BCRA) following the Fourth of July recess. There is still time to save Medicaid, and we must continue to advocate for the people we serve. Please keep calling and emailing our state and federal legislators.

U.S. Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst will be returning to Iowa over the holiday week. Reach out to them while they are home. Attend their town hall meetings. It is critical that we act every day until this legislation is defeated or altered.

To contact legislatures and for a script to us click the button below.
Call and Email Legislatures
Staff Departure

Coco Lyons has served as Associate for Communications for the Southeastern Iowa since November 2016. Coco has strengthened the synod's social media presence and many other aspects of communication.

Coco will begin her studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque as a candidate for the Masters of Divinity program on July 23, 2017. Her last day on the staff of the Southeastern Iowa Synod will be July 14, 2017.

Please join us in giving thanks for Coco's ministry on behalf of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.

Churchwide News
ELCA Youth Gathering Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer must agree to follow the terms of a volunteer code of conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. There are four volunteer categories: local volunteers, community life, gathering volunteer corps, and servant companions. The responsibilities vary, and all volunteers (except local volunteers) must commit to being in Houston for one week. Volunteers arrive on Monday, June 25, 2018 and depart Sunday, July 1, 2018. 

Apply at the link below!
Volunteer Application
Upcoming Events

Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod and The Center for Progressive Renewal for 12 months of becoming a better leader. Throughout the year there will be five in-person and online learning times simultaneously at Faith Lutheran Church - Clive and St. John Lutheran Church - Ely. Gather at 9:00 and learn from 9:30-11:30. An hour will be spent watching an online webinar together and end with an hour or more live question and answer session simultaneously in both locations

October 19: Preaching Advent
November 16: Boundaries with people who have no boundaries
January 4: Preaching Lent
March 8: Team Building: Challenges of incorporating young adults to your leadership team
April 26: Prioritizing Ministry: Don't get swamped in the small stuff

Can't make one or two? Don't worry, with a one-time registration fee of $135 per person, you will have access to all five webinars for a whole year to share with your congregation's leadership teams. To register email Pastor Erika Uthe at or call the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry with any questions at 319-338-1273.

2017 Tri-Synodical Conference
"The Reformation: What's at Stake? Then and Now"

Bishop Guy Erwin
Anna Madson
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

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The 2017 Tri-Synodical Conference focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held September 24-September 26 at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. Rostered leaders can register, reserve a room and see the schedule by clicking the button below. 

God's Work, Our Hands Sunday
"God's work. Our hands."  Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life - flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017! For more resources please click the button below.

You're Invited
Become a Pastoral Care Specialist
Classes begin this fall at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. For more information click the button below.
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While the impact and reach of our ministries, programs, and endeavors may vary greatly and not be clear to us, we trust that God is at work through us. Pray for faith in the presence and activity - seen and unseen - of the Spirit of God in the world.
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[God said] shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it" - Isaiah 55.11

Good has promised to fulfill God's own purposes: bring life and salvation to the world. Each day our stewardship is an act of collusion with God, and our lives point to God's work in the world. What is one thing from your life in the last week that points to God?

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