Synod News
Rostered Minister's Reports to the Bishop
Each year, pastors and deacons are asked to complete a Rostered Minister Report to the Bishop and submit the form directly to Bishop Michael Burk. Find helpful instructions and a link to all of the forms on the synod website. 
See forms and instructions
Lutheran Day on the Hill
By Rev. Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop
Our faith in Jesus Christ who cared for the poor and the outcast calls us to speak for those who are left out or relegated to the edges of society. Lutheran Day on the Hill provides you with an opportunity to join a group of passionate, faith-filled advocates in making a difference for tens of thousands of Iowans. Your legislators want and need to hear from you about critical human services issues and needs – and our neighbors in need likewise need our voices and advocacy.

Lutheran Day on the Hill is February 19, 2019.  The morning will include a keynote address from Mikka McCracken from ELCA Hunger, and break out sessions on the three issues that will serve as the focus for conversations with legislators, including 1) Improving Iowa’s Medicaid Managed Care System, 2) Investing in a Strong Child Welfare Workforce, and 3) Supporting Refugee Community Services. 
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Resources available for Lent
One Bread. One Body. is a six-week Lent resource for your congregation that includes worship resources, reflections, and faith formation activities under one unifying theme, which is also the theme for the 2019 Synod Assembly.
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Churchwide News 
Portico Updates - New Year 2019

Welcome to 2019 Live Well!
2019 Live Well is a web-based tool that invites participants to choose their own path to wellness. It offers a wide variety of activities designed to help create meaningful change. Unlike secular alternatives, the tool recognizes that faith is central to daily life and can enhance overall wellness. That’s why 2019 Live Well focused on the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual dimensions of the Wholeness Wheel. Members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits can each earn up to $400 wellness dollars. For a quick introductory tour of the 2019 Live Well tool:

Congregations - Get a January check up!
Please check your January bill carefully for any changes – and members, look at your first pay stub. Are the defined compensation, tax savings accounts, and retirement pre-tax all correct? The Customer Care Center is here to help: 800.352.2876

2019 Richard Hammar Guide Church & Clergy Tax Guide – is free and available online

Congregational Reports
All congregations should have received Congregations Reports forms via mail. You will also be able to fill these out online filing system in the next week or so. 

The password to file online was included in the physical copy sent to your congregation at the end of December.  Contact  Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration at the Southeastern Iowa Synod if you have any questions or need your password,
ELCA World Hunger VBS Curriculum
It’s never too early to start daydreaming of summer! Get started by exploring ELCA World Hunger’s new vacation Bible school curriculum for 2019, “Who is My Neighbor?” This free resource is now available to order and download. The curriculum invites children and youth to reimagine what it means to be neighbors in Christ. Based on the Good Samaritan story, this full five-day program contains skits, games, crafts, snacks and activities for participants to enjoy and learn how our faith calls us into the world to love and serve our neighbor.
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Upcoming Events
Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network digital network drop-in every 2nd Tuesday each month from 12-1:00 pm.

It’s a simple way for those who work with children and youth to stay connected, support and encourage one another. The first 20 minutes will be dedicated to checking in with each other followed by a conversation about a specific topic. Grab your lunch, your headphones, and smartphone, tablet, or computer and get connected.
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ConFESt is a synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. This is an event for confirmation students and their leaders. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Zion Lutheran Church, Muscatine
1:00 – 6:00 pm
Get flyer and register online
Community Listings and Careers
Worship Musician- Ely
St. John Lutheran Church, Ely is seeking a part-time worship musician to provide music through the piano and/or organ. See position listing

Worship Musician-Clinton
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton seeks an organist/pianist. See position listing

Youth Choir Robes Available
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Ogden has 22 Youth Choir Robes available to any church that can use them. They are crimson and are in lovely condition. Included are neck crosses to go with the robes. Please contact us at 515-275-2164 if you would like to learn more or arrange to receive them. You may also inquire at
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Scandihoovian Dinner-Cedar Rapids
St. Stephen's is hosting their 2nd annual Scandihoovian Dinner on Saturday January 26. We are offering two seatings (5pm & 6:30pm) plus a carry-out option that will be available from 4:30-6pm. Because seating is limited, people have to order their tickets in advance either on our website or call the church office at 319-364-2637. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 8 years of age or younger. See the flyer
LSTC- Seminary Sampler
Come and see for yourself or share with someone who is considering ministry! Perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need.

If you find yourself wondering any of the above or beyond, consider attending the LSTC Spring Seminary Sampler.

Saturday, February 23rd through Monday, February 25th.
Housing and meals are provided!
Travel stipends and childcare are available.

Individuals are always welcomed to schedule an individual visit if you can’t make it to Seminary Sampler! Contact the Admissions Office ( for more information. Register for the sampler online
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
To report your congregation’s mission support intent for 2019. 
Download the fillable PDF
View the Synod Calendar Online

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Pray for those who are cold and homeless this winter that they find warm, safe shelter and for the work of congregations and community programs that offer temporary shelter, meals and assistance for individuals and families in need of long-term, affordable, safe housing.
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Below are bulletin sized articles for copying and pasting into your bulletin

Stewardship Snippet
Jan. 27, 2019
Psalm 19:9b, 10–The ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are
they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey.

Stewardship is all about priorities and values. What do we prize above all else? Faithful steward/disciples
value the teachings of God that guide us to fulfilled lives.

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