Synod News
In the Face of Disaster, Mission Support Matters

Donations to Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) remains among the best ways to respond to the devastation of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as to the wild fires that are doing such damage in the western part of the United States. Few other responding agencies can promise 100% of your donation going to the response itself.

It is important and helpful to remember that the promise of 100% to relief is only possible because of the Mission Support provided to this synod that is then shared with our churchwide partners. Mission Support provides the organizational infrastructure for LDR to do its work. Mission Support makes it possible to forward the entirety of donations to the relief efforts.

Thank you to all the congregations and partners who give generously to our shared ministries. Help us tell the story of how this financial support really matters. And take yet another opportunity to give generously.

Bishop Michael Burk
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Grand View University Receives $1.25 Million from Lutheran Bible Institute
Grand View University, a university of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America located in Des Moines, received a $1.25 million dollar gift from the Lutheran Bible Institute in California (LBIC). The funds will be used to create an endowed faculty position. The Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes, professor of Theology and Philosophy, who is a world-renowned Lutheran theologian and graduate of LBI Seattle, will be appointed the Lutheran Bible Institute Chair at Grand View. In addition, a scholarship will be established for Theology students.
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Churchwide News
Bishop Eaton's column: Supper’s ready. 
In her September column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares memories of family Thanksgivings, where all would come to the table together. That is true for our church, too, as Jesus invites us all to a meal of healing, forgiveness and thanksgiving.
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2018 ELCA-Primary Health Rates and Benefits Changes Webinar 

Sept. 19, 11 – 11:30 a.m. (Central), we’ll describe the trends driving 2018 rates and why brand-name prescription drug costs are increasing for most members.

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Global Church Sunday
This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries! No matter who they are or where they serve, every missionary needs your prayers, support and gifts to live out their ministry. 
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2018

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a longstanding expression of the ecumenical movement - a worldwide movement among Christians to heal divisions with the Church. It also promotes dialogue among churches and Christian communities and encourages Christians everywhere to better understand and reflect the implications of  "one Lord, one faith, one baptism." 

Each year from January 18-25, Christians are encouraged to pray together as a sign of the unity that is already theirs in Christ. Learn more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. 

Please also visit the Ecumenical and Inter-Religious website of the ELCA for ecumenical events, news, resources, and other times of interest. 
Upcoming Events

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

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.
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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 a.m. and learn from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 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 with 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.
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Celebrate the International Day of Peace!
The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace invites the public to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Thursday, September 21st, at 6:30 PM, at the Peace Garden in Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street, in Des Moines. “On the Threshold of a New Day,” is the theme of the celebration, a phrase at the heart of a speech given by Coretta Scott King at a peace rally just months after Dr. King’s murder.  Continuing the Faith Committee’s commitment to observing the last year of Dr. Kings’ life—so given to peacemaking—the service will include a reenactment of the speech given by Mrs. King in NYC in 1968.  MFSA is a co-sponsor of this event. Learn more​​​​​​​
Save the Date: Reformation Hymn Festival
The River Bend Conference is hosting a Reformation Hymn Festival, in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, on Sunday, October 29th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Davenport. 

This event will include a piece sung by the joint choir, compiled by the area church choirs, led by John Hurty of Augustana College.  Please mark you calendar and join us for the Reformation celebration. For questions or more information contact
Stacy Christianson at or Karen Ullestad at
Ecumenical Stewardship Center Conference
Generosity Next takes place November 29 - December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. It explores how current culture informs faithful stewardship and generous giving.

This year's topic is Stewardship & Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?  Engage with keynote speakers Steve Manskar and Anne Burkholder as we explore John Wesley's well-known sermons about money and their relevance for generous stewards of the 21st century.

• Connect with others who share a passion for faithful stewardship and generous giving
• Be inspired through meaningful worship, insightful presentations, and thoughtful conversation
• Become better equipped to lead others in their discipleship journeys of becoming faithful stewards and generous givers

Cedar Rapids area 500th Anniversary

Landmark Worship Service Among Catholics and Lutherans Following a worldwide initiative, Catholics and Lutherans in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area will gather for a landmark common worship at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. The service will start at Immaculate Conception. Halfway through participants will walk across the street and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments following.

Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty area 500th Anniversary events

The following events are planned for ELCA churches to highlight the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:

Date TBD - at Holy Trinity (North Liberty), screening of the film, "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World"

Oct 15 - 4pm at St Mary's Catholic Church (Iowa City), Ecumenical service with area ELCA churches and Roman Catholic congregations

Oct 21 - Table Talk with Martin and Katie at Zion (Iowa City), will include a German meal and a discussion

Oct 22 - Worship with Martin and Katie at Zion (Iowa City) at 8:15 or 10:45 and stay for a discussion after the last service

Oct 22 - 9:15 a.m. -- artist, Diego Lasansky, creator of the "Junker Jorg" prints, will speak on Oct 22, 9:15 a.m. at GDLC (Iowa City) during Adult Forum, to describe his printmaking process and the inspiration for the print. "Junker Jorg" is the alias used by Martin Luther when he was in hiding at Wartburg Castle in 1521.

Oct 29 - 9:15 a.m. - Prof. Glenn Ehrstine will speak at GDLC (Iowa City) during Adult Forum about "Luther vs. the Pope in the Reformation Media Campaign." The words and images used by both sides were designed to get an emotional response from the public.

For more information on any of these events contact Chris Schlotfelt:

500th Anniversary of the Reformation events-Muscatine
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
513 Sycamore Street, Muscatine, IA 52761

September 17, 2017--10:30 a.m.
Dr. Kurt Hendel, the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will be giving a presentation entitled, "Martin Luther: Witness of Christ."

September 17, 2017 -- 3 p.m.
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and will be held at Muscatine Lutherans and Roman Catholics will join together for Common Prayer, a liturgy approved by both the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican. Fr. Troy Richmond of Sts. Mary and Mathias Catholic Church preaching. A time of food and fellowship will immediately follow.
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September 24-26 
West Des Moines
We remember in our prayers the men and women of all ages and backgrounds who respond to God’s call to lives of service and ministry and pray for those attending or entering seminary or participating in distributed learning programs that they continue to grow in faith, wisdom, enthusiasm and skill for serving the church and world.
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