Synod 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

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
coner 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.

Installation of Deacon Janine Johnson

Deacon Janine Johnson was installed at Calvary Lutheran church, Buffalo Iowa. Peace and blessings to you throughout your ministry.
Synod Assembly Updates

Make sure to watch your email for news and summaries from our synod's assembly this past weekend.
Churchwide News
ELCA Campaign Update
At the completion of its third year, The Campaign for the ELCA reached 57% of its $198 million, five-year goal. Together, we are strengthening and expanding ministries across this church and with our global companions around the world. See the impact of these gifts in the 2016 campaign report by clicking the button below.
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Upcoming Events
Administrative Workshop
Improving Internal Controls and Security - Top 10 things you can do to protect your congregation
June 8, 2017

What are the top 10 things you can do to protect your congregation? Surprisingly, several simple and inexpensive routine tasks will significantly cut your risk! With an emphasis on prevention and awareness, we'll discuss ways in which churches can effectively improve accounting practices, safeguard accounts, and keep business accounts free of fraud and risk. We'll also discuss the responsibilities of church councils and clergy, proper governance, and allow time for any questions you may have. This workshop is designed for pastors, church councils, congregation audit committees, and administrators.

This will be facilitated by Pamela Druger, a Certified Fraud Examiner with extensive non-profit fraud prevention experience, Professor Emeritus of Augustana College's Accounting Department, and member of Grace Lutheran Church, Davenport

This workshop is provided without cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. To register, click the button below. Questions? Contact Kathy Smith, Southeastern Iowa Synod, 319-338-1273,
Register Here
Lutheran Day on the Hill 2018
Lutheran Day on the Hill 2017 was highly successful with over 300 people registered from across the state. Lutheran Day on the Hill for 2018 has been scheduled for February 8, 2018. Details about registration and talking-points will be available after the first of the year, but put the date on your calendar and make plans to attend.
Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The 2017 Tri-synodical Fall Conference for church professionals will be held at the Sheraton, West Des Moines from September 24-26, 2017. Speakers Anna Madsen and Bishop Guy Erwin will address the theme "The Reformation: What's at Stake? Then and Now." Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance for a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service. Registration will be available online beginning July 1.
You're Invited
Join Wartburg Theological Seminary to learn "What's Brewing" at Wartburg Seminary as we share visions for the future of theological education and invite you to partner with us in this work.

RSVP to Lindsey Queener at: 563-589-0712 or
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
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Give praise and thanks to God for the gifts of eternal life, faith and hope - undeserved as they are.
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Stewardship: "All these [apostles] were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers." - Acts 1:14

We all devote ourselves to a variety of things, for a variety of reasons. The things to which we are devoted say a lot about our own stewardship. How are you stewarding your time? How are you using your God-given gifts to make a positive impact in your community and in the world?

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