Synod News
Transitions in the Office of the Bishop
The Rev. Eric Carlson, who has served as Assistant to the Bishop since December 2008, has been called to be Senior Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Clive, Iowa. Working diligently and well as part of a team striving to strengthen connections throughout the Southeastern Iowa Synod, Eric has concentrated on strategic planning, as well as on ministries related to governance, faith formation, and global relationships.

Pastor Carlson will be completing his service on the staff of the Southeastern Iowa Synod on the last day of February 2019. As he returns to the ministry of Word and Sacrament within a local community of faith, we are grateful that he has agreed to continue with planning and implementation of the upcoming synod assembly. 

Since this transition first became a possibility, Bishop Burk has been thinking about how best to address the needs that are most likely to emerge. He will share his plans with the synod council at their February meeting. 

For Eric Carlson’s ministry in and on behalf of this synod, thanks be to God. With deep gratitude we prepare to bid him farewell and godspeed.
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 
Gifts for your Valentine through ELCA Good Gifts
Send hogs ‘n’ kisses to your valentine this year. Give in honor of your valentine, and help support creative, sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. If you donate by midnight on Monday, Feb. 4, you can customize a greeting card and have it delivered in time for Valentine’s Day.
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Upcoming Events
Lutheran Day on the Hill
Join us on February 19, 2019, for Lutheran Day on the Hill.  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. 

Chartered buses will be stopping in Iowa City, and Newton. This opportunity is offered at no cost to attendees and includes lunch. Lutheran Day on the Hill has been made possible in part through a domestic hunger grant from ELCA Hunger. The three Iowa ELCA synods and Lutheran Services in Iowa are enthusiastic partners in this effort.
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Thursday Webinars
Join us online through your computer phone or tablet for a quick discussion on making a difference in your community with Pastor Carina Shiltz of St. John Preston. All are welcome!

Thursday, February 14, 2019
12:00-12:45 pm
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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
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You're Invited
Rural Ministry Conference at Wartburg Theological Seminary
Building Resilience Among Leaders & Communities
Where leaders in rural communities and congregations gather to gain insight and inspiration, to network and neighbor that our ministries might be empowered. This ecumenical conference includes worship, keynote speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offers participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. March 3-5. See more
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February 10
Zion, Muscatine

Remember in prayer regions of the world embroiled in conflict and turmoil, that leaders of nations and people involved and impacted will work together for peaceful, just and lasting resolution and reconciliation; pray especially for the safety and well-being of people who have and continue to suffer loss, disrupted lives and displacement from their homes, communities or nations as a result of violence, persecution or economic collapse in these areas.
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Stewardship Snippet
Feb. 10, 2019
Luke 5:5,6 –Simon answered Jesus, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet
if you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets
were beginning to break.

Jesus’s instructions make no sense to Simon, but following them leads him to make an enormous catch of
fish. Steward/disciples often find that God’s guidance leads to greater abundance. When have you seen
this in your life?

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