Synod News
Conference of Bishops Issue Call to Prayer for New Leaders

At the most recent meeting of the ELCA conference of Bishops, we affirmed leadership development and the fostering of vital faith communities as the two highest priorities for our shared work. This lines up directly with the shape of our work in the Office of the Bishop here in the Southeastern Iowa Synod. On behalf of the bishops of this church, please join us in lifting up in prayer the need and desire for more individuals who will serve as leaders and partners with us in the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ:

"As the Conference of Bishops, we call our worshiping communities to pray for raising up leaders for this church. We ask that the petitions of every worship service include a plea that new lay leaders, deacons and pastors be identified, invited, encouraged and supported in responding to God's call to ministry." [adopted March 4, 2017]"

To see the full letter click the button below.

Call to Prayer
Pigs with a Purpose
As of Friday, March 31th, 47 congregations, individuals and organizations have received their plywood pigs! If you, your congregation or organization would like a pig of your very own, contact Coco Lyons, associate for communications at Or, if you haven't yet, send a picture of your pig and friends to Coco so she can share with the synod. There's still time!

For more information click the button below to read more about Pigs with a Purpose to fight world hunger.

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Churchwide News
'Luther and the Reformation' Travel Documentary Available to Congregations
For years, Rick Steves has had his sights on 2017. As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approached, the travel guide knew he wanted to create for his popular PBS series a special devoted to Martin Luther and the ways in which his tumultuous time helped lead to the Modern Age.

Steves' "Luther and the Reformation" is airing throughout 2017. It's available to watch online at, along with resources for hosting congregational screenings of the film, including ELCA discussion points and study questions, a special introductory video from Steves, and art and video clips to promote your event. DVD copies of the special have also been sent to ELCA congregations.

To read the article and for more information click the button below.
Seeds for the Parish
Rostered Leaders Gathering
Join keynote speakers Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes Jr., and Rachel Held Evans for worship, education, and fellowship. Gathered under the theme of “On the Way…Together,” inspired by the road to Emmaus story (Luke 24:13-35), we will focus on how we are #inthistogether. As we continue to deepen our ecumenical partnerships, confront racism and boldly respond to the needs of the world, this gathering provides the opportunity for leaders to gather and explore what God has in store for us.

Click the button below for registration, agenda, workshops and special pre-event opportunities.
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Upcoming Events
2017 Synod Assembly Registration
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will be held on May 19-20 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. 

At this year's assembly, we will be talking about what it means that God so Loves the World. Bishop Burk says, "I am especially looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts about the ways God continues to call us into a hope-filled future and I am anxious to hear and learn from you too."

To read the welcome letter, find more information and to register click the button below.

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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.
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Lutheran Men in Mission: Bold Gathering
Every couple of years, men from all over the country gather together for a weekend huddle that is called the BOLD Gathering.

In 2017, join us in Minneapolis to be encouraged, to worship, and to connect and serve.

Hundreds of men will be gathering in the Minneapolis Marriott City Center to celebrate being bold daring followers of Jesus Christ!

Join Lutheran Men in Mission, July 21-23 in Minneapolis MN. To register, click the button below.
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Praise God that there is no sin, illness or difficulty in life that exceeds the ability of Jesus Christ - the one who reveals God's power and works to us - to forgive, heal or resolve.
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