Synod Assembly
2018 Synod Assembly
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.
Online registration for Synod Assembly ends May 10. 

Preparing for Assembly: Synod Governance Proposal

Attending Synod Assembly? Organizing those who are attending from your congregation?

Voting members will consider action on a Synod Governance Proposal during the very first session at this year’s assembly. To help members of the assembly prepare to consider this action there are a variety of resources to help understand the proposal.

Flyer with links to these resources
Preparing for Assembly: pre-assembly materials online
Orientation materials, nominations, financial information, reports from conference and committees and other pre-assembly information is online. These electronic materials will also be available via Guidebook before and during the Assembly.
Assembly webpage
Synod News
Supplement to Living Lutheran Available online
Read Bishop Michael Burk's reflection on the Synod Assembly theme and a story about how Living Lutheran Senior Campus in Muscatine is staying involved in the ministry and the global church.
Read the supplement
Churchwide News
God Loves
By Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, this article originally appeared in May edition of Living Lutheran 
During a recent chapel service at the Lutheran Center, Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission, shared his favorite Bible verse with us: “Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1).

Jesus was in Jerusalem in the upper room praying with his disciples, modeling selfless service as he washed their feet, and preparing them for his glorification that would take place on the cross.

“He loved them to the end.” To his bitter end on the cross, but to the end of so much more—to the end of the deadly grip of sin, to the end of everything that would try to mar the image of God borne by every human being, to the end of death.
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You're Invited
Center for Progressive Renewal: Social Media for Ministry 101
Join Rev. Jim Keat and friends for a lunch and learn webinar that offers an overview of social media for ministry. In this webinar, you will learn the history of the major social media platforms, practical tips and strategies, and ways to intentionally utilize social media for ministry in your context.

Bring your lunch and your questions and we'll see you online!
Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 12:00 pm ET
Cost: $10
Professional Development and Cultural Immersion Trip with Grand View University
Explore and enjoy two very different and diverse cultural and historical experiences by joining a Grand View University sponsored professional development and cultural immersion trip to Dubai and India in March 2019. The estimated cost of this all-inclusive trip is approximately $4,800.

Tour leaders are GVU professors, Mark Mattes, Dmitry Yarushkin, and Hugh Stone.  Please contact Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, at to indicate your interest in attending our first orientation meeting and to reserve your spot on this trip. The first orientation meeting for this trip is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Krumm Auditorium on the Grand View University campus. More info

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View the Synod Calendar Online
Mission Support Intent for 2018 

Upcoming Events

May 18-19
Continue to pray for the people and communities in Puerto Rico and other areas of the Caribbean involved in long-term hurricane recovery work, especially restoring safe housing, power and clean water; give thanks for the work of Lutheran Disaster Response and its partners to bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.
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