Synod News
Mission Support Intent Forms
Mission Support Intent forms are due to the Office of the Bishop by February 15th. Forms can be filled out online or by or fillable PDf and mailed or emailed. For questions contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration,
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Thursdays in Black buttons still available
At the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, a resolution was adopted in support of the World Council of Churches Thursdays in Black Campaign. This campaign encourages people to wear black on Thursdays to raise awareness about gender-based violence and the need to stand in solidarity against rape and violence. The Office of the Bishop has buttons available for congregations or groups who participate.
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Synod Mission Spending Plan 2020
The 2020 spending plan is now available. See the impact of your mission support and the plan for 2020. This plan is intended to help you plan your mission support gifts for 2020 and see, at a glance, the impact of your mission support from 2019. To request paper copies, a printable PDF, or for questions email
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Churchwide News 
ELCA presiding bishop responds to anti-Semitic incidents in New York
Today is the last day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As our Jewish siblings lighted the menorah, they sang this blessing:  
      We kindle these lights because of the wondrous deliverance You performed for our ancestors. During these eight days of Hanukkah, these lights are sacred; we are not to use them but only to behold them, so that their glow may rouse us to give thanks for Your wondrous acts of deliverance.

Tragically, several acts of anti-Semitic hatred, bigotry and violence in New York during these days have marred the joyful festivities in Jewish communities across this country and around the world. Within the last year, we have witnessed the broader surge of anti-Semitism from Pittsburgh to Poway in which these most recent incidents have occurred. Our Jewish neighbors are living in pain, grief and fear.  
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Upcoming Events
January 16th - Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer 
Join others from around the synod for a short discussion on the book. This book about purpose and vocation is for everyone. Learn more from the summary on the author's website. 
“Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” With this searching question, Parker Palmer begins an insightful and moving meditation on finding one's true calling.
Let Your Life Speak is an openhearted gift to anyone who seeks to live authentically. The book's title is a time-honored Quaker admonition, usually taken to mean “Let the highest truths and values guide everything you do.” But Palmer reinterprets those words, drawing on his own search for selfhood. “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it,” he writes, “listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”

January 16th, 7:30 pm, all are welcome. 
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Administrator's Network
Generosity Project – Developing a theological narrative and framework for generosity through your congregation’s financial reports. Facilitator Karen Kretschmann, Associate for Generosity, Delaware Maryland Synod
Thursday, January 23, 2020 (9:30 – 12:00)

Safety at your Worship Center – Protecting your congregation Thursday, February 13, 2020 (9:00 – 12:00)
John Aunan, Risk Control Specialist for Church Mutual Insurance will facilitate a two-part workshop on reducing risk. The focus will be on common property hazards and best practices for assessing the physical security of your building; as well as ALICE Intruder Mitigation which provides individuals with preparedness response and skills in the event of an aggressive intruder situation.

Both meetings will be held at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry, 2635 Northgate Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52245 and are provided at no cost for congregations of the
Southeastern Iowa Synod. Early registration is encouraged.

Questions? contact Kathy Smith, Associate for Administration, Southeastern Iowa Synod,, 319-338-1273
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Save the Date- Lutheran Day on the Hill  
Join Lutherans from all over Iowa on February 25 for a rousing morning of advocacy training, then speak directly with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol in the afternoon. Whether you’re an advocacy pro or you’ve never talked with a legislator, you’ll gain new insights on important Iowa issues and faith-grounded outreach to our policymakers. This event is presented by Lutheran Services in Iowa and the three Iowa Synods of the ELCA. Registration will be open by January 14 at
Gridshock Documentary Screening-Tipton  
January 19, 2-4 pm
January 21, 6:30-8:30

Trinity Lutheran in Tipton is hosting screenings of the film Gridshock, a documentary about sex trafficking in Iowa. The film will be followed by a discussion. All are welcome, but 16-17-year-olds need to be accompanied by their parent, and younger children are not advised to watch due to the nature of the film. Contact Beth Wartick,, for more information.
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Lutheran Lakeside Hiring Summer Staff
Two-Year Spiritual Renewal Program
Apply now for the two-year program beginning in September 2020.

What is PrairieFire?
PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. It is an opportunity for education and mutual guidance and support in developing spiritual awareness and life-sustaining spiritual practices. A third-year practicum is available for those who desire training in spiritual direction.

Want to learn more? Come to an Open House at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center: Thursday, January 9, 2020 and Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 6:00-7:30PM

RSVP HERE -- for the January 9th Open House
RSVP HERE -- for the March 3rd Open House

For application materials and more information:
Presentation on AMMPARO Ministry -Cedar Rapids

Mary Campbell, Director of AMMPARO Ministries (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) will present at the Cedar River Theological Education Forum on January 9th at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 4420 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


9:00 a.m. Coffee, refreshments, and fellowship

9:30 a.m. Devotions

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Presentation

So we can plan to welcome additional attendees, if you are not a regular forum participant, please RSVP to Pr. Trish Decker

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 
Individuals, congregations, and neighbors are invited to join in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25. The 2020 theme is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2). Annually, leaders of faith communities throughout the world gather together to arrive at the theme for the annual celebration of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year the theme finds its origins in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 27:18-28:10).
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God’s glory is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, born among us and immersed in the messiness, complexity and commonness of humanity for the sake of the world. Pray that we will recognize God’s divine presence and activity in the world for the redemption and healing of humankind and for the nurturing of our lives to better emulate Jesus. 
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