Synod News
Scam, or spoofed, emails
The office of the bishop has seen a recent uptick in reports of fake emails or "spoofed" emails in churchs and religious organizations recently. Including recent reports of someone spoofing Bishop Burk's email address. Read the article linked below to learn how to recognize these kinds of scams and how to protect yourself and your congregation. If you have any questions about this feel free to contact Val Harlynn, associate for communications,
Learn more about email spoofing
2019 Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme Faith Formation as Shared Mission. Registration closes on September 18.
More information and registration
Prison congregations celebrates two years of ministry
FreeIndeed, the synod’s prison congregation in the Anamosa State Prison, hit the two-year mark this summer and is going strong. Pastor Jerry Collell, together with committed members inside the prison and volunteers outside, is building a vital ministry, one in which the liberating good news of Jesus Christ is experienced in a powerful way.

As the congregation begins its third year, they hope to continue to established deep partnerships with more and more churches and individuals in the synod. Read their most recent newsletter to get an update on this ministry. If you'd like to learn more about the congregation or visit worship inside, contact Pastor Jerry Collell,
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Day of Service photos and stories
We want to hear and share your stories and see your photos! Did your congregation participate in "God's Work. Our Hands." day of service? Send your stories and photos to Val Harlynn, associate for communications,
Churchwide News 
Lutheran Disaster Response is communicating with the Florida-Bahamas Synod, the South Carolina Synod, the North Carolina Synod, Lutheran Services Carolinas, and other partners, who are assessing the immediate needs and initiating a response. While the extent of the damage is not yet known, we will accompany impacted communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery. This is our commitment as a church. 

Upcoming Events
Fall Network Gathering 
Join the Southeastern Iowa Children and Youth Ministry network for their Fall Network Gathering. These gathering days are to make connections with people in children/youth ministries and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod. Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome.

Thursday, November 7
9:30 am -2:00 pm
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
Free (lunch donation $5 payable at the door)
More information and RSVP
You're Invited
CROP Walk 50th Anniversary
This year is the 50th anniversary of the national CROP Hunger Walk movement, CROP Hunger Walks continue to raise millions of dollars each year to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to significantly reduce or eliminate hunger. Across the
country, over 1600 local agencies receive funds from CROP Hunger Walks. Learn the location of these events and more about the 50th anniversary online
Support the mission and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa Synod by making a donation using our secure online donation page.
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 Pray that we might be persistent and caring in seeking, inviting and welcoming people who have left our congregations, feel unwelcome because of who they are or what they’ve done, have been hurt by conflict or feel they have no place in the church, the body of Christ.
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