Synod News
Mission Support and Intent
Unrestricted giving from congregations, called Mission Support, is a tangible way your congregation participates in God’s mission in your area, across the nation and around the world. Your congregation’s Mission Support is vital to the ELCA ministries stewarded by your synod and your churchwide organization. These ministries enhance congregational vitality, raise up and support leaders, and provide opportunities for the transformative love of God to reach our hurting world. ELCA synods and the churchwide organization can better make, fulfill and expand ministry commitments when they hear from your congregation about its Mission Support intent for the next year. We ask you to prayerfully consider your congregation’s Mission Support share for the ministries of the wider church. Please communicate this support with your synod using the form provided. We are church together, doing so much more than anyone of us could do alone. 

If you are responsible for Mission Support for your congregation there is a helpful fillable form to submit your intent for Mission Support. To ensure you don't lose your work on the form download the form and open with a PDF viewing application such as Adobe Reader or Preview, fill out the form, then save it locally to your computer. 
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Hunger grants still available

Applications are still being accepted from congregations, ecumenical groups and organizations on the territory of the synod that are engaged in or seek to be engaged in efforts to feed hungry people. Grants range from $100 to $1,000 and applications will be accepted until all funds have been distributed. 

To date, sixteen grants have been received and approved with $14,750 being expended to feed hungry people. These grants have funded community gardens, backpack programs, community meals, a mobile burrito and sandwich distribution to homeless people, equipment for food pantries for perishable food, barrels for food collections, summer meal projects for children, and efforts to increase the nutritional value of feeding efforts. These are exciting projects carried out on the territory of this synod.

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A LEAD reflection

Pastor Joan Swander, St Paul Lutheran -State Center​​​​​​​

Over the past six years our congregation’s Vice President, Bill, has very patiently and persistently encouraged our council to lead the congregation in more intentional ways to reach out to our community with the good news of Jesus. I picked up a flyer about the LEAD journey at Fall Theological Conference a year ago– and this sentence seemed to be written directly to St Paul:  “Along with our partners at LEAD, our goal is to support leaders as they develop capacity for leading the church into deeper discipleship with a greater passion for sharing the Gospel in a changing world.”  It took us a while to discern if the LEAD partnership was the right step for our congregation – but I am really glad we took this leap of faith.


Our LEAD team has been blessed by our deepening relationships and deepening faith as we move through the steps of the LEAD process.  We have learned to listen more intentionally to God and to each other.  We just finished our survey and are preparing to meet in ‘focus groups’ to listen to the congregation and to God.  And we look forward to listening to our neighbors.

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Churchwide News
Security resources
In light of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas, many congregations and organizations are reviewing their emergency preparedness plans. Church Mutual offers information to help organizations stay safe. Free to all, their website contains information about armed intruders and emergency response planning.
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Upcoming Events
Lent 2018 - A resource for congregations
Planning for Lent is in full swing for some, but not yet on the radar for others. Here in the Office of the Bishop we are preparing a resource for Lent that will connect directly to the theme of the 2018 synod assembly. 

Earlier this year, many congregations and individuals participated in 'Pigs with a Purpose,’ raising awareness and financial support for the hunger ministries of the ELCA and of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. We are planning a similar effort that will bolster ELCA Water Projects and related ministries. At our next assembly, presentations and activities will link the need for clean water to our proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ. 

In preparation for the coming assembly emphasis and the gathering of gifts, we will provide related resources for worship and faith formation to be used in the season of Lent. As yet another sign that we are #inthisTogether, these resources and more information will be available by December 1, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Erika Uthe, Assistant to the Bishop,
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Peer Ministry Leadership Conference
The 2018 Peer Ministry Leadership Conference (PMLC) is a great opportunity for you or your group to grow as Christian leaders. The PMLC is a casual, group learning environment focused on participants gaining the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to not just be Peer Ministers, but also to teach the curriculum to others. We are blessed to have Lyle Griner, the author of Peer Ministry with us to lead us for the weekend.

February 17th- 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
February 18th 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Grand View University-Des Moines
Light refreshments provided during the conference.  Participants will be responsible for their own meals. There are several dining options available on and near campus.

Thanks to a wonderful donor the conference is only $40 for the first person from your congregation and $20 for each additional person. Bring a whole team of staff, leaders, and youth! The PMLC is open to anyone high school age and older.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Angie Larson (, the Director of Peer Ministry at Luther Memorial Church and Grand View University.
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In our striving for wisdom, we ask God to instill in us a lifelong desire and openness to studying God’s word and learning and to help us become wise yet humble teachers, leaders and examples in our congregation and community.
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