Support the mission
and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa
Synod by making a donation using our
Synod Calendar

Administrator's Workshop
Tuesday September 22
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City

Event Registrations

September 27-29
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Ames, IA 

The House I Live In
October 13
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City, IA

November 14
Zion Lutheran Church 
Iowa City, IA
Remember in Prayer
We remember in our prayers those congregations working at renewing themselves as communities of faith that are growing, vibrant, diverse and engaged in God’s mission locally and globally. 
Quick Links
Synod News
The House I Live In.
Tuesday afternoon, October 13, 1pm – 4pm at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry.  Join us for a showing of the award winning documentary, The House I Live In, which examines how the drug war in America has helped establish the largest prison-industrial system in the world, contributing to the incarceration of 2.3 million men and women and is responsible for untold collateral damage to the lives of countless individuals and families, with a particularly destructive impact on black America.

The film examines the magnitude of the crisis at hand, its origins and its racial, economic and political dimensions.  For the past 40 years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, $1 trillion dollars in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. The House I Live In captures stories of those on the front lines, including stories from Iowa, and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war.

America has at last begun to take the first meaningful steps toward reform. The film promotes public awareness of the problem while encouraging new and innovative pathways to domestic drug policy reform, overcoming racial disparity, and movement toward restorative justice and rehabilitation.  Plan to stay for conversation following the film. 

To register for this free event, click here.   
Churchwide News

Malaria Campaign 
We did it! The ELCA Malaria Campaign reached its financial goal of raising $15 million. Thank you! Working with our Lutheran companions and partners, malaria programming has taken place throughout 13 countries in Africa. By working together, we have brought about lasting change.

Although the fundraising goal of $15 million has been met, our commitment to ending deaths from this preventable, treatable disease has not. Additional gifts may be given to expand the malaria efforts until Jan. 31, 2016. In the coming years, support to our companions and partners to address malaria will come through gifts to ELCA World Hunger, which has a long history of supporting health-related work. Click below to watch the thank you video. 
Refugee Sunday 2015
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) invites congregations to celebrate Refugee Sunday 2015. LIRS and the ELCA are encouraging all congregations to set aside one Sunday this year to observe Refugee Sunday, in which churches have an opportunity to observe the perilous journeys refugees undertake, to celebrate the contributions of refugees to American communities, and to educate congregations on current refugee situations.

This effort is undertaken with the full support of Bishop Eaton and a set of resources has been developed by the ELCA and LIRS in order to make it easy for your congregations to observe Refugee Sunday. Enclosed with this message is the ELCA/LIRS Refugee Sunday Kit, which can also be found online at

Right now, observing Refuge Sunday is especially important. With 4 million Syrian refugees seeking safety (2 million of whom are children), refugees are in the news and people are asking what they can do to help. This is an opportunity to educate and reach out. 
Synod Events
Fall Theological Conference
The annual Southeastern Iowa Synod Fall Theological Conference will be held September 27-29, 2015, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.  The theme will be “Being Public in the Name of Jesus.” Our speakers for this year’s event will be Rozella White, Program Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Pr. Jason Chesnut from Baltimore, Maryland, and the founder of “The Slate Project.” About this year’s theme; christendom is waning and that might be a good thing! The love of Christ frees us to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods. But our neighbors aren’t coming to church all that much anymore. So the locus of work might need to shift from the sanctuary to the public square. Together we will explore ways to make this move into the public square as congregations and as leaders.​

Children's Ministry Resource Day
The day will offer worship, workshops on safety policies and education milestones, and a panel discussion with the members of the Children’s Ministry Working Group.
The first bi-annual resource day is a perfect time to connect with other church volunteers/workers and learn a few things to take back to your own congregations. Breakout sessions include Educational Standards - making curriculum work for you, Safety Policies - how to get started, and ending the afternoon with a Q & A Panel and short worship service. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., the event will start at 10 a.m., and  will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
This is a free event for volunteers, helpers, and staff involved with children's ministry within the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, November 14
Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City

You're Invited
7th and Final Hope for the Hungry Conference
The final Hope for the Hungry Conference will be held November 7 from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines. The conference topics include, current hunger issues, current work to alleviate hunger, volunteering to alleviate hunger. The conference will include panel discussions and a keynote address by Matthew Russell of Drake University.

Registration is $40 (before Oct. 23) and more information can be found at

Former President of Lutheran World Relief to visit Cedar Rapids
On Sunday October 11th, 2015, the Rev. Dr. John Nunes will be giving the message at the 9:30 A.M. worship service at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids.  John’s wife, Monique will be providing special music during the service as well.  Dr. Nunes is the former President of Lutheran World Relief.  He is currently serving as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University.  The Jochum professor and chair is a university professorship established through a gift from Emil Jochum, which supports the study of Christian values in public and professional life. John has also written two books, Voices from the City: Issues and images of Urban Preaching and Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story About Malaria.  Monique is a joy-filled educator and a spirit-filled vocalist.  She is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs at Valparaiso University.  Both John and his wife will be leading our adult forum following worship.  John will also have is two books available for purchase. For more info contact Pastor Zachary Johnson
Rise Up Together Tour
Agape*, Rachel Kurtz and Joe Davis will be performing at two southeastern Iowa congregations this fall. These dynamic performers were all part of the 2015 Youth Gathering in Detroit and are playing shows on October 16, in Cedar Rapids and October 17, in Clive. Download the flyer for more information.
Join our mailing list
2635 Northgate Dr
Iowa City, IA 52245

319-338-1273 phone
319-351-8677 fax