Synod News
Synod Restructuring Proposal
Synod Ministry Cohorts
By Randy Willman, Synod Secretary

The proposal for structural revision that was introduced at the 2017 Southeastern Synod Assembly includes the following description:

“A Synod Ministry Cohort consists of 15-25 congregations in a geographical area within the synod. Synod Ministry Cohorts exist to foster cooperative/collaborative efforts among congregations and agencies that are in proximity to one another. The goal is to strengthen each local community of faith while enhancing approaches to shared mission.”
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Hunger Grants now available 
Applications are now 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 through November 1, 2017, or until all funds have been distributed. 
Learn more and get the application
Synod Assembly videos
Missed the 2017 Synod Assembly? Or want to share key parts?

See the Bishop's report, the sermons, the opening video and more on the Assembly page. 
See all the videos and more
Churchwide News
Bishop Eaton issues statement on the health care debate

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton issued a short statement on the health care debate on July 26. She asked Lutherans to join her in prayer and advocacy for those most vulnerable in this debate. 
See the statement
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2017 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 10. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on this date, please consider another day.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ - every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life - flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2017! 
Upcoming Events

2017 Tri-Synodical Conference
"The Reformation: What's at Stake? Then and Now"

  • Bishop Guy Erwin
  • Anna Madson
  • Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Follow along using the hashtag: #3synodIA17

The 2017 Tri-Synodical Conference focusing on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be held September 24-September 26 at the Sheraton-West Des Moines.
More information and registration

Join the Southeastern Iowa Synod and The Center for Progressive Renewal for 12 months of becoming a better leader. Throughout the year there will be five in-person and online learning times simultaneously at Faith Lutheran Church - Clive and St. John Lutheran Church - Ely. Gather at 9 a.m. and learn from 9:30-11:30 a.m. An hour will be spent watching an online webinar together and end with an hour or more live question and answer session simultaneously in both locations

  • October 19: Preaching Advent
  • November 16: Boundaries with people who have no boundaries
  • January 4: Preaching Lent
  • March 8: Team Building: Challenges of incorporating young adults to your leadership team
  • April 26: Prioritizing Ministry: don't get swamped with the small stuff

Can't make one or two? Don't worry, with a one-time registration fee of $135 per person, you will have access to all five webinars for a whole year to share with your congregation's leadership teams.

To register email Pastor Erika Uthe at or call the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry with any questions at 319-338-1273.
Southeastern Iowa Synod Retired Ministers' Gathering
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Retired Ministers' Gathering will be Tuesday, September 12, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 325 Mormon Trek Blvd. in Iowa City. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with worship at 10:15 a.m. "Conversation with the Bishop" will follow worship and we will conclude with a luncheon.

We are pleased to host this even for retired pastors, deacons and their spouses. The widows/widowers of retired rostered ministers are also welcome.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Lorraine Jordan by calling 319-338-1273 or by emailing by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
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LSC 2017 Middle School Lock-in
The Middle School Lock-in (open to students in your middle school ministry and the grades you consider to be middle school.) will be held October 13-14, 2017.

This event is sponsored by the partnership of the Lutheran Student Center at UNI in Cedar Falls and the Northeastern Iowa Synod (ELCA). College students of UNI are there to help staff the event. You or other adults are welcome to accompany your youth at the lock-in free of charge. 

This year we will be welcoming the amazing Rachel Kurtz as a special guest! She will be providing a short concert at the start of the event and will be sharing her musical gifts with us in worship at midnight.

The registration deadline is September 29th. This year, each student will receive a t-shirt if registered by then. 
More information and registration
Prepare/Enrich Facilitator Worship

August 11, 2017 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.     
Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church - Cedar Rapids, IA

If you are clergy or a lay person who mentors pre-marital couples or a mental health counselor who works with couples, Prepare/Enrich is a must-have in your toolbox.

For over 30 years, Prepare/Enrich has been the #1 guide for helping couples explore and strengthen their relationships. Built on a solid research foundation, Prepare/Enrich has been improved and refined over the years to become one of the best, most effective, easy-to-use relationship assessment tools available.

In the day-long workshop on August 11th, you'll get thorough training on the program, providing you with the skills you need to use our relationship assessment most effectively.
Register Here
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September 24-26 
West Des Moines
Remember and give thanks for saints and servants throughout history who dedicated their lives to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, growing the church, equipping disciples and serving neighbors in need. As children of God and followers of Christ following in their footsteps, we pray we are inspired and moved by their stories and examples.
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