Synod News
Deadline for Registration is Near
The 2017 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will be held on May 19-20 at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. 

At this year's assembly, we will be talking about what it means that God so Loves the World. Bishop Burk says, "I am especially looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts about the ways God continues to call us into a hope-filled future and I am anxious to hear and learn from you too."

To read the welcome letter, find more information and to register click the button below.

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Luther Academy of the Rockies
Registration is now open for Wartburg Theological Seminary's "Luther Academy of the Rockies" - June 19-29, 2017 - Meeker Park Lodge - Allenspark, CO.

Come join us for ten days amid the beautiful Rockies with renowned speakers, engaging and meaningful topics, great conversation, and genuine fellowship. This opportunity is too great to miss.

Register now by clicking the button below.
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Welcome to the Synod
The Southeastern Iowa Synod received four candidates for call during the churchwide assignment process this spring. We are grateful for Will Layton, Brian Middleswarth, Joshua Kestner, and Kelsey Fitting-Snyder. In these weeks we are sharing a little something about each one.

Meet Kelsey Fitting-Snyder
Kelsey Fitting-Snyder will graduate with an M. Div. degree from Gettysburg Seminary in May 2017.  Kelsey received her BA in psychology and religion from Susquehanna University. She served her internship at First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Her varied interests include music, sports, reading and being outside.  She and her husband Jon, a music education major, enjoy going to baseball games, concerts, and playing mini-golf.  As a minister of Word and Sacrament, Kelsey will serve a two-year pastoral residency at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport. 
Churchwide News
ELCA Campaign Update
At the completion of its third year, The Campaign for the ELCA reached 57% of its $198 million, five-year goal. Together, we are strengthening and expanding ministries across this church and with our global companions around the world. See the impact of these gifts in the 2016 campaign report by clicking the button below.
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Upcoming Events
Administrative Workshop
Improving Internal Controls and Security - Top 10 things you can do to protect your congregation
June 8, 2017

What are the top 10 things you can do to protect your congregation? Surprisingly, several simple and inexpensive routine tasks will significantly cut your risk! With an emphasis on prevention and awareness, we'll discuss ways in which churches can effectively improve accounting practices, safeguard accounts, and keep business accounts free of fraud and risk. We'll also discuss the responsibilities of church councils and clergy, proper governance, and allow time for any questions you may have. This workshop is designed for pastors, church councils, congregation audit committees, and administrators.

This will be facilitated by Pamela Druger, a Certified Fraud Examiner with extensive non-profit fraud prevention experience, Professor Emeritus of Augustana College's Accounting Department, and member of Grace Lutheran Church, Davenport

This workshop is provided without cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. To register, click the button below. Questions? Contact Kathy Smith, Southeastern Iowa Synod, 319-338-1273,
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Lutheran Day on the Hill 2018
Lutheran Day on the Hill 2017 was highly successful with over 300 people registered from across the state. Lutheran Day on the Hill for 2018 has been scheduled for February 8, 2018. Details about registration and talking-points will be available after the first of the year, but put the date on your calendar and make plans to attend.
Tri-Synodical Fall Conference
The 2017 Tri-synodical Fall Conference for church professionals will be held at the Sheraton, West Des Moines from September 24-26, 2017. Speakers Anna Madsen and Bishop Guy Erwin will address the theme "The Reformation: What's at Stake? Then and Now." Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will also be in attendance for a presentation and to preach and preside at the Monday evening communion service. Registration will be available online beginning July 1.
You're Invited
Join Wartburg Theological Seminary to learn "What's Brewing" at Wartburg Seminary as we share visions for the future of theological education and invite you to partner with us in this work.

RSVP to Lindsey Queener at: 563-589-0712 or
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2017 Synod Assembly
Mother's Day: We ask God to strengthen and be with all mothers - biological, adoptive, foster and surrogate - in the daily joys and challenges of parenting, passing on the faith, protecting and guiding their children throughout life.
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What's Brewing: Join Wartburg Theological Seminary to learn "What's Brewing" at Wartburg Seminary as we share visions for the future of theological education and invite you to partner with us in this work.

RSVP to Lindsey Queener at: 563-589-0712 or

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