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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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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 Brian Middleswarth
Brian Middleswarth will graduate with an M. Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary in May 2017. Brian was an Associate in Ministry at several congregations in Southeastern Iowa prior to re-entering candidacy in this synod pursuing Ministry of Word and Sacrament. He served his internship at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. He has been called to serve as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Ely, and will be ordained and installed there on June 3, 2017. He and his wife Karen plan to move to Ely in the near future.
Pigs with a Purpose
As of Friday, April 21th, 49 congregations, individuals and organizations have received their plywood pigs! If you, your congregation or organization would like a pig of your very own, contact Coco Lyons, associate for communications at Or, if you haven't yet, send a picture of your pig and friends to Coco so she can share with the synod. There's still time!

For more information click the button below to read more about Pigs with a Purpose to fight world hunger.

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Rostered Leaders Gathering
Join keynote speakers Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes Jr., and Rachel Held Evans for worship, education, and fellowship. Gathered under the theme of “On the Way…Together,” inspired by the road to Emmaus story (Luke 24:13-35), we will focus on how we are #inthistogether. As we continue to deepen our ecumenical partnerships, confront racism and boldly respond to the needs of the world, this gathering provides the opportunity for leaders to gather and explore what God has in store for us.

Click the button below for registration, agenda, workshops and special pre-event opportunities.
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Upcoming Events
2017 Synod Assembly Registration
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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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.
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Prison Reentry Team Training
Faith Lutheran Church, Clive will be hosting a Prison Reentry Team Training on April 30 from 1:00-4:30pm. Make a difference in the life of a woman transitioning from Iowa correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville. Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to attend - whether your congregation would like to start their own team, or if there might be individuals who would like to partner with members from a neighboring congregation. Please contact Sarah Trone Garriott at Faith Lutheran Church to RSVP: or 515-225-8334.
The Good Life Redefined
Vote for The Good Life Redefined, the newest program of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, to win USA Today’s grant contest to bring the program to your community!

The Good Life Redefined examines how our cultural obsession with stuff is driving climate change, and how our faith traditions call us to reconnect with what is
meaningful to live in harmony with the earth and each other.

As part of the workshop, participants clarify their values, network with others, and create a personal plan for a more joyful life that is easier on the planet.

Vote for The Goo dLife Redefined by clicking the button below.
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500 Years of Reformation in Latin American Context
Luther's Reformation has sparked a global social justice revolution. In this half century of celebration, we invite you to take a look at how the Revolution has impacted the poor and marginalized in Mexico and Central America. We will also discover how a spirit of openness has allowed for ecumenical responses to the world's problems. A visit to a community on the outskirts of Mexico City will allow you to truly see faith in action.

For more information click the button below.
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This month's blog is all about incorporating prayer stations into your children's ministry. Check out the post by clicking the button below.
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2017 Synod Assembly
We remember in our prayers the Northeastern Minnesota and Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana synod assemblies, that the spirit will strengthen, guide and excite their leaders and members for God's work and witness in the world.
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