Synod News
New Associate for Communications
Beginning November 1, 2016 we welcome a new partner in ministry to the Office of the Bishop.  Nichole Lyons, also known as “Coco,” will serve the Southeastern Iowa Synod on the bishop’s staff as the Associate for Communication. Coco hails from Waukon Iowa. She is a graduate of Wartburg College, where she majored in communication arts (multimedia) and a minored in religion. Most recently she has served as the youth/family ministry director at St. John Lutheran Church in Nashua, Iowa. She brings her passions for ministry and the use of media to further God’s mission to her role directing synod communications. 

Her hobbies include baking and photography. A fun fact or two about Coco,... she LOVES cats and was once the pen pal to the Prince of Dubai in first grade. Be sure to stop by the synod center for ministry and say “hello” as we welcome our new colleague. 
Your Congregation's Annual Enrollment with Portico Benefits
Congregations and organizations are now selecting their ELCA-Primary health benefit option to provide in 2017. As part of our annual enrollment process, Portico requires every sponsoring employer to select one 2017 health benefit option by Oct. 28, even if all their plan members currently waive ELCA health benefits.

This deadline is important because it enables Portico to prepare their systems for plan members to enter their 2017 benefit selections in November.
Go to Portico Benefits
Fair Labor Standards Act and Your Congregation
The U.S. Department of Labor adopted new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that goes into effect Dec. 1. Among other changes, these regulations increase the minimum salary for exempt employees from $23,000 to $47,476. These changes apply to churches.  Each congregation is unique and exemptions depend on the individual context.  The ELCA has provided guidance for congregations in determining exemptions. Password for this webinar is: FLSAWebinar2016*

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Churchwide News
ELCA Advocacy: Vote Faithfully
Vote Faithfull Sunday, ELCA Advocacy has joined with our United Church of Christ and The Episcopal Church ecumenical advocacy partners in observing the Sunday before Election Day as "Vote Faithfully Sunday." This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and lift up every voice in our community, reflect on our commitment to the common good and prepare to cast our ballots. In October, ELCA Advocacy will provide a #votefaithfully toolkit for congregations that includes our #ELCAvotes resources and jointly created worship resources.
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Upcoming Events

Network Event
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children/Youth Network is made up of adults who have a passion to walk with young people in Christ’s mission for the sake of the world! The purpose of the network is to make connections with people in children/youth ministries, and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod.  Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome!

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
Learn more and register online
Rooted: Synod Partner Journey
The Grand Canyon and Southeastern Iowa Synods of the ELCA are excited to announce Rooted, a partner synod journey for youth aimed to strengthen one another for life and mission within the body of Christ. Registration is now open.
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You're Invited
From Conflict to Communion
On the Way, together...
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which brought about a division in Christ’s Church between Lutherans and Catholics. For the past 50 years both churches, Catholic and Lutheran, at the very highest levels of authority, have been working on finding and celebrating what we hold in common. They have also sought to find ways to heal the divisions between us. The dialogues have placed our Churches on
a historic journey.

You are invited to a joint Catholic & Lutheran prayer service at
St. Ambrose Cathedral
607 High Street, Des Moines

With guests: Richard E. Pates (Bishop of Des Moines), Michael L. Burk (Bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod), and Kathryn L. Johnson (Director of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
ELCA Asks for Prayer and Support for Military and Veterans
The most recent Churchwide Assembly voted unanimously to
“. . . ask the Office of the Presiding Bishop to establish a Sunday of prayer and action closest to Veterans Day each year to unite this church in prayer and encourage practical assistance for military members, veterans, ELCA chaplains and their families.” That Sunday is November 13th.
The Centurion Project, named for the faithful Roman centurion of Matthew 8:5-13, established a network  of more than 25 synod representatives committed to encouraging support for military members, veterans, ELCA chaplains, and their families. The Project has numerous resources available for congregations and individuals for military support. Please consider support for past and present members of the military and their families on 
Sunday Nov 13.  

The Southeastern Iowa The Southeastern Iowa Synod Centurion Project representative is Pastor Robert Bowlin. Please contact him for additional resources or to share stories of how you are providing support for military personnel and/or veterans email or call 309-269-2743.
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Earth to Earth: Natural Burial as Spiritual Practice
November 4-5
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

North American burial practices are changing. Growing numbers of people are seeking simpler and more natural ways of returning to the earth. Today’s natural burial movement emphasizes a number of practices: dignified care for the body at the time of death, normally without embalming; attention to environmental concerns when practicing cremation; burial in simple coffins or shrouds; and an intentional return to the earth, with some burials offering legal protection for ecological burial preserves.
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Rooted: Youth Event
Summer 2017

Reformation Day We give thanks for how God has shaped and guided the church throughout history, especially as a result of the Reformation movement and Martin Luther’s faith and teachings. We pray that we continue to reflect, learn and change with the guidance of the Spirit and God’s word, for the sake of our neighbor, to be faithful to God’s mission in the world.
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