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Synod Calendar

Deadline for Resolutions to Synod Assembly
April 13th

Event Registrations

Breathe-Renewal Event
April 13-14, 2015

Companions in Christ
April 18, 2015

A Framework for Understanding Poverty
April 18, 2015

Synod Assembly
May 29-30, 2015
Remember in Prayer
We pray for survivors of sexual assault, especially during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, for their healing, safety and wellness. We pray for the end of violence and the growth of respect and compassion between all people.​
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Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration
Join us on Saturday, April 18 at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive for the "Companions in Christ" Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration. Learn about the companion relationship between the Pare Diocese and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. The keynote speakers are Bishop Charles Mjema and Pastor Nahana Mjema of the Pare Diocese. Register by April 10 at
A Framework for Understanding Poverty
Is poverty a problem in your community? Interested in helping but you don't know where to start? 

To learn more about the effects of living in poverty and what you can do to help, attend A Framework for Understanding Poverty on Saturday, April 18 in Marshalltown, IA. Using Ruby Payne’s  book, Bridges out of Poverty, as a reference this 7-hour course is designed to give participants insight into the challenges that people face to improve their lives.

This event is sponsored by the Southeastern Iowa Synod and the Marshall County ELCA Hunger Ministries Team. Register by April 7. Register online now
Iowa Biennial Reports were due April 1
Your congregation, as a nonprofit corporation organized within the State of Iowa or authorized to do business within the State of Iowa, must file a Biennial Report with the Secretary of State between January 1 and April 1 of each odd-numbered year. Each corporation's registered agent will receive a Biennial Report notice in early January. There is no fee for filing a Nonprofit Corporation Biennial Report.

How can you check to see if your congregation’s reports have been filed? Go to  Enter your congregation’s name into the search bar. Questions?  Contact the Iowa Secretary of State at 515-281-5204. Or check out the info sheet
Faith in Action
Environmental Team changes hearts and practices at St. Paul
On Lenten Wednesday evenings, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, a dozen or so people scrape and wash plates during the congregational meal.

On a few Saturday mornings each year, a crew combs the St. Paul neighborhood, picking up garbage, recyclables, and other debris – clearing the area of a truckload of trash.

On a couple of days each month, a small group visits the church’s “Recycling Hub” to clean and sort the recycled materials collected in the day-to-day operations of the church.

These three initiatives – and more – are the work of the Environmental Team, a group of people devoted to exploring ways to help make St. Paul more environmentally friendly – and then doing the work to make it happen. Read more...
Churchwide News
Coming to terms with the times
By Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
When I’m out and about  in the church, I’m often asked what I plan to do to save small congregations, reverse the decline in membership, bring young adults back to church, increase mission support, make the ELCA truly multicultural, boost our relevance in the culture and fix Congress (well, not that last one). I have no plan to do any of that by myself, but I wonder if there is a deeper concern in those questions that requires a deeper answer from all of us.

The world has changed and is changing. Residents of my mother’s retirement community who waited weeks to receive letters from loved ones serving overseas during World War II are now on Facebook and regularly use Skype or FaceTime to visit with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Air travel that was once glamorous and rare for most of us is now, both in frequency and ambiance, a lot like taking the bus. It’s not unusual, even in small-town America, to have Jewish, Muslim and Hindu neighbors or those with no religious affiliation at all. We are in a strange new world and don’t really know how all this will shake out.
Synod Events
2015 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
In The Name of Jesus

We are used to praying “in the name of Jesus.” But what does it mean to live and serve “in the name of Jesus?” Join us for the 2015 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we worship, sing, share stories of our faith, and act… In the Name of Jesus. 

Friday, May 29-Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

Registration is now open. Learn more at
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