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February 12
Rostered Leader Commission 10:00am-2:00pm
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry

February 14
Synod Council Meeting
Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for Ministry

Event Registrations

March 14, 2015

Breathe-Renewal Event
April 13-14, 2015

Companions in Christ
April 18, 2015
Remember in Prayer
Gracious God, we ask that wisdom, compassion and justice will guide the leaders of the United States and Cuba, as they work toward new diplomatic relationships, reconciliation, healing and the reunification of families.​ More prayers... 
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Synod News
New stewardship resources
Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation is a magazine published annually by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. The 2015 Giving magazine is now available online and you can download your copy here.

StewardNet: News and inspiration for church leaders, is a quarterly newsletter published by the ELCA. Download your copy of the winter edition today.

Find more stewardship resources on the synod's website.
God's Work. Our Hands. - Save the Date
The date for the 2015 dedicated day of service is Sunday, September 13. Mark your congregation’s calendar today!  You work every day to love your neighbors and make your community a better place. Let’s continuing doing this work together in 2015! If your congregation cannot participate on Sept. 13, please consider another time for your dedicated day of service.
New bi-annual newsletter now available 
The Winter 2015 issue of the Southeastern Iowa Synod's new bi-annual newsletter is here!  This new publication is geared toward sharing stories of the Holy Spirit's work among and through us, shaping our life together. The newsletter will be published in August and February, and will reflect the annual theme launched each year at Synod Assembly.

 Download your copy of the newslettehere.
Churchwide News
Bishop Eaton's February Column
This summer and fall our country was shaken by violence—the violent encounters between police and young African-American men in Ferguson, Mo., New York and Cleveland, and the violence of communities of color reacting to decisions of grand juries. And, just before Christmas, we were saddened and sickened by the assassination of two New York City police officers as they sat in their patrol car. So much loss of life. Such a forfeit of hope.

What had happened to us that our country and communities should so quickly fracture? And how could it be that people living in the same place and time, breathing the same air, could have such different experiences of life in the U.S.? Read the rest here
Gathered, Claimed, Sent: A Guide for Conversation
Does being the church matter? If it does, why and how do we as members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) make a difference in the world? Presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, is working with a task force to reflect on the nature and purpose of the church, especially in relation to our global and ecumenical commitments to other church bodies. The review has prompted this group to ask you — leaders, members and friends of ELCA congregations — what
you think about this question: By being church together, what can the ELCA uniquely offer to the world?

Download a copy of the guide here, and watch Bishop Eaton's invitation to enter into this conversation.

Synod Events
Called Together in Mission: People of the Spirit 
This year, CTIM is excited to welcome Dr. Troy Troftgruben, assistant professor at Wartburg Theological Seminary, as the keynote speaker. Troy will engage and inspire conference participants around the topic - what it means to be people of the Spirit. Join us on March 14th for a day that will leave you with a fresh understanding of our identity as children of God, led by the Spirit. Workshop information and registration is available at
Companions in Christ
Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration
All are welcome to attend the Companion Synod/Diocese Celebration on Saturday, April 18 at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive. Participants will learn about the companion relationship between the Pare Diocese and the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Along with Bishop Michael Burk, the keynote speakers for this year’s event are Bishop Charles Mjema and Pastor Nahana Mjema of the Pare Diocese. More information and registration can be found at
Breathe: A Renewal Event
In the Southeastern Iowa Synod, we are intentional about health and wholeness among leaders and entire communities of faith. We are called to bring our best selves to the mission of Jesus Christ. Rostered leaders and ministry program staff are invited for a two-day retreat April 13-14. The primary goal of this event is for participants to relax, refresh, and breathe. Find more information here
You're Invited
Lutheran Day on the Hill
Join LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill on Monday, March 9, 2015 in Des Moines. This day is essential in giving voice to those who are not heard, for seeking social justice and for empowering all of us to exercise our right and responsibility to be part of the legislative process.

Join caring, concerned and compassionate Iowans from across the state in lifting up the needs of our communities and our neighbors! Learn more information and register online at or call 1-866-584-5293.
Brian McLaren to speak in Iowa City
What does it mean to embody the Spirit of Christ in today’s changing world as persons and as church? Public theologian Brian McLaren will give a talk “Living Christ on the Edge” Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. This talk is free and open to the public. On Saturday, March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Brian will present a workshop for lay and ordained leaders entitled “Following Jesus on the Way: Scripture, Spirituality, Mission”. This event is $25/person or $20 for groups of 4 or more. Both events will take place at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson in Iowa City 

For more information and to register
High, Deep & Wide Men's Retreat 

Lutherdale Bible Camp - April 17-18, 2015

Lutherdale Bible Camp is partnering with Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) for this special get-away to for men.  HDW is a retreat designed by guys, for guys with a combination of Information, Inspiration, and Fun. It will include a team pentathlon with fun, interactive games. Pastor Matt Poock will be sharing inspiring messages to help men be strengthened and encouraged in their faith, through conversation, community & action. For flyers and more info, go to  
2635 Northgate Dr
Iowa City, IA 52245
319-338-1273 phone
319-351-8677 fax