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April 21, 2016 
Iowa City

May 6-7, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
We remember in our prayers the diverse gifts, life stories and challenges of our Arab-American brothers and sisters, especially during Arab-American Heritage Month, and ask God’s blessings on the members and leaders of our Arab and Middle Eastern Lutheran congregations in the ELCA. More prayers...  
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An Invitation Regarding Synod Assembly from Bishop Burk

As we look forward to the 2016 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly on Friday, May 6- Saturday, May 7 at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville, we are eager for the time to hear and learn from one another about the ways God continues to call us into a hope-filled future. 
This year, more than any other, we are experiencing the financial pressures that so many congregations are facing. Local decisions about mission support have led to difficult decisions by the synod council to step back from some ministry efforts that really matter, but are currently beyond our means.
Still, we remain hopeful as I extend this invitation. Please prayerfully consider asking your congregation to send a special offering to the 2016 assembly to support the Ministries of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. Read the rest...
Update on the Pare Diocese (ELCT)
The Southeastern Iowa Synod has been in a companion relationship with the Pare Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) since 1988. This companion relationship is a gift to the whole body of Christ as we continue to live and serve together in The Name of Jesus. 

The Rev. Charles Mjema, Bishop of the Pare Diocese, informed us a year ago that the ELCT has granted permission to the Mwanga district (northern part of the diocese) to separate and form a new diocese. Read the rest of the letter from Bishop Burk and update from Bishop Mjema. 
Churchwide News
The Lutheran Magazine is now Living Lutheran
Beginning with its April issue, The Lutheran magazine will be called Living Lutheran. A new accompanying website –
As the flagship publication of the ELCA, Living Lutheran will continue to belong to the members of the ELCA in all of our diversity. We will continue to share the good news of Jesus Christ through feature stories and theological reflections, and provide other news and information. The magazine’s departments will continue the “Deeper understandings” series, reflections, the presiding bishop’s column and more. New departments will include a youth and family page, and a page devoted to social media and resources. will also offer original content and breaking news, stories and blogs from various voices across this church, photo and video galleries and more. There will be an enhanced “letters” section and a place to submit your story ideas and photos.

Please plan to visit and bookmark the site. Invite your colleagues and constituents to consider a subscription to the print magazine and sign up for a new e-digest on the site. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter
Peace Not Walls Update
For Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.  Eph. 2: 14

We can break down the wall of misinformation that keeps our ELCA members unaware of the impact of the separation barrier.  Since its construction, the process to build the wall has confiscated Palestinian land and water that is used in illegal Israeli settlements. This results in separating Palestinians from their work, farmlands, neighborhoods, schools, and families.  

We can build hope by: learning more about the impact the wall has on families, relationships and the depleting of natural resources; praying for justice in the distribution of land and water;  contacting our congressional representatives to call for the end of settlement expansion. For more information visit their website

Synod Events
Administrative Professionals Thank You Luncheon
In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, join us for The Church Administrative Assistants Luncheon and Gathering. Thursday, April 21, 2016; 9:30 – 12:00 at the Southeastern Iowa Synod Center for MInistry in Iowa City.

Spend time with administrative professionals from the Southeastern Iowa Synod— sharing ideas with others who work in church offices. Use this time to reenergize and refocus and gain a fresh perspective on your work within the church. AND – stay for lunch! For all your hard work, we want to say THANK YOU by treating you to lunch and a little fun.
  • Small group conversations
  • Network building
  • Communicating the mission of the church
  • Ideas for effective support of the pastor, parishioners, and congregation ministries.
This gathering is made available at no cost to congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. RSVP online
2016 Synod Assembly
While the many reasons to celebrate may be overshadowed by any number of challenges facing the church, we are preparing for the 2016 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly filled with hope. We will gather under the theme, Drawn to the Light of God, with an eye toward how Christ, the Light shines in our varied ministries and in every corner of our lives.

This year’s assembly will include election of Synod Council members, Rev. Ruben Duran, Director for New Congregations, will serve as the churchwide representative providing updates and stories of the work we do together as the ELCA. 

Friday, May 6, 2016-Saturday, May 7, 2016
Coralville Marriott and Convention Center 
Coralville, IA
You're Invited

Professional Development Trip to China
Grand View University (GVU) would like to invite you to join a cross-cultural and professional development trip to China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The group of 25 individuals is tentatively scheduled to depart Des Moines, IA on June 3, 2017 and return on June 16, 2017 (departure from other cities is available).
The group will spend 5 days in Beijing,1 day in  Shijiazhuang (sister city of Des Moines), 3 days in Hong Kong,1 day in Macao, and 2 days in Zhuhai. In addition to extensive sightseeing programs in each of those cities the group will tour well known historical, cultural, and religious sites dating back to the Ming dynasty. The itinerary also includes professional development opportunities consisting of interaction with the staff and students of the local university, high school, library, and local government officials. The cost for the all-inclusive trip (visas, airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, tour services, transfers and etc.) is $4,500 per person. The first organizational meeting for the group will be held in the middle of September 2016 on GVU's campus (details will be provided to interested individuals in August). Additional information about the trip is available here
The trip will be led by two GVU Professors, Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology, and Dmitry Yarushkin, Assistant Professor of Business Administration.  Local English speaking guides will accompany the group in each city. Please contact Mark Mattes at for more information and to reserve your space in the group. Space is limited to 25 individuals.

Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, to present at First Lutheran in Cedar Rapids, Saturday, April 23rd at 10am
Beth will present, Generational Differences in the Church.  This workshop will explore the aging trends in many of our congregations across a wide range of denominations and faith traditions as compared to population demographics in North America. Why are so many of our congregations failing to reach children, youth and young adults?  We will examine the unique formative events in the lives and characteristics of the current generations (GI, Builders, Boomers, Gen X’rs, Millennials & Gen Z) and offer suggestions for worship, faith formation and communications that suit their generational perspectives. You’ll come away with practical suggestions to take back to your congregation to welcome those of multiple generations into your faith community. 
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Wartburg College Choir to perform in Des Moines
The internationally acclaimed Wartburg Choir under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson will appear in concert at First Christian Church in Des Moines on Sunday, April 24 at 7 pm. The program, entitled Everlasting Love, will include a wide range of music that explores love through a variety of lenses. To purchase tickets or find out more about the choir’s tour, visit
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