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Synod Calendar

Administrative Professionals Luncheon
Thursday, April 21
Synod Center for Ministry
Iowa City
Event Registrations

April 21, 2016 
Iowa City

May 6-7, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
We pray for farmers and agricultural workers that the spring weather will be favorable for planting and growing crops that nourish God’s people and creatures. More prayers...  
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2016 Synod Assembly
Join us for the 2016 Assembly of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, as we 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. May 6-7, 2016 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

Discounted online registration ends Apr 29. Register online now

Hotel rooms at the Marriott Hotel are available for booking through April 20 at a discounted rate. After that we cannot guarantee availability or price. Book online now

Hymn Sings
Participants of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will be sharing in several "Hymn Sings" throughout the assembly. Please share your top three favorite hymns and we'll add them to the mix.  Add your favorites

Assembly Offering
This year's assembly offering is designated for "Ministries of the Southeastern Iowa Synod.” This means that the offering will be used to support the top priorities of the synod, namely, Leadership development and support, consultation with congregations (particularly councils), and ministries related to alleviating hunger and poverty.

Pre-Assembly Materials Available Online
​The Pre-Assembly report contains an orientation, standing rules, a schedule, reports from conference, commission, committees and ministry partners. It also includes important financial information, nominations, and other business items. Find it on the Synod Assembly website.
Prison Congregation at Anamosa State Penitentiary
“It was kind of you to share my distress.” This is the title of one of the articles on Christian citizenship in the April issue of Gather magazine. This article is a timely reminder of the importance of ministry to those who are incarcerated, particularly as we in the Southeastern Iowa Synod are engaged together in establishing a prison congregation at Anamosa State Prison.

If your congregation is interested in growing in your understanding of the place and importance of prison ministry in our shared life of faith, the ELCA has also developed a 5-session study, Called to Hear: A Study Guide, drawn from the Criminal Justice Social Statement. Learn or share more, click the image to watch a video from Prison Congregations of America. 
To make a donation or learn more, visit our website.
Churchwide News
Health Assessment and Savings
Portico offers a 1% discount on health contributions to reward employers for encouraging those with ELCA-Primary health benefits to take the Mayo Clinic health assessment. The Southeastern Iowa Synod has not yet met this goal. 

What does it mean to you? If the Southeastern Iowa Synod earns the health discount, you'll save 1% on your ELCA health contributions for the entire year. Collectively, the ELCA can save more than $1 million if all synods (and employers within a synod), seminaries, and churchwide ministries qualify for the discount. If you haven't yet taken the assessment, do it today, the opportunity to earn the discount ends April 30th. Take it now!
Congregational Activity Guide
2016 is a year for us to be "All In" for ELCA World Hunger – for everyone to be involved – every congregation, every member, every friend. To show your commitment, join us this summer by participating in one or more of the activities featured in the Congregational Activity Guide. It’s designed to complement events and activities that your congregation may already have planned. Find full activities, fundraising ideas and resource tips.
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
You're Invited
Learning for Life at Wartburg Seminary
In the Name of Jesus: Baptized and Called, Fed, and Sent is a Learning for Life event at Wartburg Seminary June 5-8, 2016. This inspirational event offers participants, both clergy and lay persons, who are serving their neighborsin Jesus‘ name, time for
personal renewal, spiritual practices and discernment, 
high quality education and Bible study, and Spirited worship.

Feed your faith, think more deeply about following Jesus, and meet people who share the Christian journey. Be renewed in your commitment to discipleship and experience the Risen Christ!

Speakers include Former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Mark Hanson, Ginger Anderson-Larson, Dr. Diane Jacobson, Dr. Winston Persaud, and the ELCA Revival Team’s Rev. CeCee Mills. More information and registration...
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.
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