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Event Registrations

Feb. 21, 2016

Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering 
March 3, 2016

May 6-7, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
 We remember in our prayers communities and states recovering from or experiencing unexpected flooding and severe weather this winter. More prayers...  
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Synod News
Staff Transition Update
As we look forward to identifying and welcoming a new Director for Evangelical Mission to the Southeastern Iowa Synod, it may be helpful to know:

  • The Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM) is a deployed position from the staff of the ELCA Churchwide Organization. Serving on the territory of the synod on behalf of the whole ELCA, the DEM is one more sign of the close relationship between congregations, the synod, and the churchwide organization.
  • The DEM works closely with, and is supervised by the synod bishop. In the Southeastern Iowa Synod, the DEM is considered an Assistant to the Bishop who has particular responsibilities that reflect shared churchwide priorities. Because the DEM is employed by the churchwide organization, this requires consistent and creative collaboration between this synod’s Office of the Bishop and the Congregational and Synodical Mission (CSM) unit, based at the Lutheran Center in Chicago.
  • For the current opening, our CSM partners will conduct a targeted search to fill the position. From an existing pool of candidates, they will work closely with Bishop Burk to interview and select a new DEM, hopefully in the near future.
Health Assessment
It's time for Portico health plan members and spouses to take their health assessments by logging into their My Portico accounts. Completion of the assessment earns you $150 in wellness dollars, with the opportunity to earn $250 more in follow up activities. Take yours today!
Churchwide News
Congregational Resources for Lent around World Hunger and Poverty
In 2016, ELCA World Hunger is extending an invitation to our congregations: Lift up the life-changing work of ELCA World Hunger through new levels of giving - spiritually, intellectually and financially - starting with Lent.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, and extending through the season of Lent, congregations across the ELCA will join together to raise $2 million to benefit the ministries of ELCA World Hunger. This support will enable crucial work to get underway and help us kick-start our year-of-emphasis.

Order resources from ELCA World Hunger full of activities, tools, and ideas for engaging your congregation is issues of hunger and poverty during the Lenten season. Order online or download resources.
Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning
On January 14, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Rev. William Horne continued their conversation on racism. If you missed the live webcast or would like to used a full recorded version for an event at your congregation. The full video, resources, and more can be found online here. 
Synod Events
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
Children and Youth Network Gathering
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a gathering on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Newton. The 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! Learn more and register online
A synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. Cost: $10 per person. 
Churchwide Focus: Walk For Water Project

Sunday, February 21
1:00 – 6:00 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church
More info and register online
You're Invited
Lutheran Day on the Hill: Host a letter Writing Event!
Not everyone can make it to Lutheran Day on the Hill (February 17th)--but think about the impact it would make if each of our participants showed up with a stack of letters from the people back home! With very little effort your congregation could gather 25-50 letters. When combined with the letters from other SEIA Synod congregations it will all add up to a significant witness on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need.
Host an in-person or virtual letter writing event. 
You’ll find the resources you need here.
A fillable sample letter is available for you to use here.
Electronic copies of letters may be sent to by February 15th. Hard copies can be delivered on the day of the event or mailed to LSI ahead of time. We would like to be able to present a copy of each letter to the leaders of the House and Senate, so please make 2 additional copies of your letters and bring them along with you to the event.
Together we can raise awareness about issues of poverty and justice in our state! 
For more information please contact
Installation of Campus Pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa
Installation of Pastor Sarah Goettsch
Thursday, February 18 
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Iowa City
5:30 potluck
7:00 worship service
8:30 coffee reception at Lutheran Campus Ministry
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