Synod News
Southeastern Iowa Synod receives $40,000 grant for leadership school and network
The Southeastern Iowa Synod is the recipient of a $40,000 Renewing Congregations grant as part of the ELCA campaign Always Being Made New. The two-fold approach to enhancing leadership throughout the synod aims to identify, train, and coach talented congregational leaders through a leadership school and network so that, equipped with additional training and support, they can boldly and effectively work toward a broader Christian imagination and change concerning what it means to be the church in a rapidly changing context over the next two years.

The leadership school, open to rostered ministers, will take place June 3-7 at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center. The school will equip pastors and deacons with practical leadership skills to empower and move the congregations they serve toward greater vitality/health and provide a spiritual foundation so that leadership is experienced as a joy rather than a strain.   

While the school is the most intensive and direct form of implementing change among pastors/deacons and congregations, the network is the complement that will sustain the change and broaden the reach of the program. Its intent is to continue gathering the original cohort of school participants, while working to identify congregational leaders who can benefit from learning the types of skills and knowledge that will be shared in the group. Both face-to-face and electronic platforms will provide the necessary sharing and knowledge management to continue moving toward adaptive change in congregations.

With successful implementation of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Leadership School & Network, congregational leaders will model empowered leadership with a renewed and retooled lens for congregational ministry. Individuals in congregations will benefit from their rostered minister’s new skills through an increased ability to think and act strategically. Rather than a minister who is tasked with nearly everything in the congregation and who is easily burned out, the congregation will experience a healthy leader working out of their skills and passions, delegating tasks to other qualified leaders, and who is strategically, missionally, and imaginatively driven. 
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Get your Buckets!
We still have a few The Water and The Witness buckets left for groups, congregations, individuals, anyone who wants to pledge $500 or more for water-related ministries of the ELCA. 

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Churchwide News
Save the Date April 3-5, Washington, D.C. 

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. 

The event, organized by the National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA, will bring together many ELCA members from across the country. The ELCA is a founding member of the council. All are invited to join Bishop Eaton at the event. 

April 3, 7 PM - St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral - Ecumenical Service of Repentance in the tradition of Orthodox Holy Tuesday
April 4, 9-10:30 AM - Lincoln Memorial - Interfaith Service of Prayer and Preparation
April 4, 10 AM-2 PM - Washington, DC Mall - Rally on National Mall
April 5 - Lobby Day - Make our voices heard!
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Upcoming Events
2018 Synod Assembly
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will meet May 18-19, 2018 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, Iowa.
Synod Assembly Registration is now available online.
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Congregation Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop
Join us April 28 for help with accounting questions that arise in congregations, and help build collaboration and support among financial and administrative staff and volunteers. Workshop facilitators are Thomas Hammar, CPA; Molly Hammar - Shattuck, Accountant; and by webcam, Richard Hammar, author of the Church and Clergy Tax Guide.

Early bird registration $20 per person (includes lunch) before April 20 $25 (includes lunch) after April 20.

Questions? Contact Kathy Smith,
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You're Invited
Wartburg Ritterchor Choir in concert 
On Sunday, March 18th, 2 p.m., Wartburg College's Ritterchor Choir will be giving a concert at Immanuel Lutheran, Washington. All are welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be received for the choir.
2018 National Workshop on Christian Unity 
The Workshop is the largest gathering of its kind. Presentations and working sessions on more than a dozen current topics and issues - including moving into communion, advocacy, ministry to refugees, confronting racism, civil dialogue. Speakers include several national church body leaders: J. Herbert Nelson (Presbyterian Church USA), Bishop Ken Carter (United Methodist Church), Bishops Denis Madden and Mitchell Rozanski (Roman Catholic Church), Jim Winkler (U.S. National Council of Churches), Alyson Barnett Cowan (Canadian Council of Churches). Lisa Sharon Harper (Evangelical Covenant Church) is the 2018 Theologian-in-Residence. Take the opportunity to engage with others committed to lifting up unity in carrying out Christ's mission.

Excursions available to sites in Washington, DC, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Immediately following the Workshop, plan to stay for Ecumenical Advocacy Days. For information, and to register, go to
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Pray our personal reflections during Lent, as discomforting and disheartening as they may be, do not lose sight of the promise that we are not worthless, lost or alone – God knows us, loves us, draws us close and graciously claims us.
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Stewardship Snippet

March 11, 2018

John 3:16 – Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

Have you heard some say how much they hate this world? But here we learn that God loves the world. So much so that God gave us Jesus. Wise stewards and disciples pray that God would help them embody God’s love for our hurting world.

See stewardship resources for the rest of March

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